The Twilight Accord
This is the roughest of rough drafts and is subject to change
These laws apply to the Forsaken, Pentacle Magi, the apostate magi, and the nameless magi, 3 praxes of vampires and the local freehold(s). Do NOT apply to Pure, Seers, Banishers, etc.
The laws of the person’s sphere apply, as well as the laws of the legal turf of another sphere
Defendant’s sphere does the justice part, plaintiff can present evidence
Plaintiff gets to know results, no one else has to
Get one appeal to plaintiff’s sphere
Has no say in strict monosphere affairs
Will have limited universal laws
Confederate system of strong states (Spheres) vs weak central government
Each sphere appoints an equal number of Arbiters to handle disputes and/or enact serious punishment
Turf must be registered with the Confederacy, directly or through sphere representatives
This document, fully confirmed and recognized, lays the foundation of a pact between the three Praxes of the Greater Chicago Area, the Tribes of the Moon, the Magi of the Pentacle orders, the apostates and the nameless of chicago, and the Lost of the Seasons. Until such a time that representatives from all signatories shall render this document null, the laws therein shall be in effect with all the weight of law, tradition, and symbolism.
The above named parties, hereby known as the signators plural, also referred to as interested parties or Confederates, have signed and ratified this agreement in ink, blood, spirit and faith.
Article I - Terms of Confederation
The Confederated parties shall be composed of the populations of the above named groups, willing or non. Each Confederated party is an entity of itself, fully independent in their own laws and customs, except wherein this document shall clarify. The laws and procedures set forth in this document shall be used as guidelines to enshrine a peaceful coexistence between all Confederated Parties, allowing for legal protection and the ability to receive justice across familial lines.
As described, the individual and sovereign laws of each Confederated party shall be protected and recognized. These laws are to be upheld upon both the individual and the locale. Members of a Confederated Party shall always be beholden to the laws of their own society. However, territories recognized as being the dominion of one of the Confederated parties, either in whole or under private ownership as recognized by that society’s laws, shall carry upon them the laws of the claimant society.
1. Wherein two sets of laws appear contradictory, this agreement grants primacy to the location. A member of one Society is not exempt from the laws of another by virtue of their own rules.
2. Whereas an individual may be considered to be acting lawfully within the terms of their current domain, this Confederation shall not protect them from any action taken by members of their own Society upon their return to neutral or protected domains.
3. A claimed domain shall be duly recognized and reported, if not directly to representatives of the Confederacy, then to proper authorities within one’s own society.
4. Claims of domain must be explicit in the realms of existence in to which they are effective. A claim of corporeal land does not in and of itself consist of a claim to overlapping realms.
Article II - Procedures
Should it be alleged that a member of a Confederated Party violate a law that is imposed by their own Society, than the matter shall be considered sovereign and not subject to these accords.
Violations of the law which violate either 1 - the laws of a valid domain or 2 – the laws of the Confederation itself, shall be judged and imposed by the Society of the violator, with the following caveats.
1.Any aggrieved party, typically the claimant of the domain upon which the law was violated, but possibly a third party member of member Society, shall be allowed to present evidence and speak on their own behalf.
2. Any findings of the sovereign tribunals, as well as punishments meted out by same, shall be made available knowledge to the aggrieved party. Beyond this, no public disclosure is necessary.
3. Any findings of sovereign tribunals, as well as the punishments meted out by same, may be appealed to representatives of the aggrieved party. Such appeals must be made within one lunar month of the finding. This appeal is to be made to the proper authority of a given Society for Confederation disputes.
4. Appealed decisions shall be reviewed by a panel of officials from all Confederated members. An appeal shall require a unanimous vote to overturn any decision rendered.
Article III – Judiciary Organization
I. This document allows for the creation of positions and organized bodies for the express intent of enforcing the guidelines present in the preceding articles.
II. All positions and groups created by this document shall require the membership of each Society.
a. Justicars are the highest level investigatory personnel involved in the Confederation. Justicars shall exist in multiples of four, always in equal representation from all Societies.
b. Justicars have the authority to place any individual in a member society into the custody of their Quartet pending the resolution of any pending investigation
c. Justicars are always to be organized into Quartets with each quartet being composed of a member of each Society.
d. An individual may not serve as a Justicar for more than one year and one day, and may not serve again for ten years and ten days.
e. Justicars are given investigatory power to question witnesses and determine evidence and provide same to Judges
f. Each society shall determine their own Justicars per their own design
a. Judges preside over all hearings and shall review any presented evidence to determine guilt or innocence. In findings of guilt, Judges shall determine an appropriate punishment
b. Judges shall exist in multiples of four, always in equal representation from all Societies.
c. All hearings shall be attended by judges representing all interested parties.
d. An individual may not serve as a Judge for more than one year and one day, and may not serve again for ten years and ten days.
e. Each society shall determine their own Judges per their own design
a. Legislators are a body of 20 individuals chosen from among the membership of the member Societies.
b. Legislators shall propose and amend the Articles or any specific laws by a vote of fifteen or more
c. Legislators shall meet on the first new moon of each year, as well as the summer solstice.
d. Each society shall determine their own Legislators per their own design
VI. Solemn Executioners
a. Solemn Executioners are temporary posts made of one Judge, one Justicar, and one Legislator.
b. The purpose of the Solemn Executioner is to inform any guilty part of their fate
c. The panel must be composed of members of each Society that the guilty party is not a member of
Article IV – Laws and Punishments
I. No individual found guilty to violating an accord may be punished in a manner which is invalid to a member of another Society
II. The use of Flame, Silver, Soul Theft/Destruction, and Cold Iron is forbidden in punishment
III. All sentences of Death must be reviewed by a second panel of Judges.
IV. No period of incarceration may last more than a mortal lifetime, to be defined as sixty years
V. The following laws shall be considered to exist above any laws of Society or Domain
a. The assault, murder, torture, magical manipulation, or spiritual damage of any Justicar, Judge, Legislator or Solemn Executioner, or evidence while in the process of their official duties
b. Acts of treason against the Twilight Accord
d. Attempts to destroy any plane of existence
VI. While serving out a punishment that disallows the ability to utilize the Supernatural abilities of any of the signators of the Twilight Accords, the following uses are allowed.
The use of supernatural ability in self defense of the body, mind, or soul.
The use of supernatural ability in the defense of a loved one or someone who is unable to defend themselves.
The involuntary use of supernatural abilities such as the supernatural senses of vampires, the regeneration of werewolves, and the senses of the magi.
The use of supernatural ability to heal mortal wounds.
The use of lethal supernatural force against those who stand against the accords, such as the Seers of the Throne, Banishers, The Pure, The Strix, The Gentry, and any others who may attempt, through either action or nature, to destroy, grievously harm, attack, or enslave any signatory of the accords and the chicago area.
The use of power to prolong their life span, whether or not this ability is involuntary, so long as this power does not greviously injure any party.