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Written By Aureth

Nov. 20, 2018, 10:56 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Death spun our souls from her own blood. It is not a gift reserved to those who live within the Compact.

The Abandoned you kill today could be reborn as your granddaughter tomorrow.

I have had reason to consider, in my musings on the topic of life, death and choice, that there are bonds between many of the gods in the Pantheon. Much has been written of the fidelity between Gloria and Limerance. Some has been written of the connection between Limerance and the Sentinel, on the virtues and demands of truth, duty, and honor.

Death sets you on your path, and the choices you make from there define it. I won't call it a binding between Death and Skald, for Skald suffers no bonds. But the fact of the matter is, the choices you make are what write your story, and that story is the weave whose weft and warp is the gift you give to Death, in return for your life, when she gathers you into Her embrace at the end of your days.

So. If you choose to bend the knee, and embrace the Compact, and the Faith, that is a choice that carries meaning, and entitles you to the fidelity and benefit of being a liege-sworn, oathbound citizen of the Compact, beneficiary of our history and our traditions and our cultural grace. And if you choose to reject the fidelity of the Faith, and the protection of the Compact, and live as an outlaw, a barbarian, or heretic, that choice, too, carries meaning. And that meaning makes you an enemy. Perhaps you made that choice because you were deceived. Perhaps you made that choice because you were afraid. Perhaps you made that choice because the life you live has turned you entirely to evil. Perhaps you made that choice because we failed to reach you, for one reason or another. Perhaps you made that choice because you have not yet had the opportunity to make another, because of where, and how, and to whom you were born. However.

I write now to caution from removing the humanity of your enemy. She is a human being. She has a human soul. When she dies, she will return to Death's embrace, as you will. That doesn't mean that she isn't an enemy. But it does mean that she is not a monster.

Fight your enemies. Fight them with honor, as you swore to Gloria. Perhaps that is a fidelity between Death and Gloria.

Written By Meriah

Nov. 20, 2018, 10:55 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Amund

For a man of 'so few words', you certainly are outspoken about your opinions!

But I suppose its easy enough to be so -to the point- when your only sell-able trait is the murder of your fellow human.

Anyway, I'm commandeering your prejudice to draw attention to something that doesn't involve slaughter or poking things or whatever you serious-murderer types get along about:

The condition of the Commons Clinic is commendable but I think we can do better. If anyone is interested in adding another wing to the Clinic or additional floors. Or _anything_ at all to do with bringing good medicine to the people of the Lowers (locals, prodigals, or sad and violent sellswords) please send a missive my way.

I'm in the market for charity lately.

Written By Shard

Nov. 20, 2018, 10:52 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Amund

Does the Compact deserve to be put down like dogs when its members raid, pillage, and kill? Many, many people make entire careers out of it.

No one has been defending bandits, pirates, cultists, or raiders that I've seen here.

Written By Kenna

Nov. 20, 2018, 10:09 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Gilroy

There are plenty of places in Arx that smell VERY bad. I enjoy those places quite a bit. It's very strange.

Written By Alrec

Nov. 20, 2018, 9:48 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

I like hats. I mean, I really like hats but I like hat-makers even more.

Written By Thena

Nov. 20, 2018, 9:19 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Perronne

It's been difficult to write lately, both physically and emotionally. But I would be remiss if I didn't make a note here than I am thrilled that Mistress Perronne Amboise accepted my offer of patronage. She has the exact right knowledge and attitude to help me accomplish great things in the Knights of Solace. And while she is more than capable of accomplishing great things of her own with no help from me or anyone else, I am excited to see what she comes up with.

Written By Philippe

Nov. 20, 2018, 9:14 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Good Chevalle men and women lost their lives in the defense of the lodge. I hope I can honor their service by taking care of their families. Once I figure out the logistics, I want to invest in a fund that would pay a pension to the widows and children of these men and women lost in the battle for the defense of Chevalle but also for the men and women who were made unwhole due to injuries were taken in battle. I will call this project; The Silver Stallion Fund. I hope this can provide a little bit of solace for their families.

Written By Alrec

Nov. 20, 2018, 8:15 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Some people write books in their journal. Is it because they lack a publisher? I am sure theres one in Arx.

Written By Orathy

Nov. 20, 2018, 6:07 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Y'all done playin in the forests now? I ain't finished cleanin out yer closets... go back 'n play with them bunnies some more eh?

Written By Orathy

Nov. 20, 2018, 6:06 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Harald

Ya shoulda hired me ta protect ya... shit, ya would've been a good reason ta die for, Old Grim.
Maybe yer son will consider a contract, eh?

Written By Cambria

Nov. 20, 2018, 6:04 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Daemon

Grief is an intensely personal thing. Some might believe it brings others together, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you are uncertain as to this truth, all one need do is skim the recent journals. People may share grief at the same time, but for everyone is it unique. There is nothing wrong with this.

I do grieve for the loss of Sir Daemon. I grieve for the many things I did not say, or did not do. I grieve because I will miss him, and because I feel as though I failed him. Yet to write over long on these things in a public manner, in my opinion, serves only to call attention to myself, and not the soul who has returned to the Wheel.

The knight that I knew was a kind man, of gentle demeanor and good humor. He did not shrink from adversity or challenge, and never hesitated to grab the handle of a broom over the hilt of a sword. He loved, loved, loved milk and cookies, and pie, and basically any sweet treat you might send him. I tried not to indulge that sweet tooth, though. Instead I asked if he would care to walk with me in the mornings, and he happily consented. In fact, he would often walk with me, no matter how early I called upon him to do so.

I will always remember Sir Daemon, and I choose to remember him with joy.

Written By Orathy

Nov. 20, 2018, 6:03 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on River

Shit...

Jist...

Shit...

Reckon this outta be fun.

Really I otta quit drinkin...

Written By Alrec

Nov. 20, 2018, 5:58 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Duarte

Every fight I have had, whiskey has been involved so, if whiskey could talk - it would not only say my name but demand a respond befitting a noble. My count, Lord Duarte Amadeo, I would like to challenge you to a rite of Gloria. If I win, your house Amadeo will put forth the bill to have a whiskey made that carries my name; The Alrec, whiskey of Amadeo. Ignore my challenge, as I have learned, it is a right afforded to you silks or accept and have your champion reach out to me, we know who's the better swordsman between the two of us, my beloved count.

Written By Shard

Nov. 20, 2018, 5:14 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Preston

You and I will never fully agree on this, but the things you've written recently are less...harsh than I tend to expect from the Templars. Obviously there are dangers that have to be dealt with. Bandits. Cultists. The Compact and many Abandoned tribes have been raiding each other probably since the end of the Reckoning. But I remember the fear. I remember harsh winters with an empty stomach because we didn't want to take the risk of wintering somewhere warmer, for fear of being attacked by Compact soldiers. I remember all our avoidance, our hiding, our wandering, our running amounting to nothing in the end, because we had a contract taken out on our lives anyway, and now my tribe wanders somewhere much, much farther away from the Compact /and/ the Horned One, somewhere with less food, less shelter, less warmth, because both would destroy them. If he hasn't destroyed them already.

I think, though, that what I would say is more or less this; choice is a very inconsequential thing when it comes to him. For probably most of those serving him, they never had a choice, and they have no choice now. He takes what he wants, and what he wants is to remove that ability to choose anything. Some chose to fight...they're enslaved or dead. Some chose to flee...they're enslaved or dead. Some didn't know the danger until it was far, far too late. And some feared you more than they feared him. Certainly, there are Abandoned who made the decision to join him more or less on their own; I know stories of at least one tribe in particular. But those types of people are rare. A slaver doesn't care if his slaves want to be free. And this slaver removes the ability of his slaves to even think against him.

And he will come here, regardless of whether or not there are more people to harvest along the way. We have things he wants.

Written By Amund

Nov. 20, 2018, 4:38 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

People making excuses for Abandoned. A good shav is a dead shav. If they pillage, they raid and they kill, they deserve to be put down like dogs. Leave the others alone, but don't make the mistake of feeling empathy for the destroyers of good Compact lives.

Written By Fortunato

Nov. 20, 2018, 3:47 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Preston

My concern is that we make the Abandoned and the Abyss one and the same. My caution is toward seeing every expulsion or skirmish as a righteous one. My caution is against forgetting that the Abyss does not need permission or worship to corrupt or destroy. Shard can forever speak better and surer about her own people.

I ask only that you be careful about seeing people as resources for the Abyss. There are those who have indeed thus advocated preemptive slaughter in the name of safety.

Written By Gilroy

Nov. 20, 2018, 3:33 p.m.(1/12/1010 AR)

That was a lot of walking.

But here I am in Arx, greatest city in the known world!

It doesn't smell nearly as bad as I assumed it would.

Written By Helena

Nov. 20, 2018, 3:12 p.m.(1/11/1010 AR)

Adept Scholar -- It's not yet official, but I have the recommendation upon completion of my test this evening. In truth, I was nervous -- not because I don't have quite a lot of information in my airy head, but because I am never sure if it's quite the right information at times.

The test -- which I had been so anxious about these past few nights -- turned out to be quite enjoyable, or at least, to me. Scholar Oswyn made it seem like this theoretical adventure I was on and it was rather intriguing. I now look forward to helping in such investigations in reality instead of merely my imagination.

And my dear family Redrain, if Scholar Oswyn has the impression that we all drink from strange basins of blood without question, I apologize for that misplaced notion. I simply was hedging my bets on the final question. Luckily he was not too disturbed, and I passed despite some grisly imagery.

Written By Isidora

Nov. 20, 2018, 2:57 p.m.(1/11/1010 AR)

I now have three apprentices. I hope they know that perfection isn't just an expectation I believe it is achievable.

Written By Pharamond

Nov. 20, 2018, 2:31 p.m.(1/11/1010 AR)

Relationship Note on Delilah

Every now and then you bump into someone and they send you for a loop. In this case, a good one. There is a matter that's been weighing on my mind and I've not even known where to begin chasing it, no less who to ask. With merely a few hints, this amazing lady has set me on the right path and may even turn out to be a necessary ally in researching something I don't even have the words for how to put into an item to be researched.

Sometimes life is funny and sends you exactly what you need when you need it. Here's hoping I don't regret asking the question!

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