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Written By Orazio

Oct. 16, 2016, 2:20 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aldwin

A fine illustration of both the virtues of a man of honest, forthright scholarship, and of the difficulties in mixing such a man with an inherently complex and pride-driven world. Much can be learned from the Archscholar's wisdom and compassion. I only pray that the Compact learns the lessons while we can benefit the most from them.

Written By Darren

Oct. 16, 2016, 2:11 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Signe

Lady Signe is one of the Nightgold cousins. A bit out there, certainly, but the North is rich in personality and that's what makes us so interesting as a people.

She's promised me one of her pups once they are whelped. Perhaps it would be good to have a kennel built in the Ward, to aide her in her chosen vocation.

Written By Margot

Oct. 16, 2016, 1:41 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Abbas

Prince Abbas' if Fatima's brother. There father and mother supported my family during the Tyde rebellion and for that their father from across the seas was executed and their mother was sent off to exile in the Lyceum states.

As a result Fatima, Abbas and I grew up close together. While there are many orphans of the war in the Thrax house, they were the ones who shared my circumstance as the seed of the traitors.

While Fatima and I learned other ways to cope, Abbas grew to be a fierce Reaver and as a result went off to hunt and haunt the Dark Water 5 years ago. In all honesty I never expected to see him again.

I didn't realize how deeply I missed him until he returned and for a brief time I remembered the relief it is to have someone who wouldn't ask the questions or need an explanation and instead simply understood.

Written By Iona

Oct. 16, 2016, 1:02 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

Dearest child -- you can thank me for the continual interruptions of food and drink you have experienced today. I have told the cook that she is to invoke my name should you try to turn away the food, or insist on something meant for the rabbit hutch. A balanced meal is what gives strength, and you can scoff to your heart's content, but you know that I am right and that you would insist the same to me.

While your natural slenderness is a mark of much jealousy, I will not allow you to become skeletal. Eat, child, and know that I am here to help -- whether you want it or not.

Written By Iona

Oct. 16, 2016, 12:53 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gabriel

Returning to Arx has stirred up many memories for us. There was a time where this was our home, taking care of old Alaric's throne while his younger needed our guidance and nurturing. We moved our entire family -- young Michael, and younger still Lailah and Samantha -- and set up a life in Arx, a life we knew was temporary.

Now, back to preserve the throne again for Alaric, I am left looking on those days where you reluctantly held the crown and sat in the throne, and turned everything aside to make sure that all our children -- all of them, of blood and bone or not -- were given the tutelage they required.

Will we succeed again this time, or -- like a shore weathered with age -- will we be washed back into the sea, with all the secrets we hold?

Regardless the answer, know that I am beside you all the way -- the equal you have always seen me as, and a Voice of immeasurable volume.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 16, 2016, 12:31 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Myrinda

I suspect that I’ve been responsible for at least a quarter of the silver that threads through Myrinda Greyhope’s hair. I fear that I’m going to be responsible for a few strands more. One doesn’t warn a cat away from a mystery without explaining why.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 16, 2016, 12:24 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

A priest, two princesses, a guard, a giant, and a fool walk into a bar… It sounds like the beginning of a riddle, doesn’t it? Instead, it was the start of a card game. The priest won, but I think I made him work for his prize. I did not win money, but at least I didn’t lose any either, thanks to our gracious host, Silas Mercier. Seems I see him everywhere these days. Hosting archery contests, card games, at galas. I was not surprised to see him playing escort to the lovely Grayson princess. I’ve rarely seen a man so motivated to rise.

Written By Jarek

Oct. 16, 2016, 12:06 p.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

A man can know his heart, but he doesn't want to. The man who doesn't know the secrets of their heart lives in fear of himself. To live is to know the heart to know passion and to know flames. The beating of a thousand drumbeats only he can understand. Breathe in deeply of the world around you. Change.

Written By Victus

Oct. 16, 2016, 10:59 a.m.(11/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Signe

Can't claim to be much of a godly man. But there's a stretch between that, and pure fucking paganism.

This one's a proper pagan. Singing prayers to spirits, painting her kills in blood with heathen symbols.

Between you and me, priest, that doesn't seem quite right. Then again, she doesn't seem quite right. Something off in her head, I think. Perhaps her parents dropped her as a baby inbetween their bloody pagan orgies.

Still, as long as she's paying, I'm not going to tell her to stop buying me drinks.

Written By Silas

Oct. 16, 2016, 4:08 a.m.(11/9/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

The High Lord holds an appreciation of my work which extends beyond what I usually find, and I confess it is the sort of appreciation which makes all my work worthwhile. I think he is prone to hidden bouts of depression, so I sent him something to help when the metaphorical storm clouds gather. It is troubling to see a genuinely good man feeling down.

Written By Silas

Oct. 16, 2016, 4:03 a.m.(11/9/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

Princess Natalia has been bestowed all the kindness and loveliness her brother utterly lacks, but I find them both great company in very different ways. It's strange how siblings work sometimes, isn't it? I wonder who pulled all the pranks.

Written By Sophie

Oct. 16, 2016, 2:25 a.m.(11/9/1004 AR)

This eve, I had the pleasure of making acquaintance with both Goodman Lazarus Mercier and his delightfully earthy green tea. My dearest Isabeau also enjoyed herself, playing cards, and if there were anyone there to whom my sister must lose, I am glad that it was my brother in Faith, Prince Jerek.

Written By Natalia

Oct. 16, 2016, 1:25 a.m.(11/9/1004 AR)

As Sir Silas as an escort, this was a wonderful event. I must admire his game more than a little for it shows so much information to those that play. The Wandering Prince decided to forgo his purse, an odd decision; but one of merit.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 15, 2016, 11:55 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

What a great party my brother Silas threw. He always had a knack for that sort of thing. I did not play cards as I was not feeling the gambling spirit but luckily enough Silas gave me a space to sell a bit of tea along with the wine. I met a princess there called Sophie who is from House Valardin and she appears to be a conisseur of tea. She even has a small garden. Sophie complimented the tea leaves I collected before leaving home giving me more confidence in the business we are settling here in Arx. Mercier wine will never stop pouring but it would not be Mercier if we could not give you options.

Written By Gabriel

Oct. 15, 2016, 9:43 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

It is reassuring to be reminded of how well much of the next generation has grown up. Prince Edain seems to have weathered the storm of fire and blood that was the Tragedy at Sanctum better than any father could have hoped. Oh, he burns for revenge, but that is to be expected -- and desired. But he has not let his grief and anger cripple him. With men such as him and women such as Lady Dawn guiding two of the great houses, hope for the Compact may be brighter than anyone thinks.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 15, 2016, 7:59 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Donella

I met princess Donella at the market the other day. Admist the usual bickering of old merchants her voice stood out to me with an issue of her own. There was not enough trade happening in the Thrax Ward because all the merchants preferred the city center. In the Thrax ward nothing moves in or out with the Voice of Thrax knowing about it. She invited me to visit the Crimson Square after I mentioned that I was looking for a site to base a Mercier warehouse out of. The Thrax ward offers security.

Written By Lazarus

Oct. 15, 2016, 7:17 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Silas

My beloved brother and pride of Mercier, the Iron Guard Silas Mercier. Only two years my junior he has proven time after time as the voice of our household by serving as a knight in the Iron Guard. To my observation, his time there has made him sharper, realistic, and a little impatient and paranoid. My arrival to the manor was of course a great ordeal by the staff. I can be pretty harsh to them. So they were quick to make sure everything was to my specification. I could tell that moving into the manor disrupted Silas' stay there but I was quick to disarm him with the mention of a home cooked meal and the conversation quickly took a lighter tone. A trick that always works with him. I'm glad to be back alongside Silas. His company makes me feel safe, safe enough to take the risk required to propel House Mercier towards success.

Written By Iona

Oct. 15, 2016, 7:04 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Thumbing through these pages, I see that it has been almost three months since I have penned an entry into this journal. Unacceptable, my father would say. "What is the point of history if no one writes it down," so if I am responsible for writing down my own history so that others can learn, may it be so.

My return to Arx has been one of mixed joy, sadness, and apprehension. So long Gabriel and I have discussed journeying from Pride Hall to look in on our charges. Michael has been here, seeing to what I hope will be the tutelage he requires to grow into the man I know his soul longs to become. Then there is Samantha, and Barric, and Dawn, and the young Alaric -- children that are not of my bone and blood, but still mine nonetheless. Had our discussions turned into actions, it is my belief we could have been here when Alaric fell into his long sleep. I can hear Dawn already argue that there was nothing that we could have done to stop it, but perhaps the fallout would have been lessened if Gabriel had been there to offer his support immediately to our goddaughter. Surely as the former Regent, it would have soothed the fires before they burned too hot.

I believe that is why Gabriel insisted on riding ahead once he knew we were within a day's hard ride from the city. I allowed it -- begrudgingly. A wise decision, but sometimes wisdom tastes bitter despite its benefits. Now that we are both in Arx, I imagine that House Bisland will once again prove themselves to be the strong right hand of Greyson, providing strength and guidance to ensure that the throne is protected until the King can be revived and returned to the throne.

Written By Ida

Oct. 15, 2016, 7:01 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Mason

One thing I must say about the Graysons is that they keep fine and worldly company. Prince Mason (don't even ask me to try to write his real name, never mind pronounce it), came to the shop to place an order. He is the husband of Princess Lou, who I think is somewhat amazing, and was directed to me by Lady Dawn, who I have expounded on my adoration of already, I think (I hope, certainly!). But I digress.

While it was a first meeting, Prince Mason Grayson has this way about him that makes you feel like you have known him a long time. The conversation was easy and pleasant, both about business as well as his homelands and other somewhat everyday topics. I sometimes forget that there is a much larger and diverse world beyond our little section of it, and it was truly enjoyable learning a bit about one corner of that vast out-there-ness from Prince Mason.

Written By Myrinda

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:47 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

I am in my new space and my shop is set up. Now, I have more time and space to take on new clients.

And more time to start experimenting, one hopes.

But for now, I can remain a little in love with my space in the city. A pristine shop, the height of glamour.

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