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Places in the Sea of Stars – The Legalist Monarchy of Arachast

27 February, 2012

“Learn the law, obey the law, live the law.  Such is the way of Arachast.”

The Legalist Monarchy of Arachast

Law or Justice?

Justice?

In the aftermath of the sundering, the kingdom of Arachast suffered heavily.  Rivers changed course or dried up, the climate shifted instantly, crops that once grew well now died.  The king could not handle the strain and broke, the only one with the status to take over was the high judge.  She did not shirk this task and imposed order, from this order flowed new rules and new laws, reordering the kingdom from top to bottom.  The High Judge’s daughter, also a trained legal scholar, married the crown prince, their son was the first High Judge-King of Arachast.

Arachast runs on an efficient set of complex laws administered from the capital of Arachasti.  The walls of the throne room of the palace is inscribed with the basic laws of the land and are open to students and visitors when court is not in session.  Vast legal libraries and courts of law are scattered across the capital, many of the jurists are in constant rivalry for status and positions.

Cutting your career short

Harsh Law

The Royal Judges assist in ruling the kingdom acting as advisors to governors and mayors, interpreting the often fiendishly complex legal code.  The Royal Magistrates travel the land, investigating disorder and lawbreaking, aiding the common folk to heave to the spirit of the law.  The Magistrates act much as knights errant would in other culture, enforcing the law, helping people, though they are not afraid to get their hands dirty in building a barn or shearing sheep.

The core of royal law is well understood and taught to all, an education in the basic laws being seen as a birthright, and even the smallest Arachastian settlement has its own school.  Retired judges often oversee or teach in schools, traveling magistrates visit the schools in their circuits, providing stories and practical instruction from their experiences.

The law is harsh and unforgiving with capital and cruel physical punishments for almost all crimes.  One of the tasks of the High Courts is to find the most suiting and memorable punishments for crimes.  Though rigorous cost benefit analyses are also performed, the state cannot afford mass burning and complex machines of punishment, at least, not outside of Arachasti.  Often the wronged citizen is allowed to participate in the punishment if such is their wish.

Exceptions for first offenses and mitigating circumstances are built in for the citizens of Arachast but not for foreigners.  Foreigners are advised to learn the laws as soon as they arrive and obey them completely.  The punishment of foreigners is considered to be an enjoyable past time and is always well attended.

Notes: Pondering a place to start a new campaign branch.

Photos: Justice by Mike Gifford, guillotine by Del Vollstrecker both used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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One comment

  1. Very interesting. I dig these sort of campaign details.



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