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Wergild is a value placed on a human being. If someone gets killed, and the killing is deemed unjust, or otherwise offends the laws of the victim's clan, then the offending party must pay a wergild. Refusing to pay a valid request is considered to be a major insult.

There are several events where you might need to pay a wergild in order to avoid offending another clan or provoking a feud. You may also have chances to demand wergild from others, and they can be expected to pay as long as your relations are good.

Value

In Orlanthi society, the value of a wergild varies depending on the rank of the individual:

  • Cottars are worth 5 cows.
  • Carls are worth 10 cows.
  • Nobles and thanes are worth 20 cows.

You may get away with paying less than custom demands, but it is considered an insult.

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