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LEX SALICA
The Laws and Regulations of the City of Saint Lucien
The 3rd Year of the Salian Interregnum | 23 SA

 


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The Lex Salica is the collection of laws written during the Salian Interregnum in Arx Rubra, the Palace of Luciensburg. It serves as a framework for the establishing of social and political practices by the stubbornly feudal peoples of Southern Almaris, establishing the rights and responsibilities practices of men. It is divided into two sections, Leges Nobilis and Leges Plebeia; laws for the nobility and the common law, respectively.

 


LEGES NOBILES, Law of the Nobility


The rank and responsibilities of the noble caste come with unique rights and regulations that supersede the common law. It is by the will and authority of the Crown of Saint Lucien that these laws will be upheld.

 

RIGHTS
It is the Natural and Innate Right of the Nobility to assemble and retain banners by feudal contract in service to the Crown and it’s authority.

 

It is the Natural and Innate Right of the Nobility to maintain hereditary property and titleage in service to the Crown and it’s authority.

 

It is the Natural and Innate Right of the Nobility to conduct the business of their land unhindered; to pursue their own local laws, traditions, and habits with consent of the Crown.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the Natural and Innate Responsibility of the Nobility to uphold the Crown and its Authority without question.

 

It is the Natural and Innate Responsibility of the Nobility to ensure that none amongst themselves are in service to Foreign or Unnatural Powers.

 

It is the Natural and Innate Responsibility of the Nobility to provide consistent fee and or service to the Crown and its Authority.

 

POWERS OF THE REGENCY
A Regency shall commence in the event of the incapacitation or worldly demise of the monarch. If the Crown fails to designate a regent before incapacitation or worldly demise, one shall be elected from the nobility.

 

The Regent of Saint Lucien shall be responsible chiefly for the defence of the Realm, and shall be allowed to raise the banners to repel invasion, quell rebellion, and otherwise finish the commenced business of the Crown.

 

The Regent of Saint Lucien shall be responsible for appointing temporary magistrates where there are vacancies.

 

The Regent of Saint Lucien shall be responsible for enrolling men of noble blood and virtue into the ranks of the Barones, and bestowing upon those men a fief.

 

The Regent of Saint Lucien shall be responsible for enrolling men of noble blood and virtue into the ranks of the Equites, and bestowing upon those men a fief.

 

RANK AND PRIVILEGES
The Nobility of the Crown of Saint Lucien shall be enrolled into classes to denote authority and responsibility. Each landed peer shall be bound to contract with the Crown, denoting their individual privileges and duties.

 

Duces, or Dukes of the Realm of Saint Lucien
Ducal realms of the Crown of Saint Lucien shall be raised from among the existing counties and consist of no less than the realm of the Duke, a vassal count, and a vassal baron. Ducal lands that fall under the direct jurisdiction of the Crown shall be governed by an appointed, non-hereditary ruler as Vicarius. There shall be no contract of vassalage afforded to a Duke who is unable to levy one-hundred and fifty men or pay the standard rent of three-hundred coin yearly.

 

Comites, or Counts of the Realm of Saint Lucien
County realms of the Crown of Saint Lucien shall be raised from among the existing baronies and consist of no less than the realm of the Count and a vassal baron. Counts whose realms exist on foreign borders shall take precedence in rank over their peers, and be granted the title Margrave. Lands that fall under the direct jurisdiction of the Crown shall be governed by an appointed, non-hereditary ruler as Count Palatine. There shall be no contract of vassalage afforded to a Count who is unable to levy one-hundred men or pay the standard rent of one-hundred and fifty coin yearly.

 

Barones, or Barons of the Realm of Saint Lucien
Baronial realms of the Crown of Saint Lucien shall be the smallest feudal realms in the country. The Baron shall be afforded enough land for a keep and small village. The contract of vassalage shall be considered annulled to a Baron who is unable to levy fifty men or pay the standard rent of one-hundred coin yearly.

 

Equites, or Knights of the Realm of Saint Lucien

Knights of the Realm of Saint Lucien exist in three categories: Knights of the Burning Star, Knights of the Sanguine Blade, and Brazen Knights of the Star and Blade. 

The first category, Knights of the Burning Star, shall refer to those men ennobled for their deeds as intellectuals or administrators. Their honorific shall carry no further endowment.

The second category, Knights of the Sanguine Blade, shall refer to those men ennobled for their deeds as warriors. Additionally, they will be granted refuge within the halls of Arx Rubra.

The third category, Brazen Knights of the Star and Blade, shall refer to those men who have both achieved intellectual or administrative relevance AND who have proven themselves as great warriors. These knights shall be granted a keep for residence and are expected to keep a small retinue.

 

DUELLING
It shall be a common and accepted practice amongst the nobility a culture of duelling for matters of sport and arbitration.

 

It shall be so that, if a nobleman challenges another nobleman to a duel, he shall declare his reasons for doing so, whether it be for sport or to settle dispute.

 

It shall be so that, if a nobleman challenges another nobleman to a duel of sport, the challenged man may decline.

 

It shall be so that, if a nobleman challenges another nobleman to a duel of arbitration, the challenged nobleman may instead seek the opinion of the Crown.

 

It shall be so that, if a pair of noblemen agree to a duel of arbitration, it shall be conducted with blades and in linens, to first blood.

 

It shall be ss that, if a nobleman challenges another nobleman to a duel of arbitration over matters of adultery, the duel may be to the death.

 

It shall be so that, if a pair of noblemen commence a duel and a nobleman is injured, the injured nobleman is entitled to monetary compensation.

 

It shall be so that, if a pair of noblemen commence a duel and one of the duelists is killed, the other duelist shall be guilty of murder.

 

It shall be so that, if a pair of noblemen commence a duel injure an uninvolved party, the uninvolved party will be entitled to monetary compensation.

 

INHERITANCE
The inheritance of a hereditary title under the Crown of Saint Lucien shall be strictly regulated to that of male preference. Titles will be inherited first by the eldest eligible son, then by the eldest eligible daughter, then by the eldest eligible grandchildren in the same order. If no eligible grandchildren exist to inherit the title, it will pass to the oldest brother, then sister, then nephew, then niece. If there are no eligible inheritors of the title, it will revert to the Crown.

 

Eligible heirs shall be defined as those of HUMAN blood who are living Canonists, but not a member of the clergy.

 

ROYAL SUCCESSION
The Crown of Saint Lucien shall be a regulated, non-hereditary title, passed at the consent of the peerage. Upon the death of the monarch, the Magnum Concilium shall be gathered and convened by the Interrex within the halls of Arx Rubra to debate and elect a new monarch.

 

The Magnum Concilium shall consist only of those lords direct-in-vassalage to the Crown of Saint Lucien. There will be no elector who is the vassal of another vassal or a foreign entity. Ducal realms shall be afforded three votes. Counties shall be afforded two votes. Barons will receive a single vote. The Bishop of Luciensburg and the Burgermeister of Luciensburg will receive a vote.

 

Electors shall only cast votes for eligible candidates. Eligible candidates shall consist only of the sons and daughters of previous monarchs and those of the electors themselves.

 

AMENDMENT
The addition or removal of a noble right will require the unanimous consent of the peerage.

 

The amendment of the laws of succession and inheritance will require the unanimity of the ducal realms and the consent of three-fifths of the remaining landed nobility.

 

The amendment of the powers of the Regency shall require the consent of the majority of the landed nobility of the realm, but shall not take effect until the next interregnum unless the proposed change is unanimous.
 

The amendment of all other laws governing the nobility shall be amended with a majority of the landed peerage and consent of the Crown.

 


LEGES PLEBEIA, Law of the Commoners


SO DECREED BY THE NOBILITY AND COMMONERS IN UNION, THESE LAWS SHALL NOT BE AMENDED WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF BOTH

 

RIGHTS
Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien hold the right to hold public discourse and to assemble peacefully amongst peers; and to petition public servants and feudal lords.

 

Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien hold the right to public trial— to know what charges are brought against their persons and meet their accusers, and to be judged by a jury of their peers.

 

Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien hold the right to defend their persons and property, and to maintain and bear tools for such pursuit.

 

Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien shall not be enslaved or taken involuntarily into servitude, or be forced into service by a foreign lord or power.

 

Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien shall be exclusively HUMANS of the RIGHTEOUS AND TRUE CANONIST FAITH. Heretics shall be converted lest they choose to face expulsion or execution.  Heathens will be tolerated in exchange for a twenty-coin tax, collected yearly.

 

Citizens of the City of Saint Lucien shall be aligned to their state in perpetuity, lest exiled or executed for a capital offence against the City or Crown.

 

 

SO DECREED BY THE COUNCIL OF COMMONERS, THESE LAWS SHALL ONLY BE AMENDED BY THE SAME BODY THAT PRESCRIBES THEM

 

ON THE COUNCIL OF COMMONERS AND ITS DECORUM
The Council of Commoners shall consist of the entirety of the burghers, or city homeowners, and clergymen who reside within the city's pomerium. They will meet yearly to introduce, debate, and approve of legislation. The Council shall be directed by a presiding magistrate— the Burgermeister or a City Tribune— who will dictate the rules for debate and maintain order in the council chambers.

 

Bills, or proposed legislation, shall be submitted to the Burgermeister within a month of the commencement of the Council and posted publicly for all to see and speak on. He who proposed this legislation may speak on it and bring one other to speak in support, while two men will be able to speak against the proposition.

 

Voting shall be done exclusively in-person. During elections, burghers will be given two tokens to cast for any magistrate. During normal legislative sessions, burghers will cast a single token into the appropriate box to approve or disapprove of a bill. A burgher may dictate another man to vote in his stead, but no man may speak on his behalf.

 

Burghers will only speak in the Council Chambers when recognized by the presiding magistrate, or face removal from the session.

The Council Session shall be opened with a prayer, either by the presiding magistrate or available clergyman, and shall be closed when all business has been concluded.

 

ON THE POWERS AND TRADITIONS OF ELECTED MAGISTRATES
The Chief Magistrate of the City of Saint Lucien shall be the Burgermeister, elected at the behest of the citizenry to manage the city’s affairs and magistrates. It is under his direction that housing will be appropriated to the masses, that yearly rents will be collected, that the Council of Commoners shall conduct business, and justice be administered within the pomerium. He shall be invited to sit on the Grand Council of Nobles and afforded a vote during royal succession.

 

The Magistrates of the City of Saint Lucien shall be known as City Tribunes, elected at the behest of the citizenry to assist the Burgermeister. They will be granted his same powers and privileges, save his business in the Grand Council of Nobles, but will act as his subordinates.

On every eighth year the City of Saint Lucien shall hold elections for all magisterial positions. He with the most votes shall become the Burgermeister, and the three who follow him shall become City Tribunes. The Burgermeister will appoint an additional City Tribune to serve during his term.

 

ON CIVIL INFRACTIONS AND PUNISHMENTS
The breaking of civil ordinances shall be punished through use of fines. The continued violation of civil ordinances will constitute a criminal offense.

 

It is a minor offense to throw excessive waste into the street, as dictated by a magistrate.

 

It is a minor offense to preach or practice dogma that is not in communion with the Righteous and Divine Canonist Church.

 

It is a minor offense to excessively store small animals in one’s home, unless the home is designated as a place for sale of small, useful animals.

 

It is a minor offence for men and women to dress indecently or in Elven fashions.

 

It is a minor offence to not consume the prescribed quarter tankard of ale, or ounce of distilled spirit, in a day.

 

It is a minor offense for a man to go about his public business unarmed.

 

It is a minor offence to host privately a married woman for dinner without her husband’s presence.

 

It is a minor offense to slander another man.

 

It is a minor offense to publish lies about another man.

 

It is a minor offense to break bread with those of unnatural proportions or characteristics, including but not limited to unnatural skin color, hair tone, ear length, or height.

 

It is a minor offense to abandon one’s child to the streets.

 

It is a minor offense to park one’s cart on the roadside unattended, or for an excessive amount of time.

 

It is a minor offense to adorn wool footwear when uncombined with sturdier materials.

 

It is a minor offense to wear clothing of bark or leaf matter.

 

It is a minor offense to wear a hood or helmet that completely conceals the face, lest the man is in the service of a nobleman, or is a man of the cloth.

 

It is a minor offense to, as a leper, touch another man with your bare flesh.

 

It is a minor offense to wear unclean clothing or linens to Church.

 

It is a minor offense to eat a household pet.

 

It is a minor offense to adorn magical stones or attempt to sell them without consent of the Crown.

 

It is a minor offense to improperly handle alchemical reagents within the pomerium of the City of Saint Lucien.

 

It is a minor offense to eat a meat pie outside of a tavern or pub.

 

It is a minor offense to fail to heed the word of a guardsman or magistrate.

 

It is a minor offense to alchemically alter the state of one’s body.

 

It is a minor offense to murder a slave.

 

It is a minor offense to peddle in defective goods.

 

It is a minor offense to be caught during the night without a light source.

 

ON CIVIL DISPUTES
A civil dispute occurs when one man is wronged by another who is in violation of the law. The plaintiff will post publicly the transgressions of the accused in the public forum, and call upon a magistrate to mediate terms of redress. If the magistrate’s decision is called into question, it will be decided at the Royal Court.

 

Men who have been sold faulty or defective goods are entitled to their coin spent.

 

Men whose wives have been unfaithful are owed monetary damages from the adulterer.

 

Men who have been assaulted are owed monetary damages.

 

Men who are clients to contracts broken are owed monetary damages.

 

Men who wish to pursue collection of perceived monetary damages must bring the challenge before a Magistrate.

 

ON CRIMINAL OFFENSES AND PUNISHMENTS
Criminal infractions shall be punished at the will of the presiding magistrate. Whilst some criminal offenses may result in advanced fines or indebtedness to the Crown, other offenses may result in branding, separation of the fingers or limbs, or death.

 

It is a criminal offense to murder another free man.

 

It is a criminal offense to commit manslaughter, or unintentionally commit an action that kills a free man.

 

It is a major criminal offense to murder kin, or kinslay.

 

It is a major criminal offense to murder a man and then eat him.

 

It is a criminal offense to kidnap a free man.

 

It is a major criminal offense to kidnap the daughter of a free man.

 

It is a major criminal offense to traffic citizens into slavery or involuntary servitude.

 

It is a criminal offense to have carnal relations with other races.

 

It is a major criminal offense to spawn a half-breed.

 

It is a criminal offense to dispose of waste in wells or fountains.

 

It is a criminal offense to blaspheme in the clerical district.

 

It is a criminal offense to practice dark magicks and arts.

 

It is a criminal offense to be a High Elf.

 

It is a criminal offense to avoid paying civil fines.

 

ON THE ART OF DUELLING AMONGST COMMONERS
It shall be a privilege of the common folk to arbitrate disputes through consensual combat.

 

It shall be so that, if a man challenges another man to a duel and the man challenged accepts, the winner of the duel will be correct in the eyes of the law.

 

It shall be so that, if man challenges another man to a duel and the challenge is accepted, the duel shall be to first blood drawn.

 

It shall be so that, if a man challenges another man to a duel, the challenged man may call a champion to fight in his stead.

 

It shall be so that, if a man challenges another man to a duel and the challenger loses, he will be expected to pay a duty to the challenged man.

 

It shall be so that, if a man hires a champion in his stead, he will split his earned duties with the champion in the event of victory.

 

ON RENTS OF HOME AND SHOPPE IN THE CITY OF SAINT LUCIEN

It shall be so that the collection of yearly rents on shops and homes shall be the responsibility of the City Tribunal.

 

It shall be so that the collection of rents from purchase shopfronts shall not be collected for two years following its purchase.
 

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LEGISLATION FOR THE TWENTY-FOURTH YEAR OF THE SECOND AGE:

 

I. All clergymen who live within the pomerium of the City of Saint Lucien shall be afforded a vote in future elections, and will be allowed candidacy for elected office.

 

II. The Council of Commners will organize a yearly tournament in Arx Rubra, the Palace of the City of Saint Lucien. The tournament shall vary in competitive rules yearly, including feats of boxing, swords, etcetera.

 

III. There shall be an exemption of rent on all mercantile stalls for two years upon their procurement from the City Tribunal.

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