The prosecution was not required to make a presentation of their case, but were able to present replies to the defense's arguments at the discretion of the Inquisitor. Thus the trial began with Odah's representatives pleading in her favor. The defense denied the charges of foul magicks, kidnapping and heresy, but admitted one: an assault on a Temple Knight, thereby obstructing an investigation of heresy.
The heresy charge:
This revolved around Odah's possession of a book from the Sharlayan Gubal Library, known as the Maleficarum. The defense argued that this book was necessary for information about the beast they were commission to hunt, and that possession of it did not constitute heresy. The book was surrendered into the possession of the court.
The assault and obstruction charge:
Ser Venessiel of the prosecution and her fellow knight Ser Wulfram had attempted to investigate the possession of the tome in question. A fight broke out between the knights and Odah, who had supposedly refused to cooperate. Much of the discussion in the courtroom revolved around whether the knights realized the Odah was mute. Ser Venessiel claimed that she had in fact heard the defendant speak on one occasion, while the defense argued that she could not speak and had been afraid for her life when the knights took her silence as resistance.
The foul magicks charge:
Odah stood accused of using some unknown mind dominating magick to force Ser Venessiel to submit. The defense did not directly rebut this claim.
The kidnapping charge:
This part of the case was especially confusing. It seems that Ser Venessiel and perhaps Odah herself had been taken to a certain house. Most of the discussion involve the defense casting aspersions upon Ser Wulfram, though nothing was concluded here. Inquisitor du Papillonoux took offense to what he took to be the unwarranted slander of a son of Ishgard.
Though the argument seemed far from over, the Inquisitor had heard enough and was about to render judgement upon Odah and her companions as well when he was interrupted by the entrance of Ser Ramona Zale, Knight of House Haillenarte. Ser Zale reminded the Inquisitor of the new role of Parliament in upholding Ishgard's laws, and the importance of fairness to citizens of other states given Ishgard's resumed membership in the Eorzean Alliance. As a result, the Inquisitor decided to refrain from summary judgement of Odah's companions, though he did not change his judgement regarding Odah. However, during this time the defense was able to deliberate and change their approach, instead asking for a trial by combat.
Trial by combat
The Inquisitor agreed to the trial by combat, but insisted that the defense fight three Temple Knights at once to win Odah's freedom. In the end, the defense chose Ryuka Yumitori, Avex Shouvome and Talan Yeager. The prosecution chose Ser Venessiel and two more knights Ser Talon and Ser Vaillan. A fierce battle ensued, with Yumitori quickly subduing Ser Venessiel and joining her comrades against the other two knights. Though this was not against the rules, protests could be heard from some Ishgardians in the audience. Yeager was defeated, but his comrades went to win the battle, and the Inquisitor acquitted Odah of all charges.
In the next issue, the Crystal Chronicle will be following up with O'byahta Odah to learn more about her story and her efforts as an adventurer on behalf of Ishgard.