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  1. VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK VOICE OF REASON, VOICE OF CHANGE Vote 2 Angelika Bykov Vote 3 Lukas Rakoczy CITIZENS OF THE HOLY ORENIAN EMPIRE, The time has come to vote for your voice in the House of Commons for the next Imperial Diet, and your voice is Sir Konstantin Wick – the Voice of Reason, blocking harmful bills from passing into law, and the Voice of Change, as the most active and legislatively successful Member of the last House of Commons. For a strong and stable House, your answer is Sir Konstantin Wick, whose merits and platforms are unmatched by any other candidate. VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for the return of the most successful legislator of the last House of Commons as the only one who succeeded in passing not just one, but two bills by unanimous vote in the Evictions Bill and the Legal Procedure Bill and having them signed into law by the Empire. No other candidate can claim this success; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for an experienced hand to guide the tide of new-comers to the House of Commons, who know neither the law nor how to write laws, and require sensible leadership for a productive House that actually passes sound legislation; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for an actual platform for the House of Commons. While every other candidate touts vague promises about the economy that will never come to fruition, Sir Konstantin offers a real platform for the next Diet; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for a much-needed bill defining what the rights of provinces actually are in regards to internal government instead of the current murky, undefined status that frustrates it; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for a balanced Imperial budget, to cut unnecessary government spend and preventing the Treasury from taxing hard-working Orenians; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for great and fabulous hats for every mood and occassion; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for focus on helping Haense recover from the devastating Scyfling invasion with economic aid and relief; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for repairing the shattered Haeseni fleet and re-securing our Emprie’s northern sea borders from another invasion; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK if you hate Sanoists; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for founding the Juan Lyons Memorial Institute explorer’s guild to unveil the mysteries of the world both at home and abroad; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK to revitalize the railway line, making it more scenic and adding more stations; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for a man knighted by the Holy Orenian Emperor and the King of Haense for his legislative and legal accomplishments; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK for more public works programmes both in the provinces and the capital; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK, youngest candidate in the election, for a voice for the Empire’s youth; VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK FOR A VOICE OF REASON, AND A VOICE OF CHANGE. You can vote for 3 candidates of your choice at the below link – vote Wick, Bykov and Rakoczy! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQdqXpaYx97fsKK9X-9AEQntWhBKOSLqshhHwptnYf7pRwMA/viewform?usp=sf_link You’ll also need to be registed with the Imperial Census for your vote to count, but it only takes a few seconds to complete – linked below!
  2. CROWSLAYER’S VOW EVENTLINE AN OATH AND AN END Are you sure about this, Yva? Yva Stoneguard, the shieldmaiden who had once been the right-hand warrior of Bralt the Boar, leader of the Scyfling invasion into northern Haense, sighed as she watched the last of the Haenseni army vanish into the blanket of evergreens that cloaked this northern country. She closed her eyes for a moment as the bitter autumn wind rolled off the tumultuous see just a few dozen feet to her left, with her hastily-built camp of Scyfling renegades having set up north of the charred walls of Vasiland. Despite the drinking and singing that had filled the air not too long ago, her camp was silent now. As she stood on a small rise in the camp’s centre, Scyflings all around her watched expectantly, their faces a battleground of skepticism and hope. It was only mere minutes ago that the bargain had been struck; Yva and these Scyflings, who had abandoned Bralt the Boar and the main Scyfling army, would fight for the Haense King, in exchange for fertile lands and peace. The decision for most of these renegades who followed her had not been an easy one – they had abandoned their loyalty to Bralt the Boar for the events of the Moonfire festival. In Scyfling culture, Moonfire was the chief festival – it was a day where bloodshed was forbidden, where blood feuds were forgotten and enemies drank and sang together. It was, in a twisted way, a sliver of the dream of peace that Yva knew Bralt cherished above all else. It was a sliver of the dream that had drove him to uniting the Scyfling tribes, that drove him to leading them across oceans to Arcas, that drove him to invade Haense and kill the King Crow. And yet it was Bralt who had broken the sacred customs of Moonfire; when a party of Haeseni had come scouting north during the festival, he had attacked. Not only that, but when some Scyflings rallied to defend the Crows per the traditions of Moonfire, Bralt had fired carelessly on them too, killing dozens of his own people. That act had spread through the Scyfling army like wildfire, and Bralt’s once god-like reverance had began to crumble nearly overnight. Scyflings had trickled away from Bralt, unable to support the man who they thought would lead them to divine victory over the Crows and into an age of prophecised prosperity. But it was only when Yva herself, Bralt’s most esteemed captain, had deserted him that Scyflings followed her in droves. Those Scyflings were the ones around her now, watching with those tantalizing expressions that straddled the fence between uncertainty and hope, who had joined her in agreeing to fight with the Crows – fight against Bralt for what he had done to his own people. In return, Haense would give them a piece of fertile land, on which they could grow enough food to feed themselves. There would be no further need to raid and pillage. There would be peace. Peace at a price, naturally. And that price would be fighting against Bralt and those who remained with them. All according to plan, Yva thought wistfully. That didn’t make her feel a whit better. “So … what now?” asked a lone Scyfling voice amidst the crowd watching Yva. She inhaled sharply once more, and glanced across the tree tops as stars began to faintly dapple the darkening sky. She glanced in the direction she knew Bralt was camping. “Now,” she called slowly, trying to keep her expression schooled to stillness, to quash her doubts about this crackpot plan, “we prepare for battle.” Ori Halfmoon, eldest of the Volik clan, watched from atop the western walls of New Reza as his surviving clansmen drilled their formations in the field below. The Voliks had been the one tribe to defend Haense when they had come to Athera on their expedition and become embroiled with Bralt and the Scyflings, but that had cost the Voliks everything. Most of their clan had been slaughtered by Bralt for their defense of the-then boy King of Haense, all because of some rotting oath their ancestors had sworn to the infant lords of Siegrad, many, many years ago. Honour and oath-keeping was integral to the Voliks, but the cost of that particular oath …. the countless dead loved ones, the shattered families, the lost homeland … It had almost been too much to bear. They had been forced to retreat with Haense across the seas, and cower in the shadow of their stone walls for protection. But now, to see the Voliks that had been mere frightened children when they fled Athera become warriors, with a cold fire of vengeance in their eyes, certainly felt good. This time, they had made a new oath to Haense; they would fight for the King Crow once again, as they had on Athera, but this time they would be given lands to farm and rebuild what was lost. Or try, at least, Ori thought wistfully. He had come to doubt the Voliks would ever recover from the losses they suffered on Athera, but this oath to Haense at least meant the Voliks could live out their days in well-earned peace. Moon rotting knows it’s well earned. Ori sighed as the echo of Volik war cries, of their boots thundered against the trodden dirt and their shields clattering together resonated through the air over the din of war preparations in New Reza. Unlike the past few years, though, this sigh was one of relief. Even if they lost to Bralt, even if the Scyflings rolled over Haense and razed every last building to the ground and slaughtered every last Volik, Ori would be happy. For now, at least, they fought for a something worthwhile – for a dream of a future. And that was a dream worth dying for. From this solitary hilltop in the forests of northern Haense, Bralt could just about make out the glimmer of firelight that marked the city of New Reza, far in the distance. His reined his gaze in, scanning the dark expanse of tree-tops that stretched between him and the city, shadowed by the cloudy night. All that lay between him and Reza now was this northern country. As he eyed it now, it was so calm, and quiet. An owl hooted occassionally, and a pack of wolves howled periodically, but it was all so … natural. Pristine. Untainted. In a few days, though, it would become a bloody battlefield as Bralt and his remaining forces carved a path to Reza, using bodies as their stepping-stones. That idea did not shake his resolve, though; not anymore. Though it had only been a few weeks, it felt like a lifetime ago that he had stood on the clifftops of Valwyck, mourning Ako beneath the northern lights and wondering what the point of all this, all this war and fighting and the illusion of peace, was all for. He had roared at the moon, then, at any god who was listening and at any god who had existed for an answer. Now, though, he only smiled at the waning crescent moon as he stood alone on the hilltop. So long as there was a dream of peace, so long as there was a chance of breaking the cycle of violence …. so long as there was breath to keep marching onwards towards a better life for his people, he would march without pause. Only now, he did not just march for his people alone. To break that cycle, he knew what he must do, and no amount of violence, death of bloodshed would dissuade him now. He glanced east, towards the sea, where Yva and her renegade Scyflings were camped. By now, their plan was well in motion. He had screamed at the moon once, but now he laughed openly at it. He needed no gods to tell him what he should do; he had known it all along, even if it hadn’t been obvious to him. When his ships had first landed off the coast of Valwyck, the King Crow, a grown man now, had met to negotiate. Bralt had compelled him to sacrifice himself to save his people, to end this war with only a single life lost. The King Crow had refused, of course, and now hundreds, both Scyfling and Haeseni, had lost their lives in this struggle. But Bralt hadn’t been entirely wrong. A king – be it one that wore a crown or led warriors into battle – had a duty to fulfill above all else in securing peace and prosperity for their people. And so Bralt was going to do just that. He laughed at the moon until his lungs hurt. For soon, he knew, it would all be over.
  3. KONSTANTIN WICK VOICE OF REASON, VOICE OF CHANGE CITIZENS OF THE HOLY ORENIAN EMPIRE, YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR VOICE IN SIR KONSTANTIN WICK. Voice of Reason, Voice of Change From his first sitting in the House of Commons, Sir Konstantin has born the mantel of both the Voice of Reason, preventing bills that would harm the welfare of our Empire at large, such as the Taxation Revision of 1774, from being passed into law, and the Voice of Change as the only Member of the House who successfully passed not only one, but two bills by unanimous vote that were signed into law by His Imperial Majesty – those being the Evictions Bill, which empowered city stewards with the legal tools they need to manage their cities, and the Legal Procedure Bill as a much-needed formalization of the process by which legal action is taken in the Empire. No other candidate can tout such success in the House, and a vote for Konstantin Wick is a vote for that success again! Experience and Leadership Sir Konstantin maintained an immaculate record of not only participation, but also attendance throughout the Sixteenth Imperial Diet through both discussion and debate of presented bills and presenting bills of his own – all of which passed by a unanimous vote and were signed into law. He has assumed the burden of Acting Majority-Leader when the Leader was unable to attend, and Acting-President, overseeing the business of the House. No other candidate can claim Sir Konstantin’s success in drafting and passing legislation, in debating and contesting flawed legislation, and through experience. His remarkable career as a young lawyer – with notable success in cases such as the Crown v. Corbish, Hampton Tea v. the City of Helena and Bren v. O’Rourke, to name a view - has afforded him a fluency of the laws of our Empire that no other candidate offers, and has used, and will use, this fluency to guide sound legislation within the House. He even was knighted before his Imperial Majesty in recognition of his legal and legislative success – and there exists no better endorsement than that! Platform for the 17th Imperial Diet Once elected, Sir Konstantin Wick shall continue to lead the unrelenting march towards a better tomorrow by: Provincial Rights: Sir Konstantin SHALL work with provincial governments and the Imperial Government to properly define the rights and obligations of provinces and royal vassals, a relationship which has always been problematically murky. In doing so, this shall allow for greater efficient internal governance, more government work in the provinces and greater political unity; Budget Balancing: Sir Konstantin SHALL work to balance the Imperial budget and cut unnecessary spending to halt the current push for increased taxation, instead obliging the Treasury to minimize their own spending before imposing additional taxes upon the hard-working people of our Empire; Haeseni Recovery: Sir Konstantin SHALL liaise closely with the Aulic Government of Hanseti-Ruska and the House of Commons to ensure the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska recovers quickly from the devastating Scyfling invasion by providing economic reliefs and aids to the lands most damaged and a naval initiative to rebuild the destroyed Haeseni fleet to secure our northern sea-borders; Exploration: Sir Konstantin SHALL work to establish a government-backed guild of explorers to charter lands foreign and distant to better our understanding of the world Man shall inherit, assessing threats and opportunities of the unknown both on Arcas and abroad. VOTE KONSTANTIN WICK | VOTE JOSEPHITE The Josephite Union For the Dignity of All Vote 2 Angelika Bykov Vote 3 Lukas Rakoczy ((make sure you’re registered to vote by completing the Imperial Census:))
  4. SURNAME: Wick FIRST NAME: Konstantin ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: 2 Petyr’s Passage, New Reza, Haense DATE OF BIRTH: 1750 Are you registered and eligible to vote in the Holy Orenian Empire?: Yes. Do you have any other title, peerage or military service that may conflict with becoming a Member of the House of Commons, as per the Edict of Reform (1763)?: No. If yes, do you understand that you will be required to resign or abdicate from this position should you be elected to the House of Commons, and if this does not occur your seat shall be considered to be vacant?: Yes. ((MC NAME)): Xarkly.
  5. @BenevolentManacles Christiansen-Wick sends a brief letter to the Supreme Court, enquiring into the status of the Appeal.
  6. LETTER TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE Dated this 8th Day of the Sun’s Smile, 1772 To the esteemed Terrence Johantah @McDanky and Elisabeth Ruthern @axelu, I write to you on behalf of the Defendant, Mr. de Ves, whom has elected to appoint me as his Solicitor for this matter. I write to you now in lieu of my earlier meeting with Mr. Johantah, which was regrettably adjourned when Mr. Johantah took ill and fainted. In this letter, I will endeavor to resume the dialogue I had began with Mr. Johantah regarding the withdrawal of this Subpoena. Prior to Mr. Johantah’s fainting, we had established that the entirety of this case is based on the fact that the Ministry has sought to identify the masked man who threatened to burn down Nonna’s, and claimed to have set the Galbraith estate ablaze, as the Defendant, based on the fact that the witnesses associated the masked man’s ‘body-type’ as similar to that of the Defendant. I am certain I need not waste too much time explaining to learned Solicitors such as yourselves that a similar ‘body-type’ is vastly insufficient to convict a man of such serious charges, with respect to the threshold of beyond a reasonable doubt. It is quite clear to the reasonable man that this case is without merit, and should not burden the Court. Additionally, I explained to Mr. Johantah that I have in possession sworn testimony that confirms the Defendant was not in Nonna’s at the time of the incident in question, and there exists no compelling reason with which this testimony can be disregarded. Thus, we can conclude from the Ministry’s lack of evidence other than a similar ‘body-type’ and a testimony that provides the Defendant with an alibi, this is an ill-fated case for the Ministry. Furthermore, I displayed to Mr. Johantah an unpublished Petition for Summons, calling for at least three-thousand marks in damages for the unlawful defamation the Defendant suffered when he was ‘banished’ from the city of Helena by one John Pruvia, an ISA Ensign. An Ensign, you will note, lacks the legal capacity to enforce a banishment upon the Defendant. Consequently, this banishment serves as an effective pseudo-judgment that the Defendant is guilty of the offense of arson without ever being tried before a Court of Law, and thusly has served to wrongfully defame his reputation by proclaiming him guilty without trial. The Defendant has, however, most generously agreed not to file a his Petition for Summons, and to forgive the matter, should the Ministry withdraw this Subpoena. In summation, the Ministry, on this occassion, lacks the necessary evidence to warrant a case of merit, and the Defendant has a testified alibi that clearly demonstrates he is not guilty of the crime in question, compelling lack of evidence aside. The Defendant is prepared to file a Petition for Summons that will result in costing the Imperial Government several thousand marks in damages, but has agreed not to pursue this case should the Ministry withdraw it’s insufficient Subpoena. I pray for the speedy recovery of Mr. Johantah, whose role in this case, I understand, will be reduced, and invite the Ministry to correspond with me further in this regard. As I beleive I have adequately demonstrated in this letter, there exists no reason to waste the Court’s valauble time with this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Konstantin Wick of Christiansen-Wick Solicitors, Representative of the Defendant, Arthur de Ves, 7 Silver Jubilee Fountain, Helena Office 2 Petyr’s Passage, New Reza Office
  7. CROWSLAYER’S VOW EVENTLINE: THE MOON WAS SILENT Play both of these tracks at the same time. Bralt did not know how long he spent on the tallest cliff on the bluffs of Valwyck, overlooking the frozen sea. Eventually, though, he straightened up. It was Spring, though the sea wind still carried the biting chill of winter as it whipped at Bralt, blustery and strong as it rolled off the icy ocean. It was a clear night, with an array of vivid stars and constellations bathing the land in silvery light, crowned by a full moon. More captivating than even the moon and stars, though, were the northern lights shimmering out above the ocean, swathes of blue and teal glittering like a wave in the stars. The lights of the stars, moon and aurora borealis beamed down on Bralt as he stood before a mound atop the cliff, mounted with a small rock that read ‘AKO’ in jagged, uneven writing. Bralt had dug the grave alone. He had not joined his Scyflings as they retreated from their successful raid on Valwyck, captives in hand. He did not join on their triumphant songs and jokes. He barely noticed their existence. He wasn’t really sure if anyone had expressed concern when he took off alone to build the grave of the Scyfling Shaman who had died that day in the attack. He couldn’t remember. What mattered now was that he stood on the cliff, letting the wind beat at him and the northern lights shine down, alone. Truly and utterly alone. He closed his eyes for a moment, letting the sound of the tumultuous waves smash against the cliff face far below, and the long grass sway and rustle in the bitter wind. When he opened his eyes again, he stared up at the moon. “What’s the point of this?!” he roared up. The words did not really register in his head; the words had simply come out. “What’s the point of any of this!?” He bellowed from the top of his lungs, and he already felt his throat grow strained and hoarse. Despite that, the din of the churning waves swallowed up his voice before it travelled very far. The moon, of course, was silent. The Scyflings did not worship gods like the Crows did; rather, they prayed to the forces of nature to be kind of them. They prayed to the earth for good harvests, to the skies to end droughts. The moon, Scyflings believed, was the most powerful force of them all. For without the moon, absolute darkness would claim the world at night. The belief went that the spirits of the fallen travelled to another world in the light of the moon, but Bralt did not believe that. Not really, and so nor did he believe anyone was listening to him now. “Crowslayer’s Vow, bringing peace, ending fighting … What’s the point of any of it!?” he continued. “How many others have to die to save my own people?! Even if I do succeed, how long will that last?!” The last question had begun to haunt him more and more. Even if he did bring peace for a time, if he fulfilled Crowslayer’s Vow and became king of all Scyflings … would peace only last for his lifetime? Would it even last that long? The moon was silent. Bralt stared up at it, his throat aching, with a thousand questions spinning in his head. He was not sure what he had really expected to achieve when he set out from Athera to fulfill the Crowslayer’s Vow, but he had not expected … this. He knew blood would be spilled in order to fulfill the prophecy, but he had proudly resolved that any cost in blood would be worth the result – it would be worth the salvation of the Scyfling people from their fatal culture of violence and raiding. But now that the cost was laid bare before him … the amount of men, women and children, both Crow and Scyfling, who had died so far … Abruptly, he doubled over, and began to vomit on the ground next to Ako’s grave. “Well!?” he roared up once again, throat burning now between the vomit and his yells. “We’re all just doomed to fight each other, aren’t we?! There’s no such thing as real peace! It’s not meant to be!” He clambered to his knees, glaring daggers up at the moon. “Why doesn’t it just end?! Why should anyone be forced to live through this cycle of bloodshed, over, and over, and over again?! Why should children be born and raised in this world?!” He grappled his axe, using it to clamber to his feet before he brandished it at the moon. In that moment, Bralt thought that, if he had the power, he would have killed every mortal living. Not out of hatred, or envy – but rather out of pity. Pity for the world, and those who lived upon it, so neither were condemned to this bloody cycle any longer. “Well?! Go on! Just end it! Kill us all now!” He flung his axe at the moon; it sailed up, silhoeutted by the silver light, before it dropped, plummeting down into the ocean. “Can you hear me!? God, Aspects, Spirits – anyone?!” “ANSWER ME!” Without his axe, he sank to his knees again. He did not know how long he lay there, waiting for anyone, for anything, to answer him. But the moon was silent.
  8. The Scyfling masses occupying northern Haense receive their invitation with thanks.
  9. Experience isn’t really a factor. The concern at hand that ‘good’ CRP is something incredibly subjective that it might not be entirely appropriate to enforce one person’s ideals of what is or isn’t good, so that’s not particularly convincing that the ‘right things will be taught’ because the ‘right thing’ is not really something that can be defined easily, which is why a proper definition, goal, and plans to reach that goal is something critics of this want to see.
  10. @Gusano Lauritz, my friend and partner, Thank you again for your response, and I look forward to continue our explorations into how to better construct a better, more just Empire. Firstly, while I do not propose to blame the good Mr. Galbraith or his secretary, this issue, one of precedent, cares not for how the error came about – only that the error exists, and has manifested into the precedent set by the Crown v. Corbish. Likewise, your claim that I could have remedied the issue before trial is irrespective to the larger issue here, that being the precedent set. As you will note from my original essay that called this problem into question, my focus was only ever on precedent. Not once did I seek to have the judgment questioned, or overturned. Indeed, had that been my aim, I would filed for appeal. On the contrary, I outlined that I accepted the judgment, and wished only to draw attention to the issues this precedent could pose. Therefore, I find the issues of who made the error and whether I could have corrected the error to be irrelevant to our issue – once again, it matters now how the error came about, only that it now exists. And furthermore, as a closing remark to this section, I would express some concern at the notion that the burden falls upon a private solicitor to correct and fact-check the work of the Ministry of Justice. Rather, I would strongly advocate we create a judicial environment where only true and accurate information can be cited, with no exceptions, for the purposes of legal integrity. I am glad you were prepared to dismiss the charges or order them re-filed – to have this declared obiter dicta or by judicial statement as an addendum to the judgment was my chief goal when first articulating my concerns, for, as I have rambled on at length, I believe it essential to preserve evidential integrity. I think it of crucial import to enforce the meticulous standard by which we learned men and women of the law conduct our business, and anything less, like the subpoena featured in the Crown v. Corbish, poses the risk of plunging the courtroom in a petty squabble over a simple issue that an opposing attorney should not have to concern himself with, such as incorrect information. Incidents such as these are an insult to the sanctity of the courtroom, and serve only to degrade our profession and our high standards as a whole. While I appreciate that an unconditional exertion of this precedence is unlikely, I submit that it simply should not be a question the Court should be forced to contend with at all. Rather than wasting valuable time and prolonging trials with trying to remedy the errors of a attorney for them, the Court should simply enforce the standard that no such simple, yet dangerous, errors should be tolerated in the Courtroom. It is, I think, simply not an issue the Court should deem worth its time. It should not endorse the negligent work of attorneys, and should most certainly not seek to rectify them mid-trial. This might seem like it invites bureaucratic injustice, but such is only a surface conclusion. We must look beneath that surface, and appreciate the issue here is one of integrity to our legal system, which negligent errors pose a threat to. Thank you once again for your engagement, and I look forward to continuing our debate. Your friend, Konstantin.
  11. CROWSLAYER’S VOW EVENTLINE A DREAM OF PEACE Bralt the Boar squinted through the sunlight. The golden summer sun beamed down from a deep blue sky, and the sea of amber grain around Bralt seemed to drink in that brilliant light to appear more golden than amber. Countless fields of wheat, just like the one Bralt stood in, dappled the rolling green countryside, broken by the occasional farmhouse, barn or pasture, where livestock idly grazed, bathing in the summer heat. A slow-moving river cut through the valley of farms like a glassy streak, flanked by fruit trees along its banks. Atop the hill from where the river flowed stood a keep, the Scyfling banners flying from its tower. Scyflings did not build castles, but for some reason, Bralt did not think to question. Instead, he just closed his eyes, and soaked everything in; the sun, the sounds of distant chatter and laughter from the farms, the dulcet rustle of the plentiful grain in the soft wind … “Bralt,” came Yva’s voice behind him. “Bralt!” Bralt kept his eyes closed for a moment longer. He could imagine Yva, his right-hand woman and best warchief, standing behind him in the grain field, wearing a woollen dress instead of metal armour, her hair hanging loose instead of thickly braided over her shoulder so that it did not get in the way during combat. He imagined her smiling, her eyes gleaming, instead of a stony, frozen expression. He could imagine it, just as he could imagine the summer sun, the farms, the peace. Slowly, he opened his eyes, and felt the rain dribble down his face as he stared up into a dark, stormy sky of Arcas, lit periodically by bursts of sheet lightning heralded by distant thunderclaps. “Bralt!” came Yva’s urgent call from behind him. Bralt looked back down to the burnt, bloodied ground of the forest clearing, where bodies of Scyflings and Haeseni alike lay dead or dying. His warband, when trying to cross the hills into western Haense while the Crows busied themselves with the fortress of Vasiland, had ran into unexpected resistance in the form of local farmers who had banded into a militia. Normally, that wouldn’t have been of any threat, but there seemed to be some veteran soldiers among the Crows, coordinating their defense. Whether they were soldiers sent by the Crow King, anticipating the Scyflings might move west, or veterans who had hung up their swords to farm this land, Bralt did not know, but nor did he care. They had chosen this hilltop to make their final stand against Bralt’s advance, and so they had chosen this hilltop to die. “Bralt!” Yva roared again behind him. “What are you standing there for, you dunce?! Pull back, reform the line!” As she yelled, a handful of Scyflings straggled past Bralt at Yva’s command, clutching wounds they had sustained on the hilltop. Just two dozen feet ahead of Bralt stood the Haeseni resistance, farmers and housewives peeling impaled Scyflings from their pitchforks and pikes. In their centre stood a man in a black-and-yellow gambeson, a longsword in hand. His dark hair, tied back in a ponytail, had long since grayed, and his face was lined with age. But Bralt could tell from the fellow’s cold, unfaltering eyes that he was a soldier, and a good one at that. “Turn back, pagans,” the grey-haired soldier called. He didn’t shout; his mild tone was far more chilling. “You will not pass here.” He brandished his sword, spraying Scyfling blood on its blade to the ground. Beside him, his line of farmers wore eager, hopeful smiles on their blood-splattered faces. They thought this soldier would win them the day. It took Bralt a moment to realize he alone stood halfway between the line of his reforming Scyflings further down the hill with Yva, and this old Haeseni soldier and his militia. Yva kept calling out for Bralt to retreat, to join the Scyflings lines to push again at the Haeseni militia. Bralt didn’t move, though. Did I really start dreaming during a battle? He asked himself idly as he stared up the hill at the Haeseni soldier. I shouldn’t be surprised. Just like how Yva drank her way through a keg of mead everyday to make herself keep fighting, Bralt supposed he had succumbed to a similar fantasy to convince himself to keep killing, to keep destroying. No, not a fantasy – he would make sure of that. It might only be a dream of peace now, but every fibre of his being was committed to making that dream a reality. He would fulfill Crowslayer’s Vow, the ancient Scyfling prophecy that promised peace and unity to the Scyflings if they killed their ancient enemy, the Crow King of Haense. The Haeseni soldier raised his longsword. “With me,” he said, his voice calm. “We’ll kill their leader.” His militia let out a cry, one that the soldier did not join, as they rushed down the hill towards Bralt. Bralt heard Yva call out desperately once more, but it was too late now. Tightening his grip on his two long axes, he fell into a different kind of trance. He bat aside the first pitchfork with one of his axes, before he slammed the second into the farmer’s skull. He spun, carrying his momentum to drill the spike of his first axe into the neck of the next farmer who was raising a mace to swing. Bralt kicked the second farmer, sending his corpse crashing into two women charging behind him and sending all three stumbling down the steep hill, towards the Scyflings. A pike was thrust at him from behind the fallen women, which Bralt deflected along the head of his left axe with a shrill rasp as the metals scraped together. Once the pikehead had passed, he dropped his axe and grabbed the shaft of the pike, before pulling it, and the farmer holding it, towards him. His right axe blurred into the face of the surprised pikeman, who’s head left his shoulders in a shower of blood that sprayed into the Haeseni behind him. Bralt deftly scooped his other axe back up, and charged through the curtain of blood into the remaining Haeseni, who wore looks of horror as their comrade’s head landed at their feet. A swing of each axe produced two more corpses that stumbled down the hill. Bralt parried another pikehead, and threw himself along the edge of the deflected shaft before cleaving through the pikewoman’s head. He skirted around her body, and kicked her into the shield of a farmer who had been trying to flank him, sending the farmer crashing down towards Yva’s line of spears and shields. Bralt spun around, axes ready, only to find that one Haeseni remained standing. The grey-haired soldier’s icy expression changed not a whit as they scanned the dying bodies of his militia. “You are a heathen beast,” he said, his jaw clenched as he raised his sword towards Bralt. “I am,” Bralt growled, before he surged forwards towards the soldier, both axes blurring into motion. Bralt had guessed right; this veteran soldier was good. Not like some fancy knight in a suit of metal armor, who got his skill from years of training with sparring swords behind the safety of stone walls. No, this fellow was lowborn, and an infantryman; he had earned his skull in life-and-death struggles on the battlefield. Bralt could tell all that immediately from the way that the man lightly bat at Bralt’s first swing, using the axe’s weight to cause the swing to miss. Yes, he did not duel like some of the Haeseni knights Bralt had cut down. This was no honorable exchange; this man was fighting to kill as quickly as possible. He ducked low, and Bralt narrowly avoided the swift thrust towards his midsection. He kicked out at the soldier’s legs, but he nimbly danced aside, recomposing himself as he shifted sword-forms. Bralt kept the pressure on, throwing himself at the man, one axe swinging for his throat while he held the other defensively. Again, his axe was deflected, and the Haeseni moved for a swift riposte at Bralt’s head. He brought his other axe up to defend, only for the man to suddenly drop low. It had been a feint! Bralt grunted as the man channeled his momentum to slam the pommel of his sword into Bralt’s midsection, knocking the wind out of him. He stumbled back, and tripped on the bodies of one of the farmers he had killed. As he back crashed to the bloody ground, he knew this was it. His own foolish notions had sealed his fate, to die at the hand of some nameless soldier. Had a younger Bralt known this would be how he died, he would raged, protested with every ounce of strength to endure, to fight on to fulfill the Crowslayer’s Vow, to realize his dream of peace. But now, as the soldier raised his sword blade to thrust down and execute Bralt, he just felt weary, and … oddly relieved. Relieved that this, at least, would be the end to the fighting, one way or another. Lightning flashed again; when Bralt’s eyes readjusted, he found a spear impaled through the soldier’s collar. His blade trembled in his hands as blood spluttered from his mouth, and he slowly fell. Disappointment replaced Bralt’s resigned relief. Regaining his breath, he slowly staggered to his feet on the wet, bloody ground, and turned to find Yva standing in front of the other Scyflings. It was she who had thrown the spear like a javelin. “YOU! ROTTING! IDIOT!” she howled over the distant roar of thunder. “You could have been killed!” Uncertain ripples broke out from the Scyflings behind her. The fighting was over, but they weren’t celebrating like they once would have. When Bralt didn’t answer, Yva stomped towards her. His vision blurred as she drilled a fist into his face. He staggered backwards, but he barely felt the pain, and was hardly aware of the blood that began to stream from his nose. “Luvir. Segn. Hari. Morsa. Ygr. Tyran. Veiko. Orril, Hansa, Grimryn, Morgyn, Ago, and everyone else who has died!” she spat at him. “Everyone else who followed you here almost gave their lives for nothing because you decided to fight all these Crows yourself!” Bralt said nothing again, and just breathed in heavily. Yva cursed, and stormed away back to the Scyfling line. They did not even loot the Haeseni bodies as they tiredly marched after Yva towards the top of the hill. In a way, it was a good sign; after this intense war, even the Scyflings were losing their stomach for killing. Bralt closed his eyes again, and felt the rain beat down at him. Their work was not done – not yet, but he was glad at Yva’s outburst. He was glad that the Scyflings were losing faith in him. Though he had not breathed a word of it to anyone, he was no longer convinced he could kill the Crow King, and fulfill the Crowslayer’s Vow. But that did not mean he was going to give up on his dream of peace; no, he was going to realize that even if it killed him, and it very well might. For, of course, he had a secondary plan to secure the peace of the Scyflings. It was one he had hoped was not necessary when he came to Arcas, but had come gradually convinced it would be. “Rest with the moon, Crow,” he muttered down to the corpse of the Haeseni soldier, before he climbed to the top of the hill with the rest of the Scyflings. He glanced down into the dark valley, where lights glowed in the castle of Metterden.
  12. For what it’s worth, I think you’re taking the complete wrong approach. To be perfectly frank, you don’t have the wiggle room to be spending another month working on one of the server’s most crucial forms of conflict resolution. We have known conquest has been bad for years, now. This isn’t news, and it should absolutely have not taken two + months to come to this conclusion. This server needs war rules to facilitate natural and logical conflict resolution on a large scale, and while you and your team have assumed the duty of providing that, I’ve got no choice but to truthfully point out you guys are failing in this duty - really, really badly. I understand war rules are one of the most complicated and difficult facets of server moderation – I did a stint with war management a few years back – but I can’t really have any sympathy given that there is NO form of wars, and it looks like bureaucracy and foregone conclusions are holding that back – a lack of feedback is by no means a reason to plunge us into yet another uncertain and stale period. You do NOT need feedback to tell you what wars must do, in facilitaring conflict resolution, not do you need feedback to remind you yet again that nobody wants conquest as the WC norm. The reality is you don’t have the room to spend time hashing out this perfect set of war rules. We need wars, and you need to provide a system to facilitate that as soon as possible. A provisional list of CBs, non-conquest consequences will do the trick for now as a barebones system that will give you the room to flesh out once there is actually a method of warring. Because right now, the absence of wars and the Mods continued negligence to give us a working system is unhealthy for the server. Hope you can appreciate I’m not trying to be mean or personal here, but I really think it’s time for a wake up call on wars.
  13. .... war patch is STARTING this month ?
  14. @Gusano Lauritz, my friend and partner, I thank you sincerely for your reply; I had begun to fear that the Courts had dismissed my concerns, and allowed this issue to fester within the judiciary. While I am most appreciative for your engagement, I must again express why this precedent ought to have been distinguished as obiter dicta in the judgment of the case in question. In order to continue this debate, however, we must first break down what exactly this precedent was, and the exact way in which it was articulated in the Court. While I know you have examined this in your letter, I will run through it in its entirety for the purpose of absolute clarity. In the Crown v. Corbish, the prosecutor, one Edward Galbraith, cited on his subpoena ‘2 D’Arkent Square’ as the property relevant to the many charges levied against the Defendant, whom had hired me as his counsel. As we know, the property in question was not 2 D’Arkent Square; rather, it was a private estate located a considerable distance from 2 D’Arkent Square. In fact, the property in question was not even located within the city of Helena. The judiciary must see that this, in reality, not a clerical error. It was not a spelling error, or a grammatical one. There existed little cause for a reasonable attorney to conclude that Edward Galbraith had made a mistake; there was very little cause for a reasonable attorney to conclude that Edward Galbraith had meant the private Carrington Estate outside the city rather than the cited property of 2 D’Arkent Square inside the city. We must define a clerical error as some small error that the reasonable attorney can safely conclude is an error of their own accord. It must be an error such as 2 D’Orkent Square. Yet no such criteria exists on this occasion; the error in question was not reasonably conclusive towards the correct property – it pointed to an entirely different property. No, this was no clerical error; this was incorrect information filed on a sworn subpoena. It was by sheer chance that the goodman Peridot Carrington, whom I coincidentally encountered during my first trip to Helena, offered to escort me to the actual property relevant to the charges. Were it not for this chance encounter, there is no guarantee I, or any other attorney, would have realized this mistake, and it is most unreasonable for the Court to place the burden upon attorneys to ‘guess’ when a sworn subpoena contains incorrect information. It is entirely plausible that I would have only become of this error in the courtroom, and my entire defense might have been rent. My defense would lie in tatters because of incorrect information on a sworn legal document, and the Court permitted such an error. On this occasion, it led not to disaster, but again, such was an entirely plausible outcome. Thus, the judiciary must recognize that this issue has festered beyond the scope of a mere ‘clerical error’. That is not in contention here; the true itself is much larger, that being that entirely incorrect information, the likes of which a reasonable attorney may not conclude to be an error, is permitted to be remedied in Court. While I am most agreeable that clerical errors should be permitted, that being, for example, a mispelled word that is of little consequence to the content of a subpoena or summons, but I must again outline how that is not the issue here. What the Court has actually sanctioned is incorrect information being accepted in the courtroom, and such information subject to free alteration, or manipulation, during trial without the consent nor knowledge of opposing counsel. To demonstrate, let us revisit your example of witnesses. You claim, and rightfully so, that a clerical error would not permit the alteration of a witness list from John B. Harrison to Thomas A. Rutherford. But, as I have established above, we are not dealing with a clerical error – we are not dealing with a mistake that can quickly and reasonably be solved. As the error in the subpoena was incorrect information, it pointed me to an entirely different property, a crucial error which the Court allowed to be rectified. And so, using this true scope and application of the precedent, which allows misleading and incorrect information to be cited, I could very well pull off the manipulation of witness lists that you claim to be impossible – in complete theory, that is. One would indeed hope a judge would have the sense to quash this dangerous precedent should it rear its head again. I will ask the Court to duly note that I never sought to have the Defendant irreversibly acquitted of the charges in question. Rather, I wished only to oblige the Crown to submit another, accurate subpoena to prevent this precedent from being established. As such, I am glad you speak sense about why this abuse of evidentiary power should be allowed, but you must recognize that we are not dealing with a clerical error, the likes of which can be remedied easily, but rather incorrect and misleading information. Additionally, while we are corresponding on a formal basis, another issue of the trial has struck me; why was the Crown pursuing two charges of defamation, which are not criminal charges, on behalf of a private citizen? One would indeed think that the Crown should not be representing private individuals, and, paired with the above problematic precedent, invites many a concern about the operations of the Ministry of Justice. Regardless, I am most appreciative of this dialogue with the Imperial judiciary, and hope that, together, we can continue to explore the obstacles on the path to justice together. Your friend, Konstantin.
  15. Definitely agree with the message but also strongly agree with Astrias when he underlines the importance of change in dealing with this. Not gonna repeat his spiel, but the Administration has been very complicit in building at atmosphere of frustration on this server, because the community is very slow to trust them to do their job to make this server both an enjoyable and safe place. Inactivity, the Safety Team, the Dev walkout and the reasons for it are all big reasons, and the list is pretty long. Not to rag on a nice message but this problem is definitely more nuanced than telling folk to be nice, and about addressing the deep-seethed frustrations that spurn some of this dissatisfaction.
  16. SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BREN v. O’ROURKE Drafted by Christiansen-Wick Solicitors On this 10th day of Horen’s Calling, 1771, it is forthwith agreed in the matter of Bren v. O’Rourke that: The Defendant shall pay the Plaintiff a sum of 7,500 Marks; The Defendant shall issue a public statement, in a matter satisfactory to the Plaintiff, apologizing for his claims that the Plaintiff attempted to have him killed; The Plaintiff will withdraw their Summons, attached below for ease of reference; Upon execution of this agreement and its terms in full, the Summons is thus withdrawn, and the matter CLOSED. Signed, EDMUND BREN, Plaintiff, PADRAIG O’ROURKE, Defendant.
  17. HOUSE OF COMMONS INTERIOR COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT OF HENRY FREDERICK HELVETS PRESENT -Konstantin Wick -Juan de Ponce de Lyons -Henry Frederick Helvets TRANSCRIPT Konstantin: Could you tell us, in your own words, the duties you intend to fulfill as Lord Lieutenant? Henry: As Governor General – I much prefer that nomenclature – I am tasked with the upkeep and maintenance of this province, serving as the bridge between the local population and the Imperial government at large. K: I see. And what challenges do you face in that role? H: My constituents can be most contentious when it comes to the particulars of Imperial appointees, as has been the case with the multiple garrisons that have been attempted. I will contend, however, that much of this seems to be behind us now as my people have settled to the most recent appointment. Though we are most certainly no longer in the hayday of the Golden City, we are a prideful bunch, and are proud of what we have thus far cultivated. Juan: I would like to ask you about the infamous mayoral election here in Owynsburg. What exactly happened? H: It seems the political parties espoused by the Imperial House of Commons has seeped into our local politics. The defeated incumbent mayor seemed to have alligned himself with the Everardines and threatened violence against the new Josephite mayor. The matter is being investigated by the Ministry of the Interior, so it has come out of my jurisdiction. J: Si, I understand. Are you worried that the trust in the system has been shaken? H: Indeed. Many of my own subordinates were quite displeased with the situation as a whole, but it has been quelled and we’ve not seen any further violence. J: Do you have any plans for restoring this trust? H: Keeping the current garrison functioning and pending the results of the Ministry’s investigation has thus aided greatly in restoring this trust. Additionally, new legislation is in the works to displace partisan affiliations from our government. K: I see – good answer. I believe your understanding and approach to this key issue is sufficiently indicative towards your suitability for the role, so we need not waste time with more questions. Have you any closing remarks for the House to consider? H: Bah, my wit isn’t sharp enough for this. Go with God. - HOUSE OF COMMONS INTERIOR COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT OF NIKOLAS OF REZA PRESENT -Konstantin Wick -Angelika Bykov -Nikolas of Reza TRANSCRIPT Konstantin: “Now, then. What, in your words, is a Lord-Lieutenant? Nikolas: “I… err…Ah… I believe that is all well written by his Excellency, the Archchancellor.” Nikolas: “Would vy like me to ah… elaborate?” Konstantin: “Highness, if you do not wish for this to be overheard, we can move. I do not mind myself, but it is your interview.” Konstantin: “Bearing in mind it will be read before a public body regardless ….” Nikolas: “Oh. It is a public position. I have no problem with it. I serve the people after all.” Konstantin: “Then yes. Specifically, what does this position mean to you, and how do you hope to use it?” Nikolas: “Ah. Of course.” Nikolas: “To me. It means serving both my kingdom and my Empire. We are all one people… and it is important to me to serve all of them.” Konstantin: “And what makes you the best candidate to provide this, ah … service, Highness?” Nikolas: “Ah… well. Well, I believe I am the best candidate because of my fortunate upbringing. Both my mamej and papej, King Andrik IV and Queen Maya, were scholarly folk who imparted their wisdom onto me. They saw I had the best educators in the academy, so I am vell learn.” Konstantin: “ … Of course…But do others not fit that criteria? Your kin can claim likewise, no? Why are you better suited over one of them?” Nikolas: “Vell, let me tell vy.” Nikolas: “I have accomplished many things with the Empire that my kin have not such as the settling of the old Suffonia lands and being a bridge between the settlers, Haense proper, and the Empire. It has drawn note from the Emperor and his cabinet, which I have formed a working relationship with.” Konstantin: “I see. Tell me, Highness; what difficulties do you anticipate as Lord-Lieutenant of Reza that might differ from that of Lord-Lieutenant of Owynsburg?” Nikolas: “For one, the temperature change.” Nikolas: “As vell as the long history of autonomy in Reza. Kaedrin has long been ruled directly by governors from or more related to Helena than our kings. As such, there is a disconnect which I hope to bridge.” Konstantin: “ … Ahah.” Konstantin: “And, ah, how do you propose to bridge that disconnect, Highness?” Nikolas: “Hmmm...well… communication is the first step towards building any bridge. I'm sorry… should I wait?” Konstantin: “Wait? Whatever for? Please, go on.” Nikolas: “As I vas saying… communication is the first step towards building any bridge. As Lord Lt., I vill be serving as a bridge between the leadership of Haense and the Cabinet. Such communication is how ve begin to close the gap.” Konstantin: “What do you hope to accomplish in your tenure?” Nikolas: “A lot. I began by solving the issue of dual peerage, and I hope to do so in other systems such as justice. For example, ve do not even have a courtroom in Reza, something I hope to fix.” Konstantin: “Tell me about your work with the dual peerage.” Nikolas: “It took quite a bit of reasoning with my brother to give up a right that the King of Haense has held since the fall of Johannesburg. However, ve came to the conclusion that it vas better for the stability of the Empire. An example of peaceful unity.” Konstantin: “Would you describe the position of Lord-Lieutenant as the Emperor's hand in Reza, or vice versa, or more of that as a mediator between the two?” Nikolas: “It is written that the Lord-Lt is to enforce the laws of the Empire, vhich vould mean I am his hand. However, I am also a voice of my brother, the King, which vould officially make me a mediator of sorts.” Konstantin: “Why would you say the position of Lord-Lieutenant exists? Are the Empire's laws not adequately enforced in Reza?” Nikolas: “Reza serves as a large portion of the Empire. It is hand-in-hand with Helena as they stood as the two strong bastions during the AIS coalition war. I believe the position exists not about enforcement but about cooperation between the Empire's two greatest cities. One which serves as the place of rule, and one that only seeks to be apart of it.” Konstantin: “So is that to suggest there is a lack of cooperation between the two?” Nikolas: “I certainly believe it could be stronger.” Konstantin: “I'll conclude with this, then. What would you say is the greatest issue facing Reza?” Nikolas: “The lack of legal legislation over the Northlands. Ve have Haense settlers loyal to the Crown of Haense that are under many jurisdictions. It puts strain on the feudal contract.” Konstantin: “And you propose to fix this by …?” Nikolas: “Serving as Lord-Lt which I hope to be confirmed as.” Konstantin: “More specifically? What steps do you intend to take to see this issue remedied?” Nikolas: “I have a rough outline planned, though the situation is still developing to initiate set steps. I find these solutions are often more fluid” Konstantin: “And are you able to share any of these steps or outlines today?” Nikolas: “I am not.” Konstantin: “I see. Unless Ms. Bykov has any questions of her own?” Angelika Bykov: “Hmm…Niet, I believe you covered everything, Mr. Wick.” Nikolas: “Spasibo.” Konstantin: “Very good. Any closing remarks, Highness? Anything else you want the House to know?” Nikolas: “No, I believe that is all. I believe I must report to duty soon in Johnstown. Ve have maurauders in the region, as vy may know. It is my time to serve the Empire through more than just words now.”
  18. HOUSE OF COMMONS INTERIOR COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT OF LAZLO KORSAKOV PRESENT: Konstantin Wick Juan de Ponce de Lyons Lazlo Korsakov. TRANSCRIPT Konstantin: What duties do you intend to carry out as Lord Lieutenant? Lazlo: Yam intend on protecting His Imperial Majesty's territory from outside and inside intrusion. Yam intend on ensuring fairness to those who reside here peacefully and ensure the province am sustainably managed. K: And why are you the best candidate for Lord Lieutenant? L: Yam the best candidate because I know this province like the back of my hand. Also yam the only one who can say yam have founded a working town in these hinterlands. All these other stone monstrosities with their huge halls or ornate displays sit empty. Furthermore, I hear they intend to put up more empty facades down the road. Juan: Are you satisfied with Johnstown's relations with the rest of the Empire? And if not, what will you do to improve these? L: Da, yam satisfied. We had requested some farming subsidies from one of vy fellow workers but yam not heard anything more about that. The only ones yam disappointed in is Haense, however, for they left some of us trapped in a neighbouring castle. J: Is this an isolated incident, or is the war coordination with Haense going poorly? L: Yam hope it was an isolated incident, but Haense seem eager to keep us from assisting despite them allowing a castle to be taken right on our border. K: What do you anticipate as your biggest challenge or difficulty as Lord Lieutenant? L: Yam anticipate my biggest challenge am to have Northlands recognized as more than just backwoods province. We am growing and adapting, yam think we've many people, even rivalling Kaedrin in that regard now. Furthermore, the other challenge is bringing new settlers here, for we am indeed far from the Heartlands. J: And how would you achieve this? L: Yam not sure, we haven't had many moments to figure it out recently; we’ve been very busy. K: And what would you say is the biggest issue facing your people? L: Not many. We do alright out here. That is why we’ve new residents every few Saint’s days. K: Not many, but are there any issues? L: Nothing that ought to be reported, niet. K: Any closing remarks for the House to consider? L: Niet, yam but a simple man trying the best yam can for the province and peoples. -
  19. REQUEST FOR APPEAL Submitted on behalf of the Appellant by Christiansen-Wick Solicitors THE ESTATE OF THE LATE ROBERT VYRONOV, REPRESENTED BY CHRISTIANSEN-WICK SOLICITORS, REQUESTING AN APPEAL ON THE VERDICT RULED BY THE MOST ESTEEMED TOBIAS MERENTEL IN THE TRIAL OF THE CROWN v. VYRONOV, ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS: On the basis of the facts of the case per the Judiciary Act of 1740; On the basis of a mistrial per the Judiciary Act of 1740. IN CONSIDERATION OF: On the basis of the facts of the case: The Appellant submits that the learned trial judge erred in finding the Appellant guilty; The Appellant submits that the Prosecution failed to sufficiently establish the Appellant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; The Appellant submits that each piece of evidence cited before the learned trial judge fails to conclusively establish the Appellant’s guilt; The Testimony of ‘Malo’: The witness was not present during the attack by their own admission and thus can only attest to the surrounding circumstances, which cannot be regarded as conclusive evidence that leaves no reasonable doubt; The official investigation carried out by Joren Gant: Likewise, this investigation serves no purpose other than to cast vague, circumstantial and completely inconclusive suspicion on ALL Vyronovs involved, and not just the Appellant. The Prosecution failed to pursue these suspicions to prove the Appellant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation fixates on the plausibility of bandits’ role in the death of Karl Vyronov and relies on several unreliable, misconstrued statements that serve no purpose other than questioning the bandit attack without providing any proof that the Appellant committed the crime. The report cites vague circumstances as proof that the Appellant murdered Karl Vyronov beyond a reasonable doubt, and furthermore, fails to determine to any degree why the Appellant was the culprit rather than any other kin or personnel present at the time. The Court is most assured that the Appellant had ample evidence and arguments to disregard the entirety of Joren Gant’s report, which it looks forward to articulating before the Supreme Court; While the above report and testimony, which utterly lack compelling value that the Appellant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the Court is most assured that any and all other cited evidence can be likewise dismissed as insufficient to convict the Appellant on the charge of murder. On the basis of a mistrial: The Appellant respectfully submits that the learned trial judge erred in law in stripping the Appellant of his titles. I beg to refer to CH202.02 of the Lex Criminalis, Oren Revised Code, which provides that conviction of murder constitutes a felony. I beg to refer to the CH201.043 of the Lex Criminalis, Oren Revised Code, which provides: “Felonies, of great severity, include the appropriated sentences: monetary fine up to fifty thousand mina, disbarring from public office for up to a lifetime, confinement to prison for up to a lifetime, banishment up to a lifetime, conscription up to a lifetime, designated service to faith up to a lifetime, flogging up to sixty lashes, birching up to sixty lashes, pillory up to three hours, branding by hot iron on a limb, chest, buttocks, or face, execution by hanging.” The Appellant respectfully submits that the learned trial judge erroneously acted outside his jurisdiction by stripping the Appellant of their titles, a punishment that is not mandated for a felony conviction; The Appellant acknowledges that the Crown v. Vyronov predates the Oren Revised Code, however submits that the learned trial judge still acted beyond his jurisdiction in accordance with proper law at the time; I beg to refer to Section 2.2 of the Ten Tables of the Imperial Book of Law, providing that a conviction of murder shall constitute a felony. I beg to refer to Section 1.4.3 of the Ten Tables of the Imperial Book of Law, providing: “Felonies, of great severity, include the appropriated sentences: monetary fine up to fifty thousand mina, confinement to prison for up to lifetime, designated service to state or faith up to lifetime, removal of up to an entire hand, removal of the entire bottom jaw, removal of both eyes, removal of the penis if male, removal of an entire foot, removal of both ears if elven, removal of both tusks if orcish, removal of the beard is dwarven, removal of the tail if feline, branding by hot iron on a limb, chest, buttocks, or face, execution by hanging, or execution by beheading.” The Appellant further submits that the learned trial judge erred in failing to specify the degree of the felony conviction, an act which wrongfully allows a judge far greater sentencing powers than intended by the Oren Revised Code. In light of the above, the Appellant respectfully concludes that the learned trial judge drastically violated his sentencing powers in stripping the Appellant of his titles and failing to specify the degree of the conviction. On prior appeal: The Appellant acknowledges the prior appeal of this case, but submit that this secondary appeal should be submitted in light of exceptional circumstances, those being: The Court permitted the Appellant an additional 48 Saint’s hours to resubmit the appeal, however the Appellant fell critically ill during this time, and died of his illness within this time. His deteriorating health rendered him unable to comply with the Court’s gracious grant of an additional appeal period. A representative of the late Robert Vyronov’s estate was only made aware of the potential ability to re-appeal in these circumstances after meeting Konstantin Wick. Given the above and the drastic, consequential nature of the sentencing that stands to affect those of the Appellant’s family, innocents by all accounts, for generations, the Court is asked on this occasion to consider the content of this appeal and allow it to proceed to the Supreme Court in the interests of justice. To deny this appeal would be to condone a blatant abuse of judicial sentencing powers and reduce the threshold for the heinous charge of murder to mere circumstantial suspicions, which would sow gross injustice in our legal system. IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH; Overturn the erroneous verdict of the esteemed Tobias Merentel and exonerate the late Robert Vyronov; Revocation of the judicial request that House Vyronov be stripped by the erroneous ruling and sentencing to the Appellant, that being, and subject to the consent of the crown of Hanseti-Ruska; The Barony of Rytsburg; The County of Graiswald; The Appellant does not seek the restoration of the Ducal title of Carnatia at this time. AND THEREFORE HOPES TO RESTORE JUSTICE IN THE AFOREMENTIONED PROCEDURE. YOURS HUMBLY, The Estate of the late Robert Vyronov, Represented by Konstantin Wick of Christiansen-Wick Solicitors, 7 Silver Jubilee Fountain, Helena Office 2 Petyr’s Passage, New Reza Office [[Conor#8203]]
  20. SUMMONS BREN v. O’ROURKE Submitted on behalf of the Plaintiff by Christiansen-Wick Solicitors The Plaintiff Edmund Bren, Represented by Konstantin Wick of Christiansen-Wick Solicitors, DESIRES TO SUMMON THE FOLLOWING PARTY TO COURT: Padraig O’Rourke, ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE OF LAW: “Where an individual knowingly disseminates false information about an individual, with intent to harm the reputation of that individual, in a public space or by the distribution of printed materials, this shall be defamation in the first degree, a misdemeanor.” -CH202.063, Lex Criminalis, Oren Revised Code The Defendant, the incumbent mayor of the city of Owynsburg, did declare before a crowd during the Owynsburg mayoral debate that his competitor, the Plaintiff, attempted to kill him by way of hired assassin, and offered no evidence to substantiate his claim. The Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant, in his failure to provide any evidence to substantiate his claim, deliberately articulated this false information to damage the Plaintiff’s position in the mayoral election; The Plaintiff’s business premises, a tavern, were subsequently evicted as a result of the defamatory allegation; In conclusion, the Plaintiff maintains that the Defendant’s actions damaged their position in the mayoral election and led to their loss of ownership of business premises, greatly frustrating the Plaintiff’s livelihood. Consequently, the Plaintiff is petitioning the Court for damages in the amount of 8,000 Marks and a public apology from the Defendant. Before proceeding to adjudication, the Plaintiff invites the Defendant to negotiate a potential settlement. WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE FOLLOWING PARTIES: Edmund Bren; Roland Bren; Mariana Dubois. ON THE DESIRED DATE OF: Pending discussions with the Defendant and a submission of a replying affidavit. YOURS HUMBLY, Edmund Bren, Represented by Konstantin Wick of Christiansen-Wick Solicitors, 7 Silver Jubilee Fountain, Helena Office 2 Petyr’s Passage, New Reza Office [Conor#8203]
  21. HOUSE OF COMMONS INTERIOR COMMITTEE, 1770 Mandated by the Sixteenth Imperial Diet, the Interior Committee, composed of both Josephite and Everardine Members of the House of Commons, is charged with the oversight of provincial matters, governmental relations, and assessment of candidates for interior government positions to facilitate confirmation hearings before the House of Commons. Composition: MHC Konstantin Wick, Chairman; @Xarkly MHC Karl Amador, Member; @Sander MHC Angelika Bykov, Member; @AnonymousAlexa MHC Juan de Ponce de Lyons, Member; @King of Cartography MHC Lajos Károly, Member; @CrownedLime747 Annual Agenda: To meet and assess his Highness, Prince Nikolas of Reza, to facilitate his confirmation as Lord-Lieutenant of Reza before the House of Commons; To meet and assess Lazlo Korsakov to facilitate his confirmation as Lord-Lieutenant of Johnstown before the House of Commons; To meet and assess Henry Helvets to facilitate his confirmation as Lord-Lieutenant of Owynsburg before the House of Commons; To prepare a report on the Scyfling invasion of Haense. In pursuit of this, his Highness Prince Nikolas of Reza @Eddywilson2, Lazlo Korsakov @6xdestroyer and Henry Helvets @Fishy are called to answer this summons and appear before the Committee before the next sitting of the House of Commons. Konstantin Wick, Member of the House of Commons, Chairman of the Interior Committee.
  22. Don’t push for consequence for the sake of consequence, and make it fun and natural and people will often accept consequences of their own accord. Doing an ongoing eventline in Haense in which 5 people have already PK’d.
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  24. SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT HAMPTON TEA V. THE CITY OF HELENA Drafted and executed by Christiansen-Wick Solicitors on behalf of the Plaintiff. On this 13th Day of Horen’s Calling 1770, it is forthwith agreed in the matter of HAMPTON TEA v. THE CITY OF HELENA that: The Defendant will pay the Plaintiff a sum of 3,000 Marks; The Plaintiff will withdraw their Summons, a copy of which is attached; The Plaintiff acknowledges the Defendant acted within their legal rights in evicting them from their premises at 2 Merchant Street. Upon signage and payment, the Summons is withdrawn, and the matter CLOSED. The original Summons is attached below for reference: Signed, Nadya Blackwater, on behalf of HAMPTON TEA, Philip Louis Pruvia-Albarosa, of behalf of the CITY OF HELENA.
  25. PETITIONS FOR SUMMONS HAMPTON TEA V. THE CITY OF HELENA Submitted on behalf of the Plaintiff by Christiansen-Wick Solicitors The Plaintiff HAMPTON TEA, Represented by KONSTANTIN WICK of CHRISTIANSEN-WICK SOLICITORS, DESIRES TO SUMMON THE FOLLOWING PARTY TO COURT; THE MAYOR OF HELENA, on behalf of THE CITY OF HELENA, ON THE BASIS OF THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLE(S), DOCTRINE(S), EDICT(S) OR ARTICLES OF LAW: 303.021 - Ownership is the right to enjoyment and disposal of a thing, without limitation beyond the law; 303.023 - Nobody may be deprived of ownership by another. -Oren Revised Code, CH303 ‘Property Ownership’ The Plaintiff, a company with legal personhood per Section 301.021 of the Oren Revised Code (hereafter the “ORC”) and entitled to the right of citizenship per ORC Section 301.023, submits to the Court that the Defendant did wrongfully evict them from their business premises at 2 Merchant Street. The Plaintiff does not propose to claim that the Defendant, charged with maintenance of the city of Helena, should be without the right to evict properties when necessary. Rather, the Plaintiff submits the Court ought to find that such a right should only be exercisable in reasonable circumstances - namely, illegality, failure to pay taxes, etc. Likewise, the Plaintiff does not propose to disregard the Eminent Principle; however, it is of the utmost importance that the Court behold this Principle as a general guiding principle, to guide the Court where the ORC does not legislate, subject to the specific provisions of the ORC that are worded specifically to protect the rights of the Orenian man and woman, and common reasonableness. In this instance, the Defendant invoked the Edict of the City Clerk 1768 (hereafter the “Edict”) as justification for the eviction in tandem with the assertion that the Plaintiff’s wares would be more appropriately sold by way of stall rather than shop. The Court today, however, is asked to find that the Edict and the Defendant's consequent conduct are unlawful and constitute a violation of the ORC. The illegal provision in question is as follows: Edict of the City Clerk 1768, Section III - On Unused Shops on Merchant Street: “It is the opinion of the City Clerk that while the shops in Merchant Street may have shelves filled with goods, these shops should be put to use for companies with active store clerks.” Not only does this Edict unreasonably interfere with the rights of property owners outlined in the ORC’s Lex Haraccene, but the Plaintiff was, at the time of their wrongful eviction, in compliance with this provision, which the Plaintiff has ample evidence of. Thus, not only were the Plaintiffs evicted on the grounds of an illegal provision, but they were evicted on the ground of an illegal provision that they were in compliance with. The Court is implored to recognise the supreme and binding nature of the ORC, which cannot be undermined by municipal edicts overruling it. While the newly-elected Josephite majority in the House of Commons intends to deliver a bill providing a much stronger legal framework for property rights and evictions, the Court is, at the present moment, bound by the objective wording of the ORC that can currently be applied for matters such as this. That objective wording provides and means: 303.022 - “Ownership is acquired through occupancy, by gift, testate and intestate succession, and as a result of contracts of tradition”: Under the ORC, the Plaintiff has met the criteria for ownership by way of occupancy and contract of tradition through sale. 303.021 - “Ownership is the right to enjoyment and disposal of a thing, without limitation beyond the law”: The outlined provision of the Edict constitutes an illegal intrusion to the Plaintiff’s right to their enjoyment of their lawfully-owned property. 303.023 - “Nobody may be deprived of ownership by another”: The outlined provision of the Edict constitutes a blatant and unlawful interference with this right. The Plaintiff acknowledges that this right should be subject to reasonable exceptions, such as illegality and failure to pay taxes, but that no such reasonable grounds can be found to exist in the present matrix of facts. The Plaintiff respects the need for urban administration to conduct evictions, but submits that such evictions must be done in full compliance with existing and binding law in order to ensure that the rights of Orenians are respected. A municipal edict cannot be found to overrule the ORC, as doing so would establish a catastrophic precedent whereby local mandates can overrule the supreme legal codex of our Empire. In learning from this case, it is implored that the Defendant familiarise themselves with the ORC and operate within its parameters, and are assured that the newly-elected House of Commons shall be looking at legislating this matter in greater detail. In consideration of this, the Court is urged to find that the Edict is unlawful and incompatible with the ORC. Not only that, but the illegal provision in question upon which the eviction was enacted was satisfied by the Plaintiff at the time of their eviction. In finding the Edict to be illegal, the Court must find the eviction itself to be illegal. The Plaintiff is a business that relies entirely on its shop premises to trade, through seating and liaising with customers, etc. Without their premises, the Plaintiff have been unable to go about their livelihood. Owing to the unlawful conduct of the Defendant, they have been unable to pay taxes and earn a living through no fault of their own. Consequently, the Plaintiff is today seeking damages in the amount of 4,000 mina, calculated from the value of the lost property, loss of earnings and legal costs. Before proceeding with this case, the Plaintiff invites the Defendant to negotiate a potential settlement. WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE FOLLOWING RELEVANT PARTY OR PARTIES: Nadya Blackwater, Milo Vitale. ON THE DESIRED DATE OF: Pending discussions with the Defendant. YOURS HUMBLY, KONSTANTIN WICK on behalf of HAMPTON TEA, CHRISTIANSEN-WICK SOLICITORS, 2 PETYR’S PASSAGE, NEW REZA. [[Conor#8203]]
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