Our underground Slave Training Facility is remote and secluded for obvious reasons, which means that we previously used to waste precious hours waiting for the transport van to return after extracting the target before enslavement training could commence. Over time we learned that we could improve our output and production efficiency if we teamed up an Apprentice Trainer with the extraction team. As any half-witted economist will tell you… time is money.
After 18-24 months of field work as an intern, riding along with the Field Operations Bureau, our Apprentice Trainers undergo a challenging written, oral and practical examination, lasting two weeks in duration. They only get one shot at this. If they fail, then they are weeded out of the program. But as you can imagine, this creates a unique problem for us, since we can’t afford to have terminated employees running around, potentially revealing our location to the authorities.
As harsh as it sounds, we truly have no choice but to strip them not only of their employment… but their freedom as well.
That’s right: Apprentices who don’t make the cut are involuntarily “enrolled” in our enslavement program just as if they’d been extracted by the Field Operations Bureau. To prevent flight, our Apprentices aren’t allowed to leave the facility once they complete the two-week exam. They’re restricted to quarters until a Senior Trainer enters the room with one of two things: 1) A manila envelope with their promotion packet and paperwork to sign, or 2) A stainless steel collar… that will be welded on permanently.
Suffice it to say, the moment that dormitory door opens, their tense eyes are focused on one thing, and one thing only: what’s in the Senior Trainer’s hand? If it’s a collar, he has a very difficult road ahead—far more so than the typical slave. We do try our absolute best to isolate and protect former Apprentices from the general population, but after 18-24 months of brutal treatment at his hands, our slaves can’t help but exact their revenge. Freshly stripped of rank and superiority, they always find a way to get to the demoted victim.
But its not all doom and gloom. If they do pass the exam, they’re offered a full-time position, including health benefits, a sizable pay increase, and promoted to the next level: Assistant Trainer. Assistant Trainers work under the supervision of an Attending Trainer. Not to create confusion, but an “Attending Trainer” is equal to that of a Senior Trainer in all rights and privileges, except that the Attending has taken additional courses in order to serve as a mentor to Assistant Trainers. Since they also have to perform their regular duties as a Senior Trainer as well, there is a marginal pay raise for the additional workload. Having said that, the pay is not enough to justify the responsibility. One does not elect to become an Attending for the pay, they do it because they have a passion for mentorship.
As for the Assistant, they now pick up where the Apprentices leave off: Specifically, they meet the transport vans at the garage, and process the intake of new captives who have been freshly extracted from the former lives. They take care of all of the formalities that Attending Trainers consider grunt work, i.e. paperwork, basic medical examination, cleaning, shaving, etc.
At first, they only observe the Attendings perform the delicate process of permanently welding on the slave’s new gear, i.e. stainless steel collar, ankle/wrist “bracelets” with attachment rings, etc. Since welding obviously requires the use of a blowtorch, the potential for damage to the new property is at its peak, and must be performed very delicately. Over time, as the Assistant builds trust with the Attending, he will be allowed to participate in the process, and eventually if all goes well, lead it independently without the Attending’s assistance.