By Lord Teric
Pre-Zothaar: Old Lands History Backstory Example-2
The new year began rather quiet for the Kingdom with the exception of one unexpected report: one of the fifth King's spies caught a mercentile trader with documents that had affixed a false king's seal. The particular falsification in evidence appears more legitimate because of the Trade Guild's penchant and procedure for exact processing. Upon further questioning of the legal carrier, the merchant declared he wasn't aware of the false seal, wouldn't copy the seal because of the nature of the penalties that could be imposed, and wasn't sure who placed the fictitious seal on the documents.
Trade bills obtained from the authority at the Trade Guild showed that the arrested merchant was trading, excessively, with exported goods from the Kingdom of Carina to an adjoining kingdom. Some of the Trade bills' list of goods were alterred by striking out original shipments and the entering of substitute shipments, with less numberous strikeouts without any substitution, and others were given some form of reference or encryption.[/color]
[color=rgb(0,128,0)]Additional investigations from the Kingdom of Carina's Trade Guild and Intelligence operatives about the location of the delivered goods found nothing, or in some instances, found goods in storage areas that weren't associated in anyway to the list of goods on the alterred Trade bills. The investigation abruptly ended with the death of a Kingdom of Carina's Intelligence operative whose last message denoted that he had penetrated a Trade Guild cult.[/color]
[color=rgb(0,128,0)]The arrested mechant trader remained, indefinitely, in detention for Royal crimes as well as for Trade Guild violations and malfeasance, grand embezzlement, and operating improperly under Inter-territorial Regulations.[/color]
[color=rgb(0,128,0)]After a brief time, a comminique was sent to the fifth King underscoring the circumstances leading to the tragic death of a Carina agent . . .[/color]
[color=rgb(0,128,0)]Please read succeeding entries--[/color]