First, why people always assume that new players, those who need mentorship, are slave players ?? Most sims force slave players who don't have a RP partner to play their character's owner, to join the state kennels, when they will be taught to become perfect little subs made in Gor.
What are these players offered in these structures ? Let me tell you, because me and friends, we experienced it quite a few times:
We got a thrilling scene (it's sarcasm) when IC'ly, the local slaver asks your char, some pertinent questions like "can you give me 5 names of Gorean fruits and vegetables", "what is a paga?", "what is the position of the pleasure slave?", "describe a sleen", and this, even if you told the guy, in IMs, that your character was a native and adult Gorean woman (would be like asking, in real life, to an adult, to explain what is a cat and test you to check if you know what is a pomme, a carrot and a potato...).
Second step, you're sent to some physician, who, without these slave exams, would have nothing much to RP (like what RP outside of caste work, huh?). Another thrilling scene, with a dude who only follows a process (always the same) and between two emotes of very mundane action, fills a notecard.
While this time, those new SL-Gor RPers who choose to start as a free, may wander in the sim, ruin other people's scenes with some non sense behavior (they have only read some stuff telling that basically, slaves have no right, men are dominant, FW are frigid, men have honor).
Years later, sometimes, these people read a few books. And you meet them with rping some lovey dovey family RP (in SL Gor, men have passionate love stories with FW, slaves for chores or a quick fuck, and everyone leave happily and love each other in the house). You have FW with bouncing boobs, no veil if low caste (in SL Gor, people are convinced that only high caste FW veil themselves), sometimes loose hair, wearing a dress with corset enhancing their curves, all tattooed FM, modern piercing, who are half tuchuk, half torvi, FW slavers who train pleasure slaves, and mambas who are slavers, scribes, etc....
But a slave player, even experienced, will still be invited to follow classes, her RP will be micromanaged (read what Leah told), and the right for her to choose her RP, partners, will be not accepted because you chose to play a slave, you must play with everyone and do whatever you are told to do, even to go to serve in the local tavern, if your character is owned by an assassin, who is absent, so, make yourself useful girl (experienced... No wonder why some slave players prefer after, only play with their character's owner, when confronted to all that crap).
So no, slavers in SL don't RP a slave training, as I explained. Because a real slave training, in the books, is adjusted to the personality of the slave. Plus, it's assuming that a slaver cannot play intrigues, be involved in political plots.
In most sims, the slaver is the OOC slave mentor, his role wil be to teach Gor to slave RPers. And as you have many dudes who ruin this role since years, you may assume that many slaver rpers are fine with that (after all, it's their idea of the role, and their purpose in SL Gor is often to get a breeding ground of docile "made-in-Gor" subs.)
But first, why do sims accept people who have seldom a clue about the environment they want to play in?
In most RP environments in SL, the process to join a sim is the following:
- have made yourself familiar with the RP etiquette
- read the sim rules
- studied the RP theme of the sim you want to join and read the lore
- built a plausible character, with a background, a personality, flaws, merits, skills
- Fill an application that will show you respected these steps
So, if your character doesn't fit perfectly with the theme and the lore, you will be asked to adjust or your whole application is refused.
In SL Gor, most of the time, you have only to fill a form, usually with these questions:
- Are you a Free Man, Free Woman?:
- Are you already a member of a Caste (if so, which one):
- If you are not a member of a Caste, which would you like to apply to if citizenship is granted?:
- Do you have a current or past homestone and if so what city?
- How long have you been Gorean?
- What books of the John Norman Gor series have you read?
- Do you have a companion? If so list their name (SL name):
- Do you own slaves? If so list their name (SL name) here
- Do you have a current or past homestone and if so what city?
- How much on sim RP time do you anticipate spending in ***/week?:
- What Earth Time Zone do you reside in?:
Slave players are required to fill a different form (another SL Gor oddity), where they have to post their slave papers (mensurations, eyes, hair color, type of branding, etc etc) and are often additionally asked questions like those:
- Why did you decide to be a slave on SL Gor?
- What do you believe it will take to fulfill your needs and wants as a slave in Gor?
- Please describe any training you have received as a slave (e.g. Southern, Northern, serving, dancing, etc.).
- Have you received other training (e.g. physician, scribe)
blah blah blah...
If the Gorean sims refused people who didn't seriously work on their character and study the theme and sim lore, it would not be necessary to mentor a bunch of slave players, but only to play an IC training, exactly like those in the books, without monitoring anything in OOC.
When I played a slave with my SL partner, who played her owner, at a moment, his character decided that his slave needed to be trained as a pleasure slave (she was a former high caste FW with no training other than a very basic one). We looked for a house where my char could be trained the way it was described by the books. We never found. Everywhere, -everywhere-, no slaver understood that I, the typist, had no need to be taught everything about Gor. It was like these people couldn't admit that my knowledge of Gor and its culture was very good (34 books read) that only my character needed to be trained as a pleasure slave and that no, ICly, her owner was not interested in having her going to serve to the local inn or tavern (and both of us in OOC neither). Worse, most of the training was focused on domestic chores... We really found no house with slave trainers, training the girls how to kiss, how to move gracefully, how to wear makeup, how to express her sexual needs, how to entice men. Not one!
When the slave is a main character in the books, in SL Gor, most sims don't even encourage a creative RP for slave players, don't consider them as full RPers with the same ability than free person players to contribute to a sim in terms of stories. And after, the sim owners complain because they must babysit them (but nobody will tell the typist of the local mamba slaver or physician or scribe that he needs to go back to study the Gorean environment because his character is a fuking non sense), etc etc etc.
The fact is that most Gorean sims are not selective with their players. And for the players who are very good, with a good knowledge of the Gorean environment and decent RP skills, as I said earlier, their interest and motivation tend to fade in less 6 months, which only leave the less creative and serious ones....