From Court Reporter, Court of Truth Defense calls Witness, The Widow Prosecution is unavailable for cross-examination Judge Erlington: Since Mr McCarthy is not present..he will be allowed to cross exam on the next court date Judge Erlington: any witnesses you bring forth tonight Judge Erlington: Is that agreed? Taliesin: Sure. Cymidei Fier: Yes your honor Judge Erlington: Very well..if you are ready.. Judge Erlington: You may proceed Taliesin: Very well, your Honor. Taliesin: The Defense calls the Widow to the stand. Judge Erlington: Widow..please approach the stand Judge Erlington: 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? The Widow: By Jaana's Staff. Judge Erlington: I take that as a yes Widow? The Widow: Aye. Taliesin: Very well. Judge Erlington: Very well..defense Judge Erlington: you may proceed Taliesin: G'evening Widow. The Widow: Good evening. Taliesin: Would you please tell the court about yourself? The Widow: My name is Fazhnjell. The Widow: I am a housekeeper emerita of the Castle. Taliesin: Is that your full name? The Widow: I am also known as Fazhnjell British, Nell, the Widow, Mother, and Grandmother. The Widow: I am a housekeeper to the Castle. The Widow: I am a streetsweeper. Taliesin: Under whose employ, if you don't mind me asking? The Widow: And I am a fortune teller. Taliesin: As pertains to your housekeeper position The Widow: As I stated, I am housekeeper emerita, The Widow: meaning that I was employed by the House of British The Widow: and that on account of my long service The Widow: I was never officially let go Taliesin: Ah, I see. The Widow: by subsequent holders of the Thone. Taliesin: Thank you for explaining that to us. The Widow: My position as housekeeper The Widow: was acknowledged The Widow: by one of the former gods of this realm, The Widow: Archimedes by name. Judge Erlington: *takes notes* Taliesin: Would you please state your age, for the court? The Widow: That is not quite possible. Taliesin: Could you please explain why that is? Judge Erlington: Taliesin..what relevance does the age have to this case? Taliesin: Your honor, her appearance is that of someone older. Taliesin: The defense would like to know if that would affect her judgment, or eyesight. Judge Erlington: Proceed with questioning.. Taliesin: May I call you the Widow? The Widow: Thou mayest. Taliesin: Please, Widow, could you explain why you cannot state your age? The Widow: I am only half Sosarian. The Widow: As half of my heritage is not of this World, Taliesin: Interesting. The Widow: I do not age as normal Sosarians. Taliesin: Does this mean that you do not age in other facilities as well? Taliesin: Your senses are ageless as well? The Widow: Not ageless, but slowly aging by Sosarian standards. Taliesin: I see. Judge Erlington: *peers at the Widow* Taliesin: Widow, do you know the defendants here in this court? The Widow: I do know the two persons sitting before me. Taliesin: Could you describe any past experiences with the defendants? The Widow: Aldagar Morr is a personage I recognize from the streets of Britain. The Widow: I have had closer dealings with Cymidei Fier. Taliesin: Could you describe those dealings? The Widow: We have been introduced, and we have spoken. Taliesin: Is that all? The Widow: She has reacted to me in many ways. Taliesin: Would you say that those ways were negative? The Widow: Some have been negative. Taliesin: *nods* Taliesin: And what about Mr. Morr? Isn't it true that you once slapped him and cursed at him? Taliesin: In public, no less. The Widow: No. I cannot recall cursing anyone. Judge Erlington: *makes note of Widows reply* Aldagar Morr: She lies! Judge Erlington: Order! Taliesin: *nods* Judge Erlington: *bangs staff* Taliesin: Sorry about that, your Honor. Aldagar Morr: She slapped me in the face by the Main Gate! Aldagar Morr: *looks unsettled* Judge Erlington: Mr Morr Taliesin: My client feels that she did indeed slap him in public and cursed at him. Judge Erlington: You will have your chance for rebuttal Aldagar Morr: *stews* Taliesin: Let's continue on. Taliesin: Widow, isn't it also true that Cymidei publicy decried you once by an Inn when you made Taliesin: your bid to be the Queen? The Widow: Cymidei has decried me on several occasions. Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: Your Honor, and ladies and gentlemen of the Court, I believe that the Widow has had Taliesin: some negative dealings with my clients in the past. Taliesin: And I would like to point out that there may be a bias to her testimony, which we will Taliesin: hear now. Taliesin: Widow, could you please describe the claims you made against my clients Aldagar Morr: *rubs his face as if reacting to yet another slap from the Widow* Taliesin: about an alleged theft of gold? Taliesin: If possible, I would like to hear in your words the details of that night. The Widow: It was early in Firstmonth. The Widow: It was a particularly quiet night at the Castle. The Widow: The nobles were for the most part on holiday, making a tour of the towns and cities of the Realm The Widow: Pepta was laid up with a sour stomach. Taliesin: I'm sorry, Pepta? Judge Erlington: *listens intently and jots down notes* The Widow: The tastetester emrita at the Castle. Taliesin: Pepta the Royal Food Taster, correct? Taliesin: Understood. The Widow: That is correct. Taliesin: Sorry for the interruption, please continue. The Widow: I was sweeping the halls, when I heard some commotion from the Study. The Widow: When I went into the Study, The Widow: there was no one there. The Widow: But I could tell that the noise was coming from the Royal Treasury The Widow: which is accessed through the Study. The Widow: Sound carries from the Study into the Treasury and vice versa. Taliesin: That's a very far distance. Taliesin: The study is quite some way from the Treasury. Taliesin: Surely a castle of that size has many noises, no? The Widow: But physical distance does not matter when magic is in play. Taliesin: Do you quite frequently hear odd noises at night? Judge Erlington: No leading the witness Mr Taliesin Taliesin: I see, but how did you know it was a magical noise? Taliesin: My apologies, your Honor. The Widow: No. It was not a magical noise. Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: So you don't frequently hear magical noises. Taliesin: Just regular noises, correct? The Widow: The access from the Study to the Treasury is magical. Taliesin: Ah, thank you for the clarification. The Widow: As for hearing magical noises, The Widow: I hear them quite often in Britain, as does anyone who hears The Widow: folks recalling in and out. The Widow: It is quite a distinctive noise. Taliesin: Aye, it's quite a high traffic area, I imagine. The Widow: So from the Study, I was able to hear noises in the Treasury. Taliesin: So you heard a noise from the study, through the magical access between the areas. The Widow: Indeed. Taliesin: *nods* Taliesin: Please continue. The Widow: I used the magical access to enter the Treasury. Taliesin: How does one use this magical access? Taliesin: I believe I speak for more than myself when I state that perhaps some do not know how this Taliesin: appartus works. The Widow: I am wondering if revealing this mechanism in so public a forum might be tantamount to treason The Widow: against the Throne. Taliesin: Ah, a very astute observation. Taliesin: It's a shame the Prosecution is not here to object to that. Taliesin: Your Honor, what do you think? The Widow: Might I tell His Honor privately? Judge Erlington: you may Taliesin: *waits patiently* The Widow: I have explained the mechanism to the Judge. Taliesin: Very well. Judge Erlington: *nods* Judge Erlington: The widow has explained Taliesin: You believe it to be possibly treasonous to reveal said mechanism's working, correct? Taliesin: I wonder...why would a housekeeper know of this, and is she allowed to use this magical Taliesin: access at will? Judge Erlington: If it is known to the public..then yes..It could surmont to such.. Judge Erlington: It shall remain as is.. Judge Erlington: and not spoken by the widow The Widow: Do I answer thy question about my access? Taliesin: If your Honor has no objections? Judge Erlington: You may answer Widow.. The Widow: As a member of the House of British, and as head housekeeper, the location was not The Widow: off limits to me. Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: Do you think that access might be off limits to others? The Widow: Certainly not to all others. Taliesin: *nods* Taliesin: My apologies for the frequent questions. Taliesin: Shall we continue with your testimony? The Widow: Certainly. The Widow: When I enetered the Treasury, The Widow: I beheld Aldagar Morr, Cymidei Fier and Hilda and another person The Widow: looting the Treasury. Aldagar Morr: She lies! Judge Erlington: Order! Taliesin: *looks toward Morr* Judge Erlington: *bangs staff* Aldagar Morr: *closes mouth quickly* Taliesin: That's quite an accusation, Widow. Taliesin: May I ask how you knew who they were? Taliesin: You stated earlier that the nobles were out. Taliesin: Was there sufficient light in the area to reveal their personages to you? The Widow: I do know a bit of magic myself. The Widow: Is there not a night sight spell? Taliesin: I believe there is, yes. Taliesin: Sometimes, though, in my haste, I forget to apply it myself. Taliesin: And age certainly does fade the eyesight... The Widow: I do not forget the night sight spell when entering treasuries, cellars or basements. Judge Erlington: Jury strike that last remark about age Taliesin: Sometimes I wonder if vision altering spells might affect the eyesight as well. Taliesin: You certainly are quite efficient at your position. Taliesin: Very commendable. The Widow: I have had the praise of the King. Taliesin: And now, you have mine as well, good lady. The Widow: Thank thee. Taliesin: You stated that you saw a fourth person. The Widow: I did. Taliesin: Could you describe that person to us? The Widow: This personage was hooded. Of what I could see, I did not recognize that person. Taliesin: I see. Taliesin: You did, of course, recognize Morr, Cymidei, and Hilda. The Widow: I did. Taliesin: Perhaps due to your past grievances with them? The Widow: No, On account of their voices and appearances. Taliesin: Ah. Taliesin: *shakes head* Taliesin: Alleged greivances. Taliesin: Ah, so you heard them speak as well. The Widow: I did. Taliesin: Can you please tell the Court what you heard that night? The Widow: I was threatened and insulted. I was told to "keep my mouth shut" for the sake of my The Widow: children -- a term of endearment which I bestow upon the citizens of Britannia and Sosaria at The Widow: large. Taliesin: Oh my. Taliesin: So they discovered you and threatened you as well. The Widow: Indeed. Taliesin: And you believe that the threats were from the defendants here? The Widow: That is correct. Taliesin: Ladies and gentlemen, let me point out that if I were a criminal. Taliesin: And I assuredly am not... Taliesin: But IF I were, I would cease any criminal activity Taliesin: upon discovery. Judge Erlington: Mr Taliesin...You are not on trial..please refrain from leading the jury.. Taliesin: But that is perhaps a tangent for our scholars to debate. Taliesin: Very well, your Honor. The Widow: But thou were not there. I am certain. Judge Erlington: and save your comments as such Judge Erlington: for your closing debate. Taliesin: Oh, I certainly hope I wasn't. Taliesin: Widow, would you mind continuing with your testimony? Taliesin: What happened after the threats to stay silent? Taliesin: Ahem Taliesin: Alleged threats. The Widow: I left the Treasury in an attempt to The Widow: fetch the Royal Guard. Taliesin: A wise move. The Widow: For some reason, there were no guards about that night. Taliesin: How odd. Taliesin: Did you seek any further assistance? The Widow: I thought it odd, too, and did seek further assistance. Taliesin: Could you please tell the Court about that? The Widow: I ran as fast as I could to the fetch a Town Guard, as none of the Royal Guard were around. The Widow: Unfortunately, there were no Town Guards on duty, either. Taliesin: Widow, please help me understand something. Taliesin: There were four of them in the Treasury, as you claim. Judge Erlington: *makes notes* Taliesin: They just let you go after making threats? The Widow: I did wonder about that as well. Taliesin: Wouldn't alledged criminals be wary of you rushing off to inform the local guards about that. Taliesin: Ah, perhaps the guards were all caught up in bacon traps. Taliesin: I suppose we not know for sure about that. The Widow: Perhaps they are not the brightest torches in the Castle, so to speak. The Widow: Or, Taliesin: *nods* The Widow: perhaps they Taliesin: Or? Judge Erlington: *eyes Mr Taliesin** The Widow: rely on magic, and as thou knowest, The Widow: the Castle is a place where many dangerous spells The Widow: do not function. Taliesin: Is that right? Taliesin: Does that include the nightsight spell? The Widow: Nightsight is not dangerous. Taliesin: Ah, it certainly isn't. Taliesin: *mumbles* Taliesin: Unless it's horribly vision altering... Taliesin: *coughs* Judge Erlington: Mr Taliesin... Judge Erlington: hrump Judge Erlington: jury disregard that last statement Taliesin: Widow, last week, Brackus the guard told us that you filed a report with him The Widow: I did. Taliesin: Could you please tell us what was in that report? The Widow: I can tell thee what I told Brackus, but I cannot say what he wrote for I was not The Widow: looking over his shoulder. Taliesin: I see, that's very true. Taliesin: Do you know if Brackus made any investigation himself? The Widow: I do not know what he did or didn't, The Widow: but I do know The Widow: that he said The Widow: it was technically out of his The Widow: jurisdiction, Taliesin: And nary a Royal Guard to be found that night! Taliesin: How odd indeed. Taliesin: *smiles* The Widow: Indeed. The Widow: I did see one guard that night. Taliesin: How about yourself, Widow? Did you return to the scene of the crime to see if the four had left Taliesin: or not? Taliesin: *coughs* Taliesin: Ahem. Taliesin: Allegedly. The Widow: I did. On the way back to the Castle, I encountered the guard named Calyndrell. The Widow: I told him the Castle was being plundered, and that I required his help. The Widow: He looked at me and ran the other way. The Widow: He said nothing. Taliesin: Increasingly odd. Taliesin: So Calyndrell did not believe you? The Widow: I cannot speak for someone who did not even address me. The Widow: Nor do I think The Widow: that it is typical for a guard to make Taliesin: I believe Calyndrell recieved honors from the throne and a commendation for his duty. Taliesin: Surely he would be more than a capable guard, nay, person, to handle such a crime. The Widow: As I recieved commendation from the King and thee. Taliesin: You are assuredly deserving of such, Widow. The Widow: Thank thee. Aldagar Morr: *rolls eyes* Taliesin: Ladies and Gentlemen, I find it odd that Pepta the Royal Food Taster was poisoned on that same day Taliesin: And yet, despite such a grave crime being committed, there were no guards on site. The Widow: I did not say anything about poisoning. Taliesin: No, you did not. The Widow: I said she had a sour stomach. Taliesin: I believe it was something more like a sick tummyache. Judge Erlington: *looks back over notes* Taliesin: And there was no one to look after Pepta? The Widow: I do not know if she had called for a healer. Taliesin: Ah, how true. Taliesin: It is not within your job of a housekeeper to care for upset stomaches. Taliesin: Well, Widow, thank you for being so cooperative. The Widow: I did check in on her, though. As a colleague and friend. Taliesin: You must make a good friend. The Widow: Thank thee. Taliesin: The defense has no further questions, Your Honor. Judge Erlington: *nods* Taliesin: Maybe just a closing comment or two, that should suffice. Taliesin: The Widow may be seated, Your Honor. Judge Erlington: Widow..you may step down if no further questions Taliesin: *looks over at prosecution's table* Judge Erlington: Mr Taliesin.. Judge Erlington: I will remind you Taliesin: Yes, your Honor? Judge Erlington: any comments should be saved for closing statements Taliesin: Ah, at the very end of the trial? Judge Erlington: since prosecution is not present Taliesin: This is more like comments to the jury about our latest witness' testimony. Judge Erlington: At the end of the trial Taliesin: I do get confused sometimes. Taliesin: And it would serve us all some good to recount the story, no? Taliesin: Maybe make it a little easier for the court reporter? Taliesin: What do you think, your Honor? Juror Handalf says: your honor... Judge Erlington: Yes Mr Handalf Juror Handalf says: closing arguments are just that... Judge Erlington: Agreed Juror Handalf says: thank you, your honor Taliesin: *smiles* Taliesin: We surely have some great jurors with us. Taliesin: It's quite a pleasure to be in this court. Taliesin: Just thought I might overextend my stay a bit. Taliesin: *smiles innocently* Judge Erlington: As stated before..you will have your chance for comments at the closing argument Taliesin: Well, your Honor, I'll certainly make some notes and prepare for that time. Taliesin: Thank you for your graciousness. Judge Erlington: Any further witness Defense? Taliesin: *looks around* Taliesin: Hmm, not that I can see... Taliesin: No, your Honor. Judge Erlington: Very Well..Then this court is Adjourned until Judge Erlington: April 17th at 3pm Taliesin: *makes a note of it* Judge Erlington: Members of the jury Judge Erlington: thank you for you time Judge Erlington: you are excused.