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Written By Jan

June 4, 2023, 7:02 p.m.(12/8/1019 AR)

I agreed to co-host a Masquerade. At least Titania is excited about taking me shopping, may the gods be merciful, maybe it won't be so bad.

Written By Jan

June 4, 2023, 7:01 p.m.(12/8/1019 AR)

I am learning what I can of battles of old but there is a reference to an ancient sword from before the reckoning and I imagine it's destroyed along with most everything else from that era but I can't resist being curious. It isn't the sort of thing I ought to post in a classified so time to ask around and spend more time in the library.

Written By Vandorean

June 4, 2023, 6:10 p.m.(12/8/1019 AR)

Maybe I should become a bard as well as a knight?

Written By Vandorean

June 4, 2023, 6:09 p.m.(12/8/1019 AR)

The Honey Festival was amazing and though I did not win, my bee stinging skills are much improved.

Written By Mattheu

June 4, 2023, 1:50 p.m.(12/7/1019 AR)

It's a strange world in which I have been on the outside of even the lowers. My siblings have worked with and employed those families before we took knee. It is a worthy ability to be able to see what those that would thumb their noses at us from being greater than us to now thumbing to us for the ennoblement which comes with taking knee.
It's a never winning direction between families and class of the city.
The amusement of how choice spins us as one and individuals

Written By Raymesin

June 4, 2023, 5:49 a.m.(12/7/1019 AR)

And while I'm at it, why were there so many silks at a commoner feast? Some of them are often seen about the Lowers, drinking and talking with us like we're real people - I've no problem with them showing up for the good days as well as the bad - but some of those others I've never seen outside the Wards before. Don't they have enough parties to go to already? Are their larders so bare that they need to come to us for food? Isn't it embarrassing for them to be seen in the company of the ne'er-do-wells and street scum of the Lowers, to endure the scraping and whistling and thumping of our music when they have perfectly good troubadors at home, to eat stew and bread when their chefs make delicacy after delicacy to delight the palate?

Don't they remember that the Lowers aren't safe for the likes of them?

Written By Raymesin

June 4, 2023, 5:38 a.m.(12/7/1019 AR)

Who brings the Inquisition to a Crownsworn commoner celebration in the Lowers? You might as well scream at the top of your voice that we have no meaning or worth in your eyes, that our feelings are immaterial and our pain does not exist. For generations we've known that success without title brings the Hoods to your door, to confiscate all you have up to and including your life. For generations we've lived in fear of the knock on the door, knowing that innocence is no defence against the torturers and thieves to whom the King has lent his authority.

They've tried to tell me that the Inquisition is different now, that since the end of Shreve it's been cleaned up and is no longer corrupt. And yet since then I myself have been threatened by an Inquisitor with exactly the same things that so many others have faced. I was informed that if I didn't answer a question I did not know the answer to it would go hard with me, and I would never again see the light of day. That my wife would be left a widow, and that I would end my few remaining days in agony - and all I'd done to earn this treatment was fight at the side of the Carnifex to save a Princess.

The Inquisition have caused generations of pain and fear and hatred. Why, then, would the Inquisition expect that we would be pleased to see them at one of our celebrations? Are our lives not hard enough, without that spectre at our feasts? We do not need to be reminded that in a world where title is everything, we are nothing. And if I vanish into the Hall of Questions after writing this journal, then may the Sentinel curse them all with seeing the truth of what they do.

Written By Ann

June 3, 2023, 3:33 p.m.(12/5/1019 AR)

The scholar event was enjoyable. Lord Agric is a good host. It was nice to be able to mingle with like minded people and see who the other scholars are of the compact. I look forward to another scholarly event. I do not think I'll be disappointed.

Written By Mabelle

June 3, 2023, 9:57 a.m.(12/5/1019 AR)

With recent talks of marriage in my surroundings, ,it has not escpaed my attention. If anything, all I could think of was having someone carry on my work and legacy. Maybe its not a bad idea.

Written By Agric

June 1, 2023, 5:29 a.m.(12/1/1019 AR)

I am pleased that so many bright and interesting people were able to make it to the academy this week. It would seem that I have more in common with some of them than I previously thought. Whether that will lead to anything deeper, I cannot say, but at least there is an active group of researchers out there pushing the boundaries of what we know. That is a comfort in itself.

Written By Lark

May 30, 2023, 9:08 p.m.(11/26/1019 AR)

To call this a disturbing trend would be to diminish it. The responsibilities of nobility are far more than our privileges. To lose two princesses and a prince in such a short amount of time can only lead to talk. Not the talk of wearing out-of-season fashions, or the kind that can be settled by calling for Champions, but the talk that may reflect poorly upon us in a most fundamental way.

I cannot pretend to understand these actions fully, though I am party to some, not all, of their details. I can only mourn for a future forever changed, and support what can only have been the most difficult of choices. I mourn as many do, through anger and confusion, sorrow and acceptance. This is far from a blanket cosign.. yet I continue to hold these individuals in high regard, for doing what they must, or what they felt they must.

To be born into this House, to swear into this House, with our Words... it is no small thing to place upon an individual. It is a Great thing, in fact. And it is a Great thing to have to set aside.

Written By Tikva

May 29, 2023, 9:21 p.m.(11/24/1019 AR)

In chronicling the history of my life for Vellichor, much of it in these pages is full of the little details of any life. But I don't really know how to write this one.

I was faced with a great choice and made a sacrifice. I do not, cannot, regret it. But while I will always love my children, they remain prince and princess of House Grayson, and ward of House Grayson. I will always be Mom. But I will never more be Grayson, and that is the hardest of this.

To abandon an oath is the thing I hated my mother the most for, yet here I am. Only crownsworn. Only Tikva.

And I love you, I miss you, but I cannot truly be sorry. You will understand one day, I hope.

Written By Cassiopeia

May 28, 2023, 10:03 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

There's such a beautiful sense of community here. I feel like home is everywhere, and I'm excited for the next chapter of my life.
My friends, my family, my neighbours; you've given me such a great gift. I am forever grateful.

Written By Sabella

May 28, 2023, 9:52 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

Congratulations again to Marquessa Cassiopeia and her new husband and Marquis-Consort, Nazmir. I had the privilege of traveling to Tremerous to take part in the after party. It was lovely! Even though I don't know the pair quite well you could very much see how in love they are with each other and that is a beautiful thing to witness.

It reminded me of Niklas and myself. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. Right now, I've a bundle of his plays in my lap and as I reread over them, the pain that was brought when I learned of his passing will haunt me forever, but the memories we shared will also, forever sit with me and triumph over the bad. I am a better person in knowing him and being able to look back on those cherished memories means so much.

Our loved ones that are no longer with us will never truly be gone, instead they reside in our hearts. The friendships, and relationships we make should be something we all take time to invest in. To kindle the love of family, friends, wives and husbands, because when the going gets tough it's those moments you make with them that will stay with you forever.

Written By Jan

May 28, 2023, 9:27 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

I keep being told I am over protective. I am working on it but why am I home if not to protect my kin? Perhaps it is simply restlessness masquerading as good intentions.

Written By Lucita

May 28, 2023, 9:15 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

Such a beautiful newly-wed couple and a wedding reception to remember, pageantry, music, such a blend of colors!

Written By Kenjay

May 28, 2023, 8:16 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

I have been tasked with seeking knights of several orders, and with a discussion with them of knighthood and what it means to them, and honour, and what that means also. The discussions thus far have been most interesting, but there is still more to be learned, Scholar, and more that I must know in preparation for my own knighthood.

Written By Tesha

May 28, 2023, 7:37 p.m.(11/22/1019 AR)

The Sea Gauntlet is keeping me busy with planning. I hope that it is well received.

Written By Ann

May 28, 2023, 3:14 p.m.(11/21/1019 AR)

Relationship Note on Caspian

Speaking of seeing familiar faces it was good to see the Champion. Now to convince him to stay in one place so we can finally have that dance he owes me.

Written By Cassiopeia

May 28, 2023, 1:58 p.m.(11/21/1019 AR)

Relationship Note on Nazmir

We did it.

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