Laws of the City of Tor

Laws/Rules City of Tor, version 02132021

** NOTE: CITY LAW PERTAINS TO ALL THINGS IC (IN CHARACTER). ALL LAW are UPHELD BY CITY OFFICIALS; COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE SCARLET CASTE WORK TOGETHER TO UPHOLD THE LAW OF THE CITY. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT OBEY THE WORD OF THE LAW WILL BE DEALT WITH IN AN IC MANNER, UNLESS IN THEIR BREAKING OF LAW, THEY ALSO BREAK AN OOC (OUT OF CHARACTER) RULE – AS SPECIFIED IN THE WELCOME NOTE. BE AWARE ALL RULES AND LAWS ARE GENERAL GUIDELINES AND ANY DISPUTES WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL AND REVIEWED. **
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Table of Contents:
General Rules
SECTION A
The Law: Rights of a Slave
SECTION B
The Law: Slave and Ownership
SECTION C:
The Law: The Rights of the Free
SECTION D
The Law: Criminal
SECTION E
The Law: Free Companionship
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GENERAL RULES:

1) The MARKET is to be considered a Safe Zone. Once you TP down to the gates of the city you are no longer in the Safe Zone.

1.2.) We do not RP fights in the Safe Zones and we will enforce the defense of the Laws, the city, the Sim, and the Gorean principles if needed. Be careful or your RP will be considered invalid or the action of the defensive forces extended to that zone, therefore, deemed to be fought, captured and imprisoned, force-collared, ejected, or/and banned. Do not run into Safe Zones for safety.

2) Grieving or bad behavior will be met with ejection or/and banning;

You do not have to wear a meter in the market but is mandatory to wear one if you leave this area.

REMEMBER:

** – ONCE YOU LEAVE THE AREAS ABOVE MENTIONED YOU ARE UNDER THE SIM LAWS/RULES.**
** Flying, Jumping, or any types of unnatural fighting tricks are not allowed in Tor. Please do not teleport out of the roleplay area, return to the main gate.**

3) Tor is a no raid sim. Raids and attacks are not welcome within the city. The city boundaries are protected against warfare. The Library and the Living facilities are neutral grounds.

4) All visitors to the city will be asked to disarm themselves but the sword of the Free Man or the concealed dagger for FW are allowed.

4.1.) Ranged weapons taken into the city are deemed as disrespectful from the bearers towards the city authorities, therefore putting them at the risk of enforcement of the laws.

5) NO FLY SIM. This is a “no-fly zone”, and also includes tarns or any other type of flying animal as well as people (this is the desert … just too hot for Tarns to fly). This is a no jump/ no sliding sim. Constant jumping and a mod will declare you ejected and/or banned.

6) The palace is OFF LIMITS – only authorized and escorted visits are allowed there and it is our right to not allow it. Breaking this rule is an offense to the city.

6.1. Do not enter closed doors. Closed doors mean that that building is reserved. The areas above roleplay shops are reserved as living quarters and therefore off-limits unless invited by the owner. Slaves do not enter the private residences of Free that are not their private Masters.

7) Entering the city as a visitor and acting mouthy, disrespectfully, mistreating citizens, threatening and in general, showing bad behavior or rezzing strange prims will deem you as a foe and/or griefer, resulting in ejection and banning.

8.) GOREAN SANCTUARY: Unless the Laws of Gor, the sim or of the city are broken, visitors can feel safe while in Tor.

9) Panthers and Talunas are only allowed in the city to trade their goods. As with No. 4, weapons are to be removed.

10) Veils are mandatory by the FW. Hair MUST be covered, or in an updo, any hair down or in a ponytail etc will be considered as slave-like and put you at risk of being collared.

11) NO VOICE SIM. Installation or use of a listening device or tracker, including voluntary use by a slave, submissive, or another person, is a felony (by SL TOC’s). Just do NOT use any. This does not apply to the mapping function provided to all residents by the Lindens, which is naturally allowed.

VISITORS: If you have questions ask in IM. The City is a strict roleplay area. Do not hassle with questions – we will be pleased to explain. We do RP Gorean knowledge teaching so we don’t mind teaching.

SECTION A
The Law: Rights of a Slave:

1.0 There are two basic legal statuses on Gor: free and slave. Unless you are legally owned, you are considered technically free, even if you are a prisoner, captive, or outlaw. As a free person, you possess legal rights that slaves do not.

1.0.1 LEGALLY, SLAVES ARE CONSIDERED PROPERTY, ON THE SAME LEVEL AS DOMESTIC ANIMALS. THEIR OWNER MAY DO ANYTHING THEY WISH TO THEM WITHOUT REPERCUSSION. SLAVES DO NOT POSSESS ANY RIGHTS INSOFAR AS THE WORD OF THE LAW.

1.1 The owner of a slave has absolute control over his or her slave. A slave is expected to follow and obey every order their Master/Mistress gives. Slaves following the order of their Owner are responsible for their actions and cannot be punished for following these orders. Any consequence as a result of following their Owner’s order resides upon the Owner and the slave. This is the life of a slave; you follow the orders of your Master/Mistress without question knowing it could cost you your own neck.

1.2 Owners are responsible for the actions of their slaves. Penalties will be applied for the misbehavior of a slave; determined by a Praetor.

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SECTION B
The Law: Slave and Ownership:

1.0 All owners have the right to restrict their slaves from use in any way that they please. This, however, does not give permission for a slave to behave inappropriately. The actions of the slave are the responsibility of the Owner. Any improper behavior that comes from a slave can result in the owner of the slave being held responsible for that behavior. An owner who refuses to punish a restricted slave may be subjected to a fine, or possible further disciplinary action depending on the severity of the slaves’ offense. Judgment is to be ruled by the Praetor.

1.0.1 The owner of a slave who is punished or damaged at the hands of free acting beyond the restrictions of the owned slave, may request monetary compensation for the damage done to the slave. In the case of monetary compensation, the value of the slave is to be determined by the Master Slaver of the city, after which, a Praetor may make a ruling as to the amount of compensation to be given.

1.0.2 All Free may punish a slave who disrespects them in any way. Punishment of the slave must fall within the restrictions set by the owner of the slave. This is Gor, All Free may punish a slave, if you restrict your slave to only the Owner can punish, keep her in your living area as any Free may punish a slave.  Keep your restrictions to believable, to Gorean standards.

1.0.3 The owner of a slave who has been punished by someone other than the owner — in the case of a City Slave, this is the Master Slaver — has a right to demand compensation if he or she feels that the punishment dealt was damaging to his/her property. Such instances should be brought forth before the Praetor.

1.1 The owner of a slave has the right to change a slave’s name at will. “Indeed, from the Gorean point of view, one of the most fearful things about slavery is that one loses one’s name. That name which he has had from birth, by which he has called himself and knows himself, that name which is so much a part of his own conception of himself, of his own true and most intimate identity, is suddenly gone.” (Outlaw of Gor, p.197)

1.2 Any free citizen of Tor has the right to collar a slave who is within the city without a collar in the name of the city and have the first claim on that slave. In the case where a member of the scarlet caste is present, the member of the scarlet caste is within his rights to lay claim to a slave before a citizen, but only when collaring in the name of the city.

1.3 An owner has the right to free his/her slave. Should this occur, the freed slave must be given papers as proof of their being freed. After being freed, the slave is no longer a slave and has all the rights of a free citizen. However, they cannot claim a high caste.

1.3.1 Any free citizen may question a former slave for documentation supporting the former slaves being freed. If the former slave fails to provide this documentation, a free citizen has the right to collar the former slave.

1.4 A free woman who cannot pay her own debts can be enslaved. Under the redemption laws, a person can pay the woman’s debts and thus claim ownership of her. That owner could free the woman if he so desired, or keep her as a slave.

1.4.1 A free woman may choose slavery over letting someone pay her debts, if this is done to repay the city then she becomes the property of the city, if this is done to settle a personal debt then she becomes the property of the free.

1.5 A child, born of a slave, becomes a slave and belongs to the mother’s owner. The key to this law is the status of the mother at the time of birth, not conception.

1.6 The rape of a slave without compensation to its owner is punishable by a fine of no less than than the maximum value of the slave’s use as ruled on by the Master Slaver or Praetor.

1.6.1 This compensation is not a way for free to ignore the restrictions put on the slave by their Master, and the offending free will be held accountable by law if the slave’s Master presses charges.

1.7 – “The collar, by Gorean law, canceled the past.” When a person is enslaved, they begin a new life as a slave and may not be held accountable for any crimes that occurred while they were free. Panthers and outlaws once collared are under this law as well.

1.8 A free man may enslave a free woman of his house if she has insulted or disrespected him.

1.9 A free man who is a citizen of Tor has the right to forcefully collar any uncollared woman should that woman display mannerisms that are fitting of a slave, such as acting in a provocative manner or wearing clothing that is in someway enticing and stirs the passion of the free man. If a Free Woman is forcefully collared in this manner, the Free Woman has the right to contest this collaring. If she chooses to contest the collaring, the Free Woman retains her rights as a Free until a ruling is given by the Praetor regarding the collaring.

1.9.1 A free woman has the right to contest forced collaring; this must be done with 5 days of forced collaring. To do so, she must go before the Praetor and plead her case. The Praetor will then make a ruling as to whether or not the woman may retain her free status.

2.0 The owner of a slave, not from Tor has 5 days to claim a runaway slave. If the owner of the slave does not claim the runaway slave within this time frame, the slave will become the property of the new owner or the city of Tor.

2.1 The owner of a slave has the right to enslave a Free Woman, should the Free Woman couch with the owned slave. An exception to this is if the Free Woman is the free companion of the Owner.

2.2 A Free Woman has the right to submit to a person of her choosing. In the event that a free woman should submit herself to a person in the absence of a condition of capture, the woman will be legally considered a slave should the person accept her submission. In the event that the person does not accept the submission of the free woman, she will retain her legal status as being free.

2.3 A free woman may do a form of limited self-contracting where she legally becomes a slave for a specific time period, commonly ranging from one night to one year. She cannot end this contract earlier than the specified time period. Once the contract takes effect, she becomes a slave with no legal powers at all.

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SECTION C:
The Law: The Rights of the Free.

1.0 Free Men have the right to bear any weapon(s) (‘ANY’ in this case, refers to any weapon that is permitted under the RULES of the SIM).

1.1 Free Women have the right to defend themselves with any weapon available to them. A free woman is permitted to carry a dagger or knife upon their person at all times. If attacked and she finds herself in need of a weapon to defend herself with, she may use any and all weapons available to her, but it must be RPed {e.g.} “she quickly searches the area for something to defend herself with, seeing a fallen warrior her eyes spot the fallen warriors blade, she scrambles to his side retrieving the weapon and raises it in her hands, ready to defend against her attackers”.

1.2 All citizens and their property are to be protected from unlawful search and seizure.

1.3 All citizens are guaranteed the right to retain legal counsel in judicial matters.

1.4 The lawful exercise and use of any citizen’s property by a said citizen shall not be inhibited.

1.5 All citizens will be free from undue harassment by the city or city officials.

1.6 Ownership of property is a right reserved for the free, be it citizens or otherwise within the jurisdiction of the city.

1.7 All persons shall be considered free and therefore possess the rights of the free if they are not legally owned. In the event of kidnapping or capture, the person will be considered free if they have not been branded, collared, or performed an act of submission. Upon branding, collaring, or willful submission, the individual’s legal status will then be that of a slave and they will lose all legal rights.

1.8 Tavern owners have the right to set rules for their Tavern. These rules can be enforced by those of the Scarlet Caste, or by any free person of the Tavern Owners choice. These rules can be, but are not limited to; the exclusion of a certain type of person, be it free man, free woman, or slave.

1.8.1 All tavern owners before implementing their rules must have them written in a scroll and approved by the Praetor and available from a vendor and/or posted outside for those wishing to enter the tavern.  These rules MUST also be presented to Bull Dog to be added to the Web Site.

1.9 Free Women have the right to go untouched and preserve their dignity. Any person who violates the dignity or freedom of a free woman may be executed by the city. Violations of a free woman include; face stripping, disrobing, forcing the free woman into areas of slave heat or areas where she may be captured and enslaved.
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SECTION D
The Law: Criminal

1.0 Crimes against the Home Stone, which might include, but are not limited to, theft of the Home Stone, vandalism of the Home Stone, treason, sedition, forgery of the city symbol on unapproved products, are subject to (but not limited to) exile, torture, and death by impaling.

1.2. The murder of a free is a capital offense. Each case will be judged on a case-by-case basis. The only justifiable cause for murder would be in the event of self-defense in which case the offending party will be pardoned and all charged cleared if the evidence supports such findings. The punishment for this may include, but it is not limited to, exile, torture, and death by impaling.

1.3. The killing of a slave by its owner is not a crime. The murder of a slave by someone other than its owner is punishable by monetary compensation to be paid to the owner or satisfaction by single combat.

1.4.0 The rape of any free woman of the city is punishable by torture and death by impaling. Free Companions are not subject to this law as it is impossible to rape one’s Free Companion.

1.4.1 Without the benefit of the process, forcefully disrobing or face-stripping a free woman may be punishable by exile, torture, death by impaling, or enslavement.

1.5. A first offense for theft is punishable by ear notching. The second offense is punishable by the removal of the offender’s right hand. The third offense is punishable by the removal of the left hand. A fourth offense is punishable by hamstringing. All thefts may be punishable by enslavement or exile from the city.

1.6. Vandalism of public property may be punishable by fines, torture, and death by impaling, or enslavement.

1.7. All Heralds, Messengers, Singers, Poets, Musicians, Players, and Ambassadors, are immune from enslavement for criminal offenses. Heralds, Messengers, and Ambassadors are subject to fines and banishment. Singers, Poets, Musicians, and Players are subject to torture, exile, and death by impaling.

1.8 Duels: A personal fight between two people may be arranged at any time. The stakes and victory conditions must be decided before combat begins, and a witness must be present. Mortal Duels must be approved by a Praetor. Duels that result in death that occur without being approved by a Praetor will be considered murder.
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SECTION E
The Law: Free Companionship

1. A Free Companionship lasts for a single year ((3 MONTHS REAL-TIME)). If it is not renewed at the end of that time, it dissolves. Slavery and death are possibilities of outcomes if the relationship dissolves earlier than that. A woman does not change her name in a Free Companionship unless she wishes. The contract can be willingly dissolved prior to the year-end if both parties so agree. Any man and any woman may join in a free companionship contract. A formal ceremony is not required, only the signing of official city documents. A woman may opt to take the caste of her companion. The children of any companionship remain with the father at the dissolution of the contract unless the father wishes to surrender the offspring, despite what is agreed upon in the contract.

2. Any free person may only have one free companion at any one time. The man and woman may own, separately or jointly, any slaves as long as the contract specifies clearly the disposition of these slaves. If there is no stipulation in the contract to state otherwise, jointly owned slaves automatically become the property of the man upon dissolution of the companionship.