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Written By Gustave

July 24, 2016, 11:11 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Lady Fidante asked me about a statue, what I felt when I looked at it. Perhaps it was an attempt to probe for information, perhaps it truly was an attempt to see how I was or broaden my horizons. Hidden depths seem to be a desire for a great number of people: they wish to be thought the most profound or the most clever. I leave the delicate and intricate web of state to my sister, the predatory cunning to my brother, the web and weave of politics to my cousins. The art of being noble is knowing how to outsource all that you are not. It is good and noble to aspire to mastery of many things, but when life and territory are on the line it is best not to learn when dealing with a bad harvest or a screaming horde of shavs...learn on your own time, and never be afraid to delegate. What do I do? I lead. I fight. I feed the people. There are worse destinies for the Gods to write.

Written By Gustave

July 24, 2016, 11:07 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Round one between my Sigrun and Prince and Inquisitor Gareth. For now he wins, but the girl is incensed. I say this not as a father, but one who grew up in a house full of...formidable women, that it would be best that Gareth surrender. My daughter is ferocious, implacable, and without mercy in her resolve...she will be doted upon and paid attention to, regardless of how strong someone thinks their will is. That aside, it was nice to get out into the outskirts and see a bit of the God's Country. I am no grand master of the wilderness like my younger brother but Arx remains something of an imposing hive. A man needs space to hear his own thoughts, and while Sigrun seems to crave and adore the endless dance of social facor and the cacophony I find it terribly exhausting.

Still, ever onward. Strong walls, strong souls.

Written By Nekarris

July 24, 2016, 11:01 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)


And another thing - I don't consider myself one of you. I identify as one of the Nox'Alfar. They have become my real family, and Death my eventual homecoming.

Written By Nekarris

July 24, 2016, 10:55 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)


I'm told these journals are for truths; the secret truths in our hearts. We write them down so that they may be preserved, if not shared, and never again shall 'we' lost the entirety of our history.

Isn't it ironic? Don't you think? I'll share the secret truths in my heart, then. Truth #1: I despise being associated with you people. Flailing around with no idea what you might knock over. What you might disturb! It's sickening.

Written By Calista

July 24, 2016, 10:55 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

This week has been uneventful. I did receive shipments of my family's Grappa and Rose' wine, but everyone from the South is pushing their wine around. I'll certainly share it because if there's something Arx needs, it's more wine.

Viviana's Moscato is delicious. It's perfectly ripe and fruity; Sinful really. I mean, you can't get any more Pravus than Moscato wine. It leaves you wanting more. Then I met with Rohkir about furs. He said they were for private affairs; You know like the hot sweaty bodies grinding together type of private affairs but he forgets I come from humid climates and the last thing I want is fur or something that feels like hair sticking to my perfectly smooth, bronzed skin during the sweltering Summer months. I am looking forward to wearing a thick fur cloak during the Winter season. I've never experienced the cold weather, never even seen snow.

If I had to name the top three most fashionably dressed noblewomen in Arx, they would be Arch Duchess Esera Velenosa, Princess Valencia Redrain, and Duchess Nadia Nightgold. Not only are their fashions gorgeous, but these ladies know how to accessorize. I'll need to make sure I meet up with them before designing something new for myself. But who has time when there's a Villa to be built!

That's been my week. Like I said, uneventful. Lots of people watching. Here's to a new week and new experiences for the Vellichor scholars to document.

Written By Hadrian

July 24, 2016, 10:37 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

When you are seated at a desk reviewing and annotating reports, reading missives from home, staying informed, and writing orders, it is all too easy to integrate life into your desk routine instead of breaking from the desk to enjoy life.

Take the steady stream of messengers that make life in Arx possible. They come and go, bearing words on paper or words aloud. Read, reply, return to work. A nobleman capable of exclusive focus can let the whole day pass by - food comes to you, of course, and drink when you need it.

This is why it's necessary to have servants you trust enough to interrupt you and remind you gently that you need to go outside.

Written By Talen

July 24, 2016, 10:01 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Calandra

Mistress Calandra Culler of the Boroughs is by no doubt a siren to many of the individuals in Arx. Talen's interaction with her started in brief, developed into a game and only time will tell who will be the better player. As a courtesan from the Boroughs it is a hard climb out of the slums and Talen watches with interest to see whether the so-called Nightingale is capable of such an ascent.

Written By Gareth

July 24, 2016, 8:57 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

The Redrain affair was curious. There were accusations leveled and all that i felt afterwards with that I knew less than what I started with. Some information was revealed I already knew.. and others.. well.. let us just say there is much to be gained from curiosity. I've a few questions to ask.. Duchess Nightgold, and the Princess of Redrain, Valencia.

Written By Quirin

July 24, 2016, 8:10 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Attended a spirited single combat. The stakes were for a continuing spot in an ongoing combat tournament and the process was combat until the yielding. The one struck thrice before the other yielded. I do not mention the contestants by name because I'm sure that I would make some error in etiquette when referring to one or the other. Probably making three or four times the error by doing it the way I'm doing it. In any case, they both did well and showed courage.

Written By Quirin

July 24, 2016, 7:54 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

I am in Arx, staying in luxury within a princely room reserved for Captains of proven loyalty to House Thrax. It is an honor on many levels, since I am no longer in the habit of making long voyages and was by most accounts a mediocre Captain even in my prime. Yet I am here and welcomed and look yet to contribute. It must be so. Those who are only a burden to their fellows are not encouraged to linger in my own land and I would expect no less here. There is work to be done on behalf of House Thrax, which will also benefit House Navegant. I am no expert talker but I can string a few words together. Besides, this blasted journal is longer already than anyone would have expected of me. By which I mean this culturally relevant and joyous ongoing writing project. I'm just not starting another piece of paper to do it up like that on. Pen down.

Written By Dagon

July 24, 2016, 7:45 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

She inspires a readily apparent loyalty in those close to her, which hardly comes as a surprise. The Princess moved even me to buy a flower, and though I looked everywhere for roses, I couldn't find a single one. Oleander, is apparently the name of the blossom I settled on. Poisonous apparently, but I did advise her not to eat it, so I think it'll be fine.

Written By Edain

July 24, 2016, 7:24 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ida

I have been a fan of Goodwoman Ida Ferron's for oh? about half a decade now. I first saw her fight when I was 18 at a boxing championship in a hamlet on the southern edge of the Telmarch. She was both showman, and an honorable opponent and just a joy to watch. I will admit I invited her to come to Arx to ply her trade so I could brag that my family and I bore weapons crafted by a champion pugilist. I have been nothing but pleased with how renowned her work has become in such a short time. She has even open her own shop and taken on enough work to take on apprentices. I could not be more pleased.

Written By Alrec

July 24, 2016, 7:18 p.m.(2/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

He fights like a bee.

Written By Talen

July 24, 2016, 6:03 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Silas

Sir Silas is an honourable man. Honourable men are extremely exploitable, however, and so Talen will mourn his simple companionship when he inevitably gets skewered in the back for refusing to believe anyone would do such a thing to him. Though Talen had not actually managed to bring any southern tricky into either bout, the Sword of Lenosia fought and won twice against the Crownsworn fellow; first in the Tournament of Roses in a joust and later for unarmed combat in House Pravus' Decathlon.

Written By Edain

July 24, 2016, 6:01 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

I reached out to Lady Nadia Nightgold hoping to find an ally. You see based on the rumors of the terrible tragedy her family faced, apparently at the hands of Abandoned, I thought that perhaps there was a connecting between these fiends and those that caused the tragedy at Sanctum. We meet, we talked, and I did think there was a connection between the two attacks. I also believed we both agreed that it was too soon to speak of this to the public. Then I find out she announced what we discussed in front of the gods and everyone in some public reception she co hosted. I cannot be angry at her, that is not fair. It is my own fault for being a trusting fool and letting myself be taken advantage of.

Written By Talen

July 24, 2016, 5:40 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alis

Princess Alis Valardin is young but has demonstrated that she endeavours to be a swordswoman of some renown. The knightess made no real impression upon him during the Tournament of the Roses, however, when faced off in the the Decathlon hosted by House Pravus, there was a clear improvement in her form. A vicious wound landed to Talen's face challenged his control of the fight and though the Sword of Lenosia bested the woman with brutal, outright sadistic manoeuvres, her performance certainly left an impression.

Written By Deva

July 24, 2016, 5:08 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

Cousin Freja has recently joined us in Arx, and I'm glad she has. We share similar martial interests, and I always enjoy hearing all about her experiences in the field. She is honest and brave, and undoubtedly Redrain to the core. I hope she enjoys her time in the city, and has more opportunity to smile.

Written By Rohkir

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

Relationship Note on Gareth

The Prince Inquisitor of Grayson seems a haunted man; he's haunted by the things that could be, the things that should have been, the state of affairs in the city, the things he might need know, and those he never should. I can only imagine how heavily duty weighs on someone in his position. How could it not? So many questions and no one with any exact place to point to begin. Many suspicions, many nods to old enemies, and many suggestions to possible new ones.

Written By Hammar

July 24, 2016, 1:47 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Hammar got armor, spent lots of money on the armor, but now Hammar can whack and not get real hurt. Hammar is happy with armor Ida made him.

Written By Hammar

July 24, 2016, 12:44 p.m.(2/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ida

Girl who made Hammar's armor. Hammar wants to kiss her dirty face, but Hammar doesn't kiss people. Hammar thinks that Ida is a good cath for someone, she can make armor afterall. And she looks like she is strong for a girl, perfect!

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