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Slavery was a practice among certain cultures that forced a sentient creature to serve another, often against their will. Slavery differed from other forms of service such as indentured servitude or apprenticeship in that slavery was of an indefinite duration and the slave rarely had any choice in the arrangement.

Slavery in the Realms[]

Athkatla[]

Slavery was legal in Athkatla.[1]

Calimshan[]

Slaves were a normal social class in Calimshan.[2]

High Imaskar[]

Slavery was illegal in the realm of High Imaskar.[3]

Hulburg[]

Slavery was outlawed in the city of Hulburg on the Moonsea.[4]

Mulhorand[]

The majority of Mulhorandi were slaves. Slaves in Mulhorand were guaranteed humane treatment by law and were treated better than slaves in other lands.[5]

Procampur[]

Slavery was illegal in Procampur and any slaves brought into the city were freed.[6]

Ravens Bluff[]

Slavery was illegal in Ravens Bluff but there was an active slave trade with the drow in the Underdark beneath the city.[7] The penalty for selling slaves in Ravens Bluff was one to five years in prison and a fine of 1,000-5,000 gp.[8]

Thay[]

Slavery was legal and commonplace in Thay. Thayan enclaves brought slavery (though only inside the enclave grounds) to several settlements all over Faerûn. Though not permitted to trade in slaves out of the enclave, this did sometimes occur.[9]

Underdark[]

Slavery was a fact of life among 'civilised' Underdark cultures such as the drow and they were known to keep slaves of many races. Aberrations like the mind flayers and aboleths kept charmed or dominated thralls instead of slaves.

Notable slaves[]

Notable slavers[]

Appendix[]

External Links[]

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References[]

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  2. Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-0786912377.
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  5. Scott Bennie (February 1990). Old Empires. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), p. 13. ISBN 978-0880388214.
  6. Curtis Scott (March 1992). Pirates of the Fallen Stars. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 978-1560763208.
  7. Richard Baker (July 3, 2012). Prince of Ravens (Kindle ed.). (Wizards of the Coast), loc. 412. ISBN B005UFN5SO.
  8. Bruce Rabe (August 1995). “Crime and Punishment”. In Duane Maxwell ed. Polyhedron #110 (TSR, Inc.), p. 20.
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