Criminal Laws of Tethyr

The following is a foundation for sentencing, rather than an absolute iron-clad set of rules. Magistrate representatives of any level are on their own recognizance to determine the absolute guilt and innocence of an accused party, and to set any sentence (or lack thereof) they consider fitting if a crime is deemed justified, innocuous, or inadvertent.

A magistrate may confiscate the property of a convicted law-breaker to gain money needed for payment of fines or damages, regardless of the status or consent of the convict. Families, clans, or employers of a convict are not liable for a convict’s fines or damages, unless they are found guilty of aiding, abetting, or forcing said convict into the criminal act in question.

High Justice: Any “Severe” or “Serious Offense”; any crime that results in a death sentence; an accountable High or Low justice crime committed by noble defendants.
Low Justice: Any “Lesser” or “Minor Offense”; an accountable crime committed by common defendants.

Potential Magisterial Sentences

A. Death (immediate, High Justice only)
B. Death (upon conviction)
C. Enforced Hard Labour
D. Mutilation (loss of extremities, branding, etc.)
E. Permanent Exile from Tethyr
F. Imprisonment (unlit dungeon or solitary)
G. Imprisonment (local prison)
H. Fine (payable to county, duchy or Crown)
I. Damages (payable to injured party)
J. Public Humiliation/Stocks/Edict Against Convicted (public pronouncement of guilt and bans on activity)

Crimes Against Crown & Kingdom

Crimes committed against royalty, nobility, and the realm of Tethyr.

Severe Offenses

Crime Punishment
Treason (including assault upon a royal person) A
Forgery of an official document B and D, or C (permanent) and D
Assaulting a noble B and H (1,000-4,000gp) or C (permanent) and D
Assaulting a magistrate or sheriff C (1-10 years) or F (1-12 years)
Spying or Sabotage for a foreign power B, C (permanent), E, or F (permanent); all sentences also incur H (2,000-5,000gp)

Serious Offences

Crime Punishment
Spying or Sabotage for a native power B or C (4-40 years) and D (traitor’s brand), or F (2-20 years) plus H (costs of repairs plus 2,000-5,000gp)
Theft, Vandalism, or Arson against Crown or noble property D (as justice demands) plus H (cost of repairs plus up to 2,000gp)
Bribery of a royal officer, court officer, or military official (attempted or apprehended) C (10-20 years) and confiscation of all property except one weapon, a week’s rations, and offender’s current clothing
Impersonation of a magistrate, sheriff, or royal or military officer F (one year or as justice demands), H (up to 5,000gp), and J
Wrongful Seizure or use of land C (up to 10 years) and I (restoration of land and up to 2,000gp); or E and H (up to 2,000gp)
Repetition of any “Lesser” or “Minor Offense” against Crown & Kingdom C (two months) or G (one month); above sentences added to double the original sentence for the previous offense

Lesser Offences

Crime Punishment
Fraud C (permanent), I (as justice demands), and J; or F (up to 20 years), I, and J
Unlawful Dueling (manslaughter) C (up to five years) and I (to family, typically 1,000gp); or F (up to three years) and I (as above)
Murder with justification C (up to three years) or E
Unlawful Observation or Copying of an official document F (three weeks) plus H (500gp)
Assault upon any realm officer acting in the line of duty C (one year) and H (50gp), or F (six months) plus H (as justice demands, usually based on ability to pay)

Minor Offenses

Crime Punishment
Blasphemy against foreign ambassadors or royal emissaries F (1-10 days), H (5-50gp), and J
Willful Disobedience of any edict or sentence C (up to 5 years) or H (up to 1,000gp)
Interference with task of any realm officer acting in the line of duty G (two days) and J; or H (up to 50g) and J

Crimes against the People

Crimes committed against the common people of Tethyr by commoners or nobles.

Severe Offences

Crime Punishment
Arson (of a ship, structure, or stored property) G (up to six years) and I (value lost plus up to 1,000gp); or C (up to five years) and I (as above)
Murder B, C, D, E, or F or any logical combination thereof (C or F carries minimum of 15-20 years)
Assault resulting in mutilation or crippling D (identical to victim) and I (up to 2,000gp); or C (five years) and I
Magical Assault H (up to 1,500gp), I (up to 3,000gp), and J; or C (3-30 days) and H (indentured spellcasting for state during sentence)

Serious Offences

Crime Punishment
Robbery G (1-6 months) and I (value of goods lost plus up to 500gp)
Burglary F (1-6 months) and I (value of goods lost plus up to 500gp)
Theft or killing of livestock I (double the cost of the lost stock)
Usury I (Crown recovers excess over legal rates, returns sum to injured party)
Bribery C (one month) and H (amount of bribe or attempted bribe)
Forgery (not including official royal documents) C (up to 20 years) and D and the confiscation of all property except one weapon, one week’s rations, and offender’s clothing worn at the time of sentencing
Slavery C (2-20 years); if cruelty or physical indignities are observed, include D. In Myratma or Memnon, sentence can be commuted to forced exile in Calimshan
Repetition of any Lesser or Minor Offense against fellow sentients C (1-20 days) and J, or G (one month) and H (up to 1,000gp) and J; above sentences added to double the original sentence for previous offense

Lesser Offenses

Crime Punishment
Damage to Property I (value of goods lost plus up to 500gp) and J
Assault (wounding) G (2 days), I (cost of medical attention plus up to 50gp), and J
Assault (without wounding or robbery) G (1-4 days) and I (up to 25gp)
Assault on Livestock (non-fatal) I (cost of medical attention plus up to 50gp; plus 100gp damages if livestock’s breeding capability is impaired)
Blasphemy against any noble or realm officer G (1-6 days) plus H (2-40gp)

Minor Offenses

Crime Punishment
Brandishing a Weapon dangerously or threateningly without due cause (“due cause” means one must be menaced with a spell or physical weapon) G (overnight) and H (1-4gp)
Excessive Noise (interfering with sleep or business) I (up to 10gp) and J

Crimes Against Religions

Crimes committed against temples and the clergy commoners or nobles.

Severe Offenses

Crime Punishment
Defiling a Holy Place (temple burglary, temple arson, or temple vandalism) C (permanent) and I (as justice demands); or E and I (as justice demands)
Tomb-Robbing (or unlawful entry or vandalism of a tomb) B; C (1-10 months); or G (1-8 months), I (cost of repairs plus up to 1,000gp, paid to temple, city, or family), and J

Serious Offenses

Crime Punishment
Theft of temple goods or offerings (includes spoilage or consumption of same) C (1 month), I (double the estimated value of the goods), and J
Repetition of any “Lesser” or “Minor Offense” against religions G (1-4 months) and H (2-200gp); above sentence added to double the original sentence for the previous offense

Lesser Offenses

Crime Punishment
Assault upon a priest or a lay worshiper I (up to 500gp; payable to temple, and based on ability to pay) and J; all charges in addition to those from “Defiling a Holy Place” (above) as result of assault

Minor Offenses

Crime Punishment
Public Blasphemy of a deity or priesthood I (up to 10gp, based on ability to pay) and J
Drunkenness or Disorderly Conduct at worship I (up to 5gp, based on ability to pay) and J

Criminal Laws of Tethyr

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