Shattered Swords of Hyboria
Crime and Punishment
Crime: the definition of what is considered a crime depends upon where you are in the Hyborian world. However, punishment tends to be (for the most part) brutal no matter the country:
Punishments: Punishments for breaking the king’s peace are harsh to the point of savagery. People found guilty of minor crimes are fined, dragged along the ground by a horse, blinded or put into stocks but woe to those found guilty of something serious. Serious crimes can offer punishments such as being blinded, hanged, having limbs or extremities cut off or execution, often via beheading. Thieves can expect to have their hands cut off. People who hunt in the lord’s forests illegally have their ears cut off. Public executions are common in Aquilonia for robbery, rustling, treason and murder. These executions attract large crowds and most are carried out by a headsman. Executions often begin with a public display of torture (meant as a deterrent), such as being partially hung, then disembowelled, then castrated. Once the display of torture is finished, the doomed is beheaded and his head is placed on a pole while his limbs are dispatched to the places affected by his actions. Most towns have a gibbet outside of it. People are hung on them and their bodies are left hanging for weeks as a warning. Few places imprison criminals as a punishment. Upkeep is simply too expensive for that; it is cheaper to execute or mutilate someone. Many courts punish those who accuse others but are unable to prove their cases.