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  • The Trial of Tatch

    Sixth day of the Sixth Moon,
    Nineteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of The Trial of Tatch.

    Her Royal Majesty’s Court of Justice convened on Saturn’s Day, the second day of the sixth moon in the nineteenth Year of the Recent Awakenings, to try the accused man named Tatch, for the high crime of Consortion.

    The trial began at half-past the ninth late bell, before the Justicar, Lord Boreas, and took place in the courtroom in the Outer Bailey, a solemn place built of austere polished granite and rich mahogany.

    The Setting

    The Lord Chancellor sat on the high-backed chair at the centre of the grand bench with ser Raoul, the Scribe of the Chancery, standing off to the side. At the Prosecution table was Dame Hannah who prosecuted the case as acting Adjutant Prosecutor, presenting the evidence for the trial to the Royal Justicar.

    The witness stand to the side of the grand bench remained empty because at this trial there were no witnesses. The Advocate table was also empty because the prisoner did not request an Advocate to speak for him. Ser Raoul noted, “An Advocate is not a guaranteed right. The Lord Chancellor has to permit it. So they need to request ahead of time, the Lord Chancellor approves and we find someone to stand as advocate. Or he denies them, and they speak for themselves."

    Ser Raoul’s role resembled scribe and herald and trial marshall, opening and closing the court and carrying exhibits from the prosecutor's desk to the Chancellor. In the scribing chair of the grand bench sat Sera Seraphus as chirographer, taking the transcript.

    Those of the Judiciary wore ebony or black judicial robes and white judicial wigs which made them look very dignified.

    The royal balcony was not opened for this trial as there were no members of the Royal Family in attendance except for His Excellency, the Winter Consort in his role as Lord Chancellor.

    People sat on the seven benches according to rank with the Court on the forward benches and commoners on the middle and back benches. Observering the trial were Dame Eeva, sera Juliee, ser Aldrick, sera Taite and sera Nariseth.

    The prisoner was brought into court by Dame Galatea and taken to the prison box near the centre of the courtroom. Lieutenant Adahn escorted the Lord Chancellor. Yeoman Celaena made sure no one entered with containers or weapons.

    Judicial Roles

    The Judiciary is an office of the Chancery and is split into two branches - Prosecution and Scribes. The Chief Scribe runs the scribe part, and below the Chief Scribe is the Scribes, and then the Chirographers.

    The Royal Prosecutor runs the Prosecution side, assisted by the Adjunct Prosecutors, followed by Legalist Inferiors.

    The Crown Prosecutor oversees the Judiciary completely.

    The Chancery exists to help, to keep people safe. Ser Raoul stated, “You only have to fear the Judiciary if you are a criminal.”


    Tatch first awoke about five years ago and served in the Winter Watch with ser Raoul. After his discharge, Tatch started getting into trouble and ended up marked by shadow. Then, the decree came from the Crown that said to be shadowmarked was consortion. Turn yourself in immediately to be cured or you will be charged. Tatch chose to flee, with others like him, to the Under Bailey.

    Consortion is knowingly associating with an Enemy of the Crown, or those otherwise wanted by law, without attempting to turn them in to the law. If it is not safe to do this at the time, it must be done later. Consortion is also used as the charge against those who break the edict about shadow marking which is an evil that has been a threat for years. Some people can mark others with shadow. They look normal, but when the shadows overwhelm them, their eyes become shadowed. And the shadows can make them do things against their nature.

    Marking someone against their will, like Conal does at times, is considered Bewitchment, a High Crime. Tatch had kidnapped sera Carla and brought her to Conal, and she became one of his victims, under his spell, and thus a great threat to the realm, before her capture.

    At this trial, Tatch was charged with consortion. He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting and kidnapping, and he pleaded not guilty to consortion.

    The Sentencing

    Proceedings took approximately one bell, until the sentence was handed down and the prisoner escorted away for carrying-out of the sentence.

    The sentence passed on Tatch was four beheadings. When the necromancer resurrects him, Master Helve, the Royal Executioner, will remove his head again.

    The Lord Chancellor summed up as follows:

    "The Court requires no deliberation for this case. Because the accused was in possession of a shadow mark, which he concealed deliberately from lawful authorities, against Royal edict, he is thereby automatically guilty of Consortion."

    "Because the accused confesses that he aided the Enemy of the Crown, Conal, in abducting one sera Carla, he is by that act also guilty of Consortion."

    "And because the accused admits to having received the shadow mark by the Enemy of the Crown Zaedra, he is yet again by that act, automatically found guilty of consorting with that Enemy of the Crown as well."

    "The Court is bemused as to why the accused has plead not guilty to crimes he has confessed to in written transcript to the Royal Army, or why the Crown's time has been wasted in such a manner. Given that the accused has wasted our time in such a manner and show disrespect in this Court, we find him unworthy of leniency. Let the accused be declared guilty of three counts of Consortion, one for bearing the shadow mark, one for aiding the enemy Conal, and one for aiding the enemy Zaedra."

    "This, in addition to the charges he already plead guilty to, that of Aiding and Abetting of Bewitchment, and Kidnapping. In so doing, the Court sentences the accused thusly; on the first count of Consortion, one moon of destraint, which the Court shall acknowledge time served and waive."

    "On the second count of Consortion, one beheading. On the third count of Consortion, a second beheading. On kidnapping, a third beheading. On Aiding and Abetting of Bewitchment, a fourth beheading."

    "Further let it be known that should the accused have any further counts of Consortion committed by his person, he shall instead be tried for High Treason in accordance with chapter Chapter three Title one Section twenty-nine of the Queen's Capitulary. Sentence to take effect immediately, and the accused to be released upon sentence carried."

    Further details of the sentence can be read here.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through discretion any falsehoods 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 Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine
    Junior Chronicler

    Mistress Tine
    Royal Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri
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