I’m curious about the circumstances after the MC was caught and before they were sentenced.
Did they express something along the lines of “I have a good reason, but I Literally cannot tell you”? That doesn’t seem implausible in a world with magic.
The collar had an expiration date. Did the MC ask for long term imprisonment instead of death, and what was the response?
At the time of the sentencing, what did Leon know (or believe) about the ‘betrayal’? Was there an effort to investigate motive and establish truth, or was the Act itself the sole evidence?
I can forgive Leon for the burning if he genuinely thought that anything other than immediate death would make the MC a threat. But if he didn’t do his homework and just caved in to the pressure, then he is a bad king on top of a bad friend and I don’t forgive that.