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Written By Calarian

Aug. 30, 2017, 11:28 a.m.(2/13/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Tikva

Her Highness, my cousin Tikva Grayson, is quite the wise woman and I would advice anyone who comes to me for counsel to make her latest white journal entry canon for those engaged in the politics of the Compact.

Written By Thena

Aug. 30, 2017, 9:14 a.m.(2/13/1007 AR)

I am a priest of the Faith, and as such, am expected to be able to speak knowledgeably about all of our gods. But in day to day practice it is inevitable that some receive more focus than others. Gloria, Limerance, Gild. I have had little experience with Mangata, though I believe I have felt her presence during the times I joined my cousin on his cargo runs. In recent days though, I have helped clean her shrine, carve her insignia into ships, marveled at the statue on the beach.

It's nice to meet you, Mangata.

Written By Edward

Aug. 30, 2017, 9:05 a.m.(2/13/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Reese

Your event had some great food. I am glad I stopped in to try some of it. The rest of it was good too I spose. Thank you for your help for Thrax.

Written By Freja

Aug. 30, 2017, 7:28 a.m.(2/12/1007 AR)

See? This is why we shouldn't bother with dresses. Furs and leathers, armor. Now there is a fine style.

Written By Archeron

Aug. 30, 2017, 6:30 a.m.(2/12/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Margot

Margot surprised me at the Mangata event, wading out into the water as she did. She certainly isn't shy or weak in anyway - always impressive. We have a good leader for our reborn house.

Written By Arianna

Aug. 30, 2017, 2:11 a.m.(2/12/1007 AR)

Princess Reese, Prince Calarian and anyone else involved in the planning and execution of the fundraiser. Thank you kindly. It was a smashing success and I thoroughly enjoyed the people and the ambiance. On a side note, I noticed my siblings didn't make it. Which makes me kind of sad but everyone is busy beyond belief, so I will have to send their portion of the Stonewood donations before I retire...damn. I'm never finished with a day's work when I think I'm finished. I am sure right about now everyone else kind of feels the same. Which is why it's so necessary to have these moments, they give me hope. I delayed my trip back to Stonehearth for this wonderful evening and I am glad that I did.

Many thanks to my seamstresses of the night. I wore Mistress Penrose and Mistress Alarie. Dear Gods I love those two. Amazing artistry...anywho I've written my piece for the day. If I manage to get away in the morning well praise be to Gild. May she guide me safely to the ancestral lands of my people. Or something like that. I really need to read that prayerbook, I guess I can do that on the way. As my mind drifts back to the fundraiser for the close of my entry I wanted to say thank you to you Baron Stormbreak! That recommendation was perfection. In the future if I ever need culinary advice I would like to think I can rely on you once more. No pressure if you read this. Just a thought.

Written By Clover

Aug. 30, 2017, 12:25 a.m.(2/12/1007 AR)

Horses are hard to draw. I'm displeased by this.

Written By Tikva

Aug. 29, 2017, 11:55 p.m.(2/12/1007 AR)

One of the principal risks, since time immemorial, when one is writing a journal about persons unnamed, is that of course no one will actually know against whom the slight is directed, and one may find that one has stung a number of people who suspect themselves in every sentence, while the target against whom one has aimed one's barb simply carries on in complete ignorance, cheerfully going about their day with no knowledge that you have sharpened your wit upon them.

But you know, we have always used the White Journals like this. It has been the case for centuries! With a team of researchers, I have been able to unearth the oldest such vague journal in living memory within the Archive of Vellichor, and I provide it now, with citations, in my own white journal, as an aid to memory and object lesson. Its text, entirely, is thus:

"Few things are as sad as how far some people go to get the last word." - King of the Compact Tyrval Ael'Noctis, Consort of Alarice the Great.

Food for thought!

Written By Silas

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:51 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

If the goddess is fine with what you said, I don't think you will need to worry about what a few offended nobles think. Your skill speaks for itself and the city recognizes it.

Written By Margot

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:39 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

BLESSED ARE YOU, OUR GODDESS MANGATA

Tides rise, tides fall.
What seems chaotic in the moment, is always part of a bigger picture if one watches long enough.
Most often being on the receiving end of something unfortunate is more about being in the wrong place at the wrong time than being truly targeted.
Usually the surface of something tells you very little about its depths.

The ocean has taught me many lessons that have allowed me to survive.

Written By Eleyna

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:32 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

Mistress Penrose is far from unprotected.

Written By Victus

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:23 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

I feel the need to comment on the recent goings-on, if only to make a point long enough to say how ridiculous it has all been.

Were the words of this Shav girl unwise to be put into public view? Yeah, probably. Would it be that she had noble blood it may as well have been something she could easily get away with, but without that protection it seems like criticism rains down like a fucking sledgehammer. I don't care for this woman, I've never met her, never planning on it and I'm willing to bet she's never seen the Isles for what they are in her entire life. Did she speak a word of lie? Technically, no. That's good enough for me to consider her prayer justified if she wanted to be so blunt.

To those who are offended, there's no reason to let the words of a commoner Shav with a good mind for crafting pretty threads bother someone of your stations. You're Princes, Dukes, Counts and all the other titles that go right down the fucking ladder. If it gets under your skin to the point you'll start getting naked and tossing your clothes on the floor, then fine. I won't judge because I really don't give a fuck for pretty dresses.

But honestly now, it's a prayer from someone who doesn't have the whole story and perhaps never will because her business and Thrax's hardly correlate. Don't get your britches in a bunch, drink a little and take a deep breath.

Written By Monique

Aug. 29, 2017, 6:51 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

There are those who seem born and raised to relish the role of the victim.

Written By Alarissa

Aug. 29, 2017, 6:02 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

I will write in my whites once and once only, regarding this matter. Take from it what you will, how you will. The truth is known to those present at the lovely rite, and those who know me.

I am not of Thrax. I do not style myself the High Lady of Thrax, nor as Princess of Maelstrom. I am Princess Alarissa of Valardin, formerly of Grayson. My presence within Thrax can be explained in one sentence. I have entered a public period of requested courtship with the Prince of Maelstrom while negotiations for marriage are being started. I do not speak for Thrax. Never will I until our hands are bound and we have performed the rites.

Mistress Petal's words were heartfelt, true, and blessed in turn by Mangata herself. I was present, I felt it, I saw it.

I am ashamed by the words of strangers in their whites who pass judgement on someone who they do not know, who have never crossed path with and presume to put words and actions in my mouth, to which and where there have been none and cannot be attributed to myself. What was relayed between Mistress Petal and myself and my actions thereof as a result are purely my own, and with the full respect due to the seamstress in question. We disagree on something. It is as simple as that. I still respect Mistress Petal, her impeccable work and I hope all that get the chance to own what I have, will find the same joy in it that I did. I do not incite others to take the action that I have chosen to, but I know of others who have. I do not expect others to take the action that I have chosen to. But I know others who have.

I will not play the game of hiding in the archive, gossiping and sniping. That is not what my whites are for. Not what my journals are for.

I answer to the gods. I answer to myself. I answer to my High Lord if he feels my actions were indeed petty, disreputable, dishonourable and without merit. But I will not answer to those who who have decided that today is a good day to vilify because they felt like it when they woke up.

If I have offered offense, if I have I have offended, there are proscribed measures to deal with this, as the Legate Orazio wrote and I will answer those challenges if they are merited. But there are far more important things to take umbrage at and to deal with. Far more important things that we as a whole of the compact and residents of Arvum should be paying attention to.

These are my words on the matter. I consider it closed.

Written By Driskell

Aug. 29, 2017, 5:11 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

My lord Kennex wrote an inspirational journal regarding a sea-tale that has a very good bit of advice that is quite relevant today and I agree with his father's viewpoint to force fate to your favor. There is another sea-tale, very similar, that I'll share.

    There were two twins, Adrian and Erasmus, who were famed in the southern Isles for their exploits as Thraxan reavers. The brothers competed against each other since they fought their way out of their mother's womb, and each of them tried to out do one another whenever they went a'reaving across the deeps. The spoils of course from this competition greatly enriched their people, but the competition between each brother was proving to be bittersweet.

    One day, there was a great feast held by their liege, the scent of good food and the tropical floral perfume that only those who have been to the isles can speak about wafting in the air as the surf gently crashed on the beach. The gold brought back from the recent raids was being weighed, and Adrian's haul was greater than his brother's.

    Adrian said to his brother, "All can see, I am the best sailor and captain, there is no crew better than mine! I bet my ship against my brother's in a race to see who can take the next ship!" This was met with a raucous cheer by the crew and people behind Adrian, while Erasmus was brooding in silence, the firelight flickering across his dark eyes as he stood up. "I accept my brother's wager. The first to take the next ship will be declared the best." With hardly a further word uttered, he gestured to his crew to leave and prepare for the next set of raids in the morning.

    The next morning came, the two ships with their crews and captains were at the pier. Adrian's ship took off, his thralls whipped hard as they bent their backs to slice the ship across the water, leaving Erasmus in his wake still at the pier while his brother's ship hauled their sails up. There was no wind, and soon the brothers were separated. Adrian's watch on the crows nest peered across the horizon, but no ships yet were nearby to raid so Adrian continued to push his men to oar instead of having their sails up which would let others know he was soon to be on them. Hours stretched on, and nothing yet was seen until just after the sun was at high noon when a trading fleet was seen with one ship lagging behind its fellows. Adrian, upset and worried that his brother might find better fortune, beat and whipped his thralls to oar harder but the men were nearly dead from half a day's work already. The lookout on the crows nest called attention that his brother's sails were nearby, and Adrian took the whip in his own hand, beating not just his thralls but also his freemen to push them all to the oars to beat his brother to the catch. The wind pushed the ship of Erasmus' onwards and soon the ship was coming up alongside Adrian's. Adrian looked on in confusion which then turned to horror, as he saw his brother's crew were fresh and armed. Erasmus called the order to attack, and soon the ship of Adrian's was boarded. The freemen were spent, the thralls were dead-tired and none could put up a fight against the crew of Erasmus. Chaining his brother to the crew that he had just beaten, Erasmus said "As per the terms of our wager, you've lost your ship. A reaver takes what opportunity gives, he doesn't force to take what he doesn't have."

    Adrian was a thrall after that and his debt sold to a northern Thraxan lord, and all his crew and thralls were taken by Erasmus which doubled the size of his holdings and began his fleet, of which tales exist of his further exploits.

    Take what opportunity gives you, for fate cannot be forced into delivering you what you seek. Hubris in the eyes of gods and man will only bring you folly.

Written By Ford

Aug. 29, 2017, 4:28 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

There was a story my father would tell me through letters when I was growing up. He would tell it to me when I was angry or upset with things not going my way.

The story was about a Kennex, many generations ago. He was a slightly distant cousin of the Marquis at the time, Raund. He fancied himself the greatest sailor, no one knew more about ships than him, of the opinion that he had the best control of his men, his rowers, his sails. Others often told him that that wasn't possible, one could not be the master of his sails. His sails were at the mercy of the winds, his ship was at the mercy of the sea. However, he thought this preposterous.

To prove just how correct he was, Raund took his best ship out, claiming he was going to sail out to Tssau Island which was two days sail from Stormward. He challenged another sailor to race him. Begrudgingly the challenged accepted.

When the race began, the challenged simply unfurled his sails and allowed the wind to carry his ship, there wasn't much wind that day. Raund, relied on his rowers, the best rowers to ever crank the oar. He was quick to take a massive lead, pushing ahead with ease. However, as the hours stretched on, the man allowing the winds to carry him, was gaining on Raund.

Raund was outraged, he cracked his whip, demanded his men rowed harder, faster, but the rowers were getting tired. Raund's ship could gain distance, gain speed, but still the sails would push his opponent further. Soon, Raund continued to push his men harder, panicking that he could be beaten after all his boasting. His opponent was now well ahead of him, the easy winds carrying him at almost a walking pace. Raund did not let up, the whip cracked harder, the barking grew harsher. Raund pushed his men so hard they died sitting with the oars in their hands. Needless to say, Raund did not win that race, in fact, he was never seen again.

My father enjoyed this story, while most think this story's moral is to not push your men past reasonable limits, he felt that it was a cautionary tale of attempting to force things in one's favor.

Raund tried to force the sea, and his men to carry him to victory. His opponent simply allowed the wind to take him at it's own pace. The man who believed the wind and sea knew what it wanted ended up winning the race.

You will never be able to force the wind and sea to your whim. She won't allow it out of spite.

I thought this story held some relevance lately.

Written By Merek

Aug. 29, 2017, 3:52 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Alarie makes some wonderful things too.

Written By Valery

Aug. 29, 2017, 3:49 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Aodhan

Oh, I know it's not really long... Or not longer than usual.
But I want the Spring to arrive, and I want the garden to bloom, and waiting it's making the hours and the days feel much longer...

Written By Merek

Aug. 29, 2017, 2:56 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

I don't want to write opinions that put down one and lift another. All life is precious to the gods. That said, I will recommend Penrose's shop to people, as she made one of my favorite tunic designs I still wear to date. The silks are something every Lycene should at least take a look at. That said, I've been working on redesigning my own shop and planning to hire someone as an apprentice. I feel that it's time to do what I do best. Craft. I find it has always made me feel better when I'm feeling my most pensive. Through prayer, I feel that returning to my craft more is the right thing to do. For weapons, Dame Ida and Mistress Hana are the best. The Lower Leathers has some of the best leathers in town. And if you want figurines, the mystery of the Magpie is always the place to go. Crafters Unite! Stand together! The economy thrives, and we will ensure it!

Written By Orazio

Aug. 29, 2017, 1:40 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

To the Faithful Reader:

No one can, nor should, force anyone to buy what they do not wish to buy. If certain people wish to deprive themselves of Mistress Petal's high quality work, then that is their decision. Personally, I have greatly enjoyed what I have purchased from her, and will have to ask her for more in the future - although, if we're honest, the Faith robes do not support a great deal of variation.

That said, it is worth noting that we kneel in worship to a Pantheon of gods, not one alone. To worship Mangata is good; the mother of sea and sky has blessed us greatly, and none more than Thrax. That should be honored. But we cannot forget the rest of the gods - the Sentinel looks upon our actions for justice and truth. Gild cries out in joy when we show gentleness, generosity, and all the values of civilization over barbarity. Limerance smiles when we love, and pays close attention to the promises we make and how we keep them. Vellichor's wisdom and Gloria's unshakable honor should guide us in all we do and say.

To punish someone for speaking truth, particularly someone so much further beneath a royal house, does not meet the standards of any of the gods. If one takes offense at something someone has said, the proper way to address it - if you're going to acknowledge a single Prodigal tailor's words as harmful to a Great House - would be to make an honorable challenge. Otherwise, a little charity and grace can go a long way to convincing others that charity and grace should be extended, in turn.

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