Not a single soul in Asgard would step forward to defend Loki, which delayed the trial for almost a full cycle of Asgard's moons. Syn, who normally would defend those charged with a crime before the God's assembly recused herself because she felt she had already decided in her mind that Loki's actions were unpardonable.
As the trial neared it was only Sigyn who would stand with her husband in the great court to defend him against the many counts he was charged with. The Trickster had much to answer for ! The Asgardian laws that he was charged with breaking included : Trespassing, breaking and entering, theft, fleeing from the scene of a crime, and attacking and injuring another Asgardian in the commission of a crime. The penalty for committing such transgressions ranged from banishment to execution.
In the weeks leading up to the trial Loki asked to see Freyja, Heimdall, and Odin. All three refused until Sigyn begged them to go and see her husband. Freyja and Odin relented, but Heimdall, who still had a small wound on his buttocks from where Loki the seal had bitten him, flatly refused.
Freyja was the first to arrive at Odin's hall to see Loki. As she was let into the locked chamber by Vali and Vidar, Freyja grinned as she saw the Deceiver of Gods chained to a table in the middle of the room like a common dog. After Odin's sons left the Vanir Goddess walked over to the helpless Loki and stared angrily into his eyes.
" What is the matter Trickster, why don't you shape change into the disgusting serpent that you are and slither out of here on your belly ! ? " she asked in a sarcastic tone.
Loki grimaced as he moved his arms and legs in the chains that bound him to the table.
" Great Odin has placed a runic spell upon these chains which prevents me from changing my form . " he told her sadly.
Freyja bent over and inspected the chains. Loki had not lied. The irons that held him firmly in place were indeed deeply engraved with runes, and as she ran her fingers over the letters she could feel the powerful seidr that Odin had used on them. The Vanir Goddess smiled when she remembered back to when she taught the Valfather the ancient art of magic.
" Your blood - brother must be very angry with you this time Loki ! " she told him with a big grin.
Loki raised his head, and returned her grin with an evil smile of his own.
" I did not ask you here to discuss my bindings, or how angry All - father is with me. I asked you to come so that we could talk about you Freyja . " he explained to the Vanir Goddess.
Freyja turned her head slightly and frowned.
" Me ? " I am not on trial here ! " she blurted out angrily.
Loki laughed, rattling the chains with every chuckle.
" Yes, that is true. However, certain ..... things ..... might come out at the trial that you might not want others to hear. " he told Freyja with an evil laugh.
Freyja cupped her hand and a small field of magical energy formed on her palm . The Vanir Goddess stood over Loki and placed the swirling mass in front of his face.
" Be careful what you say evil one ! " she told Loki.
Loki looked over at the magical sphere that the Goddess had conjured up, and then he looked her straight in the eyes. Both orbs sparkled with the same force of the cosmos that she held in her hand, but Loki had little to lose, and only a few moves left to play to save his life.
" I hear the Dwarves, the creators of the Brisingamen necklace, are still smiling over the unique way you paid for that exquisite piece of jewelry ! " Loki told her with a wicked grin.
Suddenly the energy field that Freyja had conjured disappeared in the blink of an eye. The Vanir Goddess grabbed Loki by his collar and stared deeply into his eyes.
" Disclose how I paid for the necklace, and I will kill you ! Not even Great Odin will save you from my wrath if you tell anyone that tale ! " she told him angrily.
Loki shrugged his shoulders as best he could in spite of the retaining chains.
" It is not that I want to tell anyone of the unusual circumstances of your purchase..... but you never know what might just slip out at the trial ! " he explained to her.
Freyja took a deep breath, and gave the Mischief Monger a frustrated look.
" And what do I have to do to make certain this tale is not told ? " she asked.
" Well I certainly don' t expect you to sleep with me ! I simply want you to ask Odin for leniency at my trial. " he told her.
" I cannot deny that I took the necklace, or that I did not injure Heimdall, but if the victim of my " prank " were to tell Odin to go easy on me ..... well ..... I might just forget all about how you paid for the necklace. " he added confidently.
Freyja turned her back to Loki, and began to walk towards the door of the chamber.
" I have your word that you will remain silent ! ? " Freyja asked.
As Vidar opened the door to the prison Loki answered.
" Of course my dear ! " he told her with a huge smile.
Two days later Odin came to see Loki. The Valfather was not as patient with his blood - brother as Freyja had been. He was tired of Loki's immature and destructive behavior, and was done with defending his dishonorable acts. If not for the tearful pleading of Loki's wife Sigyn, the All - Father would not have bothered to come at all !
" Why have you asked me to come see you !? " Odin demanded impatiently.
Loki slowly lifted his head up as if it weighed a thousand pounds, and peered over at Odin.
" I wanted to ask for leniency. " he told his blood - brother.
The Trickster grinned broadly.
" What I did I cannot deny, but is it really necessary to punish me with death for such a foolish act ? " he added sarcastically.
Odin turned and began to walk towards the door.
" You have broken our laws, and injured a fellow Asgardian. Your punishment is mandated ! " he told Loki as he was about to leave.
Loki Laughed !
" Frigga has forgiven you for sleeping with Gunnlod, and she has been very understanding that Rinda bore you Vali to avenge Balder's death. " he said casually. But I wonder if she is aware of all the time you have been spending at the great farm in Sokkvabekk with Saga ? " Loki asked .
Without allowing Odin to reply he continued.
" And I wonder how she would react if she found out that you slept with the sea maiden Minda for ..... what was it .... three nights .... just to capture me ? " he asked his blood - brother.
Odin spun around and pointed a finger at Loki !
" My wife must never know of such things ! " he shouted .
" And she won't ..... as long as you are lenient in your judgement of me at my trial. " he told Odin with a hint of anger in his voice.
The Lord of Asgard was trembling inside with fury as he answered !
" I will see what I can do for you ! " he replied angrily.
The trial began the next day at the court of justice near the Spring of Urd. Syn was relentless in her prosecution as she hammered home every point of Loki' s evil act. The prosecutor described how poor Heimdall, on a mission from Odin himself, was injured on said mission by Loki who had taken the form of a seal. Heimdall took the stand and told the whole story from beginning to end without much prodding from Syn. She played on the twelve judges sympathy, and on Odin's respect for the Vanir, when she spoke of the immense sorrow that Freyja had to endure when she had her necklace stolen.
Syn was greatly surprised, however, when Freyja, who was expected to be one of the star witnesses, refused to go after Loki while on the stand. The prosecutor was further dismayed when Freyja asked that the judges consider banishment instead of death for Loki as punishment.
" The Brisingamen necklace is so beautiful that it makes those who come in contact with it want to possess it at any cost. I am not sure that I can fully blame Loki for his unfortunate actions. " she told the court as she looked directly at Loki.
Sigyn, who had never been in court before, and who had no idea how to defend her husband against such charges simply pleaded on her knees for her husband's life before the judges. Her sorrowful wailing echoed through the chamber as the tears fell from her eyes like raindrops from a dark cloud. Syn herself felt great pity for her, and helped her back to her seat before the judgement was rendered.
As the twelve Gods began to vote on whether Loki should be put to death, or outlawed from Asgard, Loki stared menacingly at the All - Father. Thor, Vali, Vidar, Forseti, Tyr, and Freyr all voted for death. Njord, Bragi, Ullr, Odr, Hoenir, and Hermod voted for banishment. As Odin read the votes out loud he looked over at Frigga and then glanced back at Loki.
" The jury is deadlocked, and now the final decision is mine to make. After weighing all the factors, including Freyja's insistence of leniency, and Sigyn's heartfelt pleas, I have decided to cast my vote for banishment ! " he told the court without emotion.
" Heimdall, Magni, and Modi take Loki to Bifrost and see that he leaves Asgard at once ! " Odin commanded.
Loki jumped up out of his seat and with a huge grin he shouted :
" You have not seen the last of Loki ! " the Trickster screamed as he was lifted off of his bench by Heimdall.
As Loki was being escorted out of the judgement hall he noticed Aegir sitting in the back row of the court, and slipped out of Heimdall's grasp .
" Perhaps I will return the next time you brew your ale Aegir ! " he shouted to the Sea Jotun.
Heimdall tried once again to grab the Trickster, but he was as slippery as a fish. Modi, angry as ever, tried to get an arm lock on Loki, but he was thrown by the Deceiver of Gods to the floor. Loki laughed defiantly at the Gods until he felt himself being lifted off the ground from behind by Magni. The Mischief Monger was certain he could not get out of Thor's strongest son's tight grip, though he tried anyway.
" I will make you all pay for this ! You Asgardians think you are so high and mighty, but you can be brought down ! " he screamed as Magni carried him out of the hall .
The courtroom burst out in laughter as Magni carried Loki away like a sack of potatoes. Magni became rougher as they reached the Spring of Urd.
" Come little one, " Magni told Loki with a smile, " We are going for a little walk ! "
The only ones not laughing in the great hall of justice were Freyja and Odin. Both were thinking the same thing as Loki was taken from the judgement hall kicking and screaming.
" Why did we allow our own personal agendas to cloud our judgement on this monumental day ? ! " they asked themselves.
As Odin and Freyja looked over at each other they both came to the realization that Loki had tricked them once again !
- End Chapter 11
- Next : Epilogue
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.