Monday, May 19, 1650
The characters are taken to the Town Court, an entrance to the large Town Hall, and brought inside. In the portico, a clerk sits, papers upon his desk. He looks up, observes the guards, observes Delfig and Andrej - whom he takes to be prisoners, and enquires as to why the prefect's attention is sought.
A clock in the portico chimes the bottom half of the hour - it is six-thirty p.m. For a moment, the characters are forced to contemplate that that morning they woke next to a barge on the river Aar. Much has happened in twelve hours. The guards argue with the clerk, who shouts over them for silence.
"The Prefect is engaged in an important matter, and cannot be disturbed immediately. I will set the matter to his attention at the first opportunity - you may take yourselves into the court and wait. If at all possible, he will see you before the ninth hour. If not by that time, then tomorrow morning."
At that point, you cannot help noticing that the clerk does absolutely nothing towards informing the Prefect of anything. He merely remains at his desk, and goes on working. The guards contend among themselves, and four agree to stay. The others leave. The four direct Andrej and Delfig into the court room, and proceed to make themselves comfortable - but respectful - upon the benches that encircle the walls.
It is much like any courtroom you've witnessed. There is a door you might conjecture is the door to the Prefect's offices and a raised 'bench' where the Prefect might sit. Beyond the aforementioned sitting benches around the walls, the center of the room is empty, except for a half-circle platform raised five inches above the floor, with a two foot bannister erected upon one side, facing the Prefect's bench.
You are thus given time to wait.