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16 August 2011 @ 12:14 am
I thought of a good question to ask everyone!

I was just thinking about this old puzzle that my older brother stumped me with when I was little. He put six coins on the table like this

and then asked me to make it so that there were two rows of four but in only one move. I remember it took me so long to figure it out. Actually, I couldn't do it at all and I had to ask my father to tell me the trick. I'm not going to say what it is though, in case anyone wants to try and solve it.

So my question is this: when you have something tricky like this or maybe just a problem in your life, what do you think is the best way to go about solving it?
Lian of Veirnan
16 August 2011 @ 12:18 am
[Filter: Meghan]

Are you doing anything today ...? I think my sisters are busy with something and I wanted to go visit Lancel. He's been feeling much better the last couple of days and I really like spending time with him. Have you been able to talk to him much? He's very nice ... and a very good listener.
Justine of Ysak
16 August 2011 @ 12:22 am
I'm beginning to think that I'm missing out, just getting a seat by chance. Running for election just looks like so much fun. Maybe I should have tried it before.

It does look like a lot of work too, though.

I suppose it doesn't really matter. How much of this does anyway?

[Filter: Rolen]

You haven't congratulated me on my promotion yet.
16 August 2011 @ 12:54 am
[Filter: Private]

After this long, I think my fears can probably be put aside. Nothing has happened and there have been no signs of that changing. Once again, I let my imagination get the better of me. But I prefer that happening to dismissing something prematurely.

How long has it been now since I wrote to Erin? I'm not quite sure. I still cannot forgive her putting us in this position but I can see that it was not her intent. Perhaps I should write again. But I just ...

Not today but maybe tomorrow things will seem different.
Faith, Paladin of House Franel
16 August 2011 @ 12:54 am
[Filter: Franelcrew]

Right. I ain't even doing anything this time around and I'm about sick of these rooms for tonight.

Anyone up for a drink once we're done here? I figure none of us are gonna want to stick around much longer once we're finished here. Dragons know we'll all work better once we've had some sleep and some time to think about whatever's next. Hopefully it's a little less ridiculous than this, though to be honest I ain't about to hold my breath.

I'll even buy a round, for whoever wants to come. Wouldn't be right of me to do otherwise. Just no drinking too much, I figure, we can't really afford any hangovers.
Maire of Lysel
16 August 2011 @ 01:04 am
I can't believe how busy everything has been this month and there's still more to come. I still can't belive Vivi's one years old now. It doesn't even seem possible!

And, of course, tomorrow is my birthday and Flametongue. It used to be my favourite day of the year but I think Violet's birthday has claimed the title now. It really was a fun day. Or at least it was this year.

I can't believe I'm going to do that again. I hope the new baby doesn't feel left out not having an August birthday. Thoguh maybe he or she will feel special because they are different. I hope so. And at least it won't pack anything more into this time of year. I haven't even thought about Festival shopping or the Pilgrimage or anything like that.
Lady Mariana of Tersel
16 August 2011 @ 01:13 am
[Filter: Private, in Old Dentorian]

Luna does look older than her years in that dress. It is certainly the most grown-up cut she has ever had. I imagine it will only be a few years though before all her gowns look that way, or whatever is the current fashion at the time.

It is always hard, to realize how fast they are changing. How independent they are becoming. The day is coming when I will be preparing for her wedding and likely be just as nervous as my dear sister, if not more so.

But that is still in the future, far enough not to let myself worry.

Or at least not to worry too much~
16 August 2011 @ 02:28 am
[Filter: Ethne, in Atsirian]

Ah, love, I've heard that the council is going ahead at a dragon's pace. I can't imagine that it's easy for you to keep up with everything that you need to right now, especially with everything that has piled up since the council last sat. We weren't exactly dealing with everything that we needed to at the time, and I know there were a few matters that shouldn't have waited nearly this long to get resolved...

Really, I've done this sort of work before. I do have a couple of free nights this week. I wouldn't mind helping you go over some of your work, and preparations if you needed an extra set of eyes that know how it all works. And, of course, I can help take your mind off of it once we're finished with some drinks. Those always did seem to help.
16 August 2011 @ 02:41 am
[Filter: Karlesta, in Atsirian]

Mn, well, it has been a week since we started playing this complicated game. Let us regroup.

So far, I would say that things are going quite well. You are already one of the most visible and impressive candidates, and I think you've done a fine job beginning to re-establish your connections with the Queen. Not so quickly she thinks poorly of it. And you have done well in reminding her why she enjoyed your company to begin with.

I have also noticed something unexpected: none of the other candidates who keep faith with the Goddesses are willing to speak against you. I should have seen that in advance, but I didn't. A pleasant surprise, no?

There is only one thing I have my concerns about.

I did not expect your blood sister to launch her own campaign. Nor did I expect how well received it has been, thus far. She seems overly timid for such a position ...
Mood: workingworking
16 August 2011 @ 02:45 am
[Filter: Private]

I can't just hide, forever.

Life is just going to have to go on. I can't just be -- miserable, all the fucking time. I can't. No matter how absolutely the opposite of how I wanted it to be it's become, this is my life. I can't just not live my life. This is it.

The first step to things being normal is acting like things are normal. So ...


Dragons, why did it all have to be this way?

[Filter: Public]

I swear to the Dragons, I'm starting to think ships to Megam just don't leave from this harbour. In fact, ships rarely leave at all. They just sail up and down the coast, casting nets and pulling in fish. Everything smells like fish, too.

It's starting to get under my skin, let me tell you. I have places to be, and I'd damn well love to put this city behind me. I imagine it's never exactly thrilling, but with all the drama that's been going on the last few weeks, it's now uncomfortable to be an outsider here, too.
Mood: blahresigned
16 August 2011 @ 02:51 am
[Filter: Private]

I want to say that everything's different from when I began travelling with these people. It would be true, but... It's not very true the way I see it. They are still moving forward, trying to find out why ... well, the answer to the question. Why do they have memories that no one else does? Why does their story so perfectly fit, when the world doesn't...? That's still the same. They're ... we're always closer. We're always revealing one more thing, but the question is always still out there.

The people who are in the group change. Both the number, and the faces. Then there's the changes they go through personally... But it's their relationships, and their views on life. Everyone is still looking for the answer. Even if they're only along for other reasons, all of us are looking for the answer.

I'm still here because Nessa is, but... I might stay without her, if she were gone. She can't leave, but if she could... I still want to know the answer, I think. But if Aileen were to go... That would be different. That would be really different. I wouldn't stay.


[Filter: Aileen]

Are you busy?
16 August 2011 @ 10:19 am
[Filter: Private]

I think it was a little weird for her, too, at first. I mean ... wow. But if she can get over it that fast, then so can I. Maybe she's right, heh. Sisters in another life, or something. Sure, why not?

[Filter: Anton, Inara, Kolton and Daisy]

Hey, everyone.

I know everyone's busy with their own things, right now, but ... well. I was wondering, I guess, if you'd be interested in maybe dinner and cards or something on Friday? I wanted to introduce everyone to a friend of mine.
Mood: relievedrelieved
Lauren of House Taerin
16 August 2011 @ 10:32 am
[Filter: Private]

Maybe it would be better to just -- not care, anymore. Really not care, instead of just saying I don't all the time.

I'm just not sure I know how, after all this time.

[Filter: Gebann]

Where have you been, lately? I thought you were just hiding out downstairs a lot, but I asked around, and you haven't been there a lot, either. You know I worry about you wandering around a lot without your disguise ...

... You know Lady Martha has been putting things together for your birthday, right? Your sisters avoid the subject like the plague, but your mother gets so sad ... there's going to be a little quiet vigil. I guess you're going to be on a lot of minds, this time of year, so be extra careful, okay?

[Filter: Franelcrew]

So, don't keep the rest of us in suspense! Did shooting those weird things actually work? Did you get the door open~? Take any peeks into the next room at all~? I might be able to sneak down there tonight after dinner for a bit ...
16 August 2011 @ 02:02 pm
[Filter: Private]

I wonder how Cerise is faring. She has not written in quite some time. I hope she has taken my and others' advice and is having a well deserved rest. She will need to watch herself carefully. The Dragons have blessed her by granting her long held wish. If something were to go wrong ... I would not rely on another chance.

I will write a letter to her, then, when we reach Lireth. I'm sure she will be glad to hear from me, and to hear from the children as well.
Lady Eliza of Temair
16 August 2011 @ 02:24 pm
[Filter: Private]

My, there has been quite a bit of death about in the past month, has there not? Lord Stephan's death was expected of course, he had been ill for quite some time, but his passing may mark the beginning of a few changes. He has been the heir to Rhia for most people's lifetimes, and that sprawling family has been subject to a few hm, internal squabbles of late. One certainly hopes Lord Craig will not be following his son to the grave. My poor cousin. He has quite a lot on his hands.

Entirely unexpected, however, was Lord Isaac's murder. It seems straightforward, I grant. A love affair turned sour. Lord Isaac always struck me as a more careful man, but I suppose we have our weaknesses. And now Lord Tarmon succeeds him as the Lord of the North, commander of our armies. A cause for concern, to be certain. The King must be aware that his country's safety is in the hands of a man with the temperament of a spoilt child. I wonder what he will do about it.

Mm, so much to do. I have been distracted from my work, haven't I?
Tarmon of Emeron
16 August 2011 @ 08:45 pm
What is going on up there, on the road? Those peasants ought get out of the way, lest we run them down. Surely they can see that we have no time to spare trying to wade through their ilk.

I ought to go ahead and clear them out of the way myself. I hardly imagine I'll even need any assistance from the soldiers.
Mood: crankycranky
Lady Isanae of House Lireth
16 August 2011 @ 10:02 pm
Dragons Light and Dark, Friska, that was far too close for -- Just stay with Austin, and don't -- don't look back. Oh, don't look back. They're -- we need to

Philippa --

Someone take Isaiah, I can't
Mood: distresseddistressed
Anemone of Lahn
16 August 2011 @ 10:41 pm
Forna will save us.

Forna is freedom.

I think that is all the evidence I need. A caravan on the road just north of Lahn was attacked. Thankfully there was no one seriously hurt. The family that owned it managed to make it in the walls, but by the time our guard was able to return to the scene it was completely ransacked. Everything was stolen, or completely ruined. What little was left was covered in such slogans.

Only monsters would do such a thing. We could have used those supplies, but now they are scattered in shreds across the snow. How could anyone preaching freedom and safety do that to another person? It isn't right. We're still looking through the ruins for clues as to who exactly was responsible, but who they were involved with is more than apparent.
Mood: stressedstressed
Faith, Paladin of House Franel
16 August 2011 @ 10:45 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

Okay, maybe everyone's gotta stand back a bit before we stand on the mark. I don't know if it'll do anything, but it's worth a shot. So quit crowding and move back, and then we can try this again, huh?
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
16 August 2011 @ 11:10 pm
[Filter: Private]

You worthless old man. Can we not travel any faster? Even your damn horse looks bored out of its mind. I could have made twice this distance on my own, and I would still be traveling. It isn't even dusk yet and you're already tired of the road. I hope you do not expect me to pitch the tent and build the fire for you too. We had better be able to find a quiet spot to rest. It is only going to get worse as more and more foolish pilgrams get on the roads.

I am so not looking forward to returning to the convent and having to deal with the crowds. It will be awful by the time we arrive.

[Filter: Public]

Two days on the road are nearly done, and it will be ever so nice to be able to lay down for a few hours. Traveling truly does take much more out of you than you would ever expect it to. Sitting on horseback is quite tiring after so many long hours of slow trotting. It is a shame one cannot travel as swiftly as you could on an afternoon horseback ride.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
16 August 2011 @ 11:51 pm
[the writing is an absolute mess beneath this filter]

[Filter: Private]

Can't can't can't can't can't. Always comes back, never can just fucking leave you alone. You hide and you run and you always have to roll the dice anyway. What's the dragonsdamned point of it all?!

Nothing to be done for it.

Nothing to be done, idiot, so pull your head up from the sand and start playing.

[after this, the writing is more measured. while still obviously the work of someone under stress, it's not immediately and obviously visible]

[Filter: Public]

Well, it should be nice to unwind and have a little celebration tonight, won't it! I promise, girl, no one is going to breathe a word about murders or corpses, not tonight! Tonight is all about my darling princess, and I'll shake anyone who says otherwise by the scruff of the neck!

I'd probably better go bother the kitchen. That one-eyed cook has been dragging his damn heels all day with the food we had him prepare ...
Mood: indescribableindescribable