Sunday, March 7, 2010
The People's Mercy
Within the last 100 years a tradition has grown, referred to as the people's mercy. All manners of law, negotiation, forgiveness, and arbitration take place during the festival. Treasures and monies are exchanged between noble houses in efforts to end hostilities...or to start them. If truly keeping with the tradition, decisions are suppossed to be made with the benefit of Waterdeep at the forefront of each sides thoughts. The theory being that resolution can be reached when keeping others in mind and whatever is best for Waterdeep is best for everyone.
The city has also joined in with this tradition by holding a new public trial everyday of the festival for any previously convicted individuals whose crimes are deemed worthy of a second look. In past years these new trials usually were granted when new information or evidence became known. The tradition has grown to such prominence that to be chosen as a jury member of one of these public retrials is a great honor.
This year's first trial has been announced, Gimballon a gentleman thief of renown has petitioned for a new trial, based upon new information learned by Servian Rudergost, a noble banker. Gimballon was convicted of the thievery of several scrolls and the murder of the author. What has always captured the public's attention is that Gimballon has never denied stealing the scrolls, he denies the murder and claims that the wizard who wrote the scrolls was murdered for what was hidden on a scroll most confused for a scroll of protection from cold.
James you can name the wizard who was killed and how long ago. Wait till you see how close the picture above is to the picture on the card..only older.