The term "bareneck" has different uses depending on the context. For latent or non-operant humans affiliated with the Tanu, it can mean they are trusted not to need a gray or silver torc which has obedience circuitry built into it to control its wearers. Outside the Tanu sway, it can mean free humans or in rare cases, operant metapsychics.

The term is almost never used for non-humans.

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