Collaring and Branding

The brand is to be distinguished from the collar, though both are a designation of slavery. The primary significance of the collar is that it identifies the master and his city. The collar of a given girl may be changed countless times, but the brand continues throughout to bespeak her status.
(Outlaw of Gor chapter 21)

TYPES OF GOREAN BRANDS

 "Eta smiled. She pointed to her brand. 'Kan-lara,' she said."

(Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor, page 80)

Brands can be separated into regional brands, including the common kef brand that is found throughout the whole of Gor, and custom brands. The regional brands, of course, include those of the Wagon Peoples, Port Kar brand, Treve brand as well as presumably those of other major cities, those which are common to a locale or people. The custom brands are those brands that have been designed by a particular slaver house or merchant and placed only upon specific girls, thereby creating a form of diversity and adding to the girl’s value because of the rarity of the brand itself. It should be noted that in certain instances even regional brands may be a rarity in distant regions and therefore more highly valued in that particular area. In any event, a market for collectors of various brands was created, whereby the girls may be purchased as much for the rarity of their brand as for the beauty or accomplishments of the slave. Gorean men choose the type of brand to be applied to female flesh with the same careful consideration they pay to all other aspects of slave ownership.

Every brand has a flowing beauty of its own, and, although used to mark the girl as slave to all men, also adds a certain beauty and grace to the girl.

There are also some brands, such as the brand found on the thieves in Port Kar, which are indicative of caste. Just as the Romans and Greeks used brands to identify thieves and other lawbreakers, there are also small penalty brands on Gor.

While it is not common for a girl to have more than one brand, there are instances where a personal or custom brand may be also added to a more common kef brand upon a girl’s flesh. Slaves can also be branded with less desirable brands, or with penalty brands, if the girl is found displeasing.

KEF The most common of brands found gracing the bodies of sleek slaves. The kef is the first Gorean letter of the word ‘kajira’ or ‘slave girl’ and is, therefore, a most fitting brand to be placed upon slave flesh. It is approximately one-and-one-half to two-inches in height and a half-inch wide. The vertical bar is straight and somewhat strict, possibly indicative of the male dominance, while the two curling, frond-like extensions are feminine in style and placed near its base, as if in submission to the dominant bar.

"I had now been branded, a small, graceful mark burned into my left thigh, high, under the hip. It had a vertical bar, a rather strict one, with two curling, frond like extensions, rather near its base, as though in submission to it. It looked a little like a 'K.' That was mine. There were variations on this theme. Some of the other girls had similar brands, but, in one respect or another, somewhat different. There were other sorts of brands, too, but the 'K-type' brand was the most common."
 
Dancer of Gor, page 66

DINA The dina flower is a small, many petaled flower found on slopes of hills in northern temperate areas of Gor. It is short-stemmed, blooms in a turf of green leaves and resembles in some manner the rose. The dina is often called the ‘slave flower.’ It is a prized brand in the southern parts of Gor beneath the equator, where the dina flower is a rarity. 

"My own brand was the 'Dina;' the dina is a small lovely, multiple petaled flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in a turf of green leaves, usually on the slopes of hills, in the northern temperate zones of Gor; in its budding, though in few other ways, it resembles a rose; it is an exotic, alien flower; it is also spoken of, in the north, where it grows most frequently, as the slave flower; it was burned into my flesh; in the south, below the Gorean equator, where the flower is much more rare, it is prized more highly." (Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor, page 61)

 

BOND-MAID BRAND Found frequently in the north, the brand used on bond-maids consists of a half circle with, at its right tip, a steep diagonal line adjoining the circle. The half circle is approximately an inch and a quarter in width; the diagonal line adjoining the half circle is about an inch and a quarter in height. Since a bond-maid in the north is sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword, this brand, like many others, is very symbolic. 

"The brand used by Forkbeard is not uncommon in the north, though there is less uniformity in Torvaldsland on these matters than in the south, where the merchant caste, with its recommendations for standardization, is more powerful. All over Gor, of course, the slave girl is a familiar commodity. The brand used by the Forkbeard, found rather frequently in the north, consisted of a half circle, with, at its right tip, adjoining it, a steep, diagonal line. The half circle is about an inch and a quarter in width, and the diagonal line about an inch and a quarter in height. The brand is, like many, symbolic. In the north, the bond-maid is sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword.” 
(Book 9: Marauders of Gor, page 87)

 

BRANDS OF THE NOMADS Each of the nomadic tribes uses a brand 

TUCHUK The brand of the Tuchuk tribe is approximately an inch high. The sign of the four bosk horns, set in a manner which resembles an ‘H’ is used to mark both the Tuchuk slave girl and the bosk, although the brand for the bosk is much larger, being roughly six-inches square. 

"…the brand of the Tuchuk slave, incidentally, is not the same as that used in the cities, which, for girls, is the first letter of the expression Kajira in cursive script, but the sign of the four bosk horns, set in such a manner as to somewhat resemble the letter ‘H,’ is only about an inch high; the common Gorean brand, on the other hand is usually an inch and a half to two inches high; the brand of the four bosk horns, of course, is also used to mark the bosk of the Tuchuks, but there, of course, is much larger, forming roughly a six-inch square…” 
(Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 62)

KASSARS The bola, so efficiently utilized by the Kassars and a part of their standard, is used to mark both their slaves and bosk. The brand symbolizing the bola consists of three circles joined at the center by lines.

"The standard of the Kassars is that of a scarlet, three-weighted bola, which hangs from a lance; the symbolic representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines, is used to mark both their bosk and slaves."
(Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 106)

 

KATAII The brand used by the Kataii on their animals and slaves is that of a bow, facing to the left. "The standard of the Kataii is a yellow bow, bound across a black lance; their brand is also that of a bow, facing to the left." (Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 106)

PARAVACI Symbolic of a bosk head, the Paravaci brand is a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle.

"The Paravaci standard is a large banner of jewels beaded on golden wires, forming the head and horns of a bosk its value is incalculable; the Paravaci brand is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle."
(Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 106)

 

TAHARIC KEF By the description, the Taharic Kef brand is very similar to the common Kef brand. A graceful script written language, there is little difference between the printed and cursive script and no distinction between the capital and lower-case letters, being very floral in appearance. The Taharic brand is the initial letter of the expression ‘Kajira.’

"Taharic is a very graceful script. It makes no distinctions between capital and small letters, and little distinction between printed and cursive script. Anyone who can read printed Taharic will have no difficulty in following cursive Taharic. The men of the Tahari are content to form their letters carefully and beautifully, being fond of them. To scribble Taharic is generally regarded not as proving oneself a swift, efficient fellow, but something of a boor, insensible to beauty. The initial printed letter of 'Kajira,' rather than the cursive letter, as generally, is used as the common brand for women in the Tahari. Both the cursive letter in common Gorean and the printed letter in Taharic are rather lovely, both being somewhat floral in appearance."
(Book 10: Tribesman Of Gor, Page 148-149)
 

 

MARK OF TREVE Those of the City of Treve sometimes mark their slaves with the first letter, in cursive script, of the name of the city of Treve. Described as beautifully insolent and startling, this mark would be used on those slaves that the men of the Home Stone of Treve would wish to have declared as having been enslaved by those of Treve.

"'I have never seen a brand of Treve,' I said. 'It is rare,' said Ena, proudly. 'May I see your brand?' I asked. I was curious. 'Of course," said Ena, and she stood up and, extending her left leg, drew her long, lovely white garment to her hip, revealing her limb. I gasped. "Incised deeply, precisely, in that slim, lovely, now-bared thigh was a startling mark, beautiful, insolent, dramatically marking that beautiful thigh as that which it now could only be, that of a female slave. 'It is beautiful,' I whispered. Eta pulled away the clasp at the left shoulder of her garment, dropping it to her ankles. She was incredibly beautiful. ‘Can you read?’ she asked. ‘No,’ I said. She regarded the brand. 'It is the first letter, in cursive script,' she said, 'of the name of the city of Treve.' ‘It is a beautiful mark,’ I said." 
(Book 7: Captive of Gor, page 277)

 

BRANDS NOT NORMALLY FOUND ON GOR
"Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never occur on Gor, by the way, are those of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The first of these commonly occurs in certain of the Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as headquarters for agents of the Priest-Kings; the second tends to occur in the lairs of the Kurii agents on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline; the chain-and-claw brand signifies, of course, slavery and subjection to the compass of the Kur yoke."
(Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 12)

 

PRIEST KINGS Surprisingly, this brand can be found on slaves of Gorean agents of the Priest-Kings on Earth and is not normally found on Gor itself. The brand consists of a locked collar, with three quarter moons ascending in a diagonal line to the right above it. 

KURII The chain and claw brand of the Kurii signifies that the slave is subject to the compass of the Kur yoke.

 

KNIFE BRAND OF SCHENDI While most brands on Gor are burned into silken flesh by hot iron, those brands common to the jungles of Schendi are applied very differently. A knife blade cuts a specific design into the flesh; a powder is then added to color the mark, much like a tattoo, though the cutting process is more similar to scarification. 

"From the box he then took a small, curved knife and a tiny, cylindrical leather flask. I gritted my teeth, but made no sound. With the small knife he gashed my left thigh, making upon it a small, strange design. He then took a powder, orange in color, from the flask and rubbed it into the wound." 
(Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 330)

 

PORT KAR While mentioned, this brand is not described and could either be the brand of the city or possibly the brand of the Caste of Thieves of Port Kar. 

"I have five brands," said the metal worker, "the common Kajira brand, the Dina, the Palm, the mark of Treve, the mark of Port Kar." 
(Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 70)

 

CASTE OF THIEVES This brand is mentioned several times throughout the books and not described, other than the placement of this small brand is on the right cheek, over the cheekbone, on those members of the Caste of Thieves of Port Kar. 

“On his right cheek, over the cheekbone was the Thief brand of the Caste of Thieves of Port Kar, who use the small brand to identify their members.” 

(Book 5: Assassin of Gor, page 96)

 

PENALTY BRANDS Tiny letters used to designate the bearer as ‘thief,’ ‘liar,’ ‘traitor’ were applied as punishment for wrongdoings, much in the manner of the ancient Greeks and Romans who also marked their lawbreakers. While a harsh judgment, it is, perhaps, more lenient than many of the other punishments on Gor. Four men held me, naked, near the brazier. I could feel the heat blazing from the canister. The sky was very blue, the clouds were white. 

"Please, no!" I wept. I saw Rask, with a heavy glove, draw forth one of the irons from the fire. It terminated in a tiny letter, not more than a quarter of an inch high. The letter was white hot. "This is a penalty brand," he said. "It marks you as a liar." "Please, Master!" I wept. "I no longer have patience with you," he said. "Be marked as what you are." I screamed uncontrollably as he pressed in the iron, holding it firmly into my leg. Then after some two to four ihn, he removed it. I could not stop screaming with pain. I smelled the odor of burning flesh, my own. I began to whimper. I could not breath. I gasped for breath. Still the men held me. "This penalty brand," said Rask of Treve, lifting another iron from the brazier, again with a tiny letter at it's termination, "marks you also as what you are, as a thief." "Please, no Master!" I wept. I could not move a muscle of my left leg. It might as well have been locked in a vise. It must wait for the iron. I screamed uncontrollably. I had been branded as a thief. "This third iron," said Rask of Treve, "is to, a penalty iron. I mark you with this not for myself, but for Ute." Through raging tears I saw, white hot, the tiny letter. "It marks you as a traitress," said Rask of Treve. He looked at me with fury. "Be marked as a traitress," he said. Then he pressed the third iron into my flesh. As it entered my flesh, biting and searing, I saw Ute watching, her face betraying no emotion. I screamed, and wept, and screamed. Still the men did not release me. Rask of Treve lifted the last iron from the fire. It was much larger, the letter at it's termination some one and a half inches high. It, too, was white hot. I knew the brand. I had seen it on Ena's thigh. It was the mark of Treve. Rask of Treve had decided that my flesh should bare that mark. "No, Master, please!" I begged him. "Yes, worthless slave," he said, "You will wear in your flesh the mark of the city of Treve." "Please," I begged. "When men ask you," he said, "who it was that marked you as a liar and a thief, and traitress, point to this brand, and say, I was marked by one of Treve, who was displeased with me." 

(Book 7: Captive of Gor, page 310)

GOREAN COLLARS

“Ko-lar,” she said, indicating her collar. “It is the same word in English,” I cried. (Slave Girl of Gor chapter 4)

This instance is the only place the word "collar" is spelled differently. It is spelled such as a phonetic help. Gorean words many times have their origins with earth words, only pronunciation varies. IRC tends to lend itself to strange adaptations of such things, as the word ko`lar is popular. This is not a Gorean word, or an English word, but an IRCism.

Purpose of a Collar
The collar is intensely personal; the brand marks her property; the collar proclaims whose property she is, who it is who has either taken, or paid for, her; that the brand is an impersonal designation of an absence of status in the social structure is perhaps another reason why masters do not often brand their own girls; the brand relationship to the free man is institutional; the collar relationship, on the other hand, is an intensely personal one; it is not uncommon for masters to pride themselves on the depth with which they know their slave girls; this depth is far greater in my opinion than that with which the average husband of Earth knows his wife; the slave girl is not simply someone with whom the man lives; she is very special to him; she is a treasured possession; he owns her; he wants to know, profoundly and deeply, the background, history, the mind, the intelligence, the appetites, the nature and the dispositions of his lovely article of property; this knowledge, of course, puts her more at his mercy; by making it possible for him to manipulate her feelings, exploit weaknesses, drop asides, etc., she in the helpless condition of slavery, it gives him greater power over her. For example, it is common for a master to force his girl to speak at length and in detail to him of the secret sides of her nature, explaining and elaborating on her fantasies: if she is literate, she may be forced, naked, collared, on her knees at a small table, sometimes with her ankles shackled, to write them out; this supplies the master, of course, with abundant materials which may be used by him to make her further and more helplessly his; sometimes the girl attempts to deceive the master; it is not difficult to detect inauthenticity in such matters; she is then beaten; too, she may at times be ordered to invent fantasies, sometimes of a certain type; these, too, for she has invented them, are, to an astute master, instructive; these intellectual, emotional exercises, performed by the girl under a condition of slavery, particularly if coupled with an enforced exercise regime, posings under male surveillance, and such, can do much to sensitize her to her collar; they awaken her body and, of equal importance for the Gorean, though not for the Earthling, who sees sex with the perception of a hippopotamus, as a matter of body rubbings, her fantastic imagination and mind; she becomes curious, soon, about the deeper implications of what she is, a mere article of her master's property; then, with authority, with assurance and power, to the depth and height of her mind and imagination she is taught; the slave girl experiences a paradox of freedom; the free woman is physically free, but miserable, fighting to be what she is not; the slave girl, physically in bondage, even to the collar, sometimes chains, is given no choice by men but to be totally and precisely what she is, slave; such women, the slave girls, interestingly, are almost always joyful and vital; they are, paradoxically, in their feelings and emotions, liberated; they are not pinched, not psychologically restrained; why this should be I do not know; to see such women, their heads high, their eyes bright, their bodies, their movements, beautiful, as no Earth woman would dare to be, is quite pleasurable; some of them are so insolent, so proud of their collars, that I have cuffed them to my feet to remind them that they are only slaves. (Tribesman of Gor chapter 2)

“What is the common purpose of a collar?” “The collar has four common purposes, Master,” she said. “First, it visibly designates me as a slave, as a brand might not, if it should be covered by clothing. Second, it impresses my slavery upon me. Thirdly, it identifies my master. Fourthly—fourthly—” “Fourthly?” he asked. “Fourthly,” she said, “it makes it easier to leash me.”

(Explorers of Gor chapter 5)


Why do you wear a collar?

That men may know who owns me.

(Assassin of Gor chapter 15)

Collar designating Status
Her hair was dark, and fell to the small of her back; her eyes were dark; she wore the briefly skirted, sleeveless slave livery common in the northern cities of Gor; the livery was yellow and split to the cord that served her as belt; about her throat she wore a matching collar, yellow enameled over steel. (Assassin of Gor chapter 2) To each, on furs, there was chained, by the left ankle, a bare-breasted girl about whose waist there was knotted a scarlet cord, in which was thrust a long, narrow rectangle of red silk. About their throats were matching red-enameled collars. Their lips were rouged and they wore eye-shadow. Some glistening red substance had been sprinkled on their hair. Following the meal, I understood, in the House of Cernus, is a time for the pleasure and recreation of the men. (Assassin of Gor chapter 6) The meal was served by slave girls in white tunics, each wearing a white-enameled collar. These would be girls in training, some of them perhaps White Silk Girls, being accustomed to the routines and techniques of serving at table. (Assassin of Gor chapter 6) I continued on my way; in addition to the Curla, the Chatka and Kalmak, I was belled and collared, in a black, enameled ankle ring, with five, black, enameled bells, on tiny golden chains, and a black, enameled Turian collar, it, too, with five bells, black and enameled, on five tiny golden chains. (Slave Girl of Gor chapter 18)

To show Security Clearance 
“No, Master,” she said, “the true beauties are kept in steel pleasure rooms, for the sport of the men.” “Explain to me the color system,” I said. “Blue is most limited,” she said. “Green may go where blue may go, and further. I am a yellow. I may go where blue and green may go, but, too, I have access to areas beyond theirs. I may not go as far as the orange collar permits. Where I am stopped, they may continue. The maximum amount of freedom is enjoyed by a girl who wears a collar with two red bands.”
(Beasts of Gor chapter 35)

Fitting of the collar
... collars are normally measured individually to the girl as is most slave steel. The collar is regarded not simply as a designation of slavery and a means for identifying the girl's owner and his city but as an ornament as well. Accordingly the Gorean master is often extremely concerned that the fit of the graceful band will be neither too tight nor too loose. The collar is normally worn snugly, indeed so much so that if the snap of a slave leash is used the girl will normally suffer some discomfort.  
(Priest Kings of Gor chapter 20)

At various points throughout the books, collars were described in different sizes, each personal collar was fitted to the specific slave. A number of times, a slave was told the size of collar they needed for future reference.

Types of Collars

I had seen few collars on Gor, but I had learned from Eta that there was great variety among them. They ranged from simple bands of iron, hammered about a girl’s throat, her head held down on an anvil, to bejeweled, wondrously wrought, close-locking circlets befitting the preferred slave of a Ubar; such collars, whether worn by a kitchen slave or the prize beauty of a Ubar, had two things in common; they cannot be removed by the girl and they mark her as slave. In the matter of collars, as in all things, Goreans commonly exhibit good taste and aesthetic sense. Indeed, good taste and aesthetic sense, abundantly and amply displayed, harmoniously manifested, in such areas as language, architecture, dress, culture and customs, seem innately Gorean. It is a civilization informed by beauty, from the tanning and cut of a workman’s sandal to the glazings intermixed and fused, sensitive to light and shadow, and the time of day, which characterize the lofty towers of her beautiful cities. The same attention, of course, which the Gorean bestows upon his own life and world, is naturally bestowed upon his slave girls. They, too, must be perfect. Just as, in our world, it is not uncommon to seek the advice of an interior decorator in obtaining and organizing the appointments of one’s own dwelling, so, too, in the Gorean world, it is not uncommon to call in a trainer and beautician to appraise and improve a girl. He considers such matters as her hair, its cut, cosmetics appropriate to her, the proper type of earrings, a variety of collars and slave silks, how she walks, and speaks, and kneels, and so on, and makes his recommendations. Commonly he finds an apparently plain slave, discovers her latencies, and leaves a beauty. An apparently plain girl is a challenge to such a man. They are said to be able to work wonders. They are often employed in slave pens. A common challenge to them is to take an apparently plain free woman, recently enslaved, and transform her into a ravishing, imbonded beauty. Half the work, however, some say, is done by the collar. Some say the collar releases the beauty in a woman. Perhaps it is true. I had worn only a rope collar, but yet it seemed to me that it, even in its coarseness, made me more beautiful, more exciting. When Thurnus had tied it on my throat he had shown it to me in one of Melina’s mirrors. I had almost fainted at the sight of it, so exciting it had made me appear, so sexually charged it had made me. Seeing my state, he had used me immediately, and I had, my whole body, helplessly, to my amazement, responded instantly to him. He had collared me. I dared not dream what my responsiveness would have been had the collar been not of rope, which I might cut or untie, but of true steel, in which I would be helplessly locked. In a sense I both desired and feared a true collar. Collared, how could I resist any man? (Slave Girl of Gor chapter 9)

Collar of a state slave - designates slaves in service of a city or entity

The female state slave of Ar wears a brief, gray slave livery, with matching gray collar. 
(Assassin of Gor chapter 24)

Alcove collar - a collar used in alcoves or submission chambers to hold a girl in position for use or discipline.

I then put the alcove collar on her, shortening its chain, fitting it over Pembe’s collar. She could not then rise more than a few inches from her back.
 
(Explorers of Gor chapter 13)

Turian Collar - collars used in the city and region of Turia. After the fall of Turia to the Wagon Peoples, their popularity spread.

She wore the Turian collar, rather than the common slave collar. The Turian collar lies loosely on the girl, a round ring; it fits so loosely that, when grasped in a man's fist, the girl can turn within it; the common Gorean collar, on the other hand, is a flat, snugly fitting steel band. Both collars lock in the back, behind the girl's neck. The Turian collar is more difficult to engrave, but it, like the flat collar, will bear some legend assuring that the girl, if found, will be promptly returned to her master.
 
(Nomads of Gor chapter 3)

Plate Collar - a collar placed usually in the  house of a slaver on the necks of barbarian slaves. They are inexpensive and must be placed and removed by a blacksmith.

When the smith arrived, he took, from a rack in the wall, two narrow, straight bars of iron, not really plates but narrow tubes, about a half inch in width and fifteen inches in length. The girls were then motioned to the anvil. First Virginia and then Phyllis laid their heads and throats on the anvil, head turned to the side, their hands holding the anvil, and the smith, expertly, with his heavy hammer and a ringing of iron, curved the collar about their throats; a space of about a quarter of an inch was left between the two ends of the collar; the ends matched perfectly; both Virginia and Phyllis stepped away from the anvil feeling the metal on their throats, both now collared slave girls

(Assassin of Gor chapter 12)

Collar of the Galley Slave - collar used to chain slaves in the galleys of sea ships.

Ho-Hak, sweating, breathing deeply, wildly, his great ears flat against the sides of his head, the iron, riveted collar of the galley slave, with its broken, dangling chain, about his neck, clutching his oar pole, stood with his legs planted widely apart on the rence, at bay.
 
(Raiders of Gor chapter 6)

Chain Collar - used where a standard collar would be a hindrance or dangerous. Consists of a plate with inscription chained about the neck in a fashion that does not allow removal.

Beneath the toweling Nela wore nothing; about her neck, rather than the common slave collar, she, like the other bath girls, wore a chain and plate. On her plate was the legend: I am Nela of the Capacian Baths. Pool of Blue Flowers. I cost one tarsk.
 
(Assassin of Gor chapter 13)

Vine Collar - used in marshes and jungles where steel collars are not so easily had. Formed by coiling vine or other material about the slave's neck and knotting it.

Then, looking up into my eyes, smiling, close to me, her arms about my neck, she insolently wound the vine five times about my neck, and knotted it in front.  "Now," she said, "you have a collar."  "Yes," I said, "I have a collar." 
(Raiders of Gor chapter 4)

Decorative and Jeweled Collars - used to enhance the beauty of a slave, or to designate a slave of preferred or special status. Not as common on Gor as on IRC.

'You see the collars,' said Kron, pointing to the slender graceful bands of silver each girl wore at her throat. 'We melted the masks and used the silver for the collar.'  
(Outlaw of Gor chapter 24)

Thurnock and Clitus seemed pleased with Thura and Ula, who now wore expensive silks and jeweled collars.  
(Raiders of Gor chapter 10)

Choke Collar - collar used when leading captive and/or runaway slaves expected to give resistance 

I felt again the snap of the choke collar on my throat.
 
(Captive of Gor page 126)

Northern or Torvaldslander Collar
He opened the hinged collar of black iron, about a half inch in height. He put it about her throat. It also contained a welded ring, suitable for the attachment of a chain. “Put your head beside the anvil,” he said. He took her hair and threw it forward, and thrust her neck against the left side of the anvil. Over the anvil lay the joining ends of the two pieces of the collar. The inside of the collar was separated by a quarter of an inch from her neck. I saw the fine hairs on the back of her neck. On one part of the collar are two, small, flat, thick rings. On the other is a single such ring. These rings, when the wings of the collar are joined, are aligned, those on one wing on top and bottom, that on the other in the center. They fit closely together, one on top of the other. The holes in each, about three-eighths of an inch in diameter, too, of course, are perfectly aligned. The smith, with his thumb, forcibly, pushed a metal rivet through the three holes. The rivet fits snugly. “Do not move your head, Bond-maid,” said the smith. Then, with great blows of the iron hammer, he riveted the iron collar about her throat. A man then pulled her by the hair from the anvil and threw her to one side. She lay there weeping, a naked bondmaid, marked and collared. 

(Marauders of Gor chapter 6)

Silk Girl collar
The silk girl was heeling her master, a captain of Torvaldsland. She wore, indeed, a brief tunic of the south, of golden silk. She wore a collar of gold, and, hanging in her ears, were loops of gold. 
(Marauders of Gor chapter 10)

Kur Collar
From my pouch I drew forth a leather Kur collar, with its lock, and, sewn in leather, its large, rounded ring. “What is it?” she asked, apprehensively. I took it behind her neck, and then, closing it about her throat, thrust the large, flattish bolt, snapping it, into the locking breech. The two edges of metal, bordered by the leather, fitted closely together. The collar is some three inches in height. The girl must keep her chin up. “It is the collar of a Kur cow,” I told her.
(Marauders of Gor chapter 20)

Message Collar
"Did you note the collar she wore?" I asked. He had not seemed to show much interest in the high, thick leather collar that the girl had had sewn about her neck. "Of course," he said."I myself," I said, "have never seen such a collar.""It is a message collar," said Kamchak. "Inside the leather, sewn within, will be a message." 
(Nomads of Gor page 40) 
 

Tahari dancing collar
"She wore a golden metal dancing collar about her throat, golden chains looped from her wrists, gracefully to the collar ring, then fell to her ankles; " ... "her throat is then locked in the dancing collar, which has, under the chin, an open snap ring: with the left hand the oval is then gathered together, so the two strands of chain lie in the palm of the left hand, whence, lifted, they are placed inside the snap ring, which is then snapped shut, and locked; the two strands of chain flow freely in the snap ring; accordingly, though the girl's wrists and ankles are fastened at generous, though inflexible limits from one another, usually about a yard for the wrists and about eighteen inches for the ankles, much of the chain may be played through, and back through, the collar ring; this permits a skillful girl a great deal of beautiful chain work: the oval and collar is traditional in the Tahari; it enhances a girl's beauty; it interferes little with her dance, though it imposes subtle, sensuous limits upon it; a good dancer uses these limits, exploiting them deliciously; for example, she may extend a wrist, subtly holding the chain at her waist with her other hand; the chain slides through the ring, yet short of the expected movement; the chain stops her wrist; her wrist rebels, but is helpless; it must yield; her head falls; she is a chained slave girl." 
(Tribesman of Gor chapter 13)

Peasant Collar
She wore a short slave tunic, white, of the wool of the Hurt, and a rope collar. She was a large, long-armed, freckled girl, of peasant stock. 
(Slave Girl of Gor chapter 8)

Collar of a Woman's girl
She held the opened collar before me. It was slender but sturdy, steel, enameled with white, decorated with tiny flowers in pink, a collar suitable for a woman’s girl.
(Slave Girl of Gor chapter 15)


Additional Notes

Collar Locks - of two kinds, the common factor being the number of pins/disks and the expected high security.

In a girl’s collar lock there would be either six pins or six disks, one each, it is said, for each letter in the Gorean word for female slave, Kajira; the male slave, or Kajirus, seldom had a locked collar; normally a band of iron is simply hammered about his neck; often he works in chains, usually with other male slaves; in some cities, including Ar, an unchained male slave is almost never seen; 

(Assassin of Gor chapter 5)

Collar Inscriptions - A Master/Mistress may put anything on a collar of choice. The only typical factor is naming the owner of the slave. The only exception to this noted is the Priest Kings who before the fall of the nest, identified slaves merely by placing a numbered collar.

My memories are confused of the night, but we did find a smithy, and we had the girls marked, and purchased collars for them, lock collars, which we had suitably engraved. Ula’s collar read I AM THE PROPERTY OF CLITUS; Thurnock has his slave’s engraved THURA, SLAVE OF THURNOCK; I had two collars engraved, one for Midice and one for Telima; both read simply I BELONG TO BOSK. 

(Raiders of Gor chapter 9)

Results of a Collar
"You do not know what a collar does to a woman," she said. "When a woman wears a collar she does not dare to let a man kiss her." "Why?" I asked. "She fears she might turn into a slave girl in his arms," she said, softly. 
(Fighting Slave of Gor chapter 11)

 

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