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Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr Law
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Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr LawThe_Penguin 01-12-2015

*These broken and shattered tablets were put before the chief archeologist Grugnir Mudfoot. The dwarf spitted in anger: “I am not interested in this blasphemy! Halfbreeds! Violators of our traditions!” He then calms down a bit and starts examining the pieces of stone. His fascination grew as he kept reading.*

When Hashut, the great Chaos god, who decreed the fate of the land known as Badlands, called Zharr-Naggrund by his illustrious name, made it great on earth, and founded an everlasting kingdom in it, whose foundations are laid so solidly as those of heaven and earth; then this code of laws was given as the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers, be them of dwarven, manling, greenskin or other origin; so that the weak should not harm the strong; so to enlighten the land, to further the well-being of Dawi-Zharr.

*Many of the tablets are broken or burned beyond repair, but some fragments of the text are still readable*

If any Dawi-Zharr enslave another, either for a debt or during a war, but he can not provide for the slave and the latter dies without proper contribution to the domain and the ziggurat building, then the slaver shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr bring an accusation of any crime before the Prophet, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.

If he satisfy the Prophet to impose a fine of slaves or money, he shall receive the fine that the action produces.

If a Prophet try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the ziggurat, and never again shall he be listened to.

If any Dawi-Zharr steal the property of a temple, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr buys from the son or the slave of another dwarf, without witnesses or a contract, silver or gold, a male or female slave, an ox or a sheep, an ass or anything, or if he take it in charge, he is considered a thief and shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr steal cattle or sheep, or an ass, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a god or to the Ziggurat, the thief shall pay thirtyfold therefor; if the thief has nothing with which to pay he shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr lose an article, and find it in the possession of another: if the person in whose possession the thing is found say "A merchant sold it to me, I paid for it before witnesses," and if the owner of the thing say, "I will bring witnesses who know my property," then shall the purchaser bring the merchant who sold it to him, and the witnesses before whom he bought it, and the owner shall bring witnesses who can identify his property. The judge shall examine their testimony -- both of the witnesses before whom the price was paid, and of the witnesses who identify the lost article on oath. The merchant is then proved to be a thief and shall be put to death. The owner of the lost article receives his property, and he who bought it receives the money he paid from the estate of the merchant.

If any Dawi-Zharr takes a male or female slave of the Ziggurat, or a male or female slave of a free dwarf, outside the city gates, without war or crime of dept, he shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr receives into his house a runaway male or female slave, and does not bring it out at the public proclamation, the master of the house shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr find runaway male or female slaves in the open country and bring them to their masters, the master of the slaves shall pay him full price as for the new slave.

If the slave will not give the name of the master, the finder shall bring him to the palace; a further investigation must follow, and the slave shall be returned to his master.

If he hold the slaves in his house, and they are caught there, he shall be put to death.

If any Dawi-Zharr break a hole into a house (break in to steal), he shall be put to death before that hole and be buried.


*“Hey! Are there any other pieces like these?” shouted Grugnir over his shoulder. “Yes, plenty, boss!” the sneaky git hobgoblin graciously made a deep bow. “Lots! When da ork boys start killing squarebeards in the mine, I kill the Dawi boss and take this. He was, like you, collected da old stones with scratching!” The dwarf shot an angry look at the hobgoblin. “Imbecile! This tablets are priceless! Bring me more and you’ll get more gold!”*


"But we, your brethren, scorned the Ancestor gods, and mocked your foolish rune rituals, and preferred instead our bull god Hashut. Who can blame us if it were you and your gods who left us?"

Golden Sands Desert Dwarfs

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RE: Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr LawAdmiral 01-12-2015

This is a great excerpt of law code, not least because it is inspired by ancient Mesopotamian variants. Nice stuff! Takes Hat off

However, for Chaos Dwarfs a more common capital punishment than execution would be enslavement into the ranks of the Infernal Guard (the Chaos Dwarf variant of Dwarf Slayers). This is not because Dawi Zharr are merciful, on the contrary, but because their empire exists in  the perilous Dark Lands and it would not have stood the test of time without cynical exploitation of resources and preservation of their own numbers. Shamed Dwarfs are allowed to seek their death, but shamed Chaos Dwarfs are kept alive in their inner torment as warrior slaves inside heavy suits of armour.

As such, the utterly shameful and degrading servitude in the Infernal Guard (where there are no hats!) would likely show up a lot in Chaos Dwarf law codes. Of course, written theory might differ from actual practice, and laws demanding execution might actually be interpretted, through some quirky interpretation and decree of some Sorcerer-Prophet, to allow for the masters of the criminal to enslave him into the Infernal Guard rather than having him put to death.


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RE: Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr LawThe_Penguin 01-12-2015

Oh, I never knew that, to my shame.  Thank you very much for letting me know. Cheers! I'll make sure to study their laws and culture more thoroughly.

Let's just say that these were ancient tablets from the dawn of the CD Empire: when they could afford to kill a lot of their own, and haven't yet invented such a (much more) cruel punishment. Big Grin

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RE: Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr LawAdmiral 01-12-2015

Haha, that's a nice take on it. Happy

The Infernal Guard info can be found in Tamurkhan (recently discontinued) and on Forgeworld's website. FW really came up with some brilliantly presented fluff for Dawi Zharr.


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