The Law

The law is enforced by the Guards and the Magistrates. Guards arrest offenders but in the absence of a guard, any citizen can arrest any social inferior or bring the matter to a guard so that they can do so. Where available a magistrate will hear the case as soon as possible and make a judgement. If no magistrate is available a guard can hear the matter but this can be dangerous if they get it wrong. The case will normally be heard briefly and immediately and punishment rendered on the spot. Criminals should be aware that a hearing is unlikely to take longer than 10 minutes and that most judges insist on people getting to the point. While hearing a case a judge is allowed to hear who they like and ignore who they like, they can also invoke “Contempt of Court” if an individual refuses to obey them while they are hearing a case – they can level any punishment they wish. (NB the system is nothing like modern justice and is not intended to be).

  • It is illegal to consort with enemies of the council. Punishment is highly flexible.

  • Heresy is illegal. It is defined as the worship of false or proscribed gods. Judgement and punishment is handled by the church but the usual punishment is death.

  • It is illegal to kill another citizen or cause another citizen to die. Killing a social equal or superior without proper cause is punishable by death. Killing a social inferior or killing with cause will be punished as determined by the situation but will range from death, through maiming and fines to discharge.

  • It is illegal to buy or sell magical items of all sorts unless either the buyer or the seller is a member of the Guild of Alchemists. The punishment is being handed over to the Alchemists Guild for punishment as they see fit. Generally, the guild will confiscate all magical items and level a fine based on the proceeds they believe have been made. They may also offer the opportunity to join the guild where appropriate. They are permitted to maim or execute the criminal if they see fit. The decision is usually taken by the Master elected to handle such matters. 

  • It is illegal to cast magic without appropriate authority from the Mage Guild. The criminal is handed over to the Mage Guild. This is referred to as witchcraft and is almost always punished by execution.

  • It is illegal to reveal the secrets of a guild contrary to that guild’s rules. The punishment (on both teacher and student) is to be handed over to the guild in question which has freedom to punish as it sees fit. They will often offer the student an opportunity to join the guild but the teacher is usually executed.

  • It is illegal to steal. The punishment determined by the situation but will range from death, through maiming and fines to discharge.

  • It is illegal to impersonate an officer of the council. Punishment is usually death.

  • It is illegal to assault on an officer of the council. If they were in pursuit of their duties it is usually punished by death otherwise it varies with the rank of the officer and the nature of the assault.

  • Rudeness to social superiors or council officers is a really bad idea but not a crime (except in the case of a judge holding a hearing).