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In Which Korvosans Rally & The Dead Envy The Living
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It was very sad.

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We all cried.

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Okay.

Okay.

That makes Marcus Endrin the presumptive Seneschal. Has anyone seen him?

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If he's alive, he'll be in the air, not under the ground.

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He must be dead too. Better appoint a new Seneschal.

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The Field Marshall of the Korvosan Guard appoints the Seneschal of Castle Korvosa.

Or doesn't, as case may be.

As case is.

Since Endrin is who'll get the job, and he's not here.

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Oh, that reminds me!

Cressida, girl, you've been demoted for your catastrophic failure to protect this city.

I forgot to bring it up earlier.

There's a new Field Marshall in town!

Sabina Merrin, would you do the honors and select a Seneschal?

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The Noble Houses can veto your choice of Field Marshall.

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That's so true.

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But it'd take a unanimous vote.

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Has anyone seen...

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House Arkona?

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Couldn't even send a footman?

Glorio must not care.

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Please don't do this to Korvosa.

Of all times please not now.

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There will never be a better time.

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Korvosa's legal system operates on the principle that every person should have someone with the power to override all their decisions.

The Field Marshall of the Korvosan Guard is appointed by the reigning monarch, but an odious selection can be vetoed by the Noble Houses.

The Seneschal of Castle Korvosa is appointed by the Field Marshall of the Korvosan Guard, but again the Noble Houses hold veto.

The most powerful person in Korvosa is the monarch, who dictates laws and commands the Korvosan Guard to enforce them.

However, the Noble Houses can with a unanimous vote command the Korvosan Guard to return to Citadel Volshyenek, preventing the monarch's dictate from being enforced. And the Sable Company - necessary for joint operations - answers only to the Seneschal of Castle Korvosa.

The Seneschal of Castle Korvosa is the second most powerful position in Korvosa's government.

Kings and queens come and go, sitting the cursed Crimson Throne. When the line of succession is in dispute - or, just as often, when it comes indisputably full stop - the seneschal chooses a new monarch from the city's aristocracy.

Furthermmore: the seneschal has authority to order the Sable Company evict a Queen from Castle Korvosa or place her under house arrest, for any reason or no reason at all.

 

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Ileosa is not well-loved. In another timeline, her merely sitting in the big red chair brought Korvosa to the edge of anarchy.

Seizing unchecked power in full blatant view of the entire city has improved no one's opinion of her.

 

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I'm someone.

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You don't fucking count.

The point is, we're not going to sit around eating popcorn and watching Game of Thrones.

The rule of law, in complex times, has proved itself deficient.

So now let's try the rule of men!

We'll hang the maleficent.

 

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Y'all can sit back down.

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Seconded.

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Look, I'm as opposed to mob justice as anyone -

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Telling lies is bad for your alignment.

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- but what do you say we take a temporary hiatus from due process just long enough for some emergency repairs to the due-processing institution.

You don't want to throw the legitimacy of the state into doubt or normalize political violence. We get it. We really do. Half of us are Lawful Neutral.

But come on, Field Marshall. Eodred's hired wife has been Queen for one hour and look at this! She's got the whole city doubting the legitimacy of the state.

What happens in hour number two, huh? We won't get a second chance to nip this in the bud.

 

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The Queen has committed no crimes, and may yet grow into her position.

No one in this room has murdered any teenagers today and I see no reason we can't keep that trend going indefinitely.

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