I'm not sure Inexorable Search would work in this case, but a variant will suffice. As it's a ritual I'll just assume there was one on a Casting Tablet in the covenant. Anyone care to design the spell?
the maga emerged from the tribunal chambers? - TRUE
at that point and until her death they were alone ?- She joined Cedric at some point after she left the Chamber - he was in the storehouse with the beer. Her apprentice was skulking about behind her.
she attacked him verbally without provocation (what did she say?) - She said terrible thinks about his master Gallius, his parents, and his private parts and taste in pigs.
she attacked him magically without provocation (what was the "attack" and how did he know he was being "attacked")? - he was filled with anger as her first spell failed, and her second spell caused him to feel terrible pain.
he reciprocated by stabbing her (did she bleed?) - he stabbed her repeatedly, and then she fell over as her apprentice came running in. He is confused what happened next, but recall trying to revive her in the beer.
he then briefly submerged her in the ale, a heartbeat or two (when you want to splash someone, it's just a quick plunge)?. -- he is not sure, he was panicking, and tha apprentice was shouting and waving her arms about and carrying on...
The corpse seems to be elderly and of the right age for Rhiannon. No fatal afflictions can be detected.
The apprentice appears terrified, and argues that if she is interrogated she will inadvertently reveal secrets of RHinannon (no longer relevant) but also other maga who belong to Rhiannon's esoteric mystery cult, and as such she refuses to participate. She denies being Rhiannon with a sharp outcry of "Rhiannon is dead, Fool!" and states that Rhiannon came to Tribunal in fear of her life from that fiend Gallius, "who has long persecuted her for no reason!"
Rhiannon refuses absolutely to hand over an Arcane Connection, or participate further in the investigation. She turns to walk out of the Tribunal.
So, Day 1 is up. I could explain what is going on, but better let you people decide; but who should be tried, on what charges? And then we should vote really on outcomes. If you wish to investigate further and time permits I shall answer tomorrow, but I'm going to put up Day 2's case in a little while. Hope you have enjoyed The Case of the Murderous Grog? Hopefully it can be adapted for use as a mini scenario or Story Seed in some folk's games.
Also If like to ask David Chart if magi are legally accountable for their shield grogs actions?
is that an admission of her true identity then? Or a claim of being Rhiannon at least? If not, we weren't asking we were ordering the piece of unclaimed hermetic property to submit to our investigation. Does she resist? She doesn't need both feet to answer questions.
Hmm... should this be called "the case of the murdering apprentice"?
As has been pointed out, since Alyssa is not a magus, nor is the servant of a magus, InMe spells should be used to pry out whatever she remembers of the scene in which her mater was killed. This would not violate the proscriptions against scrying, since the only parties present at the time appear to have been Rhiannon (now dead), a grog, and Alyssa herself -- so no risks to Rhiannon's fellow mystae.
Furthermore, if she does not submit to rigorous interrogation and still deny being Rhiannon, as an apprentice she can be destroyed on the spot for illegally knowing Parma Magica. It would not be depriving a magus of his magical property, since she claims that Rhiannon is dead. If she admits (or is found through investigative spells) to be Rhiannon, then she has attempted to deprive Gallius of his magic by submitting him to an uncalled for Wizard's March. If she cooperate, she may avoid being Marched herself.
Rhombia may also being investigated for complicity to deprive a magus of his magical power. She was very quick in calling for Gallius to be Marched, suspisciously so. If she is found guilty, a relatively severe penalty, such as the loss of an apprentice, familiar or talisman, may be called for. I would advise her to cooperate fully and submit to InMe verification of her innocence.
Such attempted entrapment of a member of the Order, by trying to manipulate Tribunal, is contemptible and calls for severe punishment.
First off. Kudos on this excellent idea and a very interesting read. Really enjoying it.
Secondly, about the case.
Seize the apprentice. Explain to her the options.
Claim identity as a known magus of the order (including the slain magus) and suffer the wrath of the tribunal for trying to mislead them.
Claim identity as the apprentice of the murdered Magi and have the true details ripped from her head by magic until everything is learnt, then be destroyed (unless some REALLY good extenuating circumstances are revealed) for knowing the Parma while not being a magus.
claim identity as some other being and suffer the wrath of the tribunal for trying to mislead them.
Either way the apprentice is clearly in a whole world of hurt. She is currently under sentence of death for knowing Parma without being a magus and will need to be as open as possible if she wants any chance of surviving the tribunal.
I second the other's suggestions - seize Alyssa! One way or another, she's going down.
I would note that her Parma might be due to some other magus' skill, so that I would not consider it clear evidence that she has the skill and is to be destroyed (if she is still Alyssa). However, in that case she still needs to be stopped and investigated magically, and her Magic Resistance would, I am sure, not be able to stop the resident Hoplites from gleefully discharging this duty for the gathered tribunal.
Hearing that Rhiannon was part of a mystery cult and a powerful Mentem maga adds credibility to Noliar's idea that Alyssa could really be Rhiannon, in mind if not in body.
If so, the crime is entirely different - there is no murder, but only an attack aimed at Gallius and an attempt to mislead the Tribunal.
Does anyone want to claim a slightly battered, orphaned apprentice ? I know a Tytalus magus or two who wouldn't mind shaping her into a proper maga...
Rhiannon made her apprentice impersonate her at tribunal. Later she killed her apprentice (or made Cedric kill her apprentice) and made the arrangements to make it appear as if Cedric had killed Rhiannon. It is quite telling that the apprentice, supposedly an almost gauntleted character could not stop a grog from killing her mater easily. There are a few low level spells that are easily sponted that could achieve that result. Rhiannon, impersonating his apprentice had plans to start anew under the guise of a new maga, charging her old enemies with murder while doing so. It seems it backfired.
A few spells cast on the apprentice should show the truth of the story since she is present during the whole scene in any case.
Nice story in any case. More of a murder mystery than a law tribunal case, but really cool.
The spell cast on Cedric was, according to the divination, a Rego Mentem spell of the 3rd magnitude, cast by Rhiannon.
I guess it's a Voice, Conc (or Diam) spell using the Level 4 guideline "Control the target's mental state (e.g. confused)".
Thus, Cedric's testimony should not be considered trustworthy.