Sorry, I wasn't clear, what about the business we were building?
Regarding the placement of the buildings in the grid. if I'm not mistaken it's not possible to move buildings around, like in videogames, buildings are to be flattened and rebuild, with relevant costs.
So we should plan how to develop, taking also in acount that we have a river to the east and a lake to the south, so we can go only go northwest.
(on a side note, on the grid-doc there is a building near the lake, what's that?)
Yes, the right down grid will most likely be the eventual waterfront, and I was thinking the upper right could be the next two houses, plus a shop and an inn.
Next to the two houses already built, a market would be good.
Do you mean the one in the left down square? That's the foundry, or did you mean something else entirely?
Well, Dolgym IS the magister, at least for now.
If you don't want the position, we can look for a replacement later.
Yes, it's not really my area either, and I don't want it to become something that would bog the story down either.
I'm happy to gloss over it, because this could get reeeeaaaallly in the weeds, but I could talk about this stuff all day. Sonya's very invested in the conversation- if we work out OOC what we want, she could just work with Senis to draft the basis for the kingdom's laws then present them to the Council for approval.
Do we have any non-negotiable laws we want? The basics are easy- don't murder, don't rape, don't steal. But is it murder if you're defending yourself? Where's the line for a reasonable belief that you're defending yourself? Is it okay for people to walk around with deadly weapons all the time or does that encourage people to murder each other?
What's the role of government in people's lives? What do we do with the taxes we collect? Keep the roads paved, defend the walls with our militia, but are we justified in spending tax money on commercial interests that will compete with private businesses (i.e.- a kingdom-built Mill or Inn competing against a privately build Mill or Inn)? Is it okay to spend taxes on expansionary military action or is the military for self-defense only?
What kind of commercial laws do we have?
I see 'no slavery', but what about serfdom or share cropping or indentured servitude or the kingdom using prisoners to perform unpaid manual labor? What about commercial or private debt that might lead to a person never being able to get out of debt? Do we allow people to collect interest or do we think usury should be a crime?
How does the King get chosen? Is Green's bloodline the only royal bloodline and his family will be his heirs? If Green dies without issue, does the Council choose a new King? Do we have nobles who might also have a claim for the kingship?
Who owns the land? The King, the Council, nobles, private citizens? Can people sell rights to 'their' land (i.e.- sell the right to mine the minerals under the land to dwarves or kobolds or sell the rights to all the trees on their land to a logging company)? If private citizens can own land, what if that conflicts with the kingdom's interests (for example, somebody sells their forest to a bunch of fey who end up hostile to the Council).
The authority of the courts is important- are they elected or appointed? If appointed, appointed by King, Council, church, someone else? Do they have authority over religious conflicts?
Are there any other ways to defend yourself from charges? Can you ask for trial by combat or ordeal? Are there religious officials you can appeal to if you don't want to be tried by secular judges?
Do we have freedom of religion? If so, how far does that extend- do we accept Asmodeus, Razmir, Hanspur, Gyronna, etc., and only punish people if they cross secular laws?
Honestly, stuff like this is very interesting to me but it's a rabbit hole that can go in a million different directions and we could spend years trying to model a decent legal system.
TL;DR Right now, since we're looking at Kinsilvi's trial coming up, we need to establish 1) who tries him (is trial by combat okay, who's the judge, if there's a jury/who's in the jury) and 2) what kind of 'crimes' we can try him for.
I don't think it would be unreasonable to make people buy a licence to be allowed to wear weapons in cities, and we could also institute a peace string rule for people not in the watch or military.
I can see indentured servitude being an alternative to prison and the like, but we should establish a time limit, and a small stipend they will be paid, so they don't have to resort to crime once their time is up.
Haha, you've done quite a bit of thinking here haven't you?
I've just been asked to cover for someone who's scheduled to teach a seminar next week, so I'm going to be out until Monday the 8th. Sorry for the short notice.