As one of the people that worked to capture Ahnes and to make this trial happen, I have to say I am disappointed by the conclussion.
Let me explain why in much needed detail.
Let us go over several undisputed facts that Ahnes’ plot offered:
He has broken laws on multiple ocassions, from threatening, to outright attacking people, and summoning the demon in front of arguably most powerful priest on Azeroth – Benedictus. And he has gotten away alive and well, along with people who defended him (Lion’s Sword)
After this event, he was walking around the lands of Alliance at quite a pace, unnoticed by anybody, despite clearly being KoS after what he has done.
One of my points yesterday was that Stormwind has literal army stationed in it. It is not my construct, and it is not something I am trying to use to my character’s benefit, it is a lore fact. Dark arts are against the law, and Stormwind’s garrison is strongest force of the Alliance, along with SI:7. My charaacter is a mere guard, but the might that wants Ahnes down after his many crimes is thousand times larger. With great crimes comes great punishment.
Despite this, he went on his merry way without any issues. Despite being wanted for summoning a fricking demon on Cathedral Square, SI:7 did nothing (and I don’t mean SI:7 roleplayers, but the NPCs that would go after him after such a crime), and guards did not try to capture him either.
Here, we have to move away from what we see, because what we see is a world constructed for gameplay. In game, Stormwind has around 10 guards, and 3 agents. That all are gameplay restrictions, though. In fact, Stormwind has thousands of soldiers and dozens of agents operating EVERYWHERE. He would be captured, unless he is extremely powerful entity.
He was captured relatively randomly. Many people, mainly Leonir, worked to prepare for the trial. The trial should have been an end to this plot, or at least to the part where Ahnes is invincible overpowered character. Nobody wants to play against character that has no boundaries. Ahnes mentioned he wants to be an “enemy of the Alliance”. Is that really fitting, for one guy? Or even for ten? Alliance has, IC, tens of thousands of citizens, men-at-arms, and so on. He is not going to be a real threat unless he promotes himself to Archimonde himself.
The plot started as Ahnes being powerful Warlock doing questionable deeds. It has got ridiculous when he started to break laws in the middle of the day, right at the Cathedral Square. And yesterday, it turned into 16 years old emo boy written novel. It is literally Twilight we participate in. Things make no sense, and hecklers that have very little understanding of IC realities make things worse.
I am sorry if my opinion offends anyone. I just think that people should avoid playing characters as powerful as Ahnes is, or even anything close to it, especially if they are not experienced enough to handle it with proper care.