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Written By Agnarr

May 26, 2017, 4:31 a.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Got a horse. It stinks, but the thing's pretty. Hope it doesn't kick me.

Written By Eirlys

May 26, 2017, 1:38 a.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Today was the ceremony to give medals to those under the Valardin banner. I went to support those I knew would be getting a medal or at least those I suspected would be getting a medal. I never for a moment considered that my name would be called. I have to say I was so incredibly shocked and honored to receive a medal from Edain, Alis and Marian (They were on the dais giving out the medals).

It equally filled me with joy to hear my brother's name, my cousin Marian's name as well as Percy, Ansel and Sophie! I know I am probably forgetting others that I should be mentioning but I am still in shock a little bit. I have slowly been getting a chance to get to know my cousin Marian and I hope that we will continue to get to know one another.

Written By Eirlys

May 26, 2017, 1:30 a.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

I have been going with the other delegates to help those outside the wall, those who have suffered so much but are not bound by oath to those within the city. It fills me with a sense of purpose to do this even when I am being snipped at by Asper of Oakentree. I knew not everyone there was going to like me being that I am a Greenmarcher but also that we knelt and took oath. It doesn't matter. None of that does. What matters is helping them. To make sure they have the items they need, the medicine and healing they need and that they can bury their dead.

Our first trip out there I learned that Whiskey is a fantastic way to get someone to talk to you. Well if they don't hate your guts anyway. I also am starting to find my footing as a shamaness I think. It's a rough start and I am still learning so much but I am learning.

Our second trip was to be there to observe the rituals of mourning. We were allowed to be there and their shamaness even allowed me to say a prayer for those who passed away. Something happened though that I don't know how to deal with. It pains me to think of it. There before us was such a young man. I want to say boy he is only thirteen summers old but he is also the leader of the Iron Foot clan. We were told that he and his sisters who are eleven and six were the only living left.

This is where I backtrack some so that all of this makes sense. When we got there about two or three people from what I could hear were saying things about us. They were speaking in Oathlands Abandoned instead of Arvani. So only four of us really could tell what was being said. That was enough though, we understood they they were trying to stir up the crowd. I am so proud of my brother, he really is so incredibly intuitive and smart. He was able to blend into the crowd and let one of the leaders of the larger clans know what was happen. The people making the trouble were dressed in clothing that didn't have them belonging to any one clan. So he knew something was up. They were detained while Prince Edain, Princess Sasha and I were on the dais speaking to the crowd, speaking to the shamaness and then speak to the new chief of the Iron Foot clan. I showed him the signs of respect that I learned as a child. I didn't want to ignore him because of his age. During the exchange, I was explaining to Prince Edain what I was doing and why.

While up there we realized that the three children smelled like the oils and flora that were used in the funeral pyres. We managed to stop the young man from going through with the plan. It turns out his uncle who has sons wanted to get rid of the three younger children so he could be the chief. He convinced this poor young man that it was not just a way to make a 'statement' but that it was the only way to see his parents again. His sisters were so young and so impressionable. This person was supposed to be someone they trusted. They used the children. It makes me angry to think about it. We brought them back with us. To keep them safe, we also brought the prisoners (the uncle and his cronies, likely his sons). My heart hurts for those children. I look at them and I see Fia and I. I plan to help with the children as much as I can.

Also I have always known that Edain is a great leader, he is someone worth following into battle for and with. He just proved again that night what a great leader he is. He managed to gain command of that crowd and he kept them from rioting when they thought we were trying to hurt the children because they didn't know what was happening. Just like Fia kept those men from stirring the crowd up to begin with!

There is so much more that needs to be done but there are people willing to help do it. That is all we can ask for. I am thankful that those that were hurt outside the walls are being helped as well. It lets me know that the Valardin house is one that I am proud to be a part of.

Written By Calaudrin

May 26, 2017, 12:31 a.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Well, that was a pleasant change of pace.

Written By Malena

May 25, 2017, 11:04 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Prayer to Petrichor

I am the feet that walk along your trails. I am the gentle hand that collects the herbs from your ground. My belly is filled by your bounty. Your grass feeds my livestock. I quench my thirst from your creek that runs through your hills. I build my houses from your timber. Thank you the Patron of Farmers who shepherd me. Let me find a remedy to fix what ails thee. Help me heal your children...your forest that once stood green.

Written By Fergus

May 25, 2017, 10:53 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Marian

First person to beat me in a spar in years. We've since become fast friends, one of the few I got.

Reminds me of me, been through shit, came out the other end different for it. Not going to say better, but different. She's got a good head on her shoulders. Can't remember the last time I respected anyone like that. Could be she just gets me. Easy to talk to her.

Hard to really describe how I feel about it. I just know if she ever asked me to help her out, I'd do it. Though she could stand to learn to drink a little better. Take lessons from Freja.

Good swordswoman, better friend. Can't ask for much more than that.

Written By Sameera

May 25, 2017, 10:46 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Merek

He likes to talk. Difficult. I am not good at such things.

Written By Sameera

May 25, 2017, 10:45 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Ariel

You are a difficult person. Always making me go to parties and wear worm poop. Now sea worm poop for your wedding? Few an get me to wear worm poop, you know.

Written By Valery

May 25, 2017, 10:41 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

It's not what I had in mind when I visited... But I have a new bracelet now.
It looks likes interwoven flowers and it had glass violets.
It's really really beautiful.

Written By Abbas

May 25, 2017, 9:38 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Belladonna

I have had the pleasure of meeting the Duchess of Pravus finally after so long. I must say I rather find her presence and company agreeable. She is deep of thought and can easily read the logical flow of war and what must be done. I look forward to building upon our friendship.

Written By Abbas

May 25, 2017, 9:35 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Juliana

I am happy to have met my sister. It pleases me a great deal. I look forward to learning of her and keeping her safe from the foulness of the evil that surrounds Arx and Arvum.

Written By Abbas

May 25, 2017, 9:35 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Juliana

I am happy to have met my sister. It pleases me a great deal. I look forward to learning of her and keeping her safe from the foulness of the evil that surrounds Arx and Arvum.

Written By Alis

May 25, 2017, 9:17 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

I am filled with pride for the accomplishments of those who fought under the Valardin banner during the battles against Brand's army. It was both my privilege and honor to help the Highlord and our Sword recognize the following people:

Name Award
Ansel Order of the White Dragon
Marian Order of the White Dragon
Anabelle Shield of Valor
Sophie Shield of Valor
Teagan Shield of Valor
Percephon Shield of Valor
Charlaine Shield of Valor
Christoph Sword of Sugan
Demura Sword of Sugan
Fiachra Sword of Sugan
Eirlys Sword of Sugan
Frederik Sword of Sugan
Katarina Sword of Sugan
Roland Sword of Sugan
Niamh Sword of Sugan
Tristram Sword of Sugan

I am equally grateful to all who were there to witness the ceremony, brief though it was.

Written By Silas

May 25, 2017, 9:08 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Tried my hand at sewing today.

Apparently using a needle is nothing like using a sword.

That said, I think I got the hang of it. These ought to be a hit at the fundraiser I intend to hold soon.

Written By Eirene

May 25, 2017, 8:03 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Malena

As reported by Clarissa:

As Sent
'To His Grace, the Archduke Velenosa-

I have recently received an application for admission to the Physicians Guild for one Malena Black. Can you provide reference and is this acceptable while she is in your service?

Lady Guildmaster Eirene Malvici'

As dictated:
'Ask Nick if he knows who the hell she this Malena chick is, and if she's okay to join the Guild, provided he's not pissy about her having a second job while on his payroll.'

Written By Marian

May 25, 2017, 6:42 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Vigilance

Look within to find the strength
At battlefield and dueling ground.
Where force of will drives longer.
The Sword must temper anger.
Money does not matter here.
Come soldier, find the wisdom
From training to lost matches.

Look to your liege and generals
Who lead with honor and chivalry.
Has vision matched by compassion.
The betterment of Crown and Compact.
Means and titles are cold bed fellows
For cruel victory and empty accolades.
Betrayal for coin is blasphemous.

Don't be a pawn by wearing blinders.
Be vigilant to the ideas of the Pantheon.
Fools trust their orders blindly or
By looking away when injustice calls.
Trusting in those who have your back.
House politics set aside for survival.
Pledge to root out corruption and evil.

Anyone can just follow orders.
True soldiers protect and serve.
Will and character are just as important.
Follow the Gods, not darker intentions.
The Foul Heralds have fallen to swords.
Path of destruction still beckons to leaders
Of Houses if power supersedes connections.
Sentinel sees and knows what all of us do.

Do not lose sight in what our victories taught us.

Written By Karadoc

May 25, 2017, 6:18 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Harper

OR if looked at another way...
A dozen, a gross, and a score,
Plus three times the square root of four,
Divided by seven,
Plus five times eleven,
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Limericool....

Ok... that last bit was bad. But the limerick is solid.

Written By Katarina

May 25, 2017, 5:43 p.m.(7/12/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Marian

Now I know where the expression, "It's all in the hips," comes from thanks to a certain someone. This is better than the ice treats debacle.

Written By Morrighan

May 25, 2017, 5:02 p.m.(7/11/1006 AR)

If someone had approached me when I first came to this city and asked me if I had any belief in fate or a predestined purpose, I'd have snorted and laughed. I likely never would have given it another thought or considered it seriously. Now?

Well, fuck.

Written By Ysbail

May 25, 2017, 5:01 p.m.(7/11/1006 AR)

Relationship Note on Abbas

It was a pleasure to meet you, Your Highness, even moreso to have the opportunity to talk to you. I would like to think we both came away from it having learned something about the other. I look forward to seeing you again!

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