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    Issue I
    4th Day, 4th Moon, 12th Year of these Recent Awakenings


    A collection of articles and information about current castle life and events, published every fortnight.

    Our Majesty's Newest Guests
    First and foremost, let us welcome the newest awoken guests to Her Majesty's fair realm. As future members of our guilds and groups, please give them a warm reception and aid on their paths.
    • ser Aristaios
    • sera Aura
    • sera Vada
    • sera Sophora
    • sera Louise

    Our Fae-vorite Hairstyles!
    Writ by Mena Witherspoon, Patron of the Hairstylists Circle
    The height of hair fashion these days is all about the whimsical fantasy of our fae visitors from Avalon. The beautiful Dame Selune was kind enough to share her visions of fashionable coifs with a few lucky Inner Bailey women. One after the other they were all treated to a magical salon experience that surely has made their heads the talk of the Court.

    For those unaware, Fae styles are highlighted by three things: texture, color, and shape. Students of the hairbrush will no doubt notice that styles from Avalon tend to mix many different textures: curls, waves, crimps, braids. Indeed, it is usual for bright or outlandish colors (blues, greens, silvers) to work their way into the style through streaks or colorful braids. Lastly, many of the styles are noted for their asymmetry: a side bun, ponytail, or braid is very fae!

    Guests of Her Majesty who are a little less adventurous can always rely on the sensible fashion of the Winter Court. As always, refined elegance is key! Servants in the Outer Bailey would do well to keep their hair neat and short. The further across the bridge you come, the longer and more luxuriant the styles appear. Maidens of the Court are encouraged to wear their hair long and styled down. Matrons and female servants traditionally wear a chignon or similar updo.

    If ever you need advice about your hair, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Hairstyling Circle. And don't forget to take part in our upcoming contest and haircare lecture for Guild Week!
    What is Courtesy?
    Writ by Mistress Sinvy, Patron of the Courtesy Circle
    Courtesy is the excellence of manners and social conduct. As a Virtue in which we live by it states that each ~guest~ of Her Majesty is worthy of regard and simple respect. It also implies through action that you believe the individual you are interacting with is an honourable and upstanding guest.

    The most difficult tests of Courtesy come when faced with discourtesy and comfort. It is easy to lose ones temper and act in a manner which is unacceptable, thereby lowering your standards and disregarding Courtesy, but it is also easy to lose sight of Courtesy when faced with comfort zones, such as close friends or loved ones.

    I would ask you to consider the following when handling situations of discourtesy or comfort; you dislike the manner in which you are being treated, so why would you treat someone in such a manner? Likewise, you value your friends and loved ones, so why degrade them in public by disregarding their station, the honorifics that define them from those who would shun the civility of society? If you are faced publicly with discourtesy, politely request of the individual that the issue be taken up in private. If they refuse such, you are perfectly able to disregard their actions and words (unless physical in which case you utilize a duckcall) and handle it in another acceptable way; through issue of challenge or seeking out their superiors or betters. If you are an Honored Guest and are friends with a Courtier, you treat your friend with the respect due to their station as a Courtier of Her Majesty's Court and not like your equal or lesser. You would hardly disrespect someone you allegedly value by calling them pet names in public or playing with them in manners which are best reserved for private gatherings.

    Courtesy is not just being mindful of yourself, but others. It is considered discourteous to deliberately press issues that we know should be handled in private or that we know make some present uncomfortable. In many cases, being mindful of yourself and others will keep you from unintentionally taking advantage of another's courtesy who feels it improper or feels poorly for leaving an area due to one inconsiderate person. This is a good example of showing too much Courtesy. Those who are too Courteous may be trod upon and their nature taken advantage of. Similarly, another facet of being too Courteous is that you become dishonest. Courtesy is not about falsifying information given, but about curbing how much honesty is shared.

    An example of such, if someone inquires as to how you are and you are poorly. You may merely state you have been better, as opposed to entering into the intimate details of why you are poorly, who made you so and so forth. These is best reserved for private intercourse rather than public.

    The above is an example of how everyday Courtesy is still a complex interaction. Further, I would say that basic acknowledgment is disregarded and done perfunctorily as opposed to done with thought and care. Many people do disregard the common greetings of bowing, curtsying and nodding as thoughtless actions. However, these simple actions speak volumes if you know how to pay attention. Primarily these actions state that you believe those you are acknowledging are worthy of respect and that you believe them to be courteous individuals. You also state with these actions that you too are worthy of respect and hold Courtesy as a Virtue worth following.

    In short, Courtesy is the foundation upon which civilized societies are built and everyone is worthy of it in its most basic forms.

    Guild Week!
    Coming this 10th day of the 4th moon, Guild Week promises endless bells of informative activities hosted by the various guilds around the castle.

    Guild Week Schedule:

    Guild Rosters
    Below is an updated list of guild rosters, provided by the Chambers. This section will contain the rosters of those guilds that have had recent changes since the last publication.

    The Embinders
    • Patron - Sir Howe,
    • Head of the association - Ser Kaspar
    • Seniors/Hobbyists - Sera Jerisa and Sera Neerie.
    • Students - Sera Perpetua, sera Drewe and sera Delphine, ser Kobe

    The Office of Royal Orders
    • Lord Chamberlain - Sir Launfal
    • Chief Scribe - Mistress Lilly
    • Registrar of Militant and Social Orders - ser Kaspar
    • Scribes - Ser Mitsuko (inactive)
    • Scribes In training - Sera Adriana
    • Aides - Atilda

    Royal Pages
    • Lord Chamberlain - Sir Launfal
    • Page - Ser Kobe
    • Page In training - Ser Ozman

    Historical Queries
    The archives of the Office of the Chronicler go back over a decade and have amassed a veritable mountain of knowledge. In an effort to encourage castle residents to take advantage of them, the Herald will pose three research challenges with every publication.

    Send your answers to Senior Chronicler Emerick, and the first three to answer all of them correctly will be announced in the following publication.
    1. During which Royal Court was Lady Avaria named Royal Archivist?
    2. What is another name for the Royal Witchfinder Odebain?
    3. What creature was born of a necklace's stone that was gifted to Her Majesty by the Master Trader Ali-Jahib?

    StoryPlotter Odjit points to her kohl-lined button eyes.
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to you.
    StoryPlotter Odjit draws her finger over her throat slowly.

    OOC -- Rhomulus says, " you realize... of all the people on here you're one of the few to make me look up a word?! lol"

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    Open Positions
    The Herald wishes to provide the castle residents with a list of currently-open positions amongst the available groups and guilds. If you wish to publish an opening within your own guild or group, please send a missive to any currently-active Chronicler with a three-sentence description of the position, a short list of requirements, and whom to contact for more details.
    Behold the example below (and position opening):
    Aspirant Chronicler, Office of the Chronicler

    The Office is always on the lookout for talented writers who have a critical eye and a nose for stories. A good way to meet many new people, as well as make a name for oneself in a relatively short time. Be a part of one of the castle's oldest institutions.

    • Must be able to write fluently in Common
    • Must not have been tried for High Crimes (such as treason)

    Contact: Senior Chronicler Emerick

    Call For Submissions
    If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to Senior Chronicler Emerick with a brief description of the article you wish to write. Please include information such as its intent and target audience. Please note that the Office of the Chronicler reserves the right to refuse an article at its own discretion. Articles should be kept free of grammatical errors and be written in a clear, concise manner.

    The deadline for article submission for the next publication is the 17th of the 4 moon.

    Special Thanks
    The Office of the Chronicler would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions and dedication: Lord Chamberlain Launfal, Scribe Kaspar, Handmaiden Mena, Mistress Sinvy, sera Theresa and Page Kobe.

    For any questions, comments or queries, please directly contact Senior Chronicler Emerick.


    So says the Clock Tower bell,
    "May the Queen flourish and Her enemies diminish until my call of bells doth finish."

    StoryPlotter Odjit points to her kohl-lined button eyes.
    StoryPlotter Odjit points to you.
    StoryPlotter Odjit draws her finger over her throat slowly.

    OOC -- Rhomulus says, " you realize... of all the people on here you're one of the few to make me look up a word?! lol"


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      *repinned by a prim page boy*
      Lady Sinvy Valmarana
      Her Majesty's Royal Chatelaine
      Mistress of the Cellars
      Sponsor of the Courtesy Circle


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        *repinned to the top*
        Lady Sinvy Valmarana
        Her Majesty's Royal Chatelaine
        Mistress of the Cellars
        Sponsor of the Courtesy Circle