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the unofficial, unauthorized online reference manual for the real life super hero community

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RLSH for Newbies

Working Glossary of common RLSH terminology:

R.L.S.H.:   Noun ; acronym.
Real Life Super Hero; a person who emulates the archetypical superhero found in popular fiction. He/she usually wears some sort of costume or uniform to serve as an alternate identity from the everyday civilian lifestyle and then attempts to go into the community and do good deeds WITHIN the confines of the law. RLSH are a civically minded group with a mission to supplement existing governmental/social agencies and services that protect lives and property.

S.H.I.T.:   Noun ; acronym.
Super Hero in Training; slang term for a younger RLSH who has not yet acheived a mature level of preparedness for freelancing super-heroics; is pursuing the path that will eventually lead to full fledged street level hero. Often a term used for any RLSH under 18 years old, due to age of legal accountability. 

Kevlar:   Noun 
Trademarked synthetic composite; particularly useful in the process of manufacturing body armor and abrasion resistant materials.

Nomex:   Noun ; 
Trademarked synthetic composite; particularly useful in the process of manufacturing garments that are flame and heat resistant. 

L.E.A.:   Noun ; acronym
Law Enforcement Agency; any establishment that upholds the law, ie Sherrif, Police, Security forces, etc.

VIGILANTE:    Noun ;
A person who ignores due process of law and enacts his own form of justice in response to a perception of insufficient response by the authorities. RLSH are NOT vigilantes.

COSPLAY:    Verb ;
Short for "costume play", a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific fictional character. Characters are usually sourced in various Japanese and East Asian media, including manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, and fantasy movies. RLSH are NOT cosplayers, due to the facts that A) RLSH do not simulate a fictional character, rather they are representing themselves. B) RLSH serves more of a purpose than to dress up and socialize.

LARP-ING:    Verb ;
A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The first LARPs were run in the late 1970s, inspired by role-playing games and genre fiction. Players physically portray characters in a fictional setting, improvising their characters' speech and movements somewhat like actors in improvisational theatre. RLSH are NOT larpers for the same reasons as listed in COSPLAY.

A citizen's arrest is an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law enforcement official. In common law jurisdictions, the practice dates back to medieval England and the English common law, when sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to help apprehend law breakers.

Despite the title, the arresting person does not usually have to be a citizen of the country where he is acting, as they are usually designated as any person with arrest powers.

Each state with the exception of North Carolina permits citizen arrests if the commission of felony is witnessed by the arresting citizen, or when a citizen is asked to assist in the apprehension of a suspect by police. The application of state laws varies widely with respect to misdemeanors, breaches of the peace, and felonies not witnessed by the arresting party. American citizens do not carry the authority or enjoy the legal protections of police, and are held to the principle of strict liability before the courts of civil- and criminal law including but not limited to any infringement of another's rights.

Though North Carolina General Statutes have no provision for citizen's arrests, detention by private persons is permitted and apply to both civilians and police officers outside their jurisdiction.

Detention, being different from an arrest in the fact that a detainee may not be transported without consent, is permitted where probable cause exists that one has committed a felony, breach of peace, physical injury to another person, or theft or destruction of property.





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