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Written By Raven

Sept. 19, 2021, 10:13 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Met a worthy new sparring partner, Sir Tovell is a formidable swordsman I'm honored to have faced. That's good because I've managed to anger another sparring partner and mentor so I will be needing the practice.

Written By Lou

Sept. 19, 2021, 10:10 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I keep coming up with lists for more things to do. This week, it's all about griffons. Aiden had stated a project so very long ago, to try and bring griffons back to Arvum. It was rough going for him, and at one point I know he gave up working on it. It can seem pretty daunting, trying to do a thing when there are obstacles in the way. I should know. I've got said obstacles that are much greater than the ones he had working on a project. That project stalled for me. But, perhaps, I can get movement on this.

I've sent out messages to those involved previously, to see if they still want to work on it. It'll be good to get my mind on SOMETHING other than Bastion, so I'm not completely consumed by the preparations we're doing there. And griffons? They're pretty damned cool, right? I'm hoping that those that helped Aiden can help me fill in some gaps. I didn't get to talk to him much about it before the war, other than to try and give him hints about where some have been sighted by a friend. We never did get to talk about that, alas. He would have enjoyed hearing the friend's tale.

Written By Lou

Sept. 19, 2021, 10:05 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Plots and plans are starting to come to fruition. House Grayson will soon be sending folk scouting inside Bastion. I have a broad team of people working on another related project. While I haven't been so very hopeful for a very long time, now that we're working toward finally moving to do something I'm starting to feel maybe there's hope yet.

It's still very hard. The not knowing if many of your family and friends are still alive, and which are dead. I witnessed thousands of people dying, literally, just on my street that night, and I'm still not really that ready to talk about it. I find myself looking over my shoulder all the time just to make sure some moving plant or vine isn't trying to grab hold of me. I still have nightmares about it all.

I try my best to be keep how I'm feeling in check in front of the children, particularly since Mason is still away on some business. I've received a letter from him at least, so I'm assured that he's fine. Everything is fine. For now. At least.

Written By Medeia

Sept. 19, 2021, 10:03 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

My birthday party with Cesare was beautiful. I'm so pleased with how the conservatory has come together, and I do believe it is finally ready to host public events. In just a handful of days, spring will be here and I'll be able to open the doors tot he garden so guests can move freely between the two spaces. This is very exciting! Cesare, of course, looked stunning. Does he ever not? That blouse! What a fabulous fabric that was. And, well, his position as Softest Whisper is very well deserved. I'm not sure I would have been able to handle the party crashers half as well as I did if it weren't for Cesare's steady guidance and cool head. I am constantly impressed by him, and I am truly among the luckiest of patrons to have had him agree to be my protege.

Afterward, my husband and I attended the Assembly of Peers. I am not sure what I was expecting, it being my first opportunity to attend since coming to the city. It sounded as though I might be witness to great turmoil, but instead it was a fairly standard dose of politics. I suspect far more interesting comments were being made too quietly for the whole of the gathered to hear. Though, I admit disappointment with some of the comments that were heard and should have been left unsaid entirely. Not that I am any stranger to saying out loud that which should have been kept to myself.

So many things to think about.

Written By Talia

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:40 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

A last will and testament that might be found filed with the Faith from Talia Baseborn:

To the Crafters Guild, I leave the wealth of my materials, not to include the alaricite, to be woven into new works of art. For inspiration and history, I as well leave the simple jewelry casket of gold which contains my collection of works by Guildmaster Joscelin Arterius.

To the Faith and Dominus Aureth, I leave all my coin for all of their good works.

To the Red Lady, the Queen of Aetheris, Ruby: if I do not get a chance to use the boons that are owed, the payment that you are indebted for the dress that you bought, then I request, if you will still honor them, that you will give one boon first, to my lovely, incomparable patron, Princess Berenice Velenosa. I wish for the second boon that you bestow it on Princess Zara Valardin and the third on Princess Sabella Grayson, for their support of the same work that you bought.

Last but foremost, the only person in my life that has been fully my own, fully my dream, fully my friend—Evaristo Arterius. I leave the alaricite in my supplies, so that he may craft himself some protection or weapon, and think of me, so that he might continue to fight for a better world. I also leave him the steelsilk gown known as A Visit From Inspiration, so that he may always seek her, and anything else amongst my possession that he might wish to keep.

Everything else should be given to the Faith to distribute amongst those who have need of it.

Written By Sorrel

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:36 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I'm not particularly sorry that I missed the recent Assembly. From what I hear, it was hardly that exciting. Besides. My family was there in good numbers, and I had nothing pressing to present. Instead, I had a nap since it was my birthday, and that was delightful. Plus there will be future Assemblies.

Written By Orland

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:24 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Giada

Without your guidance over the last six months... I would've never dared to think what was possible. Thank you.

Written By Piccola

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:21 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

To those who complain that it is a great misfortune to die before our time, I would ask: what time? What has been given all of us is as a loan of money, only no certain day is fixed for payment. And when that loan is called in, what reason is there to complain? For we have by then reaped the rewards of what we have borrowed, which was never ours to begin with.

Written By Ryhalt

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:16 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

While packing for a trip, I find myself dwelling on the nature of fear. Namely how to counter and minimize its effects. It isn't as if you can bottle bravery and hand it out when it's most needed. Would that it were that easy.

Written By Orland

Sept. 19, 2021, 9:11 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Savio

So much went into our political contract between Amadeo and Proscipi. I spent two years into gaining a friendship with House Proscipi by aiding them in numerous ways and then fighting with them by their side in two massive wars... Then there were the exceptional circumstances that had to align...

It truly feels like for the Gods themselves made it possible.

I will soon get to call you my Lord husband in the eyes of all... but the Archlector is not going to make it easy....

Still, with you at my side the future is going to be well worth living.

Written By Kiera

Sept. 19, 2021, 8:39 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

The knight games ended with lovely ball. the dancers were amzing. I don't dance well but someone is teaching me. Perhaps someday I will wow a crowd'

Written By Hadrian

Sept. 19, 2021, 8:27 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I just love, love, love, love, love weddings. I really need to write a letter to a dear friend about weddings. I just love weddings so, so, so, so, so much.

Written By Tarik

Sept. 19, 2021, 8:14 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I have found these Assemblies very informative. I am not sure why I did not attend them regularly before. Wait, I remember I was working.

Written By Tarik

Sept. 19, 2021, 8:08 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I think I have fallen too much in love with another Arxian winter. There are several tasks I thought I was going to complete before the end of the winter, and I fear that I will not get them done. Soon I will be wiping the sweat from by brow again...

Written By Denica

Sept. 19, 2021, 6:28 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I think I said too much, but I am not quick to apologize. What thoughts circle around in your heads? I could lose myself in them, so easy. You know I'll show everyone. It's all too beautiful to pass up.

Written By Zakhar

Sept. 19, 2021, 6:19 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

There are times in which fighting with an unconventional weapon really comes up to being helpful. Then there are those that refuse to understand that their blood is the seasoning.

Written By Cufre

Sept. 19, 2021, 6:02 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Felicia

The most recent shop gossip is about Fel and the question she put before the Assembly.

Most of what I've heard is mixed, but it would be: wagging fingers because we never speak of our family's past, doubt that we have any ties to nobility, jokes about not forgetting our friends and neighbors in the Lowers when we're elevated, irritation, well-meaning and on our behalf, I suppose, about the path being made so difficult as to be impossible.

What I've heard is most clearly and consistently is pride, though. I've heard so many variations of Marquessa Mia Riven's words about Felicia that I feel I can draw out most of the truth of them. That my sister has done so much to help others that the Marquessa would give Fel her time and would speak in her favor...

Yes. Proud.

Written By Ryhalt

Sept. 19, 2021, 5:37 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

My take from the latest Assembly of Peers: more nobles don't understand what it is for than those who do.

Written By Acacia

Sept. 19, 2021, 2:37 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

I heard about the decision at the assembly. Every bravo and fishmonger's wife is tittering about it as if it makes any true difference.

I actually don't think anything has changed. Other than it will take a little longer for those who have friends in high places to be elevated, it's always been this way. The only thing different is that they're just stating it openly. I actually don't mind the clarity.

Though, I suppose this means my lofty dreams of lady-shipping are lost. Whatever shall I do?

Honestly, I was never under the misguided assumption that a commoner like me would ever be so loftily placed for all my childhood daydreaming. I am what I am and I like it that way.

And, why should I not? I'm one of the illustrious and fiery Queens of the Lowers. Our numbers are many. Each lass a fierce and formidable, glorious example of our own nobility in their own way. We've got dozens down here and we don't need some silk's approval to affirm our position or passions.

So, I don't know what the whining is about. We all know that most of us are not marked for that. So, let's just get on with living our lives and doing the best we can to do right by our own just as we've always done.

Written By Desiree

Sept. 19, 2021, 2:13 p.m.(3/25/1016 AR)

Relationship Note on Eurion

I do not know precisely what it is about Lord Eurion that I find most aggravating. But there is something. I can't quite put my finger on it.

I think he thinks he's too charming and handsome and therefore I should find him amusing.

I do not find him completely unamusing. He has his moments, I suppose.

In a strange way, it was nice to see another familiar face returning to the city.

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