Act 3 - New Roads
Scene XIV - Specularum, 2nd Month (Flaurmont, 13th-20th, 990 AC)
The fire is eventually extinguished but the damage to Vorloi properties is extensive. Clearly this is part of the intimidation before the trial.
The day after however Fortunato and Philip testify against the members of the Iron Ring, as Mikel, Trark, the members of the Thorns, Carla and Adriana and you.
The cleric and the 8 wererats are charged with Deliberate attempted murder, Greater armed assault and Partecipation in slavery and sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence will be carry out in a week.
The three men captured before by Fortunato and Mikel are charged with Greater armed assault, Theft and Partecipation in slavery, and sentenced to three years of forced service as galley rowers.
Fortunato and Mikel are satisfied by the sentence.
During the week, armed Vorloi men guard all the warehouses, ships and houses day and night. You and the others partecipate in some of these shifts. Marius' body
is taken to the Church of Saint Lucor and examined by the clerics there and by Kleon and Fabio, but attempts to raise him from the dead fail. This is not necessarily due to some actions by the Iron Ring, Fabio explains. It may be that his soul has already gone beyond and does not wish to return.
On Flaurmont 16th, Marius body is burned and he is entombed in a small urn after a brief funeral at the Vorloi chapel in the Hill graveyard (H7 here: http://pandius.com/The_Hill.pdf
). Thyatians normally burn their dead, while Traladaran bury them. In the past Thyatians kept the ashes of the deceased in their homes, but nowadays often tomb or chapels are built for this, particularly by noble families. In this sad occasion you also get to know Philip Vorloi's immediate family. His wife Anna Braun Vorloi
, a beautiful woman about 45 years old, his son Grygori
, a well dressed young man less than 20 years old who looks fop and bored, and his daughter Marianna
, a girl of about your age.
She had red brown hair and green eyes, and smiles warmly at you. When you see her, you feel something you never felt before for a girl and your hear misses a few beats. You stare at her, speechless.
"So you are the famous young hero of whom all the city speaks
- Marianna says - pleased to meet you!
". She gives you her hand and when you fail to kiss it, she just kiss you on the cheek and giggles. Fortunato smiles seeing you dumbstruck and comes to your rescue, introducing to you also his younger sister Michaela Vorloi Sulanov
with her husband Arkan Sulanov
and their daughter Zandra
, a girl about 8 years old who clearly will become as beautiful as Marianna.
On Flaurmont 17th, there is another great meeting at the Church of Saint Lucor. The faithful have organized a constant surveillance of the area to prevent further attacks. All seem determined to defy the Iron Ring, no matter the cost.
Flaurmont 20th is the planned day for the esecutions, to be held at dawn. A great crowd has gathered in front of the Ducal Palace and a huge number of guards, soldiers and Vorloi men are present to assure that all will go smoothly. The Torenescu too have brought many of their guards to attend.
You are with a group that includes Philip, Fortunato and Cristoph Torenescu. Simion Torenescu, Grygori Vorloi, Aleksander Torenescu and Stephanos Torenescu are present too a bit to the distance. Marianna and Lucia are near them. You are with the Thorns, Fabio, Gurum, Carla, Adriana and Trark, and several Vorloi and Torenescu men, to form a protective circle around them. Mikel with some guards and several soldiers form another circle around you.