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Written By Monique

April 27, 2018, 12:23 a.m.(8/17/1008 AR)

When I am old (if I am old), I would like to look back on my life and know I lived boldly and that I embraced the unknown. That's where the best treasure lies. After drinks at the Ambassador with Prince Tyrval this evening, I'm convinced of it. Trouble cannot be avoided, you either go looking for it or it will come looking for you.

In other news, and related, I've taken to reading accounts of Copper, and the Red Wardens. Any interested parties should get in touch.

Written By Esoka

April 27, 2018, 12:18 a.m.(8/17/1008 AR)

I went to the Harlequin's Picnic put on by Archlector Aureth and Harlequin Dafne. It was fun! There was free food and drink, and I played a game with Aleksei and Rinel which involved stabbing legs on a play spider while blindfolded. I don't think our spider won, but it was the beer spider so its drunken apperance was an artistic choice.

Maybe you had to be there to understand it. It was grand, anyhow.

I've been thinking a lot about my past life lately. Who my soul might've belonged to, what's left of whatever that was now, what it means for how I'm supposed to be living. The message I keep getting, from those who seem to know better than I, is to DO. To be and live, not to get stuck on what was.

I think the picnic celebrated that very well. In its blind drunken spider way. It was merry and lively and filled with good company, which is what we can hope for in life on our best days.

Written By Kaine

April 26, 2018, 11:24 p.m.(8/17/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Fairen

Marquis Fairen Leary has taken me as his protege, and has put a great deal of trust in me by doing so. He has agreed to support my efforts to expand my horizons as an artisan, and I will help him in turn. I have also joined his Household. In time, I will give back to his House what he has given to me so far.

Written By Veronica

April 26, 2018, 9:18 p.m.(8/17/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Gabriel

Today I met Duke Gabriel Bisland, through a chance encounter with Lord Samael.

In a place such as Arx, where Lords and Ladies, princes and princesses gather in great abundance, it is sometimes easy to be desensitized. But how often does one meet a childhood hero face-to-face?

Not very often.

I was weaned on the legend of Duke Gabriel. My father campaigned with him and told me stories of the man. He has been my inspiration to become what I am today. And today I met the hero -- he was everything I heard and imagined. I felt like I am twelve years old again when I asked to shake his hand.

Dare I imagine that one day I can call him a friend? How do you be friends with your childhood hero?

P.S. Because you do not hug a hero. Or joke with them. Or prank them ( I know you are thinking it, Jaerith: NO.)

Written By Aurora

April 26, 2018, 7:36 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

I had my first interview for a new patron today. It was nice to be able to speak to someone who sees me as less of a commodity and more of an actual person. I sometimes forget that myself, and it can be a hard thing to remember if no one ever talks about anything besides what they want from you.

Send a missive, learn about me, I dont bite and Meandre won't eat you.

Written By Karadoc

April 26, 2018, 6:54 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Eirene

... You need a cat.

Written By Saoirse

April 26, 2018, 6:48 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Fairen

How dare.

Written By Thena

April 26, 2018, 6:39 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Oswyn

Thank you, Scholar Oswyn. These notes are very helpful.

Written By Eirene

April 26, 2018, 6:31 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I made more friends, if I was more sociable and got out in public and talked to people...

Then I see what new journals are on display in the Archive and skim them.

And then I stop wondering.

Written By Cambria

April 26, 2018, 6:05 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Sometimes the safest, and sanest, thing you can do is let people know it's a dangerous world. Only a fool sticks his hand into the mouth of a wolf and expects nothing to happen.

Written By Fairen

April 26, 2018, 5:46 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Saoirse

Any complaints that Princess Saoirse Velenosa is a complete weirdo for staring directly into the eyes of those she associates with are by default negated due to the fact that the Princess has been a complete weirdo far before our conversation.

Written By Kael

April 26, 2018, 5:02 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Amari

It should be noted to those interested parties that said marriage proposals must go through final approval by me.

Written By Natalia

April 26, 2018, 4:47 p.m.(8/16/1008 AR)

I don't need anyone's pity. I want it even less.

I am in the position that I am in because I did things to bring it on myself. This bed is of my own making: I gave the Highlord of Grayson very little wiggle room to appropriately deal with me and my behavior. She could have done yet worse to me, and no one would have batted an eyelash at the time. I caused damage to Grayson's relationship with other families, refused to acknowledge Highlord Lark's authority, and quite frankly terrorized a not small number of other very important people. No one should think or worry that I did not deserve both denoblement and exile: I did. Don't argue to have my title returned, don't bother the High Lord (or anyone else) with requests for mercy. I won't thank you for it.

I secured my position in Whisper House based not on pity, but on merit. I am not a Whisper because they felt sorry for me; I am a Whisper because I have the skills and knowledge to be fabulous at it. I have had the time that I needed to heal, to recover, and to understand, and I am better for it. Whisper has recognized this, and afforded to me an opportunity to shine.

I am happy with my lot in life. When I say this, I am not trying to save anyone's feelings or to make them worry less. I am happy. I am happy in a way that I never was before.

There is no 'poor Natalia'. Not in this lifetime. I've got this.

Written By Saoirse

April 26, 2018, 4:31 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Fairen

Marquis Fairen told me today that pupils may dilate when someone is romantically attracted to another person, so obviously I'll be staring everyone very intently in the eyes and you may direct your complaints to House Leary.

Written By Mirari

April 26, 2018, 3:22 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

I loved gift day. I didn't get any sent to me, but a lot of people purchased their gifts in my shop. Either way, success. Now to restock.

Written By Lianne

April 26, 2018, 3:18 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Oswyn

Master Oswyn's skepticism may be the finest thing I have read in the whites in an age.

Written By Mirari

April 26, 2018, 3:15 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Cadenza

Thank you very much for the use of your pool, a swim was exactly what was needed.

No sheets were stolen, by the way, but I'll send you a present as a 'thank you' very, very soon.

Written By Kaldur

April 26, 2018, 3:13 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Khanne

Thank you and the others, Lady Khanne, for hosting us at the Grove. I find I only have more questions and look forward to more gatherings. You said, '...knowledge is the key to opening so many doors.'

My mother had a different saying, 'All the doors are locked if you don't try them.' Between the trying and the knowledge, I hope to open more doors.

Written By Harlan

April 26, 2018, 2:37 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Coraline

You should be sorry. I thought I was rid of you lot when the three of you returned to Thrax. I should have known better. Woe.

(Scholar note: The Duke was being fairly sarcastic)

I know -that-. It should have been obvious, and quit adding notes to this! Write your own whites, man.

Seriously -- welcome to Arx.

Written By Ann

April 26, 2018, 2:34 p.m.(8/15/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Amari

.... Crush a man's skull you say?

Well I did encourage you to get creative and you have not disappointed me in the least!

You will obviously make a wonderful Minister of Coin. Sometimes skulls need to be crushed.

I am really not surprised you are Asger's cousin now.

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