The practice of feud, though illegal, is not unknown in the Archaic Period and the Decadent Period. It is supposed to be controlled by the payment of weregild by a manslayer to the family of his victim, and by the death penalty for murder (see crime and punishment), but where the archipelago is a patchwork of conflicting jurisdictions and the administrators of justice often interested in the welfare of the defendants there is nothing to check private vengeance. See Luciphage.

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