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Written By Denica

Aug. 29, 2021, 4:21 p.m.(2/11/1016 AR)

A cracked vase has a story, a torn page is a mystery. I enjoy reading what is written between the lines. That's where the interesting bits can be found.

(most of the page is a mess of ink smears, drops and blotches, with words lost underneath.)

Written By Rosalind

Aug. 29, 2021, 4:17 p.m.(2/11/1016 AR)

It's nice to see and hear some people's understanding. It makes what you're doing worth it. Which is---just trying to show that differences aren't all that bad. If you want to unite people, act united. Pointing fingers aren't going to help anyone. Causing divide is what is happening, not uniting.

Written By Audgrim

Aug. 29, 2021, 3:38 p.m.(2/11/1016 AR)

I had a great time fighting in Sir Porters tournament for charity, with Sir Bhandn and I in one team, against Harlequin Tanith and Dame Bree in the other. We fought a long and hard battle, with the winner standing proud - Harlequin Tanith, with Dame Bree. It was, to say it frankly, the most fun I've had in ages.

Maybe I need to look into ways of having fun that does not involve my ass getting beat up? Either or, well done, good fun, a for a good cause. Sir Porter was an excellent host.

Written By Mabelle

Aug. 29, 2021, 2:45 p.m.(2/11/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Amari

I am so proud of Baroness Amari Redire.
Her trials on her path to her own land were not simple and she triumphed through them all.
I look forward to working with her toward further growth.

Written By Tanith

Aug. 29, 2021, 1:47 p.m.(2/11/1016 AR)

Fought in a charity tournament and paid for the pleasure ... only to be given a prize. How. Awkward. I don't know what to do with this! Make pillows? A quilt?

Oh, say, that's not a bad idea but-

I'll ask my mother. She's the tailor.

Either way, it was fun! And then my arm kept moving after the last opponent fell and I whapped my partner. Thankfully, Bree Harthall is a kind, decent, forgiving woman and did not throw me across the training center.

An exciting day!

Written By Piccola

Aug. 29, 2021, 1:30 p.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

This is the way of worldliness.

One cannot expect to understand the truth of a stone without turning it over. Enlightenment is in a higher place than righteousness; in the face of death, things like righteousness are rather shallow. The way to understand this is found only in consultation with others. It is said: "She who sees from the side has eight eyes." Likewise: "Thought by thought we see our own mistakes." But questioning from a selfish perspective yields no new answers. To attain these answers, travel through the land and observe what the Gods have given us.

Go to distant countries; go to some place where one is unknown. Bring with you knowledge so that you may bring the same home; it is dishonorable not to trade in like-kind that which one seeks. A rolling stone gathers no moss; a wanderer appreciates all hospitality; and hospitality is the slayer of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. For as much as the Queen has given you time, so it is not to be wasted by standing in one space and seeing one face of a stone. It therefore must be, in embracing death, that one set upon the road from time to time to contemplate one’s truths.

This is the sixth part.

Written By Acacia

Aug. 29, 2021, 1 p.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

Met with Raja and Prince Patrizio last night to talk of the planning for a new road. It was good to see Sweet Sam there as well and a brief but welcome appearance by Goodman Zakhar.

Obviously, there's much to be done and many folk to speak and consult with, support to build, and people to bring on board, but it seems to be all coming together.

It will be a good thing for all in the end. Certainly for the Lowers and those that trade and sail. It's rather a welcome thing to see a project weigh anchor that will benefit both nobles and common folk.

So with more meetings planned, starting with the Commoner Council, and missives to send to various ministers of the realm and to those who good souls who offered to help at the onset of all this, that being the Crown Minister of Civil Development, Marquessa Samantha Deepwood, Crown Minister of Coin and Leader of the Silver Consortium, Rook Champagne and Lady Mabelle Laurent, we begin charting a new course to a better Arx.

Here's to building new roads and stronger bridges between us.

Written By Kastelon

Aug. 29, 2021, 12:52 p.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

A week since Bastion and... I'm still having trouble being indoors. The confines of a place remind me too much of the flight through the tunnels beneath the city, and it just is too hard to get out of my mind. The press of people and the mad rush to be free of the horrors we saw there.

If only this could've happened during summer. At least when the snow gets too intense, I can disappear into the shed - Bessie and Astra don't seem to mind.

Written By Iseulet

Aug. 29, 2021, 11:55 a.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Domonico

I will remember you, and make sure your children do too.

Written By Kiera

Aug. 29, 2021, 10:58 a.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

Drake did an outstanding job at the gauntlent. Raven Corban and Bhandn did an admirable job too. Archlector Mathis seemed to struggle but i give him immense credit for attempting something I have not.

Written By Kiera

Aug. 29, 2021, 10:52 a.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

Brother Oswyn held another very informative research session with the scholars. It is so nice to get together and share your passion with colleagues. Thanks to he and Tarik I have embarked on whole new stream of research about which I am excited

Written By Tanith

Aug. 29, 2021, 9:59 a.m.(2/10/1016 AR)

I'm not above bribing half the Lowers to secure a romantic evening. A person will get drastic after a few months.

I'm not saying I did this.

But I would. Absolutely.

Written By Isabeau

Aug. 29, 2021, 12:15 a.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

Count Drake had one of the best Gauntlet runs I've had the pleasure of seeing, but Sir Bhandn, Countess Thea, Sir Corban and Raven all did exceptionally well. It was a rather fun time and I can't wait to see what happens at the Equestrian Course!

Written By Thea

Aug. 28, 2021, 9:45 p.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Domonico

The Malvici trio. That is what we were known as. We each had our own talents and there wasn't much we couldn't do when we were together. But now we're down. My brother, my middle that acted older brother is now gone. Not being out at sea, not with a sword in hand. By an illness that none of us could figure out how to cure. This isn't how you were supposed to go.

My brother was surprisingly patient with me growing up. He taught me how to swing a blade. How to use my feet. If you knew my brother, you know he was always yelling, "FOOTWORK!" He was my protector when I felt that I could very easily take on all the boys when I was little. I didn't know until later, but he went after them after I came back. He was stubborn and rarely laughed, but you knew that he cared about you if you were in that circle.

The Malvici trio is missing one. It won't be the same. I don't have any more words, at least none that will make sense. I've rambled enough, which is unlike even me.

Written By Raja

Aug. 28, 2021, 9:27 p.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

So, the initial planning has been made. There is a group of us that want to rebuild the roads within the Lower Boroughs. At first one may think, "why?" Well, the answer is easy.

1. Make it so merchants have an easier time getting back and forth to the docks, thus increasing trade and profit for the city at large.
2. Increase safety of the citizens that walk back and forth. (Just as long as they remain on the main road.)
3. Increase the defensibility of the area simply by making it easier for people to respond to any threat.

I am worried that many in the Lowers may balk at this. But, just like the library, I am sure they will be much happier once they realize how much it will improve their lives. However, we have to get permission first. You don't get to just tear up miles of streets without permission from it's liege! Once permission is obtained, then I will draw in the Commoners Council and various commoner families. Honestly, this project will benefit so many people both great and small. First, to receive permission.

Written By Carissa

Aug. 28, 2021, 8:34 p.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

In honor of those casualties at Bastion, in honor of those many victims both living and dead, I urge my fellow nobles to join the Heart in Hand charity with me. Together, we can do more.

That doesn't mean we can change the past. But perhaps we can ease some suffering, and in the meantime, make our world a little better for everyone.

I know I am but a minor noble, but I sincerely think that the more people we can help, the more rebuilding we can do in Bastion and elsewhere necessary, the better the Compact as a whole will be.

Written By Lucita

Aug. 28, 2021, 5:18 p.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

I got a terrarium from Sister Brigida, made of glass and with tiny plants thriving in it. She said it reminded her of me and to take care of it. So thoughtful a gift.

Written By Lucita

Aug. 28, 2021, 2:04 p.m.(2/9/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Domonico

Another friend, ally has died. He has led troops to help defend Saikland, taught our sailors to be more competent and offered sound advice. He did not go as I expected him to go, sword in hand battling enemies but from illness. And now am too sad to write any more.

Written By Arman

Aug. 28, 2021, 10:51 a.m.(2/8/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Silvio

To hear of my nephew's valor and the grave wounds he sustained in defense of those in the cathedral in Bastion... well, pride is not an adequate description.

Written By Giada

Aug. 28, 2021, 8:37 a.m.(2/8/1016 AR)

Oh what a misunderstanding can accomplish.

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