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04 August 2011 @ 12:12 am
[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

It's ... odd.

Somehow, I ended up with connections, here. They needed me for something, not just for my magic. That's odd.

I suppose Nessa could have just as easily told Druce, had I not volunteered. And perhaps she should have been the one to do so. But Loki, at least ... he had to hear from me, and he'll tell others.

There's a satisfaction to that. There is.

[Filter: Druce]

Are we going into the city, tonight? I really do want to try another pegasus. It's been impossible to find a good model, the last few times, but I overheard Lady Mairenn saying to Lady Celeste while I was playing maid that Lady Ruseia might be taking a small parade through the streets ...

It might be a little late to go out, but ... well, it isn't as though we'll run out of light.

And ... there's something I need to tell you about, while we're there. You won't believe it.
Mood: hopefulhopeful
Angeline of Mera
04 August 2011 @ 12:14 am
[Filter: Private]

Jess ...

I had a dream last night. But it looked – and felt – unlike a dream. It seemed more ... just more. And it was terrible, those things I saw. So much blood and tears and destruction. Almost like-

It was enough to bring me back here, to these pages. I've thought about them so much and tried not to think about them even more. But now what other choice do I have? Especially since they confirm that some of it, at least, was true.

How do I-

The only way I can.

[Filter: Jessica]

Please tell me you're alright.
04 August 2011 @ 12:36 am
[Filter: Private]

The sound of silence may be the best sound in the world.

Mn, for now, at least. I know, sure as always, a year, two, will pass, and then I'll be wishing and longing for new quarry and a new hunt. The silence will be deafening and lonely. I'll long for my Dragons to come and keep me company.

But now ... now it's just the ringing of perfect peace and contentment. I feel rather like a cat in sunshine.

I did well. I did.

[Filter: Isanae]

The funeral was beautiful, love, truly. Poor little Fransisca looked just miserable during her words, but her grief was suiting, and I think it all resounded very well. The other girls all performed admirably, and even your husband was well behaved.

Do you need anything? I've tried to stay out of the way, but ...
Mood: fullfull
04 August 2011 @ 12:38 am
[Filter: Karlesta, in Atsirian]

You and I, my daughter, have the need to discuss something.
Mood: busybusy
04 August 2011 @ 01:14 am
[Filter: Private]

Well that was a short-lived attempt at secrecy.

They should have just told us all from the start ... full disclosure is always best, with this group. When people feel shut out, here, they just get bitter. And it's not that I blame them. I mean, we all left our lives behind to follow these people, and we stay with them because we've started to think of them as family. Is it so wrong to want to feel in the loop with your own family?

... maybe I feel a bit bitter, myself. Is that so wrong? I could have stayed in Floran. The orphanage was still there, and I think they would have welcomed me if I wanted to just hire on there, caring for the kids. I would have been good at that. It might have been nice to not think about anything beyond mending their little clothes and helping put them down toe sleep every night. It's been a long time since life was that simple ...

Is it so wrong to want to be felt included, after that?

I shouldn't say any of that, though. Everyone's already tired of me not loving all of this pretending stuff with "Lady" Lauren. The last thing I need is to give them more of a reason to think I'm the stuffy one who can never just enjoy herself. I don't even know how they get that from me. I have fun.

Though I guess I still get lumped in with Fayre and her friends, sometimes, which is the other side of that. Sure, Fayre and I are friends. We've had a lot of good times, and she's and in a lot of ways, she's. But I haven't wanted much to do with Elden for a long time, now, and Jasmine ...

Oh, I don't know.

I don't really like being the first person thought of to go be ambassador to them, but if it's something I can do to help, I'll do it. This is really all just me being -- silly, and I know that. It doesn't bother me that much, really. It's just all the little things. With all this stupid stuff with Sawyer on my head already, it all just adds up and starts to look like a bigger deal than it is. It really doesn't matter that much to me.


[Filter: Andrew]

Uh, hey, I have something to tell you. I know we were just talking about trying to spend a little more time together, and I don't think this was really what we had in mind, heh, but it's something.

[Filter: Fayre]

I don't suppose you've managed to find out about what's going on under our feet on your own, have you~? It wouldn't surprise me ...
Mood: okayokay
Rhoswen of House Karnach
04 August 2011 @ 04:08 am
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I'll need to know soon enough. Everyone agrees that intent should be declared with some grand gesture on the Jewel's Birthday, and that's coming up real soon, isn't it? Time should slow down when there are big things happening, it never seems fair when everything just keeps coming and going.

It's just ...

I've been through it all before, but I can't stop weighing it all, anyway, hoping it'll come up balanced differently this time. Reeve had evidence and Edalene had faith, and the person who acts in the best interest of the country isn't the one who frees a potential regicidal traitor banking on the latter. But that's me. That's who I am, who I'll always be, and maybe that person isn't right for a Council seat.

I wouldn't have to go back to Meatha. There are plenty of people who stay here in Razen! I could become a courtier! Edalene would certainly want me here -- she's said as much. And that's all the fun stuff~ I'd miss being important and influential, but that sure doesn't feel worth it, sometimes.

Still, I can't even commandeer a dragon on my own when I'm just a younger daughter of a House Matriarch.

I don't know.


[Filter: Reeve, in Atsirian]

Cousin, I'm sure you're just absolutely swamped but I reeeally need your help with something! It's just a small matter, I promise!
Mood: stressedidk!
04 August 2011 @ 04:11 am
[Filter: Lysander]


So I know you and I haven't written much, lately. In fact, I haven't heard anything from you at all in a long time. And that's fine. I've been letting you go off and do your own thing -- like we agreed, it's probably better if Rayla is directly involved as little as possible, in case things belly up for you, though obviously that's not the outcome I'm looking for.

Anyway, the situation might have changed. I've been hearing some strange things coming out of the west, lately, and that's the direction you and Verity were headed, if I remember right.
Mood: annoyedbemused
04 August 2011 @ 04:17 am
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I admit, Connor on the Council ... it is very clever, very elegant. Accomplish several things at once, while appearing to have done nothing at all. It's not surprising, but still, it is impressive, as usual.

But do you think people aren't raising eyebrows and whispering baffled questions behind their hands, Westa? Your anomalous guest isn't someone who can escape notice. He's devastatingly good-looking, well-spoken, witty, charmy, insolent. And you let that man get away with far too much. Every explanation for his presence in the capital is unsatisfactory, he seems to hold little to no awe of you or your position. A "friend," is he? I've had "friends" like him, in my time, and far more discretely.

Ah, but I won't judge. In a way, it's ... satisfying. Enjoyable, really.

It's nice to see that you're not completely infallible.

[Filter: Prince Reeve, in Atsirian]

Ah, Your Highness ... I realize it's a bit late for this, but ... I've had a thought, and I think it might be in your best interests to hear it out.
Mood: amusedamused
Celeste of Franel
04 August 2011 @ 04:47 am
[Filter: Lauren]

Ah, you're allowed to know now ...! And better ... you're allowed to tell people now, too ... so long as you do it quietly.

You see ... we finally got past the stone man, but then there was another chamber, and, well ... we're going to need a lot of people to solve this one. So Uncle Keagan and Sawyer though that it would be best to just ... well, quietly spread the word, and ...

So, yes. Now you can know ...! I could ... probably get you in to see it, too ... Nessa wouldn't mind, I'm sure, though it might be too late to go without attracting suspicion today ...
Mood: goodgood
04 August 2011 @ 02:05 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

I should have known. It's ... obvious, when I truly sit and think, that this would happen. It's just as Mother says -- who else? It must be me.

... There is no time for doubts. I must serve the Goddesses in every way that I am able, and this more than anything forwards our cause. Mother has given me an outline to build from, and that is all I should require. ... I shouldn't even require that. If -- if I do win this seat, and -- if this does go as we hope. She'll leave me here, won't she? She must. And then I must see to myself, without her guidance or instruction. I ... must prepare myself for that.

I did want to I ...

No time for doubts.

[Filter: Dairanne, in Atsirian]

Sister, I realize you must be busy preparing for the Queen's birthday, but I am tired of meeting you across crowded halls where we are both too busy and too exposed to truly speak. I wanted the time to do this properly, but perhaps simple is best. What say you to tea, tomorrow?

I understand that your Lady Mother is reluctant to send you here, where the prayers and worship are constant and the Prophet herself resides. Perhaps we could meet in the city, away from all such influences.
Mood: nervousnervous
Lord Glenn of House Rowan
04 August 2011 @ 02:12 pm
Ah, well now. I hadn't expected word to reach Eblar so far ahead of us, let alone to be received with such fanfare! This journey is spoiling me terribly, I fear, just terribly. It's going to be very difficult to face the road again, after all this! Would you believe that there have been three more songs composed about the Princess's rescue, while we were away? And every singer in the city is so anxious for my blessing. Not to mention the many other comforts the capital offers, hm?

But, never fear, I know my duty. Our stay can hardly linger so long as I would like, but I think I may have to put serious thought into making visits to Eblar a regular occurrence.
Mood: pleasedpleased
04 August 2011 @ 08:05 pm
[Filter: Private]


[Filter: Lord Kray]

My lord. I imagine you're a very busy man, but there are a few ... rumors cycling out here that it's probably important for you to be aware of, considering they concern your House.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Felicia of Mansoure
04 August 2011 @ 08:08 pm
[Filter: Private]

I still can't believe it, especially what Isanae told Hasten. That woman, how could she...! Oh, Uncle Isaac, you were so strong, to think something like this could have happened to you...if there's nothing I can do for Aunt Ella or my poor cousins except pray and keep them in my thoughts, that's what I will do.

Tarmon will be Lord of the North now. I...just the thought makes me cringe, and I can only imagine how Hasten must be feeling. But alas, it's simply the way things are and will be.
Mood: sadsad
04 August 2011 @ 08:47 pm
[Filter: Jasmine, Elden and Maeve]

Well, you'll never guess the news I just heard~

Apparently, there are some rather extensive secret passages beneath this strange castle we're in~ More, there are some very odd things inside said passages. Puzzles, apparently, and a magical soldier made of aurae? Keagan and Lady Lyonesse have been working extensively to uncover their secrets, but apparently have hit a snag big enough to warrant finally informing us all of these developments.

Unfortunately, we're apparently on standby to actually see it all for ourselves~ Though I have heard that the entrance is in the first floor library...~
Mood: curiouscurious
Lauren of House Taerin
04 August 2011 @ 09:34 pm
[Filter: Gebann]

Gebann! I have something amazing to show you! Did you know there are secret passages under your castle? Not the Lord's passages, either, this is like -- a whole secret magical dungeon!

[Filter: Rae]

I need to tell you something, Rae, but first you have to promise not to talk about it with anyone outside our group. Anyone, okay? Even Lady Tabby. Especially not with her.
Mood: excitedexcited
04 August 2011 @ 09:37 pm
[Filter: Devine]

Are you all right? I've heard some rumours ... is it true that you were dragged off by the guard to the dungeons? I hope you have your journal with you. You're not in trouble, I hope. After all that's happened, surely you wouldn't be blamed for some new nonsense, would you?

Please write back as soon as you can. I'm very worried.
Mood: worriedworried
04 August 2011 @ 10:24 pm
[Filter: Private]

I am not crazy. I am not crazy. All of these rumors of ghosts and what have you are simply making me hear things. There is certainly nothing in my cellar that could explain it. There must be a logical explanation. The wind, or perhaps the building settling. It might even be a large rat, though I suppose that would be something I might want to worry about. I am certainly not going down there tonight.

The tavern it is.
Mood: scaredscared
04 August 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Well at least there's one good thing about bein in Floran. There's somethin to do when I ain't workin. There's also places to do it that ain't where I work. I found this little bar by the docks. It ain't the cleanest place, but it's cheap and alcohol always makes a girl feel a bit better. Ain't very good either, but it's better than nothin.

Course I could do without a buncha disgusting saliors tryin to pick me up. Sooo don't got the kinda money it'd take to drink enough to be interested in any of that. They don't look like they got that kinda coin either.
Mood: drunka bit tipsy
04 August 2011 @ 10:57 pm
[Filter: Private]

I can't believe it. How could this underground have existed for so long without the family knowing? Then again, maybe I shouldn't be surprised...Dragons, not only its unique shape and the way it's built into the mountain, but now this. I think Eina just may be the most intriguing place we've visited.

I almost want to tell...no, I promised Pearl. We can't risk the family becoming upset with us, after all. After they've been kind enough to let us stay for so long.
Mood: intrigued
04 August 2011 @ 11:14 pm
[Filter: Essalene]

I bet you've seen that a lot of people are going missing, doing stuff that the rest of us don't know about, right? Guess I have to assume that you do now. Anyway, just found out something about it that I need to tell you.