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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.

Written By Petal

Aug. 29, 2017, 1:26 p.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

BLESSED ARE YOU, OUR GODDESS MANGATA

In the breath her of wind
On the rising ocean tide
Soothing storm, we find
Life, the parched, drink
Brandywine soaks in joy
She saves from the brink
Bathing those submerged
Soothed in water’s waves
So sunken souls emerge
She glides over the kelp
nurtures crabs and men
The goddess is our help
Please forgive the lost
who fallen on their way
She gets those tossed
to their watery graves.
Bathing all submerged
Soothed in water’s waves
In the breath of her wind
On the rising ocean tide
soothing storm, we find
Life, the parched, drink

Written By Sameera

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

I do not understand the point of riling up people to boycott others. If someone does something I don't like I tell them and make sure they understand why I am pissed at them. THen I just shop where ever is closest to me at the time when I need something.

This is why peopling is difficult.

Written By Alis

Aug. 29, 2017, 10:15 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

The faith of those in the Oathlands is strong, and well known. Even, at times, mocked by others. But I feel that when one of the Gods speaks or leaves us a sign, it behooves us to listen.

Whatever Mistress Penrose may have said, and however she may have said it, the Goddess Mangata did not take offense; she gave the woman a benediction.

Emotions run high right now, and understandably so. Let us all pray over the right thing to do. What would the Sentinel have us do. How would Gloria demand that we act? Honor tells me that forgiveness for those who speak truth, even undiplomatically espoused, is the chivalrous course of action. Especially when it would seem that Mangata's own actions have made her wished clear.

Written By Leta

Aug. 29, 2017, 9:47 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

I don't know too much about Mangata. Usually when I think about Mangata it's not a good thing as it means there is weather, and I can't say I much care for weather. I've been on boats once or twice, but you really don't want weather when you are on a boat, the way I see it. The less weather, the better.

But then I suppose I do like drinking, even water if it's clean, and so there's that. I was at the ceremony for Mangata. I didn't have anything to say, I was just curious and wanted to learn more about the gods and such, but I am glad I didn't say a thing, not that I would have said anything that's likely to ruffle any feathers but you never know. They were serving mead and whiskey, and I'd already had some wine before I got to the beach and it all adds up to loose tongues, that's what.

Written By Tikva

Aug. 29, 2017, 9:47 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Mistress Petal made my wedding gown. It's a lovely piece in deep green seasilk, and the hooded cloak she made to match is both charming and warm, perfect for how cold the weather has been lately.

Honestly I do believe she has made a good deal of my wardrobe, but the gown a lady marries in does tend to stick in her memory.

Written By Jael

Aug. 29, 2017, 9:35 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

There was a lovely gown at Mistress Penrose's shop the other day. I talked myself out of it but now...I think I'll head back over there.

Written By Aureth

Aug. 29, 2017, 9:34 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

In the eyes of the gods, we are all human souls. At our core, beneath all the trappings, there is no fundamental difference between us, woven as we are with the same stuff, by the same hand, from the same source.

In one life you may be born a Princess. In the next you may be born a seamstress. In another, you may be born a child cut down far, far too young in the brutality of war.

All prayers are welcome. All life is precious. All faith is golden. Let no one who seeks the comfort of the gods be denied.

The Sentinel sees all and knows righteousness.

Written By Edward

Aug. 29, 2017, 9:17 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

Bravery at the beach...

...but a commoner's grasp of politics. As expected.

Written By Thena

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:58 a.m.(2/11/1007 AR)

How disappointing it is to see a blooded Princess of Grayson blood and Valardin ties behave so childishly. To attempt to ruin a common shopkeeper for speaking her mind before the gods? How petty and arrogant. I would expect better from the woman who would call herself a ruler of Thrax. Fortunately the rest of the Thrax nobility have, thus far, seemed to show some modicum of diplomacy and good sense.

Written By Eleyna

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:51 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

House Velenosa has enjoyed a profitable alliance with House Thrax for generations. My own beloved cousin, Princess Jaenelle, was born of that family. One of my dearest friends, Princess Donella, is of the bloodline as well. I have both political and personal relationships within House Thrax and within the Mourning Isles in general. I have every reason to want to see House Thrax succeed and find a solid footing within the Compact.

Which is why I find it disheartening to hear that members of that fealty are not just criticizing the prayers of an Abandoned girl, but going so far as to seek to boycott her business as well. Why? Because she didn’t say the politically correct thing? She was not raised at Court to know how to gild her tongue so as not to hurt your feelings. Because she was touched by Mangata? I would think that those of the Mourning Isles would be more eager to connect with such a person such a short time after the defilement of the Shrine of Mangata and the loss of lives and ships in our very own harbor.

This boycott will cause little, if any, harm to Mistress Penrose’s business. She is talented and those who choose not buy from her will be quickly replaced by the many that are seeking her out. No, the harm that this boycott might do is against the Thrax fealty.

You see, whether you realize it or not, conversations are being had about Thrax’s place amongst the people of the Compact. Thoughts are being thought. Questions being asked. Let’s face it, given the actions of Prince Abbas, many have questioned whether there is a place for that kind of horror in the world we are all trying to create. Do you think that by ostracizing an Abandoned seamstress or even trying to imply that a -Palace Seraph- is playing false with the gods that those who are having these thoughts and conversations are viewing such actions favorably?

Nearly every House in the Compact has horrors that lurk in their history. Except perhaps for House Valardin, but I would contend that an excess of honor is a burden in and of itself. Most of us have blood staining our names, but I don’t think that excludes people from learning from their mistakes and striving to be better. I believe that House Thrax is capable of becoming more than blood-thirsty savages. I look at Princess Fatima and her recent words on this very subject as one who gives me hope that I’m not wrong about House Thrax, that the Mourning Isles and those that rule it have a place within the Compact.

It won’t be easy. Sometimes, it will mean making an apology that is never accepted by those hurt most. Sometimes, it will mean facing the reluctance and lack of trust that many have as they wait to see what House Thrax and those that are loyal to it choose to become in the coming years. The eyes of the Compact are on House Thrax and the Mourning Isles. Do you really want -this- to be the event associated with you?

Written By Edward

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:37 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Donella

Most heartfelt congratulations on your marriage to the High Lord, and a wish for many many happy years and fat babies together.

Written By Ailith

Aug. 29, 2017, 8:35 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

A ceremony so pure in intent has left me in awe and reverence.

Politics played no role when I organized the gathering by the beach. Our Lady, Star of the Sea, our Goddess Mangata, struggled in our defense against the rising black tide which wreaked havoc and sorrow across the waters. We all share the responsibility towards rededication and acknowledge what our Goddess has done. And the people of Arx did not disappoint in embracing our Goddess and coming out to worship. My heart swelled in joy to see her worshippers participate in private or public, and dwell deeper in unity with a relationship with Her.

In the midst of the public prayers, I overhead a Mistress question if she has a right to pray because she did not know Her and assumed our Goddess would reject. Any who seek the light by praying to our Gods, from the most devout to someone who knows nothing about them, shall not be denied. And so I encouraged the Mistress as Mangata, ever loving and forgiving, welcomes any who wish to pray and learn more of Her.

Despite how impolitic the prayer, the point is this -- your prayers are a personal journey between you and the Goddess. No others were denied this opportunity to pray and nor should a Mistress whose intents were pure in her beginning relationship with Mangata.

And the most breathtaking moment occurred.

The Goddess arrived. You could feel her arrival in the unseasonable warm breezes, balmy with hints of salt and lavender. Her breeze swirled around Mistress Petal and played with her hair. A warm embrace in welcoming. And before our Goddess departed, she left us with the warm current of air as respite, to encourage us to continue in paying respects.

And as a servant of the Gods, I shall not cease in doing so. To those who were unable to attend and wish to participate, I encourage you. Open your hearts and speak truthfully to Mangata in your desire of rededication, reconciliation, or to learn more of Her.

~ Ever Faithful, Ever Your Servant.

Written By Audric

Aug. 29, 2017, 7:52 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

Isn't death but a part of life? Maybe this is one of those things I'll learn not to say as I learn more about being a part of the Peerage, but death is a part of life. To a sellsword, we laugh when our friends die. Ask Shard. We've shared many a drink when my predecessor died due to an arrow wound to the balls went sour, or a lieutenant died because he tripped and ripped his hand off and it went awry. Celebrate the life, not the death. When I die, which, let's be fair, may well be soon, I want you all to laugh at the stupid shit I've done alive. Tears at my wake, but let's have them be tears of laughter, eh?

Written By Archeron

Aug. 29, 2017, 7:45 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

Yes, what Petal said at the ceremony about the deeds of some in Thrax may have been unpolitic to say, but I cannot help but note that what she said is not untrue. I can find little offense in the truth, though I judge none of my fealty who do take it. But this is life in the Thrax, or it was. The children I played with as a child were felled with axe, the same as saplings uprooted to make way for a new field of corn. No prayer, no amount of offense that I take, no raging or complaint will bring them back.

I understand the offense Princess Alarissa took - I think she wishes we were not those things. And she has had no hand in those deeds, and does not bear our name. I myself have been away from Thrax for a long time, but I am returned and I take that history as much as I embrace any other part of us. If we wish to stop being remembered for such things, we must not do such things. If we wish to do such things, then we must accept people will remember. Trying to have it both ways will end only in tears.

Written By Cristoph

Aug. 29, 2017, 7:04 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

I'm disappointed to hear that a young commoner woman, a prodigal whose family bent the knee to the compact would be chastised for her prayers at a public religious ceremony. Regardless of their content and by members of Arvum's nobility.

The Thrax have a history and reputation of being bloody, brutal and ruthless warriors. Prince Abbas Thrax's actions in his life and more recently during the siege of Arx have reminded many of that ruthlessness, event as many others in House Thrax and their vassal houses have attempted to overcome it. Those people have my admiration for their endeavors. I hear that he's worked to make amends and he may have. Many seem to have forgiven him and that is their right.

But that does not mean that everyone in this city or within the Compact has. Commoners should not be chastised for expressing concerns over those things, even now that the actions are 'in the past' or 'amends' have been made. As an Oathlander, I believe to my bones that the nobility lives to serve the people. Petal Penrose should be praised for her devotion to the gods and to her courage in reminding everyone that these things are not so far in the distant past as others would have you believe.

Written By Archeron

Aug. 29, 2017, 6:33 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

BLESSED ARE YOU, OUR GODDESS MANGATA

It has been long since I sailed your waves, but I have lived two thirds of my live in your breeze
I have seen your impact in the sway of the tree tops, spend until hours at watch watching birds take flight on your breeze
You fill our sails that move our boats that fill our bellies. You give flight to our arrows that bring down those who threaten us.
You care for us, and we should care for you in return.
If ever we hurt you, it is because we are like children to you, not understanding the needs and wants of our parents.
Perhaps it is time we listened more, and tried to roar like wounded bears a little less.

Written By Fatima

Aug. 29, 2017, 3:31 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

Mistress Petal has always been one of the finest seamstresses in Arx. Her skill is exemplary and she has always catered to my peculiar taste in attire, for that she has my gratitude. Although I was not personally there on the beach to witness what she said, I heard about it and I've read about it all evening. Some people are upset, rightfully so. Other people have taken what she said as part of the image the Compact has of House Thrax (whether it be true or not). Some would say it's nothing new. However, none can attest it as a falsehood.

The Warlord made a strategic decision that he felt was best based on the tactical assessment of the battlefield. He saved lives doing what he did, on both sides. I am not the only one who has heard Prince Abbas state that he regrets the decision he had to make. He knew that it would not win him any praise but he did what he thought was right. War is a terrible thing, and it leaves no hand unscathed by the scalding flames of pain, suffering, and loss. The longer any conflict drags on, the more lifeblood will be spilled.

A great Thraxian Warlord once said, "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." We must consider the influences that everyone has had in their upbringing. We are not the same people, we do not wage war in the same manner. What we were taught is not the same as the rest of the Compact. It doesn't make us any less responsible for our actions, but when you take time to consider just /why/ someone might have made a choice that seemed so wrong...it should be clear that we are the sum of our experiences.

Remember that while we might condemn the outcome that occurred, the consequences might have been much the same. Those very same children that died of plague would have starved or died of exposure because their parents, mother and father would fight us to the death because their minds were not their own. While using plague as a weapon can be viewed as amoral, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that battle is glorious or morally just in any regard. Taking the live of another is taking the life of another. By blade, by decree, by political influence, by trade embargo, by the whispered words of a courtier, by the quill and inkwell, through espionage or any other manner direct or indirect. Sometimes doing the right thing is wrong.

I am not trying to dissuade any who choose to read this entry. People's feelings are valid because they belong to them. No one can tell us how we feel and no one should minimize someone else's feelings. Each of us is allowed to feel and to have our own opinions. Everyone is allowed to voice that opinion in an appropriate manner. The facts revolving around the judgement of the Gods, Thralldom, or past decisions made by the leadership of House Thrax are not easy things to address. Invariably people have been harmed by these incidents including Thraxians because contrary to popular belief. We are not all the same, we are a diverse people with many different cultures spread across the Isles. That no matter what happened in the past, I hope that we can all realize that sometimes good people made bad choices. It's never too late to learn from ones mistakes, it's never too late to make amends for the wrongs that have been done. It's not good enough to let bygones be bygones. We're better than that and those of us who do take responsibility for the things we've done have made steps to redeem themselves.

Mistress Petal should not be boycotted for her actions Thraxians. Mistress Petal should be embraced despite our differences. It may seem like a small thing, to disavow a seamstress. Most especially one not from the Isles, but it does not provide the Compact with the image that /we/ want them to have of House Thrax. We are a strong House and the opinions and words of others should have no bearing on our day to day lives. We are not petty and while I respect everyone's decision to take their business where they like. /I/ will continue giving Mistress Petal my business because words mean less to me than the intention and her intentions were pure. She asked forgiveness for our sins, and even if you don't feel like you have done anything that needs forgiving. The gesture itself is one of camaraderie and compassion. Whatever we choose to do as Thraxians, we should never condemn virtuous deeds. Not ever.

Written By Shard

Aug. 29, 2017, 2:07 a.m.(2/10/1007 AR)

Relationship Note on Petal

She prayed for dead Abandoned babies, and then turned around and prayed for their murderers, as well as going out of her way to absolve those members of the House that have had no part in any of it. Apparently, this is a terrible insult? The Thrax creed is 'Tears in our wake, never at our wake'. Whose tears, exactly, do they think those are?

Oh, I'm sure the prayer wasn't comfortable, but it's about the nicest fucking version of it there ever could be. That's war. That's what happens when villages get raided. That's what happens when tribes get destroyed, even when it's a tribe that absolutely, in every way, without any possible argument from anyone decent, has it coming. And how often does that happen, I wonder?

Seems about right that the reaction here is that a bunch of them get mortally offended at some seamstress who seems physically incapable of raising her voice or showing a glimmer of temper for daring to ask their goddess to be good to them and maybe, possibly, if she has the time, to try to get them to stop killing people who don't need killing quite so much.

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