Ah, Master Surname. My lord the count much desires to speak with you regarding your time with Lord Artoirel and Lord Emmanellain. If you would remain here for a moment...
The hero returns! I cannot thank you enough for saving young Emmanellain's life. Aye, aye─he told me everything. I've also received letters from both House Dzemael and Durendaire praising your conduct─and that of House Fortemps. You've won us much honor, my friend.
What is it? Speak.
Pray forgive the intrusion, my lord, but I-I bring grave tidings Master Alphinaud and Mistress Tataru have been detained on suspicion of fomenting heresy!
They...they were observed entering a tavern in the lower levels on some half-dozen occasions. There, it is claimed, they made a number of inquiries... Inquiries which brought them into contact with certain...ahem...elements. 'Twas this which prompted a knight of the Heavens' Ward to demand that they be questioned. Ser Grinnaux, my lord...
Ser Grinnaux is a brute─an exceedingly accomplished brute, but a brute nonetheless. Alas, he is also a son of House Dzemael. How quickly we forget the petty nature of men. I'd wager your friends are no more than pawns in another of my countrymen's games. Such is the way of things between the High Houses...
Their status as wards of House Fortemps should afford them preferential treatment─for a time, at least...
Though you have won the hearts and minds of many of my countrymen, there are those who will never be swayed. Men who will dismiss your efforts and resent your successes, even as we celebrate them. 'Tis like that one such member of House Dzemael is manipulating Ser Grinnaux, for he is not a man to dabble in politics of his own volition. He may genuinely believe your friends to be guilty, though I am quite certain his masters know better. Yet the truth will avail us naught if we cannot prove their innocence. You would do well to speak with Ser Aymeric at the Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly. He will know more of these charges.
I know as little as you do of the situation, Master Surname. Ser Aymeric, however, will surely know more.
Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly
Forename! I had but this moment resolved to go and fetch you! I presume you have heard what happened, then...
That they should regard the Scions with such suspicion even after you stood with us on the Steps of Faith... It is bad comedy. Yet unlike the grave injustice you suffered in Ul'dah, this wrong may swiftly be righted.
It has been too long, Forename. Would that this visit came under happier circumstances. You are come to plead for Master Alphinaud and Mistress Tataru, I take it?
Word of their detainment reached us while I was delivering my report on the Vanu primal. Truly, I know not which is the more ludicrous─these charges or that flying feathered whale!
That Ser Grinnaux's accusations are baseless, I have no doubt. Refuting them will be difficult, however, as he is a knight of the Heavens' Ward. I speak of the personal guard of the archbishop─the twelve finest knights in all of Ishgard, sworn to serve His Eminence alone. Suffice it to say, their testimony is unimpeachable, and I have not the authority to challenge their actions.
After all the Scions have done─routing the heretics and defeating Shiva, helping us to defend the Steps of Faith and drive back the Dravanian Horde─after proving themselves true allies on countless occasions, is there naught we can do!?
I fear there is but one path left to us...
We must demand a trial by combat.
But of course!
In a trial by combat sanctioned by the inquisition, the victor's claim is judged true regardless of the petitioner's standing!
Under Ishgardian law, a trial by combat pits the accuser against the accused. In this instance, Master Alphinaud and Mistress Tataru would be expected to face Ser Grinnaux and a second of his choosing─another knight of the Heavens' Ward, most like.
Two of them!? By the Fury, that can hardly be considered fair...
Master Alphinaud's magical talents will not have gone unnoticed, meaning that he will have no choice but to participate. Mistress Tataru, on the other hand, is quite obviously bereft of martial skill, and should be afforded the right to name a champion to fight in her stead.
Lest you doubt, I am ready and willing to serve in this capacity, as I am sure is Lord Haurchefant...but all here present know that you are the most accomplished warrior among us, and mayhap in the realm at large...
Then it is settled! I will visit Master Alphinaud at once, and inform him of our intentions. Forename─meet me at the Tribunal when you have made ready. Until then, my friend!
The trial will be held at the Supreme Sacred Tribunal of Halonic Inquisitory Doctrine. I will be in attendance, as will many others with a vested interest in the outcome. Stint not in your preparations, my friend. The knights of the Heavens' Ward will provide a stern test for even one such as you.
Listen carefully, Forename. When the trial begins, the petitioner will be asked to restate his charges, and the accused invited to respond. Then, in accordance with the law, they will be asked to restate their request for a trial by combat. Once the high adjudicator acknowledges Mistress Tataru's right to name a champion, that is when you must make your entrance! Ohhh, I cannot wait to see the look on Ser Grinnaux's face when he sees his true opponent! 'Twill be priceless! More seriously...should you begin to lose heart, look to me in the stands, and I shall cheer so loud, you will wonder how you could ever have contrived to doubt yourself! Now, are you ready?
Supreme Sacred Tribunal of Halonic Inquisitory Doctrine
We are gathered here today, under the watchful gaze of the Fury, to ascertain the guilt of two souls in a trial by combat! Petitioners, step forward! Ser Grinnaux─for the benefit of all here present, I would ask you to repeat the charges which you have leveled against this man and this woman.
I, Ser Grinnaux de Dzemael, brother of the Heavens' Ward, did bear witness to these two foreigners consorting with heretics!
Let the accused step forward! Alphinaud Leveilleur, Tataru Taru─you have heard the charges leveled against you. Will you take up arms to refute Ser Grinnaux's claim and thereby prove your innocence in the eyes of gods and men?
I, Alphinaud Leveilleur, am innocent of this charge, and claim my right to trial by combat!
I, Tataru Taru, am innocent of this charge... But I am no warrior, and cannot fight, so I claim the right to name a champion!
To the old and the infirm, the young and the weak, this right we allow. Very well. Who will stand for this woman?
Just as I was beginning to doubt the efficacy of the Ishgardian justice system! Come, my friend─let us put an end to this mummer's farce!
O Halone, render unto us Your judgment! Raise up the righteous, and cast down the wicked!
I shall do what I can to support you, Forename! Now, let us teach these noble sers the folly of bearing false witness!
Well, well, who do we have here? This one is mine, Ser Grinnaux. Go and play with the boy.
Hmph. Bloody waste of... Come on, then! You wanted this, remember!?
I've had enough of your tricks!
Forename! Alphinaud's in trouble!
Ha! A fine champion you are!
You have been indulged enough, heathen swine!
Forename, Alphinaud! Look out!
Th-They... I mean, WE WON!
The Fury has spoken! Alphinaud Leveilleur, Tataru Taru─you are hereby acquitted of all charges. Blessed are we who receive of Her wisdom and see justice wrought by Her divine hand! Petitioners, accused─go forth in peace!
Delivered from an untimely demise yet again. My thanks...as always.
By the Fury, what a splendid victory! To see how you strove in the face of adversity─two brave young souls bound together by the puissant bonds of camaraderie...! Why, it stirred me to the very depths of my soul! Having been treated to such a rousing spectacle, it seems only right that I present you with a humble token of mine admiration. Pray receive of me this chocobo whistle. With it, you may summon a black chocobo─fully trained and ready to fly! Magnificent, is she not? Strong yet sleek, elegant yet eager! What say you, <forename>─will you take her for your steed?
Lord Haurchefant! Chocobos are prohibited in the Supreme Sacred Tribunal of Halonic Inquisitory Doctrine! Your steed must remain outside!