I guess when I pointed out the Iron Ring is NOT just about slavery, you didn't really pay much attention... Of course, you're hardly the only one that seems unable to realize that there's way more to Ring than “muh slaves”. I don't know many times that myself, Rhicora, YMD, and others have stated the Iron Ring is NOT – I repeat, NOT - just about slavery. sigh But whatever.TL;DR:
The Iron Ring is a boring faction nobody wants to play, and either the staff should add to its lore to make it more interesting, or add an entirely different evil faction that have more interesting motives than "profits4slavery".
The Iron Ring is a group of various gangs, all involved in various activities. Drugs, racketeering, threatening merchants, "protection fees", weapons sales - you name it, there's probably someone in the Ring, as per lore, who is doing it. Slavery is just an issue that all the Ring got together on, where they said "All of us will do it this way, so we all profit accordingly". In reality, the Iron Ring is a disparate group of gangs. That's why the focus is actually the Xanathar's Guild: https://skullport.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=55 , which while part of the Iron Ring, is also involved in many, many other activities besides slavery. Think of it like the Mafia or like street gangs.
http://www.museumofthecity.org/project/ ... eet-gangs/
https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/f ... 3455_1.pdf
People need to read up on this again: https://skullport.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=23So as a slave the majority of your roleplay is supposed to be along with your slavers - who if I were to roleplay this slaver, wouldn't even want to listen to their "possession", as that would be like talking to lifestock. - I'm not saying that everyone is going to play a slaver this way, but I can understand why it is't so viable to play a slave - you can get to grind your way to 15 and be really powerful, but even when you've slain hundreds of orcs, you are still going to bow down and accept that you are nothing more than someone else's posession.
The job of the @Slavers players (see who they are on Discord) is not to sit there and hold most slaves forever. Our main purpose is to facilitate training (whatever form that training may take, which can depend a lot on the slave) and sales of slaves. Why? So the DMs don't have to do it. Slaves, ideally, are sold and their master/mistress works with them as far as grinding their way to 15 and becoming powerful. It's not the job of the Slavers to be residing over that process.
We currently have ONE slave who is only Iron Ring property (and is quite unlikely to be sold). The player desired that their character would not be sold, so the Slavers gave him a job (after a lot of RP proving his IC willingness to work with the Slavers) of being the Slave Overseer. He assists Slavers, mainly. But he never makes any sales or gets paid.
This is also an aspect people often forget. Several historical examples: http://www.abroadintheyard.com/slave-to ... eginnings/Well no. l think this limited idea of slavery is not historically accurate.
lf you look at the history of slavery in the ancient world its absolutely FULL of slaves who come to power in their societies. The best example is the Mamluk rulers of Egypt who were originally slave soldiers.