July 30, 2022, 11:07 p.m.(2/11/1018 AR)
I'm ready, let's go.....
July 30, 2022, 4:42 p.m.(2/11/1018 AR)
War. Never without its price and as unpredictable as any other force of nature. Yet unlike storms, tidal waves and raging volcanoes, it is within our control to begin and end war.
Yet chaining such hounds once unleashed is far more easily said than done.
July 30, 2022, 2:51 p.m.(2/11/1018 AR)
I cannot think of a single moment in recent times that I've been quite so happy.
July 30, 2022, 1:31 p.m.(2/11/1018 AR)
Lord Myrgo Eswynd, named by my husband to honor the late duchess of House Tyde, was born some days past. I am always in awe of how very small newborns are. And how very much they look like their elderly relatives (blame all the wrinkles, I suppose). Myr does not look like a Saik that I can recall, so he must look like an Eswynd. Or perhaps like Haakon's father? A shame to have never met the man, but I carry a length of prayer beads he once did. Births continue to make me sentimental over some strange thoughts.
July 30, 2022, 10:56 a.m.(2/10/1018 AR)
Even though the battle was lost, I am honored to witness some of the bravest moments I have ever laid my eyes upon. There were many courageous people out there, but there is one moment that stood above the rest for me. Even while we were being boarded by an enemy vessel, I could not help but to observe the glory of the ship named Candlelight, led by Lord Wash Kennex himself! Even though several houses have begun their retreat after heavy losses, some remained, Wash Kennex was one of them. Even though pitch and tar were lobbed on his ship and firey arrows sailed into his vessel, Wash Kennex fought on. Most people would call the ship as lost and abandon ship. Not Wash Kennex! That salty bastard turned his ship and drove it towards the enemy fleet! It was glorious, even if in the end the Candlelight was lost. I am not sure how, but the man survived all that. It was am honor to witness such bravery.
July 30, 2022, 10:39 a.m.(2/10/1018 AR)
We lost the battle, but in the end, we will not loose this war. I am not one who is used to defeat. I admit, I am angry and this fuels me. Those oppresive, slaving, arses will get their just dessert.
July 30, 2022, 10:03 a.m.(2/10/1018 AR)
It's an old adage, that when one seeks passage with their baggage down narrow lanes choked with garbage they may be subject to a savage stabbage. It arrives as a package, the stabbage and the scabbage and the only remedy is a bandage made of cabbage or clean linen wrappage and a big bowl of pottage enjoyed in the safety of your cottage.
I didn't manage to fit ravage in there. I think I need more help.
July 30, 2022, 8:11 a.m.(2/10/1018 AR)
House Igniseri lost more than half of its fleet in the battle of Redshore Reef this week. It was heart wrenching to see so many ships go down, even though every one of them fought to save a life, some of them freed thralls themselves. Each person we lost will be honored in Igniseri lands.
Why are people so bent on keeping Thralldom. Is something akin to keeping people as slaves that important? Can't they, too, see that in keeping them they are being chained as well? Chained to a system and society that values people as nothing more than property to be held until some unseen debt is paid as more debt adds up? If they let their people have choice, allow them to prosper and flourish, don't they understand that their holdings would prosper and flourish as well? How much more work would get done if the people under them were allowed to be happy? The Dagonites are so, so short sighted that the'd rather kill kin and family over their right to keep people as chattle.
After going over the books, we not be able to rebuild our fleet until sometime long into the spring or summer, which I believe means we're going to miss one of the incursions. By some stroke of luck, some of the Dagonite men surrendered to us, rather than taking their chances in the water, and we have some prisoners. I do not know how much the Dagonites care about these men, specifically House Bloodbrook, but maybe we shall see. Until that time, they will be well kept as guests of House Igniseri, and afforded the comforts that the reaved thralls the Dagonites do not get.
July 29, 2022, 11:57 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
Returning to Arx at such a time has been an experience. One that's shown me how much I have yet to learn to truly consider myself 'up to date'. Fortunately, there seems to be a great many opportunities to learn, and I look forward to nothing more.
July 29, 2022, 10:39 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
I worry over my people, the ones from our ill-turned experiment. We do not rest, we do not sleep. The Arvani healers that are bent to finding a cure for this affliction are self-less and well-led, but I am relieved that Kenjay did not follow me. I have faith Miles and the others will find a way. They will.
July 29, 2022, 10:22 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
I refuse to let my children be raised in a world where slavery or thralldom is welcome. I will fight it tooth and nail.
July 29, 2022, 6:35 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
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July 29, 2022, 6:16 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
verb. - colloquialism used in the lower Setarcan disctricts
The motion one makes while wielding a luncheon knife when a certain infamous Crow messenger has left so many letters that they are overflowing off the table, and the receiver has not opened a single one, but he asked for a sandwich.
July 29, 2022, 5:04 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
I find it serendipitous to find so many mentions of poetry in the whites the week I've returned home after so long away. It is a fond wish that I have been missed at least a fraction as much as I've missed this city and its dreamers.
* * *
We are all creators for we all dream,
and in our slumber, our minds craft
a universe uncharted, wrought of thought.
July 29, 2022, 4:36 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
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Though...that may just be a medical term.
*Is* that a medical term?
July 29, 2022, 4:03 p.m.(2/9/1018 AR)
My wandering feet have brought me back to Arx and I suppose that it is high time that I put some roots in the ground. Speaking of roots, I'd heard disturbing tales of troublesome trees from local villages within the Oathlands during my travels and there is a tension that resides within each household as families struggle with the decision of possibly relocating for fear they'll be next. Even more disturbing, was my passing through the small township of Pimpled Pine to find it void of all life. It looked as if all the folk, that had been laughing a week or so ago during my visit, just vanished into thin air.
From animal attacks, towns mysteriously being empty of life, and now we've got agitated oaks? It is a strange time.
July 29, 2022, 10:20 a.m.(2/8/1018 AR)
What rhymes with cabbage?
July 29, 2022, 7:02 a.m.(2/8/1018 AR)
I wonder how many bells can be slung into the trees around the old walls in the city center...
July 29, 2022, 12:54 a.m.(2/5/1018 AR)
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Tee hee, I've had this smart idea
And Princess Lou will hate it
How can I make it come to be?
I know, I'll enlist a creative
What I want is custom made
Rhymes to discompose her
Donate silver? Of course not
I'll pay you in exposure
Some might say that this is rude
Some might call me a hater
But it's the very bestest plan:
As they say, none greater.
July 28, 2022, 10:09 p.m.(2/5/1018 AR)
Clearly in poetry, it is quite important to keep in mind the differences in regional vowels and letterings. I love this sort of challenge.