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31 October 2011 @ 09:37 am
Everyone had better be very excited for tonight! I can't believe it's already here, the days all just passed right by in a blink! Just as I knew they would.

I think you're all going to be very pleased with the results of all this work. I know I certainly am.

Now, remember, I'm expecting you all here at 7 o'clock sharp! There's no such thing as fashionably late! And if I can tell who you are at the door, you're not getting in, so I hope you all took my instructions very seriously!
Mood: excitedexcited
Suaimeas (Patience)
31 October 2011 @ 10:01 am
[Filter: Private, in Old High Kilian]

I hate this. This isn't how things are supposed to be. Samhain isn't a night for locking up your doors and hiding inside like that's going to help at all. No one here knows the right way to do anything. If none of this had ever happened ...

Why did they just leave us?

I miss it all. I miss meeting with all the other tribes. I miss the stories, and the feast, and -- and I'm old enough, now, for the rest of it too. I shouldn't have to be here being pestered by a human girl when there were hundreds of nice proper girls I could have met, especially today. I don't want a human girl! Crionna can go on and on and on about how they're so much like us after all and I'm just not trying to understand, but has she been with any human boys? I don't think so. At least I hope not.

I should be out hunting with everyone ... I remember the pit we'd dig, for the fire. It was so big that Crionna and I could both fit inside, even in our proper skin. We were little, then. But ...

I wonder if she's thinking about any of this at all. She's probably just doing whatever the humans there do. I wonder if she's happy with that. I don't want to ask. If she says she is, I'm just going to get mad, and if we fight again -- I can't write to her like this. She just doesn't remember everything the way I do. She doesn't miss it like I do.

I hate feeling so alone.
Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Lauren of House Taerin
31 October 2011 @ 10:45 am
[Filter: Private]

... It's true, isn't it?

It's just like Nessa said.

It doesn't matter that I had to say it. It doesn't matter that he's better off out here than in there. Everyone thinks I saved him, but if they knew what it was like ... if they could have seen his face, when he realized ...

I didn't want to save him. I didn't want to be in there at all. I just wanted to hurt him. Him and his perfect happy little world, just like he always wanted it to be. I wanted to take that from him. To ruin everything and ... and ...

And I did.

Dragons, his face ...

I'm never going to forget the way he looked. Never. What is wrong with me? He didn't -- he didn't deserve that.

No one could ever deserve that.
Mood: guiltyguilty
31 October 2011 @ 11:30 am
[Filter: Private]

She is in a better place now. It hurts, every day it hurts to know there's so much of life she'll never have, but when I think of how bad it's been here and that she can't be hurt or affected by it...

This would've torn you apart, Corrina. You were always too sweet and gentle for such things. ...she would have sympathized with the refugees. Like you, Allison, she probably would've reminded me that it's bad for them too.

...I still wish you were here, though, Corrina. Maybe it's selfishness on my part, but I really do.
Mood: sadsad
31 October 2011 @ 11:35 am
[Filter: Private]

...that vision. Pearl as my devoted little wife, living happily in Floran. I...what was that?! Pearl and I, that was never going to happen, I accepted that long ago, she's my friend now! We've both moved on, and we're happy.

Unless part of me still

No. She and I...that's history, it's long gone, things are different now.

...after all this time, though, I still can't forget. Maeve and my father. She's only told me so much about him, am I better off not knowing it all?

[Filter: Maeve]

...thank you. For pulling out of there.

[Filter: Pearl]

...um...about what you probably saw in there...I...
Kenneth of Glashen
31 October 2011 @ 12:56 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's still gone. No matter how many times I close my eyes and go to sleep I still wake up to this reality. My wife, my son and I are all that remains of Glashen. ...and I suppose Sheila, but she's married into Rinme. Dragons, we still need to tell her the bad news...!

Everyone. Mother, Gerald, Wendy, Councillor Mackie, Eric...


It's funny how once you have what you'd wished for, it's not quite the same.

What do we do now? We can't stay in a ghost city, and the rest of the country sure as hell isn't safe right now. Eina, perhaps, but that's much too far to travel with an infant. Fortunately Vincent is a hardy one, but we've taken enough of a risk traveling so soon as it is.

This is really happening. This is really and truly happening.
Tasha of Mera
31 October 2011 @ 02:48 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's not a big win, but I'm going to take every little bit I can. He picked the right time at least... Ugh.

[Filter: Jessica]

Okay, I've got good news, and I've got bad news. Both of these are entirely related to boyfriend troubles, so you don't have to worry that I'm at risk or anything~ So, which do you want first?
Mood: anxiousanxious
Lady Isanae of House Lireth
31 October 2011 @ 06:02 pm
[Filter: Private, in Old High Dentorian]

So this is how a war begins. Strange to live it, after reading so much of it in the history books. My lord husband will soon stride before this crowd and announce to all that he shall lead us against the Korin blight, against the vile betrayers to the north who fought without honor and callously slaughtered so many of our own, even as we did all we could to prevent bloodshed. He could say anything now and win the support of the people, with emotions so high, spilling everywhere. If Lady Anemone's words are true, and none survived ... this touches all the north. Men from every part of the North marched in those companies. To hear it told, you cannot find a single person here today that did not lose a brother, a cousin, a friend ... mn.

I wonder how long their loyalty will last. How much Tarmon must mishandle and misappropriate and destroy before the hearts of his people turn bitter and close to him as their leader, their commander. Until they lose their taste for war and the bloodlust goes out of them for good. How will this read in the history books? Once he has the command, the King will not dare strip him of it. But will he come with the rest of Dentoria's armies to rescue the North, when my husband has crushed all of his poor toy soldiers?

This was a calculated assault. The message we have been sent is clear. They expect us to come, and they expect to be ready. We will not take them unawares, and we will not simply charge through the mountain passes, crushing resistance underfoot. Tarmon thinks he is invincible. I am sure he thinks that had he but been there, with the refugee escort, none of this would have happened.

Would that he had been.

Perhaps he will die quickly. The King can certainly appoint Hasten as Grand General then, no?
Mood: pensivepensive
31 October 2011 @ 06:20 pm
[Filter: Private]

I ... ah ... I don't understand ... they should have come out by now ... ah ... everyone's just -- just waiting for this ... this announcement.

Everyone's beginning to ah ... this is ...

[Filter: Lila]

You don't understand what's going on by any chance, do you, Lila ...?
Mood: confusedconfused
31 October 2011 @ 06:47 pm
[Filter: Private, Kilian]

...maybe they are just rude people. Marias hasn't done anything wrong, why should anyone be cross with him? Yes, those people are just rude. He doesn't deserve such shoddy treatment.

...Night of the Dead. This is a hard day for us both, isn't it. I didn't lose Grandfather in such a traumatic fashion, thank the Dragons, but still. I should do something to lift his spirits tomorrow...I wonder how he would feel about meeting the rest of the family? I wonder if that's too

It can't hurt to ask.
Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Damien of Noye
31 October 2011 @ 07:02 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's coming. I've been tailing a Varise ship for days, and it's finally coming. They're going to pull into the cove, and put as much off onto land as they can. They've seen these storms ravage ships before. The captain isn't stupid. Even this far north, the Megami storm is a powerhouse. It knocks ships aside, and pulls them under. Worse than pirates, the storm has no mercy. You captain, you've found both the storm and the pirate. In the dark tonight, I'll sneak up upon them. The dark will hide my hull, and the wind will push my in. The hot southern rain will melt the coastal snows to slush, and make their retreat back to their ship treacherous.

By the time they've returned to their ship, I'll have enough men on it to defend it. The risk will be keeping it away from them until the storm abates. If they all come for it, I might not be able to hold it without losing a good deal of men. If some of their number hold back, I'll be able to hold it and keep it. How many are willing to charge onto a ship in the middle of a storm?

[Filter: Sylea, Ferselle, Noye]

Tonight I'm going to make this holiday live up to its name. Wish me luck, because I will have a new ship by the end of the night, and one of Varise's best at that.
31 October 2011 @ 07:59 pm
[Filter: Colleen]


Are you there? I wanted to talk with you. When you have a minute. Please.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
31 October 2011 @ 08:01 pm
All right, well, this party sure got started early this year, didn't it?

How you feeling, Lenore? You ready for a long night out here? Don't go disappointing me, now, it's Night of the Dead. You know what they say about going to bed early on Night of the Dead, don't you?
Mood: chipperchipper
31 October 2011 @ 08:46 pm

Well, I think I'm quite prepared to leave! Ah, I'm so eager to attend this party, though I'm not confident about my costume ... you'll all have to be honest with me. How bad is it?

[Filter: Westa, in Atsirian]

Ah, now, I think I might have forgotten something, sister ...
Mood: amusedamused
31 October 2011 @ 08:53 pm
[Filter: Amelie]

All right, then, don't hold back. What did I put on wrong? Is it the mask? The coat? I could have sworn that I had this all just how you specified and yet there you stand, looking like you've swallowed a lemon. So go ahead, tell me what I've done so horribly wrong. I'll remove myself from your sight at once, if you so desire!

Honestly, what has you in such a fuss. It's the Night of the Dead, I thought you'd be enjoying yourself more. Especially given how well your costume turned out.
Mood: worriedworried
Fartgus of Lireth
31 October 2011 @ 09:16 pm
[Filter: House Lireth, House Rowan]

Well, brother!

I think all of us were very impressed by your little speech there, however shocked we might have been to see that you were the one giving it! Do tell me, what has become of our dear Lord of the North? Has he expired somewhere, perhaps? Gone stomping up to the border to confront the brigands himself? Left us leaderless and alone in the hour of our greatest need? It would be just like him, wouldn't it? And of course, brother, just like you to step into his position so smoothly.

Please do tell us what led to this blessing of ours, won't you? I'm sure we're all most eager to hear it, after such a stirring speech.
Mood: amusedamused
Aes of Cresyn
31 October 2011 @ 09:18 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Oh ... I really hope that Robert behaves himself, tonight. After everything he's done and everything that's happened. It would be so much better if he just didn't attend at all ...

But ... well, let's just hope for the best, I suppose. It's time to make the night special, at any rate. ♥

[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

Ooh, would you just look at all of these gorgeous costumes? ♥

I cannot believe just how creative everyone has been with their attire~~ and Joseph, just so you know, I think that your costume looks absolutely wonderful! I don't know what you were talking about. Tsk tsk~

I can't forget about everyone else, either, now can I? I don't think I see a single bad costume in this room~! But the night is young and I'm sure there are still many more guests that have to arrive. ♥

[slight pause]

Oh~~ and just so you know, I think I've finally figured out what sort of party I want to throw. I'll let everyone know the details of that later!
Mood: bouncybouncy
31 October 2011 @ 09:21 pm
[Filter: Private]

It's the Night of the Dead tomorrow. Taylor will want to go to church, and he'll want me to come along. And the service is going to be ... oooooh, I hate this holiday! Why do we have to have it? Lighting candles for Mother and Daddy aren't going to make them come back! They're not going to hear us praying and know how much we miss them! And I don't even know for sure if there's even --

Ugh, it's just one day. One day, and then everything goes back to normal.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
31 October 2011 @ 09:29 pm
oh my goodness everything is sooo lovely! Autumn you're a genius!! And you look wonderful! splendid! oh -- I'm supposed to know who you are, right?

oh I hope I haven't broken the rules!!

Mari, Mariii where did you go? Did you -- oh! There're more wine! Wonderful! Marigold, I could kiss you!

Oh -- oh, no, did I break another rule?

This is so hard to keep straight!

but it's a lovely party Autumn really!! I haven't felt this good in ages!
Mood: drunkdrunk
31 October 2011 @ 09:32 pm
[Filter: House Rowan and Derek]

Well. I suppose it's war, then. Even if it is Lord Tarmon calling for blood, I think the North will be too proud to turn their backs to this. And once the commons hear of what has happened at the border, they will demand retribution. Dentorian sons and daughters, killed in some underhanded Koriner ambush.
Mood: pensivepensive
31 October 2011 @ 10:04 pm
[Filter: Lara]

Hey uh ... so ... is everything all right, over there? I mean, yeah, I don't really know what to say. I hope your family is okay.
Mood: worriedworried
Westa of Atsir
31 October 2011 @ 10:06 pm
[Filter: Joseph, in Atsirian]

Planning something, indeed.

This was a grander gesture than I'd anticipated, I'll admit it. Queen Raesha would be wailing on her pyre.

I think Mother would be very, very pleased.

[Filter: Altair, in Atsirian]

You realize, I hope, that this is a grand victory for House Atsir. It may seem a petty gesture on the surface, but the history behind this piece is staggering.

You ought to be happy for me. You've been sulking all night. Why is that?
Mood: pleasedpleased
31 October 2011 @ 10:10 pm
[Filter: Private]

Why does he have to write?

... I'm a terrible, terrible person. Dragons, and every single thing is falling apart.

[Filter: Destin]

... hey.

Listen. Um. I've been thinking and thinking and thinking about whether or not to tell you this all month, now, and ... and I really think that I should.

Do you have a second to talk?
Mood: blahunhappy
Hayden of Rhia
31 October 2011 @ 10:12 pm
[Filter: Private]

Of all the things to be doing today, this is not one that I would have chosen ...

[Filter: Grandfather]

Lady Benedette tells me that you still haven't officially sealed any of the invitations. You do realize the wedding is two months away and, as such, time is most certainly of the essence.
31 October 2011 @ 10:25 pm
[Filter: Father Mulcahy]

Ah, Father ... I just wanted to thank you.

It was a relief to feel something ... familiar, today. I know your chapel isn't well attended, but ... truly, I'm grateful to you for keeping your doors open today, all the same.
Mood: pensivepensive
31 October 2011 @ 10:27 pm
[Filter: Private]

Why can't he just leave me alone. I don't want to talk. There's nothing to talk about. Go out and have your big stupid drunken fun. See if I care. I don't.

[Filter: Aileen]

Are you going out tonight? Because, uh, if you are I thought you might, you know, want company?

Or even if you don't want to go out. You might still want company. Just to talk. Or something. Yeah.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
31 October 2011 @ 10:35 pm
[Filter: Finlay]

Ooooh can you believe the nerve of that silly bat and her awful family! Right there in the middle of the floor like drunkard at some dirty bar! I can't believe this! Can I bar them all from Court? Please say I can! If they can't comport themselves like civlized people, they have no place here in proper civilization!

[Filter: Floran Courtiers]

Carry on, please! Pay no mind to all of that unpleasantness, now, let's pretend as though it never happened. Do you hear me? It never happened!

It's nearly midnight, so let's make the most of these last few hours! This has been wonderful, you've all been so lovely. And aside from a few mishaps, Marigold, I absolutely adore all of your costume! They're so clever! I may have arranged it, but you've all truly made this the most remarkable party I've ever seen!
Mood: angryangry
Crionna (Prudence)
31 October 2011 @ 10:43 pm
[Filter: Suaimeas, in Old High Kilian]

... Blessed Samhain.

You know, for all the holidays humans have, this is the one I still think of the most as ours ... Maybe it's that everything they do is so different. I haven't ever been able to really think of it as Night of the Dead, no matter how many people call it that when they pass through. And everything is so subdued ... Even when people talk about celebrating, it's just not the same.

I guess it just makes me miss things how they were. And I was thinking of you, and Mean Fomhair, and how you wrote about it ... and how I was kind of callous with you. I probably shouldn't be like that, I know. I'm sorry about it. I just keep thinking about the Samhain fires, and the feasting ... and how things used to be.

I miss you.
Mood: sadsad
31 October 2011 @ 10:45 pm
I am raising a toast, channels, in honor of you. to another year of dead among us, shall we say? I think so. best of luck to all of you in the coming year, and all that. let's reminisce here next night of the dead and remember what we accomplished, shall we? good, then, it's a date.

cheers on three if you're with me! one, two ...
31 October 2011 @ 10:47 pm
[Filter: Autumn]


Dragons, this looks so -- stupid! I can't go out there like this! Look at these pants! And the ... wings, ugh, they're just going to get stuck on everything all night! This is a disaster!

I need these people to ... to respect me! And take me seriously! And they are definitely not going to be doing any of that with me looking like this!

No way.
Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Reeve of Atsiria
31 October 2011 @ 11:02 pm
[Filter: Felizia, in Atsirian]


Certainly an apology to Westa, isn't it? I thought I would never see the day. After everything that's happened, I more expected Edalene to appoint this Altair fellow to the council than anything else. Have you heard she's lowering tariffs with Cleraine, as well? The symbol would have been more than enough on its own. It's too grand of a statement.
Mood: crankycranky
Tarmon of Emeron
31 October 2011 @ 11:05 pm
This is not -- I will not stand for this!

It is an insult of the highest degree! There can be no pardon for this! I ought to ride down to see the King myself and ask him what he is thinking! There is no sense in this decision. I am the lord of Emeron! I am the Grand General of Dentoria!

This will not stand!
Mood: enragedtemper tantrum
31 October 2011 @ 11:30 pm
[Filter: Rhoswen, in Atsirian]

I ... believe I owe you an apology. A fairly large one, in fact.
Mood: gloomychastised.
31 October 2011 @ 11:48 pm
[Filter: Private]

Why does it always come back to the girl? No, I'm not as well versed in that part of Nessa's life as the boy. I don't like ripping that wound open for her. She tells me about the girl when she's ready to talk about it. I don't force her because I don't want to put her back together after. It hurts her, and it hurts me to see her. Pardon me if I don't spend my days cracking my wife's past open with a chisel, and peering at the insides as they leak out.

I'm her husband. Perhaps that doesn't mean as much to the two of them as it does to me. What it means to me is that I should be able to protect her from things like this. What it means to me is that I should be able to rescue her instead of being made a fool of. What it means is that I've failed. Once again someone else recognised the problem she was facing, and all I did was get in the way. What makes it a perfect failure is that she will always remember this. The memory she'll have from this nightmare was that Druce rescued her while I was off watching.

Regardless of how it was phrased when she woke, I know that she knows. She knows exactly what happened as druce and I were working, and she knows exactly the point at which I stopped. I know that she'll figure out exactly what happened, even if she doesn't ask.


[Filter: Nessa]

And how you are feeling tonight?
31 October 2011 @ 11:50 pm
[filter: col]

col? where are you? it's been like ten minutes and you said you'd be right back.
Mood: scaredscared
31 October 2011 @ 11:55 pm
[Filter: Private]

I wish that I could just go out with Isllyn ...!

Normally, it's not so bad here on the Night of the Dead, for Dentoria. Lord Craig does love his parties, and he'll take any excuse for one. I always liked that about Rhia. I really did ...

But this year ...

It's like we're all forbidden from enjoying ourselves. Devine is still missing, and so long as he's gone, no one is allowed to smile or laugh or have fun. It doesn't even seem worth the effort to get into a costume. Bertie doesn't understand what's different, and Lorcan isn't even here, and I just ... want to spend the evening with someone who remembers the way it was like at home.

... but I can't.

I'm part of this family, now, even though it doesn't have a tiny bit of room for me. I have to do what I can here.

[Filter: Public]

... wow! This is really different from the other Nights of the Dead I've spent in Rhia!

I wish that everybody could see the way we celebrate this holiday back in Kanemoria! Even the best party here is nothing compared to how we do things, there ...! I think everybody would love it so much ...!
Mood: blahblah
31 October 2011 @ 11:58 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew]

[the writing is faint and sloppy]

I have him. He's free. Finally.
Mood: exhaustedexhausted