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The Nine Kinds of Submissive / Bottom / Slave, Fetcon

Welcome to the First Edition of

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Well it has been a VERY interesting few years.

On the verge of publishing the 1st Book of The Crow Academy a whole series of events began.  First the book photographer decided to pull a few key photos.  Then Master Arcane suffered a severe sports injury (rock climbing accident) and had to relocate from Australia back to the USA to heal (all healed and Better Than Ever!)

In the mean time while healing, Master Arcane continued to write for the beautiful new Crow Academy Website, teach seminars, and perfect his techniques in the world of Slave Training.  The logistics and legalities of transforming The Crow Academy into Crow Academy Publishing LLC were all locked down.  A new photographer was hired and the missing photos replaced.  Our foundations have been cemented into place, The Master is back 100%, and once again The Crow Academy is Full Speed Ahead!

LATEST SEMINAR REPORT – FETCON in Tampa, Florida (and shows too!)

Minds opened and problems solved for the attendees.
Approximately 50 people attended his workshop on “TRAPS: Complications in D/s Relationships and How to Overcome Them” taught at FETCON in Tampa, Florida this last August.  Although they only gave Arcane an hour, no class followed so he went on to talk for an extra 45 minutes.  Happy to say almost all the original attendees stayed to the very end.  Some tough material was covered (all of which is in The Book!) and the audience bravely confronted some very intense revelations about the Beauty and Complexity when seeking great heights in the magical world of D/s Relationships.
THANK YOU to all who attended the seminar.

Happily, The Master’s adventures in Florida did not stop there.  At one of the parties held at THE CASTLE in Tampa for FETCON, Master Arcane was conscripted onto one of the BDSM stages at the party.  His hardship?  He eventually found himself flogging a seemingly endless line of female volunteers eager to experience His unique flogging style.  It got to the point where Arcane had to start charging them for their floggings!  What did he charge?  A Cold Bottle Of Water From The Bar!  No water – no flogging!  How else was he supposed to keep on going like the Energizer Flogging Bunny?

Then a week later, by special request, Master Arcane and a lovely submissive performance partner did one seriously steamy, impromptu, full BDSM show on the Main Stage at CLUB SUBMISSION in Miami.  With whips donated for the show by LEATHER LEE, Master Arcane and his accomplice stunned the audience with a 20 minute immersion into the Furiously Hot BDSM of Arcane & Company.

If you live in Florida and plan to attend FANTASY FEST in Key West next week, keep an eye out for Arcane & Co performing there once again!

FEATURE – The Nine Kinds of Sub / Bottom / Slave

This very well-written concept was first presented to The Crow Academy several years ago.  It turns out the original author remains unknown.  We would LOVE to give credit to the Original Author, so if you recognize the roots of this concept please write back to us and let us know to whom we owe thanks.

While the original concept was extremely well conceived, it also appeared to be written quickly and with only experienced BDSM folk in mind.  As it is a goal of The Crow Academy to take even the loftiest BDSM concepts and make them extremely clear for all audiences – newcomers and experienced alike – Master Arcane re-wrote the concept and expanded greatly on each section.

While there are any number of systems that endeavor to delineate the “different kinds” of submissives or the different kinds of Doms, at The Crow Academy we feel this particular set of distinctions pays an excellent eye towards the subtle differences that really do explain why we see very non-submissive people at one end and extremely submissive people at the other end, while all still remain on the Same Spectrum.  This becomes particularly important when trying to ascertain if a certain Dom and a certain “sub” will match well together.  A Dom who insists on only being with a “Level 8” will not be happy with a “Level 1” and vice-versa.

Additionally, by understanding these 9 differentiations it can become easier to see why certain play styles can or cannot work well together.  It is not that a Dom nor a sub cannot change to a different level if they want to (the key word being “want”) but rather that these distinctions help explain why one Level can erroneously appear to look like another one.

This incorrect assessment happens all the time, and then the Dom and sub have to work to overcome the obstacles and find a middle ground.  What if neither is happy in that middle ground?  Well we chose to post this article so that hopefully with this set of descriptions of the 9 Different Levels Kinds of Sub / Bottom / Slave, the Dom and sub together can now look at this list and come to an understanding Early On so that each has an idea of what the other expects and needs.




Not into servitude, humiliation or giving up control; just pain and/or spiced-up sensuality, on the masochist’s own terms and for the masochist’s own direct pleasure (i.e. turned on solely / mainly by her own bodily sensations rather than by being  “used” to gratify one’s partner’s sadism).  Technically called a “Bottom.”  You may find this kind frequenting fetish / BDSM clubs to get their masochistic “fix” without owing fealty to any particular Dom or Top.

Not into even exploring being an actual “slave” or submissive, but into other “submissive” role-playing, e.g. schoolteacher scenes, interrogation scenes, “forced” into slavery as the kidnapped princess, etc.  Often into bondage, masochistic to varying degrees, sometimes into humiliation, but NOT into servitude, even in play. Dictates the scene to a large degree.  More of a Bottom than a submissive, as her main goal is to play, to “scene,” and not really to give up control. Think of the kinky partner who enjoys various kinds of play and play alone, but no actual submission.

Likes to play at being a slave; likes to feel subservient now and then; may in some cases enjoy feeling she is being “used” to gratify partner’s sadism; may even really serve the Dominant in some ways, but only on the “slave’s” own terms.  Dictates the scene to a large degree; often fetishistic (e.g. boot/leather worshippers), often masochistic.  Often enjoys aspects of submission but not actually ready or willing to release into full submission as she retains a near-constant need for control in her life in general.

Really gives up control (only temporarily and within agreed upon limits), but gets her main satisfaction from her own internal aspects of submission other than serving or being used by the Dominant. Usually turned on by suspense, vulnerability, giving up control, and/or giving up responsibility.  Doesn’t dictate the scene except in very general terms, but still seeks mainly her own direct pleasure (as opposed to feeling fulfilled / getting pleasure from pleasing the Dominant).  Often masochistic but not always, as this kind may take their pleasure 100% from the psychological aspects of submission.

Really gives up control (though only temporarily; only during brief “scenes” and within limits) and gets main satisfaction from serving / being used by the Dominant but only for FUN purposes, usually erotic.  May or may not be into pain.  If so, her pleasure may vary from genuine enjoyment (masochistically wired) to a more indirect masochism where she is turned on by being the object of her partner’s sadism, upon which this submissive may place very few requirements or restrictions given the establishing of trust.  The temporary nature of this kind of submissive lends to the term “Collar-On submissive,” meaning metaphorically that she is only submissive when she is “wearing the collar” (real or conceptually).

Really gives up control (usually within limits); wants to serve and be used by the Dominant; wants to provide practical/non-erotic as well as fun/erotic services; but only when the “slave” is in the mood. May even act as a full-time slave for, say, several days at a time, but is free to quit at any time (or at the end of the agreed upon several days). May or may not have a long-term relationship with her Dom, but either way the “slave” has the final say over when she will serve.  The Classic “Collar-On slave.”

Has an ongoing commitment to an Owner/slave relationship and regards herself as the Dominant’s property at all times. Wants to obey and please her Dom in all aspects of life including practical / non-erotic as well as fun / erotic.  Devotes a great deal of her time to other commitments (e.g. job) but the Dom has first pick of the slave’s free time.  The “Real” aspect often includes a slave collar formally given and / or a slave contract that makes room for the part-time element. Similar to the situation of the traditional 1950’s style housewife, with the overt position of slave being fully consensual and fully enjoyed.

Within no more than a few broad limits / requirements, the slave regards herself as existing solely for the Dom’s pleasure and well-being.  She views herself as the Dom’s property, and in turn the slave expects to be regarded as a prized possession.  This full time “slave” arrangement is entered into much more carefully, with detailed negotiation, an explicit awareness of the magnitude of the expectations, and an equally explicit awareness of the magnitude of power that is being given up.  Signified extremely often with a formal collaring ceremony or the signing of a slave contract.  Before the Dom bestows a formal collar or slave contract, the long-term nature of this relationship insists on more awareness of the possible pitfalls, more profound preliminary negotiation, and with much clearer and more specific agreements than those that even precede the traditional marriage.  This level of D/s describes the Classic 24/7 Master-slave relationship.  Both parties must be “wired” for this level of depth; it must be mutually fulfilling and passionately desired by both parties equally to succeed.

A common fantasy ideal often presented in fiction which rarely exist in real life, though there are exceptions.  The complication comes in the form of the slave’s declaration of “no limits” which 99.9% of the time proves to be a false claim, and eventually at least some limits will arise, say the most basic desires for ongoing health and well-being at the least.  Nonetheless, given that such a rare relationship blossoms and progresses forward on a truly healthy path, the statement of “no limits” often steps aside for the couple’s mutual adherence to a policy of general well-being within the M/s Relationship.  Within the daily life all commands are obeyed by the slave and she seeks the deepest level of devotion to her Dom.  The problematic nature of this rare level exists mainly for a free-agent submissive, proclaiming most often out of ignorance or too many fantasy novels, to be this kind of slave and thus exposing herself far too early to the random excesses of potentially unskilled or amateur Doms who lack the sophistication and experience to do justice to such an open soul.  Better for such a rare submissive of this kind to start slowly, refrain from the “no limits” label, build trust, and then perhaps one day with her Dom declare that she wants no more limits, after repeated experiences in which her trust has proven justified.  Hence this level is potentially attainable given time within an ongoing, loving, mutually fulfilling Master-slave relationship.  This parallels the concept of a slave eventually telling her Owner that she no longer wishes to be allowed to use safewords, as she feels such an intense trust for her Owner that she wishes to give up all control.

Fetish Dreams to you All,
— Master Arcane & The Crow Academy Staff