Crime Scene Sunday: Genocide

One regular feature of this Web log is Crime Scene Sunday, where the author examines some form of criminal activity, considers how a villain may use that particular crime in a Dungeons & Dragons game, and provides one or more examples of that particular misdeed in a D&D campaign setting. As the name implies, such entries are posted on Sunday. 

This week’s crime is genocide. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines the term as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” The term was coined after the Second World War to describe the atrocities inflicted upon Jews by the Nazis. While that is perhaps the best-known instance of the crime, several more recorded instances of genocide punctuate the last two centuries of human history, in such places as Tasmania, Armenia, and Cambodia. Some historical sources would classify the injustices suffered by Native Americans at the hands of the U.S. Government or the practice of Ethnic Cleansing in Croatia and Yugoslavia to qualify as genocide, as well. Continue reading