Nobility Among Us
Brought together by a reality show designed to pacify the people of Gandria, Viscount Marcus Draishire and his low-born wife are secret devotees of the forbidden book. This could get both of them imprisoned or worse.
Marcus hears a case of a cattle farmer suing his baron for unfair taxation. Should he follow the king's decree, that all nobles are immune from criticism, or judge the case on its merits?
Marcus chooses the latter and gets himself some unwanted attention. He now has to balance acting in the best interests of his subjects against antagonising his superiors, who tend to express their displeasure with a bomb, bullet or knife.
Those underneath him have their own struggles and the nobility itself is walking something of a tightrope, the need to crush dissent weighing against that of projecting a benevolent public image; no-one wants another uprising.
Published: 17 September 2013