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    Issue III
    4th Day, 5th Moon, 12th Year of these Recent Awakenings


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

    On Writing Chronicles
    Writ by ser Emerick, Senior Chronicler
    Over the years, certain misconceptions about how this Office operates have surfaced and persisted, one among which is that certain events are "not worthy" or too "unimportant" to be chronicled, usually coupled with the fear that the event in question would be "boring to read about". This is simply untrue and, in many cases, a very frustrating notion.

    The purpose of the Office of the Chronicler is not to entertain, but rather to enlighten. Our ultimate goal is the preservation of history, warts and all, to inform the Crown of the going-ons of the castle, and to provide a clear picture of recent events to the denizenry. If a chronicle in question ends up being "boring", at fault is the Chronicler's pen, not the unfolding of events or the people involved. Granted, there may be times when two events unfold simultaneously and the Chronicler is forced to devote attention to one over the other. For example: ser Overlydramatic makes a scene in the courtyard about how sera Promiscuity was, shockingly, unfaithful to him, and all the while Lord Daftsense publically declares that all members of his household must now wear pants on their heads.

    When faced with such a choice, the Chronicler will usually do everything in their power to gather notes and information on both events, often recruiting the aid of a colleague, Page, or other trusted individual to bear witness to one of the two unfolding events and collect notes. If the chronicle of ser Overlydramatic is published before that of Lord Daftsense, the reasons for the delay are administrative, not an indication of the Chronicler's personal preference or to imply that the pinings of a commoner are considered more significant than the declarations of a Lord. The delay may be that the Chronicler received conflicting reports and must now investigate further, or perhaps they are simply awaiting the testimony of an individual whose presence is rare and unpredictable.

    That something should go un-reported by a Chronicler is unfortunate, and generally due to the limitation of the Office's resources and manpower. Quite simply, if something happens, as things are wont to do, it is worthy of a Chronicler's attention.

    A Call for Common Courtesy
    Writ by Regan le Marechal, Assistant Guildmistress of the Courtesy Circle
    It is with great discontent that reports of unseemly behavior, contrary to the Virtues that act as the foundation of Her Majesty’s societal values, continue to arise from within the Outer Bailey. It seems, however, that out of all of the Honor Virtues one is most absent in the Outer; Courtesy. Before readers begin to form theories about guilty parties, they will certainly benefit to know two things; the first is that those who are seen demonstrating ill-adjusted behaviors are not, solely ex-criminals, ex-rebels, and persons with shady pasts. In fact, it can be argued that the majority of the discourteous Outer denizens are none of these things. The second item is that these concerns being voiced, while too exist within the Inner, are coming from common folk who reside in the Outer Bailey themselves; this article is a collective voice for the gentles who call the Outer home.

    A handful of familiarly regardless denizens continue to unleash their impropriety on their peers, and even their superiors; barely acknowledging others whom share their station, and using disgracefully informal gestures to greet their betters in public. Intrusive entrances that disrupt conversations, social events, and meetings are all-too-common, and terribly rude. A few persons choose to coddle convicts… ruthless individuals who act in heinous offenses against the Crown and Court, and whom are below contempt; they mistake their own blatant ignorance of Her Majesty’s will for kindness. There is also a theme among these select few delinquents, of disrespect toward authority, jurisdiction, and titles that are given to deserving and loyal subjects to exercise the Laws of Marrach. This is certainly one of the most outrageous acts of discourtesy that the fine folk of the Outer are forced to witness; relentless disregard for Her Majesty’s Offices of Law.

    Whether these behaviors result from a passive approach to life and the Virtues, or they are a flagrant act of disrepute, they are not being met with acceptance. Those denizens of the Outer Bailey, who choose to live their lives in accordance to the healthy social standards set by Her Majesty’s Court and Castle, are raising their demands to counter the discourtesy they are being forced to live with. No longer will they allow their own reputations to be tarnished by the poor choices of some; no more will they abstain from action against this assault on Courtesy; no longer will they keep silent. Discount for this and the other Honor Virtues overshadows the efforts made by so many to live demonstratively, and with good will. Poor manners, disgusting language, unseemly public displays, and sheer ignorance all translate harmful messages about the Outer Bailey’s residents to the Court, the Royal Family, and new guests of Her Majesty. Partaking in and being passive about these concerns both perpetuate a negative cycle of indecorous, uncouth, and disruptive patterns in Outer society.

    The fair and reputable denizens who reside Outer have expressed the changes that they desire from their inconsiderate peers. They are small, yet exceptionally important changes that would not only satisfy guests within the Outer, but also please those of higher rank. These are things that everyone should, by Virtue, adhere to;
    • For all acts based in Courtesy, and the Honor Virtues, be it a bow or a greeting, to be acknowledged and responded to by equals and betters.
    • For disruptive, private, and/or inappropriate conversations to be taken out of social settings, and continued beyond the public eye.
    • For those who have been asked to cease a certain behavior, or perhaps to vacate an area or function as a result of their behavior, to do so without resistance.
    • * For all titles, whether Guildmistress, Instructor, or Page, to be properly acknowledged and used appropriately in social situations by equals and betters.
    • That the themes of respect, tact, and grace be not only for those who reside Inner, but that they may also exist and thrive among those who reside Outer.
    • And finally, that all persons demonstrate due deference to those within Her Majesty’s Offices of Justice; be it the Inquest, Watch, Guard, or Prosecution.

    * A note: during every day conversation and greeting, a Page may be referred to as either ‘Page’, ‘Page Goodman’, or ‘ser Goodman’. However, while on duty, or discussing official business, it is appropriate to use ‘Page’ in or as Goodman’s address, and not ‘ser’. The same can be said about other officially recognized Court and Civil positions, such as Scribe or Aide. In the case of a Guild or Group leader; they should socially be referred to as sera Ladylike and ser Gentleman unless discussing official business, or being introduced in a setting where their position holds relevance. While operating in a leadership capacity, such as holding a lecture or hosting a social, they should be referred to by members and guests alike by their affiliate titles, such as Guildmistress Ladylike and Director Gentleman; the same can be said about Teachers, Instructors, Patrons, and other prominent members of Outer Groups and Guilds. As a personal choice, subordinates of Guild and Group leaders may chose to refer to their superiors as Guildmistress Ladylike and Director Gentleman outside of official matters, but this is a personal decision left to individual discretion, and is not required by the standards of Courtesy.

    It is very possible for persons to act discourteously without knowing that their actions are considered thus. In these and all cases of offense against the Virtues, it is important that denizens of the Outer Bailey practice open and diplomatic dialogue with their peers; however, it is stressed to always do so in a respectful and civilized manner. Criticisms, for the most part, are best handled in private; if this is unfeasible, then they should be performed with the utmost care and consideration, as the point is to encourage proper behavior and not to humiliate. It is understood by the Courtesy Circle that sometimes addressing a person in regards to their words, actions, or inactions may be a stressful or unpleasant situation; in these circumstances, denizens are encouraged to write to a Leader within the Courtesy Circle with their concerns. Circle Leaders and Members may act as a buffer between those who have caused offense, and those who have suffered, going so far as keeping the latter anonymous if it is seen as an appropriate and or necessary action.
    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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    In closing, the most basic and fundamental acts of Courtesy are what separate the denizens of Marrach from less cultured and refined populations. By exercising these and other demonstrations of Courtesy, denizens are living up to the standards of a civilized society. The good people of the Outer Bailey will continue to act as a unified force against those who chose to be disrespectful, utilizing the Courtesy Circle for ceaseless support and guidance. Remember, you may still act with Virtue and Courtesy toward a person whom you dislike; any less will only weaken the substance of your character.

    Balatro's Bawdy Bi-Weekly Boggler
    The answers to the last two riddles: the first was "A key", which no one was able to guess. The second was "The letter E", which was guessed correctly by only two denizens. Think you can do better? Here are this fortnight's:

    The first:
    A wondrous thing, beloved of women,
    I hurt none but the one who slays me.
    I stand up in a bed, my stem erect,
    with whiskers down below. Sometimes,
    a lusty wench will wander to grip me,
    wrench my red self, grasp my head.
    She soon feels the result of this,
    our encounter - I wet her eye.

    The second:
    When time ends,
    My world turns.
    I run quickest,
    When I stand still.

    Curious Words
    Provided by sera Blodwen
    This fortnight's word:
    Hugger-Mugger; Noun.

    To keep, act or conceal with secrecy.

    I.e.: "What is with all this hugger-mugger in the Royal Guard?"

    Historical Queries
    Congratulations to sera Louise who was able to correctly guess the answers to last publication's historical queries. They are as follows:
    1. Prelinah the Fairy was found to be sleeping in a book, as described here.
    2. Bartox the Goblin, a creature that dwells in the garbage chute, considers unspoiled food to be poison, as described here.
    3. The name of the parapet gargoyle's sister is Uloth, as is described here.

    This publication's queries are as follows:
    1. Who led the Courtesy Circle during the 2nd year of these Recent Awakenings?
    2. Who was ser Morley?
    3. Who was Lord Skymane?

    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.
    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 15th of the 5th moon.

    Special Thanks
    The Office of the Chronicler would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions, dedication and support: Mistress Sinvy, sera Regan, Aide Adriana, Armswoman Blodwen, sera Theresa and ser Massimo.

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