Himitsu no Sensou
Change everything you are and everything you were
29 January 2015 @ 12:32 am
[Filter: Private, in Kilian]

It's so stupid, anyway. He's a dragon. What sort of dumb girl tries to court a dragon? He probably wouldn't even be interested in human girls! Why would he? He's not human!

This is all Saoirse's fault. She puts these stupid ideas in people's heads and then they won't come out! It's always been like this!

What -- what do I care, anyway? I don't. Iseult can do what she wants. It's not as if it's any of my business.

[Filter: Miss Amalea]

I just wanted you to know that -- you're the prettiest lady I've ever seen. And I'm not afraid to say it!
Mood: jealous
28 January 2015 @ 10:25 pm

It's getting more bothersome than not to only be able to read half of what's being said.

Iseult, I don't suppose you're amenable to helping me with my Trade. So I can at least read it a bit better.
Mood: annoyed
28 January 2015 @ 11:56 pm
[Filter: Elden]

... you know, I try and keep my peace, but I hope you know that you're being just -- ridiculous. And disrespectful. And you need to have more restraint.

Everyone sees it. You staring at her like a lost puppy. The rumours about the two of you are already bad enough without you making it worse! Half the Norey court is here, and her father-in-law, to boot. Tongues are wagging. And what's worse is that you're putting pressure on Julian and Fayre's marriage. Julian -- how can you expect him to be reasonable when you are always there, just... lurking?

You need to stop, Elden.

So -- I thought I'd offer you something. A peace treaty between us. Because we both care about Fayre, and neither of us wants to see these people eat her alive.

Have you ever wanted to learn to fight?
Mood: frustrated
28 January 2015 @ 09:42 pm
That went less cleanly than I'd hoped it would.

I'll be home late, Jayne. You oughtn't wait up for me. I'm on the road now, but I've only just gotten on my way. Caeleb and Eabha had a lot of questions, and they needed to be sure that the removal of the sword wasn't going to cause any problems with their research.

Tomorrow, everything will be back to normal. I hope Sir Eith has been able to help with your research while I've been away.
Mood: tired
29 January 2015 @ 03:14 am
Did you have any dreams again last night, Prudence?

I, um. Mine are still hard to remember. But I think someone was watching me. I think I was in the forest. She wasn't happy ... I don't think. But Uh

It's really hard to remember. And it didn't feel like a vision, either. Just ... strange.
Mood: nervous
28 January 2015 @ 08:56 pm
[Filter: Hunter's Circle, in Kilian]

... Nothing again.

[a long pause]

So much of what they say is so ... unbelievable. ... Prudence and Patience. I keep thinking about it ... I can't stop. It's not even what we should be focusing on, but ... the things they can do. Can they really divine the future? They sat on the Citadel and ...?

I wouldn't believe it, but then I remember Patience taking a breath and just ... changing right before our eyes, and ...


I wish I could talk with them more. They must know so many things ...
Mood: curious
28 January 2015 @ 08:45 pm
[Filter: Labhri, in Kilian]

While we're here, I think I should tell you, um.

About Patience.
Mood: nervous
28 January 2015 @ 09:56 pm

It was soooo nice to have a Saturday! I've been working double triple super hard since everything happened because I want to be sure that everyone knows I deserve to be there! And so I double triple super needed a day off! It was sooo nice, taking a bit of time to just... breathe. Which I haven't done in forever!

What about everyone else? What did you do yesterday? Anything exciting? I really want to know! All these people living happy lives where things are normal, you know??

Ooh! And -- who's speaking tonight at sunset for the service?? I definitely want to go again, even though Council will just be letting out!

[Filter: Reiz, in Atsirian]

Mood: happy
28 January 2015 @ 07:55 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew and Doolin except Eabh and Gabe]

I -- I had the worst dream.

Rina used to always tell me that in some Dentorian cities, the nobles had big labyrinths, all made out of bushes and greenery, and that people would spend hours trying to find their way out of it. And I was in one of those but I couldn't -- I was going around in circles and when I tried to fly over the walls, they rose up around me.

And there was somebody after me. I know there was. It was the same way as always, I wasn't welcome and I knew I wasn't welcome! The maze and everything in it and everything I was standing on belonged to whoever was hunting me and I couldn't escape.

It wouldn't go away. It's not even gone now. It's not as bad as it was when I was asleep, but it's still here.
Mood: exhausted
28 January 2015 @ 09:45 pm
[Filter: Jayne, in Trade]

Hello. It is a morning time. I am pleased to be speak to you, my fair and lovely female.


... how did I do?
Mood: cheerful
28 January 2015 @ 09:41 pm
[Filter: Lord Kail]

It looks like the worst you have to worry about there are fake dragon scares, and birthday awkwardness, and so I am likely not interrupting anything important by contacting you for this interview today!

I hope.

Since that other stuff is not any of my business despite my rampant curiosity, I should focus on my questions. Are you ready? You were told I'd be writing today?
28 January 2015 @ 09:33 pm
[Filter: Lord Lawrence]

Um. Hello. I've been watching a few of your shows when I can. I know there hasn't been a lot of interest in archery, but it looks ... it looks nice. You have a talent.
Mood: hi
29 January 2015 @ 01:32 am
[Filter: Scott]

Den told me you sent someone to collect a lot of what he owes you, this weekend. He was really quite grumpy! You shouldn't be so hard on him, he's doing the best he can. And when you make him nervous, he gets snappy with me, and then it's much less fun to tease him.

Also, you haven't so much as written a word to me since the new year and I consider that very rude. We're practically business partners, now, you know.
Mood: curious
29 January 2015 @ 12:56 am
[Filtered Against Amalea]

It's Amalea's birthday next week. She won't tell me which one. Just that it's a "milestone." She gets really cranky if you try to actually ask how old she is so I wouldn't do it. She acts like she doesn't want me to make sure everyone knows but I think she actually does, so now everyone knows. It's on Wednesday. If you want to get her anything she likes sweets, books and jewelry.
28 January 2015 @ 08:52 pm
[Filter: Serj]

I miss him so much. I miss all of them.
Mood: lonely
28 January 2015 @ 06:45 pm
[Filter: Doolin, in Kilian]

I didn't think it would be so visceral.

It is different from anatomy sketches in books. It's much different. Everything about it -- once I could look at it, it all seemed wrong. It fit together, but not right. Not how it was supposed to.

I can't believe they have one to dissect. If the rest of the town knew what was in that basement ...

I'm going to go back in today, if they let me.
Mood: nauseated
28 January 2015 @ 12:04 am
[the page is spotted with bloody fingerprints]

[Filter: Franelcrew and Doolin, except Eabh and Gabe]

Here are my findings so far:

- Specimen appears to be male. It has a male reproductive organ which would assume there are also females, or there would be no need for it. Specimen has no secondary sex characteristics and is entirely hairless, skull to toes.

- Specimen seems to have extremely brittle bones, as Prudence discovered. The bones appear to be hollow inside, like those of a bird.

- Specimen is human-like, but certainly not human. It has the following differences:
- It seems as if it walks with a hunch, and at full height it would be taller than even Lawrence.
- Its skin is as pale as the underbelly of a trout, paler than even most Kilians.
- It appears to have a much smaller brain.
- Larger lungs and heart.
- A very long, oval sort of shaped stomach. This stomach does not appear to contain any food whatsoever.
- Specimen has extremely long canine teeth and no molars. Its mouth opens much wider than a human's.
- Its eyes have... burst, I'm afraid, some time ago. They were not human at all, very red and wide. It was hard to tell if there were whites.

- Specimen appears to have fingerprints. Intelligent species of monkeys have -- or, I suppose, had -- fingerprints, which is interesting...

I'm still working on finding out more...
Mood: exhausted
27 January 2015 @ 09:54 pm

All right, Jayne.

I've finished up everything with Aibrean.

Unfortunately, everything with the sword appears to be completely unrelated to her own troubles. She hasn't seen hide nor hair of her researchers or people coming back, not like we have. Whatever trouble she's had ... it isn't the same as Baethan.

I'm going to go see the twins tomorrow. I tried to help Aibrean where I could, but there was ... honestly not much that could be done. I wish there was more that I could do for her. But she's insisted I've done more than she could ever have asked for, and I do have to be on my way.

I can't imagine things with Eabha and Caeleb will take long. I'll probably be home by Monday.
Mood: disappointed
27 January 2015 @ 10:00 pm
I've been all over the city looking for Ebony and April, and no one's seen anyone with their description. The guards have said all sorts of Hanalan Folk have been coming into Eina lately, but they're useless in remembering anyone specific. They've got to be here, though. I would have seen them if they were on the roads still, and surely they wouldn't have gone somewhere else.

I'm not going to give up. It's just a big city, and it's hard to find anyone if you don't know where to look.
Mood: working
27 January 2015 @ 11:55 pm
[Filter: Lydia]

Know it's a busy night tonight, Friday and all, but are you gonna have some energy after the play?
Mood: devious
27 January 2015 @ 09:23 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew and those in Doolin, except Eabh and Gabe]

Well, we got one, but it's dead.

Prudence said it wasn't as hardy as a human. Went down and -- broke easier, I guess. It's hard to make out much of anything, but it's out here. Keagan's getting a good look at it now. I'm not sure what all information we can gather from a dead one.

Are we gonna do this again? They're saying that Patience drove 'em off, that's what the roar was. And the screaming, when they ran back off. I don't know if we can get a live one. Prudence don't know if she can.
Mood: pensive
27 January 2015 @ 08:51 pm

Was that a DRAGON? I heard it! It woke us up! It was ROARING! Is everyone inside? You have to get inside and hide right now!
Mood: shocked
27 January 2015 @ 10:36 pm
[Filter: Those in Doolin except for Gabe and Eabh]

I see movement through the window. Flight. Everyone who is awake with me, this might be it. Be on the lookout.
Mood: stressed
27 January 2015 @ 07:46 pm
[Filter: Christopher]

Is that as awkward as it seems to be, or am I reading too much into it?

[Filter: Cassidy]

Do you have any preferred aliases? I'm still working out the details, but I want people out there starting rumours about you before we introduce you to anyone.
Mood: amused
27 January 2015 @ 09:26 pm
Christopher, it isn't funny at all. I know I said I wanted a journal like yours, but it's not fair to mark mine up like some sort of prank. Is that supposed to be Kilian? This isn't like you. What did you do with the rest of the pages? There were some important ones in there, and you'd better not have thrown them out, I swear.

I suppose I should be thankful for the good mood. I'm going to leave these words as my first "reply" to your prank, and then I want you to give me the pages back.
25 January 2015 @ 12:23 am
[Filter: Tallys, in Kilian]

I know we've barely had time to start our respective works, but with everyone else so tired from these ambushes ... do you want to officially take the day off?
Mood: listless
24 January 2015 @ 10:20 pm

I told you that this wasn't a good idea.
Mood: cynical
25 January 2015 @ 04:14 am
[Filter: Ally]

Heyyy, so, the scouts came in today all excited about seeing flags up the pass! Sounds like Lord Hasten's army will be coming through in the next day or so. Pass isn't too bad for the middle of January, this year. 'Course we've been working our tushies off keeping it clear, so there's that.

Good news is they're coming with all sorts of supplies from down south and once they're through and all they need people to deliver them. So I'll be bringing some things back for Lahn. I was thinking if you did finish your training here, I bet you could get signed on carrying messages city to city ... lots of the girls here are doing that, lately. I bet Nym would like that better, but even little dragons can carry more than the pegasi, so supplies it is.

Anyway, I don't even know if you're still reading! If you're not, I'll make you read this when I get back and we can have a laugh about it later.
25 January 2015 @ 12:13 am
[Filter: Sawyer]

I swear! This time, I'm going to stay up so that you're not just waiting alone for the attack! I still can't believe I just drifted off... not this time!

I made another pot of tea!
Mood: determined
24 January 2015 @ 09:18 pm

How you like swords??
Mood: cheerful
24 January 2015 @ 10:47 pm
[Filter: Celeste]

Hello! I thought I should start the interviews with you because your original counterpart is the one who wrote the most about her experiences. I hope this is a good time?
Mood: excited
24 January 2015 @ 10:37 pm
[Filter: Scott]

I'm learning a new skill!
Mood: proud
24 January 2015 @ 08:27 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew and Doolin]

I'm so tired. I'm going to go get some sleep. Especially if we have to do that again tonight ...

Do you ever just sit in bed and feel all your energy just flood right out of you? That's how I feel right now. Just completely ...
Mood: drained
24 January 2015 @ 09:34 pm

The artifact in question is definitely Dyfeinti in nature. I've studied many and immediately note the many signifiers of their architecture. The visage it wears, that of a Dyfeinti monster, is especially undeniable.

It appears to, as was reported, give a sense of dread and unease to anyone in its vicinity once it's been activated. Lady Jayne was kind enough to assist me with that process and now I now have to activate and de-activate it, myself. Though getting close enough to it to perform the de-activation makes me feel great discomfort. The aura seems to expand in a radias that is stronger at the site of the artifact and fades as it gets further away until the effect is negligible, and eventually, vanishes completely. The method by which one changes its states of activation is simple and any child could easily manage it once told how.

The members of the family believe that it is a guardian of sorts. I think they are correct, despite my initial doubts. When I stand by it to de-activate, or simply to test the strength of the sense of forboding, I feel prompted to speak but know not what I should say. There seems to be an unspoken promise that my discomfort will fade if I were to speak the correct words.

I suppose the key to understanding this, and thus understanding the Dyfeinti, is to learn what words they would have wanted their guardians to hear...
Mood: working
24 January 2015 @ 08:44 pm
[Filter: Franelcrew and Doolin]

Goodness! I -- I just woke up now! Jace and I... I... read my journal, I always do, and... Dragons, I read what... what happened, and... and... ah, what -- what are we supposed to do?
Mood: shocked
22 January 2015 @ 12:55 am

What the hell?!
Mood: !!!!!!!!!!
22 January 2015 @ 04:40 am
[Filter: People in Doolin except Eabh and Gabe]

Is everyone awake, yet? Are you ready? I guess just write when you are.

It's important that you leave those kids out of this. You'll see why.

We need a clearing somewhere where no one will see us. Do you have a place like that somewhere?
22 January 2015 @ 04:12 am
It wasn't an animal. It was ... what I saw, it looked more like a human than any animal, except ... the eyes. They were red, completely red, too big for its face. And it had fangs. It leapt up right to the window, I -- Dragons, I could have reached out and --

-- The way it moved. I only caught a glimpse. It was so fast, it doesn't seem possible something that shape could move so quickly. The mist swallowed it up too quickly to see details, but I do think it was making those ... noises. I didn't see any others.

The eyes, though ... it was staring right at me.
21 January 2015 @ 09:33 pm
Does anyone else hear that? There's something outside. Faeries there is something right outside my window and I am so not going to look at what it is. No way.

First there was a loud howl. Like a wolf. It was loud though. Really loud. It woke me up. I was just about to fall back asleep but then-

Fearies please say someone else hears that.
Mood: ohsh ohsh ohsh ohsh
21 January 2015 @ 09:43 pm

Oh. Well, this is...perhaps expected, but it's been so quiet here, I didn't think we'd be having many visitors for at least a while, with everyone recovering. But...well, a man named Eith arrived at the door asking about the artifact. He claims he's an expert, he came all the way to Baethan in this snow and he's so exhausted...I suppose he'll be spending the night. As temporary Lady of Baethan, I can't very well turn him away.
Mood: surprised
21 January 2015 @ 09:28 pm
[Filter: Private, in Atsirian]

Ohhh, come on, Aes! Put your chin up!

This isn't like me. Everyone is happy that I'm alive! And I'm just -- Urian doesn't even deserve it. He doesn't. All the things that I keep thinking about, they were never real. He was fake and cruel and terrible right from the start and missing him just lets him win!

I won't just... just curl up. I need to go on! Zaniel is going to be here in a week and I want him to see me strong and in control and not weeping over Urian!

He doesn't deserve it.

He doesn't.


So... what is it they say? Fake it til you make it? Yeah. That's what I'm going to do. Fake it until I make it! And I'm going to start by going to the church and sitting down and listening to a sermon for real! No more wishywashy! I owe it to Karlesta, at least!

And maybe...

Maybe it'll give me some answers.

Oh -- but one thing first. Urian took the Night of Floating Fire away from me? Well -- well, I'll make a bigger scene than he could have imagined!

[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

Queen Edalene! I've decided what I want for my boon!

Everyone knows that you keep close council with your cousin, Reiz! Well... I'd like your blessing, then! To marry him! So when he comes in here and I propose, we'll do it with all Atsiria behind our backs!
Mood: determined
21 January 2015 @ 07:05 pm
What the hell!

This is the third damn time I've almost fallen into that Dragonsdamned well! Why the hell hasn't anybody put up a ledge or something? This ain't safe and you've got to know that already.
Mood: annoyed
21 January 2015 @ 06:53 pm
[Filter: Dagda]

Well, I can hardly say no now that the entire city knows what you have been planning. Not to mention everyone on the journals, including that damned priestess that sent her out here in the first place. You could have at least given me some time to think about it before having to formally announce it to my advisers and the other vassals, but now it looks like I've been hiding something from them.
Mood: annoyed
21 January 2015 @ 08:37 pm
And this is the very moment when Pearl's cast has been removed, and she takes her first few steps of freedom! Recorded here for posterity.
Mood: excited
20 January 2015 @ 12:12 am
Oh my gosh!! Yes, yes, this is it! We're here! It hasn't changed at all, look! It's the same --

Oh my gosh.

I missed it.

Is this for real? No way! This place is the worst! It's awful! It's... oh, I'm home!

Coinin, Issy, Caoibh!! Where are you? I grew like a foot, and I actually have a bit of uptop, now!

Oh -- here comes to welcoming committee...
Mood: happy
19 January 2015 @ 08:51 pm
Are you sure it's this way? I -- there's something wrong here. Doesn't anybody else feel that?

It's definitely down this road? You're sure we haven't been following the wrong road, or something ... ? This just doesn't feel right! I don't know if I want to go any further!
Mood: nervous
19 January 2015 @ 10:18 pm
[Filter: Elliot]

For a good cause I decided to leave the comforts of now-familiar Norey to trek toward Riva with Fayre. I suppose I simply can't get enough of being in the dangerous spots, can I? Haha.
Mood: determined
19 January 2015 @ 07:34 pm
If it wasn't obvious by now, the journals in Hanalan are definitely still out. Mine stopped working shortly after I flew over the border. I just got back to Eina lands again and it came back.

Being in Floran just isn't the same with the court shut down. I miss all the parties and food, and it's so much easier to see everyone when they're all in one place. I kept getting asked how Ebony and April were doing. It seems they left for Eina some time ago, not long after news about our tournaments started spreading. I wonder why they aren't writing. Maybe they don't know the journals are working again? I should try to find them when I get home. They must be in Eina by now. If they're not, I could follow the roads as well and see if they're still traveling.

I should be home in a couple of days~
Mood: excited
19 January 2015 @ 07:09 pm
[Filter: Aes, in Atsirian]

Aes ... ?

Nobody saw you yesterday, and after ... If it had been Firuz, I Well, after what happened, I imagine that you just needed some time to yourself ...

Do you think you still would prefer not to have company? I thought maybe ...
Mood: worried
19 January 2015 @ 09:02 pm
Is this a bad time to ask whether you're all still in Baethan? We went dark months ago, and I had fully intended to do those interviews! These things pick the worst possible time to die on all of us.

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