An Odd Sort of Town
Guide to Law in Estersea
Estersea Law is based on the code of 12 which is as follows :
A Citizen may kill or maim only in defense of their own life
A Citizen must not rape an unwilling
A Citizen must not torture a sentient being
A Citizen must must not steal
A Citizen must not alter so as to make unusable something they do not own
A Citizen must not force a magic on another without consent
A Citizen compelled beyond their will by magic cannot be executed for a crime
A child conceived outside of wedlock may never inherit
A Citizen must serve his lord through tax or service for 80 days of the year
A Lord must protect his vassal and provide a twice yearly feast
A Citizen must be permitted to to learn their letters and sums at a temple school
A Citizen charged of a crime is entitled to a trial and legal council
A Citizen guilty of or witholding evidence of a capital crime may be tortured by those charged with upholding the law
Capital crimes in Estersea
( Ist degree or serial Murder / Rape / Torture/Treason ) are required to be punished by death or exile from Estersea. The manner of performing the execution is not regulated and varies depending on location.
( Manslaughter / Kidnapping / Forcing a compelling magic on another/ Evasion of taxes/ Counterfiting ) may be punished by exile, torture, dismemberment or years spent in forced service to the crown. Crown service usually involves tasks involved with sanitation or dangerous / exhausting labor. People under crown service are placed under a geas. Few survive more than 5 years of crown service.
( Stealing / Criminal Mischief / Disorderly Conduct / Assault / Selling of Illegal substances etc. ) may be punishable by months or years in crown service, exile , dismemberment, torture, public humiliation or fined a sum equal or greater than the damages and/or healer’s fees incurred by an incident.
Lords, Magistrates and Seneschals endowed with a Lord’s power of advocacy are permitted to create bylaws and determine the methods of punishment on their own lands. Bylaws may only be punishable as Minor crimes unless special approval by the Crown courts is sought by a Lord.
Things not generally but potentially Illegal under local bylaw in Estersea :
Prostitution , opiate consumption , Drug use, open worship of a specific God, etc.
NOTE : Command Magic or spells that “subvert and override free will” are outlawed in Estersea and sale or use of the magic is considered a serious crime. In cases where an individual is forced to participate in a crime the charge can be raised to capital punishment. Geas magics are usable only by crown mages in the sentencing of criminals or in the process of awaiting a judicial duel See below
Trials by Combat in Estersea can not be requested unless the defendant in question is being tried for a capital crime and is of noble birth The case in all it’s must then be presented to the King’s council in Ostcrest with all proper documentation. During this time the defendant must remain in prison until such times that approval or dismissal of the case. If the case is dissmissed they can file for appeal directly with the kings court and must present themselves to his majesty with his lawyers to argue his case. Provided the case is approved by the council a date is set, usually for a year from the date of approval and the defendant is put under a geas and placed under house arrest.
The duel must be performed in dueling grounds that meet crown approval in the capital or Duchy and all weapons used must be inspected and no weapon may in reach exceed the dimentions of the weapons used by either combatant. The combatants are to be provided during their duel with one meal to be consumed if the duel lasts over a long period and the duelist once comitted may in no way save death forfit from the battle.
On the day of the duel both combatants swear to their chosen god with clerics to witness that they are innocent of the crime and truthful in their statements. Once done the combatants are given one last chance to address the assembled witnesses before the duel which, once commenced must be performed with the witnesses completely silent and with no interference. To speak, even to whisper while witnessing a duel is punishable with the removal of an ear.
Once a duel is finished with one combatant laying dead upon the field the remaining combatant is exonerated of all wrongdoing and accepted as their version of events being the undeniable truth. The combatant killed is to be considered a guilty party confirmed by divine influence and the body is to be displayed on the city walls for a year and a day and denied all burial rites and disposed of as waste at the end of the year long internment in a city midden.