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Deposition with Damian Stralla

All:

Please read the deposition below and post your responses/statements on this thread regarding the alleged events. Interviews are conducted with: Thyme, Victor, Sigurd, Jotun, Konal, Dornoll, and Narryn. Please refer to “The Hermetic Oath” on page 13 for information about The Code of Hermes.

Thanks!
Tom


Witness Deposition
Interview with:
Summer, 800 AD
Assigned Quaesitor: Damian Stralla, House Guernicus

Damian Stralla interviews you in a private chamber in Odin’s Call. He tells you this deposition will be treated in the utmost confidence, only read by select Quaesitors and Council members of the Regional Tribunal. If the findings are substantial enough to warrant a Trial, the contents of this deposition along with the other depositions and findings of the assigned Quaesitor will be read by members of the Grand Tribunal.
The Order demands that you make a statement in response to each of the allegations below, both directly and truthfully. If you do not comply, it will be assumed that the allegations are true and that you are protecting the accused, which will make you also guilty by association.

Intent to Slay Another Magi of the Order

Accusations have been made that Sigurd instigated an attack in an attempt to kill Hans over a long-standing dispute over a girl, even though said dispute was previously resolved by the Regional Tribunal.

Describe the incident of the alleged attack:


Interfering with Mundanes

Accusations have been made that Sigurd knowingly and purposefully interferes with the mundanes of the Norse region, as follows:
*He has sworn oath fealty to mundanes (his family to be precise)
*He knowingly advocates, encourages and presides over paganistic sacrificial rituals at the Ooinn Tre, sometimes involving human sacrifice

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:


Molesting Faeries

Through interviews with others, it has come to my attention that Sigurd may be dealing with faeries, potentially disrupting the balance of faeries by accepting faerie gifts in exchange for favors
Make a statement regarding the above allegation:


Endangering the Order

Through his dealings with faeries, interference with mundanes, attack with an attempt to slay a fellow Magi of the Order, combined with his role as covenant founder of Odin’s Call, Sigurd stands accused of endangering the Order.

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:


Comments

Witness Deposition
Interview with: Dornoll Drywren, Druid
Summer, 800 AD
Assigned Quaesitor: Damian Stralla, House Guernicus

Intent to Slay Another Magi of the Order

Accusations have been made that Sigurd instigated an attack in an attempt to kill Hans over a long-standing dispute over a girl, even though said dispute was previously resolved by the Regional Tribunal.

Describe the incident of the alleged attack:

I know Sigurd and Hans have a contentious past. Hans was fulfilling his obligations as intended. He brought generous gifts to the covenant, and we negotiated a pardon for his future help when he brought us a laboratory assistant in exchange. Sigurd became enraged when Hans refused to release this “girl”. Sigurd was the one who first attacked Hans, but I don’t believe he intended to kill Hans.

Interfering with Mundanes

Accusations have been made that Sigurd knowingly and purposefully interferes with the mundanes of the Norse region, as follows:
*He has sworn oath fealty to mundanes (his family to be precise)
*He knowingly advocates, encourages and presides over paganistic sacrificial rituals at the Ooinn Tre, sometimes involving human sacrifice

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

I don’t know of Sigurd pledging an oath to mundanes. He does preside over sacrifices at the Ooinn Tre. But, I don’t believe those actions interfere with mundanes, quite the opposite actually. The mundanes here are pagans and if we were to prevent the sacrifices that would disrupt them significantly. Also, this is Sigurd’s homeland and all part of his custom.

Molesting Faeries

Through interviews with others, it has come to my attention that Sigurd may be dealing with faeries, potentially disrupting the balance of faeries by accepting faerie gifts in exchange for favors

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

I know Sigurd received a map from a faerie, but know of no exchange of favors.

Endangering the Order

Through his dealings with faeries, interference with mundanes, attack with an attempt to slay a fellow Magi of the Order, combined with his role as covenant founder of Odin’s Call, Sigurd stands accused of endangering the Order.

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

Odin’s Call is everything to Sigurd. This is his home and his ancestry. He would do nothing to jeopardize that. He wasn’t trying to kill Hans, I’m certain of it. But if the Order determines otherwise, know that I will step in to lead and ensure it remains a contributing Covenant of the Order.

Deposition with Damian Stralla
 

Witness Deposition
Interview with: Konal Throstsson
Summer, 800 AD
Assigned Quaesitor: Damian Stralla, House Guernicus

Intent to Slay Another Magi of the Order

Accusations have been made that Sigurd instigated an attack in an attempt to kill Hans over a long-standing dispute over a girl, even though said dispute was previously resolved by the Regional Tribunal.

Describe the incident of the alleged attack:

I don’t know anything about it. I heard a thud late that evening and saw a giant cat running away from the Covenant.

Interfering with Mundanes

Accusations have been made that Sigurd knowingly and purposefully interferes with the mundanes of the Norse region, as follows:
*He has sworn oath fealty to mundanes (his family to be precise)
*He knowingly advocates, encourages and presides over paganistic sacrificial rituals at the Ooinn Tre, sometimes involving human sacrifice

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

Ya, so? Sigurd is a legend around here. Has been since he was a lad.

Molesting Faeries

Through interviews with others, it has come to my attention that Sigurd may be dealing with faeries, potentially disrupting the balance of faeries by accepting faerie gifts in exchange for favors

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

Do you mean he’s snookering them?? Hell I don’t know. I suppose if some faerie maiden came to him in bear form he might…

Oh, the grove. I don’t know what happened there. I was at rear guard making sure we didn’t get ambushed.

Endangering the Order

Through his dealings with faeries, interference with mundanes, attack with an attempt to slay a fellow Magi of the Order, combined with his role as covenant founder of Odin’s Call, Sigurd stands accused of endangering the Order.

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:

I don’t know what in Helheim yer talking about…

Deposition with Damian Stralla
 

Witness Deposition
Interview with: Thyme
Summer, 800 AD
Assigned Quaesitor: Damian Stralla, House Guernicus

Damian Stralla interviews you in a private chamber in Odin’s Call. He tells you this deposition will be treated in the utmost confidence, only read by select Quaesitors and Council members of the Regional Tribunal. If the findings are substantial enough to warrant a Trial, the contents of this deposition along with the other depositions and findings of the assigned Quaesitor will be read by members of the Grand Tribunal.
The Order demands that you make a statement in response to each of the allegations below, both directly and truthfully. If you do not comply, it will be assumed that the allegations are true and that you are protecting the accused, which will make you also guilty by association.

Intent to Slay Another Magi of the Order

Accusations have been made that Sigurd instigated an attack in an attempt to kill Hans over a long-standing dispute over a girl, even though said dispute was previously resolved by the Regional Tribunal.

Describe the incident of the alleged attack:
I couldn’t tell you who attacked first, I was trying to decide whether or not Sanchez would be of much help in my lab. It’s very delicate work, you understand. If you have a few hours I’d really love to try to explain…no? Well, you probably wouldn’t grasp the details of my findings anyway. At any rate, Hans seems to be very much alive. I’m not even sure he sustained serious injuries. It’s true that Drywren decided to intervene but it seemed more like a Bjornaer internal power struggle than an intent to kill.

Interfering with Mundanes

Accusations have been made that Sigurd knowingly and purposefully interferes with the mundanes of the Norse region, as follows:
*He has sworn oath fealty to mundanes (his family to be precise)
*He knowingly advocates, encourages and presides over paganistic sacrificial rituals at the Ooinn Tre, sometimes involving human sacrifice

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:
Sigurd’s dealings with the mundanes are as minimal as possible. The sacrificial rituals performed at the Ooinn tree are necessary to the continued functioning of the area in general. As a leading researcher of weather magic, it’s my opinion that without yearly injection of Corpus vis through the tree into the magic fields here weather for the entire region would rapidly destabilize. In order to preserve the mundane communities ability to grow any food at all and the wildlife nearby, it is necessary to fuel the tree with Vis. This whole tree is a giant tuning fork for magical energies and it’s all that’s keeping things here intact.

Molesting Faeries

Through interviews with others, it has come to my attention that Sigurd may be dealing with faeries, potentially disrupting the balance of faeries by accepting faerie gifts in exchange for favors
Make a statement regarding the above allegation:
I’m not quite sure how infrequent dealing with the faeries amounts to molestation, they do live here and we try not to upset them. It’s really a chore when they decide they don’t like you. The Fae regions in this area seem to leak far more magic than I’ve ever seen, and are far less populated than they should be, but if those are going somewhere it certainly isn’t this Covenant’s pathetic supplies. You are wasting your time chasing rumors about Sigurd’s dealings with the Fae and should be concerning yourself with approaching them directly.

Endangering the Order

Through his dealings with faeries, interference with mundanes, attack with an attempt to slay a fellow Magi of the Order, combined with his role as covenant founder of Odin’s Call, Sigurd stands accused of endangering the Order.

Make a statement regarding the above allegation:
Odin’s Call is crucial to the continued functioning of Icefall and Oppland and Sigurd is the only one who has the regional knowledge to keep things running smoothly around here. He also lacks the magical knowledge and planning skill needed to really cause any problems for anybody. He’s a typical Bjornaer and doesn’t think a day ahead. His dealings with Hans are just typical power struggles, not the makings of murder.

Deposition with Damian Stralla
 

Witness Deposition
Interview with: Sigurd, House Bjourner with Sanchez Domingo to translate to Latin
Summer, 800 AD
Assigned Quaesitor: Damian Stralla, House Guernicus

Intent to slay another Magi:

Sigurd fires of a long diatribe of angry words in Norse and at one time gets up from his chair and glowers at Damian.

Sanchez: First, Sigurd cordially rejects all these claims against himself and the covenant of the Odin’s Call.

With regards to the first indictment Sigurd did not slay or attempt to slay Hanz nor did he attempt to deprive Hans of any magical power. It was a simple misunderstanding between apprentice and master.

Point in fact the question really is could Sigurd reasonably even be considered capable of slaying Hanz. A Magi poised to be an Archmage at the height of his power feels threatened by one who merely a few years ago left apprenticeship? Maybe the Order should reconsider whom they promote to the esteemed title of Archmage? If Hanz contends that he did not actually feel threatened then his life was never in any danger. If his life was never in any danger then there could have been no attempt to slay him. Could a mouse slay a lion? There is only one clear answer.

Now, if Hanz would like to publicly admit to the Order that he felt actually threatened by Sigurd maybe this acquisition could be further investigated.

Interfering with Mundanes:

Sigurd stands up and sings a song typical to the region an ode to Odin as the All Father.

Sigurd respectfully declines this accusation. In fact he believes you have it backwards. By not allowing the limited interaction between the Ooin Tre, the Order would consider that the Covenant of Odin’s Call but to the Norse people it is the Oin Tre, it would deprive them of their religion.

Depriving the North Men of their religion would cause much disruption. This disruption could eventually lead to armed attacks against the Order as they would have been seen as the oppressors of their religion. This fact would be the real interference with the mundanes as a whole race of people would be at war with the Order which would greatly endanger the Order.

Sigurd has sworn no oath of fealty to anyone but the Order and to the covenant of Odin’s call. You information on that point is misinformed. Sigurd is a follower of the ridiculous pagan religion, but there is nothing in the Hermetic Oath that prevents members to follow a religion or any mention of religion at all. If Sigurd chooses not to walk in the light of Christ and partake in rituals of this false Gods then he may do so freely under the protection of the Order. That includes participation in any rituals and rites that doesn’t break with the Code of Hermes.

Molesting Faeries:

Sigurd listens to Sanchez explain the complaint in Norse, looks a little puzzled and just shrugs his big naked shoulders.

Sigurd sees no infraction here. How can speaking, interacting and the receipt of a gift be seen as “molesting.” In fact throughout the order there are numerous Vis resources that are in the regios and under faerie control that are standardly raised in the pursuit of magical progress. Are these considered molestation? I know of no rulings that state these are molestations.

In fact if as long as the interaction does not put the Order in danger, the Order seems quite content to let the magi do as they please with the Fae. The very limited dealings that Sigurd has had with the Fae has not put the Order in danger, in fact he may have gone a long way to furthering positive relations with the Fae. In such he should be recognized for his efforts of diplomacy rather than derided under a false acquisition.

Endangering the Order:

Sigurd growls out names as if making a list: Jodyl, Fenmarel, Keg Belly Clan,Skogsfrun, Skuf, Groa and Hrimdraki.

Sanchez explains: The Order again has their information distorted and is very sorry that you had to maker such a long and dangerous journey.

The lands of the North Men are extremely dangerous and contain many threats to the Order. Sigurd and Odin’s call are the first line of defense against the grave threats to the Order. Odin’s Call is as a beacon of light and stand as champions of the Order protecting Bonisaigus’ belief that magi must work together in order to expand knowledge and our understanding of magic. Odin’s call embraces this community and protects it. They stand alone on the frontier. Now that the mundane men of the North have started moving south and wreaking havoc upon the Southern shorelines what is to prevent these grave magical threats from doing the same? Only one thing is preventing that and it is Odin’s Call.

Deposition with Damian Stralla
walkersettle TomM

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