Anyone who has read even one of the Gorean novels by John Norman will know that the Goreans didn’t have advanced technology. The Priest Kings, the ruling beings on the planet, prevented the Goreans from developing technology beyond that of what is basically the Medieval era. However, there was one area in which the Goreans excel, or rather were allowed to excel. That was in the area of medicine, which is far advanced in many ways than the medicine on Earth.
Yet, as Second Life Goreans we frequently make use of technology starting from using our computers to log into the virtual world of Second Life Gor. While in Second Life we further make use of more advanced technology as we make use of mental telepathy (IM or PM), instant travel (teleportation), using super-human powers to lift large stones and build great cities in a few days, “Mary Poppins” type pockets in which whole villages can be hidden, or omniscience (reading profiles to learn about someone).
Let’s start with the first two, mental telepathy and teleportation. Even the most “By the book” sim within Second Life will make use of these two super powers. For instance, there are Free in the inn needing service (they wouldn’t be in the tavern because… well, that’s a whole different blog post). They look around and not a slave to be found. Suddenly they enter the supernatural super highway and send out the call via personal message or group message to call for slaves to come serve. If they are successful suddenly slaves appear in the city via teleportation. They arrive in seconds despite where they may have been or how far away they would have been before.
In fact, two people don’t even have to be in the same city, let alone in the same room, to have long discussions or even to have sex. All they need do is send out mental signals to the person they wish to contact and, voila, they are in contact. Our cellphones on earth can’t even compare to communication within Second Life Gor. And we won’t even attempt to compare travel methods.
Now let’s talk about the building of cities and use of God-like powers to build those cities. It’s amazing how the land will start out looking like the above picture. Enter the builders of the cities. They come with heavy blocks, mortar and rocks in their pockets. Some even come with buildings already premade. Within a week or two, much faster than anyone could build on Earth or on Gor, a whole city has arisen from the dust.
The land now looks like the above picture. Lakes where there were none, beautiful and intricate architecture where there was only barren ground. Through the use of our earth technology of computers, graphics programs and other systems we are able to perform these super human feats on a world where such technology would surely bring on the blue flame of death from the Priest Kings.
Now let’s move on to the use of profiles. Everyone in Second Life Gor has a profile. The moment you sign on to Second Life you have a profile. Granted some are more filled in than others, yet the profile is there saying at the very least how long that avie has been in Second Life.
Many profiles are very full and detailed with information about the avatar or the person controlling the avatar. They may contain information about the person’s limits, their preferences, their friends, who they are within Second Life and even, at times, information about their real life.
Now it is considered bad role play to use the profiles within the context of the story. Yet, how many of us look into the profiles to get to know a bit about the person we are role playing with. Once done, it can’t be undone. You can’t un-see it or un-know it. Even the listing of groups to which the individual belongs gives away information about that person. Once it’s read, you now know more about that person than you would normally know if you had just met them on the street. What I’m saying is, whether consciously or unconsciously it will affect your role play.
So, as can be seen, we just can’t get around it. We are earthly beings using technology to navigate a world where such technology would be banned. There is no way that anyone or any sim can be strictly “by-the-book” as so many claim because like it or not, they are earth inhabitants using earth technology to access a virtual world where that technology does not exist. They are, by their very nature, Second Life Goreans.