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Written By Cadenza

April 24, 2018, 2:49 p.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Silvio

My little brother is now married.

There dad....both kids are wed.

Written By Gabriel

April 24, 2018, 1:37 p.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Ignacio

Much of my week has been occupied with a certain Knight of Roses, Lord Ignacio Fidante of Tor. He has paid for lessons in war strategy. I used the Pirate War primarily. We went over each battle over and over and discussed different strategies for had things been a little different. Part of the time we would go over history lessons, basically - discussing ancient Generals and ancient wars. The man has promise and were he to ask for more instruction in the future or even a casual drink as friends I wouldn't turn him down.

I am still offering lessons for the rest of the week. We're working to outfit our new troops and to rebuild our forces so the extra silver is a great boon. I charge 50,000 silver a lesson - a number my brother Samael came up with. People have been willing to pay so I guess he picked right.

Written By Niklas

April 24, 2018, 11:33 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Porter

It isn't easy, cousin.

Initially I was using a book called The Discount Book of Bird Training whose back cover promised an easy time training a bird to do any number of tasks, but whose pages were mostly filled with useless bird puns. In one section on gaining supplementary income from your bird it actually had the gall (gull?) to say that "selling eggs is an egg-sellent way to make some eggs-tra income". The same egg pun twice in one sentence. Why, the Thraxian critic in me nearly went to the publishing house with torch in hand! Fortunately keener heads prevailed and I instead used my book-sword to chop it into pieces.

After that it was mostly a matter of shouting and crying at the bird in turn until it agreed that we could grudgingly be friends. I'm hoping that the same tactic will eventually get through to Master Bastien.

Written By Porter

April 24, 2018, 11:20 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Dear journal, what do I have to say to you today?

I can hear the messengers outside my quarters clawing quietly at the door, waiting to be let in. It's getting harder and harder to go places without being followed. If it isn't messengers for me it's messengers for someone else. If it isn't a messenger, it's an entourage of soldiers, hangers on, half-trained hounds, and... birds?

Look, a pelican is standing outside of my room just now with something in its floppy gullet. I have to tell you, journal, that this is very strange behavior. We've seen monkeys do this kind of thing, but how do you even train a pelican?

What else is new? Oh! Ian and Zoey gifted me with a lovely blue suede coat, a bit long in the rear, double breasted, broadly cut with a bit of gold flash in the liner and on the buttons. It's very nice. You'll like it. Jan gave me a small, sturdy blade. There's a tradition that says if you give someone a blade, you want to sever the relationship. That makes no sense to me. Jan is a soldier, so I am sure it's just a knife.

Also, let's see. Magic might be real, there are vomit monsters, and you can't always trust Harold or his knights.

What a world. I miss the sea.

Written By Porter

April 24, 2018, 11 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Ian

Younger brother

Written By Natalia

April 24, 2018, 10:36 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

I admit to being startled to receive gifts yesterday; I hope no one is too heartbroken that I did not send any out myself.

I do not have the best history with gift giving. Next year, I will have time both for the finding of gifts (I did not realize what was even happening until it was too late to get anything that would not have sung a song of last minute) AND letting someone look them over for appropriateness.

That last bit is important.

I do very much appreciate those who thought of me, though.

Written By Niklas

April 24, 2018, 10:14 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Tikva

We take arts criticism very seriously here in Thrax Ward, your highness.

A light drubbing is just the Thrax critic's way of saying 'you've found your voices, the structure is excellent and the dialogue is sharp, but you need to tighten up the third act and expand on the deuteragonist's motivations'. It's well-considered and fair.

It could be worse, my great uncle Harrold "Thumbless" Kennex was found guilty of using the passive voice in his essays.

Written By Tikva

April 24, 2018, 9:41 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Niklas

Yesterday I did have the honor of meeting Lord Niklas Kennex, though I am sad to report that it was shortly after he had had the snot beaten out of him by someone.

As a performer myself I am very concerned about the direction critics are choosing to take towards the theater these days.

Written By Ida

April 24, 2018, 8:51 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Eirene

At least it also kept us busy stocking our shops rather than getting into the sorts of mischief that have us delivered to your doorstep in wheelbarrows? Hahaha! Not really funny, but I didn't want you to think I was terribly serious either. I've not forgotten what I promised to make! Just a bit behind on such things.

Written By Gwenna

April 24, 2018, 8:47 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Elgana

I am truly blessed beyond measure with extraordinary cousins. The transitions we have all made from our childhoods in Farhaven to our adulthoods here in Arx make my heart swell with pride and admiration. Those hints of who we might grow up to be seeming to blossom as I watch.

Grayson Gift Day was a wonderful thing! Elgana gave me the most glorious pair of earrings as well as a rock, perhaps without knowing that even since Lady Khanne so graciously gifted me with my first paperweight, I collect such things. It is the most adorable pet bear and I love it! It brings a smile to my face whenever I look at it next to the otter one on my desk. Truly, bestfam!

Written By Sabella

April 24, 2018, 8:32 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Thank you everyone that sent a gift! I would like to especially thank Prince Aiden, who put such thought into the basket I received--I love EVERYTHING!--and Lord Niklas, who gifted me with the most beautiful gown I have ever seen! I cannot wait to have an excuse to wear it! I may just wear it out and about because I can so everyone can see it! It is utterly amazing and perfect and I adore it!

All of the gifts I received were lovely and I had a wonderful time putting together the bottles that I sent out. Everyone can thank Master Thayne for them if they turned out well, he gave me very good instruction so that the final product turned out to be absolutely gorgeous! So, thank you, Master Thayne!

Written By Thena

April 24, 2018, 7:02 a.m.(8/11/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Ann

Oops, was I supposed to wait?

Written By Ann

April 24, 2018, 3:35 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Does this mean that the following Monday will be declared annual gift regifting day?

Written By Violet

April 24, 2018, 2:40 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Though Lord Tobias is gone I shall continue to do my duty. He did not abandon us, he left me orders and the skills to do as he asked. I only hope that I am up to the task. Of course if he hadn't thought I was he would not have left it to me to run the Crimson Blades. It really is coming to me smoothly, but I admit that worry eats at my stomach. Spirits and Gods please watch over him, whatever trouble he is in.

Written By Joscelin

April 24, 2018, 2:19 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Eirene

I'm hoping that knowing it's coming -next- year will make it a little less of a frantic stock-and-weep for the Crafters. A few weeks more notice would have been nice as well, everything happened so -quickly-.

(-thought I actually thought this part was fun; how fast -can- you set glass in metal without breaking it?)
(...alright, ready, set, -stitch...!)
(the constant ringing of hammers at all hours)

But yes. Quite lucrative.

Written By Eirene

April 24, 2018, 2:11 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Hope you all had a totally lovely commercially created holiday for the purpose of spending money.

Hey, at least the Crafter's Guild made out like bandits.

And I mean nothing personally against them, they're good folk.

Written By Sidney

April 24, 2018, 2:04 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

I have sent out a number of fantastic presents out of the generosity and purity of my heart.

I have also attended a noble (royal? noble) wedding in the capital for the first time.

The former was a great deal easier than the latter, although at the latter there was a lovely party.

Why is it that everyone cries at weddings?

Written By Lumen

April 24, 2018, 1:08 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Lysander

Lord Lysander and Lord Silvio's vows to one another had me clutching my heart for fear it might fall right out of my chest. How serendipitous that their union, and the union of their Houses, fell on this day of gift giving. In being allowed to play even one small part in it, I do feel as though I've been given a gift.

Written By Lucita

April 24, 2018, 12:03 a.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

I sent my nightingale around to people to sing a lovely song for them and let them enjoy listening and watch it a while. I thought a special, personalized nightingale song would be a unique gift to share with others. Only it is taking longer than I expected to do this and Philomel has not yet returned home. I hope no one decided he was supposed to be cat food or their dinner on the wing. When he gets back home, there will just have to be 'belated Gift Day' gifts.

Written By Corban

April 23, 2018, 10:43 p.m.(8/10/1008 AR)

Relationship Note on Monique

I thank Lady Monique for her kind words. I, too, wish her nothing but success in her future journeys. But she does not need my wishes; she will do just fine on her own.

The Telmarch and Greemarch remain as close as ever, united in a solitary desire for strength and prosperity.

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