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Written By Talen

Aug. 21, 2016, 4:55 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

On a whim, Talen encouraged a small, private affair in the depths of the Velenoa estate and only a few external guests were invited. With themes encouraging indulgence, it was much the flavour of a Lenosian party that brought the Sword of Lenosia a certain degree of satisfaction. With the mood one that was welcomed by its participants, another is undoubtedly on the way. Perhaps this time more liberal members of the Arxian populace will be invited, too. It's always encouraging to see people embrace southern mentalities.

Written By Talen

Aug. 21, 2016, 4:37 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Caprice

Caprice Artiglio is Talen's cousin by blood, one of the few people that he call kin without a naysayer piping up from the corner. Remarkably gifted in bringing Lyceum fashion to life, Talen is sworn to protect her not only out of love or fealty but due to the very necessity that the Velenosa family are clad by nothing else than her magnificent outfits. The only downside is she often gets so lost in her craft she can do little else, like any savant in their element. Talen's certain he can lure her out of it and give her more to life than that-- if only she'll loosen the lacing on her corset a little and let down that hair.

Written By Kima

Aug. 21, 2016, 3:54 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

It was a chance meeting, coming across Lady Dawn in the Hall of Heroes that day. I hadn't known it was her, of course. Not that, I don't believe, the opposite would have changed my mind when it came to engaging in that candid discourse.

What strikes me most about her, now that I've had the time to digest our conversation, is how genuine she appears to be. Even if it's all and only statecraft, I suppose I would rather believe someone's smile to be born of true feelings, rather than false.

...Or maybe I wouldn't. Actually, I most certainly wouldn't. Someone with that kind of potential in the art of manipulation is frightening.

Right. Lady Dawn Grayson. Our first meeting was a pleasure, and I greatly look forward to the next.

Written By Enzo

Aug. 21, 2016, 3:33 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

This week is a lucky one. I made so many wonderful pieces of jewelry. Even more, I figured out where to use some parts of a low quality metal. Though, I am not yet sure if people find it appealing. I hope they will.

Also, I got a very interesting order from Admiral Alrec Magaldi. He wants a large self-portrait. I must admit, that he is quite a handsome man but still... I've never done that large self-portrait before. It's quite a challenge and I have but three days to finish it.

Written By Dawn

Aug. 21, 2016, 1:36 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

It has been a whirlwind week but one that has proven correct my decision to travel from Bastion to Arx. The work that kept me there has followed, of course. There will be no escape from that.

But here I've found some solace in the company of others. So many have expressed their sympathy and their support, and given me the opportunity to do so in return. It's heartening to hear that Grayson still has friends, that we retain their affection and, perhaps more importantly, their hope for the future. I will have to remember their kind words when I sit with my brother again, and feel his fingers grow slack when I try to curl them around my own. We need those well wishes now more than ever.

But... this week. I have met with high and low alike, attended private conferences and ridden out in the hunt. I've been allowed to watch their games, and been given the opportunity to contribute to the smiles and happiness of others.

In many ways, I am blessed and it's important to keep that in mind, no matter how difficult the days become. I have a great deal of privilege and a greater responsibility to recognize what can and must be done from the place I hold in life. I only hope that I'm able to live up to the needs of this time, for the sake of Grayson, of the Compact, of Arx and Arvum.

And I will write here too, in hopes of Vellichor reading my prayer, with Lagoma reading over his shoulder: please let my brother be returned to me, and to all of us. We need him and I miss him, so very much.

Written By Jaenelle

Aug. 21, 2016, 1:25 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

I have taken it upon myself to find Valerius a watcher. For his own good, of course. I am worried that he will get himself into trouble, so as his older sister it is my job to make sure that does not happen. He can be very charming, which worries me as well! I have to pick someone that won't give into his whims each time he smiles and says something flattering to them. I can't tell you how many times that worked on me as a child, and like to think I am immune to him by now, though ... I like him to think he still is able to sway me so he thinks i'm the best older sister in the world. Which I am, of course. Valerius you owe me a present by the way. I'm writing that to keep as a historical memory so it happens and I don't forget when you try to wiggle your way out of it.

Written By Morrighan

Aug. 21, 2016, 12:57 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

Ferg may not be -that- bad of a person, I think he just might be the kind of man that's really difficult to try and get to know. Or talk to. Things were settled, much to my surprise, and I received a small present. No one has given me a gift before, to my recollection. It left me a little shocked, but the earrings are very pretty and has my favorite everythings. Now I just need to find a really good bottle of whiskey...

Written By Ida

Aug. 21, 2016, 12:44 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Mistress Acacia Culler is someone Prince Edain mentioned my work to and we crossed paths at a couple of events I didn't avoid. She's quite good at engaging people, I've noticed, and can navigate socially far better than I think I ever will. It seems genuine, which maybe makes me naive, but I suppose I don't care if it does or doesn't. Her compliments of my work are beyond kind and she talks my wares up to other people, which has no doubt lead to work I might not otherwise have received. She's purchased from the shop and commissioned several things personally as well. I've really enjoyed speaking with her and we even got to chat for awhile in the shop over whiskey. I'm hoping to get involved in the Fight Club she is starting up and am excited about the whole endeavor - both for myself and her! She is one of the people I am most glad to have met here in Arx.

Written By Ida

Aug. 21, 2016, 12:35 p.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

Lady Dawn of House Grayson - that's how her messengers come, so I assume she's not a princess or 'highness.' If she /is/, she's yet to correct me. Though the 'Lady' of the title probably means not. ANYhow, oaths, such a tangent. She sent word about a bow, and I admit that bows may be my favorite to craft. She sent far too much silver, but thankfully also decided to add some armor and a sword. Still, it was far too much silver for even all of that, so I tried to refine the weapons with what I had left. She seems like such a wonderful sort, even through the simple messenger exchanges, and generous to a near fault. Atop that, she left the color scheme for the items to me and I have to say, I think they may be my favorite mix of hues thus far.

Written By Enzo

Aug. 21, 2016, 10:29 a.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

I miss my sisters. I wonder what they are up to? Especially, the younger one. I hope she is not in trouble... Well, who am I kidding? Of course, she is!

I have to save more silver. Just in case. After all, I have three sisters... Even if I am their baby brother, I still have to take place of our father and help them.

Written By Enzo

Aug. 21, 2016, 10:26 a.m.(5/11/1004 AR)

I have so many pieces of low quality metal... There is no point selling it, because I would barely get few coins. However, I can not make toys for children out of it. I am worried that they might hurt themselves. Wooden toys are more suitable to kids. Of course, I could make some figurines, but they do not have as much success as I expected.

I hope that Jayus will inspire me soon, because I hate seeing all those piles of low quality metal in the corner of my shop.

Written By Isolde

Aug. 21, 2016, 9:55 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

My sister can be... utterly confounding. So far, I have been right every time I've tried to convince her of things, yet she -still- balks at my suggestions. It bothers me more than it should, since, obviously I am a fickle, silly thing. I just... wish she'd truly believe I have her best interests in mind. And that I'm much more managable when I get my ways. I love her dearly, and one day, I'll be able to give her peace of mind, truly, and without reservation. For now, I will still try. Try with all my heart. And casually mention she might find my journals interesting.

Written By Isolde

Aug. 21, 2016, 9:52 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

It occurs to me that Papa has yet to get me my pony. I thought to go to the Hunt that Prince Edain held, but... it seemed a bit much, and only reminded me that I am cross with my father. One should -always- keep their promises to their youngest daughters, lest the wrath break against the walls of the Estate like a maelstrom of the Mourning Isles. A pony is really not that much to ask for, is it? I suppose I'll forgive him eventually. Especially if there are two ponies for me in the deal.

Written By Isolde

Aug. 21, 2016, 9:50 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Morrighan

A delightful tailor from the North, with the most quaint accent, she seems eager to expand her network. I've tasked her and Caprice to make something suitable for me, for the impending winters, so that I'm not drowning in shapeless furs. She was rather receptive to the partnership, and my hopes for a new, universal fashion trend increase dramatically.

Written By Isolde

Aug. 21, 2016, 9:41 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

Prince Fergus Redrain is... well, in some ways he is typical of what I think of, when I think of the Savage North. He has little patience for the subtlety of the Game, and has a mind of singular purpose. But there is immense complexity to him, readily evident, despite his claims to be a simple man. His mind intrigues me, both personally, and as an Acolyte. On top of all of that, his gifts are more amusing than they have any right to be. It will take practice to be light on my feet with several pounds of steel and high points at the heels, but the challenge has been laid, and I dare not fail to rise to it. Otherwise he might make good his threat on that dress....

Written By Jaenelle

Aug. 21, 2016, 8:36 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Marcas

Marcas is a dangerous soldier that has seen his share of death and destruction. There is a sadness and anger that rests just beneath the surface, and it is an almost deadly walk one takes when speaking with him. He is interesting though, and always quick to smile and share a joke with me when we meet. I don't know if I make a difference, but I would like to try! He is a good, albeit sometimes smelly, man. Loyal.

Written By Jaenelle

Aug. 21, 2016, 8:24 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Acacia is Duke Niccolo's protege. I am not quite sure what this means, but anytime I have been around her she has been an absolute delight! We have plans to steal a ship one day, though i'm not quite sure where we'll go after that. What could go wrong?

Written By Max

Aug. 21, 2016, 7:42 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Malorie

For a land-loving woman, she sure knows how to show a man of the Mourning Isles a good time. As in she held a hunt a lot of silk-swaddled and heavily armored toilers attended, and I rode a horse for the first time. No comment on her yet.

Written By Calain

Aug. 21, 2016, 6:32 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

The Mounted boar hunt event was extremely well organized. Princess Malorie seems to have a knack for this sort of thing, able to keep everyone involved and engaged throughout the event. I was the first to flush the boar from hiding, but had much less luck with actually hitting the thing. Boar spears are clearly not my forte. Prince Edain performed the best overall I think, followed by Sir Silas, but it was Princess Deva of the northerners who finally finished the creature off and won herself an impressive trophy for the feat.

Written By Calain

Aug. 21, 2016, 6:28 a.m.(5/10/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

I had not seen Lady Dawn since she was but ten years old and I am not sure what I was expecting. Perhaps her to be the same impish girl but just larger? Or for her to have become what so many promising young ladies of the court seem to when they grow into adulthood, a mindless socialite. Neither was the case, she has taken to her role as Voice of the King like a fish to water, her quick wit and vivaciousness carry her as well through the troubles of leadership as they do through the sway of a party. It would not be a wise man who tried to take advantage of the King's sleep to contend with Grayson.

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