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Author Topic: Slave Collars  (Read 1570 times)

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Slave Collars
« on: Jan 26, 13, 04:24:17 PM »
History
The first recorded use of the slave collar was in 8,071 Before Purge on a Warlord Prince convicted of killing his Queen. There are scattered records of the device throughout, but the real surge in use occurred in 3,476 BP when they began to be used in the slave markets in Raej. Slave collars are a device of Craft and metal used to control enslaved persons. Any person, Landen or Jeweled, can be fitted with a device that is paired to one or more controlling rings. The typical locations for the device is the neck, but a few use the rarer and harsher “Ring of Obedience” which is put the base of a man’s penis. The Rings of Obedience are typically saved for either powerful slaves or men who will be sold as sex slaves.

The controlling ring allows the wearer to inflict huge amounts of pain through the device down to a slow and steady amounts of pain, all with no physical damage beyond soreness. At the highest pain there are very few slaves who can resist that pain for more than ten or so seconds before falling unconscious. Controlling rings can only be used by Jeweless or Jeweled Blood.

A wearer of a collar cannot remove it him or herself, instead, it is only removed by the one wearing the controlling ring. This prevents other slaves from removing each other’s collars. Attempting to remove one’s own or another’s collar causes such pain most pass out upon first attempt and never try again.

Considered a useful tool by some, many abhor the device as extremely cruel and dishonorable.

In Terreille
The Slave Collar flourished in Raej as a way to manage the slave trade in the Territory. This allowed Light Jewels to manage Dark Jewel slaves easily and created the largest boom in slave trade ever seen in history. This slave trade expanded during the time of the Great War. It is worthwhile to note Askavi did not use slaves in battle or as part of the war. Instead the profits from the Raejian slave trade profited the Territory which in turn resulted in larger tithes to Askavi during their dominance of the Territory. With Askavi taking Territories, Raej oftentimes had the ability to claim a small portion of those in the Territory as slaves to be resold. Specifically, during the Great War, Askavi used the threat of enslavement to prevent rebellion and on more than one occasion made good on that threat, at least for those who were not immediately executed. It turned the transgressions of other Territories into a benefit for Raej.

Since the creation of the collars the Realm of Terreille has been infested with slaves of all varieties. The safety afforded by the owners of slaves by use of slave collars meant for generations new collars were created to enslave even more Blood. No Territory was safe from men or women being sold as slaves or taken as them.

The Purge freed many slaves, killed many slave owners, but did not destroy the slave trade, nor the use of slave collars. Pleasure slaves, menial labor, or just skilled craftsmen were still bought and sold as items. All the Purge did was reduce the numbers of buyers, sellers and slaves.

This means there are plentiful slave collars from the time of the Purge, men and women killed with no more bodies to fill them. As the spells only activate when worn most collars suffer little to no degradation, a mark of true craftsmanship.

In Kaeleer
Entry into Kaeleer is limited by the Dark Gate in Little Terreille. To date the Priestesses and Head of Fair have confiscated all collars and rings and have destroyed them. This is not an element of Blood Craft that Little Terreille has historically wanted brought into Kaeleer.

Kaeleer is a Realm that is historically less corrupted. It is not in the mindset of the typical Kaeleerian to create a device that would grant them control over another member of the Blood.

The first Collar was introduced to Kaeleer when the Warlord Prince Logain Morr took one from the Fair to use in controlling the Queen of Little Terreille. With this act he introduced the Collar to Kaeleer and allowed its corruption to enter the Territory, breaking the unspoken rules of Little Terreille as the Gate Keepers of the Realm. Rings of Obedience have not crossed the Gates into Kaeleer and remain only as hearsay from those Terrellians who have seen or heard of their use.

Territories Stance on Slave Collars and Rings of Obedience

Askavi, Terreille: Illegal. Only weaklings would need something like a collar to enslave another person to them in battle. Pshhhhh. Warriors fight and then they die. That is what is right and proper. While there are some cases of sexual slavery that occur, it is never considered something that is done in war. Eyriens do not live with slaves, for the most part, they are uncomfortable with the concept of even having servants, preferring to do everything for themselves. In the rare cases of sexual slavery that do occur, it is not considered illegal as long as the slave in question is not another Eyrien. If the slaver is male, however, there will be a definite question of his sexual prowess that he was unable to woo a female Eyrien to his bed as is proper. He will be looked at with disdain by other warriors. 
   
Chaillot: Slavery is illegal in Chaillot, but the use of collars is not -- in the past year or so, they have begun to be used in Dark Haven as a way to ensure the dark Jeweled do not cause harm. This use, and only this use (to control the dark Jeweled so that they are not a threat), is sanctioned, but there have always been a handful of corrupt individuals who use them despite their illegality, just as there are those who make... improper demands upon the collared.

Dena Nehele: Slavery is not strictly outlawed in Dena Nehele, but it is fairly unusual. There is not a real need for slaves when there are so many desperate for work for even less than what it would cost to feed and care for a slave. The use of collars is rare, but it has been done on occasion. Dena Nehele is a Territory where if you want something badly enough and are willing to pay a high enough price, you can obtain whatever your heart desires, slave collars included. 

Dhemlan, Terreille: Somewhat legal. Only signed waivers from a ruling Queen (District, Province or Territory Queen) allows a person to hold a slave legally. These slaves are not allowed to be Dhemlan unless signed by the Territory Queen. Slavery of a Dhemlan is usually only allowed by the Territory Queen in service of a debt or crime and most often holds a time of the sentence. Slavery is seen as demeaning but not abhorrent.

Hayll: It is completely illegal to collar a Queen or a member of one of the 100 Families under any circumstances. No full Hayllian would willingly submit themselves to slavery, as it is utterly degrading, and the Hayllian mindset is that if you are there, surely you caused it to occur. It is illegal to collar someone of pure Hallyian blood if they are of sound mind, but some rare cases do require more extreme measures. Hayllians are, however fond of slaves and find them quite useful. They import them from other Territories, particularly Raej as this is the easiest and most freely flowing market.

Pruul: Legal only within the salt mines, and then only for the Blood with a caste or a Dark Jewel. You need permission from your Clan Queen to use one for a person outside of the salt. False enslavement, or enslaving a person without permission from your Clan Queen, is punishable by breaking or death. The Mother is able to revoke any permission given by a Clan Queen. Slaves do exist, largely within stable populations, but slave rings are disdained as the sign of a bad master.

Raej: Fully Legal and widely used. Previous Queens attempted to ban them but the High Priest Odji Khaldun removed the restrictions. Opinions are mixed on the collars themselves but slavery is very ingrained in the lifestyles within Raej. There is active slave trade which means men or women who buy free men and woman and make them slaves or those who kidnap men and women to be made slaves are actively part of the Raejian slave trade. Think Businessmen and women who focus on slaves.

Shalador: Illegal.  Traditional as they are Shaladorians have their own ancient and harsh ways of handling unwanted persons and behaviors. Use or possession of a slave collar in Shalador is a sure way to find one’s self being sacrificed as an example.

Tacea: Unknown in Tacea due to their closed borders.


Askavi, Kaeleer: Currently, these are little more than fantasy to those dwelling in Askavi, Kaeleer. The insular territory has banned most immigration, and aside from a few people given special dispensations, traffic in has been limited at best. Their legality, at this point, is unknown due to gray areas surrounding the Prohibitions and Kirian Svetlana's own practices.

Dharo: Illegal, subject to a Queen’s justice if caught. Despite proximity to Little Terreille there have been very few instances of collars appearing in Dharo, each one being met with a Queen’s justice, and a no tolerance policy.

Dea al Mon: Unknown in Dea al Mon due to their closed borders.

Dhemlan, Kaeleer: Illegal, but a problem.  Before the Purge none would have dared risk the wrath of its Ebon Gray Queen and her court.  However, since the loss of her jewels corruption and dissent have spread through the land.  Unsanctioned slavery (it’s forbidden in Dhemlan but crossed over from Little Terreille and Glacia) has grown common in certain circles, as had the use of the horrific item for more nefarious means.

Glacia: Slave collars will spread from Little Terreille to Glacia, imported by the Queen of Glacia herself.  Use of the collars and controlling rings will become systemic for the control of all light jeweled members of Glacian society.  Initially these will simply be held by family members and not thought of as slavery, however time changes everything and the use of collars and rings will create an even wider rift between the Dark and Light jeweled of Glacia.

Little Terreille: Little Terreille was the Territory to open pandora’s box concerning the collars, by taking a confiscated one from a Terreillian immigrant and using it to collar the former Queen. Despite the very public incident collars themselves have not become common in Little Terreille, considered to be a bastardization of the Blood law.

Nharkava: Collars are myth and rumor from Terreille before the Purge. As Nharkava is not a place for Terreillian immigrants, the knowledge of Collars is almost none. Would be considered extremely wrong and disgusting to most Nharkavians. 

Scelt: Collars have not crossed the ocean into Scelt, but the Scelt culture would not embrace them even if they did. Slavery does not exist in Scelt, though blood debts and clan debts do, collars are not required to compel someone to pay a blood or clan debt, as it is a matter of honor.
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