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Written By Myrinda

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:44 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ianthe

It is wonderful that she is back in the city, and thinking of setting up a shop of her own! And she has promised to find me some steelsilk and fireweave at cost, so that I might start trying my hand at stitching with the material.

If only she would stop trying to put me into an early grave with worry, now. Settle down, child.

Written By Silas

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:40 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Lazarus

It appears my father has taken to bed with his illness and my brother has been given official reign of the family business. He has arrived in Arx, with his small army of servants and tons of furniture.

He means to "modernize" the business by moving away from the vineyards and instead producing wheat and herbs so we may enter the whiskey and tea markets as well. It is not an unsound idea - wheat is far cheaper and more reliable to produce - but I suspect our uncles will protest the change as old men stuck in their ways are wont to do. I had just started to freely distribute our wines, too!

I am glad to see him, though. It has been a few good years since we've had the opportunity to sit and chat, let alone live in the same dwelling. Being a good merchant requires constant travel but he may get some rest yet.

Written By Mason

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

You know, you don't have to buy my sword. I'm not destitute.

Unless this is another angle at getting our child named after you. At least we know which aunt to hand our child over to.

You do realize that a boy named Dawn would be a bit strange, yes?

Written By Mason

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:22 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ida

Dawn was right about the smith. Ida knows her craft and very happy to talk about it at length. Granted, she is the chatty sort, which actually I did not expect. Very considerate to what I was looking for, granted I had no idea what kind of colors are proper for a sword. Green? We decided on green.

She is a good woman with a good heart, I'm glad to of met her. And the reality is, I would visit again simply to talk. There are few in Arx that I would really consider an honest friend, but she makes no attempts at being anything more than kind and understanding. Not what I expected from a smith.

And really, I'm kinda curious to know what kind of fights she's been into.

Written By Mason

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:19 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

In my time with Graysons, I have considered them to be not much like the nobility I have associated with in the past. Very goal-orientated and very generous.

My thoughts on Natalia go against that. Well, that's not fair, she is a lovely girl, but I have never seen a woman who is so caught up in fashion and presentation.

Again, she is lovely and I enjoy talking with her, and perhaps there is a bit of that Grayson wanderlust that I see in so many of them. I should tell her more stories of Erusus at some point.

Still, she's enjoyable to speak with. I told her if she wants to get on Lou's good side, do not ask to tea. Rather, bring a bottle of whiskey and sit down for a talk. Lou may be more willing to oblige.

I wish her luck in that. Oh, and never call her by her real name. Lou. It is always Lou. I speak from experience.

Written By Jaenelle

Oct. 15, 2016, 5:31 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jarek

Another distant cousin of Esera and Isolde. He is a strange man, though someone I have instantly taken a liking to. You can't help but be happy when you're around him, even if you are left scratching your head after any encounter had. He is someone I could consider a friend, he does not want for anything, there is no hidden meaning behind his words, no secrecy or desires. He is around you just for company, and who am I to deny him that?

Written By Dawn

Oct. 15, 2016, 5:18 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Natalia

It is good to have someone who is as enthusiastic as Natalia for entertaining. I will confess that I have little time or inclination for the parties and balls that the more social nobility in Arx require. But Princess Natalia thrives in those circumstances and I am happy to leave the planning for such to her. In this, she is another of House Grayson's many assets.

Written By Dawn

Oct. 15, 2016, 5:12 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Iona

Duchess Iona will say she is only a woman who has done whatever needed to be done for her family and her liege House. But I know very few women who would open both their homes and their hearts to so many children who weren't her own. Some would offer shelter, yes, but I believe she loved all of us who came into her care. For a girl who never knew a mother, the warmth, affection and wisdom that she gave to my teenaged self was invaluable and she never held it against me, my early moods as I struggled to come to terms with the circumstances of my life. In many ways, I model myself on her as I move through my duties.

Written By Dawn

Oct. 15, 2016, 5:06 p.m.(11/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Gabriel

After my father died, it was Duke Gabriel Bisland who took over the task of raising Alaric and I. Taking in two children still reeling with grief, one of them a future King, was no easy thing to do but I believe he did so without hesitation. It was Duke Gabriel who provided stability and guidance through my teenage years and it is to him, in part, that I owe my present ability to navigate these difficult waters.

Written By Calista

Oct. 15, 2016, 4:13 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

The gardens of Tor were among one of my favorite places to visit. The flowers that grow there are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen in my entire life. I might be biased.

My intention for the Fidante Villa is to recreate a piece of home here in Arx because I am and have been just a touch homesick. Shh, don't tell anyone for fear of bringing ruin to my reputation.

Little by little it is coming together. We have imported some of my favorite rose bushes to replant in the new garden and have incorporated some flowers, plants and even succulents that are indigenous to this region where they will thrive in Arxian climate. Prospero has even gifted me with a gorgeous orchid that is growing so fast and furiously, I've had to prune it a few times now and have quite a few sprigs that are in the midst of rerooting. Come next Spring the Fidante Villa garden will be buzzing with activity.

The little birds have begun to flitter about, too. Their songs are so sweet and I just adore listening to every little thing they have to say.

Written By Calista

Oct. 15, 2016, 4:04 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jarek

The Smoke and Shadows Gala is where Prince Jarek Velenosa and I got to know one another a little better. He is a disciple of Lagoma which I find rather interesting as Princess Isolde is a Mirrormask disciple. There must be plenty of heated religious conversations at the Velenosa home during dinner.

He surprised me though with his wit and charm and of course his philosophy on life. We exited the gala only to stroll through Reflection Square and gaze a the stars for a good while. He seems like a good man and certainly someone I enjoyed my time with.

Written By Calista

Oct. 15, 2016, 3:45 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Joscelin

Mistress Arterius is going to make me look fabulous. Of this I am sure. We met at her shop and she seemed to just get me. Not only is she a vibrant personality but she also keeps her shop well stocked with Fidante wines. How could I not want to give her my business! I might have to persuade Leo or Prospero (or both) into an early birthday present.

Written By Calista

Oct. 15, 2016, 3:43 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Sylvie

I have had the pleasure of meeting with Lady Sylphie Zaffria a couple of times now and each time we meet I find myself enjoying her company more and more. Appearances are often deceptive; She seems delicate and reserved but knowing of her recent loss I can only imagine she is focusing on family and business.

So young and so beautiful to be a widower. The same misfortune fell upon my beloved brother Leo. Oh, is that a potential match I smell?

All kidding aside, I do believe Lady Sylphie and I have much in common. I look forward to getting to know her better.

Written By Lydia

Oct. 15, 2016, 3:11 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Cicero

I have heard that the Prince is writing poetry. I think it quite charming! A habit that some of the northern noblemen could adopt perhaps.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 15, 2016, 1:18 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Saedrus

Some people create works of art. Some people are works of art. Master Cicisbeo definitely falls into the latter category.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 15, 2016, 1:14 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Blacktongue

Wits as sharp as the edge of a blade that could tear one to pieces simply by holding it improperly. He speaks such flattering words, but there is a part of me that suspects that is part of the joke. How could I resist whatever lesson the Jester is willing to teach? Like in any good story, he refused me three times with warnings of cruelty.

Blacktongue asked me what I wish to learn from him, but I fear he would be disappointed in my answer.

His tongue is black. I wonder if his heart is as well.

Written By Salazar

Oct. 15, 2016, 12:13 p.m.(11/7/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Calypso

Calypso Malvici is the kind of woman that breaks lesser men on the adamant surfaces of her sword and shield. I, however, have figured that I shall not be just another suitor chasing her with sweet words and gifts. Or a suitor at all really; people who value Calypso Malvici as simply the object of a political marriage to a family that commands the largest army in the Lyceum would be sorely mistaken. Especially since she's the one who commands that army personally. Having understood her needs and strengths - martial rather than marital - I've offered my services to help her house obtain business and contracts for their wine and other mercantile interests. It bores her; it is an interesting challenge for me. Perhaps this will be a fruitful relationship.

Written By Audric

Oct. 15, 2016, 6:16 a.m.(11/6/1004 AR)

I love this city. It reeks of too many people, so many of those people are always on edge, always worried about a knife in the back.

So worried, most of the time, that they don't consider a friendly smile and a sword in the front.

Arx is wonderful. I hope to never have to leave again. But I know I'll have to. There's so much coin to be made encouraging paranoia and treachery. It's the sort of city that could make a sellsword fall deeply in love with it.

Written By Blacktongue

Oct. 15, 2016, 3:16 a.m.(11/6/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Ianthe

A woman that has many stories and likes to be the subject of just as many, if not more. If her smile doesn't inspire them to be written than her smirk most certainly will.

She puts on a beautiful performance when she wants to. We'll see how my lessons help.

Written By Natalia

Oct. 15, 2016, 1:50 a.m.(11/6/1004 AR)

I am upon my third day in our wonderful city. This punishment has been all I have thought it to be. My dearest brother has allowed me to have full access to the room.

I have met some most lovely people from Ladies to Princely Pirates. It is almost a dream of how wonderful my reception has been.

Of course, when the voice met me, she was instantly aware that I am to be the house of Grayson. She knew immediately that I was the on to arrange fetes and galas. I know that she is sure to trust me in such things.

Then there was the wonderful Prince Donrai. He was a bit more than unexpected, but I am interested to see how our games play out.

Now to get the seamstress to get back to me, so that I might start on my wardrobe. I'm a bit put out that I have not heard back from Aurora, but perhaps she is caught up in commissions. We shall see. For now, I can see the city is brilliant and happy to receive me.

They are all lucky to have me. They will find this to be true. Style has come to Arx.

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