Renai Revenge Court
The clouds above were stained black by the burdens of rain they carried and the land despaired ever seeing the sunlight again as the small carriage rumbled across the cracked and broken roads leading from the Oasis into the depths of the Mountains of Vhaskus. The city behind them had been obliterated decades before, but life was slowly returning, almost following the wheels of this carriage as the clouds above waited with bated breath to release their cargo of life-giving rain onto this desert. The carriage continued its journey, passing smoldering piles of corpses stacked on the sides of the road and out across the desert in sporadic bursts. The carriage driver, a bulking hulk of a man with greyed skin stained with scars and wearing a simple set of chain mail as armor, swept his gaze across the horizon, constantly watching and wary. A handful of days after leaving the ruins of Oasis, the peaks of the mountains were well above the clouds, the base in sight. Coming to a stop, the carriage chortled and the horses neighed in worry. The clouds overhead were as thick as they had been, but in the distance to the north one could just make out the approaching walls of rain. Shapes flickered into existence in front of the carriage, giving a respectful distance as ancient men and women appeared in great numbers. Dragons of all colors and sizes corralling the group. And finally, the carriage driver stepped down from his position in the carriage and gave a short bow to the assembly before opening the carriage door. A leather-clad boot stepped down first, bringing its owner to bear. The small shape of the halfling was obscured by the papers he held in his hands, he paused and gave a small nod to the assembly before shuffling the papers and staring daggers into the crowd. “By the authority of the Renai Revenge Court, you have been tried and found wanting. A fine has been imposed on your organization; the lichdom, and will be directed to the survivors of your holocaust.” The crowd rippled with anger before being quieted by their guards, a few spells terminating at the fingertips of these ancients. The halfling nodded, and took a small bow. “The court thanks you for your understanding that this decision is final.” He turned back into the carriage and departed the same way he arrived. Into the wall of rain and back to the rebuilding civilization.The government of the theocratic state of Renai boasts a complex legislative branch with many twigs extending from it; but at the very tip, above the the drama of the Polars and the mire of busy paperwork ascribed to the House of Ministers, towers the Renai Revenge Court, final arbiter in any and all cases it accepts. The theocracy, ruled by the iron-willed dragons Brodray and Pursir can bring immense force to bear against anyone foolish enough to oppose it, and as their highest legislative authority, the full brunt of Renai's executive branch, dragons and all, is at the Revenge Court's disposal, should the need arise. The court is famously known for many of their decisions as many courts across the continent, within Renai or not, look to the court for precedent. From the Eighth Session's Ban on Atomic Weapons and the Fourteenth Session's Fine against the entire Lichdom for the Genocide of the Orcs. Not to mention the Sixth Session's Abolishment of Renai's laws against Percussion Performances. They oversee any decisions they see as worthy, be it domestic or foreign. However, no matter the size, the court can only see so many cases at a time, and only process around 80 cases per year. The members of this court are, for obvious reasons, rarely Human and more often Halfling or other long-lived races such as Elves or Dwarves that can commit to the long sessions without up and dying from old age. Should the total members of a session fall below 2/3rds the original number before term’s end, new members can be selected by Brodray or Pursir from a shortlist composed by the members of the court. However, this has only happened rarely. Under the supervision of one of the Court’s committees are it’s ground troops, used for finding suspects, protecting travelling witnesses and protecting the Court’s physical location as well as each of its members are the Renai Revenge Squads. This group doesn’t have the best public appearance, as they have been reduced in many areas to being known colloquially as “Death Squads” that operate outside the law of Ithungsida. This however, isn’t directly true, the squads act with the intent and direction of the Court, which has specific treaties with all major regions to allow such activity. The Origin of the Revenge Court
In the time of Iwa, war raged constantly under the ever-burning sun. Only a few areas in Iwa could claim peace, and generally even then only through strict laws and policies. The land of Renai was one such place, but maintained their peace through means not entirely understood. Iwa’s Renai was a land very different from the Renai of Ithungsida. Gone were the cold lands of the Frost Shield and the Dytikan Coast, in their place were lush fields and hills. Renai was, at its heart, a collaboration of many groups of Halflings that had bound together to fend off intruders that brought war to their lands. As such, the central government was finicky and disliked moving quickly. If a concern wasn’t shown to be relevant in a hundred years, it wasn’t touched. As such, progress was slow, but the ways of the world smiled on the plodding country, some saying that Chando Meywa, the Distant Arctele herself found a liking to them. When the nation and peoples of Iwa were found to be at threat, the people of Renai were unlikely to be involved, armies marching around the borders, forgetting their entry, and finding solace and battle elsewhere. In the times of Iwa, this continued unchallenged, the people in Renai finding beauty in the small things, affirming their faith to the glorious leaders of Brodray ‘Champion of Garma’ and Pursir ‘Faithful of Firn’ who had given so much guidance from the very gods themselves. This, however, couldn’t last forever, the tides and ebbs of war, always present, found itself a singular target in a species. Blood, battle cries and the populous called for slaughter. The slaughter festered, wars culling the lifeblood from the land. Finally, luck gave into the plight of this species and a group made their way into the lands of Renai. They beseeched the nobles and the government for audience with Brodray and Pursir to aid in their cause. To do anything. The nobles conferred and sat, taking the time customary to their station. When the audience was finally pushed up the chain of command, the group had left to aid their species. When the truth was eked out by Brodray and Pursir, they found the species to be no more. In the time between the request and the audience, Mankind had been wiped from the face of Iwa. Thus was commissioned a structure unlike any seen before. Brodray and Pursir sat at a council of their own design with members of Renai to seek out and find the cause of the destruction. So began, the first session of the Renai Revenge Court. Many sessions followed after, right up until the fall of Iwa. Then began the Courts in the new Renai, founded in the land of Ithungsida in the 62nd year after the Landing of the Fourth Fleet of Iwa.
The First Session of the Renai Revenge Court began in the 62nd year after the Landing of the Fourth Fleet of Iwa, it started with 23 members, all Halfling, and is the only recorded instance of Brodray and Pursir setting the required amount of members. At the end of every session, the current members of the Court band together and vote for what number of people should be on the court for the next run. For example, the 9th session had an astounding 98 members selected after the Fall of Araetule, to this date, it is the largest session to have been selected.
Under direct control of the Court are the varied Renai Revenge Squads, picked from the highest quality members of various groups in Renai. The Revenge Squads are trained to an extreme degree in a Toft's "Brodray's Playground" Typically orders from the Court are passed to the leader of the Squads and then the order is delegated to the correct channels from there.
The Renai Revenge Court has ultimate jurisdiction in Renai and high levels of respect across the Continent. Decisions made by the Renai Revenge Court are considered final. In 0438 When some Dukes in KravMaw stood against the ingress of the Court’s Revenge Squads into their lands, they quickly found Renai backing the Court over their hopes for privacy and control over their lands. Renai is, has been, and is sure to remain the single largest purchaser of goods from Kravmaw, but in response to blocking the Revenge Squads from operating in their lands, the Renai government stopped buying from the entire region the lords had ruled over. “Had” is a key word here, as the Embargo stood for 6 years, until the last of the lords were deposed of in 0444, then resumed purchasing from the region.