Puddleby Court Log: 74 Spring, year 535 of The Ascendancy. 02:33

In the matter of Xantcha v Michael Aridfox, accused of “The murder of Syndir.

Before the jurors: Sadraz, Phineas, Kodo, Bocephus, Vintus, Warplet, Shoggoth, Kale, Gyre.

The Honourable Judge Haengemie, presiding.
With Bellafae serving as Bailiff.
To all who read these precepts, the following transcript of this trial is true and correct, to the best of my knowledge.
Clera, reporting.

[Bellafae] This court is now in session, The Honourable Judge Haengemie presiding.
[Haengemie] <standard pre-trial court briefing>
[Xantcha] My own step son, Michael Aridfox, killed Syndir.
[Xantcha] I arrived at the arena and tried to heal Syndir.
[Xantcha] Michael would not let me pass.
[Xantcha] I asked repeatedly .....
[Xantcha] he refused.
[Xantcha] I could see that Syndir was failing.
[Xantcha] I could not reach him.
[Xantcha] Michael murdered him in cold blood and then refused to let me help him.
[Xantcha] My son is a murderer.
[Xantcha] Xantcha weeps.
[Haengemie] 10 seconds remaining, Please finish up, or say "done"...
[Xantcha] Michael....
[Xantcha] Xantcha sobs.
[Haengemie] Thank you, Xantcha
[Haengemie] Michael Aridfox, you have 90 seconds to speak.
[Michael Aridfox] Michael Aridfox looks painfully at his mother.
[Michael Aridfox] I did strike him down.
[Michael Aridfox] Syndir asked this of me.
[Michael Aridfox] As a final favor.
[Michael Aridfox] A favor he dared ask no others in the lands...
[Michael Aridfox] in order that he might regain and ever posess the thing that meant most to him
[Michael Aridfox] next to our friendship...
[Haengemie] 10 seconds remaining, Please finish up, or say "done"...
[Michael Aridfox] his honor.
[Michael Aridfox] Michael Aridfox wipes tears from his eyes.
[Haengemie] Thank you, Michael Aridfox
[Haengemie] Xantcha, you have 120 seconds to speak.
[Xantcha] Do you see the blood on my hands?
[Xantcha] The stains on my dress?
[Xantcha] This is the blood of Syndir.
[Xantcha] Michael did Syndir no favor in this deed.
[Xantcha] Xantcha shakes her head.
[Xantcha] I can no longer look at my son.
[Xantcha] He has killed a friend.
[Xantcha] done
[Haengemie] Thank you, Xantcha
[Haengemie] Michael Aridfox, you have 120 seconds to speak.
[Michael Aridfox] Mother...
[Michael Aridfox] I..
[Michael Aridfox] Jury...
[Michael Aridfox] Syndir was perhaps the single most
[Michael Aridfox] spiritual man I've ever known in the lands.
[Michael Aridfox] He sought absolution for his dishonor from his priests among his people.
[Michael Aridfox] They refused it to him.
[Michael Aridfox] And so he asked of me this favor.
[Michael Aridfox] I did take his life in fair combat.
[Michael Aridfox] and he did bid me stay the hands of the healers from him that his spirit might walk in honor among the spirits
[Michael Aridfox] of his elders.
[Michael Aridfox] Only Weezoh did hear Syndir speak in those last hours, besides me.
[Haengemie] 10 seconds remaining, Please finish up, or say "done"...
[Michael Aridfox] And I do not sense his spirit in the lands.
[Haengemie] Thank you, Michael Aridfox
[Michael Aridfox] But I did do this.
[Haengemie] <standard jury verdict briefing>
[Bellafae] Bellafae hands Haengemie the jury's verdict.

   Votes innocent: 1
   Votes guilty: 5
   Votes frivolous: 0
   Abstaining: 3

[Haengemie] Michael Aridfox this court finds you innocent. You are free to go.
[Haengemie] Judge Haengemie bangs his gavel
[Haengemie] This court is adjourned.

  Court adjourned at 3:34 on 74 Spring, 535