"Lilygatherer" Corruption Trial Opens
SHARN -- On Wir, five city council staffers, including the chief of staff to Councillor Borian Haldorak, went on trial for corruption, bribery, and narcotic trafficking. Central to the case is the charge that the staffers used their political influence to run a dreamlily smuggling and distribution network that stretched into some of Sharn's toniest neighborhoods.
"Over the coming weeks, we'll be presenting incontrovertible evidence that these officials used their positions to bribe members of the City Watch, forge customs manifests, and cover up their own involvement in a massive dreamlily ring," Crown Barrister Ulrich Thomossak promised. "And based on the testimony delivered, we may uncover other conspirators as well. If we do, I can guarantee additional arrests, trials, and convictions."
Three of the five staffers currently report to Borian Haldorak of Upper Dura. Since the investigation became public two weeks ago, Haldorak has steadfastly maintained that he had no knowledge of any illegal activities performed by his subordinates. "With two hundred years of practice under my belt, I accounted myself a good judge of character," Haldorak said. "That's why I grieve to learn of the charges against some of the colleagues I trusted to handle the affairs of this great city."
Haldorak refused to speculate on the guilt or innocence of his staffers. "I will continue to cooperate with the Thomossak investigation in any way I can throughout the trial," he said. "I would caution everyone involved, however, to let the wheel of justice turn as it may, and not to assign guilt or innocence until the trial's conclusion."
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David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.