Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

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Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:45 am

Jedith Skylar
A Shelter Between Earth and Sky

"Through all the arcs he lived in pain, his birthing name he earned the right to claim,
Through triumph and tragedies, too many to name,
This Viden boy his life he gave.”
Isick Hawther, epitaph to Jedith Skylar




It is often said that humanity, indeed all living beings, are Gestalts and should be understood as such. The issue of such thinking, is if the quantity is in fact greater than the mere sum of the components’ of that thing, how can that article be known? The answer, truly, is that it can’t. For even if one fully comprehended all the aspects of all the qualities that comprised any item, whether it be living or inert, if it is greater than merely the interworking of these fundamentals, there would remain always some facet beyond the reach of comprehension. Some unknown feature that could not be contained in the knowledge gleamed from examining each constituent. Perhaps this is in fact so. Perchance this is why the inner workings of organisms, that final hidden long sought after portion, continually elude philosophers and psychologists alike. Conceivably this is why so many behaviors of beast and being alike so baffle us all.

Still, another possibility exists to serve as an illuminating mechanism to this perplexity that currently confounds us. This response is at once equally Feasible to that of the concept of Gestalt and also provides with a means for improving a number of investigatory activities. I am referring to here of nothing so much as conjunction, the feature of both rationality as well as language that binds constituents’ together.

This union in all matters can be exemplified in the everyday example of putting salt into a stew or soup. Once the salt has been conjoined with that dish, neither soup or salt, is quite the same. There is however, no hidden third factor in play here. Merely two distinct products that once adjoined become something else. Here then, in keeping with our case of stew is another type of dish, even though those that consume it might not cook it beforehand, the features of one Mixed-breed, Jedith Skylar.



” When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”
Cherokee saying


Table of contents
 Basic Identifiers 
 Appearance 
 Personality 
 History 
 Financial Register 
 Index of Skills, Knowledges, & Reputations 
 Author’s notes & Point bank table 


"The term half-breed is more of an affront to the one that uses it, than the one it is used on. For the one that uses it demonstrates the lacking of understanding of distinctness. For in so saying our glorious ninny believes that the elements of any being can be neatly divided into portions much like slices of a pie.”
Jedith Skylar


The ugliest 12 arc old in Idalos.

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Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:47 am

 Basic Identifiers 

Given the numerous variations in the basic factors that comprise snowflakes, it is small wonder that few are precisely alike. Still there are those fundamental qualities that define all elements of this form of moisture. The same is true of humankind is it not.
Cailín Branka, “Measuring Phenomena,” penned in the season of Vhalar, Arc 664

"There are Essential qualities of my grandson that are more immutable than Malorite, if all elements of his life were to change, even his name, these facits would still remain.”
Edana Skylar


Fundementals
Feature Quality
Full Name Jedith Skylar-Bayard
Goes by Jedith Skylar
Nickname Jed
Epithet None
Age 12 Arcs
Date of Birth Last day of Zi’da arc 706
Race Mixed-race, Human & Eídisi
Sex Male
Marks None
Partners None
Factions Joined The Five points Trading Coster



”Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
Aldous Huxley










“I have been described both as overly ambitious and as merely desiring self-improvement, and the thickness betwixt the two is not even that of a sheet of paper.”
Jedith Skylar


The ugliest 12 arc old in Idalos.

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Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:53 am

 Appearance 


To be forged by fate is to be scarred.
Common Northern saying


Sane men run from a burning building, not into one. Not even a madman does it more than once. So what exactly does one call Jedith Skylar, crazier than crazy?”
Alban Hydero, Order of the Adunih physician


Her mother had sent her to give her thanks to the lad that had brought her brother back to them. To provide him with some entertainment while the rest were busy tending to her beloved Hiver, the family’s magnificent officer. She was so proud of her little brother, already a Second Lieutenant, who was to be decorated soon for bravery and gallantry against a superior enemy. She needed to keep those thoughts ever present to make this next task tolerable, she was being forced to engage with a human after all. Humans by and large – and scarred humans even more so – had always filled her with a certain level of revulsion, not just because of their appearance, but more as a result of their utter lack of manners and sophistication. The greater the number of scars, the grander the lack of their erudition, or at least that’s what she had always heard, and experience hadn’t put the error to that belief as of yet. She was an Eídisi, and as a member of that beloved race crafted by the wise Yvithia, she would rise to the challenge of once again dealing with one of these boorish humans – well half-humans – treat him with all the civility that her station and situation demanded. If she also hoped the whole interview would pass quickly, so she could return to far more intellectually stimulating and charming company, well, no one could fault her for that.

He was awaiting her in the second parlor, examining the various paintings on display there, she noticed as she slipped in as quiet as a shadow. Either she was truly as quiet as she believed, or the creature did not see the need to turn at her entrance. In either case she got a good long look at him in the room’s lone lantern and she went to work admiring the specimen that was before her. He had lustrous long locked auburn hair, which was closely cropped, and traveled down his scalp and neck like the main of some predatory cat; the mane not quite hiding the bull’s neck, thick with its bands of muscle. Downward those muscles went forming oxen humps on his back, further highlighting the size and hardness of spine & shoulder bones. Bears shoulders he had and forearms as well, she noted, along with the fact that his tremendous hands were clasped together behind him, there long simian fingers interlocked. She noted too, the odd device wrapped around his left leg, a kind of apparatus to help compensate for the damaged appendage; the leg that when shattered had never healed quite right and left the lad forever walking on his toes. The twin prongs of the brace serving to provide additional, and much needed, support.

Then he turned around, and she observed the many adornments that made him truly repulsive – the claw marks that span the entire left cheek ending near millimeters beneath the left eye; the pair of ear-to-ear wounds that ran parallel with each other along the length of the forehead; the series of smaller pock marks along the right cheek and chin that could be easily identified as the wounds inflicted by heavy iron nails, the kind oft found in building construction. The blotchy burn mark that serves as background to these wounds that runs all the way up to Jedith’s right ear, would indicate that the board that said nails were attached to happened to be on fire when it struck – but before her mouth could open in the slack jawed look of stunned amazement on how a being could accumulate so many mutilations, he bowed low, the faultless half bend acknowledging her as his superior, perfectly correct in the engagement of the decorous act, as if he had been well trained in the mannerly arts.

“It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance Mistress avoír Astucieu”

How something sounding so melodious, so full of rich dramatic suaviloquence, could come out of a face so hideous she would never know. Even without the scars, Jedith Skylar had a face where all excess flesh seemed to have been boiled away, leaving taut flesh over profuse musculature and dense bones. His nose was too broad and flat, his mouth too non-existent for any woman to call him handsome, and yet there were those lantern like eyes. Still she wasn’t even certain that his own mother could love that face. What she was certain of, was that Jedith Skylar was an interesting paradox.


“This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.”
William Blake


Physical Attributes






"Like many a trooper and guardsmen, I wear the badges of love & duty openly."
Jedith Skylar


The ugliest 12 arc old in Idalos.

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Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:57 am

 Personality 

The core of the Architect (I N T J

“There is nothing more useful in understanding the likelihood of any action a being might engage in the future, than having a grasp on its personality.”
Adenous Kynstene, “A survey of the Psyche, penned 12th of Ashan in the Arc 512

Sure, you might not like what Jed had to say, but you knew that he told you what he thought. You could count on him to be honest, even when it might not be politic to do so.
Haghen Kaster, Viden Harbor Master.


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Introversion
My step-brother has never been one for Soirees and only occasionally comes to them, but if you can get past his looks you will not find a more charming or delightful conversationalist… not at this event at least. He cares little for rank though, so he can be a bit… blunt at times, especially when it comes to his principles. Trying to budge him on those is like trying to move a mountain with your bear hands. Still, even though we are not blood-kin, he has supported me in more ways than I can total, never taking much credit himself.
Aceline Skylar-Bayard to Amanda Axelle


By natural inclination Jedith prefers personal reflection and quiet solitude over society. One Reflects More When Traveling alone, is a maxim Jedith lives by, as he gives his confidences, both personal and professional too few. Part of this is due to his own reserve and part is the consequence of the challenge for him to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with his relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. Jed rather spends his trials in the designing and exacuting plans within his domain of interests rather than share opinions on “uninteresting” distractions like gossip. This is further compounded by his natural thirst for knowledge and quest for constant self-improvement, means that Jed places numerous restrictions on his social time.
One learns from books only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things, is also a Jedith adage, and thus, those social activities that mesh with Jed’s goals – engagements that are perceived as important – will be the ones that Jedith will attend, and one can be certain that he will strive with his all to meet all the societal requirements of such engagements.





Intuitive
TO you nothing is beyond scrutiny, outside investigation, free from your intellectual evaluation of its qualities and usage. I suspect that even our Founder has been reviewed like a common animal under the lens of your logical focus.
Odette Skylar-Bayard to her son Jedith


Jed is an ‘idea’ person at heart, and this shows to anyone that spends any length of time with him. Anything is possible; everything is negotiable – unless reason, or testing says otherwise. Jedith’s mind never seems to stop, even in sleep, ever perceiving pattern-forms and using logic, a constently growing mountain of knowledge and data , to operationalize. Others may see what is and wonder why; Jedith Skylar see’s what might be and says ‘maybe, lets test it, let’s find out’. His greatest joys come from developing unique solutions to complex problems. While he doesn’t believe all problems are directly solveable, many can be lessoned or removed through the proper solution. Those that are the consequence of irrationality, outdated social norms, or the product of uninformed opinion, he doesn’t bother with.




Planning
There are many things you can count on when it comes to my brother Jed. One of them, is that he always has a plan. Correction, he always has several plans.
Bastiaan Skylar-Bayard commenting on his step-brother Jed at Eduart's twentieth naming day celebration


One thing is sure, Jedith Skylar is a planner. Everything he does, is part of a plan, or a backup plan, or a backup to a backup plan. Indeed, the development of several tertiary models of action might cause others to perceive him as one that often operates spontaneously, but nothing could be further from the truth. Jed simply knows that initial plans often require modification and possible points where matters might go sideways, responses and contingencies are developed. He is a rigid follower of a personal code of honor, which he has so far not deviated from, and is unlikely to do so.





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Thinking
One thing you must know about my older brother Jedith, his mind never stops working. When he is undergoing his regular training exercises, his mind is busy working on various problems. When he eats & drinks, his mind is working on various problems. When he is at his labors designing, building, and repairing vessels, his mind is working on problems; I expect after he is dead, and all else has turned to dust under the pressures of time, his mind will still be working on various problems. So, yes, I’ll trust him to solve my problem far more than I’ll trust you.
Necette Skylar-Bayard to Vivike Hildebrand about Jedith


Thinking for Jedith serves two distinct purposes, which serves as a major feature of all activities both internal and external: the first is that mental activity is a workhorse for intuitive processes; and the second as a sort of litmus test – using hard and soft logic, as well as all available data – to ascertain the validity of any idea put before him. Thinking, both as a feature of personality and as an activity , for jed serves as a means for testing ideas, as they come to light, determines there cogency, and then tends, protects, affirms and directs intuition's offspring, fully equipping them for fulfilling and useful lives. In this way Jedith is both a dreamer, and probably one of the most rational beings you will ever meet.




Feeling
My brother’s feeling has a modest inner room, two doors down from the Most Imminent intuition and logic. It doesn't get out much, but lends its influence on behalf of causes which are Good and Worthy and Humane. We may catch a glimpse of it in the unspoken attitude of good will, or the small smile or nod. Some question the existence of Feeling in Jedith, yet its unseen balance to Thinking is a cardinal dimension in the full measure of his soul.”
Eduart Skylar-Bayard to guests at his twentieth naming day celebration


to those that do not know Jedith particularly well, his lack of expressiveness when it comes to his own feelings has caused many to conclude that he doesn’t really have any. That he is nothing more than a cold-blooded and insensitive genius living by the mantra that emotions are for the weak. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Jedith’s natural stoicism, his considerable store of patients, his private nature, and belief that one doesn’t display extreme emotion in public have all lead to this widely held opinion. The fact is that Jedith does feel, and deeply, it only requires a perceptive individual, in public at least, to notice it most of the time. His siblings have each – in their own way – softened this opinion somewhat, with his eldest taking the lead, but the view of Jed as being as cold as a Viden winter remains.

Still even those closest to Jedith know that when it comes to his personal mental state, his tendency to repress his feelings has led to a significant weakness in the social arena. The four of them know, better than anyone, the long hard road Jed will have to travel before he is truly comfortable in this domain.

At present, he has learned how to channel passions alongside his logic to help him achieve his goals. He has described his current emotional knowledge as being double rooted in his natural inquisitiveness. Other’s emotions are the “canaries in his coal mine,” he has said once to his brother Edwurt. Others responses, whether joyful or distraught, are internally examined by Jed, in order to better identify them. In this way, Jed doesn’t use others reactions, nor even his own internal states, in addressing a decision, but rather an indication that a decision needs to be addressed.

Jedith does not believe that shifts in mood are themselves bad, or that a logical being shouldn’t have them, quite the contrary, he just knows that individuals can misidentify an emotion, and that he is more apt to do so. He further knows that some important events cannot be entirely resolved by rationality alone, and so he strives to improve his understanding in this complex domain, in order to not only better himself, but also achieve the goals he considers important.


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
Ernest Hemingway


Sub-facets of an Amber Eye’s Soul






"I find myself stuck between two societies, neither entirely allowing me to join them. Perhaps this is the fate of all born of different parents, I cannot say."
Jedith Skylar


The ugliest 12 arc old in Idalos.

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Jedith Skylar - A Rational Dreamer

Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:59 am

 History 
It is much easier to engage in that which is good, when one has a model to go by, when there is some belief in reward, in a being whose actions you wish to please or placate. It is much more difficult to engage in the good when one doesn’t have this matters as reinforce or guide, but ah the sweeter when one encounters one that follows that which is right based on reason alone.”
Lyonette Bevalion, What is truly good, penned 26th of Ashan arc 433.

All the conversations with family and friends, all the rumors and counter gossips I have heard did not prepare me one iota for the actual encounter with Jedith Skylar.
Adyana Adaline letter to her younger sister Jestene


To your esteemed Mistress Edana Skylar

I hope that you found the information within this letter in response to your various queries regarding your grandson, and my formal pupil, of some benefit, or at the very least they serve to further support whatever information you have already gleemed, as a consequence of previous investigations into the various rumors circulating about him as of late. As I know you are currently entertaining his mother’s mother, Mistress Adyana Adaline, some of what his penned here is for her benefit, since after all it might be profitable for her to learn some important truths about her youngest daughter’s actions of late. Still, I will leave the extent of this letters contents you wish to share up to your own discernment, since you know your pupil better than I. Unfortunately, it also means I must relate some news, which I am sure you are well acquainted with, but touches on what I know and how I know it related to both Jedith, as well as one of my business partners – and your first born son – Jeeraard Skylar.

In order to understand the life of Jedith Skylar, in order to fully come to terms with his beliefs regarding his purpose as “the aid of humankind,” one must understand a little about the history of Anther’s Ettyne and its relation to the mountain chain now called Cold Mountain. The town itself dates back to sometime in the three hundred and twenty-seventh Arc, When Anther Skylar erected several simple earthen walls to protect his clan from the winter snows, and a coal and zinc mine he had discovered the arc before. While the history around this time is somewhat vague and while contradictory evidence exists, there is no indication that he ever intended the settlement to be a second Viden. Still one cannot deny that the first two clans to join the settlements, extended families both, were quite suspicious of Yvithia and wanted nothing to do with Viden itself. Interestingly enough Akerman and Baver still seem to be wary of the mighty imortaless all these generations later, but I digress.

The importance of this history is three fold: firstly, that most of the respected families of Anther’s Ettyne are human, not Eídisi; there is a considerable leaning of the populist of the settlement toward rugged independence and individualism, of personal responsibility, while staying true to one’s family; and lastly, but no means of least importance, Anther’s Ettyne is a mining town, a producer of coal and zinc, of graphite, of silicates, of limestone, of granite, and marble – in small amounts on this last at any rate; as well as other non-metallic mineral ores. Given all this, it is little wonder that some might feel a certain concern over ensuring ties between Anther’s Ettyne and Viden. It is no great wonder that your husband, Bruin Skylar & Hæge Adaline thought it would be good for all if one member married into the line of the other. You must pardon my saying so, good mistress, but surely both men must have been passing drunk, or that Hæge is far more masterful with words than I have been led to believe, since neither man seemed to be aware of the possible upset this would cause, notably within Anther’s Ettyne.

As you know more of the actual events that which led up to the marriage of your eldest son Jeeraard Skylar to Odette Adaline, than I do, I’ll not belabor this point over much. I will however say only these things in passing. There is a rather considerable wide standing belief that Hæge held some authority over Bruin, being why Bruin readily agreed to the idea. Some say that Bruin was indebted to Hæge in some way, while others with a more fanciful imagination say it was blackmail. I personally disagree with both concepts, but tongues will wag, especially in winter, as the saying goes. Others say it was a social move on both men’s parts, Hæge wanting to use the connections that having regular access to good fuel would give him to gain a promotion in the Viden Commissariat, that powerful branch of the Viden Civil Service, while Bruin would have increased standing among the movers and shakers of the Eídisi that lived in the town, and could gradually begin moving into the higher circles of Viden society proper. Perchance both this rumor and the one that preceded it are equally true; I am not for knowing myself. What I do know with absolute certainty as that Odette was interested in the match for social & political reason, while Jeeraard was not, and thus, began one of the most unhappy marriages I have ever encountered in my life. I have recently come to understand that you disagreed with the match, a pity your late husband did not listen.

The outcome of the marriage is well known, although why the loss of social standing seemed harder on Jeeraard, over his father, I will never know. Truly the soul of humankind is a Fickle thing. It gladden me some to see Jeeraard regain much of his proper social standing with the locals after Eduart came along, even if his non-Eídisi behavior did infuriate his mother. Odette can be as cool as ice around others, but I have been witness to her temper on an occasion, and it is truly as fierce as any blizzard. Thus, it was a mixed-blessing that Odette went on several long excursions to Rynmere to visit friends from her university days that had obtained posts among the Rynmere’s university faculty. Well blessings while she was gone at any rate. Still two particularly bad miscarriages can be attributed to these trips, although whispers say otherwise, and more than one rumor suggests that her trips to see her friend Reinier Bayard, who became her second husband after Jeeraard’s death, where more than mere visits to spend time with a close acquaintance. This is a topic I shall return to later.

Well ten arcs after Edwart, and six after the loss of their second, Odette gave birth to Jedith. I suspect she wanted a daughter, given her words on seeing Jed for the first time were,

“here is a most unwanted son, with too much of the amber in him.”

This was recounted to me by both the housekeeper, Dagmar Kaja, and the physician Alban Hydero, so I am inclined to believe she said it. I did not truly comprehend what she meant by amber until recently.
Her dislike, or rather various pretexts for her aversions related to the lad’s behaviors, served as no end of a source of argument between Jeeraard and Odette, although I am led to understand that the arguments decreased in frequency after Odette resumed her work as one of the Overseers of Hadewych’s House of Healing Hands, the chief medical center of Anther’s Ettyne, where both local surgens and healers, as well as members of the Order of the Adunih work and carry out certain types of research. Still it took the birth of necette, who near instently became her mother’s favorite – Eduart was Jeeraard’s golden boy, as was clear to everyone – for matters to finally settle peacefully in the Skylar household. A pitty they didn’t last.

Now that I have drawn this little sketch of Skylar domiciliary, I shall move on to commenting on your grandson outright.

Of Jedith’s early arcs, those before the age of ten, there is little of any true relevance to say. He was perhaps more pensive than most his age, perhaps played a bit less than what is typical, and had a greater tendency to gain inclusion with an older peer group than what is average, still none of these activities are so strange to really require comment. While he was never disrespectful to his betters, his direct somewhat blunt style of speaking was perhaps a bit of a surprise to most adults, and did occasionally land young Jedith in unintended trouble. Academically he did well, being studious even at this early age, taking advantage of what reading materials he could gain access to, even if they weren’t always intended for him, as he was known to read Edwart’s, and even his father’s books. The only true point of significance during this period is the relationship that was formed between Jedith, Edwart, and Necette. As is already well known, Jedith had already formed a strong bond between his elder brother Edwart. Jedith often caught fly bate for Edwart, much to his mother’s consternation – a respectable boy should not do such things she was wont to say – for Edwart loved to fish at Kammeden’s pond. He did other things for Edwart too, one time I personally caught the seven arc old Jed blackening Edwart’s boots. When I asked him why he was doing that, he promptly replied, “Edwart is busy with learning my father’s trade and plans for an outing this evening, he must blook respectable.” He was even known to help the servants with their tasks from time to time, saying that “a young man must learn the yoke of responsibility early in order to grown into proper manhood.” I do not know where he got such ideas, in some book he read I suspect, and as commendable as they might be, his zeal towards them was a trifle odd. His behavior towards his younger sister Necette I have heard was of a similar bent to that of his better. I know that he used pocket money he earned from doing extra chores about the district to buy her replacements for the occasional toy or doll that wore out, as Jeeraard rarely purchased those, as it was another source of regular argument between the mistress of the house and he. Odette did have very specific psychological ideas on how children should be raised and would not take well any contrary argument. I should point out here that based on my personal observations that while Odette was never intentionally wantonly cruel, and she & Necette are indeed truly quite close, it was her severe uncompromising strictness coupled by stretches of total absence – her tendency to put social, as well as occupational concerns at the forefront of her life – that are the two greatest charges that can clearly be laid at her feet at this time. Well given that I cannot say with certainty regarding the true parentage of Reinier Bayard’s children, and even though there is a striking resemblance between the late mistress Bayard, and the current Mistress Skylar-Bayard, I cannot give into rumor that they are one in the same.

Let us now skip a head to Jedith’s tenth arc, where a considerable shift would begin to take place among this branch of the Skylar’s.

As you well know, After completing his regular lessons for the day Jedith split his time between additional training under Maslow Edanas, – who taught him the basics of archery, riding, and field craft – myself – where he learned advanced mathematics, chemistry, along with any other subject that fit his fancy – , or working in the mine. It was the money he earned at this labor that went in part to paying us, as Jeeraard paid the other half. Odette not being as particular with Jed’s tutors as she was with his siblings; for the life of me I do not know why. Now, if she was displeased with Jedith doing such entirely improper things as catching flies, then you can bet your curls she was initially hopping mad over Jedith doing mining work. This is the one time, as far as I know at any rate, where Odette wasn’t actually mad that Jed bested her at an argument. He had devoured Master Adalhard Jorn’s two volumes on logical thinking sometime around his ninth arc, and was quite skilled in its use. He stated, in so many words, that his working on the mine would allow him to be close to the regular laborers and enable him to develop attachments that would further assist Edwart, who was already ensconced in his father’s business, as well as assist his younger sister’s burgeoning plans through similar attachment.

Future events would later prove just how right he was.

It was on the one hundred and twentieth trial of Vhalar when it happened. I know many sources have said that it happened on the second or third of Cylus, and while there are plenty of viable reasons for that error, none-the-less that date is incorrect, as I shall relate. On that day Jeeraard was reviewing the fourth mine shaft, which is nicknamed Annabel, after Annabel Skylar, for her various labors in healing miners during the collapse of 644. Jeeraard regularly reviewed the mines, and while this one seemed no different from those inspections, it was in truth to investigate reports of unsafe methods being practiced by one of the work bosses. You see, unlike many a mine in Italos, the Skylar mines use wood reinforced by concrete clocks and injected earthen mixtures called cement. One of the work bosses was simply using wood for a new shaft without using the safer methods. The reason why he was using this method was that he had been bribed by Nikolaus Stefan, to do so. Professor Stefan was another one of Odette’s friends from her university days, and at the time served as Assistant- Chair of the department of chemistry at Viden. He was also a regular visitor to the Skylar’s, for a number of reasons besides merely to see Odette. Now, let me be quite clear on this, Odette never asked him to kill Jeeraard, never asked for anything of the sort, and I believe everything that follows with regards to Jedith, is born from the combination of guilt over what happened & her already strong dislike with Jedith over other matters. Odette’s frustrations over her inability to successfully carry out her political aspirations for Anther’s Ettyne, along with a marriage that was nothing like she expected – for Jeeraard was a man of the gut, not of the head, and quarreled with his wife as often as she with him, even though their bouts never came to blows – made her utter words she would later regret. These words, overheard by Jedith as he was bringing the pair refreshments in Odette’s study were, only relayed to me the trial before Jedith was to leave. I recall them in my mind’s ear even now, and they make me shutter.

“I sometimes wish there was an exit to this marriage to a man I cannot abide. For I have not encountered a man that vexes me the way he does in all my trials.”

As I have said I strongly believe, as there are a dozen examples I can point to now in light of this revelation that Odette did not truly desire Jeeraard’s death. Jedith has told me that even he doesn’t blame her. Still she knows that Jed heard, and that knowing has caused a rift to form between the pair that will perhaps never be mended. For Jedith, it was Nikolaus that set the fire, and it was set well too, Nikolaus set it in such a manner that would ensure collapse. He would have slain a dozen others besides, along with the work boss that had helped him, if Jedith hadn’t smelt the smoke working in a paralleling tunnel, and hadn’t investigated. I believe that Isick Hawther said it best in a song he wrote afterwards,

“We thought it was too late when the fire was spied,
That all of us were goners doomed to die,
When we heard the clink of metal and a familiar grown and sigh,
Then with a bellowing cry we heard Jed yell,
Hurry you fools fly, fly, fly.”

I understand that Jedith and his father took up an argument on who should go and who should stay, since someone had to hold up the support bar, to allow everyone to escape, even before half of the men had made it out into one of the main tunnels. I comprehend it was eventually Jeeraard that gave Jedith the shove that cleared him from most of the collapse, the back flow partially trapping his left leg, with additional rock fall blocking off the junction into the main passage. What I cannot fathom is the mind set of an eleven arc lad that would willingly die for their father. Forgive me on this last point Mistress Skylar, but truly, given the fact that Jedith was never the favored of either of his parents, given the things I know, as well as suspect, I cannot be so sure that I would have been willing to be so selfless. Anyhow, it wouldn’t be until the early breaks of the third of Cylus that Jedith would be freed. He managed to liberate his leg, along with making a fine start towards freeing himself by the time workers came upon him. It wouldn’t be until Ashan before Jeeraard’s body would be recovered and buried

He’s spend a good half of the following arc confined to a healing ward’s bed, and long before he finally hobbled out on crutches, his familiar leg brace not having been fashioned yet, his mother would have been married to Reinier Bayard, he would have gained a younger step-brother in Bastiaan, an older step-sister in Aceline, with the beginnings of a firm relationship between both himself as well as his siblings having been formed. A season and a half later he would move out of the Skylar residence and in with me, where he would remain for the remainder of that arc and the next before moving in with your brother Leiven, where he would begin his work as a shipwright. I should mention that when Jedith left, so too did Dagmar Kaja – the Skylar’s long standing housekeeper mentioned previously – a most interesting woman, who you might want to have a chat with.

I do not have to apprise you with the fact that he had already invested considerably into the Five Points Trading Coster by the time of his move, or the fact that Aceline had already gained a position as chief aid to Mistress Loes Machteld, retired captain of the Viden navy, and third seat holder on the governing council of Anther’s Ettyne. I do not believe I need inform you of the stunning pipeline that transfers hot water from various massive boilers to the block buildings and greenhouses that comprise the town; a system that three of the four siblings helped in some way to make happen. Nor do I suspect that I need to enlighten you of his charging the burning structure in Viden’s impoverished district, not once, but several times to rescue individuals trapped there in. Aceline had already joined Viden’s military by that point I seem to recall, vacating her post as aid to your daughter Syntheia. I don’t recall whether she had joined active service on the Shield of the North yet or not, but know that both her and Jedith were on ship when they both swung aboard the burning wreck of the Horizon’s Chaser, when it ran afoul of the pirate fleet under Karim Garaile. I believe that was the maiden voyage of the vessel after the addition of its repeating ballista’s, a fine supplement to its twenty ten pounders. You will need to arrange a meeting with Aceline at some point so we can discuss that strange pump engine that she, Eduart, and Jedith came up with. I shall be more than glad to relate many more of Jedith’s ideas. I eagerly await the opportunity to further discuss with you how all your grandchildren have aided in expanding the coster, when I travel to Viden at the end of the season, young Vasar, who you simply must meet, in tow. He has some letters from Jedith for you, which you must read, they are quite important. He can also tell you all about how I came to serve as his employer, and the debt he owes your grandson. I think you will find it as interesting as I did. It would appear that Jedith learned things about me, in spite of my trying to keep them from him. There is also an important matter regarding the true reason why he and his uncle and his mother’s new husband don’t get along. Before I forget however, and this is a matter you might already be aware, the last subject we discussed before his departure to move in with his uncle is that little curious statement his mother made on seeing him for the first time, you might already be aware of its significance, still all the same I feel I must relate it anyhow. Apparently, Odette’s grandfather, the famed professor Asger Dittmer, had the same lambent amber eyes as your grandson Jedith. I believe that Odette has some longstanding issues with trying to please him when she was younger, I rather suspect she never quite succeeded on this point. Perhaps this is why she’s never squashed the rumor that Jedith is an illegitimate offspring of Jeeraard. We should perhaps do something about that soon I think. It would appear though that Jedith knows about this relationship between his eyes, and their amber quality, and this ancestor, as he plans to take up the mantle of the Aid to humankind. However, I do believe Jedith’s plans are very different than the academic concerns of his forebear. Perhaps you will excuse my boldness by saying, in closing, despite the rumors to the contrary, you have much to be proud in Jedith. Well until then, I remain your dearest friend,

Deedrick Chillingsworth.


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"I shall run along the horizon line of belief fully knowing that it shall harm me,
Wholly aware that I shall bleed,
May my blood nourish humankind,
May my blood strengthen humankind,
May my blood improve humankind.

I shall run alone if need be,
I shall run being mocked if need be,
I shall runn forsaking riches, loved ones, or fame,
I shall run.”
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Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 6:01 am

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"Treat every transaction as a form of worship to the village, town, or city in which you find yourself. For each is praise onto civilization in all forms.”
Lyonette Bevalion, What is truly good, penned 26th of Ashan arc 433.

Since I can remember Jedith has always been setting aside some of his funds to give to others.
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Its not for the love of gold that I save, but for good food & good cheer, I shall have funds to pay.
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"Coin is conjilled life, and through the life that earned it, and throught the proper directing of the life by the coin, I shall build something better than I have yet known.”
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Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 6:06 am

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"We never stop learning up until the trial we die, and perhaps not even then.
Videnese saying, author unknown.

“There is a curious element in relation to my grandson, he attacks learning in a general sense like a starving man attacks food, but yet there seems to be some reticence in regards to attending the university. Perhaps you could explain this.”
Edana Skylar to her friend & menter the Seeker Deedrick Chillingsworth




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“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started."
Henry Ward Beecher




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The Five points Trading Coster +10
Viden 0
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"I seek to forge myself by as many tools that come to mind, or to hand, as possible, which for the moment means anything save magic & immortal blessings."
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Postby Jedith Skylar » Tue May 22, 2018 5:48 pm

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There questions of life to which there are no good answers.
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Postby Ghoul » Wed May 30, 2018 3:55 pm

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Hey, there, Jedith!

Happy to see that you've managed to finish your CS - I remember when you first started it. Quite some time has passed! I'm eager to see what you'll do with him, but there are a few things that need to be hammered out; some minor, some major.

Minor
    For the inheritance and investments you've written in - I cannot give them to you. You must start with the set amount given through the city dweller pack, which is what you chose. You can, however, keep the acquired coin from selling your home as you have opted to do.

Major
    I am, at this point in time, unaware if you've spoken with Whisper in concern to Anther's Ettyne and Five Point. They both need to be approved by the city moderators for Viden - Whisper and Banshee. I've also sent Whisper a PM and spoken to Banshee, so once this is cleared up, we can get to approving your CS

Once those topics have been addressed and fixed as needed, I can approve your CS :D
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