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Harbat - the book of law

SECTION A - REGARDING PRIVATE PROPERTY

  • RULE #A1: Everything that has a lock is private property. He who has the key is the owner.
  • RULE #A2:Since the city doesn't have a "lock", the owner of the "key to the city", as reffered to in section #C3, does not own the city.


SECTION B - REGARDING THE BEARING OF ARMS

  • RULE #B1: For good conduct and proper behaviour, it is illegal to bear arms in Harbat.
  • RULE #B2: Amendment to RULE #B1. However: to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
  • RULE #B3: Therefore: a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • RULE #B4: Amendment #B2 does not take into account the triple crossbow weapon, which may at no time change owner or be carried in public.


SECTION C - REGARDING HEROISM

  • RULE #C1: Heroism is considered bad for trade and proper conduct and therefore punishable by imprisonment ranging from 2 years up to 40 years. Heroism is considered to be all acts of rescue, social improvement, nullification of existing evil, restoring or maintaining a balance of things, the use or knowledge of devilry and sorcery, the possession of enchanted weaponry, the use of maps in - or the undertaking of - quests.
  • RULE #C2: RULE #C1 takes into account the fact that when heroism involves the rescue and/or elevation and/or enrichment of the burgmaster, the stated punishment is acquitted and instead the hero to which the deed of heroism falling under RULE #C2 can be ascribed is rewarded with a key to the city.
  • RULE #C3: Each individual can be rewarded a maximum of one key to the city as described under RULE #C2, after which he will be considered a nuisance and be banished from the city in a period of time ranging from now and thirty days henceforth.
  • RULE #C4: Should, in any circumstance, a person commit an act of heroim through sheer unintentional happenstance, this person should report this incident to the proper authorities. He or she will then have a chance to redeem him- or herself and cleanse him- or herself from the heinous act in question by means of actions considered mischievous or criminal in stature.


SECTION D - REGARDING THE PIRATE'S CODE

  • RULE #D1: a Good Pirate appreciates the value of gold more than he does the value of his own mother.
  • RULE #D2: a Good Pirate drinks at least 10 pints of grog every day.
  • RULE #D3: a Good Pirate kills anything that stands between him and his booty.
  • RULE #D4: a Good Pirate knows the darkest seas from the back of his hand.
  • RULE #D5: a Good Pirate spits on anything holy.
  • RULE #D6: a Good Pirate swears only on his mother or his captain.
  • RULE #D7: a Good Pirate lies, steals, cheats and kills as he sees fit.
  • RULE #D8: a Good Pirate is always in the mood for a good fight.
  • RULE #D9: a Good Pirate would rather gutt a man than a fish.
  • RULE #D10: a Good Pirate has a least one good scar or physical mark of combat (e.g. wooden leg, eye patch).

And then there is the RULE #D11:, which has been much disputed. Some claim it is false, added later by a false prophet. It says:

  • RULE #D11: a Good Pirate will sell his crewmates into death or slavery for a good coin.


SECTION E - REGARDING THE BOOK OF STORIES

  • RULE #E17: None shall edit or copy the book of note except for the person described in artikel E17 bis.
  • RULE #E17bis: The person as referred to in artikel E17 must have been given the title "writer of harbat". This title shall be given to the heir of "house of writers". This title passes from father to son and has to be validated by the burgmaster, who is obliged to do so.
  • RULE #E17ter: During his lifetime the Writer of Harbat has to make an official copy of the book of note and add one story concerning Harbat. After finishing his edited copy, the Writer must destroy the previous book of note in the fire of Torath.
  • RULE #E17quater: No harm must come to the book of note. All must respect the book of note by penalty of death. The Writer protects it with his life and he has the authorithy to claim all of the city's guards to do so.


SECTION F - THE OLDEST RULE IN THE BOOK OF LAW

  • RULE #F42: All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.