I sometimes wonder to myself why any person would believe that owning another person and treating them like an animal was ever a good idea, to begin with. - Ardanian FarmerSlavery is an old and twisted practice that forces others against their will to become a person's property for them to serve them for the rest of their days. It is a concept that has existed for thousands of years and continues to flourish to this day, mostly on the continents that are dominated by Humans
People to ProductsSlavery has always been something that has lingered for thousands of years and has been found in many cultures Human and nonhuman alike. But all remain the same as any person can become one. Being forced to work by the will of their masters and are given no rights as they are not citizens, but the property of their masters. They have not thought as people and be done with as their masters wish it. Most are treated and live in terrible conditions as are only meant to work and not be given the comforts that their masters have. Most slaves were once free before being taken from their homes often through war or kidnapping only to be sold with no chance to live life like they once did. A slave must obey or suffer the wrath of their owners instead. They become nothing but tools to be used as much as possible until they die are no longer useful. Many ancient empires had their societies built on slavery such as the Paranth Sultanate who was one largest slave empires to ever exist in its time. Many Human nations still practice slavery to this day as they come and are often found in many places in large numbers even larger than their native-born populations at times. Making them essential for many economies to ensure that the production of resources and services are kept in check. From labor to entertainment slaves can be found in any occupation that some free can do, but often with very little or no pay at all. Then some are born into slavery as products of forced breeding by owners to boost slave populations without buying them. Often never understand what freedom is nor will most ever see it in their life. As for the nonhuman regions, slavery is practiced but is not as large as it is nor is it essential for stability, but often exists for certain reasons such as cheap labor. But in the end, it is all the same as many will die and never be free again. While many have risen up in slave rebellions many of them are completely crushed and many are put to death with it seemingly being the only way a slave will truly find freedom.
State of DelineIn recent centuries, slavery has begun to slowly decline as it is considered unethical and unjust to treat people as property. One of the first places to truly outlaw slavery was Ardania and has remained slave-free for more than a millennia now. Along with other states gradually trying get rid of it, such as the Vatian Empire or at least some of its population. But has been offered stiff resistance as it is one of the large slave-holding states in the world. But movements have been created and secretly help slaves escape and find freedom in other lands. The rise of industrialization had also helped in halting the production of slaves as machines can do work better than forced labor. Though some people as resisting the change as they believe that slavery is their right and cannot see a world without it. But with the newly formed Kingdom of Norria completely outlawing slavery ridding an entire continent of it. Making many people see that it will eventually fade from the world as terrible proactive may finally end after several millennia.
SlaversSlavers are often found across many parts of the world as they go out and seek out new stock to sell. This stock would often be anyone they go their hands on through raiding settlements, kidnapping, buying of prisoners of war, or people from their families that need money. Once they have acquired enough captives they could set out on long journeys to the nearest slave market they could find. It is during these long "slave marches" that new slaves were forced to take are often put through abuse to ensure that they are broken by the time they are brought to the market. Even when resting they will often be mistreated and be forced to do whatever their captives told them to do. Many of these slaves would often die before they ever reached the market often from over exhaustion and malnourishment. This can also be said for slavers who decided to take their wares overseas to other parts of the world in search of profits. Condition slaves ships are terrible for the slaves on board and many would die from disease due to the cramped spaces they were forced to go into. Once they finally reached a slave market, they would place their stock for show and wait for someone to buy them and earn the money they get from the purchase.
Slave markets can be found in many settlements, often port town and port cities are the most popular as so many people from all around want to see the slaves coming in. There are markets inland put they are not a large as the ones that since slaves come and go with the ships often making those from other parts of the world exotic for people to buy and sell them. Once they arrive they will often be placed in slave pens or just cages until a slave auction is ready. Conditions in them are horrible and abuse is common in them. Once an auction starts bids will be made for the slave, prices will vary from gender, age, and knowledge they hold which will vary the price for them. Once a price has been accepted they will be given to their new master and will do whatever they say. It is from here that a slave will serve one master for the rest of their life or be sold several times.