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Written By Dawn

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:09 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Exquisite. No one entertains as the Lyceum does, and that proved true at the Smoke and Shadows Gala. Of course, I have it on good authority that the inspiration for this particular event came from one of Arx's own and all due praise goes to her, particularly for the idea of the tasks given to the guests.

It was a fine way to break the ice and provoke people to interaction which they might not have otherwise enjoyed. My challenge was to fill the glasses of four different guests, even if those glasses were already filled.

Thankfully, I was able to complete the task without ruining anyone's finery... and there was a great deal of finery on display.

My compliments must also go to the crafters involved. Mistress Aurora and Myrinda, Mistress Joscelin and Morrighan, Sir Mercier and Mistress Ida... everywhere I looked, examples of their work was evident, from the souvenirs given to the prizes in the raffle to the garments and jewelry that sparkled on the attendees. Also, Master Rook, who was the cause for so many compliments to my own appearance; I do not normally shine so and he must be thanked for that.

It was breathtaking.

Written By Vincere

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:07 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

The crafter's fete and the smoke and shadows gala could not have been more dissimilar in some ways, but I found myself largely remarking on the ways in which they were the same. For all the recent tragedy, it's remarkable how little of it surfaces in these events. One could easily forget, particularly with the realm held in such steady hands.

Pietro made a fool of himself in the very best of ways, and I'm grateful again for the connections that Lord Valkieri and Lady Sylphie have made. The social circles in Arx are wide and high and entirely different from home, but seeing my brother thrive steadies me.

Written By Pietro

Oct. 10, 2016, midnight(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aislin

AN ADVENTURER'S SOCIETY.

Fighting monsters! Exploring ruins! Death-defying feats! Sailing to foreign places and climbing all over them!

One thousand elephants!

Written By Darren

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:54 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

The Smoke and Shadows Gala was an extravagent affair. I would expect no less from the hosts, of course. It was a night of intrigue and entertainment, from beautiful music to tasks that required performance before one could remove their masks.

My own task was an interesting one - serenade another in the ballroom. Of course, my victim was easily chosen, and I think the serenade that I thought up was a very fitting one.

Written By Freja

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:48 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

All things considered, honesty is not always the best policy. Kind words are not forgiving or the best way to win friends, true ones at least.

What others have deemed as necessary to banter and pick apart verbally, I see as trite. There are far greater things to consider and I find it baffling that I have to humor some of these things.

Then again, kind is never the first adjective others use to describe me back home. To hear it so often here you'd think I was born anew.

Written By Pietro

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:45 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Completely delightful evening at the gala. The ingenious tasks broke the ice open wide and forced the partygoers to embrace the ridiculous. It gives me loads of ideas to pepper Sylphie with for the housewarming ball she clearly must eventually throw when the renovations are complete!

Even Valkieri enjoyed himself!

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:37 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Myrinda

A superb crafter. Her work on my gala outfit was of very high quality; should I need any more outfits for social engagements—as opposed to adventuring—I'll certainly seek her out again.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:37 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

While I hosted this event with Her Grace, I can't sit here and claim that I came up with all of this myself. My protege had a lot to do with it, and while she was not the host I'm taking the time to praise her here as well as to anyone that will listen to me.

She approached me around a month after I arrived to the city and since then, our business relationship has been a fruitful and successful one. I'm quite proud to be her patron.

I would also have to praise the efforts of Mistress Joscelin, as she was responsible for the favors, as well as those of Sir Silas, who built those magnificent chests that were awarded.

Finally, praise goes to Mistress Aurora, for she created the outfits the outfits worn by Acacia and I both.

I am pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy a taste of the Lyceum.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:30 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Calista

Lady Calista. She is young, but she has a very keen mind. I had a chance to dance with her today,and as part of her task, she made me wear a blindfold. I can at least say that I didn't crash into anyone. Almost, but not quite. I had a good time with her, and I look forward to the next time she and I get to converse.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:30 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Vincere

Pietro and Vincere Igniseri are a pair of twins who are related to Lady Cara's family in some manner. Fostered with her house, but I'm not certain if they're blood relatives. I met them in the stacks of the Archive.

Vincere—at least, I'm fairly certain that one is Vincere—seems a bit of a scholar, interested more in the artifacts or scrolls I have brought back to the Archives than in tales of how they were retrieved. Still, a scholar who has an interest in history is an adventurer in a sense, even if they only journey through the bits of information we can salvage.

He might still be interested in the Adventurer's Society, even if perhaps not as intensely as his brother.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:27 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Pietro

Pietro and Vincere Igniseri are a pair of twins who are related to Lady Cara's family in some manner. Fostered with her house, but I'm not certain if they're blood relatives. I met them in the stacks of the Archive.

Pietro—at least, I think it was Pietro—seems a kindred spirit, someone who yearns for adventure and exploration. Though he's my own age, he has a level of enthusiasm that makes him seem younger than he is.

Perhaps someone who'd join the Adventurer's Society, or even a prospective plucky sidekick.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:26 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

I've decided I should create an adventurer's society.

It would be a group dedicated to exploring, to discovering the forgotten past, to meeting new peoples... just generally to expanding our knowledge of our world, whether culturally, historically, or cartographically. A place for adventurers to meet, and share their stories and plans for expeditions. For those who are eager to learn more—or to join an expedition—to visit. And for those who are interested in providing financial backing (or some other form of resources) to an expedition to meet those whose efforts they are backing.

If nothing else, it would provide a social environment where I know everyone else shares my interests. And perhaps an excellent place to find someone to journey with me.

Written By Darren

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:24 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

Princess Isolde Velenosa is the kind of woman that men write songs for ... songs that are likely better than the one I came up with to complete my task at the Smoke and Shadows Gala. But while another man's song might rhyme, it would be surely less inspired than mine.

Written By Calista

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:24 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Prospero

I believed him to be more of a thorn in my side, but I feel now that he is more of a tender in my garden. Beloved.

Written By Freja

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:24 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Audric

He has become a regular drinking partner and now, a man on again and off again in my employ when a sword is needed. The question is, is the sass worth it?

Written By Calista

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:22 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

Duke Niccolo was part of my "task" this evening at the Gala of Smoke and Shadows. Initially I was going to steal Duchess Nadia but his grace asked me to dance and the moment was simply perfect. My task was to dance with someone blindfolded. I could have easily blindfolded myself and felt my way around the room, but I thought it would be more interesting to have my lead and my liege be the blindfolded individual.

He did wonderfully even if he just barely missed running into wine serving servants. Chances are I would not have felt as comfortable or as safe were it someone else.

Written By Valkieri

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:20 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Dawn

I found myself looking to Lady Dawn more often that I would have liked at the Velenosan gala tonight. The party was miserable -- or I was miserable -- but the time we spent dancing was certainly the...highlight of the evening. She is poised, capable--

--and an unacknowledged bastard. She rules the kingdom for now, but her situation is more precarious than anyone else's I can think of. A wise woman to befriend, yes, but not, I think...

*released black journal as stipulated by the will of the deceased*

Written By Calista

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:19 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Jarek

I was not sure what to make of Prince Jarek Velenosa the first time we met. Admittedly, I was not expecting him and felt awkwardly fake when entertaining him. Our second meeting was short lived but it was tonight at the Gala of Smoke and Shadows (or Shadows and Smoke) that he took me by surprise with an invitation to dance which then utterly swept me off from the dance floor and out to the world to explore the night.

A passionate man, he's given me much to think about.

Written By Dagon

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:16 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Esera

The Archduchess put together quite the gala this evening. I'm uncertain if it was her or her sister that made me sing that song as my task for the evening, but it was amusing and I enjoyed my time there.

I look forward to the next grand event planned by her and House Velenosa.

Written By Dagon

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:15 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

The Duchess was quite stunning tonight at the Gala. I find spending time with her to be rather refreshing, especially as it lets my thoughts drift away from my duties, but only for a time. I look forward to seeing what plans she and Margot come up with together for a dinner between House Thrax and House Redrain.

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