[Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F. (ADDED TO DATA)

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[Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F. (ADDED TO DATA)

Postby french ninja » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:15 am

Now, I did not write this. It was originally from Daggerfall, but it did not make an appearance in any future games. I think it would make a nice addition personally.

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Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F.

Ignorance of the law is no defense. Be forewarned that the following are but the most universal of Tamrielan laws and regulations. Your own local province or principality may have unique laws of its own. As a citizen of Empire, it is your right and responsibility to know and follow these laws of the land.

Breaking and Entering:
This refers to any act including, but not limited to opening, breaking, incinerating, magically transporting, or in any way causing a door, window, or other portal that has been magically or mundanely locked or which a reasonable person would assume to be so restricted to be passable, and the act (though the act is not required for the definition) of entering the house, business, or public location through said defined portal. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.
The fine and incarceration, or both, or neither, may be less in a crime of Attempted Breaking and Entering. A crime of Attempted Breaking and Entering is defined as an any act that a reasonable person would perceive as the preparation for, an attempt (whether successful or not, or perceived to be possibly successful or not) to bring about the opening, breaking, incinerating, magically transporting, or in any way causing a door, window, or other portal that has been magically or mundanely locked or which a reasonable person would assume to be so restricted to be passable, and the act (though the act is not required for the definition) of preparing or attempting (whether successful or not, perceived to be possibly successful or not) entering the house, business, or public location through said defined portal.

Trespassing:
This refers to walking, flying, riding, teleporting, floating, or in any way moving or existing on a property without the explicit written or spoken permission (or permission a reasonable person might infer) of the owner or caretaker of the property. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Assault:
Any threat or attempt (whether successful or not) to do physical, emotional, mental, or magical harm or injury to another person, group of persons, or entity a reasonable person might assume to be sentient. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Murder:
Any act of premeditated or malicious or premeditated and malicious (or an act that a reasonable person would call premeditated and malicious or premeditated or malicious) or accidental but criminally intended (or what a reasonable person would call criminally intended) purpose that results directly in the death (or destruction with implied death) of a person, group of persons, or entity a reasonable person might assume to be sentient. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Criminal Conspiracy:
Any meeting, communication, or encounter with the purpose (or which a reasonable person might assume had the purpose) of preparing or arranging a crime of any kind (or crimes of any kind) to be commited or caused to be commited. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Vagrancy:
Any act of idleness, disorder, begging, or conduct unbecoming a person with occupation, gold, or a home, (or occupation, gold, and a home, or occupation or gold and home, or occupation and gold or home, or occupation and home or gold), or what a reasonable person would consider idle, disorderly, beggarly, or unbecoming. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Smuggling:
Any act of bringing in, taking out, teleporting, or causing to be brought in, taken out, or teleported an object considered illegal or, if not illegal, requiring an import or export tax which is not paid. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration, and will include confiscation of the offensive or illegal object. It may also include, but not be restricted to, execution or banishment, or execution and banishment.

High Treason:
Any act against (whether directly or indirectly, or any nonaction which results in circumstances, directly or indirectly, against) a allegiated sovereign or by a vassal to a liege, resulting (or what a reasonable person would assume would result) in physical, emotional, mental, or magical harm or injury in said sovereign or liege. The punishment for this crime will be death.

Pickpocketing:
Any act of stealing, taking, or, without explicit written or verbal permission (or what a reasonable person would infer as implied permission) an item or items a person, group of persons, or entity a reasonable person might assume to be sentient has on his, her, its, or their own person. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.

Theft (sometimes called Larceny):
Any act of stealing, taking, or, without explicit written or verbal permission (or what a reasonable person would infer as implied permission) an item or items from a person, group of persons, or entity a reasonable person might assume to be sentient's place of residence, business, person, or other location a reasonable person would assume is secured from looting. The punishment for this crime may include a fine or incarceration, or a fine and incarceration.
These are the usual, day-to-day definitions used by legal experts (like myself), but both the definitions and punishments may fluctuate wildly according to location and situation. In the Imperial City, legal counsel is available by persons like myself, but the provinces have no such system in place. Perhaps that will change in time. We can all hope so.

As a final note: the Tamriel legal system has its basis in the civilized, reasonable credo uttered by the prophet Marukh in the first era: "All are guilty until they have proven themselves innocent." Were truer word ever spoke?
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Re: [Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F.

Postby Rattfink333 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:06 am

nice bit of lore. as far as differences in the provinces. i would think the nords will tend towards meting out their own justice instead of reporting to the guards. and crime fines should be higher in skyrim. i think morrowind is the most corrupt province. and the nords being a more independent lot are likely to take your head off with an axe before even thinking of dragging you before a court. unless the local lord like to have a good hanging as often as possible.
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Re: [Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F.

Postby Muspila » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:40 am

If I remember the lore-notes from infernal city right, Nords hang people sometimes.

I agree with Rattfink. For example I do not imagine Nord guards would actually speak of themselves as enforcer of imperial law or at least they would word it a bit different, less official-sounding.

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Re: [Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F.

Postby SirEyeball » Fri May 18, 2012 3:25 pm

I agree that the Nords would have their own way of dispensing justice however this is an Imperial Law text and they would derive from Cyrodiil.
The Emperor would like to have the law of the empire spread across all the regions and therefore it could very well end up in Skyrim. I would say that any customs and excise house should have a copy and imperial justice workers such as lawyers, judges and captains of the guard may have a copy as well.
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Re: [Book] Legal Basics by Anchivius, M.Z.F.

Postby french ninja » Fri May 18, 2012 6:09 pm

A "legal addendum" could be added to it, for Skyrim specific laws and punishments", like how slavery and the Morag Tong are legal in Morrowind. Holmgang?
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