The Saj-graf prison was one of the original buildings of the city. It had been expanded over the years to accommodate the growth in population. Its proximity to the single room court had not changed in that time nor had the size of the court. The oldest parts were made of well-aged wood, slowly being patched with stone and mortar. The newest additions had been the second subbasement that was under construction. This new addition had resulted from finding several attempts to dig out from the prison and finding another purpose than simply filling them in. The top floor, which was the third, was meant to hold people temporarily and was often crowded with multiple occupants per cell. The few lucky ones were deemed in need of solitary confinement on this floor. Commonly it was those sleeping off their vices or those that were not fit to socialize with the common residence.
Justice in Saj-graf was doled out by two judges, appointed by the mayor. The process was so whimsical that if a spat of good weather or a feast day came up you would wait that much longer for your hearing. The judges heard cases as they saw fit. The hearing usually consisted of whichever judge heard your plea and accounts from the town guard. Naturally witnesses were allowed to be presented, and given the haphazardness of the hearings, only those with coin to spare or dear friends would you be guaranteed their appearance.
It was on a cool late evening that Cerridwen sat at one of the cell doors. It was through the its small window she could see Sartow sleeping in a corner. “That the one m’Lady?” asked a sleepy guard.
“Oh yes, that is him. And this if for your troubles,” she slipped him a small pouch. “Now it is probably best you find a corner to curl up in.”
“Yes, that sounds like a lovely idea,” the guard yawned.
“Sartow, darling, how did you end up in here?” Cerridwen said in a sweet voice.
He rolled over on to his side and looked at the door. “I don’t have time for wenches,” he snipped.
“Oh dear is that who got you stuck in here? I am not here to offer my services; rather I am in need of yours. Yet in here you serve no purpose, perhaps you would like for me to let you out so we can discuss business?”
“I have no business, just my time till they set me free.”
“And that would be when? Has it not been thirty days since you took up residency here? You know a certain lord has some say in the courts and I do not think it best you go to trial.”
“Speak quickly or I may call for a guard to bring me water.”
“The job is outside of town and as a leader of men. They aspire for your renown and your skill.as a leader. I can take you to them, but only tonight.”