One of the slavebrothers may be instructed to act in proxy for the MASTER in certain instances, but the MASTER is the only one who determines punishment, or can direct it enacted on His behalf.
The Household under the MASTER would consist of slave roles broadly defined as follows:
consort slave: This category of slave would share many general and specific areas of interest with the MASTER. A consort slave would closely understand and appreciate the MASTER'S intelligence and wit. he will also have an unerring sense of interaction -- with a MASTER who enjoys spirited discussion but hates arguments, and be able to see the very fine line between the two. This slave also likely has a strong career calling that the MASTER takes an interest in. A consort slave may find himself on Personal Service Detail to the MASTER more frequently and may accompany the MASTER more often to outside events or travels. This position however, has no special privileges in treatment, training, or punishment, that would differentiate it from any other position within the household. (position taken by slavebrother michael)
core slave: This is a position involves a certain wisdom about servitude, and the utmost level of confidence in the MASTER. This slave will use those things to further the MASTER'S goals and function as an additional motivating force within the slave brothers. A core slave will help keep the other slave brothers focused and on target, urge them on, praise their successes, help them focus beyond any failures. This is not in any way an elevated or 'privileged' position. Through his service within the dungeon, and in all other avenues, the core slave shows he is indeed a strong part of the foundation of the household. (satellite slavestan is under consideration for this position in the future.)
toy slave: This type of slave is likely a bit 'younger' than the average of the other slaves, but that is not a reflection of the slaves calendar age so much as experience or attitude. There is a chance he's not found his path in life easily, being somewhat rootless or drifting through life before his call to servitude, but it may also be the case that he has had a clear, yet unfulfilled previous existence.......yet as a slave he is eager, unerring in his desire to serve, open and willing to be defined as the MASTER sees fit. The MASTER may not see as much intellectual connection with this category of slave, but finds an amazing connection within the dungeon space. It is within this category that MASTER would place slaves that are suited to have a primary existence within the dungeon space of the household. (position open)
bottom slave: A subcategory of the toy slave, This slave has a CLEAR need to exist at the absolute bottom of the household totem pole, serving both the MASTER and the brother slaves as required. Few slaves are cut out for this particular existence, but if born to embrace it, there could be no finer fit. It requires the most total level of subjugation, and a total confidence that this slave is meant to be at an extreme level of control from the MASTER. (position open)
These roles, as defined, are to be guideposts only. Most slaves will exhibit attributes in more than one category, and the way a given slave is best utilized within the household may change over time. This is not some rigid script, as much as it is meant to define the different types of servitude that the MASTER finds compelling and viable, and to illustrate that not every slave in the Household may be best suited to every form of service the MASTER finds of use, interest, and pleasure........but, within the motivation of the multi member dynamic, each slave can soar -- in the way that the MASTER defines as the best path for each slaves gifts and talents, and to mold and train those things into what the MASTER wants to see them be.
It is important to understand that the MASTER sees BALANCE is a key. It is this balance that allows the slaves to exist not only as the MASTER defines and trains them, but also in the way they are best suited for. Each has a confidence in knowing that as a slave, he provides something within the household that the MASTER finds as unique, and that no other member of the household can provide. Each slave within the household has his own private intimacy with the MASTER, and that intimacy remains fresh and exciting for both the MASTER and the slave because, though ongoing and growing, it is never routine or commonplace. The structure of the household provides the stability, but keeps the freshness.