Crime and Punishment
A dreaded creature by the name of Locket acted as Grand Voice and ruler of the Kivouack for the longest period of recorded time. Her genes were strong and her intellect mighty. She was the only Kivouachian that struck terror into all of her kind, even both Ludwig and Lucy Lacemaker. Her leadership kept the Kivouack in tune and the non-living would deny her effectiveness at this. Locket's reign began with the death of her mother, Freyda. Upon her defeat, Locket's leadership began, and many laws came into effect. Laws that nurtured the continued variegation of their race. At this point, the Kivouack entered the golden age of 'Locket's Law,' an age that bred the strongest of their kin and paved the way for discovery and knowledge.
In the Kivouack before Locket, there was little concept of law, their world was governed by strength and biological power, but Locket made sure to refine these qualities. Their breed became highly adept at many high forms of debate, philosophy and social structures. Their society welcomed the killing of those weaker, as this acted as a natural selection pressure to keep their species refined.
The violation of the living and the dead was also lawful, provided the creature proved its dominance over the other. The boundaries of Kivouack law were designed to keep this process intact and pure. Cowardice and acts of a similar pallet were frowned upon by Locket's political class, and any creature suspected of these activities would be brought before The Voice of the Court for an analysis of the case, judgment and finally, punishment. Punishments would vary depending on the crime. A creature named Nathanial served as Voice of the Court until his defeat at the hands of Lucy Lacemaker. His downfall was beautifully orchestrated by a young and cunning Fontaine, along with his old friend and political ally, Sombra. After Lucy’s appointment, Nathanial was given the usual treatment; he was first beheaded, then his body was contorted and used as an ornament for Lucy’s court. His body remained there until the very end, along with all the others who failed Locket in their duties.
Under Lucy Lacemaker, the Kivouack saw a rise in effectiveness in courtatious affairs and so Locket's Law became stronger, not only in concept, but in execution. The punishments for crimes against Locket's Law were thought up by Locket herself, and there was no end to her imagination.
A dishonorable creature who saw fit to flee from combat would be subject to this punishment. They would forever be marked. Losing their colour forever.
Loss of sight:
This would be a consequence of entering a district beyond one's station. The creature would either have their bodies weakened at a cellular level, long enough for their eyes to be damaged beyond repair, or have their eyes torn out and burned, thus preventing regeneration. They would then be tossed back into the world to adapt or die.
Loss of limp:
A similar process would await those who attempt to heal a wounded creature. The act of weakening the gene pool would warrant in a limb, or several, being permanently removed. This punishment was also used for those who failed in punctuality.
Creatures who were too weak to survive in the cities and wanted to hold on to their lives, made contracts with the stronger of their kind. They would be protected, but would compensate this protection with a lifetime of servitude. Many of them were killed anyway. They were also forbidden to mate.
Death or Banishment:
The Madness Frontier was the place between the cities of the Kivouack, a place without logic or any form of bondage to understanding. If a creature was considered too violent or out of control, that lack of self control would result in a lifetime of wandering the Madness Frontier, or a death sentence. The Kivouachians prized intelligence just as much as physical brutality. If a creature was lacking in its cerebral abilities to the point of annoyance, they would simply be removed from society.
Those creatures who threatened the natural order of the Kivouack were sentenced to the worst punishment of all. Humiliation. This would include; disobeying a higher authority, acts of rebellion or treason. Their heads would be removed and kept as trophies while their bodies would be contorted into shameful positions of weakness, finally being displayed throughout the districts. Without the head, a Kivouachian body still remains alive and active in a consistent state of unconsciousness, awaiting the return of its mind. As a result, their humiliation would last an eternity as they literally became ornaments to be gawked at by their peers. This would act as a warning to the inhabitants of the Underbirth, not to oppose Locket's Law.
Grand Voice Locket ushered in an age of knowledge, discovery and evolution that lasted billions of years. The introduction of Locket's Law certainly brought the Kivouack to greatness and the eventual abandonment of it paved the way for its destruction. Many creatures such as Lucy Lacemaker and Helgan still live by Locket's Law in present times. They believe that the old ways of Locket were cruel and barbaric, yet required. By the time of Ludwig’s appointment as Grand Voice, Locket's Law was a relic of the past, and a new way of life was needed if they were to survive in their new Simian home, our Earth. The destruction of the Kivouack left many resentful and angry, watching their home turn to star dust and flaming meteors was certainly a traumatic experience for these archaic creatures. Most certainly, the Kivouack went out with a 'Big Bang.'
Frequently Asked Questions
Did they have prisons?
Absolutely not. Locket refused to waste resources feeding and harbouring those who she deemed to be useless to her society.
How was the law enforced? -
The law was enforced by the Yolsh, a tyrannical fighting force formed by Winifred.
How was Lockets Law viewed? -
Locket was viewed with controversy at first, but after the application of Locket's Law, she was almost universally accepted.
How were criminals viewed? -
Criminals were treated individually, some were hated, others were well liked. Fontaine was very popular.
Did they have a jury? -
No, the judgement was left to the Voice of the Court.
Were the accused allowed a defence? -
Yes, but they had to represent themselves.
. Criminal trials would last mere hours and there would be thousands, back to back.
. Lucy Lacemaker would have to forgo sleep for copious amounts of time during court.
. Lucy Lacemaker enjoyed her job and continues to miss it.
. Locket also loved court, as did Winifred.
. The Grand Court was designed by Locket herself.
. Sombra was present in all courtatious affairs.
. The court was not open to the general population.
. All political happenings took place in a district called the Thumme.