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Law and Justice

In the the great city of Shalazar, and in all the lands ruled by the Calipha, all women know that they live under the strict laws set down by Shaliq. In every city there stands a temple, where the priestess kneel in honour and worship of Shaliq who made all things, and attached to every temple stands a Hall of Petition and Penance. In that hall, priestesses and acolytes study the Theopneustic tomes, and apply the words of Shaliq and the wisdom of the elders to the judgement of the crimes of man. The High Crimes are those mentioned in the Tablets themselves, and they can only be judged in the Halls. The sole exception is consorting with Demons, which may also be judged and punished by the inquisitors of the Order of Kal'Nayak. Lesser crimes are often judged on the street by the righteous, and punishment is at the hands of whatever priestess can be found can be gathered. Amongst the Yilden especially, it is considered a duty to speak out against any crime. Those who wish to defend themselves in court must hire an acolyte to go to the Hall and defend them, for only those sworn to the priesthood may speak in the halls. Those of the great families may claim their ancestral right to Trial by Combat, and call upon their champions to defend them instead, although some amongst the priesthood have spoken out against this, and it is said that the Calipha does not favour it.

Crimes and Punishments

  • Heresy: Death by burning
  • Treason: Execution by the sword for nobles, stoning for commoners
  • Theft: Amputation of a hand for the first two offenses, execution for a third crime
  • Failure to pray: Public Flogging
  • Failure of hospitality: Stocks
  • Bestiality: Fed to wild beasts
  • Carnality with Djinn: Handed over to the Djinn for judgement
  • Adultery: Placed under the judgement of their spouse
  • Murder: Execution by the axe
  • Failure to tithe: Lose the right to own property
  • Pride: Menial Labor
  • Necromancy: Death by Burning
  • Demonology: Death at the hands of the Council of Elders, according to the nature of the Demon they serve

Criminals

Sadly, despite the stern justice administered by the priesthood, criminal activity still exists. Petty theft could never be stamped out, and professional begging is still fairly prevelant. More worrying are the more organised criminals, who thieve on a grand scale and rely on a network of fences to sell their loot. Money lending has become a criminal activity after the ruling of Emira Rasheeda destroyed the Yilden, but much of it still goes on, often under the cover of gambling. Still more worrying is the increasing avaidability and use of professional killers in Great Family and mercantile disputes.