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Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 5:16 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

Prince Rohkir of Redrain is an unexpected surprise. He's a beast of a man given his height and brawn but there is so much more than simply his physical prowess. The man exudes confidence and charm in a contrasting manner to Victus Thrax; Initially that is precisely what I expected from Rohkir. I enjoy the company of this gentleman.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 5:16 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

I don't quite know Princess Jaenelle Velenosa as well as I'd like but I do know she is Valerius' sister. I promised the Thraxian Prince I would reach out to his sibling since she's a recent widow, though, from what I have heard, she's been friendly with Prince Rohkir of Redrain. She is lovely though. I can see us becoming fast friends.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 5:16 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Valerius

Prince Valerius Thrax is quite unlike the rest of his family and there's something about him that draws me to him. He's flirtatious, adventurous, and naturally mischievous. I can never say I've had an unpleasant or boring time with him. One could say he's rather inspiring.

Written By Calista

July 17, 2016, 3:56 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

The Velenosian Statesman is not only the current Duke of Lenosia, but he is also the father to Arch Duchess Esera and Princess Isolde Velenosa. He is a difficult man to read but one that truly piques my interest. As he is older, he is surely wiser and has certainly seen things in his day. I'm curious to learn more about the past from him.

Written By Ailith

July 17, 2016, 3:44 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

I do hope that I am backing the right person by supporting Prince Gareth's investigations into the fate of his Majesty. He seems to be the ideal person to discover what happened but his, to put it mildly, abrasive personality and tendency to launch into immediate threats is not ideal. On the other hand that probably ensures he is not seeking the throne for himself with any prospect of success.

Written By Ailith

July 17, 2016, 3:41 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

I do not even like birds very much, but certain nobles do seem to feel that the whims of their not even particularly close relatives are infinitely above the dignity of the gods. What a very odd subject to choose to try to press on and why do they feel as if the Faith can be treated like perhaps a wayward merchant family? Is the Tehom worshipping sect in the south that much in the pocket of the ducal houses?

Written By Ailith

July 17, 2016, 3:38 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

Duke Niccolo seems utterly intent upon backing his niece's... Odd fixations, which surprises me, he does not seem stupid. Whilst I can understand wanting to maintain the prestige of one's house this does not normally extend to threatening and trying to browbeat figures in the church should they fail to actively pander the inanities of relatively distant relatives. What a thoroughly unpleasant man.

Written By Ailith

July 17, 2016, 3:33 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ophelia

I have found myself writing about nobles who exemplify the qualities they should have, now I appear to have encountered one who wallows in negative stereotypes. Whilst I am sure she is quite adorable to the right person she also appears to be quite mad and utterly self absorbed, unable to comprehend a universe which does not revolve around herself.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 3:15 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Arianwen

The Sword of Lenosia first met Mistress Arianwen at a dinner in the Velenosa Estate, the woman only having begun her metamorphosis from tavern wench to courtesan. Still in training, Talen has made it clear he thinks she is not yet ready. That said, during his observation of her progress he has bled advice in how she might improve. Perhaps in time.

Written By Kima

July 17, 2016, 3:06 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Have you ever had a dream where, upon waking, you don't immediately realize you've returned to reality? Now I don't mean something fantastic. Or maybe I do, but we'll get to that. Anyway, I slept in today. Maybe you can't appreciate that, but as someone who's relationship with sleep has grown tenuous at best, let me tell you, it was a marvel. I slept in, and when I awoke I was so comfortable I didn't want to move a muscle. Then I remembered.

I remembered that the dream I had wasn't real. Couldn't be. Because Damaris is dead.

Have you ever seen someone die, scholar? Have you ever even seen a corpse? I don't begrudge you if you haven't. I've seen them, made them. You know this. Let me tell you about Damaris, and how she died.

All these soirees happening around Arx - she would have loved them. I dare say she'd take to them even better than I. Damaris was the type of woman who always had all the right words, and you never felt as if she was having you on. Sincere. She was the youngest daughter of the ruling family in Caith. Beautiful, with these dark thick curls of hair and equally dark eyes. A little smattering of freckles over the bridge of her nose. Gods, how her mother hated that she chose the path of the sword.

I suppose the woman must hate me, but I couldn't tell you for sure. I've never reached out to her. Out of shame, you see. Are you surprised I know the word? Well, how can I not, when all their bodies lie unburied?

...I don't much feel like talking about the rest right now. Not even the prospect of scandalizing you with tales of morbidity has its allure. Another time, perhaps.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 2:54 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gareth

Prince Inquisitor Gareth Grayson is a man that is dedicated to his career in a way most normally aren't. Talen's respect for this has been noted as he himself feels much the same, the duties of being a Sword and serving the Velenosa family as all-encompassing as they are. It is Talen's belief that if there is ever to be any foul matters in Arx, the Inquisition will be the ones to find them.

Written By Acacia

July 17, 2016, 2:42 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Margot

I realize that Lady Margot perhaps is just entertaining my boldness, but she carries herself in a particular demeanor which draws people to her. The fact that she's acquiesced to grant me audience at some point speaks wonders to both her temperment and grace. It's been awhile since I've been at sea, but there's a memory there which she invokes. In every situation I've found myself in, and there's been several, her name has never come up without the highest standing and praise. It certainly makes one get to know her a little better.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 1:59 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

Prince Rohkir Redrain was a man of no small stature and while he not a direct heir by a long shot, he nevertheless held Talen's attention. This may be in no minor coincidence to the fact that there was an expressed interest in the Grand Duchess Esera and so, as an ever-watchful and protective sentinel of the Velenosa family, Talen was curious of the man and his motives.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 1:46 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Kima

Lady Kima Saik had not been known to Talen prior to his introduction to her in Arx. First met on the night of a masquerade, they had only been further acquainted from time to time for brief periods at various social gatherings. During the TORnament of Roses hosted the Fidante family, however, they were to face off in a joust. Talen has no qualms against throwing caltrops under her steed and for it, he was disqualified. It is Talen's belief that while Arx may not appear to be a place for southern trickery that the lady herself has lost the arguably healthy pananoia that serves individuals so well to survive in the Lyceum.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 12:51 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

While the duties of a Sword oft times mean that social obligations are given a backseat, the Gala of Ascension held some opportunity for Talen to mingle. By being honoured with the first dance from the Grand Duchess of the Lyceum, Talen made the transition into a more animated sentinel of House Velenosa. It was at this function where the Duke Father of the Archduchess of Flowers saw fit to announce the medium in which potential suitors could win his approval should they ever entertain the notion of marrying her grace. It was Talen's observation that numerous candidates took the prospect too literally and has sworn to make it his quest to reinforce a truth. A truth which reads thus; Grand Duchess Esera Velenosa is beholden to nobody but herself and should anybody feel strongly otherwise, a gauntlet would be thrown.

Written By Talen

July 17, 2016, 12:37 p.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

While the Sword of Lenosia technically bested Lady Kima Saik in the joust, it was through no subtle means of underhandedness that this was accomplished. The first and second passes were evenly matched; each struck true and no individual was unhorsed. On the third, however, Talen saw fit to employ the use of caltrops to spike and unsettle the steed of the Lycene noblewoman. In answer to his motives, the sworn swordsman claims that the inherent thirst for victory-- at any cost-- is a southern trait just not appreciated quite the same in Arx. It did not seem to concern him one iota that due to his actions he was disqualified, however, so it must be concluded that unhorsing his opponent was the only competition the Artiglio man cared about.

Written By Gareth

July 17, 2016, 10:41 a.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

The Palace Seraph Ailith and Princess Ophelia seem to of not had the best introduction yet. Luckily I enjoy reasonably positive relations with both of them. I managed to entertain one while the other is loyal through their conviction and dedication to his majesty. I should seek out a herbalist though just in case her highness actually asks more about my plan or seeks to implement it. On an unrelated note, also check to make sure all the animal cages are locked.

Written By Gareth

July 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

What is it with people and trying to approach me about things. On more than one occassion I have been content to sit by my lonesome, watching people.. places and things.. and time and time again there are those who interupt me at work. There are some who this interuption are of mild annoyance.. and then I meet people like Her Highness, Princess Jaenelle, a woman who attempts time and time again to catch me off guard or embarass me. I am uncertain whether to be touched by her concern and niceties or to view them as some long term ploy by House Thrax. Regardless however, she is.. tolerable to say the least... but I must redouble my observations.

Written By Viviana

July 17, 2016, 10:18 a.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you woke up and realised you hated something? Well today I woke up and realised that I hated positively everything about the Setarco Manor. I mean really? Just how long as it been since someone updated the decor? It's stuffy and dim and I'm sure the carpet in the hall is starting to smell of old woman. Anyway long story short I had the place gutted and am going to entirely redecorate the whole thing. Of course some people might say it's a waste of money to spend this much on redecorating, but to them I say... Well probably nothing since I imagine they're poor and dirty and I don't want to get too close.

Written By Viviana

July 17, 2016, 10:13 a.m.(1/18/1004 AR)

It's been a busy month for me,

I decided that the best way to promote wines from Setarco as the local merchants have been nagging constantly at me to do was to create a signature wine. After some searching I found our most exclusive and best sweet white and organized something of a campaign to make it all the more popular. So far it seems to be working well, with Prince Edain Valardin and Princess Valencia Redrain both asking for significant shipmentments for their home territories in particular. Prince Gareth Grayson was also quite supportive of the vintage. I'm optomistic that we can make Muscato d'Aureus the go to wine for warm summer evenings. Of course I may have to find a new signature vintage for when the weather turns, some sort of nice bodied red I think...

I also was able to arrange some naval exercises around the Saffron chain in concert with navies from Velenosa and Thrax, it seems a good time to make sure our sailors remain sharp and remind everyone that Setarco does have its fair share of warships, even if we are primarily a mercantile house.

Today I am the mistress of wine and warships.

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