Monday, May 19, 2008

gorean greetings

Goreans are people of intense tradition and honor. One of the first traditions you will become aware of is there greetings and partings. This a very particular thing with them and should be on of the first things you learn.

First and foremost the earth greetings, hello, hi, etc will never do. You will only be immediately looked upon as a noob.

gorean greetings
(picture taken by: Fallon Maertens of DAB-Free: Cyris Dreadlow Beth McAllister, Trenton Childs, Slaves-Myn Baily, Ettevy Zimer, Lissie Slade, Judy Wunderland)

The correct way to greet is to either say Tal or greetings. Tal is generally used among the free and greetings by and to slaves. There is also a special order in which you are to greet those within a group. Now it is perfectly acceptable for a free to say say Tal all or Tal free. This is never to be done by a slave and is always best to greet by order

The order goes as follows:
leader of the city
Free men of the city
Visiting leaders
free men of other cities
free women of the city
free women of other cities
the first girl
female slaves
male slaves

For private slaves you must always greet your Master first by saying greetings my Master. Then you would greet your Masters Companion second then proceed in the general order. You would also greet the first girl of you house befor the first girl of your house before the first girl of your city. Also you would greet your sisters slaves before other slaves. Some Masters/Mistresses will require you to beg to greet, if this is true you would simply say Master may I greet. He/She would reply you may greet mine.

As with greetings, farewells go in same order. Also bye and see you would not be acceptable.
Typical farewells:
be well
well wishes
I wish you well
safe paths
soft paths-said to and by slaves
serve with fire-this is only said to slaves

Many people develop there own special way of giving farewell

Slaves should not that you would never tell a free to be well as this is in a sense giving an order and a slave is not allowed to this to a free.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Thing

the thing

The Thing, or Thing-Fair, is esentially a large tournament and fair in Torvaldsland. The men may participate in a wide variety of contests and can win talmits. A talmit is a headband and they are not always just prizes. Talmits may also signify different districts, officers and Jarls. They may be made from a variety of materials such as the skin of a sea sleen. Men often bring their slaves to the Thing. Merchants and men of other castes from cities south of Torvaldsland may also attend the Thing. Combat is prohibited at the Thing but men can still carry their weapons. This prohibition does not extend to duels. It also enables outlaws to attend. Each free man of Torvaldsland must attend the Thing unless they are a farmer who works his farm alone. Each of the men who attends must present to the Jarl hosting the Thing a helmet, shield and either sword, ax or spear in good condition. Each man must maintain his own weapons. The only exception is mercenaries who are in the direct hire of the Jarl. In that case, the Jarl supplies their weapons. Even those who cannot attend the Thing must still maintain their own weapons and present them at least once a year to the Jarl.
Some of the contests at the Thing include swimming, archery, singing, poetry composition, wrestling and rhyming games. They also must climb the mast, a fifty-foot tall pole of needle wood. There is a broad jump on level land and a walk of the "oar" that is actually just a long pole. There is spear throwing for distance and accuracy. Riddle guessing is popular. One such riddle in the books was "What is black, has eighty legs and eats gold?" The correct answer is the Black Sleen, the ship of Thorgard of Scagnar. There is even a rough bat and ball game. In this game, there are two men on each side. The object of the game is to keep the ball away from the other team. No player can hold the ball for more than a referee's count of twenty. The player can throw it over his head and try to catch it himself. He can also throw the ball to his teammate or hit it to him with the bat. The bats are made of heavy wood and the ball is wooden as well. Being struck by a bat or the ball can be painful and injuries are common. There are even beauty contests for bond-maids.
(taken from a notecard created by Reis Kurka)

There is currently one being held at Heimdal and will be held 15th throught the 18th
They will be holding various tournaments durings thes days

for more information click here

slave speak

(fallon Maertens-unowned slave)

Slave speak is term used to refer to way some slaves are forced to speak. This is the art of speaking in 3rd person. This is generally used to enforce a girls slavery upon her. In Gor slaves are considered to be property and by speaking in 3rd person it helps the girl or boy to remind them that they is simply property. This can also be used as a form of punishment.

To slave speak is simple....
instead of using me or I you would use your name or this girl/boy

This girl wishes you well
Ash greets you my Master

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

free woman art exhibit

freewoman of gor_001

Greetings! The Oasis of Nine Wells is sponsoring an art exhibition featuring Free Women that will be traveling through Gor. The sixth stop is The Anyia Gorean Islands !

The event will open in The Anyia Gorean Islands on Tuesday May 13th at 6pm SLT

Gorean Free Women are a rare and precious thing on Second Life. They are often misunderstood and mistreated and we would like to take this opportunity to show the true Free Woman: proud, modest, intelligent and highly capable! We will try to show this with artistic examples that will include sculpture, photos, paintings, and more...

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There will also be a smaller section showing the non-traditional Free Women: the huntresses, the mercenaries, the she-urts...

We hope that everyone will be able to attend. This will be an IC event, and we will be inviting Women from all of Gor. Women are welcome to dress according to the customs of their city.

Date: Tuesday May 13th at 6pm SLT
Venue: The Anyia Gorean Islands
Each city will put their own spin on the event as it comes to their city, and we will add new artists and pieces as we move.

Contact: kessily llewellyn with questions
Cities interested in hosting, or vendors with free women artwork to show should contact kessily also.

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“But remember,” he said, smiling, “it is slaves who are assessed and have prices. Free women are priceless.”
Kajira of Gor

"Goreans, in their simplistic fashion, often contend, categorically, that man is naturally free and woman is naturally slave. But even for them the issues are more complex than these simple formulations would suggest. For example, there is no higher person, nor one more respected, than the Gorean free woman." -Hunters, p311

to find it search or click Anyia Island