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Gulnyr

// Undead
« on: November 26, 2007, 01:02:16 pm »
Do the undead have any rights under the law?

It seems like a silly question when considering simple skeletons and zombies, since they are more like constructs than people (though that does make me wonder if they would be considered property, heh).  

But vampires and liches, for example, aren't mindless automatons.  They're people with unnaturally lengthened lives, unless they are required to die in order to become undead, in which case anyone bound to the bindstones is also included in this question, which could be restated as "do you have rights under the law after you have been dead and raised again?"  And since the answer to that must be yes, does that mean undead like vampires and liches should be brought to trial rather than destroyed on sight?

I guess another way to ask is, "How are undead different under the law than Dragoncalled or ordinary people?  Are they different at all?"
 
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Leanthar

Re: // Undead
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007, 01:15:15 pm »
Now that is a question I have never been asked before! :)
 
 My first instinct is to say no they have no rights under the law. Law was made for the living, which excludes all undead.
 
 However....point taken and I will speak to Ed on a few things that have jumped in to my mind while typing this very reply...interesting question and certainly something I need to solve real soon due to things happening. *gives a GM smile*
 

EdTheKet

Re: // Undead
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007, 03:56:03 pm »
Just got back from a business trip, and we'll mull over this. *GM grin*
 

Dezza

Re: // Undead
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 11:50:29 pm »
While you are 'mulling' this over can you add to that what Rofi's might think about someone using undead as town militia? I have my own thoughts but I am interested to hear others who have the final thoughts!
 

Dezza

Re: // Undead
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007, 04:00:33 pm »
*bump*
 

EdTheKet

Re: // Undead
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2007, 03:50:30 pm »
Here's the verdict!

In a realm or kingdom, any sentient creature in that realm or kingdom is subject to the law.

Whether those sentient creatures agree is another matter (I.e. even though a dragon may have its lair in some kingdom, I highly doubt it'd feel itself bound by its laws, same applies to some goblin tribe probably).

And as for undead guarding towns, what kind of question is that? :) Of course that's wrong! You just don't mess with people's graves.
Not to mention that it freaks out every citizen ;)