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Written By Cassiopeia

July 16, 2021, 12:16 a.m.(11/6/1015 AR)

I got my first pair of boots. They pinch my toes. My sister told me I should wear them around the house with wet socks. I'm ready, winter!

Written By Lisebet

July 15, 2021, 11:31 p.m.(11/5/1015 AR)

Sunaia came to visit the other day. It was lovely to spend time chatting with her. I miss that, now that she's married and off living her life of adventure. I still recall her helping to teach me how to climb a tree and wincing at the bright white and blue of my armour.

Though now I think on it, she never did get me that Ashford armour. Ah well, I suppose the Farshaw colours suit me just as well.

Written By Denica

July 15, 2021, 9:06 p.m.(11/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Esme

While I'm pleased to hear my comment has caused you to think... I confess I am often far too sarcastic, and wasn't talking about affection, at all. That said, I do appreciate how many friends offered their services, in response.

As for 'winning' affection? Depends on how shallow the person is, I suppose?

Written By Medeia

July 15, 2021, 5:12 p.m.(11/5/1015 AR)

The feast at Eswyndol the other night was certainly entertaining! I never expected the competition to end in a five-way tie, but the combatants were truly formidable. I ended up having to call the entire thing to an end for fear they'd cause deadly internal injuries before any of them yielded. If ever one should need a body between them and another who wishes them harm? Consider Prince Raimon Thrax, Count Drake Wyvernheart, Lady-General Piccola Tessere, or Messeres Raven and Wagner. Watching them fight was like watching a particularly brutal dance. There was an elegance in their ability to avoid each other, inspiration found in their relentless determination to stay on their feet. I am pleased to report that my concern over lasting injuries appears to have been outsized. They all were content enough with the bit of sport that they agreed to split the prize among them.

I believe I will have something special sent along to Archlector Giada. Never underestimate a Lycene; it will end poorly. She's an impressive person. And my gratitude is entirely Cesare's for his assistance getting everything ready for the feast. I've recovered most of my energy since my injury, but it will be a few more days before the stitches can come out. Bending and lifting are not good ideas, so having a pair of extra hands was a boon. Also, the evening resulted in me having reason to visit the Academy of War. I wouldn't blame them for thinking I'd gotten lost when I arrive! It should be interesting.

Written By Noah

July 15, 2021, 1:50 p.m.(11/5/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Elizabetha

I think I miss my sister this week. Perhaps.

It's all this wedding talk, I know she would want to throw herself into it with the others. She might also assist me in an outfit, if I must wear a new one. Surely, the one I like is fine. Right?

Written By Esme

July 15, 2021, 1:41 p.m.(11/5/1015 AR)

Can affection truly be won?

I have pondered this question, Most Darlings, as I read it. Now I understand that I am not typical when it comes to my affections. For I do not believe in strangers. I believe that we are all best friends and our souls are just meeting again. Surely, we are the closest of people, yes? This means that no one has had to win my affection, I give it freely.

I am just curious though, how does affection become won?

Written By Zakhar

July 15, 2021, 11:02 a.m.(11/4/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Xanthe

Furniture IS NOT JUST A PIECE. It is where you're going to fall in love, fall asleep, curl up with a good tome, have a chat with a long lost friend, relax after a long day, allow someone to grieve themselves upon. There's a million other ways that JUST A Piece of furniture is going to infect your life.

It should be a part of you! It will be a statement of who you are.

Just a piece of a thing!?

...

Written By Zakhar

July 15, 2021, 10:59 a.m.(11/4/1015 AR)

Have you ever seen a fish swimming an' nibbling at pearls? It's quite a sight. Even one to be able to freeze it in that space, little happiness block all of your own...

They're a treat to play with in metals and stones too. A nice lad just found a deal for them, handing them over. Good in a pinch I guess, though stank to high winds. Something about living in the market. I guess that's a place to be, though I spent too many years in that predicament. I prefer my hearth now.

Anyway, fish. They are fun to craft up.

Yes, yes. I'll send someone to untie you.

Written By Aelgar

July 15, 2021, 10:29 a.m.(11/4/1015 AR)

In a week, Explorer teams go to do some location scouts and closer missions. I have continued my practice and my exercising, including nearly being swept away by a storm in the new sloop. Good training for footwork and balance, that one! The ongoing preparations are having their effects, though, as I become a bit less clumsy and a bit more ready. Lady Medeia has generously shared her knowledge on healing and herbs with me (not to mention her own injuries!), starting a new leg in my medical training that should leave me even more valuable as a field medic. By now, I am confident that I am going to at least be able to carry my own weight in the survival efforts of the teams. I want more than just that, of course, but I ammaking easily seen progress.

Written By Mabelle

July 14, 2021, 11:42 p.m.(11/3/1015 AR)

When challenges are removed, flowers cease to arrive.

Written By Lisebet

July 14, 2021, 7:59 a.m.(11/2/1015 AR)

It was good to catch up with Ryhalt the other day and get a swing from my big brother. I enjoy moments like that. Family. It's important for us all to remember what it is that we are striving for.

I want that feeling of family and love for everyone.

Written By Medeia

July 13, 2021, 1:40 a.m.(10/28/1015 AR)

A new box of coral from Eswynd Rock arrived today. It's so gorgeous in its natural state. I held up a piece in good light so the sparkle would be especially bright and moved it around for Miklos and Savja to see. They were thrilled with it. Seeing their smiles makes me feel like I could take on everything and win. I can't take on everything and win. But by the gods, they make me wish I could. I had Klavdiya and Loryk, and several extra guards help me take them to the sanctuary today so I could work on some of my lesson plans and sending off notes to patients. I had the chance to speak with Cesare for a short time while there, also. And then there was the Lyceum meeting. And so many other missives to respond to.

I know I'm supposed to be resting. I don't even remember what happened. One moment I was in the woods, the next I was waking up in a bed in the Saving Grace. I'm grateful for the fuss that Countess Thea, Ladies Kiera and Clarisse, Blessed Giada, Brothers Aelgar and Oswyn, and Messeres Evaristo and Zakhar have made over me. And I am given to understand I may owe Count Drake and Lord Marzio gifts of gratitude for ensuring my return home. I may not remember most of that fuss and aid, either, but the nurses did a good job of telling me who was looking out for me.

At least I won't have to worry about my husband learning I almost made him a widower while he was away; he never reads these. And no one is going to tell him because no one ever wants to be the one to face him bearing bad news.

Written By Denica

July 13, 2021, 12:13 a.m.(10/28/1015 AR)

Don't you think it's a little late to be trying to win my affection?

Written By Tesha

July 12, 2021, 11:52 p.m.(10/27/1015 AR)

Autumn has settled in nicely and from there Winter will return. I should probably go on my trip before the snows start to fall and I have to wait until Spring to travel to find what I'm looking for. Because I won't be able to find that hair in the snow.

Written By Gwenna

July 12, 2021, 5:10 p.m.(10/27/1015 AR)

I managed to accomplish everything I had hoped to today, which is a good feeling. Sometimes it is nice to quietly gauge things, and be glad for the contributions of so many that allow us to do some surprise things. Tending the ledgers is not the most exciting of tasks, but when there is a brief period of prosperity after so much careful planning, it feels simply wonderful. I caught up on transcripts of a meeting or two I missed, too. Lastly, I managed to have an outfit made from starlight silk and I absolutely love the fabric. Some personal saving of my own resulted in a lovely new circlet to match the set.

These may seem small things, perhaps even silly but, on occasion, it is nice to allow oneself to relish the simpler things. Amazing family, good wine, and a bit of frippery often remind me that there is so much good in this life. Much to fight for.

Written By Vitalis

July 12, 2021, 2:31 p.m.(10/27/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Cambria

I've a morning routine lends itself to reflection. We joke that I *am* the crack of dawn as reports from the very fine whip made for me by Apollo Malespero ricochet around the garden. One of the things I reflected on recently was an offering to the White Record by Duchess Mazetti, that deep down everybody wants to be 'the one' for somebody. A strongly stated position, and thought provoking. Replies were varied and valid, and I offer this.

Speaking for myself, I would modify the sentiment to say that there is something ineffably sweet about being 'the first' rather than 'the one.' The first person someone wants to tell good news. The first person they turn to when hurt. The first face they want to see. One person may have many 'firsts' they reach for as connections are not singular, nor our relationships, nor our loves. It is a delight and a solace for me to have that 'one' embodied in many. It is a great gift be or have been that for another.

I hope that any who long for this find it in their lives.

Written By Ripley

July 12, 2021, 1:15 p.m.(10/27/1015 AR)

I dreamed of you. it was a good dream. I love you. Simple as that. If you see this, Toad loves you too but not as much as me but he loves you too.

Written By Piccola

July 12, 2021, 11:15 a.m.(10/26/1015 AR)

On the sword:

The essence of swordsmanship is of the spirit, not the blade.

To the sword are the highest and lowest vulnerable. It matters not how much armor one wears or how far away one pretends to be from a situation: a blade once drawn is meant to either deliver death or stave of one's own. Too often people became experts in the first without considering the second. It is like the priest who reads sacred texts yet never ventures from the security of their enclave. It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword; it is hard to be impossible for others to cut down.

Swordsmanship is about life. It is bias to think that its mastery is just for killing people; it is not to kill people, it is to kill evil. It is a stratagem to give life to many people by killing the evil of one person. Those who have mastered the sword see first with their mind, then with their eyes. The body follows. Consequently, throwing down one's sword is also an art of war, for if you have attained mastery of swordlessness, you will never lack for a sword. The opponent's sword is your sword.

Written By Tarik

July 11, 2021, 10:48 p.m.(10/25/1015 AR)

I am thinking about having some more snow theme parties again. I had planned to do them every year with Rowenova, but Arxian life can get busy. I think everyone enjoyed having fun at the Hart the last time we threw our little games.

Written By Tarik

July 11, 2021, 10:43 p.m.(10/25/1015 AR)

Finally summer is over with. It is not quite winter, but at least I am not having to wipe a bucket of sweat from by brow every moment. I am looking forward to finishing some errands and tasks before I get back to more important things.

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