Why not just bribe them?

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Why not just bribe them?

Postby JMISBEST » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:17 am

With the resources and money the characters are likely to have by the time of Game of Shadow and Sun what's to stop them arranging to take the less risky option of bribing, blackmailing or Psionically Manipulating Tobian Nobles into giving The Pirates A Trial as A PR Stunt the less risky option of bribing, blackmailing or Psionically Manipulating The Authorities and Juries into getting them off by discovering loopholes that make Kronds questionable at best methods illegal?
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Re: Why not just bribe them?

Postby phavoc » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:52 pm

Bribery doesn't always work on people. For some it's an insult to their honor (which is a higher possibility for nobles, who are supposed to have more honor than the average citizen), others may realize that bribery will cause them more problems in other areas. If it's a culture that assume bribery as a norm then the referee should be forcing the players to bribe their way up to the nobles, who may demand huge bribes - especially if they know the players are wealthy. Plus if the players aren't being flashy about their supposed wealth no one will believe they have it.
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Re: Why not just bribe them?

Postby locarno24 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:38 pm

Trying to bribe an Imperial Noble is likely to require a huge chunk of money - and any public discovery of a miscarriage of justice (from bribery of a witness or juror) tends to result in a retrial, not a dismissal of the case.

And as to psionic manipulation - well, the Zhodani are a thing, so it can be assumed that that sort of thing has been tried; even if pisonics are illegal for open use in the Imperium, the mechanics of psionics are known, and hence appropriate security and countermeasures can be put in place if you're important enough to warrant that sort of thing.
Understand that I'm not advocating violence.
I'm just saying that it's highly effective and I strongly recommend using it.
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Re: Why not just bribe them?

Postby Condottiere » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:27 am

Bribery may be the cost of doing business, in whatever form it takes, including political lobbying and campaign contributions.

Or scholarships or corporate positions for some relatives.

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