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PostSubject: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:58 pm

The great doors of the throne room swung open, and Alderman Gundar swept through them, his long coat trailing behind him as he moved.

"My lords and ladies, his Majesty will begin his audience now" he stated, then stood aside to allow the brethren of the Orders to file in. The throne room itself was bedecked only in the royal colours, though there was a notable absence of the usual Griffon guards. Instead stationed around the perimeter were a number of Mettenheim Greatswords, Veccavian Knights and surprisingly some Vanskerry Warriors. It was clear that the king was trying to preserve neutrality by not having the Griffons on duty today.

The king and the prince were already present, his majesty seated on the throne raised up on the dais, beside him on a smaller chair sat his son. Both were talking, heads together. Mordred's face was unreadable, though Valdemar was trying to look solemn. Behind the king stood one member of the Forlorn Hope, though their face was heavily scarred and his armour was more worn than was perhaps appropriate. It was clear that it was not Frederick.

Before the dais, raised above the main floor but not so high as the royals were three more large seats, each bearing the royal insignia of Pendor in the head rest. The main floor held a multitude of seats arranged in rows, none were reserved for any particular order so the knights began to take their places.


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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:20 pm

"Veccavi, Mettenheimers and Vanskerries... what a lovely cavalcade," Lucius recited as he trailed Marcus through the grand doors, his tone a flurry of sarcastic remarks and dead serious as-a-matter-of-fact statements. "But no Griffons. Perhaps the Majesty isn't as trusting of his bodyguards as he was before."

Marcus shook his head. "No. He is just as trusting of them as before, but he doesn't wish to anger us, either."

"I see. The King... he is a reasonable man." surprisingly, a touch of awe lingered in Lucius' voice.

Marcus' eyes widened as he recognized his second's tone, but kept his mouth closed. Lucius wasn't the sort to switch allegiances. Better like this, openly, than something worse brewing in secret.

"He is a good King," Marcus answered. "And today, I hope that he makes the right decision. I truly hope that he can see through the Griffons' zeal, at least."

Lucius nodded in agreement, beginning to scan the rows of chairs for a suitable place. His plans were thwarted as Marcus sat down on a high-backed chair in the front row, eyes suddenly intent. He was inspecting the Prince from under his brows, so that it seemed he was not even looking at his direction; the Prince Valdemar had a level look about him, with perhaps a hint of glumness around his eyes. Marcus had long since learned that trying to weigh the King was a futile attempt at best, but apparently the Prince hadn't learned everything yet. He looked at the King - not in the eyes - and rose from his chair, bowing formally.

"Hail to the King", he said, just loudly enough to be heard.

At the same time another man entered the room, walking over to Marcus, and bowed low at the King. "Legionary Marius from the Shadow Legion. My King."

He sat down a few chairs to the left of where Marcus was sitting, shaking his head as though there was something he didn't understand about this whole affair.


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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:42 pm

A double column of halberdiers made its way from the Silvermist quarters in the city to the castle, shouldering its way through the crowd at the castle gates. Word had gotten around that someone important had been arrested for treason, maybe even a grandmaster, and the people hoped to at least catch a glimpse on what was going on on the castle's outer courtyard. Nevertheless the crowd parted from the armed men and the Lord Constable safely entered the courtyard, where Iskar sent the halberdiers off to the guardroom. Within the castle would be guards enough.

Accompanied by the permanent Silvermist ambassador at court, Sir Nimrod, and a scribe carrying several parchments he continued his way to the throne room. He had dressed appropriately for a royal audience, in addition to his ornate long tabard a dark green cloak framed with gold and silver fleurs-de-lys flowed from his shoulders.
Leaving their weapons with the guards at the door they entered the throne room, advanced up to the dais and knelt to greet the king before taking their places, Iskar choosing the one besides Marcus, while the scribe vanished into the shadows on the outer parts of the room, waiting for orders.



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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:54 pm

Saeros enters the room right after Iskar, likewise unarmed and wearing only the Silvermist tabard. He sits close Marcus and beside the constable.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:29 am

Isabel entered wearing her fine clothes in the colors of the Griffons. Before moving to her seat, she bowed respectfully to the King, and then to the Prince.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:36 am

Varys slithers enters the room inconspicuously, and walks to an empty seat. He bows to the King and says, "My King," and sits.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:37 am

Johan came in wearing Legion colours and hood covering his face. Before sitting near Marcus, he bowed to the king.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:53 am

Sir Mitchell walked down the hall and entered the chamber room where he wore his Legatus attire for comfortably and sign of power.

He approached the front of the majesty himself and bowed.

"Your Majesty, it is most welcoming to see you again." He then goes in front of the royal heir, his son.

"A goodmorn to you young prince."

He stands up and turns to face a table and looks for a place to sit. He spots Isabel and joins the seat adjacent to her, considering Sir Mitchell does not have any existent order members present.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:07 am

Sir Lucius was the next to arrive, bowing deeply before the King and his son before finding a seat in the middle of the assembly.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:11 am

Sir Mastifus followed soon after Sir Lucius, stomping in to the throne room while throwing a cursory glance at the strange guardians around the room. He then bowed curtly before the king and his son and made his way to the rear of the room and sat, placing his boots up on the seat in front.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:27 am

Jareth could hardly be seen entering behind Sir Mastifus. He looked around the room looking for Marcus and the rest.
He saw them but decided to remain at the entrance overlooking the scenery.

When Marcus looked at him he just nodded and crossed his arms in front ofhis chest.



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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:39 am

Sir Azrael was the next to arrive. He had a neutral look on him, as if thinking what to make of this little event. He gave a deep bow to the king and went to his seat next to Isabel.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:29 am

Sir Kamos walked into the room scanning the surroundings, he was wearing his normal armor with a Griffon tabard over it flowing somewhat loosely. He didn't stop to gawk but looked and watched the strange assortment of people. He went straight towards the King put his fist over his heart then bowed before walking off and taking his seat next to Sir Azrael.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:34 am

Aelos came in after his knight master, wearing a yellow tabard with a black Griffon over his chest. He bowed once before the King and once before the young prince, before he sat down next to Sir Kamos.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:04 am

Sir Aranor entered the room, dressed in rich robes. He was escorted by the two Griffins. They had taken some time in getting there due to Sir Aranor praying in the chapel with Sir Celdiur. He looked dignified, with his head held high, and walking a few steps ahead of his Griffin escort.

He walked until he reached the center of the room. He did a bow.


"My King, I have come to answer the accusations made against me."


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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:15 am

The King rose as Sir Aranor entered, and bowed before him. Accepting his presence with a nod, Mordred pointed at a seat in the side of the room.

"My lords and ladies, brethren of the military Orders of Pendor, I am pleased you have answered my summons so quickly. Firstly, I must ask for the written report of the gathering thus far from the Silvermists, whom I asked to act as chair of this meeting. I will read it through and and then we can proceed with the more unpleasant reason for our assembly here today"
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:26 am

Iskar rose from his seat and made a commanding gesture towards the shadowy outer part of the room. His scribe hurried forward and handed him several parchments: A sealed scroll and some large, folded pieces.

As the scribe retreated back to the other servants standing in attendance Iskar approached the dais.


Your Majesty, this scroll contains detailed accounts on the recommendations of the council. I have attached a map completing the written accounts on the territorial issues that have been discussed so far before the council session was ... interrupted.

He handed the items to a footboy in attendance who passed them on to the king. Then he bowed and retreated to his seat.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:13 am

Mordred nodded as he received the scrolls, unrolling it at once and giving it a cursory read, then giving the map a quick look with another nod. When done, he returned to his throne and rolled the scroll up once more and handed it over to the Forlorn Hope soldier.

"Take this and give it to Alderman Gundar, tell him I should like to meet him once this meeting has been concluded for his counsel." he said commanded. The Mettenheimer made a fist over his heart in salute and left through one of the side entrances. Once he had departed, Mordred turned once more to the gathered Order brethren and looked out over them his face stony.

"Now, we must turn to these other matters. Duke Darlion has accused Sir Aranor of the Dawn of treason, an accusation supported by the laws of Pendor" he began, starting to pace before his throne as he was like to do when there was something weighing on his mind. Abruptly he stopped having come to a conclusion.

"I must make it clear that I consider any attack on the authority of the crown, as an attack against the nation of Pendor as a whole. All of us in this chamber have sacrificed much to restore Pendor to its former glory, and I shall not allow any man or woman to stand in the way of our rightful ascension to a place as a great power once more" Mordred stated, his voice stern, his usually warm eyes having turned to steel, their light blue intensity becoming all the more striking in the quiet that settled over the room. The King fell silent for a moment, clearly carefully weighing his course of action. When he spoke again his voice had dropped, yet there was not a soul who did not hear him, or the venomous warning his words spoke.

"The Snake Cult came close, far closer than any of you might imagine to destroying Pendor forever, and the secrets she guards. Azi Dahaka knows this all too well, and it is why we continue to suffer attacks against our shores, as hopeless as they may seem against the stalwart defenders we have deployed there. It is for this reason that we have laws to act ruthlessly against any question of the authority which the Crown of Pendor has over this kingdom, and why I will brook absolutely no question against the right my family has to rule, or for the powers of the throne, for if we were to falter in our duty the consequences for Pendor, for humanity, for all living beings even, would be..." he shook his head, shoulders slumping and a great weariness seemed to settle over the sovereign, and he turned back to his seat and sat with a sigh.

"But I am not Ulric, I will not give in to ruthlessness even if it seems required to maintain the stability of our fair nation. We stand here at the birth of a new kingdom, one greater than the Pendor of old and it is one which I will see grounded in justice and order. As such, we shall hold court here, and it will be for the military peers of Sir Aranor to determine his guilt or innocence" the king continued, seeming to draw strength once more from the cold stone of his throne. He sat up now, the former weariness banished, replaced instead by the fiery spirit that was so familiar to those in the hall.

"Four will sit as judges in this trial. Three of them will decide the guilt or innocence of the accused, while the fourth shall be solely responsible for the punishment to be meted out should the accused to found guilty of their crimes. The Crown calls for Sir Lucius Aurelianus of the Ebony Gauntlet to sit as the First of the Three, his dedication to the Kingdom never having been called into question. The Crown also calls Marcus Merula of the Shadow Legion as the Second of the Three, the blood he has shed for the Kingdom proving the purity of his heart. Finally, the Crown calls Sir Celdiur Moriendor as the Third of the Three, his concern for the stability of the Kingdom being well known to us. I myself shall preside over the justices as the fourth judge. I would ask those who are sitting in court to decide the fate of Sir Aranor to recognise that the meeting was called to consider the means to reform the kingdom's administration to better effect its efficiency, furthermore his words were spoken in private and were not associated with any known scheme or malicious intent. A simple majority is required for the ruling." Mordred stated, gesturing to the three seats lined up before the throne of Pendor.

"The Order of the Griffon will be called to prosecute the case against Sir Aranor as the accusers, while the Order of the Silvermist shall sit in his defence as the chair of the meeting at which the words were spoken. Each council shall choose one spokesman and will speak twice, once to plead their case, and once to argue against the case of the other council. The judges will then have time to question the councils and the accused at their leisure in order to assist them in making their decision. As the prosecution, we call on the Griffons to speak first when all are ready."



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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:25 am

Sir Aranor bowed once again, and turned to take a seat at the side of the room.

"Astraea be with us.." He whispered to himself

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:29 am

Varys smiled.

Let the games begin..he thought.

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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:20 am

Celdiur had arrived just as the King made his first address to the court. He chose not to draw attention to his poor time keeping and simply slipped into a seat near the back of the hall. To any that new him well, they would realise just how strange Celdiur looked, as it was the first time in a long time that Celdiur had donned his priestly robes. Rather elaborate robes at that, white trimmed with the deepest of black, hooded, the collar finely embroidered gold upon red, and of course the chain that always hung from his neck displaying the symbol of Astraea. He wore the same leather boots he had prieviously.

Upon hearing the King announce that he would sit as judge, his heart lifted at the King's wisdom. He stood, pulled back his hood and moved to stand before the King. He place his fist over his heart and bowed low.

"You do me a great honour your Majesty. By the Goddess, I shall ensure that true justice is done this day"


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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:03 pm

Despite his best efforts, Merzinas and the rest of Aranors retinue had not been able to find and walk in with the Grandmaster. They arrive a few minutes after him and move awkwardly into the hall, unknowing of what to do. They all give a quick bow to the king in turn and move to go over and sit with their Grandmaster.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:17 pm

Rising from his seat, he made another elaborate bow, flourishing a cloak that he did not have.

"I am taken by this honor, my King," Marcus' eyes were like torches. "I, also, will do my best to ensure that justice is done."


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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:14 pm

Aelos looked down after the King's words. Praying that he would not be the one to prosecute in name of the Griffons. Not only his faith would clash, but most of the judges had already condemned the Duke for his actions. An impossible task for the one Griffon that would be appointed prosecutor.

He looked up at the young Prince, this young boy would learn a lot from today's display of Law and Politics, but Aelos doubts if the Prince is old enough to understand his father's decisions.

Then he turned his eyes towards Aranor, his rich clothes making him look more like a Lord than a man of the faith. Aelos wondered if his faith in Astraea was really that important to him. He cared foremost about the protection of the King, but the faith that had come second all his life, had been replaced by the well being of the Crown Prince sitting there besides his father.

Aelos had decided, he would finally put down the squire chains and fight for both King and Crown Prince, as a true knight.
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PostSubject: Re: IC Scene: Aranor's Trial   Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:51 pm

The last of the judges to stand, Sir Lucius placed a hand over his heart.

Likewise, I am honoured by your choice, your Grace.

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