The World of Gor

Theres only one Gor

Great Central Hall

 

 

This is a Hall in any part of Gor. It is where any meetings will be held, any courts or other matters.

It is the room for any one to come and ask questions without fear or humiliation.


Market Square

 

 

 A market square in any part of Gor. Trade is undertaken here, there are slave auctions and is a bustling part of gor. All Castes can be found here and there are an abundance of slaves.

The Square is central with small side streets running away from this point. Together with the open market there are shops running along each side. On the side streets can be found taverns and paga dens. 

 

I want to see the market,' Talena said eagerly, and I knew the market she meant. This vast city of silk would surely have its Street of Brands. Reluctantly I took Talena to the great tent of blue and yellow silk, and we pressed in among the hot, smelling bodies of the buyers, forcing our way towards the front. There Talena watched, thrilled, as girls, several of whom she had known in the caravan, were placed on the large, rounded wooden block and sold, one by one, to the highest bidder.

Tarsnman 

 

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I turned down the street of the dealers in artifacts and curios. I was making my way toward the public tents in the vicinity of the amphitheater. It was there that the tables for the odds on the Kaissa matches might be found.

Beasts 


Arena of Honour

 

 

This is the place where Warriors can train for their Castes. It is a place for sparring and practise.  Honour matches can be played out.

You want to fight take it to the *Arena of Honour* 

 

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“The 97th Aphorism in the Codes I was taught,” I said, “is in the form of a riddle:

“What is invisible but more beautiful than diamonds?” “And the answer?” inquired Labienus.

“That which is silent but deafens thunder.”

The men regarded one another.“And what is that?” asked Labienus.

“The same,” said I, “as that which depresses no scale but is weightier than gold.”“And what is that?” asked Labienus.

“Honor,” I said.

“He is of the Warriors,” said a man

Vagabonds

 

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"Flee!" she said.
"I am of the Warriors," I said.
"But you may die," she said.
"That is acknowledged in the codes," I said.
"What are the codes?" she asked.
"They are nothing, and everything," I said. "They are a bit of noise, and the steel of the heart. They are meaningless, and all significant. They are the difference. Without the codes men would be Kurii."

 Beasts of Gor

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Equaling and perhaps exceeding the fame of Gladius of Cos was that of the swordsman Murmillius, of the cruel games observed in the Stadium of Blades. Since the beginning of En'Kara he had fought more than one hundred and twenty times, and one hundred and twenty foes had fallen before him, which, following his unusual custom, he had never slain, regardless of the will of the crowd. Some of the best swordsmen of Ar, even Warriors of High Caste, eager to be the one to best the mysterious Murmillius, had dared to enter the arena against him, but each of these bold gentlemen he seemed to treat with more scorn than his common foes, playing with them and then, it seemed when he wished, disabling their sword arm, so cruelly that perhaps they might never again be able to lift the steel. Condemned criminals and men of low caste, fighting for gold or freedom in the arena, he treated with the harsh courtesies obtaining among sword brothers.


Assassin 

 

 

“The 97th Aphorism in the Codes I was taught,” I said, “is in the form of a riddle: “What is invisible but more beautiful than diamonds?”
“And the answer?” inquired Labienus.
“That which is silent but deafens thunder.”
The men regarded one another.
“And what is that?” asked Labienus.
“The same,” said I, “as that which depresses no scale but is weightier than gold.”
“And what is that?” asked Labienus.
“Honor,” I said.

 

Two Chain Tavern

 

 

A tavern in any city in Gor.  Sit and relax, it is a place for Men and slaves. Paga, ale and any other drink will be served together with food made on the premises. There is a musicians pit for dancing slaves. Wagers are made, laughter is raucous and many wake up with a heavy head and a good slave in their furs. Alcoves can be rented just make an enquiry with the patron.

FreeWomen should enter at their own peril and always in company with a Man.

 

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  I then, in the coda of my performance, danced helplessness and beauty, and submission, surrendering myself as I, in my collar, must, into the hands and mercies of masters.
     As the music concluded I performed floor movements, and the eyes of the men blazed, and fists pounded on the tables, and then the music was done and I lay before them on my back, my breasts rising and falling as I fought for breath, my body sheened with sweat, my hands beside me, palms up, my knees lifted slightly, my right knee highest, a slave before masters.

Dancer of Gor   

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I have never been in one of these places before,” she said. “I now understand why it is that free women never enter Paga taverns.”

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Central Region

 

This room covers  Ar, Koroba. It covers all towns and cities of the Vosk  League Alliance, together with the cities of the Salerian Confederation along the Olni river.

PortKar, up to Lydius are ports in this area as are the Northern Forests, Sar Dar, Thentis and Voltai mountain ranges 

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Ar, beleaguered and dauntless, was a magnificent sight. Its splendid, defiant shimmering cylinders loomed proudly behind the snowy marble ramparts; its double walls, the first three hundred feet high; the second, separated from the first by twenty yards, four hundred feet high-walls wide enough to drive six tharlarion wagons abreast on their summits. 
Every fifty yards along the walls rose towers, jutting forth so as to expose any attempt at scaling to the fire of their numerous archer ports.
 
Tarnsman of Gor
 
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There was said to be no access to Treve save on tarnback and this would suggest that it must be as much a mountain stronghold as a city.
 
Raiders of Gor
 
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Ko-ro-ba lay in the midst of green and rolling hills, some hundreds of feet above the level of the distant Tamber Gulf and that mysterious body of water beyond it, spoken of in Gorean simply as Thassa, the Sea. Ko-ro-ba was not set as high and remote as for example was Thentis in the mountains of Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, but it was not a city of the vast plains either, like the luxurious metropolis of Ar, or of the shore, like the cluttered, crowded, sensuous Port Kar on the Tamber Gulf. Whereas Ar was glorious, a city of imposing grandeur, acknowledged even by its blood foes; whereas Thentis had the proud violence of the rude mountains of Thentis for its setting; whereas Port Kar could boast the broad Tamber for her sister, and the gleaming, mysterious Thassa beyond, I thought my city to be truly the most beautiful, its variegated lofty cylinders rising so gently, so joyfully, among the calm, green hills.

 

An ancient poet, who incredibly enough to the Gorean mind had sung the glories of many of the cities of Gor, had spoken of Ko-ro-ba as the Towers of the Morning, and it is sometimes spoken of by that name. The actual word Ko-ro-ba itself, more prosaically, is simply an expression in archaic Gorean referring to a village market.
 
Outlaw of Gor
 
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Port Kar, squalid, malignant Port Kar, scourge of gleaming Thassa, Tarn of the Sea, is a vast, disjointed mass of holdings, each almost a fortress, piled almost upon one another, divided and crossed by hundreds of canals.......It is, in effect, walled, though it has few walls as one normally thinks of them. Those buildings which face outwards, say, either at the delta or along the shallow Tamber gulf, have no windows on the outward side, and the outward walls of them are several feet thick, and they are surmounted, on the roofs, with crenellated parapets. The canals which open into the delta of the Tamber were, in the last few years, fitted with heavy, half-submerged gates of bars.... 
 
Raiders of Gor
 
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The expression 'Saleria', doubtless owing its origin to the meadow of Salerius, is used broadly, incidentally, to refer to the fertile basin territories both north and south of the Olni, the lands over which the confederation professes to maintain a hegemony. The meadow of Salerius, thus, lies on the northern bank of the Olni, between Port Olni and Vonda; the area called Saleria, on the other hand, is, in effect, the lands controlled by the confederation. Ti, Port Olni and Vonda lie on the northern bank of the Olni; Lara lies between the Olni and the Vosk, at their confluence. It is regarded as being of great strategic importance. It could, if it wished, prevent Olni shipping from reaching the markets of the Vosk towns, and, similarly, if it wished, prevent shipping from these same towns from reaching the Olni markets. Overland shipping in this area, as is generally the case on Gor, is time consuming and costly; also, it is often dangerous. It is interesting to note that the control of piracy on the Olni was largely a function of the incorporation of Lara in the confederation. This made it difficult for the pirate fleets, following their raids, to descend the Olni and escape into the Vosk....
 
Fighting slave of Gor
 
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...The northern forests, the haunts of bandits and unusual beasts, far to the north and east of Ko-ro-ba, my city, are magnificent, deep forests, covering hundreds of thousands of square pasangs....

Assasins of Gor

 

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"Panthergirls are arrogant. They live by themselves in the northern forests, by hunting, and slaving and outlawry. They have little respect for anyone, or anything, saving themselves and, undeniably the beasts they hunt, the tawny forest panthers, the swift, sinuous sleen."

 Hunters of Gor 

 

 

Northern Landfall

  

 

This room covers  Torvaldslands and the Land of the Innuits. It is all the Northern holdings and includes the Hringar mountains. It covers the region from Kassau Northwards.. the land of Jarls and bondsmaids..

 

 

 

...Torvaldsland is a cruel, harsh, rocky land. It contains many cliffs, inlets and mountains. Its arable soil is thin, and found in patches. The size of the average farm is very small. Good soil is rare and highly prized. Communication between farms is often by sea, in small boats. Without the stream of Torvald, it would probably be impossible to raise cereal crops in sufficient quantity to feed even its relatively sparse population... The stream of Torvald is regarded by the men of Torvaldsland as a gift of Thor, bestowed upon Torvald, the legendary founder and hero of the land, in exchange for a ring of gold....
 
Marauders of Gor
 
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Many of them were giants, huge men, inured to the cold, accustomed to war and the labor of the oar, raised from boyhood on steep, isolated farms near the sea, grown strong and hard on work, and meat and cereals. Such men, from boyhood, in harsh games had learned to run, to leap, to throw the spear, to wield the sword, to wield the axe, to stand against steel, even bloodied, unflinching. Such men, these, would be the hardest of the hard, for only the largest, the swiftest and finest might win for themselves a bench on the ship of a captain, and the man great enough to command such as they must be first and mightiest among them, for the men of Torvaldsland will obey no other, and that man had been Ivar Forkbeard. 
 
Marauders of Gor
 
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"Kassau is the seat of the High Initiate of the north, who claims spiritual sovereignty over Torvaldsland, which is commonly taken to commence with the thinning of the trees northward. This claim, like many of those of the initiates, is disputed by few, and ignored by most. The men of Torvaldsland, on the whole, I knew, while tending to respect Priest-Kings, did not accord them special reverence. They held to old gods, and old ways. The religion of the Priest-Kings, institutionalized and ritualized by the castle of Initiates, had made little headway among the primitive men to the north."
 
Marauders of Gor
 
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"The men of Torvaldsland are skilled with their hands.  Trade to the south, of course is largely in furs acquired from Torvaldsland, and in barrels of smoked, dried parsit fish."

Marauders of Gor 

 

 

The Barrens

 

This room covers the mouth of the Barrens.. Fort Haskins and the Boswell Pass, and opens into the Barrens of the Savages, Fleer, Dust leg, Isbu, Yellow Knives and Kaiila and of course the  Waniyampi

 

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"The normal distributions, given food supply and such, of the bands of the Kaiila are usually rather as follows. First, understand that there exists the Kaiila River, flowing generally in a Southwestward direction. At a given point, high in the terriotory of the Kaiila tribe, it branches into two rivers, which are normally spoken of as the Northern Kaiila and the Southern Kaiila. The Snake, flowing in an almost southern direction, is a tributary to the Northern Kaiila. The land of the Napoktan, or the Bracelets band of the Kaiila, is east of the Snake, and north of the Northern Kaiila, and the Kaiila proper. The Wismahi, or Arrowhead and of the Kaiila, holds the more northern lands in and below, to some extent, the fork of the Kaiila. The Isbu's land are the more southern lands between the Northern and Southern branches of the Kaiila. The lands of the Casmu, or Sand Band of the Kaiila, lie to the west of the Isanna, and to the north and west of the Isbu, above the descending Northern branch of the Northern Kaiila." 

"Blood Brothers of Gor" 

 

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  And what does this mean?" I drew an imaginary line across my throat with my right index finger. I had seen Corn Stalks make this sign in his talk with Grunt.

Grunt's eyes clouded. "It is the sign for the Kaiila," he said, "the Cutthroat Tribe."
 
Savages of Gor    

 

The Turian Plains

 

 

This room covers all of the Plains, it includes Turia , and the  Lands of the Wagon People . Tuchuk, Kassar, Kataii and Paravaci 

 

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We moved slowly, walking the Kaiila, in four long lines, the Tuchuks, the Kassars, the Kataii, the Paravaci, some two hundred or so warriors of each

Nomads of Gor 

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It might also be mentioned that the Turian warrior, in his opinion, too seldom encounters the warrior of the Wagon Peoples, who tends to be a frustrating, swift and elusive foe, striking with great rapidity and withdrawing with goods and captives almost before it is understood what has occurred.  

Nomads of Gor

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The rider, too, wore a wind scarf.  His shield was red.  The Blood People, the Kassars. 

Nomads of Gor

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From my right there came a great laugh.  “I am Hakimba of the Kataii,” he roared.  He pulled aside the wind scarf with one hand, and his face, though black, bore the same marks as the others.

Nomads of Gor

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“I am Tolnus of the Paravaci.”  Then he shook away his hood, letting his long hair stream behind him over the white fur of the collar.  I stood stock still, seeing the face. 

Nomads of Gor

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The Tuchuks, not too unlike Goreans generally, are fond of gambling.  Indeed, it is not unknown that a Tuchuk will bet his entire stock of bosk on the outcome of a single Kaiila race; as many as a dozen slave girls may change hands on something as small as the direction that a bird will fly or the number of seeds in a tospit.

Nomads of Gor

 

 

The Jungles

 

 This room covers All Equatorial jungles including the Lakes of Ushindi, Ngao and through to Lake Shaba. It incorporates Shendi and goes north to Kamba Point. All rivers within this area are also represented Ua , Nyoka, Kamba and Thassa Cartius

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I saw now that the sound was the sound of millions upon millions of tiny feet, treading upon the leaves and fallen debris of the jungle floor. Too, there may have been, mixed in that sound, the almost infinitesimal sound audible only in its cumulative effect, of the rubbings and clickings of the joints of tiny limbs and the shiftings and adjustments of tiny, black, shiny exoskeletons, those stiff casings of the segments of their tiny bodies. 'Do not go too close,' said the leader of the small men.

The column of the marchers was something like a yard wide I did not know how long it might be. It extended ahead through the jungle and behind through the jungle father than I could see in either direction. Such columns can be pasangs in length. It is difficult to conjecture the numbers that constitute such a march. Conservatively some dozens of millions might be involved. The column widens only when food is found; then it may spread as widely as five hundred feet in width. Do not try to wade through such a flood. The torrent of hurrying feeders leaves little but bones in its  path 

Explorers  

 

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Many goods pass in and out of Schendi, as would be the case in any major port, such as precious metals, jewels, tapestries, rugs, silks, horn and horn products, medicines, sugars and salts, scrolls, papers, inks, lumber, stone, cloth, ointments, perfumes, dried fruit, some dried fish, many root vegetables, chains, craft tools, agricultural implements, such as hoe heads and metal flail blades, wines and pagas, colorful birds and slaves. Schendi's most significant exports are doubtless spice and hides, with kailiauk horn and horn products also being of great importance. One of her most delicious exports is palm wine.

One of her most famous and precious, exports are the small carved sapphires of Schendi. These are generally a deep blue, but some are purple and others, interestingly, white or yellow. They are usually carved in the shape of tiny panthers, but sometimes other animals are found as well, usually small animals or birds. Sometimes however the stone is carved to resemble a tiny kailiauk or kailiauk head. Slaves, interestingly, do not count as one of the major products in Schendi, in spite of the fact that the port is the headquarters of the League of Black Slavers. The black slavers usually sell their catches nearer the markets, both to the north and south. One of the major markets, to which they generally arrange for the shipment of girls overland, is the Sardar Fairs, in particular that of En'Kara, which is the most extensive and finest. This is not to say of course that Schendi does not have excellent slave markets. It is a major Gorean port.

The population of Schendi is probably about a million people. The great majority of these are black. Individuals of all races, however, Schendi being a cosmopolitan port, frequent the city 

Explorers