The Code covers the basics of preferred manners of dealing with feuds between two Cartelites and the punishments mete out to those that cannot understand the limitations imposed by the Shadow. Because of the secretive nature of the Sixth Sect this has led to the creation of "Tribunals". Tribunals are a collection of three Officials who are charged with hearing the case of two Cartelites and then deciding their fate. The Tribunal is often overseen by the Administrator of the Territory if a major instance of the Code being broken occurs. During this both the accused and the plaintiff are watched by members of the Shadow. No one is allowed to enact challenge or vendetta when a Tribunal is convened. Anyone breaking this prohibition faces severe punishment from the Shadow themselves.
The result of the Tribunal is ruled after a clear majority is reached. The punishment is then handed out publicly with members of the Shadow presiding as law enforcement. The severity of the crime often dictates the severity of the punishment, and can range from a reprimand to public flogging and even repossession of Chained the person may own.
The basis of Entente is broken down into what are known as the "Terms". Each Term is a section within the Code that dictates action and punishment found congruent with that Term. In this manner all punishments fit the crime and all forms of conflict find a foundation of control to prevent all out war (something which was ignored during the Cartel Civil War). The words of the First Shadow state the code:
"Bonds may only be imposed in punishment if the existing Slaver Allegiance has support of two standing Masters."
"The Chained shall be marked with three Tiers, that shall from one to three mark their worth as a slave within the Cartel."
"Those owning one of the Chained must respect their life and keep them within a modicum of civil life."
"A Slaver may assume the ownership of a Bond if they have support from the reigning Slaver Allegiance Legate to do so."
"A Chained's worth shall be determined by a Slaver after an evaluation and test of the Chaineds skills."
"The Chained shall forever wear an Iron ring marking their status with the word's 'bound' around their right ring fringer."
"The Chained must always when in formal Cartel rituals wear the brand, and must remove it when walking among the Outsiders."
"The Legate of the Slaver Allegiance and the Slavemaster has a right to change the base prices of all slaves if they so wish. However, abusing this right will result in their loss of power and rulership of the Allegiance."