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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.

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.

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