When the expected knock came, Orwyn was putting his signature to the last of the daily patrol reports. "Come in, Nostrae," he said without looking up.
The King's Prosecutor entered Orwyn's office, followed by Officer Pepper. "Good evening Commander."
"Good evening to you as well. Glad you could come." Orwyn looked up and smiled at Nostrae, and then exchanged a quick salute with Officer Pepper. "Please have a seat, both of you."
Orwyn began, "ok, so. The first thing is that we've found solid evidence that Conclave isn't involved in any treasonous activity."
"Yet," interjected Officer Pepper.
Orwyn sighed and looked briefly at the ceiling before continuing. " Marshall Atrius directed them to try and communicate with Horde dissidents regarding possible peace settlements. It's in writing."
Hearing this, Nostrae nodded.
"Also, Genevra Stoneheardt showed me a letter in which a Mr. Dashadeash admitted to attempting to blackmail Conclave over those efforts," Orwyn said.
Nostrae gave Orwyn an incredulous look. " He...wrote a letter about it?"
Orwyn nodded. "And signed it. Handwriting analysis says it's a valid signature. 95% probablity."
Returning to her usual curt analysis of the matter at hand, Nostrae observed, "Whether Dashadeash wrote the letter doesn't even really matter in regards to the accusations against Conclave though. It's still blackmailing an organization that, according to the evidence, is completely in the clear. Is Conclave going to ask for an investigation into the blackmail letter?"
"They're thinking it over," answered Orwyn.
Officer Pepper mused, "Blackmail...Why are they blackmailing Conclave?
"That's a good question," Orwyn answered. "One that I'd like to ask Mr. Dashadeash. Perhaps he has a personal dislike of their communications with the Horde. It wouldn't be the first time. This whole affair seems to have caused some outrage with the usual hardliners."
"Where can this Mr. Dashadeash be found?" asked Officer Pepper.
"Ironforge. He's apparently friends with Commander Buldin. Interestingly enough"
Nostrae frowned, " Isn't that a conflict of interest?"
Orwyn shrugged, "It certainly raises some questions. Well Nostrae, I believe the Conclave investigation is wrapped up, unless you have some objection."
Nostrae answered matter of factly, "Not at all."
After a brief pause as Officer Pepper excused himself to return to the medical lab, Orwyn continued the discussion. "Now, regarding AAMS and other neutral organizations. Apparently the Ironforge Guards are requiring neutral groups to file a permit in order for them to be allowed in Ironforge, and they are actively looking to arrest AAMS members. Again, it's over fears of communication and possible collaboration with the Horde."
Nostrae crinkled her nose. " And I suppose they want to bar the Argent Crusade and Kirin Tor from the city as well?"
Orwyn shrugged. "I haven't heard."
"Well if they're going to declare issues with neutral organizations, I'd like to see them deal with Lord Fodring about it, Nostrae observed disapprovingly."
Orwyb grinned slightly at her reaction. "Well, I don't believe Stormwind has any reason to implement any kind of permit system ourselves. Seems you agree."
Nostrae concurred, " It would be burdensome and useless in the long run. Unless the King states otherwise, I would assume it's business as usual. AAMS included. They've never been anything but forthright with us."
"I agree," Orwyn said. "The war certainly puts them in a difficult situation now though. It's more difficult to assume that the exchanges are harmless. However I believe the fault lies with those groups who would be improperly using the service though, instead of the service itself."
"I concur. I also feel that it is better to have a service with standards that we can trust to notify us if anything dangerous occurs...rather than people using secretive means. Let's face it, if people want to communicate, they'll find ways," Nostrae observed.
Orwyn nodded, "Plenty of underground options and neutral territory. So, we're in agreement on AAMS to let them, and the other neutral organizations continue their business as long as they continue to follow our existing laws."