Written By Vanora
Feb. 24, 2020, 9:55 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
It seems even more impossible that they are both Blanchard.
I did not grow up close to my mother's family. I believe I met her brothers only twice before Belladonna summoned me to Arx, where I had cause and opportunity to again.
Yet Uncle Philippe has reached out to me. Extended his hand, and offered what few others in the world could.
He cannot likely appreciate how grateful I am for it.
I still miss Uncle Niccolo every day. I was not as close with Uncle Tomasso, but I think on him too. And Uncle Piero I loved...all the more reason to hate the brother who helped plot his end. Family is nothing if not complicated.
I am grateful that for all the family I have lost, there is family also to be found.
Written By Tanith
Feb. 24, 2020, 9:23 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
Next time, I was sure to holler "MAGPIE, WATCH THIS!" Different man the second time though. Still pretty satisfying.
Also since the scholar here is looking at me funny, I want to explain that alcohol is magic. If you're drunk enough, as drunk say as the people I toss out, you've the bones of a squishy new bean vine, bendy and flexible. Sure, you'll bruise when you hit cobble, but I haven't broken anyone.
Excuse me? Oy! What's this 'yet', lad? There's no 'yet'!
Written By Tanith
Feb. 24, 2020, 9:13 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
Written By Ilsa
Feb. 24, 2020, 6:24 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
Written By Preston
Feb. 24, 2020, 5:31 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
Relationship Note on Alarissa
Written By Oddmun
Feb. 24, 2020, 1:40 p.m.(10/24/1012 AR)
It's been a long ride with nought for Umber for company. She doesn't talk and I do prefer it that way, but a part of me does crave some company that can carry a conversation, and doesn't eat and shit at the same time.
Think I'll find a place for a drink and a hot meal, then see about settling in over the next few days. Never was one for reading lots either, but it seems I've got some reading to do whether I like it or not.
Written By Dycard
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:12 p.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Relationship Note on Revell
At first glance, I took you to be no more than a 'flower girl' - a stereotype that typically summarises not only a profession, but a personality, an ethos. Shame on me for making such a judgement.
Instead, you are clearly more than that. You're outspoken, but that doesn't do the idea justice - you speak your mind without reservation (albeit with a great deal of post-speech nerves), you actively despise duplicity and self-suppression. You drag lies, doubt and hesitation kicking and screaming into the light, and that is a rare quality.
It does make you a potentially problematic friend to have around as you drag -my- hesitation and subtlety into the light (with the gentle touch of a rum-soaked Thraxian in a chinashop), but perhaps that is good for me, in the long run.
What made you this way, one has to wonder? Perhaps in time, -that- will be dragged out and revealed.
Written By Dycard
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:11 p.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Relationship Note on Dianna
I confess that in large part, this game is just that - a chase, a pleasant distraction from the dour seriousness of obligation.
But, having attended your ceremony, having heard what you said to your reflection - and your reaction to Revell's breach of decorum - I have to admit, I find myself increasingly interested in getting to know you better.
Either way, you -are- a most pleasant distraction. We must have that dance sometime.
Written By Dycard
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:10 p.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
The Gambit's hold has been emptied, her cargo sold for a song - she'll need the space. I'd not thought to return to the waves so soon after arriving, but in truth, I can't wait - Arx is a beautiful city full of beautiful company, but I find myself restless within her walls - I need to be out -doing- something. If it's something useful, all the better.
What exactly I -will- be doing is not for a white - not yet, anyhow. For the moment, I'll take delight in saying that my father would be ashamed of me.
Written By Lucita
Feb. 24, 2020, 10:01 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Written By Aedric
Feb. 24, 2020, 8:54 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Written By Perronne
Feb. 24, 2020, 8:51 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
I apparently now own a trebuchet and a dromond.
I guess I'm ready to fight someone? Anyone want to fight? Can I put the trebuchet ON the dromond? Does that work? I guess I could try! I don't think it could go the other way around, unless it was a very LARGE trebuchet.
But, seriously. What do I do with these things?? I don't know how to sail a boat! But I could live on it, I guess. Ooh, and I could decorate it! I need paint! And silk! And maybe some gilding? I don't know, that might be tacky.
Written By Miranda
Feb. 24, 2020, 8:47 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Relationship Note on Arcadia
However old they are...
And pretend that it was the plan the whole time.
Lovely, Cady, I'll learn from the mistakes you make. Neener.
You know you love me.
Written By Revell
Feb. 24, 2020, 6:19 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Relationship Note on Dianna
I like to pretend that I know people, but in reality, I am sure many of my readings of others are awfully wrong. That's what addendums are for, though!
I met Sister Dianna at about the same time that I met Lord Dycard Blackshore, and despite spending almost an entire day with the pair, I still don't really know what to make of the better half. I'm talking about Dianna, of course.
Every time she speaks, I find myself uncertain if there is any merit to her words or if she is lying through her teeth to appear like a pleasant, warm soul that others can flock to. I am sure you know the type. They say whatever is needed to diffuse any tension while simutaniously making you like them more - usually within the same breath!
I know this all sounds very damning, but it isn't meant to be. I like being in Dianna's presence - it's always an interesting time when she's involved. And so what if some of her persona may be faked? I am sure she still brings brightness into the lives she touches and that there is no malice behind her actions, so who would I be to scoff at that?
What it does is make me feel sorry for her. As a Mirrormask, I am sure she spends a lot of time staring at her own reflection, and with the carefully cultivated image she presents others with-- well, I imagine it being hard on her. Facing your sins, your most foul thoughts, and being unable to share them with anyone. Perhaps, she even surpresses them, maybe even to the point where she doesn't realise it! Ironic, for a Mirrormask, but not impossible.
Anyone who wants that badly to be good has to suffer.
I'll talk about this a little more in another entry, but during an event all about "Meditating on your reflections' I accidentally made a fool of myself and in the process managed to say something that struck something within Dianna. I would have liked to figure out what that means, but alas, I never did.
All in all, I would say that Dianna is somebody whom I admire.
Ah. Note to self: She's also very charitable. I plan on paying her back the 3000 silver that she loaned me (Don't fight me on this, Dianna) once I've started making a profit off of my business.
Written By Shard
Feb. 24, 2020, 4:49 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
There was also the saying that 'a greedy raven eats well, but a fat raven can't fly', but I'm not sure how well that kind of wisdom would go over in this city.
Written By Monique
Feb. 24, 2020, 1:49 a.m.(10/23/1012 AR)
Anisha's game is perfect for her, with her air of mystery. Contestants for her neodymium thorn will have to invent for her an origin story, of who she was before she became Anisha Whisper. Creativity and ingenuity, as well as a good story, will be rewarded over believeability. But it doesn't HURT if the story sounds plausible, I'm told.
Princess Alarissa has set her challenge up in the Queensrest Inn, and it's a fearsome one. Contestants will need to convince those austere and picky patrons that they should get her praseodymium thorn.
Lord Dante and his retainer will be quite literally laying around, and drinking wine. Good luck convincing them to get up and hear you out! But if you can, you'll win a brass thorn.
If the spirit of Gild moves you, you'll very much enjoy Archlector Etienne's challenge. Because who doesn't love having to deliver a sermon spur of the moment, under the judging eyes of the Gods (and the Archlector), to claim a golden thorn.
Princess Sabella has an extremely exacting challenge for contestants. For her, you'll need to tell a story. But not just any story! The ending must have a proper twist, enough to impress a Princess of Grayson's high standards and win you her silver thorn.
Once more, Lord Sebastian's game will be a test of the sharpness of one's mind. He has painted a great work (all of his works are great!), which together with a rhyme will give the answer he's looking for: but it won't be an easy task, for art is subjective and riddles can have many answers. But if you find the right one, you'll win his steel thorn.
Perhaps the most dangerous of our social pre-games is Swift Grayhope's challenge. Swift will be setting up at different points in the city and inviting contestants to test their alchemical know-how! Can you claim the copper thorn without staining your hands? We're sure it's not permanent... (we're not sure, actually)
And finally, my game is a choice between three, a choose your own adventure, if you will. Will you persuade my assistant Primus to reach the highest bookshelf for you, to retrieve your lost thorn? Or will you translate an ancient text to find it on your own, lost in the stacks? Or perhaps the Gilded Page's steward-in-training has lost your thorn! If you don't teach her proper stewardship, she may never remember where it went!
I wish the best of fortune to anyone Hunting Thorns. You make this fulfilling for me and I thank you.
<OOC - for pre-game rules, 'bbread events/76'>
Written By Strozza
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:44 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)
Written By Elloise
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:11 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)
Written By Arcadia
Feb. 24, 2020, 12:03 a.m.(10/22/1012 AR)
I am glad she's only one and won't remember this failing on my behalf.
Written By Tarik
Feb. 23, 2020, 10:50 p.m.(10/22/1012 AR)
Please note that the scholars may take some time preparing your journal for others to read.