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Okay, so I'm writing a story that has to deal with Dark Elves extensively, and I need a bit of clarification on this. If someone was to do harm to a Dark Elf Sorceress, is there any kind of official Dark Elf police-types who would arrest or kill the person who did harm to her?

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No idea, but the chaps in Warhammer Fluff might know.

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No, not really. Technically the Black Guard are the enforcers of the Witch King's will but I find it hard to see him sending them after someone who hurt a sorceress. Unless it is a part of an elaborate plot.

As to the greater question of Dark Elf laws and law enforcement it all boils down to the Witch King and the Houses. Malekith has his own laws that all Dark Elves follow such as the banning on male sorcerers while the various Dark Elf Houses likely have their own laws as well as enforcers of their laws. Of course as a whole Dark Elves largely don't care about breaking said laws, only getting caught breaking said laws.

As to whether or not someone would chase after an elf that hurt a sorceress it really all depends on the circumstances. Say a sorceress sought to assassinate a rival but failed and was caught failing. Potentially two groups of individuals could be after her. First agents of the injured rival seeking vengeance and second, agents of the Dark Covenant depending upon the circumstances of the event. If it is someone outside the Covenant it will depend on their House and their standing within their House. Going after a powerful individual from a powerful House with little more than the word of the victim it's unlikely they'll do anything openly less it provoke a war between the two and possibly Malekith's ire. So instead the Covenant would likely send assassins and agents to covertly deal with them. But on the other hand it is someone insignificant or the it blatantly obvious they did it, the House would likely hand them over to the Covenant or deal with them themselves.

Ultimately the punishment would depend on three things, A) who the victim and culprit are, B) the circumstances of the crime and C) whether or not the culprit has a patsy to blame the crime on.

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It might form a blood feud or their lord might come after you (or send some minion/assassin) for annoying him (not for the death of his underling but for the gall of forcing him to replace them).

More likely is that no-one would much care... they'd probably laugh that a lesser elf/thing could kill ________.

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it would seem that sorceresses are not too terribly common, thus the houses would put a lot of value on them. i think there would definitely be retaliation of some sort. imagine if this sorceress belong to a cult of Kananites? they'd probably be pretty pissed and take it on themselves to seek revenge.
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Yeah, a cult such as them would probably laugh first, and declare a need for revenge second... but it would likely be against the impertinence of someone to attack their order rather then a kinship with the deceased. DE just aren't nice, they'll stab each other in the back over nothing and care about nothing much other then themselves and their own wants.

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Regardless of the crime DE have three types of punishment: slavery, torture, and death.
Eye for and eye I would say is a common means of dealing with crime. Also what a DE considers a crime would be very different than most other races.
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