We return to Pembroke to find it ravaged. Fortunately the adventurer’s district has been left unharmed; we head to the Well-Travelled Road to find out what happened.
Barkeep: “The giants broke straight through the northern wall and headed to the tower, killing anyone they saw along the way. I watched them surround the tower, then spend a good hour trying to topple it. But nothing happened; they swung their fists and clubs, then the smart ones tried to rip the tower out of the ground. But the tower still stood with not even a scratch. Then they all gave up and went home. It was the strangest thing I ever saw.”
Aust: “They didn’t just ‘give up’; hill giants aren’t smart enough for that. They went to get more muscle. Reinforcements. They’ll be back.”
Iggy: “So do we just wait here until they come back or what?”
Guy: “Giants shouldn’t be hard to track. We should follow them and find out where they came from and who sent them.”
After hearing of the aftermath of the giant attack Iggy, Wu-Lan, and Guy go to confront the Council.
Iggy: “I hereby call a special session of the Court of Pembroke. Councilmembers Donning and Oswold have cosponsored a redress of grievances against Councilmembers Connery, Gainsbrook and Tallmast.”
Councilman Connery: “What nonsense is this?”
Councilwoman Donning: "We have obtained letters you wrote to Marcos Tallmast and Raven Gainsbrook indicating that Ignatius’ social policies were a threat to the magocracy (sic) and that he must be stopped by any means necessary. Councilman Oswold, would you read the letter please?
Oswold reads the letter. Gainsbrook and Tallmast blanch while Connery grows furious.
Connery: “And what does that letter prove? I have committed no crime.”
Iggy: "It is common knowledge that I was attacked twice, once while walking on South Main Street in broad daylight, and once while in my office. I was also poisoned, but luckily the Mages’ Guild supplied me with a dose of universal antitoxin. This letter is undeniable proof that the three of you were responsible for these assassination attempts.
“I call a vote. Those in favor of charging Councilmembers Connery, Gainsbrook and Tallmast with my attempted murder, say aye.”
Ignatius’ and three other voices are heard, the other being Kerrick Brownstone.
Iggy: “And the nays?”
Connery, Gainsbrook and Tallmast all shout.
Donning: “Then they ayes have it.”
Iggy: "Furthermore, as a result of these attacks I and my companions (the Knights of Pembroke) were forced to leave the city. With Commander Konan and the bulk of the army busy rebuilding Eastcastle Pembroke was defenseless against the giant attack. Had we been here surely they would not have even breached the city wall.
“Not only this, but in our absence the three of you did not step up as protectors of the people. You hid here in this tower and feared for your lives. You have shirked your duty to the people of Pembroke.”
“I call another vote. Those in favor of charging Councilmembers Connery, Gainsbrook and Tallmast with high treason, say aye.”
This time all but the accused concur.
Oswold: “By a seven vote majority the ayes have it. The penalty for high treason, as we all know, is execution. Gentleman, your time as so-called leaders of the City of Pembroke is over.”
Guy: “It appears that Pembroke is in need of new council members. Councilmen, shall I send ravens to the kingdoms requesting that they send their finest men and women for a trial of rulership?”
Wu-Lan: “We have the makings of rulers here among us. Let us search among the citizenry in the aftermath. Many great concepts are born of strife.”
After the offending councilmen have been escorted to their prison cells to await trial.
Guy: “councilmen, what of the giants? certainly they must be tracked down and slain we cannot allow such destruction to our city without repercussion.”
Oswald: “The giants made sure that we knew they would be back. It must have been good fortune which drew them away. perhaps dire news from their homeland or realizing that what they sought was not here.”
Iggy: “Lady Donning, eldest of all of us, you will hereby be Senior Council. I have faith in your ability to undo the damage done not only by our recent invaders but by the oligarchy that has been entrenched for so long. If you feel comfortable restoring order on your own the Knights and I will go to the giant’s home and demand restitution, or if do will not comply, at least weaken them so they will no longer be a threat. Upon my return we shall call upon Odin, incarnate of the All-Seeing Eye, to aid us in rebuilding the Council.”
Guy: “A wise decision councilman, I am yours to command.”
The execution took place later that day in a square where many of the cities worker’s and peasants were present. Ignatious acted as executioner casting a lightning bolt spell which fried the three betrayers and the crowd was in awe of his power. They cheered “Hurray for the Knights of Pembroke! Hurray for Justice!”
Despite the gruesome scene of fried councilmen Aust could not help but smile.