pertaining to the Glazmere insurrection attempt,
held on the seventeenth day of the eighth month in the year 440 of the
Theocracy of Haazak.
Attested: I, Zedekiah Katz, official court transcriptionist and head archivist of Haazak, hereby swear by the name of the Only One, who rules our people absolutely, that what follows is an accurate and complete account of the said criminal hearing, submitted for review and approval on the eighteenth day of the eighth month in the year 440 of the Theocracy of Haazak.
COURT OFFICER: We now call to order this criminal hearing. Will the assembled judicial board members rise and raise their right hands? Do you solemnly swear to hear testimony from as many concerned parties as choose to present it, to weigh testimony fairly according to your understanding of the Divine will, and to render right judgment in light of fact, law, and the compassion of the Only One, who is patient with us despite our faults?
JUDICIAL BOARD MEMBERS: (in unison) I do.
COURT OFFICER: You may be seated. Wardens of the court, let the accused be brought forth. Mica Locke, Stalworth Glazmere, Glory Glazmere, Dinah Aldine, Belane Peveril, Selmyn Landor, and Jourian Dewitt, collectively you stand accused of insurrection against the rightfully ordained elders of your people. Specific charges against you individually will be addressed at later hearings. Have you been informed of the charges, and are you willing to testify truly about the matters we are taking in hand today?
MICA LOCKE: Yes, and yes.
STALWORTH GLAZMERE: Yes, and yes.
COURT OFFICER: Transcriptionist, please note that Glory Glazmere and Dinah Aldine have refused to respond to the question in either the affirmative or the negative, while Belane Peveril, Selmyn Landor, and Jourian Dewitt have elected to respond by nodding their heads in the affirmative without speaking. Have these two young women been informed of the charges?
STALWORTH GLAZMERE: They have.
COURT OFFICER: Then we may proceed under the assumption that they are aware of the charges but are not willing to testify truly. Let the accused be seated.
FATHER EVERARD LOCKE: May I speak before the assembled judicial board before we begin hearing testimony?
COURT OFFICER: That is your right, since you have chosen to abstain from your rightful place in that assembly.
FATHER EVERARD LOCKE: I wish to offer my sincere and profound apologies to the council of elders for my son’s part in the events we are to hear today. I have voluntarily abstained from taking my place on the judicial board because I regard myself as being at fault for this.
COURT OFFICER: Do the elders wish to register a response to this statement?
ELDER CONNERAN STONE: That’s rubbish, Everard.
ELDER ALLIMAE CRAM: Conneran, sit down. I believe I speak for the council when I say that we appreciate why you may think so, but we do not assign any blame to you for your adult son’s choices.
ELDER CONNERAN STONE: That’s what I said.
ELDER ALLIMAE CRAM: Be quiet, Conneran.
FATHER EVERARD LOCKE: Thank you for your kind words.
COURT OFFICER: We now commence the initial criminal hearing pertaining to the attempted insurrection that began on the fourteenth day of this month. Preliminary investigations have pointed to these seven persons as the primary movers of the attempt. The specific charges are as follows: Stalworth Glazmere, you stand accused of inciting the assault and attempted murder of Charles Wingate, inciting the illegal imprisonment of thirty-one persons, resisting arrest, and destroying public property. Glory Glazmere, you stand accused of inciting insurrection through soul coercion with human soul sympathy and inciting destruction of private property by others under the influence of that manipulation. Mica Locke, you stand accused of inciting insurrection through mind coercion with human thought sympathy. Dinah Aldine, you stand accused of complicity in inciting insurrection through soul coercion with human soul sympathy and with willful and malicious destruction of private property. Belane Peveril and Sylman Landor, you stand accused of complicity in the illegal imprisonment of thirty-one persons and three charges of attempted assault during the course of that imprisonment. Your leader, Captain Skye Taorri, is not here to face charges because he is currently being treated in quarantine for early-stage infection by the Decay. Corporal Jourian Dewitt, you stand accused of dereliction of duty in assisting the attempted insurrection and with obstruction of the duly ordained authorities’ use of communication technology. It remains to be determined whether any of the accused now present were involved in introducing a source of the Decay into our city. The reading of the charges is now complete. I yield the floor to the chair of the judicial board, Dr. Sophronia Keene, for opening remarks.
DR. SOPHRONIA KEENE: This hearing has a special significance for those of us on the judicial board. We were selected for membership because each of us possesses either human soul or human thought sympathy, so it is especially grievous to us that we should be called to hear a case of insurrection based on an alleged supremacy of these two sympathies. We have conferred, and in our opening remarks we decided that we wish to address this concept directly. The human-based sympathies have unique strengths, but the same may be said for every type of sympathy. In school, every child is taught the reason we have been granted these sympathies: the Only One, who fashioned the world and placed us in it as its guardians, gives sympathies to humans in order to better equip us to govern and to care for nature. The human-based sympathies are no different than any other in this regard, except perhaps in the insidious nature of their weaknesses. Each of us on this board has been forced to reckon with these weaknesses for long enough that we have learned the way to overcome them– not that we are always wholly successful in overcoming, but we have at least seen the path we must take. Speaking to the accused: pride in the ability to alter another’s soul or mind is one of the chief weaknesses that must be overcome, for it leads to the fallacy that human soul and human thought sympathies are intended for ruling over your neighbors. It is perhaps ironic that you are now to be judged by the very sympathies you intended to use to make yourselves rulers over Haazak. Our hope is that you find something instructive in the experience.
COURT OFFICER: Thank you, Dr. Keene. The court now calls its first witness, Elder Charles Wingate, to testify. Elder Wingate, will you need any special considerations, given your condition?
ELDER CHARLES WINGATE: No, actually, my condition looks worse than it is at this point.
COURT OFFICER: For the benefit of the judicial board, please describe the events that occurred on the evening of the thirteenth of this month.
ELDER CHARLES WINGATE: I had been more and more concerned for some time over the way Elder Glazmere’s grandchildren seemed to be taking more authority to themselves than they ought to have. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt, so I went to call upon Stalworth Glazmere at his apartment. I was admitted by a young man I did not recognize, whom I gathered from later conversation to be an Outsider. I asked Stalworth directly if his grandmother had been delegating her authority to him, or if he had been taking it of his own accord. His response to me was, as closely as I can recall, “I don’t need Grandma to delegate any authority to me.” I asked him if he would not reconsider his stance, given that his decisions had not shown themselves to be wise ones, and he told me I was wasting his time. We went on in this vein for a little longer, before he said he had more important things to do and he would leave me to the care of his friends. By this he referred to the five Outsider fellows present in his apartment at that time. Stalworth left the apartment. No sooner was the door closed behind me than one of the Outsider boys grabbed me from behind by both arms and held me while the other four took turns punching me. At one point, they relaxed their guard and I ran, but they caught up with me before I made it two blocks away from the apartment, and after that they did not let me go until they believed me to be dead.
COURT OFFICER: Stalworth Glazmere, does this account of the incident match with your recollections?
STALWORTH GLAZMERE: I don’t–
COURT OFFICER: Transcriptionist, please note that the accused is refusing to answer the question posed to him. Members of the judicial board, how does the accused appear to your sympathies?
DR. SOPHRONIA KEENE: Upon conferring, we of the human soul sympathy can detect a strong sense of guilt in the accused.
COURT OFFICER: And you of the human thought sympathy, have you reached a consensus?
AGRATHA RODEN: Unless the accused speaks his thoughts, we cannot judge with any accuracy, but a few among us can detect in his demeanor a false layer of thought building up within the accused.
COURT OFFICER: Stalworth Glazmere, do you choose not to answer in your own defense? [HERE FOLLOWED A 15 SECOND PAUSE.] We will take your silence as an affirmation. Moving on, we will not at this point take individual testimony as to the illegal imprisonment charges, but a summary statement submitted by the council of elders places Stalworth Glazmere not only at the scene but in command of the scene. That summary statement will now be distributed to the members of the judicial board. Will the next witness, Sergeant Honey Divorah, please stand forward? Sergeant Divorah, for the benefit of those who might not know, what are your current duties?
SERGEANT HONEY DIVORAH: I am assigned as one of four combat soldiers on Mother Coralie Locke’s staff.
COURT OFFICER: You accompanied Mother Locke when she arrived in the capital on the morning of the fifteenth, did you not?
SERGEANT HONEY DIVORAH: I did, together with another sergeant from Mother’s staff and two officers on loan from a South Territory specialist company.
COURT OFFICER: In your own words, please describe the events that occurred that morning, especially pertaining to Stalworth Glazmere.
SERGEANT HONEY DIVORAH: Mother preceded us up the front steps of the Government Center, where she confronted Mica Locke first. After incapacitating him, she charged the rest of the assembled young people to stand down or be set down. Stalworth Glazmere gave orders for his followers to restrain Mother Locke, not realizing that one of her officers was borrowed, nor that this borrowed officer possessed a strong electromagnetic energy sympathy. They put up a brief struggle, which Captain Haigh soon ended. In his attempt to evade arrest, Stalworth Glazmere used his mineral sympathy to persuade one of the pillars to crack. I believe he intended it to fall altogether, but his sympathy was not strong enough for that, and Mother Locke took him down with a running tackle while he was delayed by the effort.
COURT OFFICER: Stalworth Glazmere, does this account of the incident match with your recollections? Transcriptionist, please note that the accused again refuses to answer the question posed to him. The court now summons the next witness, Miss Helena Jeru. Miss Jeru, for the benefit of those who may not know, please describe your current duties.
HELENA JERU: I am one of two assistants to Elder Conneran Stone of Metal District. My duties are primarily concerned with using my human soul sympathy to aid the elder in maintaining good relations with the residents of the district.
ELDER CONNERAN STONE: Because I’m no good at that, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
COURT OFFICER: Elder Stone, please remember that talking when not addressed by the court is prohibited in criminal hearings.
ELDER CONNERAN STONE: All right, all right.
COURT OFFICER: Miss Jeru, could you explain in your own words how you are connected to the seven accused here gathered?
HELENA JERU: I’m not really connected at all to most of them. Stalworth and Glory Glazmere I have sometimes encountered at weekly council meetings, and I know Mica Locke by sight because of his parents. I am entirely unfamiliar with the other four.
COURT OFFICER: Preliminary investigations revealed that your apartment and belongings were vandalized during the insurrection attempt. The identities of the perpetrators are not in question, since they were all apprehended in the act by other residents of the building. Dinah Aldine was identified by multiple witnesses as the instigator and primary vandal in the case, with four other young women aiding her. Can you think of any reason why Miss Aldine should be so offended with you as to commit such an act?
HELENA JERU: We have never met, as far as I know, so I don’t believe I have done anything directly to offend her, but…
COURT OFFICER: But indirectly, Miss Jeru?
HELENA JERU: There was a time when I was invited to join Glory’s group of friends, her Sympathy for Human Souls Association, and I declined the invitation. It seemed to me a very self-indulgent society, and being tired from a long day at work, I… I did not cushion my words as well as I should have. Naturally, Glory was deeply offended by my response. I believe the two are close friends, so indirectly, I may have offended Dinah at the same time.
COURT OFFICER: Dinah Aldine, is this account of the matter between you and Miss Jeru accurate from your standpoint?
DINAH ALDINE: Yes. She was rude and condescending, and she’s just an Outsider! Why should she–
COURT OFFICER: The court only wants a yes or a no, Miss Aldine. That will do. Miss Jeru, preliminary investigations also suggest that you may be able to speak definitively upon the most crucial point of this hearing: that is, whether or not any of these seven accused here gathered were involved in bringing a source of the–
ARMY MESSENGER: Excuse this interruption. Father Locke, Captain Yeardley sends word that the source has been found.
FATHER EVERARD LOCKE: I ask that the hearing be adjourned until we have resolved this issue.
COURT OFFICER: Do the members of the judicial board concur? Then this hearing will be adjourned and the accused will be returned to their cells–
FATHER EVERARD LOCKE: I ask forgiveness for this second interruption, but I would also like to ask that the accused be brought to the site under guard.
COURT OFFICER: It is within your rights to make such a request. If no one objects, then the court grants the request. We will reconvene when this new evidence has been dealt with.