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Written By Hammar

July 29, 2016, 8:32 p.m.(2/27/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Arn

After a run in with Victus at a tournament, Hammar found out Duke Arn is not his father. Hammar still wants to talk to the Duke and get to know him better, but he is a bit sad that after their first meeting in the City center when Arn asked him about his armor, that the man is not actually his father. He still doesn't know why Arn called him son, though!

Written By Alrec

July 29, 2016, 7:37 p.m.(2/27/1004 AR)

Gloria was on my side, at least where it matters for me. During the fight, I suppose I lost my temper and perhaps that wasn't a good display considering I was fighting for the honor of Princess Jaenelle. Never the less, I beat the Sword, Talen with a knock out. There was something about his motion that reminded me of Southport, still I can't put a finger on it. Especially why it was so familiar. The sand in the eye, shit, I should have saw that coming. Novice trick. It was a good fight either way. Talen better keep his word and send me a nice gift, that ring looks pretty fancy.

Written By Quirin

July 29, 2016, 10:29 a.m.(2/26/1004 AR)

I attended the first day of the Twelfth Golden Decathlon. It was a fine enough day on the Bay beneath Seawatch Gate. There were three aquatic competitions, in Swimming, Skiff Sailing and the Grand Regatta.

In Swimming, Lady Viviana Pravus took an early lead on the outward leg, followed by Lord Gustave Blackram and Lord Victus Thrax. On the return, Lord Gustave overtook Lady Viviana and Lord Victus was able to make up some ground, but not enough. Gustave first, Viviana second and Victus third.

In the skiffs, Lord Victus surged to an early lead, followed by Alrec and Acacia Culler. On the way back in, Lady Viviana was able to overtake Acacia. Victus first, Alrec second and Viviana third.

The Regatta had several turnings and could roughly be said to have four legs. In the first leg, Alrec came out first, with Lady Viviana in second and Lord Victus in third. In the second leg, both Victus and Viviana were able to gain on Alrec, with Victus managing to pull completely even. In the third section, Lord Victus fell back into third position, with Lady Viviana and her crew pulling ahead of both Alrec and Victus. In the homeward stretch, Alrec pulled ahead of Viviana again, but Victus was able to pass them both by. Victus first, Alrec second and Viviana third.

There were other competitors on the day, but my eyes did well to keep track of who was vying for the lead positions.

Written By Kima

July 29, 2016, 2:45 a.m.(2/25/1004 AR)

When I look back on our decision to leave Southport for that 'last adventure,' the ease with which the choice was made seems almost criminal. The cost that it would demand of us, that we unwittingly demanded others pay for us with their very lives, far outweighed the goal. Yet who ponders these things? Scholars who pour over dusty old tomes and cast their judgements upon fading ink and mouldering bones. The fearful, certainly. Those who long to live as I have lived but find every reason to avoid in, sheltered safe and sound within the four walls that compose their prison. And then...I think, the survivors. Those like me. Men and women that stagger clear of the smoke, looking about in sheer bewilderment.

Lucien had been dead for some time. Hadrian was ruling in all but name. We'd been back in Southport for perhaps a month and were starting to turn restless. Lounging within garden, I can still recall Canova as he tapped his finger against the old scroll he was reading.

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"This," he said, grinning devilishly. "This is what we shall recover."

Damaris, standing behind him, leaned over to squint at the yellowed document. "The Sword of Triam?" She asked, voice incredulous. She looked to both Kima and Yinali for support before continuing on to say, "You know the that's from the Age of Songs." Her tone had turned disparaging. "Otherwise known as the Age of Myth and Legend."

Canova was not to be deterred. Since returning to Southport, a peculiar humor had overtaken him. He spent long hours in various libraries and consulting with scholars. And, on two occasions, even engaged in conversations with priests. Rolling up the scroll, he returned it to its protective tube.

"All the clues are there," he said, not looking at any of them. "In writing, in maps, and in the land." Making a sweeping gesture to encompass all three women, he sneered. "While you three bicker, preen and deceive commoners into believing you're the answer to their prayers, I pay attention. I do more than look at the world around me. I notice, and I remember."

Getting to his feet, Canova strode towards the reflecting pool. Whatever he saw in himself as he stared into his shimmering alter ego must have been amusing, as he smirked. "We shall retrieve the Sword of Triam, and present it to Hadrian when Duchess Adona abdicates in his favor."

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How we all squawked at that. Talk of mythical swords was forgotten. Somehow, it was inconceivable to us to imagine the Duchess ever abdicating, despite the growing power her son wielded by the day. Yet of us all, Canova was the closest to the young man, had practically served the Malvicis all his life, and he was confident in his declaration. That night, it was his conviction that settled the deal - as it always did.

Written By Kima

July 28, 2016, 11:38 p.m.(2/24/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Marcas

What can I say about Marcas Aodh - wait, are you sure that's how it's spelled? That doesn't look a thing like what he said his name was. That looks like Owe'd, as if he just stubbed his toe or something - fine, fine, you are the scholar and I trust you. I was just asking.

Where was I? Oh yes. Furs. Alcohol. Amusing accent. Brash overtures for romantic dalliances. I think that is what the north is made of. I'd accuse the man of being inhuman except that he couldn't hold back the vomit and came in last in the swimming event. That he competed at all is worthy of applause, though, I won't deny him that.

Written By Ida

July 28, 2016, 3:09 p.m.(2/23/1004 AR)

What a genuinely awesome Rite of Gloria! Of course I favored Prince Edain and, yes, I'm utterly biased. However, considering Duke Niccolo's age and likelihood that his skills might be more practiced, I'll also admit I was a little nervous about it. What I think was the best part was that they did not wield their personal weapons, but instead each had the same exact type of sword. To me, that evens the playing field better than anything. A blade of exceptional craftsmanship or material can sometimes turn the tide in favor of one over another. When each person comes to the grounds with the same exact type of blade, what we see in the trial is purely a match of skills. I'd love to see more such fights as that.

Written By Valencia

July 27, 2016, 10:15 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Arianwen

Arianwen is a talented crafter in the city and I reached out to her to do some sort of fashion gathering because ladies plus silk equals profit, and wealthy crafters are productive crafters and I love to shop, naturally. I'll need to get together with her soon and set something up, she's terribly pretty which makes for a great co-host.

Written By Valencia

July 27, 2016, 10:12 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

Prince Edain is a light in the darkness, his good-cheer and endless supply of syrup-laden treats sure to deliver a smile no matter what mood I'm in or trouble I've caused. He's got his serious side as well, and I certainly wouldn't ever want to be on the wrong side of his ire, but I certainly look forward to learning more about him while I'm here in Arx.

Written By Nadia

July 27, 2016, 9:54 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alis

For such a tiny thing, Alis possesses a boundless vigor and zest for life that leaves one simply worn out if left to entertain her for far too long. I've encountered her a few times since my arrival in Arx; first during a tournament where she bested Prince Fergus Redrain in the final round, and again at the Amabassador Salon where we spoke for a great length over tea and candied bacon. I cannot help but feel as if she will grow on me over time, as I see glint of myself within her, back when I was younger still chasing on the heels of my elder brother, Dustin, between our martial lessons.

Written By Nadia

July 27, 2016, 9:53 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

He confided in me something that was never meant to be spilt from my lips, let alone in the halls of the Redrain villa surrounded by all who dared hear me - the fragile bond of an alliances forged upon the like similarities of the travesties that devastated our families respectively. That bond has since withered by my hand, but not unsalvagaeble; he gifted me a chance at redemption, and it is a challenge I shall conqeur with honor and valour all in due time.

Written By Nadia

July 27, 2016, 9:53 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

With an ill-timed glance and a tactless oration, incredulity and disenchantment were transplanted into the minds of many I'd left in my wake that night at the Redrain Reception - some, perhaps, even wounded. Regrettably, I imagine this was the case with Princess Isolde Velenosa, an acolyte of the Thirteenth who I've had little interactions with save for passing pleasantries at the Velenosan parties I'd had the pleasure of attending some short time ago. Reconciliation looms out of the question, in the mean time, but the threat of the Inquisition (specifically Prince Gareth) harassing the Mirror has been mitigated, so there is that.

Written By Nadia

July 27, 2016, 9:52 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Velenosan Ward. Sword of Lenosia. Talen Artiglio is a staunchly loyal servant to the Velenosan family, and by proxy, I've grown well-acquainted with the man through my interactions with them. Frightfully skilled with the blades he wields, and unapologetically allergic to failure and defeat, but chivalarous and delightfully charming all in his own right - except, of course, when one mentions his less than stellar treatment of his horses.

Then, he is a lost cause and one simply cannot begrudge him for seeing them as naught but another tool to be utilized to accomplish a task. Or, to find beauty and appreciation in all things not draped in exquisite finery and ostentatious trimmings he's been surrounded with all his life in the South - natural beauty, as it were, bores him. Despite this, I find myself growing rather fond of his company when we manage to catch each other now and then.

Written By Isolde

July 27, 2016, 9:36 p.m.(2/21/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alis

Edain's lovely sister, who has a -wonderful- sense of humor. And I really, really, really hope she doesn't ever get mad at me. She's... um... a little ferocious, to say the least. It's thrilling!

Written By Hammar

July 26, 2016, 10:44 p.m.(2/18/1004 AR)

Hammar was called son by Duke Arn. Hammar is so happy, they don't look too much alike, but Hammar is going to enjoy this news. In the middle of City he finds a man calling him son? Its great.

Written By Hammar

July 26, 2016, 10:26 p.m.(2/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Marcas

Hammar met Marcas at Acacia's party first. Hammar was going to dunk him in ale, but then Theodoric showed up. Hammar has tried to get the man to fight him, but no luck. Hammar kind of likes Marcas.

Written By Hammar

July 26, 2016, 10:23 p.m.(2/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Arn

Hammar was talking with Marcas and some others in the forum when this old warrior came up and asked Hammar about his new armor Ida made him. The man liked Hammar's armor, and then called Hammar son! Hammar is pretty sure he's a Duke's son. Hammar was told the man calls a lot of young warriors Son, so this Duke has a lot of son's. Hammar was so excited to find his dad!

Written By Niccolo

July 25, 2016, 3:48 p.m.(2/14/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

Princess Jaenelle was married to my now late son, and I have to admit I don't know as much of her as I should. She is sweet from what I've seen, and eager to feel and be useful. These are traits I can respect, and as Her Grace has allowed her to stay in the family, I have no opposition to it. I would like to get to know her better, and I have every intention to do just as much.

Written By Niccolo

July 25, 2016, 3:05 p.m.(2/14/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

Nadia has made some questionable decisions as of late, and I'm not entirely sure why. It isn't something she can't recover from, but it does show that she is still pretty much a young woman, with a lot to learn about how politics work in Arx. If she'll recover or not, will be entirely up to her and the city will be watching, of course.

Written By Niccolo

July 25, 2016, 1:37 p.m.(2/14/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

My pride and joy is certainly growing up. She's taken to leading House Velenosa as easily as it came to her mother, and it has been very rewarding to see. While she displays the markings of a great leader, I worry sometimes that it will become too much as time goes on. What will happen when I'm not around to support her? Perhaps that is very arrogant for me to consider, but still. I've called for interest in a tournament that might help find her the dutiful partner she needs. We will see what comes out of it.

Written By Dorian

July 25, 2016, 9:43 a.m.(2/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

Princess Jaenelle is a lovely girl, she's so fun to speak with and spend time around. I greatly enjoy putting on the charm for her just to see her smile. She says I am her favorite champion, of course this is more for my charming nature. That is half of what a Champion is after all, got to make the right impession, and having friends in the right places is important of course. The fact that Jaenelle is so nice to be around is just a bonus.

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