Su'uvenayan Law.


The Law is administered by an Armiger, who usually can call on a Hada or council to help him decide cases if he wants. Armigers accused of lawbreaking can demand trial by combat, while nobles have the right to demand to hear by a group of 12 of their peers. If the offence involves sacrilege or assault on a temple, the head of the temple has the right to demand that the accused face a clerical court instead of a secular one. A clerical court consists of either six or twelve priests &endash; no more than one from any one cult. An armiger declares court in the area he rules at certain times and anyone can lay a complaint before him. However the rules governing the court and fines are:

1. If any one be summoned before the court by the king's law, and do not come he shall be sentenced to 600 coppers

2. But he who summons another, and does not come himself, shall, if a lawful impediment have not delayed him, be sentenced to 900 coppers, to be paid to him whom he summoned.

3. But if a man be occupied in the king's service he cannot be summoned.

4. If any man shall have scorned to come to court, and shall have put off fulfilling the injunction of the Armigers, and shall not have been willing to consent to undergo the fine: then he shall be summoned to the presence of the shiplord. And there shall be 6 witnesses who can testify that they were present when the Armiger enjoined him to agree concerning the fine; and that he had scorned the injunction. But if the accused scorns to come or will not pay, then he shall be guilty, and outlaw and all his goods shall belong to the court, or to him to whom the court may wish to give them. And whoever shall have fed or housed him-even if it were his own wife-shall be sentenced to 600 coppers, until he (the debtor) shall have made good all that has been laid to his charge.

5. If any one have been judged guilty, and, having given up all his property, has not enough to comply with the full terms of the law, he shall present 12 sworn witnesses to the effect that, neither above the earth nor under it, has he any more property than he has already given. And he shall, in his shirt, without girdle and without shoes, a staff in his hand, pass out of the court and be outlaw in the duration of one full year.

6. But if there be relatives in his paternal line who enough to pay his whole indebtedness, he, they shall pay the whole fine.

7. If any freeman or feet have made to another a promise to pay, then he to whom the promise was made shall, within 40 days or within such term as was agreed when he made the promise, go to the house of that man with witnesses, or with appraisers. And if he (the debtor) be unwilling to make the promised payment, he shall be sentenced to 300 coppers above the debt which he had promised.


The laws are:

Don't steal

1. If any freeman steal something outside of the house, and it be proved on him, he shall be sentenced to pay the cost of the item if it is not returned, plus 600 coppers.

2. If a freeman break into a house and steal something, and it be proved on him, he shall be sentenced to pay the cost of the item if it is not returned, plus 900 coppers

3. But if he have broken, or tampered with, the lock, and thus have entered the house and stolen anything from it, he shall be sentenced, besides the worth of the object and the fines for theft, to another 900 coppers beside.

4. And if he have taken nothing, or have escaped by flight, he shall, for the housebreaking alone, be sentenced to 900 coppers.

5. If a man destroys a thing and has not legal right to it he shall pay the owner the value of the thing.

6. If the thing is a fence, boundary or lock he shall pay an extra 600 coppers besides

7. If any one have assaulted and plundered a free man, and it be proved on him, he shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers.


Don't Lie

1. If any one, before the court, accuse a man and it is not proved on the man, he shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers.

2. If any one, man or woman, shall have called a woman harlot, and shall not have been able to prove it, he shall be sentenced to 180 coppers.

3. If any man shall have called another a coward, and shall not have been able to prove it, he shall be sentenced to 120 coppers.

4. If any man shall have called another "spy" or "liar," and shall not have been able to prove it, he shall be sentenced to 60 coppers.


Don't Fight

1. If any one have wished to kill another person, and the blow have missed, he on whom it was proved shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers.

2. If any person have wished to harm another and he possesses poison, and it shall be proved on him; he shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers.

3. If any person strike another on the head so that the bone appears, or between the ribs or in the stomach, so that the wound appears and reaches to the entrails, he shall be sentenced to 1200 coppers -besides money for the physician's pay.

4. If any one shall have struck a man so that blood falls to the floor, and it be proved on him, he shall be sentenced to 600 coppers.

5. But if a freeman strike a freeman with his fist so that blood does not flow, he shall be sentenced for each blow-up to 3 blows-to 120 coppers

6. If any one have slain a boy under 10 years-up to the end of the tenth-and it shall have been proved on him, he shall be sentenced to 24000 coppers.

7. If any one have hit a free woman who is pregnant and she dies, he shall be sentenced to 28000 coppers.

8. If any one have killed a free woman, he shall be sentenced to 24000 coppers.

9. If any one shall have killed a freeman, and it have been proved on him, he shall be sentenced to 8000 coppers.

10. But if he shall have thrown him into a well or into the water, or shall have covered him with branches or anything else, to conceal him, he shall be sentenced to 24000 coppers.

11. But if any one has slain a man who is in the service of the king, he shall be sentenced to 24000 coppers.

12. But if he have put him in the water or in a well, and covered him with anything to conceal him, he shall be sentenced to 72000 coppers.

13. And if anyone slay a noble he shall be sentenced to 100,000 coppers

14. If any one shall set fire to a house, he shall be fined 800 coppers; and if any one shall have been burned in it, the incendiary shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers. If a freeman dies of his burns the incendiary shall be sentenced to 10000 coppers.

15. If any person have bewitched another, and he who was thus treated shall escape, the author of the crime, who is proved to have committed it, shall be sentenced to 2500 coppers.

16. If any one have bewitched another so that he die, he shall be sentenced to 12000 coppers.


Don't Give Offense

1. If a man carries off a free born girl, he shall be compelled to pay 2000 coppers.

2. If those who shall have been present have used boats, they shall be sentenced to another 600 coppers.

3. But those who commit rape shall be compelled to pay 4000 coppers.

4. But if they have carried off that girl from behind lock and key, they shall be sentenced to pay the same price as for a rape.

5. But if the girl who is carried off be under the king's protection, then the peace-money shall be 5000 coppers.

6. But if the man is an Armiger or Noble, he shall be outlawed.

7. But if a free woman have followed the man of her own will, she shall be joined to the man and he shall pay a half-fine to her father.

8. If any one shall have dug up and plundered a corpse already buried, and it shall have been proved on him, he shall be outlawed until the day when he comes to an agreement with the relatives of the dead man, and they ask for him that he be allowed to come among men. And whoever, before he come to an arrangement with the relative, shall give him bread or shelter-even if they are his relations or his own wife-shall be sentenced to 600 coppers.


The law of inheritance.

1. If any man die and leave no sons, if the father and mother survive, they shall inherit.

2. If the father and mother do not survive, and he leave brothers or sisters, they shall inherit.

3. But if there are none, the daughters shall inherit.

4. If there are none of these, the nearest relatives on the father's side shall succeed to that inheritance.

5. But if there are no relatives, paternal or maternal that portion shall go to the court.