Laws, Crime and Punishment
Order of the Silver Light
The Order not only run the religious institutions, but are influential in almost every facet of government. The Order has two branches – The Clergy and The Templars. The Clergy serve as pastors, caretakers of temples, government officials and public figures. The Templar serve to keep the peace internally, and control the judiciary system. To be knighted, one must be a member of the Templars (though strictly, Knights serve the king, not the Order). The word of the Clergy also weighs heavily into any political decisions. The Clergy can also strip a house of its status and wealth (by a controversial law passed in 935) if evidence of “immorality beyond reversal” is found.
With the discovery of Tarsan artifacts, the Clergy declared Tarsan religion “filthy and unworthy of study”. This placed a strict ban on all tarsan artifacts besides strictly aesthetic items (rugs etc.). But the possession of any Tarsan items could lead to framing (if someone in the clergy wanted to) as a “”/wikis/Warlock/new" class=“create-wiki-page-link”>Warlock" – a crime punishable by imprisonment or death. The Moqolese like everyone else are not allowed to practice “false” religion in Amanne, but as part of a peace treaty they are allowed to carry their personal religious items out of public sight.
The justice system employed by the Lords is known as “pit and gallows” due to it’s straightforward implementation. Commoners can generally appeal to a Lord to have a citizen tried or even killed without trial in some cases. The Clergy only step in if they see a need to do so. In the main cities (Ralan and Zeroll), the Clergy perform all judiciary actions, and typically are more forgiving than lords (they often take time to hear a defendant’s story before raising the gallows) but are brutal in their arrests for drug trafficking and witchcraft. The Clergy inquisition (known as the Silver Axe) are famous in Ralan for their recent crackdowns on occult worship, resulting in over 60 deaths (all but one of which were commoner deaths). Sexual deviancy is punished by death, and most people suffering from “spirit possession” are put in the infamous Julios Section, a partitioned area of a prison where “exorcisms” are performed.