Misery Row

Misery Row is a street running along the eastern edge of the Coins district of Absalom, and is the only street in the entire city where the slave trade is always legal.[1]

Description

Misery Row is elevated from street level by a massive platform running its entire length, creating a wall that separates the Coins from the Merchants' Quarter; access to the street can be gained via stairways located every few hundred feet. Although it is officially part of the Coins, no member of the district council or Token Guard visits the street for political reasons, although council members and the Captain receive a kickback from every slave sale.[1] Most slaves are held and sold from pits sunk into the elevated wall that is Misery Row itself, giving the street its nickname: the "Slave Pits of Absalom".[1][2]

Slavery on Misery Row and Absalom Law

Access to the slave market is restricted due to its elevation, but Lord Gyr has prohibited using magic to harass the slave trade. Otherwise, he ignores mundane efforts to free slaves, as well as slaver reprisals on would-be liberators.[1] The street is filled with both slave traders and buyers day and night, and the local guards generally do little to inhibit the coming and going of anyone who could reasonably be assumed to be doing business there.[2]

Merchants of Misery Row

One of the best known slavers of Misery Row is a Vudrani man named Pardu Pildapush who owns Pildapush's Chattel.[3]

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