Feb 03, 2023 10:00 PM
Vanda Nossëo visits a planet with dragons
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"Legit! Call me over when you want lawyer-shopping help."

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He sends an email. He talks to the other three some more, and then they all head over again.

"Hey so, we're ready to look for a lawyer. First question I guess is, do we all share one? We're kind of together in this and we left, before we got the full picture of how you guys work."

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"The standard advice is that you get separate lawyers in case your interests are not all the same but you're allowed to share one and you probably don't have, like, any money, if you haven't been drawing basic, we're funding your stay here out of pocket, so you'll have to stay under budget and pooling your budgets wouldn't hurt."

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"Yeah, if you try and charge us for locking us up that's gonna be an issue. We have any money. It's gold, silver, and copper, which you all probably don't count at all."

"Separate lawyers, I think."

There's an uncertain look. "Shana, you sure?"

"Yeah. It's standard advice, right? Nothing about us. Different perspectives."

"...Okay."

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"Gold and silver and copper are basically not money, you could turn them into money if you found the right coin collectors but it'd be a job," agrees the warden. "Who wants lawyering-up help first?"

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"Me first," says the guy with a scar on his lip. "Name's Grimmal." The others shrug.

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"Alrighty, Grimmal." Here is the public defender website, lawyers who do not require the client have any money. They can sort them by ones who specialize in newly-contacted defendants accused of murder.

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"I don't really know what I ought to be looking for here. Whole thing's confusing."

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"Well, let's see if any of these people got a guy off for killing a red when Amenta was new, or something." Filter filter. "Okay, nothing quite that spot on. There's 'choose most available within filter' if you want one to come over like now."

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"I don't suppose I can, like, read some things they've said? Eh, most available sounds good honestly, that's fine. A red?"

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"They're one of the Amentan hair colors, the other colors hated them."

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"Nah, that's not- Anyway, I figure I'll be equally uninformed no matter what choice I make here so I may as well not worry about it."

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"All right. This one can come over soonest, she's all yours." Click.

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"Thanks." Grimmal will go wait in the hall, humming cheerfully.

Next up is Mattin, who has friends from outside who've wired him some money for a lawyer. (About two basic payments' worth, collected in parts from several people.) He would like someone who is good at jurisdiction issues.

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They can filter for that among specialties! Here's a dude!

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Great.

The other two aren't very picky either.

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They can both have lawyers.

Grimmal's lawyer is first to arrive. She's short and brown and has a lot of tattoos peeking out under her business-casual. "Hello," she says. "Grimmal?"

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He waves. "Hi. Wow, tattoos. Where do we talk?"

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"Your room here suits me fine. I'm Rhamba, good to meet you."

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"Sure, yeah."

In his room there's medieval armor, an un-strung bow, and a short sword (sheathed) resting against one wall.

"So do you already know what happened or do I tell you?"

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"You tell me, and then I get a separate report from the law enforcement office. My professional obligations and the limits on the use of the truth spell are such that it will never be in your interest to lie to me."

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"I gotta take your word for it, like everything else around here. So, we four were the champions of Trimbal, in Anthel Camme. They voted to join you all, but we were having none of that so we all quit and left for the Metal Kingdoms, which are still thinking about it. After that we went south for a hunting trip, and on our way back up got arrested for killing a dragon. Which is bullshit, since we left the place where it's illegal to do that."

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"...huh. Okay, this one's going to be... interesting. Did you vote, in Anthel Camme?"

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"Voted no."

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"Then the opposing side's going to argue that you are a citizen of Anthel Camme, and the fact that you killed somebody outside of it and had to walk a long way through various places outside of it to do so didn't change that."

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