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The Slave of Marakor - Ch 1The Slave of Marakor
Rules of slave keeping
Slaves must be housed
Slaves must receive three meals per day, two of them good meals
Slaves must have proper medical treatment if they are hurt or sick
Slaves must have one full day of rest per two weeks
Slaves must be paid one silver tayl (one ounce) per four weeks
Voluntary slaves must be purchased from themselves, the purchase money put aside for them if they wish to buy their freedom or upon release after an agreed upon period of servitude
Prisoners of the State must earn their freedom, price to be set upon conviction
Slaves must not be treated with excessive harshness
Slaves must do sufficient work to earn their keep
There are, of course, sub-clauses.
1- A Slave of Marakor
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