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Written By Orazio

Dec. 25, 2016, 11:12 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

To the Faithful Reader:

As the spring blossoms into summer, so does talk turn to love, to marriage, and various other affairs of the heart. As blood runs like sap to various points of the mind, heart, and body, do remember this simple thing - be gentle with the hearts of others, lest Limerance turn his eyes away from you.

And, be kind to your own heart. Neither cage it behind walls of iron, nor fling it into every possible conflagration of passion without consideration for how it might burn. It's a difficult path, and it is impossible to live honestly without picking up a few scars along the way, but it is a worthwhile struggle.

Written By Sylvie

Dec. 25, 2016, 11:04 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

I cannot express how relieved I was to re-visit my beloved Gemecitta, to see my father's face and my mother's, to know that I am well-loved there. Even for all of the darkness that brought us there, my heart is forever lightened by the love I bear my parents and what they bear for me. They are my rocks, my own twin pillars.

And I can only be grateful that my father saw what I did, that it is a new age for our city and the Lyceum and the Compact. I hope to be one of those to help usher it into one of brightness, and not let us get consumed by the rising tides.

Written By Kima

Dec. 25, 2016, 11:03 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Hadrian

So that just happened.

Okay, that was ineloquent. I'm not a girl of twelve, I can articulate my thoughts. I merely choose not to in this moment.

But surely, my darling, you had your reasons? Some fiendish ploy? Some cunning counter-move?

Ye gods, people are going to think me a heartless tart. And if I close my eyes, I can even imagine Eos laughing.

Written By Fortunato

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:57 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

A Knight of Solace, helm open, rides a horse through a blasted land, ashen, bleak if not for the hints of rebirth, saplings wound from ashen hills, hints of grass about collapsed ruins. A bag is slung across their shoulder, A simple cudgel hangs from their hip, and a vine wraps around this, as if the cudgel, too, were experiencing rebirth. Heads of horse and rider both are held high, sunlit, the horse is forward in full canter.

Written By Cicero

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:56 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

A great antlered mount
Talk of what would follow fall
A far less sweet bet

Written By Morrighan

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:51 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Sigurd

Perhaps the only Nightgold that I'm somewhat familiar with. He's a sort that I can converse easily with, and definitely a great drinking buddy. Sigurd is pretty alright, even if some of the time I want to beat him.

Written By Bethany

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:40 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

( From the desk of B. Mercier, Steward: )

* Curious, wondering if the blending of teas and creation of wines are not too dissimilar from chemicals - things all exact, involved, experimenting until the desired result is obtained. Received feedback from J., S., and B. Waiting to hear from M concerning new product.

(Shall I bring you some of my lavender tea, scholar? I'm told it is quite soothing.)

* My mind, my energies, have been frenetic. Eyes heavy with sleep. My steps prowling and restless. I am focused in my work, yes, but I am aimless in regard to the rest of it. I require sleep and perhaps time to consider my next steps.

(You cannot have it all, despite wanting it.)

* Despite uncertainties, I do enjoy meeting those new citizens of Arx - noble and commoner alike. Watching is interesting. Asking questions and learning about where they have come from, what brings them here. Some, yes, are more truthful than others.

* Silas sent me a letter, about --

(Pardon. I will not detail it here, scholar. I am finished now.)

Written By Cassius

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:40 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

I return from the North. I wish I could say all is well, but I cannot without lying. To all that might read this, and to the Gods themselves, I will make sure to share what we have discovered, as soon as I can process the all of it.

Lord Cassius Nightgold, KoS

Written By Hadrian

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:24 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Joboo is my new monkey.

Written By Julea

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:20 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

This week has been rough, and I find myself getting more and more homesick. I miss being in a place where people see me. I long to be transported back to that quiet little village we call Three Trees, walk up the path, open our cottage door, sit down by the forge and wrap my arms around myself and stay there forever.

I miss having friends, family and allies. I miss not having to worry about which noble I'm going to offend next. What lies are being spread. And who is next going to berate me. Perhaps if I just stay inside my forge, or in the boroughs I can avoid it.

Written By Hadrian

Dec. 25, 2016, 10:06 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

I confessed some sort of attraction- no, utter feelings for the longest time to Kima. I've always adored her, since childhood. But we both know, her as Baroness of Saik, myself Duke, that we could never be together. It hurts, but such are the cards we are dealt in life.

I think she knew before I even told her, or perhaps she is better at pretending than I thought. So I remain a 'bachelor', but marriage and relationships are not on the forefront of my mind. Especially in these dark times, where demons are found real, elves want war, and I've only just returned to the ward. Yet it's interesting; all these outside threats, and the game of politics is still the same.

Game on.

Written By Percephon

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:53 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Bethany

I had the most splendid run in with one Mistress Bethan Mercier today at the Tavern. Our paths crossed by happenstance, but a shared love of inquisitive questioning quickly lead to a few wonderful leads. She's offered to show me around a group that calls themselves the Salon.

Written By Garza

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:50 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Halsim

When someone mysterious tells you they want to speak to you in private... you hope they are ready to pay good coin.

Written By Garza

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:47 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Lyiana

Clothes are ready already. That was fast. Then again, I paid her in advance, so I ain't one to complain. I'll have them bring them over soon.

Written By Garza

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:45 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Leta

Small and a little strange, but she looks like she can take a beating. And sometimes, that's all it takes, to be able to take one in order to end up winning.

I'm hoping the Captain General nabs her. She'll be a good addition.

Written By Aurora

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:32 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Valery

Valery is someone employed by the Nightgold family. She is currently my very favorite alchemist as my old favorite alchemist now fits in a jar. No, that is not in poor taste, Horatio would have been quite amused by my joke. Anyway, back to Valery. She makes wonderful tea, and I find that she is quite enjoyable company when I am in the mood for company.

Written By Niccolo

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:16 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Donella

She is one of the most earnest persons I've met in Arx. Her worry for her people and the Compact is genuine, and she's forthcoming with information she thinks will help others in a way that is rarely seen these days. I think I rather like hers.

Written By Sudara

Dec. 25, 2016, 9:08 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Some unseasonal weather is rattling the shutters and thrumming rain against them, while I lurk within my cosy shelter and write by lamplight. Weekly scribing has become something of a routine for me, though I all too rarely find myself with time to enter anything into my white journal: the woes of turning out to be a great deal busier in Arx than I had ever anticipated being. But I have found myself with more ties as well as more duties than anticipated, and (in hope that a public declaration of such will spur me to strive to abide by it) must seek to spend more time with those about and for whom I care, as well as those who seek my aid.

Written By Bethany

Dec. 25, 2016, 8:57 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Percephon

"Oh, no, no. I'm still quite me, you see."

Written By Barric

Dec. 25, 2016, 8:51 p.m.(6/25/1005 AR)

Relationship Note on Silas

A young knight of the Mercier family, he has an amazing level of skill for one of his age. Recently, he's been training me in how to better fight with a sword and his lessons have been invaluable in increasing my skill and technique. I have far to go, but Sir Silas' assistance has been very welcomed. I appreciate his methods of showing rather than telling. Lectures on swords? No thank you! I know that whenever House Grayson will need the might of its fighting men and women, Sir Silas will be there.

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