Throughout the first two days of the Tribunal (when there's not other business being discussed when the meeting is officially in session), there is a buzz over what looks to be this cycle's Big Pressing Issue. The matter of Faileas and Duncan. It seems to be common knowledge that the former apprentice (Duncan, for those keeping score) is definitely a diabolist, having turned to the Dark Arts to push his magical knowledge beyond what should be possible for a "mere apprentice", even one with an obsessive and insane master.
Speculation on what happened to Duncan and why no one's been able to find a trace of him runs wild. Some say he's hidden in a Regio somewhere, some say that he's using his Dark Arts to obfuscate his whereabouts (since demons are masters of deception, it only stands to reason), some say that there never was a Duncan, that he was simply a demon all along sent to damn Faileas and corrupt the Order from within, some say that Faileas freed himself from whatever prison Duncan had put him in and killed his former apprentice (as the Code demands), but has gone into hiding or taken his own life out of shame of what happened.
The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Duncan must die, if he hasn't already.
Late morning of the third day, Guiseppe del Mato of Flambeau rises. [color=red]"My sodales, there is a man, though I am loathe to use that word, who was hand-picked by one of our oldest and most esteemed colleagues, Faileas of Criamon, to join our Order in the due course of time, and who would be trusted with, not only the secrets of his great House but those of the Order of Hermes. For reasons of his own, he decided instead to pursue his own nefarious goals, in so doing made his own soul forfeit and imperiled the souls of each and every one of us. This is intolerable.
I accuse Duncan, the apprentice of Faileas, of diabolism, and demand that the Tribunal sentence him to death immediately! With your permission, Quaesitor, I would prosecute this charge myself."
Whitburh stands. [color=red]"You may prosecute this charge, sodalis, and I know that you will do so in the interests of the Order and to the best of your ability."
She then looks around the hall. [color=red]"Duncan, apprentice of Faileas of Criamon, you stand accused of diabolism. Are you present to present your defense?"
After a long, dramatic pause, she looks in the general direction of Insula Canaria's table. [color=red]"It seems that the accused is not here. Are there any among us who would act as defense principle in his stead?"