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At the request of the Chara, I have assisted the Royal Clerk of Daxis – formerly Clerk to the Chara – in preparing this series of documents that offer insight into the life of Carle son of Verne. This manuscript has been prepared in the hope that it may eventually be published, along with his memoir. My own participation in the manuscript's preparation has been confined to assisting with matters of chronology and providing background information on some of the events. The selection and editing of the records has been entirely the work of the Royal Clerk. It seems important to emphasize that, in light of what follows.

Readers hoping to find risque passages related to a certain scandal that occurred several years ago are warned that these papers are of the usual dry nature of government documents. The early documents can scarcely be said to be of interest to any but a historian. Nevertheless, an incident late in the army career of Carle son of Verne, not previously publicized, marks a turning point in the life of that man. The records from that point on grow steadily more interesting.

The meaning of the documents will be clear to any resident of the Three Lands. But on the chance that this manuscript may some day be read by a resident of the mainland, I am including this short introductory note, which may be ignored by any reader who wishes to proceed directly to the records themselves.

The Three Lands of the Great Peninsula are composed of Daxis and Koretia to the south, and the Emorian Empire to the north. In the early part of this century, the Emorian Empire was made up of Southern Emor and the Central Provinces of Emor (collectively called Emor), and Emor's northern dominions of Arpesh and Marcadia, which border with the mainland. Emor is divided from Daxis and Koretia by a range of border mountains that are heavily patrolled to prevent lawbreakers from leaving or entering Emor. It is also divided from the two southern lands by differences in custom, particularly in matters of the law. At the time of the birth of Carle son of Verne, Daxis's law – though borrowing certain aspects of Emorian law – was based primarily upon the worship of the Song Spirit through sacred music. Koretia's law consisted entirely of the gods' law, in which duties were undertaken for the sake of the gods. And Emor's law consisted entirely of the Chara's law, in which Emorians obeyed the judgments of their ruler, the Chara, who was considered to be the embodiment of the law. I describe the three law systems as a southerner would see them; an Emorian would phrase the matter differently.

Of equal importance, especially in Emor, was the High Lord of the Council, who assisted each ruler in governing the land. As the phrase goes in Emor: The High Lord serves only the Chara and his law, and the Chara serves only the law. This common reverence for the law went unnoticed by the inhabitants of the Three Lands, who regarded each other's law systems with derision.

It is important to note that, at the time these records begin, the Three Lands were in an uneasy period of truce after many centuries of warfare. All evidence pointed to the likelihood of this truce being broken. The Emorians had demonstrated during their centuries of conquest that they had little understanding for or sympathy with ways of life other than their own. The same was unfortunately true of Koretia and Daxis. The reason for the present strong peace in the Great Peninsula, and for the creation of an international law such has recently been undertaken by representatives of the Three Lands, is due in part to the work of the man whose records follow herein.

Scribed by Andrew son of Gideon in the Capital City of Daxis on the 12th day of November in the 994th year after the founding of the Three Lands.


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OFFICIAL ARMY RECORDS

Name: Carle son of Verne.

Rank: Lesser Free-man (Noble Blood).

Home: Peaktop, Southern Emor.

Month of birth: March 921.


Army Entry

March 937: A request has been submitted by Soldier Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol that Carle son of Verne be assigned to the same unit.

Witness of Lieutenant Malise of the Border Mountain Patrol: In 929, the lieutenant's predecessor received a letter from Carle son of Verne, confessing that he had secretly spied on the Border Mountain Patrol during a visit to the borderland, and in so doing had worked out the meaning of some of the patrol's simpler whistle-codes. He had then passed on what he learned to one of his father's slave-servants in order to allow the man to breach the border between Emor and Koretia, thus helping the slave to leave his master in an unlawful fashion. The slave did in fact successfully pass the patrol. The free-man (who was at that time eight years old) offered to surrender himself to the patrol for judgment. The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol responded by explaining in a letter to the free-man that children are immune to the penalties of the Chara's law.

Witness of Soldier Quentin: The witness testifies that he made the acquaintance of Carle son of Verne in 929 and since that time has been in continuous contact with him through correspondence. The free-man is directly descended from the Chara Purvis, and his father is a member of the royal family, although Carle son of Verne's own descent is sufficiently distant that he is neither royalty nor any other type of nobleman. The free-man spent his childhood in a mountain village and is therefore familiar with mountain terrain. He has received standard training in swordplay and daggerplay, and he has a strong knowledge of the law. He is extremely knowledgeable in Koretian customs and the Koretian language (both Common and Border), and he can also speak Daxion. In regard to the episode in 929, the slave in question had been badly abused by his master, and the free-man had reason to believe that the slave's life was in danger. The witness believes that the free-man is a true law-lover and regrets his youthful misdeed.

Witness of Gervais, Baron of Peaktop: In response to a letter sent by Lieutenant Malise, the baron states that Carle son of Verne is of exemplary character. He says that severe family difficulties remit the free-man's behavior in 929.

Recommendation of Lieutenant Malise: That Carle son of Verne be interviewed for possible assignment to the unit.

April 937: Carle son of Verne has been offered a position in the unit and assigned the rank of Soldier. On the same day, Lieutenant Malise received a letter from the soldier's father, Verne son of Carle, stating in strong terms that his son was unfit to join the Chara's armies. The lieutenant responded by explaining that Soldier Carle had already been accepted into the unit. In view of the soldier's family problems, the lieutenant will allow him to remain at the patrol hut until he is assigned to active duty.

May 937: Soldier Carle is assigned to active duty on the night patrol of the Border Mountain Patrol. Partner: Soldier Quentin. Unit rank: 12.


End of Year Report: 937

Witness of Lieutenant Malise: Soldier Carle's performance is highly satisfactory. He has proved to be a valuable member of the unit, particularly in respect to his knowledge of Koretian customs. The lieutenant recommends that the soldier's unit rank be raised to 5 in the coming year.


Honor

April 938: A request has been submitted by Soldier Neville of the Border Mountain Patrol that Soldier Carle be awarded the subcommander's copper honor brooch. The request is supported by Lieutenant Quentin and the other nine active members of the unit.

Witness of Soldier Neville: In April 938, Soldier Carle, having been disarmed by a border-breacher, attacked that same border-breacher under circumstances likely to result in his death, in order to give Lieutenant Quentin time to reach safety with Sublieutenant Shepley, who had been injured.

Corroboration of Witness: Soldier Neville's testimony was corroborated by his partner, Soldier Garett, and by Lieutenant Quentin. Sublieutenant Shepley was unable to provide witness because he was unconscious at the time of the incident.

Recommendation of Captain Wystan of the Home Division: That the award be given.

April 938: Soldier Carle is awarded the subcommander's copper honor brooch.


Witness to the Court of the Emorian Army

April 938: Corroboration of the charge of Army Disobedience placed by Quentin, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol, against Shepley, Sublieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol.

Witness of Soldier Carle – Motives and Deeds: The witness testifies that the prisoner on several occasions openly voiced his resentment that Lieutenant Quentin had been chosen to succeed the previous lieutenant of the unit. On one occasion, the prisoner stated that he had no intention of following the lieutenant's orders if he disagreed with them. The witness corroborates the lieutenant's testimony as to the prisoner's deeds, without offering any additional details.

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to dismissal from the Emorian army with high dishonor. See the prisoner's army records for full details.


Change of Rank

April 938: At the request of Lieutenant Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol, Soldier Carle is elevated to the rank of Sublieutenant and reassigned as master of the day patrol. Partner: Fowler. Unit rank: 2.


End of Year Report: 938

Witness of Lieutenant Quentin: Sublieutenant Carle has been of great help to the unit this year through his ability to discern the truthfulness of border-crossers' tales. He has also been of help in training new soldiers in matters of the law. He has demonstrated a talent for mastership. His tendency to treat matters of discipline in an excessively harsh manner is balanced by his great love for the law. The lieutenant has decided that the sublieutenant will retain his present unit rank in the coming year.


Request

October 939: A request has been submitted by Sublieutenant Carle that Adrian son of Berenger, Lesser Free-man, formerly of Mountside, Koretia, be assigned to the Border Mountain Patrol. The request was approved; see the army records of Soldier Adrian for details.


Unit Change

October 939: Partner: Soldier Adrian. No change in unit rank or duties.


Request

December 939: A request has been submitted by Sublieutenant Carle that Lieutenant Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol be awarded the subcommander's gold honor brooch. The request is supported by the other four active members of the unit, who corroborate the sublieutenant's witness. The reason given is that, during the unit's recent entrapment in the snowbound mountains, the lieutenant undertook actions that would have led to his death for the sake of the unit if the unit had not been rescued shortly thereafter. The request was approved; see the army records of Lieutenant Quentin for details.


End of Year Report: 940

Witness of Lieutenant Quentin: Sublieutenant Carle's performance, already outstanding, has improved even more since the assignment of Soldier Adrian as his partner. In particular, there have been no more disciplinary problems of the sort mentioned in previous reports. The sublieutenant was of great support to the lieutenant when the unit was snowbound in the mountains this month. The lieutenant has decided that the sublieutenant will retain his present unit rank in the coming year.


Request

April 941: A request has been submitted by Sublieutenant Carle that Soldier Adrian of the Border Mountain Patrol be awarded the subcommander's copper honor brooch. The request is supported by Lieutenant Quentin and seven of the other ten members of the unit. The reason given is that the soldier placed his body between that of the sublieutenant and a border-breacher when the sublieutenant was in danger of being killed by the border-breacher. Corroborating witness is given by Soldiers Reece and Phelan, who were present at the incident, and Soldier Garett, who treated Soldier Adrian's injuries. The request was approved; see the army records of Soldier Adrian for details.


Discipline

September 941: Sublieutenant Carle faces discipline following his unlawful entry into Koretia.

Witness of Lieutenant Quentin: During an official visit to the border of Koretia, Sublieutenant Carle and Soldier Adrian unexpectedly disappeared from the hut where they had been sleeping. Believing that one or both of the men had been kidnapped by the Koretians, the lieutenant used a royal messenger to inform Captain Wystan of the Home Division of what had happened. Captain Wystan thereupon informed the Chara of the facts. Because guards of the Border Mountain Patrol are privy to certain secrets of vital importance to this land, the Chara commanded the lieutenant to deliver the following message to the Koretians: that if the missing patrol guards were not returned by dawn, the Chara would declare war on Koretia. The army vanguard was accordingly placed on high alert in preparation for a possible invasion. About one hour before dawn, the sublieutenant and the soldier returned to the border. The sublieutenant gave witness that he and the soldier had crossed the border of their own free will, and that their return had been delayed because they had been spying on a Koretian soldier in hopes of obtaining information on the cause of Koretia's new civil war. The information they obtained gives valuable insight into the origins of the conflict.

Recommendation of Lieutenant Quentin: That Sublieutenant Carle be severely disciplined for his misdeed, but that he be allowed to remain in the Border Mountain Patrol, due to his outstanding performance in the past and his value to the unit.

Witness of Captain Wystan: Upon his return to the army headquarters, Sublieutenant Carle pleaded guilty to the charges placed upon him but attempted to defend the conduct of Soldier Adrian.

Recommendation of Captain Wystan: That Sublieutenant Carle be dismissed from the Emorian army with high dishonor.

September 941: The Chara commands that Carle son of Verne be dismissed from the Border Mountain Patrol of the Emorian army with high dishonor, that his title and honor brooch be stripped from him, and that his name be struck from the roll of his unit.

September 941: The above action has been taken. The dismissal has been noted in the Chara's weekly report to the town councils, in a letter to the free-man's baron, and in a letter to the free-man's closest kin, Verne son of Carle.


PRIVATE ARMY RECORDS

Transfer

September 941: See official records for details of the disciplinary charges against Sublieutenant Carle. The records are true up through the witness of Captain Wystan.

Recommendation of Captain Wystan: That Sublieutenant Carle be transferred to the Division of Disclosure.

September 941: The Chara commands that Sublieutenant Carle be dismissed from the Border Mountain Patrol with dishonor and assigned to duty in the Division of Disclosure upon successful completion of training.


Division Entry and Change of Rank

October 941: Sublieutenant Carle is assigned to espionage duty in Koretia and is elevated in rank to Lieutenant. Partner: Sublieutenant Adrian.


Correspondence

October 941: Captain Wystan of the Home Division has received a letter from Lieutenant Carle's baron, Gervais of Peaktop, requesting information on the lieutenant's dismissal, as the lieutenant's father has applied to the village court to disinherit his son. Captain Wystan responded by stating that the details of the lieutenant's dismissal could not be disclosed, but that his disinheritance was not warranted by the circumstances.

October 941: A second letter from Gervais of Peaktop has informed Captain Wystan that the baron has denied the application of Lieutenant Carle's father.


Honor

December 941: A request has been submitted by Sublieutenant Adrian of the Division of Disclosure that Lieutenant Carle be awarded the subcommander's silver honor brooch.

Witness of Sublieutenant Adrian: During his first mission to Koretia, Lieutenant Carle was arrested by the Koretian army and tortured by beating for several hours. The lieutenant refuses to state how many lashes he was given, but the lieutenant was unable to walk after the beating, and it took him two weeks to recover sufficiently from his injuries to be able to travel. The lieutenant did not give the Koretians any information.

Corroborating Witness of Vachel, City Physician: The physician has examined Lieutenant Carle. He had some difficulty confirming the testimony, for the lieutenant's back is badly disfigured by many old whip scars that were apparently gained before his entry into the army. Nonetheless, the physician has succeeded in confirming the above injuries to a certain extent, and he believes the witness to be true.

Recommendation of Captain Wystan: That the award be given.

December 941: Lieutenant Carle is awarded the subcommander's silver honor brooch.


Request

December 941: A request has been submitted by Lieutenant Carle that Sublieutenant Adrian of the Division of Disclosure be awarded the subcommander's silver honor brooch. The reason given is that the sublieutenant risked his life to secure the release of the lieutenant after the lieutenant was captured by the Koretians. Captain Wystan has overruled the need for a corroborating witness. The request was approved; see the army records of Sublieutenant Adrian for details.


End of Year Report: 941

Witness of Captain Wystan: Lieutenant Carle uncovered much helpful information during his first mission to Koretia and also showed loyalty to the Chara under difficult circumstances. Royal Messenger Hylas of the Division of Disclosure reports that Lieutenant Carle did well in his espionage training. The lieutenant is presently carrying out his second mission to Koretia.


Correspondence

July 942: Captain Wystan of the Home Division has received a letter from Lieutenant Carle's baron, Gervais of Peaktop, informing him of the death of the lieutenant's father, Verne son of Carle. The lieutenant will inherit his father's property, but his rank will not change.


Division Change

August 942: Due to a reorganization of the Emorian army, the Division of Disclosure is being transferred into the care of Captain Radley.

Recommendation of Captain Wystan: Lieutenant Carle is at present one of the most valuable members of the espionage division, due to his knowledge of Koretian life and to certain talents that are described earlier in these records. Captain Wystan therefore strongly recommends that the lieutenant be assigned major missions and that he receive corresponding privileges.


Discipline

September 942: Lieutenant Carle faces discipline following his unlawful entry into the Chara's palace.

Witness of Captain Radley of the Division of Disclosure: Lieutenant Carle was arrested by the palace guards while attempting to leave the Chara's palace, which he had entered without permission. He was placed under the care of the army disciplinary unit, which placed him back under the care of Captain Radley. The lieutenant gave no explanation for his behavior except that he had wanted to see the Chamber of the Great Council.

Recommendation of Captain Radley: Since his transfer into Captain Radley's care, Lieutenant Carle has shown repeated inability to follow orders. The captain believes that this is largely due to the bad influence of the lieutenant's partner, Sublieutenant Adrian, who is of Koretian blood. The captain recommends that Lieutenant Carle be dismissed with dishonor from the Emorian army.

September 942: The Chara rejects the recommendation of Captain Radley, due to the lieutenant's past army performance. He commands that the lieutenant be disciplined in a lesser manner.

September 942: Captain Radley officially rebukes Lieutenant Carle for his crime.


Division Change

September 942: Lieutenant Carle will no longer partner with Sublieutenant Adrian, due to the elevation of the latter to the rank of Lieutenant.


Correspondence

September 942: Captain Radley has received a letter from the High Lord, requesting information on whether Lieutenant Adrian and Lieutenant Carle would be suitable for council work. The captain has responded by stating in strong terms that neither lieutenant would be suitable for such work.


End of Year Report: 942

Witness of Captain Radley: Lieutenant Carle's highly unsatisfactory performance this year is described above. The lieutenant is presently on a mission to the Koretian capital.


Request

May 943: Lieutenant Carle has submitted a request that in future he be assigned short missions in the Koretian borderland. He also requests that he be allowed to continue to share the tent of Lieutenant Adrian.

Recommendation of Captain Radley: That both requests be denied, as these would allow Lieutenant Carle frequent contact with Lieutenant Adrian, who has had a bad influence on Lieutenant Carle in the past.

May 943: The Chara commands that both of Lieutenant Carle's requests be approved, due to his past army performance. The Chara reminds Captain Radley that Lieutenant Adrian is a valuable member of his division.

May 943: Lieutenant Carle's requests are approved in accordance with the Chara's command.


Request

August 943: The Chara has received a request from the palace court summoners that all records related to Carle son of Verne be released to the summoners, in order that they might determine whether the free-man should be given a pass to attend next Wednesday's trial in the Court of Judgment. Such a pass has been requested by Neville, Scribe to the Court Summoners.

August 943: The Chara regrets that he cannot release the free-man's private army records, but he reminds the Head Court Summoner of the confidential letter sent to him at the time of the free-man's dismissal from the Emorian army. This letter makes clear what the Chara's recommendation on the matter would be.

August 943: The Chara has received a letter from the Head Court Summoner, apologizing for not checking his own private records before requesting information from the Chara. The summoners have approved the request.


Discipline

August 943: The Chara has met with Lieutenant Carle, whom he observed in the Court of Judgment wearing the royal emblem in the form of a brooch. The lieutenant explained that the brooch was a family heirloom that had originally been given to his grandfather, Carle son of Purvis, by the Chara Purvis. The lieutenant inherited the brooch from his father, Verne son of Carle (the Chara's late cousin), who on his deathbed left a message for the lieutenant, encouraging him to wear the brooch to the palace in order to honor the Chara. When informed by the Chara that his wearing the royal emblem was an act of treason under the Law of Grave Iniquity, the lieutenant showed proper contrition. It is the Chara's opinion that the lieutenant's misdeed was undertaken in innocence, and that the blame in this matter falls upon the lieutenant's father, who (for whatever private reasons) evidently wished his son to commit such a crime. The Chara has therefore decided to take no further action in this matter. He has allowed the lieutenant to keep the brooch, since it is a family heirloom.


Correspondence

August 943: The Chara has written a letter, suggesting to the High Lord that he might wish to consider appointing Carle son of Verne to the newly opened position of council scribe.


Request for Records

August 943: The Chara has received a request from the High Lord that all records related to Carle son of Verne be released to the Great Council in order that the High Lord might judge whether the lieutenant would be suitable for council work. The Chara has approved the request, upon condition that the High Lord keep confidential the contents of the free-man's private army records.


Dismissal

September 943: Captain Radley has received a letter from the High Lord, asking that Lieutenant Carle be sent to the Council Chamber on an invented task, in order that the High Lord might have a chance to interview the lieutenant for possible assignment to council duties. The captain submitted a protest to the High Lord, which was overruled by the Chara. The captain then complied with the request. Later that day, the Chara received a letter from the High Lord, requesting the dismissal of Carle son of Verne from the Emorian army so that he could be awarded the position of council scribe.

Recommendation of Captain Radley: That Lieutenant Carle be dismissed from the Emorian army with honor.

September 943: The Chara commands that Carle son of Verne be dismissed from the Division of Disclosure of the Emorian army with high honor.

September 943: The above action has been taken. Because the lieutenant's former partner, Lieutenant Adrian, continues to work in the Division of Disclosure, the dismissal will be publicly announced as a change of dismissal status. The change in dismissal status has been noted in the Chara's weekly report to the town councils, in a letter to the free-man's baron, and in a letter to the free-man's closest kin, Alvita widow of Verne. The private army records of the lieutenant's work in the Division of Disclosure remain sealed until such time as Lieutenant Adrian is dismissed from the Emorian army.


OFFICIAL ARMY RECORDS

Change of Dismissal Status

September 943: At the Chara's command, Carle son of Verne is hereby dismissed from the Emorian army with high honor. His honor brooch is returned to him, his name is added once more to the roll of the Border Mountain Patrol, and his rank is raised to Lieutenant. The reason for the change of dismissal status is stated in the lieutenant's private army records and cannot be disclosed at this time.


Change of Rank

September 943: Due to his assignment to palace duties, Carle son of Verne is elevated in rank to Lesser Free-man (Lesser Official of the Chara's Palace). Title: Scribe of the Clerk to the High Lord of the Great Council of Emor.


Request for Charges to the Court of the Emorian Army

September 943: The army court summoners have received a request for charges from Carle son of Verne, Scribe of the Great Council. Accused: Radley, Captain of the Division of Disclosure. Witness: Carle son of Verne. Charges requested: disobedience to the Chara (subsection II.2 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: disobedience to the indirect command of the Chara), murder, misuse of power, army disobedience. Victim: Adrian son of Berenger (deceased). The court summoners request the recommendation of the Chara as to whether they should place such charges. They also request the release of the Chara's private army records of Carle son of Verne and Adrian son of Berenger. Captain Radley has been informed of the scribe's request, but remains on active duty. The scribe's witness is herein attached. The army court summoners wish to know whether the Chara prefers this case to be transferred to the palace court summoners.

September 943: The Chara recommends that Captain Radley be placed under the care of the Court of the Emorian Army. He recommends that the captain be charged with murder, misuse of power, and army disobedience. He recommends that the request for a charge of disobedience to the Chara be denied.

September 943: The above action has been taken.


Request

September 943: The Chara has received a request from Carle son of Verne, Scribe of the Great Council, that he be allowed to mention the army record of Lieutenant Adrian, formerly of the Division of Disclosure, on the lieutenant's gravestone. The request is approved.


Witness to the Court of the Emorian Army

September 943: Witness of the charges of murder, misuse of power, and army disobedience placed by Carle son of Verne, Scribe of the Great Council, against Captain Radley of the Division of Disclosure.

Witness of Carle son of Verne – Character of the Victim: The witness testifies that he first made the acquaintance of Lieutenant Adrian in 940. During the past three years, the witness worked closely with the victim on many occasions and was his army partner on two occasions. The victim was of Koretian birth, the second son of a village baron, and was for a short time the heir to that baron. The victim left his homeland because he had been forced by his father to take a blood vow to murder, and he did not wish to undertake such a lawless deed. The victim believed that if he had stayed in his village, the village court would have condemned the victim to execution under the Koretian gods' law, because he had broken his blood vow to murder. The witness has presented evidence that the victim's father, the Baron of Mountside, recommended such an execution.

The victim entered Emor in 940 upon the recommendation of Lieutenant Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol and was accepted as a member of that unit. The witness has submitted the official and private army records of Lieutenant Adrian as evidence that the victim was an outstanding soldier. In particular, the witness calls attention to the fact that the victim frequently volunteered for dangerous assignments and was on no occasion rebuked for falsehood. The witness states that the victim's love for the law is demonstrated by the fact that the victim obeyed the prisoner's final command, despite the consequences foreseen by the victim.

Witness of Carle son of Verne – Motives of the Prisoner: The witness testifies that from the moment that the victim was placed under the prisoner's care, the prisoner treated the victim in a harsh manner and misjudged his motives and deeds. The witness offered several anecdotes to support this testimony. Such anecdotes have been denied admission to the documents of witness by the court summoners, as no corroborating witnesses have been found, but the witness's statement is supported by the victim's army records. The witness notes that up to the month that the victim was transferred into the prisoner's care, the victim's records were outstanding. For this reason, the sudden harshness of the prisoner's witness in those records requires explanation.

Witness of Carle son of Verne – Deeds of the Prisoner: The witness testifies that in September 943 he learned from the victim that the prisoner had commanded the victim to go to Koretia on a spying mission. The victim did not volunteer information on the nature of that mission, but he asked the witness to accompany him on the mission, a highly unusual action. The witness was unable to accompany the victim, due to his recent palace appointment. During his remaining hours in Emor, the victim was quieter than usual and made several references to his death. A week later, the witness responded to a request of attendance by the prisoner, the council clerk having released the witness temporarily from his duties. The witness testifies that the prisoner told him the following:

1) The prisoner had commanded the victim to go on a mission to his home village.

2) The victim had told the prisoner that his life would be unduly endangered if he were required to fulfill such an assignment.

3) The victim had strongly requested to be released from the assignment.

The witness notes that the victim's army records include a clear recommendation by the victim's previous official, Captain Wystan, that the victim not be sent anywhere near his home village, for the reasons explained by the victim to the prisoner. The witness also notes that the Chara supported this recommendation in the aforementioned records. The witness testifies that the prisoner told him that he did not believe what the victim said because, in the prisoner's words, all Koretians are liars. The witness testifies that he then went to the victim's home village, where he found that the victim had been killed under circumstances suggesting that he had been executed for his failure to fulfill his blood vow.

Corroboration of Witness: The witness's testimony was corroborated by Wystan, Captain of the Home Division (character of the victim); Quentin, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol (character of the victim); and Bibaculus, Sublieutenant and Orderly to Captain Radley (motives and deeds of the prisoner).

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found innocent of murder and guilty of misuse of power and army disobedience. He was sentenced to dismissal from the Emorian army with high dishonor. See the prisoner's army records for full details.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Entry to Palace

September 943: The High Lord has submitted a request to the Chara that Carle son of Verne, having been appointed a council scribe, be allowed to reside in the Chara's palace. The scribe's army records have been examined, and they show no impediment to such action. The Chara has therefore approved the request and commanded the palace slave-keeper to assign quarters to the new scribe.


Request

(A duplicate of this report may be found in the palace records of Henry son of Howe.)

September 943: Carle son of Verne, Council Scribe, has submitted a request to the Chara that he be allowed to share his quarters with Henry, former free-servant of Lord Thomas. The scribe has recently hired this free-man to be his free-servant. The Chara has approved the request.


Correspondence

June 945: The Chara has been informed that Carle son of Verne has been elevated to the title of Junior Law Researcher of the Great Council of Emor. There is no change in rank. The Chara has commanded the palace slave-keeper, who has charge over all palace housing, to assign new quarters to the junior researcher.


Correspondence

July 949: The Chara To Be has sent a letter to the High Lord, inquiring as to whether any of his senior law researchers are skilled in knowledge of the so-called gods' law of Koretia.

July 949: The High Lord has responded by stating that only one of his law researchers, Carle son of Verne, has extensive knowledge of Koretian law. As the researcher is of junior rank, the High Lord has asked the Head Law Researcher to assign the junior researcher work which could then be reviewed by the Head Law Researcher, before being passed on to the Chara To Be.

August 949: The Chara To Be, having reviewed the recent information on Koretian law supplied by the Head Law Researcher, has asked the High Lord whether he might elevate the rank of Carle son of Verne, thus enabling him to work directly with the Chara To Be. The High Lord has agreed to do so.


Change of Rank

August 949: Carle son of Verne is elevated in rank to Lesser Free-man (High Official of the Chara's Palace). Title: Senior Law Researcher of the Great Council of Emor.


Correspondence

August 949: The palace slave-keeper has written to the High Lord, indicating that this is the third time in six years that he has been required to locate new palace quarters for Carle son of Verne, due to an elevation in rank. He respectfully asks the High Lord to indicate to him what the highest rank is that he expects the senior researcher to reach, so that the slave-keeper can assign him the appropriate quarters.

August 949: The High Lord has responded by suggesting that the slave-keeper assign the senior researcher to the quarters opposite his own, since these have recently been vacated by Lord Ellard. The slave-keeper, having consulted with the Chara To Be on this matter, has taken the above action.


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OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Request

September 949: Carle son of Verne, Senior Law Researcher, has submitted a request to Captain Dillon of the Palace Guard that Lieutenant Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol be allowed regular visiting privileges to the palace. The reason given is the senior researcher's friendship with the lieutenant.

September 949: The Chara has reviewed the army records of Lieutenant Quentin and sees no impediment to this action. He recommends that the captain approve the request.

September 949: The above action has been taken.


Discipline

September 949: Carle son of Verne, Senior Law Researcher, faces discipline following his absence from duty on the day after the attack on Emor by the Koretian army.

Witness of the Head Law Researcher: On the morning following the Koretian attack, the High Lord sent an urgent request to the Head Law Researcher, seeking information on how Koretian law would regard the Koretian King's decision to break his peace oath toward Emor. The only researcher qualified to answer such a question was Carle son of Verne, who was discovered to be absent from his duties. Further investigation showed that he had departed the Chara's palace that morning, without leaving word as to his destination.

Upon his return to the palace that evening, the senior researcher came to the Head Law Researcher and apologized for his absence. The senior researcher said that a friend who was visiting him at the time, Lieutenant Quentin of the Border Mountain Patrol, had asked the senior researcher to accompany him to the scene of the Koretian attack, as his home village next to the border mountains was one of the places attacked. The senior researcher had hoped to return to the palace before noonday but was delayed by the congestion of the roads due to the village refugees and by the lieutenant's search for the corpses of his family members. The senior researcher admitted that he should have applied for permission to be absent from his duties.

Recommendation of the Head Law Researcher: Because of the senior researcher's unique knowledge of Koretian law, it is not possible to suspend him from his duties even for a short while. Nevertheless, because of the serious inconvenience which his absence caused, the Head Law Researcher recommends that the senior researcher receive severe punishment of some sort.

September 949: The High Lord officially rebukes Carle son of Verne for his disobedience and reminds him that his duty to the Chara is of greater importance than his duty to his friends.

September 949: The High Lord has received a twelve-page letter from Carle son of Verne, apologizing for his recent disobedience. The High Lord has met privately with the senior researcher to assure him that he considers the matter closed.


Correspondence

October 949: The new High Lord, having reviewed the records of all the high council officials, has written to the Chara, asking him whether he believes that Carle son of Verne should be dismissed from his position due to his recent disobedience.

October 949: The Chara recommends that the senior researcher be allowed to continue in his work.


Request

October 949: Carle son of Verne has submitted a request to the Chara that he be allowed to buy slaves who would reside in the palace slave-quarters. The reason given is the spaciousness of his new quarters and the consequent burden on his free-servant. The Chara has approved the request.


Purchase of Slaves

October 949: The Chara has approved the purchase by Carle son of Verne of six slave-servants by the names of Sempronia, Iophon, Prudentius, Rachel, Codrus, and Japheth. These slaves will reside in the section of the palace slave-quarters set aside for the senior researcher's use. The senior researcher understands that the slaves, although purchased with the senior researcher's money, belong by law to the Chara and may only be sold with the Chara's permission. At present, palace custom dictates that palace slaves may not be freed or sold to anyone outside of the palace. With the Chara's permission, however, the slaves may be transferred to other residences owned by the senior researcher, at which point the slaves would be transferred into the senior researcher's ownership. The Chara strongly recommends that this latter action take place only for reasons of great importance.


Request

(A duplicate of this report may be found in the army records of Lieutenant Quentin.)

September 951: The Chara has received a request from Carle son of Verne that a search be made within the Empire of Emor, particularly in the northern dominions, for information on Quentin, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol (retired), who travelled to the Border Port of Daxis in September 949 with the intention of journeying from there to the northern mainland for a short visit. The lieutenant has not contacted his friends since that time. In light of the lieutenant's outstanding service in the Emorian army, the Chara approves the request and commands that the subcommanders of the Emorian, Marcadian, and Arpeshian armies, and the Captain of the Home Division (presently supervising the Division of Disclosure) send out appropriate men to seek information on the lieutenant's whereabouts.

Witness of Captain Wystan: Lieutenant Ranald of the Division of Disclosure has uncovered information that Lieutenant Quentin resided in the Border Port of Daxis from September 949 to the beginning of the following year. His landlord reports that the lieutenant unexpectedly abandoned his dwelling one day, leaving a note stating that he was continuing his travels. The lieutenant had already paid for lodgings up through the spring, so the landlord took no action. Inquiries among the Daxion bankers revealed that the lieutenant left a large amount of money in the care of Lea, Banker, and did not return to retrieve it during the period allowed, so the money has been transferred by Daxion law into the property of the above banker. Inquiries among the bookers reveal that the lieutenant had been seeking passage to the northern dominions or the northern mainland during that time. The lieutenant did not purchase such passage, at least not under his own name. Inquiries among the shipmasters yielded no information.

Witnesses of the subcommanders: No information.

September 952: Lieutenant Quentin's whereabouts have not been located, despite extensive inquiries in the northern dominions and the northern mainland. When informed of these results by the Chara, Carle son of Verne requested that the Chara note the lieutenant's disappearance in his weekly report to the town councils, so that either the lieutenant or his grave could be located in the future. The request was approved and the above action taken.


Witness of Character

January 954: The Chara has written to Carle son of Verne, asking for his witness as to the character of Neville son of Nowell, Clerk to the Court Summoners, who is presently being considered for a seat on the Great Council.

Witness of Carle, Senior Law Researcher of the Great Council: The witness first made the acquaintance of the clerk in 937. The witness served alongside the clerk in the Border Mountain Patrol until the clerk was assigned to palace work in 938. Since that time, he has had infrequent contact with the clerk. The clerk is heir to the Baron of Harkton. He chose to become a bottom-ranked soldier rather than begin his army career as a lieutenant, as his rank entitled him, because he desired the honor of belonging to the patrol, in which rank is determined only by skill. The clerk is knowledgeable in the law. He has strict attitudes in matters of discipline and a strong sense of loyalty to the Chara.

February 954: Following Lord Neville's appointment to the Great Council, the Chara has written to Carle son of Verne, thanking him for his witness.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Correspondence

July 957: The High Lord has received a private letter from the Chara, listing his suggestions for men who might be appointed to the newly opened seat on the Great Council. One of the names is that of Carle son of Verne. He is recommended because of his knowledge of Emorian and Koretian law.

July 957: In his response, the High Lord has rejected the Chara's recommendation of Carle son of Verne, due to the fact that the senior researcher is not a nobleman. The High Lord has approved three of the other names on the list for interviews.

August 957: The interviews with the previous candidates having proved unsatisfactory, the Chara has again recommended to the High Lord by private correspondence that Carle son of Verne be considered for the seat. The Chara noted that lesser free-men have been appointed to the Great Council in the past and that the senior researcher, while not a nobleman, is of noble blood, being second cousin to the Chara.

August 957: Witnesses of character have been requested and received from Gervais, Baron of Peaktop; Wystan, Captain of the Home Division of the Emorian Army; and Malise, Subcaptain of the Emorian Army. All affirm Carle son of Verne to be a man of honor. The Head Law Researcher states that the senior researcher is knowledgeable in the law and has contributed much to this land. His only complaints are that the senior researcher has difficulty in working with the other researchers and that he spends too much time researching Koretian law.


Interview

August 957: Carle son of Verne was privately interviewed by the Chara and the High Lord for a seat on the Great Council. The senior researcher initially seemed mystified as to why he had been summoned to the Chara's presence, despite the fact that the search for a new council lord is public knowledge. It took a considerable amount of time to convince the senior researcher that he was being considered for the seat. He then declared himself to be unworthy of such an honor, but when the Chara pressed him on the matter, he expressed his willingness to serve the Chara in whatever manner the Chara thought best.

Further discussion revealed that the senior researcher is extremely knowledgeable in the law and has great loyalty to the Chara and the High Lord.

Recommendation of the Chara: That Carle son of Verne be appointed to the Great Council.

August 957: The High Lord has reservations about the senior researcher's character, based on the fact that the senior researcher's army and palace records show that he has been disciplined by his masters on several occasions. However, in the absence of a better qualified candidate, and in light of the council's need for information on Koretia, the High Lord approves the appointment of Carle son of Verne to the Great Council.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Change of Rank

September 957: Carle son of Verne is elevated in rank to High Nobleman (Junior Council Lord). Title: Lord of the Great Council of Emor. Council Rank: 30.


Purchase of Slaves

September 957: Lord Carle has submitted a request to the Chara that he be allowed to buy an additional four slaves by the names of Fonda, Hob, Esther, and Philippa, who would reside in his section of the palace slave-quarters. The reason given is the recent increase in his servants' work, due to his elevation in rank. The Chara has approved the request.


Discipline

November 957: Lord Carle faces discipline following his insolent remarks toward the High Lord at a council meeting.

Witness of the High Lord: During an open meeting of the Great Council, the High Lord was discussing action which he suggested be taken in Koretia. In a private discussion with the High Lord during the previous evening, Lord Carle had supplied the High Lord with the information that the High Lord had used to make his decision. The High Lord therefore called upon his junior-most lord for the first time since his appointment to the council, in case the junior lord might have further information on the matter which would be helpful to the council. The junior lord responded to this honor by revealing through his words that he had lied to the High Lord when supplying him with information. He then made several insolent remarks toward the High Lord.

Recommendation of the High Lord: The High Lord is bringing this matter to the Chara's attention because of the seriousness of the offense. As the Chara knows, the High Lord had serious doubts about the appointment of Lord Carle to the council. The High Lord intends to suspend the junior lord from his duties for a month, due to this incident, but he further suggests that the junior lord be dismissed from the council.

November 957: The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, indicating that he has learned further facts about this incident from other council lords, including several senior lords. It is his understanding that Lord Carle's remarks were in response to the High Lord's decision to privately seek information on Koretia from the junior lord on a number of occasions. It is the Chara's understanding that the High Lord then presented the information that the junior lord had researched, as though the High Lord had himself researched this information. It is the Chara's understanding that the junior lord did not lie to the High Lord on the evening preceding the council meeting, but instead supplied information which the High Lord misunderstood, since he had not undertaken the research himself.

In light of the above facts, it seems to the Chara only fair that if the junior lord is disciplined for his insolent remarks, then the High Lord should be disciplined for his misuse of power. The Chara wishes to know whether the High Lord plans to proceed with his discipline of the junior lord.

November 957: The Chara has received a short letter from the High Lord, stating that he has withdrawn discipline against Lord Carle. The Chara has responded by recommending that the junior lord be raised ten seats in council rank, due to his recent contributions to the council. The High Lord has indicated in private conversation with the Chara that he will follow this recommendation.


Change of Rank

November 957: Lord Carle is elevated to Council Rank 20. There is no change in title.


Honor

August 961: During the victory reception celebrating the end of the Border Wars between Emor and Koretia and the addition of the Dominion of Koretia to the Empire of Emor, the Chara has made special note of the contributions of Lord Carle to the victory. He stated that it was the junior lord's research concerning the Koretian gods' law which first convinced him that Koretia ought to be placed under the care of the Chara. He added that the junior lord was presently assisting the Chara in the difficult task of determining how to outlaw the gods' law, which caused civil turmoil in Koretia through its religiously sanctioned murders. He thanked the junior lord for his knowledge of Koretia, which helped the Chara to see why that land's native law ought to be replaced with the Chara's law.


Purchase of Slave

September 961: Lord Carle has submitted a request to the Chara that he be allowed to buy an additional slave. The Chara has responded with a request for the reason and the slave's name.

September 961: Lord Carle has responded by stating that the slave, a Koretian, refused to state his name to the junior lord. The junior lord will give this information to the Chara when he has ascertained it. The Chara has responded with a second request for the reason for purchase.

September 961: Lord Carle has responded by stating that he wishes to own the slave for humanitarian reasons connected with certain Koretian customs that he would prefer not to explain unless commanded to do so by the Chara. The Chara has approved the request.

September 961: Lord Carle has sent a letter to the Chara, stating that the name of the new slave is Andrew.


Correspondence

September 961: The Chara has received a letter from the palace physician, stating that he recently examined a new slave-servant purchased by Lord Carle. The slave, who appears to be of about age eight, had been gelded upon the orders of the junior lord. Since gelding is usually reserved for the punishment of traitors and highly disobedient slave-men, the physician thought that he should draw the matter to the Chara's attention. The Chara has discussed the matter privately with the junior lord and is satisfied with the junior lord's statement that such severe discipline was required in this case.


Leave of Absence and Change of Duties

May 962: Lord Carle has requested a week's leave of his duties in order that he might attend the funeral of his mother and deal with matters of the law related to her death. The High Lord has approved the request, on condition that the junior lord thereafter undertake a mission to the Central Provinces on behalf of the council.


Discipline

March 963: Lord Carle faces discipline following his unauthorized entry into the quarters of Lord Thomas.

Witness of the High Lord: While Lord Thomas was visiting the quarters of the High Lord, the senior lord's free-servant arrived to say that he had happened upon Lord Carle sitting in the senior lord's study chamber. The junior lord told the free-servant that the door to the senior lord's quarters had been unlocked and that he had entered the quarters merely in order to wait for the senior lord. The junior lord was sitting at the senior lord's writing table when the free-servant came in, and he declined to await the senior lord's return. The free-servant is certain that he locked the quarters before leaving.

March 963: Three months ago, Lord Thomas volunteered to head a delegation investigating how certain confidential council information has entered into the hands of the Koretian rebels. At that time, Lord Carle expressed considerable disappointment that he was not appointed to the investigation. The High Lord is inclined to think that the junior lord's unauthorized entry is the result of his jealousy of the senior lord. However, the senior lord indicated tonight that he has further information on the matter which he wishes to present to the High Lord in the morning. The High Lord has therefore delayed taking action until that time.


Request for Charges to the Court of Judgment

March 963: The palace court summoners have received a request for charges from Carle, Lord of the Great Council. Accused: Thomas, Lord of the Great Council. Witness: Lord Carle. Charge requested: disobedience to the Chara (subsection XII.17 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: treasonous dealings with the enemy). Lord Carle states that he had grown suspicious of Lord Thomas, who is of Koretian blood, because of certain actions the senior lord had taken recently and because of a witness of his character provided by the senior lord's former free-servant, who now serves the junior lord. The junior lord therefore used certain techniques he learned in the army to break into the senior lord's quarters and examine his papers. The junior lord provided the summoners with papers written in the junior lord's hand, which the junior lord claimed he had copied from the originals in the senior lord's quarters. The papers are letters to the Koretian rebels, supplying confidential council information, but the letters do not in themselves indicate who their author is. The junior lord stated that he left the originals in the senior lord's quarters because he did not wish the senior lord to know that his crime had been discovered.

The junior lord was informed that he ought to bring his suspicions to either the High Lord or the council judge, as the senior lord is under the care of the council and therefore may not be summoned to the Court of Judgment without the permission of one of the above lords. The junior lord stated that he has tried on several occasions to speak to the High Lord on this matter, but that the High Lord has dismissed his suspicions as jealousy. The junior lord further indicated that the lord presently appointed as council judge is Lord Thomas himself.

As it is impossible for the summoners to proceed any further without permission from the High Lord, they have delivered the junior lord's witness and evidence to the High Lord.

March 963: The High Lord has written to the palace court summoners, indicating that the council will handle this case.


Request for Charges to the Court of the Great Council

March 963: The High Lord has received a request for charges from Thomas, Lord of the Great Council. Accused: Carle, Lord of the Great Council. Witness: Lord Thomas. Charge requested: disobedience to the Chara (subsection XII.17 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: treasonous dealings with the enemy). Lord Thomas states that in the course of an investigation he has undertaken at the High Lord's command, he has uncovered certain letters addressed by Lord Carle to the Koretian rebels. The senior lord was only able to make copies of the originals, but he believes that the junior lord has not yet sent the original letters, and that these, being in his own hand, prove his guilt. The senior lord has requested that the High Lord arrange for the junior lord's arrest and that his quarters be searched for these letters. The senior lord has stated that he fears that the junior lord's presence last night in his quarters was due to an attempt by him to discover the course of the senior lord's investigation. He further fears that the junior lord will attempt to discredit his investigation in some manner.

While the senior lord was presenting his request to the High Lord, the High Lord received from the page of the palace court summoners certain documents in the junior lord's hand which had been given by the junior lord to the summoners as evidence that the senior lord was committing treason. The senior lord immediately identified these documents as the original letters he had copied. It is clear from this that the junior lord has accused the senior lord of treason in an attempt to discredit the senior lord's investigation and thereby save himself from being arrested for his own crime. The High Lord has therefore approved the senior lord's request for charges and has authorized the council guards to issue to the junior lord the council court's summons for charges.


Arrest

March 963: Lord Carle has been summoned for charges to the Court of the Great Council. Because of the seriousness of the charge, he has been placed under arrest until the time of his trial.

Witness of Manton, Lieutenant in the Council Guard: The guards located the prisoner standing in his study chamber. He was in the process of giving a sealed letter to his free-servant. When informed of his arrest, the prisoner said that he had expected this. He was very quiet and calm and made no attempt to resist arrest. He did not speak further except to ascertain that his free-servant would be allowed to go free. Because of his rank, the prisoner was escorted unbound and armed to the quarters of the council guards, where he was relieved of his sword and placed under watch.

The prisoner's quarters were then searched, but no further treasonous documents were uncovered. The lieutenant examined the letter that the prisoner had been handing his free-servant, but it proved to be a private law document addressed to the prisoner's baron. The free-servant was therefore allowed to keep the letter.

March 963: The Chara has been informed of Lord Carle's arrest by the junior lord's free-servant. At about the same time, he was informed by the Head Court Summoner of a request for charges placed by the junior lord with the summoners this morning. The Chara therefore met with the High Lord in the council quarters to investigate the matter further. Upon being told of Lord Thomas's charge against the junior lord, the Chara expressed his opinion that it was not clear at this point which lord had committed treasonous acts, and he strongly recommended that the senior lord be arrested as well. The High Lord rejected this recommendation. The Chara then suggested that if the High Lord refused to investigate the junior lord's charge, this might be treated by the palace court summoners as evidence that the High Lord himself was involved in the senior lord's treasonous activities, and that the High Lord might be summoned on charges. The High Lord agreed to allow the arrest of the senior lord. He further agreed that the matter should be investigated by the Chara's court summoners, who have greater experience in such matters. He therefore transferred both cases into the care of the Chara.

The palace court summoners immediately issued a summons for charges to Lord Thomas. They agree with the Chara that the two cases should be treated as a single case until further evidence makes clear who the true lawbreaker is.

Witness of Norval, Palace Guard: The guards located Lord Thomas standing in his study chamber. He was in the process of burning certain papers. The papers that were recovered intact are addressed to the Koretian rebels and contain confidential council information. Upon being told of his arrest, Lord Thomas drew his blade and resisted the guards. Because of this, he was escorted bound and unarmed from his quarters and was placed under the care of the dungeon-keeper.

March 963: The palace court summoners have examined all of the above-mentioned evidence, as well as a letter given to the summoners by Lord Carle's free-servant Henry. Lieutenant Manton confirms that this letter is the same one he saw the junior lord give his free-servant. The letter is addressed to Gervais, Baron of Peaktop, and it is dated as of today. The free-servant has provided witness that he saw his master writing the letter early this morning, before the junior lord had left his quarters. The letter begins by stating the junior lord's belief that a certain action he was about to undertake was likely to bring about his death. The junior lord stated that he believed that his property would be confiscated by the Chara upon his death, but that if this confiscation did not take place, he wished to will his estate over to the Chara. The rest of the letter consists of the junior lord's will. The free-servant testifies that the junior lord left the quarters after scribing and sealing the letter and returned about half an hour later, his face quite pale. He spent several minutes helping the free-servant deal with a small problem that had arisen with one of his slave-servants. Then he handed the letter to the free-servant, asking him to see that it reached its recipient. It was at this point that the junior lord was placed under arrest.

Conclusion of the Head Court Summoner: The court summoners have concluded that the above facts provide enough evidence for action on their part in accordance with the following beliefs:

1) Lord Thomas has been involved in treasonous dealings with the enemy. This is evidenced by the additional documents recovered in his quarters and by his behavior upon being arrested.

2) Lord Carle is innocent of treason. This follows from the above conclusion and is also evidenced by the junior lord's behavior upon being arrested. The summoners note that the junior lord is known to be a skilled swordsman and could probably have resisted arrest successfully, since only two guards were sent to arrest him, and only one escorted him to the council guards' quarters. The High Lord has suggested that the junior lord's words upon his arrest are evidence of his guilt. This matter is addressed below.

3) Lord Carle guessed that Lord Thomas would accuse him of treason and that this explains his words upon being arrested. This is evidenced by the junior lord's letter to his baron, referring to his likely death due to an action he was about to undertake. This letter could not have been referring to treasonous acts, which would have taken place in the past, nor could it have been referring to suicide, as Lord Carle made no attempt to take his own life or to resist arrest in such a way that the guards would be forced to kill him. Therefore, the action to which Lord Carle referred must have been his request for charges, which he correctly surmised would lead to his being falsely charged with treason.

Recommendation of the Head Court Summoner: That the charge against Lord Carle be withdrawn and that the charge against Lord Thomas be retained. Because of the seriousness of this case, the summoners request the Chara's recommendation before proceeding further.

Recommendation of the Chara: That the above actions be taken.

March 963: Lord Carle has been released by the council guards in accordance with the High Lord's command.


Honor

March 963: The Chara has issued an apology to Lord Carle for the dishonorable manner in which he was treated by the Chara's court and the council after he requested a summons for charges against Lord Thomas. The Chara has also offered public praise to Lord Carle for his courageous actions in this matter. The High Lord has offered an extensive apology to the Chara for his behavior in this case. He has agreed to the Chara's recommendation that Lord Carle be elevated in rank.


Change of Rank

March 963: Lord Carle is elevated in rank to High Nobleman (Senior Council Lord). There is no change in title. Council Rank: 10.


Witness to the Chara's Court (Private Judgment)

April 963: Witness of the charge of disobedience to the Chara placed by Lord Carle against Thomas, formerly Lord of the Great Council. Because this case involves confidential information, Lord Carle's witness has been sealed. For details, see the private palace records of the prisoner.

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found guilty of disobedience to the Chara and sentenced to the high doom of death by torture.


Request

August 963: In his daily report to the Chara, Captain Dillon of the Palace Guard has indicated that a lesser free-man applied for entrance to the palace, based on his past friendship with Carle son of Verne. The free-man seemed unaware of Lord Carle's elevation in rank to council lord. Normally, the Chara would have been consulted on this matter, but his quarters were closed to visitors at that time. The High Lord was also unavailable for consultation. As a result of his own judgment of the free-man's character as revealed through conversation, the lieutenant of the watch decided that the free-man could be trusted to enter the palace. The free-man and his wife and infant son were escorted to the council quarters, where Lord Carle agreed to meet with them.


Request

(A duplicate of these reports may be found in the army records of Lieutenant Quentin.)

August 963: Lord Carle has told the Chara that Quentin, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol (retired), who was reported missing in 951, has been located. Lord Carle reports that the lieutenant was in Koretia during the time that the search for him took place; he was unable to return to Emor, due to circumstances related to the war. The Chara has noted the lieutenant's reappearance in his weekly report to the town councils.

September 963: Lord Carle has submitted a request to Captain Dillon of the Palace Guard that Lieutenant Quentin not be allowed to enter the palace again. The reason given is that the senior lord believes that the land loyalty of the lieutenant, who is of Koretian blood, has been weakened by his lengthy stay in Koretia. The Chara has approved the request.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara Nicholas's reign.)

December 964: During a private conversation with Lord Carle tonight, the Chara learned that one of the senior lord's slave-servants has escaped from the palace. If the slave is captured by the city guards, which seems likely, the Chara will be forced to place the slave under judgment. Current palace custom dictates that slaves who attempt to escape are sentenced to a Slave's Death, namely death by torture. Because the senior lord approached the Chara on the matter privately and showed concern for his slave's welfare, the Chara has commanded several spies from the Division of Disclosure to locate the slave and unofficially return him to his master, so that he need not be placed under judgment. The Chara has recommended to the senior lord that the slave be severely disciplined.

Further conversation with Lord Carle revealed that the slave's misdeed arose as the result of a confrontation which occurred after the senior lord discovered his slave speaking with the Chara's son in a familiar manner. The Chara has therefore decided to discipline his son for this and other related matters.

December 964: The Chara was approached by his son early this morning, who knew of the confrontation that had taken place between Lord Carle and his slave, but not of the aftermath. When told that the slave had been captured during the night for an attempted escape and now faced discipline, the Chara's son showed such contrition for his part in the episode that the Chara does not believe that his son requires further discipline. The Chara's son asked to intervene on the slave's behalf, but was told that he has already caused the slave enough trouble through his custom of speaking to slaves in a familiar fashion.

December 964: The Chara's son has strongly requested to be able to help Lord Carle's slave in some manner, as he has learned from his own slave-servants that the slave is being severely disciplined by Lord Carle. The Chara has refused to allow this, judging it better that his son should know the consequences of his misdeed.

December 964: The Chara's son has again made the above request and has been refused.

December 964: The Chara has received an urgent letter from the palace slave-keeper, requesting the Chara's recommendation on how he should handle a matter of slave discipline. The slave-keeper states that he has been following Lord Carle's request concerning his slave. Lord Carle asked that the slave be beaten in punishment for his attempt to escape, until such time as the slave apologizes to the senior lord for his misdeed. The slave has been beaten at regular intervals for the past three days but has refused to apologize. It is the slave-keeper's opinion, based on previous experience in this matter, that the slave will die if he is beaten any longer. The Chara has responded by asking the slave-keeper to convey his opinion to the senior lord.

December 964: The Chara's free-servant reports that he entered the sleeping chamber of the Chara's son this afternoon and discovered the boy sobbing heavily, evidently over the matter of the disobedient slave. Because the Chara's son is not inclined to such shows of emotion, the Chara has agreed to visit the slave this evening, in order to decide the best course of action.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Sale of Slave

December 964: Lord Carle has sold one of his slaves, Andrew, to the Chara. The slave will be under the immediate care of the Chara's son, who requested the sale.


Change of Duties

December 964: The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, requesting that Lord Carle be regularly released from his morning duties so that he might tutor the Chara's son. After discussing the matter in private with the Chara, the High Lord approved the above action.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara Nicholas's reign.)

January 965: The Chara has received word from the Head Court Summoner that the Chara's son entered the summoners' quarters this morning and requested information on whether a free-man could be summoned for charges if he had abused his slaves. The summoners responded that such a charge could not be issued. The Chara's son then indicated that he would privately research the matter on his own.

The Chara has discussed this incident with his son and has learned that it arose from his son's discovery that his new slave-servant had been gelded by Lord Carle. The Chara's son had not been aware of this fact before now, since the slave refuses to act in a manner appropriate to eunuchs. Through a lengthy conversation with the slave, the Chara's son learned that the senior lord is inclined to discipline all of his slaves in a severe manner.

The Chara's son says that he has since talked privately with the senior lord and has come to realize that the matter is more complex than he had initially thought. Although the Chara's son continues to deplore the senior lord's actions toward his slave, the Chara's son now realizes that the senior lord is a man of honor who is struggling to do what he believes to be right.

The Chara is pleased by this incident, in part because it has demonstrated to his son the difficulty of reconciling conflicting witnesses, and in part because it suggests that the senior lord's friendship with the Chara may extend to a second generation. It is also clear that such a friendship is arising between the Chara's son and his new slave, but the Chara trusts that his son will realize in time the impossibility of maintaining such a relationship when the gap in rank is so wide.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Change of Duties

February 966: Due to the Chara Nicholas's recent death, Lord Carle has indicated to the High Lord that he will be ending his tutorship of the Chara To Be, prior to the enthronement. The High Lord has therefore returned Lord Carle to his regular duties.


Change of Duties

February 966: At the request of the Chara To Be, the High Lord has given Lord Carle permission to accompany the Chara To Be on a trip to the northern dominions. The High Lord expects the senior lord to spend as much time as possible during this trip gathering information for the Great Council.


Honor

June 966: In response to the recommendation of the Chara To Be, the High Lord has given Lord Carle the very great honor of swearing the oath of the Great Council at the upcoming enthronement. Due to this honor, the senior lord is raised in council rank to 5.


Manumission of Slave

June 966: The Chara's clerk has sent notice to all of the palace dwellers that, following his enthronement tomorrow, the Chara To Be plans to change the custom concerning palace slaves. Palace slaves may now be freed if the Chara judges that they are unlikely to engage in disloyal acts toward Emor. The clerk has also prepared a notification for Lord Carle that a manumission paper will be issued tomorrow to one of the senior lord's former slaves: Andrew son of Gideon.


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OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Correspondence

June 966: After reviewing the records of the council lords, the Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, suggesting that Lord Carle's council rank be raised to 2. In private discussion with the Chara, the High Lord has rejected this recommendation.


Change of Duties

September 966: The Chara has sent a letter to Lord Carle, asking him for more information concerning the claim of the Jackal, the masked leader of the Koretian rebellion, to be High Priest of that land. It is the Chara's understanding that such a claim is tantamount to a claim to be High Judge of Koretia.

September 966: Lord Carle has responded by saying that the Jackal may well be High Priest of Koretia, since his bloodthirsty acts toward the Emorians surpass that of all other Koretians. Lord Carle goes on to explain that the Koretian gods' law, which is determined by the High Priest, is not true law, since it is religious in nature and centers upon formal exchanges of murder.

September 966: The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, requesting that Lord Carle be released from his council duties during the late evening so that the senior lord may instruct the Chara on Koretian law.

September 966: The High Lord has sent a letter to the Chara in which he releases Lord Carle from his late-evening duties until the end of the year, on condition that the senior lord not neglect his other council duties, as he was wont to do during his previous tutorship.


Honor

September 966: The Chara has summoned the High Lord to his presence in order that the High Lord might explain the meaning of his recent letter concerning Lord Carle. The High Lord was forced to admit that he could not provide any evidence that the senior lord has ever neglected his council duties. The Chara has therefore rebuked the High Lord for his false accusation and has commanded that this conversation be entered in the senior lord's records as evidence that the senior lord has always remained loyal to the High Lord and to the Chara.


Witness of Character

April 972: The High Lord has appointed Lord Carle master of the delegation to interview Seymour son of Houghton, cousin to the Chara, to consider whether to confirm his title of Chara To Be.

Witness of the Committee: It is the committee's strong recommendation that Seymour son of Houghton not be confirmed Chara To Be, as his knowledge of high matters is slight, and he shows a weak grasp of the law. Lord Carle would be glad to go into greater detail with the High Lord but considers it better not to comment further on the matter in this report.

May 972: The Great Council has voted to reject the confirmation of Seymour son of Houghton as Chara To Be. For details, see the private palace records of the Chara (section: royal family).


Change of Duties

January 973: In response to the Chara's recommendation, the High Lord has appointed Lord Carle as judge of the Great Council.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Discipline

February 974: In private conversation, the High Lord has indicated to the Chara that he is considering charging Lord Carle with misuse of power, due to the manner in which he treats prisoners who are placed under his judgment. In particular, Lord Carle has at times visited prisoners who are awaiting trial and rebuked them in a sarcastic manner for their lawbreaking. After listening to the High Lord's witness, the Chara agreed that the senior lord has misused his power, but because the charge is so serious, the Chara wishes first to rebuke the senior lord in private, in the hope that this will cause him to reform his behavior. The High Lord has reluctantly agreed to this course.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Request

April 974: The Chara has received notice from Lord Carle that the senior lord's free-servant Henry will be retiring from service next month. The senior lord has requested that Henry be made a palace guest and be allowed to continue living in the senior lord's quarters. The Chara has approved the request.


Requests

(A duplicate of this report may be found in the palace records of Curtis son of Eneas.)

May 974: Lord Carle has submitted a request to the Chara that Curtis son of Eneas, Lesser Free-man, be allowed to live in the palace. The senior lord also requests he be allowed to share his quarters with the free-man, since the senior lord wishes to hire him as his free-servant. The senior lord states that he has no personal acquaintance with the free-man, but that the free-man was recommended to him by the senior lord's village baron, who knows the free-man's family. The senior lord has included with his requests a letter from Gervais, Baron of Peaktop, as well as a letter of recommendation from the free-man's own baron, Lawlor of Hedgedale. The Chara has approved both requests.


Request for Charges

May 974: The palace court summoners have received a request for charges from Carle, Lord of the Great Council. Accused: Andrew, Free-servant of the Chara. Witness: Lord Carle. Victim: Lord Carle. Charge requested: insulting a nobleman. The court summoners agree that there is enough evidence to issue such a summons, but believe that the matter would be better handled privately. They request advice from the Chara as to whether they should proceed with the summons.

May 974: After consultation with the Chara, Lord Carle has withdrawn his request. The request will be noted in the records of the senior lord, but not in the records of the free-servant.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Discipline

February 975: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, indicating that Lord Carle's behavior toward his prisoners has not changed since last year. In addition, several lords have now complained of the senior lord's abrasive manner toward them. The High Lord wishes to know whether the Chara has delivered to Lord Carle the promised rebuke. The Chara has responded with an apology for not yet dealing with the matter, and a promise to do so.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Witness to the Court of Judgment

July 975: Witness of the charge of disobedience to the Chara (subsection II.1 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: disobedience to the direct command of the Chara) placed by the Chara against Henry, palace guest of the Chara.

Witness of Lord Carle – Character and Motives of the Prisoner: Lord Carle has refused to provide witness against the prisoner as far as character and motives are concerned, saying that he does not know why the prisoner would break the law in this way, as his previous contact with the prisoner indicated that the prisoner was a man of honor.

Witness of Lord Carle – Deeds of the Prisoner: The witness testifies that he first made the acquaintance of the prisoner in 943, at which time the prisoner was free-servant to Thomas, formerly Lord of the Great Council. The prisoner, whose parents were involved in the Second Marcadian Rebellion against Emor, had been a slave until 932, but he had no other record of dishonor. For this reason, the witness hired the prisoner as his free-servant. The prisoner retired from service in May 974, since which time he has resided in the witness's quarters.

In July 975, the witness held a conversation with the prisoner. The prisoner told the witness that, while walking toward the outer north gate of the palace, he sighted an Emorian subcaptain whom he believed was the same subcaptain who had raped and enslaved the prisoner's sister at the time that the prisoner himself was enslaved, in 922. The prisoner told the witness that he went to the army court summoners and asked them to summon the subcaptain on the charge of rape. The prisoner said that the army summoners told him that soldiers could not be charged with that offense under army law, and they suggested that he contact the palace court summoners, who will occasionally summon soldiers for serious offenses. The prisoner said that he then went to the palace court summoners, who refused his request. The prisoner said that he then went to the Chara to ask him to overrule the summoners, but that the Chara refused to do so. The prisoner then told the witness that the Chara had issued him with a direct command not to investigate the matter further.

Corroboration of Witness: No corroboration of witness was needed in this case, as the witness is a council lord. Further witness provided by Baldric, Orderly to Subcaptain Colm, and Horatius, army scribe, indicates that the prisoner later visited the subcaptain and killed him.

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found guilty of a separate charge of murder through provocation and sentenced to mercy. The prisoner was found guilty of disobedience to the Chara and sentenced to the high doom of death by the sword.


Discipline

July 975: The Chara has met with Lord Carle to rebuke him for his behavior this noonday, when Lord Carle engaged in a loud argument with the Chara's free-servant Andrew, which could be heard through much of the palace. The argument concerned the senior lord's witness in a trial that occurred this morning. Many such arguments have taken place between the senior lord and the free-servant during the past nine years. The Chara further rebuked the senior lord for his failure to tell the Chara or his father, at the time of the free-servant's sale, that the free-servant had taken an unlawful vow that could have endangered the free-servant's life. Finally, the Chara rebuked the senior lord for his behavior as council judge. The Chara has commanded both the senior lord and the free-servant not to begin any conversation with each other unless they are in the Chara's presence.


Request for Charges

July 975: The palace court summoners have received a request for charges from Carle, Lord of the Great Council. Accused: Andrew, Free-servant of the Chara. Witnesses: The Chara (for the charge of disobedience) and Penley, Palace Guard (for the charge of murder). Victim: Lord Carle (for the charge of murder). Charges requested: disobedience to the Chara (subsection II.1 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: disobedience to the direct command of the Chara), murder (subsection II.5 of the Law of Bloodshed: murder or attempted murder taking place within the Chara's palace). The witness in this matter is clear, and so the court summoners have issued a summons to the free-servant for the above charges. The free-servant has already been arrested and is under the care of the dungeon-keeper. Notice has been sent to the Chara of his free-servant's summons. Because the prisoner is a palace free-servant and therefore under the care of the council, he will be given an initial trial by the Chara and then tried by the council judge, namely Lord Carle. However, because Lord Carle has requested the charge, is a corroborating witness, is the victim, and is the judge of the prisoner, the senior lord has agreed to allow the palace court summoners to issue the summons, so that they may oversee the judgment.

July 975: The court summoners have received a letter from the Chara, indicating that he does not wish to give witness against his free-servant on the charge of disobedience. Since the summons has already been issued, the charge will remain in the prisoner's records but will be withdrawn at the time of the prisoner's trial. The Chara has further indicated that he will try the prisoner in private, due to the sensitive nature of this case.

July 975: The court summoners have been told by Lord Carle that he wishes to withdraw his request for a charge of murder. He asks to replace it with a charge of striking a nobleman. Upon reviewing the senior lord's witness, the Head Court Summoner has agreed that this action is appropriate. The change in charges has been noted in the prisoner's records.


Witness to the Chara's Court (Private Judgment)

July 975: Corroborating witness of the charge of striking a nobleman, placed by Carle, Lord of the Great Council, against Andrew, free-servant of the Chara.

Witness of Lord Carle – Character and Motives of the Prisoner: The witness testifies that the prisoner was his slave-servant between the years 961 and 964. The witness claims that during that time he was forced by the prisoner's repeated disobedience to discipline him in a severe manner, though in a more merciful manner than the prisoner deserved. The witness believes that since that time the prisoner has contemplated violent action toward him. The court summoners have not allowed into the documents of witness various speculations by the witness as to how such thoughts may have arisen as a result of the prisoner's Koretian blood. They will, however, allow the following witness, which gives evidence of the prisoner's violent nature: The witness says that at the time he first bought the prisoner, the prisoner told him that he had taken a blood vow to murder the Chara.

Witness of Lord Carle – Deeds of the Prisoner: Lord Carle corroborates the witness of Penley, Palace Guard, that the prisoner drew his blade against the victim, namely Lord Carle; that a few moments later the prisoner threw down the blade; and that the prisoner then struck the victim to the ground. Lord Carle offers the additional witness that the prisoner undertook these deeds after the victim had accused him of showing disloyalty to the Chara by disobeying his direct command that the prisoner not speak to the victim.

Transfer of Case: Following the Chara's judgment of the prisoner, the palace court summoners were informed by the Chara's clerk that a proclamation issued by the Chara Duncan in 899 allows the transfer of this case into the care of the Chara. Thus the prisoner will not be tried by the council judge, and the Chara's judgment is final. The High Lord has been informed of the transfer.

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found guilty of striking a nobleman through provocation and was sentenced to mercy.


Death of Slave

May 976: The palace physician has reported the death of one of Lord Carle's slave-servants, Codrus. He states that the cause of death is old age, but he expresses concern at the condition of the slave's body. The Chara has spoken privately with the senior lord about the matter and has reminded him that, as Chara, he now has the ability to reform the law to allow for the summoning of an abusive slave-master. Lord Carle has apologized at length and has promised to show more restraint toward his slaves in the future.


Purchase of Slave

May 976: Lord Carle has submitted a request to the Chara that he be allowed to buy an additional slave by the name of Levina, who would reside in his section of the palace slave-quarters. The reason given is the replacement of his recently deceased slave. The Chara has approved the request.


Discipline

June 976: The High Lord has received a complaint from Lord Diggory that Lord Carle's new Koretian slave-girl has been making improper advances toward him. Lord Diggory says that the same incident has occurred with other lords. The High Lord feels that part of the blame in this matter lies with the lords, since such advances are easily discouraged. Nonetheless, since Lord Carle is famed for his ability to discipline his slaves, the High Lord can only conclude that Lord Carle has been careless in his training of his new slave. The High Lord therefore officially rebukes Lord Carle for not controlling the behavior of his slave.

June 976: Lord Carle has sent a letter to the High Lord, apologizing for his slave's misbehavior and promising to discipline her more firmly in the future.


Change of Duties

July 976: The High Lord has given Lord Carle permission to accompany him on a confidential mission for the council. The nature of this mission is sealed until the time of the delegation's return.


Koretian High Court Witness

August 976: The palace court summoners have received notice of a trial that has taken place at the Governor's Court in the Dominion of Koretia. The charge was requested by Carle, Lord of the Great Council. Accused: Alan, Lord and Governor of Koretia. Witness: Lord Carle. Charge requested: disobedience to the Chara (subsections II.1, II.16, and II.34 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: disobedience to the direct command of the Chara, misuse and theft of the Chara's goods, giving false witness to the Chara). Details of the senior lord's witness may be found in the court papers of the Dominion of Koretia.

Results of the Trial: The prisoner was found guilty of disobedience to the Chara and sentenced to the high doom of death by torture.


Honor

September 976: The Chara has offered public praise to Lord Carle for his assistance in uncovering the treasonous acts of the Koretian governor during a recent trip to the Dominion of Koretia. He has also offered private praise to the senior lord for another action undertaken on that trip. The reason for this praise is sealed until the time of the Chara Peter's death. Details may be found in the senior lord's private palace records.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Honor

September 976: During his recent trip to Koretia, the Chara was captured and held prisoner by the Koretian rebel-leader, the Jackal, who hoped thereby to come to a settlement with the Chara, preferably in a peaceful manner. Shortly thereafter, Lord Carle discovered Andrew, formerly palace guest of the Chara, examining the Chara's private papers. Having questioned Andrew, the senior lord correctly concluded that Andrew had placed the Chara into the Jackal's hands. The obvious action for the senior lord to have taken at that point would have been to arrange for Andrew's arrest so that he could be questioned further. The Chara believes that if this had happened, the Jackal would have killed the Chara, since Andrew had long-standing bonds with the Jackal.

Instead, the senior lord gave Andrew a message to deliver to the Chara. This message contained information that allowed the Chara to convince the Jackal to free him. Upon being freed, the Chara exchanged peace oaths with the Jackal and is in the process of completing a peace settlement with him which will place the Koretian government under the Jackal's care. The Chara therefore praises Lord Carle for his action, which not only saved the life of the Chara, but also prevented war between Emor and Koretia.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Honor

September 976: Lord Carle has been given the very great honor of being made witness to the wedding ceremony between Peter, the Great Chara of Emor, and Ursula, ward of the Jackal. The ceremony will be conducted by the High Lord. Because of this honor, the senior lord's council rank has been raised to 3.


Witness of Character

November 976: Following the death of Captain Asellio, the Chara has sent a letter to Lord Carle asking him to give witness as to the character of Captain Malise, formerly of the Valouse Division of the Dominion Army of Koretia, who is being considered for the honor of replacing Asellio as Captain of the Home Division.

November 976: Lord Carle has responded by stating that he has virtually no memory of his army years and therefore cannot give witness of Captain Malise's character.


Correspondence

April 977: The Chara has received a letter from the Jackal, inviting the Chara and the High Lord to attend his enthronement next June. Subcommander Rudolph has also been invited, but he is already in Koretia, supervising the transfer of power from the dominion army to the Koretian army. In addition, the Jackal has invited Lord Carle to attend the enthronement and to remain for a law conference that will take place immediately afterwards at the Koretian priests' house. At the conference, Koretian delegates will discuss how to reform the gods' law and use it in a complementary manner alongside the Chara's law, which Koretia has retained by agreement of the peace settlement. The Jackal says that Andrew son of Gideon, recently awarded an honorary lordship, recommended the senior lord's presence because of the senior lord's knowledge of Koretian and Emorian law. In private conversation with the Chara, the senior lord has asked to be excused from this duty, stating that the only proper way to reform the gods' law is to destroy it.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara Peter's reign.)

November 977: The Chara has received a complaint from the High Lord that Lord Carle will not sell one of his slaves to the High Lord, despite the fact that the High Lord has offered to pay twice the slave's original price. The Chara has promised to discuss this matter with the senior lord.

November 977: In private conversation with the Chara, Lord Carle has reminded the Chara that the slave in question committed certain misdeeds last year and is likely to be difficult for the High Lord to train. The Chara's opinion is that the High Lord could use some lively entertainment in his life, as it would help to distract him from his usual routine of blackmailing all the palace dwellers, including the Chara. The Chara has therefore persuaded the senior lord to allow the sale.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Manumission of Slave

May 978: The Chara's clerk has notified Lord Carle that a manumission paper has been issued by the High Lord to one of the senior lord's former slaves: Levina daughter of Sebold.


Correspondence

May 978: The High Lord has offered Lord Carle the great honor of being made witness to the wedding ceremony between Dean, High Lord of the Great Council, and Levina daughter of Sebold. The ceremony will be conducted by the Chara. The senior lord has declined the honor.


Change of Duties

May 978: The Chara has received word of the tragic death of the High Lord on his wedding night. The High Lord's death has been sounded, and the Empire of Emor has been placed in mourning for one month's time. The High Lord was eighty-four years old at the time of his death from heart failure due to overexertion. Because the senior-most lord, Lord Neville, is presently recovering from an excess of high spirits during the wedding celebration, the Chara has asked Lord Carle to take over mastership of the council until a new High Lord is selected.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Interview

May 978: In private conversation with Lord Carle, the Chara has thanked the senior lord for his assistance in the funeral arrangements of Dean, former High Lord of the Great Council. The Chara also asked Lord Carle whether he would be willing to take Lord Dean's seat on the council. Lord Carle opposed the idea vigorously, stating that the Chara should not allow himself to be influenced by friendship in such a matter. The Chara then expressed his disappointment that the senior lord should think that the Chara had been influenced in such a way. He also expressed his great disappointment that the senior lord should consider the Chara to be a man of dishonor, who would neglect his duty. The senior lord has withdrawn his opposition to the appointment.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Change of Rank

May 978: Lord Carle is elevated in rank to High Nobleman (High Lord). Title: High Lord of the Great Council of Emor.


Correspondence

November 978: The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, informing him that Quentin-Griffith son of Quentin has been accepted into the Border Mountain Patrol. From the soldier's records, the Chara has learned to his surprise that the High Lord served under the soldier's father, the Snowbound Lieutenant (as legend now calls him). Apparently, the soldier was partly influenced to join the patrol by stories his father told him about the High Lord's courage as a patrol guard. The Chara therefore wonders whether the High Lord would care to be present this afternoon when the soldier makes his oath to the Chara.

November 978: The High Lord has declined the offer.


Use of the High Lord's Privilege

February 984: During a closed council meeting, the Great Council voted in favor of Lord Neville's proposal that the council strongly recommend to the Chara that he divorce his Consort, since she has not yet produced a child and since the Chara at present has no heir. The High Lord then invoked his privilege to overturn the vote, thus requiring a second vote that would determine whether the council wished to have him continue as their master. The vote was in favor of the High Lord, 27 to 3.


Change of Duties

April 984: The High Lord has requested permission from the Chara to undertake a mission to Daxis, since he wishes to strengthen Emor's alliance with that land, particularly in light of the recent tensions between Emorian and Koretian court officials. The Chara has given his permission but has asked the High Lord to make his stay short because he may be needed to offer advice on the recent unrest in Arpesh.

May 984: The Chara has received word that a rebel army has attacked the governor's palace in the Dominion of Arpesh. Fortunately, Subcommander Rudolph is already on his way with several divisions to support the Arpeshian army against the rebels. The Chara has left the palace with the army vanguard divisions and has sent word to the High Lord, recalling him to the palace. Until the High Lord's return, the palace is placed under the care of Lord Neville.

June 984: The High Lord has returned to the palace and has taken over mastership of the court and council during the Chara's absence. He has asked Captain Malise of the Home Division, who is in charge of the army headquarters during the subcommander's absence, to place the headquarters on high alert in case the Koretians should take this opportunity to attack.

June 984: Captain Malise has sent a letter to the High Lord, saying that he does not believe such a precaution is necessary.

June 984: The High Lord has overruled Captain Malise, citing the Law of Army Rank, which allows him to do so. The army headquarters have been placed on high alert.

July 984: The High Lord has received a letter from the Jackal, requesting information on why the Emorian army has been placed on high alert. The High Lord has responded by saying that this is standard practice in the Emorian army when a rebellion has taken place.

August 984: The Jackal has responded to the High Lord's letter by stating that such an action is not standard practice in the Koretian army, which follows the army law book composed for the Emorian army. He has threatened to place his own army on high alert if the Emorian army does not return to standard readiness.

August 984: The High Lord has received a letter from the Chara, who says that he has been informed by Captain Malise that the High Lord has overruled the captain on an army matter. The Chara acknowledges that the High Lord has army experience of his own, particularly in relation to Koretia, but he expresses his opinion that it would be better to leave such decisions to high army officials, except in cases of extreme emergency such as an invasion. The High Lord has therefore commanded Captain Malise to release the army from high alert, and he has sent a letter to the Jackal informing him of this fact.

November 984: The Chara has returned to the palace and summoned the High Lord to his presence so that the High Lord might explain his reasons for overruling Captain Malise during the Chara's absence. The Chara is satisfied with the High Lord's explanation that his recent visit to the south led him to conclude that the peace settlement between Koretia and Emor is becoming more tenuous. The Chara has warned the High Lord, though, that he may have exacerbated matters by his actions. The High Lord has apologized at great length to the Chara for his error.


Correspondence

January 986: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, who is presently spending a couple of days at his country home. The High Lord reports that half a unit of Daxion soldiers unexpectedly appeared at his door, accompanied by a Daxion slave-servant whom they said had been sent as a gift by the Daxion King to the High Lord, in the hope of improving relations between Daxis and Koretia. The High Lord wishes to know what he should do with this bribe. He adds that the slave is quite ill from the journey, as she is unused to Emorian winters. The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, advising him to keep the slave. He will send a letter to the King, thanking him for the slave and enclosing payment for her, so that it will be clear that the High Lord is not a man of dishonor who would accept a bribe.


Correspondence

June 986: The Chara has a received a letter from the High Lord, expressing his concern that the Chara has chosen to expel all Koretian court officials who are working in this land under an agreement which is part of the peace settlement between Emor and Koretia. The High Lord realizes that the Chara's action is in response to the Jackal's decision last winter to make certain changes in Koretian law which cause it to diverge from Emorian law, and that this violates the section of the Koretian-Emorian peace settlement which requires Koretia to retain the Chara's law. He believes, though, that the Jackal's decision was based on certain aspects of Koretia's native law that may not be apparent to the Chara. The High Lord has expressed his willingness to explain these aspects to the Chara.

June 986: The Chara has responded with a short note, thanking the High Lord for his trouble but stating that this is a court matter which the council ought not to involve itself in.

June 986: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, repeating the offer he made two weeks ago to advise the Chara on certain aspects of the gods' law. The High Lord says that he has no wish to involve himself in high matters which by law belong to the Chara alone, but in light of the threat of war between Emor and Koretia, he believes that it may be urgent for the Chara to become more familiar with the source of the present conflict between the two lands.

June 986: The Chara has responded by commanding the High Lord to undertake a mission to Arpesh to ascertain that there will be no additional troubles in that dominion, should Emor go to war against Koretia. The Chara also wishes the High Lord to help locate a nobleman who could take the presently empty seat in the Great Council. The Chara states that this is an area in which he welcomes the High Lord's advice.


Change of Duties

June 986: The High Lord has left on a mission to the Dominion of Arpesh. During his absence, the council will be mastered by Lord Neville.

August 986: The Chara has received a report from the High Lord concerning his present mission to Arpesh. The High Lord states that all is quiet in the dominion and that he was unable to locate an appropriate candidate for the council lordship in any of the towns that he visited on his journey to Arpesh. On his way back, he will stop in the Central Province of Surgano, where he knows the town judge, who may be able to recommend an appropriate nobleman.

August 986: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, stating that during his visit to Surgano he has made the acquaintance of a village baron, James of Lone Bay Beach. The baron is exceedingly young, fifteen years of age, but appears to have an exceptional knowledge of the law. The High Lord is therefore bringing him back to the palace so that the Chara may have an opportunity to meet with him. The High Lord has made clear to the baron that he has little chance of being appointed to the Great Council.

September 986: The High Lord has returned to the palace and resumed his regular duties.


Request

October 986: The High Lord has submitted a request that he be allowed to review the private palace records of Lord Andrew, who recently arrived in Emor as an ambassador from the Jackal. The reason given is that the High Lord wishes to know better the background of the Koretian Ambassador. The Chara has denied the request, reminding the High Lord that the council may not take part in the present negotiations between Emor and Koretia. He adds that he hopes the High Lord is not following the lead of his junior-most lord and trying to meddle in court business.


Use of the High Lord's Privilege

November 986: During a closed council meeting, the Great Council voted in favor of Lord James's proposal that the council strongly recommend to the Chara that he allow the council to take part in the present war negotiations. The High Lord then invoked his privilege to overturn the vote, thus requiring a second vote that would determine whether the council wished to have him continue as their master. The vote was in favor of the High Lord, 19 to 11.


Request

November 986: The High Lord has submitted a request to Captain Magnus of the Palace Guard that a closer watch be placed upon the Koretian Ambassador, whom the High Lord has observed in areas not normally authorized for ambassadors. After consulting with the Chara, the captain has denied the request.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord Carle's High Lordship.)

December 986: In a private letter to the palace physician, the High Lord has requested a release of the Chara's medical records, stating that the council is concerned about the effect of the Chara's recent illness upon his judgment.

December 986: The physician has responded by saying that he cannot release the records without the Chara's permission. The High Lord has withdrawn the request.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Discipline

December 986: The Chara has met with the High Lord to rebuke him for a recent request he made to the palace physician, which the physician then reported to the Chara. The Chara also strongly recommended to the High Lord that he end his practice of having the council guards trace the Koretian Ambassador's movements whenever he enters the council quarters. The Chara reminded the High Lord that the Ambassador has not acted in any manner that would indicate his dishonor. The Chara stated that the High Lord's energies would be better directed toward finding a way in which to curb his rebellious junior-most lord, whose behavior threatens relations between the council and the court.


Use of the High Lord's Privilege

December 986: During an open council meeting, the Great Council voted in favor of Lord James's proposal that the council ask its law researchers to investigate the question of the exact nature of the duties of the Great Council, as conceived by the original Charas. The High Lord then invoked his privilege to overturn the vote, thus requiring a second vote that would determine whether the council wished to have him continue as their master. The vote was split, 15 to 15. The Chara was then summoned to the meeting and cast the deciding vote in favor of the High Lord.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord Carle's High Lordship.)

December 986: In a private conversation with the Chara, the High Lord has expressed his willingness to resign from his present seat, in light of the recent vote on his privilege. The High Lord noted that, if he loses his privilege on the next occasion, the law will require the Chara to pick a High Lord from among the opposing lords; under the present circumstances, that could only mean Lord James. If, however, Lord Carle were to resign from the High Lordship now, the Chara would be free to pick any successor he pleased. The Chara thanked the High Lord for his offer, but indicated that he wished him to continue in his seat.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Discipline

December 986: The High Lord faces discipline after behaving in a manner unworthy of his title.

Witness of the Chara: Following the Chara's discovery through one of his spies that the Koretian Ambassador has been engaging in espionage toward Emor, the Chara requested the High Lord to deliver the Chara's message that the Ambassador was being expelled from this land. The High Lord initially showed reluctance to deliver this message but finally agreed to do so. About one trumpet-call later, the Chara was told by the guards at the inner garden entrance to his quarters that the High Lord was engaging in a loud quarrel with the Koretian Ambassador. Upon investigation, the Chara discovered that the High Lord's quarrel was waking many of the palace dwellers from their sleep. The quarrel was not about official matters, but instead concerned the Chara's friendships with the High Lord and the Ambassador.

December 986: Given that this is not the first occasion on which Lord Carle has behaved in this manner, the Chara has suspended him from his duties for one week. In Lord Carle's absence, the council will be mastered by Lord James.


Request for Charges

December 986: The palace court summoners have been told that the Chara may soon be requesting charges against Lord Carle. The Chara reports that he returned to his quarters early yesterday evening and discovered that his Consort was missing. Upon questioning the guards at the corridor entrance to his quarters, the Chara learned that the Consort had left the quarters around dawn the previous morning. Upon questioning the guards at the inner garden entrance to his quarters, the Chara learned that the High Lord had entered the quarters through that entrance, following an incident which took place in the garden overnight. The guards did not oppose the High Lord's entrance because they thought that he was entering by command of the Chara. The High Lord stayed in the quarters for about half an hour, then left by the same entrance.

The Chara then asked the Captain of the Palace Guard to locate both the Consort and the High Lord. After investigation, the captain reported that a cloaked free-woman had left the east palace entrance at dawn. Shortly before this, the High Lord left the palace by the north palace entrance. The palace stable-keeper reported to the captain that the High Lord had requested the use of two horses that morning.

Given the delicate nature of this matter, the Chara asked the Koretian Ambassador, as a private favor, to locate the Consort. The Ambassador returned shortly after dawn the next day and stated that he had located the Consort and the High Lord, and that they had been engaging in a crime that the summoners believe should not be scribed on paper until the truth of the matter has been determined. As is allowed by the Law of the High Judge, the Chara has left the palace in order to retrieve the Consort, taking with him a unit of palace guards. Because of the importance of this matter, the Head Court Summoner has agreed to accompany the Chara, so that a summons may be issued immediately if necessary.

December 986: The palace court summoners have received a request for charges from the Great Chara. Accused: Carle, High Lord of the Great Council. Witness: The Chara. Charge requested: attacking the manhood of the Chara (subsection II.2 of the Law of Vengeance: attacks through the royal family). The summons was issued to the High Lord at the time of his arrest. The Head Court Summoner agrees with the Chara that no summons should be issued to the Consort.


Arrest

Witness of Lieutenant Gaius: The guards located the prisoner sleeping unclothed in a cottage on the property of his estate. The Consort was lying beside him, unclothed. The Chara immediately indicated that he wished to speak privately with the prisoner. The Koretian Ambassador requested permission to be present during the conversation, and his request was approved. After several minutes, the Chara emerged from the cottage with the prisoner behind him, and the prisoner was placed under arrest. The Chara initially indicated that he wished to follow the village custom of having the prisoner taken to his destination by open cart. The lieutenant recommended against this decision, due to the length of the journey. After consulting with the Koretian Ambassador, the Chara withdrew his command. The prisoner was escorted unbound but unarmed to the palace. At the Chara's request, the prisoner was then placed under the care of the dungeon-keeper.


Change in Rank

December 986: The new High Lord has approved the dismissal of Lord Carle from the Great Council, due to the recent charges placed against him. Carle son of Verne is lowered in rank to Lesser Free-man (Noble Blood).


Arrangements for Trial

December 986: The Chara has indicated that he will try Carle son of Verne in private. He has also requested that the trial be delayed for one month. His reason for wishing the lengthy delay is that it may take time to gather witnesses in this important case. The summoners have agreed that a delay for this reason is appropriate, but they note that the prisoner will be under the care of the council, once a new High Lord is selected. At that point, the council judge will decide on the timing of the trial.

December 986: The Chara has sent a letter to the Head Court Summoner, telling him that the new High Lord has agreed to transfer the prisoner's case into the care of the Chara. The Chara states that he explained the prisoner's rights to him during a visit to the dungeon early this morning. The prisoner did not request to have any witnesses called on his behalf.

December 986: The Chara has sent a letter to the dungeon-keeper concerning the imprisonment of Carle son of Verne. The Chara says that he noted during his recent visit to the dungeon that the prisoner had been given a separate cell and had been allowed to keep his cloak. The Chara assumes that this was done because of the prisoner's earlier rank. Nonetheless, since the prisoner has now been lowered in rank, the Chara has commanded the dungeon-keeper to treat the prisoner henceforth in the same manner as any other common prisoner.

December 986: The Chara has received a letter from the Head Court Summoner, stating his intention to summon witnesses on the prisoner's behalf. The Head Court Summoner says that this is the usual procedure in cases involving the high doom, even if the prisoner himself should not request such witnesses.

December 986: The Chara has overruled the summoners on the above action, stating that the prisoner is well known for his love of the law and is perfectly capable of providing his own witness.

December 986: In a closed council meeting, the Great Council voted to declare adultery with the Consort to be an act of high treason. The vote was made at the request of the Chara, who may henceforth condemn prisoners committing this crime to death by torture, commonly known as a Slave's Death.

December 986: The Chara has informed the dungeon-keeper of the above council decision and has asked him to reserve use of one of the torture rooms for the week following the trial of Carle son of Verne.

December 986: In his daily report to the Chara, Captain Magnus of the Palace Guard has indicated that a lesser free-man applied for entrance to the lower palace, based on his past friendship with Carle son of Verne. The free-man stated that his name was Quentin son of Quentin and that he wished to visit the prisoner in the dungeon. Under normal circumstances, this request would have been granted, but upon checking their records, the north gate guards discovered that the free-man was on the list of people who may not enter the palace. The free-man was therefore denied entry. His request to be able to help the prisoner in some way was also denied.

December 986: The dungeon-keeper has sent a letter to the Chara, stating that the Koretian Ambassador recently delivered a blanket to the dungeon, requesting that it be given to Carle son of Verne. In light of the Chara's previous letter, the dungeon-keeper wishes the Chara's command in this matter. The dungeon-keeper adds his recommendation that the gift be delivered, because the prisoner's age puts him at risk of severe illness during the present weather. The Chara has denied the Ambassador's request.

December 986: The dungeon-keeper has sent a letter to the Chara, stating that he is not sure whether the prisoner will survive to his trial without added protection, and asking whether the Chara wishes the prisoner to die in this manner. If so, the dungeon-keeper will cancel the reserve on the torture room. The Chara has approved the Ambassador's request.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord James's High Lordship.)

December 986: The High Lord has met privately with the Koretian Ambassador in order to discuss the Chara's recent actions in connection with the arrest of Carle son of Verne. Because a special palace watch has been placed upon the Ambassador, and because the High Lord considered it best that the Chara not know of this discussion, the meeting took place at the city home of the Chara's clerk. The High Lord expressed concern about the Chara's recent request to the council, while the clerk noted that the Chara's court judgments have leaned heavily toward vengeance since the free-man's arrest. The Ambassador contributed little to the conversation, but said that he would visit the dungeon to tell the free-man of the council's vote.

December 986: The High Lord has received a number of enquiries from senior and junior lords, asking why the Chara is evidently keeping the Consort imprisoned in his quarters. The Chara has refused to discuss the matter with the High Lord.

January 987: The High Lord has received a private letter from the dungeon-keeper in which he expresses concern over the fact that the Chara has visited Carle son of Verne every night for the past two weeks. The High Lord raised the issue with the Chara, but was told that the visits concerned private matters between the Chara and the free-man.

January 987: At an open council meeting, the Great Council voted to strike the name of Carle son of Verne from its roll, in order to indicate that the council considers him a man of high dishonor. The vote was requested by the Chara. The High Lord voted in favor of the action, in order that he might bring news of the vote to the free-man.

January 987: The High Lord has visited Carle son of Verne in his prison cell and is shocked by the change in the free-man's appearance and demeanor. At the High Lord's request, the free-man – with evident reluctance – gave witness to the nature of the Chara's private conversations with him, which have clearly come near to destroying the free-man's spirit. Only toward the end of the visit, when the free-man was discussing ways in which he might assist the Chara in his troubles, did the free-man return to his usual vigor.

January 987: The High Lord has held several meetings this month with the Chara's clerk and the Koretian Ambassador, but is uncertain how to proceed in this matter without going beyond the bounds of his duty as High Lord. The High Lord will have one final meeting before tomorrow's trial.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Arrangements for Trial

January 987: The Chara has sent word to the dungeon-keeper that he has decided that the torturers will not be needed this week. He has asked instead that the swordsman be sent to the execution yard at noonday, in case his services are needed.

January 987: The dungeon-keeper has asked the Chara to confirm the timing of the trial. It is his understanding that the Chara usually holds his private judgments late in the evening, so that few palace dwellers will witness the prisoner's escort to the trial. The Chara has confirmed the timing.


Escort to Trial

Witness of Lieutenant Gaius: Preceding his trial, the prisoner was stripped of his cloak, his jewelled sword-belt, and his silver honor brooch. He was allowed to remain in his nobleman's tunic, since it had grown dirty during his imprisonment. He was also allowed to keep an inconspicuous badge in the form of a Koretian god-mask, which he indicated had been given to him by the Koretian Ambassador. The prisoner did not resist the stripping of his honor or the binding of his wrists. When told that he must remain silent during his escort or he would be punished, the prisoner nodded. The prisoner was then delivered to the Map Room without incident.

Witness of Captain Magnus: During the prisoner's trial, the Koretian Ambassador arrived at the Map Room and asked to speak with the Chara. When told that the trial had already begun, the Ambassador indicated that he carried an urgent message from the High Lord. Because of this, Soldier Sejanus, who was on watch along with Soldier Varro, entered the Map Room and told the Chara of the Ambassador's request. The Chara firmly denied the request. The Ambassador was told of the denial and appeared to accept it. As he was turning away, though, he hesitated and beckoned to Soldier Sejanus. Believing that the Ambassador had confidential information to give him, the soldier came forward. The exact actions that followed are not clear to any of the witnesses, as they happened too quickly, but within a few moments the Ambassador had broken open the doors to the Map Room and was holding Soldier Sejanus captive with his blade. The Ambassador asked the Chara to grant him audience.

Soldier Hildred instantly cried the alarm, and all palace guards within earshot rushed to the scene, including the captain. Under normal circumstances, the captain would have commanded the immediate capture or death of the Ambassador. Given the Ambassador's special relationship with the Chara, though, the captain deemed it better to await the Chara's word, since the Chara did not appear to be in imminent danger. The Chara indicated that he would speak with the Ambassador, and the Ambassador released his captive. The Ambassador thereupon went into closed meeting with the Chara. The captain will delay considering discipline against Soldier Sejanus until he has had a chance to speak with the Chara.

Witness of Lieutenant Gaius: Following the Chara's meeting with the Koretian Ambassador, the Chara emerged from the Map Room with the prisoner behind him, unbound. The Ambassador followed. The Captain of the Palace Guard asked the Chara whether he wished the Ambassador to be arrested. The Chara said no. The captain then asked the Chara whether he wished the prisoner to be escorted to the execution yard. The Chara said that the trial had not yet ended, as the High Lord wished to offer his recommendation on the judgment. The Chara asked that the prisoner's escort accompany them on their journey to the Council Chamber. The escort did so. The Chara stopped at his quarters on the way, in order to change out of his formal clothes. The prisoner did not cause any trouble during the journey.


Trial in the Chara's Court (Private Judgment)

January 987: Carle son of Verne was tried in private by the Chara on the charge of attacking the manhood of the Chara (subsection II.2 of the Law of Vengeance: attacks through the royal family). Witness: The Chara. The prisoner was found guilty of attacking the manhood of the Chara through provocation and was sentenced to mercy. Because of the confidential nature of the trial, the details may be found in the prisoner's private palace records. They remain sealed to all but the Chara and the High Lord.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Trial in the Chara's Court (Private Judgment)

January 987: Carle son of Verne was tried in private by the Chara on the charge of attacking the manhood of the Chara (subsection II.2 of the Law of Vengeance: attacks through the royal family). Witness: The Chara. The sentence for such a crime is mercy or enslavement or the high doom of death by the sword. The Great Council has granted the Chara permission to punish the prisoner with the high doom of death by torture. The prisoner pleaded guilty, but stated that he had acted without clear understanding of his crime. Such a plea, if accepted, would result in the prisoner's enslavement.

Witness of the Chara – Deeds of the Prisoner: The witness testifies that, in November 986, the Chara gave the prisoner permission to visit the Consort in private whenever he wished, since the Chara was busy with matters of warfare and he believed that the Consort was lonely. In December 986, the Chara received witness that the prisoner was committing adultery with the Consort. This witness was thereafter confirmed. The act took place at a time when the prisoner knew that the Chara was undergoing great personal troubles, both private and official.

Witness of the Prisoner: The prisoner declined to offer witness in his own favor, since he believed that such evidence would cause pain to the witness against the prisoner.

Corroborating Witness of Andrew, Lord and Ambassador of Koretia, on Behalf of the Prisoner – Character of the Victim; Character and Motives of the Prisoner: (The following witness was not submitted to the palace court summoners before the trial, but the Head Court Summoner has approved its inclusion in the record.) The witness testifies that on many occasions during the months preceding the prisoner's deed, the Chara treated the prisoner in a harsh and ill-balanced manner. In particular, the Chara suspended the prisoner from his duties because the prisoner was found arguing with a free-man who had recently committed a crime against the Chara. The witness believes that the Chara's act of discipline was unwarranted, given the prisoner's demonstrated loyalty to the Chara over the years. The witness further believes that the Chara's discipline, which marked the prisoner as a man of dishonor, drove the prisoner into brief madness and caused him to commit an act which normally he would never have contemplated. The witness states that the prisoner has indicated separately to both the witness and the High Lord that he is willing to die if his execution will help the Chara to overcome his present problems. The witness offers this as evidence of the true character of the prisoner.

Recommendation of the High Lord: That the prisoner be found guilty of attacking the manhood of the Chara through provocation, and that he be sentenced to mercy.

January 987: The above action has been taken. The Chara notes that he also received advice on this case from the Jackal, Master of the Koretian Land, but that the full nature of the Jackal's recommendation cannot be scribed on paper, even in these private records.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara Peter's reign.)

January 987: In private conversation with Captain Magnus, the Chara has indicated that he does not recommend severe discipline of Soldier Sejanus for his failure to protect the Chara. The Chara has also asked that the captain arrange an escort to the Daxion border for the Jackal and the Consort, who will be returning to Koretia. The escort will bear a request from the Chara to the Daxion border guards that the Jackal and the Consort be granted permission to journey to Koretia by way of Daxis. This will allow them to avoid travelling through the snowbound border mountains.

January 987: The Chara has met privately with the High Lord and the Koretian Ambassador to discuss various confidential issues raised during the trial of Carle son of Verne. The Chara has also indicated that he will follow the Ambassador's recommendation that he not request a summons for divorce until next summer, in case he changes his mind on that matter.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Aftermath of Trial

January 987: The dungeon-keeper has received word from the summoners that Carle son of Verne has been sentenced to mercy. The swordsman has therefore been recalled from the execution yard. The free-man's cloak, sword-belt, and honor brooch were returned to his quarters. The free-man, however, had already left the palace, and so these items were placed in his study chamber.

January 987: In his daily report to the Chara, Captain Magnus of the Palace Guard has indicated that a Koretian wearing the tunic of a lesser free-man applied for entrance to the palace this morning, stating that he bore a message from the Jackal concerning the Consort. At that time, the High Lord was in closed meeting with the Koretian Ambassador, and the Chara had indicated that he did not wish to be disturbed prior to the trial of Carle son of Verne. When told that he would have to wait until either the Chara or the High Lord was available, the free-man indicated that his message also concerned the trial, and he showed the east entrance guards that he was carrying the royal badge of Koretia. He was therefore escorted to the Council Chamber, where the High Lord agreed to meet with him.

It was not until later in the day that the captain discovered that the Koretian was in fact the Jackal himself. The captain apologized to the Chara for his guards' failure to recognize the Koretian ruler and to welcome him to the palace in a manner befitting his rank.

January 987: The Chara has sent a letter to Captain Magnus of the Palace Watch, saying that he has commanded Carle son of Verne, Lesser Free-man, not to enter the palace. The Chara adds that he will allow the free-man to visit the army headquarters where he once worked, but that the Chara wishes to be informed whenever the free-man enters the palace grounds.

January 987: The palace slave-keeper has sent a letter to the Chara concerning the slave-servants of Carle son of Verne, who were transferred into the Chara's care at the time of the free-man's arrest. The slave-keeper says that the slaves are anxious to know whether they will now be returned to the free-man's care. The Chara has responded that he will decide the matter in the spring, when the roads are no longer snowbound and it is possible for his clerk to correspond with the free-man.

January 987: Lord Neville has submitted a request to the Chara to share his quarters with Curtis, former free-servant of Lord Carle, whom the senior lord has recently hired to be his free-servant. Lord Neville states that the free-servant resigned from his previous post because he did not wish to serve a traitor. The Chara has approved the request.

February 987: The palace slave-keeper has sent a letter to the Chara, asking whether he should reassign the quarters formerly held by Carle son of Verne. At present, the quarters are filled with the free-man's belongings, but these could be moved into storage until spring if the Chara wished. The Chara's clerk has responded by saying that the Chara's increased illness makes it impossible for him to deal with all but the most urgent matters at this time. This letter has also been sent to the other high officials and the council lords.

April 987: Captain Magnus has reported to the High Lord that Carle son of Verne entered the palace late this evening. The guards were under orders to keep him from the palace and are unable to explain in a satisfactory manner why they allowed the free-man through. Since the Chara has not been available to visitors for several days, the captain asked the High Lord whether the free-man should be placed under arrest. The High Lord responded that the free-man was undoubtedly at the palace by the request of the Chara, and he added that the captain would no doubt be making his reports to the free-man in the future. When the captain asked him what he meant by this, the High Lord simply shook his head and turned away, appearing for some reason to be angry.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord James's High Lordship.)

April 987: At a closed council meeting summoned early this morning by the High Lord, the Great Council voted to return Lord Carle to its roll. This action enabled Lord Carle to take over the High Lordship, in accordance with the Chara Peter's wish. Lord James then summoned Lord Carle to the meeting and ceded the seat of the High Lord. Afterwards, Lord James left the chamber for the next portion of the meeting.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord Carle's High Lordship.)

April 987: At a closed council meeting summoned early this morning by the High Lord, the Great Council voted to accept the Chara's final proclamation as lawful. They therefore proposed that Lord James, as High Lord at the time of the Chara Peter's death, be made heir to the Emorian throne. Since the Chara Peter had already given his approval of this proposal in his proclamation, Lord James was thereby voted Chara To Be. The High Lord then summoned Lord James back to the chamber and announced to him the results of the vote. Since council custom dictates that the Chara or his heir, when attending a council meeting, be seated next to the junior-most lord, the High Lord invited Lord James to sit at the bottom of the table – where he belonged. The Chara To Be joined in the laughter.

The council then discussed various matters related to the Chara's enthronement and the likely opposition to it by certain Emorians.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Change of Rank

April 987: Carle son of Verne is elevated in rank to High Nobleman (High Lord). Title: High Lord of the Great Council of Emor.


Change of Duties

April 987: Early this morning, Lord James announced a special court session which would explain to palace dwellers the reason that the Chara has recently kept to his quarters. The Court of Judgment was therefore well attended. As is the usual custom, the court day began with the outdoor and indoor trumpets announcing the arrival of the Chara. This was immediately followed by the reversal of trumpet tones indicating the death of the Chara.

After the customary period of silence, the trumpets announced the arrival of the High Lord, and Lord Carle ascended the throne steps. He described the circumstances leading to the Chara Peter's premature death on the previous night. He then had the Chara's clerk read a proclamation by the Chara Peter that the council had voted to accept as lawful. Afterwards, the High Lord interpreted the meaning of the proclamation to those palace dwellers who are unfamiliar with law language. He explained that, as the law dictates, the government will be mastered by the High Lord until the Chara's enthronement. He stated that any questions which palace dwellers have concerning the proclamation may be addressed to himself, to the Chara's clerk, or to the Chara To Be. The Empire of Emor has been placed in mourning for one month's time. The Chara Peter was thirty-seven years old at the time of his death from fatigue.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Request

April 987: The Chara To Be has received an urgent request for advice from the palace slave-keeper concerning the High Lord's slave-servants. The slave-keeper states that, soon after this morning's court session, he was called down to the slave-quarters, where he learned that one of the High Lord's slaves had tried to commit suicide. All of the High Lord's slaves are in great anxiety, apparently because of certain remarks they made in the High Lord's presence at the time that he was escorted to his trial. The Chara To Be has discussed the matter with the High Lord, who assured the Chara To Be that he has no intention of taking revenge upon his slaves for any remarks they made last winter. He also stated his willingness to sell to the Chara To Be the slave who tried to take his own life, should the Chara To Be wish this. The Chara To Be has asked the slave-keeper to continue reporting on the situation.

April 987: The palace slave-keeper reports that the High Lord has spoken with his slaves. The slave-keeper says that the slaves are no longer anxious but appear greatly confused, due to certain apologies the High Lord made to them during his speech. The High Lord has also met privately with the slave who caused the initial trouble and appears to have alleviated the slave's fears. The Chara To Be has asked the slave-keeper to continue keeping watch over the situation.


OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Correspondence

April 987: Captain Magnus has sent a letter to the Great Council, asking whether the recent change in Lord Carle's rank nullifies the Chara's command concerning Lord Carle's entrance to the palace.

April 987: Captain Magnus has received a letter from Lord Neville, judge of the Great Council, to whom the High Lord referred the matter. Lord Neville requests that the captain delay taking action in this matter until after Lord James's private enthronement this evening.

April 987: Captain Magnus has received a letter from the Chara, reversing his predecessor's command concerning Lord Carle.

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OFFICIAL PALACE RECORDS

Change of Duties

April 987: Due to the decision of Rudolph, formerly subcommander of the Emorian army, to pledge his loyalty to the traitor Seymour, the High Lord has ended the empire's period of mourning after three days. The Chara James was enthroned this evening in a private ceremony in the Council Chamber. The High Lord will retain mastership of the palace, however, as the Chara must immediately leave with his vanguard, in pursuit of the rebel army. The Chara's spies report that Seymour and his army are headed for Surgano, where Seymour apparently hopes to gain additional followers, since this is his home province. Because it is also the home province of the Chara, the Chara has sent his private messenger to his home village of Lone Bay Beach in order to warn the villagers there of the danger.

April 987: A royal messenger has been sent to Daxis with the Chara's peace oath, in the hope that this will dissuade the Daxion King from attacking. The danger of attack is great at the moment, as circumstances forced the Chara to supplement the remnants of his vanguard by taking the entire Home Division with him, leaving only the palace and city guards behind. The Koretian Ambassador has also sent a message to the Jackal, asking him not to take advantage of this situation. The High Lord has accepted the Ambassador's statement that it is unlikely that Koretia will attack.

May 987: The High Lord has received word that the traitor Seymour has executed Merl, Baron of Lone Bay and brother to the Chara, after the Chara refused to surrender. The palace trumpets have sounded the death of the heir presumptive, and the palace has been placed in mourning. The baron was fourteen years old at the time of his death from murder.

May 987: Peace oaths have been received from the rulers of both Koretia and Daxis. The Jackal has expressed his sorrow at the passing of the Chara Peter, with whom he was friends for many years, and he has asked his ambassador to remain in Emor as long as he can be of use to this land. The High Lord has told the Ambassador that he would welcome his continued advice.

June 987: The High Lord has received a letter from the Chara, asking for a recommendation as to which of his remaining captains the Chara should appoint as subcommander. The High Lord has responded that, at the time of the Arpeshian rebellion, the Chara Peter considered replacing Subcommander Rudolph with Captain Malise of the Home Division. In light of the captain's recent success in persuading his men to remain loyal to the Chara, this would appear to be the right choice. The High Lord adds that he served under the captain while in the army, and that he remembers him to be an outstanding official.

July 987: The Chara's clerk has told the High Lord of his concern for the palace prisoners who have been awaiting trial for several weeks now. As many cases as possible have been transferred to the city and council courts, but some cases can only be judged by the Chara. The High Lord has suggested that a joint letter be written to the Chara by the High Lord, the clerk, and the Captain of the Palace Watch, asking that the Chara allow the remainder of his army to fight on his behalf, now that the fighting has grown less furious on the battlefield.

August 987: The High Lord has received a letter from the Chara, thanking him for going to the trouble of finding two corroborating witnesses to back his testimony of the need for the Chara's return. The Chara reminds him that corroborating witnesses are not required in such cases, especially when the witness is the High Lord, whose judgment the Chara values. The Chara ends by saying that he will be home soon.

September 987: The Chara has returned to the palace, and the High Lord has resumed his regular duties.


Correspondence

September 987: The Chara has sent a letter to the palace slave-keeper, asking him to report on the condition of the High Lord's slaves. The slave-keeper has responded that they are in a terrible state – of bewilderment, that is. One slave asked the slave-keeper, with apparent seriousness, whether the High Lord has a twin brother. No other problems have arisen between the slaves and the High Lord.

September 987: In a letter to the High Lord, the Chara says that he has learned from the Ambassador that the High Lord has had difficulty locating a new free-servant since his return to the palace. The Chara has therefore offered to the High Lord his own free-servant, who is close to retirement age, but who has declared a willingness to serve the High Lord. After discussing the matter with the Chara, the High Lord has accepted the offer.


Honor

September 987: The Chara's clerk has informed the Chara that the Chara Peter expressed a wish on his deathbed that Lord Carle's palace records be amended to include the Chara Peter's belief that Lord Carle is a man of high honor. The High Lord refused to allow this alteration during his mastership of the palace, saying that such a statement was unwarranted in light of his behavior last winter. The Chara has overruled the High Lord's command. He has also persuaded the High Lord to return to his lifetime practice of wearing his silver honor brooch.


Correspondence

October 987: The Chara has received a petition signed by a majority of the free-servants, requesting that a chamber in the palace be set aside where free-servants and slave-servants may go for private meditation during their free time. The Chara has sent a copy of the petition to the High Lord, requesting his advice.

October 987: The High Lord says that the petition has all the signs of having been composed by the Koretian Ambassador, and he has promised to question his own free-servant in order to discover the true meaning of the petition.

October 987: The High Lord reports that the petition is a disguised attempt to create a chapel where palace servants from the dominions and the southern lands may conduct worship services. Since worship services for foreign gods are forbidden by Emorian law, the High Lord strongly advises that the petition be rejected.

October 987: The Chara has sent a letter to the High Lord, saying that he has discussed the matter with the Ambassador, and that the Ambassador has assured him that the servants have no desire to institute services of worship in the palace. The Ambassador reports that many of the servants, particularly the slave-servants, have no place to go for private meditation or prayer. Since Emorian law does not forbid private prayer, the servants' petition would simply provide the servants with a place in which to conduct their lawful activities. The Chara requests the High Lord's advice on this matter.

October 987: The High Lord grudgingly concedes that private prayer is permitted in Emor. He believes that encouraging such superstitious activities can only lead to trouble, but he says that the Chara has clearly made up in his mind in this matter. He will therefore not oppose the Chara any further.


Discipline

October 987: Having received reports that the High Lord and the Ambassador were on the point of cutting each other's throats, the Chara has summoned them to his quarters. Upon being reassured by both men that their quarrel was with each other's views rather than with each other's persons, the Chara requested that the High Lord and the Ambassador discuss their differences in a more moderate manner in the future, lest their conversations be misconstrued by other palace dwellers, who have known more stressful communications to take place between the two men in the past. The Ambassador expressed his opinion that it would be best for him to return to Koretia at this time, since the Chara and the High Lord no longer require his advice on matters related to the Chara Peter's death. Despite protests from the High Lord that he welcomed the Ambassador's continued presence, the Chara has given the Ambassador permission to return to Koretia, believing that the Ambassador has already shown great courtesy in remaining in Emor for so long.

The Chara also took the opportunity to discuss the issue being considered by the High Lord and the Ambassador, which concerned the treatment of palace slave-servants. The Chara agrees with the Ambassador that certain restrictions on the slaves, instituted during the years of the Border Wars, are no longer necessary for the safety of Emor, and that the slaves should be allowed greater freedom to move about the palace during the evenings. The High Lord predicted that half the palace slaves would escape from their masters before the end of the month, but he has agreed to submit to the Chara's will in this matter.


Change of Duties

November 990: The Chara has received word that the Emorian army is close to defeat at its strongholds in Surgano and Harnithen. The Chara has therefore decided that he must return to the field in order to offer what help he can. The High Lord has been made master of the palace in his absence.

November 990: The High Lord has sent a letter to the Daxion King and the Jackal, requesting their assistance in this crisis. Despite the terms of Emor's alliances with its southern neighbors, it seems unlikely that either Daxis or Koretia will send army divisions, since these two southern lands have been quarrelling over border issues recently.

December 990: The High Lord has received a letter from the King, regretting that he is unable to send troops, due to a rebellion in his country. Since rebellions are a yearly ritual in Daxis, the High Lord has sent word to the Chara that Daxis has broken the terms of its alliance.

December 990: The High Lord has received word from one of the Chara's spies that several divisions of the Koretian army are headed toward the Emorian border. The spy has evidence that the Koretians are planning to attack the Emorian capital. The High Lord has sent word to the Border Mountain Patrol to allow the Koretians to cross the border.

December 990: Captain Orel of the Koretian army has placed his men under the command of the High Lord, who will send them north to assist with the fighting. The captain also bears news that a border skirmish has broken out between Koretia and Daxis, and that Koretia is likely to go to war soon. The High Lord therefore deems honorable the Jackal's decision to lend aid of his soldiers to the Chara.

February 991: Because the roads in this land have been snowbound, two months have passed since the High Lord last received word from the Emorian army. A royal messenger has finally reached the palace with the news that the traitor Seymour has surrendered. The Chara will return to the palace briefly in order to place Seymour under judgment, and then will return to the field to finish subduing the rest of the rebel army.


Court of Judgment Witness

March 991: Corroborating witness of the charge of disobedience to the Chara (subsection II.3 of the Law of Grave Iniquity: acts of rebellion against the Chara) placed by the Chara against Seymour, formerly Town Judge of Brookside.

Witness of Lord Carle – Motives of Prisoner: The witness testifies that in April 972 he mastered a delegation of lords from the Great Council that was to judge whether the prisoner should be made Chara To Be. The witness states that the delegation had no difficulty deciding the matter after it became clear that the prisoner was not even familiar with the Law of Succession, which governs under what circumstances members of the royal family may ascend the throne. The delegation was unable to persuade the prisoner that the council had the right to reject his heirship. The witness believes that this lack of clear understanding on the part of the prisoner explains his behavior during the past four years.

Results of Trial: The prisoner was found guilty of disobedience to the Chara through lack of clear understanding. The prisoner was also found guilty of a separate charge of murder (subsection II.2 of the Law of Bloodshed: assassination of a member of the royal family) through lack of clear understanding. The prisoner was sentenced to life in prison, but the Chara commuted the sentence to four years in prison because of the prisoner's clear repentance. The Chara also noted that the prisoner has lived in virtual imprisonment for the past four years because the prisoner's allies did not believe that he should risk being captured. Although his crimes were great, the prisoner has already suffered much for what the prisoner believed to be the sake of this land; therefore the Chara judges that the prisoner has served his sentence in equal time to the commission of his crime and has commanded that the prisoner be released.


Change of Duties

March 991: The High Lord has given temporary mastership of the palace to Lord Neville. He is visiting his country home, where problems have arisen with one of his Daxion slave-servants.

March 991: The Koretian Ambassador has arrived at the palace, bearing news of the worsening situation in Koretia. However, the Jackal has authorized his soldiers to remain in Emor as long as is necessary. The Ambassador also brought news that the Jackal has named an heir: the newborn son of the Koretian subcommander and his wife, Lady Ursula, the former Consort to the Chara Peter. Since the time of the Consort's departure from Emor, the Ambassador has revealed publicly that Lady Ursula is his half-sister. To Lord Neville's mind, this explains the Ambassador's odd desire to offer witness for the High Lord at the time of the High Lord's trial for treason.

March 991: The High Lord has returned to the palace, accompanied by the Ambassador, who visited him at his country home. The High Lord has asked Lord Neville to be more circumspect in the future when scribing in public palace records. Otherwise, the High Lord says, he may be tempted to be more candid in the public records about Lord Neville's own deeds.

March 991: Prince Richard, nephew of King Leofwin and heir presumptive to the Daxion throne, has arrived at the palace, apparently in the hope of soliciting Emor's support in the present southern conflict. The Ambassador was invited to meet with the Prince, but declined, saying that he had already met the Prince under delicate circumstances. Since the High Lord is aware of the circumstances under which the Ambassador last visited Daxis, he agreed with the Ambassador that it would be best for him to remain in his guest chamber during the Prince's visit.

March 991: The Chara has arrived back at the palace, having accepted the rebels' final surrender. Because of his recent energetic activity, he will rest for several days before taking back mastership of the palace and meeting with the Prince.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE HIGH LORD

(These records remain sealed until the end of Lord Carle's High Lordship.)

March 991: While reading through the private papers in his study chamber late this evening, the High Lord realized that they had been recently read by another party. The evidence was slight, pointing to a skilled spy, and the unauthorized reading must have taken place since the High Lord last examined his papers, about one week ago. The High Lord therefore sent word to the Chara that the Koretian Ambassador has been engaging in espionage once more. Based on past experience, the High Lord did not trust that any of the palace guards had the ability to capture the Ambassador; therefore, the High Lord took it upon himself to place the Ambassador under arrest.

The Ambassador did not explain his actions, though this may be due partly to his surprise at the arrest and partly to the High Lord's own loss of temper. The Chara arrived shortly thereafter and commanded the High Lord to withdraw his sword-tip from the Ambassador's throat. He then stated that he would deal with the matter in the morning. Until that time, guards have been placed at the Ambassador's door.

March 991: In private conversation with the Chara, the Ambassador has continued to decline to explain his deeds, though he does not deny that he spied upon the High Lord. In light of the Jackal's recent generosity toward Emor, the Chara and the High Lord have decided that it would be best not to publicize this matter. The Ambassador has been expelled from this land, but he has agreed not to speak about this matter to anyone but the Jackal.

March 991: Following the Ambassador's departure, the High Lord has taken the trouble of examining his papers again. The High Lord did this because he had grown uneasy with his conclusions about the Ambassador's crime, given certain kind deeds that the Ambassador had undertaken toward the High Lord recently. Upon examining his papers, the High Lord realized that the papers which appeared to have been most read were the records of the High Lord's army years, which were the subject of a recent lengthy conversation between the High Lord and the Ambassador.

The High Lord therefore went to the Chara and told him that he believes that the Ambassador acted as he did, not in order to spy on Emor, but in order to assist the High Lord with certain private troubles he has had for many years. These troubles were of a confidential nature which the Ambassador would not have wanted to discuss in the presence of the Chara. The High Lord deeply regrets his rash accusation of the Ambassador. The Chara agrees with the High Lord that he should make a trip south in order to offer a personal apology to the Ambassador.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Change of Duties

March 991: At the Chara's request, the High Lord has agreed to travel to Daxis with Prince Richard, in order to discuss with the Daxion King the alliance between Daxis and Emor. During the High Lord's absence, the council will be mastered by Lord Neville.

April 991: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, saying that he has reached the King's palace. His journey was delayed by two days because he took a detour in northern Daxis in order to return to her family one of his estate slaves, whom he has recently freed.

April 991: The Chara has received a letter from the High Lord, saying that negotiations are continuing between himself and the Daxions. He adds that, during a recent tour of the King's palace dungeon, he heard an anecdote from the Prince that might amuse the Chara. The Prince told the High Lord of a Koretian spy who was captured five years ago and who behaved in an insolently familiar manner toward the Prince. After being questioned further by the High Lord, the Prince admitted that this spy later slipped out from under the Daxions' care. The High Lord leaves it to the Chara to conclude who this spy was.

April 991: The Chara has received word that the High Lord will be returning to Emor by a route already decided by the Chara and the High Lord. The High Lord adds that the negotiations went well except for a small problem concerning trade. The High Lord believes that the Daxions are now clearly aware that Emor would not support them if they were to attack Koretia.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara James's reign.)

April 991: In addition to the messages in his official letter, the High Lord has sent private word that he will cross the border into Koretia as planned, once he has managed to shake himself free of the King's spies.

April 991: The High Lord has sent word by way of one of the Chara's spies that he crossed the border without incident, though with more difficulty than he had anticipated. The Chara's spy has explained that the High Lord means that the border between Daxis and Koretia is presently closed because of the war, and that the High Lord was therefore forced to breach the border. The High Lord then discovered through unofficial sources that the Koretian Ambassador has not yet returned to the capital. Since the Ambassador is inclined to disappear for months at a time on his own private investigations, the High Lord has decided not to await the Ambassador's return. The High Lord will instead travel back to Emor through Koretia, taking care not to be recognized on the way. The Chara has concluded from all of the above that the High Lord is making good use of his army training.

May 991: The Chara has received another letter from the High Lord, this one carried by a retired spy whom the High Lord knew from his days in the Division of Disclosure. The High Lord asks the Chara's permission to spend several days in the Koretian borderland. He says that he took a detour in order to visit a borderland village, hoping to learn more about an army friend of his who had once lived there and had since died. Upon reaching the village, the High Lord discovered that it has been deserted for many years. While looking inside of the old village court chamber – that is to say, the priest's sanctuary – the High Lord was approached by a man who introduced himself as the baron of the neighboring village. Further conversation revealed that this man had once lived in the deserted village and was brother-in-marriage to the High Lord's friend. Having recognized the High Lord from his one previous visit to the village, the baron has invited the High Lord to stay at his home for several days. The baron has suggested they might discuss their mutual acquaintance with the High Lord's friend and the circumstances under which the friend died.

The Chara would prefer that the High Lord return immediately because he requires the High Lord's advice concerning the recent outbreak of fighting between Koretia and Daxis. He is struck, however, by the amount of detail in the High Lord's letter, for the High Lord rarely discusses his personal life and has never discussed his past with the Chara. The Chara has therefore approved the High Lord's request.

May 991: The High Lord returned to the palace late tonight and immediately came to the Chara to give his report. The High Lord regrets that he is unable to understand the full complexities of the present hostilities between Daxis and Emor, as he is not familiar with Daxion law. The Chara explained to the High Lord that the Koretian Ambassador has become involved in the conflict through his decision to help the King's bastard daughter – a Daxion palace slave – escape from Daxis. The High Lord was then able to offer additional details about this aspect of the matter, since one of his Daxion slaves (recently freed) had known the King's daughter. He added that the Ambassador had undoubtedly become acquainted with the King's daughter on his previous visit to Daxis, and that this helped to explain how the Ambassador was able to escape from the palace dungeon on that occasion. The High Lord said that he would try to become more familiar with Daxion law in the coming months, as he believes that his misunderstanding of Koretian law caused him to give poor advice to previous Charas.

This unusual statement by the High Lord, who has frequently made harsh comments about the Koretian gods' law, prompted the Chara to ask the High Lord whether he had learned more about his Koretian-born friend during his visit to the borderland village. The High Lord initially seemed inclined to leave the Chara's quarters at this point, but he abruptly changed his mind and told the Chara the full story behind his friendship with the Koretian-born soldier, with whom he partnered during his time in the army. The High Lord also volunteered related information about his own family background. He concluded by saying that he ordinarily would not have burdened the Chara with such private matters, but he believed that the story would make clear why the High Lord had committed certain dishonorable deeds in the past, particularly toward the Ambassador. The Chara then asked the High Lord whether this was the private trouble he had discussed with the Ambassador, and the High Lord confirmed that it was. The Chara thanked the High Lord for his story, and said that he was glad that the High Lord's recent visit to the borderland seems to have brought him some peace in this matter.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Witness of Character

September 991: At the request of the Chara, the High Lord this morning witnessed the arrival of Serva, bastard daughter to the late King Leofwin of Daxis and cousin to Prince Richard, heir presumptive of the Daxion throne, whose title as King has not yet been confirmed by the Daxion council. The Princess of Daxis (as she will be called in these records) has been given refuge from her cousin at the written request of Lord Andrew, who gives no official reason for this request but simply asks it as a private favor from the Chara. The High Lord confirms that it would be in Emor's best interests to grant this refuge, and his inspection of the Princess leads him to confirm the Ambassador's opinion as to her honorable character.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara James's reign.)

September 991: In private audience this morning, the Chara was shocked to witness his High Lord make several insulting remarks in the presence of the Princess of Daxis concerning the Koretian Ambassador. The High Lord later explained that he had been testing the Princess to judge her feelings toward the Ambassador, and he says it is obvious that the Princess is deeply in love with the Ambassador.

This fact is far from obvious to the Chara, but he trusts the High Lord's judgment in such matters. At the meeting, the Chara also gave the High Lord a private note that had arrived from the Ambassador.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Change of Duties

September 991: The Chara has given the High Lord permission to take a short break from his duties, in order that the High Lord might visit Quentin, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol (retired), whom the High Lord has been informed is dying. During the High Lord's absence, the council will be mastered by Lord Neville.


Correspondence

October 991: Quentin-Griffith, Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol, has submitted a request on behalf of the High Priest of the Order of the Unknowable God. The High Priest and his companion priests wish to enter Emor in the hope of establishing a house for the worship of their god in this land. Because the entrance of Koretian priests into Emor has been forbidden since the early years of the Border Wars, an exemption from the law would be required for the priests' entrance. The Chara has sent a short note to the lieutenant, upholding the law. He has sent copies of the correspondence to the High Lord, since it is his understanding that the High Lord helped the Chara Nicholas to formulate this law during his years as a law researcher.

October 991: Lieutenant Quentin-Griffith has submitted another request on behalf of the High Priest of the Order of the Unknowable God. It is the lieutenant's understanding that the law in question was originally formulated in order to prevent the worship of foreign gods in Emor. It is the lieutenant's understanding that the priests of the Unknowable God do not intend to introduce any foreign worship, but instead wish to encourage Emorians to worship the Lawgiver whose law the Chara upholds. The lieutenant adds that the Chara, as the embodiment of the law, is regarded by the priests as the final arbiter of all matters lawful in Emor, so there is no likelihood that the priests would introduce unlawful practices to Emor. The Chara has sent a copy of the lieutenant's letter to the council, requesting the High Lord's advice.

October 991: The High Lord advises that the priests be asked to submit a formal petition.

October 991: The Chara has received from the priests of the Unknowable God a petition for their entrance into Emor, accompanied by a copy of the worship service that they intend to institute in Emor. This is only a temporary version of the service; the final version will be formulated through consultations with the Emorians and in particular with the Chara. The service consists mainly of recitations of Emor's most important law passages. The Chara has forwarded the petition and the liturgy to the High Lord.

October 991: The High Lord, in his response, notes that he is familiar with the work of the priests, since their inspiration arises primarily from Lord Andrew's belief that the Lawgiver who is mentioned in ancient Emorian documents was a god. The High Lord says he was shown an early draft of this service by Lord Andrew during the Ambassador's visit to Emor last spring, and he says that he has never seen such a blatant attempt to twist the rational laws of Emor into superstitious southern nonsense. He recommends that the Chara approve the petition.

October 991: The Chara has written to the High Lord, asking him to clarify that he in fact recommended that the priests' petition be disapproved.

October 991: The High Lord confirms that he recommends that the priests' petition be approved. He says that he has no doubt that the majority of Emorians will show no interest in the priests' worship, but he believes that the priests' work may be helpful to a few borderlanders such as Lieutenant Quentin-Griffith, who are not yet ready to understand the full rigor of the law. For men with southern heritage, such worship may ease them into a true love of the Chara, much as nursery food eases a boy-child into a love of men's food. Since the priests' plans do not appear to break Emorian law, the High Lord believes that they should be allowed to attempt their experiment. If the experiment goes awry, the Chara can later expel the priests from Emor.

October 991: The Chara has sent word to Lieutenant Quentin-Griffith that the priests may enter Emor, on condition that they immediately present themselves at the palace for questioning by the Chara.

October 991: The Chara has questioned the priests, and has also read a letter from Lieutenant Quentin-Griffith, which eloquently defends the priests' desire to uphold the Chara's law. The Chara has agreed to provide housing in the City for the priests, on condition that they submit all plans for their Order to him for approval. The priests have willingly agreed to this condition.


Change of Rank

November 991: Lord Carle has sent a letter to the Chara, submitting his resignation as High Lord.

November 991: The Chara has met with the High Lord and has been assured that the High Lord's desire to resign is unconnected with the Chara's recent decision to provide housing for the priests of the Unknowable God. The High Lord has expressed the desire to be able to spend a greater amount of time caring for the household of his country estate and finishing law research he has neglected for many years. The High Lord has agreed to remain in his present position until next summer, so that his replacement can be properly trained.

November 991: The High Lord has sent the Chara a list of the lords whom he thinks would be suitable for the High Lordship. In private conversation with the Chara, the High Lord has confirmed that he believes the senior-most of his lords, Lord Neville, would be unsuitable for the position.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Change of Rank

November 991: Due to the neglectfulness of the Chara's clerk, the records related to the High Lord's resignation were mistakenly placed in his public palace records, which were recently read by Lord Neville. The senior lord has now issued a strong protest against the High Lord's decision not to recommend him as his successor. He notes that he has been a council lord for longer than the High Lord, and he implies that the High Lord's decision is based on the fact that the High Lord's former free-servant now works for the senior lord. The Chara has made clear to the senior lord that the final decision in such matters lies with the Chara, not with the High Lord, and he has suggested to the senior lord that his decision to gossip about this matter with the other lords has not encouraged the Chara to believe that the senior lord would be capable of taking on a position of greater responsibility.

November 991: The Chara's clerk has submitted his resignation, citing the recent scandal caused by the news of the High Lord's decision not to recommend Lord Neville to be his successor. The Chara has rejected the resignation, but he agrees that it would be best if the Chara's clerk sought a new position in a location where he would be allowed more time for family matters, and would not be in danger of neglecting his duties.

November 991: The slave-keeper has requested the Chara's advice on a matter related to the High Lord's slave-servants. It appears that the High Lord's slaves, having heard the news of the High Lord's resignation, are now anxious to know whether they will be transferred to the High Lord's country estate or whether they will be sold to other palace dwellers. The High Lord has told the Chara that he desires to free his palace slaves in acknowledgment of their long service, and wishes also to present them with a gift of money to allow them to start their new lives. The Chara has accordingly asked the slave-keeper to begin making arrangements for the departure of the High Lord's slaves from the palace next summer. He has also asked his clerk to draw up letters of manumission for the slaves.

November 991: The slave-keeper reports to the Chara that one of the High Lord's slaves – the same slave who attempted suicide four years ago – has asked whether it is possible for him to continue serving the High Lord. Upon hearing this news, the High Lord has promised the Chara that he will offer the slave a position as free-servant at his country estate.


PRIVATE NOTES OF THE CHARA

(These records remain sealed until the end of the Chara James's reign.)

November 991: The High Lord tells the Chara that he has now held several private conversations with the Princess of Daxis, and he has concluded what the Chara must long since have concluded: that the Princess is in fact the true heir to the Daxion throne, which explains the Prince's continued demands that the Princess be returned to his care.

This fact is far from obvious to the Chara, and he offered to cede his throne to the High Lord, who has proved himself on many occasions to be more worthy of the title of High Judge of Emor than the present Chara. The High Lord, whose usual sense of humor has a blank spot where his own duties are concerned, immediately showed great consternation at the suggestion. Many minutes passed before the Chara was able to convince the High Lord that he had been joking.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Witness of Settlement

December 991: The High Lord today signed his witness that Richard, Prince of Daxis and presently palace guest of the Chara, did willingly and without duress cede to Serva, Princess of Daxis, the royal ring of the throne of Daxis. The intermediary for the ring's transfer was Andrew, Lord and Ambassador of Koretia. The High Lord further witnessed that the private enthronement which took place this evening was in accordance with Daxion law, as he understands it, and that the Princess is now Queen of Daxis. Witness to this enthronement was Andrew, Consort to the Queen.


Correspondence

December 991: The Chara's clerk and the Chara have had a lengthy and unsettled argument over which of the Koretian Ambassador's many titles should be used in the Emorian records. At the Chara's request, the High Lord researched the matter this morning by the simple expedient of asking the Ambassador what his highest title is. To the High Lord's distress, he must report that the Ambassador's highest title, given to him by the Jackal, is Lord and Ambassador of the God's Land, and that the God's Land is apparently intended to include the Emorian Empire.

Much correspondence then followed between the Chara and the high palace officials as to whether the Ambassador could be allowed to claim this title. The crisis was settled when the High Lord proceeded to recite the many titles he himself has held during his lifetime. He concluded that Emorian law holds titles to be of great legal and symbolic importance, and he added dryly that the Ambassador has never shown any great interest in matters of symbolism concerning rank. The Chara has therefore decided that, since Lord Andrew is unlikely to take offense at the disuse in Emor of his full title, he will henceforth be referred to in Emorian records as simply the Ambassador.

The Chara's clerk, who has agreed to become clerk to the Queen and her Consort next spring, expressed relief at a settlement to the matter and requested assistance from the council scribes in copying the two thousand, five hundred, and eighty-two palace records that must now be revised.


Correspondence

December 991: Lord Neville has sent a message to the Chara's clerk, informing him that he has dismissed his free-servant, due to the free-servant's disloyalty. In accordance with palace custom regarding such matters, Curtis son of Eneas has been sent notice that he must vacate his palace quarters immediately.


Request

December 991: The High Lord has submitted a request that he be allowed to share his quarters with Curtis son of Eneas, and that the Chara overrule the usual custom that palace free-servants who have left their positions in dishonor may not seek further palace employment. The High Lord explained that he met with the lesser free-man this afternoon in order to discuss the possibility of employing the lesser free-man once more as his free-servant; the High Lord had learned from the Ambassador that the lesser free-man would be amenable to such a change. Upon hearing of the meeting, however, Lord Neville promptly dismissed the lesser free-man with dishonor. The Chara has agreed to both of the High Lord's requests and will meet privately with Lord Neville to discuss whether he wishes to remain in his chair in the Great Council, or whether he would prefer to retire with honor at this time. The Chara confirms that he wishes the record of this episode to appear in the public palace records.


Change of Duties

January 992: The High Lord has informed the Chara that, since the time of the Ambassador's marriage to the Queen, he has received several enquiries from council lords who wish to know whether Emorian law recognizes the marriage of eunuchs. It is the High Lord's understanding that the Ambassador's wedding was undergone as a private religious ceremony, and that neither the Ambassador nor the Queen are seeking to have their marriage recognized by the law courts of any of the Three Lands. Nevertheless, the High Lord believes that, in light of the lords' doubts on this matter, it would be best if the Chara were to hold a formal reception in honor of the couple, in order to indicate his approval of the marriage. The Chara has consented, on condition that the High Lord serve as joint host of the reception. The Chara has explained that, in light of the Ambassador's past history with the High Lord, he believes that the High Lord's approval of the marriage will sway the palace dwellers' opinions on this matter much more than the Chara's approval.


Sale of Slave

January 992: Lord Diggory has submitted a request to sell one of his slaves, Patrick, to the High Lord. The Chara has requested that the slave-keeper supply him with information on the background of this slave.

January 992: The Chara has met with the High Lord to discuss his recent request to buy a slave from Lord Diggory. The Chara asked the High Lord whether he is aware that the slave in question has a reputation for blackmail and tale-telling. The High Lord said that he is aware of this fact, and he cited an anecdote from the Ambassador's days as a slave. The Chara has given permission for the sale.

January 992: The slave-keeper has sent an urgent message to the Chara concerning the slave Patrick, who was recently informed of his sale to the High Lord. The slave-keeper reports that, when the slave learned of the sale, he shouted, "I knew it! I knew that Andrew would have his revenge!" The slave's wife, who is slave-servant to the High Lord, promptly burst into tears and began to recount terrible punishments the High Lord had inflicted upon his slaves in years past. Upon questioning the other slaves, the slave-keeper learned that the Ambassador had been the victim of one of Patrick's tale-telling acts during his years of slavehood. It appears that the slave and his wife believe that the Ambassador persuaded the High Lord to buy the slave, in order that he could be suitably punished for that episode. The Chara has asked the High Lord to deal with this matter.

January 992: The slave-keeper reports that the High Lord met with the slave Patrick this evening. The High Lord told the slave the following:

1) The Ambassador had indeed persuaded the High Lord to buy the slave.

2) The Ambassador had been so eager that the High Lord buy the slave that he had offered to pay half of the slave's price.

3) The Ambassador had wished the High Lord to buy the slave, in order that the slave might be freed at the same time that the High Lord freed the slave's wife.

The slave-keeper reports that the slave was silent after hearing this news.

January 992: The High Lord has told the Chara that his new slave, Patrick, has been reported missing this evening by the slave-keeper. The High Lord asked whether the Chara could send members of the Division of Disclosure to locate the missing slave. The High Lord emphasizes that he has no desire to punish the slave for his attempt to escape. He merely wishes to alleviate the worries of the slave's wife, who is presently anxious to know the slave's whereabouts. The Chara has granted the High Lord's request.

January 992: Lieutenant Tiro of the Division of Disclosure reports that he located the missing slave in the guest chamber of the Ambassador. The slave and the Ambassador were conversing in a friendly manner. The High Lord has thanked the Chara for the lieutenant's report and has confirmed that the slave may stay at the Ambassador's guest chamber for the remainder of the evening.


Change of Rank

June 992: Lord Carle is lowered in rank to High Nobleman (Honorary Lord). Titles: Lord within the Empire of Emor; High Lord of the Great Council of Emor (retired).


Correspondence

April 993: The Chara has sent a letter to Lord Carle at his country home, requesting his advice on a petition sent by the palace free-servants. The Chara reminds Lord Carle that the House of the Unknowable God, which began holding worship services in the city two autumns ago, has proved surprisingly popular with many of the city and palace dwellers. Not only emigrants and borderlanders, but also Emorians whose families are well established in this land, have attended the services in great numbers. Plans are now underway to open more houses in the Emorian towns. The Chara himself has attended the services on occasion, and though he cannot understand the appeal of religious worship, he believes that the services are causing many Emorians to have increased love for the Chara's law.

Some palace dwellers have complained, though, that their free-servants spend too much time visiting the House of the Unknowable God. The free-servants have therefore requested that the palace chamber set aside for private prayer – already known unofficially as the chapel – be made into an official center for palace worship, and that a priest be allowed to conduct services there regularly for any palace dwellers who wish to attend. The Chara requests Lord Carle's advice on this matter.

April 993: Lord Carle replies that he never thought the day would come when Emorian palace dwellers would desire to take part in the superstitious customs of the south. He adds that he would have thought it more likely that the Emorian Empire would fall to its enemies than that the Chara himself, the embodiment of the law, would encourage such irrational fancies. He concludes by recommending that the petition be approved.


Correspondence

May 993: Lord Carle has sent a brief note to the Chara, informing him of his intention to travel to the Daxion capital this summer. No reason is given for the visit, but the Chara has replied with a note asking Lord Carle to give the Chara's best wishes to the Ambassador.


Death

July 993: The Chara has received word from the Ambassador that Carle, Lord of the Great Council, died in Daxis this month at the age of 72. The cause of death was heart failure brought on by old age. In accordance with Daxion custom, Lord Carle's body was burned at a funeral led by the Queen of Daxis and attended by the high noblemen and high officials of Daxis and Koretia. The Empire of Emor has been placed in mourning for one month's time.

August 993: The Ambassador has returned Lord Carle's ashes to the Chara, who led a memorial ceremony for his former High Lord. This was attended by the high noblemen and high officials of the Empire of Emor. After the ceremony, the Chara placed the ashes under the care of the Ambassador and gave him permission to mention the lord's army record on his tombstone. Lord Carle was buried at Peaktop, Southern Emor. The Ambassador will remain at Peaktop in order to make arrangements for Lord Carle's estate.


PRIVATE PALACE RECORDS

Death

August 993: Curtis, former free-servant of Lord Carle, reports that, upon returning to his master's palace quarters, he found a sealed letter addressed to the Chara. Opening the letter, the Chara discovered that it contained a note written by Lord Carle shortly before his departure for Koretia, stating that the Jackal was in no way to blame for his death. The Chara has sent an urgent message to the Jackal, requesting an explanation for this letter.

August 993: The Chara has received a lengthy letter from the Jackal in response to his request for more information on Lord Carle's death. The Jackal begins by stating that the information in this letter, though confidential, is known to the Ambassador, who was present with Lord Carle at the time of his death and can therefore confirm that Lord Carle died of natural causes. The Chara's former clerk, whose son was also present at the time of Lord Carle's death, is willing to submit corroborating witness if it is needed.

The Jackal says that, whilst the Koretian ruler was visiting the Capital City of Daxis last month, Lord Carle privately requested that the Jackal place him under judgment by Koretian law for certain deeds he had committed in the past. The Jackal says that he was surprised that Lord Carle made such a request, given the lord's longtime opposition to the gods' law. Lord Carle told the Jackal that three factors had caused him to change his views on the gods' law.

One was the realization, at the time of his trial for treason, that even the Chara's law could be manipulated for evil, not only by ordinary men, but by the Chara himself. He says that he came to this realization partly as a result of the Jackal's own words at that trial, warning the Chara Peter that he was in danger of breaking his oath as High Judge of Emor.

The second factor was Lord Carle's visit to the home village of his old army friend, Adrian son of Berenger. The Jackal assumes that the Chara is familiar with the story of how Lord Carle's friend was killed under the unreformed gods' law. Lord Carle said that, during that visit, he met with a kinsman of Lieutenant Adrian, who was convinced that his village was placed under the curse of the gods as a result of the villagers' decision to kill the lieutenant. The kinsman had therefore taken no further part in blood feuds at the time that such feuds were encouraged under Koretian law. As a result, Lord Carle came to realize that, though the gods' law could be used for evil, it had also been used over the years for good.

The third factor had been Lord Carle's conversations with Lord Andrew concerning the gods' law. The Ambassador had led Lord Carle to see that the gods' law could be used to judge men for evil deeds they had done in their lives that were not considered crimes under Emorian law. It was for deeds such as this that Lord Carle requested to be tried.

The Jackal complied with Lord Carle's request and found the lord guilty of committing certain deeds that were not commensurate with his desire to be a man of honor and a loyal servant of the Chara. The Jackal says that, under Koretian law, he cannot disclose the full nature of those deeds, but he says that many of Lord Carle's deeds are publicly recorded. The Jackal judged that Lord Carle had endured his sentence of punishment in equal time with the commission of his crime – that is to say, his sacrifices to the Chara had outweighed his disloyalty. The Jackal therefore released Lord Carle. On the following day, Lord Carle died after a strenuous walk.

In explanation of Lord Carle's letter, the Jackal says that the lord evidently believed that his crimes were so great that the Jackal would sentence him to a dishonorable death. The Jackal therefore believes that Lord Carle demonstrated high honor in placing himself willingly under the Jackal's judgment.

The Chara agrees with the Jackal's judgment of Lord Carle, and he has sent a letter to the Ambassador, stating his admiration for his former High Lord. He has asked the Ambassador to assist him in arranging for the publication of Lord Carle's army and palace records, which he believes will reveal the true character of the man who, even today, is much misunderstood. He further requested that the Ambassador advise him on a proper manner in which to publicly honor the life of Carle son of Verne.


PUBLIC PALACE RECORDS

Honor

September 993: The Chara has issued a proclamation honoring Carle son of Verne, former High Lord of the Great Council of Emor, for his contributions to the Empire of Emor. The proclamation declares that Lord Carle's property at Peaktop, which he willed to the Chara, will be used next year as a meeting place for a Peace Conference called by the Ambassador of the God's Land. At this conference, representatives from the Three Lands will agree upon an international law-structure and will discuss the possibility of outlawing slavery throughout the Three Lands. Following the conference, Lord Carle's property will be transformed into a home for the Emorian subcommander. It will be dedicated in honor of Lieutenant Carle and Lieutenant Adrian, Guards of the Border Mountain Patrol and Spies for the Chara.