Courthouse

Courthouse layout

The courthouse has since been utterly destroyed with the riots Lepidstadt had during the trial of the beast. The courthouse was burnt to the ground by vigilantes that sort the beasts destruction.

Lepidstadt courthouse

A1. Main Entrance: Ornate pillars support a balcony 15 feet above (area A15). Beneath the balcony, wide steps lead up to a huge, ironbound door. Printed public notices are posted on a wooden board next to the door. Presently, these notices detail the upcoming trial in long-winded legal language.

A2. Entry: This room provides access to most of the other rooms on the courthouse’s ground f loor. A heavy iron trapdoor covers a stone stairway that leads down to the jail in the cellar below.

A3. Storage: While looking through the assorted buckets, mops, ropes, torches, and other sundries in this tiny storeroom uncovers the parts of a ballista, lying unassembled in a trio of cases, along with 20 bolts.

A4. Common Room: A battered table and chairs stand in the middle of this room, in front of a large fireplace in the east wall. The six on-duty guards spend most of their time here, between hourly patrols of the jail and the courthouse.

A5. Barracks: A dozen cots and trunks and a washstand fill this room, where the six off-duty guards usually sleep. A stone staircase leads up the courtroom above (area A18).

A6. Privies: The privies are currently unoccupied.

A7. Sergeant’s Cupboard: A small cot is rammed into the only available space in this cramped storeroom, which currently serves as the lodgings of Barrister Gustav Kaple.

A8. Public Entrance: Two heavy oak doors to the north and south allow the public to enter the building. Inside, two narrow, iron spiral staircases climb to the public gallery 30 feet above (area A22).

A9. Kitchen: Meals for the guards and prisoners are prepared in this dirty and unpleasant place. The cook, Celia, works here during the day but goes home in the evening.

A10. Pantry: This room holds assorted foodstuffs, including a few barrels of excellent local wheat beer.

A11. Well: A 50-foot-deep well, its cover broken a long time ago, provides a fresh water supply for the jail.

A12. Jail: A steep stone stair descends into this large cellar, its ceiling some 15 feet above the flagstone floor. A narrow, iron spiral staircase stands in the center of the cellar, leading up to the prisoner holding room (area A16). A cupboard along the southern wall contains numerous small torture devices such as thumbscrews and choke pears.

A13. Empty Cells: Three iron cages line the jail’s northern wall. Each has a good lock (Disable Device DC 30) and a small cot, but the cages are all presently empty.

A14. The Prisoner: This large cage normally holds groups of prisoners, but it is currently home to just one special guest, the Beast of Lepidstadt, bound with 12 sets of masterwork manacles with superior locks to a huge iron chair bolted to the floor.

A15. Balcony: A grand balcony overlooks the town square 15 feet below, surrounded by a low, 4-foot-high
stone railing. A huge brass and wooden clock dominates the balcony’s rear wall. Known locally as “Father Time,” the clock is plain but enormously noisy; its huge bell (suspended in a small tower above area A16) strikes every hour and can be heard throughout Lepidstadt.

A16. Prisoner Holding Room: Three sets of masterwork manacles with superior locks hang in this bare room next to the door to the courtroom (area A18). The keys to the manacles are in their locks. The narrow stair from the jail (area A12) emerges here, enabling prisoners to be brought into the courtroom without passing the public. A hefty oak cupboard fills a large space within this room, containing the workings of the Father Time clock and the turnkey used to wind it. A ladder in the southeast corner leads up to the clock’s bell tower.

A17. Office: This small, neat office contains a mahogany desk and leather chair. Three more chairs stand against the southern wall. This room serves as neutral ground for any meetings that the justices may deem necessary.

A18. Courtroom: This grand room is panelled in dark oak and its vaulted ceiling is 25 feet high. Three throne like chairs with built-in lecterns for the presiding justices stand in front of the east wall. The witness stand is directly in front of them. Two polished mahogany desks, one for the defense and one for the prosecution, stand facing the justices’ chairs. An iron restraining chair with six sets of masterwork manacles for the accused stands in the center of the room, specially created for this trial. Behind the accused, two rows of a dozen seats each face the front of the court. To the west, the public gallery (area A22) overlooks the room 10 feet above.

A19. Prosecution Chamber: This small, simple office is for the use of the prosecution. It contains two chairs and a desk, with a writing set and paper in one drawer.

A20. Justices’ Chamber: This sumptuous chamber contains three luxurious leather chairs, a wardrobe, and an ornate enamel washstand. The wardrobes contain the justices’ gowns and collars, powdered wigs, and a great wooden gavel for the chief justice.

A21. Defense Chamber: This small chamber is identical to area A19. Barrister Gustav Kaple currently uses this room as his office.

A22. Public Gallery: A sloping gallery with a low rail overlooks the courtroom from 10 feet above. The gallery can only be accessed from the steep spiral stairs at the public entrance (area A8).

Courthouse

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