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Price of Adultery
DivorceProceedings

Type

Random Event

Adultery is one of the greatest crimes in Orlanthi such that it is within the clan ring's rights to outlaw the offender.

Event Dialogue

<X>, who married into your clan, now seeks a divorce.  She accuses her husband, <Y>, of taking a mistress.  "I don't know who he's been with, but I know he's been with someone--repeatedly!" She wishes to keep her bride price of <#> cows as a fine for adultery.  <X>'s kin from the <Z> clan are here to support her claim.
  1. Conduct a divination
  2. Outlaw <Y>, pay the bride price
  3. Outlaw <Y>
  4. Pay the bride price
  5. "Without proof of adultery, we can take no action."

King of Dragon Pass

Consequences

  • Most divinations will reveal that the husband is in fact an adulterer.
  • If you outlaw the husband, and pay the bride price, the <Z> clan will also be pleased, knowing you acted with honor.
  • You can outlaw <Y> but still keep the bride price.  However, your reputation will suffer with the <Z> clan since it was your clan member who broke tradition...and in a divorce, the bride gets back her bride price.
  • Simply paying the bride price will satisfy <X> and her clan, though not as much as outlawing her husband.
  • While you may not have proof, <X>'s clan will assume you tolerate the husband's philandering ways, and your reputation will drop.

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