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Father Forbes of Megam
30 June 2011 @ 01:15 am
[Filter: Father Rolen]

The only thing I can find that might be an exception so far is whether any documentation reached Lucre. The Church itself can't defend against an annulment if they never received word of a marriage in the first place. They would turn to anyone who was a witness to the ceremony to ask if the marriage actually happened. The distances involved make it quite difficult. I think it's deferred largely to priests who oversee the temples there.

Also, Lucre is loathe to step on the toes of Atsirian marriage laws, as quite frankly, there are more important things to be done in that country. I can't find a copy of those marriage laws, I'm afraid.
Mood: busybusy
Anita of Vernhail
30 June 2011 @ 02:18 am
Oh, everyone, I have the most exciting announcement to make!!

Lord Nicolas and I are getting married!

We haven't decided on any specifics, just yet, and I've sent something to my family already to let them know! We'll be going back to Conare soon, to make our plans from there, but it's all so perfect and so exciting! I can hardly wait! Everything's going to be so beautiful and so perfect and I couldn't possibly be any happier than I am right now!

Well ... well, until the wedding itself, of course, I mean! Oh, I can hardly wait at all!
Mood: ecstaticecstatic
30 June 2011 @ 03:59 am
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

They all look to me. They all look to me to fix this.

I ... I brought this on myself, I suppose. I've built the Prophet as all-knowing and all-seeing. That was my defense, when I burned that innocent man, here. In fact, it's been my explanation for almost everything I've done since I became this person, hasn't it? And ...

There are so many similarities to the last time I was in Razen for an extended visit. I swept in and saved an innocent man from a charge of regicide, because my powers let me see to the truth, my Goddesses showed me who was truly guilty. I think that is all they want. Not for Lord Matthew to be innocent, but for me to be able to tell them whether he is, or not. They don't know what to think. They don't know who to trust. The city divides itself and the Council follows, and they all think that I can bridge that gap, because I have all but told them I can while never intending to do any such thing.

And the flames remain empty.

Why? Is it because he is guilty? Do you Holy Three know that if I have to tell the Queen her consort wanted to have her murdered, she will never trust or love me? Or is this something that you have no stake in, that you do not want to know?

Or ... is it me?

Do I not want to know the answer?

... easy enough, to think of who was the architect of this conspiracy if it were not Lord Matthew. House Atsir will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, and Joseph's aspirations were clear enough from the start. It would not be beyond him, or Lady Westa. Rather, it would be ... expected.

But ...

But I am done hurting my family. I -- I cannot destroy all that is left of them.

Lately ... I think of that night more often than I wish to admit. I ... since ...

Since I spoke with him.

I think of who I used to be and who I've become, and I think of the choices I have had to make, and I think that ... I don't want to make those choices. Not anymore.

Bastard I may be, but I am still part of the family Atsir, and I cannot bear to be the one to strike the final blow against my family, whether or not they deserve it.

So, then, what must I do?

[Filter: Adrian, in Atsirian]

Tell my girl that I have no wish to see anyone today. Tell her ... tell her to say I am feeling ill.

I need a day to think.
Mood: indescribableindescribable
30 June 2011 @ 04:11 am
[Filter: Privt]

I cant just avod her forever ...

I just ... I still dont no what to say. Or what to do. I ... I ...

I wish ther was sombody I cud tak to, somebody woo wod understand. But I cant rite here with my riting disgized liek people do somtimes, becus everyone will no that its me. My spelling ... and I cant tak to Quinn about this, ether. Not even he wod understand it.

The only person who wud understand is Ariel, but ...

I just -- I cant tak to her, can I?! Not when ...

Ohhhhhh ...

It just dosnt get better!
Mood: distresseddistressed
Symeon of Veirnan
30 June 2011 @ 04:16 am
[the writing is very hurried and excited]

I think -- I think I might have something.
Mood: excitedexcited
30 June 2011 @ 03:14 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's best to get it all out of the way now, and work from there.

[Filter: Franel and Retainers]

I've had a little bit of time to think about this subject, and I believe it's for the best if I let it be known to all of you.

About a month ago, after some discussion with Nessa about what Danu could have meant with some of her comments, I decided to get tested for magical aptitude. I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it, but it turns out that I do have some aptitude. It's by no means a powerful blessing of it, I will never have as much as my wife has. Still, it's a gift of light magic. It was unexpected.

I realize this brings up a lot of questions. I honestly have no answers for you. I have no idea where magic could have come into my bloodline. I am the first of my family to move out of the lower class.

I would appreciate it if this stayed between us for now.
Lord Derek of Allba
30 June 2011 @ 06:39 pm
[Filter: Private, in Old High Dentorian]

It's interesting how events work themselves out like they have been. We delayed our trip to Rowan only to arrive here in time to make our way further up north to attend Chloe's wedding. A wonderful trip it has all been, of course.

Though I do cringe at the thought of all the work that will be waiting for me once we return home. Hm ... and Rylan and Cerise. I wonder how they are getting along. Mm, it is still such a thought ... that Cerise is finally with child.

It makes me want another of my own.
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
30 June 2011 @ 06:47 pm
[Filter: Private]

My, more visitors. I do so love visitors. They so often prove to be so entertaining, even the staid ones who seem like they could not possibly enjoy a good party, but unwind quite spectacularly~

What I don't enjoy are visitors who overstay their welcome. I just find it ... rude. Don't they have somewhere to go? Somewhere to be? It's so tiresome to remind them that they are simply guests~

[Filter: Eudora]

My dear, can you think of a way to politely inform a guest that you tire of their company~? I thought that since you are a perfectly sweet little girl, that you would be the perfect person to ask.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
30 June 2011 @ 06:47 pm
I have good news, and I have great news. The good news is that we are fucking stocked with alcohol for tomorrow. The great news is that a lot of it is from one concerned merchant who rushed his way up to the city hoping to catch the holiday. This concerned merchant was bringing us quality shit from Hanalan. Not only is the entire castle getting drunk, we're getting drunk on quality.

Now I don't know about you, but I'm thinking of cracking some open at midnight and getting a head start on the celebrations.
Mood: bouncyalmost july 1st fuckers
30 June 2011 @ 07:00 pm
[Filter: Jordan]

Jordan, dear~

I've been looking everywhere for you, you know. This castle, I swear~ it's absolutely ridiculous to find anyone in it. Well, at any rate, I was thinking about taking Smaug out for a little flight. I've been so hesitant lately, since we finally found ourselves in a comfy, cozy castle and all ... but I'm afraid Smaug is rather upset with me for neglecting him so~

Would you care to join me, dear? ♥
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
30 June 2011 @ 07:06 pm
Well, I just put locks on the chest of drawers with most of the important stuff in it. All I've got to do now is uh, not lose the key, heh. Also talked to Sam about keepin hands away from where they don't belong. Dunno if he understood it all, but I'll be there to remind him if I catch him. Really don't want to have to punish him if he does somethin he shouldn't. Guess I'm gettin soft!
30 June 2011 @ 07:08 pm
[Filter: Zahra]

You ready for another practice session, kid?

I've got a lesson planned for you, this time. I don't care if you're still mad at me. This is for your own good. Grab your stuff and meet me outside.

Think you can handle it?
Mood: grumpygrumpy
Lady Isanae of House Lireth
30 June 2011 @ 07:17 pm
[Filter: Private, in High Dentorian]

I honestly hadn't expected him to stand firm on this for so long. I wish that I could say for certain whether it seems likely to make any difference, or not. All it seems to have done is make Tarmon even more difficult, but perhaps, in time ... mn.

I appreciate the sentiment, but this concern Tarmon has about the Koriner refugees seems more justified by the day. He is exaggerating, as he always does, but if this is allowed to continue unchecked ... Austin tells me that the guard has been forced to recruit and lengthen patrols, that their captain has quietly approached the knights for help. Rumours are spreading about the situation in the north, all of it unpleasant, and each story less believable than the last. I wonder what the roads will look like, come August? I suspect Tarmon will be glad to leave ...

How I dread that. Years since I have seen Lireth, and now I must return at Tarmon's side, and suffer his and Hasten's squabbling while all those who knew me as a child stand aside and pity me my fate. I swear, if Amaeyra dares give me even one sad little look of hers -- ugh. And Felicia, as well. And what will mother even s

And yet ... there is Isaiah, as well. I do look forward to introducing him to Lireth. And he will have his cousins there. They will be young yet, but they should know one another. Felicia used to speak of this so often, when we were girls ... how we would introduce our children, and they would all be best of friends, as we were. A pity she does not yet have a son.
Mood: blahblah
Amaeyra of Lireth
30 June 2011 @ 07:22 pm
I struggle to think of the last time we have had so many visitors, and to think, we will soon have many more. With Hasten and his men returned, Lireth seems more lively than it has been in many months. Mother and I have been so occupied, with a ball and a wedding to be held in the coming weeks, but it is the type of work that I enjoy. Seeing everyone enjoy themselves is the most satisfying result of our efforts. I'm sure Mother would agree.
Mood: busybusy
30 June 2011 @ 07:24 pm
[Filter: Demi]

You know, every time I talk with Nathan, I leave all nervous about what Ian is up to ... but when I hear Anton and Inara talk about it, I start to think maybe everything will be all right, and Nathan is just being unfair. But when I tell Nathan maybe he is, he gets all pissy with me! Well, I just don't know what Ian is really like, I didn't grow up with him, blah blah blah.

I think this is all really getting to him, I don't know. He's just been ... weird, ever since this all started.
Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Lauren of House Taerin
30 June 2011 @ 07:46 pm
[Filter: Celeste]

Sooo, hey!

A page just dropped off an invitation for me from Lady Mairenn! She writes that she and Tabea had planned to go out, today, just a little thing with a few of the Pegasus Knights Tabby favors ... I think they're going to scout out Pegasus nests, now that spring's over. They always have new recruits here, hoping to join the ranks ... and after, we're all going to go clean up a bit and then have a big dinner and talk it all over, we'll have to wear our very best, you know Mairenn will be. Actually, she wrote more about that than the actual outing, I guess she arranged all that herself!

You've probably guessed, but she mentioned in here that I should invite you along! She says she just hasn't seen enough of my quiet little cousin, and this is the perfect opportunity for us all to get to know each other better, and maybe the castle has been making you uncomfortable, so maybe getting out for a bit will help?? I don't think she realizes you've been so quiet because you're completely in love with this place, haha~

You'll come with us, right? You can ride with me! This is such a great opportunity, I didn't want to suggest anything like this myself, it would have just been tacky, but if they're going to offer ... Ruseia obviously doesn't like any of us very much, so if we could get Mairenn and Tabea on our side ... it couldn't hurt, don't you think?
Mood: excitedexcited
30 June 2011 @ 07:56 pm
[Filter: Darin's Group]

Okay. Since the old man decided he wasn't going to be helpful, I went and asked some questions on my own. No one knows much, but what everyone agrees on is someone dumped a dead girl by the wagons. They left some kind of message with her ... but it doesn't say to who. I haven't seen it, myself, Dad won't let anyone close, but some people say something's written in blood. Other people say someone carved some words right into the poor girl. No one can really make much sense out of it. This is what comes from stuffing a big city like this full to bursting, I say.

I'm going to try and find out what this message everyone's talking about actually says, anyone's welcome to help. Might take more than one of us to get past the old man and the guards we've got crawling all over the place, now.
30 June 2011 @ 08:17 pm
I forgot how tough traveling is. I think we're about half way to Floran by now, but I ain't gotta clue how to tell for sure. None of it looks familiar to me. Just hills and grass and trees and farms. Barrett still won't tell me what kind of work he'll have for me when we get there, just that he'll work it out. Guess I can't be too picky, but it'd be nice to at least have a little bit of an idea.
Mood: tiredtired
30 June 2011 @ 08:53 pm
Dragons I'm exhausted... I think I'm going to take a break from all this training tomorrow. One day to recover a little isn't going to hurt, right? Maybe I'll spend some time in town... or something. There's got to be a good tavern to hang out at. After all this work I could use a few good drinks.

I'd go tonight but I don't think I'd make it there... and if I do I'd probably fall asleep at the table and not make it home.
Mood: soresore
Keane of House Sylea
30 June 2011 @ 09:01 pm
Right, well, anyway, some of us are too busy sorting out our stocks of vodka to give a shit about Hanalan moonshine. We have Dentorian wine for the sissies of the house, but even that's better than treefolk alcohol.

Other than that, though, we don't have fucking time for a celebration. I have to fly out to the nearest holdings on the second, and after that, Dragons fucking know what's going to happen. I don't even know how long I'm going to be tramping around the country like some kind of tourist, seeing the fucking sights and talking to worried mayors who've probably been fucking slighting me on taxes for the past few years. No fucking clue how long that's going to take.

At least I get a fucking holiday before I go out.
Mood: crankycranky
Keran of Sarrca
30 June 2011 @ 09:25 pm
[Filter: Colleen and Rory]

There will, of course, be a bit of a celebration for the holiday tomorrow, but it's going to be understated compared to previous years. I imagine you'll still enjoy yourselves as much as is possible in such a situation, but I simply don't want you to expect a grand occasion. With our limited supplies from the caravan ambushes, the situation is simply a bit ... difficult at the moment.

Surely the both of you understand. The children are aware that the celebration isn't going to be quite as big as usual, but I see no reason that they should need to know the reasoning behind it. And I would appreciate it if you did not see fit to enlighten them.
Mood: busybusy
30 June 2011 @ 10:13 pm
[Filter: Keagan and Nessa]

I think I've been just about everywhere I'm going to be able to get into, here. And just so you know, that's a lot of places, and not all of them are easy to get into, even for an invisible servant. I mapped it all out the best I could, hopefully it'll make sense when you see it, because I am not doing all that again. It doesn't look anything like Keagan's map, but I guess that was the point! Oh, and if there are any stupid secret passages or whatever, I didn't go around jamming my knives into any walls, I figured that would generate a few too many uncomfortable questions, and Lauren is pissy enough with me these days as it is.

Anyway, you two are way busier than I ever am, these days, so just let me know when you want to compare these. I don't know how much good it's going to do, but it's a start ...

Here's what I have, go ahead and look it over when you get a minute.

[this is a map of the first floor of Eina castle, fairly detailed and mostly legibly labeled!]
Mood: productiveproductive
Maeve [[Blanche]]
30 June 2011 @ 10:16 pm
[Filter: Kanemorians in Franelcrew]

So, all this talk of Korin celebrations has gotten me thinking a bit~

Do we want to try and celebrate this year for our own personal holiday, or is that playing things a bit too risky? I could hardly disagree if everyone agrees that it's too dangerous or what have you, but I would miss the celebrations, and I'm sure there's a few other people we could get in on our little party, if we did decide to have one.

What do we think?
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Lord Glenn of House Rowan
30 June 2011 @ 10:22 pm
Well, I'm happy to report that the weather appears to be holding out for us splendidly, and even happier to report that the townsfolk between cities have been most acommodating. It would appear that our reputation rather precedes us, these days, and quite frankly, that suits me just fine. I'd rather a bed than not any day of the week, I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

I've rather missed the road, I find, but that just may be fondness from the days of patrolling the Rowan forests. Some habits are difficult to break; I find myself searching for all the old signs of suspicious activity even out here, so far away from the old routes. I've seen my men doing the same; I suppose I should be proud of them, hm?

We're making very good progress, if anyone is curious. I've already mentioned the generous weather, but no doubt it also has something to do with the fact that our outgoing procession is rather more modest than the one we had going in. I prefer it this way, myself.

Of course, I miss you and Emily both terribly, Eriena, my dear. I do hope that Emily's spirits have improved since last we wrote? I've been worried ...

Hm, and I don't suppose anyone has heard any more about Lady Benedette. I've been rather worried about her, as well.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Ethne of House Karnach
30 June 2011 @ 11:05 pm
[Filter: Reiz, in Atsirian]

It occurs to me ... have you gone to Aes, at all?

I'm sure she would appreciate your support, right now.
Mood: stressedstressed
30 June 2011 @ 11:11 pm
[Filter: Private]

At least it's an end to one mystery. Really, it's not so unexpected. Craig never shows his grandchildren as much favor as he has Devine. It was bound to invite trouble. I wonder if they intended the dose to be so high? Obviously they are being given the benefit of the doubt, but any blind fool could see that is more due to their blood and standing than any shred of evidence either way.

Poor Devine. He's so naive, still, in so many ways.
Mood: surprisedsurprised
30 June 2011 @ 11:25 pm
[filter: private]

why does eri have to be so mean about me and col? i miss being able to talk to her and i really wish i could ask her advice, but no matter what i say she'd blame col and it's not his fault at all. i know it's my fault and ever since i made him mad at me he hasn't been the same. eri would know what to do. she would know how to make things to back to normal.
Mood: lonelylonely
30 June 2011 @ 11:26 pm
I have to admit, after all of these years of friendly rivalry over who has the better early July festivities, I'm very excited to witness everything from this side of the border, firsthand~ Everyone here has been very quick to assure me that if I celebrate tomorrow properly, I'll sleep right through Independence Day, but I still have my doubts~ ♥

Also, I suspect I've told far too many different people that I'd spend the day at their party, I've no idea how I'm going to juggle all of these pressing social obligations~ Sigh, what to do? I'm sure Lady Martha will be expecting me here, but frankly, I'd rather spend my time out in the city~ It just seems to me that I'm more likely to get the authentic experience, that way~ I do hope she isn't terribly offended~
Mood: chipperchipper
30 June 2011 @ 11:29 pm
[Filter: Private]


[Filter: Public]

Look, none -- none of you come out to the stand. Something's happened and the guard is here dealing with ... it, and it would be better if nobody had to see this so just ... just stay in your rooms. Day off for everyone. Go do something else. Nobody has to see this.
Mood: distresseddistressed
Seraphine (Elina)
30 June 2011 @ 11:43 pm
[Filter: Ian]

When are we going to talk to the court? How are we going to talk to the court? It should be soon, I would think ... ah. It seems as if this particular rumour is never going to stop appealing to them?

It's all getting a bit out of hand ...~ I think I can sing half the ballads ever written about the Man in the Iron Mask, now.
Mood: worriedworried
Acantha (sometimes Talli)
30 June 2011 @ 11:57 pm

I just read back to see what I missed while I've been busy. Is... it can't be true.

Is the Queen's wedding truly canceled?
Suaimeas (Patience)
30 June 2011 @ 11:57 pm

The sun was very bright today. It made it hard to sleep um ... It hurt my eyes sometimes. And it could be very hot too. Not as bad as it was in Atsiria but it's usually not that bad here.

I've been travelling fast though. I think I might be there soon.

[Filter: Prudence, Old High Kilian]

Why won't you write to me?
30 June 2011 @ 11:58 pm
For anyone who wants to have a moderate time drinking tomorrow, I know the places to go that aren't mad houses. I'm not much of a heavy drinker myself, or a heavy partier. I can take you around the city the best ways to avoid being tossed around in all the good times. Eina can get pretty wild.
30 June 2011 @ 11:59 pm
[Filter: Private]

I always enjoyed the Day of Long Summer growing up. This year I do not even know if I should participate. It would certainly lend towards my story's credibility to shy away from all of the excitement, and perhaps give Nessa a much needed break from the added stress.

I still don't know what I'm going to do. We've been here for weeks and I'm no closer to a plan than I was when we got here. Dagda has found little in his sparring with the guards. Jack has only found further evidence to reveal who I really am. I would not be surprised if everyone knew by now, and if that is true, what about my father? What about Ruseia?

I suppose I should spend tomorrow attempting to come up with a plan.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable