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Written By Jaenelle

July 8, 2016, 11:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Talen Artiglio, the Sword of Lenosia, is House Velenosa's trusted Sword and go-to man for anything it seems. He is intelligent and quite capable, and someone I have grown rather fond of within the short time I have spent with my new family. He is a good man to be able to count on in times of uncertainty.

Written By Gareth

July 8, 2016, 11:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Always chose the right tool.. Corroborating information is difficult enough as it is.. Remember to send a thank you letter and perhaps a gift to Duchess Esera and Princess Isolde for their constant hospitality. To be indebted to another house is an unfortunate disgrace on House Grayson, and the Inquisition. Not that I'm particuarly bitter about it. I much rather be amongst civilized company than the vast majority of people I normally have to interact with.. though at least with them I never worry if they are genuine.. becuase if they arn't, they won't be people anymore when I finish with them.

Written By Jaenelle

July 8, 2016, 11:26 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

This Redrain Prince is interesting. While I do not know him well, he clearly is an enigma I wish to learn more about. I met him during Esera's moonlight social, sitting alone with a rather distasteful expression after drinking a glass of wine. While I can't account for his poor taste in libations, I provided him with whiskey and my company, hoping to smooth over any acts of war which may have been aroused by his utter dismissal of Lyceum wine. No declarations have been made yet.

Written By Valencia

July 8, 2016, 11:17 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Luca

Prince Luca is charming, though it would take a great many words and glasses of wine to put my finger on exactly why that is. He's lazy and unmotivated and in dire need of a haircut. He's also funny without being obnoxious, something many southern men are entirely inept at - 'suave' is a dying art in the Lyceum. His offering of his arm to Talen at the recent party (I'll talk more about that later) was the second most amusing moment of the evening.

Written By Antonio

July 8, 2016, 10:45 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

I arrived in Arx this week, pretty well uncertain how to proceed from there. My limited understanding of my current circumstance is that I'm to keep my head down, not cause trouble, and only then see, within the previously determined framework, if there is something further I can do to help our fortunes. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it. I wandered about a bit yesterday, eventually coming into the Ambassador's Salon along Lord's Lane. There, I met briefly with Her Highness, Princess Jaenelle, and Talen, the Sword of Lenosia. Conversation was pleasant, as one must expect. I resolved to try to see more of Arx. I've visited here before, but this particular stay promises to be an extended one.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:56 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

The social obligations of being a Sword had begun to set in for Talen a few weeks following his arrival in Arx; the masquerades, balls and gatherings that were hosted by Great Houses across the city luring him in by extension of his duties. At the heart of Arvum, this is where the answers for the tragedies of King's Rest would be found. This is where he would uncover any lurking clues for his liege lady, the Grand Duchess of Lyceum, and this is where he would help his family take strict vengeance on those who dared strike against them.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

Indentured courtesan of House Pravus, mistress Mirari Corsetina was on retainer in the service of her liege ladies and travelled to Arx following the tragedies of the King's Rest. Having met the woman on but a handful of occasions, it seemed that the Sword of Lenosia had little evidence to really praise her work. There was a great deal of interest in seeing that through, to be proven wrong, but it had not yet come to pass.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:36 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Bliss

Champion Bliss Whisper, a woman met upon the dance floor at a moonlit social gathering hosted by the Great House of Velenosa. Yes, indeed, she was both a defender of honour and refined paragon of entertainment. Talen's interest in the woman was born that night, not least because of her every talent fell in line with the high standards found in the southern provinces of the Lyceum. It remained then that she would be a fine contact to approach should Talen ever have need of a quality individual to serve the purposes of the Grand Duchess and her family.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Luca

One might have considered Prince Luca a layabout, shirking his duty and avoiding the responsibilities he should otherwise embrace. Talen, however, had a certain degree of sympathy for the unfortunate plight of the man. With the Sword of Lenosia's own penchant for a challenge, there's appreciation for his highness' boredom. It remained then, that Talen would go out of his way to assist the nobleman's sister, her highness Princess Ophelia, in her antics to encourage life into her sibling.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:23 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Ophelia

Flighty at best, Princess Ophelia Velenosa was nevertheless one of those members of the family that Talen kept his eye on with keen interest. Should her highness choose to dive into trouble without a look askance, the Sword certainly thought it his duty to be present so he could intervene accordingly... and if nothing would curb her whims, at least take part.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:14 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

Princess Alarissa Valardin nee Grayson, the epitome of a princess from fairy tales of old. In truth, Talen's first impressions of her highness were rather bluntly presented, the stereotype of a maiden such a bore to a man of the Lyceum provinces. In time, however, he came to the understanding that rather than push aside the opportunities to converse with those he deemed stiff collared, he should instead learn from them. To that very same end then, Talen sought to meet and greet with ones such as the princess with greater patience for their cultural differences.

Written By Talen

July 8, 2016, 8:06 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

Duchess Nightgold of the Redrain 'wilderness', a vision but also surprisingly witty. Like many of her kind in the north, Talen was somewhat unfamiliar with all but the reputation of this noblewoman's family. In the first few instances of meeting Nadia around Arx, Talen's appreciation for her ability to remain diplomatic without becoming stifflingly dull grew. There would no doubt be further efforts made to seek out her company in the future, too.

Written By Victus

July 8, 2016, 3:02 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Gustave

Now you're a scrawny little fucker. To you, craning your head to look up to someone is just second nature. A fact of the world you live in, that you can't change and probably don't hardly even think about anymore. We don't choose how tall we become. Though it probably wouldn't hurt you to lift some weighs, walk up some stairs, look a little less like a fucking sparrow. Anyway, this wasn't about you, priest.

I'm not used to craning my fucking neck. It feels unnatural, as if some fundamental law of the universe has been upended. I can't say I fucking like it. Now this fucker makes me look like I'm the scrawny little brother if I stand next to him. Seen him a couple of times now. With his Blackram men, who are nearly as big; at a Rite of Glory; and now he came and had some drinks with me and Kima at the Ebb and Flow. For a Valardin he's pretty fucking practical. None of that usual bleating nonsense about chivalry and honor and higher fucking ideals to aspire to. Blunt and mostly invested in looking after his own. I can respect that.

Still. Don't much like being the smaller fellow in the room.

Fucking unnatural, it is.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:55 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alrec

Fancy corsair, a fine ship captain, all ready to sail into dark and dangerous waters. But he won't go without protection. Indeed he won't. He reached out to me and we struck a bargain. A bargain in front of gods, both those we know and those we've forgotten. A bargain that lasts.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:54 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Such a pretty girl she was at that fancy tournament. All smiles and courtesy, polite as you please. Indeed she is. Her skin is fine quality. Fine quality.

Written By Malavaunt

July 8, 2016, 2:53 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

The Sword of Lenosia is a fine lad, he is. A fine lad. All bright eyes and good intentions when he bought leather from me. Fine work it was, for the materials. Indeed it was. Didn't save him against the Sword of Setarco, but she's a demon with a blade. But he asked of demons, he did. And I told his very self that the people he should be asking are closer to home. Blood calls to blood. It always does.

Written By Hadrian

July 8, 2016, 2:10 a.m.(12/19/1003 AR)

Say what you will about the Lyceum, we know how to throw a party - and despite our alleged subtlety, we're remarkably good at showing each other where we stand in each other's eyes.

Or _are_ we?!

I know you know I know you know, but sometimes it's fun to pretend we don't. You know?

Written By Gustave

July 7, 2016, 3:39 a.m.(12/16/1003 AR)

People always look at me strangely when I say we don't duel in the Stoneburner Hills. Maybe its because the difference between social strata is not quite as defined. Maybe its because the concept of individual honor was so utterly alien to our ancestors. There was no such thing as a disagreement between two men: it was a matter of families. You didn't have right to kill a man until his family agreed he had gone so far that his life was a stain on their honor. Until he's gone that far, you just got to work it out. Tomorrow you may be mustering with his father and his brother and his cousins beside you, and personal honor doesn't replace his pike in the lot. Let it be done quick, and let it be done with both sides agreeing wasn't no other way to work it out.

As a sidenote, Sigrun will probably want to know who wore what and who danced with whom. Hopefully notes taken will be sufficient. Additional hope that she will not try to pick a wife for me based on dress worn or the cultural and political assumptions of a seven year old.

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:32 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Oh! Talen is marvelous and ever-so-helpful. If he weren't so refined from his upbringing, I would squish him down into the clay shape of a house guard and request that he follow me around wherever I felt like going to see if he could keep up. He's ever-so-delicate on reminders instead of being brash and lecturing and he glides through social situations as if he was intended for each. He's like an effervescent cloud of... cloudliness... can we just forget that last line?

Written By Ophelia

July 6, 2016, 5:26 p.m.(12/15/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Alarissa

Princess Alarissa seems very proper and ladylike. I'd love to see her positively gush about something rather than being the iconic emblem of reservation, though I think she tries to do otherwise. It might be just the contrasting differences between her and my own Cousins. It isn't that we don't have a lot in common, but sometimes I wondered if what I was saying was heard by her at all. It felt like I had to rephrase over and over again. She's sweet though, as Princesses should be, with just enough dark sprinkles to make you want to strip back the drizzled layers of syrupy refinement and see what's inside.

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