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Written By Temira

Nov. 29, 2021, 6:59 p.m.(8/27/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Haakon

I always enjoy learning new things in life. And combat is one I have the least amount of experience in. So its great to have my near-brother take the time to train me. He's a great teacher, and even though our personalities are quite different, when it comes to training, Eswynds understand in ways i'm sure outsiders would think quite drastic but we are revers after all

Written By Gio

Nov. 29, 2021, 5:49 p.m.(8/27/1016 AR)

Mutualism. If anyone comes across a half-eaten wasp in their fig - don't waste it. I'm sure it's as good for you as the fruit is.

Written By Preston

Nov. 29, 2021, 5:27 p.m.(8/27/1016 AR)

The Most Holy wrote most eloquently on this, and I find myself in total agreement with them. Velenosa acts within tradition, how could I - as someone bound in the ways of the Orthodoxy - do anything but admire that? Even as I perhaps regret that such behaviour could ever be thought acceptable in any circles.

I do find it baffling some of the terms thrown around and the fury that surrounds these decisions. If you think someone has broken an oath? You have Seraphs. Speak to them. Or one of the archlectors. Or a legate. It is odd that people think if a High Lord were acting against the ideals of the Gods the Faith would be silent, and the Most Holy would even offer support. The Faith has always laid out the expectations of the ideals of the Gods. Even when that is unpopular. Even when it means we must speak the truth to people of political power, even to High Lords and Kings. We are honest friends, true advisors - but representatives of the Gods on Arvum first and foremost.

Of course, the politics of things? That I would not know about.

Written By Esera

Nov. 29, 2021, 5:26 p.m.(8/27/1016 AR)

There is power in ghosts -- in the memories that cling to this world like drops of dew to grass.

Sometimes, I take Donato through the gardens, beneath the weeping wisteria, and I tell him about his mother and father -- about my memories of them -- and those memories shine like a silver light around us. I like to think he can see the outline of them, in that light. That he can almost reach out and touch them. But ghosts, like legacies, are always just out of reach. We are always chasing them.

My dear Donato, you hold your parents' light like a beacon, a path through any darkness -- or into it. I will be there, whichever path you choose.

Written By Harlex

Nov. 29, 2021, 4:41 p.m.(8/27/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Vitalis

The opposite of unity is strife, not freedom. If you're going to be contrary, do it right.

You people commit a lot more damn crimes with ink and quill than I ever saw a highwayman pull with a straight blade.

Written By Savio

Nov. 29, 2021, 2:41 p.m.(8/26/1016 AR)

Did you know there are certain types of birds that lay their eggs in the nest of another type of bird? Not only that, the interloper bird then pushes out the chicks of the host bird, to reduce competition for itself. All the while the host cares for the outsider as one of its own. Isn't nature interesting?

Written By Ryhalt

Nov. 29, 2021, 4:08 a.m.(8/26/1016 AR)

So, I've been organizing the bookshelves to prepare for having them moved downstairs. Palamon has been sitting on top to supervise. However, more and more often he flies over to the window and taps on it, impatient to go on a hunt. His senses have been overturned by the moon being so visible the past few weeks. I told him wouldn't be great if it stays this way so we could hunt any time we liked, day or night? He gave me a look of such incredible contempt, like he can't believe he allows the presence of one so stupid around him. Of course, I had to follow that up by saying he can't enjoy the simple joys in life. He tucked his head into his wing and refused to even look at me the rest of the day, probably wishing death upon me. He didn't even ruffle his feathers when I reminded him how I will die.

While we do most often hunt at night, we do sometimes during the day, but he gives me this look like he thinks that I believe he is a lesser avian and have offended him deeply for treating him as one of them. He can't be honest and admit he likes hunting regardless of when we do. Still, I wonder at his increased surliness. Hinting at replacing him with a falcon won't help. Probably. Maybe dressing him up like Clover does Vim...

Written By Vitalis

Nov. 29, 2021, 3:43 a.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

If there was a god of unity, wouldn't it be Skald's reflection?

Written By Mirari

Nov. 29, 2021, 2:32 a.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Haakon

I know the lord is busy talking tough and screaming at seagulls but do not forget: the lord has been cordially invited to make his mark not with limited wit, but with those large, burly, Lycene-crushing arms of his and back up his claims with some honor.

Methinks that maybe lords who are more skilled with a pen shouldn't mouth off to any who write with the ink of blood.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 11:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

I will preface this by saying I am not privy to anymore information on this matter than anyone else. However, I am deeply concerned by the actions being taken by Archduchess-Regent Jaenelle Velenosa. She has made it clear what an impressive effort she has made in this role. No one denies that she has been an effective, even superb, leader in her time as regent. Her foresight has ensured that the Lyceum is stronger and safer. I am as grateful for the support she has shown to her vassals and theirs as one could be! She has performed her duty admirably.

Her duty as regent. The appointment of a regent is to lead in the stead of the named heir and guide that heir until they reach majority. That the archduchess-regent has been an exemplar is not in dispute, her demand to drop the "regent" from her title is. The Compact is built on the promises we make to one another, it is a promise, and it is weakened when we do not honor it. Being appointed regent shows a great amount of trust in the individual to care for the child heir and the lands and people they will inherit the rule of. And trust to release the hold on their power when the time comes. The role of a regent is meant to be temporary.

I say this knowing it is unlikely to win me any friends. In fact, I fully expect for this publicly available opinion to cause difficulty for me in the coming days. My hope is that any who wish to show their disagreement with me do so directly.

Written By Desiree

Nov. 28, 2021, 11:08 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

It has crossed my mind recently that I do not think I've told those close to me how thankful I am to have them in my life. I will certainly have to do this in person but would like to have these words documented.

First of all there is Dominique. I do not know many older sisters who are fearless and compassionate. To say Dominique goes into her projects passionately is an understatement. I always looked up to her when we were growing up and knew then as I know now that Wyrmguard is in capable hands. I still look up to her and always will.

My brother Damon, you are missed but I am thankful for the time we had together growing up in Blancibier. It was you who inspired my love of literature and often times when you didn't wish to be pestered by your little sister, I would hide away while you read aloud to your imaginary friends. I cherish the times you would read to me and I think of you when I tell grand tales to Dominique's children.

My cousin Sorrel, I thank you for your friendship, for always being a voice of reason and never thinking any question I have is too silly.

There are so many others still, my cousins Drake, Richard, and Kiera.... the list goes on and on.

Written By Gio

Nov. 28, 2021, 10:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

( In wine, truth. In narcotics, the blunt. )

We will be the destructive force of one another, of our - everything - I suppose, if we continue to pull at each lost and unraveling thread, creating chasm after chasm, isolating ourselves, burning bridges while still being asked into the crossing of them - and we're turning ourselves into the things that we are afraid to mention out loud.

Written By Cassiopeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 9:56 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Standing on top of the mountain, you see everything. It is not just the vantage point, but the journey that got you there. The twists and turns. The loose footing. The pain. The anguish. The joy. The victory. The freedom of the wind in your hair. It changes you. There is perspective, but it is not without flaw. While you see the world around you, the little details fade out of view.

If you don't stand your ground, you will fall. We all stumble, but when you jump, best to check there is ground to land on. Or, just enjoy the ride.

Written By Ian

Nov. 28, 2021, 9:44 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

I came to Arx during a rough time for House Thrax. I didn't understand it. I didn't know about the bridges that had been burnt. All I knew was that people left the room when I came in, and other people told me straight to my face that they wouldn't interact with me at all because I was an Islesman and they didn't socialize with my ilk. I was pretty lost at the time, and stood to lose myself more, the way things were going.

Valencia Velenosa not only reached out to me in a way that no one else did, she used her social pull to insist that people interact with me, and when I'd mess up, which anyone who knows me knows that I do, she'd smooth things over. She grabbed Arx by the shirt and all but ordered it to give me a chance, and her doing that probably saved me from sinking to become someone who I'd be ashamed to meet, now.

I don't know what's been going on over in the Lyceum ward, I doubt I'd understand if I did, and honestly, I don't care. Valencia was a friend when I needed one, and I know I'm not the only one for whom that's true.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:50 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cufre

I am ecstatic to hear that Harlequin Cufre Harrow's new shop in the Ward of the Compact has opened! My dear protege is an amazing artist with a gift for making metals and baubles that delight and inspire. She is not one for large gatherings, and I have politely squashed my own wishes to host an extravagant grand opening for her. However, she did not say I could not gush about her in my journals. So, should any who read this find they have need for a jeweler? I encourage you to seek her out at Heart of Stone. It will be well worth your while, I assure you.

Written By Medeia

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:49 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cufre

I am ecstatic to hear that Harlequin Cufre Harrow's new shop in the Ward of the Compact has opened! My dear protege is an amazing artist with a gift for making metals and baubles that delight and inspire. She is not one for large gatherings, and I have politely squashed my own wishes to host an extravagant grand opening for her. However, she did not say I could not gush about her in my journals. So, should any who read this find they have need for a jeweler? I encourage you to seek her out at Heart of Stone. It will be well worth your while, I assure you.

Written By Aureth

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:46 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Legate Cassandra suggested to me in a recent letter that the Faith ought to publicly set forth a lecture series or some writings, some liturgical reminders of the duty one owes one's sworn Liege and the head of one's family. At the time, it was my belief that no one could possibly be stupid enough as to believe that what the person who as of the instant writing is known as Valencia Velenosa is doing in public is remotely appropriate.

As this person continues to blatantly defy and condemn their liege in the bizarre expectation that they are somehow in the right, I must publicly admit that my faith was misguided. Someone, somewhere, does not realize how appalling a breach this is. Cassandra was right.

If by the unfathomable mercy of the Archduchess the person known as Valencia Velenosa retains the noble title which she now publicly degrades, this should never and be any account be taken as license by any to treat their oathsworn family the way this entitled upstart is doing.

The Faith offers our support to the House of Velenosa in this trying time of being beset by public foolishness and I offer my personal and public apology to Legate Cassandra Laurent for my earlier position on the matter.

Written By Cosimo

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:24 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

The streets of Arx.

I have been gone for mere months, but it feels like it has been a lifetime.

The roads, the buildings, the people; they all feel like specters that haunt.

Apparitions from a time when life was better.

My mother. My dear sisters. Blossoming lives now enrobed in the aether.

Is that all that Arx holds for my family?

Time shall tell...

Written By Thea

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:21 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

It's my birthday. I'm another year older. My son is almost 8 months old. I'm not sure where the last year has gone. In that year, so much has happened. So many losses. I guess there isn't much for me to say, except for how terribly grateful I am. And fortunate.

And my son? Watch your hair folks. Beards, head, all of it! And..he's going to be crawling now soon too. So watch your ankles!

Written By Rosalind

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:04 p.m.(8/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Cadern

Working WITH my brother was a fun experience. It was like like we were kids again. Kinda. Cadern got lost again, which was definitely like when we were children. I hope my niece has a better sense of direction.

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