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Written By Nadia

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:50 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

There are no words than can effectively summarize my experiences tonight at the Smoke and Shadows Gala. It was everything I envisioned it would be, and somehow the Lyceum still delivered more. The exquisite detail in the decor brought to life the very words of Duke Niccolo's opening speech. The music, the beautiful masks and dresses... And Prince Dagon? He looked absolutely handsome tonight. I don't even believed he tried to dress differently, but the mask I had commissioned for him last minute tied everything together perfectly.

Written By Freja

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:26 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aldwin

He wasn't the first person I would have expected to contact me concerning what I wanted to learn. After meeting him I couldn't be happier it turned out like it did. Two different walks of life, two different faiths, but still our paths may converge and meet somewhere in the middle on common ground. I hope not only for his instruction, but maybe even friendship as well. He seems a man I could spend hours talking to, aimlessly and pointlessly in direction of word but still be continuously learning more. Luckily, I am meeting with him in the early mornings after my morning runs and spars to do that very thing - pick his mind.

Written By Dawn

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:17 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Valkieri

I believe Lord Valkieri underestimates his own abilities. Perhaps he was not born with an innate interest in politics, and the attendant interactions required of them. And it is true I have seen him at times struggle between obligation and inclination. But when engaged in one on one conversation, he's both eloquent and thoughtful, and brings an honesty to the table that is sorely needed these days.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:17 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Sudara

I met Lady Sudara when I was nine years old, just before her wedding to Trogen. She was everything I was not. Beautiful, charming, educated, rich. I hated her. I wanted to be her. I resented that she would marry Trogen, give him children, and he would forget all about the foundling he fished out of the sea.

That’s not how it all ended up. I grew to like Lady Sudara. She never made me feel less. Even now that he’s gone, I am still not less to her.

Written By Ianthe

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:13 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

The Gala was a beautiful event. Exquisite and thoughtful. I expected no less, of course. It was like watching a pageant, all those beautiful people playing at those silly tasks. I’ve never laughed so much. The taste of wine, the smell of the smoke of the brazier, the sound of noble laughter, the sight of all those masks. I want to write it all down, commit it to memory. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the chance to attend something so grand again.

I think Lady Acacia might have given me the wrong party favor, though.

Written By Cara

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:09 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

It is indulgent of me to put ink to paper on the subject of how a party makes me lonely, but I pray the Scholars will indulge me. I'm sure they've read much worse.

This was the first grand entertainment that I've intended as a widow. I found myself turning to remark to him as if he were still there, or drifting my hand to my side to have it taken the way he used to --

But there was nothing. Just an empty place where my husband once was. The gala itself was elaborate and well-executed, as one would expect of the Archduchesses' household, of course; the game of tasks was an entertaining diversion, and a pleasing way to break through the ice of an awkward beginning.

And yet-- and yet.

I have research yet to do, and honorable work on behalf of my liege house. Work is my refuge, not frivolity, not when I hear a man laugh and half-turn looking for someone who is not there.

Written By Vincere

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:09 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Duke Niccolo's protege, she seems clever and very observant. She is subtle enough in her attempts to feel out her role that it would be easy to miss the way she hesitates over the proper fork.

But gods, how could she object so to olives!

Written By Dawn

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:09 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

Exquisite. No one entertains as the Lyceum does, and that proved true at the Smoke and Shadows Gala. Of course, I have it on good authority that the inspiration for this particular event came from one of Arx's own and all due praise goes to her, particularly for the idea of the tasks given to the guests.

It was a fine way to break the ice and provoke people to interaction which they might not have otherwise enjoyed. My challenge was to fill the glasses of four different guests, even if those glasses were already filled.

Thankfully, I was able to complete the task without ruining anyone's finery... and there was a great deal of finery on display.

My compliments must also go to the crafters involved. Mistress Aurora and Myrinda, Mistress Joscelin and Morrighan, Sir Mercier and Mistress Ida... everywhere I looked, examples of their work was evident, from the souvenirs given to the prizes in the raffle to the garments and jewelry that sparkled on the attendees. Also, Master Rook, who was the cause for so many compliments to my own appearance; I do not normally shine so and he must be thanked for that.

It was breathtaking.

Written By Vincere

Oct. 10, 2016, 12:07 a.m.(10/19/1004 AR)

The crafter's fete and the smoke and shadows gala could not have been more dissimilar in some ways, but I found myself largely remarking on the ways in which they were the same. For all the recent tragedy, it's remarkable how little of it surfaces in these events. One could easily forget, particularly with the realm held in such steady hands.

Pietro made a fool of himself in the very best of ways, and I'm grateful again for the connections that Lord Valkieri and Lady Sylphie have made. The social circles in Arx are wide and high and entirely different from home, but seeing my brother thrive steadies me.

Written By Pietro

Oct. 10, 2016, midnight(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Aislin


Fighting monsters! Exploring ruins! Death-defying feats! Sailing to foreign places and climbing all over them!

One thousand elephants!

Written By Darren

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:54 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

The Smoke and Shadows Gala was an extravagent affair. I would expect no less from the hosts, of course. It was a night of intrigue and entertainment, from beautiful music to tasks that required performance before one could remove their masks.

My own task was an interesting one - serenade another in the ballroom. Of course, my victim was easily chosen, and I think the serenade that I thought up was a very fitting one.

Written By Freja

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:48 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

All things considered, honesty is not always the best policy. Kind words are not forgiving or the best way to win friends, true ones at least.

What others have deemed as necessary to banter and pick apart verbally, I see as trite. There are far greater things to consider and I find it baffling that I have to humor some of these things.

Then again, kind is never the first adjective others use to describe me back home. To hear it so often here you'd think I was born anew.

Written By Pietro

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:45 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Completely delightful evening at the gala. The ingenious tasks broke the ice open wide and forced the partygoers to embrace the ridiculous. It gives me loads of ideas to pepper Sylphie with for the housewarming ball she clearly must eventually throw when the renovations are complete!

Even Valkieri enjoyed himself!

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:37 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Myrinda

A superb crafter. Her work on my gala outfit was of very high quality; should I need any more outfits for social engagements—as opposed to adventuring—I'll certainly seek her out again.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:37 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

While I hosted this event with Her Grace, I can't sit here and claim that I came up with all of this myself. My protege had a lot to do with it, and while she was not the host I'm taking the time to praise her here as well as to anyone that will listen to me.

She approached me around a month after I arrived to the city and since then, our business relationship has been a fruitful and successful one. I'm quite proud to be her patron.

I would also have to praise the efforts of Mistress Joscelin, as she was responsible for the favors, as well as those of Sir Silas, who built those magnificent chests that were awarded.

Finally, praise goes to Mistress Aurora, for she created the outfits the outfits worn by Acacia and I both.

I am pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy a taste of the Lyceum.

Written By Niccolo

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:30 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Calista

Lady Calista. She is young, but she has a very keen mind. I had a chance to dance with her today,and as part of her task, she made me wear a blindfold. I can at least say that I didn't crash into anyone. Almost, but not quite. I had a good time with her, and I look forward to the next time she and I get to converse.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:30 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Vincere

Pietro and Vincere Igniseri are a pair of twins who are related to Lady Cara's family in some manner. Fostered with her house, but I'm not certain if they're blood relatives. I met them in the stacks of the Archive.

Vincere—at least, I'm fairly certain that one is Vincere—seems a bit of a scholar, interested more in the artifacts or scrolls I have brought back to the Archives than in tales of how they were retrieved. Still, a scholar who has an interest in history is an adventurer in a sense, even if they only journey through the bits of information we can salvage.

He might still be interested in the Adventurer's Society, even if perhaps not as intensely as his brother.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:27 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Pietro

Pietro and Vincere Igniseri are a pair of twins who are related to Lady Cara's family in some manner. Fostered with her house, but I'm not certain if they're blood relatives. I met them in the stacks of the Archive.

Pietro—at least, I think it was Pietro—seems a kindred spirit, someone who yearns for adventure and exploration. Though he's my own age, he has a level of enthusiasm that makes him seem younger than he is.

Perhaps someone who'd join the Adventurer's Society, or even a prospective plucky sidekick.

Written By Aislin

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:26 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

I've decided I should create an adventurer's society.

It would be a group dedicated to exploring, to discovering the forgotten past, to meeting new peoples... just generally to expanding our knowledge of our world, whether culturally, historically, or cartographically. A place for adventurers to meet, and share their stories and plans for expeditions. For those who are eager to learn more—or to join an expedition—to visit. And for those who are interested in providing financial backing (or some other form of resources) to an expedition to meet those whose efforts they are backing.

If nothing else, it would provide a social environment where I know everyone else shares my interests. And perhaps an excellent place to find someone to journey with me.

Written By Darren

Oct. 9, 2016, 11:24 p.m.(10/18/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Isolde

Princess Isolde Velenosa is the kind of woman that men write songs for ... songs that are likely better than the one I came up with to complete my task at the Smoke and Shadows Gala. But while another man's song might rhyme, it would be surely less inspired than mine.

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