Chapter 6: Slave Law

SLAVE LAW

6.1. TERMS OF SLAVERY IN THE Island City of Tassis

6.1.1 A slave is the property of their Owner and may be used, disposed of, or destroyed as the Owner sees fit.

6.1.2 Any Free May punish a slave.

6.1.3 A slave owns nothing.

6.1.4 A slave has no right to caste, or citizenship.

6.1.5 Slaves are not permitted within the Initiate Temple

6.1.6 Slaves are not permitted to play Kaissa

6.1.7 A Free Man, if able, may enslave a captured Free Woman not of his Home Stone, falling under capture rights.

6.1.8 A Free Man who rescued a Free Woman of his Home Stone has the right to enslave her if he desires.

6.1.9 Slaves do not touch weapons without permission. If a slave is found touching a Free Mans weapon, without permission, she will be killed.

6.2. SLAVE LAWS
A slave shall not strike, or otherwise physically resist a Free Person. The penalty for such is a lengthy torture followed by death.

6.2.1 It is illegal for a slave to wear the veils, or clothing of a Free Person, unless ordered to by their Owner.

6.2.2 Slaves may not teach Free People. A Free may, however, attend a class taught by a slave for other slaves to make sure it is being taught properly.

6.2.3 Any Free may kill a slave who is found to be disobedient. Should the slave be private owned, or belong to the City of Tassis Dock Master the owner of the slave should be compensated for the loss of property.

6.2.3.1 Failure to pay adequate compensation can result in the laws of debt being applied. Conflicts regarding what is considered adequate compensation should be brought before the Merchant Magistrate.

6.2.4 It is illegal to sell a red haired, or auburn-haired girl if the hair color is faked. To do such knowingly is considered fraud.

6.2.5 Slaves may not lie, slaves caught lying risk death.

6.2.6 Slaves attempting to escape or run away will be hamstrung for a first offense, a second offense will result in death.

6.2.7 Slaves may not touch or carry weapons

6.2.8 When a person is enslaved, it cancels their past. They begin a new life as a slave and may not be held accountable for any crimes that occurred while they were free. The property of a Free who becomes a slave is transferred to the nearest male relative or the nearest relative if no male exists, or to the city, or a guardian. If the slave is later freed, the property cannot be recovered. If a slave owner dies, his slaves are passed to his heirs or if he has no heirs, to the state.

6.3. SLAVE EXAMINATION
All slaves residing in City of Tassis should be examined by a City of Tassis Physician, or other suitably recognized Physician. Slave ownership papers cannot be filed without a current, up-to-date medical examination on file.

6.4. SLAVE OWNERSHIP & REGISTRATION
Slave registration is mandatory in City of Tassis. Any slave not registered within two weeks of their owners taking up residence can be seized and held by the City of Tassis Dock Master until slave papers have been filed with the City of Tassis Scribe.

6.4.a Slave Ownership Papers must be certified and sealed by a City of Tassis Scribe, or the Slave House scribe to be deemed legally binding and enforceable.

6.4.1 All City of Tassis Slave House slaves must have a Slave House Slave Ownership Registration, certified by a Slave House Scribe, on file after their initial intake period of two weeks in the Slave Houses. These papers to be retained in the Slave House, but available for scrutiny by any authorised Tassis Scribe.

6.5. SLAVE ABANDONMENT
Any slave, who has had no contact with their owner for at least two weeks, will be claimed by the City of Tassis Dock Master. This includes slaves owned by private Slave Houses, or slaves found wandering the streets of City of Tassis who are owned by citizens of other villages, towns and cities.

6.6. UN-OWNED SLAVES
(every slave is owned)
All un-owned slaves wandering within the walls of City of Tassis, or on its docks will become the property of the City of Tassis Dock Master. Any Free Person wishing to collar a slave belonging to the Dock Master (NPC) must approach him directly ( mutually agreed by both parties, the Dock Master is always willing to sell)

6.7. UN-ESCORTED SLAVES
Any slave found wandering within City of Tassis without purpose, or escort can be held by the City of Tassis Dock Master for a period of two weeks while their ownership is determined. If no ownership claim has been made during that two-week period; the slave automatically becomes the property of the City of Tassis Dock Master

6.8. CAPTURED SLAVES
Captured slaves from other cities and villages are exempt from the Law Regarding un-owned slaves as they fall under Capture Rights. If the captor of said slave does not wish to keep said slave, the slave will become the property of the City of Tassis Dock Master (NPC)

6.9. Slave House RIGHTS
Each Slaver of City of Tassis reserves the right to dispose of any Slave House slave as he, or she sees fit. This can include; private sales, rentals, blood auctions, or slave auctions.

6.10. TOKEN OF SLAVERY
Merchant Law dictates that all slaves should have at least one visible token of their slavery. Acceptable tokens of slavery in City of Tassis include; a collar showing the name of the slave’s owner, a brand, or garments in accordance with the station and desires of the slave’s owner. As per Merchant Law; a brand should be placed on either the right, or left thigh, or on the lower, left abdomen.

6.10.a It is illegal to sell an un-branded slave in City of Tassis.

6.11. SLAVE USE & STATUS VIOLATIONS
By City of Tassis Law; slave owners may place restrictions upon their slave’s sexual usage. The belting of restricted slaves is encouraged. Any Free Person found guilty of knowingly violating a slave’s restrictions will be subject to Magistrates charges as per the wishes of the Owner, or a duel. Any slave found guilty of violating other slaves’ restrictions will be killed.

6.11.1 Any fine deemed necessary should be paid within one week of the violation of restrictions. Failure to pay compensation will result in punishment as deemed fit by the Merchant Magistrate, or other Legal Official.

6.11.2 Slave House slaves shall be restricted as Slaver sees fit.

6.11.3 Opening a white silk slave without the permission of said slave’s owner will result in a fine equal to, or greater than the slaves possible blood value at auction as determined by the owner, or the Merchant Magistrate.

6.12. SELLING SLAVES & BILLS OF SALE
Any bill of sale must be sealed by a City of Tassis Scribe, or the Slave House scribe to be deemed legally binding and enforceable.

6.13. TESTIMONY AND TORTURING A SLAVE
In any legal proceedings, the testimony of a slave may be solicited during torture. The necessity for torture will be judged solely at the discretion of the City of Tassis Magistrates.

6.14. LEGAL MANUMISSION AND FREEDOM
Slaves may be freed by their owner at any time. Manumission should be witnessed by at least one additional Free Person.

6.14.a A Manumission Record must be certified and sealed by a Scribe of Tassis, or a City of Tassis Magistrate for it to be deemed legally binding. A copy of that record must also be filed in the City of Tassis Hall of Records.

6.14.b The newly freed person shall have one day to be appropriately attired and a further twenty days to join a Caste

6.14.c Former slaves should keep copies of their manumission papers with them at all times in case they are challenged by Guardsmen. Former slaves who are challenged and found to be branded without proper manumission papers shall be re-enslaved and will become the property of the City of Tassis Dock Master (NPC)

6.14.1 A kajirus may be allowed to fight for his freedom.

6.14.1.a With the permission of the High Council, a Freedom Match will be arranged between a Warrior, or champion and the kajirus. The Commander will determine who will defend the status quo. Upon winning his freedom, the kajirus will be brought before the courts, the details of the event will be recorded, and manumission papers will be drawn up by a Scribe of Tassis.

6.15. POISON SLAVES
Poison slaves are classified as illegal weapons.

6.15.a Uncaged, or un-secured poison slaves will be immediately destroyed upon their discovery. Charges will be brought against the slaves’ owners.

6.16. DUELS & CHALLENGES

The only slave property challenge recognized by City of Tassis Law is Kajira Canjellne.

6.16.a The Kajira Canjellne is not a duel to death. It must be provoked and commonly is only made to recover a stolen slave, A Kajira Canjellne is considered dishonorable when made against someone of the same Home Stone, or when an unskilled swordsman is challenged.

6.16.b If the challenged is not a Warrior, the Free Man, or Free Woman can have a champion of their choice fight for them during a Kajira Canjellne.

6.16.c If the challenge is refused by either involved party, a Merchant Magistrate, Praetor or Magistrate of Tassis will determine the outcome. If allowed, the challenger may purchase the slave-girl for several times her value.

6.16.d In addition, a Canjellne is considered legal if both parties agreed to a time and place. This challenge will have no legal ground and can be refused without consequence if the sense of honor militates against it.