Adventures in Ledevic
Aransas is one of the few major cities left that still not only allows, but is active, in the slave trade. Its citizens do not find this particularly disconcerting, as all slaves generated in or passing through the town are indentured servants; they’re paying off debts. Each slave has a very carefully-kept contract dictating the terms of the arrangement; no-one in Aransas is a slave against their will. Despite this supposed blemish, Aransas still receives regular and strong trade, mainly from ships making their ways down or up the Coast. Outside the city, it is sometimes referred to as “the City of Chains”, but within its walls, residents and visitors alike call it the “Scented City”, as it also is the major producer of perfumes, scented oils, and aromatic candles. Despite what some see as a grim underbelly, Aransas, is actually a quite vibrant, beautiful city.
Slavery in the City
A common misconception of Aransas is that it is a city of slavers. Perhaps a more appropriate term would be “indentured servitude” as most slaves work to pay off debts or as a way to avoid shaming their families for their own wrongdoing. Contracts are drawn up that limit the number of years each slave works in total, and these papers trade hands constantly as different wealthy persons buy or sell them and, therefore, the individuals associated with them.
This feature of the city does allow for some unseemly actions, though. For one, true slaves see the city as a safe haven of sorts for docking during transport trips. Additionally, despite the presence of contracts, there is no central repository of slave-agreements. This means that certain deceptive and cruel characters can re-write contracts and extend the “service”, or add in fine print that says a slave broke some agreement and therefore must serve longer. Most disturbing of all, more than one slave has been known to be shipped off to other lands for “real” slavery at the hands of foreign masters.