Hell of a Summer
The Treaty of Thronehold and Local Law
The Treaty of Thronehold is the treaty, signed in former Galifaran capital city Thronehold in 996, between the surviving four of the Five Nations, formally ending the Last War. It divided Galifar into its constituent nations, also recognizing a number of former vassals of the Five Nations as sovereign. Cyre and Droaam were not represented at this treaty. Amongst the provisions of the Treaty of Thronehold were the emancipation of Warforged and the banning of the Creation Forges.
Of more immediate importance to the residents of Throneport, one of the many codicils to the Treaty of Thronehold dealt with the administration of Throneport. The Treaty provisions of most importance to Throneporters:
- Declared the grounds of the imperial palace on Thronehold off-limits to the forces of any surviving Nations.
- Divided the city of into 6 separate administrative districts based on the City Ward system already in place, giving each responsible kingdom authority to secure and administer their Ward as they saw fit.
- In recognizing Trades Ward under the Dragonmarked Houses, it granted unique extraterritorial provisions to the Dragonmarked Houses within their demesne.
While the city is administered differently within each Ward, there are still universally recognized laws across the city. These are known as the Code Civil, and are adjudicated by city magisters in the Civil Palace at the foot of Thronehold. Severe crimes, including suspicious deaths, rape, misuse of magic, and succession and inheritance disputes are always heard by a convening triumvirate of three magisters and require testimony from witnesses.
Forty-nine appointed black-robed Magisters conduct the Common Courts of Throneport. Three “Black Robes” are always on duty at the Palace and at the Docks to meet incoming ships. During daylight hours, a Magister is also posted at each gate. Magisters can pass sentence instantly, but most sentences are conditional on the supporting evidence of witnesses. Magisters are always accompanied by at least six members of the City Watch. Any citizen of Throneport can appeal to the Court of Appeals within two days of being sentenced by a Magister, but most such appeals fail.
Throneporters are largely law-abiding, and most of the city’s laws remain unwritten, within the “reasonable discretion” of the Magisters. The Code Civil serves as a basis for sentencing, dividing all crimes into four Plaints and each Plaint into severe, serious, lesser, and minor offenses.
The first Plaint involves Crimes Against Officials and Nobles (treason, impersonation, forgery of official documents, destruction of city property, assault, willful disobedience of edicts, and blasphemy against a government official). Examples:
- Assaulting or impersonating an official or noble: flogging, imprisonment up to a week, and fine up to 500 SP
- Blackmailing an official: flogging and exile up to 10 years
- Bribery or attempted bribery of an official: exile up to 20 years and fine up to donble the bribe amount
- Murder of an official or noble: death
- Using magic to influence an official or noble without consent: imprisonment up to a year, and fine or damages up to 1,000gp
The second Plaint involves Crimes Against the City (poisoning of wells, murder, spying, sabotage, fraud, fencing, unlawful dueling, bribery, unlawful entry into the city, vagrancy, littering, brandishing a weapon without cause, and reckless driving). Examples:
- Arson: death or hard labor up to 1 year, with fines and/or damages covering the cost of repairs plus 2,000sp
- Brandishing weapons without due cause: imprisonment up to a week and/or fine up to 10sp
- Espionage: death or permanent exile
- Fencing stolen soods: fine equal to the value of the stolen goods and edict
- Forgery of an official document: flogging and exile for 10 years
- Hampering justice: Fine up to 200sp and hard labor up to a week
- Littering: fine up to 2sp and edict
- Poisoning a city well: death
- Theft: flogging followed by imprisonment up to a week, hard labor up to 1 year, or fine equal to the value of the stolen goods
- Treason: death
- Vandalism: imprisonment up to a week plus fine and/or damages covering the coat of repairs plus up to 100sp
- Using magic to influence an official without consent: fine or damages up to 1,000sp and edict
The third Plaint involves Crimes Against the Gods (defiling of a holy place, theft of temple goods, tomb-robbing, assault on a religious person, public blasphemy of a god or priesthood, and disorderly conduct at worship). Examples:
- Assaulting a priest or lay worshiper: imprisonment up to a week and damages up to 500sp
- Disorderly conduct within a temple: fine up to 5gp and edict
- Public blasphemy against a god or church: edict
- Theft of temple goods or offerings: imprisonment up to a week and damages up to double the cost of the stolen items
- Tomb-robbing: imprisonment up to a week and damages covering the cost of repairs plus 500sp
The fourth Plaint involves Crimes Against Citizens (arson, rape, bodily harm, magical assault, forgery, slavery, robbery, burglary, theft/killing of livestock, usury, property damage, assault, hindrance of business, and excessive noise). Examples:
- Assaulting a citizen: imprisonment up to a week, flogging and damages up to 1,000sp
- Blackmailing or intimidating a citizen: fine or damages up to 500sp and edict
- Burglary: imprisonment up to 3 months and damages equal to the value of the stolen goods plus 500sp
- Damaging property or livestock: damages covering the cost of repairs or replacement plus up to 500sp
- Disturbing the peace: fine up to 25sp and edict
- Murdering a citizen without justification: death or hard labor up to 10 years, and damages up to 1,000sp paid to the victim’s kin
- Murdering a citizen with justification: exile up to 5 years or hard labor up to 3 years or damaaes up to 1,000sp paid to the victim’s kin
- Robbery: hard labor up to 1 month and damages equal to the value of the stolen goods plus 500sp
- Slavery: flogging and hard labor up to 10 years
- Using magic to influence a citizen without consent: fine or damages up to 1,000sp and edict