Onlinisms 3

Free Women

Addressing Mistresses: Slaves would address free women as they were told to, but it was common to address a free woman as "Mistress."

"A Gorean slave, incidentally, always addresses free men as 'Master.' and all free women as 'Mistress.'"--Captive, p. 73

"'You will address me,' she said, 'as Lady Elicia, my mistress, or, as you have done, as Mistress, that sort of thing.'
'Yes, Lady Elicia, my mistress,' I said.
'Excellent, Judy,' she said. 'You learn swiftly.' She leaned back. 'Oh, I shall relish owning you,' she said. 'I shall demean and humiliate you, and work you, and have whatever I wish from you.'
'Yes, Lady Elicia, my mistress,' I whispered. My former rival now owned me."
--Slave Girl, p. 389

Face-stripping: Face-stripping was rare on 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, thusly, 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

"Public face-stripping is the removal of the veils from a free woman's face by force. This is equivalent to stripping her completely naked, but not so insulting is the removal of her Robes of Concealment. This is considered the worst offense which might be performed against a free woman. It is the right, duty, and privilege of a Gorean free woman to remain veiled. Even when captured by the warriors of an enemy city, the free woman will commonly be allowed to retain her veils, at least until her final fate has been decided. Sometimes, rather, she, stripped, and presented before officers, is offered the choice between swift, honorable decapitation and slavery. If she chooses slavery, she may be expected to step onto a submission mat, and kneel there, head down, enter a slave pen of her own accord, or say, fully acknowledging herself a slave, belly to an officer, kissing his feet. The question is sometimes put to her in somewhat the following fashion: 'If you are a free woman, speak your freedom and advance now to the headsman's block, or, if you are truly a slave, and have only been masquerading until now as a free woman, step now, if you wish upon the mat of submission and kneel there, in this act of becoming at least, explicitly, a legal slave.' She is then expected, sometimes, kneeling, to lick the feet of a soldier, who then rapes her on the mat. It is commonly regarded as an acceptable introduction for a woman to her explicit and legal slavery."--Blood Brothers, p. 337

Taverns: Free women were allowed in some taverns.

"'In most paga taverns,' he said, 'free women are not permitted. In some they are.'"--Kajira, p. 122


Coins: Slaves could be allowed to touch money. They could not, obviously, own it.

"Some girls, I had been told, sometimes try to swallow small coins but this is foolish. The coin can be produced swiftly enough in such cases by emetics and laxatives. Similarly, her wastes may be subjected to unscheduled examinations. Too, even if she is successful in recovering the coin herself, there is usually little she can do with it. There are few places to conceal such objects in a cell or kennel. Similarly, she is often under surveillance, of one sort or another, by other slaves or free persons. Also, if she should be found to be in possession of a coin or coins, for example, by a tradesman, guardsman, or any free person, she will be expected to have an excellent explanation for this anomaly, which is then likely to be checked with her master. In most cities, even the touching of money, unless in an authorized situation, is prohibited to slaves. They cannot, of course, own money, any more than any other form of animal."--Dancer, p. 238

"I stopped a hurrying slave girl and inquired the way to the compound of Mintar, of the Merchant Caste, confident that he would have accompanied the horde back to the heartland of Ar. The girl was not pleased to be delayed in her errand, but a slave on Gor does not wisely ignore the address of a free man. She spit the coins she carried in her mouth into her hand, and told me what I wanted to know. Few Gorean garments are deformed by pockets."--Tarnsman, p. 165

"The girl did not now, of course, carry a purse. Slave girls are not permitted to carry such things. When shopping she carries the coins usually in her mouth or hand. Sometimes she ties them in a scarf about her wrist or ankle. Sometimes her master places them in a bag, which is then tied about her neck. Gorean garments, generally, incidentally, except for the garments of craftsmen, do not have pockets. Coins, and personal items, and such, are usually concealed within the robes of a free woman, or slung about the waist, or shoulder, or a free man."--Guardsman, p. 250

"...such a girl, after a dance, may snatch up dozens of gold pieces from the sand, putting them in her silk, scurrying back to her master."--Assassin, p. 91

"I had scrambled on my knees for the coins flung to the floor, seizing them, thrusting them hastily, so many of them, with one hand, into the lifted, bunched portion, held by my other hand. These coins, all of them, would be counted by Mirus when I disrobed."--Dancer, p. 222

"'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. 272

Enter a Room: Slaves would not beg to enter in taverns, but would, of course, kneel in the presence of the free. There were 109 ways to enter a room.

"'Slaves can enter taverns, can they not?' I asked.
'If on an errand, or in the company of a free person,' he said."--Kajira, p. 122

"'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 may 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 through?' She looked at me.
'Ah,' said she, 'one hundred and five.'"--Assassin, p. 204

"'A girl,' I told her, 'on entering the compartment of her master, kneels. Furthermore,' I said, 'commonly, in the presence of a free man, the girl kneels.'"--Tribesmen, p. 46

"In the corridor we passed a female slave. She dropped to her knees and put her head down, her hair upon the tiles, as we passed."--Tribesmen, p. 13

Forgiveness: The idea that slaves could not beg forgiveness is completely false.

"'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

"'Do you bargain?' I asked.
'No, Master,' she cried. 'No, Master! Forgive me, Master! Please forgive me, Master!'"
--Fighting Slave, p. 97

Karta: The work "Karta" never appears in the books. There is, though, a tiles position and an obeisance position.

"I knelt before the guest, putting the palms of my hands on the floor and my head to the tiles."--Kajira, p. 305

"Swiftly, we assumed a common form of slave obeisance, kneeling, the palms of our hands on the ground, our heads to the ground. Many masters, though it tends to be rather associated, usually, with given cities, require this position of their girls, usually when they first enter his presence, or find themselves, as in a room which he has entered, in his presence. She is then, usually, when given permission, permitted to lift her head, but is to remain kneeling before him, beautifully, in a standard position, her knees closed if she is a house or tower slave, her knees open, if she was the sort of slave I was, whatever sort of slave that was supposed to be."--Dancer, p. 114

Kiss the Rim: Slaves were required to kiss the side of the vessel, but were forbidden to kiss the rim.

"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

"I almost fainted. I went to him and, shaking, poured paga into his goblet; I was terrified that I might spill it; it was not only that I feared, should I spill the beverage, that I might be beaten for my clumsiness; it was even more than I wished to appear graceful and beautiful before him; but I shook, and was awkward; the paga sloshed in the goblet but, as my heart almost stood still, it did not spill; he looked at me; I was a clumsy girl, and a poor slave; I felt so small and unworthy before him; I was not only a girl, small and weak before these mighty men; I was not even a good slave. Trembling, I extended the goblet to him. He did not take it. I shrank back, confused. I did not know what to do. I realized then that I had, in my confusion and distress, forgotten to place my lips upon the goblet in subservience. I quickly pressed my lips to the goblet, kissing it. Then, suddenly, as I was to hand it to him, I boldly, again, lifted the goblet's side to my lips. Holding it in both hands, I kissed it again, lovingly, delicately, fully, lingering, my eyes closed. I had never kissed a boy on Earth with the helplessness and passion that I bestowed upon the mere goblet of my Gorean captor. I belonged to him. I was his. I loved him! I felt the metal of the cup beneath my full, pressing lips. I opened my eyes. I proffered, tears in my eyes, the cup of paga to my captor. It was though, with the cup, I was giving myself to him. Yet I knew I needed not give myself to him, for I was his, and a slave girl; he could take whenever he wished me. He took the cup from my hands, and dismissed me."--Slave Girl, p. 68

"From one side a slave girl, barefoot, bangled, in sashed, diaphanous, trousered chalwar, gathered at the ankles, in tight, red silk vest, with bare midriff, fled to him, with the tall, graceful, silvered pot containing black wine. She was veiled. She knelt, replenishing the drink. Beneath the veil I saw the metal of her collar. I had not thought to have such fortune. She did not look at me. She returned to her place with the pot of black wine. Ibn Saran lifted another finger. From the side there hastened to him another girl, a fair-skinned, red-haired girl. She, too, wore veil, vest, chalwar, bangles, collar. 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, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, she stirred the beverage after each measure. She then held the cup to the side of her cheek, testing its temperature; Ibn Saran glanced at her; she, looking at him, timidly kissed the side of the cup and placed it before him. Then, her head down, she withdrew."--Tribesmen, pp. 88-89

Ko-lar: The word "Ko-lar" appears one single time in the books, to illustrate how it is pronounced, during a scene where a slave is being taught how to speak Gorean.

"'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

Palms Up: Palms up was a silent beg to be used. Slaves could kneel palms up or down.

"Then, delicately, in a graceful gesture, she turned her hands, putting their back to the floor, exposing her palms, and the soft flesh of her palms, to him, indicating her surrender, her submission, her vulnerability and her readiness."--Rogue, p. 196

"I saw a tiny movement in her hands, on her thighs, as though she would turn them, exposing the palms to me, but then she pressed them down on her thighs, hard."--Explorers, p. 81

"'Come now, my pretty slaves,' said Ginger. 'Kneel straight. Back straight, heads up. Back on your heels there! Spread those pretty knees. Yes, that is the way men like it. Put your hands palms down, on your thighs. Good. Good. Excellent!'"--Savages, p. 155

Seven-step Serve: There is no seven-step serve observed in the books. Serves varied according to the situation and the place. Inspecting or cleaning a vessel, to count heartbeats, were never mentioned in the books. Also, in any serve in the books, slaves prayed for the master's health. Slaves were not allowed in temples, so probably they would not be allowed to pray. In the Wagon Peoples culture, not even free women were allowed to pray. Sweetening, also, never appears in the books. Special serves for assassins are never mentioned either. there are many vessels mentioned in the books, but "mug" is never mentioned.

"I turned and, among the furnishings of the tent, found a bottle of Ka-la-na, of good vintage, from the vineyards of Ar, the loot of a caravan raid. I then took the wine, with a small copper bowl, and a black, red-trimmed wine crater, to the side of the fire. I poured some of the wine into the small copper bowl, and set it on the tripod over the tiny fire in the fire bowl. He sat cross-legged, facing me, and I knelt by the fire, facing him. After a time, I took the copper bowl from the fire and held it against my cheek. I returned it again to the tripod and again we waited. I began to tremble.
'Do not be afraid, Slave,' he said to me.
'Master,' I pleaded.
'I did not give you permission to speak,' he said. I was silent. Again I took the bowl from the fire. It was now not comfortable to hold the bowl, but it was not painful to do so. I poured the wine from the small copper bowl into the black, red-trimmed wine crater, placing the small bowl in a rack to one side of the fire. I swirled slowly the wine in the wine crater. I saw my reflection in the redness, the blondness of my hair, dark in the wine, and the collar, with its bells, about my throat. I now, in the fashion of the slave girl of Treve, held the wine crater against my right cheek. I could feel the warmth of the wine through the side of the crater.
'Is it ready?' he asked. A master of Treve does not care to be told that his girl thinks it is.He wished to be told Yes or No.
'Yes,' I whispered. I did not know how he cared for his wine, for some men of Treve wish it warm, others almost hot. I did not know how he wished it. What if it were not as he wished it!
'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. I knelt there, while he, at his leisure, drank the wine. When he had almost finished, he beckoned me to him, and I went to kneel at his side. He put his hand in my hair and held my head back.
'Open your mouth,' he said. I did so, and he, spilling some from the broad rim of the crater, I feeling it on my chin and throat as it trickled under the collar and body, poured the remainder of the wine down my throat. It was bitter from the dregs in the bottom of the cup, and, to my taste, scalding. I, my eyes closed, my head held painfully back, throat burning, swallowed it. When I had finished the wine he thrust the wine crater into my hands.
'Run, El-in-or,' he said, 'put it back and return to me.' I ran to the side of the tent and put back the wine crater and fled back to his side."--Captive, pp. 331-333

"The girl knelt at the side of the board. She was clad in a brief bit of diaphanous scarlet silk, slave silk. Her beauty was well betrayed. Her collar, a lock collar, was yellow, enameled. She was dark-eyed, dark-haired.
'May I serve, Masters?' she asked.
'Paga,' said Samos, absently, looking at the board.
'Yes,' I said. With a flash of slave bells, she withdrew. As she left, I noted that she passed by the kneeling male slave, flanked by his guards. She passed him as a slave girl, her head in the air insolently, taunting him with her body...the girl laughed and continued on to fetch paga for free men...
'Paga, Masters?' asked the dark-haired girl, kneeling beside the table. Samos, not looking at her, held forth his goblet. The girl filled the goblet. I held forth my goblet, and she, too, filled mine.
'Withdraw,' said Samos. She withdrew."
--Hunters, pp. 2-3

Silks and Colors: Slaves wore any colored silks at the will of their masters and silk colors were not in any way connected with phases of training.

"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

"'Are you white silk?' I asked.
'I am a virgin,' she said.
'Then you are white silk,' I said."--Explorers, p. 172

"'Tela, when captured,' he said, indicating a blonde, 'begged to be permitted to be kept in white silk.' He laughed. 'After throwing her to a crew for their pleasure, we put her, as she had asked, in white silk.
'Amusing,' I said.
'She now often begs for red silk,' he said. 'Perhaps, we will one day permit it to her.'"--Rogue, p. 197

"Among slaves, not free women, these things are something spoken of along the lines as to whether or not a girl has been 'opened' for the uses of men. Other common terms, used generally of slaves, are 'white silk' and 'red silk,' for girls who have not yet been opened, or have been opened, for the uses of men, respectively."--Dancer, p. 128

"To be sure, of course, the color of the garment, on Gor, would not be likely to be white, but, commonly, red or yellow. White, on Gor, is a color commonly associated with virginity. It is, accordingly, worn by few slaves."--Guardsman, p. 251

Taste: No tasting for safety was ever required in the books. On the contrary, a slave could not drink from the master's vessel. Two bowls were ordered for a taste, the only one that appears in the books, and it was no taste for safety. Tarl was just wondering if the smell was that of the coffee.

"'Bring two bowls,' I said.
'Two?' asked the girl.
'The slave,' I said, indicating Elizabeth, 'will taste it first.'
'Of course, Master,' said the girl...I had heard of black wine, but had never had any. It is drunk in Thentis, but I had never heard of it being much drunk in other Gorean cities...then I picked up one of the thick, heavy, clay bowls. It was extremely strong, and bitter, but it was hot and unmistakably, it was coffee."--Assassin, p. 106

"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

"When I had served him wine, he gave me, too, a drink of the cup. This was, in its way, a great honor, and a token of his recognition as to how I stood to him. I still, of course, did not dare to drink from the same edge of the cup as he, the master."--Slave Girl, p. 442

"'Why do you not drink?' I asked her.
'A girl does not drink before her master,' she said.
'I see that you are not totally stupid,' I said.
'Thank you, Master,' she said."
--Guardsman, p. 296

Third Person Speech: Yes, slaves were required to use the third person, on several occasions, to teach them their place as slaves.

"'Does Phyllis remember the lash?' asked Flaminius. The girl's eyes widened in fear.
'Yes,' she said.
'Then say so,' said Flaminius. I whispered to Ho-Tu, as though I could not understand what was transpiring.
'What is he doing with them?' Ho-Tu shrugged.
'He is teaching them they are slaves,' he said.
'I remember the lash,' said Phyllis.
'Phyllis remembers the lash,' corrected Flaminius.
'I am not a child!' she cried.
'You are a slave,' said Flaminius.
'No,' she said. 'No!'
'I see,' said Flaminius, sadly, 'it will be necessary to beat you.'
'Phyllis remembers the lash,' said the girl numbly."--Assassin, p. 131

"'Master,' she whispered.
'Yes?' I said.
'May I be taught to dance?' she asked.
'Who is 'I'?' I questioned.
'Alyena, your slave girl, Master,' she whispered, 'begs to be taught to dance.'
'Perhaps she will be taught,' I said.
'She is grateful,' said the girl."--Tribesmen, p. 91

"'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

Unowned Slaves: Slaves not owned should be naked, because a slave could not own anything.

"'I own it,' said Marcus, 'as I own you, but it is true that it was with you in mind that I purchased it, that you might wear it when permitted, or directed.'"--Magicians, p. 21

"'I see, Master,' she said. 'But may I keep them?'
'Until I or any free man,' I said, 'sees fit to take them from you.' I held her by her upper arms, from behind. 'You do not own them,' I said. 'You only wear them, and on the sufferance of free men.'
'Yes, Master,' she said. 'I own nothing. It is, rather, I who am owned."Explorers, pp. 335-336

"'Surely you are aware,' said Saphrar, 'that a slave cannot own property any more than a kaiila, a tharlarion, or sleen.'"--Nomads, p. 132

Using Master's Name: Slaves were not allowed to address masters using their names or to use titles, such as Captain or Ubar.

"A Gorean slave, incidentally, always addresses free men as 'Master' and all free women as 'Mistress.'"--Captive, p. 73

"...a slave girl is seldom permitted, at least publicly, to address her master by his name, only his title. the privilege of using his name, of having it on her lips is, according to the most approved custom, reserved for that of a free woman, in particular, a free companion. Gorean thinking on this matter tends to be expressed by the saying that a slave girl grows bold if her lips are allowed to touch the name of her master. On the other hand, I, like many Gorean masters, provided the girl was not testing or challenging me, and provided that free women, or others, were not present whom I had no wish to offend or upset, preferred as a matter of fact to have my own name on the girl's lips, for I think, with acknowledged vanity, that there are few sounds as pleasurable as the sound of one's own name on the lips of a beautiful woman."--Priest-Kings, p. 206

"'May I call you Tarl?' she asked.
'Only if given permission,' I told her. This was normal Gorean slave custom. Generally, of course, such permission is not even asked, and, if asked, would be denied. Sometimes, a girl is whipped for even daring to ask this permission.
'A girl asks permission to call her master by his name,' she said.
'It is denied,' I said.
'Yes, Master,' she said. I would not permit the slave girl to speak my name. It is not fitting that the name of the master be soiled by being touched by the lips of a slave girl."--Tribesmen, p 360

"Slave girls, of course, may speak the name of their masters to others, for example, as in locutions such as, 'I am the girl of Calliodorus of Port Cos,' or 'I come from the house of Calliodorus.' It is only that they are seldom, in addressing the master himself, permitted to use his name. He is usually addressed simply as 'Master,' or as 'my Master.'"--Guardsman, p 270

"'Please, my Ubar,' said she, 'let me stay.'
'I am not your ubar,' I said. 'I am your master.'
'Please, Master,' she begged, 'let Telima stay.'"--Raiders, p. 224

"'Captain!' demanded the boy. The kitchen master, in fury, grabbed him by the hair and raised his arm to thrash him. I gestured that he not do so. The kitchen master stepped back, angry.
'What do you want?' I had asked the boy.
'To see you, Captain,' said he.
'Master!' corrected the kitchen master.
'Captain!' cried the boy.
'Normally,' I said to the boy, 'a kitchen slave petitions to enter his master's presence through the kitchen master.'
'I know,' said the boy.
'Why did you not do so?' I asked.
'I have,' said the boy defiantly, 'many times.'
'And I,' said the kitchen master, 'have refused him.'
'What is his request?' I asked the kitchen master.
'He would not tell me,' said the kitchen master.
'How then,' I asked the boy, 'did you expect the kitchen master to consider whether or not you should be permitted to enter my presence?'"
--Raiders, p. 220

Weapons: Several times through the books, slaves touch weapons, but under surveillance, or on their tasks. They could not, of course, use them against free persons. In some cities, just to touch a weapon was a crime punished by death.

"It can be a capital offense on Gor, incidentally, for a slave to so much as touch a weapon."--Mercenaries, p. 57

"Too, a free person on Gor is almost never in any danger from a slave unless it be a guard slave, and he is attacking its master. In some cities, a slave can be slain for so much as touching a weapon."--Kajira, p. 123

"'Give me that crossbow,' said one of my men to Sheera. She surrendered the weapon. Slaves are not permitted weapons.
'Kneel,' I told her. She looked at me and, angrily, did so, at my thigh. she was only slave."--Hunters, p. 286

"He stood a few feet from me, a coil of rope in his hand. My hands clutched at the handle of the hoe. He looked at me. I flung it down. A girl dares not raise a weapon against a free man. Some girls have been slain, or had their hands cut off, for so much as touching a weapon."--Slave Girl, p. 220

"Similarly, in many cities, a slave may be slain, or her hands cut off for so much as touching a weapon."--Vagabonds, p. 315

"She knelt beside the platform. Beside her, on the floor, rested a laver of polished bronze, filled with water, a towel and straight-bladed Gorean shaving knife. I rubbed my chin. She had shaved me as I slept. I shivered, thinking of the blade at my throat. 'Your touch is light,' I said. She bowed her head. She then gathered up the shaving knife, the towels used, and the bowl and went to one side of the room. She rinsed the bowl again and set it against the wall to drain dry. She then rinsed and dried the shaving knife and put it in one of the chests."--Priest-Kings, p 34

"I recalled how a guard had once given me his spear, and it had been so heavy, I could throw it only a few feet. He had then taken it from me and hurled it into a block of wood, head deep, more than a hundred feet away. He then sent me to fetch it for him and I had scarcely been able to work it free of the wood."--Captive, p. 106

"'Take the quiva,' said Kamchak. The girl shook with fear. 'Take it,' ordered Kamchak. She did so. 'Now,' he said, 'replace it.' Trembling, she did so."--Nomads, p. 142

"Eta and I were alone. She went and brought pins, tiny scissors, a needle and thread."--Slave Girl, p. 38

"I cut at the soil with the hoe, chopping and loosening the dirt about the roots of the sul plant...I worked in my master's fields."--Slave Girl, pp. 190-191

"Wasnapohdi thrust her knife in behind the neck, to make the first slash, from which the skin would begin to be folded back, to expose the forequarters on each side. Subsequently the hide, in the normal fashion, can be cut down the middle."--Blood Brothers, p. 57


Ai: 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 its fullness, now on her stomach, disbelief in her eyes."
--Mercenaries, p. 10

Bazi Tea Ceremony: There is no Bazi tea ceremony even mentioned in the books.

"'Make me tea,' I said. 'Is it ready?' I asked. I looked at the tiny copper kettle on the small stand. A tiny kaiila-dung fire burned under it. A small, heavy, curved glass was nearby, on a flat box, which would hold some two ounces of the tea. Bazi tea is drunk in tiny glasses, usually three at a time, carefully measured. She did not make herself tea, of course. She lifted the kettle from the fire and, carefully, poured me a tiny glass of tea. I took the glass."--Tribesmen, p. 139

"Tea is extremely important to the nomads. It is served hot and highly sugared. It gives strength then, in virtue of the sugar, and cools them, by making them sweat, as well as stimulating them. It is drunk three small cups at a time, carefully measured."--Tribesmen, p. 38

"In the cafes I had feasted well. I had had verr meat, cut in chunks and threaded on a metal rod, with slices of peppers and larma, and roasted; vulo stew with raisins, nuts, onions, and honey; a kort with melted cheese and nutmeg; hot Bazi tea, sugared and later, Turian wine."--Tribesmen, p. 48

"Hot Bazi tea I wanted. This is an important trade item in the north. I now knew why. The southern sugars are also popular. I had originally supposed this was because of their sweetness, there being few items, save some berries, in the north. I now began to suspect that the calories of the sugars also played their role in their popularity."--Beasts, p. 206

"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."--Kajira, p. 332

Kassar Language: There were dialects in Gor, but the Kassar language was completely invented by some imaginative reader. The Kassars, known as the Blood People, do not have many mentions in Nomads of Gor.

"There are several barbarian languages spoken on Gor, usually in more remote areas. Also, some of the dialects of Gorean itself are almost unintelligible. On the other hand, Gorean, in its varieties, serves as the lingua franca of civilized Gor. There are few Goreans who cannot speak it, though with some it is almost a second language. Gorean tends to be rendered more uniform through the minglings and transactions of the great fairs."--Beasts, p. 154

"There are, of course, many languages spoken on Gor, but that language I have called Gorean, in its various dialects, is the lingua franca of the planet. It is spoken most everywhere, except in remote areas. One of the remote areas, of course, is the equatorial interior."--Explorers, p. 100

Ki: The word "Ki" appears in the books, used as negation as a girl is being taught how to speak Gorean.

"I took from the chest a string of pearls, then one of the pieces of gold, then one of the rubies.
'Bina?' I asked, each time. Eta laughed.
'Bana,' she said, 'Ki Bina. Bana.' Then, from another box, Eta produced another necklace, one with cheap glass beads, and another with simple, small wooden beads. She indicated the latter two necklaces. 'Bina,' she said, pointing to them. Bina, I then understood, were lesser beads, cheap beads."--Slave Girl, pp. 81-82

"Briefly, for those it might interest, all directions on the planet are calculated from the Sardar Mountains, which for the purposes of calculating direction play a role analogous to our north pole; the two main directions, so to speak, in the Gorean way of thinking are Ta-Sardar-Var and Ta-Sardar-Ki-Var, or as one would normally say, Var and Ki-Var; 'Var' means a turning and "Ki" signifies negation; thus, rather literally, one might speak of 'turning to the Sardar' and 'not turning to the Sardar', something like either facing north or not facing north; on the other hand, more helpfully, the Gorean compass is divided into eight, as opposed to our four, main quadrants, or better said, divisions, and each of these itself is of course subdivided."--Nomads, p. 3 (Footnote)

Rask and Urth: These two words never appear in the books. The first, used to signify ass, is an insult to a great character, Rask of Treve. The second is an ignorant misspelling of the word Earth.

"The terrible Rask of Treve, one of the most dreaded warriors on all Gor."--Captive, p. 62

Red Sugar: There is no "red sugar" mentioned in the books, but there is "red salt".

"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

"Salt, incidentally, is obtained by the men of Torvaldsland, most commonly, from sea water or the burning of seaweed. It is also, however, a trade commodity; and is sometimes taken in raids. The red and yellow salts of the south, some of which I saw on the tables, are not domestic to Torvaldsland."--Marauders, pp. 186-187

"The Red Salt of Kasra, so called from its port of embarkation, was famed on Gor. It was brought from secret pits and mines, actually, deep in the interior, bound in heavy cylinders on the backs of pack kaiila."--Tribesmen, p. 20

"Most salt of Klima is white, but certain of the mines deliver red salt, red from ferrous oxide in its composition, which is called the Red Salt of Kasra, after its port of embarkation, at the juncture of the Upper and Lower Fayeen."--Tribesmen, p. 238

Servery: Not once the word "servery" is mentioned in the books, but kitchen is.

"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

Tal: Tal is used in the books by free and slaves.

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

"Yet I had little doubt that the strong, large-handed men of Laura, sturdy in their work tunics, who stopped to regard us, would not appreciate the body of a slave girl, provided she is vital, and loves, and leaps helplessly to their touch.'Tal, Kajirae!' cried one of the men, waving. Ute pressed against the bars, waving back at him. The men cheered."--Captive p. 87

"The girls stood straight, proud under the gaze of a warrior: 'Tal, Master,' said many of them, as I rode slowly by."--Tribesmen, p. 344

"'I am Radish,' said Radish.
'I am Turnip,' said Turnip.
'I am Verr Tail,' said Verr Tail. Sandal Thong looked at me.
'I am Sandal Thong,' she said.
'Tal,' I said to them.
'Tal,' they said to me."
--Slave Girl, p. 199

White Ka-La-Na: There is no "White Ka-la-na" mentioned in the books. Ka-la-na was only red.

"After the meal I tasted a drink, which might not inappropriately be described as an almost incandescent wine, bright, dry, and powerful."--Tarnsman, p. 26

Winds: There is no farewell "Winds" used in the books, not even used in combination with other words. The normal farewell was "I wish you well".

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

"'A slave girl is pleased,' she said, 'that such a man as you is her master.' I turned to go. I heard her voice over my shoulder. 'I wish you well, Master,' she said."--Priest-Kings, p. 207

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