The Setting

Lioncourt Act


Federal Level

The main clause of the Lioncourt Act goes as follows:

The Lioncourt Act ( 6 U.S.C. S. 558)

This act was signed into law 33 days after the disclosure of metahumanity to humanity in the United States. This act requires those with naturally occurring metahuman abilities, including those subsequently referred to as vampires or werewolves, or metahuman abilities acquired through scientific or ritual means to register as "living weapons of mass destruction."

Those who gain their abilities through the use of technology created by those cited in the first paragraph are exempted only after review by the Department of Homeland Security's Department Of Supernatural Affairs.

The above clause, as a note, also potentially allows enhanced technology (like, say, things impacted by Supernal magic) to be produced openly once it's been cleared by Homeland Security and/or Department of Defense. Either agency will happily classify and confiscate anything they think is 'a hazard to public safety', however.

The Division of Supernatural Affairs, as a part of the Department of Homeland Security, would be the branch of the government that handles any large-scale issues pertaining to supernaturals, particularly when it comes to criminal matters; examples include uprisings of an obviously supernatural origin (see: The Long Night earthquake of 2013), . If a case arises where another government agency (the FBI, for example, with a serial killer case) would have jurisdiction, the local DSA branch will be informed on the matter and a liason will be tasked to work with the agency in question.

A subdivision of the Division of Supernatural Affairs known as the Bureau of Supernatural Registration, or BSR for short, is in charge of registering newly emerged supernaturals and maintaining the registration lists, ensuring that the database is kept up to date for other agencies to refer to.

State Level

The states are able to create their own laws and regulations referring to the Lioncourt Act as long as they met the basic guidelines set up by the federal legislation.

Nevada Statute section 200.900 to 999 covers any state registration and metahuman-only laws that have been enacted. Possible examples include:

  1. It is unlawful for a metahuman to be or remain in the State of Nevada for a period of more than seven days without, during such a seven-day period, registering with the sheriff of a county or the chief of police of a city in the manner prescribed.

  2. A metahuman must register with the state as their legal name, type of metahuman, fingerprints, possibly DNA sample and address of residence within one month from the point where supernatural ability is confirmed by an outside source. A copy of this information would be sent to the BSR to be added to the federal database.

  3. If a registered metahuman moves to a different state, they must inform the state they are moving from and the one they are moving to within one week of the move.

  4. Registration may preclude you from some licences, like a Nevada gaming licence; those would be determined by the licensing agencies in question.

Failing to register within the designated time would be treated in much the same way as failing to register as an registered sex offender or convicted felon; it is a felony-level offense, with the potential of jail time and possibly monetary fines.

As far as crimes are concerned, the state legislature has made 'by a metahuman' a tack-on to existing laws as opposed to redoing it for everything. So if you have a vampire nearly killing someone when they feed it's attempted murder by a metahuman, which would enhance the charge. The jurisdiction for the majority of these day-to-day crimes remains in the purview of local law enforcement, but if a suspect is causing enough issues the DSA will send a liason in to assist.

What This Means To Your Characters

  • First and foremost, the players of werewolf and vampire characters have a choice to make whether their characters are registered or not. If that is not stated, staff will assume that the character is registered, with all of the ups and downs that carries with it. If your character has already been submitted, please forum PM QuicksilverFox85 as soon as possible so a proper tally of registered PCs can be made up.
    NOTE: Again unless you state in the character background that they are NOT registered, the staff will rule they are registered

  • Characters of other splats (mages, changelings, and mortals+) are not required to register, although some psychics are known to have done so out of a sense of civic duty or because they feel that it may help them get a grip on their abilities. If your character feels the need to do so themselves, let QuicksilverFox85 know by forum PM.

  • If your character is not registered and should be, there is a high possibility of them getting into some deep kimchi if they get caught outside of the system. As stated above it is a felony offense, and being convicted of such can put a serious crimp in day-to-day life even after you're out of prison. Other supernaturals that end up getting picked up by DSA for whatever reason may also have issues, but those are more up in the air depending on the circumstances.

Identification

All metahumans who have registered with the DSA are issued an ID card similar to a permanent residency card that denotes their metahuman status. This ID card must be offered in certain circumstances (applying for certain jobs, etc), but law enforcement is not allowed to ask for the card directly due to anti-discrimination laws unless they have already run the citizen's name through the BSR database and found that they have been registered. A registered metahuman who is found to not have this ID card on their personage when it is requested will face fines and an eventual misdemeanor charge with possible jail time after multiple occurrence. Similarly, a mundane citizen who is found with a metahuman registration card will face fines (albeit lesser ones) and possible jail time after multiple occurrences; they also have little recourse if law enforcement reacts to their supposed metahuman status and uses the 'proper' level of force against the bearer of such a false ID.

A non-registered metahuman, of course, will be taken into custody once their status as such is discovered; as part of their booking process the offending metahuman will be registered and their information sent to the Bureau of Supernatural Registration to be added to the database. Unless the metahuman is newly Changed or Embraced (and is able to prove such to a solid extent), they will be arrested for failing to register and have to deal with what comes from that.

You may opt not to register but being found out ..well that might be fun.