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Written By Ilira

March 26, 2021, 11:10 p.m.(3/8/1015 AR)

No finer concoction exists to keep a woman awake through the night than coffee, creativity, and a full moon.
There are perhaps a few others, but this is a preferable favorite.

Written By Savio

March 26, 2021, 10:53 p.m.(3/8/1015 AR)

There is a special kind of cruelty that is no dramatic moment, it is no war, no bloodbath or nemesis. Just a tiny everyday moment, in which you could have done the right thing and didn't, in which you knew you were being hurtful but did as you liked anyway. It seems at the time to be worth it, though the reasons for such things leave so quickly, like trying to catch smoke in your hands.

I am reminded tonight of mistakes I made a long time ago. Nothing that changed the course of anyone's life, but still, shame curls the edges of my soul like a burning paper when I think of the hurt I caused, and for so poor a reason.

This despair is a reminder to be kind, and to have grace for those who fail to be -- although I think the latter is hardest when it's yourself.

Written By Natasha

March 26, 2021, 10:34 p.m.(3/8/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Orland

My Lord Orland Amadeo,

I always thought of information gathering to be comprised of two processes - the act of collecting it, and the act of verifying it. The former always starts with a question, while the latter invariably starts with the same question asked of different sources, in different times and perhaps different locations as well.

Ultimately, getting to the truth turns on how meticulous you are with the above, and your own skill in analyzing what is before you. I think it is important to realize and accept that there will be occasions in which your conclusions will be proven wrong, despite the utmost care in which you perform your due diligence. That is an inexorable reality of the work, where the wounds of its failures can only be dressed by the knowledge that you did not conclude what you did lightly, and were based on the facts as you knew them. You can only work with and act upon what you have, after all, but it is imperative to be decisive or the effort would have been for nothing.

Written By Raja

March 26, 2021, 9:05 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

I live! Gonna take more than /that/ to take me down. I wonder if I should try another approach..

Written By Varosh

March 26, 2021, 8:51 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

Best part about being a captain is deciding what we going to be eating.

Written By Thea

March 26, 2021, 6:38 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

It's amazing scholar, what you would do for a friend.

Written By Raja

March 26, 2021, 4:20 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

I am about to do something dumb. If it goes bad, just know it is my fault.

Written By Orland

March 26, 2021, 2:20 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Claude

Thoughts of a host to a Charity Benefit... thoughts of someone lucky to be alive because of the Healers!

In just over a months time, I will be holding a great day of celebration to honor the healers of the Physician Guild and the Mercies of Lagoma.

To my delightful surprise, I already have one art piece submitted! It's a beautiful piece of work, crafted by a carpenter I have not had the grace and honor of meeting yet, by the name of Claude. I did some digging into who he was and apparently he's under the Grayson fealty. He came to the Arvum through the consequences of the Wars that befell the Arvum when I was much younger than I am today. He seems to be noted as a quiet man and I do hope, he finds better days ahead.

If you would like to see his work, it'll be in the Crafters Gallery at the Crossroads Casino. Purchasing of this masterpiece will certainly be available during the Day of Healers, which the actual event is called Shake 'Em For the Love of Healing...

Many thanks to Claude, for his early contributions!

Written By Orland

March 26, 2021, 2:10 p.m.(3/7/1015 AR)

Thoughts of ... the future...a student of information...

How interesting misinformation determines the course of someone's choices. Digging for truth is really the only answer to ensure our choices are wisely made. But, the obstacle comes from the sources of that information. When your answers received are the ones that come from what a person perceived to be true, but in fact are laced with falsehoods, how can you really trust what you've been given, to make your choice, without again, finding others to either side with the first, or diminish the answers of the original source. Then there is the gambit of those purposefully answering in a fashion that they think we wish to hear, the right answers, the politically correct answers, those answers that fall in line with the larger narrative granted by the Faith, Crown, or Peerage. And what of those, who willfully deceive and misdirect, to close the gates upon what you need to know, to make your choices, because for whatever reason, those that hold the key to the gate, perhaps, don't wish you to walk through it. On top of that, what if your source just doesn't like you and is vile and vicious in sending you off course?

Isn't information funny. We are supposed to make bold choices, sometimes life altering choices, on what information we have. Yet, getting to that information, one must wade through webs of intent and personal agendas. To combat this, I have no obvious solutions dear reader, than doing your own research.

Written By Sabella

March 26, 2021, 3:55 a.m.(3/6/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Apollo

I have been blessed in the months since I returned from Bastion with several people being willing to give me a fresh start, to sit and speak with me so that we might find common ground to work from. I cannot express how truly grateful I am to have one among them be Apollo Whisper. His compassion, conversation, and creativity have all resulted in benefits that I hope I deserve.

The choice to enter into a patronage relationship is one that must be considered carefully, yet I admit that had I not been so surprised by the idea of being his patron that I would have squealed with joy as I said "Yes!" It is humbling and inspiring to have him under my patronage. I can imagine that we will do inspired things together.

Written By Sabella

March 26, 2021, 3:43 a.m.(3/6/1015 AR)

If one has not taken the opportunity to spend an evening in the company of Marquis Cirroch, it is an error that should be corrected promptly! On my way home from the bank, I came across him and his sister, Lady Tila, having a grand time in the snow with Prince Baldessare and Lady Kalani. Lady Zoey was passing through just after me, so I encouraged her to join me in joining them (at their invitation).

It is far simpler to toss a snowball at Relara or Gareth than it is to toss a snowball at an adult. I did not expect that to be so, yet I do not think I managed to connect with a single person. The children and I have not spent as much time out enjoying the winter as we might usually, with Niklas away. He brightens everything! I hope no one tells my little darlings I played without them, they may never forgive me! Oh, but I did have fun, thanks to having such excellent company. What a fond memory I get to keep!

Written By Savio

March 25, 2021, 9:14 p.m.(3/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Anisha

A perfect whisper, burning bright
Guidance through despondent night
Peace has gentled my strange grief
Heard and seen, a kind relief.

I feel better.

Written By Cambria

March 25, 2021, 8:56 p.m.(3/5/1015 AR)

Pleasure, like truth, is rarely pure and rarely simple.

Written By Eirene

March 25, 2021, 10:08 a.m.(3/4/1015 AR)

Guilt is a hell of a weapon, and boy, does that knife sting - even more when it's deserved.

Written By Carmen

March 25, 2021, 10:06 a.m.(3/4/1015 AR)

Back in town a few days, already seen so many new faces. So far everyone has been polite and (more imporantly) smart. I just cannot suffer fools. How long before I lose my temper again because of someone else's stupidity? Anger has already cost me too many friends. It's made me too many enemies, too many bad first impressions, though I'm not sure I care what idiots think of me.

It's only a matter of time before some idiot pisses me off and I lose it again. I guess I'll just have to do my best to keep it together. At least booze helps.

Written By Cirroch

March 25, 2021, 2:01 a.m.(3/4/1015 AR)

One may believe that I jump onto the first challenge when thrown, though it is also a level of seeking movement and something to do that is not simply sitting and watching everything pass us by. Our time here is short. Seize what you can and find the purest moment of joy that you can, when you can.

Mine was found tonight in a challenge to head out to the snow and attempt to sled upon the icy hill of the Plaza of Coin. Lady Kalani Seliki, Princess Sabella Grayson, Lady Zoey Kennex, Prince Baldessare Velenosa, and Lady Tila Sanna. Thank you all for a moment of escape from everything else weighing over our heads, for just some simple fun in the snow.

An additional thank you for those that came out for the pub crawl, Lady Kiera Wyvernheart, the bloody mercy Carmen Harol of the Crimson Blades, and Lady Emberly Crovane.

Lani, there is either a snowball in your future or a drink. We have yet to determine which.

Sabella, we will need to talk about the cease fire between our guards.

Written By Cirroch

March 24, 2021, 11:11 p.m.(3/4/1015 AR)

An amazing impromptu pub crawl for my cycle day was had, there was much whiskey shared and drunken over the period of wandering the city.
Thank you to all that came out, especially to those already in Traders Tavern when the troop followed in. Their patience for what followed along is most appreciated.

Written By Piccola

March 24, 2021, 8:36 p.m.(3/3/1015 AR)

The wisest generals know how little they know.

The necessity of believing with little or no knowledge should make us more concerned with carefully information ourselves than constraining others. Those who have not thoroughly examined to the bottom all their own tenets must confess they are unfit to prescribe to others. Those who have fairly and truly examined the same know that, past doubt, there is no reason for others to follow or believe them, else by the dint of hope that similar circumstances grace them. A general may only know themselves and presume from observation others.

If men were better instructed, they would be less imposing.

Written By Lisebet

March 24, 2021, 7:06 p.m.(3/3/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Sunaia

A belated note on Sunaia and Pasquale's wedding, which has come and gone without much fanfare.

I am very pleased with this match - it seems a good match for both of them, and for our houses.

The wedding was beautiful, and though we will miss Sunaia around House Ashford, we expect she'll be happy in her new home.

Written By Rey

March 24, 2021, 5:07 p.m.(3/3/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Tibault

I seem to always be missing Count Tibault, it saddens me this, but I shall continue to hold on to hope, and pray that we will finally have a chance to see each other. I have missed my adoptive father. I hope he and the house have been doing well here in Arx while I was away, back home in Brighthold.

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