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Matthew Morris wrote:I will confess, in a society with brothels, devil worship, demon worship, followers of gods of assassins, and of course the entire D/s overtones of one of the recurring characters, that exploring the aspects of slavery disturbing people makes me... amused.
one of the aspects of Roman Slavery was that if a slave of a Roman Citizen was freed, he/she became a Roman Citizen. This was a big deal in a time when most of the population of an area were NOT Citizens (who had a bunch of Privileges/Rights that Non-Citizens did no). So, a question arises, what is the status of a freed slave?
In a society that has slavery, there are rules/laws/customs that deal with all aspects of it. How do these differ from place to place? Are slaves treated differently in Osiria than the would be in Qadira? Clearly there would be differences in how they are treated in Katapesh and Cheliax.
edit: It is funny that you should mention brothels... I was thinking that I have had more trouble at a PFS table with the "profession" of my courtesan PC than with the "profession" of my slave PC.
one thing I liked about Pirate's Promise is it actually talked about what happens after the slaves are liberated by the Eagle Knights. It points out that most slaves have either very specialized skills, or no skills at all. They also have no family, no support, and no resources. The Novel Andorans at least have a system of helping the freed slaves.
For my PCs that don't have an issue with slavery, they truly believe that by owning them, they teach them skills and a trade, and make their lives better.
I'm curious if anyone thinks about the logistics of the anti-slaver movement. It seems like it often is:
1. Kill all the slavers
2. Free all the slaves
4. Feel good about ourselves.
Mayim (my Liberty's edge PC) has not dealt with slaves yet, but I can picture her spending as much gold to free a slave as my other PCs have buying them.