Watch a civil trial

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From: The Courts of the Evenlode

[A defendant] is the defendant in [a suit].

Description summary:
The identity of the defendant and the nature of the suit vary based on Third Airs and Airs of the Evenlode, respectively.

Third AirsDefendant
0 - 4A Rubbery Man
8A mushroom farmer
13A disguised devil
21 - 25A Tracklayer
30 - 36A Gondolier
41 - 49A protestor
50 - 56A train conductor
62 - 65A pub landlord
70An elderly Baroness
77A Clay Man
80 - 88A retired nanny
90 - 91A dirigible captain
1 - 9a divorce suit
11 - 15a trespass suit
20 - 29a nuisance suit
30 - 39a bankruptcy suit
41 - 46a boundary dispute suit
51 - 57a probate suit
61 - 94a defamation suit

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Game Instructions: This will always give you Journals of Infamy. If you're successful, you will get something more.

Challenge information

Broad, Watchful 250

  • 171 - very chancy (41%)
  • 213 - chancy (51%)
  • 255 - modest (61%)
  • 296 - very modest (71%)
  • 338 - low-risk (81%)
  • 380 - straightforward (91%)
  • 417 - straightforward (100%)


Benefits beyond a few hours distraction

(see tables below)

Description summary:
The first paragraph varies based on Airs of the Evenlode and the second varies based on Third Airs.

AirsFirst Paragraph
5 - 12The complainant is the kind to have recorded every incidence of misdeed, actual and perceived – of the defendant and anyone else they consider to have crossed them. Busywork for the judge, exceedingly useful to you.
20 - 37The complainant is quiet spoken, but interminable. One question will result in an answer that never takes less than twenty minutes to finish. It is possible that they could win this trial by sheer resilience.
44 - 46The complainant seems under the impression that the judge is hard of hearing. They bellow their every answer, after first having turned to face the judge. If they think this will assist their claim, they are mistaken.
61 - 71The complainant needs a box to be seen over the witness stand. This seems to cause them no embarrassment – indeed, they gleefully litter their statement with height related puns. The judge slowly grows puce with barely contained suffering.
94The complainant is late to the court room, and bustles in apologising profusely. When they use the excuse of 'bandits on the track', the judge glares them into silence. It is, after all, a hazard everyone else also had to negotiate.
Third AirsSecond Paragraph
4 - 13And when the defendant comes to the stand – oh, it's absolutely worth taking notes. They might not be persuasive, but the performance is masterful.
25 - 36There is a kerfuffle before the defendant takes the stand. Someone in the public gallery has attempted to raise an objection. It takes three ushers to carry them out.
48 - 50The defendant is perfectly willing to be cross-examined. Well, that's what they convey, until they take the stand and spend many minutes waving at the public gallery, but refusing to say a word to the court.
62 - 65The defendant takes the stand with a surprising amount of grace and dignity. It is to the startlement of all when an usher loses their temper, using language unsuited for the court room to convey their opinion […] The judge calls for a break.
80 - 91The defendant is summoned to the stand, but does not rise. They look dejected – do they feel that there is no hope, and the outcome already decided? The judge moves on to the next witness – he is not one to waste time.

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A profitable distraction

(see tables above)

Description summary:
The description varies based on Airs of the Evenlode and Third Airs, with the same text as for success.

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