"I'll meet up with you guys tomorrow, something I gotta take care of tonight." Matrix will then head to the prison, to inform the husband (without using names or places) that his wife (madame S as he calls her in this circumstance) is safe and will testify, his neck has 24 more hours, and we hope to have him free before tomorrow afternoon. He then sits with his back against the far wall and keeps watch through the night.
At the jail, Harthal Zymorven replies not a word to Matrix's assurances, except a most quiet, barely audible whisper: "Please don't let her come to harm." His plea is resigned, pitiful.
Matrix, standing guard outside the prison, sees nothing amiss the entire night.
The morning comes with hope for Zymorven. When you visit the mortuary, the body of the slain man is still being prepared for burial, so you are able to have the Waterbaron's representative examine the wounds.
After a few minutes, the Waterbaron's proxy announces his findings. "The single stab wound is small, and in no way could it have been made by that weapon," he says, pointing to the greatsword. "Captain Brenner obviously lied in his report. The murder weapon should now be considered to be unknown, and Brenner's report should be called seriously into question."
The Yartaran official pauses as if he doesn't quite understand, and then clocks it. "Ah...yes, of course. Speaking with the departed spirit. By all means...as long as there is no desecration of the body? No necromantic reanimation?"
Ink offers, "Spirits will always try to offer vague answers at best... Although I'm curious to know what this society is, we should try asking questions that require more specific answers."
"Perhaps something along the lines of... Describe in detail the face and dress of the individual that slid the blade into you that ended your natural life...?" Ink suggests, before stammering, "I don't know - I've always been terrible at this type of questioning." With a chuckle, he says, "The dead always seem to get the upper hand on me."
The proxy, clearly uncomfortable with this power that Flint wields, clears his throat and says rapidly, "I...am not sure if any of this would be valid for legal testimony, but I will be sure to inform the Waterbaron of everything that was said. Shall we be off?" He asks, quickly and eagerly.
// actually what I'm saying is the zone of truth is area effect and would also affect the proxy. //
// Ah okay, never mind about the Deception then. I misunderstood. Made the save, failed it spectacularly //
“This information will be helpful to the Waterbaron, you understand, but I am...uncomfortable...with this treatment of a noble’s body.” The official’s face is a little on the red side, as if he finds the whole affair very improper.