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Written By Titus

June 10, 2021, 7:12 p.m.(8/19/1015 AR)

In the recent banns…..

The Faith announced via the Dominus that the Eurusi trade is once more opened. I’m not sure who the Silver Sands are, but they feel it seems via trade that it brings peace and understanding. To a Vaevici, only war can bring peace. Peace paid for in bloodshed, or the threat of destruction so others might accept other terms to delay the inevitable should their heads dare to rise up.

The Tyde appointed lord Erasmus as minister of trade, although it came with a point made that anyone complaining would be appointed to a similar position and should they fail, there will be some sort of consequence. Responsibility and humility, power offered and lessons learned. I like that.

There’s another fundraiser for soldiers led by new Archlector Porter that are returning from the fog of war brought about near Pieros. I don’t understand the point of fundraising, the children of Sangris desire nothing more than to give their all so when they die they can find their place at the Temple of Pyros. Every single person united in our dogged pursuit of war and battling through the Caldera and beyond. Should they find themselves unable to do their original purpose due to taking wounds (be they civilian or military), don’t we take care of them and put them to work in a manner that gives them a new purpose yet still support Sangris? A difference perhaps between Arvum and Saffron in how we go about doing things trying to achieve a similar goal.

Baroness Calla is to wed lord Santi Malvici, bringing more allies for the Vaevici leadership’s dream of peace in the Caldera. Lord Santi will make a good partner and pillar, I look forward to seeing what both Baroness Calla and lord Santi do together and separately for Sangris and beyond.

Outside of the banns, sometimes there exists such differences between peoples that it feels one is between an immovable object against an unstoppable force. Beliefs held so strongly that it makes difficult for the very thing we ultimately desire in the other and ourselves, the opportunity to change. But I’m thankful for the opportunity others give me to learn about them and their cultures, even if they’d normally avoid such a gift.

Otherwise this week I'm seeking out theologists, I've questions about old stories of the Faith, legends and myths that the various domains and lands hold.

Written By Viviana

June 10, 2021, 5:44 p.m.(8/19/1015 AR)

Today -- today I woke up finally feeling like the older sibling.

Written By Zakhar

June 10, 2021, 1:31 p.m.(8/19/1015 AR)

Eating, drinking, smoking. It's all the same.
As long as the perspective is shifted the right amount, not too much or not at all. It all works out correctly in the end.
Tiny dancers are amusing to watch as they creep along ones arm.

Written By Raja

June 10, 2021, 12:22 p.m.(8/19/1015 AR)

How many Inquisits can an Inquisito inquisit if an Inquisito can inquisit Inquisitors. If an Inquisitor can inquisit Inquisitors, he would inquisit a lot of Inquisitors.

Written By Breccan

June 10, 2021, 11:05 a.m.(8/18/1015 AR)

The last few days has been quite eventful for me. I participated in Isabeau's hosted gauntlet and I performed terribly. It's a reminder that even though I spend quite a bit of time in the fields, that I still have much to work with on my body. I was in pain. I also participated in the archery tournament hosted by Acantha and came in third! My prize was a good deal of silver coin. I got to meet some new faces as well.

Written By Raja

June 10, 2021, 9:50 a.m.(8/18/1015 AR)

Snakes. I both love snakes and hate them at the same time. I mean, they are beautiful creatures, but evil too. Like me! Well, I don't think I am evil. I think devious is a better word. I did see a snake recently that was just adorable. It was tiny and tried to be so fierce! I have to appreciate it's spunk. I wonder what it would look like with a tiny hat on it..

Written By Thesbe

June 10, 2021, 9:43 a.m.(8/18/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Neve

Whimsical like a fairy
Precious as you are
Even bright and cheery
underneath the stars

Met you at a tourney
Cheering for your friends
Life's about the journey
No matter where it ends

Written By Thesbe

June 9, 2021, 11:44 p.m.(8/18/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Breccan

Your eyes are like small pools of the ocean
Endless and serene
Filled with countless emotion
Only in my dreams

And here we sit on this bench speaking of our life
You grab my hand, fingers curling
Even amongst the strife

Though I don't feel alone
With you by my side
Here the thread of friendship is sown
In my heart it will reside

Written By Caprice

June 9, 2021, 11:20 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Nice shoes.

Written By Raimon

June 9, 2021, 10:49 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Haakon

Den Langen Drager

Dragon Islands
Drawn-out Chain
Bloody Beaches,
Blighted Reign

Shouting Forests:
Angry Shavs!
Spiteful Remnants,
Splintered Halves ...

Vengeful Rebels,
Victims Rent
Stalwart Shieldwall's
Valor Spent

Spearhafts Shattered,
Shackles Loosed
Captives Trammeled,
Traitors Noosed

The Fight concludes;
A Banner Felled
A Hewn-down Post's
Position held

Ivan's Remnant,
Routed, Flees
An Emptied Camp, nigh
Calm Grey Seas

Written By Thea

June 9, 2021, 9:03 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Kaia

I feel you should talk to my brother about his art choices...

Written By Piccola

June 9, 2021, 8:29 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

A wise general told me these things, which have taught me much of power.

"Malice delights to darken the souls of the ascendant."

"It is better to deserve a title than to have it."

"Those free from common fears acquire others."

And I have learned there is nothing more terrifying what is possible.

Written By Sydney

June 9, 2021, 5:49 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Violence need not be your last resort, but lethal force should arise only of necessity.

To those who fail to see the difference, I am available for lessons.

Written By Cufre

June 9, 2021, 3:59 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Felicia

Growing up without much of anything but a family that always sticks together, it's easy to forget that that bit's worth way more than what's scarce. We're all so different, all off doing our separate things, but when I need someone I can trust, I know where to go. Always.

So if me doing my things ever thrust me into the Queen's embrace (again?), Felicia has the right to let my black journal bore her to tears. Though, let's face it, she's going before I do.

Written By Medeia

June 9, 2021, 3:58 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Thesbe

I have had the pleasure of learning that Mistress Thesbe is not only a seamstress, but also an archer! When first we met, we spoke on her work, a bit on her life, and we found that there are plentiful things we share in common. At least, things enough like goals and beliefs to build a working relationship upon. A solid foundation, that. And then she visited again, with her cat - Linx, whose fur looks so very soft. And she mentioned that she was going to participate in the tournament. I wasn't able to attend, but I hear the competition was spectacular! Having now taken this in-demand seamstress as a protege, I look forward to the opportunities that exist for us both. Though, I still don't think I'll be taking up bow and arrow anytime soon.

Written By Lianne

June 9, 2021, 3:20 p.m.(8/17/1015 AR)

When I began writing this, I thought I'd speak to my birthday celebrations. Today marks the tenth I'll celebrate here in the capital. Perhaps I'd mention how Belladonna and I would celebrate together, our birthdays only four days apart, with grand parties in the walled gardens behind the old Pravus Manor. Maybe I'd mention how touched I was by the book Beatrice made for me five years ago, or how meaningful I found the pair of necklaces I received last year. It certainly tells a story: a bright beginning which seems so distant now; a loss so grave it nearly broke me; a recovery in the form of simple friendships. Perhaps that's enough.

Still, it's been ten years now. A whole decade of my life calling Arx home. I put stars over my bed then, glass shards to show the constellations over Setarco in the summer, and I have stars over my bed now, a summer night in Nilanza painted upon the ceiling, a means of keeping my other homes close despite the infrequency of visits.

I was so curious then. I'd wanted to learn absolutely everything, to crack the Dream open and drink up all it had to offer. A recipe for drowning, surely. I've since learned how to pace myself, how to focus on what truly intrigues me and let the all the rest go. Perhaps not entirely. It does help to know who knows what, to keep company with those who pursue curiosities beyond my own. I'm still a Scholar, after all, though I never did finish my Discipleship. What seemed so important to me then is so unrecognizable now.

I never thought I'd marry, but my reasons for avoidance disappeared once I was given my title, my march. It took a couple years for my resolve to wear down as well, to realize what I had in Valerius. It's been a year already, and it feels as if I've changed more in the year since his death than possibly in all the nine which preceded it, but I know that's not true.

Yet, as I set my pen to this page and consider how to document those changes, it feels immodest. And unduly vulnerable. This isn't the forum for that. I've grown a great deal, done things I never thought I would. I've made heartbreaking mistakes. I've made friends and fell in love and built very real and tangible things.

I have made some very important choices and, on the whole, find I am pleased with them.

I have already set down what burdens I do not wish to carry into my next decade. I am pleased with the weight which remains.

Written By Thesbe

June 9, 2021, 9:24 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

I enjoyed last night and the Clearlake Archery Tournament! Countess Acantha really is a great host.. I won first place, and collected silver as my prize.. However, I really do think that the greatest prize I got was to meet new people and experience something new in Arx.

Written By Kaia

June 9, 2021, 9:11 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

After so many years, now living in the Lyceum, I would have thought myself unable to feel abashed or concerned. But then, I walk out of my room and find myself staring at the most oddest of paintings. The plaque was titled 'Cock Fight', so oh dear scholar you can imagine. Rooster heads and...*ahem* I do wonder! How do they come up with these things?!

Written By Rosalind

June 9, 2021, 6:29 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

I placed second in the Clearlake archery contest. SECOND! Against other amazing archers! I can't even tell you how much fun I had! Countess Acantha and Benny were as always, so great!

Written By Emberly

June 9, 2021, 4:49 a.m.(8/16/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Egon

A good friend, is found in the strangest of places

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