Day 2 of Moot business. Maketa Seenaë Dyren begins her day by visiting the shrine to Mendez in the temple and performing a ritual to increase her piety. While she is kneeling, she notices that the area is somewhat dusty, so she cleans it when she is done. At Nonce, a bell rings to summon all to the next moot session.
Clemens of Desforia calls everyone to order. Juld Lazcaver, his wife Lady Riala and his son Tristant Lazcaver of Vima step forward. Tristan is the one who murdered Master Thomas at the Summer Fair in Selvos. He asks to have the stain of his sin washed away from his name. However, Sir Syman of Tolfane categorically refuses. There is much argument over what is to be done. Lady Riala steps forward to speak, and Clemens and the guards call for order. She requests that her son’s petition be granted; the Chabla still refuses, and the lady challenges him for her son’s honor. Nina asks to speak, and goes to Clemens; she proposes a solution, that Prince Anaflas Milaka claims Tristan as his own. The prince convinces the Chabla to agree. Tristan will become the prince’s stewart, and upon his death his child will become a knight. The second child of Tristan and his wife will be adopted by Sir Juld and Lady Riala as their inheritor. The prince calls for a lunch break. Nina collects the party and brings them to the prince’s antechamber.
The prince is seated at the table with Master Clemens, and asks him to tell the party his story. It turns out that Clemens is a Reloquin (sp?) and works with the motley fool, his brother in that order. He explains who and what Reloquins are, and what they believe; he then tells the tale of Lady Riala, and how she opened the gates of Selvos for the invading Laranians. Clemens was the one who convinced her to take that path. After eating, the prince leaves, and Clemens tells the party of the possible political ramifications of what happened – possible outcomes of the Rethemi ambassadors being sent to Kanday. He advises us what we should be looking for.
After lunch, the Reloquin begins juggling in front of the prince’s chair; he calls the moot to order, just before Clemens himself does. The prince asks if anyone has business against the earls, the prince or the king. No one speaks. After a time, he states he will be in his office where anyone can speak with him privately; they can also speak with the Chable or the bishops if they choose. They have until sunset to do so.
Seenaë goes to see Lady Miara Korades to ask her what an appropriate gift for young Yuri will be. She suggests a soldier doll, and Seenaë goes shopping. She finds a doll dressed in Laranian colors for Yuri, and for her father and brother she buys a bottle of Lady’s Kiss. She goes back to the keep to bathe, then dresses for dinner. While in line for the baths, she hears two knights planning a raid across the border, discussing casualties and the use of a boatman no-one cares about. She pays special attention to bring this information to Master Clemens.
Dinner is exceedingly fancy, and most excellent. The entertainment that night is a demonstration of swordwork from the Banner of Honor. Once they are done, the Halean dancers come out. Seenaë speaks with Master Clemens about what she heard earlier at the baths; since she does not know the names of the knights involved, she will point them out to Clemens if she sees them again. The party notices that Sir Reynald Milaka is not present this evening. Seenaë spends some time speaking with Sir Gressan, the knight she had met previously. Nina gathers up the party and tells them that there are two Rethemi envoys presently in the Grotto.
Later, Sir Tirn spends a night in meditation in the Grotto to gain insight into the difficulties awaiting them.