The mood towards Dominic Swift seems to have shifted suddenly, as pleb and blueblood alike regale the tale of the stocky, blonde warrior dragging in the sweating hunk of flesh that is the nuisance Cyricist Inquisitor Marchetti.
Some suggest that the Blueblood Montfaucon threw a pie in the Inquisitor's face, while others say it was the head of a local gang member.
All seem to laugh at how the man kicked his heels in a tantrum when he was thrown into the cells, and express some disappointment and complaint that his release was paid for so quickly, without him first being forced to scrub bedpans and shine shoes.
How to request a bounty
Write a letter to the Palace Clerks
State the crimes
State the proof of the crimes, keep it short
Provide a bounty poster following this format
WANTED FOR XXX
To be brought alive (DEAD is only permitted with FD approval from a DM) before the Councils of Arabel, People's Palace, King's Plaza, Arabel
The prestige loot (Hat) cannot be turned in for the 50% return of prestige points. It looks very wonky on my head model, but when I placed it i nthe chest, it merely stated that there was one item they would not accept.
The Churches of Lathander and Cyric have announced a holy war
The situation is complex. Neither party is without fault, with the Cyricists actively seeking to create discord within the Kingdom and threatening the populace by withdrawing their services, and the Lathanderites fueling the conflict through their heresy.
While we made numerous attempts to apprehend the Cyricists prior to the proclamation of war, I recognise that these failed both due to the lack of tactical approach and limited evidence to support our actions. Failure to take quick and sufficient action means the situation has escalated to one in which Crown Guard individuals have less control given the religious nature of this conflict, the complex political interactions, the size of the opposing forces, as well as our own limited resources.
The background papers have further information about events, if required.
I propose we maintain a position of public neutrality and mininal interference in the interim
The Crown Guard, as an extension of the Crown itself, has several options to consider in deciding their immediate role in this conflict:
Remain publicly neutral, use minimal force to restore order and security (status quo, recommended in interim)
Remain publicly neutral, use maximum force to end the conflict and stabilise the region
Publicly support the House of the Morning, and by extension, the Bishopric of Eveningstar
Publicly support the Church of Cyric.
The options outlined here are the product of an initial assessment will evolve as the conflict progresses, with any decision reviewed as required.
Publicly neutral ie no support for either faction, maintain open communication with both factions, establish perimeter to contain conflict, regulate rules of conflict, protect non-combatants and private property, use force where risk of escalation beyond perimeter
Religious conflict vs our role as secular organisation, duty to maintain order and security regardless of faith, complex situation requiring more strategic approach, limited resources to use more force
Opposing factions gain political power and territory, benefits Cyricists who support this position, lose opportunity for CG to gain prestige, lose relationship with both parties, reputational risk with general populace
Use as interim measure (not long-term position, see other options), deal with proxies (eg mercenaries) to gain prestige
Publicly neutral, use Kingdom forces to quickly override both factions and restore regional stability
Gain prestige, restore reputation, reduce opponent's political power, gain power in territories
Limited resources and tactical expertise, interfering in religious matters risks fallout with faithful
Use as final resort when factions have weakened each other
Publicly announce support for House of the Morning, lend resources to faction, withhold resources from Cyricists, publicly condemn Cyricists and punish them for misdeeds and failure of duty
Eveningstar is established sub-state, expect our support, good allies generally more trustworthy than evil ones, popular among people
Propogate heresy, lost first conflict, gives Bishopric greater power
Negotiate for greater power in Bishopric
Publicly announce support for Church of Cyric, lend resources to faction, withhold resources from Lathanderites, publicly condemn Lathanderites and punish them for heresies
Responsible for rites of death, relied upon by populace, won first conflict, demonstrated power
Untrustworthy, seek to undermine Crown's authority, linked to suspicious characters, likely linked to Tilverton's ambitions
Negotiate for greater power (what, where? Still unclear)
Sub-options include covertly supporting one faction over the other (eg with information, funding) despite public neutrality, or lending aid depending on circumstances and offers given in turn.
Option 1 is most suitable for our current circumstances, and my own capabilities. I do not have the capacity alone to carry out this action, and therefore seek the following support from superiors:
Re-station Guards (Crown and/or Militia) to the western and northern outskirts, to manage any outspill of conflict. A group of 4-5 is recommended, including 2 scouts
Expediate requests for bounties or funding where this supports our role (eg, rewarding contractors)
Provide advice on strategic and political issues as they arise, and respond quickly where I escalate issues.
I will also aim to achieve the following on my own:
Maintain open communication with factions and assert our right to passage through conflict areas without interference
Support or contract adventurers and mercenaries to investigate and gather intel, deal with issues on the periphery, and protect citizens and private property
Promote permanent recruitment to the Guard, including among the plebs.
I also suggest that any of the Crown Guard who wish to join either side are choosing faith over duty to kingdom, and must remove their uniform.
//I don't know how audacious this is but thought I would give it a shot given my limited playtime.
Unfortunately I cannot speak Elven, You can of course negioate with the elves on their posters though I doubt they actually control the Hullack, Being a great druid means he stewards part of it nothing more.
I know he has no love for the necromancers so having the fellowship cause them problems benefits us
It is unfortunate we were not able to deal with this before it escalated to such a public farce.
Now, we should draw a line around the arena. Publicly maintain our neutrality in our duty to the Kingdom. Don't get involved in a holy war, let the zealots destroy each other. If they cross that line, harm the greater Kingdom, we cut them down no matter what side.
Quietly continue working to bring down those agents of chaos. Patrol the roads, destroy the undead, rescue farmers and damsels in distress.
So to be clear, your main evidence is the word of a criminal druid? One that claims this Elrinde was fighting alongside him?
I don't much like these Cyricists, mind you, but it seems to me that even if this is true the only casualty is a woman who was aiding a known criminal with an actual bounty, and if anything these Cyricists are doing more about this spider freak than anyone else has thus far.
Capture this Seaharice and bring him in so we can question him more directly before bringing him the crowns justice. If he truly is telling the truth he would come in willingly would he not?
While the Count may not approve, consider that Eveningstar has their own lawbook. In cooperation the Order it may be possible to pass a harsher judgement on these Cyricists, so long as it is done on their lands. As of course, I sincerely doubt the Church of Lathander will be bothered by any of the Cyricist's legal protection.
The Precept Arcanum has examined the sword Fiendsbane and found it to be a threat to... fiends. Shocking, considering its name, yes? It is not a threat, beyond any other sword is a threat, to the common citizen.
The Precept guides and protects. The Precept is mother.
It seems the church of Cyric puts some worth in this 'Marchetti.' He has been recognized as an official clergyman and thus under the protection of their church. This alone does not excuse him, however a knight of their organisation arrived to pay his fine and offer some conditions which will not be publicly discussed here.
While I am not exactly pleased with this arrangement, it is done.
However I will impress upon you that this decision does not come from a soft hand. If this Marchetti breaks the law again I want him flayed in the town square for all to see, if not his head on a pike.
P.S. Dominic, well done on capturing the brigand to begin with. Even if it was done somewhat prematurely. In addition, you should submit the paperwork for a promotion, you've been running around as a grunt for far too long.