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15th Jan '16 9:36:25 AM johnnye
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* Also done in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The fine for murder is a fixed 1000 gold (plus the paltry 400 to 600 gold for assault). This is a game where it's common to have 10 to 20 ''times'' that amount by the late game, allowing you to murder someone in plain daylight, yield to the guards, pay off the fine and be on your merry way without spending more than a minute in jail.
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* Also done in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The fine for murder is a fixed 1000 gold (plus the paltry 400 to 600 gold for assault). This is a game where it's common to have 10 to 20 ''times'' that amount [[MoneyForNothing by the late game, game]], allowing you to murder someone in plain daylight, yield to the guards, pay off the fine and be on your merry way without spending more than a minute in jail.
12th Jan '16 2:11:27 PM StFan
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[[AC:FanFic]] * One of the funnier scenes in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' is watching Scotland's best diplomat enter the Vatican (having accidentally caused the death of the previous two a few days apart, with the Pope savoring the groveling he's about to see) and plonk down a huge-ass sack of florins on the Pope's desk, and declare "Your Holiness. You have no problem with the Scottish Empire."
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[[AC:FanFic]] [[AC:Fan Works]] * One of the funnier scenes in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'' is watching Scotland's best diplomat enter the Vatican (having accidentally caused the death of the previous two a few days apart, with the Pope savoring the groveling he's about to see) and plonk down a huge-ass sack of florins on the Pope's desk, and declare "Your Holiness. You have no problem with the Scottish Empire."
26th Dec '15 11:42:48 AM TheRoguePenguin
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' lowers the assault fine to 40 gold. Nords... fight a lot. Especially against the Thalmor: You will NEVER get a murder fine from the cities if you murder a Thalmor in public. Everyone hates those fascists that much. In fact, the holds that are aligned with the Stormcloak faction will help you murder them, and then try to buy YOU off by bribing you with a "Let's sweep this assault fine under the rug, and you keep butchering Thalmor" deal.
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' lowers the assault fine to 40 gold. Nords... fight a lot. Especially against the Thalmor: You will NEVER get a murder fine from the cities if you murder a Thalmor in public. Everyone hates those fascists that much. In fact, the holds that are aligned with the Stormcloak faction will help you murder them, and then try to buy YOU off by bribing you with a "Let's sweep this assault fine under the rug, and you keep butchering Thalmor" deal. deal. If you're in good standing with the Thieves' Guild, you can bribe away murder for a tenth of the cost, though subsequent bribes cost more.
17th Sep '15 6:24:36 AM Chabal2
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[[AC:FanFic]] * One of the funnier scenes in ''FanFic/AScotsmanInEgypt'' is watching Scotland's best diplomat enter the Vatican (having accidentally caused the death of the previous two a few days apart, with the Pope savoring the groveling he's about to see) and plonk down a huge-ass sack of florins on the Pope's desk, and declare "Your Holiness. You have no problem with the Scottish Empire."
19th Jun '15 10:38:54 AM HeraldAlberich
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neither of the Firefly examples apply; the first is an Apology Gift, the other a straight bribe
* Jayne Cobb from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[spoiler:after he tried to sell out Simon and River to the Alliance]]. ** Also, the way he joined the crew; Mal and Zoe had been ambushed, and Mal offered Jayne a job with his own bunk and a larger share of the loot.

** At Act II Scene VII, De Guiche plans to BuyThemOff Cyrano with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections an offering of patronage from his uncle]], [[ManBehindTheMan Cardenal]] [[MagnificentBastard Richelieu]]. The play notes indicate that Cyrano is tempted to accept.
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** At Act II Scene VII, De Guiche plans to BuyThemOff buy Cyrano off with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections an offering of patronage from his uncle]], [[ManBehindTheMan Cardenal]] [[MagnificentBastard Richelieu]]. The play notes indicate that Cyrano is tempted to accept.
10th Jun '15 2:05:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Nobles of ''OnePiece'' seem to believe this about everyone, and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood are completely shocked when the person would rather beat them than accept the bribe]].
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* The Nobles of ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' seem to believe this about everyone, and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood are completely shocked when the person would rather beat them than accept the bribe]].

* In ''ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick is sent to deliver a briefcase of cash to a former cigarette spokesman who has terminal lung cancer. The guy clearly still hates the tobacco company, but Nick points out that he can't denounce them publicly and keep the money. He later tells his son that only a crazy person would turn down that much money, so as soon as he saw that the guy was sane, he had nothing to worry about.
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* In ''ThankYouForSmoking'', ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick is sent to deliver a briefcase of cash to a former cigarette spokesman who has terminal lung cancer. The guy clearly still hates the tobacco company, but Nick points out that he can't denounce them publicly and keep the money. He later tells his son that only a crazy person would turn down that much money, so as soon as he saw that the guy was sane, he had nothing to worry about.

* In MadeleineLEngle's ''The Young Unicorns'', they learn at the end that the doctor who had done so much to help Emily after she had been blinded -- had been the person to blind her. (Albeit accidentally.)
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* In MadeleineLEngle's Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''The Young Unicorns'', they learn at the end that the doctor who had done so much to help Emily after she had been blinded -- had been the person to blind her. (Albeit accidentally.)

* In ''MissingMagic'', the main character's uncle/cousin dotes on him and even pays for the main character to go to a fancy magic school, despite the fact that he has no magic. It's later revealed that the uncle/cousin was the one responsible for removing the main character's magic by using him as a guinea pig for a new spell when he was just a toddler.
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* In ''MissingMagic'', ''Literature/MissingMagic'', the main character's uncle/cousin dotes on him and even pays for the main character to go to a fancy magic school, despite the fact that he has no magic. It's later revealed that the uncle/cousin was the one responsible for removing the main character's magic by using him as a guinea pig for a new spell when he was just a toddler.

* In RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', Captain Jenkins is told that if he exchanges Dr. Tukiuji for the captive humans, a wereguild could be paid to his lineage. * In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', after a civil war, the losing side accepts werguild.
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* In RickCook's Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', Captain Jenkins is told that if he exchanges Dr. Tukiuji for the captive humans, a wereguild could be paid to his lineage. * In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', after a civil war, the losing side accepts werguild.

* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', Autolycus the thief (played by Creator/BruceCampbell) is about to kill the man who murdered his older brother years ago. When the man tries to buy him off by offering money, Autolycus gives him a HopeSpot by asking him how much he's willing to offer. When the man responds "All I've got!", Autolycus says that's not enough and prepares to kill him. [[spoiler:Xena stops Autolycus from crossing the line between thief and killer by asking him if this is really what his brother would have wanted.]]
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* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Autolycus the thief (played by Creator/BruceCampbell) is about to kill the man who murdered his older brother years ago. When the man tries to buy him off by offering money, Autolycus gives him a HopeSpot by asking him how much he's willing to offer. When the man responds "All I've got!", Autolycus says that's not enough and prepares to kill him. [[spoiler:Xena stops Autolycus from crossing the line between thief and killer by asking him if this is really what his brother would have wanted.]]

* The MagicTheGathering flavor text for Reparations above was written by current Head Designer Mark Rosewater, who considered it his masterpiece. It was popular enough that in "Unglued", the first joke set, the card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Clambassadors Clambassadors]], has the flavor text, "Sorry we [[{{Pun}} shelled]] your village - here's some gold."
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* The MagicTheGathering ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' flavor text for Reparations above was written by current Head Designer Mark Rosewater, who considered it his masterpiece. It was popular enough that in "Unglued", the first joke set, the card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Clambassadors Clambassadors]], has the flavor text, "Sorry we [[{{Pun}} shelled]] your village - here's some gold."

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* A heroic example can be found in ''ErrantStory''. Sarine desperately needs to get a warp gate connected up to the elven network, so instead of threatening the two mages she's kidnapped, she shows them a priceless LostTechnology artifact, which they can have if they'll help.
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* A heroic example can be found in ''ErrantStory''.''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. Sarine desperately needs to get a warp gate connected up to the elven network, so instead of threatening the two mages she's kidnapped, she shows them a priceless LostTechnology artifact, which they can have if they'll help.
29th May '15 6:24:39 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Blassreiter}}'', after the bullies [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide drive Malek's friend to suicide]]]], the father of one of the bullies pays the boy's parents off to keep quiet. [[spoiler:This leads directly into Malek's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
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* In ''{{Blassreiter}}'', ''Anime/{{Blassreiter}}'', after the bullies [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide drive Malek's friend to suicide]]]], the father of one of the bullies pays the boy's parents off to keep quiet. [[spoiler:This leads directly into Malek's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
7th May '15 3:11:47 PM eroock
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->-- ''Flavor text for the MagicTheGathering card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=3549 Reparations]]''
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->-- -->-- ''Flavor text for the MagicTheGathering card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=3549 Reparations]]''
30th Mar '15 2:46:51 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Said word for word in the ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Lord John Marbury", where the titular character (in his debut appearance) convinces President Bartlet to avert a possible war between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region by bribing India into withdrawing its troops, providing them with the technical specs that they need to start their own computer industry. As historical precedent, Marbury tells Bartlet that the British regularly used this strategy to keep the [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj British Raj]] in line, pacifying potentially rebellious Indians by offering to make them Maharajas, complete with an annual tribute from the Crown.
26th Mar '15 9:22:49 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* As repeatedly cited in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', the concept of ''wergild'' or "blood-price" was once common among European cultures: the avoidance of a feud by settling on and paying an appropriate sum for the loss of kinfolk. ** A very good concept, since at the time the only other option was [[CycleOfRevenge a blood feud that could last for decades and centuries]], as two clans kill each others' random members in retribution to other random killings for the same reason. ** The [[http://www.keesn.nl/lex/lex_en1.htm Lex Frisionum]] (Law of the Frisian tribe) shows how complex and detailed the wergild could be. It is like a shopping list for the murder, rape, and pillage of other clans in the tribe, as long as the you were willing to pay the wergild to the survivors. * As mentioned in TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar, the Qajar Persian government "apologised" for the destruction of the Russian embassy and the death of the ambassador at the hands of an angry mob in 1829 by sending [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Diamond the Shah Diamond]] to St. Petersburg as a gift. ** Well, it really doesn't brighten your day to have [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong the czar]] grumpy at you.
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* As repeatedly cited in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', the The concept of ''wergild'' or "blood-price" was once common among European cultures: the avoidance of a feud by settling on and cultures. It involved paying an appropriate the afflicted party a sum for of money in accordance with the loss severity of kinfolk. ** A very good concept, since at the time crime. This was effective in avoiding the only other option was [[CycleOfRevenge a blood feud that CycleOfRevenge, which could last for decades and centuries]], as two clans kill each others' random members in retribution to other random killings for the same reason. ** generations. The [[http://www.keesn.nl/lex/lex_en1.htm Lex Frisionum]] (Law of the Frisian tribe) shows how complex and detailed the wergild could be. It is like a shopping list for the murder, rape, and pillage of other clans in the tribe, as long as the you were willing to pay the wergild to the survivors. be. * As mentioned in TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar, the The Qajar Persian government "apologised" for the destruction of the Russian embassy and the death of the ambassador at the hands of an angry mob in 1829 by sending [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Diamond the Shah Diamond]] to St. Petersburg as a gift. ** Well, it really doesn't brighten your day to have [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong the czar]] grumpy at you.gift.
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