Monday, March 10, 2014
Yalayn Ishyōla del Ganjiri was the two hundred, twenty-fourth king of Masuulia. Beginning as the Provincial Lady of Ganjiri, she had famously presided over the case of Harter v. Sauro, in which Commeg Harter, natural-born Masuuli citizen who happened to be a metan, was suing the government for improper limning at a public hospital in Sauro. After his legs had been crushed in an accident, Harter had been taken to a hospital, where his yonnode had been capped cleanly and his bodily injuries had been caref for, but his legs were not repaired. The hospital claimed that as a medical organization, they had no official obligation to "repair hardware that does not sustain the health of the individual, like a prosthetic organ". Harter countered with the claim that a metan's limns were as important to a metan as a human's limbs were to a human, and the case made it to the king's attention. Ishyōla ruled in favor of the state, maintaining the hospital's position and reminding the court that "at least the wounds were staunched". This ruling embittered her critics and after a few months, many began to see her as a monster. At one point, however, Harter gained audience with her and had posed his argument to her personally, illustrating just how dearly vital limns are to the Meta n'Goro. Apologizing to him personally, she promptly made the decree that public hospitals and accredited, privately-owned hospitals should have an on-staff limner.
However, twenty years into his rule, the Mazuu-Tia disappeared.
There were flashes and rumblings, and all the headquarters of every providence were in ruin. The king did not make a speech that day, but commanded the Loyalist Guard to prevent police investigations and quell the confused public. A week afterward, the king appeared publicly, and before him were all the high officers of the Mazuu-Tia, bound and at their knees. They had been beaten and tortured to the point in which they did not cry out at the betrayal, but merely hung their heads with vacant eyes, some of them weeping and some of them moaning piteously. Taking his guard's low-energy linearc pistol he quoted the first fence of the Mazuuni-Bejongo:
"A king must be a king."
, and killed all of the high officers, the chief of which had the actual sacred document taped to his back. It smoldered and caught flame when he was shot. He had then cast down all kingly restraints, and commanded that his new quarters would be in Liopolwe. The Savaar Coastal Palace was demolished and never rebuilt, and for decades it was never discovered how Tûvraud so effectively carried out his betrayal. Eventually it was revealed that the ranks he filled the Mazuu-Tia with were actually lobotomized and computer-brained prisoners, who had been programmed to put up a façade of humanity before demolishing the headquarters and capturing their commanders.