Re: Punishment for consorting with chaos

From: Bruce Mason <mason.bruce_at_mmbPUrF5zmIMnCJ6I_IbFzv5XiYig0Lp-EWE8l_10gLggu6BNNAPen6iMp-OLSoH>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 20:20:01 +0000

Thanks for lots of useful responses. I am surprised that there doesn't seem to be any tradition of execution in traditional Orlanthi societies. It may make sense in an Orlanthi heartland where being outlawed probably is a death sentence by any other name. I wonder if it holds true in border lands though?

The present case happened in a second age set along the Marzeel river. My reading of the sources is that this is an area where the Orlanthi have become fairly pragmatic citified types as they have to deal with the EWF on one side and major cities such as Karse down river. Outlawing someone would probably just mean "go to live in Karse and work as a mercenary." I wonder whether in those circumstances, Orlanthi justice would be more bloody.

If anyone wants to sit in justice, the bad guy's history is: Son of a woodcutter, family killed by an EWF hunting and waltzing band leaving him with a certain hatred. Fostered by a distant relative who was a second niece of the clan chieftain. Joined one of a loose affiliation of warbands but became frustrated by what he saw as appeasement. Ended up sacrificing to a long forgotten deity whp promised him dragon-fighting powers and taking control of the warband. Others assumed he was a good Orlanthi. At the climax of it all, he and his cronies murdered the hold-outs among his warband, holed up in a fortress and were about to sacrifice a child before the PCs intervened. So his crimes are many and include secret murder. What should his punishment be?

2009/1/1 xavierllobet <>

> Hi!
> > "If a servant of the Predark is succored, or those who sacrifice to
> > the Predark, or seek its mystery, knowingly or unknowingly, whether
> > ill come of it or no, then twenty cows and outlawry"
> I wonder if the distinction between propitiatory worship and outright
> Chaos worship is clearly defined... I mean, how can an orlanthi know
> if his neighbour has REALLY crossed the line?

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