Morning came swiftly and the group ate a light breakfast and prepared for their trial. After coordinating that their magical items were secured, the group was escorted to the River Shining Tavern for their trial. Upon arrival, they joined Yeshua and Dyan’ette in the tavern’s main room. Mya explained that the council usually met here as it was the largest room and historically had been the preference for council meetings and large trials. The common room had been cleared and seven seats upon a lifted platform were in place for the judges. The group stood as the masked council members entered, all wearing the masks Mya had explained to them. A dozen guards were in the room as was several benches filled with townsfolk there to witness and confirm the trial. Opposite the council were the two tables for the pleaders and the chairs for the party members.
The trial was long and tiring as both pleaders made their case and called for the supporting evidence. Each member of the party was called to testify and did their best to remember the points Mya had counseled. Yeshua’s testimony was sufficient and the monk refrained from placing any blame and simply stated the facts to his best recollection. Carden’s and Tamnai’s testimony were less impressive, as each stumbled a few times with their expressions and words. However, Mya nodded to each as if they were sufficient. Surprisingly, Aelith’s and Dyan’ette’s testimonies were well received. The hunter delivered his words with clarity and emphasis that made the Untherites appear as both instigator and deceiver. The drow used his persuasiveness to insinuate whether his actions or his race were actually being tried. He expressed a loss for his friend Rhogar that had been an honorable and respected paladin and member of the Order of the Gauntlet.
A brief recess was taken and Mya expressed her approval of the trial thus far. When the trial resumed, additional testimony from others, that performed the investigation of the site and in the town, along with Bando’s discussions with the departed seemed to support the story the party had provided. The two pleaders made their way forward to give their closing remarks. The prosecutor started strong, but faltered when addressing the charge of murder by speaking Dyan’ette’s race. Mya’s delivery was extremely strong and she capitalized on the possible bias of the prosecutor as well as the Untherites premeditated savagery and vile actions.
Another short recess occurred before the council voted. The charge of murder against Dyan’ette was tied at three votes of guilty (Rayon, Deldrin, and Silvui) and three votes of not guilty (Derval, Theera, and Nartan) before Balabar Smenk voted not guilty to solidify Dyan’ette’s innocence. The charge of Offensive Spellcasting with Malicious Intent against Dyan’ette was tied at three votes of guilty (Nartan, Deldrin, and Silvui) and three votes of not guilty (Derval, Rayon, and Theera) before Balabar Smenk voted not guilty to solidify Dyan’ette’s innocence. The charges of Trespassing were unanimously not guilty with the exception of Deldrin’s vote for guilty. The charges of Structural Damage were unanimously guilty with the exception of Theera’s vote of not guilty. The charge of Arson was tied at three votes of guilty (Derval, Rayon, and Deldrin) and three votes of not guilty (Theera, Nartan, and Silvui) before Balabar Smenk voted not guilty to grant the party an innocent result.
A punitive fine of 150 gold coins was assessed for the structural damage charge of guilty and the group’s release could be processed upon payment. The group thanked Mya for her representation, paid the fine, and reformed at the Lady Luck tavern except for Yeshua who said his goodbye after the trial’s results. The party gathered their horses and gear, arranged for the respectful cremation of Rhogar’s remaining body, dropped Rhogar’s borrowed shield back at the Table of the Sword, and then traveled to Derval’s Bright Blade shop. Once there, they purchased another shield from Derval while expressing thanks to the guildmaster. He simply replied that there was still unfinished business regarding the revenant of Derwin and excused himself back to the forges. Dyan’ette delivered a couple of missives to Mya and the group visited the Fairfortune Hall to get more information about the druid from Bando.
Bando welcomed the group and explained that the druid they seek is known as Enth and she could be found at the Floshin Estate some 25 miles north of Daggerford. The Halfling described the route to get to the estate and further revealed that she seeks an adventuring group to complete what another failed to complete. As the patron of adventurers, Tymora guided him in helping the druid and he wants to ensure that his recommendations are not affiliated with failure. He handed the group a set of rare oils and herbs that should cover at least half of the ingredients for the reincarnation spell they seek. He also handed a list of rare ores and gemstone materials needed and suggested that Korbus could provide these if the party has the funds to cover such. The group immediately visited Korbus and coordinated the preparation of the ingredients for 500 gold pieces. An hour or so later, the group departed Korbus’s with the ingredients. Dyan’ette also received the collection of knowledge on gems and their magical properties he ordered prior to the trial. As the group exited Daggerford, Dyan’ette handed out cloak pins in the shape of a dragon wing with the letters W and C upon them. He tucked the other two away in hopes to hand Rhogar one in the near future. After a two hour ride, the group found a suitable spot to camp and settled under the starry sky free of Daggerford and its politics.