Character Death

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Death in roleplay for a character can be great development for others, but isn’t always fun for the owner of the Character. MassiveCraft has a set of rules to protect from random deathmatching, and unfair death forced onto others. Character Death is usually a right reserved for the owner of the Original Character, yet there are some rules in effect where this right is given away, for the sake of fairness and equal playing field. These keep the world real, and the fear real, which in itself enhances roleplay.

Important Terms in use with these rules

  • Intent: Intent means you have decided from an out of character standpoint that you wish to kill another character, or that someone has decided to kill your character. If you have intent to maim or kill another character, that player then has permission to maim or kill your character. The severity of this maim/kill depends with how badly you originally wanted to maim/kill them. If there is a dispute concerning this, make a ticket in-game for a lore staff to help you.
  • Maim: Maim means to bring lasting physical damage to another character that would permanently disable them in some way. Examples include a severed arm, severely burned faces, other removed body parts, though does not include superficial or non consequential damage like simple scarring or temporary damage of any kind.
  • Consent: Strictly written permission to kill a character. When you have consent, a player has given you the right to take the life of their character. It has to be so clear that a staff member reading through logs can confirm it, by matter of speaking. This means the player must always. On the server, verbally consent to their character death before it occurs. Keep in mind, consent may expire so always ensure you have the proper rights.
  • Surrendering Consent: To surrender Consent is to give away Consent (the right to kill your Character) to someone based on an action you have taken. Surrendering Consent happens automatically and does not require your approval, though with normal Consent, may also expire.

When is it okay to kill someone?

  • When the other person has given you pre-discussed permission out of character to take their character’s life, regardless of the circumstance of the conflict. Make sure that before the death occurs, you still have permission.
  • When you are the victim of a violent instigation by someone else, meaning someone attacks you with the intent of taking your character’s life. The intent must be clear through the attacks of the attacker. Generally speaking, any blow to the head or torso is considered an attack with intent to take life. Attacks on limbs or non-permanent damage are not with intent to take life.
  • When the other character has Surrendered Consent via their actions. In this instance communication and cooperation are still chiefly of importance, a more thorough explanation of such circumstances is defined below.

When do I Surrender Consent?

  • When your character engages in blatant sabotage or undermining of another character or organization that would lead to serious harm, I.E maiming or killing of their members or complete destruction of their plans and ambitions. The interpretation of this is usually up to the Lore Staff, however a good example is: If a character attempts to get the City Guard to raid and kill members of a specific gang, or reveal confidential information that would get them in serious trouble, regardless of whether they are present or involved with the Guard, this person Surrenders Consent to the specific Gang.
  • When your character engages in blatant attempt to kill, but does not succeed. For example if your character attempted to poison someone’s water supply, but failed doing so, they still Surrender Consent based on their intent to kill.
  • Even in some situations where your character accidently or through neglect causes serious harm to another person or their closest family, Consent may be Surrendered. This point however is very vague and difficult to specify, so it may be best to defer to Lore Staff in question for judgement on the matter.

When is it definitely not okay to kill someone?

  • For petty insults like a spilled drink, punch or verbal insult, regardless of whether you have permission. Players are always expected to set a good example and not just kill characters whenever they can or want to just because they can.
  • If the murder would happen in broad daylight in the tavern or the street for example, regardless of whether the murderer had kill perms. Such an action might be taken as a heinous crime, and the guards may take kill perms on the murderer in turn.
  • When you do not have consent to perform the kill from the other party. Under no circumstance may you force death on someone whose permission or Surrendered Consent you do not have. Anyone caught forcing or blackmailing someone else into Surrendering Consent will be punished.

Are there any other considerations to be made?

  • You should generally seek to avoid killing another player’s character if there are other options available to you and them. Consult the player(s) in question to discuss alternative options. Generally speaking, the community does not look kindly on those who simply kill off characters for smaller reasons, or do not give second chances.
  • You should, maybe, consider Surrendering Consent in a situation where you are seriously overpowered and where the overpowering group has plausible reason and intent to kill your character. This is not a rule, simply a guideline and a recommendation, since the community tends to look on people who avoid death by hiding behind Kill Perms as God roleplayers.
  • There are of course exceptions made by organizations such as the Regalian City Guard, as well as other Guard Charters and the Regalian Judiciary. These all apply their own policies, though derive their justice book from the Regalian_Law page. This page has specific laws defined (under Capital Law) which result in the instant execution of character. These are not the only laws, however, as repeat offenders of smaller laws may also be executed based on the guard deciding that a character will simply never improve and keep breaking the laws. Generally speaking the City Guard attempt to avoid killing characters, but will if given no other options.
  • There is an additional more complicated process with Kill Perms regarding the Capture & Imprisonment of individuals. Since this process is more complicated, a more detailed description follows below.
  • There are no hard and fast rules pertaining to Marked and their Consent upon shifting, but the following should be avoided by Marked to avoid a complication. Marked should not shift for the IC "glory" of it, shifting in front of a Government official, shifting in front of a cadre of Guards, or shifting at a Guard checkpoint or particularly peaceful location.

Capture & Imprisonment Death Rules

  • This entire section is only relevant if a character is in some form of imprisonment. This is including but not limited to being imprisoned by the City Guard, imprisoned by a gang, or put under house arrest by a noble or even common person. A character in such a situation must be bound and unable to escape, or receive help in a reasonable amount of time.
  • While in such a situation, the prisoner must take the imprisonment seriously. Consent will not be immediately Surrendered, but can be if the prisoner continues to taunt or otherwise ignore the serious implications of imprisonment and being at the mercy of their captors.
  • Captors can issue a first warning for the prisoner not to do something, or to take the imprisonment seriously. If they do not, a second warning must be issued, and also communicated over OOC means. If the second warning is ignored both OOC and IC, the captors may maim the Character in whatever way they deem necessary. If after the main the Character still continues to persist, they Surrender Consent for their Character.
  • Keep in mind that the demands and requests of prisoners must be kept reasonable such as “Stop Sobbing” or “Stop Talking”, and should not be unreasonable requests such as forcing a person to reveal information that would seriously harm them, or using this regulation to blackmail a player into revealing information they otherwise would not to avoid their character dying from an OOC standpoint of view.

When does Surrendered Consent or General Consent Expire?

  • Surrendered Consent Expires after two weeks, as long as the person who Surrendered Consent does not unreasonably stay away from the server or avoid playing the Character. Generally speaking the side with Consent must be able to at least try once, even if they do not commence their attempt, they must have the possibility to do so.
  • General Consent as given by a person has no specific expiration, but is generally understood to expire if a person takes a hiatus from the server, either the person giving the Consent or receiving it. It is always good conduct to inquire before acting on General Consent.
  • City Guard or Authorities Consent never expires, unless the Consent taken was done as a result of repeat offence of smaller crimes. Capital Crimes based Consent is always valid and can be enacted at any time if a character is captured.
  • Consent granted by Imprisonment is only valid for the duration of the imprisonment itself. Post release, there is no further Consent on either side.

Writers MonMarty, Green_Hood
Processors Plecy, Shayin, MrHappyTinkles, LumosJared
Last Editor Jared4242 on 06/10/2018.

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