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Written By Driskell

Sept. 20, 2017, 6:51 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

The truth is that none are free, we simply desire to dress our chains in ways that make it more palatable and argue about the merits of this chain or that one. True freedom from order is chaos, and chaos is the nightmare which the Abyss comes from to destroy and twist all creation.

As each man has good and bad within him and the body strives to maintain balance and order, may we embrace our diversity and gain understanding that all have a place within the song.

Written By Melinda

Sept. 20, 2017, 6:41 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Regla

Thank you for the use of your hall the wedding was beautiful.

Written By Melinda

Sept. 20, 2017, 6:40 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Ian

Lord Ian Kennex needs himself a wife, you may come my way if you are in need of a political matching and I shall introduce you to his voice Lord Ford Kennex.

Written By Melinda

Sept. 20, 2017, 6:37 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Artorius

My beloved, I am happy to be your wife, I hope we make an unstoppable pair. I will miss being at my fathers table but I hope you find me just as good at training our own armies.

Written By Melinda

Sept. 20, 2017, 6:35 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Sivard

Brother you could had chosen a better time to duel with Artorius, you stole my first dance.

Written By Leona

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:47 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

For those who question why thralldom is evil, or for those defending it with weak excuses like 'oh, but we've always done this' or 'oh, but it's a cultural thing' or 'oh, most slav...thrall-keepers don't treat them badly,' I say this:

You are free, and so you have a right to say what you will about it.

I am also free, so I will continue to exercise my right to think you're a despicable asshole for it.

In the meantime, I will also continue to exercise my right to do what I can to ensure that the shame of thralldom is eradicated, and to fight against slavery in all its forms.

Written By Leona

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:43 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Thena

Thena Grayhope is a soon to be Knight who does not seek the limelight, but in my brief time as a Knight I will say that is a common mark among the best Knights I know. And yet when deeds of bravery are done or leadership is needed then I think she will carry herself with honor and dignity, that those who look to her may be inspired to the best of chivalry, honor, valor, and justice. Which is about as good an impression as a soon to be Knight can make, in truth. May she always stick to those ideals.

Written By Leona

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:39 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Fortunato

He sees with an artist's eye, a rare talent that catches far more than most people would likely give him credit for. I found his exhibit moving in many ways, and strongly support his - and Archlector Aleksei's and Prince Mason's - cause. His skill with a brush is incredible, his attention to detail profound. I witnessed the effect it had on others first-hand, which is what great art does. Masterpieces on display indeed, but for all the attention to art given, I find myself more curious about the man who painted them, and the mind that envisioned them.

Written By Fortunato

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:35 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Puzzled about the source of talk about thralls in the archives? Then please visit the Inner Sanctum of the Shrine of the First Choice. May you be graced with context.

Written By Merek

Sept. 20, 2017, 5:28 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Ira

I'm not sure even a Thraxian would say something like that. And also, it is currently under reform by the High Lord to make it easier on Thralls. I'm not sure where all this talk is coming from recently in the journals.

Written By Ira

Sept. 20, 2017, 4:59 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

On Thralldom:

Why is everyone so adamant about stopping thralldom? Why must it come to a close? The economical benefits are numerous, and the morality of it is delightfully justified. In my opinion, spread it far and wide! Let those debtors do some service for the greater good of progress! And what of their children, you ask? Well, I inherited my mother's bad health. They can inherit their families crippling debt.

Written By Victus

Sept. 20, 2017, 3:58 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

The Children of Mangata and their city beneath the waves was truly beautiful. I wish I could have brought so many more to see the Elve's homelands for the sheer majesty that it presented. I've no doubt in my mind now what should be done for Thrax, the knowledge that we have lost to the centuries of who we truly were so many lifetimes ago.

It's a wonderful day for progress.

Written By Denica

Sept. 20, 2017, 2:32 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

What do you do when you ARE a member of a House that has the rest of the Compact's focus?

When you are forced to study an image that reminds you that your culture prizes coin over human life. Reminding you that human beings who can be bought and sold as commodities like cattle, forced to work as they pay off their debts. No, it's not the same as the slave auctions of Eurus, but the demand that slavery in _all_ of its forms must come to an end. That we, as Thrax, that have grown serious about living our lives and honoring the gods as we have - we should, we need be striving to make that happen today. It's going to take such a long time, but we need to begin somewhere. We devalue and humiliate the guilty. We need to find different ways of judgement and punishment. We need to eradicate the discriminatory injustice. We need to protect, respect, and educate the freed outright. We need to reform the system. We need to tear it down to the foundations and rebuild it in such a way that regulates it and moderates it. We are set apart from the rest of the Compact by Thralldom, and, we have been shown that in order to be successful against our enemies we need to be unified. Does this mean conforming? To a degree, yes. We are long past time. We have moved beyond that dark chapter of our history, and long past time for all believers to take more of a stand. Because on this issue we can unquestionably stand together.

The darkest of times can bring forth the brightest of heroes. This is our time to be heroes to our own people, Thraxans.

Only through challenge will we grow.

I'm ready to seek that.

Are you?

Written By Aleksei

Sept. 20, 2017, 1:19 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

To say I was stunned would be something of an understatement. We had almost forty people in attendance at the opening of the Freedom art show, which is, by the way, a pretty big number for that room. Everyone managed, though, and there was such thoughtful conversation about all of the pieces. The amount of money we've already raised for our efforts are humbling, to say the least.

Out of the many pieces in the show, only one of them was centered on the topic of thralldom, but it's not surprising that people are going to talk a lot about the topic that is closest to home for all of us. The Compact thankfully outlawed slavery in centuries past, and it's true that the slavery of the compact is not the auction bloc and chains of Eurus, but we have our own forms. I've never made much secret of the official stance of the Faith on the subject of thralldom, but the efforts I've envisioned since I took my vows go even farther than that. There's so much work to do.

I'll say this, though: there are cultural differences between the areas of the Compact, yes. The Mourning Isles is not the only kingdom with its own values, in fact. But it has always been the place of the Faith to guide the moral laws of the Compact. And we can't treat the institution of thralldom as a simple cultural difference when it runs contrary to the virtues of the gods themselves. Which is why the Liberators have taken it upon themselves to make the purchase of thrall debt and their reintegration into free Compact society part of its core mission. We're working within the current laws of the various domains of the Isles, of course. It just means that when you put a price on someone's freedom, you never know who might be willing to come along and purchase it.

I'm so excited for what lies ahead.

Written By Eirene

Sept. 20, 2017, 1:06 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Father Orazio, who himself comes from the City of Swords, pointed out we do offer choice to those who have no heart or stomach for military service, even the non-violent yet essential roles I pointed out. They may always swear to the Crown or Faith and maintain the vows and requirements of said fealties instead of our own. So they have that choice, which is more than slaves or thralls may be offered.

See, perfectly fucking capable of making an intelligent statement without punctuating it with obscenities. Oh wait. Shit. I said fuck, didn't I. Dammit...

Written By Katarina

Sept. 20, 2017, 12:07 p.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

I promised Countess Reigna and Lord Corban that I would return unscathed, or at the very least salvagable by her hands or that of the Mother Mercy. I told them that I would, that the Unsullied has been true to her name through skirmishes in the Eventide Vast, into the artic waters of the North, and across the Mourning Sea.

This is a dangerous thing we're doing, Dagon and I. In the event that we do not make it back, I've prepared a will and set aside funds to go to the families of my crew to honor their service and dedication to protecting those we love.

Written By Aleksei

Sept. 20, 2017, 11:18 a.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

The Liberators of Skald are proud to present the art show Freedom featuring work by Fortunato Grayhope and an anonymous contributor. The show will appear in the inner sanctum of the Shrine of the First Choice for a month, at which time the individual pieces will be auctioned.

Donations are currently being accepted, to which the auction proceeds will be contributed to, to support the Liberators of Skald in purchasing thrall debts and beginning a relocation and reintegration program that will become a core aspect of the Skald discipleship. Newly-freed citizens of the Compact will receive assistance from the Faith in relocating to any parish in the Compact, where they will be provided with temporary room and board and aid in securing work or apprenticeships with an aim to see every one of these citizens thriving and supporting themselves in their new lives.

Donations may be submitted to Blessed Aleksei Morgan or Prince Mason Grayson.

Written By Nisaa

Sept. 20, 2017, 10:25 a.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Last evening, I attended the art showing for the Freedom Art Show. It was long ago that Prince Mason Grayson spoke to me about his idea for this showing. We had a disagreement of opinions on likening something to a slave auction, and in effort to understand one another's thoughts, he invited me to tea to speak on it. I was thankful for his willingness to be open minded, and appreciated his view, even if I still did not wholly be agreeing with it. At the time, Malik was going to offer his paintings to the show as well. But he left before it took place.

A long time passed when I heard nothing about the show. I was disappointed when I heard that it was happening, because I had offered to dance for it on that long ago day and I was not contacted. I had wished to tell the story of a slave becoming free with my movements. I had felt forgotten, and maybe I was. However, when I arrived at the show, I was so overcomed with emotion at some of the paintings, one in particular, that had I not been prepared before hand to see them, I am not sure I would have been able to dance. Some of the paintings, as they say, hit too close to the home. One was a direct stabbing in my heart.

I am still saddened that I could not take part in the show, given perspective as a former slave, but I am glad that the topic is being brought to the light, even though Thralldom was more the focus than slavery. They are alike, but yet different. With the profound talent of the Mister Fortunato Grayhope, people were given a chance to visualize and imagine the pain that can be happening. Perhaps it will bring deeper understanding.

I am gladdened that Mayir Grayhope was in attendance. He is a new friend, and being one that helped to calm my emotions in the moment, and in the end, let me enjoy bits and pieces of the night.

I am sorry I was unable to socialize with more of the crowd, and truthfully, it was so large and I so affected, I did not even notice who half of the people were. I caught a glimpse of Princess Denica Thrax, but was not able to speak with her. Nor was I able to speak with Saedrus, or Lady Lucita Igniseri. Prince Mason briefly spoke, but as host, had to flit away. I am hoping to speak again to these people soon.

And to hopefully not be forgotten.

Written By Eirene

Sept. 20, 2017, 9:19 a.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Went to the Freedom art exhibit.

Southport demands military service of her citizens. They are expected to serve. That is to say, we don't force them into a role they're not cut out for; those who wish not to fight nor cannot fight are a liability on a battlefield. This is why there is logistics and morale and medics like my own. Everyone serves to the best of their capacity, but everyone serves.

Just musing aloud.

Written By Eirene

Sept. 20, 2017, 9:17 a.m.(4/2/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Doll

It was, as I put it, looking into a dark dirty mirror.

Do I really curse that much and look like a vulgar streetrat? Shitfire. See, there I go. Second nature. But I suppose as a commander of live-battle troops it's expected. Almost cherished. I at least have some tact and not every other word out of my mouth is a Limerance-damned obscenity.

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