mad_hatter said: (from forum #9997)
Baron, if you want to start a new thread about Platinum badges and candidates, I'd be interested to read your thoughts.
Here goes. Sorry if it's a bit muddled - there's a reason I'm not writing anything right now, and it's not laziness. =(
Platinum badge yukkuri are very uncommon in my stories, and most of them are bodied yukkuri, for the simple reason that most normal yukkuri don't have the intellect or longevity to learn everything required to pass the test. Dosuyukkuri do, but since it's normally illegal to bring a dosu into a populated area, let alone own one as a pet, they're even rarer still.
Platinum badge yukkuri are still considered the property and responsibility of their owners, but owning one involves a lot more commitment. Once registered as a platinum, the yukkuri may not be sold, forced to work without compensation or re-tested at a lower grade unless it fails retesting, among other things.
As far as the law is concerned, platinum badge yukkuri have limited rights to handle money, own property and defend themselves in legal matters. Harming a platinum is a serious matter; killing one can lead to murder charges. What happens if a platinum yukkuri is convicted of a crime is something of a legal grey area. Given their rarity, it doesn't happen very often.
Platinum badge yukkuri are exempt from "no yukkuri" restrictions by default. This includes places like stores and shopping malls that do not serve yukkuri, apartments that forbid pets, public transport and so on. They can still be denied entry or service specifically, but they or their owners have legal recourse to complain if they don't believe there's a legitimate reason for it.
They can also count as supervision for bronze or silver badge yukkuri in public areas - gold badge yukkuri do not. They can even own yukkuri themselves.
So, uh, what does everyone else think?
Updated by mad hatter