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Stormwind City Laws

Post by Captain Neme Vaalen on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:09 am

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These are Laws considered to count within the Kingdom of Stormwind, which includes;

-Stormwind
-Elwynn Forest
-Redridge Mountains
-Duskwood
-Westfall

Thick law books would be would in locations like Stormwind Library, The Cathedral of Light and Guard houses. These may be edited by the appropriate Minister should a change happen.

Crimes against the Crown

Crimes against the Crown are the most severe transgressions one can make against the kingdom of Stormwind, as such a magistrate consisting of two, preferably three individuals are always required provided the matter is not settled in court-martial.

Crimes listed are considered to be the minimum punishment by the ministry of justice.

1.1 High treason
Involvement in attempts on His Majesty King Anduin Llane Wrynns life or directly aiding foreign powers considered enemies of the kingdom of Stormwind through any means.

1.2 Treason
Attempts to undermine the rule of His Majesty King Anduin Llane Wrynn trough undermining, exploiting or violently opposing his officials or institutions.

Punishment for either: banishment or execution in the presence of the ministry.

2.0 Major crimes
Guidelines from the ministry of justice states that major crimes be handled by a magistrate.

Crimes listed are considered to be the minimum punishment by the ministry of justice.

2.1 Armed assault
Attacking a Stormwind citizen or an ally of Stormwind with the intent to cause serious bodily injury and/or kill.
Punishment: confinement of weaponry, two days in jail, 5 lashes and a fine starting at 20 silver. Repeat will result in stripping of rank, and may result with being branded with the letter "A" (assault), extended jail time, an elevated fine and/or additional lashes.

2.2 Blackmail
Threatening to reveal information about or to cause harm to a person, their family members, associates, organization, property or belongings unless demands are met.
Punishment: a day in jail or 5 lashes. Repeat may result in an elevated fine or extended jail time.

2.3 Coercion
Implanting a mental suggestion that results in a person carrying out an action either against his or hers own will or without consideration to his or hers own will.
Punishment: a day in jail or 5 lashes, in addition to punishments required for any possible forced crime. Repeat may result in extended jail time and/or additional lashes.

2.4 Contempt
Repeated acts of deliberate disobedience or disruption, preventing the work of a Stormwind official on-duty.
Punishment: a day in jail or a fine starting at five silver. Repeat may result in an increased fine, extended jail time or the addition of lashes starting at three.

2.5 Cultism
Being part of or aiding an organization or worshipping a being or power declared an enemy of the church of Holy Light.
Punishment: all convicted cultists are to receive a brand with the letter "C" (cultist) somewhere on their body, in addition to their sentence consisting of two days in jail, five lashes, confiscation of any cult-related items or objects (to be destroyed). Repeat may result in an extended jail time and/or lashes. Extreme cases are to be discussed with the ministry of justice.

2.6 Use of forbidden magics and divine powers
Practicing magics or divine powers within the city walls that has been outlawed by the Stormwind magi tower and/or church of Holy Light without authorization from the relevant authorities. This also includes artifacts or objects infused by such forces.
Punishment: one is to be presented in front of the relevant governing organization where punishment will be determined in addition to any sentence.

2.7 Murder
Taking the life of another individual (or several) without lawful cause (defined in section 4.9)
Punishment: stripped of all titles and belongings as well as banishment of the city. Extreme cases are to be discussed with the ministry of justice.

2.8 Oathbreaking
Breaking an official oath witnessed by a magistrate of the realm. Also applies to cases where documentation from an oath has been confirmed genuine by a magistrate of the realm.
Punishment: dependent on the oath in question, whatever was agreed between the subject and the magistrate.

2.9 Escaping detention
Escaping through any means from a facility where the subject is lawfully detained.
Punishment: double the jail time plus any additional restrictions to prevent repeat.

2.10 Kidnapping
Abducting a person or multiple people.
Punishment: a day in jail or five lashes, accumulative to the amount of time the person has been kept against their will. Repeat may result in extended jail time and/or additional lashes. Extreme cases are to be discussed with the ministry of justice.

2.11 Bribing
Bribing an official of Stormwind or representative of the crown.
Punishment: A day in jail or five lashes. Repeat may result in extended jail time and/or additional lashes. The receiver of said bribe will be stripped of position and be subject to a fine and/or jail time.

3.0 Minor Crimes
Minor crimes are crimes that can be handled without the involvement of a magistrate unless deemed severe or there is doubt of guilt. Suggested punishments are specified for each crime and should be administered shortly after arrest if not overruled by an officer of appropriate rank.

3.1 Improper use of magic and divine powers
Thoughtless use of magic or divine powers where it may cause harm to persons or property.
Punishment: one is to be presented in front of the relevant governing organization where punishment will be determined in addition to any sentence.

3.1 Adultery
A married man or woman repeatedly engaging in activities of sexual nature with someone other than their spouse without the express consent of said spouse.
Punishment: Grounds for divorce, financial compensation to the victim of the crime.

3.2 Breaking and entering
Breaking into or entering restricted property.
Punishment: a fine of the cost to repair any damages caused, a day in jail or five lashes. Repeat may result in the removing of individual fingers, extended jail time and/or additional lashes.

3.3 Desecration of holy ground
Vandalizing a site deemed holy by the church of the Holy Light.
Punishment: Up to two weeks service to the church of the Holy Light to repent depending on severity, a fine of the cost to repair damages caused to the site.

3.4 Harassment
Disrupting a citizen or ally of Stormwind through physical or verbal actions.
Punishment: A fine of 10 silver. For repeating offense, see "Continued harassment" 3.5.

3.5 Continued harassment
Continued harassment of a citizen or ally of Stormwind through physical or verbal actions.
Punishment: A fine of 20 silver, a day in jail or five lashes. Repeat may increase the fine by five minimum and/or extend jail time and/or additional lashes.

3.6 Failure to pay taxes
Failure to pay taxes within the allotted time frame.
Punishment: penal labour to repay the indebted amount.

3.7 Forgery
Producing, recreating or altering genuine documents, items or works with intent to falsify.
Punishment: confiscation and destruction of said documents, items or works and a fine of minimum 10 silver. Depending on the severity of the offense and/or a repeat of such, punishment may include an increased fine, jail time or lashes.

3.8 Resisting arrest
Refusing to cooperate when being arrested by law enforcers.
Punishment: a fine of ten silver. In more severe cases, jail time and/or penal labour may be issued.

3.9 Defamation
Verbal attempts, including written versions, to challenge the authority of the Crown or its representatives.
Punishment: a fine of ten silver or five lashes. Repeat may include jail time, an increased fine and/or additional lashes.

3.10 Smuggling
Bringing goods into the kingdom without paying the appropriate tariffs, or bringing illegal goods into the kingdom.
Punishment: compensating the kingdom for the lost tariff money through coin or labour and confiscation of illegal goods (where applicable). Repeat may result in an additional fine and/or jail time. Extreme cases are to be discussed with the ministry of justice and the ministry of trade.

3.11 Theft
Stealing the property of a Stormwind citizen, of the kingdom itself or of an ally of Stormwind.
Punishment: compensating the victim for the value of the items stolen through coin or labour, returning the stolen item (if applicable). Repeat may result in a fine, jail time and/or lashing. Extreme cases may lead to individual fingers or an hand being removed entirely, optionally being branded with the letter "T" (Thief).

A victim may rightfully decline the criminals services/labor to compensate for the stolen property, in such case, inability to compensate will lead to jail time.

3.12 Unarmed assault
Attacking a Stormwind citizen or an ally of Stormwind with the intent to harm.
Punishment: a day in jail or five lashes, a fine starting at ten silver. Depending on the severity of the crime and/or repeating of the crime, charge may be taken as "Armed Assault" under 2.1.

3.13 Vandalism
Defiling or destroying property of the kingdom of Stormwind, its citizens or allies.
Punishment: a fine equal to the cost of repairing destroyed property. Repeat may lead to an additional fine and/or jail time.

3.14 Visible allegiance to enemies of the crown

Wearing the colours or tabards of enemies of the crown within the Kingdom of Stormwind or performing actions in their name.
Punishment: confiscation and destruction of clothing and/or tabard, and a fine of ten silver. Repeat may lead to jail time, an increased fine and/or lashing.

3.15 Threatening & Bribery

Bluffing, Bribing or threatening another with lethal or non-lethal means, through voice or actions, with coin or others, with the intent to lure information or deeds from the victims.
Punishment: A day in jail or up to 5 lashes.

3.16 Drunk and disorderly behaviour
Inconveniencing the citizen or allies of Stormwind due to high levels of alcohol consumption.
Punishment: a day in jail to sober up, a fine of five silver. Repeat may lead to increased fines.

3.17 Dealing in illegal/dangerous substances

Trade or possession of illegal/dangerous substances that are acknowledged as damaging and/or addicting as well as the use thereof. This list includes but is not limited to:

- Gnogaine
- Blue Heaven
- Moonshine
- Azshara Azure Cigarettes
- Moonglade Arcana

Punishment: confiscation and destruction of said substance, a fine of five silver. Repeat may lead to jail time, an increased fine and/or lashing in case of trading these substances.


4.0 Additions


4.1 Attempted crimes
A crime that was attempted but did not succeed is still eligible to be punished as a crime that has succeeded.

4.2 Instigated crimes

Encouraging others to commit crimes and succeeding is a criminal offence and may be punished as if the instigator committed said crime depending on circumstance.

4.3 Assisted crimes

Aiding others in any way to commit a crime may be punished as if the person assisting the convict committed said crime depending on circumstance.

4.4 The Ebon treaty

Death knights affiliated with the Ebon Blade is considered an exception from section 2.6 when it comes to practising necromancy and shadow magic as per decree of His Royal Majesty King Varian Wrynn. They are also exempt from article 4.5. Restrictions on using necromantic and shadow related abilities still apply while within the city walls unless given clearance, as long as they do not break any other laws.

4.5 Undead and demons

Undead or demons that has not been reanimated or summoned with express permission of the Stormwind Magi tower, the Stormwind army or the Stormwind ministry of magic is considered illegal and is to be turned in to the authorities for disposal if possible. Exceptions as per section 4.4 apply and arrangements made by the Stormwind army or the Stormwind ministry of magic.

4.6 Torture
Minor physical violence applied by guardsmen in order to interrogate a captured prisoner is allowed in cases where considered justified legal. Major physical violence, magical and alchemical methods of interrogations must be approved by the ministry of justice and defense. Suspicions of misconduct can be reported to the ministry of justice.

4.7 Repeated crimes

In the event in which a person repeats committing similar crimes after having been sentenced, additional or more severe judgment might be applied, such as increased jail time, higher fine or more lashes, depending on the present magistrate’s judgment.

4.8 Unwilling crimes
In case crimes were committed unwillingly, most noticeably through magic influence, punishment might be excused depending on the circumstances. Precautions should be taken to prevent similar events from re-occurring.

4.9 Murder with lawful cause
In the event where an individual kills another out of self-defence or defence of others, murder could be excused depending on the present magistrate’s judgment.

4.10 Good behaviour and regret or accidental crimes
In the event where an individual committed crime without direct intent or shows clear remorse and understands his or her guilt, the punishment of lashing might be reduced depending on the present magistrate’s judgment.

4.11 If the fine can not be paid

In the event the convicted criminal does not have the resources required to pay his or her fine, he or she may be put to fulfil community service until the debts are repaid. If no work can be found, then he/she will serve appropriate jail time, depending on the sum of the fine. A judge can be consulted on a fitting jail time.

4.12 Arrest without evidence
If one gets arrested by a magistrate of appropriate rank due to suspicion, one is to be held in captivity or under supervision (dependant on the suspected crime as well as levels of cooperation) until proven innocent or after a small period of time has passed in which no proof of villainy could be shown.

4.13 Applying force during arrest or chase
A guardsman may apply force, through magic or physical actions, during the arrest or chase of a potential criminal if they do not cooperate. This force must be within reason depending on the circumstances.

4.14 Ministry approved magi

A group of magi will exist, approved by the ministry of magic through a series of trials, working together with law-enforcers to further encourage the safety of the citizens. Their main goal will be to assist in investigating and handling crimes caused by other magic-users as well as training the guards in specific anti-magic-user combat strategies.

Captain Neme Vaalen

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