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Written By Rohkir

July 15, 2016, 8:50 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

I hardly think I could have asked for an interesting balance of traits in a cousin, now that she's grown up a good bit since we last spoke. It's strange how much people can change in the matter of a few years. The greatest compliment I can pay her is that she isn't bound up in the past. She gets the idea; that though there is loss, struggle, and often grief, it's just as important that we keep on going without letting all of that negativity wear on us too much. It damages morale. We can't afford that in times like these.

Written By Rohkir

July 15, 2016, 8:37 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Things took a turn not even I expected; how could I have? I'm fresh back from the wastes, and tired. I'm worn. Yet, there is never any rest for the wicked, is there? Onward I must go. I've upped my training, as it's time I improve some more. Sadly, I do not lack for trouble to be found. I cannot see these events playing out with a positive motion, no matter how I spin it. I'll need more coin, more efforts, and above all else, a few friends in high places in the times to come. Such a struggle, when everyone is always suggesting the other to be the one to cut you down at their earliest convenience. Oh, but she is lovely to look at.

Written By Deva

July 15, 2016, 6:11 p.m.(1/13/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Vercyn

Wolves are fiercely protective of their own, and Duke Halfshav is no exception. My father trusted him to lead our forces into battle, and it seems to have been well-placed. Vercyn has been a family friend for ages, and I quite admire him: he can hold his whiskey like a true northman, and his eye for strategy is second to none. I hope to learn a lot from him.

Written By Valencia

July 15, 2016, 3:57 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Deva

Princess Deva is my fellow Voice within the Redrain family, and though I've never been fond of sharing the spotlight, I have to admit it's something of a brilliant arrangement. She's the voice of the untamed North, and I speak with the southern tongue so familiar to our allies. Between the two of us, we'll aid Darren in bringing the Abandoned to heel and showing the rest of Arvum a thing or two as well. Now if only I can get her to sit still and allow Lydia to brush her hair.

Written By Valencia

July 15, 2016, 3:52 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

Princess Freja is Fergus' sister, and the two of them are remarkably similar in disposition, though I suspect for markedly different reasons. She was once the Sword of Farhaven, I'll admit I'm a bit curious as to how Fergus wound up with the appointment instead. Perhaps I'll ask about it once I've gotten to know her better.

Written By Enzo

July 15, 2016, 3:20 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

This nobleman was most generous to offer not just more than decent tips, but also a possibility to become my patron. It's always a pleasure to be of services to kind and generous customers.

Written By Donella

July 15, 2016, 3:16 p.m.(1/12/1004 AR)

I visited the Valardin district, and met Prince Aurelian Valardin again, this time out by their cairn. At least they think it is a cairn to bury the follen from a millennium ago; who can say without looking? An interesting mystery, though for me to wool-gather about. It has a dragon sigil scratched into the slab, but it is so crudely rendered, I wonder if it is meant to signify something else? Apparently, I am "not the worst princess" that he has ever seen. I do not know whether I ought be offended or flattered. I think he meant it neutrally.

Written By Alarie

July 14, 2016, 11:36 p.m.(1/10/1004 AR)

I have obtained some lovely bits of coral from Thraxian sailors on the piers. These little gems will help me in my endeavors to help the Thraxian merchants. The Merchants seem to have been encountering some bits of prejudice from the rest of the city since the King has fallen into his coma. I am hoping these bits of coral will go far in allowing people the chance to not only see, but touch and be reminded of the rare treasures Thraxian merhcants have to offer.

Written By Fiora

July 14, 2016, 7:49 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

I was invited by cousin to attend an event he set up to showcase the artists of the city and their works. It was... interesting. Meeting new people made it difficult to sit back and enjoy the performances, but it was interesting to see I was hardly alone in being a socially-awkward wallflower.

Sometimes I think I should take up a hobby like dancing or painting, then I remember it requires creativity to do not often practice.

Written By Acacia

July 14, 2016, 4:33 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Tyrene

Miss Macally strikes me as a hard-headed kind of woman; the type that would smack the biggest man around if he gave her any lip and then try to lecture him about the ways of the world. She's years beyond how she looks, which means when she truly gets old, everyone should probably steer clear. But she's also gotten herself a place to nest down in and claim, has genuine goals, and while perhaps we don't see eye to eye on everything - we likely do on some of the important things. I imagine she'll have my support more often than not, so long neither of us ends up shoving the other into the Grey River before we finish talking about it. What can I say? I like her a fair bit.

Written By Acacia

July 14, 2016, 4:21 a.m.(1/8/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alrec

Admiral Alrec appeared in Arx with the combination of seafaring command, acquired power and plenty of experience. And as none of the descriptions of him had been prefaced by 'one-legged', 'one-eyed' or 'gimpy', I'd cultivated some pretty high expectations. The start might've been a touch rocky between the two of us, breathing the memory of the sea alongside him was refreshing. Although the reflections we each have from those tumultuous waves are remarkably different, there's an unspoken accord there I'd like to foster. He might not end up the person I'd run away with, but had he been Borough-Born, I can imagine chasing him through his ambitions. Those leathers though? They're exceptionally well made, but--

Written By Kima

July 14, 2016, 12:14 a.m.(1/7/1004 AR)

The Duke put on a gala for art appreciation. If I'm honest the majority of the people to populate it were fellow Lycenes, which I can't say is surprising. I mean, we're a people of wealth and taste, after all. It went over well, even if the ribbon dancer had a meltdown and fled the stage before wrapping Bliss Whisper up in her silk. Calypso seemed a bit disappointed no one was eager to tear out the throat of another.

I ask myself: what has she been getting up to down in Southport while free of her brother's shadow?

Anyway, good food, good wine, good art and artists. One may think I'm just saying that due to the obvious reasons, but it's the truth. After all, a Whisper was there to perform. And not just any Whisper, the Champion Whisper.

Written By Kima

July 13, 2016, 7:48 p.m.(1/7/1004 AR)

Here's a question I want to pose: why care about women in their capacity as mothers if you don't care about children? Why does it matter if some northern maid takes up the bear wrestling call rather than push out cubs if, as soon as they're born, you forget about them? I'm not mother material, and may never be, but at least I won't harden my heart against some little kid just because their parents had the indecency to abandon them by dying or something.

Written By Donella

July 12, 2016, 10:27 p.m.(1/4/1004 AR)

I have come to enjoy Victus's company. I know well he doesn't approve of me; and that's alright, because I don't need his approval. But I do appreciate the way he thinks. We talked for a time about Darkwater, the bejeweled war axe made of "elf-steel" that he took from battle with the Tyde. At least we both agree that such a thing must be a "she," we two hounds of the same master's kennel.

Written By Viviana

July 12, 2016, 11:28 a.m.(1/3/1004 AR)

Viviana's Minimum Courting Requirements:
1) Pure noble blood dating back to at least the reckoning.
2) Dangerous(And a little bit scary.)
3) Witty.
4) Handsome.
5) Wealthy.
6) Owns at least once nice suit.
7) A bicep I can't fit my hand all the way around.
8)At least six feet tall.

Is that really so much to ask?

Written By Viviana

July 12, 2016, 10:46 a.m.(1/3/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Bliss

Champion Bliss Whisper may well be the first person I've met who actually understands the value of showmanship in a sword fight. When you duel in the tournament grounds before a crowd you are not fighting to win a battle, or to murder an enemy, you are fighting to win hearts and minds. She understands this, as I suppose something of an expert in winning hearts as a courtesan. I'm sure we're to get along famously, the fact that I can pay her to agree with me and do as I please will not doubt help also.

Written By Viviana

July 12, 2016, 10:46 a.m.(1/3/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Alrec

Alrec came to our service in a rather... unorthodox way. Still we are called the libertines for a reason and do not hold the past of any many against him. Since then he's proved to be a solid asset and our short time together in Arx has demonstrated that he's highly motivated to make something of himself and do our house proud, which is what matters most.

Written By Hadrian

July 12, 2016, 3:07 a.m.(1/2/1004 AR)

Relationship Note on Fiora

Cousin Fiora arrived in town. I admit to being surprised she came, but family is never unwelcome. I can think of a few reluctantly political and politically reluctant lords and ladies she would likely enjoy.

With her arrival and Calypso's, 'family dinner' might become a thing. By family, I mean whoever gathers in my suite. And by dinner, I mean wine.

Written By Victus

July 11, 2016, 9:26 a.m.(12/27/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

Northern women.

Its as if every one of them wants to pick a fight. I might be big and hairy, but I'm not a fucking bear. You don't have try to wrestle me. I'll admit I didn't take this one for a fighter at all when I saw her at Calista's tournament, throwing around thousands in bets as if it would never run out. I guess it doesn't when you're a Duchess. Sitting there all pretty like, surrounded by her people, flashing jewels. No, I didn't take her for a fighter.

I was just done with Jon, having drink and a breather when she comes into the Training Center. Even her armor is fancy, like she's some kind of storybook knight. She made it clear she expected a fight, occupying the sparring grounds as if she owned it. Is the fact that I allowed it a sign that I've been too long in Arx, that my perspective is getting skewed? I didn't even consider telling her to find some other woman to battle against.

I no longer consider taking it easy on these women, either. Fuck it. They want to do battle, they want to be soldiers, they want to risk their pretty faces getting broken? So be it.

She only really got me once. Guess Shavs don't wear a lot of heavy armor, eh? Still. I can't deny she had some skill. Moved better than Jon, if we're honest. Managed to take her beat down with a smile, too.

Written By Calista

July 11, 2016, 5:05 a.m.(12/27/1003 AR)

I held my first tournament since arriving to Arx and it was not without scandal. Shocking, I know. There were entertainers; Minstrels, dancers, scantily clad vixens handing out imported red roses from Tor. There were even some fire walkers and fire dancers around. I thought I would have been more invested in the entertainers, but as hostess, I had to make sure my participants in the sporting events were taken care of. It was certainly a rousing event. First we had jousting; Sir Silas Mercier versus Talen Artiglio with the Sword of Lenosia besting the Iron Guard. Then Prince Edain Valardin and Lady Kima Saik. The lovely lady took the price on the second event but Edain proved to be a true equestrian when it came to riding his prized horse, Sir Arugula.

Things were certainly going to be interesting at this point since both Talen and Lady Kima are from the Southern Lycene City-States. It wasn't until their tie breaker that things became complicated for me. Talen openly threw caltrops onto the field causing Lady Kima's horse, Grey Death to become injured. It was a blessing that neither Lady Kima nor her horse were critically injured. I saw what Talen did with my own eyes and had to disqualify him. He did however join in the melee and it was interesting to see how his previous actions laid the foundation for the battle royale. Princess Alis Valardin, Prince Fergus Redrain, Whisper Bliss, Sir Silas, and Talen Artiglio all competed. One by one they all started to fall either from fatigue or laid out unconscious from the crushing blows. The victor was none other than Princess Alis.

I'd say all in all, it was a great success. I cannot wait to host another spectacular event.

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