What exactly was the Nucklavee, and how did you slay it?
The Nucklavee is a creature from Ishgardian legend. Odah described it to our reporter as "an ancient voidsent. It was terrible and wroth. A half horse half man creature, like a centaur but far, far worse." It turned out, however, that the creature plaguing Western Coerthas was not in fact the real Nucklavee, but a colony of smaller creatures, probably voidsent themselves, that had taken on its shape. The nature of these creatures was even more sinister than the Nucklavee of legend. Odah describes them as "worm-like creatures" with various malignant abilities, including the power to hide from sight and bestow a powerful curse with their bite, turning any food the victim tried to eat into ash. In the shape of the Nucklavee, they had repeatedly attacked Ishgardian settlements and corrupted food supplies. Says Odah, "Ishgard believed the beast left behind a poisonous mist. In fact, it was these worms."
The disposal of these beings was not easy. Odah hired a group of adventurers to aid her, including the Free Company known as the Outriders and some Vath from Dravania. After a period of intensive research, the group determined that a gaseous repellent could make the creatures visible and that they would always transport themselves to one of their own who came under attack. Using this knowledge, Odah's company lured all of the creatures to a frozen lake, where a team of Vath doused them in repellant. Others then dropped explosives on them from an airship. Any remains were soon permanently frozen in the lake. None of this was achieved without a serious fight, with many falling under the monstrous worms' curse. Among the casualties was Ser Venessiel, one of the Temple Knights investigating Odah for heresy, who had decided to aid in the fight. This did not prevent her from promptly arresting Odah after victory was assured.
Why did the Temple Knights get involved?
According to Odah, the Temple Knights started to take an interest in the campaign when their research into the Nucklavee led them to acquire a copy of the Maleficarum, an encoded magical tome from Sharlayan's Gubal Library. The book was considered to be heretical by the Halonic Church. Odah says that the knights Sers Venessiel and Wulfram attacked her and attempted to take the volume. Venessiel was the knight who brought the charges against Odah, and Wulfram was mentioned at the trial many times by Odah's advocates, who sought to question his character. While the Knights claimed that Odah used unknown magicks to defend herself, Odah says that this was purely fictional and what happened was that her adventurer allies arrived and fended off the knights. However, she also claims to have no memories of the incident.
Regarding the charge of kidnapping Ser Venessiel, Odah's story is no less confusing than the one heard at the trial. "After I did not use foul magic to protect myself, I was defeated as well. Quite severely. With a spear. By a Vath friend. Who did very good. And, I woke up in the Outriders HQ medical bay, handcuffed to a wall. A few days later, we found Lady Venessiel. Handcuffed to my bed. Let me clarify: I absolutely was unconscious, and, have no idea what happened to the knights after I was knocked out."
With all of this, Odah's defense was reasonably weak, since some of the charges were undeniable or lacking in evidence that could easily refute them. It seems that Odah's defense team were well aware of the weakness of her case and were fully prepared for a trial by combat as an alternative.