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Onlinisms 2


  1. An unowned slave was commonly nude on Gor. False. Slaves were often allowed rags or brief tunics which could easily be taken away as punishment.

    "Indeed, one of the powers the master holds over her is his decision as to whether or not she will be permitted clothing. Withdrawing this permission can be a punishment; permitting clothing may express his satisfaction with the slave."--Mercenaries, p. 444

    "On the other hand, nudity is not as shocking or surprising on Gor as it seems to be, generally, on Earth. Girls may be sent on errands nude, usually as a punishment; they are often nude in coffles, when chained in sales pavilions, and so on."--Mercenaries, p. 445

  2. In the books, white, yellow, and red silk denoted a slave's level of training. False. A white silk denoted a virgin, a red silk denoted a non-virgin, sometimes the girl being marked by a strip of silk tied to her collar. She was not necessarily dressed in these collars at all times. Girls in a particular tavern in Gor were dressed in yellow but that was that establishment only. It was not a Gor-wide standard. There is no color-coding of slaves to mark the abilities or roles, unless it is done in a personal house or establishment.

    "The expression 'red silk' in Gorean tends to be used as a category in slaving, and also, outside the slaving context, as an expression in vulgar discourse, indicating that the woman is no longer a virgin, or, as the Goreans say, at least vulgarly of slaves, that her body has been opened by men. Its contrasting term is 'white silk,' usually used of slaves who are still virgins, or, equivalently, slaves whose bodies have not yet been opened by men."--Blood Brothers, p. 472

  3. The proper spelling of the word for collar on Gor is ko-lar. False. The use of ko-lar appeared in the books to show the pronunciation of the word only.

    "'Ko-lar,' she said, indicating her collar. 'It is the same word in English,' I cried. She did not understand my outburst. Gorean, as I would learn, is rich in words borrowed from Earth languages; how rich it is I am not a skilled enough philologist to conjecture. It may well be that almost all Gorean expressions may be traced to one or another Earth language."--Slave Girl, p. 80

  4. Goreans called the world on the other side of the sun Urth. False. It is just Earth. There was no fancy word for the planet.

    "'Let us not jest, Tarl Cabot,' said Cernus. 'We knew that Priest-Kings would suspect our House, as we intended that they should; so simple a ruse, and profitable a one, as selling barbarian Earth girls under the auspices of the House would guarantee their investigation.'"--Assassin, p. 260

  5. The correct way for a Gorean to say farewell is "Winds and Steel" or "Winds." False. The most common goodbye was simply "I wish you well." Farewells in the books were not "Safe paths," "soft paths," "Soft pillows," "See ya laters," or even "G'byes, hottie." There is no farewell "Winds" used in the books.

    "'I wish you well,' said Nar, using a common Gorean phrase of farewell."--Tarnsman, p. 94

  6. Slaves are never to use tal as a greeting to the free. This is a term reserved only for free-to-free. False. Tal is the Gorean word for hello and was universally used by all regardless of role. The hand gesture to accompany the word tal was forbidden to slaves to use.

    "'Tal,' I said, lifting my right arm, palm inward, in a common Gorean greeting."--Outlaw, p. 28

    "'Tal, Master,' they said to me. `Tal, Slave Girls,' I said to them."--Tribesmen, p. 345

  7. Slaves always spoke in the third person. False. Third person, or slave-speak, was used as a disciplinary action to punish a slave or remind her of her place. On occasion a girl would humble herself by using the third person to beg favor or such, but it never was used constantly.

    "'Do you want Darlene branded?' she asked. 'No,' I said, 'of course not!' I was surprised that she had spoken of herself as she did, using her name. This is not uncommon, of course, among female slaves."--Fighting Slave, p. 147

    "'Who!' she demanded. 'I did,' I cried. 'I did!' 'Speak as a slave!' demanded Ute. 'El-in-or betrayed Ute!' I cried. 'El-in-nor betrayed Ute!'"--Captive, p. 287

  8. All owned slaves must wear a collar. False. Collars were at the discretion of the owners and most did wear some form or another, ranging from bands of steel to knotted leather strings to plant vines. However, there is no law stating that a collar is required.

    "The slave cannot free herself. She can be freed only by an owner. The condition of slavery does not require the collar, or the brand, or an anklet, bracelet or ring, or any such overt sign of bondage. Such things, as lovely and symbolic as they are, as profoundly meaningful as they are, and as useful as they are for marking properties, identifying masters, and such, are not necessary to slavery. They are, in effect, though their affixing can legally effect imbondment, ultimately, in themselves, tokens of bondage, are not to be confused with the reality itself. The uncollared slave is not then a free woman but only a slave who is not then in a collar. Similarly a slave is still a slave even if her brand could be made to magically disappear or, if she has been made a slave in some other way, if she has not yet been branded. Indeed, some masters, somewhat foolishly, I think, dally in the branding of their slaves. Indeed, some, perhaps the most foolish, do not brand them at all. Such girls, however, when they come into the keeping of new masters, usually discover that oversight is promptly rectified."--Renegades, p. 287

  9. All slaves must be branded on Gor. False. According to merchant law, all slaves offered in public sale must bear a brand. A slave offered in a private sale or privately collared does not require a brand. It is up to the owner should he wish it done.

    "'Some fellows do not brand their slaves,' I said. 'That is stupid!' she said. 'It is also contrary to the laws of most cities,' I said, 'and to merchant law, as well.' 'Of course,' she said. Gorean, she approved heartily of the branding of slaves. Most female slaves on Gor, indeed, the vast majority, almost all, needless to say, are branded. Aside from questions of legality, compliance with the law, and such, I think it will be clear upon a moment's reflection that various practical considerations also commend slave branding to the attention of the owner, in particular, the identification of the article as property, this tending to secure it, protecting against its loss, facilitating its recovery, and so on. The main legal purpose of the brand, incidentally, is doubtless this identification of slaves. To be sure, most Goreans feel the brand also serves psychological and aesthetic purposes, for example, helping the girl to understand that she is now a slave and enhancing her beauty."--Vagabonds of Gor, page 195

  10. Gor kitchens were called serveries. False. The word "servery" does not appear in any of the Gorean books. They are simply called kitchens. There were no scriberies; they were simply libraries.

    "There was the odor of food in the kitchen and of spilled drink. There were several yards of sausages hung on hooks; numerous canisters of flour, sugars, and salts; many smaller containers of spices and condiments. Two large wine jugs stood in one corner of the room. There were many closed pantries lining the walls, and a number of pumps and tubs on one side. Some boxes and baskets of hard fruit were stored there. I could see the bread ovens in one wall; the long fire pit over which could be put cooking racks, the mountings for spits and kettle hooks; the fire pit was mostly black now, but here and there I could see a few broken sticks of glowing charcoal; aside from this, the light in the room came from one small tharlarion oil lamp hanging from the ceiling."--Assassin, pp. 271-272

  11. To be a "good Gorean," you must have a thorough knowledge of the Kassar language or Old Gorean. False. Most of that language was made up online. There were a handful of words provided in the books but not enough to provide a full vocabulary. A few other made-up words are celane melon, servery, chillery, blackwyne, nidan, jashi, fadu, chaq, ahleena, jerag, vana'she, avan'shea.

    "…Old Gorean, a language cultivated by the Initiates but not spoken generally on the planet…"--Tarnsman, p. 40

  12. A slave must perform a Karta before entering a room. False. The position, Karta, never appeared in the books. It was a bastardization of the word "har-ta," meaning hurry. A girl may be required by an owner to perform an act of obeisance before entering a room, but that is a personal preference of the owner and not a planet-wide standard.

    "'Observe,' once had said Elizabeth to me, to my amusement, in the secrecy of our compartment, 'the twelfth way to enter a room.' I had observed. It was not bad. But I think I preferred the tenth, that with the girl's back against the side of the door, the palms of her hands on the jamb, her head up, lips slightly parted, eyes to the right, smoldering at just the right temperature. 'How many ways are there,' I asked, sitting cross-legged in the center of the compartment, on the stone couch, 'to enter a room?' 'It depends on the city,' said Elizabeth. 'In Ar we are the best; we have most ways to enter a room. One hundred and four.' I whistled. 'What about,' I asked, 'just walking straight through?' She looked at me. 'Ah,' said she, 'one hundred and five.'"--Assassin, p. 204

  13. Slaves never ask for forgiveness but must beg mercy instead. False. A slave can ask for forgiveness all she wishes. It is up to the free she is asking whether she gets it or not.

    "'Forgive me, Mistress,' I begged. 'Did you lie?' she asked. 'Yes, Mistress,' I said. 'I lied! I lied! Forgive me, Mistress. Please, forgive me!'"--Fighting Slave, p. 67

  14. Before offering a drink, a slave must ask the free if they want it tested. False. The ten-step serve and all of its components are not from the books. The ritual was created in chat rooms and the practice spread. The pouring of drinks at the foot of the free and the kissing of the cup is a part of the serve. All other parts can be debated. A free most certainly can tell a slave to test the cup but a slave would not offer.

    "One of the men lifted his cup and I hurried to him. I took the cup and filled it...then I pressed my lips to his cup as I must, as a slave girl, and handed it to him."--Slave Girl, p. 89

  15. To entice a master, it is correct for a slave to "sweeten the rim." False. Sweetening drinks by masterbating into them is not in the books. A slave could get beaten or worse for allowing her body to come into contact with the part of the cup that touches the lips of the free. Even the standard kiss was placed on the side or at the bottom where they would not be in contact with the part the free drank from.

    "I served the food, and poured the wines, and kept their goblets filled, remaining as much in the background as possible. They talked of hunting, and war, and of the northern forests, as though I were not there. Sometimes Verna would say, 'Drink,' and I would pour wine into her goblet, saying, 'Yes, Mistress,' and sometimes Rask of Treve would command me, saying 'Drink,' and I would then, similarly, serve him, saying 'Yes, Master.' He extended his goblet to me. 'Drink,' he said, offering me the cup. I looked at the rim of the cup. I shook with terror. 'A slave girl dares not touch with her lips the rim of that cup which has been touched with the lips of her master,' I whispered."--Captive, p. 302

  16. A slave must test the rim of a vessel on a sensitive body part before serving the master. False. A free would not expect an animal to touch their skin or clothing to an eating or drinking surface. A slave may run a cloth-covered finger over the surface if there was a question of the vessel's integrity but there was no need for it to be done as common practice.

    "I served the food, and poured the wines, and kept their goblets filled, remaining as much in the background as possible. They talked of hunting, and war, and of the northern forests, as though I were not there. Sometimes Verna would say, 'Drink,' and I would pour wine into her goblet, saying, 'Yes, Mistress,' and sometimes Rask of Treve would command me, saying 'Drink,' and I would then, similarly, serve him, saying 'Yes, Master.' He extended his goblet to me. 'Drink,' he said, offering me the cup. I looked at the rim of the cup. I shook with terror. 'A slave girl dares not touch with her lips the rim of that cup which has been touched with the lips of her master,' I whispered."--Captive, p. 302

  17. A slave may never directly ask her master to use her. She must make a silent request, such as a bondage knot or offering him larma fruit. False. A slave could always ask or beg to be used and it was done frequently when the need set upon them. The use of bondage knots and gifts of larma were also used as a more subtle means of begging.

    "She backed away a bit and then, on her belly, crawled to me. She timidly pulled back the furs and pressed her lips to my thigh. Her lips were soft and wet. She looked up at me, tears in her eyes. 'I crawl to my master on my belly,' she said, 'and beg for his touch.' I smiled. I, a guest in the tent, now stood to her, of course, as master. Such girls come with the price of the lodging. 'Please, Master,' she wept, 'take pity on me. Take pity on the miserable needs of a girl.' I threw off the furs, and motioned her to my arms. She crept into them, sobbing."--Beasts, p. 88

  18. When leaving a master, a slave took three steps back. False. A slave would take care to avoid being rude and offering her back to the free blatantly. However, they did not twist in circles avoiding it, nor was there a certain amount of steps they were required to back away before turning. They simply used common sense.

    "The girl went to the opened planking and fell to her knees beside it, the wooden scoop in her hands. 'Return to me,' said the Forkbeard, harshly. Frightened the girl did so. 'Now turn about,' said he, 'and walk there as a bond-maid.' Her face went white. Then she turned and walked to the opened planking as a bond-maid."--Marauders, p. 64

  19. Before offering a drink to a master, a slave held the vessel to her heart for three beats. False. A slave could be taught any ritual by their owner and would learn to do it perfectly each time. However, there was no standardized holding the cup over the heart for any length of time that every slave was required to do.

    "'Serve me wine,' he said. I, carrying the wine crater, rose to my feet and approached him. I then knelt before him, with a rustle of slave bells, in the position of the pleasure slave. I put my head down and, with both hands, extending my arms to him, held forth the wine crater. 'I offer you wine, Master' I said. He took the wine, and I watched, in terror. He sipped it, and smiled. I nearly fainted. I would not be beaten.'"--Captive, p. 332

  20. Bazi tea was served as a long formal ceremony on Gor much like the Japanese tea ceremony. False. There is no formal ceremony for serving tea in Gor. It was served at the feet of the free very much like black wine. There were instances in the book where three cups were used, but no formal ritual was performed.

    "An herbal beverage served hot and heavily sugared; traditionally drunk three tiny cups at a time, in rapid succession."--Kajira, p. 332

    "We lined up, single-file, at his counter. There was a cup and a pitcher of Bazi tea on the counter. Bazi tea is a common beverage on Gor. Many Goreans are fond of it. I was last in line. He took our disks from the out-board and hung them, one by one, in their places, on the in-board."--Kajira, pp. 371-372

    "Haroun smiled. 'Let us discuss these matters over small cups of Bazi tea at the end of the day,' he suggested. 'There are more important matters to attend to at the moment.'"--Tribesman, p. 325

  21. Once a slave, a female can never be made a free woman. False. A slave can be freed and must carry manumission papers on her for the rest of her life. However, should she be branded or pierced, those markings will never fade though they may be concealed.

    "A girl with pierced ears is, of course, either a slave or a former slave. If she is a former slave, her papers of manumission had best be in perfect order. More than one freed woman, because of pierced ears, has found herself again on the block, again reduced by strong men to the helpless state of bondage. Such a woman is usually, by intent, sold away from her city, delivered for a pittance to a foreign buyer."--Slave Girl, p. 102

  22. Black wine is a common drink on Gor. False. Black wine was not found everywhere on Gor. It is actually extremely expensive. It was exclusively grown in the Thentis region of Gor. To get it elsewhere was not only difficult but very costly.

    “Thentis does not trade the beans for black wine. I have heard of a cup of black wine in Ar, some years ago, selling for a silver eighty piece. Even in Thentis, black wine is used commonly only in high caste homes.”--Assassin, p. 107

  23. Some Gorean drinks were served in mugs. False. The use of a mug was never found in the books.

  24. Assassins required special drink serves. False. No special ritual was ever shown in the books when an assassin or member of the Black Caste was served.

  25. Ka-la-na served in a silver goblet would become toxic or poisonous. False. There is no such occurrence ever mentioned in the books of this type of reaction from Ka-la-na or any other type of drink.

    "I thrust out the silver Paga goblet, studded with rubies, and Telima, standing beside my throne-like chair, filled it. I did not look upon her."--Raiders, p. 223

  26. Slaves are not allowed to touch coins. False. Slaves were allowed to touch coins but were not allowed to carry unexplainable money on them.

    "'What do you have there, in your hand?' he asked. She clutched the tarsk more tightly. 'Open your hand,' said the leader. She opened her hand, revealing the silver tarsk. He walked to her and removed it from her hand. 'Have you been permitted to touch money?' he asked. 'We could always check with her master,' suggested a fellow."--Dancer, p. 275

  27. Slaves were never allowed to look a free in the eyes. False. Sometimes not only was it permitted, it was required by a free. Sometimes denial of eye contact was used as a form of punishment. There is no planet-wide standard for eye contact.

    "Sometimes in training, incidentally, or as a discipline or punishment, the slave is not permitted to look into the eyes of the master. Indeed, sometimes, in training, she is not permitted to raise her eyes above the belt of the trainer...also, many slaves find it difficult to look into the eyes of the master. He, after all, holds total power over them and they fear to displease him. What if he should interpret her gaze as suggesting the least insubordination or insolence?. But there is on Gor no discouragement, commonly, of eye contact between masters and slaves. Indeed, in the deep and profound relationships of love and bondage, such eye contact is usually welcomed and encouraged."--Savages, pp. 258-259

  28. Slaves prayed over a cup before serving it to the free. False. A slave may express a desire for her, her service, or the drink to be found pleasing but no formal praying.

    "In her training, of course, she had heard some of the instructors speak of Priest-Kings but she herself had been taught no prayers or ceremonies pertaining to them. She had once inquired about them, but she had been informed that such matters were not the concern of animals, and she, of course, as a slave, was an animal."--Prize, p. 571

  29. Face-stripping of free women was common in Gor. False. Face-stripping was rare in Gor and could constitute a crime. Men could not just face-strip a free woman against her will, unless they had a serious reason.

    "Face-stripping a free woman, against her will, can be a serious crime on Gor. On the other hand, Corcyrus had now fallen. Her women, thus, now at the feet of her conquerors, would be little better than slaves. Any fate could now be inflicted on them that the conquerors might wish, including making them actual slaves."--Kajira, p. 183

  30. Free women were prohibited from entering taverns. False. In some they were, in some they were not. A free woman did take her chances when visiting a tavern. Any hint of her displaying slave heat and she would be collared.

    “'In most paga taverns,' he said, 'free women are not permitted. In some they are.'"--Kajira, p. 22

  31. A free woman could be collared for striking a man. False. There was no law that prevented a free woman from striking another free.

    "'Twenty gold pieces, I'd say,' appraised Elizabeth. 'I'd give twenty-three,' said one of the men watching, the same fellow whom Elizabeth had slapped."--Assassin, p. 107

  32. Ai is the Gorean way of saying yes. False. The word "Ai" appears in the books as an exclamation and not with the meaning of "Yes."

    "'I think it will do you good to feel this,' I said, shaking out the five, soft, broad blades. I then went behind her. 'Ai!' she cried, struck. 'It hurts, so!' she wept, now, a moment later, beginning to feel the pain in it's fullness, now on her stomach, disbelief in her eyes."--Mercenaries, p. 10

  33. A slave on Gor was not allowed to be restricted. False. Not all masters allowed for public use of their property. While a slave could not refuse a command of a free, a master could restrict her use by not making her available for general use, either by keeping her hidden away, locking her in a belt, or simply stating his intent not to share.

    "'What is it, Bran Loort, that separates men from sleen and larls?' asked Thurnus. 'I do not know,' said Bran Loort. 'It is the codes,' said Thurnus. 'The codes are meaningless noises, taught to boys,' said Bran Loort. 'The codes are the wall,' said Thurnus. 'I do not understand,' said Bran Loort. 'It is the codes which separate men from sleen and larls,' said Thurnus. 'They are the difference. They are the wall.' 'I do not understand,' said Bran Loort. 'You have left the shelter of the wall, Bran Loort,' said Thurnus. 'Do you threaten me, Thurnus of Tabuk's Ford?' asked Bran Loort. 'You stand now outside the shelter of the wall,' said Thurnus. 'I do not fear you!' cried Bran Loort. 'Had you asked of me my permission, Bran Loort,' said Thurnus, indicating me with a gesture of his head, 'willingly and without thought, gladly, would I have given you temporary master rights over her.' I lay in the dirt, my hands bound behind my back, the rope on my neck, watching. It was true what Thurnus had said. I could have been loaned to Bran Loort, and would have had to serve him as though he were my own master. 'But you did not ask my permission,' said Thurnus. 'No,' said Bran Loort, angrily, 'I did not.'"--Slave Girl, pp. 226-227

    "These girls may be exchanged among the men, but commonly they are not. Most masters are rather possessive about their slaves, particularly if they are fond of them."--Guardsman, p. 209

    "Although Marcus was harsh with his slave, pretending even to a casual brutal disdain for her, he was also extremely possessive where she was concerned. Indeed, he was almost insanely jealous of her. She was not the sort of girl, for example, whom he, as a host, even at the cost of a certain rudeness and inhospitality, would be likely to hand over for the nightly comfort of a guest. It would be at his slave ring alone that she would be likely to find herself."--Magicians, p. 27

  34. There were female warriors on Gor. False. There were female outlaws on Gor, but to clarify the intent of this, let the words of John Norman himself speak clearly on the matter. The following quote from John Norman comes from a letter he wrote to his publisher in 2001 at WorldofGor.com. This and excerpts on other topics can be found at http://gorchronicles.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=76 - Registration is required to view the post, but it is free.

    "There are no 'female warriors' on Gor. Gor is on the whole an honestly male-dominated realistic world. Indeed, this honesty is one of the things that commends it to romantic, heterosexual, hormonally normal women. Antimenite fantasies, man-hater fantasies, frustrate fantasies, and such, belong elsewhere. There are panther girls, and talunas, on Gor. These are not, however, women warriors. They are unhappy, frustrated, disturbed women half alienated from their sex. They tend to run in dangerous feline packs. Once captured and subdued it is said they make excellent slaves. 'Bring me into the collar if you can!' 'I am now yours, Master.'

    ...'Amazons' are for female frustrates, and perhaps male weaklings, or masochists. Ms. Conan does not belong in the Gorean world. Let her pump her iron elsewhere. In the Gorean world such a character would seem out of place, and silly. The Gorean movies, of course, in their shameless pandering to PC, had recourse to such unGorean absurdities. Macho maidens are rampant in contemporary fantasy, a concession in part to antimenite threats and demands, a concession in part to the politics of devirilization. Let them abound where they will in the fantasies of frustrates and opportunists, but they do not belong on a realistic world..."--Copyright 2001 John Norman. All Rights Reserved.

  35. Assassins did not take slaves on Gor. False. There was nothing that stopped them from doing so. They may have faced a danger in the slave leaving them vulnerable, but it happened.

    "Once the wall had been broken, Drusus, of the Assassins, had departed with several men."--Beasts, p. 191

    "'Those who brought you to Gor,' I said, 'doubtless had that fate eventually in mind for you.' 'That is a lie!' she said. 'It would have been easy enough to find ugly women,' I said. 'No,' she said. 'No!' 'You are too beautiful to be long left free,' I said. 'No!' she said. 'It is my conjecture,' I said, 'that you were eventually to be given to Drusus.' 'Given?' she said. 'Of course,' I said, 'as a slave.' 'No!' she cried. 'You are indeed naive,' I said. 'Do you think a woman as beautiful as you on Gor could long keep out of the collar?' She looked at me with horror. I gagged her, that she might not cry out."--Beasts, pp. 201-202

    "'Drusus,' said Arlene. 'you must help us!' She had once commanded him. He looked at her, and she shrank back. 'There is a pretty little slave, too,' he said. She, terrified, tried to cover her body with her hands, half-naked in the pleasure silk. How vulnerable pleasure silk makes a woman. 'I own her,' I told him. 'I shall have her,' he said. 'Oh?' I asked. 'Yes,' he said, 'she was originally brought to Gor with the eventual object of being at my feet. I picked her out from several future slaves.'"--Beasts, p. 399

    "Men about me were enacting similar ceremonies of enslavement with other imbonded wenches. Ram, I saw, took none. He was satisfied with lovely Tina, who had been the Lady Tina of Lydius. Drusus, I saw, had put a pair of beauties in sirik. He sent them to the sled on which he had been allotted space for his belongings, including two slave girls."--Beasts, p. 490

  36. A free woman could be treated as a slave in the privacy of her companion's home. True. Gor is a man's world and how he treated his women in his home was up to him. Each companionship was different.

    "This harsh treatment, incidentally, when she is thought to deserve it, may even be inflicted on a free companion, in spite of the fact that she is free and usually much loved. According to the Gorean way of looking at things, a taste of the slave ring is thought to be occasionally beneficial to all women, even the exalted free companions. Thus when she has been irritable or otherwise troublesome, even a free companion may find herself at the foot of the couch looking forward to a pleasant night on the stones, stripped, with neither mat nor blanket, chained to a slave ring precisely as though she were a lowly slave girl. It is the Gorean way of reminding her, should she need to be reminded, that she, too, is a woman, and thus to be dominated, to be subject to men. Should she be tempted to forget this basic fact of Gorean life the slave ring set in the bottom of each Gorean couch is there to refresh her memory. Gor is a man's world."--Priest-Kings, pp. 63-64

  37. Slave wine would have to be administered monthly or it was ineffective. False. In the first few books, slave wine lasted several months, so it was repeated frequently. As time went on, the physicians developed better formulas. The slave wine became effective for an indefinite period of time. In fact, until a "releaser" was given to allow the slave to be bred. It is, however, still given on a regular basis as a reminder to the slave of her slavery...and "just in case" it is not an indefinite fix for her.

    "Slave wine is bitter, intentionally so. Its effect lasts for more than a Gorean month. I did not wish the females to conceive. A female slave is taken off slave wine only when it is her master's intention to breed her."--Marauders, p. 25

    "The effect of the slave wine endures several cycles, or moons; it may be counteracted by another drink, a smooth, sweet beverage, which frees the girl's body for the act of the male slave, or, in unusual cases, should she be freed, to the act of the lover; slave girls, incidentally, are almost never freed on Gor; they are too delicious and desirable to free; only a fool, it is commonly said, would free one."--Slave Girl, p. 72

    "She did not need the sip root, of course, for, as she had pointed out, she had had some within the moon, and, indeed, the effect of sip root, in the raw state, in most women, is three or four moons. In the concentrated state, as in slave wine, developed by the Caste of Physicians, the effect is almost indefinite, usually requiring a releaser, as suggested, for its remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding wine, or the 'second wine.'"--Blood Brothers, p. 367

    "'Slave wine,' he said. 'Need I drink that?' I asked, apprehensively. 'Unless you have had slave wine,' he said, 'I have no intention of taking you through the streets clad as you are. Suppose you are raped.' I put the flask, which he had opened, to my lips. Its opening was large enough to drink freely from. 'It is bitter!' I said, touching my lips to it. 'It is the standard concentration, and dosage,' he said, 'plus a little more, for assurance. Its effect is indefinite, but it is normally renewed annually, primarily for symbolic purposes.' I could not believe how bitter it was. I had learned from Susan, whom I had once questioned on the matter, the objectives and nature of slave wine. It is prepared from a derivative of sip root. The formula, too, I had learned, at the insistence of masters and slavers, had been improved by the Caste of Physicians within the last few years. It was now, for most practical purposes, universally effective. Too, as Drusus Rencius had mentioned, its effects, at least for most practical purposes, lasted indefinitely."--Kajira, p. 136

    "Slave wines have been developed by the Caste of Physicians to regulate and control slave breeding. The wines are effective. The effect of most lasts several years, but the dose is commonly renewed annually, often on the evening before the master's birthday."--Players, p. 256

  38. Slaves were common on Gor. False. They actually made up a small percentage of the general population in Gor. The numbers of slaves seen in SL Gor and on personal chains are grossly unbalanced and exaggerated compared to the books and unrealistic.

    "Normally only about one in forty or so Gorean women in the cities is enslaved. Free Gorean women, incidentally, enjoy a prestige and status which, it seems to me, is higher than that of the normal Earth woman."--Explorers, p. 529

  39. The kneeling position where the hands are crossed at the back of a slave is known as "Bracelets." False. It is a variation of Nadu or the position of the pleasure slave. Bracelets is a standing position in which a slave assumes for her hands to be bound.

    "The position of the Pleasure Slave, incidentally, differs from the position of both the free woman and the Tower Slave. The hands of a Pleasure Slave normally rest on her thighs but, in some cities, for example, Thentis, I believe, they are crossed behind her. More significantly, for the free woman's hands may also rest on her thighs, there is a difference in the placement of the knees. In all these kneeling positions, incidentally, even that of the Pleasure Slave, the Gorean woman carries herself well; her back is straight and her chin is high. She tends to be vital and beautiful to look upon."--Priest-Kings, p. 41

    "'Bracelets,' he snapped. She put her head in the air and placed her hands behind her back."--Hunters, p. 146

    "He had removed a pair of light bracelets, joined by about five inches of light chain, from his pouch. 'Slave bracelets,' he said. 'Turn around, facing the door, your hands behind your back.'"-- Kajira, p. 132

    "'Bracelets!' snapped Ho-Sorl suddenly, and Phyllis flung her wrists behind her back, threw back her head and turned it to one side, the instantaneous response of a trained girl."--Assassin, p. 214

    "'Bracelets!' I said in Gorean harshly. The girl snapped to position, hands behind the small of her back, head lifted, chin up, turned to the left. In such a posture she may be conveniently put in bracelets and leashed."--Tribesman, p. 78

  40. There is red sugar on Gor. False. While it may be true, red sugar is never specifically mentioned in the books. There are 4 colors of sugar with only two being specified. Red salt, however, was specifically mentioned.

    "Lola now returned to the small table and, kneeling, head down, served us our dessert, slices of tospit, sprinkled with four Gorean sugars."--Rogue, p. 139

    "She carried a tray, on which were various spoons and sugars. She knelt, placing her tray on the table. With a tiny spoon, its tip no more than a tenth of a hort in diameter, she placed four measures of white sugar, and six of yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, she stirred the beverage after each measure."--Tribesmen, p. 89

    "All were laughing and drinking. Only Kamchak seemed solemn. Near him, in places of honor, at a long, low table, above the bowls of yellow and red salt, on each side, sat many of the high men of Turia, clad in their finest robes, their hair oiled, scented and combed for the banquet."--Nomads, p. 262

  41. Healing herbs found on earth were also common on Gor. False. While it is common in SL Gorean role play to fall back on the use of medicinal herbs, since the fine details of Gorean medicines are not provided in the books. Plants such as willow bark and agrimony are never specifically mentioned.


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