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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

  • Cheliax: As befits a nation devoted to the god of tyranny, slavery is heavily promoted by the government, and slaves are drawn particularly from the halfling and tiefling races.[3][4]
  • Fort Inevitable: Fort Inevitable stands as a stark and somewhat inexplicable blemish in the otherwise fiercely abolitionist River Kingdoms. Here, slavery is the fate of desperate debtors, common criminals, and "vagrants."[5]
  • Geb: The ravenous undead of Geb keep large numbers of mortals enslaved as feeding stock. In addition, upon death, a free mortal's remains are raised as mindless undead.[6]
  • Irrisen: Ruled by Jadwiga, Irrisen keeps its native Ulfen population entrapped in various degrees of slavery. Commoners live the lives of enserfed peasants, while the house servants in Irrisen's cities are openly treated as chattel.[7]
  • Jalmeray[8]
  • Katapesh: The yellow-sailed ships from the Katapeshi city of Okeno are the most well-known and feared agents of the slave trade on the Inner Sea.[9][1]
  • Lands of the Linnorm Kings: The Ulfen traditionally keep thralls, a form of time-limited slavery.[10]
  • Realm of the Mammoth Lords (unique form of enslavement for giants)[11]
  • Molthune: Slavery here is encouraged, but tightly regulated by the government. Slaves with enough understanding of the law have the ability to eventually emancipate themselves and become full citizens.[12]
  • Numeria: The Kellid tribes of Numeria practice Thralldom just as the Ulfen do, and the Technic League keeps large numbers of slaves in Starfall.[13]
  • Osirion: Once indulged in the slave trade as fervently as Katapesh and Qadira, but after a recent slave revolt, now uses slavery only as a way of punishing certain criminals. The children of slaves no longer inherit their parents' status.[14]
  • Qadira: Has an economy heavily dependent on the practice of slavery.[15]
  • Rahadoum: The owning of chattel is commonplace in this godless nation on Garund's northern shore.[16]
  • Sargava[17]
  • Shackles: Pirate slavers often raid the Sodden Lands and the interior of the Mwangi Expanse for slave stock.[18][1]
  • Varisia: The city of Kaer Maga has conflicting attitudes to slavery. Slaves can be bought in Downmarket, and are particularly common in the Ankar-Te district, but in the The Bottoms district enslaving another is a capital offence.[19]

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.[20]

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,[21] Kaoling,[22] Shenmen,[23] and Wanshou,[24] where humans and other native races are kept as chattel, but also in the lands of Minata,[25] Nagajor,[26] and Shaguang,[27] as well as the underground Darklands of Tian Xia.[28] Slavery is even found in the cosmopolitan city of Goka, although it is heavily regulated there.[29]

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.[30]
  • Drow: The dark elves of Sekamina are known slavers.[31]
  • 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.[30]
  • Gnoll: Gnolls tend toward laziness, and prefer their slaves to do the hardest jobs whenever possible.[32]
  • Hobgoblin: These goblinoids take slaves by force whenever possible, treat them with the utmost cruelty, and generally work them to death.[33]
  • Kobold: As they are among the weakest of the humanoid races, kobolds are often taken as slaves by others.[34]
  • Ogre: Ogres keep slaves, even of their own kind.[35][36]
  • Stone giant: These giants often espouse a racist ideology based on their size, which naturally leads them to enslave smaller races.[37]
  • Syrinx: This race of scholarly owlfolk enslave other races they view as lesser beings—a designation they apply broadly.[38]

Abolitionist nations

  • Absalom: Slavery was a complicated subject in the City at the Center of the World.[39] It was looked down upon in the upper-class neighborhoods[40] despite the law allowing slavery, the Flesh Taxes, being reinstated in 4635 AR. The buying and selling of chattels was always allowed on Misery Row, a street in the Coins neighborhood, and most of the city's slave trade took place there.[41] Slaves were rarely taken in Absalom itself, but were brought in from outside the Isle of Kortos; they were generally criminals or those with excessive debt.[2] During the Fiendflesh Siege of 4717 AR, all slaves willing to fight for the city were granted freedom by Acting Siege Lord Wynsal; slavery was then outlawed by popular decree of the Grand Council in the same year.[42]
  • Andoran[43]
  • River Kingdoms: Settled largely by refugees fleeing serfdom and prosecution in foreign lands, the nations of the River Kingdoms prohibit slavery as part of their code known as the Six River Freedoms.[44]

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,[56] the goblin/barghest deity Hadregash,[57] the orc god Lanishra,[58] the fire giant god Zursvaater,[59] the daemonic harbinger Jacarkas,[60] and of course the Prince of Laws, Asmodeus.[61]

Cayden Cailean and many of his followers are staunch abolitionists and oppose slavery whenever possible,[62] as are the followers of the minor protector-goddess Milani.[63]

Slavery on distant worlds

Akiton

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