Ranks, Titles and Heirarchies

by Aramock Nanuck

     February 1997

There are numerous strata for both supplicants and Dominants.  Every organization of larger groups has always needed this sort of hierarchy. The structure is a necessity for poly households, at events or munches. The longer-term or events that span days become necessary to identify some form of command and control.  Usually, each top dog will find a term or organization which suits them. Here are the most common ones;


Slave Ranks


Propertrix, Overseer

A female slave who acts as a supervisor of and foreman of other slaves. Male slaves typically never are permitted to supervise female slaves as this gives rise to their tending to become a challenge to their dominance over time.



Any individual bound by an agreement and subject to a contract and has protection over their life and wellbeing. It is essential to treat with respect and decency in public these individuals unless there is a need or desire for public humiliation.



A subhuman loses the right to any human dignity, including the right to clothes in any private setting.  They will be chained when not of service and fed on the floor. Typically not used for sexual purposes.



A Newt is a genderless description that removes the sexual connotations from the individual.


Excrement, Shitze, Basur

Something of no value and needs only to be removed, erased, disposed of or sold.



An individual into simple acts and does not submit regularly or long-term to one dominant or pair.  Most lifestylers consider these individuals on par with Free-person except in the context of the scene or activity they are participating in.



The best explanation of Goreans codes is on http://goreanknowledge.tripod.com/Slave_Types.html


Dominant Ranks

These are a little more difficult because each dominant likes to think they are at the top of the food chain.


Pharaoh, Overlord, Monarch, (Lord, King, etc.)

These people have and maintain multiple slaves and usually have over ten years of experience. These people tend to be extraordinarily hedonistic and narcissistic. At significant events, one Dominant will preside over it and receive the title of {Event} God/Demon/King/Pharaoh/Cesar/Czar.



A person who has led a household and holds the position because they earned it through the right to select or recognize others.  Reserving these titles is common for those individuals at the level of club presidents and forum leaders who are very active within the BDSM community.


Artibus, Mentor, Mentat, Sage

A person with many years of experience who has:

  • owned one or more slaves in the past

  • extensive knowledge in specialty areas 

  • shared understanding with others in a very professional or clinical manner.

  • And widely acknowledged as a knowledge holder within the BDSM community. 


Master, Leader, Principal

A person who currently has a slave and is engaged in the lifestyle while in private or events.


Top, Dom, or Domme

A person who acts dominant has dominant leanings but usually does not own a slave and solely focused on the sexual dominance side of the lifestyle.



A person who only engages with people at events or on casual play.  They do not own slaves and, again, are primarily focused on one aspect of the lifestyle.