Slaves are common, and a given city often has nearly as many slaves as citizens. Even the poorest of citizens can afford a slave. A common addage to peasant farmers is to "get a house, a bought woman and an ox for ploughing." The average affluent citizen owns between two and three slaves, and the rich can afford between 10-20. By encouraging procreation, owners could add to their stock without making additional purchases.
Origin & Source
A free person can be made a slave by:
- Capture / surrender in war or other armed conflict (prisoner of war)
- A freeman found guilty of certain felony crimes.
- Saling oneself or one's family member into servitude in order to cover a debt.
History & Usage
Slaves are a construct introduced with the younger races.
Cultural Significance and Usage
Slaves are both a practical reality, as well as a sign of wealth and prestige.
Slaves are used not only for household crafts, but also by the state for large public works. It's not unusual for craftsmen such as masons, etc. to be a mix of slaves and freemen.
Trade & Market
Each of the city-states of the Drákon League has one or more slave markets associated with it.
Twenty percent of the cost of the slave is a tax payable to the city-state on purchase, transfer or manumission by the current owner/seller of the slave. Failure to pay the tax is a felony punishable by fine and/or ostracism.
|Poor quality||Common||50 silver drachma|
|Average quality||Common||1 silver talent|
|High quality / Valuable Skill||Uncommon||2 silver talents|
|Excellent Quality / Unique Skill||Rare||4 silver talents|
|One of a kind||Very Rare||1 gold talent|
Slaves are often kept within the family household, either on the grounds outside of the home or in barracks reserved for slaves.