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For a list of individuals and organisations involved in slavery, see Category:Slavers.
Drow are among the many races and cultures in Golarion that practice slavery.

Slavery, the system of owning and selling other sentient races, is the foundation of many of the Inner Sea region's agrarian societies, but condemned or limited in others. What follows is a brief overview of how the various countries, cultures, and races of the region feel about the act of owning, buying, taking, and selling of slaves.[1]

Definitions

Even though slavery is tolerated throughout much of the Inner Sea region, it is not universally applied. For instance, slaves are almost always taken from the lower classes, and the stealing of members of the nobility and selling them into bondage is universally seen as abhorrent and criminal.[2]

Slaver nations of the Inner Sea region

Slavery in southern Garund

  • The demon-worshiping Bekyar of coastal southeastern Garund extensively trade slaves they brand according to each slave's origin and abilities.[21]

Slavery in Tian Xia

Slavery is not limited to the Inner Sea region and is also practiced throughout the continent of Tian Xia. This is especially true in the monstrous nations of Chu Ye,[22] Kaoling,[23] Shenmen,[24] and Wanshou,[25] where humans and other native races are kept as chattel, but also in the lands of Minata,[26] Nagajor,[27] and Shaguang,[28] as well as the underground Darklands of Tian Xia.[29] Slavery is even found in the cosmopolitan city of Goka, although it is heavily regulated there.[30]

Other slaver races

Even though slavery is common in many human-dominated nations, it is also found among Golarion's non-human races.

  • Derro: The inhabitants of Corgunbier (under the Candlestone Caverns of Andoran) are enthusiastic slavers.[31]
  • Drow: The dark elves of Sekamina are known slavers.[32]
  • Duergar: The grey dwarves are known to be the most prolific slavers of the Darklands realm of Nar-Voth, and the city of Hagegraf (under the northernmost portion of the Five Kings Mountains) is their capital.[31]
  • Gnoll: Gnolls tend toward laziness, and prefer their slaves to do the hardest jobs whenever possible.[33]
  • Hobgoblin: These goblinoids take slaves by force whenever possible, treat them with the utmost cruelty, and generally work them to death.[34]
  • Kobold: As they are among the weakest of the humanoid races, kobolds are often taken as slaves by others.[35]
  • Ogre: Ogres keep slaves, even of their own kind.[36][37]
  • Stone giant: These giants often espouse a racist ideology based on their size, which naturally leads them to enslave smaller races.[38]
  • Syrinx: This race of scholarly owlfolk enslave other races they view as lesser beings—a designation they apply broadly.[39]

Abolitionist nations

Organizations opposed to slavery

Historical slavery

Slavery and religion

Although the follower of many gods keep slaves, few deities bother to make the institution part of their permanent bailiwick. Those who do include the dwarven deity of slavery and toil, Droskar,[52] the goblin/barghest deity Hadregash,[53] the orc god Lanishra,[54] the fire giant god Zursvaater,[55] the daemonic harbinger Jacarkas,[56] and of course the Prince of Laws, Asmodeus.[57]

Cayden Cailean and many of his followers are staunch abolitionists and oppose slavery whenever possible,[58] as are the followers of the minor protector-goddess Milani.[59]

Slavery on distant worlds

Akiton

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