The Kingdom of Cailean Laws & Charter
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The Cailean Code Legal
((Code Legal By: DarkOne264))
Last Update: 02/15/2021
It is through the grace of Moonbow that such laws are presented to ensure all are protected under her guidance by Royal decree.
Article I: Murder:
- Killing any sentient life whose species has the ability to learn and speak the Common tongue is forbidden.
- Any person or persons found guilty of the murder of an elf shall be subject to execution
- any person or persons found guilty of the murder of any none elf creature as defined in section I of this article shall be subject to no less than five years of hard labor in the mines
- In the case of self-defense the living victim(s) shall not be confined or punished after they have been exonerated by the courts.
- Killing of livestock which is to be considered any creature who could be reasonably be used for food, clothing, or tools is permitted, upon the death of a creature all parts of the creature must be used.
Article II: Magic Usage:
- Necromancy in all forms is strictly forbidden
- Any person or persons caught using magic to influence a citizen without consent are subject to a monetary fine
- Any person convicted under Article II section II who’s actions lead to committing additional crimes will be subject to the full punishments listed in the laws of Cailean.
- Any person or persons use of magic with the intention of harming sentient life as described in Article I section I shall be subject to punishment.
Article III: The Kingdom and Her Agents:
- Assaulting or impersonating a city official; meaning those of noble birth, guards, judges, officials, ambassadors, knights, priests, et al. Shall be subject to Hard labour and a monetary fine.
- Treason against the Crown resulting in major disruption of order shall be subject to execution or hard labor for a period of no less than five years
- Treason against the crown resulting in the injury of person(s) listed in section I of this article shall face hard labour or banishment from the kingdom.
- Bribery or attempted bribery of an official: Imprisonment and fined up to double the bribe amount.
- Slavery is not recognized in the Kingdom. Any person involved in the buying, selling, or transfer of slaves shall be subject to hard labor.
- The desecration of a library or Sanctuary will not be permitted under any circumstance any person(s) found guilty will serve no less than five years of hard labour.
Article VI: Theft & Fraud:
- Theft of property is forbidden.
- Theft of property over the value of 500 gold novem will be treated as serious theft punishable by hard labor.
- Theft under 500 gold novem shall be punishable with; A fine equal to the value of the property stolen, branding, civil service, or all of the above.
- Person(s) deliberately misrepresenting themselves for personal gain or to harm another is considered to be fraud.
- This includes falsifying documents, impersonating any official, nobility, or member of the royal family, operating a business that misrepresents its stated purpose or deliberately selling items that don’t function as stated.
- Perjury is a punishable offense subject to fines or imprisonment.
- Perjury is defined as; providing false testimony, misrepresenting yourself or others on official documents, misrepresenting credentials for employment.
Article V: EnviromentalProtections:
- Trees are sacred and not to be harmed needlessly.
- Trees may be felled for the purpose of building materials, tools, and agricultural needs.
- Trees must be replanted. Trees may be replanted at different locations as needed.
- Anyone caught breaking Article V sections I, II, and III will be subject to punishment.
Article VI: Official Challenges:
- All official challenges must be overseen by someone ranked knight or higher.
- Official challenges may be until injury or death.
Article VII: Petty Assault & Attempted Crimes:
- Any assaults resulting in minor injury will result and a monetary fine or imprisonment for a period of not more than thirty days
- Attempted criminal acts with the exception of murder and rape will be punishable by; branding, a monetary fine, imprisonment not more than thirty days any or all of the aforementioned punishments.
- Attempted murder will be punishable by branding and up to three years of hard labour.
- Attempted rape will be punishable branding and up to two years of hard labour.
The Charter of Rights
((Written by Hythinker Resident))
King Elaran Avedon of Cailean and Eilienaxa, First of His Name, by the Grace of Her Holy Ladyship Moonbow and Blessed by the Spirits of Fate.
Regent Guardian of the Crown Lord Leolen Tirnel, by the Grace of Her Holy Ladyship Moonbow and Blessed by the Spirits of Fate, Greeting.
KNOW THAT BEFORE OUR LADY MOONBOW, for the health of our soul and those of our ancestors and heirs, to the honour of the Goddess, the exaltation of our holy shrines, and the better ordering of our kingdom, at the advice of our Priests and Priestesses, and the guidance of Our Counts and Nobles,
TO ALL FREE CITIZENS OF OUR KINGDOM we have also granted, for us and our heirs forever, all the liberties are written out below, to have and to keep for them and their heirs, of us and our heirs:
- If any count, baron, or another person that holds lands directly of the Crown, for military service, shall die, and at their death, their heir shall be of full age and owe a ‘relief’, the heir shall have their inheritance on payment of the ancient scale of ‘relief’. That is to say, the heir or heirs of a count shall pay 100 Gold for the entire count’s barony, the heir or heirs of a knight 100 Silver at most for the entire knight’s ‘fee’, and any person that owes less shall pay less, in accordance with the ancient usage of ‘fees’.
- If the heir of such a person is underage and a ward, when they come of age they shall have their inheritance without ‘relief’ or fine.
- The guardian of the land of an heir who is under age shall take from it only reasonable revenues, customary dues, and feudal services. They shall do this without destruction or damage to people or property. If we have given the guardianship of the land to a sheriff, or to any person answerable to us for the revenues, and they commit destruction or damage, we will exact compensation from them, and the land shall be entrusted to two worthy and prudent people of the same ‘fee’, who shall be answerable to us for the revenues, or to the person to whom we have assigned them. If we have given or sold to anyone the guardianship of such land, and they cause destruction or damage, they shall lose the guardianship of it, and it shall be handed over to two worthy and prudent men of the same ‘fee’, who shall be similarly answerable to us.
- For so long as a guardian has guardianship of such land, they shall maintain the houses, parks, fish preserves, ponds, mills, and everything else pertaining to it, from the revenues of the land itself. When the heir comes of age, they shall restore the whole land to them, stocked with plough teams and such implements of husbandry as the season demands and the revenues from the land can reasonably bear.
- Heirs may be given in marriage, but not to someone of lower social standing. Before a marriage takes place, it shall be made known to the heir’s next-of-kin.
- No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as they wish to remain without a spouse. But they must give security that they will not marry without royal consent if they hold their lands of the Crown, or without the consent of whatever other they may hold them of.
- Neither we nor our officials will seize any land or rent in payment of a debt, so long as the debtor has movable goods sufficient to discharge the debt. A debtor’s sureties shall not be distrained upon so long as the debtor themself can discharge their debt. If for lack of means, the debtor is unable to discharge their debt, their sureties shall be answerable for it. If they so desire, they may have the debtor’s lands and rents until they have received satisfaction for the debt that they paid for them, unless the debtor can show that they have settled their obligations to them.
- We will and grant that all other cities, boroughs, towns, and ports shall enjoy all their liberties and free customs and shall enjoy all their ancient liberties and free customs, both by land and by water.
- To obtain the general consent of the realm for the assessment of an ‘aid’ – except in the three cases specified above – or a ‘scutage’, we will cause the High Priest or Priestess and those in their service, counts, and greater barons to be summoned individually by letter. To those who hold lands directly of us we will cause a general summons to be issued, through the sheriffs and other officials, to come together on a fixed day (of which at least forty days notice shall be given) and at a fixed place. In all letters of summons, the cause of the summons will be stated. When a summons has been issued, the business appointed for the day shall go forward in accordance with the resolution of those present, even if not all those who were summoned have appeared.
- In the future we will allow no one to levy an ‘aid’ from their free People, except to ransom their person, to make their eldest a knight, and (once) to marry their eldest. For these purposes, only a reasonable ‘aid’ may be levied.
- No person shall be forced to perform more service for a knight’s ‘fee’, or another free holding of land than is due from it.
- Ordinary lawsuits shall not follow the royal court around, but shall be held in a fixed place.
- Inquests of disputed land and property presentment shall be taken only in their proper county court. We ourselves, or in our absence abroad our chief justice, will send two justices to each county four times a year, and these justices, with four knights of the county elected by the county itself, shall hold the assizes in the county court, on the day and in the place where the court meets.
- If any assizes cannot be taken on the day of the county court, as many knights and freeholders shall afterward remain behind, of those who have attended the court, as will suffice for the administration of justice, having regard to the volume of business to be done.
- For a trivial offense, a free person shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of their offense, and for a serious offense correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive them of their livelihood. In the same way, a merchant shall be spared their merchandise, and a villein the implements of their husbandry, if they fall upon the mercy of a royal court. None of these fines shall be imposed except by the assessment on oath of reputable people of the neighborhood.
- Counts and barons shall be fined only by their equals and in proportion to the gravity of their offense.
- A fine imposed upon the lay property of a clerk in holy orders shall be assessed upon the same principles, without reference to the value of his ecclesiastical benefice.
- Every county, hundred, wapentake, and tithing shall remain at its ancient rent, without increase, except the royal demesne manors.
- If at the death of a person who holds a lay ‘fee’ of the Crown, a sheriff or royal official produces royal letters patent of summons for a debt due to the Crown, it shall be lawful for them to seize and list movable goods found in the lay ‘fee’ of the dead person to the value of the debt, as assessed by worthy people. Nothing shall be removed until the whole debt is paid when the residue shall be given over to the executors to carry out the dead person’s will. If no debt is due to the Crown, all the movable goods shall be regarded as the property of the dead person, except the reasonable shares of their spouse and children.
- If a free person dies intestate, their movable goods are to be distributed by their next-of-kin and friends, under the supervision of the Church. The rights of their debtors are to be preserved.
- No constable or other royal official shall take corn or other movable goods from any person without immediate payment unless the seller voluntarily offers postponement of this.
- No constable may compel a knight to pay money for castle-guard if the knight is willing to undertake the guard in person, or with reasonable excuse to supply some other fit person to do it. A knight taken or sent on military service shall be excused from castle-guard for the period of this service.
- No sheriff, royal official, or another person shall take horses or carts for transport from any free person, without their consent.
- Neither we nor any royal official will take wood for our castle, or for any other purpose, without the consent of the owner.
- We will not keep the lands of people convicted of a felony in our hand for longer than a year and a day, after which they shall be returned to the lords of the ‘fees’ concerned.
- The writ called precipe shall not in future be issued to anyone in respect of any holding of land if a free person could thereby be deprived of the right of trial in their own lord’s court.
- There shall be standard measures of wine, ale, and corn, throughout the kingdom. There shall also be a standard width of dyed cloth, russet, and haberject, namely two ells within the selvedges. Weights are to be standardized similarly.
- In future, nothing shall be paid or accepted for the issue of a writ of inquisition of life or limbs. It shall be given gratis, and not refused.
- If a man holds land of the Crown by ‘fee-farm’, ‘socage’, or ‘burgage’, and also holds land of someone else for knight’s service, we will not have guardianship of his heir, nor of the land that belongs to the other person’s ‘fee’, by virtue of the ‘fee-farm’, ‘socage’, or ‘burgage’, unless the ‘fee-farm’ owes knight’s service. We will not have the guardianship of a man’s heir, or of land that he holds of someone else, by reason of any small property that he may hold of the Crown for a service of knives, arrows, or the like.
- In the future, no official shall place a person on trial upon their own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.
- No free person shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of their rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of their standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against them, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of their equals or by the law of the land.
- To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
- All merchants may enter or leave the lands in the Care of the Crown of Cailean and their duly recognized peers unharmed and without fear and may stay or travel within it, by land or water, for purposes of trade, free from all illegal exactions, in accordance with ancient and lawful customs. This, however, does not apply in time of war to merchants from a country that is at war with us. Any such merchants found in our country at the outbreak of war shall be detained without injury to their persons or property until we or our chief justice have discovered how our own merchants are being treated in the country at war with us. If our own merchants are safe they shall be safe too.
- In future it shall be lawful for any person to leave and return to our kingdom unharmed and without fear, by land or water, preserving their allegiance to us, except in time of war, for some short period, for the common benefit of the realm. People that have been imprisoned or outlawed in accordance with the law of the land, people from a country that is at war with us, and merchants – who shall be dealt with as stated above – are excepted from this provision.
- If a person holds lands of any ‘escheat’ that are baronies, at their death, their heir shall give us only the ‘relief’ and service that they would have made to the baron, had the barony been in the baron’s hand. We will hold the ‘escheat’ in the same manner as the baron held it.
- We will appoint as justices, constables, sheriffs, or other officials, only people that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well.
- As soon as peace is restored, we will remove from the kingdom all the foreign knights, bowmen, their attendants, and the mercenaries that have come to it, to its harm, with horses and arms.
- To any people whom we have deprived or dispossessed of lands, castles, liberties, or rights, without the lawful judgment of their equals, we will at once restore these. In cases of dispute the matter shall be resolved by the judgment of the rightfully appointed barons referred to below in the clause for securing the peace. In cases, however, where a person was deprived or dispossessed of something without the lawful judgment of their equals and it remains in our hands or is held by others under our warranty, we shall have respite for a period no longer than a year in duration, unless a lawsuit had been begun, or an inquiry had been made at our order.
- All fines that have been given to us unjustly and against the law of the land, and all fines that we have exacted unjustly, shall be entirely remitted or the matter decided by a majority judgment of the council of barons referred to below in the clause for securing the peace together with a duly authorized High Priest or Priestess of Moonbow if they can be present, and such others as they wish to bring with them. If the High Priest or Priestess cannot be present, proceedings shall continue without them, provided that if any of the barons has been involved in a similar suit themself, their judgment shall be set aside, and someone else chosen and sworn in their place, as a substitute for the single occasion, by the rest of the Council.
- All these customs and liberties that we have granted shall be observed in our kingdom in so far as concerns our own relations with our subjects. Let all people of our kingdom, whether clergy or laymen, observe them similarly in their relations with their own people.
- SINCE WE HAVE GRANTED ALL THESE THINGS for the Goddess and Spirits, for the better ordering of our kingdom, and to allay the discord that has arisen between us and our barons, and since we desire that they shall be enjoyed in their entirety, with lasting strength, forever, we give and grant to the barons the following security:
- The barons shall elect a Council of their number, to keep, and cause to be observed with all their might, the peace and liberties granted and confirmed to them by this charter,
- If we, our chief justice, our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any person or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security, and the offense is made known to four of the said Council of barons, they shall come to us – or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice – to declare it and claim immediate redress. If we, or in our absence abroad the chief justice, make no redress within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offense was declared to us or to them, the four barons shall refer the matter to the rest of the Council, who may distrain upon and assail us in every way possible, with the support of the whole community of the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children, until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon. Having secured the redress, they may then resume their normal obedience to us.
- Any person who so desires may take an oath to obey the commands of the barons for the achievement of these ends, and to join with them in assailing us to the utmost of his power. We give public and free permission to take this oath to any person who so desires, and at no time will we prohibit any person from taking it. Indeed, we will compel any of our subjects who are unwilling to take it to swear it at our command.
- If one of the duly elected barons dies or leaves the country, or is prevented in any other way from discharging his duties, the rest of them shall choose another baron in his place, at their discretion, who shall be duly sworn in as they were.
- In the event of disagreement among the Council on any matter referred to them for a decision, the verdict of the majority present shall have the same validity as a unanimous verdict of the whole Council, whether these were all present or some of those summoned were unwilling or unable to appear.
- The Council shall swear to obey all the above articles faithfully, and shall cause them to be obeyed by others to the best of their power.
- We will not seek to procure from anyone, either by our own efforts or those of a third party, anything by which any part of these concessions or liberties might be revoked or diminished. Should such a thing be procured, it shall be null and void and we will at no time make use of it, either ourselves or through a third party.
- We have caused letters patent to be made for the barons, bearing witness to this security and to the concessions set out above, over the seals of Enwise Everdeen High Priestess of Haven, Abidale Mivwain High Priest of Eilienaxa, and High Priestess Erydark.
- IT IS ACCORDINGLY OUR WISH AND COMMAND that Worship of the Goodly Goddess and Spirits shall be free, though with special Place of Honor to Our Lady Moonbow and that people in our kingdom shall have and keep all these liberties, rights, and concessions, well and peaceably in their fullness and entirety for them and their heirs, of us and our heirs, in all things and all places forever.
Both we and the barons have sworn that all this shall be observed in good faith and without deceit. Witness the above-mentioned people and many others, and in turn, that so long as the Rights and Responsibilities outlined above are respected, that the Due Royalty and Regencies of the Avedon and Tirnel lines shall be respected above all others, and the Primacy of the Tirnel claim shall be supported in the event that the Royal Line of Avedon is ever unable to provide provable heirs or should abdicate their claim.
Given by our hand in the Temple of Moonbow in the Crown City of Eilenaxa, with the Blessing of the Clergy in the Eyes of Our Lady, on the seventeenth day of Eleint in the inaugural year of our reign.