Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this post. I’m working on developing my main character more and how he might act after getting out of slavery. I have a few minor rules set up about the slavery system in the story but, these will be different for him. During his captivity he won’t be able to speak the native language. I plan to use this as a way to make his treatment significantly worse than others. Broken bones, crushed hands on occasion, to the point his hands almost won’t work post slavery, and just generally abhorrent treatment by his captors. Now as for the rules of slavery one of them is that you can’t beat, damage or otherwise harm a slave to the point they cannot work for more than a day post punishment. The idea is that, while slaves have virtually no rights, they do have the right to semi-humane treatment, meaning food, water, shelter and non-excessive punishments. We’re heading for the tail end of slavery when the story takes place, with it being close to being abolished. Slaves are also only able to be owned by Lords at this point and they a lawfully required to keep them. Slaves can report excessively abusive masters to their Lords. Now my poor main character, as I said before can’t speak the native language and it won’t be until much later that he can. So how might it mental effect him to learn his treatment was actually avoidable if he could have just spoken the language? He’s already going to be in a sorry state by this point with some other less than happy things I’ll be throwing him through.