Jan. 13, 2020, 2:07 p.m.(7/21/1012 AR)
Cats make for excellent companions while on the seas. Many sailors will refuse to leave port, in fact, if there are no cats aboard. Part superstition, part practicality. Few are as skilled in hunting down rodents.
Sailors are also very protective of their ship's cats, to a degree that has always surprised mainlanders. Best to be polite with them, unless you wish the whole crew to seek revenge.
Jan. 13, 2020, 1:49 p.m.(7/21/1012 AR)
It seems a lot has changed while I was gone and a lot more is to change.
It'll no doubt take me days to catch up, yet in that time it'll be good to meet with others whom I've not spoken to for too long.
I should also take the time to grow more familiar with local weaponsmiths. A dagger of alaricite is not something I ever expected to own, but it'll no doubt prove useful next time I'm swallowed up by some accursed beast.
Jan. 13, 2020, 11:49 a.m.(7/21/1012 AR)
I wonder if I should have Punch made by the barrel and sold, I'm sure Kuhlai would be overjoyed if using his recipe. I suppose I shall have to invest to acquire a winery of sorts then, at least by my reckoning. It would be the most likely route to go about this.
Jan. 13, 2020, 11:24 a.m.(7/21/1012 AR)
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I have been given the greatest honor by Lagoma through her servant my cousin Sophie. She has made me her Hand in the Mercies and I am honored to help her as she walks her path and help those other Mercies as they learn to heal and learn to be agents of holy change. I do not usually gush yet this honor I am finding hard to come at with my usual stoic grace. I can only hope that my family understands this outburst.
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:37 a.m.(7/20/1012 AR)
One of the most rewarding things I have found about becoming Archscholar is that I am able to help others. When I am able to help others in their journey, I feel as though all is right in the world, and that I am exactly where I am meant to be.
Then there are other times, when I learn that I have been in the dark about a great many things, until someone opens my eyes to the blinding truth of a situation. I wonder to myself, how could I have known nothing about this? This thing is huge, and impactful. How could I have been so blind?
I have had both experiences in a single day. I am going to need some time to think about these things.
Jan. 13, 2020, 8:04 a.m.(7/20/1012 AR)
Sometimes you have to stop and take an account of where you are...and who you have become.
I've been in Arx for years now, but how many of those have been years in which the path I tread was the right one, I don't know.
Having discovered what truly makes me happy -- and the things and people who truly hold value to me -- I look down at the one I walk now and...for the life of me, can't help but wonder how I got started in the first place, and whether it's really worth what I surrendered.
Jan. 12, 2020, 10:33 p.m.(7/20/1012 AR)
Well it should make for an interesting summer. For once I'll have to try and do the things these people write stories about. Thankfully I have good friends. But it's going to be a difficult challenge I think to piece together bits and parts. But if it will help keep Eilonwy safe I can't begrudge any effort in it. That becomes the most important thing. Especially if she wants a wedding with people... We'll have to keep it small but it should make for an enjoyable event at the least.
Jan. 12, 2020, 10:14 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Chance meetings are sometimes sour, sometimes good but almost always intriguing in some way.
I came across someone in the botanical gardens. We shared some laughs, shared some pain. Despite the vast difference in our stations, I identified with the worry that seems to weigh so heavily on his shoulders.
We are, in the end, all the same, aren't we?
Jan. 12, 2020, 10:08 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Some people are natural merchants, the rest are not. Most will never get the concept of seeking what another needs and finding a way to fulfill it is very exciting, preferring to prioritize themselves instead. That is not a criticism that they are selfish as there is nothing intrinsically wrong with bettering oneself. Making a business relationship with one is difficult as they don't understand the merchant is seeking to get both sides of the exchange happy, that surely you are just out for yourself, too, in a competition to get the most happy.
That is the oddest and most disconcerting accusation I've heard this week, that it is actually wrong to want the best outcome for both sides, that one side or the other must lose. As far as I'm concerned, that is bad business. This is why some deals fall through in the negotiation phase: it's bad business.
Jan. 12, 2020, 10:05 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Made a promise to try to honor Vellichor more often with public words, although I struggle to think of what to say, most of the time. I continue as a Whisper and as a disciple of Lagoma. Occasionally, I paint. Often, I look into the fire. I have recently received a gift of very stunning paints and it would be a shame not to spin a new masterpiece that people can actually see, rather than a masterpiece that is made, then left in my backroom forever. Ah, ah, what so to paint? Joscelin would be most disappointed with my lack of output.
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:55 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
I met Lady Miranda today and found out that she knows Lady Mikani. She was already a delightful person but that just made her shine all the more!
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:41 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
It was good to catch up with the family the other day. My thanks to Brianna for bringing us all together once more, and for asking Cook to make us all tooooooo muuuuuuuch fooooooood. I hope the leftovers were distributed to those still hungry. I did enjoy all the apricot enhanced selections. My Bri Bri, she takes care of me.
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:24 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
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Whoever thinks they're helping you they're not.
Jan. 12, 2020, 9:21 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Returning to the House this week just to discover a mountain of responsibilities which I needed to handle. I wonder how Richard was managing this without me. I suppose he's getting along just fine with the ladies these days. The other tasks he has at hand may require someone of my skills, but I hope the possibilities to come won't make more trouble for me than they are worth.
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:58 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
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It is beautiful to see families growing and flourishing in Arx.
And now, the Lady Zoe and Lord Ian of Kennex have welcomed a little girl into the world. How wonderful that must be.
I must admit in seeing such love and pride in other's eyes makes me wish for such blessings myself some days. But how odd that would be.
I am happy for those that have had such good fortune and send them wishes for much light, luck and love with hopes for a beautiful and fulsome life.
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:54 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
The dreams continue, but there's new clarity to them. Should I be worried? Should I be overjoyed? It's like Winter has ended and my head fills with all the possibilities of Spring.
I hope to see what thaws out! Perhaps, as Master Preston leads me towards a second project, I will find the answers far abroad. Perhaps the answers lay within the city.
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:46 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
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I didn't know Lord Richard was a gardener!
I wasn't aware he engaged in such...
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:39 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Another evening spent in the Shrine of Tehom, another lesson learned. A man came in seeking assistance, and so I acted as his reflection, helping him to meditate on his passions so that he could gain clarity on how they might be getting in his way. What I was not expecting was just how closely his situation might mirror my own, how guiding him toward that clarity could bring it to me as well, how it might help me to see how I might be getting in my own way. I cannot, of course, go into detail about the matters discussed with him, but I am grateful for the opportunity that presented itself this evening.
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:23 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
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When I joined her at the cottage, I did not know exactly the depths of her wisdom, nor did I know the shape of her smile.
The way her eyes shone as she told me my dreams weren't silly was something I've since failed to capture on paper. Is it my skill?
Or is it her eyes?
Jan. 12, 2020, 8:11 p.m.(7/19/1012 AR)
Allowing a little sunlight into a dark space, even for a few hours, makes the gloom recede considerably, even when plunged in shadow again.