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Written By Hadrian

June 18, 2016, 1:39 a.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

This Lord of Thrax is an uncouth barbarian more suited to piracy than representing his House. He is a weapon to be wielded; who thought he would be an asset at court or the Assembly of Peers?

I think I would like him during his good moods. I wonder if he has any.

What I would love beyond all else is to see him in a social situation where he has no choice but to attempt the niceties. Can he form sentences without cursing? Does he know the purpose of a fork? These mysteries and more will only be laid to rest should the day come when a command from his liege forces him to care.

I hope I'm there to see it.

Written By Hadrian

June 18, 2016, 1:28 a.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Calista

A beautiful woman sent me a rose and claims she does not hate me. Shouldn't that be enough for any reasonable man? If it weren't for the largely-contained Tor-Southport War, I could take her at her word without worry or care.

Unfortunately, a man with my last name caused that war. Her mother the Duchess of Tor could be considered the first casualty. The war proper began with Valardin knights supporting Duke Leo Fidante's claims. That this did not cause a wider war and bring more ruin and death than it did is a testament to skillful diplomacy and restraint.

Lady Calista and I have much in common. We were both very young during these events, neither of us could affect them in any way, yet they have, in many ways, shaped our lives. Will they continue to determine our destiny?

For my part, I hope not.

Written By Hadrian

June 18, 2016, 1:02 a.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

Duke Niccolo Velenosa is dignified without being pompous and respectful without resorting to flattery. He seems entirely unforced: either his entire life is a deception or he is genuinely self-contained. There is an economy about his words and actions - he doesn't say too much or too little. He expresses himself without revealing all, and his gestures are those befitting a statesman.

He would be a formidable opponent. I do wish I had been able to see him together with the Grand Duchess Carlotta. Given the lengths he went in order to wed her (who in the Lyceum doesn't know the story?), she must have been an extraordinary woman.

Written By Acacia

June 18, 2016, 12:37 a.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Issac

There's something Borough-pure about Issac that draws me towards him. Maybe it's that romanticized idea of our roots that kind of influences me. At this stage of the game, it's truly a matter of where he chooses to take it. Will he be loyal? Will he deviate from his path? Will he be consumed or freed from it all? He's one of the sole people which have me utterly curious about how he will turn out.

Written By Acacia

June 17, 2016, 11:40 p.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Issac

There's something Borough-pure about Issac that draws me towards him. Maybe it's that romanticized idea of our roots that kind of influences me. At this stage of the game, it's truly a matter of where he chooses to take it overall.

Written By Calista

June 17, 2016, 9:49 p.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Barric

The Sword of Bastion, Prince Barric Grayson is King Alaric IV's second cousin. He seems to have just come out of no where with his bold and brazen ways and I can't help but be completely amused by him. I don't know what it is about those Grayson men, but they are quite charming.

Written By Dagon

June 17, 2016, 9:22 p.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

Princess Isolde is a credit to her house and to her sister. She is pleasant and diplomatic, and I hope to work with her and her sister to maintain good relations between House Velenosia and House Thrax. I know how people feel about Mirrormasks, but I simply do not have the time nor the inclination to listen to any of that. There is work to be done.

Written By Brianna

June 17, 2016, 9:04 p.m.(10/15/1003 AR)

The manor of House Thrax. Victus claims it used to be a castle, that the Graysons tore it down after the Thraxian dynasty so it couldn't be repeated. It's something spectacular to see, even in the darkness; they don't have that sort of architecture up north, certainly not in Whitehold.

There was a servant girl there. She seemed so shy, and uneasy. Is that how they treat their people? Make them afraid? Is that how they expect their women to be? Seems like it'd be a miserable sort of time to spend life, being afraid of your lords and ladies so much. Wouldn't go very well back home, either. We'd end up with some kind of revolt, and those men and women are tough.

I ought to go and poke around in the other wards. The palace, the Thraxian ward, the Redrain ward - I'm practically sheltered. May as well take a look at every other place, isn't that right? I'll do that at some point, when I'm not fighting the affects of too much ale and pirate sweat.

Written By Moira

June 17, 2016, 12:27 p.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Theodoric

I am so terribly unfond of this man. He thinks himself witty. He thinks himself smart. But while he toils away seeking to usurp full control of the Lower Boroughs, people like me look towards a brighter future. There's a reason I live in noble-worthy surroundings, and it's not because I set my eyes so low - though I suppose setting his eyes low is all he can do.

Written By Ailith

June 17, 2016, 12:26 p.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

Those who rode with the king are obviously beyond help, but what has happened to His Majesty? This is no natural state for anyone to be in. I can only pray for his recovery. No doubt many will view this as an opportunity instead of seeing that something is seeking to sew maximum disunity and chaos, while I can hope that people follow their better natures, no doubt many high lords and ladies will be doing the work of Tehom before long as they scrabble for advantage.

Written By Ailith

June 17, 2016, 12:20 p.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

Isolde decided to try to persuade me that there is truth to what she has been taught about the Thirteenth, she is obviously an intelligent young woman but her words still ring false. She tried to persuade me that incorporating Tehom into the faith would strengthen it, like allowing a metal or a tree bending in the breeze, likening my faith to something brittle... Adding termites to a strong wooden house is a better analogy. She also tried to flirt with me, which was unexpected.

Written By Brianna

June 17, 2016, 12:12 p.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alaric

Sherrod gone. Alaric left as a yam - all eyes and no consciousness. Miserable timing for all of that.

It's not that I think he's a fabulous King, I really don't; he's a damn fool, but he grows on you. Like lichen. I enjoyed all those moments we laughed at amusing stories together. I enjoyed the riding we did. The hunting. The talking. He was a fool, but he was my fool - my closest friend for quite some time, until that farce of a marriage was performed.

I had duties in Whitehold to handle, but I do wish I had been in Arx. Maybe I could have helped him somehow.

Written By Victus

June 17, 2016, 9:34 a.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Marian

Didn't talk to her long, but she made an impression. I've seen women warriors with skill since I came to Arx, but they always struck me as pretenders in a way. Untested. Marian, not so much. There's something hard about her, something tested and tempered. She's tasted the pain of battle, carries the scars. I can respect that, woman or not. And heh, she spent half her life murdering Valardin knights. What's not to admire about that?

Written By Victus

June 17, 2016, 9:22 a.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

So the king, eh? I'd write more, but I didn't know him, didn't fucking care. What was it that Valardin Princess said? Yeah. A storm's here. Best secure the ship and prepare for a rough fucking ride.

Written By Victus

June 17, 2016, 9:19 a.m.(10/13/1003 AR)

I love the peace of taking a boat out on the sea, of fishing. Now the boat might be a small fucking skiff that'll overturn in any rough sea, and the sea might be nothing more than the rivermouth, and the fishing I do might be with a line that'll snap if something truly ocean born bites, but fuck it. I enjoy it. Worth renting it, worth taking the time to just relax and forget about Arx. Worth even being accosted by the lower borough trash to get to the pier.

Written By Kima

June 16, 2016, 11:42 p.m.(10/12/1003 AR)

Without boring you with talk of my mundane morning routine yet again, I will instead waste some ink on one of my pupils. Of the several that I am currently teaching, none show any real potential, but at least they still put forth some effort. This one does not. It's a frustrating experience, one I feel is highly unworthy of a person of my talents. While the pay is nice, it would be nicer still if I had at least one student that was capable of more than mucking out stalls.

Written By Moira

June 16, 2016, 9:34 p.m.(10/12/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Arianwen

The pretty wench is my favorite, that much is clear. We grew up together, she's practically a sister more than she is some ragamuffin cousin; she's so terribly pretty, and possesses such a pleasant voice. Perhaps more than anyone, Arianwen is a family asset, especially if my uncle refuses to step into father's shoes.

It's going to be a shame if we ever lose her. I need to remember to very carefully screen any suitors.

Written By Niccolo

June 16, 2016, 8:54 p.m.(10/12/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Talen's father was a great man. He was a man that didn't hesitate to save my life, at the cost of his own. His sacrifice will not be forgotten, and in order to honor him I agreed to raise Talen in our household. In many ways, Talen is like a son to me. He is the Sword of the Velenosa, and he does a fine job in that position. He is loyal to a fault, in particular to Esera and he certainly makes for a fine protector of my daughter. Duties made me miss a lot of his childhood, but it pleases me to see the man he has become.

Written By Brianna

June 16, 2016, 12:53 p.m.(10/11/1003 AR)

I won that spar. Victus Thrax can cry all he wants about it not being true, but it ended with him on his ass before he pitched a little fit and stated it was over. And the Pravus woman, she was just trying to show off; she thinks she has style, but the shavs don't care if you've got style.

Whiny bastard. That's what Victus Thrax is. And I don't care if he ever sees that written down, it's truth enough. Oh, the mirrormask is crazy, boo hoo. Oh, she accused me of killing Alessandra, boo hoo. He doesn't listen to common sense. Maybe he did kill her. That too personal for this?

Written By Donrai

June 16, 2016, 1:34 a.m.(10/9/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alaric

His Majesty Alaric Grayson, Fourth of His Name, King of the Compact, high lord of House Grayson and the Crownlands, Prince of Bastion, Sovereign of Arx, and ruler of Arvum is weak. That this surprises the other lords of the Compact is a testament to how worthy of contempt they truly are, as their own lands are menaced by shavs they lack the will to exterminate. The Tragedy at Sanctum occurs, the prince of Sanctum is slain, and what does our king do? He sends his condolences. I'm certain the Abandoned were dutifully impressed by his mettle.

It is to such a man that I married my beloved niece Princess Genevieve Thrax, to make a queen of her and to see a child of Thrax and Grayson blood sit upon the Elfbone Throne and rule with Thraxian strength over his entire dominion of Arvum. But even in the simple matter of getting a woman with child and protecting her, the boy was overestimated. My niece died in a 'tragic fall' in the palace, no sooner than I received word she was child, and again, I am presented with condolences. His sorrow. His profound regrets.

I have little use for condolences, even less for sorrow, and none at all for regrets. So I have come to Arx to call him to account and the boy flees the city upon my arrival. Going on a 'retreat'. How profoundly accurate. Still, he cannot be long missing from Arx, and I shall be waiting. With anticipation.

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