Fellow author Sophie Kisker asked a question on social media regarding the specific length of a Term in the Dominion Trust. Rather than write a long rambling response to her post, I thought it might be easier to post a passage copied from one of the manuals Trust members refer to when it comes to the care, feeding, and disciplining of the special women in their care:)
(I’m happy to entertain any and all questions about the Dominion Trust world — or any other Trent Evans stories — so please ask away if you’re curious.)
Extract: Manual of The Trust – Part II – Section 3 – Length of Terms
… Terms do not typically have a specified period, though the majority last for a period of 1-3 months. The specific length of many Terms are often negotiated either before the Term begins, or shortly after the fact.
It is not unknown for Terms to be extended either at the woman’s own behest, or because those currently holding them have become enamored of their temporary “guest.” In the latter case, the principle(s) involved (typically her husband, Master, owner, etc) is contacted and negotiation is commenced. (See: Part II – Section 5 – Amendment to Terms)
Once a woman embarks on a Term, she is entirely subject to the person she is serving the Term under; she ceases to have any say in her treatment, within certain specified (and strictly enforced) bounds. However, in those cases where extending an existing Term is proposed, the woman serving the Term may have “veto power” over such extensions. This is usually determined by what current dynamic the woman is subject to in her existing relationship/marriage (for instance, a consensual non consent dynamic may mean she has no veto power in such an extension).
Such Term extensions are, from time to time, the cause of disagreement or friction between members of the Trust (particularly in such cases noted above) and in those instances, a Prime of the Trust is the final arbiter on whether or not the Term can be extended and/or the imposition of modifications to said Term extension is warranted. This serves as a “safety valve” to minimize the chance of subjects of a Term being abused.
Unfortunately, in some cases (See: Case Study – Corddray, Genna and Case Study – Trask, Quinton), abuses do occur, and in those instances, Primes of the Trust become involved and must agree on an appropriate remedy, which can include disciplinary restrictions, sanctions, fines, or even expulsion for any Trust members deemed to be abusing anyone as part of a Term.
In rare, extreme cases, sterner measures will be required to address such abuses…
(Note: The preceding was entirely fictional and is background information related to the Dominion Trust series by Trent Evans. In other words, if you think this is real, stop being a dope:)
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