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The practice of five banding, or saying that a slave is five banded, involves wearing locked restraints on the neck and all four limbs - for example, a collar, bracelets and anklets - and signifies the complete subjugation of the slave.
The term was popularised by Sharon Green's Terrillian Warrior series of books. For example, near the start of "The Warrior Challenged":
|Sharon Green wrote:|
I looked down at the bronze bands on my wrists and ankles, feeling the one around my neck even if I couldn't see it, knowing they were all beyond a woman's strength to open. The light, small-linked chains marked me as Tammad's property, his beyond argument or offer. I hated being locked in chain; to me it was a measure of things on that world that being five-banded was the highest distinction a woman could achieve.
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