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Written By Lark

July 30, 2021, 2:24 a.m.(12/6/1015 AR)

An Open Condemnation of 'Neonoble'

On the twenty-fifth evening of the eleventh month in the one thousand and fifteenth year after the reckoning, a respected member of the peerage fell defending against individuals disguised as prodigals hellbent on sowing seeds of discord. Some days later, a newly risen Duke mistakenly bestowed knightly honor on his dog of all things. Each event gave new rise to old debates surrounding the behavior and validity of neonobles as well as the increasing danger surrounding the acceptance of prodigals.

Frustrated with the circular conversation we now find ourselves in, I let it be known that I would accept any neonoble as my protege should they desire guidance as a newly risen members of the peerage. It was and remains my belief that we, as a Compact, have set an impossible standard and demanded that these individuals meet it. With one hand, we have beckoned them over, and with the other, we have withheld the very tools required for their success.

It may shock very few of you to learn that I am extremely well-versed in having my courses of action brought into question. In addition to having this choice referred to as condescending - which I maintain is a familial trait and is therefore largely unattainable - I was accused of failing to honor the long-held relationship between nobility and common members of the Compact by endorsing this newly growing class. Though I maintain that my social influence is vastly less significant than this well-meaning confidante suggested, I was also accused of reinforcing a term, 'neonoble,' which is used primarily to separate a single group from itself.

I now find myself determined to cast aside this mythologized 'neonobility.' There is only one nobility, and any attack against it is an attack against the very mechanisms upon which our communities depend to survive. Any failure to tend to its success is a failure to tend to the necessary components of our society. This goes both ways, it is shameful to consciously accept titles without putting forth any effort to conform to the responsibilities and standards by which all others have been held.

I, therefore, amend my previous offer of patronage to "any members of lesser nobility than myself or common persons who due to the circumstances surrounding their joining of the Compact or the peerage require grace, patience, and the counsel of one more experienced than themselves in our customs." Traditions are defended when we teach them to one another.

Written By Rook

July 30, 2021, 1:05 a.m.(12/6/1015 AR)

I will take no patron other than Lark.

Written By Mattheu

July 30, 2021, 12:47 a.m.(12/6/1015 AR)

First day back in some time. After watching the rivers and our little village, I decided it's time to come back to the city. See what the family is up to. Thus far I've met a duck and a swan, the duck invited me to a dinner with blindfolds, where I met another duchess. Then at a tea shop, I had a lovely conversation with a Prince that favors himself a tea maker, and a lovely lady that believes themselves to have many titles though Vintner is the one they chose for today.

If this is what is offered to me on the first steps from the boats, it could be good. Though I keep hearing rumblings about prodigals and how they've been up to no good. Which would mean this could be bad.

I'll seek out the family. see what they have to say.

Written By Noah

July 30, 2021, 12:40 a.m.(12/6/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

The Archduchess held a blind event and she held it while being blindfolded herself.
I guess she really can run events blindfolded. I thought that was just a saying.

No mushy stuff. Just a good job, Poison.
It will leave it's mark as does everything you do.

Written By Noah

July 30, 2021, 12:38 a.m.(12/6/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Malcolm

As someone who says all the wrong things at the wrong times (that would be me), I feel for you man. Backlash sucks.

I don't have much to add to my whites on this. Things will work out how they ought. They always do somehow.

Written By Cambria

July 30, 2021, 12:14 a.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Cirroch

I wish that I were writing something different. Something funnier, perhaps. Certainly wittier, and more heartwarming. The truth is, I hate writing these things. (Is there a soul that does?) I hate them because of what they represent, and what, by putting my quill to parchment, I am yet again forced to face: the death of a friend, a loved one.

I hate that you're gone, and I hate the ones that stole your life. I hate them without mercy. I hate that your wife has lost her husband and their children their father.

We were supposed to get together for a proper dinner now that Sasha has returned to Arx, but I couldn't find the time. That's always my problem, so wedded to my duty. But now you're gone, and that, along with so many other plans (and things unplanned) can never happen.

I'm no poet. I never have the right words - or rather, I never feel as though I do, and that I am letting the one who is gone from us down in some way. Yet I do not think as though Cirroch would agree with me. I think he'd find it all just right, and wonder why I was wasting so much time over my choice of words when we could be outside, in the sunshine - or perhaps a puddle. I also think he'd remind me that he fought willingly, and that he fought to protect others, as is right.

I'll never forget the trust you placed in me. May you rest in peace, my friend.

Written By Rook

July 30, 2021, midnight(12/5/1015 AR)

Just gave a thirty five thousand note to a small cock with a bell.

Written By Kiera

July 29, 2021, 10:44 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

As I sit trying to overcome my sorrow, I am both heartened by the proclimations of prodigal houses pledging allegiance to the compact and chargrined that such is necessary Let it not be forgotten that a stalwart of the northlands and prodigal gave his life defending the compact. That any would take this opportunity to dtive a wedge between those who faithfully serve the compact only compounds the pain of my dear friend's death. Let us not confuse those who have bent knee and stand by their oaths with those who perpetrate tyranny and treachery and who are enemies of us all. i urge eveyone from the Oathlands to the Northlands to stand together for the peace and prosperity of the compact

Written By Kiera

July 29, 2021, 10:29 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Savio

I second that

Written By Vitalis

July 29, 2021, 9:51 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

I do not often feel regret. I am feeling it now. To have said 'this upsets me' rather than 'how can I help?'

The former because I couldn't envision the latter and that wasn't the important part. I didn't need to know. Only to ask.

And so I ask: how can I help?

Written By Klaus

July 29, 2021, 8:55 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

They smiled! I swear they smiled. The nannies told me I was mistaken and it is because I have either have had too little sleep, or too much brown nut ale. I was also told no, I could not make camp in the nursery. I do not snore no matter what they say.

Written By Klaus

July 29, 2021, 8:52 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

I am starting to understand why many of the higher nobles have nannies and do not try to take care of two new born twins on their own. I think Princess Alarissia took pity on us as just last night we were told we have a nanny, and have no say. It could be because people in Thrax actually wanted to sleep. I did not think the twins were that loud, but I have had bee's wax in my ears since they were born.

Written By Klaus

July 29, 2021, 8:48 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

What do you give a Princess Consort who either has everything, or with a snap of fingers can get anything. Certainly not newborns. My wife would kill me, and not sure her Grace would be any friendlier to me if I did. Nope you give her a painting of the Queen of Squirrels, done by said Queen of Squirrels. I hears Doreen did it in the same red tree sap my cousin tried to poison me with.

Written By Savio

July 29, 2021, 7:37 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Kind of funny, kind of sad
To see the Peerage barking mad
At the words of the Shepherd Duke
So disastrous, so uncouth!
What next, will we ennoble bees?
He'll bring the Compact to its knees!

Let's not all get quite so fired
You'll just come out of it dog tired
I know it's given us a fright
But that proclamation's bark, not bite
Don't mind the Duke, what does he know?
It's all a dog and pony show

'It's an affront to laws and gods
The Peerage going to the dogs!'
Or could it only simply be
Some barking up at the wrong tree?
It's always tempting, this outcry
But we could let sleeping dogs just lie.

Written By Amari

July 29, 2021, 7:07 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

I'm collecting, editing and writing books on the theme of personal improvement in my free time, now that the gardening is tapering off. Thus far, the growing list includes:

'A Guide to Successful Leadership For People With Rocks For Brains',
'Are You A Moral and Mental Invalid Unworthy Of The Respect Of Your Peers?',
'Striving Made Easy',
'Giving Only When It Costs You Nothing - How To Feign Honor Volume II',
'Aren't I Special? An Introduction To Vanity',
'Ten Simple Ways To Condemn Others While Being Guilty Of The Same or Even Greater Offenses',
'Insincerity And Her Ugly Sister, Spite',
'The Perils Of Being Relentlessly Condescending',
'How To Act Worthy of the House You've Married Into, When You Aren't and Never Will Be',
'Making Mountains Out of Mole Hills For Fun And Profit',
'The Art Of Living Better By Denying Inconvenient Truths',
and the classic treatise on hypocrisy, 'In Condemnation Of False Virtue' by Brother Goodworth.

If you're in need of any of these, please reach out.

Written By Natasha

July 29, 2021, 6:20 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

I do not profess myself to be an expert in dogs, but common sense dictates that they would probably appreciate a few cuts of good meat, and perhaps for the rest of their lives, far more than any titles which bear an underlying significance they are unable to comprehend.

Written By Reigna

July 29, 2021, 5:01 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Malcolm

There is a difference between holding something in esteem and anthropomorphizing it to an unhealthy and offensive extreme.

No one is denying that dogs are good creatures and deserving of love and respect. But treating them as human, elevating them to that degree is not right. As Lady Esme said, they cannot understand the oaths of service required to be knights. They are good animals, but they are animals.

It is one thing to praise and love one's dog, even among friends it might be tolerable to share an inside joke. But to publicly and formally proclaim to the Compact as a whole that you are knighting every Graypeak Mountain Dog from now until your heir takes over -- gods above -- that is a horrendous insult to so many people. You truly owe the Compact an apology and I sincerely hope whatever ailment has stricken you is cured soon. Should you come to the Saving Grace I would see you get the best of care.

Written By Reigna

July 29, 2021, 4:53 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Esme

It is the height of unkindness to coddle those in obvious err.

The kinder thing to do is to correct them.

Now I certainly regret not assigning my last White entry to the Blacks as I ought to have. It was an ill-tempered response and should have been better delivered. I was angry, though that is not a proper justification for such a disrespectful tone.

It is a false equivalency to say that you cannot correct bad behavior if you yourself have behaved badly in the past. We are none of us flawless, that does not give us license to act however we wish.

You are correct about one thing. The Duke made a mistake and a grossly public one. One hopes that he returns to his senses soon and apologizes to the society he so freely mocked.

Written By Orland

July 29, 2021, 3:32 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Thoughts of a student ... a protege, finding a patron...yet again....

I look back to the patrons I had prior. I've had two since coming back to Arx.

The first was Marquis Dio. He relinquished our agreement when he spoke to me before the Saffron Chain war, preparing to sail off and make a difference. We all know he never returned, so it is my hope that he rests soundly in peace, in the seas that had been so often where his heart was. What he gave to me was adventure and wanderlust. I admit, maybe the treasure hunting wanderlust. He also entrusted some of his goals and ambitions with me. That is what I really wanted in a patron, not for some net gain, but for learning perspectives of life that wasn't ours to live, learning from someone who came with different ideals and backgrounds. I feel grateful for him, because valued what I brought to the table, and given that validation that is harder to find in my shoes, it meant a lot. He had my loyalty and sometimes I wonder if I could've helped him survive whatever ordeal he faced there out in the vastness of the sea.

My second was Knight Grandmaster of the Order of East Light, Princess Coraline Thrax. I didn't get to spend too much time with her, honestly, before her priorities shifted and she felt a strong urge to return to her roaming pilgrimages. I admire her and bless her journey and hope she'll return to Arx one day and tell me all about it. She moved me though, when I first met her, with her valor and her zeal for living her life dedicated to a Knighthood, so strongly that I signed up as a Squire. This is what I wanted in a patron as well - someone who could influence me, help me take a path to better myself. She thrashed me hard, not a few times, in the training ring. I continue on with the Order of East Light, training when time affords me. One day, I hope to earn the honor of being Knighted.

Finally... I've found another, who has given me an opportunity to develop a relationship with them in a way that could in fact, change my life. She has taken the time out of her day, out of her journey, out of her life, to walk in this arrangement with me. Archlector Giada of the Thirteenth has extended her experience and knowledge to me. We've only just settled upon the agreement of this rapport between us, but already I know I will have a lot to share with her and she with me. I am humbled and excited to work with the Archlector, to further myself and to better who I am as a person. I do not regret searching for this type of relationship, as they've only ever rounded me out as a person and lead me toward outcomes I would've never dreamed of without them. I'm so curious where my third patronage will take me.

I feel my patronages have given me ample wealth and value that will stay with me for life. They were strangers to me before the invitation was made, and I can honestly say, I would be loyal unto any of them after, no matter where their own lives go once our arrangement comes to an end. There as been no better way for me to experience personal growth than at the side of someone far more accomplished.

Written By Benedetto

July 29, 2021, 12:44 p.m.(12/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Medeia

When one names their cat "Lady Fluffybottom" or their dog "Baron Barkers", no one actually believes these animals are being elevated to the peerage. No one is proclaiming to the entire Compact that they have ennobled their rabbits.

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