Written By Piccola
Nov. 25, 2020, 3:42 p.m.(6/14/1014 AR)
Wisdom in warfare is the epitome of intelligence. Intelligence, however, is the antithesis to popularity. An opinion about the nature of the world is often so abhorrent to the people's sensibilities -- they use them without inspection and out of traditional habit -- that no man or woman seeking the approval of others dare affirm it in public. Although our leaders are not elevated by public opinion, it remains nonetheless important for all nobles to remain in good standing with their people and their peers, else they invite the sort of villainy and treachery later proclaimed just by ignorant victors.
Straightforwardness without civility is like a surgeon's knife: effective but unpleasant. Candor with courtesy is helpful and admirable, but of little use when a man is bleeding his life out onto a floor. Let those tasked with dissuading skullduggery seek and maintain political power, and remember, wise general, that you are their doctor: employed as necessary in their times of need and tasked often with completing the most dire and unpopular of tasks.
There is no virtue in political power.
Written By Ophira
Nov. 25, 2020, 3:26 p.m.(6/14/1014 AR)
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Written By Monique
Nov. 25, 2020, 3:08 p.m.(6/14/1014 AR)
Written By Lisebet
Nov. 25, 2020, 11:32 a.m.(6/14/1014 AR)
It is a question that I think may have no answers until one is in the thick of things, and may not thereafter be able to explain.
I pray to Gloria that I will have the strength and honour that is right, should ever I find myself in such situations.
Written By Gwenna
Nov. 25, 2020, 9:11 a.m.(6/14/1014 AR)
After word from Princess Sabella, however, I managed to create two pieces that I'm rather proud of, even if they needed quite a bit of touching up. Both will be donated for the Cathedral Art Auction Fundraiser and, while modest, hopefully will fetch even a bit of silver to go toward the efforts.
Written By Calista
Nov. 25, 2020, 1:04 a.m.(6/13/1014 AR)
Written By Elyid
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:29 p.m.(6/13/1014 AR)
Written By Elyid
Nov. 24, 2020, 4:50 p.m.(6/12/1014 AR)
Written By Ciro
Nov. 24, 2020, 11:57 a.m.(6/12/1014 AR)
While so far these searches have been in vain it is my hope that one of these days I will find the proper inn or tavern..And the proper blonde.
Written By Piccola
Nov. 24, 2020, 11:52 a.m.(6/12/1014 AR)
Many men have thoughts on the wisdom of vengeance. Some say it is more noble to forgive and more mannish to despise than to revenge an injury. Others say that revenge is profitable whereas forgiveness is expensive. Whether revenge is just or merely an emotion, a thousand scholars have spent a thousand pages memorializing their thoughts, opinions, and fantasies on the subject.
Let me spend one page for mine.
Vengeance is what it is. However we justify sating the appetite to see the pains inflicting on us inflicted upon others, there is no doubt a reaction based on circumstances. For some, it is sweet; others, it is bitter. As we can never truly know what is just to the Gods so it is that we can never be certain that how we feel is appropriate for the revenge we witness or cause. We can only be certain of the feeling itself.
And we are the most adept at convincing ourselves of the righteousness of our causes..
Written By Strozza
Nov. 24, 2020, 11:41 a.m.(6/12/1014 AR)
Peaceful silent reverie
Seven more should do it.
Written By Dio
Nov. 24, 2020, 10:54 a.m.(6/12/1014 AR)
Amid the colonnades, gardens and scriptoriums of the cathedral, disciples went about their business, untroubled so far as I could tell, save with the typical disputes of vow breakers. Instead, I saw the clergy of Ischia offering blessings to the sick and the poor, speaking to the families of the Seraceni court about the duties of marriage before Limerance, and offering advice to merchants on how to best acquire the favor of Gild.
At our quiet garden table, over a glass of Ischian red, Seraph Livia told me that those paying serious attention to Waldo, Ivan and the apostate faction are few on Ischia, though malefactors looking to profit from the situation should not be underestimated. Knowing my nature and policy, she refused to suggest any names for interrogation, and reassured me that faith in the gods and their holy vicars is the best path to peace at home and prosperous raids at sea.
The rest of our conversation passed on pleasing subjects: the best vintages currently available in the city, the latest works of Prince Sebastian Pravus, the songs of Lady Ophira Blackshore, and of course, the jewelry being crafted for the upcoming gala. In the end, Seraph Livia left me inspired and content, and I in turn left a sizable donation to the Faith that had once floated in the hold of Skal'dajan ship.
That evening I was walking past the Fountain of Gild as the first stars were visible at twilight. A painting caught my attention: a group of fashionably dressed nobles or courtiers standing by the fountain in the light of a fresh dawn. The painting itself in its color, texture and composition displayed genius and skill. The more I looked at it, the more I couldn't shake a feeling of familiarity. The eyes of one noblewoman depicted were as clear and blue as the waters of Ischia. Another nobleman was painted with the most exquisite waistcoat. I inquired as to whether the subjects of the painting were inspired by life. She said they were visitors from Arx, helping to solve a dispute among jewelers. I laughed, and paid her an exorbitant fee for the painting.
Written By Natasha
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:43 a.m.(6/11/1014 AR)
With that written, I do not think I have prayed as many times in my life as I have in the last week.
Written By Thea
Nov. 23, 2020, 5:36 p.m.(6/11/1014 AR)
Written By Aconite
Nov. 23, 2020, 4:55 p.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
I hope that's all the loss the city will suffer while I am away..
Written By Cristoph
Nov. 23, 2020, 1:14 p.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
Written By Aethan
Nov. 23, 2020, 11:53 a.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
Written By Strozza
Nov. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
Soft and free as mist
Eyes are emerald kissed
And contained within a storm
Written By Esme
Nov. 23, 2020, 11:10 a.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
We walk it every moment. We make decisions from the moment that we open our eyes and these alter our path and what comes of it. I have always tried to have a respect for the choices people make. I try to remove my bias from them to just accept a choice is a choice. It is not bad. It is not good. Merely a choice. There is always a reaction to that choice which cannot be ignored.
I was musing about the people we meet on our paths. We have people that have become friends, lovers, family, enemies, and everything in between. We interact with people and sometimes make shared choices. It is okay to love a person and not understand the choices they make. It is okay to say good-bye to someone as well. Sometimes the people on our paths are just there for a moment. They are to assist with something, they are to teach us something, and they are a spark not an endless flame in our lives. This, too, is okay.
It is okay to love someone fiercely, so very fiercely and still walk away. It is okay not to like someone for the choices they have made, but we cannot take away their ability to make the choices. There is nothing really pointed to this musing today. It is just people. I have been thinking about people lately. The ones that stay through everything and the ones that were just a burst of brightness for a few moments.
Written By Lianne
Nov. 23, 2020, 10:46 a.m.(6/10/1014 AR)
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