Initial idea to create a Community Lawbook comes from two reasons:
- Similar sister project that was created on a Moonguard US RP server
- Providing an alternative and simplified source of laws as an option
This project is by no means has an intention to compete with current Lawbook created by Office of Justice and is meant to be used by those who may not be satisfied with the first one.
To deliver a more enjoyable, believable and healthy roleplay environment, Lawbook has its reason to exist. However, Canon Laws according to numerous quests, be it stealing or damaging property - results in punishment by death. Which is not applicable for our RP scenarios. But because these laws affect most of the people who roleplay in a city, it is more than fair to give them all an opportunity to contribute to this Lawbook project - hence Community word.
Link to cannon laws:
.tinyurl.com/canonlaws (remove first dot)
Project itself will always be a subject to change and is currently in its last stages of development, yet if you want to take part in it and contribute to it, you’re more than welcome! From our latest notes, we’ve introduced such things as:
Pool of Consequences - where a narrator is given multiple options of consequences to choose from for their character, instead of being force-fed just one. Please note that every punishment provided below, offers own style of RP that may promote, encourage or excuse further RP or its lack of! (Examples below):
- Fine - In case a criminal character wants to pay a fine and get out to continue their RP flow.
- Bail - Similar to a fine but in case a player needs to logout for a short while, when they come back, they can state that they bailed out of the Stockades. While being offline explains them being within those Stockades.
- Cells / Stockades - In case a player needs to log off, they can just send character to the Stockades / Cells.
- Community Service - a type of a punishment to encourage more roleplay by handing a low criminal to do community service like trimming bushes around Lion’s Rest or mopping floors at the clinic.
- Public Shaming/Public Stocks - Put a character through the city streets for public shaming. A bit of RP/humiliation for those who like it.
- Lashing/Flogging - For those who like their characters to be physically punished.
- Exile - In case for some reason, narrator wants their character to be exiled for N amount of time from the City.
- Penal Service - A harsher version of community service, where criminal characters are eventually summoned (Arranged OOCly about day and time) to perform a specific mission like hunting down a Gnoll leader or clearing out a mine out of kobolts.
- NPC Court system - in case none of the options are liked or the criminal roleplayer does not want to use this Lawbook or have it applied on them by a guard, NPC Court system can be used instead. To continue consistency of RP itself and its flow, criminal character is brought in front of the keep and is left there, for an NPC court to decide. NPC court is merely an IC excuse/reason to avoid having guard or criminal rpers being blamed for this disagreement. In other words, when this NPC Court system is used, criminal RPer decides for themselves if they have any punishment (if any).
These are but a few changes that our current community group has came, as an example!
Based on the discussions below this post, I’d like to highlight it in OP, that this book is optional. A source of guidelines to help deliver cohesion/consistency of crime & law roleplay.
This lawbook must not be nor is meant to be forced down someone’s throat and definitely not be used as an ultimatum of “If you don’t follow it, we will ignore you.” - That’s exactly why NPC Court System idea is in this book, to help resolve those moments peacefully and continue with roleplay.
If you wish to contribute to the project without dedicating yourself to it (Like joining discord for example) you can just suggest things here and me or others will relay it into our discord for a discussion!
If you are interested, join us then!
.tinyurl.com/communitylawbook (remove first dot)