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    Issue IV
    16th Day, 5th Moon, 12th Year of these Recent Awakenings


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

    Introduction to the Virtues
    Writ by Dame Eeva, provided by Master Heath
    What are the honour Virtues? The Honour Virtues are a simplified code of expected social conduct decided upon by the uppermost ranks of the Society. The Virtues, while typically thought of to be a Knightly pursuit are infact a required code of conduct for all individuals within this society. While it is acknowledged that each individual awakened within these walls may very well come from cultures with an entirely different set of expectations, traditions, and patterns of social behaviour, it is expected that upon entering into this society and choosing to remain within it, one makes the effort to learn the accepted code of conduct within the society.

    The acknowledged and favored Honour Virtues of the Court are as follows:


    Some have asked in the past ''Where is honour amongst the Honour Virtues?''. The answer is quite simple. Honour -is- the Honour Virtues. By following these Virtues to the best of your ability, you are in essence acting honourably and with honour. This is why to dub someone without Honour is such a grievous claim, because it strips them of each and every Virtue.

    In theory, no Virtue is more important than the others, instead they complement each other. However, within the Winter Court, there is a tendency to hold some above others. Courtesy for example, is the most valuable Virtue to possess within the Court. This does not mean that Charity is the least valuable and should be ignored, it simply means that Courtesy is more in demand amidst the Court.

    Throughout this book, I am going to write not about how these Virtues apply to Knights, but how they apply to Society as a whole.

    I will start with the very basics.

    What is a Virtue?

    Quite simply put, a virtue is a standard of moral excellence and goodness.

    Why follow the Virtues?

    I say, why not? By definition Virtues are a good and desireable qualities to possess.

    However, for those who wish a less simplistic approach to it, the Virtues, or any Virtue is designed to enrich, protect and serve not just the individual, but the whole through forging moral principles. Nearly every culture has a set of Virtues that encompass basic fundamental qualities of Courtesy, Prowess and Justice. You could say that each great civilization began humbly with a simple set of Virtues, therefore making Virtues the building blocks of civilized society and interactions.

    What are the social and personal benefits of following the Virtues?

    As stated prior, Virtues are the building blocks for polite and civilized society. By adhering a set of Virtues you are ensuring that all social interactions have the best interests of yourself, those you are socializing with and the society as a whole in mind. Because the Virtues do cover things like Courtesy, by sticking to this virtue you can ensure that you do not offend or are not offended by the actions of another, with Virtues such as Honesty and Justice, they ensure that if you -are- offended there is a clear and direct way to fix it with minimal discomfort to the parties involved. This is a very simple example, and more Virtues than the ones listed can be part of everyday interaction.

    By acting in accordance with the basic Virtues you ensure that civilized interaction is maintained. Should you act in opposition to the virtues set up by the society you are residing in, it can and often does lead to chaos within the structure or at least unpleasantry for yourself. By lacking virtues you could easily be setting yourself up for such things as detainment for prolonged periods of time, needless grief upon yourself from others or even in extreme cases death.

    This is the basic benefit of following and basic reason for following the Virtues.

    While one can follow the utmost basics of the Virtues, this is, in my opinion a waste. The Virtues as listed above are not only there to act as a guide for civilized society, but to enhance the character of those who follow them more thoroughly. Through pursuit of the Virtues you can enrich and improve your quality of life as each Virtue is a lesson in itself. By following and pursuing the Virtues one can more easily reflect upon their actions and draw inspiration from the Virtues to better their own nature as these are qualities that inherently make a person admirable and noble.

    Courtesy in Love and Romance
    Writ by Mistress Sinvy, Patron of the Courtesy Circle
    Much of the time we must focus on the basics of Courtesy. How to bow, when to nod, why to curtsy and to whom and so forth. However, there is a topic within the layers of Courtesy that touches on one of the softer sides of human nature; Love and Romance.

    Affection is not limited to rank*, race or gender. It is a universal emotion felt by everyone to some degree. You may feel it toward a garment, toward an animal or toward a person, but it is felt. We shall be discussing human affection today.

    While the basics of Courtship Courtesy have been explored in previous Courtesy in a Nutshell editions, I wish explore how Courtship Courtesy and Fine Amour interact.

    The art of Fine Amour is the decorous display of love and adoration from an appropriate distance. Fine Amour is the epitome of Courtly Romance, suitable to be practiced by all ranks. It is typically reserved for those who are unattainable, by being within a Courtship (not to be confused with Suiting), by being Wed or by being highly ranked. This does -not- mean it is exclusive as such.

    Fine Amour at its core is the art of wooing and being wooed. This is an important part of interaction between a couple as it breeds deeper affection and more fulfilling romance. It is, to me, an essential component to any part of the Courtship process.

    It plays its most important role during the process of Suiting and being Suited. There are a couple of reasons for this. During the process of suiting or being suited, you are trying to earn or gain the affection of someone through your own merits, deeds and so forth. This is -not- an assured victory to their heart, so you bear yourself to the individual without expectation of their romance. It is a pure display of the heart.

    The ultimate goal, in most cases, of pressing suit is to win the heart of the individual you are pressing suit to. To quote from the Courtesy in a Nutshell on Courtship Courtesy;

    "If a couple is only suiting the bare minimum of contact and privacy should be had as this is the friendly stage where you get to know each other mentally and emotionally. Escorting and the kissing of hands is acceptable. One should not linger overmuch in their direct presence or frequently vanish to unknown locations as this gives the impression that they are more than suiting."

    As previously stated, Fine Amour and Pressing Suit are intertwined. You press suit to an individual without the expectation of reciprocation. In doing such, you enter into a state of play with the individual; you trying to win their heart and they are trying to deter you from or allow you to as they will. This is the proving grounds of Romance.

    The appropriate actions of one pressing suit are to be courteous and respectful to the individual you are interested in and vice verse. This should be an action to anyone, but it becomes more intimate once you decide you wish to know someone better. You may grant unto them poetry, compliments, small gifts and may serve as escort** to them for social events. You must not crowd them, treat them as ''yours'' or be disrespectful of their personal space. If you are being suited, you may treat them as you please, so long as it is polite. You do not need to accept their gifts, nor are you expected to gift them in return, you may thank them for the poetry, and accept their escort.

    In many cases, the affection and suit are reciprocated - eventually. However, in some cases the other party is merely uninterested. You may continue to press suit to the individual, but be careful it does not hinge on obsessive behaviour. If you are being suited by an individual or individuals that you do not care to get to know, wish them to cease and so forth, merely ask them. If they persist in a manner you find inappropriate or intimidating, it is then suggested you seek the Courtesy Circle, Winter Watch or Royal Guard as it has clearly turned into unacceptable attention.
    * It is limited to rank in how it may be pursued though.
    ** Not an official escort if the individual is an un-Knighted member of Court.

    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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    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 Librarians
    • Royal Librarian: Mistress Neerie
    • Head Librarian: sera Daisy
    • Junior Librarian: sera Prue
    • Librarian-in-training: sera Louise

    Guild Week Chronicles!
    With the conclusion of Guild Week, the Office of the Chronicler is hard at work to bring you a report for each of the events. Miss out on something? Here below, penned by the talented Junior Chronicler Prue, are chronicles of those very events. More to come!
    Balatro's Bawdy Bi-Weekly Boggler
    The answers to the last two riddles: the first was "An Onion", and the second was "An Hourglass", both of which were guessed correctly by sera Myshella. This fortnight's riddles:

    The first:
    Running through the castle halls,
    Never seen to move, though spied by all

    The second:
    The stuff of men with no hearts,
    Made of diamonds that have no worth,
    A blanket that does not keep you warm.
    Historical Queries
    Below are the answers to last publication's historical queries:
    1. Sera Viola was appointed to lead the Courtesy Circle during the second year of these Recent Awakenings, as detailed here.
    2. Ser Morley was the pseudonym used by His Highness the Prince when visiting the Outer Bailey in disguise, as detailed here and here.
    3. Lord Skymane was a pegasus that visited this realm, as detailed here and here.
    This publication's queries:
    1. What is the name of the small orange kitten that is occasionally found wandering the Outer Bailey?
    2. What martial guild did Squire Pete create in the Outer Bailey?
    3. What was the Feast of Misrule?

    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: Acting Court Chronicler Emerick
    Call For Submissions
    If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to Acting Court 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 Prue, Master Heath, Dame Eeva, Registrar Kaspar and Aide Adriana.

    For any questions, comments or queries, please directly contact Acting Court 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


      • #4
        *shuffled to the front*
        Sir Donovon E. Lamont
        Royal Equerry to Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne

        “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” - Camus


        • #5
          [This missive seems to have been shuffled to the front as if recently looked at.]
          "Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior."