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Written By Isabeau

June 8, 2021, 8:06 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Dear scholars, I held an event at the Gauntlet last night. Lady Shyanne did better than just about anyone I'd seen. In fact, the whole first group did exceptionally well between her, Lady Adalyn, Prince Raimon and Count Drake. The second group... perhaps it is best if I keep their names concealed. They were a lot more amusing to watch, particularly since they did about as well as I do. To those three who might know who they are... your determination was the real winner of the Gauntlet.

Written By Cristoph

June 8, 2021, 6:31 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Alessia

You're right. At this point, might as well just make it thirteen.

Written By Raimon

June 8, 2021, 2:16 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

"Is it Time?" the Queen of Death had asked,
as Fates with bated breath did wait
A dozen lives hinged on one moment,
fraught with vagaries of Fate

A vasty Silence awaits that Choice
to take a shape of 'Yae' or 'Nay'
The balance of The Wheel is paused yet
poised to turn! -- whichever way!

There is a Mirror in the courtyard,
yet wrought of silver'd waters be-stilled
Once more The Wheel is paused mid - turn as
soft deep notes of tension build:

Two Bright - Bright eyes regard their target.
All else beside them starts to fade
Pure Light, Vast Darkness on one axis:
Calling, to a Choice - unmade . . .

Written By Pasquale

June 8, 2021, 1:39 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

One thing I have learnt over the years: Trying to drown pain only makes it stronger.
The only cure, be it temporary or permanent, is action.
It does not matter if that action comes in the form of thought, discussion or movement.
Just don't give in.

Written By Cirroch

June 8, 2021, 1:07 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

The Telmar's Gauntlet once again proved that I need to practice more. The first half went quite well, then those logs vertical something. It was either the grip wasn't right or I was more winded that I thought. Probably put too much energy into the first few obstacles, either way, it became a calamity of errors after that.

Duchess, I will happily help fix what was destroyed in the second half of my journey. I'm still amused that the rope snapped.

The whiskey was good. And I met several people that should prove as interesting to know later.
thus in all not a terrible day.

Written By Raimon

June 8, 2021, 12:24 p.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Zara

Aye, boredom's quite a lethal thing,
To those who've seen the Seasons swing
A thousand times -- though each may bring
Their own small notes of warning

And those who tempt the 'alfar wrath
May rue each step by which they hath
Been brought along grave Sorrow's path:
A thousand years of Mourning.

Written By Alessia

June 8, 2021, 11:51 a.m.(8/15/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Cristoph

Like I said - make it thirteen!

Written By Piccola

June 8, 2021, 9:16 a.m.(8/14/1015 AR)

A wise general I met told me three things.

"If there is no way, then make one."

"There is no sharper spur to victory than contempt of death."

"The only thing more wonderful than my enemies' numbers is the fact that I am not among them."

Wise words.

Written By Claude

June 8, 2021, 12:37 a.m.(8/14/1015 AR)

The toys have been released. I feared I would not sell a single one. Yet despite a few issues with broken boxes they have been very well received. The generosity of of some is quite remarkable. It was a great relief to have finished the set but the daunting task of the next one looms.

Written By Lisebet

June 7, 2021, 10:37 p.m.(8/13/1015 AR)

The shrine of The Sentinel. Justice.

It is an interesting shrine to spend time at, as I make my little pilgrimage to all the shrines in Arx. I know, I know, I'm very slow at this, but it is still under way. I am finding it very informative, so even if nothing else comes of it, there is that.

I'm learning.

Written By Medeia

June 7, 2021, 10:31 p.m.(8/13/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Volya

Never being satisfied sounds like a fantastic way to make others not want to be around you. Striving for better is good, but there must be acknowledgment of the improvements and gratitude for accomplishing what one does accomplish. While I wouldn't recommend complacency, there are surely things which cannot be improved upon. Points at which someone can and should say "enough is enough." The people we love deserve our effort, but they deserve our time and care, too. One shouldn't push endlessly for some limitless goal while missing out on quality moments with important people.

Written By Volya

June 7, 2021, 2:06 p.m.(8/13/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Deva

The trick is never being satisfied. You can always do better than what you're doing now, if not for you, than for someone else or something greater than yourself.

Just depends if you care enough to try.

Written By Auda

June 7, 2021, 11:57 a.m.(8/13/1015 AR)

....people were smiling at me on Sovereign Bridge, and even the Grayson guards acknowledged me respectfully.

What is happening.

Written By Evaristo

June 7, 2021, 7:26 a.m.(8/12/1015 AR)

I walked around for an hour searching for Josie's shop, key in hand. I had to stop and ponder if I had accidentally eaten or imbibed some drug and was hallucinating it, cause it was not there. But then when I asked people on the street, they were equally confused or just laughed and said things like, surely it is just round the corner, a house does not just disappear.

Anyway! I mean, it is probably that someone just rebuilt it heavily. Must be it. I suppose I should make this key into a necklace or something.

Written By Katarina

June 7, 2021, 7:09 a.m.(8/12/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Adalyn

In my capacity as both a Princess of House Valardin and as House Valardin's Minister of Population, I have had the opportunity to spend time in the domains that are vassals of the Oathlands' Great House. In those domains, I have seen many things, enjoyed many customs, and met many upstanding and honorable people. I hold some of them exceptionally close: for example, my proteges, Lady Appolonia Blanchard; Lady Veronica Keaton, my fellow Disciple of the Sentinel; and Marquessa Teagan Blackram, with whom I am close enough that I have earned an "unofficial" seat at House Blackram's table.

I do not have the capacity to take on another protege, but I am nonetheless honored to find myself seated at another House's table as a friend and ally. I admire House Clement's drive, in taking the once-abandoned swath of Duskshire and transforming it into a growing Barony. I admire Baron Norwood's steadfast and thoughtful leadership. I also admire his tenacity, for I have never seen a man go flying quite as far, or land quite as badly, from the saddle of a horse as Baron Norwood did when he lost a jousting match to my lover. It was a truly astonishing sight, to see a human body sail through the air like that... and then to get up, under his own power. I would not have been able. I would have laid there and wept until the Mercies rendered me unconscious for the good of their own ears. But I digress.

I admire much about House Clement, but perhaps what I admire most is its Voice, Lady Adalyn. I am not ashamed to admit in the Whites that I wish that I could be more like her. There is something inside of her, some spark to her soul, that is innate, unable to be taught, unable to be learned: it simply IS. She is bold, adventurous, unconquerable, and at the same time empathetic and kind. The Sword of Duskshire has the confidence in her sword-arm to cut through her own worries and second-thoughts and gallop ahead, toward glory, and I watch with admiration and, as much as I try to swallow it, a tiny bit of envy.

Written By Cassima

June 7, 2021, 3:10 a.m.(8/12/1015 AR)

The deed has been done. It went off without a hitch and the response was better than I ever could have hoped for.

Anecdotally, I went sailing recently. I am still very much a novice at it, a fact brought swiftly home to me when a mistake on my part nearly sent me plunging to my death. Were it not for the timely and swift intervention of another, I would not be writing this now. And yet, this has been the best trip I've ever taken.

I will say no more, some things are best left private.

Written By Raimon

June 6, 2021, 11:41 p.m.(8/12/1015 AR)

A harvester of souls had come,
upon his steed Despair.
All memories of hope he slew,
and soiled all things fair.

The grinding weight of time is his -
a weapon brutal, sure.
He drags down all who yearn to hope,
and rots away what’s pure.

His manacled and heavy hand
is stained with shattered souls.
His grip’s a fearsome massive weight,
that ever-downward pulls.

With shadow-flax from seeds of doubt,
he fashions raiment fell.
Consigning those he folds within,
to empty plains of Hell.

His heart is Eaten, gnawed and dry,
his hand is much the same.
He’s lost his sense of truth-in-self,
Forgotten his own Name.

(( ooc: This is much of @clue 1126 -- if you'd like to, pls. feel free to follow up IC and Rai can explain the rest ))

Written By Acacia

June 6, 2021, 8:37 p.m.(8/11/1015 AR)

I'll admit it. There's a part of me that appreciates the heated release and effectiveness of settling things physically.

Might not be smart, diplomatic, courtly or even the best way, but there is an honesty about it. Especially, when the battle is done and the dispute, and all the rancor that goes with it, is left behind by all involved. Just getting it out of both your systems and getting on with better things.

However, I get the sense that good, clean set-tos followed by mutual agreement to let things cool so that folks can move forward in a more affable if not more respectful way is perhaps all too rare an outcome these days. Grudges can grow deep roots with some.

Written By Apollo

June 6, 2021, 8:23 p.m.(8/11/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Savio

On commissions, I make my request -
I give details then give it a rest.
What the artist will find
in their fine, fertile mind?
I will love, as they give it their best.

Written By Khanne

June 6, 2021, 8:23 p.m.(8/11/1015 AR)

Relationship Note on Deva

I'll fight for tomorrow with you.

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