Justice

The Judiciary presides over all trials in the Empire…and no Citizen may be punished without a trial. The Judiciary interprets laws, and so exerts influence over Thyatian society. In trials, the Judiciary may impose sentences up to execution, seizure of lands, and stripping of hereditary or personal titles…but this office is bound to observe precedent and to assign sentences appropriate to the crime.

The legal system in Thyatis brings swift justice. It’s so swift, in fact, that it can be quite unfair. From the time that an arrest is made, the trial will begin the first week of the following month.

Criminal charges in the Empire break down into two categories: Lesser Charges and Greater Charges.

Punishments

In trial, the judge (an NPC) tries to determine the intent of the criminal. The nastier the intent, the nastier the punishment will be. One die will be rolled to determine the judge’s determination. For every roll, a -3 modifier is applied. However, each time a character is found guilty, a +1 modifier is added to this die roll.

Die Roll Intent
1 or less Accident/Unknowing
2 Good Intentions
3 Error in Judgement
4 Temporary Madness
5 Self-Interest/Unsociability
6 Chronic Self-Interest/Unsociability
7 or more Inhumanity

Lesser Charges

Lesser Charges include Assault (Fist or Cudgel); Disturbing the Public Peace; Flight from Owner (a charge brought against fleeting slaves); Flight to Avoid Arrest; Lying to an Official; Petty Theft (up to 100 lucins value); Vagrancy; Weapon-Carrying Violations; and other lesser crimes.

Punishments for such crimes vary according to the Intent of the criminal.

Intent First Conviction Subsequent Convictions If unable to pay Fee
Accident/Unknowing No punishment Fine of 1-6 lucins -
Good Intentions No punishment Fine of 1-6 lucins 5 lashes with a whip
Error in Judgement Fine of 2-12 lucins Fine of 2-12 lucins 5-10 lashes with a whip
Temporary Madness Probation of 1-6 months under supervision of a court cleric (unable to impress an entourage) Fine of 3-18 lucins 5-20 lashes with a whip
Self-Interest/Unsociability One week in jail, fine of 3-18 lucins One week in jail, fine of 3-18 lucins 5-20 lashes with a whip
Chronic Self-Interest/Unsociablility One month in hard labor (loss of that month’s actions), fine of 3-18 lucins, and 5-20 lashes with a whip Same -
Inhumanity A year on Borydos Island (character is unplayable for one game year) Same -

Whippings are performed in public and cause a loss of 1 SP per 2 lashes (rounded up) as well as a loss of 1 point of Endurance per lash.

Greater Charges

Greater Charges include Grand Theft (more than 100 lucins value); Murder; Mutiny; Perjury; Rape; Tax Evasion; Treason; and other greater crimes.

Dueling to the death is not a crime, if the duel is carried out in proper fashion. If it is not, it is called Murder.

Punishments for such crimes vary according to the Intent of the criminal.

Intent First Conviction Subsequent Convictions If unable to pay Fee
Accident/Unknowing No punishment Fine of 10-100 lucins Jail for one week
Good Intentions Fine of 10-100 lucins Fine of 10-100 lucins Jail for one week
Error in Judgement Fine of 50-500 lucins and hard labor for one month (loss of that month’s actions). If noble, title and dominion will be stripped on a roll of 6 on one die (subject to influence) Same -
Temporary Madness Fine of 50-500 lucins and Incarceration until court clerics are sure madness will not be recurrent (on a roll of 5-6 on one die, rolled each month) Same -
Self-Interest/Unsociability Borydos Island for 5-10 years Death -
Chronic Self-Interest/Unsociability Life sentence on Borydos Island, stripped to slave status, all property impounded by the Empire Death -
Inhumanity Stripped to slave status, all property impounded by the Empire, and Death - -

Guilt or Innocence?

A character will be found guilty of a Lesser Charge on a roll of 7 or higher and a Greater Charge of 9 or higher on two dice. This roll will be modified by influence and by the following chart:

Accident/Unknowing +6
Good Intentions +4
Error in Judgement +2
Temporary Madness +0
Self-Interest/Unsociability -2
Chronic Self-Interest/Unsociability -4
Inhumanity -6
Each previous Guilty Verdict +1
Witnesses + 0 to + 4*
* A witness of the same Social Level or higher of the accused will give a +1 modifier. A witness from the same Order or an employee will give a +1. A maximum of two of each is allowed in any one trial, and all witnesses must be player characters.

A NPC that is accused will use all influence of his Social Level and office to fight the charge. A NPC will have a Social Level equal to the minimum for his position plus the number rolled on one die.

The Emperor, if appealed to, will commute any sentence on a roll of 6 with one die. He will commute a death sentence on a roll of 7 on one die (influence is necessary here).

Admissions of guilt are NOT allowed.

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Thyatis Engarde! sbwilson