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Take heed of these laws set down upon the Fourth of March of the year 1215.

The Laws of the Land of Travance

- Ignorance of the law is not an excuse from the law.

- Insanity does not excuse oneself from the law.

- A noble may always choose to demand a trial by combat in order to decide their guilt or innocence.


Laws protecting the Person
None shall steal, damage, or destroy another’s property. This includes the desecration and robbery of graves. 
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Minor Punishment in addition to being forced to return anything stolen or pay to repair anything damaged.

None shall invade the domain of another uninvited and with malicious intent. 
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Minor Punishment

None shall forge the name or seal of another, nor claim to be the person of another, nor speak falsely in another’s stead, nor bear false witness, nor perjure.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Minor Punishment

None shall bring harm or attempt to bring harm to another, excepting in the virtue of defense.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall unjustly torture another, nor cause the insanity of another, nor control the mind, body, or emotions of another excepting with the explicit sanction of a Lord or the Baron, or if the subject be - of free and clear spirit - willing.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall hold or confine another, nor conceal the whereabouts of another without consent, excepting the Guard or the Sheriff in the courses of their duties, or one of noble title where necessity demands.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall buy, sell, or keep slaves. Whosoever serves another unwillingly and without compensation is called a slave.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall commit murder upon a subject of the Barony
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Major Punishment

Laws protecting the Public
None shall practice Necromancy, nor shall anyone buy, sell, keep, or use items in any way associated with Necromancy.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall claim falsely to be of noble title, nor claim falsely that another is of noble title, nor through ambiguity allow another to believe one to be of noble title who is not.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall refuse the Guard or the Sheriff in the courses of their duties, nor interfere in their conduct, nor refuse one of noble title in any regard, nor interfere in their conduct.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall refuse to be conscripted in the defense of the Barony in a time of war, if they are able to fight. None shall withhold valuable information knowingly from the Barony, when this information is deemed important to the barony itself. 
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Minor Punishment

None of common rank shall mislead or abuse one of noble title.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall buy, sell, keep, or use poison without possession of a Baronial Writ.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall engage in Racketeering, Blackmail or Extortion.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Standard Punishment

None shall worship, nor preach, nor serve dark forces. None shall summon dark forces, nor shall anyone call forth powers granted by dark forces.
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to either a Standard or Major Punishment

None shall serve or aid an enemy of the Barony, nor take arms against the Barony, nor commit espionage against the barony, nor hinder another in the pursuit of an enemy of the Barony. None shall commit treason against the Kingdom of Kormyre. 
Whomever breaks with this law shall be subject to a Major Punishment

None shall conspire to break with a law of the Barony.
Whosoever breaks with this law shall be punished according one tier of punishment below the law that the convicted conspired to break with.

None shall attempt to escape from lawful detainment or punishment.
Whosoever breaks with this law shall be punished according one tier of punishment above the law that the convicted conspired to break with.

System of Punishment
There are three tiers of punishment: Minor, Standard, and Major.
Within each tier of punishment is three degrees of severity.

It is up to the written law to determine which tier of punishment is fitting. It is up to the arresting guardsman to determine which of the three degrees is fitting for the crime.

A criminal may always choose to instead take the next degree/tier of punishment higher than the one given to them.

Someone who does not fulfill their punishment will be charged with the next highest tier of punishment.

Only one punishment of any given tier can be issued for a single situation of breaking the law, regardless of how many infractions exist within that situation.

For any crime that requires a major punishment; the only individuals authorized to select the degree of punishment and enforce it is the captain of the guard, or a noble of lordship status or higher.

Tier - Minor Punishment 
1st degree (Stocks) Five to Fifteen minutes in the Stocks
2nd degree (Scullery Duty) One hour of unpaid kitchen work
3rd degree (Fine) 10% of your total wealth paid to the Barony

Tier - Standard Punishment 
1st degree (Protective Service) Criminal is assigned to six hours of protective guarding. The target person will be chosen by barony.
2nd degree (Seizing of all Property) All of your belongings are given to the barony
3rd degree (Permanent Brand) The individual who receives this punishment will have a permanent mark placed on their hand. While this mark may be covered, refusal to reveal this mark if asked is considered unlawful and will result in more severe punishment.

Tier - Major Punishment 
1st degree (The Culling Post) A criminal punished with the culling post is afforded the opportunity to serve his punishment with a chance to fight for their lives. The criminal for one hour is chained to a post in a location where they will be most susceptible to the dangerous roaming beasts of the wild. Whether they die on the post or survives the hour, the punishment is served. Only one advocate may be requested to aid the criminal and share in their fate, but under no circumstances is the requested advocate obligated.
2nd degree (Execution) Public Execution.
3rd degree (Outlaw) Criminal is no longer protected by the laws of the barony, however they must still abide by them. Outlaws will have a permanent brand placed upon their face that cannot be concealed, magical or otherwise. This punishment may only be dealt out by a noble with the title of Baron or greater.

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