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Written By Leo

Jan. 1, 2017, 8:10 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Valkieri

It can often be a strange thing, to find yourself born of a culture like ours and yet seek some commonality, some space where the darker shades of the heritage we were raised in does not color every word or gesture. To sit and speak with a peer and know that this day, at least, I need not fear an unfamiliar flavor in my drink? It brings to mind a sentiment of Duke Rubino's that I will very much carry forward with me as I venture further down this path: A dagger in the back marks a fool, a dagger that never comes marks the wise.

May wisdom touch the road I walk.

Written By Jeremiah

Jan. 1, 2017, 8:06 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Ah--that was unexpected. Pleasing, but unexpected. A Princess of the ruling House--and a Minister--putting my paper in her journals? Pleasing. Unexpected, but pleasing.

I am exceedingly grateful and content in that; an accomplishment. Thank you, Princess-and-Minister Lark Grayson.

Written By Edain

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:53 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

When I came to the city of Arx, I had many prejudices that colored my judgements of people. Of no one was this more true than Grand Duchess Esera Velenosa. The rivalry between our families is old, and brutal and I thought I knew all I needed to know. I have come to learn that I was wrong.

I have learned that the Grand Duchess is a woman with a boundless love for her people and a peerless devotion to the compact. She is someone I will be proud to stand beside to defend the Compact when that day comes. Thank you. Thank for teaching me I have much left to learn about the world.

Written By Dominic

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:53 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Met with Lady Cordelia of Grimhall. A strange situation the lady has on her hands. Grimhall's head, Duke Eugine passed away leaving her as voice of the house. Her father is currently handling house business in the absent of a duke... But I strongly believe Lady Cordelia has an opportunity here to grab that ship by the helm and show her father what her uncle saw in her. Our first meeting, the Lady had the disposition to negotiate our deals and while she is still young and has a thing or two to learn, her business proposals for the benefit of Grimhall were not out of the field and were circumstances different, in terms of other important things to focus on, I could see myself investing in Grimhall. They are profitable and with allot of business emerging from Grihem's Point that could benefit my increasing enterprise. Never the less, after that meeting where my project received her support I felt it imperative to promise to the voice of Grimhall that I support all business emerging Grihem's Point.

Written By Dominic

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:53 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)


Written By Lark

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:48 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

A paper has been recently published that might be of note to the socially conscious and/or politically inclined entitled 'The Progressive Progress of Princess Lark Grayson's Civil Development Ministry.' It is written in a precise, flowing, almost delicate hand, and attributed to one 'Jeremiah Arvani,' dated 7/10/1005 AR. Despite the sometimes-dry topic of law and economics, the twenty-page paper is easily readable, breaking down the activities, intents, and means of the Ministry of Civil Development. it dispenses of titles after the first introduction and retrospective on the Princess, thereafter referring to her as 'the Minister.' 'The very existence of the Ministry was in doubt by some; under another lead, perhaps, the organization might have done more harm than good, as sometimes charitable endeavors to; the Minister has effectively proven through leadership that any such criticisms were unfounded. The Crown and the Minister and the Compact are all three well-represented by the designed policies, and meaningful work is already underway.'

The first five pages are devoted to the creation of the Ministry and the Minister's history, in near-equal measure; after, policy is examined on both a legal and economic standpoint, consuming the next ten pages. Where there is praise, it is not ubiquitous, and where there is need for reform, it is gentle and guiding rather than scathing, the author's position one of subtle change rather than sweeping revolution.

The final five pages are devoted to the future--where the Ministry may develop, what organizations it might need--supposition and conjecture, or perhaps advice, both concerning a bright future and in the face of economic downturn or war.

Written By Darren

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:44 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

Prince Edain of House Valardin is becoming a fond friend and a good drinking partner. Sure, he drinks brandy rather than whiskey - but I found something he drinks! So I consider that a success.

Written By Isolde

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:40 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

To sleep, perchance to dream?

And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
Will modestly discover yourself,
that of yourself which you yet know not of.

Written By Dominic

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:34 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

Met with Count Quirin, a man who in his youth participated in countless battles towards the shav but now takes command in Arx as it happens to all generals. That is not say that his ability wanes. Escuma, one of our best wood suppliers meets all expectation in the trade. The island is safe, rich, and beautiful. Through his hard work he has ensured his house's place among the Thrax for generations to come. We enjoyed a meal at the Ebb and Flow. Our conversations were to point which I appreciated. He supports my project and I of course support all business coming from Escuma. I do hope business between us continues.

Written By Darren

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:27 p.m.(7/18/1005 AR)

I remember you.

You taught me what it meant to be a man. You taught me to seek respect through actions not words. You showed me that true loyalty came not by demanding it, but by offering your own loyalty first. You reminded me that family should always come first. You taught me that family was far more than blood - that it extended to the whole North, as it should.

I remember you. I remember everything you've taught me, everything you ever said. I only hope that I practice it well.

Written By Serafine

Jan. 1, 2017, 6:56 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

I have never fussed over my appearance before in my life and here I am, staring at bolts of green fabric, trying to find the right shade from memory, testing how it fits and drapes, because yes, it needs to be right.

Yes, I'm commissioning a dress. From whom, I've no idea yet. Oy, youngin', I do enjoy dresses. Or, I have, I just don't need seven dozen of them. My favorite dress was stolen by my sister but it was a sound argument; blue is more her color than mine.

Know any good clothiers? I could use some help.

Written By Castor

Jan. 1, 2017, 6:46 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Valkieri soundly beats his opponents when sparring. He must be a terror on the battlefield.

Written By Morrighan

Jan. 1, 2017, 6:17 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Drea

Mother Bear never ceases to amaze me - she's wise and fierce, nothing seems to unnerve her. Even standing as strong and firm as an oak, Lady Drea has this poise and elegance that I've yet to see anyone come close to matching. Sometimes she has this ethereal way about her, - it's really fascinating. I simply adore this woman, she's the closest thing to a real Mother I've ever had.

Written By Kima

Jan. 1, 2017, 5:14 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Fortunato

Today I met with, for the first time, Fortunato Grayhope. We discussed a commission he has received, which, while informative and engaging, was not the sole virtue of the afternoon. He was absolutely nothing like I expected, which I confess I took to be a delight.

Having followed the work he sometimes puts forth within the white journals of Vellichor, I have long found myself an admirer. Thus, it was my great pleasure to host him and see first hand the early stages of one of his projects. In the future, I hope to speak more with him, though not only on the subject of business.

We are each more than our titles, are we not?

Written By Sylvie

Jan. 1, 2017, 4:30 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Gian

A loyal man is hard to come by. Being able to trust that loyalty is even harder still.

I will try. I will also try to be as deserving of it as my father was.

In times of change, an adaptable man is even more valuable. There has been much of that in Gemecitta, and will continue to be more. Much, as well, in the Compact itself.

Written By Anze

Jan. 1, 2017, 4:07 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

There is still a ways to go. I can see that every time I lose a fight.

Losing is good, teaches you humility, helps you know where you need to improve. Losing a fight in the training center means you get to walk away. There are a lot of benefits to losing a sparring match.

Still, a long long way to go.

Written By Anze

Jan. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Juliet

I've been trying to get a hold of this southerner for weeks now. Finally get around to exchanging messengers with the lady, and I have to say I already think those that recommended me to her certainly seem to be on point.

proper fucking on point.

Written By Leta

Jan. 1, 2017, 3:24 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

I'm sober as a scholar so here's an accounting of things, as I see them, and that's good enough for Vellichor, or so I was told.

Things are going well enough, not counting what's going on beyond the walls. But I'm no knight, and it's none of my affair unless someone is paying.

I found paying work. I've a contract, at least, with the Valorous Few. It'll pay well enough and the Captain seems a reasonable, sensible sort.

Got enough coin to make something of the silk and leather I've bought. Should ask the Captain if we're leaving Arx any time soon, clothes for the north and clothes for the south aren't the same. Armor's armor, but I don't go to the market in steel like some.

I visited my folks, and things seem well enough, or not as bad as they were. I've the Mercier's and their wine to thank for that, I think.

I have been more fortunate on the training fields these days. But now I have work so I should find a proper trainer. There's a lesson in every beating, but I forget a good half of anything I learn at the hands of northern giants and shorter southerners.

There's a woman and my heart's a fool, but they say fools are the happiest of folk.

Written By Leola

Jan. 1, 2017, 3:09 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

Things That Happened
- Hana made me a spear. Nature's Strength, she's a beauty. The spear is lovely, strong and firm and powerful. Dante taught me the basics of using her, and I hope to learn more, so as not to be a disgrace when I lead the hunts

- the Lodge proceeds. I'm looking for a good place to build. Lady Niamh gave me permission to build. I'm finding rangers and hunters amongst the city as well as patrons and others who will support us.

- Lady Calypso gave me some armor. It's fitted and smooth. I need to get some matching gauntlets for it. It looks wonderful. Lady Juliet cooed over me the entire time I wore it.

- Saedrus hurt his leg. He looks wonderful injured and languishing. I wanted to brush his hair

- I've finished this bottle of wine and I am so drunk. SO drunk.

Written By Percephon

Jan. 1, 2017, 2:51 p.m.(7/17/1005 AR)

It has been a whirlwind of information the past handful of days, and so many memorable people I've gotten to meet -- or to be reunited with. While part of me brims with enthusiasm at the nearly limitless possibilities of being in this ancient city, filled with people with such different cultures, another part of me knows what is ahead of us appears like dark storm clouds on the horizon.

I must strive not to let myself get overly distracted by one or two things and people that keep gnawing at my curiosity, though I know I will be unable to resist. My focus must be sharp over the coming weeks in my research, and I look forward to the trip that is planned.

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