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Written By Rohkir

July 9, 2016, 3:40 a.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

For a woman who speaks powerfully as one of the predominant voices of Redrain, she speaks remarkably little with me. Perhaps I do not suit her refined southern tastes, or perhaps she is busy. There is much still to be heard anew of the family.

Written By Rohkir

July 9, 2016, 3:33 a.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Nadia

A woman of interesting pursuits, I must say. May her eyes flit less to where she pretends, and more to where she steps, and she will find herself all the more powerful given time. I think she knows this, but who is to say.

Written By Rohkir

July 9, 2016, 3:20 a.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Jaenelle

It is rare I meet a person and not immediately feel the need to analyze their every behavior for deceit and intent to manipulate. She was one of few who didn't spark this immediate urge, and I am glad I sat with her at that bench late into the evening to better understand the nature of her original, and current culture. She does her family proud. The family Velenosa will long benefit from her, I feel.

Written By Silas

July 9, 2016, 2:22 a.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

He puzzles me. It sounds like the rumors about the treachery of the Velenosians rings somewhat true, and he seems brazen in his tactics, but I do not see the inherent benefit in them. People will not support a dishonorable man, though some may condone it. It will make his victories ill-gotten and weak under scrutiny.

Written By Kima

July 9, 2016, 2:01 a.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

How do I begin? Eloquently? Do I praise Calista Fidante of Tor for hosting a superb tournament? Of course I do, there are times when skirting the truth is simply unacceptable. I'll be addressing truth here today, and how it is often a hard, ugly thing.

The tournament. Jousting; a melee; rich food and fine wine; rich men and women betting in the stands. It was a great day for getting your fill of the decadent cuisine of the Lyceum as well as slaking your thirst for action, if not blood. I watched the melee from a private point, which will get to later, it was phenomenal. In a way, I am glad I choose to sit it out. I believe, that day, I would not have been in the right state of mind while in combat to truly appreciate the participates. From my perch within a lonesome booth, however, I had the chance to play spectator, and examine the combatants with a cooler head.

Ah, did I not mention? I won the joust. What was that? I don't sound entirely thrilled about it? Hearken back to my mentioning of the truth...and hear now my displeasure. I won by default. I won because the Sword of Lenosia cheated, but that isn't the sole reason my victory tastes of bitter ashes in my mouth.

What burns me so is my own foolishness, pure and simple. Talen, after all, clearly asked me if we should show our spectators how things are done within the Lyceum. The point goes to him, for reminding me that, just maybe, I've been away from the south for too long.

Grey Death is being tended to by Prince Edain Valardin's own personal trainers. The man's generosity is most welcome, and I readily confess to my relief - they assure me that Death isn't nearly as bad off as I had feared. The idea of that noble creature being lamed leaves my stomach in knots.

I ended up a champion, to the cheering of some, and some small part of me wishes I could have accepted it with a true graciousness, rather than one feigned. Yet I cannot help but feel as though a win by default is still a loss.

Written By Silas

July 9, 2016, 1:03 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Crap. I hope my wounds heal up enough for this; I might just have to organize and watch it instead. We'll see.

Written By Silas

July 9, 2016, 1 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

I did not fare as well as I had hoped to in either the joust or the melee which followed it, but it could be considered a painful learning experience of sorts. I am perplexed at why Talen had decided to cheat in a tilt he could have won, and in the open no less; it riled people against him, and made his chances of winning the melee slim. Not sure if he's masochistic, crazy, or a mixture of both - I suspect he isn't stupid, though my mind can be changed.

I don't think I harmed Prince Fergus at all in our duel; I simply wore him down. He blames me for his loss against Alis because of this, but perhaps it's a valid point. I wasn't paying attention to any of the other fighting.

Written By Deva

July 9, 2016, midnight(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Darren

Twin brother. Just -barely- older, thank you very much. We literally grew up alongside each other, so he just might know me better than anyone else. Darren was always going to end up high lord - which has always been absolutely more than fine by me - but it wasn't supposed to happen so soon. I may not be the easiest to deal with, brother, but you know above all that I'll fight for our family 'til the end.

Written By Isolde

July 8, 2016, 9:06 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Donella

The Voice of Thrax, and an intelligent, lovely woman. She's something of a surprise to me, though, I suppose she should not be. She will be an interesting challenge I think, and I look forward to seeing if we will be friends or rivals.

Written By Rohkir

July 8, 2016, 9:06 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Today, I watched a child in the market. She seemed terribly happy to have her bit of bread. She lacked for everything else, but for family, and it made her appreciate her tiny bit of bread all the more. Is this the nature of gratitude? That we most appreciate only when we have lost, or never had? I fear it. None the less, I could not look away. It was only when she'd frozen in fright, half way through eating her bread so uncouthly that I realized I'd stared too intently. Perhaps she thought I thought her a thief. Perhaps she was.

Written By Isolde

July 8, 2016, 8:56 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Valencia

Cousin Valencia is sorely missed. She is utterly vivacious, and the North is richer for her there. I still have designs to steal her back, but she actually seems happy amongst the savages. Hopefully we won't find ourselves at too many odds, and can help each other with political endeavors.

Written By Isolde

July 8, 2016, 8:49 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Bliss

The Delightful Champion of the Whisper House, Bliss impressed me instantly, with her ability to adapt to changing situations during events. I find her absolutely delightful, and definitely intend to keep her close. We're of like minds, she and I, and I think we'll be famous friends and companions.

Written By Isolde

July 8, 2016, 8:45 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Kieran

A crass, but amusing Northern Prince, Kieran responds well to lowbrow humor. He, however, has the extremely bad manners to be utterly gauche and go for the obvious 'bump and grab." I'm not sure what's more offensive, that he actually put his hand on my rear without permission, or that he was so... lowbrow in his manner of doing so.

Written By Rohkir

July 8, 2016, 2:52 p.m.(12/21/1003 AR)

Since arrival, I've had the 'pleasure' of wandering amongst many people of varying culture and taste. The one thing that stands out to me is how for all their posturing, they all sure act alike.

Written By Arianwen

July 8, 2016, 1:02 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Dagon

An interesting man and the heir apparent of House Thrax. I met him once or twice, and he seemed like quite the man of esteem and surprising warmth. I doubt he'd ever truly notice me, but maybe one day even the highest nobles in all of Arvum will invite me to their distinguished balls. I can dream, at least.

Written By Arianwen

July 8, 2016, 12:55 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Fergus

I made a terrible mistake in mocking him about the peace knot on his sword. However, after giving him my apologies, we were able to restart our relationship. One thing led to another, and now he's one of my patrons! A veteran of many battles and the wielder of the legendary sword Demonslayer, I am overjoyed we could fix what I broke and result in such a pleasant association.

Written By Arianwen

July 8, 2016, 12:45 p.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Mirari

My beautiful, clever, compassionate tutor in the arts of the courtesan. I know I have much to learn, and I can only hope to make her proud. Prince Aurelian Valardian pointed her out to me, but I feel blessed to have met such a wonderful person. I can barely wait to learn more about the intricacies of courtesan interactions, what Arvum expects of us, and how to truly establish myself.

Written By Jaenelle

July 8, 2016, 11:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Talen

Talen Artiglio, the Sword of Lenosia, is House Velenosa's trusted Sword and go-to man for anything it seems. He is intelligent and quite capable, and someone I have grown rather fond of within the short time I have spent with my new family. He is a good man to be able to count on in times of uncertainty.

Written By Gareth

July 8, 2016, 11:42 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Always chose the right tool.. Corroborating information is difficult enough as it is.. Remember to send a thank you letter and perhaps a gift to Duchess Esera and Princess Isolde for their constant hospitality. To be indebted to another house is an unfortunate disgrace on House Grayson, and the Inquisition. Not that I'm particuarly bitter about it. I much rather be amongst civilized company than the vast majority of people I normally have to interact with.. though at least with them I never worry if they are genuine.. becuase if they arn't, they won't be people anymore when I finish with them.

Written By Jaenelle

July 8, 2016, 11:26 a.m.(12/20/1003 AR)

Relationship Note on Rohkir

This Redrain Prince is interesting. While I do not know him well, he clearly is an enigma I wish to learn more about. I met him during Esera's moonlight social, sitting alone with a rather distasteful expression after drinking a glass of wine. While I can't account for his poor taste in libations, I provided him with whiskey and my company, hoping to smooth over any acts of war which may have been aroused by his utter dismissal of Lyceum wine. No declarations have been made yet.

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