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They may have rights, but where are the facts?
Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:41pm
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Allael listened to the other novices, and though she agreed with some of what they said, she still felt that there wasn't enough testimony in this case to form a solid verdict. Master Bowmer was not a trustworthy individual. She wouldn't trust the word of a man who sent his sons to steal cows and had taken the law into his own hands. Master Ludin as well showed her nothing that would make her believe without a shadow of a doubt this his own story was true. It turned into a case of one mans word against another. And in those cases, you couldn't ever be sure who had the right of it. After forming her thoughts around what she'd seen and heard, Allael nodded to Tira-earning a look of surprise-then turned to the magistrate.

"While I agree with some of what my fellow students said, I believe things need to be taken a step or two further. Neither man brought to court a way to prove his story. That is all they are, story's. I don't believe Master Bowmer should have taken the law into his own hands, but Master Ludin isn't entirely without fault himself. The farm hand was less than useless, providing us nothing to go on. I recommend that before a verdict can be reached, more research into the honest facts of the case needs to be done. I believe you should send someone out to actually inspect the damaged pastureland, to see just how much land has been devastated. Sheep can be quite damaging to pasture, because they eat the grass right down to the roots, as opposed to cows who only crop the grass. I also think someone needs to speak with the mysterious neighbor who Master Bowmer says he is paying and find out the details of the arrangement. In the meantime, the magistrate should hold onto the cows until this information is gathered. Once the value of the land lost, and the price master Bowmer is paying for pastureland is determined, it can then be determined what fair payment would be from Master Ludin, whether it be the cows, or something else of equal value. I believe that would be the only way to determine fair judgment, as well as to keep resentment from festering in the village from someone who feels wronged by an unfair verdict"

She sat down amid astonished looks from her fellow students, and was pleased to see the speculative look on the magistrates face. After a few moments, he turned to his aide and issue orders for the things Allael suggested to be done. She smiled in a self-satisfied way, and looked at Tira, who was looking at her in a new light. The students around her were in many cases a decade or more younger than she, and it was obvious that her experience in the world had lent wisdom to her interpretation of the case. If she were to become Aes Sedai-which would never happen in a million years-this blue ajah stuff wouldn't be so bad.

  • I second that! They have rights!Novice Lilli Bloom, Sat Jun 17 3:40am
    When the trials reached their end they were each asked by the Aes Sedai what their opinions were on the scenes they had witnessed. It was basically a mental organization of the testimonies each... more
    • They may have rights, but where are the facts? — Novice Allael al'Cantar, Sun Jun 18 4:41pm
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