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Trial and Tribulations is a quest available in Dragon's Dogma.


"The merchant Fournival stands accused. Prove his guilt or innocence afore time run out."

A Royal Orders Quest. The quest becomes available from Aldous after the quest Come to Court. Aid Aldous in the prosecution of the suspected traitor Fournival.


After obtaining the quest from Aldous, gather evidence to prove Fournival either guilty or innocent.


Trials and Tribulations (quest walkthrough for an "Innocent" verdict)

Fournival is held under house arrest by Ser Aerick and Ser Auguste - if spoken to he will promise to sell to the Arisen at the lowest possible price, if they can secure his release.

Collect Evidence[]

The Arisen has four days to complete the quest. Petitions must be gathered and a witness procured for the trial. Depending on the outcome of a few of the Arisen's previous quests, some evidence might be harder to acquire.

Once evidence or witnesses have been found they should be taken to Aldous who will then accept their testimony.

Quest updates will be received at 2 days remaining and 1 day (Near Deadline) remaining.

Evidence showing guilt :

Evidence showing innocence :

Several other people will provide character references, both favorable and unfavorable.


Pawn will comment on their understanding of a likely verdict after giving evidence to Aldous and leaving the Duke's Demense- however their opinion may not be proved in practice. (The exact conditions for a guilty or innocent verdict are unknown).

Once time for gathering evidence is up, go to Fountain Square where Ambrose will deliver the verdict on Fournival.

Afterwards report back to Aldous, and speak with him for the reward.


Fournival is proven guilty[]

"Wheras you have deceived your fellow man to sate your avarice, the court sentences you to life imprisonment!" Ambrose

Fournival is imprisoned and his daughter Symone moves to the Slums. Symone can be rescued from her plight by buying back Fournival Manor for her to live in, which costs 100,000 Gold.

Fournival is proven innocent[]

"You are cleared of all charges and released from bondage forthwith!" Ambrose

If Fournival is proven innocent his affinity with the Arisen will increase, and he will set lower prices on the items he sells, and, on being proven innocent Fournival starts to sell the Magnanimous Cloak.

A favorable outcome also enables access to Escort Duty if not yet completed.


Fournival Frescobaldi

"The blustering fools just barged in -- they hold me prisoner like some common criminal! 'Tis madness, and base insult! You there -- you're an able sort. There's time yet afore my trial is decided. Pray, arrange for my acquittal however you may. If you see me through this storm, I'll sell to you at cost for the rest of my days. 'Tis a generous offer, eh? Now go, and pray put an end to this farce. I am eager to be quit of this confinement... Please, ser."

Ser Auguste

"Fournival is under lock and key for the duration of the inquest."

Ser Aerick

"Fournival's to remain captive until such time as he's acquitted."

Aldous [If no evidence was supplied]

"Word of Fournival's verdict has come. He was judged guilty. The inquest ended without event, no thanks to your reprehensible indolence. I will not brook such sloth in the future, ser."


  • While this quest is active, Fournival is held under house arrest, preventing any trade with him.
  • It is possible to submit evidence after the deadline for evidence has passed - Aldous will continue to accept evidence indefinitely until the verdict cutscene is triggered at the Fountain Square. Avoid Fountain Square completely to continue giving evidence after the deadline.
  • If innocence is to be proved it is a good idea to combine this quest with Supply and Demands as they have the same destination of Windbluff Tower.

Knowledgeable Pawns[]

  • At the gate outside the Duke's Demense pawns will comment on the expected outcome of the trial.
    • They may not make a comment if no evidence has been handed in.
  • Pawns can be a great help during this quest - not only will they direct the Arisen to sources of witnesses, the can also pinpoint the location of Reynard who sells some forged documents.

Obtaining the desired verdict[]

Obtaining an innocent verdict specifically can be difficult, and those unware of the way the trial progresses may be suprised by an opposite verdict to the one expected by Pawns. Tests show :

  • Fournival starts out presumed guilty and requires several pieces of written evidence to obtain an innocent verdict.
  • Most if not all of the written evidence is taken at face value, including the falsified documents provided by Reynard.
  • The character references, both positive and negative (petitions and condemnations) can sway the jury.
  • Witnesses, such as Ser Castor, sway the jury far more than documents. (His personal testimony seems to be worth at least as much as three written documents)
  • The verdict may change to guilty from innocent at least once (midway) during the trial, and so one should avoid relying on a presumed innocent verdict based on evidence handed in early on.


  • If the Arisen fails to turn in any evidence Aldous will make his displeasure plain.
  • If Fournival is found guilty he is sentenced to life imprisonment, however, he cannot be found in the Dungeon.
  • Aldous' comments at the end of the quest make it plain he expected a guilty verdict.

Potential problems[]

  • Speaking with Fedel while the quest The Conspirators is marked as the active quest will prevent Fedel from handing over his Petition. To circumvent this, mark Trial and Tribulations as the active quest.
  • Speaking with Ser Daerio while the quest Supply and Demands is marked as the active quest will prevent Ser Daerio from assigning a soldier as a witness. To circumvent this, mark Trial and Tribulations as the active quest.
    • The opposite can happen as well, speaking with Ser Daerio while Trial and Tribulations is marked as the active quest will prevent him from giving the quest Supply and Demands. To circumvent this, mark any quest other than Trial and Tribulations as the active quest.
  • The quest items Gift Ledger, and Chamberlain's Affidavit are also quest items for Trail of Corruption and Thanks Mislaid.