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Kendryk has been enjoying his theological discussions with Father Landrus, but that time is coming to an end since he’s finally received a message from the empress, Much to his surprise, she has agreed to a public trial in neutral Isenwald and plans to make a personal appearance. Flavia is the temple official who will preside at the trial. Kendryk is discussing all of this with Gwynneth and his chief adviser, Count Faris. Some creative punctuation has occurred.
“If Flavia Maxima can’t be swayed, I don’t see how this will work to our benefit,” Kendryk said, dread welling up inside him, knowing that a guilty verdict always carried a death sentence.
“I think it will, no matter the outcome of the trial,” Gwynneth said. “In the unlikely event she finds him innocent, it will be a slap in the face to Teodora. If he’s found guilty, everyone in Kronland will be outraged and see it as a personal slight to you, so Teodora loses either way.”
“I have to confess, I’m surprised she’s coming,” Count Faris said. “Her presence will make this event far more significant than a mere theological debate.”
“She’s no doubt hoping to put me in my place in front of everyone,” Kendryk said. “And she may very well succeed.”
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