Under a Glass Moon
Slavery in Kavan is a practice that traces its origins to the Lost Ages. After the svirfneblin homeland was invaded and destroyed, the gnomes were enslaved by the Kozovians, and were looked down on as less than the average dwarf (or human). This view has survived the actual institution of slavery into the present day, and manifests in the existence of alienages, and other forms of discrimination directed against gnomes. Humans are also enslaved in a few corners of the world.
Slavery in modern Kavan
Slavery is currently practiced by the Nori and the Sirothelli. It is one of the few places where humans are still literal slaves, as opposed to alienage gnomes who are not technically slaves, but are still in the bottom of the society and it is common practice for alienage elves to sell themselves or each other into slavery to provide for their families.
Because of this, the condition of alienage gnomes in Kozo is slightly better compared to the gnomes of other countries. Slave hunters may capture gnomes in other nations (where, for the most part, slavery is illegal) and smuggle them into Sirothell, but those who are caught doing so are executed and made an example of. Those slaves who are sold on the black market are considered “non-contract” slaves, and have the worst living conditions of all.
Although slavery is illegal in Baronde, it is still not unheard of for wealthy nobles to own gnomish slaves. In recent years, though, the laws against slavery have become more strictly upheld. The Empress may have been instrumental in this change of policy.
The Clan of Xasu also prey on enslaved humans and gnomes, recruiting them to become elite assassins through rigorous tests of survival and duplicity. The Clan has been known to purchase recruits, arguably enslaving those they buy, or at least indenturing them into a life of servitude.