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Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:56 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

The social obligations of being a Sword had begun to set in for Talen a few weeks following his arrival in Arx; the masquerades, balls and gatherings that were hosted by Great Houses across the city luring him in by extension of his duties. At the heart of Arvum, this is where the answers for the tragedies of King's Rest would be found. This is where he would uncover any lurking clues for his liege lady, the Grand Duchess of Lyceum, and this is where he would help his family take strict vengeance on those who dared strike against them.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

Indentured courtesan of House Pravus, mistress Mirari Corsetina was on retainer in the service of her liege ladies and travelled to Arx following the tragedies of the King's Rest. Having met the woman on but a handful of occasions, it seemed that the Sword of Lenosia had little evidence to really praise her work. There was a great deal of interest in seeing that through, to be proven wrong, but it had not yet come to pass.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:36 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Bliss

Champion Bliss Whisper, a woman met upon the dance floor at a moonlit social gathering hosted by the Great House of Velenosa. Yes, indeed, she was both a defender of honour and refined paragon of entertainment. Talen's interest in the woman was born that night, not least because of her every talent fell in line with the high standards found in the southern provinces of the Lyceum. It remained then that she would be a fine contact to approach should Talen ever have need of a quality individual to serve the purposes of the Grand Duchess and her family.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Luca

One might have considered Prince Luca a layabout, shirking his duty and avoiding the responsibilities he should otherwise embrace. Talen, however, had a certain degree of sympathy for the unfortunate plight of the man. With the Sword of Lenosia's own penchant for a challenge, there's appreciation for his highness' boredom. It remained then, that Talen would go out of his way to assist the nobleman's sister, her highness Princess Ophelia, in her antics to encourage life into her sibling.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:23 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Ophelia

Flighty at best, Princess Ophelia Velenosa was nevertheless one of those members of the family that Talen kept his eye on with keen interest. Should her highness choose to dive into trouble without a look askance, the Sword certainly thought it his duty to be present so he could intervene accordingly... and if nothing would curb her whims, at least take part.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:14 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

Princess Alarissa Valardin nee Grayson, the epitome of a princess from fairy tales of old. In truth, Talen's first impressions of her highness were rather bluntly presented, the stereotype of a maiden such a bore to a man of the Lyceum provinces. In time, however, he came to the understanding that rather than push aside the opportunities to converse with those he deemed stiff collared, he should instead learn from them. To that very same end then, Talen sought to meet and greet with ones such as the princess with greater patience for their cultural differences.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:06 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

Duchess Nightgold of the Redrain 'wilderness', a vision but also surprisingly witty. Like many of her kind in the north, Talen was somewhat unfamiliar with all but the reputation of this noblewoman's family. In the first few instances of meeting Nadia around Arx, Talen's appreciation for her ability to remain diplomatic without becoming stifflingly dull grew. There would no doubt be further efforts made to seek out her company in the future, too.

Written By Victus

July 8, 2016, 3:02 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Gustave

Now you're a scrawny little fucker. To you, craning your head to look up to someone is just second nature. A fact of the world you live in, that you can't change and probably don't hardly even think about anymore. We don't choose how tall we become. Though it probably wouldn't hurt you to lift some weighs, walk up some stairs, look a little less like a fucking sparrow. Anyway, this wasn't about you, priest.

I'm not used to craning my fucking neck. It feels unnatural, as if some fundamental law of the universe has been upended. I can't say I fucking like it. Now this fucker makes me look like I'm the scrawny little brother if I stand next to him. Seen him a couple of times now. With his Blackram men, who are nearly as big; at a Rite of Glory; and now he came and had some drinks with me and Kima at the Ebb and Flow. For a Valardin he's pretty fucking practical. None of that usual bleating nonsense about chivalry and honor and higher fucking ideals to aspire to. Blunt and mostly invested in looking after his own. I can respect that.

Still. Don't much like being the smaller fellow in the room.

Fucking unnatural, it is.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:55 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alrec

Fancy corsair, a fine ship captain, all ready to sail into dark and dangerous waters. But he won't go without protection. Indeed he won't. He reached out to me and we struck a bargain. A bargain in front of gods, both those we know and those we've forgotten. A bargain that lasts.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:54 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Such a pretty girl she was at that fancy tournament. All smiles and courtesy, polite as you please. Indeed she is. Her skin is fine quality. Fine quality.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:53 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

The Sword of Lenosia is a fine lad, he is. A fine lad. All bright eyes and good intentions when he bought leather from me. Fine work it was, for the materials. Indeed it was. Didn't save him against the Sword of Setarco, but she's a demon with a blade. But he asked of demons, he did. And I told his very self that the people he should be asking are closer to home. Blood calls to blood. It always does.

Written By Hadrian

July 8, 2016, 2:10 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Say what you will about the Lyceum, we know how to throw a party - and despite our alleged subtlety, we're remarkably good at showing each other where we stand in each other's eyes.

Or _are_ we?!

I know you know I know you know, but sometimes it's fun to pretend we don't. You know?

Written By Gustave

July 7, 2016, 3:39 a.m.(12/16/1003 AR)

People always look at me strangely when I say we don't duel in the Stoneburner Hills. Maybe its because the difference between social strata is not quite as defined. Maybe its because the concept of individual honor was so utterly alien to our ancestors. There was no such thing as a disagreement between two men: it was a matter of families. You didn't have right to kill a man until his family agreed he had gone so far that his life was a stain on their honor. Until he's gone that far, you just got to work it out. Tomorrow you may be mustering with his father and his brother and his cousins beside you, and personal honor doesn't replace his pike in the lot. Let it be done quick, and let it be done with both sides agreeing wasn't no other way to work it out.

As a sidenote, Sigrun will probably want to know who wore what and who danced with whom. Hopefully notes taken will be sufficient. Additional hope that she will not try to pick a wife for me based on dress worn or the cultural and political assumptions of a seven year old.

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:32 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Oh! Talen is marvelous and ever-so-helpful. If he weren't so refined from his upbringing, I would squish him down into the clay shape of a house guard and request that he follow me around wherever I felt like going to see if he could keep up. He's ever-so-delicate on reminders instead of being brash and lecturing and he glides through social situations as if he was intended for each. He's like an effervescent cloud of... cloudliness... can we just forget that last line?

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:26 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

Princess Alarissa seems very proper and ladylike. I'd love to see her positively gush about something rather than being the iconic emblem of reservation, though I think she tries to do otherwise. It might be just the contrasting differences between her and my own Cousins. It isn't that we don't have a lot in common, but sometimes I wondered if what I was saying was heard by her at all. It felt like I had to rephrase over and over again. She's sweet though, as Princesses should be, with just enough dark sprinkles to make you want to strip back the drizzled layers of syrupy refinement and see what's inside.

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:18 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Viviana

Lady-Cousin Viviana is so daring and adventurous. Although some might balk at her choice of clothing with her leathers and silks, I find it inspiring and bold. I missed her Rite to Gloria, but I heard she exhibits such speed in her swordplay that the metal almost seems to blur. At least, I think that's what the poet said. It might've been something that rhymed with that. She seems to have all the logistics of men-catching down to an artform which is so very much beyond me. I'd love to see the one who manages to catch her in turn, but I'm not sure if it's possible.

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:08 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

Princess-Cousin Valencia is ever so-so lovely. Although the bears might've been fearsome and she's yet to understand the thrill involved in a hunt, she's a phenomenal woman when it comes to social graces and charm. She doesn't stray from proper etiquette, but the talk is juicy and engaging, her style sinful without being ribald, and she's been so helpful when it comes to things I wish to know, or do. I wanted to compare her to the best piece of pie in the Compact, since while I'm dictating this, I suddenly want pie, but she's really better than that.

Written By Viviana

July 6, 2016, 9:22 a.m.(12/14/1003 AR)

I love my house.

Some might think that's odd or point to House Pravus' dark reptuation but what you need to understand is that that is only part of who they are. House Pravus is like the Lyceum of the Lyceum, and yes that means their darkness is darker, but it also means they're more mercentile, more liberated and more fashionable than any of the other houses too. They embrace life and liberty more than any other and that is an amazing thing.

Have you ever been to Setarco? It is a place everyone should visit at least once. The smooth blue water leading up to a cove with sands as white as diamonds. Then the city itself rising up from the beach, white stone and red clay, the fountains and gardens and trees scattered throughout as the city climbs every higher towards the peak... The Pravus house grounds, a sprawling white mansion with ivy coated walls and lush green gardens filled with marble statues and fountains.

But to see the city only by day is only to see half of it. Those of the Silken City usually sleep through the hottest part of the afternoon and stay up far into the night. It is a city that never sleeps and to hear the sounds of revelry as they echo through the streets awash in warm torchlight, interspersed with the cries of sea birds and lapping waves. To see the burning lighthouses that bracket the cove and the gently bobbing lights of the night merchant ships coming to and from the docks...

House Pravus built all this, they took an island overgrown with forest and hostile creatures and raving shavs and they shaped it into one of the greatest economic powers in the world. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. So yes I love my house, I would die for her, I have killed for her, and if anyone tries to birsmirch her or challenge her they best hope they're quicker than my blade.

Written By Viviana

July 6, 2016, 9:20 a.m.(12/14/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

Archduchess Esera is young, but unlike many other rulers she did not have authority thrust upon her unexpectedly. She has been raised her whole life to rule when her mother passed on the reigns and while tragedy made it come sooner than it otherwise would have it did not catch her unawares. You can tell that her every word is considered, her poise unlikely to ever be broken, and her passion for leading the Lyceum burns brightly. She will never lack for champions for her causes, of that I am certain.

Written By Alarie

July 5, 2016, 7:28 p.m.(12/12/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Hammar

I met this simple man in the market. He was demanding sweets from a vendor who immediately called for the guards. I helped to stop an altercation between the simpleton and the guards lest needless blood be shed. In turn, I bought the man a meal. I don't know why I took pity on the man.

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