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Originally written July 19, 2012.

It is unwise for myself or the Rose to enter the political arena, yet we have done so twice this past month. The incarceration of Merlynne d'Ivary was best described as humorous; the assault charge was initially grave, till the report listed the assault weapon: a snowball. The only surprise from the remainder of the report was the lack of alcohol on behalf of Miss d'Ivary and her companion, but I have longsince resolved to not dwell too long on the harmless frivolities of others. It was their choice, and I will assume the frivolity was needed.

 

But the case of the second jailed Templar is more of a mystery. The whole of Sanctis Lightborne is far from the cut of a criminal, he was often content to cloak himself in studies rather than cause a disruption. Only his unfamiliarity with non-kal'dorei custom appeared to draw attention to him, but his gaffes were still far from deserving arrest and incarceration.

 

When the letter of his incarceration came, I sent a reply, it went unanswered. It was not till I made multiple formal requests, then visits in person that I received a reply, but it was so thick in bureaucratic nonsense that I questioned whether Sanctis Lightborne himself was jailed at all. No friend, kin, or superior was permitted to see him, on grounds that no official or clerk seemed able to articulate. It was as if none of them knew the actual reasons; the reasons were simply above their scale of responsibilities.

 

I perhaps spent too much time contemplating whether this was an elaborate political trap or a simple case of incompetency. I am left unsure. As for the innocence or welfare of Sanctis, that too is uncertain. I have come to not trust first impressions as readily as I once trusted. The question is whether the jailor or the jailed is the most trustworthy.

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