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Written By Gustave

June 26, 2016, 12:16 p.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

It is easy to lose oneself in the square. To be caught up in the push, the inevitable forward momentum. To put oneself on a horse is to seperate from the masses, the collective momentum of the throng. Individual glory is subordinate to the survival of all. Hardly the sort of mindset one ascribes to a noble warrior, but it has its benefits. When in the square across from screaming and raging shavs, you can forget a wife buried not yet two years ago. A strong, willful daughter who will one day be a great lady but mystifies you. Coming to Arx was necessary for politics, to make sure that the hills are not forgotten in this squabble for the Kingship...but it may have saved far more than that. Blackram produces more than enough soldiers and we are not so short of commanders that one cannot be spared. I must remember that I am Marquis...even if it is so easy to lose oneself in the square.

Written By Viviana

June 26, 2016, 9:15 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

So this is awkward. I have a habit of keeping abreast of recent events by reading the journals of Vellichor. I was quite startled to come upon an entry by Duke Hadrian Malvici which was quite disparaging of my person. Naturally I issued challenge to the man on the grounds of the insult, only to discover the entry was written by a renegade scribe. Now my blood is all up and aflame for a fight, but I have no one to actually -fight- I took it out a little on poor Talen with my training rapier, but I'm still not quite satisfied. Times like these I almost wish I had a husband, I imagine they're useful for burning off tension.

Written By Isolde

June 26, 2016, 7:21 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

    "So we have Three Great Houses of Five with sudden destablization, and a transition of power that is jarring. I think it a testament to the strength of my sister and Prince Edain that things have not fallen farther into chaos, and all our people remain comparatively stable. We have House Grayson, whose King is not responsive, but also not dead, so the succession is muddy and confusing. We have House Thrax who seem to be primed to be the villians in this tale, but also victims of a key piece. Every single tragedy that has occurred seems to have one common thread - to weaken and destablize us. One could even theorize it is mean to set us at each other's throats, to accuse and begin conflict between us. In a state of chaos and transition, war could easily break out. Grayson would have to fight to keep the Crown, as well as trying to keep the peace while they held it. Enemies would run rampant on all of Arvum. We would all lose, in the end. The chaos would consume us. And no one would be the wiser, if we looked at each tragedy separately. But when looked at the whole... it seems... well, if I might be so blunt. Utterly and thoroughly obvious. I have no proof, no certainty. I have no theory on a definitive enemy orchestrating this. But we are meant to devour ourselves, darling, and do the work of our enemies for them."

Written By Isolde

June 26, 2016, 7:20 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

     "I am not quite precise on the timing, but the King took Prince Sherrod and my mother with him on a hunting expedition, either just as Donrai was arriving in Arx, presumably to confront the Crown on his daughter's death, or just before. The timing of the King leaving and the arrival of the Prince is enough political chaos to be it's own issue, but then... the entire hunting party was wiped out, and the only survivor unable to communicate. Two more Great Houses suddenly thrown into upheaval, and rapid succession of those unprepared for the mantle of leadership. I know little of the Northern situation and theirs, but my sister carries her burden heavily. Many think that the Lyceum could be expected to transition this way, but those people would not have any knowledge of my family. My sister would first cut out her heart, than plot harm to come to our parents. The Velenosa are strong in our familial ties. Stronger than many families even in the other Great Houses. I can only assume that Prince Sherrod was not hated by his family and successors either, though I will need to have more conversations to make that determination.

Written By Isolde

June 26, 2016, 7:19 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

     "Then, take the obviously not an accident of the tragedy of the Queen. I realize that, officially, it has been ruled an accident. It is just as obvious to me that it was not. I can think of a thousand reasons for why the queen might have been murdered. Jealousy, revenge, a woman spurrned. Or, when looked at in the light of everything else, the perfect starting place for someone to further degrade the relationship between the Crown, the Grayson House, and Thrax. I was at that wedding. I saw how the King's actions upset Prince Donrai. Many people did, and so, by a tragedy falling the new Queen, it would force -some- sort of response. Now, there's no obvious connection between that and Sanctum, but let us look further into this.

Written By Isolde

June 26, 2016, 7:18 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

    "I have no doubt, darling, that you would use the knowledge for your own purposes. Be that personal gain, glory, simply wanting the truth and to bring perpetrators to justice... that makes no difference. By assisting you in your investigation brings me closer to seeing my mother's murderers found." Isolde nods and reaches over to pat Gareth's arm a single time, before drawing her hands back to her mug. She thinks for a moment, organizing her thoughts.
     "I do not have specific knowledge, or any proof. I just have... the knowledge of the people who are dealing with the fallout. Take Sanctum for a moment. When you meet Prince Edain, you will know him, rather quickly, to be a man who holds power reluctantly. It makes him a good ruler, but this would not be the choice he would make for himself. While another man or woman could conceivably orchestrate something to make the fourth child of a High Lord ascend to that throne, Prince Edain is... not that man. Sanctum, then, was not about him seizing power. It was, then, likely about destablizing the Oathlands, either by another House, or this outside force. They wanted chaos to make them weaker.

Written By Viviana

June 26, 2016, 6:23 a.m.(11/12/1003 AR)

I met Princess Marian Valardin in the training center for our exhibition fight. She's fast and I'm not familiar with the two blade style she favors. She was the better fighter on the day and deserves the victory, although I take some consolation in the fact I drew first blood. I would like to spend more time with her I think, she may be a little more uncultured than I'd like but I appreciate a lady who takes her swordplay seriously.

My efforts to improve the silk trade seem to have paid off, although I'll admit I find it difficult to keep up with all the obligations of my house. Belladonna is really far better at charming nobles and merchants than myself, but I will do the best I can while she is busy with other important duties.

Written By Acacia

June 26, 2016, 3:32 a.m.(11/11/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

Oh, Courtesan Mirari is a gorgeous specimen, to be certain. She has an oddly thoughtful quality about her, though I admit I'm not really used to people asking so many questions. Questions typically lend you into trouble, after all, and who is concerned about the details? I think she'd be an interesting person to befriend, with her seductive streak likely paying off well for her within the city proper.

Written By Acacia

June 25, 2016, 11:08 p.m.(11/11/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

Lady Viviana surprised me when I first met her. Sure, she'd be what you'd expect as far as matching her words to back up her blade -- or perhaps it's the other way around? But it's oddly rare to find that gorgeous woman who skillfully plays the demeanor and politics game as flawlessly as if she was breathing, and it proved to be an enjoyable thing to witness. She strikes me as dangerous, in more ways than one, yet delightfully interesting. I feel like I could learn a thing or two from her, yet that it would come with both cost and risk.

Written By Margot

June 25, 2016, 10:06 p.m.(11/11/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

Growing up amongst the Thrax, Jaenelle was always a font of kindness and joy and it warms my heart to know that despite everything that has happened - being sent off to Lyceum, loosing her husband - that she has maintained her sweetness. I shall have to make an effort tosee her regularly.

Written By Victus

June 25, 2016, 9:45 p.m.(11/11/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Brianna

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. No good fucking deed goes unpunished, like doing this wild little Halfshav the favor of her fucking life. She's a storm, alright. The sort any man might be tempted to ride into just to test how strong her winds might blow. How about kicking off the habit of calling me the Bastard Lord, though, eh? It makes me want to rip her fucking throat out. Other than that I genuinely started to appreciate her company.

Written By Victus

June 25, 2016, 9:42 p.m.(11/11/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

My cousin and Valerius' sister. I like her, to the extent that I like people. She makes me feel like family, I suppose. It helps that I have no expectations of her, that she has no expectations of me. With expectations come the failure to live up to them. Every fucking time.

I think she'll do alright with the Lycene nobles. She's pretty, she's sociable, she isn't entirely fucking stupid. She has a Thrax heart, so I figure if anyone is going to do the poisoning and the stabbing, she'll be the first one to draw blood.

If shit goes bad, she can always come home.

Written By Eira

June 25, 2016, 4:11 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

A very strange young woman, condescending, but then what else can you expect of a princess? Certainly not stupid but I wonder if she's as much smarter than everyone else as she likes to think she is.

Written By Ailith

June 25, 2016, 4:09 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

He seems an honest, hard working young man genuinely motivated by trying to do the good thing. A credit to his family.

Written By Ailith

June 25, 2016, 4:08 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

A man who has suffered a great deal and makes a great show of well justified bitterness. He strikes me as far more honest to himself than most though, with a genuine love of his house and wish to do them proud.

Written By Ailith

June 25, 2016, 4:06 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Seeing Alacarite in action for the first time was a shock, while I have found myself officiating over Rites of Gloria not infrequently since taking up my new position, I have not seen one conclusively resolved in so little time before outside of when shrinking couriers tentatively tap each other to first blood.

Sadly the combatants were rather perfunctory when it came to honouring the gods but I cannot deny they fought well.

Written By Isolde

June 25, 2016, 4:03 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

Oh, cousing Valencia, sent away to the North and managing to flourish despite the... north. She actually seems fond of it, so it might actually be worth exploring a bit more, instead of writing off. I'm glad we have reconnected. She will be a good confidant in my dealings with others, and a gateway into connections there.

Written By Enzo

June 25, 2016, 3:28 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Dagon

People who leave generous tips are good people.

Written By Enzo

June 25, 2016, 3:28 p.m.(11/10/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

I shall bow deeply to the kindest generosity of this princess! If all customers were like her, none would suffer from economic misfortunes.

Written By Talen

June 25, 2016, 7:31 a.m.(11/9/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

As the Sword of Setarco, Viviana Pravus exemplified the traits of a true Lycene woman - beautiful, witty and most important of all, dangerous. It's perhaps because of this, then, that Talen took care not to give slight to the lady without first given due reason. While their personalities perhaps clashed, as Swords of their respective houses it was expected they would often interact.

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