One of the things that readers might be wondering is, exactly how much trouble is this Grundoon person in for having killed a junior officer? What are the penalties for murder in the ranks of the Slothjemian military?
The answer, of course, depends on who committed the crime, and who the victim was. More accurately, what their rank is. Had an enlisted person killed a person the same rank as themselves, they could expect to be forced to do hard labor for ten to twenty years. If they had killed an officer, or NCO, they would likely be executed. Same for an NCO or officer. Killing somebody who is your equivalent or lower in rank is likely to get you a prison sentence or hard labor, but killing a superior officer is going to end in execution. But for a general that kills a captain or a major under their command, they can expect to be relieved of command and, at the very least, imprisoned. Everyone that commits murder in the military is kicked out of the armed forces after their sentence is carried out, but not before then.
However, there is a complication. Those men and women acting under the authority of the Inspector General’s office are granted a more privileged status than other soldiers of otherwise equivalent rank. This makes crimes against them even more egregious, and the penalties more serious. General von Vorkel is looking at being relieved of his command for certain, and more than likely, a death sentence. It simply does not do for a general to go around murdering people that suggest retirement has become a viable option. Nor does the High Command take these matters lightly. If the throne cannot depend on its generals to be obedient, then the realm risks a powerful personality rising to power through force, and throwing the nation into imbalance.
Now you know what the stakes are for Grundoon. And now you wait to see what happens.