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Written By Victus

June 19, 2016, 10:02 a.m.(10/19/1003 AR)

I woke up today with a headache, the kind that tells you that you drank too much last night. I didn't remember sending Rik out to fetch a girl, so when someone brushed against me I nearly stabbed her to death with my bedside dagger. Heh, wouldn't that have been fucking awkward. Blood is the worst to get out of sheets. For some reason I was disappointed when I discovered her hair was red.

Trying to move proved that Edain Valardin hits harder than I thought he could. Not as hard as me, of course, and that almost makes it worth it. Still, my fucking side is black, my right knee aches, and for the first couple of hours of the day I walked around like a gods be damned eighty year old grandma, muttering every time I came across a fucking stairwell.

I didn't join the men drilling today. I'm not a fucking masochist.

It feels odd not to have any fetishes left in my beard. Tossed them all into Gloria's fires so I could have it trimmed. Particularly miss Lord Hammond's fingerbone. It doubled as a nice scratch stick for that scar under my jaw where that big Cadian pirate nicked me some years ago. On the other hand, I don't rattle quite so much when I walk, and I might actually be able to sneak up on someone for once. Heh. I bet I can make Denica jump. Calista better not make my beard look like some fucking fop's though.

I'll be able to eat my morning porridge without getting beard in it, too.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 8:37 p.m.(10/18/1003 AR)

It was pretty obvious there was a storm coming after the attack that took Valen and so many others. Now it's here, clear as day. With the attack on the King's retinue. Another Valardin dead, Dayne, one of Valen's uncles. I didn't know him well, but we'd met numerous times in Sanctum, and I know Valen respected the man completely.

Beheaded. The entire retinue, except for Alarix and Dayne. And then the entire thing sent back to Arx? The storm is here all right, but nobody knows if it's storming or raining or if fire is falling from the sky. How do these two attacks happen like this, without us knowing anything? I'd suggest somebody send some soldiers out in search of the bodies, but who knows if they'd find anything. Or if they'd even return.

    One thing's for sure, though. If the Houses of the Compact can't put away their squabbles until this threat is found, the future seems dark. And with the King all but dead on his throne, every story I've ever heard about scheming nobles makes me worry the allure of that oversized seat is going to get them salivating and unable to focus on what's immediately more important.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 8:29 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

Where to start? Truth be told, it's not hard to see why Alarissa felt a little uneasy around this man. He seems the sort who'd have been perfectly at home during a bonfire with my father's tribe after a successful raid, with a few severed tongues and ears and fingers hanging from his belt. Maybe moreso at home than he is surrounded by silks and titles. Lord Victus Thrax is an entirely different beast from every sort of noble I've thus far encountered. ...Granted, I've less than a decade of dealing with nobles under my belt and all of that limited to Sanctum until recently...still. Going from just hearing stories about soft Compact nobles and fighting shiny-plated Valardin Knights, to life with Valen in Sanctum, surrounded by everything Valardin and chivalrous...To the capital, where I'm just now getting my first real taste of the Compact's diversity, Victus is a sort of beast I'm unfamiliar with. And..yet /am/ familiar with. If he's half as hard as he seems to be, maybe the rest of the Compact isn't as utterly soft and hopeless as I'd feared.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 8:17 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Hadrian

A Lord of the Lyceum, I met Duke Hadrian Malvici alongside Lady Kima Saik. The pair of them together seemed intent on making me believe every off-handed comment and rumor I've ever heard about the people in their corner of the Compact. Her with the blatant attention seeking and hip-swaying, him with telling me I need to worry about protecting my family from poison and backroom plots here in the capital more than any other sort of threat. Very curious to discuss such a thing so openly, but maybe it is commonplace in the Lyceum.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 8:10 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Kima

A knight of the Lyceum. Met her in the Ambassador, where she stood out due to her fashion choices. She appears to be a fan of garnering attention, unsurprising based on what I've heard of the Lyceans. Lady Kima Saik might make for entertaining company if I stumble across her path again. Certainly need to make a point of seeing if she has any clue how to use that sword she was carrying. I find myself hoping she's not the incompetent noble playing at knight she came across as. Something about her made me think the aura of incompetence was feigned. Or maybe I'm just wishing it was.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 8:02 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

My sister, by marriage. She was wed to one of Valen's younger brothers, Vance, a few years after I'd married into the family myself. I've not had much opportunity to get to her know her as of yet, as it feels like the Tragedy happened not long after their marriage and I wasn't in much of a state to get to know her after it. We've both come to the Capital now, so perhaps that can be remedied. Alarissa seems a sweet woman. Young, very young still. Or am I just getting old? Certainly too young to have lost her husband in that fashion. She seems to know the Capital and the 'dance' of politics and etiquette that all the nobles are so fond of, so perhaps she can help me learn what to expect in that arena. Another family member that needs to be protected from the coming storm.

Written By Marian

June 18, 2016, 7:22 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Aurelian

One of Valen's family members, a cousin to the Valardin main line. Very pleasant, easy company. He's a fair example of the way I used to think of soft Compact nobles, once upon a time. A scholar, he'd rather than have his nose in a book or be examining some ruin than doing much of anything else. I no longer think of, or view that as an insult or weakness of character, but it does make me worry. Worry for him, and for other members of the Family who aren't trained for war. There's a storm coming. It's here, already, and very obviously so, between the attack that killed Valen and so much of our family, and now the tragedy with the King, Valen's uncle Dayne, and everyone who was with them. I will give everything I have to protect the Valardin family, but there is only one of me, and I can only be in one place. Will have to ensure Edain sends plenty of guards with Aurelian should he decide to go out on another scholarly excursion.

Written By Ailith

June 18, 2016, 7:02 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

It is encouraging to see that, even in these dark times, the gods are still honoured, Prince Edain and Lord Victus fought bravely, with sincere determination and skill when they tested each other before Gloria. I do feel that Lord Victus' appreciation of the gods is perfunctory, but can only hope that he turns his undeniable strength against the enemies of the Pantheon and the faith when the time comes.

Written By Valerius

June 18, 2016, 6:31 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Margot

I feel sorry for Margot. It must be terrible to be poor and a thrall. At least she is friendly and helpful, which is, I think the best way for poor people to behave. When I remember her family murdered my parents, I start to get angry, so I do my best not to think about it.

Written By Valerius

June 18, 2016, 6:25 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

I'm glad Victus exists. Without him, grandfather might freak about about how no one in the family is Thraxian enough, and that could lead to drastic measures. Of course, he might just have Victus kill us all. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Written By Valerius

June 18, 2016, 6:22 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Dagon

I like Dagon. He seems more interested in cooperating with the other Houses than he is in destroying them. As for his chivalric code, well, it seems like far too much work to me. Still, I don't have to understand why he would want to pin himself down with all of those rules to understand that he wants to do the right thing. That is enough for me.

Written By Dagon

June 18, 2016, 6:17 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alis

Princess Alis Valardin. There's not much I can say about her. A female knight and Edain's sister. There's little I know of her, but I do hope to learn more. Her hair is rather pretty. That's an odd thought, isn't it?

Written By Dagon

June 18, 2016, 6:14 p.m.(10/17/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

Prince Edain Valardin is a man that I hope to one day call a friend. I know that friendships between Valardin and Thrax are a rare thing, but I believe we have similar notions of honor and chivalry, and I respect that about him. Perhaps a tighter bond could be fashioned some day? Who's to say. For now I will do what I can to help build that friendship.

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 11:14 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

Papa has come out of his self imposed exile and now wanders the streets of Arx. He is still protective of me, and his rage over Mama's death is potent. While I should not worry, I shall have to be careful it does not consume him before his vengeance is slaked. I know he does not particularly approve of my path, I think he still respects it.

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 11:11 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Lady Alessandra has gone missing. I worry for her, desperately. The last I knew, she was visiting Lord Victus, but the dear brute seems to think he can ignore my messengers, and then be indignant when I embarass him in public. I truly do not know what happened to Alessandra, but I will find out. Alessandra was one of -mine-. And, the world will know just how true our house words are - No one may harm us unpunished.

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 11 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

Oh, Cousin Viviana is going to be a -delight-. She's an exquisite showman with actual skill and it's going to be utterly delightful to watch her cut down those I want to see humiliated. I need to remember to get her something pretty.

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 10:58 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Luca

Dear Cousin Luca seems to have no motivation or delights in his heart. We will have to work on this. The poor boy -must- have some interests that don't involve drinking entire bottles of alcohol at a time. Could he be interested in more formal service? My gut says no, but there has to be -something-

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 10:54 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

With Alessandra's disappearance, Victus is now something of a brute. I am not convinced he knows NOTHING of his disappearance, but I would also be shocked if his brain truly has been brined to worthlessness. He will have to be handled in political situations. Generally by someone other than me.

Written By Isolde

June 18, 2016, 10:52 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Hadrian

The Duke Malvici. First impressions are of a formidible man, with a roguish flair, who delights in not presenting his true face first. He could become extremely dangerous in the days to come, and great care must be taken ensure he remains a strong ally. He's also of the family that attempted to overthrow Calista and Leo's family. A side note, but potentially an important one.

Written By Valencia

June 18, 2016, 7:38 a.m.(10/16/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Brianna

I haven't seen her around the villa since word came of the king's condition. The poor girl is probably beside herself with grief, everyone knows that she and Alaric IV were nigh inseperable before his marriage, and now this. I should reach out to her in some way, but how do you broach the topic of the death of someone's since-married ex-suitor? Carefully, when they're as violently inclined as Brianna Halfshav.

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