Taken slave in childhood, Gorgik gains his freedom, leads a slave revolt, and becomes a minister of state, finally abolishing slavery. Ironically, however, he is sexually aroused by the iron slave collars of servitude. Does this contaminate his mission -- or intensify it? Presumably elaborated from an ancient text of unknown geographical origin, the stories are sunk in translators' and commentators' introductions and appendices, forming a richly comic frame.
"Master, may we roll the dice?" asked the slave.
"It is in the nature of the dice to be rolled" I replied. "It has twenty sides, and so we call it a d20. Cast the dice, kajira, and watch."
The beautiful girl cast the dice, which rolled acceptably across the floor towards the sleen pits.
"Truly it rolls, Master."
"Had it rolled into the sleen pit, slave, then you would have followed it."
The girl shuddered.
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