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Written By Lisebet

Sept. 5, 2021, 1:14 p.m.(2/24/1016 AR)

Prayers are interesting, I find. I've been praying as I often do, though it's rare that I pray for myself as well as others, at the same time for the same thing. Still, I find if nothing else, it helps me to focus in on what the issue it.

Which in and of itself is helpful.

Written By Calista

Sept. 5, 2021, 11:29 a.m.(2/24/1016 AR)

By gods, it is all starting to make sense!

Written By Drusila

Sept. 5, 2021, 10:58 a.m.(2/24/1016 AR)

What does family mean? What is it that is special? What is it like to have a family?

But most importantly, is it worth it?

Written By Drusila

Sept. 5, 2021, 10:45 a.m.(2/24/1016 AR)

I have found a patron. I had quite a few replies, and fell behind in my responses and now I cannot for the life of me find those replies so that I can reply to them. I hope I haven't caused any hard feelings. I got incredibly busy for a moment stocking my wares at the market. I do so love my little stall. I wish I could spend more time there but I would freeze to death. Instead I have sent my new assistant Penelope. She's much better suited to this kind of weather.

The other day she found a lovely small, bright orange citrus for me. It's called a clementine and it was so sour, yet sweet and charming. When spring and summer comes again, I will again have to find these clementines.

In other news Boss is crankier than normal. Probably going to shed his skin again - he is looking rather fat.

Written By Cufre

Sept. 5, 2021, 10:32 a.m.(2/24/1016 AR)

Months and months later, and I still cannot stop thinking about crowns.

I tried making one. My first ever. I think it's beautiful. I gave it away.

It's far easier to give away new things.

Written By Hadrian

Sept. 5, 2021, 12:07 a.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Orelia

There were a great deal of rumors, copious amounts of speculation, and even a little factual information that came out of Bastion following the dastardly attack on it. Among all of those rumors, I had heard about my protege's actions. What I hadn't heard about was news regarding someone who carries the Mazetti name on their shoulders. It was Dame Reese who recounted some of the events that transpired with greater clarity, including that it was Lady Orelia who stood with her in battle and waded into a precarious situation to stand at the templar's back in order to engage the attacker's leadership.

If I consider Dame Reese courageous, then the can surely be said of one of Lady Orelia. This clarification from Dame Reese likewise brought another question to mind, one which was reflected in my initial thoughts regarding the news of my protege's actions. What does one gift a hero, beyond gratitude?

The actions of Lady Orelia reflect well upon her and if her actions reflect well upon her, then in the eyes of the Duchess of House Mazetti we are pleased beyond simple words. Such an act of sheer, selfless bravery brings to mind others throughout the Hydra's history who have given all in pursuit of achieving the safety of others. In more recent history this brings to mind the heroic act of Lord Valerio Mazetti, a loss that we remember well and do not forget. Fortunately Lady Orelia survived her ordeal, fighting in unison with Dame Reese of the Templars. For that House Mazetti is thankful beyond measure and pleased to know that we have another valiant defender counted among those of the Walled City.

It's enough to beg the question once more: what do you gift to someone so gallant?

Written By Hadrian

Sept. 5, 2021, 12:06 a.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Reese

Aside from thanks, I find myself wondering of late what sort of gift one gives to a hero. The news out of and about Bastion is troubling, but I do find some things in it all to take a measure of solace. Despite such a dark moment in our Compact's history, there are still moments of heroism that stand out as stark reminders that even in the most heart wrenching times there are glimmers of hope and distinct acts of bravery that shed some light on an otherwise dismal moment.

I heard talk of one of my proteges embracing her duty as a templar and attempting to claim the head from the proverbial snake. By all accounts that I've heard, Dame Reese took strides to bring a swift end to the enemy's leadership. My understanding is that her efforts likewise drew a good deal of attention to her efforts and disrupted what were surely carefully laid plans. This in turn provided time for more to seek out and achieve safety. I can't begin to fathom the toll that may have been wrought had she not performed the selfless act that she did.

It takes a particular sort of mettle to wade into chaos in search of its source, while pushing against the tide of those who are eager to be away from danger. The feats and achievements of Dame Reese over the years surely do not need me to recount them, for they speak for themselves. I will say as a patron I am proud of her distinguished actions. As someone who loves our Compact, I will offer thanks to the Pantheon that Dame Reese is among us. As an associated bordering on a friend, I will say that I am pleased beyond words that she was able to have such a close brush with danger and able to live to see her next battle.

The question for me becomes what does one gift a hero, beyond simple gratitude? What does one gift someone who is humble enough not to proclaim their actions as heroic and vital to the world? What gift does one offer to someone who more than likely doesn't even want a gift?

Medals are a great form of recognition. I haven't given someone a medal in a while. Medals are fun.

Written By Rosalind

Sept. 4, 2021, 7:43 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

I met a new friend the week! Well two really! From different places, but still! I met a Lord Matti and a Lord Artorius. I promised not to call him the nickname I came up for him! Despite being so different, we have something in common. It's nice when you can something you have in common with people, when people always seem to look forward the differences.

Written By Caprice

Sept. 4, 2021, 7:39 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

Between this, that and the other thing, I haven't had time to put in words the joy and supreme satisfaction I've felt being involved in the building of a shrine to Jayus in the new Artshall Arts and Culture District. From the first conversations with Lady Mabelle Laurent, to the laying of the cornerstone, to the collection of prayers at the Midsummer Night event for infusing into the shrine's eventual blessing ceremony, it has been an absolute delight to watch something beautiful grow, changed by every hand that touches it. I've come to think of the whole district as my "Artshall neighbors." I wonder if I'll have enough time to pull together one last welcome gift for them, here at home?

Written By Cassiopeia

Sept. 4, 2021, 3:56 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

What a difference one season can make. The world changes, the ground freezes and the leaves fall off the trees. Yet, it will not be long and little buds will form and soon they will all be in bloom. We change too, we just need to embrace the rhythm that flourishes all around us. No day is like the last, and this can be both exciting and frightening. A journey for the ages. Oh what a woman will do, to feel the grass between her toes.

Written By Denica

Sept. 4, 2021, 3:29 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

It's been an interesting week.... I keep finding pieces of clay in my hair and glass on my studio floor.

I fear neither will ever truly be gone, but I suppose that's okay, everything comes and goes.

You and I both know, that a dancer's feet will never stand too long in one place. Gotta spin, spin, spin.

So what do we do now? There are colours dripping from the walls, and I'll dip my fingers in soon.

One more painting, one more piece of canvas to wrap around myself, one more night lost to the dawn.

Can we ever forget the things we try not to remember? This list gets longer. Black ink stains.

Relentless.

Written By Denica

Sept. 4, 2021, 3:17 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Mabelle

I cannot help it if you inspire me, Lady Mabelle.

But yes, a valid warning.

Written By Thea

Sept. 4, 2021, 3:06 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Artorius

My cousin is home. I'm happy he's home, I simply wish it was under better circumstances. My family has felt a great deal of loss lately and I have no doubt that Artorius will help soothe that with his presence alone as well as helping continue what he started at Magnotta, what has continued, and what will be always be.

Written By Piccola

Sept. 4, 2021, 2:40 p.m.(2/23/1016 AR)

I was asked whether I believe anyone reads what I write.

I know some people do.

But it is another thing entirely to wonder if any believes in what I write as I do.

I am not so vain to believe so.

Written By Andrina

Sept. 4, 2021, 11:10 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

I have finished the first eight of my project. Thirteen living commoners of renown and note have been committed to marble, metal, and wood. I have five more to go. I wish, sometimes, that I worked faster. But it takes time to comb through the whites and to interview my subjects. Still... so far those who have seen my work seem to like it. So perhaps slow and steady really is the way to go.

Written By Clover

Sept. 4, 2021, 11:09 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Sorrel

Words cannot express how proud I am to have Princess Sorrel Thrax as my older sister. I wish she didn't do so many things, but I've always known that she would be a hero. As I told my husband: Sorrel is as Sorrel does.

Written By Viviana

Sept. 4, 2021, 8:46 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

Oh, darling Scholar, yes -- yes I understand that the smell of haze is a bit much, but -- how else to endure the worst of winter but with merry-making? Besides, there is whiskey for later and these wonderful hot springs at the Lodge that I discovered after a meandering, meaningful tour.

(When she's not flattering me - she's being an imp.)

I have my questions and my answers -- no, no, not for you here. Not even for the Blacks. No, they're mine. I am only as good as my given words, mm? My word's good. Secrets are kept. Missives burned and ashes scattered.

Why? Did you ask why?

Theatrics, dearest. For no other reason than that's what I want to do.

Written By Mabelle

Sept. 4, 2021, 6:47 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Denica

Watch out for Princess Denica. She will take your darkest jokes and turn them into a piece of art you will have to deal with for the rest of your life, hanged in your chamber.
Beautiful talent.

Written By Mabelle

Sept. 4, 2021, 6:46 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

Whlie threats are looming over us and attention is diverted for help to Bastion and threats that constantly surround us, I am blessed there are others who see the importance of maintaining some sort of normalcy to live with after.

Preperations for the Art District are continuing, with the construction almost done, all that's left is to fill the halls. I am grateful for the assistance of Whisper Aconite in planning for the summer blooms and Ladies Zoey, Kiera and Master Jareth in producing the plays that will be showing in the first few months of the theatre.

As for me, I am personally working with Baroness Amari on the play that will share the fascinating story of how House Laurent came to bee. Soon we shall be holding auditions for actors. I'm very excited for the future. Almost as much as I dread it for other reasons!

Written By Bianca

Sept. 4, 2021, 3:30 a.m.(2/22/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Nigel

When someone follows the path of the Gods, it gives me a deep and abiding sense of joy, of hope. I know that all is not lost, for how can it be when belief remains? And so it was with the greatest of pleasure this evening that I welcomed the newest Devotion of Limerance, Lord Nigel Riven. May he go forth in love and fidelity to his vows.

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