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Written By Calypso

July 11, 2016, 4:08 a.m.(12/27/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Hadrian

Duke Malvici, my younger brother. He's supposed to handle the politicking that I don't want to. He's supposed to shoulder the responsibilities that I don't want to. And what a good thing that is. I prefer leading from the military side, and I don't know if I'd have a delicate enough hand, nor the patience to deal with things in quite a Lycene enough way that we wouldn't be at war within a fortnight of my rule. If and when assassins take his life in the night I'll at least have some good excuse or another to begin my storied reign with much death and bloodshed, but hopefully it never comes to that. I jest, of course. At least mostly. I could handle being in charge of things, but I'm glad to leave it to him so long that he can handle it properly.

Written By Calypso

July 11, 2016, 1:36 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Having a publicly-available journal feels like quite an exercise in vanity, or perhaps in ass-kissing. None but fools or commoners of minimal relevance will ever lay their true feelings out for all to behold unless they're seeking scandal or currying favour, but then I guess that leaves other fools to take these entries seriously. I bathed today. I ate. I slept afterwards. Aren't all of you bloody readers now rivetted by the tales of my day to day? Or perhaps disappointed that you weren't mentioned by name. Scribe, draw a cat beneath the final line of this entry. At least something of value will be on it.

(a stick figure of a cat has been poorly penned here)

Written By Niccolo

July 11, 2016, 1:32 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

The Duchess of Stonedeep. She's certainly fascinating, beautiful and has a voice that would make any man throw themselves against a mountain in order to hear it. She's a great dancer, and a just as great conversationalist. Her story is also impressive, and I can feel a certain kinship in the fact that we both have experienced great loss and have had to move on. I find myself comfortable, when I speak to her, and that is something that doesn't happen too often at all.

Written By Calypso

July 11, 2016, 1:25 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

I do believe I make more japes about death than most are comfortable with. That's fine. I don't want anyone too comfortable around me.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 1:05 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Niccolo

Duke Niccolo Velenosa is an exceptional man, one who suffered a great loss from which he never truly recovered. I first encountered him during a tourney, I believe. We'd only exchanged polite pleasantries before the fights began, but even then he intrigued me. He holds a timeless sophistication, the perfect epitome of a traditional, gentlemanly lord. We were more properly introduced at Grand Duchess Esera's Moonlight Social, where he impressed me with his grace and style on the dance floor, and kept me engaged with delightful conversation until we had to make our leave.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 12:56 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Victus

Lord Victus Thrax embodies all one would envision of a Thraxian warrior. He's unapologetically brutal in both on and off the battle field, if the tales of his heroism and tenacity during past fights are to hold true. (I believe them.) Not the sort of man who prides himself on scholarly pursuits (He'd said it himself), but one would be idiotic to mistake him for a fool. He's a bastion of glorious, jaded, crude-humored wisdom, but I can't help but wonder why he's come to Arx. He didn't seem the sort to play the game of politics.

I sparred him the other afternoon at the Training Center, even got to watch him in action with the rest of his swooning, sighing, and giggling gaggle of fangirls. The fight went about how I imagined it; a lot of ducking and weaving on my end, and a lot of barreling through my blows to catch whatever part of me he could. In the end, it was good. He still thinks me far too pretty to be swinging a sword, let alone parading around in pretty armor.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 12:40 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Freja

Princess Freja Redrain recently arrived from the Northern forests, drawn to Arx by the need to be close to her family, particularly Fergus, her brother. I've only met her a few times while I was on official business in Farhaven and she was returning from scouting operations. She seemed polite enough, if not somewhat detached. I've since had a better opportunity of breaking past her glacial exterior, and found her to be surprisingly hilarious when you get a few rounds of ale in her.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 12:29 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

Prince Fergus Redrain, yet another of the Redrain brood that I've grown accustomed to seeing in my day to day life here in Arx, and someone I'd like to one day consider a dear friend of mine. To anyone who doesn't know him, he holds this depressing aura about himself with an impenetrable melancholy I think he uses as a crutch to escape dealing with situations he doesn't like. To me, he's a kindred soul who's seen one too many fucked up things. Lived through one too many fucked up things, and had too much snatched from him. Sometimes I think he's still grieving over it, or punishing himself for unatoned sins. He's still a good man, and a friend. I won't lose him, too.

Written By Gustave

July 11, 2016, 12:22 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Missed the tournament, though thinking it is no great loss. Had to make sure Sigrun practiced with the sword. I adore the girl, but I find myself at a loss as to questions of fashion, gossip, and intrigue. Perhaps I should take her next time if only to show here knights and soldiers and be women too (she does not dispute the question of gender, but does seem to think a womans martial skill should be on a direct corrolation to how pretty she is. Her Lycean bias, the origin of which I am still mystified by, also tends to be in full effect). Perhaps I should send for Teagan and have her take over the girls studies....

Written By Bliss

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



    Lady Viviana Pravus. Voice of Pravus. Sword of the Silken City. Cousin of Princess Isolde. Talen must be a good sport, too. He recommended me to her. I met with her a few days after the tournament. Mostly she seemed to desire company with someone else skilled with the sword. Lycean fencing, in particular. So we have that in common. She offered to procure a set of armor for me, in exchange for preference on appointments and events until the debt is repaid. I believe I'll accept. She seems like a lovely woman.

Written By Gustave

July 11, 2016, 12:10 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Edain

I worry for the Prince. While there is ample need throughout Arvum for a perfect knight, I read enough family to my daughter to know what happens to them. They can soar to the highest height, or just as if not more often they fall to the ground below. Still, conscience and a genuine desire to see our better virtues prevail are not fatal flaws. It is simply a matter of insuring that he comes to wield men in peace and in war the same way he wields a sword...Gods help me if I am the one who must provide the instruction.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 12:10 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

Rohkir is another one of the Redrain prince who I've become acquainted with during my time here in Arx. Pragmatic, stalwart and something of a brooder (He denies it.) are only a few of the things that comes to mind with this prince. He's as hard-headed and stubborn as the rest of his kinship, insofaras preferring to leak his godsdamned blood all over himself rather than get real medical treatment after duels. I suspect he's a bit of a masochist, or likes to self-inflict suffrage upon himself for reasons unknown to anyone but him. I like him.

Written By Nadia

July 11, 2016, 12:09 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

Rohkir is another one of the Redrain prince who I've become acquainted with during my time here in Arx. Pragmatic, stalwart and something of a brooder (He denies it.) are only a few of the things that comes to mind with this prince. He's as hard-headed and stubborn as the rest of his kinship, insofaras preferring to leak his godsdamned blood all over himself rather than get real medical treatment after duels. I suspect he's a bit of a masochist, or likes to self-inflict suffrage upon himself for reasons unknown to anyone but him. I like him.

Written By Deva

July 11, 2016, 12:08 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Kieran

If you're reading this you'd better stop putting frogs in my bed, Kieran.

Written By Tyrene

July 11, 2016, 12:04 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Cain

This boy is some sort of con artist. Don't trust him. Well, not entirely true. I don't trust his job for telling fortunes or whatever. He seems like a good sort, though, as a commoner, just not someone I'm giving money and trusting him with it any time soon. I ain't that stupid.

Written By Tyrene

July 11, 2016, 12:01 a.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Acacia

Little Culler Woman with more brains in her than I do. She's a good sort of soul, though, and probably wants what I want and what's best for the Boroughs. Just got to convice her that the Upper Boroughs aren't the enemy first.

Written By Marian

July 11, 2016, midnight(12/26/1003 AR)

I have been thinking of late. My roughness in Sanctum was never truly an issue, because being married to Valen erased the potential for it to be an issue. That was in Sanctum. Here, in Arx, I am not the wife of one of the High Lord's sons. I am just another 'princess', one amidst dozens and dozens. It may be time for me to consider learning to at least learning to toe the line of these games the Compact's nobility are so fond of, and the etiquette they live their lives upon. Arx is a mixture of everyone and everything in the Compact, and they all have vastly different sensibilities, it seems. The last thing I want to do is cause unnecessary issues for the Valardin family with no reason beyond my own ignorance.

Written By Bliss

July 10, 2016, 11:59 p.m.(12/26/1003 AR)



    I finally met for business with Princess Isolde. We spent a little time getting a feel for each other. Seeing if things would be a good fit. Surprise: we are an amazing fit. She hired me to act as her Champion in a tournament, providing a token for me to bear. I didn't participate in the joust, obviously. Talen, the man I danced with not that long ago, threw down caltrops and was disqualified from that. The Princess put a bounty on him for whoever took him down. I did, with the mediocre aid of the woman who would eventually win the melee. Alis, or something to that effect. I took all the beatings (without armor, I might add!) and then when Talen went down, she turned on me, relatively uninjured while I had been bearing the brunt of the fight. Had it been her against I in single combat, I'm fair convinced I would ahve won. Still, my patron for the day was most satisfied with my work, and she tended to my wounds herself. A good day.

Written By Nadia

July 10, 2016, 11:59 p.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Ophelia

Princess Ophelia Velenosa is someone I recently encountered during a trip to the Ambassador's Salon. I was indulging in a bit of gossip with Princess Valencia when this cherubic ball of capricious energy just flitted in and started talking about some birds she'd killed in the bell tower. I thought she'd been sniffing Dust, or was sun-touched at first, the poor girl. But then, as I was getting her to recount her story, it struck me that she's simply a rarity amongst wolves and vultures; she holds this innocence, a natural naviete that is both alarming and refreshing all at once. It makes you want to protect such a beautiful thing, or at least enjoy her when she graces you with her attention. I don't know if it's all a facade to draw the unsuspecting in, but only time will tell. At least she always has the most fascinating stories.

Written By Marian

July 10, 2016, 11:52 p.m.(12/26/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

Another woman I met in the Ambassador, conversing with Aurelian and Arianwen. She is a Courtesan, it seems. I asked Aurelian for a bit of a rundown on what that means, precisely. I've heard crude rumors and jokes before of course, but never paid overly much attention to the notion. Based on what Aurelian told me, it seems these woman are fully respected amongst the nobility, and even bring prestige to the families of those who contract them for companionship at events or entertainment. Mirari was a finely honed razor in comparison to Arianwen's stammering, so it is easy to see that the woman is likely adept at maneuvering through the dance of politics and etiquette here in the capital. --Perhaps I should consider hiring one of these women? I blame Aurelian for this idea.

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