I have a feeling the answers to a lot of the questions you have, and I thank you for them, will be covered once I get the games Elluki up and going by tuesday the 19th.
But to answer your immediate questions. Typically speaking the person a newly captured slave that needed to be trained up would likely first encounter Amazon our Mercenary Captain or if she decides to assign another PC merc to inspect caravans that pass through then they'd run into that person first.
The mercenary should then direct the traveling merchant to see Gideon which may have them waiting around at the Sunset House proper (the actual house). Where they would meet the bartender and whoever else is there.
Once Caron gets around to meeting with the trader (I use trader in the answer to this because Gideon wouldn't purchase an untrained slave from a slaver), this is the person the newly captured slave would ultimately wind up in the care of. What Gideon does with them at this point would vary based on the slave and his assessment of them.
One of Caron's standing laws is that anyone residing in Sunset House (which actually refers to both the community and the house proper) seeking to procure a personal slave will purchase them from Caron. This is how he manages the influx of the slave population. Remember that every slave the community buys and keeps is another mouth that needs feeding, another body that needs shelter and protection. Bottom line is every new slave costs Caron personally. This is the core reason why he so strictly regulates the trading of slaves in Sunset House, his resources are finite.
[A full listing of Caron's laws, collectively referred to as Caron's Creed, will be in the Elluki. (Don't worry there really aren't that many and each one will have both an IC and OOC explanation for its existence).]
Sunset House, the community is comprised of Sunset House [floor plan linked at the bottom of this message], the resident Trader's (your character Haibane) two-story home/work shop [shored up and reinforced/constructed with salvaged building material like all the structures except the remarkably intact Sunset House], eight other two to three bedroom homes also patched together from the rubble of the surrounding wastes, a single three bedroom home with significant interior reconstruction which functions as a barracks for the mercenaries, a well, a thirty foot high makeshift tower with a platform and covering to hold a look out/sniper, one formerly two bedroom home with interior reconstruction leaving it open enough to function as a store room and to house the dozen or so diesel generators providing Sunset House with electricity and lastly a eight to ten foot wall constructed from the surrounding residential rubble and some busted down vehicles encircling the community with a southern and northern gate both of which remain typically open during daylight hours and remain shut and barred through out the night.
As for the population of Sunset House. It would be broken down into PCs and NPCs.
PC's are listed in my original post, but to go ahead and list it again here, there will be [when I stop recruiting permanent players].
Gideon, nine mercenaries (this includes their captain), the bartender, cook, trader, eight permanent residents, up to 5 female slaves and up to 5 male slaves. Thats a total of 31 PC characters if the game fills all the way up. And that doesn't include transient PC customer's.
NPCs - Families of the resident PCs if they have them, transient caravans, slaves, mercenaries, prospectors and the important Mystery Man [think someone like the blue suit from half-life, or your typical man in black]. This is a fluid number of people.
All told you'd be looking at a walled community roughly the size of a small neighborhood with probably one road running north/south that's home to no more than eighty people at any given time.
And for now, please Haibane hold onto further questions until this coming tuesday and then check out the Elluki I put up. After that if you still have questions then good on ya but please PM them to me.Sunset House - Lower FloorSunset House - First FloorSunset House - Second Floor