Kuglimz tribes have very similar legal codes, differing most dramatically
not between tribes, but between the nomadic and the settled
Kuglimz peoples. The settled tribes tend to have more
defined and specific laws concerning their people’s behaviours; the nomadic are
usually harsher and less clear.
Most settled Kuglimz people, no matter what their tribe, tend to have clearly defined laws and punishments. However, these are rarely highly complex and the Kuglimz people do not see the need for a legal advisor - solicitors and barristers are not positions they have in their society. Usually the Dirg’mystrume (lit. "Battle Leader") or a wise elder will have the knowledge to clarify any obscurity.
Due to the severity of many of these punishments, the Kuglimz people tend to enjoy a relatively peaceful community lifestyle, though their warlike ways externally may belie this. Criminal behaviour is fairly rare, simply because it is not worth it and the communities, even in settlements, tend to be small. Everyone knows everyone else’s business and many a youth has been chastised for unruly behaviour by the neighbourly threat, “I’ll tell your mother just what you’ve been up to, young man!”
Murder and Other Most Serious Crimes. The most serious crimes, in the eyes of the Kuglimz people, are those that either result, intentionally or not, in the loss of life (except in battle, which is different) or the devastation and destruction of one’s ordinary way of life (grand scale theft, rape or physical abuse leading to long-term disability, for instance). Crimes against children are considered to be among the most heinous, since children are unable to defend themselves. For legal purposes, a child is anyone who has not passed the adulthood rituals (see Kuglimz Gender Roles and Marriage Customs), no matter what that person’s age.
Kuglimz punishments tend to be harsh and decisive. Murder, if it can be proved to be intentional, is punished by death. Any family members of the victim are entitled to whatever support can be provided by the murderer’s family or the rest of the tribe, if this is not feasible. If murder is proved to be accidental, the murderer is responsible for providing for the victim’s family. If the murderer is a woman or child, then their family is responsible for their crime and must care for the victim’s family.
Sexual Crimes. Rape is punishable by partial castration - thus the perpetrator loses one testicle the first time, and a second offence means the removal of the second. However, the Kuglimz do require indisputable proof, which may be obtained by hiring a mage if necessary. The rapist is also required to provide for his victim(s) as though he were her spouse (whether either is married or not) and any child or children that might result from the rape.
A serious sexual crime in Kuglimz society is the seduction of a married person, male or female. The Kuglimz people consider marriage vows to be sacred and to break them is an offence to the gods. Both individuals will likely be set aside by the partners and then be asked to leave the community. If a partner is not willing to set aside his/her spouse, they will not be asked to leave, but most will. Few people will associate with a known adulterer. In the FirdGormz tribe, adultery is punishable by death.
Theft and Vandalism. Theft or vandalism which deprives a person of his or her livelihood (for instance, burning down a store or stealing someone’s life savings) requires restitution to be made to double the sum of the damage done. In the meantime, the perpetrator is also responsible for the support of his victim(s).
Crimes such as destruction of community property are punished by having the perpetrator repair the damage and be assigned to less pleasant community work like latrine duty (collecting waste to be treated as fertilizer). Although all members are expected to participate in this duty, those whose commit minor crimes will find themselves doing it far more often and for longer shifts.
Assault and Physical Violence. Assault and physical violence is punished to the degree in which it affects a person’s physical and/or emotional stability or ability to function as a normal adult in Kuglimz society. Thus, an attack that resulted in the long-term disability of the victim would require the perpetrator to provide long-term support. A tavern brawl with no serious injuries would have the people involved brought before the Dirg’mystrume and priests and fined to repay any property damage. Fines and support payments may be paid in gold or produce. If a criminal is unable to pay his fines or support, his possessions may be forfeit and he can be exiled, put on permanent community work, or even sold as a slave to the southern trade ships that traffic in human goods.
Survivors of criminal violence or destruction are surrounded by community support and care. Some counseling is provided through the elders and “wise people” (herbalists, midwives and community medical persons, whom are mostly but not always female). Women and children tend to get more support and care than men, who are expected to be strong, unless serious injuries are involved.
In the nomadic communities, the more serious crimes are treated by more permanent solutions, such as exile or death. The perpetrator’s possessions are usually given to his victims. Theft, however, is dealt with by having the thief return threefold what was stolen.
Other Crimes. Crimes for which there are no legally specified punishments (extremely unusual or highly aberrant behaviour that would not normally occur in the Kuglimz community) would be dealt with on a case by case basis, depending on the severity of the crime, the injury to the victim and so on.
Information provided by Alysse the Likely