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Damien of Noye
15 September 2011 @ 01:51 am
In the last week I've stopped two ships. They're unremarkable stories. Koriners born, both of them, and both merchants that I've had limited dealings with. One had stopped in Noye during a warm summer hoping to make better time than he could have from Varise. The other was a man who we'd suspected as a smuggler, but couldn't find any evidence against. I took a sailor who's had a rich history in these parts as part of my crew, and no one remains from the others. Neither of them fought.

I'm worried about the lack of conflict. The vast majority of my crew is composed of Megami men who've never fought in icy waters. Some of them have never fought period. The closest we've had to a real fight is what amounts to slaughtering men like livestock. This is not the proper way to train a fighting crew. I've been drilling them with sticks, but it's not the same.

By the same token, I trust the Ice Dragon to hold together during a ram, but from the writings here I know that Varise has powder. A couple of good hits from one of those, and it will be my prow cracking against their hull, and not the other way around. I've heard stories of ships disintegrated by those weapons, of pirates who decided to take on warships.

I need to find a way to either capture or destroy a warship, I think.
Mood: determineddetermined
Acantha (sometimes Talli)
15 September 2011 @ 02:15 am

We're wasting water a lot faster than we should be... I've mentioned this to a few of them, but they don't seem to be worried about it. The caravan leader is concerned though, and she's said she's going to look into it. There shouldn't be any problems with it, we left with more than enough! Not enough people care about this, but they should. If we run low on water, we can't get anymore! I'm getting very annoyed with them.
15 September 2011 @ 02:27 am
Dear Journals,

I'm not feeling like absolute shit anymore. It's a miracle of modern physicianry! No infections, no broken bones, and no heavy complications. I'm just supposed to take it easy, and not go right back into battle. I'm going to listen to that advice right now.
15 September 2011 @ 03:17 am
[Filter: Erin, in Kilian]

From the direction we've been travelling, and with the knowledge that it is a good distance in this direction, I've determined that we're likely going to find it closer to the coast than I would have liked. I'm not worried yet, as there's every possibility we're going to avoid the hard storms altogether. Still, we're more likely to encounter one head-on, as it were.
Benedette of Emeron
15 September 2011 @ 04:18 am
[Filter: Private]

I have a bad feeling about Antony leaving and not even sending me any word or reason. I may be overreacting but there is something about it that just doesn't feel right. I can't think of any good reason for him to do such a thing ... but I can think of one very bad one.

[Filter: Leon]

Where are you right now?
15 September 2011 @ 02:46 pm
[Filter: Private]

Hm ... the Festival is coming up so soon ... and I only barely finished all of my shopping. It was sort of tricky this year, wasn't it? I had to get something for my parents, of course ... but then there were the presents for my pets, for Cassandra ... and then the smaller gifts for all of the Courtiers that I've grown to know better, recently.

It's always difficult to know who to get something for, and who not to get anything for ... and if I end up offending someone for not get a gift for them when they've gotten something for me ... well ... it's all just very confusing, isn't it?

I guess I'll just ... hope for the best. I don't mind not getting a gift back, myself, so it's probably just better to get a gift for most of them.
Mood: confusedconfused
15 September 2011 @ 03:00 pm
[Filter: Private]

I guess I should tell someone, right?

I know that Zach's about had it up to here with all of the problems he's been hearing from Taerin, and Rayla's got its own problems, right now ... incredibly fucking huge problems ... and my father won't stop writing to me about ... well ... it's obvious what he's telling me to do at this point.

Korin is already a pile of chaos as it is ... constantly at war, and now it's just going to shit.

[Filter: Lara]

Hey, so ... I need to tell you something. I'd tell Zach, but he's been sort of occupied, these days, you know?
Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Lady Mariana of Tersel
15 September 2011 @ 05:06 pm
Well now, isn't this an exciting day~

It is, of course, difficult not to be spending it with my dear husband but I am afraid this is not the first anniversary for which we have been apart. There is very often important business for him to attend to, though this year it is I who am away.

However, I do believe that this is a birthday that Tobias will never forget. He has found it so exciting to be here with so many cousins to see and play with. And now he gets to have a day just for him. Six years old already, however did that happen?

I hope this will be a good day for everyone else as well, to help think of something other than the troubles of the world.

[Filter: Private, in Old Kilian]

Mmm ... this always has been a complicated date.
15 September 2011 @ 05:25 pm
[Filter: Dagda]

You weren't going to tell me, were you? You could have gotten killed. You could have thirst or starved to death in there. Those chambers are dangerous. What would I do if I lost you? I can't do this without you. I need you.
Mood: worriedworried
15 September 2011 @ 05:30 pm
[Filter: Private]

Two weeks until I'm out of here. It's strange to think about. I haven't even left this city since I got here with Raisie and now... it feels like I'm leaving my entire world behind. Didn't feel like this when I left Kilia before, why's it so different now?

Raisie would have been exc

... yeah. Fuck this.

[Filter: Amalea]

Hey. Where the hell are you? We got to finish up cleaning the store and you're an hour later than normal.

You've been acting all weird for days now. You alright? What's going on?
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Lian of Veirnan
15 September 2011 @ 07:20 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's not fair. It isn't. I know I did something wrong but ...

Why won't he talk to me ...? Why won't he let me explain?

[long pause]

[Filter: Edeyn]

Are you really coming back soon?
Eudora of Fairen
15 September 2011 @ 09:18 pm
[Filter: Alastair]

I've been thinking a lot about your question, the one about how to get guests to finally leave. But I'm afraid I haven't come up with a satisfactory answer yet. Have you had any more luck?

[Filter: Private]

I've never liked feeling stuck. And I thought I was done with it. I know I need to be patient but how much longer until I get to stop?

Do I get to stop?
15 September 2011 @ 09:21 pm
[Filter: Private]

I can't believe I still haven't found anything for her yet. I didn't realize how right I was when I said that Fayre would be hard to shop for if I wanted to get something special. Even after all those shopping trips, there still hasn't been anything that just seemed to be right. And now I'm beginning to run out of time too.

Well, there's nothing I can really do but keep trying. And I have seen lots of things that would at least be nice presents so I guess I could get that if I have to. But hopefully the right thing will finally find me.
Maire of Lysel
15 September 2011 @ 09:26 pm
I am so tired right now. It was a longer day working than usual and I didn't get to rest as much as I would have liked during it either. There's just so many pilgrims right now and it's hard to really say no, when they've come all this way.

Don't anyone get worried though, I didn't really overdue it. Or at least I didn't overdo anything by much. I just really don't want to do much else but sleep tonight. I feel bad though, since I haven't seen as much of Violet as I'd like. Even if she has people to look after her, it's not quite the same as me being there.

Destin, do you know when you're going to be home? Did you get all your shopping done the other night or do you still need to do some more?
Megan of Ysak
15 September 2011 @ 09:29 pm
[Filter: Private]

[a large portion of text has been scratched out and is now completely illegible]

At least Laina is here and seems to be doing well for herself. I wish there was more that I could do to help her. I need her on the Council. I have to make sure it happens, somehow.

[Filter: Elli-

No. I don't want to bring her into this, not yet. Not unless I have to.
Justine of Ysak
15 September 2011 @ 09:31 pm
[Filter: Private]

I need to ...


[Filter: Public]

I'm bored again and I can't think of anything fun to do. So why don't you give me a suggestion. I promise to try out anything.
15 September 2011 @ 09:44 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

Jack's... doing better. I guess. He's at least talking now, but it's like he can't concentrate... or keep up on a conversation really. He still hasn't said anything about what happened to him, not that I blame him for that. I know we all saw it... but it might help if we knew what he was actually going through. Whatever it is... it's not good. I wish there was something we could do to help him.
Mood: gloomygloomy
15 September 2011 @ 10:28 pm
Miss Brett's really gone ...
Mood: sadsad!!!
Lysander of Mera
15 September 2011 @ 10:32 pm
[Filter: Verity]

You know, how is throwing a tantrum like that not just making things worse, exactly?
Mood: crankycranky
Var (Varelia)
15 September 2011 @ 10:43 pm
Oh, I think I've found the perfect gift to give Sindre for the Festival! I think he knows I've found something too, because he keeps saying that I look like ... um, something about a cat? He always knows what I'm thinking! But I won't tell him what I bought for him! I'm not even going to tell everyone here, just in case he reads my journal. He shouldn't know anything until the Festival. That is how it should be!
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
15 September 2011 @ 11:00 pm
[Filter: Private]

Well, that was a poor way to spend a birthday. And such a pity it was Dillon's birthday as well. Life seems to remind him, now and again, that he is last and least of Father's sons. But we were all here to celebrate it. There is something to be said for that.

The children have been quiet since everything came to a head. I think they sense that now, more than ever, they need to be as quiet and as unobtrusive as possible. If the Dragons are kind, they will not have to remain so for too long. The Festival is nearly here.
Mood: worriedworried
15 September 2011 @ 11:33 pm
[Filter: Private]

Well... I really should.

I used to wish that it was me who died on that field, my life for hers. It's not because of all the stories I heard where men would rescue women... Those weren't my favorite stories, anyway. I just ... She deserved it. She still does deserve to be alive. What they did to her, taking her away from the world... I don't know why they had to, but it wasn't her time. It wasn't.

But I have come farther in life. It's been years since it happened, and I can't deny how much has happened. I've changed so much on my own, and ... I really wish she was with me to see it. I don't wish I could die anymore. I'm not even numb anymore. There's a hole that won't be filled again, but ... but I'm still good around that. And I can talk about her. It's hard, but I can talk about her. I can talk about her more easily than I can talk about my parents.

I told Aileen I was going to start coming out of my shell more again, and I will. Bad ... bad timing. But I know that this is only going to get worse the longer I put it off.

At least I have all of my Festival shopping done...