While working on the treasure for my current group I stumbled on something more than a little surprising. In neither ad&d, 3.5, or 4e’s iteration of Dark Sun am I able to find any information at all on how much slaves cost. Given the setting this had me more than a little concerned, especially given my PCs being the selfish do anything to survive and thrive group.
Thankfully I managed to dig up the neogi slave costs in Lords of Madness, but I was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations or systems they use. I run a 2e campaign but funny enough the prices for most things seem the same across editions.
I found it surprising that a setting with slavery and slave trade being a core aspect had no tables or lists with prices for slaves. I can understand 4e wanted to take a more heroic approach (freeing the slaves, not owning them), but previous editions had no such qualms. I can also understand that such thing as slave prices was left up to the DMs to take care of. Maybe TSR feared repercussions for publishing pro-slavery stuff, especially at a time when D&D was being hounded as a satanic game?
There was a homebrewed table of slave prices, based on race, profession, stats, and class levels, if any, that circulated on the internet. I have laid eyes on it, and found it quite interesting, albeit a bit too complicated to use.
Wouldn’t the situation be even worse now? Someone here showed the various revisions of the 4e Dark Sun description of slavery. At the end it was a full throated condemnation of slavery, just falling short of a disclaimer breaking the fourth wall.
A couple resources for this come to mind. One, the Conan RPG doesn’t shy away from this stuff at all, and has very explicit rules for slavery prices. The sword and sorcery genre of Conan is also a good fit for Athas.
Two, the folks on the old wizards Star Wars RPG board came up with something like this: you have expansive rules for the pricing of droids. Using that as a benchmark you can extrapolate costs for clones and slaves: clones are more expensive, slaves are cheaper. Just pick a fractional value that makes sense and go from there.
(“clones” kept getting autocorrected to “clowns” thought that was funny. The Clown Wars, and Attack of the Clowns)
That’d make a fine trilogy LOL
And I’ve always wanted to try Conan RPG… But which one are you talking about? There’s three games I’m aware of, the old AD&-- actually the one published by TSR, the one by Mongoose and the new one by Mofid… Moeb… Mophidius (geez).
Sorry, I knew that but forgot to mention. Mongoose. Tons of splatbooks, but IIRC there are slavery rules in the last d20 version of the main book they released. Or maybe the Atlantean version? Again, I don’t entirely remember.