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Written By Orvyn

Aug. 12, 2018, 10:25 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Jacali

A lovely gift of brews with a hint of homeland amidst the fragrances that infuse the brandy. I cannot be more pleased.

Written By Valencia

Aug. 12, 2018, 10:23 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Katarina

Love is a beautiful and wonderful thing, but it is not something for the faint of heart… Do not give up.

And I am here should you wish to talk.

As ever.

~~~<~<@

Written By Fredrik

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:45 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Tabitha

scars are, as an old mercenary once told me, just proof you were stronger than the thing or person that wanted to kill you.


Or just signs of foolish decisions that turned out alright in the end.

Written By Lucita

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:22 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Estaban

I stood staring at your portrait today, holding our twins and telling them about you. They are seven months old now and it is almost a year since you died. Our son is pulling up to stand already. The nanny says he is going to be an 'early walker'. Estie seems content to play with blocks and cloth balls, rattles, usually throwing them at one of us if she can, and babbling or humming for hours to the dogs who seem tolerant of her pulling their ears and tails if she can get her hands on them. Caring family, friends, the babies and the counselling of some of the Faith have helped a lot to keep me looking and planning toward the future instead of being lost in the grief of the past.

Written By Thena

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:18 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Tynan

Promises, promises.

Written By Ryhalt

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:10 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Katarina

I swear I was only taking air on the docks and not seeing which of the Princess ships would be a great fit for the fleet and would hold the most cargo. I swear to the pantheon I was not plotting on taking a ship out as an investment.

Well...not much I mean I do have thoughts and a wild imagination but they were only mere thoughts I promise. I did not question any guards or such and try to get them drunk...

Yet...

What sorry was that out loud?

Written By Coraline

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:10 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

I am hesitant to dip my toe into this debate on morality but I feel that a couple of things might be needed said. I saw a couple, and granted I haven't read it all so this does come with a certain amount of ignorance, who said the same sort of thing I am about to but in a different direction. But ultimately it comes down to the same thing.

Morality is not dichotomous. There need not be absolute extremes. Yes, people do hurtful things, yes life is not fair, yes resources are not equally distributed. Death is death, to say killing one person is fine but killing another is not, the argument might be stated as being moral, truly dead is dead. That person is no less dead because it was declared a moral killing. A child who is starving is still starving, who is responsible for that life? Is it the parents? Is it society as a whole? If the parents are responsible but they cannot find work, or do not have the resources, or are sick, injured, or dead, that child is no less hungry. If a merchant has spent their last silver to set up a shop, everything they have in life is right there, they need the silver from every item to make a life for themselves and their own children, and that bread is stolen to feed the other child, is that moral? Who writes the rules of morality? Who dictates the standards?

One might claim the law is the standard, but how is that when the law is written by a very small, very select subset of people. It is impossible to run a country and not have hungry children, it is impossible to have this many people in one location and not be able to write laws specific to each situation. So law cannot be the only basis of morality. Thus, to me, morality is subjective and less the standard I personally go by. To me, each of us should do the best we can to fix the problems we see within the scope we can. Banding together to solve the problems means greater assistance for those who need it can be achieved, and perhaps those helped might join to help others.

These are only my thoughts, my opinions, they are not what I feel are the only way but they are simply my way.

Written By Tabitha

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:07 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Khanne

That was very beautiful and inspiring to read. You have a lovely way with words. I've experienced a number of these precious moments, but I'd never be able to put them to writing as well as you do.

I would also add that there can indeed be a certain unexpected perfection to supposed imperfection. An accidental smudge or drip of paint on canvas can add charm and character to the work rather than consigning it to ruin. A rain shower in spring that washes out a picnic, forcing everyone to huddle beneath a tangled rose arbour while they nibble at cakes and biscuits. The scars of a person who risked their life to save that of another, done without expectation of reward.

Of course, my experiences in such things are in no way unique to me. But it's very nice to think on them now and again.

Written By Tynan

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:03 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Simone

I want to record a note that I have been a guest at the Greenmarch several times as of late, mainly due to my work with Lord Alessandro.

However, every time I have encountered the Marquessa there she has been nothing but the very picture of grace and gracious host. At our latest encounter, she was not only that, but also patient with me as I was busy losing a drinking game to her, which to be fair, she encouraged with her generous hospitality.

Nobility could not have a finer representative.

Written By Ryhalt

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:02 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

I have been getting noticed and whispered of late. Very much of late. I think if I was not already married I would be trusted up like a bird and served at the alter for some unwed noblewoman. I wonder what the Duchess Corvane wants.

Written By Lucita

Aug. 12, 2018, 8:01 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

I must remember to make sure anyone wearing a tie-behind-the-neck garment has a hard knot instead of a simple bow before letting them hold either of the twins who have developed a fascination with ribbons, lacing and cords. Thank goodness I discovered this before there was a wardrobe mishap publicly.

Written By Ryhalt

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:56 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Sometimes it takes money to make money, but I am certain thing will be in our favor. A tip I am already looking into, and the merchant fleet is near overloaded with goods from Arx and the east which will sell well in the west, in turn bring trade goods from Westrock to Arx. I cannot wait.

Written By Tynan

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:54 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Thena

Always nice to catch up with my sister.

Next time, more relaxing, less scholarly prodding I promise.

Written By Harper

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:52 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Reigna

I dunno what most people do my lady, but in this case it was more a matter of there being four of us talking about going out for drinks together, and we all happened to be female. Hence it was just the girls' night.

Written By Coraline

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:45 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Reigna

Well, a girls night from what I understand is to get together and just relax with fellow females. The skirt and gown nights are a sort of scheduled girls night, I only went to my first last month you see. Sometimes games are involved and often chatting about everything from the silly to the important seems the activities of choice. I believe the idea of barring men is so that we might speak about them, perhaps attempt to understand them? On this I am uncertain.

Written By Coraline

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:43 p.m.(5/20/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Ailith

Yes please!

We really need to get together and break open a few bottles. I still have that case Victus gave me to work through just waiting for the next time.

Written By Coraline

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:42 p.m.(5/19/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Bashira

We are pleased and honored to count you as one of our own. Those knights out there who wouldn't mind answering some intelligent and thought provoking questions, if you wouldn't mind speaking with Bashira and giving her insight into knighthood I would be ever grateful.

Written By Coraline

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:40 p.m.(5/19/1009 AR)

Relationship Note on Sheena

It was indeed a very busy event but a very nice one. I understand the discomfort, I have it myself, but being out with people and interacting one gains a better understanding of how to at least have flexibility. Of course smaller groupings would be better to start, next time I shall make a small group and bring you along dear Sheena.

Written By Khanne

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:33 p.m.(5/19/1009 AR)

I disagree with Lady Zoey, and anyone else that says nothing is perfect. I agree with... I believe it was a woman named Yasmine who spoke of perfection in the moments.

We are granted in our lives many moments of perfection. No matter who we are, what status we hold, we are blessed with these moments... We just have to see them for what they are.

The way the mist rises with the morning sunlight in the foothills of the mountains in the north on a spring morning. When all is still and quiet and the only sound is that of the wind breezing through the trees and the call of birds and steps of small animals in the fields and wood. There is perfection in this moment of serenity, if one just pauses to breathe it in.

A stolen moment in a busy day spent in the arms of a lover; dancing under the stars, walking in the sun, embracing behind a stack of books, or any number of things two people do with each other that might not be suitable for mentioning in the whites.

The first note played upon an instrument that rises pure and in perfect pitch... even if that instrument is a singer's voice. The first stroke of a painter's brush upon a blank canvas, line of ink drawn upon the parchment of a sketch artist, the first perfect ending to the first novel written and published by your hand, the first gorgeous gown made by your hands, set to display in your first shop on your first day of opening... all things that belong to you (general you) as an individual, that is all yours, and is perfect.

That flutter in your heart you get, the smile that comes to you naturally when you read words written to you, for your eyes only, from the quill of that person you love... whether they be near or far. Especially perfect when they come at an otherwise imperfect time... For that split moment, there is perfection.

Yasmine's example of perfection is a beautiful one as well, and brings to mind seeing my own beloved friend, Reigna, with her children... or another beloved and beautiful friend's smile when she speaks of the man she finds perfect for her.. Or the excitement of joy upon another friend's face, who so often is prone to matters serious when we speak of shared interests and discoveries. A letter from a pen pal that describes to me their own perfect moments... all examples of being able to share in, even briefly, the beauty of another's perfect moments.

I could go on, but perhaps I have been verbose enough for this evening in the whites. I simply find it so important to cherish and treasure the perfect moments, fleeting and lingering, in our lives.... especially with so much around us that is far from perfect to balance it all out.

Written By Rowenova

Aug. 12, 2018, 7:26 p.m.(5/19/1009 AR)

After steady healing over time, these past couple weeks (since my last white journal entry) have been absolutely wonderful! I finally live again!

During a drinking game at The Spirits, my liege and I wagered that neither a hardy knight nor a lovely princess could drink more rum than me...
We were right, of course! After my win, Lord Arik even sang a glorious song (which I later sang at various venues)! Unfortunately, those at the Ambassador's Salon do not seem to know what good music is, but those at the Traders Tavern do (and even complimented my singing voice)!

During her birthday party at Redrain Gardens, Princess Nia bravely slayed me with a single blow from her muddy doll! I was adorably stunned and could do naught but lay there for a few moments. I eventually rose, but sadly scared yet another child as I did so. I only worry that he might not dream well!

During the 1-year anniversary party for Marquis Cirroch and Marquessa Sasha, wolf pelt and sea silks were my evening attire: the latter set kindly gifted by none other than Marquessa Sasha, herself. This was my favorite celebration throughout all Arx so far. A wrestling match went down upon the dance floor (Lord Arik vs Marquis Cirroch). The honored couple adorably danced. I won the Never-Have-I-Ever game after having spake that Never Have I Ever mouth kissed more than a single person in my entire life. Suspiciously timed, a kiss offer came up the next day, but I decidedly declined (and likely will most times). Thank you, though! Beyond the entertaining activities, though, I truly wish the absolute best for the Sanna couple in their loving marriage forever more!

During yet another stop at the Traders Tavern, I briefly met a quiet man in riding leathers and his friendly dog (Patches). Unfortunately I never learned the man's name, but he definitely seems to be a good one to eventually know, especially with his equine knowledge and quick quips!

Master Rook Grayward and Mistress Yasmine Rovashani recently honored their newborn baby (Yelena Grayward) with festive fun at Champagne Mansion wherein the champagne fountain constantly flowed, and fine dining was beyond amazing. Thank you to your entire family for opening up your own home me. So nice!

Last but not least, thank you to the Redrain House for the paid position and Arxian leatherworkers for sprucing up a couple high quality leathers, too!

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