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ShadowKing
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Posted - 20 Jun 2019 :  14:58:56  Show Profile Send ShadowKing a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I read in the old Faiths & Pantheons the clergy of Helm would give refuge to anyone who seeks sanctuary within the walls of their fortified churches, persecuted and criminally accused alike.
Is a common practice for persecuted people to seek refuge in churches, particularly those of their patron deities?
The Helmites turn over those running from the authorities to local law enforcement but they ensure a fair and just trial.
What about neutral or chaotic churches without strict obligations to the local autothorities? Is it possible for them to deny arrests, trials or executions of refuges or followers of their Deities?

Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Jun 2019 :  19:42:15  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would imagine that it varies from place to place, and on the deity, as well.

I would think that most churches would only protect their followers or those whose "crimes" matched the deity's portfolio... But even with that caveat, it's also going to depend on the local authorities. Good and lawful realms are going to be more willing to work with the churches of good and lawful deities, for example.

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ShadowKing
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Posted - 20 Jun 2019 :  23:50:13  Show Profile Send ShadowKing a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In my campaign, there is a specific dispute happening in Waterdeep.
A worshipper of Tempus has killed several innocent servants of a noble family in his attempt to avenge the assassination of a friend.
The church of Tempus has a feud with this noble family for old offences and would benefit from the unmasking of their recent crime.
At the same time, the legal authorities of the city want to punish by death the killer of the innocent servants of the nobles.
In this situation, is it an option for the worshipper of Tempus to ask the clergy of his God for refuge in the temple?
Is it conceivable for the clergy to protect a killer because of his faith and in the name of their long term goals?
Is it acceptable for the authorities of the city that a killer escapes justice due to the protection of a temple?
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George Krashos
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Australia
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Posted - 21 Jun 2019 :  08:40:50  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes.
Yes.
No.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus

Edited by - George Krashos on 21 Jun 2019 08:41:14
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George Krashos
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Posted - 21 Jun 2019 :  08:41:38  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes.
yes.
No.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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