The Free Lands

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General information

The Free Lands in the name for the collection of tribes who live on about one third of the continent of Theuma. The inhabitants are called Freelanders.

In the Empire known as Nemeria. Inhabitants are called Nemerians.


The Free Lands historically began on Theuma, established by alenti who refused to live in the Empire and wanted a different life. The alenti left Alentum together, but their opinions pulled them apart after the war against theumites was won. Though the Freelanders also see the war was necessary, they do not agree with the Empire on anything else.


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The Free Lands consists of fourteen lands. None of the lands belong entirely to one tribe, but the tribe holding the capital of the tribe usually has authority over the land. There are two exceptions: Kingland and Borderland. Borderland was created after the end of the war, it includes an area of 10-25 kilometers’ width that is next to the Empire.


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There are many dialects of the Alenti language spoken in the Free Lands, which the inhabitants of the Empire understand as well and vice versa. (Estonian and English mark two of these in the game). The priests and the Tribeless of Kingland use the less common holy tongue. The users of the runic arts use the runes as well.


In the Free Lands a person usually has just the one given name. Family names as such do not exist. Since there are many people with similar or even same names, many have nicknames to separate them from each other. A nickname may be given for a physical attribute or a great deed.

(OG: you may use Scandinavian, Celtic and Germanic names as inspiration but we recommend you modify them a little.)


Childbearing and birth

In the Free Lands the child bearing alenti works as long as they can. Weaker childbearers are looked after by healers. Usually gone gives birth at home, and the closest known healer will be on guard to give help if needed. Most births usually pass easily.

The newborn is immediately proclaimed as the member of the tribe once they have been washed. This proclamation may be made by the other parent or any other witness to the birth. The child is usually named by the parent who bore them.

The close family helps and supports the new parents as well as possible. It is customary to let the parent who bore the child to rest for a time. It is important that the child is safe and looked after. If the parents have no other family, people selected by the clan will take on this role.

Casting of lots

When a child of less than a year of age becomes an orphan, the elders cast lots over them. There are two options – either the child remains the charge of their clan and the elders find them a foster family or the child is taken to Cairlinn Tor to be raised by the Tribeless. In the latter case the tribe gives away the child and the Tribeless take them as one of their own. Such children are no longer spoken of in the tribe and they are not members of the tribe.

The tradition was started as a way to establish a connection to Kingland for all tribes.


The smallest of children are taken care of by those who work in the settlement. Usually those are older relatives. Older children are taken along to work and they are taught early so they can be useful. Children tend to learn what their parents can do, but if another clan member sees the child would be good at their occupation instead, they can take the child or adolescent as a student if the parents agree.

Becoming adult

A Freelander is counted as an adult usually at the age of 15-17 when they receive the permanent mark of the tribe. Before this the adults close to the young person and the elders give them several tests. If they jointly agree that the young person has done well, they will be proclaimed an adult.

The ceremony of proclamation is conducted by the chief and as many clan members are present as is possible. After that there is a small party for the family.

Friendship and love

Relationships are important, but a Freelander’s closest person can be either their spouse or their best friend. Usually one finds their future partner by themselves. Usually being or not being with someone is a private thing, and there are many ways to be together, depending on how the people involved like it. Many never look for a partner.

Marriage and family

Any adult may get married, regardless of gender. The proposal is made to the person in question and their family, and there is a custom to bring something to show their skills and what they will offer to their intended. It is common to live together for a time before getting married, and those who wish to get married are traditionally sent on a trip by the elders during which they have to complete different tasks. This trip is meant for the couple to discover if they can be together in hardship and if their marriage is meant to be.

The marriage ceremony is conducted by an elder chosen by the couple, and it is common that the people getting married get a mark to symbolise their marriage. All of this is accompanied by a big party where all locals are welcome.

Usually people get married inside their own tribe, but there are rare cases of people from two different tribes finding love and wishing to marry. First they must decide which of them will leave their own tribe to go to the other. Such couples need to pass the tests of elders from both tribes. If the tests are successful and the couple gets married, the elders will keep an eye on them and may initiate the newcomer into the tribe itself.

Old age, death and funerals

The elderly are respected and most of them taken to be amongst the clan elders. Their work is to give their wisdom on to the younger ones so it will not go unremembered.

Many decide when to die instead of going slowly. For that one goes to the priests of Lir-Neth, who have the right to help the dying on their way. Sometimes when the person is in a very bad shape, the priests are asked to come to them instead.

The deceased is treated with respect and guarded for at least a night to make sure the soul has departed. After that the funeral is held, conducted by the priests of Lir-Neth. The custom is to bury the dead in the forest without any clothing so that they may became a part of the earth. The trees around the resting place are decorated with fabrics that carry the dead person’s name and different holy words. After that there is the wake where people tell stories about the deceased. The place may be visited to remember the deceased, until the forces of nature have taken the last of the messages from the trees. That is a sign that it is time to stop grieving.

The items of the deceased are split according to the wishes of the family. When one speaks of the deceased, their name is not used, instead the speaker will say how they knew them.

Clan and tribe chiefs are buried in a similar manner. Every clan or tribe member is welcome to leave messages for them and at least one of their cohorts will keep vigil over the resting place until the messages are gone.

When the king has departed, their name will be carved in the stone in the middle of Cairlinn Tor. Where the king is exactly buried and what rites are held for them is only known to the Tribeless.


Freelanders mark their tribal affliation or any other deeds with marks. They are usually worn on the arms, but there are some who receive marks on their faces. Usually marks are made with pigments of different colors that last for a long time. Punishment marks are branded instead.

Children and youth wear the tribal mark, but it is made with a pigment that washes off over time. The mark is renewed when needed, until it is time to receive the lasting mark of the adult.

There are many types of marks which mean different things, and it is impolite to ask the meaning of a mark directly. However, if someone is marked for a great dead, it is appropriate that this person’s friends and companions tell others how they received the marks. Usually marks are a private thing not discussed in public.

If someone is made into an outlaw, they will be marked accordingly. If they are meant to be an outlaw for only a certain time, the mark is made on bare skin. If they have committed a crime great enough to be exiled from the tribe for good, their punishment brand is put on their tribal mark.


There are many sorts of celebrations. Each clan and tribe celebrates different important days. These are usually the birthdays of important people, the changes in the seasons and other such days.

Birthdays are celebrated along the wishes of the person, but it is still customary to go wish well even if they have decided not to hold a party.

Greetings and introductions

It is polite to greet upon arrival or when joining a gathering. Greeting in return is also polite, ignoring a person means they are not being welcomed. The host or the person who arrived first is responsible for properly accepting the new arrival.

When introducing oneself, one says their name and possibly their tribe or the society they belong to. The host may ask someone’s origins if they wish to, but too much curiosity is also seen as impolite. When two people are meeting for the first time, a handshake is appropriate and not accepting an offered hand is another insult.

Physical contact

Contact is more common between family and friends. Touching a stranger especially without their permission is quite rude and may earn one injury in return.

An outlaw may not touch anyone.

Romantic contact is meant to be private between two people. Short interactions are usually allowed, but more is seen as rude.


Most people wear a knife at the least. Better weapons are worn by warriors or those going to war. Usually there are not many places where it is rude to arrive with a weapon, but then it must be sheathed or restrained in some other manner. Waving a bared weapon around is usually sign as a sign of the person looking for a fight and rude in the presence of unarmed people. It is also improper to enter a place with a bared weapon.

The others

The others enjoy fairly relaxed treatment. It depends more on the attirude of the particular clan or tribe towards that particular type of other. If a wulver desecrates the holy place of a clan, then no wulver will be welcome at that clan’s living place.


The Free Lands tribes all have different opinions on what is culture.

There are many options for entertainment, they usually include various competitions or tests. Competitions range from usual competitions of strength to storytellign competitions where skalds compete to see who knows more stories. The public’s opinion also matters when winners are chosen.

There are many reasons for a party and all present are welcome, even if they are travelers who arrived the same night. Usually parties are accompanied by good food and proper drinking.


Freelanders use circles of different metals as currency. There are three types of them – copper, silver and gold.

100 coppers = 10 silvers = 1 gold

Exchange rates:

All the circles have been weighed with exact scales by officials tasked with the responsibility and contain same amounts of the metal in question. However, most of inner-tribe trade is done with the barter system where money is not necessary. The cirles are used for trade between the tribes and with the Empire.

Favors for the future are a legitimate article of trade in the barter system. These favors usually mean promising one’s work or help. Fulfilling these favors is a matter of honor but the Codex also has certain punishments for failing to fulfil favors of a certain level. Usually fines (or trials if the nature of the favor is in doubt). Selling favors for money (circles, not goods) is considered unseemly, but it does happen, especially when one is in financial trouble (alike to getting a loan).

After the end of the war the Free Lands and Empire began to trade. The Free Lands export into the Empire various alcohols (especially mead and beer), rare wood and plants. From the Empire they import pigment flowers, cocoa, tobacco, coffee, new types of grain and different luxury goods.

The sale of galdar and mining permits is also a great source of income.

There are no taxes in the Free Lands like there are in the Empire, but each tribe sends yearly tribute to Cairlinn Tor as agreed at the Landsmeet. These tributes are different, both goods and volunteering servants (for a measured amount of time) are sent.


The highest authority in the Free Lands is the king. They live in Cairlinn Tor aided by the Tribeless.

The king

The king has authority to sentence chiefs to death, to call the army and to declare attack on the Empire. The process of becoming king is partly secret, all is known that the candidates must complete certain tests successfully. The tests include going into the caves under the Circle of Cairlinn Tor. If more than one candidate returns from the caves having succeeded, the elders of the Tribeless will choose between them.

The king who has been chosen in such a manner must go to the caves every year and may reign for the next year if they make it out alive. If the king does not come out in a week, the Tribeless will lead the search for a new king. A search means that a message is sent to all directions for all tribes and the candidates have three months’ time to show up.

The Tribeless

The only permanent residents of Kingland are the Tribeless. They are descendants of the people that decided to stay and guard Cairlinn Tor when the first king called volunteers from all over the Free Lands.

The Tribeless never leave Kingland. Their tasks are to take care of Cairlinn Tor, to serve the king and to advise them. They also keep chronicles for the Landsmeets and other ceremonies, using their secret language.

The Tribeless keep their blood strong by raising orphans brought to them. There are also cases of the Tribeless accepting those amongst themselves who have claimed to see omens that direct them to come to them. How exactly they decide this, is known only to them.


The Landsmeet is the gathering of all tribal chiefs which is called to Cairlinn Tor every five years. It does not do not to attend, for decisions that affect all tribes are made there. The king may call for a Landsmeet at any other time, but this has happened rarely. Every chief brings at least one tribal elder to advise and the high priests of Ban-Mawr also attend.

Laws are changed and great decisions are made during the Landsmeet. The tributes to Kingland are also discussed. Every tribal chief has a vote no matter the size of their tribe. The chiefs may also make proposals to the king or demand blood money from another chief. What happens at a Landsmeet is generally up to the king and whether they prefer to let the chiefs make suggestions or to direct things themselves.


Judgements are commonly held inside the clan or tribe. There are very few things serious enough to be brought to the king. Despite that, one of the king’s tasks is to judge and give sentences over crimes committed in Kingland.

Tribal and clan government

The clan chief is the leader of the clan. The chief is chosen by the adult members of the clan and leads either until death, someone else being chosen or the elders naming them unfit for the work. The ideal chief is a clever speaker and stands for the interests of their clan. This job is not easy and a failed chief will be deposed swiftly, since any adult clan member may present their own candidacy at the clan meeting held at the beginning of each year. One must give a speech outlining the reasons why they would be a good chief, and if they are better at this than the current chief, the clan may choose them instead.

The chief has authority to sentence to death and to go against the advice of the elders unless all the elders are unanimously against them. The elders are the oldest members of their clan, their number is chosen by them themselves and depends on how many worthy people there are in the tribe. They strive to make decisions for the wellbeing of the clan or tribe, even if it means going against the chief. It is important that both sides are respected, since a weak chief or a weak council of elders is good for no one.

The tribe chief is the leader of the tribe. The chief is selected by the tribal council. The tribal council is made up of all the elders of the clans and comes together at the historical center of the tribe. The tribal council is held every five years or when the tribe chief dies or is held as incapable. Any adult member of the tribe may take the job, but usually the best candidates are those who have led their clans well. The candidates are given various tasks by the elders and completing those tests is a big part of becoming chief.

Theumite emissaries

Six theumites are numbered amongst the king’s advisors, representing the theumite sources of the Free Lands. Their task is to speak to the king in the name of the theumites. The position of these emissaries in Cairlinn Tor is strongly dependent on the king’s attitude and has historically been quite varied.

In conclusion

Power works differently in the Free Lands compared to the Empire. A chief may order his tribe or clan members around or punish them, but if his orders are selfish and stupid and his punishments too severe, it is possible they will not be followed. This goes for the king as well.


The Free Lands have a rich folklore as every clan and tribe has their own legends, passed along throughout generations. Historically stories were told orally, but that changed a few hundred years ago they began to be written down due to the initiative of the Society of Rememberers. Unlike in the Empire, old-Alentum folklore has not been held in high regard and therefore is mostly gone from memory. Interest towards it is seen as strange, but in recent years the Remembers have begun to record all they can about the Empire.

Everyone knows at least a few stories as they have grown up hearing them, but in knowing a story one must also know how to tell it. Those who know stories and how to tell them, are respected.

Many stories also give knowledge about various creatures a traveler might meet on the road.


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Faith in the Free Lands is as serious a thing as in the Empire. The gods unite the Freelanders since while the tribes may be different, faith is the same everywhere.

Gods are depicted with animal heads as every god has their own sacred animal. Legends tells the gods live in the Deep of the World, the deepest place on Theuma.

The priests are the representatives of the will of the gods, as are their emissaries in rare cases.


Titles: Guardian of Oaths, Chief of the Free
Symbols: axes, fangs
Domain: chaos, promises, blood, freedom, chiefs, contracts and oaths
Opposite: Malakhim
Virtue: daring
Sacred animal: bear
Colors: green, crimson, yellow

Ban-Mawr is the leader of the Freelander gods. When one gives an oath, it is given in Babn-Mawr’s name and the god’s anger will turn on those who break their oaths. Ban-Mawr’s priests are often present for judgements and give their advice. Before the Codex was created, it was the primary task of the priests to remember the laws. Ban-Mawr’s blessing is the binding power of blood oaths.


Titles: Wind of Loss, Edge of Seeing
Symbols: skulls, winds, eye (usually one)
Domain: death, visions, fate, memories
Opposite: Keteos
Virtue: foresight
Sacred animal: owl
Colors: dark blue, dark grey, white

Lir-Neths priests guard the dying, the dead and the ancestors. They have also been given limited power to see into the future and to interpret it for others. They are those who call ancestors back on the request of the tribe. Lir-Neth’s blessing is the passage of the dead to the Deep of the World.


Titles: Hidden Knowledge, The Trickster
Symbols: snakes, spirals, dice
Domain: night, shadows, tricks, caves, luck
Opposite: Atrepe
Virtue: ingenuity
Sacred animal: raven
Colors: teal, purple, black

Vael-Ser is a different god. All those who are alone and think of their luck pray to Vael-Ser. This god’s priests keep all sorts of secrets and riddles. Vael-Ser’s blessing is the endlessness of possibilities.


Titles: Bringer of Plenty, First of Songs
Symbols: bowls, honeycombs, berries, baskets, rhythmic instruments
Domain: stability, hope, fertility, songs/poetry
Opposite: Parendi
Virtue: voice
Sacred animal: ram
Colors: yellow, brown, light green

Arim-Wol is the god of preservation. Arim-Wol’s priests bring hope and perseverance despite tribes or societies or feuds and heal the world with their song. Arim-Wol’s blessing is the fertility of the earth.


Titles: Ruler of Storms, Lord of the Hunt
Symbols: lightning, bows, arrows
Domain: hunt, fighting, wulvers, rage, storms
Opposite: Terhent
Virtue: rage
Sacred animal: boar
Colors: brown, light red, light blue

Nal-Mat is the god of the hunt and conflicts. Nal-Mat’s priests bless those who are going to war. Nal-Mat’s blessing is rage for the willing.


Titles: Horned Wood Dweller, Last Guardian
Symbols: wild animals, trees, earth
Domain: forests, home, ancestors
Opposite: Sulenis
Virtue: submission
Sacred animal: elk
Colors: green, light red, black

Rhen-Apa is the god of forests and other ancient places. The priests of this god take care of the earth’s secrets and often guard the resting places of the ancestors. Rhen-Apa’s blessing is the bounty of forests.


Titles: Doombringer, Flame of Endings
Symbols: flames, insects
Domain: decay, time, destruction, illnesses
Opposite: Baruna
Virtue: ending
Sacred animal: rat
Colors: black, peach, crimson

Zer-Nim is a feared god. Zer-Nim’s priests study diseases and other related phenomena. Zer-Nim’s blessing is ending things so that new things may begin.


Titles: Daysinger, Sender of News
Symbols: winds, sunrises, blowing horns
Domain: day, passion, movement, winds
Opposite: Darsilis
Virtue: action
Sacred animal: rabbit
Colors: light green, grey, brown

God of travelers, messengers and others who move around. Eil-Gann’s priests often travel the lands and bring news and stories. Eil-Gann’s blessing is winds from the right directions.

Heroes and ancestors

Every tribe has ancestors. However, it can happen that a departed elder is so respected and revered that the tribe wants to listen to their wisdom in the future. For that is a custom that Lir-Neth’s priests may ask the ancestor to stay on the tribe’s request. Since the ancestor’s body is still meant for death, their soul departs into one of the tribe’s sacred places to be a voice in the wind. Often there is more than one ancestor in such places. They do not stay forever, but depart when they feel they have given all their wisdom to the tribe.

While all know that the ancestors are in the sacred place, one should not speak or make jokes of them. They are spoken of like the other ancestors, who remain in the tribe’s memory through stories.

There are heroes who earn a place in the tribe’s memory with a legendary deed. They are brought as examples to the youngsters of the tribe and are a source of great pride. Some may choose to make their way according to their historical deeds and to uphold their principles. Such a choice is however quite private and is marked by carrying an item that reminds the bearer of their example.

Becoming a priest

Any adult unmarried alenti can become a priest, with the exception of moroia, lagars and wulvers. For this they must first speak to the priests of their chosen god, who will test them. If they succeed in the tests, they become an initiate. An initiate must serve for at least a year, but usually for two-three years, until they have shown they call fulfil what is expected of them.

The requirements are following:

After this the initiate must complete a test. Nothing more is known about this test that to pass it one must use all their knowledge and skills. If the initiate fails, they are sent away from the temple and never taken as an initiate anywhere. Those who pass are named priest and receive the symbol and power of their god in a secret ceremony. A priest who has served for 30 years is called a high priest. A priest serves until their death. Every priesthood has titles they use amongst themselves. Regular people refer to priests as ‘Revered + their name’.

Every god’s priests have different tasks, but they are all united by their dedication to the gods and the wellbeing of society. An ideal priest inspires people around them and is an example of their god’s virtue. The priest themselves is not holy, except for their symbol.

The priest must follow their god’s example and tenets, or they may lose their powers for a short time or for good for a bigger transgression.

In conclusion

One may pray to whichever god for their blessings. Bringing a small offering to the temple and praying there is seen as more effective. Sometimes the priests may give the person a task to fulfil. It can mean a longer pilgrimage. A task may also be given if a priest feels during confession that the person has acted against the virtue of the particular god, and deserves a chance to make it right. After all aforementioned things priests also bless various items to be given as gifts during celebrations or for favors. After the peace treaty worship of the Imperial gods is also allowed in the Free Lands, but at this point only Leontites living in the Free Lands do it. At this moment they have no official temples.


The Free Lands does not have a permanent military. Most of the population knows how to fight to some degree and the army forms only at the king’s call to attack the Empire. The only professional warriors are the personal troops of clan and tribe chiefs.

The mustered army is organised into bands by clan and tribe. Custom has been that the clan chief names a war chief for the departing band.

The war chiefs follow the king and the war leader appointed by the king. Historically clan war chiefs were expected to follow a war chief appointed by the chief of their tribe, but this has changed during the years as the bands of different clans from the same tribe may fight in different places.

Every tribe has their own fighting tactics and weapons. Some tribes’ bands work better as scouts, others as front line attacker with their war steeds. The Freelanders are generally quite inventive with their attacks and use the tactics they have developed while warring with each other.

Border guard

The borders are usually guarded by the tribes who live there. After signing the peace treaty, however, the king formed separated border guard units out of volunteers from different tribes.

Anyone not an outlaw has the right to move in the border zone. Despite that most units tend to interrogate whichever wanderers they meet. The border guards also deal with smaller misdemeanors by fining the offenders. These fines go to supply the border guards.

The units work with the Imperial border patrol and there are mixed units that work in areas with mixed populations, like the border villages of Aren and Telit.


The society of the Free Lands is an amalgam of different tribes and societies that live apart, but join together at the king’s call. In the Free Lands all are equal and everybody can aspire to what they want to be.

Unlike the Empire, the Free Lands have no separate noble class.

Tribes and clans

The largest and most important unit of society is the tribe. The tribes are descended from the hundred bands that came east to create a different society than in the Empire. There are about a hundred tribes even now, but only ten are markedly large. The tribes usually live on their own, but join when the king calls. The tribe is led by the tribe chief.

The clan is a small part of the tribe. A clan is usually considered to be a group of people who live in the same place for most of the time. Clans are led by clan chiefs, who also obey the tribe chief. Clans are mostly important inside the tribe, those outside the tribe do not usually pay much attention to them.

Every tribes has their own legends and sacred places, their own traditions and trades. There are very large tribes and very small ones. A tribe exists as long as it can sustain the next generation. In the beginning there were more tribes, since the legendary band leaders did not always agree with their followers, but none have disappeared recently. No new tribes have appeared either. The creation and dissolution of clans is likelier to happen since tribal borders move and some places are left behind to be returned to twenty years later.

The tribes do go to war with one another, but such conflicts are meant to be friendly and to test the troops. There are however tribes who do not speak to one another and avoid one another even in Cairlinn Tor. Such conflict and true war inside a tribe is not allowed, and those who ignore this law, are punished severely. All such conflicts must be forgotten if the king calls for war against the Empire.

10 most important tribes

More tribes: Azen, Darais, Kathen, Kerr, Lugen, Magar


A society is a collection to people with similar interests and knowledge. Just like tribes, there are many societies, those with the most members are given below. Societies have formed over the years and they all have different locations. Each society has their secrets and while they work to benefit the Free Lands, they keep what is theirs close.

Societies also help to keep communication between tribes open. Even if the tribes of two members of the same society are at war, the members may not join the conflict, at least not opposite their fellow society members. For many their society is more important than their tribe. Societies also have their hierarchies and titles which are used in communication between members.

One must join a society on their own. This means finding the closest location of the particular society and requesting to join. Each society gives the person their tests and one must complete these tests to join. Sometimes a very skilled person catches the attention of a society and they are asked to join, but this is rare.

Societies do expel members: those who betray the society or attack a fellow member. It often means a mark of shame from the society. This decision is made by the leader or the council of the society.

The bigger societies


Others and their treatment

The attitude towards moroia, lagars and wulvers in the Free Lands is different from the attitude in the Empire. There is no enforced registration and usually beings with different conditions are allowed to live whereever they wish. Many of them have also used their powers to fight the Empire.

The Old Blood do not enjoy such a positive attitude as in the Empire, but they are also let to exist as they wish.

Law and punishment

The Free Lands law system was kept by voice for years. Only a few hundred years ago the Codex was created at the order of King Rihen. The Codex was carved into stone in Cairlinn Tor and it has remained more of less unchanged all these years. Each tribe’s elders and Ban-Mawr’s priests keep the written record of the Codex.

There are monthly clan meetings for matters of justice, led by elders. In these meetings crimes are judged, conflicts resolved and sentences given. The elders may ask advice from the ancestors. The sentence for criminal deeds is either a fine or being declared outlaw. Two thirds of the fine is paid to the aggrieved, the final third goes to the judges. One may be made outlaw for a certain amount of time or for good. The outlaw is branded with the shame mark. No one may aid the outlaw or talk to them, and there is no punishment for killing them.

More complex cases or those that involve many tribes who cannot agree, are resolved at the Landsmeet in Cairlinn Tor under the judgement of the king.

Upon confusion about law the elders may consult the ancestors, many of whom remember precedents and old principles of law.

Civil cases are usually settled outside the clan meeting (or the elders declare it so). The solution is a trial – the exact nature of it is agreed on by the people involved or by a third neutral party, usually an elder. If the offense is clearly on one person, the sentence may also be physical punishment.

The trial needs at least three witnesses, one from each side and one neutral witness, usually an elder or a priest of Ban-Mawr. For a more serious conflict the trial may be combat, but it may only be fought to the death if the parties are from different tribes. It is believed that through the trial the gods give victory to the one in the right.

Seeing the punishment through is not the responsibility of the elders or the chief, it is usually given to the family or the clan of the aggrieved. If needed the punishment may be ordered by the tribe chief but that is uncommon.

The king may pardon whoever is sentenced, but most of those cases reach their attention.

The most depraved of criminals, declared traitors by the king, are sent to the Hunger Islands to live.