LAW

Cities and towns have Constabulary forces to enforce local laws, while rural areas are assigned a Magistrate who is responsible for several villages and settlements.

In cities, the Constabulary is usually armed with non-lethal weapons, but all Constables have the right to kill anyone who resists arrest.

Who decides what the laws are depends on where you are in Vlodasai. In the realms controlled by Queen Farin, the High Court has the ultimate jurisdiction, with local courts in major towns. Rural villagers are expected to travel to the nearest Court House to plead their cases.

In lands controlled by Blackpool, the College of Judges oversees legal matters. There are some 600 judges spread throughout the land, all of whom answer to the Supreme Judge in Col Sador.

In all regions justice is administered quickly – most cases are heard within a fortnight, and many prisoners find themselves arrested, charged, and convicted (or released) within a few days.

There are no state-appointed attorneys; if a character can’t afford one, he must plead his case himself. Attorneys are Academics who specialize in law; they may be hired, on average, at about 20f per day (some crusading Academics may choose to work pro bono for truly deserving clients).

Most of the things that are against the law in our own world are against the law in Vlodasai. If adventurers are up to no good, the local authorities can usually find an excuse to throw them in prison. Technically, a citizen of Farwall has the right to appeal directly to the Queen, but this process can take years. In Blackpool, there is no appeal from a Judge’s verdict.

While local jurisdictions have their own (sometimes bizarre) legal codes, some universal crimes and common punishments are listed here.

Murder – This is almost always a capital crime, unless extenuating circumstances are present.

Theft – For thefts of less than 500f, the thief must work for the victim (or the state) until the debt is paid. This usually results in digging ditches and working on roads for a paltry sum. For thefts of more than 500f, this also involves a mandatory sentence (5-10 years) of particularly hard labor.

Chicanery – This covers cons, selling of illegal goods, racketeering, and any other activity that isn’t flat-out stealing or killing. Punishments vary from 1 year in prison to death, with the judge of the case given wide discretion.

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