19th July 01:47
satire (bit cross)
On another line of thought, it occurs to me that even to this
day, in many legal contexts, a month's notice is given before
legal proceedings begin in earnest.
Interestingly, if the Druid performing the satire were to skip
any of the steps and jump right to the satire, a payment was
due from the Druid to the object of the satire, presumably
based on his honor price. If he takes distraint (I'd need to
do a bit of research on this) before the object of the satire
is given every chance to recant, the Druid must pay the person
the distraint amount.
Also interesting was that the legal minds of the day noted the
nemed class as the reason a Druid could do injury to someone
else without it returning or transferring back to them.
The trefocul chanted at the end of the second phase apparently
had a fairly set form as well. In one recorded the Druid was
advised by "Sense" to compose the trefocul while it saying `let
there not be a satire in it yet'. The form appears to follow the
ogham cross: naming the offender, naming the offense and
including a bit of praise.
Interesting how the Druid maintains the offender's status and
worth through praise up until the actual satire. Presumably to
make it easier for the offender to make amends without any
loss serious of face.