The morning's light had just begun to light the sky but there were already people gathering in the town square. Just a few days ago Ambassador Zhuge Liang had given a speech after his attempted assassination by the Evil Fjornyn. Peoples breaths were faintly seen as they began speculating why they were all urged to show up again since Ambassador Zhuge was going to address them all again. Not long after the sky brightened a procession of guards and Ambassador Zhuge and another person was led to the stage in town square.
Ambassador Zhuge's voice loud and clearly rang out. Silence fell like a plague on the gathered crowds as the began to listen again to him. Citizen's of the Sol Empire! I come before you all again due to a grave and treasonous actions that were uncovered. Another of your noble houses was found doing crimes that were heavier than trying to kill me. A man is pushed forward with his hands tied. He was the noble Fjornyn Frenmor He looked sullen and heavy in mood. Everyone looked at him as he was nudged forward and began to speak. People of Freyrdawn, I have colluded with demons amongst you. I have taken my wives and daughters born to me, as well as servant girls and some who would not be missed and sacrificed their flesh to strengthen my House and make sure my sons were birthed safely. I have killed many of my people I have sworn to protect and with a heart of malice and deceit have smiled upon you all while taking your wives, daughters, and sisters and given them to the demons I summoned as sustenance to slake their lusts and hungers. I have done all of these things for years and hidden this from you all and my family as well. Acting in concert with my demon allies I have planned to sacrifice you all eventually to pave the way for me to not only become powerful but to eventually rule over the whole of the empire and creation. Sadly however I was foiled in my plans before they were able to be completed by Ambassador Zhuge Liang and Chian De. I do not know how they found out about my plans but they disgustingly broke through my wards and concealment and slaughtered the growing army of demons I had hidden to enact my plans. No my plans are ash and my house is to be ruined due to them. Fjornyn looks towards both Zhuge and Chian De with sorrow and contempt. I will not ask for your forgiveness of you all for you are all beneath me and you are worthless so your opinions do not matter. However I wish to declare that these doings were done by me. I slew your daughters, I killed your wives, I gave your daughters to be raped and eaten by the demons not my family. So with this turn your hateful gazes to me let your sorrow and rage out and know that I truly look down upon you all. The guards quickly marched forth and dragged him off the stage promptly as the silence broke like a dam. The outpouring of rage and grief from the crowd nearly formed a visible wave as the cries and screams of hatred surged forth as a thunderous roar from the city.
Ambassador Zhuge stood forth and raised his hands for silence on the stage as he strode forth. Even with the deep respect many had for him it took 5 minutes for the hearts of the people to restrain themselves enough so they could hear him speak. People of the Empire, I have heard your grief. The things I saw myself when I uncovered this plot and his lair still pain my heart and haunt my thoughts. His demons were many and their plans were born of the blackest and vile of thoughts. He has grieved this city and all of us deeply with his deeds. We gave you a promise that when we formed the Empire and your city joined we would protect you. We would defend against the enemies seen and not. The last few days we found enemies more treacherous than the Dis. More cruel then the horselords who struck. We found ourselves, as our own enemy. In the last few days we have rooted out an assassin and a demon summoner. They were not the refugees who have settled here. They did not come from Jotenfhan or Thronghar. They were Freyrdawnians. They were your Lords, neighbors to some. They paid wages and in some cases presided over weddings and births. These people were of you. I say this not to worry you all today that this city will pay for the sins of these individuals, but to remind you all that it does not take a newcomer or a refugee to be evil anyone can do it. Look not with disdain or with ridicule upon those who have settled in our cities since the Empire was founded. They too are citizens of the Empire. They will laugh and cry share joys and sorrow with you all. Today the heart of evil was cut out from your city. I look to you all going forward, do not let it grow again. Stay strong of valiant hearts, and dedicated minds. Remember the oaths you have given and never let the horror that was uncovered last night and brought to the day today occur again. As I have responsibilities for my words to you all, you also must keep your oaths to Emperor Brutus and to me as well. Our strength is in Unity. Our Strength is in Purpose. Our unity is our loyalty. We shall all grieve the losses from this horror together but we will also all together forge ourselves anew as not only the people of Freyrdawn, but as the citizens of the Sol Empire! May the Unconquered Suns blessing and light shine upon us all and illuminate our hearts and minds so that never again with a darkness like Fjornyn grow and fester in our city.
The moment of silence lasted but moments before the eruption of the crowd shook the plaza. It was said the guardians of the gates of Yu Shan heard the roar of the people that day. Long Live the Empire! Long Live Zhuge! Unity through Loyalty is our Strength! May the Sol Empire never Fall! Zhuge shouted and cheered with the people till they began to calm. Afterwards a memorial in the city as built to commemorate the lives lost to this plot and to remember the price of not being vigilant was our children, wives, and family.
Afterwards Zhuge went with Chian De then in her Monk persona to deal with Fjornyn. Zhuge looked at Fjornyn with a smile. You my good sir will be given an amazing opportunity. You house will be disbanded all your wealth and power will be divided amongst those who are trustworthy in this city. You however since you gave the truth of your actions I will not execute you as promised. You will be a gardener in one of my private gardens. You will be in charge of caring for the garden. You will need to feed a goat a day to my plant Seymour. You must be careful though as he can be quite aggressive when he is hungry. Zhuge gave Fjornyn a brilliant smile as he led him to his new job and home in the garden.