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High Crimes

High Crimes are punishable by confiscation of all worldly goods and by death. Obliteration and banishment may be ordered for multiple or repeat offenses.

The following is a legal definition of Obliteration:
Obliteration shall mean that the offender shall suffer the equivalent of three deaths. This does not necessarily mean an Obliterate Ritual. It means that the criminal will suffer a successful Obliterate Ritual, or three deaths, at the discretion of the Noble presiding as judge. Failure of an Obliteration shall NEVER be considered to be caused by the innocence of the condemned. Failure of a ritual is caused by a failure of the magicks themselves, or by an error in the casting.

  1. Aiding and Abetting a Fugitive
  2. Contempt
  3. Consorting with Undead
  4. Counterfeiting
  5. Desertion
  6. Flight from Prosecution or Resisting Arrest
  7. Forgery
  8. Kidnapping
  9. Manslaughter
  10. Mockery of a Noble Title
  11. Murder with Intent
  12. Necromancy
  13. Possession and/or distribution of Illegal substances
  14. Pretending to a Noble title
  15. Slavery
  16. Tax Evasion
  17. Treason
  18. High Treason
  1. Aiding and Abetting a Fugitive

    Aiding and abetting a fugitive means willfully or negligently assisting or attempting to assist the fugitive to avoid capture, Penalties or judgment by someone of authority when they have been found guilty, charged with or suspected of a crime. Intent to Aid and Abet falls under this category as well.

    Punishment: First offense: 15gp. Second and beyond: 30gp and Denial of Lawful Citizenship.

  2. Contempt

    The willful disrespect of a Noble or public official, or the willful disobedience of a lawful order given by them for the benefit of the people and support of the Law or the Land. Please know that Her Majesty Eleona Whitecrest passed a law requiring that all Nobles be addressed by their proper titles from all stations of Nobility.

    Punishment: Every offense: 1 Death and/or Denial of Lawful Citizenship.

  3. Consorting with Undead

    Consorting with undead is the willful or negligent agreement with undead, whether direct or implied, in word or action. Example: Not attempting to destroy an undead, speaking with an undead, making promises to an undead (whether with the intent to honor them or not), creation of undead, controlling undead, willfully allowing one's self to be controlled by undead, not reporting the existence of an undead in the area to the authorities, etc. This could include but is not limited to Treason, Conspiracy, Contempt, Accomplice.

    Punishment: First offense: 1 Death and/or Denial of Lawful Citizenship. Second offense: 1 Death and Denial of Lawful Citizenship. Third offense and beyond: Obliteration and Spirit Marked as an Outlaw.

    If one is forced to consort with undead under extenuating circumstances, this consorting, and the circumstances must be reported to the Duke or Duchess immediately for any future plea of leniency to be considered.

  4. Counterfeiting

    Falsely making of any currency of the Hinterlands with the intent to defraud. (Monies from the lands of Evendar are accepted within the Hinterlands).

    Punishment: 1 Death, 200 gold, and Spirit Marked as a Counterfeiter.

  5. Desertion

    Desertion is a willful or negligent absence of duty, as assigned by a Noble or person in authority (in the charge of a Noble). All persons who have agreed to a term of service, whether through verbal, written, direct or implied agreement are held accountable for this provision of the law.

    Punishment: First offense: Loss of rank and forfeiture of pay during period of desertion. Second offense and beyond - Death.

  6. Flight from Prosecution or Resisting Arrest

    The willful unlawful flight to avoid capture, a trial or punishment for a crime, or of one who has been suspected of a crime.

    Punishment: Doubling of the Original Maximum Sentence and possibly Death.

  7. Forgery

    Falsely making or materially altering by hand or otherwise, with intent to defraud, any document or symbol which if the genuine would be legal efficacy or foundation of a legal claim.

    Punishment: 1 Death, 100 gold and Spirit Marked as a Forger

  8. Kidnapping

    Taking or constraining a person with unlawful force. Also considered and addition to Slavery by most judges.

    Punishment: 1 Death

  9. Manslaughter

    Killing of another individual impulsively and without premeditation, even if a life spell is administered. Unless proven to be in self defense.

    Punishment: 1 Death

  10. Mockery of a Noble Title

    Derision for the purpose of insulting, degrading or otherwise showing disrespect to one of noble title.

    Punishment for each offense: Death

  11. Murder with Intent

    The unlawful and premeditated killing of another sentient being, even if a life spell is administered. Unless proven to be in self defense.

    Punishment: 1 Death, Fine of 30 Gold, Third offense Death is changed to Obliteration.

  12. Necromancy

    The use of any spell, ability, or item that causes creation or release of undead as well as the use of any spell, ability or item that transforms a living being into undead. This also includes any ability, item or casting of any "Chaos" effect. This law also paired with Consorting with undead, which could include but is not limited to Treason, Conspiracy, Contempt, Accomplice.

    Punishment: First offense: 1 Death, Fine of 30 gold. Second Offense: Obliteration. Third+ Offense: Obliteration and Denial of Lawful Citizenship.

    If one is forced to consort with undead under extenuating circumstances, this consorting, and the circumstances must be reported to the Duke or Duchess immediately for any future plea of leniency to be considered.

  13. Possession and/or distribution of Illegal substances

    The manufacture of or the possession and distribution of substances including, but not limited to the following: Alchemical substances consisting of elixirs, gasses, and contact compounds: Euphoria, Death, Instant Death, Love #9, Love, Enslavement, Dominate. Potions: Cause critical wounds, Cause disease, Cause light wounds, Cause mortal wounds, Cause serious wounds, Cause wounds, Taint blood, Wither limb. - Many of these items are Necromantic in Nature and the charge of Necromancy applies.

    Punishment: First Offense: 1 Death. Second and subsequent Offenses: Obliteration, Denial of Lawful Citizenship.

    In addition to this law Queen Eleona Whitecrest amended the Substance of Peppermint. Carrying this substance within the Hinterlands in a non sealed container could forfeit the carrier's life. The reaction the Sarr race can have is usually beyond their control and they will not be held responsible for any actions taken place while under effects of this substance. A full investigation into the matters will be had for any actions taken and if punishment is needed, it will be had, to the Sarr, or more likely the possessor of the Peppermint. As such, Sarr are permitted to use the substance, on themselves, within the confines of a Ward, the intent to do so must include prior notification to the local constabulary or Nobility.

  14. Pretending to a Noble title

    To knowingly present oneself by document, mannerisms or statement to be of Noble station. A commoner who seeks to convince another that he or she has a noble title is guilty of this crime. It is unlawful to present oneself as a "former noble". Nor may you represent yourself to the Goblins as a noble.

    Punishment: Obliteration

  15. Slavery

    Forced servitude, the buying or selling of another to enforce servitude. This can be through the use of charm, dominate, enslavement, euphoria, Love poisons, as well as by physical or implied threats. No one may own slaves in the Hinterlands, monster or not. The possession and use of the elixir commonly known as "euphoria" is always illegal.
    Exception to this is indentured servitude to the Crown, or the visiting of recognized nobility from lands where it is legal. (See Below).

    Punishment: First Offense: 1 Death, fine of 30 gold, Denial of Lawful Citizenship. Second Offense: Obliteration.

  16. Tax Evasion

    Tax Evasion is the willful avoidance of taxation by those required to pay them.

    Punishment: First offense: Double assessment of Tax. Second offense and beyond: Triple assessment of Tax and Death.

  17. Treason

    The communication, transmission, or delivery (or attempts to communicate, transmit or deliver) of any document or information relating to the Kingdom's defense to any foreign government or faction that threatens the rule of the Crown. Attempting to overthrow the lawful government of the land by means of force or trickery. Also any willful intent to cause harm, the causing of harm, or the planning to cause any ill intent against any Noble of the Hinterlands.

    Punishment: Death, Loss of all worldly possessions, Denial of Lawful Citizenship

  18. High Treason

    Includes the attempt to overthrow the Duchy, Principality or Monarchy, or the murder of any Hinterlands Noble.

    Punishment: Obliteration is mandated, and may be to the final death. Banishment after obliteration is an option.