Prompt: Magistrate and Court Sorcerer Gratis
His name was Gratis, but with the Court Sorcerer, nothing was gratis. Like a vulture in his red, wide-sleeved magistrate’s robes, decorated with scrolling gold letters in an unknown, no longer spoken language he prowled the palace. But he was always close enough to crane in and whisper in the young King’s ear.
And always he had a hand to take the bribes – the pouches crumpled from being sat on and the stacks of little clinking coins. Bribes to whisper an extra word in the King’s ear, bribes to rule with one farmer instead of another, bribes to forget a mistake, bribes to create a mistake where none existed. He would do it all without a second thought, as long as you had the money.