Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

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Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:17 am

Bright and early in the morning the Magistrate calls for order. The events of the previous days had been explained, and several witnesses had been interrogated. Statements were taken, and those who were interested in the outcome of this event were notified of today's hearing. A scribe stands by holding a scroll firmly in his hands, twitching as he waits for his cue.

Several paces away stands a small crowd of people talking amongst themselves and also anxiously awaiting for the session to begin. On the other side of the room Mehmen stands between two heavily armed guards. His wrists and feet are shackled and he looks as if he hasn't slept well in a few days. His face shows signs of having been roughed up, but he otherwise doesn't appear to be injured. Not far from him is Ibi. While she too is shackled, it's obvious she's been under better care than Mehmen.

*pound pound pound* goes the sound of the gavel. "Order everyone," the man in black robes -- the Magistrate -- declares. The crowd goes silent. The Magistrate motions for the scribe to come forward and begin the day's proceedings.

The scribe unrolls the scroll, clears his throat, and begins reading.
"On the 3rd of Flamerule, the following events took place. The accused man, Mehmen Cymar, was seen in the vicinity of a fish vendor. Witnesses saw him remove a fish and slip it into his cloak, then try to flee the area. One witness, Charles Staffson, called out that the accused stole a fish from the vendor. Mehmen then threatened to kill anyone who called the Watch or tried to stop him. Charles pursued the accused and was joined by Ibi Moonsong and Bill the paladin. All three attempted to stop the thief.

Mehmen continued his threats while drawing blades and attacking Ibi. He also tried to bribe her by giving her the stolen fish. When his attacks and bribe didn't work, Mehmen continued to run through the crowded streets and disrupt the daily business. Eventually Charles caught up to him and confronted him. Mehmen's response was to attack him. Finally Charles drew his own weapon and knocked Mehmen out.

This is what the Watch has determined happened after their investigation was complete. The following are some of the eye-witness reports:

When the captain first arrived and began asking questions, the first explanation given was by the elf Ibi. She stated that 'Charles yelled, the other man ran, and when she followed he -- Mehmen -- gave her a fish. Then Charles beat him up.'

The next explanation came from Charles. His version of the story was that Memhen stole a fish. When he called the thief out for this, Mehmen ran. When people started catching up, the accused drew swords and threatened his pursuers who at that point were Bill, Ibi, and Charles. Mehmen also attacked Ibi and Charles.

Also among the witnesses to come forward was Bill. He stated that Charles spotted Mehmen stealing a fish and possibly more, and that Mehmen drew swords and threatened to cut the throat of anyone who called the Watch. Then Ibi attacked Mehmen and either stole or was given the stolen fish. After that Mehmen continued to flee, was pursued by Charles, and then attacked Charles before the Ilmatari was able to bring the thief down.

When the captain requested to see the stolen property, Ibi held up a dirty battered fish with obvious teethmarks in it. Ibi was also reluctant to hand over the stolen property until she was given 'shinies' for her efforts in helping stop the thief.

After interrogating other witnesses also in the area, the captain asked for the locations of where these people would be in case more testimony was required. Charles and Bill quickly gave precise locations of where they could be found. Ibi, however, was evasive and stated that she would be in the forest. When the captain ordered her to accompany the Watch patrol back to headquarters, she refused. It wasn't until Charles bought her a fish that she became cooperative."


The scribe lowers the parchment, and waits for his next signal. The Magistrate closes his eyes for a moment, shakes his head as if trying to clear the previous speech from his mind, then opens them again and stares at the assembled witnesses.

Finally he speaks. "Do any of you have anything else you wish to add to your statements? You are under a truth spell so we know your words will be in fact truthful."

((At this point people may post their replies before the Magistrate makes his decision regarding verdicts and punishments. Please keep your responses IC.))
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Azmon » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:30 pm

The large draconic elf's stomach has a few words as it growls loudly first. Ibi quickly adds, "I'm hungry and these.." holding up the shackles, "I not like. Can you take them off now? Oh! And I tried to grab man, not attack. So Charles could talk with him."
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Rosemadder » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:41 pm

Bill, a red-headed, freckle-faced youth in the livery of the Knights of the Common Vow (Squire of) watches the proceedings with apparent calm. "I have nothing further to add at this time, Honorables."
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Bob » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:02 pm

Charles looked around to see if Twilia Moonshine was in the public attendance seating area he was in but stood up to say his piece when the magistrate asked.

"I as well have nothing to add at this time, your Honorables." Charles calmly, simply, & most importantly, turthfully says after Bill speaks.

Charles then sat.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Serpent Axis » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:57 am

((I don't get to try and escape before the trial even begins?))

The dusky-skinned man looks heavily battered. He sits shackled and grasped by guards at sword point after his attempt to escape failed. And the one after that.
His response to the magistrate's request comes - he leans forward and spits blood on the floor in front of the magistrate, then looks up to glare at him.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:07 am

The Magistrate sits in his chair and looks at each respondent in turn. He rolls his eyes as Ibi seems more concerned with her stomach than anything of real importance. He nods solemnly to Bill and Charles. When Mehmen steps up the Magistrate appears utterly emotionless. He's seen this before many times.

"Very well then. As I'm sure you are aware, the City of Waterdeep is not a lawless city. We strive to maintain order so that businesses may continue to thrive and to ensure the safety of our citizens. In order to do so we have laws which describe what actions we do not tolerate. It is up to the City to enforce them. The Watch's duties are to apprehend those who may have broken our laws as well as investigate each crime or potential crime. When they are doing so we expect our citizens to comply and assist when asked. Once an investigation is complete all evidence and involved persons are brought before a Magistrate for a final ruling. In this spectacle of theft and violence, many of the City's laws were broken.

"First off we'll start with Mehmen Cymar. You are charged with Robbery of the Fourth Plaint. You also drew weapons and threatened to kill any who tried to stop you. You attacked Ibi and Charles with the intent to kill. You are hereby charged with Brandishing Weapons and attempted Murder, both of the Second Plaint. Your crimes each carry a variety of sentences, depending on severity.

"Ibi Moonsong is charged with the following: Mutilating the stolen fish so that it could no longer be sold is Damaging Property, a crime of the Fourth Plaint. Giving deceptive statements to the Watch as well as resisting a direct order is Willful Disobedience of a city official, a crime of the First Plaint."

He pauses briefly to watch their reactions. Then before anyone could voice an objection he continues.

"For the combined actions against the city and its people, you have been sentenced with the following:

"Mehmen will pay a fine of 100gp to the vendor, or he will spend a tenday in enforced hard labor in the City's dungeons for each gold piece he is unable to pay. He will also pay the City a fine of 1gp for brandishing weapons. Then he will spend the next 20 years in enforced hard labor for the city. During his stay he will hopefully learn why people don't run around the streets of Waterdeep trying to kill innocents.

"Ibi will pay the vendor 100gp for destroying his property. She will also pay the city a fine of 1000gp for disrupting an investigation and displaying a blatant lack of respect for the City's officials."

And with that he brings the gavel down again with another loud *pound*.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Azmon » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:14 pm

"I will give man shinies or get him a new fish..maybe both, but refuse to give you my shinies. She growls looking at the shackles and mumbles softly, "Stupid human, hope Zaltec eats you in your sleep." Ibi then glares at the magistrate, "You not steal my shinies, I could have returned to forest and not be here now, instead I agree to stay if they make up for it. Had to pay for my time, for loss of hunting, and for worrying elder. Am not city elf or the smartest but is easy to understand how stupid city works, rule is you have to pay for things you want. You want to keep me from hunt, then you pay in food. I have no reason to give you shinies." With that she crosses her arms as best she can and looks away.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Serpent Axis » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:06 pm

He glares at the magistrate wordlessly. He hadn't the coin to pay nor the willingness to pay for it. Dungeon time it is, apparently. Or so it would appear.
He breathes heavily and turns his glare to Charles.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:20 am

The magistrate stares at Ibi, reconsidering. "Young lady. You do realize you are in a city, not a forest, right? As long as you are here in Waterdeep you are expected to abide by our rules. We expect all of our residents to obey the laws and do as they're told by law enforcement and by any other City official.

"Others who have been brought in for such disregard of authority have been banished from the city. However, as this is your first visit to my courtroom I decided to simply fine you in the hopes you would learn. But if you would rather be exiled that can be arranged." He says this not as a threat, but simply a statement.
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby Azmon » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:23 pm

Ibi shakes her head still not looking back at the Magistrate. "You realize you are still in forest even if in city, forest of stone and dead wood." She pauses for a moment, "I still refuse, the man did not say it was a rule, and I did not see anything that say it was a rule, also the man lied. He said only had to come to give a statement then I could go, not that I did something wrong like him." She looks over her shoulder and glares at Mehmen.

The elf turns around, her arms still crossed and faces the magistrate. "Prove to me it is rule. A man, that is not elder, just saying, "Come with me" does not make rule clear, maybe you should find way for people to learn rule easier. Taking shinies, especially that many, does not teach, it just angers."
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:18 am

The Magistrate sighs, then sadly shakes his head. "Your claim of not knowing the 'rules' is only more evidence that you do not belong here. Ignorance is not an excuse to break the law nor to show disrespect for law enforcement and city officials. Therefore I will change your sentence to something more appropriate.

"You are hereby banished from Waterdeep. Go home, Ibi Moonsong. It is obvious that you belong in the forest and not in a civilized city."

The scribe begins furiously writing again, catching all of the notes and proclamations of the hearing. With the sound of a final gavel *pound* the guards being guiding their charges out of the room. The Magistrate steps down and exits the room on the other side, leaving the rest of the folks to leave at their leisure.

A squad will be sent to retrieve any belongings that Ibi wishes to have outside of the city. Ibi herself will be escorted out the city gate. ((Azmon let me know if you want to have a scene for this.))
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Re: Fishy Market Scene (Attn: Mehmen, Ibi, Bill, Charles)

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:53 am

The next day a squad of City Guardsmen escort Ibi to the main gate of the city. The normal throng of people stand aside to let the procession pass. Even visitors impatiently waiting to be allowed entrance into Waterdeep step back and allow them to go by.

Once the group is fully outside the city walls, the captain walks up to Ibi and finally unlocks the manacles. "You're free to go now," he says to her. A couple of the men hand Ibi the belongings brought from her dwelling inside the city. "Just up the road a ways you'll find some villages that could take you in if you're looking for a roof over your head. Otherwise if you're looking for just a forest, any way but south will get you there." He pauses, considering whether or not to say more, but decides in the end to leave it at that. He and his men turn around and head back into the city.

The people still standing around outside get back into line, waiting their turn at inspections before being allowed passage into Waterdeep. Some of them whisper and some even point at the strange-looking elf, but none approach or ask what the scene was about. It was all just another day in the life of the City of Splendors.



Meanwhile, later that night in a very different part of the city, a robed man sits at his desk reading the evening report. Two men in uniform stand before him, awaiting his orders. The man flips through the papers with feigning interest in some details and looking genuinely interested in others.

"Hmmph," he mumbles at one point. "Throwing himself at the door. Howling in his cell. Hanging himself. Attacking the guards. Calling praises to Cyric." He lays the report down, apparently having read enough. "So our ward is making an impression on the locals. Execute him."

He picks up a quill and scribbles something on the report. "Here, give this to your commander. He'll know what to do." One of the men steps forward and takes the paper wordlessly. Then the two men turn and leave.

After the door closes the man leans back in his chair and closes his eyes. "The last thing I need is another madman on the loose."
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