Caer Cadarn Fall Arts Festival!

We just completed holding the Caer Cadarn Fall Arts Festival. A great time was had by everyone and more information will be forthcoming. Many events were planned. Radio shows, dances, contests, of course art of all kinds, tapestries, poetry. A great time was had by everyone. One of the highlights of the festival was the Horette Dance Troupe performance. This time not only did the Horettes dance, but so did the men! What follows is a video of that performance, please enjoy!

More about the Art Festival including pictures in a future blog coming your way very soon.

Caer Cadarn Home Stone Celebration – Opening Ceremony

June 14-16 was THE weekend of the festival which would celebrate the Home Stone placement anniversary of Caer Cadarn.  The festival contained many events and activities, dancing, radio broadcasts and lots of fun.  The whole thing was kicked off on Friday June 14, 2019 by a speech by Master Gorm Runo – Administrator of Caer Cadarn and a performance by the Horettes.

Following is the speech given by Master Gorm Runo and below that please watch and enjoy the performance by the Horettes


Tal and greetings and welcome.

In Book Six, Raiders of Gor, the combined fleets of Cos and Tyros were bearing down on Port Kar. The people were filled with panic, and were running away. No one was willing to stand and defend their home because it had no Home Stone

Tarl Cabot posed two important questions to his men. The first asked if Port Kar had no Home Stone, because men did not love it, or did men not love Port Kar because it had no Home Stone.

The answer was obvious to them. They loved their city. It needed a Home Stone!

The second question was how does a city get a Home Stone?

And the answer was “Men decide it will have one.”

A little village grew up in the Delta region of Gor. It was a village of serious Goreans, many working for the Black Tarn pleasure resort, or the House of Runo, but others providing goods and services, or protection to the village at large.

Often times, people would ask about the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn, and we would tell them,,,,”Caer Cadarn does not have a Home Stone.” And they would wonder, I suppose, did Caer Cadarn not have a Home Stone because its citizens did not love her enough to decide they would have one.

I know I wondered that same question, and I realized I did love Caer Cadarn, and I found others in the village who did so, as well. Together, we decided that it would have one.

We sent a slave to the bank of the swamp, and she returned with a stone. I touched that stone, and declared it to be “The Home Stone of Caer Cadarn, and I pledged that from then on, it would be my Home Stone as well.” Other Goreans of the village, took the stone from my hand, and repeated the same words. And Caer Cadarn had a Home Stone, and took its rightful place among the communities of Second Life Gor.

We are gathered here this weekend to both celebrate the one year anniversary of this event, and to rededicate ourselves to the vision that brought us together, and to the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn, which now is the symbolic heart of that vision.

If you can not understand the surge of pride that we citizens feel as we celebrate today, you can not truly understand what it means to be Gorean.

We have a Home Stone in Caer Cadarn!!!!

Let the celebrations begin.

~* HoRette Performance *~

The Horettes: Caer Cadarn Home Stone Celebration from House of Runo on Vimeo.

Home Stone placement ceremony & Horettes Performance!

Friday, June 15, 2018 was the actual day of the Home Stone placement and a small ceremony.  Earlier on the same day Master Gorm Runo, administrator of Caer Cadarn, requested the Horettes to perform the same dance they would be performing later in the day after the actual ceremony.  This would be so that all the slaves would get a chance to dance since some couldn’t be that the later dance event.

The Horettes are a dance group made up of slaves of The House of Runo.  They danced to five different songs, each slave taking a turn emoting her feelings that pertained to that song.  Both dances are recorded here so that all my see all the emotes of each girl.  Before the dance performance this is what Master Gorm had to say:

Gorm Runo:

Tal and greetings friends.  I have a short intro to what you are going to see.

Less than two hours ago I instructed the Horettes to prepare a program to kick off the celebrations of the day.  Anyone with half a brain would know,,,there is no way dances can be written,,and a performance prepared in two hours.  It would take a couple of days to prepare properly in a normal slave house.  But, this is the HOR and this is Caer Cadarn.
These girls prepared this program, while they insured Brunch was properly served to the Free, and 12 bosk were divested and packed for our tharls.  If there is a slave House in Gor that could pull that off, I will eat our new Tarn Ship whole!  The show will be on Caer Radio

Please enjoy the performance.  Dancer emotes are embedded within the video:


Caer Cadarn Places a HomeStone! 6/15/2018!

The Ceremony, Led by Master Administrator, Gorm Runo.

Gorm Runo: Tal and greetings,
Caer Cadarn has existed for a long time here in Second Life Gor, but it has always been a private estate.
As a village grew around the Black Tarn Tavern and Inn, and slowly became a true Gorean community, Men would come to me and ask what they must do to pledge to the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn and I would tell them. Caer Cadarn has no Home Stone.

And I would wonder, as Tarl did in the book, Raiders of Gor, Did Men not love Caer Cadarn enough, because she had no Home Stone, or did Caer Cadarn not have a Home Stone because Men did not truly love her and what she stood for?

And I reflected on this.

The city of Ko-ro-ba had taught me that to have a Home Stone, it must reflect Honor. Honor had to be at the core of everything. When I pledged to the Home Stone of Ko-ro-ba, I was told by the Ubar to behave in such a manner at all times as to cause people to say, when they saw a Man of Koroba, “there walks Honor.”

And the city of Glorious AR taught me that to have a Home Stone, it must reflect a commitment.  Even if everyone else walks away,,,you must stand firm and keep the vision of the Home Stone alive  It must reflect a vision that rises above the walls of a city or the huts of a village, and is bigger than the people even, and is so powerful that it can withstand any storm.

I looked around me, and I saw Honor and I saw commitment, and I saw a vision that was bigger than any structure or person, and I asked a question.

Why does Caer Cadarn not have a Home Stone?

Aegeus: I reason that Caer Cadarn has the strength and honor to have a Home Stone.

Gorm Runo: Perhaps, Aegeus is right, and Caer Cadarn has a Home Stone, and has just not found it yet

How does a village obtain a Home Stone?

Aegeus: Men decide she should have one!

Gorm Runo: Yes, Men decide she should have one.

looks around at the crowd and sees a slave girl, standing quietly watching, and he calls out to her “lildevil, go down to the shore. select a stone, and bring it to me.”

lilDevil: yes Master

rħiᾱὴὴoὴ swipes a tear that was sliding down her cheek .. smiles at lildevil heart thumping hard within her breast, anticipation and excitement coursing through the slave girls veins.

Kata Wolfenhaut smiles with pride and with honor

TABI watches as lildevil takes off, excited to see what kind of stone the adorable slave would find for them.

Gorm Runo: “lildevil runs to the closest water and returns holding a stone about the size of a closed fist. It is a common looking stone, little different than thousands of others that line the shore of their Home,

Ϯɪ͠ĝʟɛϮϮ: kisses bug’s salted cheek as her own were stained with tear trails. And watches lilDevil select what would become the village’s Home Stone.

Gorm Runo: and she hands it to the Administrator who holds it a moment in his fist,,,then, he draws a knife from his belt and carves “C” and another, “C” into the stone.”

Draco Wolfenhaut smiles broadly with pride as one of his was selected

Gorm Runo: “turns to the assembled Free, and says”Caer Cadarn does have a Home Stone.

I hold in my hand the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn.

It is my Home Stone.

This I will defend.
This I will serve.
This I will serve.

This I will Honor.

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Alannah Guaire Love smiles

Safira Sapphyre smiles
Cᴇʟᴇꜱᴛᴇ Eᴠᴇ smiles!

Ϯɪ͠ĝʟɛϮϮ: cant hold back the tears of joy that pour from her eyes. So delighted at how far the Caer has come and grown.

lilDevil beams a smile kneeling proudly

Gorm Runo steps up and hands the small fist sized stone to his friend , Aegeus

rħiᾱὴὴoὴ smiles bright at lildevil lifting up off knees in an attempt to get a closer look at the homestone of Caer Cadarn ..

Aegeus  Takes the stone form Gorm in both of my hands.
Aegeus looks at the stone with the cuvred C

Cᴇʟᴇꜱᴛᴇ Eᴠᴇ leans forward, trying to catch a view of the stone.
Foxy crying with tears of joy belonging to the Home Stone

Aegeus  kisses the carved stone, This is my Home Stone, This I will defend. This I will serve, This I will Honor.

Gorm Runo: We will place the stone on the pedestal.. all who are pledging may approach,,and touch the Stone and say the pledge.

Gorm Runo: picks up a small paper back and reads from picks up a small paperback book and reads from page 257

“There were great cheers, and cries, and shouts, and the lifting of torches and weapons.  I saw men weep, and women.  And I saw father’s lift their sons high on their shoulders that they might see the stone.”

Gorm Runo: smiles as he watches the citizens take the pledge to the Home Stone of Caer Cadarn, and says in a booming voice.
Gorm Runo: Let the word go forth to all of Second Life Gor. There is a Home Stone in Caer Cadarn, and there are Free who will Honor it, commit to it, and defend it.

Master Gorm Runo, Master Draco Wolfenhaut and Master Aegeus pledge to each other Bonding Caer Cadarn with the Wagon People of Cartius. Brothers now, Before All.

 

The Horettes Perform to Begin the Celebration of the Village!!

Gorm Runo: The girls this morning threw a performance together this morning in a couple of hours, that knocked my socks off and now we get to see another group of Horettes honoring this great day.

Long Live Caer Cadarn!!!

Caer Cadarn Places a HomeStone! 6/15/2018!

The Ceremony, Led by Master Administrator, Gorm Runo.

 

Halloween – HOR Style

Halloween has come and gone and as usual The House of Runo had it’s Gorean Halloween Celebration.  Because we do believe that we are neither IC (in character) nor OOC (out of character) we do celebrate the earth holidays.

It has become a House of Runo tradition to create a haunted realm for Halloween festivities and this year was no exception.  Most usually this is created by tabi.   Every year seems to get better and better and this year the Caer Cadarn Haunted Realm took up a whole sim, but up on a platform.  Also this year a tour of the Haunted Realm was filmed and is presented here for your enjoyment:

And of course, what is the use of a Haunted Realm if we did not party!  The House of Runo is like most goreans and we love to celebrate life.  As such we never miss a chance to party.  A few parties were held at the haunted realm.  One was a tavern night in the haunted asylum.  Another highlight was a wild Halloween Costume Party held on the grounds of the Haunted Realm.  I do believe everyone had a good time.  Following are some highlights of both parties:

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Dancing among the ghosts.  Everyone joined in.

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Protocol is relaxed, yet slaves are slaves and Masters are still Masters.

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Master Gorm as Gandalf from Lord of The Rings presided over the celebration.

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Rhiannon and Tiggy with matching costumes.

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Tuka as either a wolf or kur… either way, she’s a beast – with scream in the background!

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Goreans celebrate fully and with exuberance.

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The ghosts were restless, but that didn’t stop us!

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Halloween – HOR style!

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Tabi the witch and Rhiannon the devil – the two who broadcast the music for the celebrations.

As you can see Goreans are not a stuffy lot.  All of us in Second Life Gor are from earth but we choose to live a Gorean Lifestyle.  That doesn’t stop us from having fun and from celebrating the holidays of earth we’ve all come to love so much.

Tiggy’s Birthday Celebration

As we have mentioned before the House of Runo believes that we are earth people who come to Second Life for a gorean experience.  As such we are not necessarily “By The Book”, but we are as close to the book as possible.  This being said we do believe that since many slaves came from earth they would bring with them a few earth traditions, one of those being birthday celebrations.

So the HOR does celebrate birthdays and most recently we celebrated the bithday of one of the slaves of the House of Runo – Tiggy (affectionately known as squishy).

 

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Tiggy on her birthday

Since Tiggy loves all things Disney that became the theme of her party.  Fireflies, flowers, trees and Cinderella’s Castle complete with a moat made up the decorations.  Rhiannon,  slave of Master Gorm Runo provided the music on Caer Radio.  Everyone danced and had a great time.  What made it more fun was that we danced on the water around the castle and didn’t even get our feet wet!

Above we have Tiggy dancing with Master Runo.  They were really showing us some moves!  As they danced, Master led Tiggy into the castle where she received one of her presents.  Cinnamon, a friend of the HOR, gave Tiggy a racing Tharlarion!  Tiggy was surprised and thrilled beyond words!

Everyone had a great time.  We even had a huge chocolate cake!  As can be seen, even when celebrating an Earth type of party we still keep it as Gorean as possible.  Slaves are still slaves.  Masters are still Masters.  That never changes.

Goreans know how to celebrate and enjoy life and The House of Runo is no exception.  Birthdays are happy times and the parties are enjoyed by all.  So Happy Birthday Tiggy!  May you have many, many more!