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#976186
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[OOC Assume you mean Duke Fedor's elite guards? ]

Jaxon

He frowns. This is not a complication that he had anticipated.

"I would like this trial to be considered just and fair."

He bows to Lady Matarael.

"Could you suggest a way that Sir Kirill's wishes might be met? Or advise us of the reasons why this might not be so?"

He tries to keep his expression neutral and his emotions in check. Maybe he should have had more lessons in diplomacy?

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Lady Matarael smiles

“The prisoners ‘wishes’ in this matter are irrelevant, this is a trial not an enquiry or a hearing over some minor breach of etiquette, as you will recall the accused has been named traitor for refusing to follow the commands of his liege lord. You are both judge and executioner here, justice under the laws of this House is what you deem it to be, nothing more, nothing less. Perhaps this clarifies the scope of your office though it ceases when you leave this Court.”
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She leans in from behind the back of Jaxon’s chair, close to his right ear.

“You see before Sir Kirill took on his ‘holier than though’ mantle we had…..memories…together, he and I, his objections are nothing more than his desire not to be reminded of his past, a past I hasten to add that includes a sworn and unwavering loyalty to his house.”

Sir Kirill breathes slowly out of his nose.

“You see my Lords how words can be twisted to fit intent and alternative meanings; your advisor is an extension of her fathers desire as well as an unhealthy dose of her own.”

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Sasha


She frowned severely, her arms folding beneath her breasts as she considered Lady Matarael's statement.

"The laws of this House... are they encoded or written down anywhere so that we can refer to them to assure that we understand them accurately?"

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Sashas question seems to provoke a ripple of polite yet silent amusement amongst those assembled in the Court, a few smiles and whispers behind hands discreetly pass here and there.
Gliding away from Jaxons chair with her usual grace and deft speed Lady Matarael appears next to Sasha like a summoned spirit.

“You will have to forgive some of the host before you” she answers quickly “I suspect the Dukes’s hand was more focused on the formalities of the moment then giving you a practical summary of the task before you. Whilst it is true that for minor or petty matters or otherwise as the masses would engage in there are indeed defined and wholesome laws which govern and regulate the status quo of the lower orders.

Where however the crime is directed against such a person as His High Lord the Duke the law, as it is with most houses including yours, is what the Duke says it is, when he says it is and where he says it is. There is of course some operation of precedent but they are not binding. The prisoner before you is accused of a high crime against the oath he swore to Duke Gunter.This is why you have an advisor for the trial only, you are Judge, you are jury and if you so choose, you are the executioner.”

Sir Kirill quickly interjects looking towards Sasha

“You see my Lord the path of justice that lays before me. His High Lord the Duke has denied me trial by combat where before the Pancreator this charge will be proven false. In a trial of words there are none that I can speak of here that would prove as effective.”

Lady Matarael moves a little closer towards Sasha almost within whispering distance but still respectfully distant.

“There is a reason why he cannot be allowed to fight his way out” she adds quietly “you see something has changed him, for better or worse who can say, but it’s the reason why he arrives and leaves escorted as he is.”

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(OOC - Exeter I will ghost for Gypsy whilst she is away so feel free to speak to Jaxon or post as you see fit).

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Sasha


"I am not concerned with the cackling of those poultry," Sasha whispered in response to Lady Matarael's statements.

"But, if as you say, in cases such as this, the law is solely determined by decision of the Duke, why then does he need judges?"

Sasha rolled her eyes briefly ceilingward and shrugged,

"Or does he expect Lord Jaxon and myself to merely serve as rubber stamps for his wishes?"

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Jaxon

It is a good question and he waits for Lady Matarael to respond.

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Matarael considers the question carefully then answers

“My Lords its not my place to interpret the wishes or thoughts of Dukes, especially that of his grace, that task falls to you which is why he has chosen you above all others. You will note Sir Kirill’s claims as to the lack of a fair hearing and the resulting changes put in place to address this, namely judgement by his peers and not of House Decados.

You have a choice of course, decline this high honour that the Duke has bestowed upon you, something that our House will no doubt remember or provide Sir Kirill with the impartial trial and decision as he requests. You can be certain of one thing, whatever happens the memory of our House is long and in time it will be more than just us who will consider the actions you take here today.

I can also assure you that my former….dalliance…with Sir Kirill before he became the man you see before you will not influence any guidance I can provide to the Court as this is my duty which comes above that of my desire. Something that perhaps some have forgotten.”

She glances over at Sir Kirill quickly then back to Sasha.

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Jaxon

"And I assume that as 'honoured judges', we are free to make the decision that we feel is the most just to all concerned. The reference to the long memory of your House, Lady Matarael, might have been misinterpreted as a threat by some, though I am sure that was not your intention."

He smiles politely. He does not like to feel railroaded.

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