A little understanding of the lives of servants/slaves/workers
~Blood/Life contracts: Servitude (work to get crystals) ---> Before a servant enters a household to become a servant (for X amount of years), they have to sign a written contract. Within the amount of years that they are to work for the household, they are to remain loyal and if they do not, their master can end them (happens most of the time behind the scenes). The only way to get out of the contract is to 1) not be in one in the first place 2) stay/be loyal until the contract ends 3) die.
~The contract disappears or becomes worthless when the servant dies.
~In some cases like if a servant dies while in servitude, (if they have a child) their child have to take their place and finish the serving time. (If they don't then they don't)
~The blood/life contracts knows the servant is dead when there is no more heartbeat (that's why/how it's tied to the servant's life).
~In Mei Lien's case, she already died so she isn't tied to the contract anymore.
~There aren't much "good" jobs other than servitude (which is most popular because of the benefits some households provides). For example, the servants in the Zhou Residence have higher ranks than the ones in the Li Residence because of the Zhou clan's prestige and/or long generations of serving the empire.
-Example of a situation: 'A' is from a prestigious clan & 'B' is from a lower ranked clan.
-'A' tells his/her servant 'a' to buy a certain cultivation book. At the same time, 'B' also tells his/her servant 'b' to buy a certain cultivation book. Without their masters, both servants 'a' and 'b' have to buy the same cultivation book to take to their masters (there's only one of a kind). A majority of the time, the shopkeeper will give the cultivation book to 'a' because its master 'A' has a higher rank than 'B'.
-It would be different if both masters went with their servants to get the book. The shopkeeper has to decide who he would sell the book to if the two masters did come.
~Most of the servants in most households are slaves sold by merchants ---> slaves' only payment is food/water rations. Slaves also enters a blood/life contract too.
Slaves: Have master(s); is given food, drinks, housing, clothes & yearly health checkups (majority of the time but not all are given this chance); not paid; tied to a blood/life contract (slave for life unless they can buy their own freedom or someone else buys them freedom)
Servants: Have master(s); are paid only; free after some years; tied to a blood/life contract
Workers: not tied to a blood/life contract; do not work for a household but for some stores; are paid and free
To be updated with more info later...
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