Uniformity of Law
Pallonic law is meant to keep the laws uniform, though because of the powers of the Order of Rule, regional variations do exist.
All executive, legislative, and judicial powers reside in the hands of members of the Order of Rule. The remaining three Orders exist to support (and in some ways limit) the powers of the Lords. Laws in Worlorn, as in Pallon, take on a territorial nature because each Lord holds authority over his dominion. The glue that allows them to share common legal philosophies is termed Pallonic Law. Because the rank of a Lord determines his power with respect to other Lords, higher ranking Lords will often dictate the precedence to lower ranking Lords. Essentially this means that the laws of most dominions, especially those concerning nobles, have been shaped by the decisions of the King.
A major responsibility of the Hierophants is to record the decisions made in court cases (i.e. they keep the written version of Pallonic Law). Thus a Hierophant must always be present when a judgment is passed. A Lord will often consult with the Hierophants in weighing a decision for complex or touchy cases.
A Lord may also grant judicial powers to a member of any order. In this case, appeals can be made to the Lord himself. Appeals can also be made against the decision of a Lord to a higher- ranking Lord, but only nobles are permitted to do so.
Punishment for most crimes is a fee, usually in chattel. For serious crimes, such as oathbreaking and murder, capital punishment may be meted out by the lord of the victim. In Goertha hanging is practised, but bodily mutilation is rare. (Contrast this with the more 'civilized' Ralubians, who commonly practice torture and perform amputations and executions by the sword or axe).
Average. The people are allowed to carry light arms, bows, and polearms if they are in a militia. Members of the Order of War and soldiers under their command can carry anything they please, at any time except when under the jurisdiction of a member of the Order of Rule who says otherwise.