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Written By Lucita

May 4, 2023, 9:19 p.m.(10/2/1019 AR)

Drinks and tales of heartbreakers, market prices, High Houses, and lost places. Such an interesting variety of topics made for a lively evening.

Written By Icelyn

May 4, 2023, 11:07 a.m.(10/1/1019 AR)

One thing I've come to realize is that I will never feel at home as a peer if I don't take strides to fit into the world they inhabit. I don't think it will ever be the best fit, but I must take strives to be what I am called to be. I've been praying at Lagoma's shrine and expecting something to happen. But the real change, the real movement, will not be from society changing around me, or even the gods coming down to personally answer my prayer. It will be from me changing to better fit society.

So I took steps on my way home. I commissioned a couple of dresses. I put out a search for a Patron.

The gods give us aid, but we still have to take the first steps.

Written By Mattheu

May 3, 2023, 9:45 a.m.(9/27/1019 AR)

Relationship Note on Ann

The story through song and dance was well received within House Leary's gardens during their painting and drinks event for Jayus. It's a piece that I've been working on since setting foot upon the decks to come to Arx, not finished yet. Though small pieces as they come together are worth sharing with others.

I had been playing along the creek upon one piece where I try to hold a note into silence and the twins had come over to ask what I was doing. In explaining to them - Raya was the one to insist that they were allowed to help with the piece. And thus, Sil, Raya and Ilan came together in a manner where I would only expect if they were true Rivenshari. Leaving me surprised, we wrote them pieces and practiced until our sharing of performance the other night.

I can see that they will leave me surprised many times into the future, if they will allow me to see glimpses of what their interests are.

Written By Agric

May 3, 2023, 5:27 a.m.(9/27/1019 AR)

I wasn't sure what to expect for today's Jayus gathering. Would anyone show up? Would they be willing to share their hopes and dreams? Would anyone appreciate the strawberry cakes? Apparently, it's 'many', 'most', and 'one person enough for the whole group'.

I am thankful for the support of people here in Arx and especially grateful to Lord Mattheu Rivenshari for sharing a performance of the piece he's working on. If this is what I can expect of the community here, I will certainly hold another gathering before the year is out.

Written By Noah

May 2, 2023, 10:04 p.m.(9/26/1019 AR)

I'm not the hero of your story or anyone else's. Please stop expecting it of me.

Written By Jan

May 2, 2023, 7:20 p.m.(9/26/1019 AR)

You know that thing when you put conscious effort into one thing and manage to achieve the exact opposite? Hate it when that happens.

Written By Mabelle

May 2, 2023, 12:06 p.m.(9/25/1019 AR)

Relationship Note on Vandorean

Fused stone.
My cousin returned from Artshall and pointed out the amounts of fused stone.
I shall have to gather it and build a memorial garden for the fallen.
I wonder if any artists will be interested in trying to work with it.

Written By Denica

April 30, 2023, 9:35 p.m.(9/22/1019 AR)

What do you do when you hit a wall?

Do you keep trying until you have a headache? Do you turn around and go do something different? Do you enlist the support of others and come up with a series of plans? Do you try to find a way around the wall? Do you accept the wall is there and it's not going to move?

I think I'd like to paint the wall. Loud colours and big letters. 'Denica Was Here' or some other mildly amusing comment.

Written By Hadrian

April 30, 2023, 6:51 p.m.(9/22/1019 AR)

We've recently returned from a tour of our beloved Ostria and the opportunity to immerse ourselves within the culture of our people. Many months ago I spoke with the voice of my Duchess and declared that the Walled City's formidable defenses should become yet greater and that recruitment should be increased. Through sword, arrow, or horse the loyal sons and daughters of Ostria stepped forward in service to their land and liege. The First Hydra is flush with volunteers and those who have shown themselves to stand out as the very best that my wife's lands have to offer were invited to join with the Third Hydra.

Honor and pride abounds, only to surge to even greater heights as the city's namesake have been completed. Not since my wife's notion of the watchtowers that spread across the Lyceum was realized or the day that Port Valerio's deep water ports were made ready to receive the largest of vessels, has the Walled City been so prepared to do its part to defend all who seek aid and partnership within the Lyceum or beyond.

The shipwrights of Ostria have been working diligently and are truly worthy of both praise and their liege's admiration. The time and effort which they have placed into expanding the reach and capability of both the First and Second Fleet is truly a breathtaking achievement that leaves the Duchess and I filled with pride in our people. Time and again the Compact has fought and bled together to confront the myriad threats presented to us over what has been nearly two decades. While we of Arvum are no strangers to the need to commit ourselves in Gloria's name for the sake of securing our people and our lands, such tribulations can present a burden upon the shoulders of us all. We of House Mazetti extend our greatest gratitude to our people for their continued service, dedication, and at times greatest sacrifice to the safeguarding of our beloved Walled City on the Sea.

It has not only been the Arvani who have fought and fell in battle in defense of our lands and our ways. The people of Cardia have likewise lent their strength to our own, bolstering our ability and prowess on the battlefield to answer previously unimaginable threats from beyond our borders. Out of respect for our having bled in battle together, fallen dead upon the same fields, and the continued support that our friends from the south have provided? Not only does House Mazetti and Ostria stand ready to stand in the defense of our fellows in the Lyceum and abroad, but also with those friends from distant lands who have sacrificed their lives to guarantee that the Arvani way of life trudges ever forward.

Our visit to Ostria was inspiring and truly a balm for the soul, but I will admit that a small part of me has missed the hustle and bustle of Arx.

Written By Aconite

April 30, 2023, 1:23 p.m.(9/21/1019 AR)

Soon I'll be back to the road. Spending just a few days in the city between trips. I miss the days of idling away hours watching the world fall past while sipping Lenosian reds. I miss casual conversations that sparked up everywhere. Most of all I miss people, I miss my friends. I was prepared to lose some free time.. not all of it.

I need to be more diligent sending messengers.

Written By Gwenna

April 30, 2023, 10:12 a.m.(9/21/1019 AR)

Success is never final, nor generally is failure. Success tends to be the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. How very fortunate we are that the Northlands are filled with great people who often courageously greet each day with this in mind. Whether that be the courage to sow fields in less than hospitable climates, or defend borders against threats, or come to Arx to parry with politics. Each task is a piece of a much larger, though ever-changing, puzzle. There are times, like in this moment, when those endeavors bring the whole of the Northlands to a prosperous place. For that, I am humbled and sincerely grateful. It has taken many years and the efforts of so many people - family and allies - who quietly helped build something great.

Such things can be fleeting, of course, but it is nice to take in the moment when it happens and marvel at what the Northlands has managed to accomplish. Not that we can linger long at as much, for the winds of war continue to blow over the Compact and we must ready ourselves for what may come next.

Written By Dacian

April 30, 2023, 3:08 a.m.(9/20/1019 AR)

I was able to be truthful for once, to a new audience. In return, I learned more about people I didn't know of before, of hope, of falling stars, and rare things! Some topics of conversation will stick in my brain for a long time; like places you wouldn't want to have dragon scales.

Written By Lucaj

April 30, 2023, 12:26 a.m.(9/20/1019 AR)

Recently I have undertaken a new project with my ship, though on second thought the figurehead is rather old as are the masts. I may have to find a woodworker or artisan that is willing to take up the task of making it fitting given the new deck and the memorial it shall serve in days to come to those I have served with and known who have passed.

Fallen in battle or lost at sea they are not forgotten. Nor shall they ever be so long as the Tempest still sails and I am in command and Captain of her.

Written By Eirene

April 29, 2023, 7:16 p.m.(9/20/1019 AR)

The Physicians Guild and the Mercies of the House of Solace continue our partnership in preparing the Compact for darker days. We both strive to bring good health and long lives to all that we serve, and with our continued preparation we hope that we can prevent the worst of what may happen should those dark days come. And let's fucking face it, Scholar, we all know there's a storm on the horizon and I don't mean that big one which hit a few months ago... My thanks to Archlector Giada who is the best damn Q a person could want, and Mercy Azova who has shit handled while Mother Sophie is off on goodwill tours. I can't do it without them and I'm glad we're all on the same damn side.

Written By Bahiya

April 29, 2023, 3:36 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

This day was a long time in coming and I have no words. I am filled with joy and yet there will be much to grieve and adjust to. I promised that both of us would do our best to move forward in joy and not linger over what was so normal for us. To love someone so much to feel pride in their freedoms and yet sadness with the changes to come ... it is a complicated place to be. I am just as certain that as time passes, I will only feel more pride and joy and what my dearest friend has grown to be.

Written By Delia

April 29, 2023, 3:08 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

The resilience and ingenuity of the people of Arx have always been our greatest assets, and I am confident that we will continue to overcome any obstacles that come our way.

Written By Zyn

April 29, 2023, 3:04 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

General of Kennex - you might turn out to be a good drinking buddy after all. You just gotta do more of the drinking part.

Written By Zyn

April 29, 2023, 3:03 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

Master Sira -- looking forward to working with you.

Written By Ahrsen

April 29, 2023, 3 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

The salty air of the sea keeps beconing me to sail. I can only stand the fetid air in Arx for so long before I must set out. Now where is me first mate, not seen her anywhere as of late!

Written By Vandorean

April 29, 2023, 2:57 p.m.(9/19/1019 AR)

One apology down, a few dozen more to go.

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