Alright, the basics of writs for those who haven't been impacted by them in the past. Writs are owned by organisations and pertain to individuals only. For each writ an organization has against an individual they may hire one assassin or champion. Writs are generated by shrine defiling and "other crimes" that can be witnessed (I am not aware of what besides shrine defiling can be witnessed though). This system is the only means of retribution open to organizations (per the Help File). They must obtain a writ for their organisation to take revenge.
Here's the problems as I see with this system as it pertains to shrine defiling:
1. The defiler receives no message that their act has been successfully witnessed by someone.
2. The defiler receives no message that the witnesser has elected to either:
a) hold on to the writ to exact revenge themselves or
b) yield the writ to the order.
2b. Someone may hold on to the writ for 74 IC hours and then yield it to the organization, at which time they can hire on you, giving the Mark another 75 IC hours to kill you.
2c. You are essentially Open Pk to the person holding the writ, but too frequently this is stretched to mean "everyone in the Order" or "everyone who wants to jump you."
3. Writs last for up to 75 IC days or 3 RL days, but there is no way to view outstanding writs against your character.
4. Members of Orders are still killing people for defiling (or supposedly defiling) without witnessing the act even though the writ
3b. It is completely unclear as to whether these 75 IC days work the same way as a contract, meaning that you must be in-realm and outside of a city for them to wane.
system clearly states that this is the only
means of retribution open to organizations.
Edit: 5. The one and only time I inquired about how this system was to work (about 4 RL months ago) I received a snarky message from Lycon stating that, "
If you are unable or unwilling to keep track of and accept such consequences of defiling shrines, perhaps you should rethink your actions." Um, I was checking to see how I should track the consequences when no system is in place to do so. 8 /
I've already heard a lot of chatter about changes to Marks and a move toward Lusternia's Avenger or Imperian's denizen assassin systems in Achaea, which might alleviate a lot of the problems with theft, lolzganksquads, etc., but what I'm wondering is does it seem to anyone else like the shrine defiling and witnessing system needs an overhaul too?