Laws of the Land

Precepts

These are the absolute laws of the Empire of Cascara, consisting of the Five Kingdoms -Grendmyre, Ashtilund, CardonaLumaria and Mul Thurak. The individual Vassal Kingdoms are permitted any additional laws they wish, only in so keeping that no law shall conflict, alter, or suspend any Imperial Law.

Authority

The High King, Adonis Harkon, is the supreme authority in all the affairs of the Realm. The High King shall not be answerable for his actions; his person shall be sacrosanct. Let his word be beyond reproach and incontrovertible. The High Queen, Bravella Harkon, being lawfully wed to the High King, Adonis Harkon, shall wield the full power of her husband when he is absent. She is only answerable to the High King, Adonis Harkon. The order of succession shall be by lawful decree and by Imperial Heraldry of Noble Peerage, which shall pass by heredity or Noble Blood.

The style and address of the High King/Queen shall be "His/Her Imperial and Royal Majesty" and by oral address "Your Imperial and Royal Majesty."

Decree

Let none evade compliance with any order given by their superior. Should compliance contradict an existing order issued by a superior, and the second superior is of lesser rank and status that the original order issued, notice must be given that a conflict exists to the superior issuing the second order. New orders from a superior of higher rank than existing orders must be obeyed, abandoning the previous orders (although explanation may still be offered for acknowledgement of orders). The full responsibility for orders given rests exclusively with the issuing superior.

The Rights of Citizens

All citizens shall enjoy freedom to practice their craft.

In order to advance the productivity of the Empire, efforts shall be made to afford work to every able-bodied citizen on reasonable terms and fair wage.
A citizen shall not be made to work unreasonably during a holiday.
A citizen shall be deprived of their liberty or property only where warranted by law.
A citizen so taken into custody shall be brought before a judge within a day's time or released.
Citizens shall be entitled without previous permission to form associations for any lawful purpose.
Citizens shall be entitled to peaceably assemble so long as they are unarmed and in full heed of the law.
A citizen able to carry arms shall be liable with their life and person to the defense of the Empire.

The Rights of Individuals

Visiting individuals shall enjoy the same rights as a citizen. These rights may be suspended or revoked by right of authority.

Enforcement

Judgment and sentencing by a Noble or their designee need not include a trial, nor even the presence of the accused, although a trial is preferred. If such a trial is granted, it is therefore the responsibility of the accused to gather those with knowledge of the circumstances and by which would willingly and freely speak on their behalf at trial. If no such witness is present at the time of the trial, time will not necessarily be allotted to gather them. Such witness may be disallowed if they are known to be disreputable or untrustworthy.

Upon the pronounced Judgment and the stated sentence, the prisoner is remanded into the custody of lawful authority that sentence may be carried out. The prisoner granted a reasonable time (no more than 30 minutes) to gather any fines, restitution, or reparations and then surrender fully to the authorities. In such an event that the prisoner cannot pay the stated fine, they are required to surrender any property, barring one weapon of the presiding Noble's choice, to put towards the amount of the fine. If the sentence includes death, then it is the presiding Noble's decision as to the manner of death unless the sentence specifically specifies otherwise. It must be established that a punishment of "Death" fully requires that the spirit of the prisoner dissipate to seek resurrection, and not merely existing in the state of death prior to the being affected by Angelica's Death Bane (commonly known as a Life spell).

The presiding Noble has the authority to increase or decrease the sentence should they deem it to be merited. Such occasions should be rare in keeping with the established tradition. A report should be giving to their superior with regard to the event, and any notable changes.

Any charges against a Noble in good standing must be made by another Noble of equal or greater station, also in good standing. Traditionally, a Noble is tried by their liege lord if such is possible though such a courtesy offered to a Noble is not required by law. Arrest of a Noble must be ordered by a Noble of higher rank than the accused, they must be in good standing. Such trials are routinely private matters and not open to the general public, save whereas citizens are deemed witnesses.

Punishments

It must be established that the attempt to commit a crime shall be prosecuted as if the crime had been successfully committed. Ignorance of the law is not a defense.

It must be likewise be established that anyone reckless enough to merit punishment a multiple times for the same or similar crime, shall find that no mercy is offered or afforded to them. Such unsavory persons shall instead receive a harsher punishment consummate with the severity of their crime.

The sentence of Hard Labor shall be served as decided by the presiding Noble and is typically served in four-hour shifts. There shall be no recompense or remuneration for this service no matter what the manner of Hard Labor is decided.

The declaration of Outlaw means that the criminal shall be stripped of all protections and rights granted under Imperial Law and any additional lower laws. An outlaw must still obey the law and is subject to all strictures and responsibilities of it. If the Outlaw status is made indefinite then it must last at least one year, after which time the Outlaw must petition a Baron to plead his case to at least a Count of the lands in which the crime was committed in order for the status to be lifted.


Imperial Crimes

Abduction

The unlawful and forcible kidnapping and confinement of an individual against their will, for some later purpose such as Coercion or Ransom. Any harm to the victim will also warrant further criminal charges.
First offense: Death, loss of property
Second Offense: Obliteration

Assassination

This is both the premeditated murder of another for a fee and the hiring of such assassins. It is thus treated as a more callous crime.
First Offense: Two Deaths and loss of all property
Second Offense: Obliteration and branded Outlaw

Assault

The willful act of placing citizen or individual in fear of imminent physical harm. This threat must be immediate and real. Simply insulting someone or a vague threat is not assault, nor are gypsy curses, which while obnoxious and bothersome, do not rise to the level of "physical harm."
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and monetary Fine

Bribery

The offering, giving or receiving, or solicitation of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of a person in the responsible discharge of his or her public or legal duties.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and loss of property

Coercion

The practice of forcing a citizen or individual to behave in an involuntary manner by means of magic, alchemy, action, inaction, use of threats, intimidation or some other form of pressure or force.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and loss of property

Conspiracy

A confederation between two or more willing participants for the purpose of committing by their joint efforts some criminal act or some act which is innocent in itself but becomes criminal when done by the concerted action of the conspirators.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and monetary Fine

Defamation

The act of making untrue, false, misleading, or malicious accusations against another, which then causes damage to that person's good name and reputation. If the defamation is printed it known as Libel. If the defamation is by spoken word, it is known as Slander. Nobles, officials, and officers, have to show that the defamation was made with cruel intent and real injury was done.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and loss of property

Destruction of Property

The willful destruction or damage to any property of another or the destruction of one's own property if it is done for some later benefit.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Hard Labor and loss of all property

Extortion

The unlawful gain of money, property or services from a person, people, entity, or institution, through Coercion.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death, Hard Labor and monetary fine

Forgery

Falsely making or materially altering by hand or otherwise, with intent to defraud, any currency, document or symbol which if genuine would be of legal efficacy or foundation of a legal claim.
First Offense: Hard Labor and Spirit Mark of the back of the right hand
Second Offense: Death and loss of all property

Impersonating a Noble

To knowingly and falsely claim or present oneself by document or statement to be of noble station.
First Offense: Death and loss of all property
Second Offense: Obliteration, loss of property, and branded an Outlaw

Mockery of a Noble

To deride, ridicule, insult, spread lies about or obviously and intentionally disrespect the personage, coat of arms or colors of an individual recognized as a Noble in good standing within the Empire.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Loss of property, possible death

Murder

The willful, deliberate, unlawful, and premeditated killing of another sentient being. Even in such cases where the intended victim is saved from resurrection, Attempted Murder is still prosecuted as Murder.
First Offense: Death, loss of all property
Second Offense: Obliteration, loss of all property, and branded an Outlaw

Necromancy

The use of any spell, ability or item that causes the creation, enhancement or release of undead creatures as well as the use of any spell, ability, power or item that transforms a living being into undead. Including any "chaos" effect or spell or the willful possession of any such item that possesses properties of Necromancy.
First Offense: Death, loss of all property and possible Obliteration
Second Offense: Obliteration, loss of all Property and branded an Outlaw indefinitely

Obstruction

The failure to report a crime. Also to willfully and knowingly lie or make false or misleading statements to a Noble, Knight or other officials given the power to conduct an official investigation or trial while they are in the course of such an investigation or trial.
First Offense: same punishment as the crime demands
Second Offense: Death and loss of property or the same punishment as the crime demands, whichever is more severe

Sedition

Any act or action which provokes or seeks to incite mass disobedience, riot, revolt, or rebellion against its rightful authority and rulership. This crime is closely tied to Treason.
First Offense: Death and possible Obliteration
Second Offense: Obliteration, loss of all Property, branded an Outlaw and Banishment from the Empire indefinitely

Theft

The unauthorized taking, selling or using of another's property by means of dishonesty and with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner use of that property.
First Offense: Return of property, monetary fine and Spirit Mark
Second Offense: Death and loss of property

Thralldom

Any act or action which causes any citizen or individual to become enslaved to another that the slave shall have no freedom of action or choice and whose person, skills, abilities, and services are solely under the control of another. This crime is also the unlawful holding in bondage of any citizen or individual against their will or the willful trafficking, trade or sale of slaves.
First Offense: Death, loss of property, and branded an Outlaw
Second Offense: Death, loss of all property and possible Obliteration

Treason

Any crime which involves any form of criminal action, assemblage, dissension or insurgence, espionage, or the delivery of any information relating to the Empire, its Nobles, or other secrets to any foreign nation, faction, sworn enemy, or other persons which threatens the rightful rule of the High King. Treason is the most serious crime possible and should only be invoked with all due consideration.
First Offense: Obliteration, loss of all Property, branded an Outlaw indefinitely
Second Offense: Multiple Obliteration, loss of all Property, branded an Outlaw and Banishment from the Empire indefinitely

Trespass

The unlawful entry of anyone into a structure, building, or property belonging to another. This may or may not involve lock picking, disarming defenses, or destroying protectives, and could be something as basic as pushing open a door or slipping in through a window.
First Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine
Second Offense: Death and monetary Fine


Crimes & Decrees – Kingdom of Cardona

Contracts and Breach

It is the decree that only written contracts shall be legally binding between any two citizens or groups. Such written contracts must also be witnessed and signed by an observer with at least the rank of Knight. Oral contracts made by a Knight or Noble in good standing shall be legally binding; no third party observer is required. Should any written binding agreement be not honored by one or more of the parties of the contract, through non-performance, interference with, or by statement that they cannot or will not perform their duty as outlined in the contract, shall so breach it. Such requires proper Noble authority to decide the matter. In contracts between Knights or Nobles, a higher station authority is required to decide the matter.

Feuds and Duels

It is the decree that all feuds and duels shall take place in a designated area out of the common town or city. Each is required to have a second as witness. There may be no fee, collection, wager, or exchange between the parties or observers.
Each Offense: Monetary fine

Flight and Evasion

It is a crime that anyone who shall flee from justice when they are summoned, commanded, or sought for a crime. If they cannot be found, then let them be tried in absentee.
First Offense: Monetary fine, doubling of punishment
Second Offense: Monetary fine, tripling of punishment, and possible death

Poaching

It is a crime that the hunting and killing of animals within the protected and reserved lands belonging to the King, is hereby posted and shall be obeyed. Special writ of the hand is required for such hunting upon the King's Wood.
First Offense: Monetary fine
Second Offense: Hard Labor and monetary fine

Scutage

It is the decree that if a sentenced criminal be able and has desire, they instead pay a monetary fee in lieu of Hard Labor and to reduce the amount of time served in whole or in part based upon the fees so paid.
Cost: Monetary fine