Chronicle - Trial of sera Briseis
Tenth day of the Fourth moon,
Thirteenth Year of the Recent Awakenings,
Trial of sera Briseis
In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as a Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the Trial of sera Briseis.
At the seventh late bell on the Tenth day of this Fourth moon court was called into session for the Trial of sera Briseis, accused of one count of False Imprisonment, one count of Bloody Assault and one count of Assault.
Her Majesty's Royal Justicar, Lady Etaine, presided over the trial with sera Maelle, the prosecutor, presenting the case against the accused. She told the court that sera Briseis had allegedly struck a man, ser Keiran, hard enough to render him unconscious. She had then bound the ser in her room where she had beaten him and eventually caused a deep wound to his stomach with a double-edged blade.
The Justicar seemed displeased with the short presentation and the large amount of paperwork she would be required to read, though the prosecutor noted there was overlap and the relevant parts were highlighted.
Lady Etaine then permitted sera Briseis an opportunity to speak. The sera, who had remained silent up to this point except to state she was not guilty, told the Court that yes, ser Keiran had been in her room that evening for a sword practice. He had tripped during the practice and struck his head on a trunk in her room and had declined her offer to see him to a healer and left. The other wounds described by the prosecutor, as well as the accusation of binding and wounded, were denied.
However, the sera admitted that she was in the habit of drinking large amounts of alcohol, stating she did so to cope with memories of torture at the hands of Ashke years before. Further, upon finding out about the charges against her, she had fled into the tunnels to avoid being captured, an act which she confessed did not make her appear innocent.
Sera Briseis freely admitted there was as likely a chance of her being found guilty as innocent and that, should she be found so, she hoped the Justicar would show mercy on her and render her free of the memories of her treatment at Ashke's hands, so she would no longer be forced to cope with them.
This appeared to upset the Justicar, who inquired if the sera knew what she was asking. Lady Etaine explained to the Court and the accused that such an act would cause hurt to another. Despite her displeasure, she allowed sera Briseis to ask Doctor Diana be sworn in as a witness.
Under oath, Doctor Diana then did admit sera Aline had been placed under sera Briseis' care, and that sera Briseis had stated she would send her weapons to ser Tiernon. However, the Doctor further noted she did not see the weapons sent, nor knew if they had been sent back to her.
Lady Etaine then asked the Doctor, as she was sworn in, if ser Keiran had any other injuries that could be caused by a fall. The Doctor stated he did not. Following this, the Lady Justicar departed to deliberate on her ruling.
When she returned, the Lady clarified a few points through questions to the prosecution and the accused. Mulling over the information provided to her, Lady Etaine finally declared, “Briseis, as a representative of Her Majesty's Court of Justice, I find you Guilty of all charges. In this case, your reputation and your brashness has not served you full well. From your own accounting of your lifestyle, you have oft been inebriated and operated under such a state. I cannot ignore the fact that you may even have been intoxicated and forgotten some of what happened. Twelve lashes and two beheadings, and there shall be no removing of memories granted by me.”
At this, this session of the Queen's Court of High Justice was adjourned, and the prisoner escorted back to the dungeon to await punishment.
This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.
In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;
Sera Kaori Zaihou
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