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29 July 2011 @ 12:35 am
[Filter: Franel & Retainers, Nessa, Aileen, Jonathan]

Have we thoroughly established the fact that Keagan just isn't going to get the best of this thing tonight, yet? Possibly ever? Come on, Keagan, it's not even trying anymore. You're tired, let someone else go. Kail? Sawyer?

Someone step in and give the poor man a break, this is just sad.
Mood: cheerfulcheerful
29 July 2011 @ 12:50 am
[Filter: Private]

Hm ~

That was interesting. A strange rumour is one thing, but a strange rumour that the Eina court reacts to like that, well, that's something else entirely. I could have just dismissed it, you know. But they clearly aren't ~ I touched a nerve, there, and I didn't even intend to. My goodness.

Don't they know the worst thing they could have done is make me curious? Terribly inconvenient, really~ I'm going to miss so many parties.

[Filter: Elden]

Do you remember that awful tale we heard at the Pale Horse, the other night~? One of the tavernkeep's ... nephews? Cousins. Mm, something. It was a grisly story, I won't repeat it~ I mentioned it in passing today at tea, in a rather vain attempt to seem worldly and dangerous and oh so Kanemorian, and well. When the first thing said in response is Again?, and the other ladies all jump up and shush each other and ruffle about like frightened hens, well, isn't that something?
Mood: curiouscurious
Keran of Sarrca
29 July 2011 @ 01:27 am
[Filter: Private]

I suppose you think yourself very clever, Crow, wherever it is you ended up. Oh, I'm sure you think yourself very noble for carrying on through the end, never breaking, never telling me a bit of information I truly wanted that I didn't already know. I suppose you're extremely satisfied with the shell of a life you left behind.

Oh, I know who's behind it, of course. The same person who gave away my location to you, the same person who gave you all the information you wanted about Sarrca, the same person who has been fighting me for months now. You might think you've died with that information still a secret, and he might think I can't know, but I know, and with every day that passes he is giving me more reason to consider why I let him live.

Shall I spread word of your unfortunate demise, Crow, rotting away in the dungeons with no pride or dignity left to your name? It's only deserved, to have your name smeared in the history books forever. A disgraced vigilante with nothing left in the end, once all of your abilities proved futile.

Yes, it's just what you deserve.

[Filter: Public]

Though I have my doubts any of you will believe me, I thought it only courteous to let the entirety of Korin know that the One-Eyed Crow has been disposed of. In the end, the Crow could not even manage to best me, when I'd been his target for many long years. It's almost pitiful, when you think about it. How long must he have fought and prepared to down me at last, and nothing came of it? Truly a shame. I have no doubts the books will forget his name entirely.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
29 July 2011 @ 03:34 am
Oh, Dragons.

Oh, Dragons, it's worse than I thought. It's worse than I'd imagined. Dammit, Bea, dammit, why didn't you just tell me?

It's the Varisians. They're coming. It's not a scare, it's not -- there are actual reports, that's what your boy was doing here, Lirit. He was telling her. And it's not just that, we can see them. The ships are just dots on the horizon, but there's an army on the peninsula, so many, so so many, and they're coming, and they're going to be here any day.

We can't withstand this! We can't! There wasn't enough time to prepare and we're still limping from stupid Gene and his stupid pirates and his stupid Ice Dragon. Varise is a Great House, they'll crush us. Bea doesn't know why they're doing this! We haven't given them any reason to attack! But they're coming, they're coming and we don't have time ...

What's going to happen? What ... what ...

She won't run away.

She got angry when I even suggested it.

What else are we supposed to do?

Oh, Dragons, oh Dragons.
Mood: scaredscared
29 July 2011 @ 03:45 am
[Filter: Westa, in Atsirian]

Sister, hold onto something tightly, because there is a storm brewing.

You know that I've been visiting the Queen every day, since her little temper tantrum and Matthew Cresyn's subsequent "accident" in the dungeons. And I've told you all about how pathetic she's been, how she just cries and cries and clings to her journal and says sad things about how much she misses him -- it's been bad enough to make me feel guilty. It's one thing to know that it had to be done, to look at how it benefits us and say things about how he brought it on himself, but that sort of real and naked heartbreak is impossible not to be affected by. You say I'm being weak, and perhaps I am, but I am merely a man and nearing the end of my capabilities. It was almost a relief when ...

Well, I was just there now, and she seems ... different. Something's changed.
Mood: nervousnervous
29 July 2011 @ 04:47 am
Demi, this Dentorian onion soup is absolutely amazing. I think I've seen everyone go back for at least a second bowl. Personally, I'm on my third. And I think Clarissa is working on her fifth ...

I've never had it with cheese in it like this, before. Is that how you make it, in the North? It's much better than how I've always had it. And the rolls you brought with it ... did you make them, yourself? They're perfect for soaking up the broth.

Dragons, it's been such a long, long time since I've had a good Dentorian onion soup. The onions here might be a different colour ... but the taste is as good as ever.
Mood: loved<3
29 July 2011 @ 04:48 am
[Filter: Aekaran]

For your information, apparently Eve has it from sources in the Hanmor ranks that they're encountering the exact same sort of strangeness as we are. Preparations to fight mages and paranoia, but next to no mages on our side, as I'm sure you're aware. Which means that we were right all along and there's got to be a third party involved, though hell if I know who.

Also, I think I may have offended her somehow, so I don't think we'll be getting any more useful updates like that for a while.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
Lysander of Mera
29 July 2011 @ 04:51 am
[Filter: Verity]

So you know, it's true. The One-Eyed Crow really is dead.
Mood: blankblank
Messenger of Darkness
29 July 2011 @ 05:04 am
Oh, look.

It may have taken me forever and a day, but the whippoorwill sings for a fallen Pillar, tonight. What a sad, sad song, but I can barely hear it over the sound of my own crowing. That moment, how it feels, the release and then the relief.

Moments like that are when the game becomes worthwhile.

No blood, because I had to clean up quickly. You'll just have to take my word for it, but oh, really, now. My integrity has never been called into question. You, my friends, all know how much I love playing by all the rules.

And that reminds me ... wasn't there an ongoing bet that's far, far overdue~? Well, I delivered, in the end. Someone is going to have to pay up.
Lord Craig of Rhia
29 July 2011 @ 05:09 am
[Filter: Private]

Antony might not like it, but he sees the benefit of doing it, this way. He'll always have the Lord of Emeron in his pocket, and the expanded dowry Lord Isaac has agreed to is not insubstantial.

How many brides are really virgins, anyway? Not nearly so many as we're lead to believe. And this is the South, where we don't exactly expect our own women to be chaste and pure, only our offerings from abroad. In the end, we get more out of this than we lose. Maybe we should be thankful for the little slut's lapse in judgement.

A neater solution to that problem than to our other one.

[Filter: Devine]

You're still shaken up about all that nonsense with Hayden's little shits, aren't you? Don't even try to deny it.
Mood: okayokay
Keane of House Sylea
29 July 2011 @ 05:11 am
[Filter: Lirit]

Okay, now you fucking listen to me.

I want you to grab Relette, and I want you to drag her out of there. Kicking and screaming, if you have to. Knock her out if you have to. I don't care. But you get her out of there alive before Varise starts the siege, or there's going to be hell to pay. Do you get that, Lirit? You're going to be in deeper shit than you've ever been in if you let her die.

I don't care what you have to do, but you fucking do this for me, or else.
Mood: rushedrushed
29 July 2011 @ 05:45 am
[Filter: Lysander]


It was me.
Mood: determineddetermined
29 July 2011 @ 06:16 am
[Filter: Private]

Something is going on there. There's something that doesn't add up. Both sides are taking precautions against magic, when neither side is deploying mages? Ree needs to get closer to the top to find out what's going on, and Davan ...

[Filter: Davan]

Look, you should probably know. I've got eyes and ears Hanmor-side, and I'm getting reports of the exact same weird crap you've been describing on Nasen-side.

I don't like this, Davan.
Mood: worriedworried
29 July 2011 @ 06:29 am
I can't watch this anymore.

Good night, everyone. Enjoy the rest of your little party.
Mood: angryragequit
Linnell of House Veirnan
29 July 2011 @ 06:36 am
[Filter: Lissandra]

I cannot believe her!!

All this time and Stephanie has thought we wanted her gone? Because Lian was just a little brat and decided to lie to her to get Papa all to herself??

This is stupid, and it's gone way too far!! We have to put a stop to this soon. Like, right now.

[Filter: Papa, Stephanie, Lissandra]


Papa, we have something we need to talk to you about ... ~ Well, um, Stephanie does, but we all should probably talk about it. Are you too busy with Lancel, or can you talk right now??
Mood: enragedenraged
29 July 2011 @ 07:28 am
[Filter: B

[Filter: Private]


It's going to be a long time before I can write that. I don't ...

Everything is different now, isn't it? I'm not going home to the island I left. I keep catching myself thinking that. 'As soon as I get home, then at least everything will be normal, again.' No, it won't. It absolutely won't. It'll be even worse, then.

Father will make me marry her.

And he's probably right for it. Benedette was right when she said that all men are disgusting, or -- whatever it was she said, exactly. I got the point. I know it was that time. I just know it was. Before that, she was probably drinking her tea, but at that point, she'd have done anything to tie me to her. Well, she got her wish.

I just ...

Dammit. Dragons fucking dammit.

I was so close to having it all. Everything I wanted to have. Benedette and happiness and alll of it. And now I'm going home to basically the worst situation I can possibly imagine, and I brought it all on myself.

That's the worst part.

I should never have -- I should have just walked right past her and let her drink alone, that night. I just couldn't help myself, could I?

[Filter: Alma]

I might be longer getting home than I first thought. I -- it's a pain to explain, but I thought I'd be better to avoid Aeda, and it's going to take some work to find a good ship to Azudesce.

How How is How's ... Ash?
Mood: crappyshitty
29 July 2011 @ 07:29 am
[Filter: Amelie]

I ... might be able to use your help with something, if you can tear yourself away from your adoring public for long enough to remember your boring brother exists.
Mood: okaysure why not
29 July 2011 @ 08:23 am
[Filter: Private]

Well, I know what I'm thinking and I might as well just say it!

I can it admit to myself, when I'm all alone, with nobody to judge me. While it's really all a bit of a disaster, to be honest, it's just so difficult to really get upset about all of Lydia's silly little dramas when everything with me is just so ... perfect.

Fine, that's a mild exaggeration. It's not perfect. There's still Princess Seraphine, and it's still not -- the way it should be. But it's so easy to forget about her and that when it seems like every night, I'm on his arm, and we're going about to all the different groups, telling out stories again and again. And how everyone talks of us the way they used to, "Philip and Amelie," like we're a pair that go together. And how he's always turning to me to finish his statements, and I do the same for him, and we're getting so very good at telling the story that I don't think he even notices anymore. Oh, and when he asked what colour I would be wearing today, so we could match? I could have just floated away.

He ...

He'll see it.

I know he'll see it.

Maybe not right now. Or tomorrow. Maybe not even this week or this month, or ... or longer, even, but he will see it, I know he will. As soon as he beds the Princess and gets tired of her, he'll be looking about for his next blonde, but instead, I'll be here, and he'll remember how good it was with us, and I won't run away, not this time. It will happen, I know it will.

[there are some floral doodles absently drawn here, filled in and surrounded with little hearts]

I'll ... I'll write to Lauren some other day. Tomorrow, perhaps! Or the next day. Or maybe the next. Oh, I don't know. But there's that concerto tonight, and then the joust in the moonlight with lanterns that Josiah's been so diligently preparing for, and I really want to arrive early so that Philip and I can find seats where we'll be seen by everyone! And I still have my hair to do and this dress is going to take forever to get into, and what it Lauren and I end up talking for a long time? It's been a while, after all, and we have catching up to do, and ... and ...

Yes, yes! It will wait! It will wait. This time ... that won't.
Mood: hopefulhopeful
29 July 2011 @ 10:58 am

There are times when I can't help but wonder about the strange things written here, about Korin. The bits and pieces I read paint a very bizarre and incomplete picture. But still, it's enough to worry me. Especially with-

I suppose there are many who would say I shouldn't worry, for one reason or another. I've never found that saying such things ever helps.
29 July 2011 @ 11:03 am
[Filter: Private]

It's hard to miss noticing that something's going on. And it's even harder to keep from asking about it. But I know that when I need to know something, I'll get told. That's just how it goes.

[Filter: Public]

I was wondering if anyone was interested in a game night or something? I don't know what game we'd play, maybe a whole bunch of them, depending on how many people we had and what everyone wanted to do. Hopefully we could find a good place here that could fit everyone without being a disturbance.

I think it would be really nice.
Justine of Ysak
29 July 2011 @ 11:04 am

This is a terrible idea.
29 July 2011 @ 07:12 pm
[Filter: Private]

I really have missed her. Even if we were never meant to be, I...I just can't lose Pearl. She was the first true friend I had outside the orphanage, we've been through so much together. ...sometimes I do wonder what might have been, though. If I hadn't tried so hard to win her over.

But then I wouldn't have what I have with Maeve. I can't imagine my life without her either, I think I might she's been there for me all this time and I always feel wonderful when I'm with her. I think she's helped me become less afraid of things...

...I'm very lucky to have them both in my life.
Mood: contemplativecontemplative
29 July 2011 @ 07:18 pm
Angus is really settling in well! It's hard to imagine him not being here, it's like he was always part of the convent ...! And I'm so glad that he's happy here too. When he was here on the first day, he was crying and missing his mum, but now he's really settled, and he has his favourite places to sleep and play. I think he's really helped everyone in the convent come together too. At least, the girls don't stay in their own groups as much as they used to ... Isn't it great how animals can make people bond with each other ...?
Mood: happyhappy
29 July 2011 @ 07:19 pm

Hey, hey, does anyone want to play I Spy? I mean ANYONE. Even though I Spy can be really boring, but we haven't played it since we left Rechesa, so it isn't boring yet!! YEP!

Okay, I'll start! I spy with my little eye something beginning with ... C!
Mood: bouncybouncy
29 July 2011 @ 07:19 pm
Well, midsummer's come and gone, and the garden's lookin nice and green. Nothin like what it should be like, if I were back in Hanalan, but green plants are good enough for me! Can't wait til harvest time. Reckon the watermelon will be ready soon, maybe a week or three. Really lookin forward to it. Haven't had a good watermelon in ages!
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Var (Varelia)
29 July 2011 @ 07:21 pm


Some of the things I am reading have been very ... confusing. I thought the Jewel was going to be married, and I was so very happy for her, but no one seems to be writing about it, when it should be something people would write about because queens do not get married very often! In fact, it looks like there was no wedding, which is still something someone would write more about, wouldn't they? There doesn't seem to be any news about what happened in Razen at all! I might be in Floran right now, but I'm still Atsirian! I want to know if I should be worried!
Mood: worriedworried
Hazel of Aeda
29 July 2011 @ 08:54 pm
Uncle Franz is here. I can see his carriage coming towards the vineyard from our bedroom window. He'll be here in minutes. I hope the kitchen is prepared. He and his men will want something to eat after the journey here. And something cool to drink. Perhaps some white wine?

Oh, I'll have to go downstairs to greet him. Matthias must be waiting for me.
Mood: nervousnervous
29 July 2011 @ 11:13 pm
[Filter: Private]

I wonder if I am the only one.

Lord Nicolas, marrying that little slip of a girl. What would Adelaide think? Would she be happy to know he will remarry, or angry that she has been replaced? Knowing her, she would be glad that Eara would not grow up alone, without a mother. Does that mean that I cannot be upset on her behalf? That Lord Nicolas could move on, while I ...

Oh, Addie.

[Filter: Public]

I believe we will be arriving in Tersel within the next few days, and after that, we will not have far longer to reach Lireth. It will be a shame that we will not be able to stay in Tersel for very long, but perhaps we may on our return. I cannot remember the last time I was here. Certainly before I was married. The children will be looking forward to resting in more comfortable surroundings. As will the rest of us, of course.