Title 8: Slave Law
8-1: Any laws applicable to slaves, apply with equal force to both male and female slaves.
8-2: An individual is considered free, and afforded the rights and privileges of a free person, unless one of the following acts has occurred with respect to that individual: they have been branded a slave by a citizen with authority to place such a brand, they have been collared, or they have performed a gesture of submission.
8-3: Slaves are the property of their owners. Owners may do anything they wish to their property without fear of retaliation or legal punishment.
8-4: Slaves are property. Slaves cannot own property.
8-5: A slave's owner may change a slave's name at his or her will. But, they must confirm such changes with the Slavers' Office so that all records and registration papers are current and accurate.
8-6: Players, musicians, and poets are not to be enslaved within the Isles except by an individual player, musician, or poet's written attestation that they waive the privilege provided by this law. Any attestation purporting to convey such waiver must bear the seal of a Tiran scribe and be filed with the City Clerk in the Administration Building.
8-7: When found in public, a slave may be called to serve any free citizen unless they are in performance of a task for their owner. An owner who does not wish their slave to serve others, should keep their property inside their residence.
8-8: After ten days without contact from their master, a slave is considered legally abandoned. Abandoned slaves become the property of the Slavers' Office. Owners who anticipate a prolonged absence from the Isles should communicate their plans, in writing, to the Slavers' Office to prevent an abandonment determination. The written communication should include the time frame of the owner's absence and their anticipated date of return.
8-9: Regardless of a slave owner's efforts, a slave that is missing for more than ten days is considered to be a runaway slave or stolen slave. The property relationship is severed. However, a former owner may pursue remuneration from the individual who stole their slave if they are able to prove such theft. The former owner is within his rights to encourage the Tiran Prosecutor to levy criminal charges against the individual who stole their slave, pursuant to Title 6.
8-10: A free person may commit themselves to enslavement by another free person by performing an act of submission. Whether a sufficient act has been performed will be determined by a magistrate of the Isles, should the act's validity be the subject of contention. See Law 8-2.
8-11: Without more, a free woman does not become a slave by engaging in sexual acts with her own slave in the privacy of her residence.
8-12: A free person who cannot pay their debts may be sold into slavery by motion of a certified debtor. The equities of this remedy will be evaluated by a city magistrate before any collaring is imposed. The motion must be filed with the Court Clerk in the High Court building.
8-13: A free person may negotiate a period of enslavement with their debtor. Any such agreement must be reduced to writing to be enforceable. It is advised that such writing be filed with the Court Clerk in the High Court building.
8-14: Once enslaved, a person is no longer accountable for any previous crimes. Their existence begins anew. Likewise, any prior entitlements or properties owned or designated to the enslaved individual will be forfeit. Owned properties will pass to the individual's closest male relative. Where there is no male relative within the city, a female relative may receive the enslaved individual's property. To receive the property, the appropriate relative must petition the court. That petition must be sealed by a Tiran scribe and filed with the Court Clerk in the High Court building. Designated properties (any property that has not yet manifested itself with the enslaved) will pass intestate or in keeping with a certified will, where appropriate. Even if subsequently freed, an enslaved has no right to previously-owned property.
8-15: Any child born to a slave is also a slave and is owned by the mother's owner.
8-16: A slave may be branded at any location on their flesh. A slave must be branded prior to sale. All slave sales should bear the seal of a Tiran scribe and a copy of the sale contract be maintained on file by the Slaver's Office in the Tiran Kennel.
8-17: Any free may punish a slave that is displeasing. Any harm to the slave must be remedied by remuneration paid to the slave's owner. Where necessary, a magistrate of the Isles may assign the appropriate payment. Where punishment is excessive or exceedingly harmful, the slave's owner may request that the Tiran Prosecutor bring charges of theft or conversion pursuant to Criminal Law. Interrupting (for a prolonged period) or preventing a slave from completing work commanded of the slave by its owner is a temporary conversion of property. The slave's owner may seek compensation from the offending individual.
8-18: Slaves may be required to testify in legal proceedings, where determined by a magistrate of the Isles. Pain of torture should only be used to compel a slave where there is reason to doubt the slave's truthfulness. The presiding magistrate has discretion to determine if torture is necessary.
8-19: Slaves that are manumitted must obtain papers confirming such. A copy of the slave's manumission papers must be filed with the Slaver's Office within three days of the manumission. It is in a slave's best interest to maintain a copy of their manumission papers. Manumissions must be witnessed by at least one additional free person. A copy of the manumission papers must also be filed with the City Clerk in the Administration Building. The manumitted slave has one day from the signing of its manumission papers to obtain appropriate free person dress.
8-20: Slaves are permitted on the Isles' streets after nightfall only if they are on-task, in the service of the Free. Slaves are not permitted outside their Isle of residence, except in three circumstances: 1. A slave that is accompanied by a free person. 2. A slave that is defending the Isles against attack. 3. A slave in possession of appropriate travel papers. Note that a slave does not obtain appropriate travel papers until its training is complete. Thus, Tiran city slaves may not travel until their training is complete and they possess the requisite documentation.