Himitsu no Sensou
Change everything you are and everything you were
31 August 2014 @ 12:54 am
Today was the most wonderful day I've had in so long. Prince Ian took me on the most wonderful moonlight carriage ride through the whole city, and the countryside. Then he surprised me with an evening dessert picnic under the stars. It was just the two of us all evening long, and his guards, of course, but they were perfect gentlemen and kept a respectable distance to give us our time alone together. We had pie and ice cream, and we just sat and talked for what felt like hours.

We only just got back to the Palace now. I feel so exhausted after such a long day, but I know I couldn't possibly sleep. It was just too wonderful of a day and I can't stop thinking about it!

I was so nervous at first. I've never courted anyone before, and this is the Prince and it's so official, but he is the most wonderful beau that anyone could ask for. He's so different than he is at formal gatherings, but not in a bad way. Not at all. He's kind, and modest, and caring. I think he may have even been nervous at first too, but once we both became more comfortable the whole rest of the evening turned out just beautifully.
Mood: loved
31 August 2014 @ 02:50 am
[Filter: Fayre]

Is the situation the way that the Messengers claimed? Assassinated neutrel parties? Ugly business. I hope this was just posturing, but from what they've done so far, it seems unlikely.

If nothing else, our project girl won't hear about it from these. I've confiscated her journal. One week.

... do you need me? It's all... above me, and yet... if there's anything I can do...


Her biggest problem is compulsion control. Dragons Light and Dark, actual messengers running notices from Elyiethe's theatre make her fingers twitch.
Mood: indescribable
31 August 2014 @ 01:42 am
[Filter: Elliot]

I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to do. There are two dead men here, councilors, and they weren't even a part of this. One of whom was someone on my list of Fayre's possible eenemies here ...

Obviously there's nothing I can do in any way, they're being completely unreasonable, and they're killing indescrimately! I'm afraid to even ... look like I'm trying to find out anything. I'm scared of going down into the city, and there are no places to run here. I don't want to be up here with all of the wealthy, but ... how am I to help anyone while trapped up here?
31 August 2014 @ 01:33 am
[Filter: Private]

Terrance ... Why did you tell me? Why did you tell me that you're wrapped up in all of this mess? You're not well anymore, and I know you're not fighting right now. I know you're as safe as you can be. But ... Fayre said she'd give a royal favor for your healing, and doesn't the connect you directly to whatever they're accusing them of? Does Fayre know about you too? That she is, in some way, connected to this dreadful compulsion that affects everyone so ... cursed.

I'm glad that if you're on a side that you're not with ... them. But I've wished ever since the first time anything about it was said in Norey that you weren't one. You've been my friend for so long, and this ... this fight. Dragons.

Please be safe down there.
Mood: nervous
30 August 2014 @ 11:11 pm
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]

Yes, it's both. Or rather, "both both both both both," as it were.

His Majesty is preparing a statement. He will announce officially that a rebel group calling itself the Messengers of Darkness is to blame for the recent attacks on Norey. We will draw on recent events in Atsiria that many of our public is aware of to paint our disdain of both Messengers and Pillars. Robinton and Edward were both neutral, if you are curious.

I will admit this complicates our situation. Two Councilors dead -- we must revise our idea of what they are willing to do even further. And we must be seen as protectors. Whoever is heading this understands that if the people lose confidence in the ability of the Crown to keep them safe, we will lose this fight at least in very roundabout fashion. Hn.
Mood: annoyed
31 August 2014 @ 03:38 am
Goodness, does -- does anyone know what's happening on Cook's Street? There's a terrible ruckus at the morning market! I was going to stop for a biscuit on my way home -- I am so sorry for last night, Pearl, I didn't mean to impose on you like that!

But I can't get through! People are shouting about murder! Can that be true?? No one will stop to actually tell me anything! My driver is absolutely flummoxed, and I think he's going to take us around in a moment, and then I'll never know what happened! And besides that, I know what sorts of roads he'll have to take and this is very unfortunate.
30 August 2014 @ 10:32 pm
You'll never guess what I found in the local shop for today. Go on, Keagan, I dare you. I promise it's at least twice as good as the best thing you could come up with! Maybe three times as good!

Happy birthday, you old geezer. If you're not still in bed, get out here so I can give you your present!
Mood: cheerful
31 August 2014 @ 12:32 am

I didn't do it! I didn't do it I didn't do it I swear I didn't do it!!

I can't -- I can't believe -- I am not going back in there, I'm not! I won't go back into that room and have her -- and have you, have everyone say these things about me that are just not true!

I don't -- I don't understand why -- I can't explain it and what does it matter what does it matter because I didn't do it!! It can't I mean reality can't be wrong and I would never ever ever ever ever ever do that I wouldn't
Mood: enraged
30 August 2014 @ 10:52 pm
[Filter: Adveni]

Well, I'd say that went pretty damn well. Who's with me? Anyone else feel like a million gold pieces right now?
Mood: satisfied
30 August 2014 @ 11:45 pm
The Journals
Today's Date in Eire: Monday, September 1, 632 AR
30 August 2014 @ 09:17 pm
[Filter: Scott]

I ...

I think everyone's actually taking that entry from the Messenger seriously. Apparently King Reuben called off court today and when people asked why he didn't really give much of a reason ... just that he was exhausted of dealing with the constant, er, disagreements and melodrama. Father is beside himself, but it seems obvious to me that it's just ... a way to get people out. Some way to make them leave the Palace in case the worst happened.

Do you think there's an actual threat there? I didn't think they could even get close enough to the Palace to try anything, not with Mydra watching, but ...


Er, also ...
Mood: nervous
30 August 2014 @ 08:48 pm
You know, I've always thought fireworks over the Palace would look lovely. I certainly hope there's not too many people there tonight. The damned things are so volatile, there's no telling what damage they could do to such an old building.
30 August 2014 @ 08:27 pm
[Filter: Sawyer]

Elliot knows about Forbes! Apparently Forbes told him himself. He's considering it. He said maybe after spending time away from Forbes he'll have a firmer answer.

That's about the last thing I really expected to hear, to be honest ...
31 August 2014 @ 01:19 am
[Filter: Pearl]


I need your help. It's for something extremely silly but very important to me, and you're the only one I could possibly turn to!
30 August 2014 @ 08:07 pm
[Filter: The Adveni]

I trust all of you remember which safehouses you're to stay at. Stay as out of sight as you can until you receive more orders indicating otherwise, do you understand? They'll be looking for all of us.

Except, perhaps, myself and Daryen.

Speaking of which, Daryen, I have a task for you. I don't know if you saw our orders from Lord Silas, but you're going to be integral tonight. If I understand correctly, Councillor Robinton has been a regular at your brothel and has actually requested you specifically the last few times he's visited, is that correct?

Robinton is a sacrifice to the cause. There will be a threat to the palace tonight. Without anything to do he ought to come see you, and I'll need you to lure him out from the brothel and into the hands of people who can ... adequately deal with him. Including myself. You'll be welome to help bloody him up, if you'd like. It might relieve some of the tension from the compulsion.

Once we're done I'll be taking his body and having it arranged someplace visible so the spymistress knows we don't have any qualms about ... about carrying things to their logical end. It should be easy enough.

Do you understand me?
Mood: busy
30 August 2014 @ 08:59 pm
[Filter: Lydia]

So. Yeah. Things came up, and my whole fuck up with all my friends ... well, yeah, I was offered a chance to make up for it. And, you know, it's not exactly going to be an easy thing. The whole task is getting me sent over to Colndor for a spell -- probably not long, quick trip with the weather this nice.

But yeah. Sucks.

I'm heading out probably tomorrow? Early morning, the whole deal. Was hoping that there's some way to see you again before I get on the road.
30 August 2014 @ 06:43 pm
[Filter: Elliot]

Hey there, Father, I got sort of an odd question for you. You got a minute? I'm not actually really sure how to ask this, so you might have to give me a second to get my head together.

For starters, though, how you feeling? The mist not getting to you too much?
Mood: curious
30 August 2014 @ 08:38 pm

I have to insist. This town -- it is adorable. The people are actually friendly! The innkeeper's daughter, what a sweet thing. That open, happy little smile, haa. And the kitchen in this inn -- there's so much room to move around!

I can't help it. Who knows where we might be, tomorrow night? I never throw my weight around and goodness, I know that we're on a timeline, but if our friends speak true, Baethan isn't so far away, now...

And my husband deserves a good, restful day for his birthday tomorrow.

I'll put my foot down on this if you make me!
Mood: determined
26 August 2014 @ 11:58 pm
[Filter: Edalene, in Atsirian]


I'll have the scholars prepare the body. From what Vaelda was saying, the family should be here soon to collect his ... remains. I can't even imagine how

You did very well today. I was quite impressed.
Mood: blank
27 August 2014 @ 03:46 am
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]

One thing is for certain -- that place was exactly what we thought it would be.

Unfortunately, Serj and Nadya both fled not more than an hour before we arrived. The people they left behind don't seem to know where they've gone, but that could only be their loyalty to the cause -- or to Serj himself -- talking. It's hard to say.

There may be some useful information in what they left in the wake of their hasty retreat. Britt's already found what looks like a ledger detailing all sorts of shipments from Riva, of all places, and there is merchandise here that no simple Adveni shopkeeper should have.
Mood: annoyed
26 August 2014 @ 09:52 pm
[Filter: Rowan]

I have the best news! The Prince, he's, ah- tomorrow! He's making an announcement tomorrow right before a big gala, and he's going to tell everyone that we're courting and it will be official!

It's going to be the most wonderful courtship ever. He warned that it would be a short courtship, but I had already expected that, and he all but promised just how romantic it is going to be. He wouldn't tell me any details, of course. I want to be surprised. It wouldn't be romantic if he told me everything he had planned, and I know it must be something amazing! He almost wrote it too, but he stopped himself. That's how I know it must be especially wonderful. After he makes his speech at the gala he must have something truly romantic planned to surprise me with.

I was going to wait to tell you all about it tomorrow, but I can't keep it in! I had to write as soon as I found out!
Mood: excited
26 August 2014 @ 09:36 pm
[Filter: Britt and Fayre]

All right. I think we know what we're doing, but just to recap:

Mydra thinks everyone at this place is involved. Nadya probably isn't a Messenger, the owner, Serj, might be. They like to wear patchwork cloaks. They have sentries -- kids, mostly -- set up, they'll be watching for anything suspicious. The place never has many people in it at once, but you both know the signals if we need the others. Otherwise, they're in the streets waiting to pick off anyone that runs.

We drag back as many as we can with the papers. If you see a journal, take it. Don't let anyone write under any circumstances.

That's all obvious, right?

Are we ready?
Mood: busy
26 August 2014 @ 09:16 pm
[Filter: Private, in Azsharan]

What a relief Aes Eshene knows better than to waste water! What silly rumors those must have been. I haven't even any idea where all of them came from.

No, Aes, I don't think you're going to get out of it that easily.

I'd hoped you would fight back a bit less. Put forth a bit less effort with your resistance. Bewildered, simple Aes. It's such a good thing you had so many people to help you find your feet again after that awful news came out, or I don't know what you would have done with yourself!

Even they won't want anything to do with you after this. Very detailed, you know. Fountains! Waterfalls! Wide pools, flushed away daily, never reused or preserved. Ornate and charming and oh, so very frivolous. And all signed by you, sister! What horrid news!

The only thing left to ask, sister, is who gets to find your charming little plans.

You won't get out of this so easy. Not after how hard I've worked.
26 August 2014 @ 08:33 pm
[Filter: Serj]

We can't stay. They know what they're doing, yeah? They've packed this shop and moved it out a dozen times before now.

They aren't important.

Grab as much as you can and let's go. You saw Lady Britt. "The law will get her eventually." That isn't subtle. That's a threat. That's a threat and a promise, and she wouldn't have said it if she didn't think I was out of time to react!

We'll lay low with Yules, tonight. I'll let her know we're coming.

[Filter: Yuliet]

Serj and I are on our way. We won't stay long, only a night, I'll arrange something with the other dens.

They're going to make a move, soon, and Serj's shop is too obvious.
Mood: rushed
26 August 2014 @ 08:25 pm
[Filter: Public, in Atsirian]

Suiting, I suppose, that it finally comes to me. Ironic, but ...

I'm Lady Vaelda of Kavan. Hello.

[Filter: Queen Edalene and Prince Reeve, in Atsirian]

You promise me that he will not suffer?

Is there ...

Is there any way I could say goodbye to him before he is gone? I know he must be restrained, but -- but ...

He was never like this. Always so sweet, my brother. I just want to see him smile one more time before you send him to our Mothers. I know that he has done terrible things, and our Mothers will judge him the way he has earned, but I just want to ...

I know it is a difficult request.
Mood: numb
26 August 2014 @ 10:16 pm
[Filter: Glenn]

... I think --

I don't think Friska is okay, Glenn.

It's -- it's what I told you. She hasn't been herself. I know everyone has been so preoccupied with Nerida and Constance and her children and Allba and I -- well, of course they should be! And you... you with House Byron business, and you're leaving soon to deal with all of -- well, all of everything, and ---

And I shouldn't be bothering you, I'm sorry. Ignore -- all of this! All of this, I'm sorry. I shouldn't be... you're so busy.

What can I do for you instead?
Mood: discontent
26 August 2014 @ 09:18 pm
[Filter: Elijah]

Yes, just ... don't regard the words on the outside of the shop. I'll paint over that vandalism tonight ... Sorry, I'm balanced but it's been a trying morning. I'm very glad you came. Um. Well, you know the drill don't you? Hold your question, sit, shuffle.
Mood: nervous
26 August 2014 @ 07:14 pm
[Filter: Christopher]

Firstly, please allow me to apologize again. I know we haven't spoken much, since the parade, but ... I am sorry. You know me. I've never liked keeping secrets. And I know what it's like to absolutely hate it when people you are close to keep them from you. I still deal with that daily, believe me.

I know you must have had this thought -- that we've all known forever, since we were children, and it's always been this way, but that's not true. Brittany was telling the truth. I had no idea about her or even about Fayre until just a few years ago, when ... ah, well. There was a plot, not quite as large scale as this one, but orchestrated by a Messenger on the actual Council at the time, which ... you'd think that would be worse, wouldn't you? Than this? But this so far ...

But that isn't what I wanted to talk about. The point is that Mydra kept us all hidden from each other for a reason, and that reason should be perfectly plain now -- look at what happens when too many people know a secret like this. The strength of Mydra's entire network is defined by its weakest link. That's ... I know I'm only parroting her own words back to you, now, but it's true.


All of that said, if we are going to agree to be honest with one another from now on ... you aren't exactly clean in all of this, either, are you?
Mood: uncomfortable
26 August 2014 @ 09:07 pm
[Filter: Fayre]

Okay, so I'm sitting in one of the dens, right? And one of the few guys in there with a complexion as white as mine. I'm just playing cards with some other people, and one of the brutes comes over all like, "You look like you could hold your own, and you obviously don't believe all the lies going on out there. How would you like some work?"

So I negotiated a bit, but gave in. Tried to make it look like I wasn't too eager, but was interested until I couldn't resist the chance.

Anyway, turns out it's getting hot for them here in Norey, and they're worried about keeping all of their money around as long as they have been. Tomorrow I'm helping to move some of their money onto an emptied opium caravan bound for Colndor.

Figure the boss will be around watching over everything to make sure his money gets where he wants it to go. Figure I can listen to him for a bit without drawing suspicions.
26 August 2014 @ 06:58 pm
[Filter: Lady Martha]

Tomorrow I'll be making an announcement that you and I are officially courting.

The court has suspected it for a while, but it's an important gesture to make. It's going to be ... well, it's going to be a very fast courtship. I hope that doesn't disappoint you. I know that you'd always hoped for ... you know. Romance. Faerie tales ...

You're a bit famous for it, you know.

Er, regardless, that isn't to say it won't be romantic. The announcement will be made before the gala tomorrow, and I have to give a speech ... and after that, er, well! But it's been long enough since the ... the collapse, that it wouldn't be seen as uncouth. The High Priest of the Great Cathedral is going to publicly give us his blessing, as well.
Mood: busy
26 August 2014 @ 08:49 pm
Nadya didn't come in today. I guess I have to find a new maid.


[Filter: Pillars in Norey]

After what happened yesterday...

I really liked her. I swear, she made it so easy to shut it all out. And all along, she was playing me, playing all of us. I wonder how much she knew. I wonder if she ever felt tempted to just jab the stem of a comb right into my throat and leave me bleeding.

I feel --

I feel like an idiot.

We have to find her. We have that address -- the shopkeeper. Maybe she actually lives there? Maybe we can track her down.

I feel like an idiot and I hate feeling like a fucking idiot, I

We got that last night. Her not showing up? That's as good as a concession, isn't it. We got them really, really good.

What's next, Mydra? Give me orders. Give me something to do. People could have been hurt last night, and we're actually getting somewhere, here.
Mood: indescribable
26 August 2014 @ 03:55 am
[Filter: Pillars in Norey]

Out of curiosity ...

Did anyone tell Christopher what was happening? Julian?

He wrote about it, warning people in the theater district. It occurred to me that you wouldn't be able to see the filter -- to performers only.

We really need to talk to him. Some of what he said -- honestly. If they hadn't suspected him before, they certainly would now. It's exactly what we thought. He has no idea how easy it is to say something dangerous.
Mood: annoyed
26 August 2014 @ 12:31 am
[Filter: Fayre]

Patchwork cloaks, as you anticipated.
Mood: working
25 August 2014 @ 10:21 pm
I do see, now.

Talk, talk, talk. Tiresome. Do you tell yourself that it's the Prince you're after to justify your own inadequacies? In the darkest corners of the night, do you lie awake, fists clenched, thinking ah, but only if our quarry were not nestled so snugly in that seat of power, we might prevail?

There was exactly one person present in that building you so cleverly demolished.

A girl. I believe her name was Luca?
25 August 2014 @ 09:42 pm
What was that? There was a huge bang and then the whole building shook. It sounded really close.

I don't want to go look. It's going to be bad. I know it is.
Mood: terrified
25 August 2014 @ 09:20 pm
[Filter: Performers in Norey]

Anyone in the theater district needs to get clear right now! I know most of you don't really know me, beyond -- well, beyond who I am, but a few of you might, and --

And if you're on Theatre Row, you need to move! Get as far as you can from it. Find safety elsewhere. That threat is being taken very seriously and I don't want any of you to be hurt!
Mood: stressed
26 August 2014 @ 02:16 am
[Filter: Elden]

If you're at the theater right now, get out. I don't think Elyiethe's venue is near enough to be in danger, but better safe than sorry. Those Messengers might be targeting a safehouse four blocks down Theater Row, north from the pavilion. Mydra thinks they have more explosives.
Mood: anxious
25 August 2014 @ 09:14 pm
[Filter: Christopher]


About ten minutes back a dozen royal guardsmen boiled out of an alleyway here. Like they were conjured out of thin air. They're forcing the theaters closed. Lots of yelling. I can guess who the sorceress was, but do you know what this is about?

Something to do with that Messenger.

I hope you don't have any friends, here. You might want to tell them to get somewhere else.
25 August 2014 @ 08:48 pm
We know what you're doing.

I hope you're ready to handle the consequences.

Keep your eyes on the skyline, Norey.
25 August 2014 @ 10:37 pm
[Filter: Elliot]

I know you know I'm alright, but I thought I should write and confirm that ... well, everything is fine. Besides all of the problems, of course. But I'm sure you have at least a few suspicions about those yourself now.

I suppose I was looking for enemies in all the wrong places.
25 August 2014 @ 10:17 pm
[Filter: Reeve, in Atsirian]

... but they're right. We can't keep this like it has been much longer. We need to decide what we're doing, really decide.

My wedding is in a week... this needs to be dealt with before then. It can't overshadow it.
Mood: blah
25 August 2014 @ 08:01 pm
... so I got a job. Sort of. It's an apprenticeship for a leather worker. I guess his previous apprentice got hurt in that whole mess at the parade, and won't be able to work for at least a few months.

It's going to be hard work, and long hours, but it should be fun. At least I hope it's fun. I've never really done anything like this seriously before. I mean, I know a bit from hunting, but that's really nothing like what I'll be doing there. I don't even know how much he'll let me do. It might just be cleaning up the shop and helping with customers.

At least it's better than sitting around doing nothing all day. I'm looking forward to it.
Mood: excited
25 August 2014 @ 09:47 pm

Wellll... ummm...

I think it's working!

Somebody came up to me in the market today -- I was, um, picking up some, uhh... okay, well, no, I was looking for gossip about just what is going on with Firuz!! That's not so bad, is it? Nobody knows exactly what's happening!

... so, yes.

I was there! And someone came up to me, an older lady, such a dignified sort of matriarch! And she told me that she's awfully glad that I'm not a wild and crazy water waster after all and she felt bad for ever thinking that it was true!
Mood: guilty
25 August 2014 @ 07:45 pm
[Filter: Nadya]


This trap, then.

We can't simply leave Luca there. They'll take our refusal to come for her as cowardice, and try to get even more information out of her. While she doesn't have enough to put an end to our operation, she has enough that it could severely hinder all of our efforts.

I suggest that a grand display is in order. Serj will have the supplies that we need. Explosives, not so different from his fireworks.

I would rather they not know what we need the supplies for.
Mood: pensive
25 August 2014 @ 09:49 pm
[Filter: Jace]

So. Big change, I guess. Fayre gave me a job here so that I can get back into her graces. 'tolerate' is about the same this as grace, right? Anyway, she's getting me involved here with protecting the crown. An Adveni gambling den runner might be involved and I'm checking him out.

Still in the shit, but, you know, might not get completely kicked out after all.

Also, who's that lady you were getting pretty concerned about?
24 August 2014 @ 01:08 am
[Filter: Jace]

The thing is, he can't just say that it's a marriage! A marriage means one thing, one very specific thing! He can -- call it something else, can't he? Call it... oh, I don't know, say... ah, partnership? Life...lovers? Or just make up an entirely new word! Would that be so hard? At least the Atsirians have the decency to be heretics and blasphemers!

Why were you so worried about that woman?
Mood: distracted
24 August 2014 @ 03:58 am
[Filter: Jack]

Would you like a chance to put yourself back on the list of people I feel I can mostly tolerate~? ♥

[Filter: Elden]

I had a fascinating discussion with Mydra, this morning~

Apparently, Josiah -- yes, that Josiah -- wrote to Julian yesterday afternoon begging for help protecting a Pillar friend of his. A young girl he claims he's sworn to protect? Either Lydia or Marigold, but I'm not certain which.
24 August 2014 @ 01:50 pm
[Filter: Private]

It occurs to me that there is a great deal I've learned in the past month that I have not told Amaeyra. I'm not sure what to share, and what she should know. How Megam sank, and how the seals in Sarrca and Franel could doom Dentoria to the same fate is something someone in Dentoria ought to know, but what she can do with that information ... if I tell Hasten, I have an obligation to tell him how to fix those seals if they are indeed breaking, give him the resources. Then again, Kilians tried to fix the Megami seal, and look how that ended up.

Perhaps I just feel the need to tell her something because I miss her and it will give me something to say. I miss her. I miss hearing her voice. I miss feeling her hand. I miss seeing the way her smile casts her face alight. Dragons, I'm a grown man of thirty three and I sound like a lovesick idiot. But it is easier, having ... having something to return to. Someone who wants you to come back. It makes every day I have to spend travelling through this forest more bearable.

[Filter: Amaeyra]

We are about a week or so away from our next destination. It's a small village, an insular community, as all villages in Kilia seem to be. We were fortunate enough to be acquainted with some people from that village, so that may be easier to find what we need than it would be otherwise. They have journals. Isn't that a coincidence? Though I think it's less coincidence and more a move from a chessmaster who is covering up his half of the board.

I hope you're well. I hope you have found the cause you have been looking for. I hope Hasten hasn't driven himself to the ground and given you another person to nurse.
24 August 2014 @ 12:07 am
[Filter: Nadya]

Be careful! Please be careful. You're being tempted by something right now, but it might not be real. You'll meet someone new if you follow this to its conclusion, and this person is setting you up for a woman who is going to lead you into the arms of Vincent. We're going to use your death as a catalyst to achieve balance, but ... you know I'd honestly rather not let that happen?

Please be careful of anything you're walking into right now. I'm not sure where the roads converge, but you've either already been deceived or are about to be deceived.

I definitely see Vincent and the Prince in this reading.
Mood: anxious
23 August 2014 @ 09:52 pm
[Filter: Mydra]

There's a man on the journals filtering to me, claiming he has a friend who is a Pillar of Light, asking for my help. He claims to be neutral, himself.

I'm not certain what to say, but saying nothing at all seems like an admission in itself.
Mood: nervous

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