Regalian Law is the general understanding of the judicial system, both with in-character laws and exceptions that apply to all Roleplayers, but also general concepts of what certain groups are or aren't allowed to do.
Militia, Vigilantism, Mercenaries, and Knights
Because MassiveCraft does not have an official "Police" or "Guard" force in Regalia, it is necessary to understand the role of Player Characters in enforcing the State's authority. By default, unauthorized citizens are not permitted to enforce the law, and if doing so, are themselves in violation of anti-violence and chaos laws. There are however some exceptions and special circumstances:
- Vigilante: Vigilantes are citizens who do not have the authority to enforce the law, but do so anyway because of a sense of duty, patriotism, or just because they like violence and think it's better to be violent on the side of the state, than against it. Vigilantism in all its forms is illegal (except for Urlan who have a legal exception). A citizen attacking another citizen to stop a crime, is in themselves committing a crime. If nobody else (for example Knights) is present to stop them, or arrest them, then Vigilantes can usually get away with committing crimes to stop crime. Some Knights may also choose to turn a blind eye to Vigilantes if done well.
- Militia: A Militia is an unofficially sanctioned self-defense force attached to specific locations. Militias are inherently Vigilantes, but since they are defending their own home, the law is usually not applied to them so long as they acted within reason to defend their home. A Militia is only recognized in so far it is entirely populated by people who own a House in a district, and may only act to defend their homes from illegal activity, in said district. If Rose Court were to establish a Militia for example, they could apply reasonable violence against home invaders of Rose Court, but could not interfere with law enforcement in the Qadir District.
- Mercenary: The occupation of Mercenary is illegal in the Regalian Empire by ordinance (except for Solvaan who have a legal exception). This means any form of contract hire to either attack, abduct, steal, or kill anyone, is by default illegal. However, many ex-Mercenaries (for those who didn't become regular enlisted soldiers) have slid into contract-work or bludgeon-for-hire for the wealthy and undercity denizens. Just because Mercenary work is illegal, does not mean it cannot be profitable, and does not mean that an ex-mercenary now thug-for-hire cannot make a living just by taking contracts and not getting caught doing violence.
- Knights: Knights are the next best thing to an actual Guard force, they are in form an extension of the State, but not strictly forced to enforce the Law. All Knights are at all times permitted to enforce the law and temporarily hold suspects or criminals in their Knights HQ prison Cells, but it is important to note that they are not forced to do so. To each and every Knight is afforded the choice whether to enforce State Law with considerations of their own morals and ethics, principles, and whether they have time at all. Some Knights choose to enforce all laws, some Knights enforce only laws on murder, and some do nothing at all.
- Retainers: Retainers are bodyguards, personal guards, and Noble House Guards specifically hired for the protection of their payer/owner. Retainers are similar to Militia, tolerated to perform some acts of violence, but only in the strictest protection of their liege/client. Someone who is a Retainer (for example a House Guard) may never inflict violence without the client being present, and only if the client is in any harm's way (insults are not valid harm). If Retainers break the law, their clients are usually held responsible and tried by legal forces as if they were the ones who committed the crime instead.
This section covers all Laws, split into subsections. Keep in mind, Laws can change (infrequently) because of who is in control of the Palace Court. Different courtiers want different policies, and so the Laws swing back and forth between progressive and repressive regimes every so many months. Consult Staff Announcements/World Progressions in the Roleplay Discord for more information and up to date alerts on Law Changes.
- Low Law: Low Law covers most illegal activities like stealing, non-lethal violence, illegal good possession, magic casting in public, trespassing, impersonation, fraud, emotional harm, refusing to title nobles, refusing to use pronouns, abduction, destruction of property, association with the illegal Occult and collaboration with the Afflicted (for example feeding them or harboring them) etc. Low Law would generally result in a short prison sentence or a fine (most prison sentences can be avoided by paying a heavy fine), and would usually be time-skipped in favor of keeping roleplay going without interruption.
- Magic Law: Magic Law covers how Magic is used in general. The State's understanding of magic is very infantile, and it tends to brush all forms of Magic with one big brush. The legality of Magic frequently oscillates between progressive and repressive, currently the law is repressive. All forms of Magic Casting is illegal in any public area or public venue, unless specified by the venue owners. Magic usage in private property is legal, as well as businesses, and Headquarters of special orders and groups if they were specifically granted property by the State. Violation usually defaults to Low Law violations.
- Occult Law: Occult Law covers illegal things Magical in nature, but not specifically Magic itself. These are a set of very specific laws: It is illegal to be a Geist, Undead, or Vampire, it is illegal to consort, own, or associate with Spirits, and it is illegal to use Theurgy. It is currently Legal to be a Marken only if the person can be certified to control themselves or undergo therapy, it is currently Legal to be Arkenborn and Godborn in any and all circumstances, though citizens are requested to be on the lookout for Arkenborn who profess loyalties to their Arken parents (see High Law hostile entities). It is currently legal to be Archon in any and all circumstances. Transforming as Marken in public partially or wholly, falls under this also. Marken retained by Lothar are excluded from this.
- Religious Law: Religious Law covers State attitudes to religions. Religious Law specifically bans the worship of Death Cultist entities: The Malefica, The Consigner, The Machinist. Anyone found guilty of following these religions can expect to receive heavy prison sentences, which can be upgraded to High Law if the criminal refuses to recant again and again.
- High Law: High Law covers highly illegal activities that may result in a character being maimed or executed if caught, or caught on repeat-offense. This includes but is not limited to: Lèse-majesté (Insulting the Emperor), treason against the Empire, being a horrendous monster, aiding and abetting foreign powers or hostile entities, pre-meditated murder, etc. These usually involve very long prison sentences, or special trials. When a Character violating these laws is caught, Ticket for Lore Staff Consultation. Players should be aware that committing these crimes will have serious consequences for their Characters.
Citizen Ordinances are specific legal rights granted onto specific Races that apply to all full or half-blood Characters of said Race. Ailor are not included, as they are the default. Unmentioned Races have no special rights.
- Qadir: Qadir are unrestrained by all other Laws concerning legal conduct and contraband, when experimenting or engaging in technological innovation in the confines of the Regalian Qasr.
- Isldar: Life Isldar are permitted to pass on the soul of a recently deceased person, thus making the body exempt from traditional cut & burn burial traditions, and may be buried whole.
- Lanlath: Lanlath, when it concerns Noble-only Spaces and the Imperial Palace, are always allowed access even if they are not Noble and so long as they are not in-being (Afflicted) illegal.
- Solvaan: Solvaan are exempt from the ban on Mercenary employ, and are permitted to inflict (non-lethal) violence when holding legal contracts against other Citizens.
- Suvial: Suvial are exempt from all anti-Spirit legislation, meaning they are both able to summon, own, or combat Spirit possession or presence without legal trouble.
- Sihndar: Sihndar are permitted to treat with foreign dignitaries and work as foreign diplomatic agents and negotiate with outsiders without being seen as traitors to the State.
- Narim: The Narim are permitted to associate and engage with the Afflicted and Undesirables of the State, with the purposes of healing and preventing violence against the state.
- Eronidas: The Eronidas are permitted to harbor or house the Undead in their own homes, and escort them in disguise from their home to the Sewers where they may roam unbothered.
- Urlan: The Urlan, if self identifying by the Horned Stipulation to be Regalian soldiers and fiercely loyal to the Empire, may enforce Regalian Law in the same capacity as Knights.
- Allar: Allar are unrestrained by all other Laws concerning legal conduct and contraband, when experimenting or engaging in alchemical pursuits in the confines of their home or business.
Songaskia, Sihai, Dwarves, Finullen, Kathar, Maquixtl, Yanar, Asha, Slizzar, Maraya, Bralona, do not have Citizen Ordinances.
Vigilantes and Criminals alike are permitted to imprison captured hostile Characters within their Clandestine Bases, Keeps, and Rental Regions, as long as a sufficient cell area and-or guards to roleplay with them are available. Captors should show courtesy of releasing someone within 24 hours of imprisonment unless there is a planned and agreed ransom or the player desires to be held for longer. A prisoner can file a Discord Ticket if they feel they are being held unjustly or for too long to ask for mediation. A captor can file a Discord Ticket if they feel that a prisoner is ignoring Fear Roleplay or behaving generally irreverently towards their captors. It is the captor's responsibility to maintain clear communication. Please be polite.
Enforcement of the Law
On Massivecraft, general 'punishments' and 'enforcements' of the laws should almost always be done off-screen unless the player specifically wants to do that kind of RP. In any case where, for example, a Knight catches someone breaking the law, they are expected to hand off the actual punishment to an off-screen NPC Metropolitan Member. Below is a list and explanation of what the Metro Members would do for each crime, and players can talk about how their characters paid their fines or served their times, etc.
- Theft: When the Metro handles Theft, they generally impose a fine for petty theft, and prison sentences for stealing large amounts of goods, family heirlooms, and irreplaceable items. Punishments are reduced if the stolen objects are returned to their owners.
- Magic Casting: Magic casting almost always involves the Metropolitan just fining the caster. Note, that the Metro does not discriminate between Sinistral, Radiant, Dragon Magic, etc, and the only exception that it considers 'not magic' is Unionist God Magic. Magic Casting used to harm others is judged under violence and assault.
- Violence and Assault: Attacking others usually involves a fine, public humiliation, or a prison sentence depending on the severity. Note that the Metro does not punish individuals for fighting to just defend themselves, but, does punish individuals who inflict excessive harm onto their attackers.
- Kidnapping: Kidnapping, especially involving extortion or harm done to the person kidnapped, always involves a prison sentence for an extended period of time.
- General Low Law: All other Low Law infractions not covered are generally just fines, community service, public humiliations, or short prison sentences. Repeat offenses to a severe degree may require Lore Staff Intervention. Individuals who are caught after many repeated offenses require consultation with Lore Staff onw hat to do. Please make a ticket in RP Comm discord with the character captured, and under what circumstances they were captured.
- Occult Law: Individuals who are infected with Geist or Vampirism are expected to be cured by Players, and usually subjected to a short prison sentence to help prevent re-infection. Undead, Marken, and Spirits who are caught require consultation with Lore Staff on what to do. Please make a ticket in RP Comm discord with the character captured, and under what circumstances they were captured.
- Religious Law: Due to the severity of Religious Law, individuals who are caught require consultation with Lore Staff on what to do. Please make a ticket in RP Comm discord with the character captured, and under what circumstances they were captured.
- High Law: Due to the severity of High Law, individuals who are caught require consultation with Lore Staff on what to do. Please make a ticket in RP Comm discord with the character captured, and under what circumstances they were captured.