Icathian Laws and Afterlife, and Philosophy, and other thoughts that show up besides that.
Nice thanks go to EchoMirage and Ancient Gamer for their ideas and remarks. Long live the chatroom.Philosophy
It's all about freedom.
The known history of all mortal races
begins with slavery. In the end, the very Gods
are said to offer mortals a choice: a life of Servitude, but in comfort knowing someone else has Responsibility; or Freedom, and the hardships that come with it. As many know, Freedom was chosen. But some philosophers claim, that the Choice is not over, it is offered each day anew... and mortals have to choose again, and again.
What is the way of expressing freedom then? Some live for the freedom of earning money. Some for the freedom of personal growth (_physical_ growth, in some cases...). Some want a perfect political freedom, but have a tendency to get squashed by others, but that's life.
So while not far from feudalism, I want the thought of Freedom permeat the whole society. Guess it will look strange if I succeed...Laws:
The peculiar system of laws in the former Icathian kingdom has many admirers, as opponents, and is still in effect despite of minor changes. While close to other legal systems, there is one main difference:The sentence for any type of crime is set by the laws, and does not change.
Let's say that for example, Killing has (had) a penalty of 5 years, Murder 20 years. (Note however, that Killings are accepted only in extreme circumstances, the courts mostly vote on Murder.)
So once the type of crime is clear (the suspect is found guilty), the sentence is also clear. The form
of the punishment is but the most argued part, and makes up the largest part of any trial. The lowest is Public Helper
, where the convict can keep his original profession, but spends a part of his free time on community services. Public Servant
means for most giving up the former life, as a large part of the convicts time is spent working for the public. The punishments then go up to Heavy Service
in mines or quarries, that can shorten one's life significantly.
Of course, the whole sentence needs not to be of the same punishment! It is rather often composed from different degrees of punishment. 1 year of Heavy Service, and 19 years Public Service is very different from the opposite version.
In the original set of laws, Death
is administered only for Treason. Some newer laws change this.
Other changes include physical maiming (loose a finger for thievery...). Repeated offenses, are now solved with longer sentences, and as before, harsher punishments.
So the Old Kingdom valued the health of its criminals... for forced labour at least. There were notoriously known Crime Runs, when the militia, in the interest of public projects, maximized its efforts, and caught also the petty criminals largely overlooked before. Along with great projects this ironically produced the first seeds of criminal organisations, that spied on the government and its plans.
The law system represents an important value: everything has its price, and the price has to be payed. If murdering a tyran, one can still hope into public opinion reducing the punishment. But even the lowest punishment will impact one's life for long years.
(But note that kings are above law, except for treason, and regicide is _always_ punished by Death. Killing in "public interest" may apply to high-ranking nobles, that used to have much power in the Old Kingdom. Then again, that is another change to the laws of the past: the barons and earls are protected by a death penalty as well.)
Unfortunately, it happens that some devious minds manage to get away from serious crimes, with a mild punishment only. But this seems to be a problem of most law systems.Crimes and Punishments notes
(inspired by/looted from the respective Netbook
Minor offences (improper insult, public drunkenness, ...)
- fined, at most 3 days sentence
Major offences (vagrancy, trespassing, bothering a lady, assault, property damage...)
- fined and short sentence (~weeks)
(Offences can now have alternative humiliating punishments.)
Minor crimes (evading justice, evading taxes, bothering nobles, theft, bandit, ...)
- sentence (~months), possibly fined
Major crimes (murder, treason, climb city walls, rape, arson, kidnapping, extorion, violent assault, ...)
- long sentence (~years), property may be confiscatedPunishments:
- Public Helper
- Public Servant (may be impressed into navy or similar)
- Heavy Service
- Death (extreme cases)
Note: excluded Torture, Flaying, whips, gauntlets, and other neat devices. Is it fine that way?
Note: different laws exist for the army (desertion, disobeying, etc.).Religion
Gods do not need mortals, so much is clear. And mortals do not need gods in their day-to-day life. So why
should one worship them?
- they are d**n powerful, is there more to be said?
- besides the little thank for creating the world AND the mortals themselves, gods have saved them from slavery, thus one should be thankful
- while mostly overlooking mortals, they can get angry sometimes, and can _seriously_ ruin a nice day. Thus it is wise to not get into their way. On the other hand, sometimes they can feel entertained, and reward or help the small mortal in small or big ways.
- if one has a cause, it is d**n more impressive if it has the (seeming) support of a god.
- it pays to be a good follower... the priests get mystical powers, the common people get blessings from them, for better harvest, etc, etc.
- gods know much more than mortals, and those close to them can get bits of that wisdom.