Handouts regarding Tavern Serving and Gorean Money from Rhiannon’s Class

A paga tavern is a combination bar, restaurant and brothel. In the southern hemisphere, cafes often take the place of paga taverns but are essentially the same type of entity. Paga taverns exist primarily for the pleasure of men, but such pleasures range widely. Men go there to relax or be sociable. They often play Kaissa there. Some taverns even have special tables with a Kaissa board inlaid on the table. Men may wish to watch slave dances or other men duel in the sands. It is also a place where men can learn a lot about a city and hear the latest news. A new visitor to a city can learn much at a paga tavern about his new surroundings. A paga tavern is much more than just a place where men go to fur kajirae. Many patrons may never make use of a kajira in that manner.

tavern interior

A tavern commonly has a number of low tables of various sizes. A man can remain by himself at a small table or party with his friends at a larger one. Men sit cross-legged on the floor at these tables. There may be a sandpit in the paga tavern for slave dancing or battles by the men. There is an area of curtained pleasure alcoves where men and slaves retire for sexual pleasure. There is often a kitchen area, commonly separated from the main area by swinging doors or a beaded curtain. The doors or curtain are easy to negotiate by a girl carrying something. Curtains are used more often than the swinging doors.

In paga taverns, the men are served by paga kajirae, slaves who are a combination waitress and prostitute. For the price of a cup of paga, from a couple tarsk bits to a couple copper tarsks, a man is also entitled to the use of one of the servers. Commonly, the patron will use the kajira that serves him but this need not be the case. He may take a girl to one of the pleasure alcoves for sex. He may keep that girl for as long as he desires or until the tavern closes at dawn. It appears that once the man leaves the pleasure alcove, his time with the girl may be over. There are references that you keep the girl until you choose to open the leather curtains over the pleasure alcove. This prevents a man from stacking up a stream of girls at his table. For each cup a man purchases, he may use a different slave. Once the tavern closes though, any cups not used are lost. You cannot save them for another night. A paga dancer usually costs a customer extra and you would negotiate the price with the tavern owner. The same goes for personal slaves that may serve in the tavern. The price of use in the alcoves will be negotiated with the slaves personal owner, or if the owner is not present the tavern owner. Any exceptions to these common rules must be posted clearly in advance.

alcove

When a girl first becomes a paga slave, it is usually the first two or three nights that are the most difficult. If the girl has not learned properly by then, her throat will likely be cut by an angry customer. Her sales price would then be paid to the tavern owner, plus a token copper or two for goodwill. A girl is considered “paga hot” if she is hot enough to be able to serve as a paga slave. Any girl in the tavern is subject to the discipline of a customer. Bruises on the girls are common hazards of business and tavern owners do not see such as wrong. Some taverns allow you to have your own slaves serve you.

Men may also work in paga taverns. Paga attendants are male employees of paga taverns and they generally supervise the serving of paga by the slave girls and collect payment for the paga and the use of the girls. There might also be a tavern owner, kitchen master, cooks and musicians present.

The pleasure alcoves are often small and their entrances may be circular, about twenty-four inches in diameter. They are commonly stacked in levels and reached by narrow ladders fixed into the walls. A typical alcove has curved walls, and is about four feet high and five feet wide. It is lit by a small lamp, set into a niche in the wall. It is lined with red silk and floored with love furs and cushions. The furs are usually about six to eight inches deep. The alcoves have a subtle but efficient air circulation system, possibly some vent holes high in the walls. An alcove will usually contain chains, rope and a whip. You may also request any special equipment you may desire such as hook bracelets. Some taverns may have different types of alcoves but most are fairly similar.

In most paga taverns, the girls wear diaphanous silks. These silks can be worn in many ways. It may be worn on or off the shoulder, with high or plunging necklines, tightly or flowingly, in halters or G-strings, or brief tunics that may be partable or wraparound. Some tunics have a disrobing loop, usually at the left shoulder, where a tug will drop the entire garment to the girl’s ankles. Only in the lowest taverns do the girls serve naked. It is also common to bell paga slaves, to make them more appeasing. Most paga girls also have pierced ears now. After the defeat of Turia, ear piercing has spread throughout Gor and has become the new fashion.

A parade of slaves commonly takes places in paga taverns and brothels. The paga slaves present themselves one by one, often accompanied by music, for the inspection of the guests. This allows the guests to better decide which kajira they might wish to use in the alcoves later. This may be repeated a couple times during a night so that patrons that enter later can view the kajirae.

dancer

Free women are not permitted in most paga taverns though they are permitted entrance into a few. In some taverns, even families are permitted entrance. In such taverns, efforts are made to promote modesty and decorum. Men in these places try to restrain their natural tendencies so as to not offend the free women. Tavern owners would try to enforce this decorum so that they can maintain their reputation and protect their business. Men have plenty of taverns they can go to where they do not need to be restrained so there is no reason for them to do so in these places. Most free women though would rather not attend such establishments. They do not wish to see their men fawning over such lascivious kajirae.

Slaves who are not paga slaves may enter taverns only if on an errand or in the company of a free person. There are often slave rings on one wall to chain your personal slaves. Most men would leave their personal slaves there. Some paga taverns would permit men to have their personal slaves serve them.

In the majority of taverns, paga is the most common beverage. No bottle or bota of paga is brought to the table. Cups, goblets or bowls are generally filled from a vat of paga behind the counter, from a huge bottle of paga put into a pouring sling, or from bronze vessels carried in leather harnesses by the kajirae. Botas of paga are only used while traveling or camping. Paga is not served warm or hot unless it is specifically ordered as such. Most people prefer room temperature paga. Torvaldsland and Cos are two places that normally prefer heated paga. There is also nothing in the books to suggest paga has a lumpy consistency. If paga was lumpy, it would be very difficult to fill or empty a bota.

Ka-la-na and other wines are commonly served from bottles. Other beverages may be contained in pitchers, small kegs, or bottles. Some of these beverages may be stored in the basements of the taverns to keep them a bit cooler as few taverns would actually have an ice room, especially in the summer or in warmer climates. Amphorae are frequently used to store beverages underground to keep them cooler.

Many online kajirae have learned very specific ways to serve in a tavern. There are web sites that instruct them exactly how to serve each food and drink. Girls then memorize these serves and do it the same way every time. Thus, service becomes a boring repetitive act that is not true to the novels. Service should be as creative as any other kajira action. There are 105 ways just to enter a room, dozens of ways to kiss, and numerous slave dances. Why should food and drink service be performed only by one method? The answer is that it should be done in a myriad of ways. The method of the service should conform to the circumstances. What is appropriate at a formal feast may not be so at a cheap paga tavern.

In a paga tavern, when a slave serves, she is also offering herself to the customer. Thus, she will desire to please the customer as much as possible and make herself as desirable as possible. Gorean men enjoy imaginative and sensual women. Let your serve show your creativity and sensuality. You are selling yourself, not just a cup of paga or wine. Show how well you can move. Accentuate your allure and desirability. Make the customer lust for you. A kajira that could not entice the customers into the alcoves would be severely disciplined by the tavern owner, sold or even killed. You are there to make money for him so if you cannot earn your keep, you are useless to him.

What is required as a part of a serve? There are only a few items that are absolutely necessary. Everything else depends on the situation and location. Generally, the less formal the setting, the shorter and less rigid the serve. But, most serves have these few things in common.

First, make sure that you know exactly what your customer orders. Do not serve him sul paga if he orders regular paga. Do not serve him warm paga if he wants it at room temperature. If you are unsure about an order, ask the customer. Not every Master likes his food or drink prepared the same. If he orders Sa-Tarna bread, ask him what he wishes to go with it. Some prefer honey while others want melted butter. Try to ensure that you are going to bring him exactly what he desires. If you try to guess what the customer wants, you are taking a big risk.

Second, make sure the drinking vessels, serving trays and utensils are clean. You do not need to wash or wipe every goblet you get but at least indicate that you have found a clean cup. Once washed, likely by a slave, the vessels usually hang upside down on racks to drip dry. A quick glance at the vessel before using it will ensure it is adequate. Do not wipe a vessel with your silks. That would ruin the silks and the taverns have rep cloths for such cleaning. A chipped or broken vessel would be immediately thrown out. Also remember that most paga taverns have inexpensive cups and dishes. They would be cheap metal or pottery, not gold and silver that would most likely be stolen. This though would depend on the quality of the paga tavern. A very expensive tavern might have gold and silver cups and dishes but few such places exist.

Third, make sure you kneel when serving. The customer is sitting on the floor at a low table. You need to get down to his level and kneeling is the only proper way to do it. Proper kajirae do not bend over. In addition, kneeling is a proper way to show deference to a man. Kneeling expresses the proper servitude and submission of a slave. A girl would learn how to carefully balance a tray or other accouterments while attempting to kneel next to a table.

Besides these three basic items, everything else is up to your imagination. The most common serve that many kajirae have learned involves cleaning a cup, pouring the paga from a bota into a bowl, holding the bowl low against their belly, running it up their body, holding it for three heartbeats at their chest, kissing the rim and then offering it to the customer. This is not a required serve as depicted in the novels. Some kajirae in the novels did parts of that serve but many others did not. And some parts of that serve did not exist at all in the novels.

The cleaning of the cup and botas were already discussed above. The three heartbeats and the love, devotion and honor pledge never occurred in the novels. Thus it is not a necessary part of a serve. They are online creations only. Holding it low against your belly does occur in the novels but it is not a constant. It is also not a required part of a serve. “Sweetening” the cup is another online creation that does not exist in the books.

Kissing the rim of the goblet does occur a number of times but it is again not a necessity as many serves are done without it. There are examples from the books where paga slaves may kiss the rim twice, or lick it deferentially. Kissing is done primarily as a sign of obeisance, deference to the patron. Slaves would also never sip a master’s drink before serving it. If they were permitted to take a drink from the same cup, they would never drink from the side of a cup where their master has already drank from. No girl in the books ever tested a man’s drink for poison. Poison is not that great of a threat in taverns. It would be an insult to a tavern for girls to be routinely checking for poison.

Long involved serves were more common at feasts where the host is trying to impress his guests. In most taverns, long serves are impractical and unnecessary. Be creative in your serves but do not over do it. Save long serves for special occasions. In a cheap paga tavern, the men simply want their food and drink without some long presentation. The patrons would likely get angry at a girl that took too long to deliver or serve their order.

Most service online is so boring, for the customer and the kajira. Vie for the attention of the customers. Become the most popular kajira in the tavern by being the most imaginative server. You may kiss the rim of the cup or hold it deep against your belly but you may also skip it. Vary how you perform your serves. Make it a true presentation instead of a “canned” service by rote. Make the serve fit the situation as well.

There are a few others matters of tavern etiquette. First, there are no such things as serving furs. If anything, paga kajirae would kneel on the bare floor while waiting in the tavern. In true taverns, the girls would rarely have a free moment to relax. She would be constantly serving customers food and drink or in the pleasure alcoves. Second, when a kajira enters the tavern, she does not need to seek permission or perform obeisance. She should just quietly walk to the serving area and kneel until she is needed. This is partially intended to promote the flow of role-play as massive greetings can be distracting. Third, a kajira should seek permission to leave the tavern. First, she should consult her owner. If the owner is not around, she should ask any other free person present.

Remember, the key to good service, like good role-play, is creativity.

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Coinage:

gorean money

There is little standardization in currency exchange rates throughout Gor. These ratios vary from city to city. The bankers, or literally the coin merchants, try to standarize coinage at each Sardar Fair but their motion never passes. Certain coins though are respected and accepted throughout the civilized cities. These include such coins as the gold tarns of Ar, Ko-ro-ba and Port Kar, golden staters from Brundisium, and the silver tarsk of Tharna.

On Gor, the basic unit of currency is the tarsk coin, made of copper or silver. Each city then decides on the ratio between such coins. A tarsk bit is the smallest unit of currency. From four to twenty tarsk bits equals one copper tarsk. From forty to one hundred copper tarsks equals one silver tarsk. Ten silver tarsks equal one gold tarn disk. Gold tarn disks are also made in double weight. Some coins may be split into pieces to make change. A coin is about 1.5″ in diameter and 3/8″ thick. There is a tarn or tarsk on one side and usually a letter to identify the city of origin on the other side. There is no paper currency on Gor.

The early novels mentioned the existance of copper and silver tarn disks but the later books, especially when discussing exchange rates, omit these coins. If you moniter the appearance of these tarn disks, they begin to disappear from the books as they progress. And the initial books neglect to mention tarsk disks. This seems to be another area where Norman chose to change matters in the latter books. The latter books should be taken as more authoritative in this matter as they are the ones where the issue of coinage is more throroughly described. Tribesman of Gor, #10, may be the last book to mention a copper or silver tarn disk.

To most Goreans, a silver tarsk is a coin of considerable value. A gold tarn disk is more than many common laborers earn in a year. A gold tarn may buy a tarn or five slave girls. Five pieces of gold is a fortune and one can live in many cities for years on such resources. For the most part, many items on Gor will sell for copper tarsks. Business is often conducted by notes and letters of credit. Most cities have their own mints. Coins are struck, one at a time, by a hammer pounding on the flat cap of a die. Coins are not made to be easily stacked. In some cities, such as Tharna, coins are drilled so that they might be stringed.

A coin is a way in which a government certifies that a given amount of precious metal is involved in a transaction. It saves the need of weighing and testing each coin, thus making commerce much easier. But, some less scrupulous people may shave coins, slicing slivers of metal off of them. This is akin to theft and fraud. The coin is worth less than it should be.

Earth – Gor

gorean money system

We need to place the currency system into a perspective that can be understood.
This will give us a better framework to understand prices and wages. An excellent starting point is this quote: “A gold tarn disk is more than many common laborers earn in a year.” (Tribesman of Gor, p.158)
This helps show the value of a gold tarn and it is supported by other quotes. “Five pieces of gold, in its way, incidentally,
is also a fortune on Gor. One could live, for example, in many cities, though not in contemporary Ar, with its press on housing and shortages of food, for years on such
resources.” (Magicians of Gor, p.468-9).
“A golden tarn disk was a small fortune.”
(Tarnsman of Gor, p.191).
The value of silver tarsks is also generalized in the novels.
“A silver tarsk is, to most Goreans, a coin of considerable value.” (Rogue of Gor, p.155)
“My financial resources, the ten silver tarsks,such a sum would last a man months on Gor.”
(Rogue of Gor, p.59)

Let’s try to translate this into U.S. dollars then. If we assume a common laborer made minimum wage or a bit above that, then a gold tarn would be at least between $15,000 to $25,000. For simplicity’s sake, we can average this to $20,000. Now that we have a starting point, we can use it to translate the other Gorean coins into U.S. currency.
If we assume ten silver tarsks equal one gold tarn, then a silver tarsk is worth about $2000.
If we then assume 100 copper tarsks equal one silver tarsk, then a copper tarsk is worth about $20.
If we then assume eight tarsk bits equal a copper tarsk, then a tarsk bit is worth about $2.50.
((Please remember that these are only rough approximations. They give you a relative comparison between Gorean and Earth prices.))

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More Money:

gorean coin

I had every intention of providing an extensive and detailed narrative on the worth of monies and the cost of various items.

For instance, what a particular denomination is worth “A golden tarn disk was a small fortune. It would buy one of the great birds themselves, or as many as five slave girls.” Or the cost of say, a slave girl; “some of the plainer women are sold for as little as a brass cup; a really beautiful girl, particularly if of free birth and high caste, might bring as much as forty pieces of gold.”

However the sheer volume of passages in the Books referencing these things would make this page ridiculously long and when I finally came across this quote, I decided to go a different route.
“A silver tarsk,” said a man.
“Excellent,” said the auctioneer.
This seemed to me an unusually high bid for a raw, untrained barbarian slave, particularly as an opening bid. On the other hand, I had noted that girls seemed to bring high prices in Kailiauk. Several of the girls had gone from the side blocks, for example, for prices ranging between thirty and fifty copper tarsks. In certain other markets these girls, in their current state of barbarity and ignorance, might have brought as little as seven or eight tarsks apiece. These prices, of course, were a function of context and time. (emphasis mine)
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 117
The last sentence is the key phrase – “These prices, of course, were a function of context and time.”

In other words, there just isn’t enough consistency throughout the whole series to state that a slave girl sells for X or a cup of Paga goes for Y.
Money can be a lot of things. But in all cases it is something that has an agreed upon value.
Obviously Gold, [1] silver [2] and copper [3] are well known as materials from which coins are made. As of Book 33, we find that coins are also made of bronze. [4]

But money can also be other things. Sometimes pieces of plates, cups or candlesticks have been used. [5] There is also iron, [6] salt [7] or something as simple as a brass cup. [8] In the Barrens, beads, strips of leather, furs, blankets, arrowheads and bowstrings are used. [9] Also used are millet, rice, silk, coarser cloth, and such. [10] Even slave girls themselves are referred to as currency. [11] There is even a reference to the “coin of the furs”. [12] And steel, it is said, is the coinage of Warriors. [13]

The more standardized money can still be in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are cubes [14] of gold and silver. There are small rectangular bars marked by a Jarl. [15] There is ring money, each ring strung on a larger ring and weighed individually. [16]

Sometimes money is square or a narrow triangle [17] and then there is the irregular, somewhat circular shaped stater. [18] Coins can be, as already mentioned, as different as a ring, to a having a hole drilled in them, [19] to a square [20] or a rectangle. [21]

As far as size is concerned, coins are described as tiny, [22] small, [23] being sifted through fingers [24] to being rather large. [25]

Most Gorean outfits, including slave tunics, do not have pockets. One notable exception to this is the artisan. [26] And slaves are not permitted wallets, or pouches, as free persons, [27] so money is carried in a variety of other ways.

Perhaps the simplest way is to just carry coins in one’s mouth and free persons will do this from time to time. [28]

There is the coin sack or capsule which is tied around the neck of a girl when sent on errands. [29] Slaves will also carry money tied in a scarf about a wrist or ankle. [30]

Sometimes coins are pierced and strung together. [31] A simple sack, usually of leather [32] and sometimes with the owner’s name stitched inside, might be used. [33] A pouch, [34] usually concealed within the robes of a free woman, or slung about the waist or shoulder, of a free man, [35] or worn around the neck, [36] is closed by a drawstring. [37]

It might be noted that those of the Caste of Assassins do not carry pouches but instead carry money in pockets of their belts. [38] Others too, perhaps for security, use belt pockets for their money. [39]

A wallet is also a means to carry coins [40] as is a purse. [41] And sometimes money is just carried inside one’s tunic. [42]

Coins are also used as jewelry, usually to embellish dancing girls. [43] Sometimes they are a pendant [44] or necklace. [45] And coins are used to adorn weapons, saddles animals and slaves. [46]

Money can also be in the form of drafts, checks or letters of credit. [47] But paper currency is unknown. [48]

This is a list of denominations common to most Gorean cities.

Copper Tarsk Bit Beasts of Gor Book 12 Page 77
Copper Tarsk
also known as
Copper Tarn Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 36

Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 68
Copper Eight-Piece Assassin of Gor Book 5 Pages 27 – 28
Copper Ten-Piece Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 126
Copper Twenty-Piece Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Page 186
Copper Forty-Piece Assassin of Gor Book 5 Pages 27 – 28
“common” Silver Tarsk
also known as
“common” Silver Tarn Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 76

Tarnsman of Gor Book 1 Page 165
“larger” Silver Tarn Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488
Silver Forty-Piece Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 157
Silver Eighty-Piece Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 107
Silver Stater Swordsmen of Gor Book 29 Page 132
Gold Tarsk Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 522
Gold Tarn Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 158
Gold Stater Kajira of Gor Book 19 Page 394
Gold Tarn of Double Weight Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 4
I will now address the ratios of value from one denomination of coin to another.

However, again, these values vary so much that there is simply no way to make arbitrary statements.
In fact this is attested to within the series itself at least six different times. [49]

Efforts are made every year at the Sardar Fair to standardize the coins among major cites but so far this hasn’t happened. [50]
The copper tarsk bit is generally accepted as the smallest denomination coin. [51]
Different quantities of Tarsk Bits equal a Copper Tarsk:

4 – 10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [52]

8 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [53]

8 – 10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [54]

10 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [55]

10 – 20 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [56]

100 Tarsk Bits = 1 Copper Tarsk [57]
Based on one variation of value, 8,000 Tarsk Bits would equal 1 regular Gold Tarn. [58]
Different quantities of Copper Tarsks equal one Silver Tarsk:

10 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [59]

40 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [60]

50 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [61]

100 Copper Tarsks = 1 Silver Tarsk [62]
There are two different sizes, or values, of a Silver Tarsk [63]
Different quantities of Silver Tarsks equal one Gold Tarn:

10 Silver Tarsks = 1 Gold Tarn [64]

100 Silver Tarsks = 1 Gold Tarn [65]
First is the Gold Tarsk usually valued at ten silver tarsks, [66]

then the Gold Tarn, the more common variety of regular weight, [67] which is of more value. [68]

And finally the Gold Tarn of Double Weight. [69]

As of Book 29, there is now evidence of a silver stater. [70]

From the context of the series it becomes clear that ‘Stater’ is more a definition of the type of coin rather than the value. There is no evidence that the Gold Stater of Brundisium is of any higher face value than the Gold Tarn. If anything, there is evidence that they are equal. [71]
The fact that coins were individually hand struck tells us that they would have irregular shapes. No two coins, even from the same city, would be completely identical. The point being, machine minted coins, of which we are familiar today, did not exist on Gor. This reference goes into great detail describing the shape, feel and look of Gorean coins. [72]
There is a coin referred to as an eight-piece and one called a forty-piece. [73] And then there is one called a ten-tarsk piece. [74] From the context it appears these are copper coins.
Aside from the tarsk bit which is created by literally chopped or cutting a copper tarsk, [75] there are also broken coins of larger denominations. [76]
Gorean coinage, being made of actual gold, silver and copper can be shaved or clipped, in other words, debased. [77] So, at times one might make a claim that their coins have not been debased, such as “We offer silver, unclipped silver.” [78]
Due to the fact that both copper tarsks and silver tarsks are sometimes simply referred to simply as tarsks, it is wise to make certain the person to whom you are speaking knows which one you mean. [79]
And one final point, coins have even been used in an insult. [80]

Supporting References

[1] I drew forth five pieces of gold. “This money,” said I to Samos, “is for safe passage for Ar, by guard and tarn, for this woman.”
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Page 15
[2] Certain coins, such as the silver tarsk of Tharna
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120
[3] Hup wildly thrust a small, stubby, knobby hand into his pouch and hurled a coin, a copper tarn disk,
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 13
[4] Yasushi, in his search for missing foragers, had carried but two coins, and of bronze, folded in his sash, and Tajima, in his venture to obtain a slave, had carried but one, of copper.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 348
[5] Many transactions are also done with fragments of gold and silver, often broken from larger objects, such as cups or plates, and these must be individually weighed. Indeed, the men of the north think little of breaking apart objects which, in the south, would be highly prized for their artistic value, simply to obtain pieces of negotiable precious metal. The fine candlesticks from the temple of Kassau, for example, I expected would be chopped into bits small enough for the pans of the northern scales.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76 – 77

To be sure, silver, gold, and copper also function as means of exchange in the islands, either in the form of marked coinages or as plates and bars.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 181
[6] Certain jarls, of course, in a sense, coined money, marking bars of iron or gold, usually small rectangular solids, with their mark.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76

Then, with a great, sweeping gesture, Ivar Forkbeard emptied the bowl of coins, scattering them in a shower of cooper and iron over the men.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Page 51
[7] There are areas on Gor where salt serves as a currency, being weighed and exchanged much as precious metals.
Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 208
[8] some of the plainer women are sold for as little as a brass cup;
Nomads of Gor Book 4 Page 57
[9] One bargained, of course, with such things, much as one might with pieces of metal, or, in the Barrens, with beads, strips of leather, furs, blankets, arrowheads, bowstrings, slaves, and such.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 405
[10] “We have a coin for rice,” had said Haruki.
“A coin?” said the fellow, surprised.
“Yes,” said Haruki.
The common means of exchange were in terms of commodities, millet, rice, silk, coarser cloth, and such.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 316
[11] a form of currency; the slave girl is usually in demand,
Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 125

Slaves are, of course, in any event, a form of currency. They are exchangeable, bartarable, vendible, as any other form of goods, cloth, leather, metal, kaiila, tarsk, verr, such things.
Kur of Gor Book 28 Page 181

As you remain as you are, so soft, so lovely, so attractive and desirable, you must expect to continue to face the risks and perils attendant on your beauty, on a world such as this, where it is a common mode of currency,
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 474

women on Gor, in a sense, are themselves money. They are, or can be, a medium of exchange, like currency. This is particularly true of the slave,
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 42
[12] The two guards left, disgruntled. Doubtless they felt cheated. I am sure they made the instructresses pay later in the “coin of the furs,” not that the instructresses would much mind that.
Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Page 212
[13] “Steel is the coinage of the warrior,” say the codes, “With it he purchases what pleases him”
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Page 10
[14] By this time I had followed Harold over to a corner of the courtyard wall, which was heaped high, banked into the corner, with precious metals, plates, cups; bowls of jewels; necklaces and bracelets; boxes of coins and, in heavy, wooden crates, numerous stacked cubes of silver and gold, each stamped with its weight
Nomads of Gor Book 4 Page 251
[15] Certain jarls, of course, in a sense, coined money, marking bars of iron or gold, usually small rectangular solids, with their mark.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76
[16] Ring money was also used, but seldom stamped with a jarl’s mark. Each ring, strung on a larger ring, would be individually weighed in scales.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76
[17] “Open your mouth,” I said.
She did so, and I drew forth a tarsk bit from my pouch, this one not a separate coin in the sense of a round or square coin, but a piece of such a coin, a narrow, triangular, chopped eighth of a copper tarn disk, and placed it in her mouth.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 29
[18] I opened his wallet. It was filled with golden staters, from Brundisium,
Players of Gor Book 20 Page 67
[19] Some Gorean coins are drilled, incidentally, to allow stringing, the coins of Tharna, for example; Turian coins, and most others, are not.
Nomads of Gor Book 4 Page 251

Many of these coins, not all, were perforated in the center. One threads one or more such coins on a string, the string fastened about the bottom and top coin, or loops a string through several coins, and ties the loop shut above the top coin.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 404
[20] I drew forth a tarsk bit from my pouch, this one not a separate coin in the sense of a round or square coin Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 29
[21] coined money, marking bars of iron or gold, usually small rectangular solids,
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76
[22] I placed another tarsk bit in his hand. He put these two tiny coins in a small, shallow copper bowl before him.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 137

I turned a little and saw some of the tiny golden coins, such as adorned the dancers’ costumes, spilled into the hand of the leader.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 276

“What is here?” Callias asked the slave.
“Some coin,” she said, “tiny golden tarsks, almost like beads, which are light and consume little space, but mostly pearls, and jewels.”
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 544

“I take it you have a sudden craving for paga,” said Callias.
“A sudden craving, yes, dear friend,” I said, lifting my clenched fist, holding the tiny, beadlike coin, a golden tarsk, “but scarcely for paga.”
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 553

“Of what value is this?” I said, looking down at the tiny golden tarsk in my hand.
“Something like a hundred silver tarsks,” said Callias.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 557

The peasant drew a thread of copper coins from his wallet, removed from it a single, tiny coin, and held it up.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 454
[23] coined money, marking bars of iron or gold, usually small rectangular solids,
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Pages 76

Ellen heard the tiny sounds of small coins.
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 455

I looked at the small, round, golden disk. The staters of Brundisium are prized on the Streets of Coins in a hundred cities. They constitute one of Ar’s most coveted coinages.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 44

“Here,” said Axel, who drew from his wallet a small coin, a yellow coin, a gold tarsk, perhaps from Besnit or Harfax, where such coins are popular, and tossed it to my captor, who caught it.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 522
[24] She sifted golden tarn disks through her fingers.
Beasts of Gor Book 12 Page 143
[25] One of the guardsmen opened her mouth, not gently, and retrieved the coin, a rather large one, a tarsk bit. Ten such coins make a copper tarsk. A hundred copper tarsks make a silver tarsk.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 54

He was now holding up, over his head, a large coin.
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 492

I removed a Brundisium tarsk-bit, which is a large coin, the size perhaps intended to compensate for the slightness of its value.
“Open your mouth,” I said.
“I am not permitted to touch money,” she said.
I placed the coin in her mouth. “Do not drop it,” I said.
The coin was far too large to swallow, and, held in her mouth, she could not speak.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 50

I drew a silver tarsk from the ruffian’s wallet, and tossed it to the proprietor, who caught if neatly, in his left hand.
“I am staying the night,” I said to the proprietor.
“As you wish,” said the proprietor, looking from the large coin in his hand to the blade at my hip.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 73

“Do you know what this is?” he asked.
He had drawn a yellow disk from his wallet, which was as large as his palm.
“It is like a coin,” I said, “but it is too large.”
He held it toward me.
“May I touch it?” I asked, warily.
“Take it” he said.
“It is heavy,” I said.
“It is a coin,” he said. “It is gold, a double tarn, from the mint of the state of Ar.”
He held out his hand, and I hastily, with relief, returned the coin. “It must be valuable,” I said.
“Yes,” he said. “Many laborers might not earn its equivalent in years. There are merchants who have never had their hands on such a coin. Certainly it is the first I have seen.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Pages 543 – 544
[26] Few Gorean garments are deformed by pockets. An exception is the working aprons of artisans.
Tarnsman of Gor Book 1 Page 165

Gorean garments, generally, incidentally, except for the garments of craftsmen, do not have pockets.
Guardsman of Gor Book 16 Page 250

Gorean garments generally lack pockets.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 442

Most Gorean garments, a notable exception being those of artisans, lack pockets.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 29

Most Gorean garments, other than those of artisans, do not contain pockets.
Witness of Gor Book 26 Page 429

The girl commonly carries the coin, or coins, in her mouth, for slave tunics, like most Gorean garments, have no pockets.
Hunters of Gor Book 8 Page 65
[27] Slaves are not permitted wallets, or pouches, as free persons.
Hunters of Gor Book 8 Page 65
[28] Many Goreans, particularly those of low caste, on errands and such, carry a coin or coins in their mouths.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 29

She spit the coins she carried in her mouth into her hand, and told me what I wanted to know.
Tarnsman of Gor Book 1 Page 165

Some slaves are not allowed to touch money. Many, on the other hand, on errands, carry coins in their mouth. This, however, is not unusual on Gor, even for free folks.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 442
[29] A coin sack was tied about her neck. Some slaves are not allowed to touch money. Many, on the other hand, on errands, carry coins in their mouth. This, however, is not unusual on Gor, even for free folks. Gorean garments generally lack pockets.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 442

Often she would send me shopping, my hands braceleted behind my back, a leather capsule, a cylinder, tied about my neck, containing her order and coins. The merchant would then fill her order, tie the merchandise about my neck, put the change in the leather capsule, close it and, sometimes with a friendly slap, dismissing me, reminding me that I was pretty, regardless of being a woman’s slave, send me back to my mistress.
Slave Girl of Gor Book 11 Page 389

“Move your hand,” I said.
She did so.
“I see now why you were so frightened,” I said. “You have stolen a sack of coins.”
“No, no!” she said.
“Many masters,” I said, “do not permit a slave to so much as touch money. To be sure, they might let her carry coins in an errand capsule, or an errand sack, tied about her neck, instructions to a vendor perhaps also contained within it, her hands braceleted behind her.”
She looked up, frightened.
“And few masters, indeed, I assure you,” I said, “even if so lenient as to let her venture to a market with a coin or two in her mouth, on a specific errand, would permit her to scamper about with a trove such as that which now seems to be in your keeping.”
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Pages 122 – 123
[30] 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 a 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
Guardsman of Gor Book 16 Page 250
[31] If a sale had been made, the steward would take a number of pierced coins, threaded on a string hung about his left shoulder, hand them to the vendor, pick up his article and depart.
Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 69

About his neck, in the manner of a steward, he wore a set of pierced coins threaded on a silver wire.
Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 191

This fellow, Torus, had been standing nearby for some time. He had the strings of coins looped over his left forearm.
Peisistratus took the coins and handed them, on their strings, to Cabot.
Kur of Gor Book 28 Page 293

Many of these coins, not all, were perforated in the center. One threads one or more such coins on a string, the string fastened about the bottom and top coin, or loops a string through several coins, and ties the loop shut above the top coin. In this way the coins are kept together, perhaps tied about one’s waist, under the clothing, or put about one’s neck, under the clothing, or simply dropped into a pouch, usually of silk.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 404

Haruki removed a string from about his neck, and drew it forth, from beneath his long, gray shirt. On this string were seven or eight copper disks, each penetrated by a small, square opening, through which the string was threaded.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 316

The peasant drew a thread of copper coins from his wallet, removed from it a single, tiny coin, and held it up.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Page 454
[32] Then to my surprise he pressed a small, heavy leather sack of coins into my hand.
Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 74

I smiled to myself, felt the sack of coins in my tunic, bent down and pushed the door open.
Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 76

As I would later learn, the value placed on girls such as we were, a Judy Thornton or an Elicia Nevins, girls of our quality, would commonly be a tiny sack of copper coins, a few more, a few less.
Slave Girl of Gor Book 11 Page 48

In my wallet there was a sack of coins, a plentiful supply of coins, though mostly of small denomination, such as would not be likely to attract attention.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 220

“What is that in your hand?” I asked. She had something clutched in her right hand.
She opened her hand, holding it out a little, that I might see what she held. There, in the palm of her right hand, was a small sack, bulging, seemingly weighty for its size, from the look of it, a sack of coins. It was leather. It had strings.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 122

[33] “These are my coins,” said the conspirator. “My name is stitched into the leather of the sack.”
Outlaw of Gor Book 2 Page 80
[34] Hup wildly thrust a small, stubby, knobby hand into his pouch and hurled a coin, a copper tarn disk, to Kuurus, who caught it and placed it in one of the pockets of his belt.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 13

Dumbfounded I reached in my pouch and handed her a coin, a silver Tarsk.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 76

I took out some coins from my pouch and handed them to Kamchak who slipped them in a fold of his sash.
Nomads of Gor Book 4 Page 150

With my right hand I reached into the pouch at my belt and drew out the coins.
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Page 13

I wondered if the wily fellow had chuckled well to himself when placing the tarsk bit in his fur pouch.
Beasts of Gor Book 12 Page 99
[35] Coins, and personal items, and such, are usually, by free persons, carried in pouches, which are usually concealed within the robes of a free woman, or slung about the waist, or shoulder, of a free man.
Guardsman of Gor Book 16 Page 250
[36] He slipped the gold, on the strung pouch, the string about his neck, back in his tunic.
Vagabonds of Gor Book 24 Page 467
[37] I opened the fellow’s pouch. It contained coins, but there were no letters within it.
I poured the coins back into the pouch, and pulled shut its drawstrings.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 243
[38] Without speaking the man took twenty pieces of gold, tarn disks of Ar, of double weight, and gave them to Kuurus, who placed them in the pockets of his belt. The Assassins, unlike most castes, do not carry pouches.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 4
[39] Not five paces behind them I saw a ragged cutpurse cut the wallet of a merchant, dropping its contents into his hand and, bowing and whining, twist away in the crowd. The merchant huffed away. The fellow had done it neatly. I recalled a girl named Tina, once of Lydius, now of Port Kar. She, too, had been an excellent thief. My own coins I kept in belt pockets, within my robes, save for a small wallet at my side.
Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 51
[40] “Very well,” said the captain, gesturing to a scribe near him, with a wallet of coins slung over his shoulder, to pay the slave master.
Raiders of Gor Book 6 Page 182

The crowd, too, or, at least, many of its members, put coins, usually single coins, or coins of smaller denomination, in the bowls. These were fetched from purses, from wallets and pouches.
Witness of Gor Book 26 Page 429

Portus took the coin and put it in the guardsman’s wallet at his belt.
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 521
[41] “I will pay it,” she said, giving him the coin from a small, beaded purse she held in her hand.
Fighting Slave of Gor Book 14 Page 218

I was given a small purse of coins, one sufficient for my projected expenses, and instructed to report back to my headquarters, alone and on foot.”
Players of Gor Book 20 Page 193

He put the tarsk bit from his hand into his purse, as I held it, and then took the purse gingerly from me, and, sensing he was permitted, dropped it, on its strings, so that again it hung from his belt, on his left. If one is right-handed, one normally lifts the purse with the left hand and reaches into it with the right. The weight of the purse, on its drawstrings, closed it.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 32

Many were the bulging wallets, and sleeve purses.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 503
[42] I had had Thurnock give me some coins, which I had placed in my tunic.
Hunters of Gor Book 8 Page 55

I bent, angrily, to my pouch. I would find some money which I would insert in the lining of my tunic, a common thing among manual laborers on Gor.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 124

I removed a ten-tarsk piece from the lining of my tunic.
Workers do not commonly carry pouches at their work.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 126
[43] I wore a double belt of threaded, jangling coins, one strand high, one low, as with the corded belt of metal pieces I had worn in my virgin dance, weeks ago. I also wore a triple necklace of coins, together with necklaces of slave beads, of both glass and wood.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 223

I turned a little and saw some of the tiny golden coins, such as adorned the dancers’ costumes, spilled into the hand of the leader.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 276

she wondered, if she were to so dance before him, barefoot, in a bit of swirling silk, in necklaces and coins,
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 151

“It would be nice,” he said, “had you a scarlet halter, earrings, bangles and bracelets, necklaces, a belt of coins, a scarlet skirt, one of Turian drape, such things, but you do not, and so you must do without, and do the best you can.”
Kur of Gor Book 28 Page 675
[44] I speak of lean, scarred Ha-Keel, who wore about his neck, on a golden chain, a worn tarn disk, set with diamonds, of the city of Ar. He had cut a throat for that coin, to buy silks and perfumes for a woman, but one who fled with another man; Ha-Keel had hunted them, slain in combat the man and sold the woman into slavery.
Raiders of Gor Book 6 Page 273
[45] Cabot saw necklaces of strung coins being exchanged in the tiers.
Kur of Gor Book 28 Page 233
[46] Three or four abreast, in long lines, led by their civil chief, Watonka, One-Who-Is-Rich, and subchiefs and high warriors, the Isanna entered the camp of the Isbu. They carried feathered lances, and war shields and medicine shields, in decorated cases. They carried bow cases and quivers. They were resplendent in finery and paint. Feathers, each one significant and meaningful, in the codes of the Kaiila, recounting their deeds and honors, adorned their hair. Necklaces and rude bracelets glinted in the sun. High-pommeled saddles were polished. Coins and beads hung from the reins.
Blood Brothers of Gor Book 18 Page 25

I supposed the women understood clearly that they, like the silver pendants tied in the manes, like the coins fastened on the reins, like the saddles inlaid with gold, with golden wire wrapped about the pommels, were being displayed as portions of the wealth of the Isanna.
Blood Brothers of Gor Book 18 Page 27

Her hair, red, radiant in the sun, had been braided in the fashion of the red savages. It was tied with golden string. Necklaces of shells and beads, and ornaments and trinkets, and pierced coins, of gold and silver, hung about her neck. On her wrists, visible within the capelike sleeves of the shirtdress, were silver bracelets.
Blood Brothers of Gor Book 18 Page 33

Low on her hips she wore a belt of small denomination, threaded, overlapping golden coins.
. . .
I regarded the coins threaded, overlapping, on her belt and halter. They took the firelight beautifully. They glinted, but were of small worth. One dresses such a woman in cheap coins; she is slave.
Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 8
[47] Many of the ruffians probably could not read. Too, they were the sort of men who would be inclined to distrust financial papers, such as letters of credit, drafts, checks, and such.
Vagabonds of Gor Book 24 Page 467

“What of the moneys, those vast sums wrought from the Kurii, the notes negotiated in Schendi?” I asked.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 434

I would make arrangements; I would obtain weapons, moneys, letters of credit.
Players of Gor Book 20 Page 75

Coins, or letters of credit, might be concealed about a wagon,
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Pages 113 – 114

He called a scribe to him. “Give this merchant in gems,” said he, “my note, stamped for eighty weights of dates.”
Tribesmen of Gor Book 10 Page 109

One also heard of a Street of Coins, of which a similar observation would seem warranted. This, too, seemed to refer more to a particular district, than a particular street, one in which several money houses were to be found. In passing, I will note something of interest, at least to a barbarian. On your world pieces of paper, even with impressive printing on them, are seldom accepted in exchange for actual goods. The Gorean thinks generally in terms of metal, copper, silver, and gold, something obdurate and solid, which can be handled, split, quartered, shaved, and weighed, or else in terms of actual goods. It would be dangerous to try to buy a sleen or slave, or a sul or larma from a Gorean for no more than a piece of paper. On the other hand, notes are exchanged amongst various coin houses, or banking houses, without difficulty. Sometimes the wealth of a city has been transferred from Jad to Ar, or Ar to Jad, in the form of a piece of paper, sewn into the lining of a robe. In such a way wealth can be exchanged, even back and forth, without a tarsk-bit changing hands.
Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Page 99
[48] It is, for example, not unusual for a Gorean coin pouch to contain parts of coins as well as whole coins. Business is often conducted by notes and letters of credit. Paper currency, however, in itself, is unknown.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120
[49] Gorean coinage tends to vary from community to community.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

To be sure, there is little standardization in these matters, for much depends on the actual weights of the coins and the quantities of precious metals, certified by the municipal stamps, contained in the coins.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155

Although this varies from city to city, . . .
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 274

I was not always as knowledgeable as I might be about the relative values of various coins, of numerous cities, which, of course, depended on such things as compositions and weights, and exchange rates, which might fluctuate considerably.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 411

I think it would not be amiss to hypothesize certain approximate equivalencies here. To be sure, much seems to depend on the city and the particular weights involved.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469

Although these matters differ considerably from city to city, and silver and gold is often weighed by merchants, common ratios in the vicinity of Brundisium at the time of this writing, given the inflation of the unsettled times,
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488
[50] Every year at the Sardar Fair there is a motion before the bankers, literally, the coin merchants, to introduce a standardization of coinage among the major cities. To date, however, this has not been accomplished.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 411
[51] The smallest Gorean coin is usually a tarsk bit
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

Only a tarsk bit.” It was the smallest, least significant Gorean coin, at least in common circulation.
Mercenaries of Gor Book 21 Page 120

The tarsk bit, of course, in most cities, is the smallest denomination coin in common circulation.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 107

The tarsk bit is the smallest-denomination coin in common circulation in most Gorean cities.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 429

Ellen stiffened as he then gave a tarsk-bit, the hundredth part of a mere copper tarsk, to Portus Canio. Portus took the coin and put it in the guardsman’s wallet at his belt.
“That is doubtless, objectively, what she is worth,” said Portus Canio.
“Alas,” said Selius Arconious, “there is no smaller coin.”
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 521

“For most,” said Desmond, “I would suppose her use fee should be a tarsk-bit. Unfortunately there is no smaller coin. Perhaps one might split a tarsk-bit in two.”
Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Page 402
[52] a tarsk bit, usually valued from a quarter to a tenth of a tarsk
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

copper tarsks, each one of which can be worth anywhere from ten to four tarsk bits, usually eight.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 274
[53] copper tarsks, each one of which can be worth anywhere from ten to four tarsk bits, usually eight.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 274

Too, sometimes coins are literally chopped into pieces. This is regularly done with copper tarsks, to produce, usually, the eight tarsk bits equivalent in most cities to the copper tarsk.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 411

It seems there are usually eight tarsk bits in a copper tarsk,
. . .
eight tarsk bits to a copper tarsk
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469

“That is more than forty-eight copper tarsks,” I said.
“More than four times as much,” he said, “as Brundisium counts tarsks.” I knew there were considerable differences in coinages from city to city. Gorean polities are fiercely independent, and many are substantially isolated from the others. That is why money changers commonly rely on scales, at least for gold and silver. For example, in some cities there are eight tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk, and in others, such as Brundisium, a major commercial port, a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk. These divisions, it seems, might facilitate subtle distinctions in pricing and trading.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Pages 531 – 532
[54] In Brundisium 100 copper tarsks is commonly valued at a silver tarsk.
In Brundisium there are 100 tarsk-bits to the copper tarsk. In many cities, Ar, Besnit, Thentis, Ko-ro-ba, and such, the tarsk-bit is more valuable, there being most often eight or ten to a copper tarsk.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 18
[55] One of the guardsmen opened her mouth, not gently, and retrieved the coin, a rather large one, a tarsk bit. Ten such coins make a copper tarsk.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 54

“Give me then,” said she, “a tarsk bit, the tenth of a copper tarsk.
Fighting Slave of Gor Book 14 Page 300

In Port Kar, and generally in the Vosk Basin, there are ten tarsk bits to a copper tarsk
Players of Gor Book 20 Page 59

“Five copper tarsks each,” said he.
“Thank you, Master!” said Ellen.
“You are all vain she-urts,” he said, turning away.
“Yes, Master!” said Ellen, delightedly.
That would be in most cities something like one hundred tarsk-bits altogether. It would be something like fifty tarsk-bits for each lad.
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 374
[56] copper tarsks, each of which valued, commonly, at some ten to twenty tarsk bits.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155
[57] common ratios in the vicinity of Brundisium at the time of this writing, given the inflation of the unsettled times, are a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk,
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488

It was an even silver tarsk, or an even hundred copper tarsks, of the sort common in Kailiauk, figured in multiples of ten, over the earlier standing bid of six nine.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 133

In Brundisium 100 copper tarsks is commonly valued at a silver tarsk.
In Brundisium there are 100 tarsk-bits to the copper tarsk. In many cities, Ar, Besnit, Thentis, Ko-ro-ba, and such, the tarsk-bit is more valuable, there being most often eight or ten to a copper tarsk.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 18

“That is more than forty-eight copper tarsks,” I said.
“More than four times as much,” he said, “as Brundisium counts tarsks.” I knew there were considerable differences in coinages from city to city. Gorean polities are fiercely independent, and many are substantially isolated from the others. That is why money changers commonly rely on scales, at least for gold and silver. For example, in some cities there are eight tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk, and in others, such as Brundisium, a major commercial port, a hundred tarsk-bits to a copper tarsk. These divisions, it seems, might facilitate subtle distinctions in pricing and trading.
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Pages 531 – 532
[58] On this approach there would be, literally, 8,000 tarsk bits in a single gold piece. – J.N.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469
[59] There are one hundred copper tarsks to one silver tarsk in Kailiauk. The ratio is ten to one in certain other cities and towns.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120
[60] The tarsk is a silver coin, worth forty copper tarn disks.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 160
[61] I had cost him only fifty copper tarsks, half a silver tarsk.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 280

The highest price, so far, had been brought by the former Lady Persinna, who had gone for three and a half silver tarsks, three silver tarsks and fifty copper tarsks.
Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Page 138

She finally went for forty-eight, forty-eight copper tarsks. I had conjectured that she would bring, as a first sale girl, and a barbarian, a half tarsk, half a silver tarsk. She had fallen short of this by two full copper tarsks,
Smugglers of Gor Book 32 Page 21
[62] A hundred copper tarsks make a silver tarsk.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 54

A silver tarsk is, to most Goreans, a coin of considerable value. In most exchanges it is valued at a hundred copper tarsks,
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155

There are one hundred copper tarsks to one silver tarsk in Kailiauk.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

and one hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk.
Players of Gor Book 20 Page 59

it is not unusual for a silver tarsk to be exchangeable for a hundred copper tarsks,
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 274

All told then, at the exchange rate of 100 C.T. per silver tarsk, the women had cost me two silver tarsks, 87 C.T.
Renegades of Gor Book 23 Page 142

There are apparently something like one hundred copper tarsks in a silver tarsk in many cities.
. . .
one hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469

and a hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488
[63] Depending on the nature of the silver tarsk, there will usually be ten to a hundred for a golden tarn disk.
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488
[64] Ten silver tarsks, usually, is regarded as the equivalent of one gold piece, of one of the high cities.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155

Similarly, something like ten silver tarsks would apparently be equivalent, depending on weights, etc., to one gold piece, say, a single “tarn.”
. . .
ten silver tarsks to a gold piece, a single tarn.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469

We then left the back room, and, a bit later, Callias had exchanged one of the tiny beadlike golden tarsks for nine silver tarsks, ninety-nine copper tarsks, and a hundred tarsk-bits, at one of the changing tables maintained in the warehouse by the harbor administration, to facilitate trading.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 547

[65] For the common silver tarsk, the smaller tarsk, the coin pertinent to the bidding in question, the ratio was one hundred such tarsks to the golden tarn disk,
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 488

She scarcely realized that there was now a bid on her of ten silver tarsks. That is too much, she thought, too much! That was a full tenth of a golden tarn disk!
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 489

“Of what value is this?” I said, looking down at the tiny golden tarsk in my hand.
“Something like a hundred silver tarsks,” said Callias.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 557
[66] If your Paula sold for a single coin it would have been a gold tarsk, or a gold tarn, probably a gold tarsk. A gold tarsk is usually valued at ten silver tarsks, and a gold tarn, in today’s market, might well purchase two draft tarns, a racing tarn or a war tarn.
Plunder of Gor Book 34 Page 338
[67] “I was thinking of something more in the neighborhood one hundred pieces of gold,” he said.
“Gold?” I asked.
“Tarn disks of Ar, full weight,” he said.
“Of Ar?”
“Yes.”
Vagabonds of Gor Book 24 Page 435

“But it is a hundred pieces of gold,” I said, “tarn disks of Ar, full weight.”
Vagabonds of Gor Book 24 Page 484

“Five,” said the plainly clad fellow, “five golden tarn disks, each of full weight, each from the Ubar’s mint, at Jad, on Cos.”
Prize of Gor Book 27 Page 493
[68] If your Paula sold for a single coin it would have been a gold tarsk, or a gold tarn, probably a gold tarsk. A gold tarsk is usually valued at ten silver tarsks, and a gold tarn, in today’s market, might well purchase two draft tarns, a racing tarn or a war tarn.
Plunder of Gor Book 34 Page 338
[69] Mintar reached into the pouch at his waist and drew forth a golden tarn disk, of double weight.
Tarnsman of Gor Book 1 Page 174

Without speaking the man took twenty pieces of gold, tarn disks of Ar, of double weight, and gave them to Kuurus, who placed them in the pockets of his belt.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 4

I took from my belt a tarn disk of double weight, and of gold, and gave it to the Player, who took it in his fingers and felt its weight, and then he put it between his teeth and bit it.
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Pages 34 – 35

He lifted, heavily, to the dais on which my chair and table sat a heavy leather sack filled with golden tarn disks of double weight, of Cos and Tyros, of Ar and Port Kar, even of distant Thentis and remote Turia, far to the south.
Raiders of Gor Book 6 Pages 230 – 231

a “double tarn” is twice the weight of a “tarn.”
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469
[70] “The strange men were generous,” said another. “Each of us received, in copper tarsks, the equivalent of a silver stater of Brundisium.”
Swordsmen of Gor Book 29 Page 132
[71] “Do you think an entire gold piece, say, a stater, or a tarn disk, would be too much in a cause to perpetuate and enhance the arts on an entire world?”
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 288
[72]
“This coin, or medal, or whatever it is, is very puzzling,” had said the gentle, bespectacled man, holding it by the edges with white, cotton gloves, and then placing it down on the soft felt between us. He was an authenticator, to whom I had been referred by a professional numismatist. His task was not to appraise coins but to render an informed opinion on such matters as their type and origin, where this might be obscure, their grading, in cases where a collaborative opinion might be desired, and their genuineness.
“Is it genuine?” I asked.
“Who sold you this piece,” asked the man, “a private party? What did you pay for it?”
“It was given to me,” I said, “by a private party.”
“That is extremely interesting,” said the man.
“Why?” I asked.
“It rules out an obvious hypothesis,” said the man. “Yet such a thing would be foolish.”
“I do not understand,” I said.
“Puzzling,” he mused, looking down at the coin on the felt between us, “puzzling.”
I regarded him.
“This object,” lie said, “has not been struck from machine-engraved dies. Similarly, it is obviously not the result of contemporary minting techniques and technology. It is not the product, for example, of a high-speed, automated coin press.”
“I do not understand,” I said.
“It has been struck by hand,” he said. “Do you see how the design is slightly off center?”
“Yes,” I said.
“That is a feature almost invariably present in ancient coins,” he said. “The planchet is warmed, to soften the metal. It is then placed between the dies and the die cap is then struck, literally, with a hammer, impressing the design of the obverse and reverse simultaneously into the planchet.”
“Then it is an ancient coin?” I asked.
“That seems unlikely,” he said. “Yet the techniques used in striking this coin have not been used, as far as I know, for centuries.”
“What sort of coin is it?” I asked.
“Too,” he said, “note how it is not precision milled. It is not made for stacking, or for storage in rolls.”
I looked at him. It did not seem to me he was being too clear with me. He seemed independently fascinated with the object.
“Such coins were too precious perhaps,” he said. “A roll of them might be almost inconceivable, particularly in the sense of having many such rolls.”
“What sort of coin is it?” I asked.
“You see, however,” he asked, “how the depth of the planchet allows a relief and contrast of the design with the background to an extent impossible in a flat, milled coin?”
“Yes,” I said.
“What a superb latitude that gives the artist,” he said. “It frees him from the limitations of a crude compromise with the counting house, from the contemporary concessions which must be made to economic functionalism. Even then, in so small and common an object, and in so unlikely an object, he can create a work of art.”
“Can you identify the coin?” I asked.
“This, in its depth and beauty, reminds me of ancient coins,” he said. “They are, in my opinion, the most beautiful and interesting of all coins.”
“Is it an ancient coin?” I asked.
“I do not think so,” he said.
“What sort of coin is it, then?” I asked.
“Look here,” be said. “Do you see how this part of the object, at the edge, seems flatter, or straight, different from the rest of the object’s circumference?”
“Yes,” I said. To be sure, one had to took closely to see it.
“This object has been clipped, or shaved,” he said. “A part of the metal has been cut or trimmed away. In this fashion, if that is not noted, or the object is not weighed, it might be accepted for, say, a certain face value, the individual responsible for this meanwhile pocketing the clipped or shaved metal. If this is done over a period of time, with many coins, of course, the individual could accumulate, in metal value, a value equivalent perhaps to one or more of the original objects.”
“Metal value?” I asked.
“In modem coinage,” be said, “we often lose track of such things. Yet, if one thinks about it, at least in the case of many coins, a coin is a way in which a government or ruler certifies that a given amount of precious metal is involved in a transaction. It saves weighing and testing each coin. The coin, in a sense, is an object whose worth or weight, in standardized quantities, is certified upon it, and guaranteed, so to speak, by an issuing authority. Commerce as we know it would be impossible, of course, without such, objects, and notes, and credit and such.”
“Then the object is a coin?” I said.
“I do not know if it is a coin or not,” said the man.
“What else could it be?” I asked.
“It could be many things,” he said. “It might be a token or a medal. It might be an emblem of membership in an organization or a device whereby a given personage might be recognized by another. It might be a piece of art intended to be mounted in jewelry. It might even be a piece in some game.”
“Can you identify it?” I asked.
“No,” he said.
The object was about an inch and a half in diameter and about three eighths of an inch in thickness. It was yellowish, and, to me, surprisingly heavy for its size.
“What about the letter on one side?” I asked.
“It may not be a letter,” be said. “It may be only a design.” It seemed a single, strong, well-defined character. “If it is a letter,” he said, “it is not from an alphabet with which I am familiar.”
“There is an eagle on the other side,” I said, helpfully.
“Is there?” he asked. He turned the coin on the felt, touching it carefully with the cotton gloves.
I looked at the bird more closely.
“It is not an eagle,” be said. “It has a crest.”
“What sort of bird is it?” I asked.
He shrugged. “Perhaps it is a bird from some mythology,” be said, “perhaps a mere artist’s whimsy.”
I looked at the fierce head on the surface of the yellowish object.
It frightened me.
“It does not appear to be a whimsy,” I said.
“No,” be smiled. “It doesn’t, does it?”
“Have you ever seen anything like this before?” I asked.
“No,” He said, “aside, of course, from its obvious resemblance to ancient coins.”
“I see,” I said.
“I was afraid,” he said, “when you brought it in, that you were the victim of an expensive and cruel hoax. I had thought perhaps you had paid a great deal of money for this, before having its authenticity ascertained. On the other hand, it was given to you. You were thus not being defrauded in that manner. As you perhaps know coins can be forged, just as, say, paintings and other works of art can be forged. Fortunately these forgeries are usually detectable, particularly under magnification, for example, from casting marks or filing marks from seam joinings, and so on. To be sure, sometimes it is very difficult to tell if a given coin is genuine or not. It is thus useful for the circumspect collector to deal with established and reputable dealers. Similarly the authentication of a coin can often proceed with more confidence if some evidence is in band pertaining to its history, and its former owners, so to speak. One must always be a bit suspicious of the putatively rare and valuable coin which seems to appear inexplicably, with no certifiable background, on the market, particularly if it lacks the backing of an established house.”
“Do you think this object is genuine?” I asked.
“There are two major reasons for believing it is genuine,” he said, “whatever it might be. First, it shows absolutely no signs of untypical production, such as being cast rather than struck, of being the result of obverse-reverse composition, or of having been altered or tampered with in any way. Secondly, if it were a forgery, what would it be a forgery of? Consider the analogy of counterfeiting. The counterfeiter presumably wishes to deceive people. Its end would not be well served by producing a twenty-five dollar bill, which was purple and of no familiar design. There would be no point in it. It would defeat his own purposes.”
“I understand,” I said.
“Thus,” said the man, “it seems reasonable to assume that this object, whatever it is, is genuine.”
“Do you think it is a coin?” I asked.
“It gives every evidence of being a coin,” he said. “It looks like a coin. Its simplicity and design do not suggest that it is commemorative in nature. It has been produced in a manner in which coins were often produced, at least long ago and in the classical world. It has been clipped or shaved, something that normally occurs only with coins which pass through many hands. It even has bag marks.”
“What are those?” I asked.
“This object, whatever it is,” said the man, “can clearly be graded according to established standards recognized in numismatics. It is not even a borderline case. You would not require an expert for its grading. Any qualified numismatist could grade it. If this were a modern, milled coin, it would be rated Extremely Fine. It shows no particular, obvious signs of wear but its surface is less perfect than would be required to qualify it as being uncirculated or as being in Mint State. If this were an ancient coin, it would also qualify as being externally fine, but here the grading standards are different. Again there are almost no signs of wear and the detail, accordingly, is precise and sharp. It shows good centering and the planchet, on the whole, is almost perfectly formed. Some minor imperfections, such as small nicks, are acceptable in this category for ancient coins.”
“But what are bag marks?” I asked.
“You may not be able to detect them with the naked eye,” he said. “Use this.”
From a drawer in the desk he produced a boxlike, mounted magnifying glass. This he placed over the coin, and snapped on the desk lamp.
“Do you see the tiny nicks?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said, after a moment.
“Those are bag marks,” he said. “They are the result, usually, of the coin, or object, being kept with several others, loose, in, say, a bag or box.”
“There might, then,” I asked, looking up from the magnifying device, “be a large number of other objects like this somewhere?” That I found a very interesting thought.
“Surely,” said the man. “On the other hand, such marks could obviously have other causes, as well.”
“Then all the evidence suggests that this is a coin?” I said.
“The most crucial piece of evidence,” he said, “however, suggests that it cannot be a coin.”
“What is that?” I asked.
“That it fits into no known type or denomination of coin.”
“I see,” I said.
“As far as I know,” he said, “no city, kingdom, nation or civilization on Earth ever produced such a coin.”
“Then it is not a coin,” I said.
“That seems clear,” be said. “No,” he said. “Do not pay me.”
I replaced his fee in my purse.
“The object is fascinating,” he said. “Simply to consider it, in its beauty and mystery, is more than payment enough.”
“Thank you,” I said.
“I am sorry that I could not be more helpful,” he said. “Wait!” he called after me. I had turned to the door. “Do not forget this,” he said, picking up the small, round, heavy object on the felt.
I turned back to face him. I was angry. I had thought that the object might have had some value.
“It is only sonic sort of hoax,” I said, bitterly.
“Perhaps,” he said, smiling, “but, if I were you, I would take it along with me.”
“Why?” I asked.
“It has metal value, or bullion value,” he said.
“Oh?” I asked.
“Yes,” he said. “Do you not understand what it is composed of?”
“No,” I said.
“It is gold,” he said.
Kajira of Gor Book 19 Pages 10 – 16
[73] The odds are usually one to forty, one copper tarn disk against a forty-piece, sometimes against an eight-piece,
Assassin of Gor Book 5 Pages 27 – 28
[74] I removed a ten-tarsk piece from the lining of my tunic.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 126
[75] Too, sometimes coins are literally chopped into pieces. This is regularly done with copper tarsks, to produce, usually, the eight tarsk bits equivalent in most cities to the copper tarsk.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 411

It seems there are usually eight tarsk bits in a copper tarsk, and that these are the result of cutting a circular coin in half, and then the halves in half, and then each of these halves in half.
Magicians of Gor Book 25 Page 469
[76] “I had her for a broken coin,” he said, “half a silver tarn disk of Tharna. I will let you have her for a whole coin.”
Marauders of Gor Book 9 Page 162

It is, for example, not unusual for a Gorean coin pouch to contain parts of coins as well as whole coins.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

Sometimes, too, coins are split or shaved.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155
[77] Further, the debasing of coinage is not unknown. Scales, and rumors, it seems, are often used by coin merchants. One of the central coins on Gor is the golden tarn disk of Ar, against which many cities standardize their own gold piece. Other generally respected coins tend to be the silver tarsk of Tharna, the golden tarn disk of Ko-ro-ba, and the golden tarn of Port Kar, the latter particularly on the western Vosk, in the Tamber Gulf region, and a few hundred pasangs north and south of the Vosk’s delta.
Rouge of Gor Book 15 Page 155

Certain coins, such as the silver tarsk of Tharna and the golden tarn of Ar, tend, to some extent, to standardize what otherwise might be a mercantile chaos. This same standardization, in the region of the Tamber Gulf and south, along the shore of Thassa, tends to be effected by the golden tarn of Port Kar. Coin merchants often have recourse to scales. This is sensible considering such things as the occasional debasings of coinages, usually unannounced by the communities in question, and the frequent practice of splitting and shaving coins.
Savages of Gor Book 17 Page 120

The coin stalls were, in effect, exchanges, as, in a market of the size of that of Cestias, in a city such as Ar, buyers and sellers from diverse cities might mingle and carry diverse currencies. As would be expected, the most common denominations in the market were those of Ar, her tarn disks, and her tarsks, of copper, and silver and gold. But coins of many cities circulated. Occasionally one encountered a disk from far-off Turia. Some prized coins were the silver tarns of Jad and, on the continent, the golden staters of Brundisium. Many of the transactions were conducted by means of scales. One often encounters, for example, clipped or shaved coins. The professional in shaving keeps the roundness of the subject coin as perfect as possible. Sometimes it is hard to tell, by eye, that a coin has been shaved. Clipped coins are easy to identify but then, of course, one must bring forth the scales, and, not unoften, as well, rough silver or gold, unminted, is presented, perhaps melted droplets, or pieces cut from silver or golden vessels and goblets, which items will also require judicious determinations. Negotiations and bargainings, over the scales, often grow heated. The advantage of courses, lies with the stallsman. Complaints may be lodged with either of the two praetors, who, interestingly, though magistrates of Ar, apparently strive to adjudicate matters to the best of their lights. Their efforts not only redound to the honor of Ar, but, too, one supposes, tend to preserve the value and integrity of the market, which, in the long view, is doubtless in the best interest of the city’s commerce.
Conspirators of Gor Book 31 Pages 273 – 274

A shaved coin is one from which a clip or filings of metal have been removed, which clips or filings, melted down in sufficient numbers, may be reformed into new coins, plates, or ingots. Copper, of course, and bronze, is seldom shaved. On the continent silver and gold coins are not unoften shaved. Accordingly, much transaction in various markets and “Streets of Coins,” takes place with scales. Valuable coins, of course, might also be debased, but if the coins are minted, struck by hammers from the molds, that is commonly done by a municipal authority, publicized or not. Much depends on trust, of course. For example is it not surprising, if one stops to consider it, that something of value, say, a fukuro of rice, or a slave, might be exchanged for a tiny piece of metal, of whatever sort? I had heard of one city in which the state had issued small black leather packets sewn shut, which packets were alleged to contain a golden tarsk. It was a capital offense in that state not to accept, and value, such a packet as containing a golden tarsk, and it was a capital offense, as well, to open such a packet, to see if it actually contained such a tarsk. The problematicity involved here is obvious. The packet contains a gold tarsk or not. If it does, the packet is unnecessary. Just use the gold tarsk. And if the packet does not contain a gold tarsk, then one is defrauded. So the packet is either pointless or a lie. The ultimate success or failure of this inventive economic adventure was never determined, as the city was attacked by several neighboring municipalities, was burned to the ground, and had silt cast upon its ashes. Sometimes, of course, such schemes might be more successful, as when a paper currency might be used, which can then be multiplied and produced in any amount deemed useful by an appropriate, armed authority.
Rebels of Gor Book 33 Pages 316 – 317
[78] “We are offering fifteen pieces of silver, fifteen solid, sound, unclipped silver tarsks,” said the leader.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 382
[79] “One tarsk,” said the man.
We looked at one another. There was some uneasy laughter. Then there was again silence.
“Forgive me, Master,” then said the auctioneer. “Master came late to the bidding. We have already on the floor a bid of forty tarsks.”
Procopius turned about, smiling.
“One silver tarsk,” said the man.
Explorers of Gor Book 13 Page 44

“I will get at least four tarsks for you,” said the Lady Tima. I assumed she meant four tarsks of silver.
Fighting Slave of Gor Book 14 Page 163

For that reason he paid fifteen tarsks for me, fifteen silver tarsks.”
Kajira of Gor Book 19 Page 444

“Two silver tarsks,” he said, “and fifty copper tarsks, not tarsk bits, but tarsks, whole tarsks.”
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 151

Too, they had paid five tarsks for me, silver tarsks.
Dancer of Gor Book 22 Page 413

“What did you bring?” I asked.
“A thousand pieces of gold,” she said.
“There will be records,” I said, “and they may be checked.”
“Forty tarsks,” she said.
“Surely not of silver,” I said.
“Of copper,” she said, angrily.
“Then you did not even bring a single silver tarsk,” I said.
“No,” she said, angrily.
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 81
[80] “To her gold, no matter how luscious and exciting might prove to be the curves of your perfidious, despicable body, you can never be more than a meaningless tarsk-bit of shaved copper!” Witness of Gor Book 26 Page 523

Slave Training – Gorean Tavern and Money on Gor

 

This week’s slave training class presented by Master Gorm’s slave Rhiannon.  These classes are presented every Monday at the village of Tosar ad 11am and 6pm SLT.  The Handouts mentioned in the class can be found in the next blog post.

[11:03] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i have three handouts for today. i’ll get those to ya’all now.
[11:07] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Todays class is on the Gorean Tavern and Money on Gor.
[11:07] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i decided to put these two together considering that in the tavern is a place where kajira tend to come into contact with money the most.
[11:09] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If you pull out the Tavern Basics Handout, you will see there is a lot of information there.

tavern interior
[11:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): I know that all of us here are seasoned kajriae.
[11:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): The information in the tavern basics handout should be known to you.
[11:12] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i am going to highlight a couple of things within it though…
[11:12] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): smiles
[11:12] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): In a paga tavern, when a slave serves, she is also offering herself to the customer. Thus, she will desire to please the customer as much as possible and make herself as desirable as possible. Gorean men enjoy imaginative and sensual women. Let your serve show your creativity and sensuality. You are selling yourself, not just a cup of paga or wine. Show how well you can move. Accentuate your allure and desirability. Make the customer lust for you. A kajira that could not entice the customers into the alcoves would be severely disciplined by the tavern owner, sold or even killed. You are there to make money for him so if you cannot earn your keep, you are useless to him.
[11:14] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): looking around the room i know you are all very capable of and accustomed to serving in this manner.
[11:14] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): I must ask however, if there are any questions about this?
[11:15] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside) grins licking lips at just the thought of serving within the alcoves “no questions from me”
[11:15] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okay. smiles. Some finer points of serving in a tavern…
[11:15] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): We went of the art of the Gorean Serve last Monday, so we should all know the basic steps of serving.
[11:16] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): learned about*
[11:16] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Long involved serves were more common at feasts where the host is trying to impress his guests. In most taverns, long serves are impractical and unnecessary. Be creative in your serves but do not over do it. Save long serves for special occasions. In a cheap paga tavern, the men simply want their food and drink without some long presentation. The patrons would likely get angry at a girl that took too long to deliver or serve their order.

tavern serving
[11:18] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): This is something i have trouble with myself. Being accustomed to serving in the old text chat rooms where we had to describe every detail of what we were doing to paint the picture for those we were in service to.
[11:18] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): i have never had a complaint about that
[11:18] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles at Sarah.
[11:18] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): I have.
[11:18] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): if we have complaints we will send them t you lol
[11:19] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): i can be a slow typer at times when i get absorbed in serving… and end up writing a book.. im so bad for that lol
[11:19] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): haha! Yes please do. blushes.
[11:19] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i am not saying not to be intricate in your service.
[11:19] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Omit things like what you look like and add more feeling perhaps. I was taught that this is the way that things are done here in Second Life Gor.
[11:20] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): I always try to keep serves to a three post maximum in the tavern.
[11:21] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): i normally set it up that way too… confirm order, prep, serve
[11:21] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): yes, tiggy.
[11:22] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): And if the free are deep in conversation I keep the posts short so it doesn’t interrupt their conversation. In those cases, the focus is not on me, so I try not to be the center of attention.
[11:23] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): nods in agreement
[11:23] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Good point, tabi. Another new concept to many i think though, as back in the day i was trained to captivate or use my time in service as a way of drawing attention to myself… such as it says in the NC i handed out.
[11:23] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Most service online is so boring, for the customer and the kajira. Vie for the attention of the customers. Become the most popular kajira in the tavern by being the most imaginative server.
[11:25] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): However, i would like to say, that since becoming owned by my Master and learning the true nature of being kajira… i would like to offer that what tabi said and tiggy agreed with is the best way to be in tavern service.
[11:26] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): unobtrusive, absolutely sensual, focus on the Master in service to, even judging his mood or wants from you as a slave. \
[11:26] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): That comes with time.
[11:26] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If you notice a Master paying you attention in everything you do, why not play it up? He is obviously enjoying it.
[11:27] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): grins
[11:27] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If he is deep in conversation, and paying you little mind, go with the unobtrusive approach.
[11:28] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Like i said, these things you learn over time in service.
[11:28] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Does anyone have any comments or questions about anything in the Handout or anything said here about taverns today?
[11:29] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): none from me sis, that i havent already said hehe
[11:29] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles at tigs.
[11:29] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): i am good
[11:29] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okies.
[11:29] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Yay!
[11:29] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): tabi? giggles waiting for a long question or comment.

************* MONEY SECTION **************

gorean money

[11:30] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okay so here comes the tie in with Money.
[11:30] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): Oh sorry, Master is talking to me
[11:30] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): giggles
[11:30] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): no worries i understand, tabi.
[11:31] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Something i rarely see anymore in tavern service is the actual use of prices for things, collecting payment and so on.
[11:32] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): It seems that most use the tavern like a long hall in the north.
[11:32] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Free flowing drink, food and sluts for all that enter.
[11:33] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): i dont think many understand the value of coin… i’ve seen people throw away gold coins like they were spare change.. when really thats like a physician’s whole year’s worth of salary
[11:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Yes, exactly, tiggy.
[11:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): But, what is a tavern but a business?
[11:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): a business where coin is exchanged for services and product.
[11:34] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): To most Goreans, a silver tarsk is a coin of considerable value. A gold tarn disk is more than many common laborers earn in a year. A gold tarn may buy a tarn or five slave girls. Five pieces of gold is a fortune and one can live in many cities for years on such resources. For the most part, many items on Gor will sell for copper tarsks
[11:36] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): At the bottom of the first handout, you will see a Earth to Gor conversion or comparison. This is what i always use when thinking of Gorean money.
[11:36] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Let’s try to translate this into U.S. dollars then. If we assume a common laborer made minimum wage or a bit above that, then a gold tarn would be at least between $15,000 to $25,000. For simplicity’s sake, we can average this to $20,000. Now that we have a starting point, we can use it to translate the other Gorean coins into U.S. currency.
If we assume ten silver tarsks equal one gold tarn, then a silver tarsk is worth about $2000.
If we then assume 100 copper tarsks equal one silver tarsk, then a copper tarsk is worth about $20.
If we then assume eight tarsk bits equal a copper tarsk, then a tarsk bit is worth about $2.50.
((Please remember that these are only rough approximations. They give you a relative comparison between Gorean and Earth prices.))
[11:37] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): This is the easiest way for me to remember the coins and their value.
[11:37] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i could never be a banker on Gor.
[11:37] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): me and numbers dont gel well..
[11:37] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.
[11:38] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Soooo using this model, a cup of paga in a cheap tavern we could guess would cost approximately 3 copper tarsk bits.
[11:39] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Perhaps only 2. Making it a five dollar cup of paga.
[11:39] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Does that make sense to everyone?
[11:39] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): yes
[11:39] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): awesome.
[11:39] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.
[11:40] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): waits for tigs seeing that she has something to say.
[11:40] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): nods nods… so that makes us paga sluts 5 dollar hoes hehehe… couldnt resist…
[11:40] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): haha yes.
[11:40] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): grins.
[11:40] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): you silly slut you can’t help yourself can you?
[11:40] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): giggles
[11:40] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): laughs.. nope… sorry.. i’ll behave now
[11:40] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): Not much for a paga slut/pleasure slave/possibly dancer also.
[11:41] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Indeed, tabi. Although dancers often cost a little more for use in the alcoves. Negotiated with the tavern Master of course.
[11:42] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): the term pleasure slave gets thrown around a lot these days though.. every kajira claims to be one
[11:42] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): Makes me wonder, if girls realized this, why anyone would want to be a paga slut.
[11:42] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): Well, and every girl wants to be first girl or the main girl forgetting that most slaves were just plain working slaves
[11:43] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): especially on a man with a long chain of girls
[11:43] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles listening
[11:43] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): hehe yep, exactly! lol
[11:44] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): good points from both of you.
[11:44] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles. i think that girls that enjoy pleasing in the furs are the ones you will find in most taverns tabi.
[11:45] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Moving forward though .. smiles
[11:46] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): In a tavern, there should be a menu. i would suggest taking a look at it if it is available and making yourself familiar with what the tavern offers and the price for those services or products.

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[11:47] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): When serving a free, use that knowledge, creating the atmosphere of actually being in a pay establishment and not in a Jarls longhall.
[11:47] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): ie; “May a slave please offer you todays special Master? The fried fish is delicious and only 3 bits!”
[11:49] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): or: “HOR Ka-La-Na is the finest on Gor, Master. May i please bring you a cup?”
[11:49] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Then, if he accepts your suggestion, “Thank you, Master, that will be a copper tarsk please.”
[11:50] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Tabs can be run in the taverns. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inform the patron of the price of things unless he tells you he doesn’t care.
[11:50] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Slaves are not allowed to touch money.
[11:50] TABI (Xtabi Galaxy): Well, and the way role play goes they’re all rich enough to afford it anyway, hehehe
[11:50] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): right!
[11:50] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): sighs heavily.
[11:50] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): giggles.
[11:52] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i suppose that is why i try to say to create the atmosphere of a southern Gorean paga tavern by using the coin. So there is a distinguishable difference between tavern service and longhall service. Even though most of the free won’t know the information that you will know as a slave serving.
[11:52] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): You probably know that slaves cannot touch money on Gor.
[11:53] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): So this presents a small difficulty in collecting payment for the drink or food.
[11:53] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Hopefully, the free you are serving realizes this and tosses coins to the table or to the tavern Master or Owner.
[11:54] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): its hard to fold a coin and insert it under the waits band of a gstring
[11:54] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): lol
[11:54] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If that doesn’t happen, you may stick out your tongue and open your mouth and accept the coins into your mouth.
[11:54] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): It is!
[11:54] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): I always cringe at the money in the mouth thing.
[11:55] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): put a donation box in the tavern
[11:55] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i imagine some poor soul having to dump the contents of the collection box out to count it and having all that slave spit to contend with.
[11:56] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Yes, Sarah that is always a great way of helping with the issue of money in a tavern and not having slaves have to fiddle with it at all.
[11:56] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): But, just in case there is not one, slaves should know how they can carry it.
[11:57] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Most will carry it in a silk, or even rp that they have a small pouch to collect it with, perhaps hung about her neck.
[11:57] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside) nose wrinkles just imagining the after taste the coin would leave in her mouth and makes a bleh face
[11:58] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): especially copper
[11:58] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Just make sure that your skin does not touch the coin and you will be fine.

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[11:58] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): giggles, yes,
[11:58] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): The handouts are there for reference of for further reading on the subjects we discussed this afternoon.
[11:59] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): hehe if by some miracle i was clothed for a change i would offer for the Master to slip the coins in my camisk or something
[11:59] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i hope you find them useful.
[11:59] Sarah (KajiraSlvRed): very nicely done rhia
[11:59] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Does anyone have any comments or questions about money and using it in tavern service?
[11:59] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): let the tavern Master have fun fishing them out later.. giggles
[11:59] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.

Slave Training – The Art of Gorean Service

Every Monday, in the village of Tosar, slave training classes are offered by Master Gorm’s slave Rhiannon.  Wonderful classes which present the basics of being a Gorean Kajira.  Classes are held at 11am and 6pm and all are invited to attend.

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[19:09] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okay then, Welcome to the HOR Slave Training on the art of the Gorean Serve.
[19:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Tonight, i am going to list the steps of a serve in order. Then ask you to write an emote using those steps in order to complete a proper Gorean serve.
[19:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles
[19:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 1 : Approach
[19:11] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside) smiles and nods
[19:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 2: Kneel
[19:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 3: Beg to serve.
[19:12] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 4: Repeat the order back to the free, ie: “Paga, yes, Master, thank you Master.” Remember to thank them for the order.
[19:13] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 5: Prepare the drink or food.
[19:14] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 5 is a step all in itself. To prepare the drink or food, you must know what you are doing in the Gorean atmosphere.
[19:14] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Knowledge of Gorean Drinks and Foods is essential.
[19:15] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): nods in agreement
[19:15] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Please use the Gorean Drinks NC and Gorean Foods NC as a reference for how exactly to serve the item.
[19:19] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Things you should always do in Step 5 include, moving to the kitchen area, grabbing the proper vessel, dish or tray, using a rep cloth to clean it, eye the rim of drinking vessels for mars or nics that may damage the frees lips, or use a tender part of your body to do so. Get the drink in the vessel or the food on the plate. Make sure to think of things like utensils and napkins if serving food.
[19:20] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okay so that is Step 5. Again, your Drinks and Foods NCs will help you immensely with this step. Please use them.
[19:20] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Moving on …
[19:20] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 6: Return to the free.
[19:20] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 7: Kneel
[19:21] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 8: Raise what was ordered up over a lowered head in offering to the free.
[19:22] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Step 9: Speak the offering and thank them for allowing you to serve them, ie, “Paga, Master. Thank you for allowing this slave to serve you this evening.”
[19:24] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Those are the 9 steps of a proper Gorean serve.

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[19:24] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.
[19:24] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Looks alot harder than it is.
[19:24] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Things to remember when serving.
[19:25] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): First off, try not to keep the free waiting forever. I typically will combine the steps in 3’s.
[19:25] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): second nature once you’ve done it a few times.. promise..
[19:26] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Secondly, do NOT ever give attention to another, no matter if they are free or slave while you are in service to a free.
[19:26] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Once you approach, kneel and beg, you are in service to that free until they release you.
[19:27] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Thirdly, emotion, emotion, Emotion!
[19:28] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Show emotion in your service. If you are happy to please, show it.
[19:28] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): We are not cookie cutter slaves nor are we robo slaves.
[19:28] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): giggles
[19:29] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Each of us has our own unique personality and that is what pleases the free most. Seeing that personality shine through in our service.
[19:31] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): And lastly, use the emotions you are feeling in real life as you are sitting there at your computer, in your service.
[19:31] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): You can never go wrong if you are behaving as you feel you would behave in whatever circumstance you find yourself in here on Gor.
[19:31] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Just remember your place as a slave and have fun with it!
[19:32] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If you are feeling nervous you can show that.
[19:32] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Perhaps you are a clutz in real life. You may use that in your emoting as well.
[19:32] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.
[19:33] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): haha i have done that in a serve… fallen arse over tit
[19:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): giggles, ‘I have tripped and tipped a drink over a Masters head before. That didn’t turn out well for me.
[19:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): laughs!
[19:33] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Okay so now to the emoting.
[19:34] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): sissy, you don’t have to write another one you did that this morning but if you want to use that one as an example that would be lovely.
[19:34] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): okies, let me find it and i’ll post as an example
[19:34] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): kaya, ali, please write out a serve using the steps that i went over just a bit ago.
[19:34] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Go ahead and post it in local chat when you are finished.
[19:35] Alicyann: smiles
[19:35] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): If you have any questions or need help with anything please ask or IM me or tigs and we’ll do what we can to help.

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[19:35] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside) let multi colored eyes flicker about the dimly lit room of the tavern. Like a larl in the jungles of her homeland. Scoping out her next victim.. i mean Master to serve. Tribal inked lips curl into a coy little smile, seeing a Master unattended in the corner. Bare feet pad across warm tiles. Enchanting eyes locking on the paga sluts target as wide set hips sway in a deliciously enchanting fashion. With the grace of a dancer the stockly girl folded onto knees. Thick, dark skinned thighs spreading wide apart “Greetings Master.. this slut begs to be of service to you this night… may i bring you anything? perhaps a belly warming meal or a drink to relax the mind?”
[19:36] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): bowed at the waist and kissed at the Master’s booted foot once an order for paga had been uttered “Yes Master, a paga, right away” On muscular legs the plump slut rose onto bare feet. Padding towards the kitchen with once last glance over a dimpled shoulder. bending low with a glorious view of a heart shaped ass. The Schendi slut slowly swayed in a teasing fashion while reaching for a bowl off the low leveled shelf. Flaunting enslaved flesh at all times. With the edge of a sharp looking clawed nail.. testing the rim for any signs of fracture or jagged edges that could damage a Master’s precious lips. The bowl having passed the test the slut filled the belly of the bowl with the high alcohol infused liquid, watching the amber fluid rise. The fumes rising to the sluts nose.
[19:36] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): with a spin on the sluts feet, the dark vixen about turned. Bowl clutched close to heaving tribal inked breasts. Swelling with each increased breath. Drawing near to his presence once more the slut could feel her stomach tighten. Legs folding to kneel at his side. A soft whimper passing parted lips as thighs slide open in an inviting manner. Strong looking arms extend. Presenting the Master with his required beverage. A sultry purr rolling off the slut’s tongue just to be at the man’s side. “Your paga Master, this slut begs that it be found pleasing..” two toned eyes lowering in respect, yet her poise screamed to be touched. Aching to please the Master further. Squirming at his side. A shiver traveling down the sluts spine as the drink exchanged “Thank you Master for allowing this slut to serve you… i beg and yearn to please you more as this slut is included in the price of the bowl..”

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Alicyann’s Serve

[19:53] Alicyann moves with light steps into the tavern, her lips curled into a smile as she sees a man sit over a cushion. She approaches and with soft voice asks…”May this girl serve you…please Master? she sinks in her knees lowering her head down repeating with soft voice..”Yes paga master….right away, Master

/me moves towards the shelves looking for a cute vessel for the master….her eyes shining as she sees one…..in her tip toes she grabs it and polishes rubbing it with a soft rep cloth….she opens the bottle as her nostrils are sweetly intoxicated by it….slowly fills the bowl and swaying her curves returns to Master’s feet…

/me falls down to her knees with the bowl in her hands…rises it towards him….her head down in proffering….whispers: “Your paga Master….this girl hopes that you will be satisfied by it”…

/me looks at Master as he sips his paga, smiling sweetly at him as he whisper….”Thank you Master…my pleasure is serve you…”

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Kaya’s Serve

[20:05] KAYA2Clawtooth: Kaya here the Travan door open and here two Masters enter and sit down at the table. Kaya ask Her Master may I server Them her Master Nods to her she raise up from her Masterand walks over to there table and kneel in front of the two Masters in from of her. keeping her eyes to the floor , begs the two Master may i serve you Please Masters with my hair fellowing and the fresh sent of oil that i have in my hair that cover the room. the Masters reply with there
orders I repeat the order back to the Masters to make sure there was mo mistake. after i have there order right i hurry to the kitchen area the frist thing i did was to wash my hads with some home made soap i made and raise and dry well. then I pull out the two glasses and raise them off and whip them to make sure there was no spots on the glasses and then pour the wine in them, and set them on a tray with a napkin and pull out to plates and whip them down and set them on a tray with fry fish that i had cook on the stove and serve them there wine and
[20:05] KAYA2Clawtooth: food good and hot
[20:10] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): May i suggest that you write one sentence per step, except you can go longer on Step 5. A good way to get good at serving is to break it down and get used to serving using all the steps in order.
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): i truly look forward to serving with you and watching you grow as kajira, kaya.
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): smiles.
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): And as usual….
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): we ran late. giggles
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): wow lag swapped my posts there.
[20:11] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): laughs.. we are so bad for that
[20:11] KAYA2Clawtooth: nods thank you
[20:11] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): Its a sign!
[20:12] – Ϯɪɢɢƴ – (Kel Blindside): i will send chatlogs now..
[20:12] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): kaya when i have time or tiggy has time we can work with you at the tavern on the Caer if you wish.
[20:12] rhiannon (rhiannon0327): thank you sister.

Gorean Compass Class – The Rise of Feminism

Another edition in the classes offered by Master Gorm Runo at the Gorean Campus on Thursdays at 12:00pm (noon) and 6:00pm.  Be sure to attend this great discussions and share some of your insights on what Master Gorm has to say.

Tal and Greetings

In an earlier class, I confessed to being a bit of a symbolism fanatic.  We have spent the last few weeks discussing the symbolism expressed by the “struggle of Priest-KIngs vs The Kur.”

While coherent arguments can be made that these things were just plot mechanics and I am reading much more into it than even the author intended, there is a book that stands out as a symbolic treasure trove.

It is quite possible that much of the political and social commentary that spurred the early popularity of the Gorean novels gave way to a very repetitive commentary on the somewhat kinky dynamic of dominance and submission and how it can play out in sexual fantasy.  It is also likely and arguable that most of the later books were really simply “fan fiction” telling stories of the fictional world of Gor already completely fleshed out in the early novels.

However, in 1967, a full 50 years ago, a man named John Lange received a copyright for a work of fiction entitled “Outlaw of Gor” under the pen name of John Norman.

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Anyone who ever was in the market for old original copies of Gor paperbooks will know that Outlaw of Gor, although one of the oldest of the novels, was also one of the least expensive to acquire and easiest to find.

The copy on my desk right now, and in very good condition, I might add, was actually a second printing produced three years after the first in 1970.  The cover price is 75 cents.

The book was rather short, only 254 pages, and tells quite a large story, much like the first novel, Tarnsman of Gor.    I always use to joke about the fact that some of the later books would use 254 pages to describe a single night Tarl spent in an Inn, or the single use of a slave girl.  The early books were much more expansive in scope.

Here is the quick tour plot summary for those not familiar with the story.

Tarl is back on Earth, and unhappy. He comes back to Gor, and discovers Ko-ro-ba has been destroyed and his chick gone.  The Priest-Kings destroyed his city and he decides to go contront them.  On the way, he stops in Tharna, and is framed and after so adventures ends up In the underground silver mines, where he leads a revolt, frees the slaves in the mines and eventually helps overthrow the female rulers of the city and “puts everything aright” again before continuing his journey which is taken up in Priest-Kings of Gor.

The key point in that was “overthrows” the female rulers and here is where Outlaw of Gor, in my opinion, is such a treat for a person who looks for symbolism.  In 1967, in the heart of the Hippie period and when the idea of “feminism” was first being organized as a social and political force, here comes this book making almost a prophetic warning against where this might go.

Anyone who reads this book closely and follows the events unfolding on Earth closely can not help being struck by the almost prophetic warning that Tharna represents.

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Just as Gor is called “Counter-Earth” on the cover of this book, the city of Tharna was it was when Tarl Cabot arrived could be called “The Counter-Gor.”    He tells us much about the drab and colorless nature of the city and the society.  It lacks the vitality and noise and color of Gorean cities, but the most counter thing of all is that females are dominant there, and the men are really more the submissive followers.

Late in the book, Tarl learns a bit about how such a thing could have happened on Gor.  I will quote that whole section.

“Over a period of time this cruel practice fell into disuse and the women of Tharna came to be more reasonable and humanely regarded.  Indeed, through their love and tenderness, they taught their captors that they, too, were worthy of respect and affection.  And, of course, as the captors came gradually to care for their slaves, the desire to subjugate them became less, for few men long desire to subjugate a creature for whom they genuinely care, unless they fear to lose her should she become free.

Yet as the status of these women became more ennobled and less clearly defined the subtle tensions of dominance and submission, instinctual throughout the animal world, tended to assert themselves.

The balance of mutual regard is always delicate and statistically it is improbable that it can long be maintained throughout an entire population.   Accordingly, gradually, exploiting, perhaps, unconsciously, the opportunities afforded by the training of children and the affections of their men, the women of Tharna improved their position considerably over the generations, adding to their social power the economic largess of various funds and inheritances.

Eventually, largely via the conditioning of the young and the control of education, those superiorities which the female naturally possesses came to be enlarged on at the expense of those possessed by the male.  And just as in our own world, it is possible to condition entire populations to believe what is, from the standpoint of another population, incomprehensible and absurd, so in Tharna both the men and the women came eventually to believe the myths and the distortions advantageous to female dominance.  Thus it was, gradually and unnoticed, that the gynocracy of Tharna came to be established, and honored with the full weight of tradition and custom, those invisible bonds heavier than chains because they are not understood to exist.

Yet this situation, socially viable though it might be for generations, is not one truly productive of human happiness.  Indeed, it is not altogether clear that it is preferable to the male dominated ethos of most Gorean cities, which, too, surely has its unfortunate side. In a city such as Tharna the men, taught to regard themselves as beasts, as inferior beings, seldom develop the full respect for themselves essential to true manhood.  But even more strangely the women of Tharna do not seem content under the gynocracy.  Although they despise men and congratulate themselves on their more lofty status, it seems to me that they, too, fail to respect themselves.  Hating their men, they hate themselves.”

Page 206 Outlaw of Gor

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And in the next paragraph, he says this:

“If the pendulum should swing in Tharna, it would swing far.”

Page 207 Outlaw of Gor

I love that sentence because I have often viewed social and historical movements as pendulums.  An injustice exists, and a movement begins to right it.   That seems to be human nature, but once the pendulum starts swinging, it gains momentum, and swings right past the intended justice, and keeps going until it reaches an equally but opposite level of injustice.

Tarl’s story of how Tharna became a gynocracy might be the story of Earth in the 50 years that have passed since Outlaw was published.

Example after example could be pulled from today’s headlines to show that what happened to Tharna was almost a prophetic warning of what was coming in Western Society and what is happening even in our own world of Second Life Gor.

1.  The educational system is producing a generation of people so screwed up that they are mockingly called, “snowflakes” and run to seek ‘safe spaces” where they are safe from hearing anything that they might not agree with, like for example, things that are often true.

2. For years, men have been portrayed as dolts and bumblers in popular entertainment while women are wise and all knowing.  Colleges are holding seminars teaching male students how to be less masculine coining the phrase “Toxic Masculinity”

3. In a society where women are more free and empowered than at anytime in history, and the leaders of major powers like England and Germany are female, and the United States came close to electing a female President.  massive protest marches are being held for “Women’s rights.”

4. The insulting slur, “misogynist” has joined racist, bigot, homophobe, and a bunch of other slurs as a substitute for logical discussion of issues.

I could go on all day making connections between what happened in Tharna and what has happened on Earth in the last 50 years.

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And here in Second Life, of course, a Gor evolved, that granted equality and opportunity for women to act as men and became very popular.    In discussions, a complaint is often made that, like Tharna, the paga tavern is no longer the center of rp in most SL cities, but rather the tea house where men routinely ignore slaves they could dominate and control, to court and defer to Free Women hiding their true natures behind veils and layers of clothing, in the same way that the rulers of Tharna wore masks.   (much more on that symbolism another time)

And of course, women jump at the opportunity to recreate Tharna, and they certainly have by the book legitimacy, but,  they do not create it, to rp out its overthrow and return to traditional Gor, but as a place where women can run things, like they do so many other places,  They can have a feminist Gor with all the trivia trappings.

We will continue this examination of the symbolism in Second Life next time, but I would like to end by asking this question.

Does this prophetic symbolism mean anything at all, or should it just be ignored as distracting us from the primary purpose of SL Gor, which is to have fun??  Are we not even able to better role play this world if we understand what the author was trying to tell us about it, and even what he was trying to warn us was going to happen to our own?

What The House of Runo has to offer

The House of Runo operates differently than typical slave houses found here in Second Life Gor. The focus is on offering you several different activities, providing a Gorean experience that YOU will enjoy. The HOR is able to do this by being active in different cities and villages in Gor, as well as maintaining a “home base” at Caer Cadarn, an Island in the Vosk Delta.

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The Black Tarn Tavern, one of Gors premiere establishments, is located on the Island of Caer Cadarn and enables the slaves of the House to train to be slaves to men, paga slaves, and eventually, pleasure slaves of Gor, in a safe, encouraging environment.

Caer Cadarn has long been a place in Second Life Gor that promotes doing what you love to do as a Gorean that understands that we exist both here in the virtual world as well as in the real world. We understand that there is a person behind the avatar with emotions. We do not think in terms of OOC/IC on Caer Cadarn. We simply are who we are as Goreans.

At any given time you could walk into the tavern and enjoy some delicious role play, then head over to pleasure gardens to delight in all the naughty niches and the slaves that will happily attend upon you within. Hop on over to the beach and hang out listening to the waves crashing or slip off to the dance pavilion and get close to the one you’re with couples dancing.

Caer Cadarn is home to a small G&S farm that produces Gors finest Ka-La-Na, and the Vosks strongest rence as well as food for those that both live on the Island or are visiting. The House trains and races tharlarions as well.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SIMS THAT THE HOR HAS ACTIVELY MAINTAINED A PLACE WITHIN AND WHAT OPPORTUNITIES EACH CITY HAS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE HOR.

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Malignance, Port Kar
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The HOR has a holding in Port Kar complete with an office, main room, kitchen, sleeping chambers for Guardsman and slaves as well as a “Play Room.” Port Kar is an RP City and the closest city to Caer Cadarn. Members of the HOR can find lots to do for the House in Port Kar.

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Slaver/Merchant – Run affairs under the Captains command, stimulate RP for slaves kenneled there and contribute to Port Kar and the HOR with that RP.

Guardsman – Protect all members and property that belong to the House of Runo,
under the Captains command. Contribute to RP in Port Kar and the HOR. Represent the House in tournaments of sword and steel.

Physician – Provide heath care for the crew and slaves housed or kenneled in the holding at Port Kar. Contribute to RP in Port Kar and the HOR. Maintain accurate records on status of health for the members of the HOR in your care.


Glorious Ar
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The Owner of the House of Runo, Gorm Runo, has a home in Gors grandest city, Ar. The little estate boasts an office, kennels, kitchen and main room along with bedroom chambers and a yard. Gorm Runo, an esteemed Gorean, maintains a close friendship with the Administrator of Glorious Ar, Fidelio Matador.

Glorious Ar offers much to the lifestyle Gorean as well as the Rper. There is a notorious discussion broadcast on Goreans Portal Radio held every Wednesday night in Ar.  Knowledgeable Goreans such as Gorm Runo, Fidelio Matador and his slave Debbie rotate leading the discussion that is bound to be enlightening for the Gorean novice as well
as the seasoned Gorean.

The Tournament of Swords is one SL Gors longest running active tourneys. Held every other Friday within the city itself, the tournament is broadcast on Goreans Portal Radio and preceded by a delightful dance troupe, the Dancers of Glorious Ar.

All members of the HOR are welcome to attend the events held in Ar as well as contribute to the community with RP. Friendly to newcomers yet full of long time Goreans, Glorious Ar is the perfect place for the Gorean lifestyler to spend time, RP and learn much.
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Tosar Village
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The House of Runo owns the slave house in Tosar Village. Gorm Runo has another residence inside the village as well.

Classes are held at the HOR slave house in Tosar, presented by seasoned kajirae that have attained pleasure slave status within the house.

Tosar is home to the Hall of Moons. An amazing atmosphere for radio broadcasts and discussions. You’ll find yourself looking down upon Gor from high above. Gorm Runo frequently broadcasts his show, The Gorean Compass, from the Hall of Moons on Goreans Portal Radio on Monday or Tuesday afternoons.

Tosar is newcomer friendly and uses the G&S system to enhance and promote RP.

All members of the HOR are encouraged to spend time in the village and contribute to the RP and are welcome at all events held there.

NEEDED!!

Slaver/Merchant – Run affairs for the HOR. Stimulate RP for slaves kenneled there and contribute to Tosar Village and the HOR with that RP. Guardsman – Protect all members and property that belong to the House of Runo. Contribute to RP in Tosar and the HOR.
Represent The HOR in Warriors Tournaments.

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The Gorean Campus
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The Gorean Campus is an excellent place to learn absolutely everything you could wish to know about Gor.

Gorm Runo presents a stimulating class on the Philosophy of Gor, The Gorean Compass, attempting to open minds to seeing more than meets the eye and seeking the deeper truths of ourselves as Goreans and the world we exist in.

The Gorean Compass can be attended on Thursdays at 12pm SLT and then again at 6pm SLT at the Gorean Campus in the Main Classroom.

All HOR members are encouraged to attend and offer up opinions during the discussion that occurs after each classes teaching for that day. We also promote taking any classes that you may fancy at the Campus.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF WEEKLY ACTIVITIES THE HOR CURRENTLY ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN ON SL GOR.

Monday – Slave Training at the Tosar Kennels, 11amSLT & 7pmSLT.

Tuesday – Gorm Runo broadcasts from 1pm – 3pm SLT on Goreans Portal Radio from
the Hall of Moons at Tosar Village.

Wednesday – Tharlarion Racing, 2pmSLT
Discussion in Glorious Ar, 6-8pmSLT

Thursday – The Gorean Compass, Philosophy of Gor Class, Presented by Gorm Runo at
the Gorean Campus. Times, 12pmSLT and 6pmSLT.

Friday – Tournament of Swords in Glorious Ar and Ko Ro Ba, at 6pmSLT. Dance
performance begins at 5pmSLT

Saturday – Tharlarion Racing, 8amSLT. Rhiannon’s Rockin World Gorean Whip
Radio Broadcast and Dance Party, 6-8pmSLT.

Sunday – RP Day!
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To keep up with everything happening with the House of Runo, make sure to follow this blog site

Keep up with HOR Racing using the Tharlarion Racers of Gor website. http://www.tharlrace.space/

The House of Runo is always recruiting. The goal being community within our Gorean virtual world. Stop on by andmeet some of the people …
Or IM

  • the owner, Gorm Runo (Gorm Runo),
  • The tavern Master, Drusus (Tippy.Carver) or the
  • slave girls tabi (xtabi.galaxy),
  • rhiannon (rhiannon0327), or
  • tiggy (kel.blindside),

for more info!

Gorean Compass Class – The Slender Thread

Last Thursday Master Gorm Runo presented a most interesting and informative class at the Gorean Compass which focused on the slender thread of discipline.  The class was well attended and the discussion continued even after the class at both times it was given.   This was a class which seemed to generate quite a bit of interest.

A reminder that Master Gorm Runo presents his class, The Gorean Compass, every Thursday at the Gorean Campus within Second Life at 12pm (noon) and 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.

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In the class last week, we were focusing on a meeting that took place in Beasts of Gor, book #12 of the series.  It was a meeting between Tarl Cabot and the Kur General named Zarendagar, or Half Ear.

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In the discussion, Zarandargar was speaking of the early pre-historic development of the Kur civilization.

“Surely, in ancient times, Kurii came together,” I said.
Yes,” it said, “in the matings and the killings.” It looked at me, chewing.  “But that was long ago,” it said.  “We have had civilization for one hundred thousand years, as you would understand these things. In the dawn of our prehistory small bands emerged from the burrows, and the caves and forests. It was a beginning.”
“How can such an animal have a civilization?” I asked.
“Discipline, ” it said.
“That is a slender thread with which to restrain such fierce, titantic instincts.”, I said.
The beast extended to me a thigh of the lart. ”
“True,” it said.  “I see you understand us well.”
Page 367 Beasts of Gor

Applying the symbolic approach to this quote and seeing the Kur and its “civilization” as representing the animal side of the human’s dual nature, the question of Tarl Cabot and the Kur’s response take on a great deal of significance.

How can we entertain animal like passions and instincts and appetites and still function in a social civilization?

The answer was given in one word.  “Discipline.”

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When Tarl suggests that is a “slender thread to restraint such fierce, titanic instincts”, the Kur assumes that Tarl understands him.  What he understands is that since discipline is a slender thread, it better be a very, very strong one.  Discipline, to the Kur, is not a matter of something applied from time to time or in a half ass manner.  It is the absolute essential element to maintaining the balanced superior man.

Discipline is a word with a lot of different meanings.   For example, a body of work or branch of study might be called a discipline.  Discipline also implies controlled and acceptable behavior as in “the class is very disciplined today.”

However, the meaning we are using here tells us that discipline is the adherence to a “code of behavior designed to produce a favorable result and make one stronger or in someway better.”

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Throughout the early Gorean novels, discipline is often a theme.  It is not one that jumps out and hits you in the face, like much of the discussion of such things as slave girls and their uses.
It is often just mentioned as an aside as in this example:

“Ashore my crews were roisterous and brawling, but on the ships, strange as it is to relate, they were serious and disciplined men.”

Page 139 Raiders of Gor

People with experience in the military know about discipline, and its importance.  Everyone has seen the situation where a soldier is asked why he failed or fell short, and standing stiffly at attention, he replies, “No excuse, Sir.”

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The truth is that he actually has many excuses, some of them legitimate, and some not so much, but, discipline requires that we abandon excuses and focus on producing the favorable result and making things some way better.

In the early days of Gor, almost every Gorean website had a big banner that proclaimed Gor as harsh and unfair.  This was because from the very beginning, there seemed to be an understanding that Gor was a disciplined world with little patience with excuses.

When Second Life Gor began and emerged as an interactive online community, the need for this Gorean concept of discipline became essential to its success.   Using the “Counter-Earth” approach, we could see that Earth society had become a society of excuses.  Personal responsibility seemed to be a lost concept.  Nothing was really anyone’s fault, there was always a reason and an excuse for why favorable results were not always produced and why things seemed to rarely get better.

The very nature of the Second Life platform and how it differed from “games”, made discipline essential in creating a Gorean community.  Games came with built in rules and restrictions. There was only so much the game allowed you to do and most people were comfortable within the restraints imposed on them.  If something did not work, it was the fault of the game.

A prime example of this was the G&S system.  When I think of the G&S system, I am still sometimes just blown away that the creators focused totally on Gorean trivia to design the system.  It is a role play enhancement system that is unprecedented and mind boggling in its complexity and accuracy.   The creators even seemed to have a rudimentary understanding of the Gorean sense of discipline.  Things had to be done a certain way, and the very real restrictions of time and energy limited production as would befit the technological limitations of Gor.

However, the G&S system did not produce the great role play enhancement it was capable of because the users lacked the discipline and restraint to use it properly.  People found ways to get around the technological restrictions with some imaginative scripting.  Gorean G&S farms were created that were such technological marvels and made the modern Earth farm look like something out of the middle ages.

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It has been a common theme in Gorean discussions over the years, that the fault with Second Life Gor is that everyone else is somehow screwing things up and doing things wrong.  We have brought the Earth’s custom of pointing the finger at some excuse or the other as justification for failure.

And this brings us back to the statement we began this seminar with weeks ago.  The part from Marauders of Gor where Tarl says Earth asks “why so hard” and Gor replies, “why so soft.”

The Earth approach is “hey, we are only human.”   Of course, we are going to make mistakes and fall short of expectations.  The real problem is those guys over on the other sim don’t really know what they are doing.  You have no idea of the problems and bad things that happened to me in the past.

The Gorean approach is. “Hey, we are humans.”    We are going to never make the same mistake twice and we are going to exceed anyone’s wildest expectations..  Fuck the guys over on the other sim, we are going to do it right here.  You have no idea how much I am going to accomplish in the future.!

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The slender thread that makes the Gorean approach possible is discipline.  It is all that stands between us and the beast.  It implies a complete understanding of the idea that there is a time and a place for being rowdy, as Tarl said of his crew, and a time for being serious as they were on the ship on Thassa.

When we want to be serious about this online community that we all love so much, and ask why it is not better or why it does not seem to be making us all better and stronger humans, and when we look at the large number of unsatisfied people, and failed Gorean sims, and ask the question, why?

The answer, as Goreans, should always be.

“No excuse, Sir.”

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Gorean Foods Class (con’t) – list of foods

A continuation of the Goreans Food Class taught by Rhiannon, slave of Master Gorm Runo.  In this class Rhiannon had passed out a note card which contained a comprehensive list of all the foods listed in the Gorean novels.  We do recognize that there are most likely other foods which common sense would tell us would be on the planet Gor, but these are the ones specifically mentions in the books.  Each food also has the accompanying book quote.

Apricot
Presumably identical to an Earth apricot

I brushed away two sellers of apricots and spices. Come with me to the cafe of Red Cages, said a boy, pulling at my sleeve.”
~ Tribesman of Gor page 45

Arctic Gant Eggs
Eggs of the migratory Arctic gant; when frozen, they are eaten like apples.

“I stepped aside to let a young girl pass, who carried two baskets of eggs, those of the migratory arctic gant. They nest in the mountain of the Hrimgar and in steep, rocky outcroppings, called bird cliffs, found here and there jutting out of the tundra. The bird cliffs doubtless bear some geological relation to the Hrimgar chains. When such eggs are frozen they are eaten like apples.”
~ Beasts of Gor page 196

Beans
No description

“Initiates do not eat meat, or beans. They are trained in the mysteries of mathematics. They converse among themselves in archaic Gorean, which is no longer spoken among the people.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81

Biscuits
A dried pressed biscuit described as baked in Kailiauk from Sa-Tarna flour.

“…Grunt, from his own stores, brought forth some dried, pressed biscuits, baked in Kailiauk from Sa-Tarna flour.”
~ Savages of Gor page 328

Black Bread
Baked soft and full flavored from Gorean grains, heavy and dark, served with clotted Bosk Cream or honey.

“The great merchant galleys of Port Kar, and Cos, and Tyros, and other maritime powers, utilized thousands of such miserable wretches, fed on brews of peas and black bread, chained in the rowing holds, under the whips of slave masters, their lives measured by feedings and beatings, and the labor of the oar.”
~ Hunters of Gor page 13
Bond-Maid Gruel
A porridge served to bond-maids in Torvaldsland made of damp Sa-Tarna and raw fish.

“Another of the bond-maids was then freed to mix the bond-maid gruel, mixing fresh water with Sa-Tarna meal, and then stirring in the raw fish.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 67

Bosk
Large, shaggy, long horned bovine similar to the Earth cow; served as beef is served.

“The meat was a steak, cut from the loin of a bosk, a huge, shaggy, long-horned, ill-tempered bovine which shambles in large, slow-moving herds across the prairies of Gor.”
~ Priest Kings of Gor page 45

Butter
Churned from the milk of the Bosk or the Verr.

“”Olga,” he said, “there is butter to be churning in the churning shed.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 81

Cabbages
No description given

“…too, there would be peas, and beans, cabbages and onions, and patches of the golden sul, capable of sur-viving at this latitude. I saw small fruit trees, and hives, where honey bees were raised; and there were small sheds, here and there, with sloping roofs of boards; in some such sheds might craftsmen work; in others fish might be dried or butter made.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81

Candy
Soft, rounded, succulent candies, usually covered with a coating of syrup or fudge, rather in the nature of the caramel apple, but much smaller, and, like a caramel apple, mounted on sticks. the candy is prepared and the stick, from the bottom, is thrust up, deeply, into it.

“These are not candies, incidentally, like sticks, as, for example, licorice or peppermint sticks, but soft, rounded, succulent candies, usually covered with a coating of syrup or fudge, rather in the nature of the caramel apple, but much smaller, and, like a caramel apple, mounted on sticks. The candy is prepared and then the stick, from the bottom, is thrust up, deeply, into it. It is then ready to be eaten.” –
Dancer of Gor p 81 ( also see below Mint Sticks)

Cheese
Pressed from the milk of the Bosk they are sharp in taste and travel well resisting molds in their hard rinds.

“The Tarn Keeper, who was called by those in the tavern Mip, bought the food, bosk steak and yellow bread, peas and Torian olives, and two golden-brown, starchy Suls, broken open and filled with melted bosk cheese.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 168

Cherries
Grown in Tyros.

“It reminds me of the cherries of Tyros,” I said. “I do not know what the flavor is,” she said, “but it is lovely, is it not?” “Yes,” I said.” ~ Beasts of Gor page 349

Cosian Wingfish
Also known as songfish due to its whistling mating song; a tiny blue salt-water fish with 4 poisonous spines on its dorsal fin; found in the waters off Port Kar; its liver is considered a delicacy in Turia.

“”Now this,” Saphrar the merchant was telling me, “is the braised liver of the blue, four-spired Cosian wingfish.” This fish is a tiny, delicate fish, blue, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one’s hand; it has three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin, which are poisonous; it is capable of hurling itself from the water and, for brief distances, on its stiff pectoral fins, gliding through the air, usually to evade the smaller sea-tharlarions, which seem to be immune to the poison of the spines. This fish is also sometimes referred to as the songfish because, as a portion of its courtship rituals, the males and females thrust their heads from the water and utter a sort of whistling sound.”
~ Nomads of Gor page 84-85

Dates
These come from the City of Tor; they are sold in a tef (a handful with the 5 fingers closed; a tefa is 6 tefs (a small basket); Five such baskets constitute a huda. In large compressed bricks they are used in trade.

“The principal export of the oases is dates and pressed-date bricks. Some of the date palms grow to more than a hundred feet high. It takes ten years before they begin to bear fruit. They will then yield fruit for more than a century.” ~ Tribesman of Gor page 46

Eel
A voracious animal which can maim or kill a slave in moments. Some varieties are edible and considered a gorean delicacy. Varieties include: river eel, black eel, and spotted eel.

“Many estates, particularly country homes, have pools in which fish are kept. Some of these pools contains voracious eels, of various sorts, river eels, black eels, the spotted eel, and such, which are Gorean delicacies.” ~ Magicians of Gor page 428

Eggs
Usually vulo eggs.. but there are many varieties available depending on the region.

She had been carrying a wicker basket containing vulos, domesticated pigeons raised for eggs and meat.
~ Nomads of Gor page 1

Fish, Parsit
A silvery fish having brown stripes, they follow the ‘parsit current’ in the polar basin. In Torvaldsland, it is smoked and dried, stored in barrels, and used in trade to the south.

“The slender striped parsit fish has vast plankton banks north of the town, and may there, particularly in the spring and the fall, be taken in great numbers. The smell of the fish-drying sheds of Kassau carries far out to sea.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 27 (references also on pages 56, 63 and 64)

Garlic
Not described in detail

“”I have peas and turnips, garlic and onions in my hut,” said the man, his bundle like a giant’s hump on his back.”
~ Outlaw of Gor page 29

Grunts
Great Speckled – a fish inhabiting the Thassa and caught as food for sailors.

“Half out of the water, then returning to it, I saw a great speckled grunt, four-gilled. It dove, and swirled away.” ~ Slave Girl of Gor page 360

White-bellied
a large game fish which haunts the plankton beds in the Polar North to feed on parsit fish. It’s eggs are considered a rare delicacy.. like caviar.

“Three other men of the Forkbeard attended to fishing, two with a net, sweeping it along the side of the serpent, for parsit fish, and the third, near the stem, with a hook and line, baited with vulo liver, for the white-bellied grunt, a large game fish which haunts the plankton banks to feed on parsit fish.”
~ Marauders of Gor page 59

Honey
No description given.. just that honey bees are raised.

“I saw small fruit trees, and hives, where honey bees were raised; and there were small sheds, here and there, with sloping roofs of boards; in some such sheds might craftsmen work; in others fish might be dried or butter made.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 81

Katch
Foliated leaf vegetable similar to lettuce.

“…a foliated leaf vegetable, called Katch,..” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 37

Kes Shrub
A shrub whose salty, blue secondary roots are a main ingredient in sullage.

“…and the salty, blue secondary roots of the Kes Shrub, a small, deeply rooted plant which grows best in sandy soil.”
~ Priest-Kings of Gor page 45.

Kort
Often served sliced with melted cheese and nutmeg, a large, brownish-skinned, sphere-shaped vegetable of the Tahari usually some 6 inches in width. The interior is yellowish, fibrous and heavily seeded.

“and korts, a large, brownish-skinned, thick-skinned, sphere-shaped vegetable, usually some six inches in width, the interior of which is yellowish, fibrous and heavily seeded.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 37

Larma
They come in two types: juicy – a segmented, succulent fruit, and hard, rather like an apple, having one pit, commonly called the pit fruit, it is sometimes sliced and fried, and served with browned honey sauce; offering a larma, real or imagined, by a slave girl to her master is a silent plea for the girl to be raped.

“I took a slice of hard larma from the tray. This is a firm, single-seeded, applelike fruit. It is quite unlike the segmented, juicy larma. It is sometimes called, and perhaps more aptly, the pit fruit, because of its large single stone.” ~ Players of Gor page 267

Melons
Yellowish, red-striped spheres.

“”Buy melons!” called a fellow next to her, lifting one of the yellowish, red-striped spheres toward me.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 45

Mint Sticks
Just mentioned as tiny mint sticks in a bowl

“On the tray, too, was the metal vessel which had contained the black wine, steaming and bitter, from far Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, the small yellow-enameled cups from which we had drunk the black wine, its spoons and sugars, a tiny bowl of mint sticks, and the softened, dampened cloths on which we had wiped our fingers.” ~ Explorers of Gor page 10

Mushrooms
No description given

“I am an Alar,” Hurtha explained. “Have a stuffed mushroom.” I pondered the likely prices of a stuffed mushroom in a black-market transaction in a war-torn district,..” ~ Mercenaries of Gor page 82

Olives
Are commonly from the City of Tor. (referred to as Torian Olives); also Red Olives which come from the groves of Tyros.

“Clitus, too, had brought two bottles of Ka-la-na wine, a string of eels, cheese of the Verr, and a sack of red olives from the groves of Tyros.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 114

Onions
No description given

“…cabbages and onions, and patches of the golden sul…”
~ Marauders of Gor page 81

Oysters
From the Vosk Delta

“Other girls had prepared the repast, which, for the war camp, was sumptuous indeed, containing even oysters from the delta of the Vosk, a portion of the plunder of a tarn caravan of Ar, such delicacies having been intended for the very table of Marlenus, the Ubar of that great city itself.” ~ Captive of Gor page 301

Pastries
No specific mention

“Before each guests there were tiny slices of tospit and larma, small pastries …” ~ Fighting Slave of Gor page 276

Peas
These are mentioned as a menu item, though not described

“In them were growing, small at this season, shafts ol Sa-Tarna; too, there would be peas, and beans, cabbages and onions …”
Marauders of Gor page 81

Peppers
Not described

“Telima had prepared a roast tarsk, stuffed with suls and peppers from Tor.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 113

Radishes
Not described in detail

“Ottar dug for the Forkbeard and my-self two radishes and we, wiping the dirt from them, ate them.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 102

Ramberry
Small, succulent berries.

“A guard was with us, and we were charged with filling our leather buckets with ram-berries, a small reddish fruit with edible seeds, not unlike plums save for the many small seeds.”
~ Captive of Gor, page 305

Rence
A water plant, the grain is eaten and the stems harvested and pressed into paper or woven into cloth. The pith may be boiled or ground into a paste and sweetened; this paste can also be fried into a type of pancake.

The plant has many uses besides serving as a raw product in the manufacture of rence paper. The root, which is woody and heavy, is used for certain wooden tools and utensils, which can be carved from it; also, when dried, it makes a good fuel; from the stem the rence growers can make reed boats, sails, mats, cords and the kind of fibrous cloth; further, its pith is edible, and for the rence growers is, with fish, a staple in their diet; the pith is edible both raw and cooked; some men, lost in the delta, not knowing the pith edible, have died of starvation the the midst of what was, had they known it, an almost endless abundance of food.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 7

Salt
“Most salt at 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.” ~ Tribesman of Gor page 238

Also there are references to yellow salt as ‘of the south’ and on a table exist, but no other description has been found.

“I gathered, that I would sit at one of the two long side tables, and perhaps even below the bowls of red and yellow salt which divided these tables.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 86

Sa-Tarna
Grain, specifically wheat, yellow, usually described as being cut in wedges

“There were great quantities of the yellow Sa-Tarna bread, in its rounded, six-part loaves.” ~ Raiders of Gor page 114

Sa-Tassna
Meat; food in general.

“Interestingly enough, the word for meat is Sa-Tassna, which means Life-Mother. Incidentally, when one speaks of food in general, one always speaks of Sa-Tassna.” ~ Tarnsman of Gor page 43

Slave Porridge
A cold, unsweetened mixture of water and Sa-Tarna meal, on which slaves are fed; in Torvaldsland, it is called ‘bond-maid gruel’, and often mixed with pieces of chopped parsit fish.

“One of the smiths from below was summoned with a bowl of slave porridge, which he mixed half with water, and stirred well, so that it could be drunk. There are various porridges given to slaves and they differ. The porridges in the iron pens, however, are as ugly and tasteless a gruel, and deliberately so, as might be imagined.” ~ Assassin of Gor page 126

Snail
Much like the snails on Earth these are small slug-like creatures living inside of thin shells in the waters. often they are trapped with water inside the bilge of a ship.

“Once the Forkbeard went to her and taught her to check the scoop, with her left hand, for snails, that they not be thrown overboard. Returning to Me, He held one of the snails, whose shell He crushed between His fingers, and sucked out the animal, chewing and swallowing it. He then threw the shell fragments overboard. “They are edible,” He said, “and We use them for fish bait.” ~ Marauders of Gor page 62

Sorp
A shellfish, common esp. in the Vosk river, similar to an oyster

“”They are probably false stones,” I said, “amber droplets, the pearls of the Vosk sorp, the polished shell of the Tamber clam, glass colored and cut in Ar for trade with ignorant southern peoples. “They are probably false stones,” I said, “amber droplets, the pearls of the Vosk sorp, the polished shell of the Tamber clam, glass colored and cut in Ar for trade with ignorant southern peoples.”” ~ Nomads of Gor page 20

Sugar
White and yellow are commonly used

“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.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 89

Sul
Starchy, golden brown, vine borne fruit; principal ingredient in sullage, a tuberous vegetable similar to the potato; often served sliced and fried.

“The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, the starchy, golden-brown vine-borne fruit of the golden-leaved Sul plant.” ~ Priest Kings of Gor ch 6

Sullage
A soup made principally from suls, tur-pah, and kes, along with whatever else may be handy.

“First she boiled and simmered a kettle of Sullage, a common Gorean soup consisting of three standard ingredients and, as it is said, whatever else may be found, saving only the rocks of the field.” ~ Priest Kings of Gor page 44

Tabuk
Swift gazelle like animals known for their sweet meat and speed, the Tabuk is generally served roasted.

“Once I brought the carcass of a tabuk, one of Gor’s single-horned, yellow antelopes, which I had felled in a Ka-la-na thicket, to the hut of a peasant and his wife.” ~ Outlaw of Gor page 76

“The tabuk is the most common Gorean antelope, a small graceful animal, one-horned and yellow, that haunts the Ka- la-na thickets of the planet and occasionally ventures daintily into its meadows in search of berries and salt.” ~ Outlaw of Gor page 126

Ta Grapes
Purple fruit similar to earth grapes comes from the Isle of Cos.

“The grapes were purple and, I suppose, Ta grapes from the lower vineyards of the terraced island of Cos some four hundred pasangs from Port Kar. I had tasted some only once before, having been introduced to them in a feast given in my honor by Lara, who was Tatrix of the city of Tharna.” ~ Priest-Kings of Gor page 45

Tarsk
Porcine animal akin to the Earth pig, having a bristly mane which runs down its spine to the base of the tail, often roasted whole.

“Still later that afternoon some groups of small, fat, grunting, bristly, brindled, shaggy-maned, hoofed, flat-snouted, rooting animals had been herded in, also with pointed sticks, and they, too, had been guided into identical cages. We had looked out of our cage, our fingers hooked in the mesh, to other cages, some of them with girls in them, some with the fat, flat-snouted, grunting, short-legged, brindled quadrupeds. “Those are tarsks,” said one of the Gorean girls.” ~ Dancer of Gor page 108

Tumits
A large carnivorous bird of the plains, is hunted and eaten by the Nomadic people of Gor. Traditionally hunted with bolos the sport lies in whether you or the bird gets to eat that night.

“…beyond them I saw one of the tumits, a large, flightless bird whose hooked beak, as long as my forearm, attested only too clearly to its gustatory habits;” ~ Nomads of Gor page 2

Tospit
Yellowish-white fruit: like an Earth peach. They are bitter but edible, and are sometimes served sliced and sweetened with honey, and in syrups, and to flavor, with their juices, a variety of dishes. They are also carried on sea voyages to prevent nutritional deficiencies. They almost always have an odd number of seeds, except for the rare, long-stemmed ones. The Wagon People often bet on the number of seeds.

“…on the top of which was placed a dried tospit, a small, wrinkled, yellowish-white peachlike fruit, about the size of a plum, which grows on the tospit bush, patches of which are indigenous to the drier valleys of the western Cartius. They are bitter but edible.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 59

Turnip
Grown on the oasis of the Tahari

“At the oasis will be grown a hybrid, brownish Sa-Tarna, adapted to the heat of the desert; most Sa-Tarna is yellow; and beans, berries, onions tuber suls, various sorts of melons, a foliated leaf vegetable, called Katch, and various root vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, radishes..” ~ Tribesmen of Gor p 37

Tur-pah
An edible tree parasite with curly, red, ovate leaves; grows on the tur tree; a main ingredient in sullage.

“The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, the starchy, golden-brown vine-borne fruit of the golden-leaved Sul plant; the curled, red, ovate leaves of the Tur-Pah, a tree parasite, cultivated in host orchards of Tur trees,…”
~ Priest Kings of Gor page 45.

Vulo
A tawny-colored bird, similar to a pigeon, exists in the wild; used for meat and eggs.

“She had been carrying a wicker basket containing vulos, domesticated pigeons raised for eggs and meat.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 1

“Behind them another four haruspexes, one from each People, carried a large wooden cage, made of sticks lashed together, which contained perhaps a dozen white vulos, domesticated pigeons.” ~ Nomads of Gor page 84