Taliesin: The Defense would like to call Cymidei Fier to the Stand. Judge Erlington: Cymidei Fier William McCarthy: Oh dear.. Judge Erlington: please approach and be seated Judge Erlington: Do you take oath, that what you are about to say is the truth Judge Erlington: as you know it and it shall be held as valid testimony in this court? William McCarthy: *laughs* Cymidei Fier: I do so swear to say what I perceive as truth. Taliesin: *smiles* Judge Erlington: Hrump Taliesin: Is that acceptable for the Court? Judge Erlington: Yes or No please Cymidei Fier: Yes Judge Erlington: *nods* Judge Erlington: Proceed Taliesin: Lady Fier, could you please tell the Court about yourself? Cymidei Fier: I am known as Lady Fier Cymidei Fier: I live in the Northern wilds near the Forest of Samlethe and the Shrine of Chaos Taliesin: Nice part of town? Cymidei Fier: in the independant kingdom of Scythe which is not under the jurisdiction of Queen Dawn. Cymidei Fier: I am the Mistress of the Dark Tower Taliesin: Very well. Taliesin: Lady Fier, let's go over the Battle of Orobas, if you please. Taliesin: Could you tell the Court whether you were there or not? Cymidei Fier: Of course. Cymidei Fier: I was there. Taliesin: *nods* Taliesin: And what were you doing there? Cymidei Fier: I went to the Castle of Orobas to find the Goat Prophet Cymidei Fier: I have heard of the great power and magical lore possessed by him. Taliesin: What did you expect to accomplish by finding Orobas? Cymidei Fier: To gain knowledge from him and to see a mystery revealed. Taliesin: I see. Cymidei Fier: The mystery of a floating castle in the lost lands... Cymidei Fier: What mage could resist that? Taliesin: Wholeheartedly agreed. Taliesin: A mystical castle, an amazing Prophet of great power. Taliesin: How very enticing. Taliesin: Did you participate in the battle that ensued shortly thereafter? Cymidei Fier: Yes it was Cymidei Fier: Yes I did. Taliesin: And what was your role in this battle? Cymidei Fier: I gave support from the parapets raining down spells on the attackers and healing the defenders. Taliesin: I see, so you were defending the Castle. Cymidei Fier: Yes I was Taliesin: Under whose orders, might I ask? Cymidei Fier: The attackers were intent on destroying the delicate incantations that connected the castle Cymidei Fier: to our realm Cymidei Fier: I went under my own initiaive. Taliesin: So you were saving the Castle and its power from being lost forever. Cymidei Fier: No one orders me to do anything. Taliesin: *smiles* Taliesin: Did you enlist others to join you? Cymidei Fier: Yes, I sought to preserve important magical knowledge Cymidei Fier: I enlisted everyone I could find. Taliesin: Also for the purpose of defending the Castle from these would-be barbarians who were Taliesin: intent on destroying a magical castle? Cymidei Fier: Yes. William McCarthy: Objection! Taliesin: Eh? Cymidei Fier: *glares at the prosecutor* Taliesin: A problem? William McCarthy: The witness never used the word barbarian William McCarthy: do not lead William McCarthy: ! Judge Erlington: Mr Taliesin..no personal comments or opinions Taliesin: *shrugs* Taliesin: Very well. Judge Erlington: straight forward questions please Taliesin: The "people" who were intent on destroying great magical power for no other purpose than to see Taliesin: it burn. William McCarthy: Objection Taliesin: Very well, let's move on. Taliesin: ! Cymidei Fier: No noble purpose, they were unwashed peasants and book burners.. Taliesin: Another problem? William McCarthy: The defense does not know the intention of the "people" Taliesin: As a mage myself, I see a lot of that, and it's quite unfortunate. Judge Erlington: Sustained William McCarthy: Objection the defense is not asking questions Taliesin: Oh, but I will, sir. William McCarthy: *looks angry* Judge Erlington: Then please ask your questions sir Judge Erlington: keep it within the trial Taliesin: Right, here we go then, if the prosecution has no further complications. Taliesin: Lady Fier, what do you know of the defendant to my left? Cymidei Fier: I am acquainted with Aldagarr Morr Taliesin: And how are you acquainted with Morr? Cymidei Fier: As enemies Taliesin: I see. Cymidei Fier: He supported that fool Lord Casca Judge Erlington: *listens intently* Taliesin: Aye, history does show that much. Cymidei Fier: *laughs* Taliesin: So you do not like Morr, nor have a very high opinion of him? Aldagar Morr: *crosses arms* Cymidei Fier: I directed my followers to tuss up Aldagar and hang him over the King's gate Taliesin: My my. Cymidei Fier: He almost died Aldagar Morr: *scowls* Taliesin: While that is a most serious statement, it is not the issue at trial today. Cymidei Fier: That was during the days of the Ivory Throne rebellion Cymidei Fier: I had good cause to do it. Taliesin: Lady Fier, there have been some mostly unworthy claims that you were present Taliesin: along with Morr, on the night that the Treasury was raided. Taliesin: Given your history with Morr, how likely is it that you would work with Morr? Taliesin: Or vice versa, for that matter. William McCarthy: Objection Judge Erlington: what grounds? Cymidei Fier: *looks at the judge* William McCarthy: The defense need not qualify claims! Taliesin: Qualify? The witness is free to say likely or not likely. Judge Erlington: Overruled Taliesin: The witness will qualify her claims, as she has done thus far. Judge Erlington: please continue William McCarthy: Unworthy is throwing mud William McCarthy: ! Taliesin: Oh, that. Taliesin: *laughs* Cymidei Fier: I wouldn't be caught dead helping that lily livered Casca lover. Taliesin: Whatever. Aldagar Morr: *seeths* Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: So were you present at the Treasury that night? Cymidei Fier: Of course not! William McCarthy: Hrmpf Taliesin: On that night, do you recall where you were instead? Cymidei Fier: I was ministering to pilgrims at the Shrine of Chaos William McCarthy: *rolls his eyes* Cymidei Fier: who had lost their way on the long road to Britain Taliesin: I see, so there should be witnesses to attest to that? Cymidei Fier: *shifts uncomfortably* Taliesin: Witnesses, by the way, that the Prosecution has failed to find... William McCarthy: Objection! Judge Erlington: Yes Mr McCarthy? Taliesin: *sighs* William McCarthy: Hrmpf! Taliesin: Is that it? William McCarthy: The defense is indulging in mudslinging Taliesin: I've stated nothing but a fact. Judge Erlington: Proceed Mr Talesin Taliesin: Lady Fier, what do you know of the Purity League? Cymidei Fier: I know that they are of the opinion that gargoyles shouldn't be welcomed into our lands. Taliesin: *nods* Taliesin: Do you have any connection to this so called Purity League? Cymidei Fier: I agree with them that gargoyles should not be allowed to walk Britannia's lands freely Cymidei Fier: They should be sent to work in mines or sent back to the Abyss. Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: However, Lady Fier, you are not in charge of Brittannia, is that correct? Cymidei Fier: Of course not but it is not a crime to hold an opinion is it? Taliesin: It most certainly isn't. Taliesin: *smiles* Taliesin: Likewise, Brittannia has no jurisdiction over you and your lands and its citizens? Cymidei Fier: That is correct Taliesin: Last I checked, you are in charge of your own independent kingdom. Cymidei Fier: Scythe is a sovereign entity Taliesin: Surely that still means something in this day and age. William McCarthy: Objection, why is this relevant? Taliesin: So, Lady Fier, do you find it odd that you have been asked to stand trial in a foreign country? Taliesin: I'm simply asking the witness what she feels her purpose is here. Judge Erlington: Continue Taliesin: Please answer, Lady Fier. Cymidei Fier: I do so of my own free will not because the Crown has the power to compel me to do so. Taliesin: A strong willed individual, truly. Taliesin: The Defense has no further questions. Judge Erlington: You may cross exam Taliesin: Thank you for your time, Lady Fier.