View Single Post
Old Jul 18 2007, 07:51 AM   #13
Cheryl
Master Archivist
 
Cheryl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Gender: F
Fan of: Pern!
Now Reading: Paladin of Souls (Bujold)
Default Re: the death penalty

I, too, think of it as an idle threat that is never put into practice. Exile to an isle that's not kept Threadfree seems severe enough and fits with the original no-corporal-punishment law of the Charter.

Hans, do you really think they'd deliberately let some Thread through, risking so much on the ground, just to carry out such a punishment. If they really wanted someone dead there are other, safer methods. And I'm not sure I see the dragonriders cooperating with such a request, anyhow.

Hmmm, thinking about it though, I could imagine someone once asking the riders for such a favor and them refusing and suggesting instead that they'd be happy to drop the person off on an uncharted isle. Maybe that's how the exile tradition started?
__________________
Visit one of the other sites of Cheryl's Anne McCaffrey Triad:
Sariel's Guide to Pern: a detailed guide to the series
The Many Works of Anne McCaffrey: largest fan site about Anne and ALL of her works
McCaffrey Quest: annual trivia contest.
Cheryl is offline   Reply With Quote