Octavius is very confused. He looks the Khan directly and says "Th... thanks...thanks" And then, he kisses his hand. However, his thought is in another place. As he keep thanking the Khan, his eyes wander around the room, trying to find Qirka. The Beast in his chest scratches Octavius' lungs violently in an agonic attempt. Octavius smiles.
Meanwhile, at the Almaviva Palace:
"No, it is a personal jet, I think only the pilot is in it" King Diego had been following the trial as he talked with Synnove. When he listens to the verdict, he presses his fist in joy and smiles. Through a gesture, he tells secretary Vila to bring his two daughters and a bottle of champagne. They are going to celebrate Octavius' pardon.
"Thanks Synnove! I am a bit busy right now, so I gotta hung up. Good afternoon!" The king ends the call right as his two daughters, Claudia and Carmen enter the office. Claudia is 27, she is married to Joao Graco, the cousin of Mr. Graco, and is currently pregnant, whereas Carmen is 23. She isn't married, although she does in fact have many pretenders. They both enter the room worried, thinking their brother might have been killed, however, when they see their father smiling and holding a bottle of champagne, both women rejoice and hug the king.
Khan is weirded out by someone kissing his hand... Such practice isn't normal and is reserved for women only to recieve ut, but he lets it slide. It did get recorded and people around Khazar Lechia will take nore of that, but most of them will understand the excessive emotions at that moment.
Bulan just laughs a little and says "I know who you're looking for, wait until we officially end the judgement. There must be a sentence of some kind, but don't worry, it won't be punishment" khan takes his seat yet again on the throne and says "I sentence octavius to recieve his own ID for the lack of thereof and I declare protection for him as a courtier of this palace!"
To other people such statement may be anything but a sentence, but the end of judgement is cust officially called "sentence"...
Few hours later:
New ID was being prepared to Octavius in all official languages of Khazar Lechia stating His two names, last name being "ben Diego" meaning "son of Diego". There was a problem though... As this entire chaos of law and conspiracy resulted with Octavius loosing Mantesan citizenship...
After Khan got informed about it, he went to the room Octavius and Qirka were in and explained this situation to both of them.
"Give them our citizenship... You're litterally here... All he needs to do is say the vow from our constitution. Then he can officially reapply for Mantesan citizenship... No problem..." says Qirka, but Bulan waits for Octavius...
"Your Majesty, this is a great honor for me, but unluckily I cannot do that. As prince of Viana, I am the heir to the crown of Mantesa and thus only loyal to my motherland. Taking the vow would be against the constitution of my nation and I would lose my rights to the throne. I hope you can understand my reasons to decline your proposal..." Octavius then rememebers something "Also, have you seen a Mantesan woman over here? She has dark, brown hair and black eyes. I hope she is ok..."
the treaty of Adarhoshang
July 18/ 2020
On this date the delegation of tahiries, and the delegation of Khazar Lechia have meet in the city and capital of adarhoshang. To in fact sign a treaty for the two empire far from each other.
The terms of the treaty of Adarhoshang
- The Jewish traders of Khazar Lechia will be allowed to travel into the empire of Tahiries.
- The nations of Tahiries and Khazar Lechia shall be allowed, and excepted to open the trading agreement to its fullest.
- The companies of Khazar Lechia and Tahiries will be allowed to extend into each other’s lands and empire, and also area of influence.
The Khazar Lechian delegation, and Ardashir I.
Khan: "Your father wanted me to arrest her, so she was arrested. She's not charged with anything, so she will be free in a day and there will be no interrogation. Your father may wish to charge her after she revealed your identity, but that's not against our law... The problem is... You cannot legally cross the border without citizenship. Your Mantesan citizenship was revoked by Lesser-King Diego the IV... I will arrange something so he comes to the palace so you two can legally meet... You're not a prisoner, but you can't leave the palace without citizenship... You are only my courtier. We can make you an ID with Mantesan citizenship when your father comes here and officially grants your citizenship back publicly... I hope you see how messy this situation is... I can't help you more than that... I could militarily fight your right to the throne of Mantesa, but that's a really bad idea... I think I will call Diego..."
as the Khan finishes, he leaves the room and calls Diego the IV.
The signatories of this were councilors. In order to make this exact document completely valid it still needs to be signed by the Khan. The councilors invite the leader of Tahiries to Astana of Khazar Lechia to meet the Khan so the treaty can be officially signed.
“Mr Prime Minister, I think you will want to see this. Mr Prime Minister?”
Synnove rubs his eyes and stands up from his chair, which he’s been sleeping in for the last 30 minutes.
“What did you want me to see?”
The Chief of Staff shows Synnove a picture on his phone.
“Oh my God. Is this real?”
“Yes. I’ll get the Press Secretary to announce it.”
30 minutes later
“Today, I have the unfortunate job of announcing to you that at 13:47, the Mantesan Minister of Defense was found dead in a warehouse in the South of Byrelond. As it is an ongoing investigation, I cannot comment, but I can tell you that the police are treating the case as possible murder. Thank you.”
Diego IV: Yes, Bulan, I have seen the trial. Thank you for your decision. Is there anything you want me to do for you? My country and I owe you so much right now
Meanwhile, in Khazar Lechia...
Octavius: Qirka, could you please take me to the prisoner I described earlier? I want you to meet her...
Khan on the phone with Diego: "Diego... Let's leave that thing you owe me for later... Now the unknown criminal whom you officially declared to NOT be Mantesan is officially your son... He lost citizenship Diego... He can't leave my palace without a proper Khazar Lechian ID. We can't write in Mantesan citizenship as you revoked it and he can't say the vow required to get Khazar Lechian citizenship... Get over here with all the people needed to my palace and give your son citizenship back..."
Qirka to Octavius: "You can't leave the palace with no ID and you can't get one without citizenship... I can bring her here though. She's not charged with anything, so I can just cancel her arrest on my own authority and bring her here..."
“Shot through the side of the head. There is evidence of torture, but no evidence of suicide, so it’s being treated as a murder. My older brother is on the case, he’s a good detective, so I shouldn’t be too worried about the outcome of the investigation. It’s not yet been confirmed as a hate crime, but it may well be. What is going to be the reaction from your government?”
Khan: "I see no problems with that... Wait... Your minister was murdered... I just got a report from my enforcement about it... Why the hell does my enforcement have a report on that?! No matter... That is my problem not yours... Feel free to come here if you have time. You can be discreet as getting foreign citizenship is not officially a legal event. We can't take down our security in the palace, so all of this will be recorder on video and sound... They got some HD video cameras... I like to watch me and my wives from last night in the evenings with them so it does come in handy... Qirka uses her recordings to pray in a choir with herself... You know... The usual..."
Qirka after her conversation with Octavius and a goodbye kiss, goes to the containment facility and visits Maria. The girl was not told why Qirka is visiting her, but an important note is that Maria was not harmed or charged with anything under her arrest. Many guards even visited her for casual chats cracking jokes about the stupid law in Khazar Lechia. When Qirka enters her cell, the atmosphere gets tense as all guards and enforcers salute to her (with only the index finger and the thumb, as customary in KL). She approaches Maria and says "I'm taking you to Octavius..."
This sentence at the moment can mean many things to Maria as she is not allowed to watch news and was not given any access to the outside world. She doesn't know that Octavius was not executed.
Khan: "I'm not accusing anyone here, especially my own men, but our enforcement has a report on Mantesan Defence minister getting killed... I have two questions... Did you give them this information and what is the response of Mantesa?"
Maria is scared. She doesn't know much about Qirka, most of her knowledge about her is from the time she tortured Mantesans during the Civil War. She stands up, pale and shaking, but her face aquires the aspect of an old virgin going to the martyrdom or like the proud Cleopatra before giving herself to the fury of the snake. She gives her white and shaky hand to Qirka and says "Take me with him then..."
“We appreciate the gesture, but honestly, we are more than capable of investigating this thoroughly. Wait, Cicero, I’m putting you on speakerphone. Hey, Khan. The Mantesan Government is going to condemn the assassination, and I’m not sure how the papers got into your hands, it only happened about 8 and a bit hours ago.”
Synnove pauses for a second.
“Hang on... Cicero, tell Diego I’m arriving in Pentiscola tomorrow. I need to check something out.”
Synnove hangs up on both phones and leaves with his coat slung over his arm.