Majetag, 21st day of Fleurgreen, 432 AC
First Watch falling 10
Eye in the Crowd – Is Death too Harsh?
by JOSHUASIGEP44, Staff Writer
Palanthas - Emotions are running high in Palanthas as the trial of Sir Weerin Poiti got under way last Palast. Sir Weerin Poiti, the Dark Knight commander of the port authority during the Dark Knight's occupation stands accused of a laundry list of war crimes. The most heinous of those accusations is the murder of innocent civilians. While all this is fairly straight forward a few bumps in the road are not unexpected.
Protestors and sympathizers from both sides are out in force. A contingent of Solamnic Knights, under the command of Marshal of the Sword Sir Gavin diQain have been stationed at the Palanthas Courthouse to quell any would be rioters. This trail is only the first of 35 War Crime trails to come. All of the 35 accused were captured after the occupation of the city ended, and have been held in the custody of the Solamnic Knights here in the cityhome.
While a guilty verdict is almost a forgone conclusion the law must be held. The task of litigating the case falls to Chief Prosecutor, Sir Tristyn Uphammer. Uphammer is asking that the accused by punished to the full extent of the law. In regards to this case the full extent of the law means that if Sir Weerin Poiti is ultimately found guilty he will be summarily put to death. This begs the question...
What do you believe to be a justified punishment for Sir Weerin Poiti?
Davis Jotuh, a university student among the protestors at the trail had this to say.
"I understand his guilt, I do, but I don't support the death penalty in any case. I lost family members during the Dark Knights occupation so I too feel the need for vengeance, but death is not the answer. Who are we to deal out death and judgment? In the end, if he dies at our hands, we are no better the Dark Knights themselves. I would much rather know that this Poiti is rotting away in some cell than give him the quick release of death. It's not popular I know, but it is my opinion."
Franklin Kegmot, Palanthas dock hand, curtly stated the following
"I say hang the rotten' filthy rodent. Abyss be damned, I'd tie the noose if they'd let me!"
Hugo Farha, city gatekeeper, happily shared his sentiments.
"I agree with the death penalty. I think a public beheading would do wonders for the city. Lets people know that there are consequences and repercussions for criminal activity. What I don't understand is why the courts are making a public display of the trial. All that does is attract negative attention, and we don't need that. More protestors on ever corner than you can shake a stick at. In addition to that someone is sure to attempt a rescue mission. I just wish it would have been handled a little more discretely. That's all."