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The Drownings were a form of punishment for crimes used in the city of Letheras as well as a spectacle. The basic idea was that an accused criminal was weighed down with their fine, attached to a rope (for the later retrieval of the fine money) and forced to swim the Quillas Canal. The amount of weight attached to the criminal was proportional to the crime. Should that criminal emerge from the other side of the canal intact, they were free to go, though usually they drowned.[1]

The canal was about one hundred paces wide. Those who failed to survive had their corpse dumped back into the river, which led to the saygin "Guilty as sludge".

Given the relative rarity of a successful crossing, the Drownings also became the subject of many wagers by the residents of the city.

Two notable exceptions were Ublala Pung (4300 docks in fines) and Shurq Elalle (200 docks in fines). Because of his Tarthenal heritage (having four lungs) Ublala was simply able to walk across on the bottom of the canal dragging his weights due to his sheer size and strength. Shurq did drown, but a curse prevented her from actually dying, so she emerged undead.

Fines Edit

Crime Fine for men Fine for women
Theft 500 docks 250 docks
Kidnapping 500 docks 250 docks
Failure to repay a debt 500 docks 250 docks
Damage to property 500 docks 250 docks
Murder 500 docks 250 docks
Embezzlement 300 docks 150 docks
Assault without cause 300 docks 150 docks
Cursing in public upon the names of the Empty Throne, the king or the queen 300 docks 150 docks
Loitering 100 docks 50 docks
Voiding in public 100 docks 50 docks
Disrespect 100 docks 50 docks

Wagers Edit

Wagers were taken for not only actual Drownings, but also Risings, Flailings, Flounderings, and Vanishings.


Notes and referencesEdit

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