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Talon’s Port Lawbook Revised and Published as of 23 S.E EDITED and updated on the 27th year, S.E (1) Citizen and Visitor Laws and Rights 1. Citizens of Talon’s Port are defined as those who own or live within a residential property within the city, or have expressly been granted citizenship by a member of the Council. Meanwhile, visitors of Talon’s Port are defined as those who do not own or live within a residential property within the city. 2. Businesses do not count as residential properties unless somebody is living within them. The owner of a stall, for example, would not be automatically given citizenship rights. 3. Any item of clothing that obscures the face should not be worn in Talon’s Port unless it is approved by a member of the Talon’s Port Militia, or a councillor of the city. Failure to comply with a Militia member’s or councillor’s request to remove a face covering will be met with the forcible removal of the face covering, or forced removal from the city. 3-a) Members of the Talon’s Port Militia have the right to question anyone who does not abide by this law, and determine whether they can keep the mask on or must take it off. 4. Citizens and visitors of Talon’s Port are legally allowed to carry weapons, however this only applies if the weapons are sheathed. Unsheathed weaponry is not permitted, unless for a specific purpose, such as defense of the city, self defense, or otherwise legally permitted and given permission from a council member or steward. 5. It is illegal for visitors to wear heavy armor (mechanical pvp armor) within the city of Talon’s Port unless there is a specific, permissible reason behind wearing the armor, such as for self defense purposes or city defense purposes. 6. Citizens and visitors are held to the same general expectations, and will be required to uphold and follow the laws listed in this book. Should a citizen or visitor abuse their rights whilst within the city, they may be, depending on severity of the law broken, their punishment may range between a minor punishment and a major punishment. (2) Freedoms of Talon’s Port 1. Citizens of Talon’s Port have a right to freedom of speech. This is disallowed should the freedom be abused for the sole purpose of inciting havoc, such as shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded building when there is no fire present. 1-a) This is also disallowed should the freedom be abused for the purpose of racism of any kind, whether it be against Dwarves, Elves, or Humans. 1-b) This is also disallowed in the event of verbal harassment of a citizen or council member of Talon's Port. 1-c) Should somebody physically retaliate for something such as verbal harassment, both sides will be investigated and a decision will be made by the militia, or by extent, the council, on whether or not the retaliation was justified. 1-d) Should the retaliation be declared unjust, punishment will be given to the one who retaliated based on the punishment in the respective clause of the lawbook. For example, should somebody be yelled at in the street and see it as a cause to stab the one who was yelling, this may be declared unjust and the one who retaliated would be punished in accordance to the laws of assault or attempted murder. 2. Citizens of Talon’s Port are not allowed to falsely and knowingly defame a person. Should a person falsely and knowingly defame another citizen of Talon’s Port, they are liable to a fine of around 25 minas, or forced removal or banishment from the city depending on the damage that was caused through said defamation. 3. A person may not impersonate a citizen of Talon’s Port at any time. 3-a) Impersonation of an ordinary citizen may result in temporary imprisonment and a fine of 15 minas. 3-b) Impersonation of a militia member, a steward, or a council member may result in temporary imprisonment and a fine of 25 minas. Banishment is considered should there be any damage done during the impersonation. 4. Citizens of Talon’s Port have a right to religious and cultural freedom. 4-a) This right is only waived if any other laws of Talon’s Port must be broken to achieve worship or culture, and will result in proper punishment as designated in other clauses of the lawbook. 4-b) Any attempt to forcibly convert a citizen of the city to a religion or culture is disallowed, and will be met with a fine of 10 minas alongside forced removal from the city. (3) Property Laws 1. Citizens of Talon’s Port have a right to owning property within the city, whether it be a personal residence or business, and this home cannot be seized by the government without prior warning or proper reasoning. Proper reasoning would include inactivity within the city, banishment from the city, or failure to comply with laws relating more generally to homes and businesses. 2. If there is suspicion of illegal activity within your residence, officers of the Talon’s Port Militia or enlisted members (with express permission from an officer) have a right to search your property and seize any illegal items, or halt any illegal operations. 2-a) Failure to comply with a militia officer’s request to search the property will result in forced entry, and the property owner will be apprehended until the search has been completed. 3. A person may not take up illegal residence within a property in Talon’s Port. If discovered, the person would be subject to forced removal from the residence. 3-a) The definition of illegal residence being that a person is living within a house that they do not own, or have permission from the legal owner to live within. 4. Businesses in Talon’s Port may enforce their own rules, given that they are not discriminatory or contradictory to Talon’s Port general laws. 4-a) As for discrimination, this is chiefly defined as racial discrimination. For example, a business owner may set an age limit to enter their store and enforce it without legal repercussions, though they may not create rules that bars mixed elves from utilizing a business, or intentionally making the utilization of a business for a specific race, culture, or religion difficult. 4-b) Failure to comply with this will result in a warning from the Talon’s Port Council, and any future warnings of the same regard may result in the business being shut down or the owner expelled from the city. 4-c) If a person has been known to be troublesome to a business owner, or to the city in general, it is not discriminatory to bar them from entering a business. 5. A person may not enter the private property of another without permission from the owner of the property. If the person does not exit the property after one warning from the owner, the Talon’s Port Militia has a right to apprehend the person and levy a fine of 10 minas, half of which goes to the Talon’s Port treasury and the other half of which goes to the property owner. 5-a) Private Property is considered a space that is owned by a citizen of Talon’s Port as opposed to the city itself. For example, if somebody were to enter a private residence that had a door open, and the owner requested that the person leave, failure to comply gives the owner a right to contact the Talon's Port Militia to forcibly remove the person from the property, or remove the trespasser themselves without legal repercussion. 5-b) Businesses still count as private property despite being publicly used. If a business owner asks a citizen to leave their property for any non-discriminatory reason, the same rights apply to the owner of the business. 6. Destruction of private or public property within the city of Talon's Port is disallowed, and will be met with a fine that is determined by the estimate of damage caused in minas doubled. If the cost of the destroyed property is unknown, a steward or council member is to be contacted to value the damage and offer a final amount for the fine. The fine is split evenly between the Talon's Port treasury and the owner of the property that the damage occurred on. 6-a) If multiple properties are damaged, this is viewed as separate counts of destruction of property, and a different fine is calculated for each property affected. (4) Magic Laws 1. Magic is legal within Talon’s Port, given that it is not used in a way which violates any laws. 2. Property owners have a right to create their own rules of casting within the property (within reasonable and fair use), though they cannot deny service to somebody for the sole reason that they use magic. 3. For a magic user to properly cast and use magic freely within the port, a license must be in possession, this one handed over by the authorities of the magic department of Talon’s Port. To fail following this rule will result in payment of a fee alongside a blacklisting from any and all magical work within Talon’s Port. A different license is required for the use of the Obelisk and for the access to educational activities. 4. Dark arts are not allowed within Talon’s Port, such practices can be punishable with both banishment and death penalty. Same as the wrong use of any other common art. 5. Possession of not authorized Obelisks will result in the destruction of such and punishment to the owner/creators, alongside a fee for any possible damage to the environment of Talon’s Port. 6. The creation and use of Voidal Tears are strictly forbidden, those that work with such will be punished with banishment from Talon’s Port, alongside any other punishment decided by the Talon’s Port Authorities. 7. To participate in the education/training of magical arts within the nation is required to be in possession of a license (Read Magic law section 3). If not, any action within the city and it’s magical artifacts for education and any other purpose will result in punishment and the payment of a fee. 8. The location and access to the Talon’s Port Voidal Obelisk is only to be given to those with a license and authorization for such. If someone without license or authorization for learning is found within the Obelisk chambers, they shall be given a fee to pay. 9. The illegal trading/use of enchanted objects will result in the confiscation of said magical artifacts and the payment of a fee. To avoid this, one must register said items under the name of the owner and license to the Talon’s Port Magical Department. 10. False advertisement of any magical art, manipulation via use of magic arts and/or selling of non-authorized magic related objects/arts will result in both blacklisting and banishment. 11. To lie about the possession of an art or to provide half truths about both knowledge and progress within that mentioned art will result in a blacklist and/or removal of any magical license. 12. Alchemy, Housemagery, Voidal arts and Shamanism, etc, all fall under the Talon’s Port Magical Department authority, all of them require a license and authorization. To not follow this rule will result in blacklisting. 13. Seeing as Housemagery is mostly daily-use focused than combat, it shall be allowed to be used within one’s home without need of supervision and/or license. Yet, any other magic or art shall be informed to the Talon’s Port Magical Department for it’s use. A license will not be required for the use within one’s home, as previously stated, but it is needed for the mage to inform the Department of any ability to avoid any chaos/misuse related to Magical Arts. 14. A magical art user’s identity and abilities shall be kept secret and/or restrained from outsiders to avoid both harassment and mage hunting. A mage itself is free to reveal its own identity and abilities to other under its own free will, but is the Talon’s Port Magical Department’s duty to keep that information secret from the public. Any worker of said branch failing to comply to this rule shall be removed of its position and/or punished further by the proper authorities. This, of course, includes the payment of a fee. 15. The possession of any magic related group, sect or the like without the overseeing and authorization of the proper authorities will result in blacklist, dissolving of said group within the nation and the payment of a fee. 16. The use and trading of any Alchemy related object shall be overseen and authorized by the Department. Any lab, stall and/or greenhouse shall be authorized by the same branch as well. To not follow this rule will result in the right punishment, this one most likely a blacklist or a fee. 17. Magic related conflicts between factions are not to be accepted within Talon’s Port. Druids may not attack Voidal mages nor vice versa, same rule applies to Paladins and Azdrazi. If a party attacks the other, the attacker is to be punished by the council and the victim may have a word upon the punishment to be delivered. This however, is just to avoid aggression and the hunt of individuals out of personal gain. (5) Crime Laws 1. Theft 1-a) Petty Theft is considered anything under a value of 30 minas, and will be met with the thief returning the object(s) of value to the owner alongside a fine of 20 minas, half of which goes to the Talon’s Port treasury and the other half of which goes to the owner who had been stolen from. 1-b) Major Theft is considered anything between the values of 31 minas and 100 minas, and will be met with the thief returning the object(s) of value to the owner alongside a fine of 40 minas, half of which goes to the Talon’s Port treasury and the other half of which goes to the owner who had been stolen from. 1-c) Grand Theft is considered anything above the value of 100 minas, and will be met with the thief returning the object(s) of value to the owner alongside a fine of 60 minas, half of which goes to the Talon’s Port treasury and the other half of which goes to the owner who had been stolen from. The thief is imprisoned for a duration of time, which is decided depending on the severity of the crime. 1-d) If the theft is attempted and the thief caught before they can escape, the category of theft depends on the value of items that they have stolen at their time of being caught. 1-e) Any acts of thievery will end in the removal of one finger from the dominant hand, with the first act being the removal of the pinky, and the fifth act being the removal of the thumb. 1-e-1) If any acts of thievery are able to be debated upon, a public trial would be in place. If considered to be innocent, the defendant may walk free, with no punishments or charges. 1-e-2) If found to be innocent at a later date, any removed fingers/hands will have a prosthetic made for them, paid for by the government. 2. Bribery 2-a) Bribing, or attempting to bribe a member of the Talon’s Port Militia, a steward, or a council member is disallowed within the city. This is punishable by imprisonment for two elven hours, alongside a fine of 20 minas. 2-b) The official who was bribed will be punished accordingly by the council or the sovereign. 3. Coercion 3-a) Forcing a citizen within the city of Talon's Port to do anything against their will, through threats, magic, or otherwise is disallowed, and will be met with a fine of 50 minas which is split evenly between the Talon's Port treasury and the victim, alongside banishment from the city. 3-b) Should the victim be coerced into breaking any laws within Talon's Port, the victim is exempt from punishment if sufficient proof is given. 4. Extortion 4-a) Minor Extortion is considered attempting to coerce a citizen of Talon's Port into payment of 99 minas (or goods of equal value) or less through threats, withholding of property, or other means. This will be met with the return of any extorted goods or minas, alongside a fine of half the minas of the value of what they were trying to gain from the extortion that is split evenly between the victim and the Talon's Port treasury. 4-b) Major Extortion is considered attempting to coerce a citizen of Talon's Port into payment of between 100 and 249 minas (or goods of equal value) through threats, withholding of property, or other means. This will be met with the return of any extorted goods or minas, alongside a fine of half the minas of the value of what they were trying to gain from the extortion split evenly between the victim and the Talon's Port treasury alongside forced removal of the coercer from the city. 4-c) Grand Extortion is considered attempting to coerce a citizen of Talon's Port into payment of 250 minas (or goods of equal value) or more through threats, withholding of property, or other means. This will be met with the the return of any extorted goods or minas, alongside a fine of half the minas of value of what they were trying to gain from the extortion that is split evenly between the victim and the Talon's Port treasury, alongside forced removal from the city. 5. Assault 5-a) Harming a citizen within the city of Talon’s Port is disallowed, and punishment includes imprisonment of the accused party alongside a fine of between 30 minas and 600 minas depending on the intensity of the attack, half of which is given to the Talon’s Port treasury and the other half of which is given to the victim. Should the circumstances be extreme, the attacker may be subject to the amputation of a finger for each offense, banishment, or execution should the victim have nearly been killed. 5-a-1) The intensity of the attack is determined by an officer of the Talon's Port Militia or Talon's Port council member based on their own observations and the injuries of the victim. 5-a-2) The removal of one finger per act of assault will also be done, starting with the pinky and ending with the thumb. 5-b) Attempting to harm a citizen within the city of Talon’s Port is disallowed, and punishment includes a 50 mina fine which is split between the Talon’s Port treasury and the victim and forced removal from the city. 5-b-1) The removal of one finger per act of assault will also be done, starting with the pinky and ending with the thumb. 6. Threats 6-a) Threatening a citizen within the city of Talon’s Port with bodily harm or other means is disallowed, and punishment includes banishment from the city upon the request of the threatened party, and a fine of 50 mina’s. 7. Murder 7-a) First Degree Murder is considered premeditated killing of an innocent individual, and is punishable by imprisonment before execution of the accused party. 7-b) Second Degree Murder is considered provably unintentional killing of an innocent individual, and is punishable by a fine of 50 minas before banishment from the city. 7-c) Attempted Murder is considered a premeditated attempt to kill an innocent individual, and in punishable by execution of the accused party. 7-d) If the murdered individual is a known criminal within Talon's Port, the killer will be imprisoned until an officer of the Talon’s Port Militia or a Talon's Port council member can review the situation. 7-d-1) Members of the Talon’s Port Militia who murder an individual while attempting to enforce a law will have the scenario reviewed by the marshal of the militia, or the Sovereign of Talon's Port. 7-e) If the murdered individual had attempted to commit a harmful crime against the killer, this will be counted as murdered in self-defense. The killer will be imprisoned until an officer of the Talon’s Port Militia or a Talon's Port council member can review the situation. 8. Kidnapping 8-a) Kidnapping or Attempted Kidnapping of a citizen with the city of Talon’s Port is disallowed, and will be met with a fine of 50 minas which is split evenly between the Talon’s Port treasury and the victim, alongside banishment from the city. 8-b) Kidnapping or Attempted Kidnapping of a council member within the city of Talon’s Port 9. Fleeing and Fugitives 9-a) Attempting to circumvent the Talon's Port legal system through fleeing from a crime or other means is disallowed. When a fugitive is caught, their original crimes will carry double the weight once they are punished. 9-a-1) Anyone who flees from a crime will be considered a fugitive by the Talon's Port Militia. 9-a-2) Any fugitive who has been legally punished for their crimes is no longer considered a fugitive, and they regain their prior rights. 9-b) Fugitives are exempt from any legal protections that the city of Talon's Port may provide citizens and visitors. 9-b-1) Any crimes committed against a person who is a known fugitive will not be held against a citizen or visitor within the city. 9-b-2) Should a fugitive be coerced into committing a crime that harms others in the city beside the fugitive themselves, the fugitive will not be at fault but the person who forced them into it, since this is viewed as directly harming a citizen of Talon's Port. 10. Treason 10-a) Treason is defined as plotting against the rulership of Talon’s Port, or sharing sensitive and secretive information with the enemies of Talon’s Port. This will be with a trial for the accused party. 10-a-1) If attempting to evade said trial, the accused party will immediately be seen as guilty, and will be killed as soon as possible. 10-a-1-1) If unable to be caught, those accused will be kill-on-sight and wanted within the lands of Talon’s Port. 10-b) If attempting to assassinate a member of the council or the Sovereign, those who attempted the act will immediately be captured for execution. 10-b-1) If unable to be caught, those who attempted the act will be kill-on-sight, and sought within the lands of Talon’s Port. 11. Tax Evasion 11-a) Each time resident taxes aren’t paid each elven week, a fine of 50 mina’s will be given. 11-a-1) After two elven weeks, an eviction notice will be given, and if the fine is unpaid it will be raised to 100 mina’s, along with the amount of mina’s they owe for their missed weeks of tax paying. 11-a-2) The homeowner may alert the council that their taxes will not be paid, in which the council will most likely understand, and allow the taxes to be missed as long as they are paid afterwards 11-a-2-1) If unable to alert the council beforehand, the homeowner may alert the council afterwards, and with good evidence the council will most likely understand. 12. Vandalism 12-a) Vandalism is an act with a fine of 30 mina’s, half going to the Talon’s Port treasury, the other half going to the current resident of the vandalized site. 12-a-1) If there is no current resident, the amount of 30 mina’s is to go directly to the treasury. 13. Stalking 13-a) Stalking with intent to scare a citizen is a crime with a fine of twenty mina with a restraining order issued on behalf of the victim. 13-a-1) If the victim is not a citizen, it would be instead a fifteen mina fine with a written apology to the nation of which the victim comes from. 13-b) Stalking with intent to harm or maim a citizen is a crime with a fine of thirty mina and a digit removed from the perpetrator's hand. 13-b-1) If the victim is not a citizen, it would be instead a twenty five mina fine with a written apology to the nation of which the victim comes from with a digit removed from their hand and a restraining order issued on behalf of the victim. 13-b-2) If the victim is, indeed, harmed, whether citizen or not, three digits are removed from the perpetrator, a fine of sixty mina is collected with half turned in to the victim for damages and half to the city. 13-c) Stalking with intent to kill a citizen is a crime with a fine of eighty mina, half of which is to be paid to the victim and half to the city, with three digits removed from the perpetrator's hand, and a banishment from the city of Vortice. 13-c-1) If the victim is not a citizen, it would be instead a one hundred mina fine with a written apology to the nation of which the victim comes from, five digits digits removed from the perpetrator's hand, and whatever the nation of the victim sees fit to the perpetrator with all legal rights handed over to the leaders of the other nation. 13-c-2) If the victim is indeed killed, it would be one hundred fifty mina fine, half to the victim's family and half to the city, with a written apology to the nation of which the victim comes from OR the family of the victim, five digits removed from the perpetrator's hand, and a permanent banishment from not only the city of Talon's Port, but also the nation of Vortice. (6) Militia Laws 1. If one accused of a crime feels as if their legal rights were violated by a member of the Talon’s Port, they may send a letter to the Praetor of the Talon’s Port Militia. 1-a) If one accused of a crime feels as if the Praetor is biased, they may send a letter to a different councillor, for the matter to be brought up within the next council meeting.Members of the Talon’s Port Militia have the right to temporarily imprison anyone who is accused of a crime, no matter how small the crime may be. 2. Militia members hold the right to arrest any who have, or are suspected to have committed a crime, no matter how big or small it is. 2-a) This can be done with or without the permission of a high ranking member of the Militia, but a high ranking member of the Militia must be sent notice of the imprisonment immediately after. 3. Militia members out of uniform are still considered militia members, and still hold the right to do their jobs while considered ‘off-duty’. 4. Members of the Talon’s Port Militia are to be paid each elven week, with the amount dependent on the amount of work done by the member. Signed, Vivian Maelstorm, Sovereign of the Depths Signed, Athri Onfroi Belrose, Minister of Foreign Affairs Signed, Sylvain Majin, Minister of Magery Signed, Lenora Jusmia, Minister of Science Signed, Turr’ileia Maelstorm, Minister of Wealth Signed, Doctor Sana Medii’la, Minister of Health Signed, Paris Langren, Minister of Justice Signed, Saemos Hidone, Minister of Defense
It has come to my attention that there is little to none documented lore of the Mina. I asked around the community, and the closest thing to lore was a 3D model apparently made by a Dev. I couldn't find it, so I hope I can describe the coin to the best of my abilities. Appearance: The Mina. A small, round coin with about a half inch diameter. Such an illusive little coin has dominated and lasted through all realms the mortals have been put through. The small coin is developed by the Monks of the Cloud temple, as they are the most secured and uncorruptable peoples. On one side of the coin, two hands meeting each other in a shake are shown, while two words are imprinted above and below the symbol. 'Allies, Trade'. The handshake represents both the sealing of business, and the forging of new friendships. The other side shows the now long forgotten face of Prince Native. ((This was in the old description of the Mina)). The coin seems incredibly light and easy to carry and transport. The very first Minas back in the days of Aegis were in fact smaller, round marble-like gems. These were used throughout the days of Aegis and until Asulon. When the races arrived to Asulon, the citizens found that all of their previous Minas were missing. Therefore, a new type had to be created. The Minas of Asulon were in fact paper bills, easy foldable yet much to fragile. These bills were a deep gold, still with the proud face of Prince Shift on the front. After the races fled to Anthos, they again lost the last currency. In Anthos they made the currency into a coin, though this one was square. On one side was a hand holding a sword, engraved on the front was 'Trade. Power.'. Still, the archaic face of prince Native was held on the back of the coin. After the days of The Fringe, Thales and finally leading up to Athera the Monks decided the image of a weapon was too suggestive of violence. Instead they wanted to make the Minas a more unifying force, and added the current image of two hands shaking. History: The Minas was originally introduced to unify the trade of the Five (or six when the Kharajyr were introduced), as to make the trading system much easier and fluid. The coin has been around as long as many may remember, dating back to the days of Malin and his brothers. The Monks, along with their temple construct the Central Bank of Unity. This bank is a representative of the Unity the Minas has always provided. This bank holds mysterious depths, though people have found when they delve deep enough they find a large, odd and archaic machine powered by Magic. The Machine has a sharp, circular like end on a piston, which slams down into a mixture of rock, gem and gold. This shapes and cuts down the pre-heated slab of the concoction, shaping the coin. The coin is flipped then with a jet of air, and the process repeats. Though these elements in the Minas may not be separated, therefore one could not melt Minas down back into gold. The only time Minas are given to the public by the Monks are when a new soul enters the realm, and the Order gives them a proper starting amount so they may begin their journey. ((Clearly this all needs work, so please post criticism/additions in the comments so I may add it to the lore. I decided to make something like this so we may finally, have an official post on the Mina.