Law and Order


The town within the wall is generally considered to be law abiding, and serious street level criminality is uncommon and unwelcome. Visitors to the town's markets and less savoury hostelries may well find themselves victims of petty theft such as pickpocketing, but a percentage of those light fingered types seem to travel into the town to perpetrate their larcenies. There is a holding cell at each of the town gates in which to detain those undesirables that are caught attempting to pass through, and most evenings there will be the odd crook held overnight, but there is no prison of which to speak. After a few violent criminals were exiled beyond the North Gate during the war, the deterrent was sufficiently etched as a reminder of the cost of lawlessness.

It had been a proposal to turn the former army garrison into a prison after the war, an idea which gained much popular support, but in the end it became the Monastery.

Outside the town walls is not a hive of lawlessness as some would claim, but its adherence to order is a lot less stringent and a level of black marketeering is not only common, it is bordering on blatant as the canny observer would doubtless note. Again, there is a holding cell within the Harbourmaster's Tower, but this one is used less frequently than one might expect.

Violent crime beyond post alcohol dust-ups isn't often seen in the streets of New Elysium, and that that is witnessed doesn't go unpunished.

Like in most large conurbations there is tell of a lawless ratfolk underhive thriving and multiplying beneath those streets, but few would testify to having been there and seen it for themselves. Whether it exists or not, it is regarded as a fiction by many, used as a racial scapegoat by the more disingenuous, and by some a mythological threat to keep wayward children in check by parents across the town. Despite the stories, there has never been an incidence of a swarming ratfolk enclave engulfing the surface streets of any town in the known world, but that's unlikely to silence the propagandists.

The general honesty of the majority of the townsfolk doesn't always appear to be held in a similar high regard by the ruling body, and many of the dealings at council level appear short on integrity from the external observer's perspective, a situation exacerbated by the disappearance of Chancellor Gregory and his armed escort some months ago.