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The death penalty, or capital punishment is the deliberate ending of the life of a sentient being by a government. The act of carrying out the death penalty is usually referred to as "execution" and the person being executed was often referred to as the condemned. Throughout the history of the galaxy, many different cultures have carried out the death penalty against individuals, for a wide variety of reasons—usually for punishment for crimes such as murder and treason.




Human cultures exercised capital punishment for millennia. It was gradually phased out, and largely eliminated as a penalty in civilian courts after the Bell Riots. (TLE novel: Well of Souls)

As late as the 22nd century, the Vulcan people still practiced capital punishment for serious crimes such as treason. Administrator V'Las told T'Pol that she would be executed for treason. It is unclear if the Vulcans continued the practice after the reforms of the 22nd century, and the disbanding of the Vulcan High Command. (ENT episode: "Kir'Shara")

Federation Starfleet

By the 23rd century, the United Federation of Planets itself had only one death penalty left. This was for visiting the planet Talos IV in violation of General Order 7. In 2267, Spock risked his life to take a crippled Christopher Pike to the planet, but Starfleet decided not to prosecute Spock for taking Pike to Talos IV. (TOS episode: "The Menagerie", Parts I & II). By 2320, the Federation government was discussing whether or not to abolish General Order 7 and do away with that last death penalty. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

The capital sentence for visiting Talos remained in effect as late as the year 2373 when Omega Squad of Starfleet Academy was sentenced to death after visiting Talos in response to a distress call. The cadets were cleared after their actions in this matter helped fend off a Jem'Hadar assault on the telepathic races of the Alpha Quadrant. (SA comics: #9 Return to the Forbidden Planet, and #10 A Prelude to War; Reality's End)

By 2380, this last capital offense on the Federation's books was finally rescinded. (TNG novel: Q & A)

Janice Lester, while in possession of Kirk's body, ordered the execution of Kirk (in Lester's body), as well as Spock, McCoy, and Scotty. Her insistence, despite the illegality of the order, caused the remainder of the Enterprise crew to turn against her. (TOS episode: "Turnabout Intruder")

During the voyage of USS Voyager, Tuvok (suffering from the effects of a mind meld) asked Captain Kathryn Janeway to consider having crewman and former Maquis member Lon Suder executed for the murder of another crewman. Janeway declined, opting to confine Suder to quarters. (VOY episode: "Meld")

Other worlds

In the 23rd century, some Federation-aligned worlds still maintained their own death penalty laws. On Deneb V, Harry Mudd was sentenced to death, and was offered a choice between being put to death either by gas or phaser. (TOS episode: "I, Mudd"). When Montgomery Scott was suspected of several murders on Argelius II, the Prefect Jaris warned Kirk that if Scott was found guilty that according to Argelian law Scott would be executed by slow torture. (TOS episode: "Wolf in the Fold")

In the Klingon Empire, capital punishment was still a part of the Imperial justice system in the 24th century. Not only could an individual Klingon be executed for crimes, but so could other family members. Upon learning that Mogh had been judged guilty of treason, his oldest son Worf challenged the ruling, knowing that if he failed the Empire would have him executed. After learning of a conspiracy in the Klingon government, Worf backed down and accepted discommendation. (TNG episode: "Sins of the Father")

The Cardassian Union also practiced execution into the 24th century. Individuals were often brought to trial, but the trial's outcome would be predetermined as guilty, and the sentence would usually be death. The Cardassians had captured Miles O'Brien in 2370, and intended to put him to death after a show trial. When it was revealed that the charges were part of a conspiracy to discredit the Federation, the Cardassian Central Command dropped the charges rather than risk exposure. (DS9 episode: "Tribunal") Commander Sisko once talked Gul Skrain Dukat into having the Maquis leader Thomas Riker being sentenced to life in prison rather than death so that Riker would be persuaded to surrender to the Cardassians. (DS9 episode: "Defiant")

Jem'Hadar who disobeyed orders were often executed almost immediately by the First - the highest ranking Jem'Hadar in a unit. Omet'iklan once killed a subordinate on board the USS Defiant (NX-74205) after the subordinate got into a fight with Worf in violation of his orders by breaking the neck of the other Jem'Hadar. Omet'iklan expected Captain Benjamin Sisko to execute Worf in turn, and was furious when Sisko refused to do so. (DS9 episode: "To the Death")


The methods used for carrying out the death penalty have varied widely throughout history.

  • Crucifixion - A method of execution carried out on Earth by a number of ancient cultures. Perhaps the most notable culture to employ this method of execution was the Roman state who considered the punishment to be a very dishonorable way to die. Those executed by this method included Spartacus and the human religious leader Jesus Christ. (TNG novel: Spartacus; VOY episode: "The Omega Directive")
  • Tal-Shaya - A method of execution carried out in ancient Vulcan society. The method involved breaking the neck of an individual in a way designed to cause instant death. The ancient Vulcans considered it a merciful form of execution. In 2268 the Tellarite Ambassador Gav was murdered on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) by an Orion agent who used the Tal-Shaya technique. Gav was being transported to Babel to a conference to help decide the question of admitting Coridan to the Federation. Many Vulcans knew how to perform Tal-Shaya, and when Gav was murdered suspicion initally fell to Spock's father Sarek, also being transported to Babel before the Orion agent was exposed. (TOS episode: "Journey to Babel")
  • Hanging - A method of execution on Earth which involved having the condemned stand on a platform. A rope was placed around the condemned's neck and the platform was removed, or a door was opened underneath the condemned allowing him or her to drop several feet, causing death when either the person's neck was broken or when the person was asphyxiated. Trelane considered using hanging to execute Captain James T. Kirk. (TOS episode: "The Squire of Gothos")
  • Gas - A method of execution in which a person was subjected to poisonous gas. This was one of the methods practiced by the Nazi government of Germany on a large scale basis to commit genocide against the Jewish people. (Historical Accounts). The Denebians also employed it as a method of execution, and it was one of the methods offered to Harry Mudd before he escaped from Deneb V. (TOS episode: "I, Mudd")
  • Shooting - A method of execution in which a condemned was put to death using a weapon such as a gun or a phaser. The Denebians employed it as a method of execution, and it was one of the methods offered to Harry Mudd before he escaped from Deneb V. (TOS episode: "I, Mudd")
  • Lethal injection - A method of execution on Earth and other worlds in which a condemned was put to death by having a lethal concentration of chemicals injected into them. Prior to implanting memory engrams of a murder victim into the mind of the person convicted their murder, the Banean executed them by lethal injection. (VOY episode: "Ex Post Facto")
  • Suicide implant - All Vorta had a suicide implant that would cause rapid death if activated. Vorta were expected to activate the suicide implant if ordered to do so by a superior officer or a Founder, in effect becoming a method of execution. (DS9 episode: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River")

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Guild Wars

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Death penalty (commonly abbreviated as "DP") reduces your maximum health and energy values by the current % amount of the penalty. Every time you earn a penalty, it is added to your current total; this total cannot exceed -60%. A Death Penalty is the opposite of a Morale Boost, although both are added together for a cumulative effect.

Note: The terms "morale boost" and "death penalty" are also used to describe whether this cumulative effect is positive or negative.


Death Penalty is caused by death, whether through being killed or suiciding. Each death increases your DP by -15%.

Under certain conditions, you will not receive death penalty when you die. These include:


There are currently six known methods to remove DP:

  1. Earning XP. Every 75 XP earned will reduce DP by 1%.
    • You need 1125 XP to remove a 15% DP and 4500 XP to remove the maximum DP of 60%.
    • Capture of an elite skill by an L18 character earns enough XP to remove all DP. Claiming quest rewards can also quickly reduce the penalty.
  2. Earning Morale Boosts.
    • PvE You can earn +2% morale for killing bosses, killing special mobs, or performing special tasks.
    • PvP: You can earn +10% morale for holding the flag stand for two consecutive minutes (GvG), holding the altar for two consecutive minutes (king of the hill maps in Heroes' Ascent), or killing the enemy Ghostly Hero (other maps in Heroes' Ascent). When an enemy player dies while you are alive your DP will be reduced by 2%, but you won't gain morale boost.
  3. An "Offering to Courage" yields a +2% morale bonus to the player (in Tyria, the bonus applies to the entire party, including Heroes and Henchmen). Note: Blessings are only available when the world has the Favor of the Gods.
  4. Using special items in PvE can provide a morale boost, reduce DP, or eliminate DP completely:
  5. Going back to town or outpost will completely remove a character's DP.
  6. Exiting (failing or resigning) certain missions like The Elusive Golemancer will remove all DP, especially if the mission is started from an explorable zone.


  • Quest rewards will not remove DP for henchmen or Pets, since they do not receive the XP.
  • Death Penalty applies to the maximum health and energy before the effects of upgrades are applied.
    • Example: a character with 220 health starting from a base of 200 with a 10% DP will lose only 20 health (0.1 * 200) rather than 22 (0.1 * 220).
    • Example: a character with 60 energy starting from a base of 50 with a 10% DP will lose only 5 energy (0.1 * 50) rather than 6 (0.1 * 60).
  • Death penalty will never reduce health or energy below 1.
    • Example: A character with maximum health of 480 using three Superior runes will have 255 health (480 - 3*75). Normally, 60% DP would reduce their health by 288 points (60% of 480) to -33 health, which would mean permanent death. Instead, the character will have 1 health.
  • Characters with high DP resulting in a maximum health of 1 can have trouble being resurrected or removing their DP:
    • Some resurrection skills restore characters to 50% of health, rounded down. For a single health point, that would be zero health, so the character will resurrect and immediately die again.
    • Characters with 1 health resurrected by these skills will not remain alive long enough to gain XP (to reduce the DP) or to remove the equipment reducing their health.
    • This can be used to the player's advantage when death leveling pets.
    • The relevant skills are: Rebirth, Resurrect, and Light of Dwayna
  • Consider DP when choosing skills, especially for professions that typically have low energy. For example, warriors with 20 maximum energy and more than 50% DP will not be able to cast skills that cost 10 energy.
  • In Hard Mode, parties must return to their last outpost if all members reach 60% DP. Each player will see the message, Your party has been defeated.
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