Samira travels to the House of Wonder, the holy temple of Mystra in Waterdeep. She meets with the High Priest, Meleghost Starseer. She attends services to the Lady of Magic and tithes 2,102 electrum coins to the temple. During the morning Rehs goes about the city to look at apartments and shops that he could rent. He makes no decisions on any of the properties and returns to Saedellas’ house by midday.
Corthen has a bad day. He receives three letters at his home in the North Ward from three of the noble houses of Waterdeep. It appears that the noble scions of the Ilzimmer, Zulpair, and Lathkule families have taken offense at his very public insults on the Deep Delvers. Corthen has Tellazar read the letters to him from each family.
To Corthen Nightglade of Elven Court,
In the city of where my forefathers helped to defend against sea pirates, orc hordes and cutthroats you have recently stood in public and insulted the Lathkule family name repeatedly. Your slurs upon members of our esteemed noble house have brought dishonor to my family’s name.
You have dishonored every member of my noble family. I demand satisfaction for your injurious actions. You have two choices if your family has taught you of honor. You either follow the Code of Contrition and submit yourself to my mercy, or you will have to face the Lathkule sword champion on the Field of Triumph. Because you are an alien to Waterdhavian customs, I strongly recommend you find an ally who will educate you on the details of matters of honor, contrition, and honor duels.
Lord Nimor Lathkule
To the dishonorable knave known as Corthen the Carouser,
What gall, sir! Your drunken and bitter ranting should shame you. Although most friends and allies of the house Ilzimmer immediately discount your vicious words, your lies still dishonor Jandar Ilzimmer, my young nephew and this family.
No matter what your motives are for calling my nephew and his friends liars, I will not let your insult to Jandar or the Ilzimmer House stand. Your letter to Regnet Amcathra does not remove the dishonor you have wronged us with. You have two days to rectify matters properly with my family before I make you regret your insolence.
Lord Boroldan Ilzimmer
Corthen Nightglade of the North Ward, known adventurer of Undermountain,
Does bitterness take control of thy tongue and jealousy thy heart? Few cowards brave the depths of the tunnels beneath our city but plenty of fools do, of that I am certain. You have recently stood amongst the crowds in the Yawning Portal and shouted accusations at my son’s friends while they celebrated their victory over the mad wizard.
You called each of them a liar for their heroic feats and actually challenged the veracity of their story without proof. When your insults were not enough, you quickly attempted to assault any of them you could find.
My family will not be dishonored in such a way by you. Your insults have spread throughout the entire populace of Waterdeep and will soon spread far and wide to every thorp and dale if left unchallenged.
As the head of my Noble House, I Olomar Zulpair demand that this black stain be removed within three days, else I take action to regain my family honor.
Corthen asks Tellazar and Erith about the contrition act that Lord Lathkule mentioned. They inform the elf about the subject. They tell him that the Code of Contrition is an old human custom in the North used by nobility to regain honor by requiring the offender to submit to the Lord or Lady whose honor has been sullied.
They say that the custom is for the offender to submit to the dishonored noble who provides the rags of a beggar which the offender must don from sunup to sunset. The custom requires the offender to sit outside their estate and proclaim their contrition before each passerby and to ask forgiveness of each member of the offended noble family who comes past that day. Erith tells him that some nobles will intentionally gather stable waste and have it placed at their gate to make the offender have to sit among the droppings. He says that adults may not harass the offender undergoing Contrition, but children under the age of fifteen are permitted to toss eggs and rotten fruits at the offender.
The bard says an honor duel takes place before the public on the Field of Triumph in Waterdeep. Custom dictates that the dishonored noble may choose any member of his noble family or a champion to defend his honor. The offender has no choice but fight for himself, unless the offender is an infirm nobleman incapable of wielding a sword. In those cases, an infirm noble may choose someone else from the family to fight in his stead. Erith informs him that absolutely no magic may be used by either party in an honor duel. Each combatant may choose one set of armor, one shield, and two weapons that he may enter the arena with; this equipment is taken from the armory of the Field of Triumph. No one may use their own equipment which prevents dishonorable items such as poisoned blades or any hidden enchantments from entering the duel.
Erith tells Corthen that a duel lasts until one party submits and asks for mercy. Custom dictates that the winner must grant the loser mercy and the duel is over. No duel may be to the death. Tradition dictates that the loser of an honor duel may not seek healing prayers from any priest until the next morning. The purpose is to make the loser feel the pains suffered in the arena, so they will learn something from the duel.
Corthen mulls over his choices for a while and decides that he will choose Honor Dueling on the Field of Triumph. He sends replies to each noble house informing them that he has chosen to duel. He decides to meditate and work on his weapons training until the days of his Honor Duels.