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Written By Fairen

Sept. 20, 2018, 1:46 a.m.(8/19/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Joscelin

An expensive mistake, I am certain. Still, I admire your work and appreciate the skill you bring to your craft.

That aside, please leave your lovely dog out of this. I have never met the little critter, but I bet your dog is absolutely wonderful.

Written By Joscelin

Sept. 20, 2018, 12:43 a.m.(8/19/1009 AR)

Chipped a diamond today. Gods' damned square cuts.

Diamonds cleave naturally in squared shapes, and now and then my setting graver will slip (yes, even as a master Crafter, this happens sometimes). Usually this results in little to no harm, just a small nick in the metal that needs to be polished out.

But on a day like today, there was a flaw in the gem. Tiny, nothing to fuss over, the only person that would notice it would likely only be myself. When the edge of my graver caught the inclusion that came to the surface on the girdle of the stone, it was like fate. Destiny. A tragic, awful destiny. The flaw became a chunk of missing gem, smaller than a grain of sand but a massive accident to the eyes of any jeweler. Shame! Shame on me, shame on the Arterius name, shame on my dog.

Ah well. To the lapidary artist with you, nasty little chipped diamond. We'll have you re-cut and without that damn flaw to mock me and tempt my graver a second. You'll be even better for it, I promise, your clarity and value improved. I'm just happy it was you that was injured and not my thumb again. You even glitter maliciously.




Yes, Scholar, I carry on conversations with my work. Don't make faces, I know for a fact many of you mutter into your books as you write. So there.

Written By Helia

Sept. 19, 2018, 9:10 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Fecundo

You're a smashing duelist and you fought wonderfully. You really made me work for that victory! Thank you!

Written By Fecundo

Sept. 19, 2018, 9:05 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Helia

Officially 0-1 with the Champions. Lost my first official duel to Helia in the initial round of the Unrivaled tournament. I got a little cocky, I think, after my last sparring session with Princess Reese Grayson. Might not get me any confidence regarding future duels, but it is what it is. Could also surprise folks and be a spoiler. Just have to see how it works out.

Written By Kaldur

Sept. 19, 2018, 8:52 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

I am unexpectedly leaving Arx, to Pearlspire on business, but will return soon. Hopefully. No, you don't need to put that. Or that. [Scholar's Note: he makes frustrated noises]

Written By Mydas

Sept. 19, 2018, 8:27 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Rosalie

Not an association I've often heard, but a fitting one. Our choices rarely keep us on one straight path. It wavers and curves, closer and further from the Light and Dark. We understand that, for such pivotal moments, quiet contemplation, or a faceless listener, might be required. Hence the Shrine of the Thirteenth.

Written By Rosalie

Sept. 19, 2018, 8:14 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Mydas

I rather like Tehom, he seems to go hand in glove with Skald's teachings, and he shows that sometimes you have to go hunting in the shadows if you want to find the light. Besides, his shrines are SO quiet and peaceful.

Written By Mydas

Sept. 19, 2018, 7:29 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Gerard

A more literal approach to what I wrote, though no less true. Though it seems you failed to heed the difference between standing closer, and to be surrounded.

Extremes are to be avoided, each blinding in their own way.

Written By Gerard

Sept. 19, 2018, 7:13 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Mydas

Contrasting thought, in relation to your metaphor about the guard at the fire: If the guard stands near the fire, but with their eyes turned outward, they can bask in the warmth of it, while keeping their sight ready for what comes.

While those who fight the darkness must always be on the lookout for it, and be aware of its ways, but mindful of straying too far from the light, lest the darkness surround them.

Written By Mydas

Sept. 19, 2018, 5:38 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Or, more concisely:

If you pretend you are in full mastery of yourself, you'll do poorly when you inevitably lose control.

Mirrormask thought of the day.

Written By Mydas

Sept. 19, 2018, 5:08 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Many dread Tehom. Terrified of the Mirror and its Lord, they avoid mention of Him in their prayers, shy away from His Shrine, and do all that they might to forget that the Thirteen Gods are indeed composed of a Thirteenth. I pity such individuals, for in so doing, they put their very souls at risk.

Tehom teaches many things. The importance to heed the opposing view, to never forget the necessity of exceptions, the need of balance between the virtues of the Gods themselves, and the balance between the ideal and the reality. Yet, arguably more importantly, He teaches the necessity of facing one's passions.

Ignoring them, ignoring our own mortal failings, or even the possibility of such failings, leads to being unable to deal with them properly when they are met. By refusing to even understand the truths Tehom offers, you are weakening yourself to the influences of darker passions, and ensure that as soon as your vaunted discipline fails, you'll fall.

A guard standing right next to the fire won't see the assailants approaching. One who stands closer to the night's darkness won't be so blinded, and will be able to do their duty.

Written By Adora

Sept. 19, 2018, 4:13 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

Collect alcohol. Silks love drinking expensive shit, right? And I just so happen to stock liquor cabinets in my shop. Best liquor cabinets you'll ever see. Your bottles will be prematurely aging themselves to sit on my shelves.

I also have beer, but I don't recommend it unless you really, really hate your life.

Gods, dad, don't send me a messenger if you're reading this and we both know you fucking are.

Written By Monique

Sept. 19, 2018, 4:06 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

Oh, the things I would be happy to teach you, my friend... you don't always have to be good.

Written By Gerard

Sept. 19, 2018, 3:10 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

Start a book club! Read books! Ride horses, ride the waves on a ship! Learn how to paint, to dance, to sing, if you haven't mastered those already! Learn how to use a blade, or an axe, or a quill! Learn to write poetry, or collect small momentos or wines. Go diving for pearls, or spear-fishing, or grow a garden!

...I realize I have had a lot of time for learning or thinking about hobbies over the years.

Written By Delilah

Sept. 19, 2018, 3:02 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

Trouble.

Barring that, trick riding on a horse.

Written By Edain

Sept. 19, 2018, 2:47 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

I recommend taking up jousting!

A good tilt is similar to calligraphy.

Written By Niklas

Sept. 19, 2018, 2:01 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Quenia

Calligraphy.

Written By Quenia

Sept. 19, 2018, 1:39 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Work, work, work. There's always work to be done. I get it done, but I need a break!

I wonder what fun things a good Lycene girl can get into.

Suggestions?

(Yes, there is such a thing as a good Lycene girl. Don't look at me that way!)

Written By Luca

Sept. 19, 2018, 1 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

I used to collect Bringer heads, back when they were in style. Not so much, anymore.

You could say I was a different person back then.

Written By Lisebet

Sept. 19, 2018, 12:18 p.m.(8/18/1009 AR)

Did I mention, by the way, that the first person to comment on my dress was my sister? Elsbetta, the quiet one. Yes, she's my only sister, but still. She is such a sweetheart and I sometimes feel I should be protecting her, even though she's older than I am.

Love you, Els!

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