Gorean Dictionary

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TA (preposition): to

TABOR (noun): a small drum

TABOR ISLAND (noun): an exchange island, a free port administered by members of the Merchant Caste, named for the drum it resembles. It fears Tyros, its powerful neighbor. Their merchants are famed for the accuracy of their accounts.

TABUK (exposition): this tarn command is used by the tarnsman on long flights, and does not want to free the bird to find prey. When he spots a tabuk or other animal, he cries, 'Tabuk!' and this is the signal for the tarn to hunt. The bird makes it's kill and feeds and the flight resumes with the tarnsman in the saddle.

TABUK,COMMON (noun): a kind of antelope, yellow in color with a single horn found in many area's of Gor. It travels in fleet footed herds and haunts the ka-la-na thickets of the planet occasionally venturing daintily into the meadows in search of berries and salt. It's meat is used as food by men (often as tabuk steak) and animals. It is a favorite prey of Tarns.

TABUK, NORTHERN (noun): massive tawny and swift is much larger than its smaller southern variety; standing ten hands at the shoulders. They have a single spiraling ivory horn, which at it's base can be 2 1/2 inches in diameter and over a yard in length. The Red Hunters are irrevocably tired to the tabuk for sustenance and the devices of daily living much like the Wagon Peoples and the bosk, and the Red Savages and the kailiauk.

TABUK, PRAIRIE (noun): described as tawny and gazelle-like with a single horn, it responds to threat by scurrying away or lying down. Presumably this response is useful because of the high grass of the Barrens as most predators depend on vision to detect and locate it's prey.

TABUK’S FORD (noun): a large village located in the basin area of the Verl River, four hundred pasangs generally north and slightly west of Ar. It is twenty pasangs west of the Vosk Road. The village contains about forty families. Thurnus is the peasant caste leader and Melina is his free companion. It is a rich village known for sleen breeding.

TAFA (noun): town, part of the Vosk League, located far east of Ar’s Station.

TA-GRAPES (noun): purple fruit similar to earth grapes comes from the Isle of Cos.

TAHARI (noun): located southeast of Ar, below the eastern foothills of the Voltai, and to the south is the Tahari. This is a desert area also known as the Wastes, or the Emptiness. It is shaped like a gigantic, lengthy trapezoid with eastward leaning sides. At its northwest corner is Tor; the area east of Tor is hundreds of pasangs in depth, maybe thousands. It is generally rocky and hilly, save in the dune country. It is almost constantly windblown by a hot wind and waterless. There are oases fed from underground rivers flowing southeast from the Voltai range. The water erupts in oases springs or is reached by deep well, down to two hundred feet. The day temperatures in the shade are 120 degrees. The oasis communities number from a hundred to thousands of people and are often hundreds of pasangs apart from each other. They depend on caravans for their needs.

TAHARI DESERT (noun): desert region variously known as the 'Tahari Wastes' lies east of Tor. It is hundreds of pasangs deep and thousands in length, punctuated by various oasis springs and deep wells. In some areas, it has been centuries between rains. Diurnal air temperatures in the shade are in the range of 120 degree's Fahrenheit. Klima, located far to the east in 'The Wastes' is the location of the infamous salt mines. The major tribes are the Kavars and the Aretai, and their vassal tribes, such as the Char, the Kashani, the Ta'Kara, the Raviri, the Tashid, the Luraz, and the Bakahs.

TAHARI RING (noun): one of a set of 5 invisibility rings produced by the Kur scientist, Prasdak thousands of years ago. The Tahari ring, given to Tarl Cabot by a Kur ally, was used by him to help him disarm a destructive device from the Steel Worlds which would have destroyed the planet. Cabot gave the ring to Samos, who intrusted it to Shaba, a famed explorer credited with discovering the source of the Ua. Shaba used the ring to aid in his explorations and to entice Cabot to follow him to into the jungle. He needed Cabot to ensure someone would return his many maps and scrolls of exploration to civilized Gor. He died, as he expected, at the source of the Ua River named for him, Lake Shaba. The ring was returned to Cabot by Bila Haruma, after Shaba's death.

TAJUKS (noun): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai

TA`KARA (noun): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars

TAL (noun): greetings; often accompanied with a salute performed by raising the right hand to shoulder level, palm inward

TALENDER (noun): delicate, yellow petaled meadow flower, symbolic of feminine love and beauty; a crown of talendars is often worn by a free woman during the Companionship ceremony; worn in a slave girl's hair, it is a silent plea for her to be raped

TALMIT (noun): headband

TALMIT, KAJIRA (noun): headband worn by work slaves; it can denote girls with authority over other slaves.

TALU (noun): a unit a measure equalling 2 gallons

TALU BAG (noun): a small bag commonly carried by a nomad herding verr afoot near his camp, but seldom used in caravans except on the saddles of scouts.

TALUNA (noun; lit. 'panther girl'): white-skinned jungle girls

TAMBER GULF (noun): The Vosk River empties here into Thassa. Port Kar is located in this gulf.

TAMBUR GULF OYSTERS (noun): from the Tamber Gulf, these oysters are served raw or baked.

TANAGER (noun): bird found in the emergent level of the rainforests.

TANCRED’S LANDING a town, part of the Vosk League, downriver on the Olni and near Lara, located east of Ar’s Station, Forest Port, and Iskander.

TAR (preposition): to

TARN (noun): crested, hawk-like bird large enough to be ridden; some with a 50' wing span, they are bred for various reasons such as battle and in racing

TARNBURG (noun): a city mountain fortress in the southern range of the Voltai, about two hundred pasangs northwest of Hochburg. The legendary mercenary captain, Dietrich, is from here.

TARN COT (noun): building in which domesticated tarns are housed

TARN COT, FACTION (noun): a tarn cot for use by numerous owners involved in a faction.

TARN DEATH (noun): each limb of a person is attached by rope or chain to different tarns and the person is flown aloft then torn apart.

TARN DISK, COPPER (noun): a unit of currency

TARN DISK, GOLD (noun): a unit of currency, of the highest value on Gor; also made in double- weight; many cities on Gor mint their own money, but the gold tarn disk of Ar is the standard for much of Gor

TARN DRUMS (noun): drums used in a march during war; the signals are used to control flying tarn armies.

TARN GOAD (noun): an electrical device, much like a cattle prod, used for controlling tarns

TARN KEEPER (noun): one that oversees tarn handling.

TARN KEEPERS, CASTE OF (noun): Those working and training tarns.

TARN LICE (noun): marble sized parasites that infest wild tarns. TARN, RACING (noun): more slender, lighter birds bred for speed and endurance. Racing Tarns are also used by messengers to go from one city-state to another.

TARN SHIP (noun): a type of ram-ship, being long and narrow, with a shallow draft, a straight keel, a single lateen rigged mast, and a single bank of oars; at the prow, below the waterline, is a ram shaped like a tarn's head; it also carries light catapults, shearing blades, and other weaponry

TARNTAUROS (noun): legendary half-man, half-tarn, similar to the Earth legend of the centaur

TARN, TRANSPORT (noun): huge, heavy, slower birds bred to carry large loads in hanging baskets or pallets over great distances.

TARN, WAR (noun): heavier then average tarn but agile, trained to aid in battle, very ferocious.

TARN WHISTLE (noun): tarns on the planet Gor are trained to respond to the shrill, piercing call of the tarn whistle or tarn call; a means of summoning.

TARN WIRE (noun): razor wire strung between the walls of a city to protect it from aerial attack

TARNA (noun): daughter

TA-SARDAR-GOR (lit. 'To the Priest-Kings of Gor'): ritual phrase recited during the pre- banquet libation in which a few grains of meal, colored salt, and a few drops of wine are placed in a fire; the equivalent of saying grace

TARSIERS (noun): nocturnal jit monkeys, inhabitants of the rainforest.

TARSK (noun): a) porcine animal akin to the Earth pig, having a bristly mane which runs down its spine to the base of the tail; b) copper coin that is the whole coin of least value, equalling 10 tarsk bits

TARSK BIT (noun): a copper coin worth from 1/10 to 1/4 of a copper tarsk, depending on the city which mints the coin

TARSK, COPPER (noun): a copper coin (see tarsk silver and tarsk bit).

TARSK, GIANT (noun): large cousin of the tarsk, standing 10 hands high at the shoulder

TARSK, SILVER (noun): a coin worth 100 copper tarsks

TA-SARDAR-VAR (noun): directional division of a Gorean map.

TASHID (noun): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai

TASSA POWDER (noun): a reddish powder, usually mixed with red wine, which renders the consumer unconscious

TASSNA (noun): mother

TASTA (noun): founding, as of a city

TASTAS (noun): stick candy

TA-TEERA (noun):similar to a slave tunic, but more ragged and revealing; often referred to as the 'slave rag'

TA-THASSA (phrase; lit. 'to the sea'): ritual phrase invoked during a libation offering of wine, oil, and salt made to Thassa

TA-THASSA MOUNTAINS (noun): Large mountain range described as "sub-equatorial," located in Gor's southern hemisphere, at the shores of Thassa.

TATRIX (noun): title of the female ruler of the city of Tharna

TA-WINE (noun): a dry wine made from purple grapes from the Isle of Cos, served at room temperature, or warm, in a tankard or goblet

TAU (noun): a letter of the Gorean alphabet; corresponds to the Earth letter 'T' (?)

TAURENTIANS (noun): elite Palace Guard of Ar, highly trained and devoted to their commanders, having high status, privileges and skills close to the fulcrum of power hold the power to enthrone and dethrone ubars.

TEA, BAZI (noun): Very aromatic tea brewed fresh from Bazi leaves. Traditionally in the Tahari, it is served hot and heavily sugared in three tiny cups to be drunk in rapid succession. In the North, Bazi Tea is highly prized, but served less formally as tea is served on Earth, for example.

TEACHING, THE (noun): a dogma, bordering on fanatacism followed by the Waniyampi community, collective slaves of the Kaiila Tribes. It's circular theme is that 'all' equal 'one', therefore everyone and everything is 'the same'.

TEF (noun): a unit of measure, consisting of a handful of whatever produce (such as dates) is being weighed; 6 tefs equal one tefa

TEFA (noun): 1) a unit of measure equalling 6 tefs, or handfuls; 5 tefas equal 1 huda; 2) a small basket

TELEKINT (noun): a plant of the Tahari; its roots, mashed and mixed with water, provide a red dye

TELETUS ISLAND (noun): an exchange island, a free port administered by members of the Merchant Caste.

TEM (noun): a tree which produces a black wood that is very strong; ebony?

TENT, GOREAN CAMPAIGN (noun): in large fixed camps, the tents of Tarnsmen are circular with a conical roof and have an entrance canopy. A pennon bearing the insignia of the particular unit is affixed to it's top. These tents follow the tarnsmen in their flights, borne on supply wagons of the main body.

TENTH AHN (noun): tenth 'hour', the Gorean noon

TERIOTROPE (noun): a colorful and fragrant flower.

TESLIK (noun): a plant whose extract is the active ingredient in breeding wine

TESLIT (noun): a small village on route to Holmesk, halfway to the Vosk.

TETRAPOLI (noun): a government, part of the Vosk League, much further west on the river than Ar’s Station. It began as four separate towns, Ri, Teibar, Heiban and Azdak. Legend states that the towns were formed by four brothers. The towns eventually consolidated into a polity, the four districts maintaining the same names. The expression "tetrapoli" means "four cities" or "four towns."

THARLARION (noun): one of several types of large, carnivorous reptiles, some of which have been domesticated; it's fat is rendered to provide lamp oil; see also mamba

THARLARIAN, BIPEDALIAN (noun): smaller and swifter than the High Tharlarian, used as scouts and fast-passage cart pullers.

THARLARION BOOTS (noun): high boots of soft leather worn by riders of high tharlarion to protect their legs from the abrasive hides of their mounts

THARLARION, BROAD (noun): sluggish tharlarion used as draft animals; herbivorous tharlarion, high (noun): agile tharlarion used as a mount for riding; like T. rex, they have very short, almost useless, forelegs; carnivorous

THARLARION LANCE (noun): weapon designed for use from the rider's mount on a high tharlarion, it is longer and heavier than the kaiila lance, for example.

THARLARION, LAND (noun): land dwelling tharlarion used for towing. The land tharlarion can swim, though not as efficiently as the river tharlarion.

THARLARION, MARSH (noun): inhabitants of the marshes that comprise the delta of the Vosk; similar to crocodile.

THARLARION, RACING (noun): these high tharlarions are bred and registered for racing. Unlike the animals used as cavalry, these are chosen from 'medium class' tharlarion, being smaller and ligher. Famous bloodlines include Venetzia, Toraii, and Thalonian.

TAHRLARION, RIVER (noun): extremely large, herbivorous, web footed lizards used by bargemen of the Cartius River to pull barges

TAHRLARION, ROCK (noun): a small reptile of the Tahari

THARLARION, SADDLE (noun): smaller, and more agile than the High Tharlarian, close breed to the Bipedalian.

THARLARION, TORN APART BY (noun): a form of execution that involves ropes being tied to the offender's wrists and ankles. These bindings are attached to two different tharlarion which are then drawn in opposite directions.

THARLARION, TRAMPLED BY (noun): form of execution. The offender is bound before a tharlarion and trampled to death or until maimed.

THARLARION, WATER tiny (noun): described as not much more than 'teeth and tail', this tiny scavenger follows in the wake of the larger water tharlarion and is not more than 6 inches long. It inhabits the marshes.

THARLARION WHIP (noun): a whip used to assist in the control and management of a tharlarion by it's rider. Though it rarely touches the animal, it is used as a reminder for the tharlarion to listen or pay attention to verbal commands.

THARNA (noun): a city once ruled by a Tatrix and women dominated till a revolution came about and changed everything. Now, there are very few free women in Tharna. Kron, once a metal worker, is currently the Administrator. Tharna owns many valuable silver mines and is sometimes called he City of Silver.

THARNA TIE (noun): in this binding, the ankles are crossed and bound the head tied down. This tie is fastened by a short tether running back to ankles hands tied behind the back. Originating in Tharna, it can be used with chains collar etc.

THARNA’S YELLOW CORDS (noun): all Tharnan men have 2 yellow cords about 18 inches long, commonly worn in their belt. These cords are presented to them as youth's as part of the Home Stone ceremony. They represent the Mastery of men, and are suitable for binding a female hand and foot. In the same ceremony, young women are brought into the presence of the Home Stone, though they are not allowed to kiss it as do the men. They are stripped, collared, and bound by the young men. By virture of this ceremony, the females are now counted as slave.

THASSA (noun): the sea

THASSA CARTIUS RIVER (noun): a river, a tributary of the Vosk, that drains the Ven highlands and has its own tributaries.

THENTIS (noun): a remote city in the mountains from which it takes its name, famed for its tarn flocks. It is one day by tarn from Ko-ro-ba to Thentis, but by wagon it would take the better part of a month. It has some silver mines but they are not as rich as Tharna.

THENTIS MOUNTAINS (noun): mountain range, home of the city of Thentis. There are passes through the mountains to the Barrens, the lands of the Red Savages.

THENTIS VENINIUM (noun): a bluish wildflower commonly found on the lower ranges of the Thentis mountains; used in perfumes.

THEORY OF THE SUN SHIELD (noun): the theory that Gor has existed for thousands of years, orbiting directly opposite Earth, on the far side of the Sun.

THIRD KNOWLEDGE (noun): that which, if it exists, is reserved for the Priest-Kings

THIEF’S BRAND (noun): tiny 1/4 inch three-pronged brand worn on the cheek of those of the Caste of Thieves, who are found only in Port Kar.

THIEF’S SCAR (noun): a tiny, three-pronged brand burned onto the upper right cheekbone of the Caste of Thieves. Port Kar the only City to recognize this Caste.

THIEVES, CASTE OF (noun): the casste of those who make their living by stealing, robbery, picking pockets, etc.; exists only in Port Kar

THIGH (interjection): this command might be given to a female or to the Free person with a female, who is not identified. It essentially means, show your brand.

THIRD KNOWLEDGE (noun): that which, if it exists, is reserved for the Priest-Kings.

THRALLS (noun): male slaves of Torvaldsland

THROAT STRAP (noun): the throat strap is used to guide the tarn in flight via six leather streamers or reins. They are attached to it and strung through a metal ring on the forward part of the saddle. These straps, when pulled by the tarnsman, will exert pressure on a corresponding ring on the throat strap, hence communicating to the tarn which way to move.

THROWING STICK (noun): a buoyant curved stick used in the marshes to hunt and kill birds.

THUMB CUFFS (noun): light items and take up little space. They lock only the thumbs together and some feel they are less secure than bracelets. They may also be painful if too tight. A girl could hurt herself it she becomes hysterical so they should only be used while supervised.

TI (noun): 1) a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. 2) a city, part of the Salerian Confederation which lies on the Olni River, a tributary of the Vosk, north of Tharna. Ti is ruled by Ebullius Gaius Cassius, an Administrator and Warrior. It is the largest and most populous city of the Salerian Confederation.

TIBIT (noun): a small, thin legged bird which lives on tiny mollusks found on the shores of Thassa.

TILE DANCE (noun): dance performed on red tiles. It commonly signifies the restlessness of a love-starved slave girl.

TILE POSITION (command): a slave, when passed by a Free Person in a hallway, room, or otherwise, to show their status as a slave will stop whatever they are doing, go down to their knees into the position of nadu, if they were standing, and then quickly lower their forehead to the floor, their arms outstretched and remain in this still position until the Free Person has completely passed by, or they decide to command the slave otherwise.

TINDEL, FRUIT (noun): brightly plumaged bird living in the second level of the rainforest near Schendi.

TOLA, FEAST OF (noun): the Priest-King festival celebrating the anniversary of the Nuptial Flight of the Mother

TOLAM, FEAST OF (noun): the Priest-King festival celebrating the anniversary of the Deposition of the First Egg

TOLAMA, FEAST OF (noun): the Priest-King festival celebrating the anniversary of the Hatching of the First Egg

TOOS (noun): a crab like organism with overlapping plating; inhabits the Nest and scavenges on discarded fungus spores

TOPAZ (noun): the original Home Stone of the port city of Victoria stolen by pirates one hundred years before it's rediscovery by Tasdron. It was found broken in two pieces, each presented by him to Aemilianus and Callidorus as a gesture of comradeship and solidarity between the cities of Ar's Station, Victoria and Port Cos. Another stone would replace the original broken one as the new Home Stone of Victoria.

TOP BLANKET (noun): the blanket cloak or covering thrown over a girl. It is an an unspoken command to be still and quiet.

TOR (noun): light

TOR (noun): a city in the northwest corner of the Tahari. It is an opulent city of the desert, well known for its splendors, comforts and pleasures. It is also the principal supply point for the oases communities of the Wastes. The buildings are of mud brick, covered with colored, often flaking, plaster. The buildings are rarely more than four stories high. Thousands of caravan merchants are headquartered here and much of the city is organized to support the caravan trade. The city is built in concentric circles broken by numerous, narrow crooked streets.

TORATTI (noun): a magistrate who has a responsibility of record keeping in a district or city.

TORCADINO (noun): a crossroads city located on the flats of Serpeto, at the intersection of various routes, the Genesian, Northern Salt Line (runs east to west), Northern Silk Road (runs south to north), the Pilgrim’s Road (leads to the Sardar), and Eastern Way (also known as the Treasure Road, links the western cities with Ar). It once was an ally of Ar but in the Ar/Cosian war changed sides. Two aqueducts bring water to the city from more than one hundred pasangs away, one from the Issus, a northwestwardly flowing tributary of the Vosk and the other from springs in the Hills of Eteocles, southwest of Corcyrus.

TORCH, MUL (noun): rod used to light passages in the Priest-Kings Nest.

TOR SHRUB (noun): shrub, has various other names but this name translates as "bright shrub" or "shrub of light." It has abundant bright flowers, either yellow or white. It blooms in the fall and does not grow higher than a man's waist. It can be found in the Vosk delta and elsewhere.

TOR-TU-GOR (noun; lit. 'light upon the Home Stone'): the sun

TORTURERS, CLAN OF (noun): found only among the Wagon Peoples, they are trained as carefully as scribes or physicians in the arts of detaining life. Though some are famous for services rendered to Initiates and Ubars, they are always hooded. The hood is removed only when the sentence is death, so that only condemned men have seen what lies beneath it.

TORVALDSBERG (noun): A large mountain in northern Torvaldsland and west of Thassa.

TORVALDSLAND (noun): area commonly taken to start with the thinning of the great forest trees northward; it is northwest up the coast from the Vosk delta. The Skerry of Einar, by the Rune-Stone of the Torvaldsmark, marks the boundary of the Torvaldsland and the south. The Stream of Torvald, a current, moves eastward to the coast and then north; like a broad river in the sea, pasangs wide. The temperature is warmer than the surrounding water and helps warm Torvaldsland, without this current the people couldn’t live. Torvaldsland is a cruel, harsh, and rocky land with little arable soil. Though not treeless, it is a bleak land. Ka-la-na and temwood cannot grow there and are highly prized. The men are used to the cold and accustomed to war and the labor of the oar. They hold to old gods, like Odin and Thor, and are much like the Vikings of Earth.

TORVALDSLAND, CREATION OF THE MEN OF (legend): according to Gorean legend, man was formed from the mud of the earth and the blood of tarns by the Priest-Kings. In Torvald legend, man was formed from the hoe, water, and salt by the Gods to serve as their slaves. Those of Torvaldsland share an addendum to this story. One of the Gods, curious, careless, or, perhaps angry, threw his own axe to the ground and poured paga and his own blood upon it. The axe laughed, lept up and fled so fast no Gods could catch him. He became the father of the men of Torvaldsland.

TORVALDSLAND GREAT AXE (noun): described as a great, curved, single bladed axe of hardened iron with a blunt hammer-like head, it is carried in a leather loop hung from a broad leather belt worn from the left shoulder to the right hip. It is fastened there by a hook, that the weight of the ax will not turn the belt, which fits into a ring in the Master belt.

RORVALDSLAND LONGHOUSE (noun): the hall of the Torvaldslander is about 120 Gorean feet in length, with walls formed of turf and stone, some more than eight feet in thickness. It is heated by a fire in it's center, burning in a rounded pit. It's ceiling, supported by posts is about 6 feet in height. At one end is a cooking area and along each side, stones mark sections off into sleeping quarters, furs strewn over an dirt floor. Scattered throughout are tables and benches. The center of the hall proper is about twelve feet in width.

TORVALDSLAND WAR ARROW (noun): dark and more than a yard long, it's shaft is an inch thick. It is piled with iron and barbed. It's feathers of the black-tipped coasting gull are five inches long, set in the shaft on three sides. The arrows are carried in a cylindrical quiver.

TORVALD, STREAM OF (noun): a warm current, pasangs wide, it moves eastward to the coast of Torvaldsland and then north. It's warm temperature enables communication and re-supply of between the various small farms and communities of this bleak area. Those of Torvaldsland regard the stream as a gift of Thor, bestowed upon Torvald, legendary hero of the land, in exchange for a ring of gold.

TORCIS (noun): fire

TOSPIT (noun): a bitter, juicy citrus fruit

TOWER SLAVE (noun): a state slave girl in any of the cities of Gor; her duties in the apartment cylinders are largely domestic; traditionally, she kneels with her knees together & with her wrists crossed in front of her, as if for binding

TOWER SLAVE POSITION (position): a position used frequently by domestic slaves with thighs closed and hands resting with wrists crossed on legs.

TRANSPORT COLLAR (noun): a collar with a metal tag attached listing destination or other vital information, to be used during transport of a slave.

TREASURE RD (noun): Also called "Eastern Way", it links the western cities with Ar. Torcodino is on this road.

TREE, FLOWER (noun): found in Turia, it has lovely dangling loops of interwoven blossoms which hang from curved branches. In pleasure gardens, the trees are cultivated so that the clustered flowers emerge in subtle delicate patterns of shades and hues.

TREE, HOGARTHE (noun): a tree of the Barrens named for one of the early explorers of the area. They tend to grow on the banks of small streams or muddy, sluggish rivers. Because they are so similar to poplar trees of Earth, Tarl imagines their seeds may have been transported to Gor.

TREE, KA-LA-NA (noun): a tree with very strong yellow wood used for making bows; the fruit of the ka-la-na is used to make ka-la-na wine.

TREE, TEM-WOOD (noun): in Turia, found in groves; linear, supple and black.

TREE, TUR (noun): described as reddish and large-trunked, it is found in Turia. The realm of Turia is said to have taken it's name from a solitary Tur tree found planted long ago on the plains.

TREE URT (noun): a small tree-climbing rodent found in the rainforests inland of Schendi.

TREVE (noun): is a bandit city located high in the crags of the Voltai. Few know its exact location and it is said you can only reach it by tarn. They do not grow food and raid the harvests of others. Their tarnsmen rank with those of Thentis and Ko-ro-ba. It is alleged to lie some seven hundred pasangs north of Ar and toward the Sardar. There are no trade routes to the city. It even has some silver mines. It is also known as the Tarn of the Voltai. Merchants and ambassadors are brought to the city only under conduct, hooded and in bonds.

TRIDENT (noun): 3 pronged fish spear, used by the arena fighters called Fishermen.

TU (noun): 1) on; upon 2) (phrase): you are

TUBE, MESSAGE (noun): a capped tube affixed to a slave's collar by a small thong which can hold messages for her to transport.

TUCHUCK (noun): one of the four tribes of the Wagon Peoples; their standard is a representation of 4 bosk horns

TUFTED FISHER (noun): a water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rain forests inland of Schendi

TUFTED SEA SLEEN (noun): one of the four main types of sea sleen found in the polar North.

TU KAJIRA (phrase; declarative): You are a slave.

TUMIT (noun): large flightless bird, about the size of an ostrich, having an 18'-long hooked beak; carnivorous

TUN (noun): 1) a letter of the Gorean alphabet; derived from demotic Egyptian. 2) directional division of a Gorean map.

TUNIC, CHAIN (noun): a slave garb or bond of Tyros not otherwise described.

TUNIC, FREE MAN’S (noun): a garb which may be a wrap around style that hangs to mid thigh. It is closed by brooch or pin which must be set to allow unhindered access to his sword.

TUNIC, SLAVE (noun): a simple, sleeveless pullover tunic of brown cloth, slit deeply at the hips with narrow shoulder straps, little more than strings.Some have a disrobing loop at the shoulder.

TUR (noun): a reddish tree having a large trunk

TURF KNIFE (noun): wooden-bladed, saw-edged, paddle-like tool, used by Red Savages to cut and saw sod. When the handle is held in the right hand and the blade is supported with the left, it may be used as a shovel.

TURIA (noun): a major city-state of Gor, located south of the equator; named for the single Tur tree found at the bank of the stream by which it was built; celebrates the New Year at the summer solstice; often referred to as the 'Ar of the South'. Lying in the midst of huge prairies claimed by the Wagon Peoples, it is a high walled, nine-gated city said to be indolent and luxury-loving. It is ruled by Phanius Turmus.

TURIAN CAMISK (noun): a style of camisk worn by slaves in the city-state of Turia; cloth shaped like an inverted 'T' with a beveled crossbar fastened behind the neck and falls before the wearer's body; the crossbar then passes between her legs and is then brought forward snugly at the hips, is held in place by a single cord that binds it at the back of the neck behind the back and in front at the waist.

TURIAN COLLAR (noun): a collar which fits more loosely and resembles a hinged ring looped about the throat. A man can get his fingers inside a Turian collar and use it to drag the girl to him.

TURIAN KNEE WALK (noun): mentioned, but not described except that it is sometimes used by slave dancers.

TURIAN LIQUER (noun): a thick, sweet liqueur from Turia, served in tiny glasses. These liqueurs are considered the best on Gor.

TURIAN SLAVE BAR (noun): a metal bar with a collar at each end. Behind the collar are manacles which fasten the hands behind the neck. It is used to hold two prisoners together.

TURIAN SHEILD (noun): unlike the common Gorean shield, the Turian shield is oval.

TURIAN WINE (noun): a thick syrupy wine so sweet and thick that is it said one can see a thumbprint on its surface.

TURIA, PLAINS OF (noun): the southern prairies of Gor, described as a broad grassland, from the Thassa and the Ta-Thassa Mountains to the southern foothills of the Voltai Range. Called the Land of the Wagon Peoples, their holdings extend in the north to the Cartius River.

TURF KNIFE (noun): wooden-bladed, saw-edged, paddle-like tool, used by Red Savages to cut and saw sod. When the handle is held in the right hand and the blade is supported with the left, it may be used as a shovel.

TURL BUSH (noun): bush used by the red savages to waterproof hides.

TURMUS (noun): 1) a town, part of the Vosk League, located on the northern bank of the Vosk. It is the last major river port on the Vosk before the nearly impassable marshes of the delta. 2) A Turian outpost in the southeast edge of the Tahari.

TURMUS, STONES OF (noun): once was a Turian outpost merchant fort and trading station, it had high white outer walls, over eighty feet high and six towers on the walls. It was eventually burnt by men of Treve.

TUR-PAH (noun): an edible tree parasite with curly, red, ovate leaves; grows on the tur tree; a main ingredient in sullage

TURTLE, VOSK (noun): can grow to be gigantic, these animals are carnivorous, aggressive and persistent. Can be difficult to kill.

TWENTIETH AHN (noun): twentieth 'hour', the Gorean midnight.

TWO-STOMACH SNOW LART (noun): mammalian animal with four legs, that is about 10" high, and weighs between 8-12 lbs. It hunts in the sun. The food in the second stomach can be held almost indefinitely. It is filled in the fall and must last the lart through the winter night, which lasts months. It eats bird's legs and preys on the leem.

TWO STRAP (noun): one of a series of straps used in the navigation of a Tarn, namely to climb steadily and to the right; it is also a command used for a Tarn who has been trained in verbal cues. Two-Strap!

TYROS (noun): a rugged island with mountains, located west of Port Kar, that has mazes of vart caves. Kasra is the capital of Tyros and the only other major city is Tentium. The Ubar is Chenbar of Kasra, the Sea Sleen. It is an enemy of Ar and Port Kar. Family is important on Tyros as it is on Cos. Tyros has trained varts, some the size of small dogs, to be used as weapons

UA RIVER (noun): a vast river found in the Ukanga Region of the Jungles of Schendi, it winds between Lake Shaba and Lake Ngao. It is navigable, and the splendor of it's scenery and the variety of life and resources around it are eloquently described. Ua is an inland word for flower. It's source is Lake Shaba.

UBAR (noun): war chief

UBAR SAN (noun, lit. 'one Ubar'): war chief chosen to be supreme commander of the 4 tribes of the Wagon Peoples

UBARA (noun): the Free Companion (consort) of a Ubar

UBARATE (noun): the territory governed by a Ubar

UBRATES, VILLAGE OF (noun): A country of coastal villages surrounding Lake Ushindi. The central village is Nyuki.

UGLY ACTS (noun): term for heterosexual sex used by the Sames, also known as the Waniyanpi, a collective slave community of the Red Savages. Sex is monitored by their owners and is performed, en masse, on an appointed day, the male and female slaves being hooded and brought to a maize field for breeding.

UKUNGO, VILLAGES OF (noun): They lay on the northern coast of Lake Ngao. It is a country of coastal villages speaking the same or similar dialects inside the Empire of Bila Haruma. The central village is Nyundo.

UL (noun): winged, monstrous, hissing, predatory tharlarion, found flying over the deltas surrounding Port Kar. This reptile has a 25 foot wing span and a long, snakelike tail, terminating with a flat spade like structure.

ULO (noun): woman's knife of the Red Hunters. It has semicircular blade in a wooden handle which is not suitable for carving, but good for cutting meat and sinew.

UMBRELLA BIRD (noun): bird that lives in the lower canopies of rainforest near Schendi.

UMIAK (noun): a type of kayak used by the Red Hunters. It is made of tabuk skin, stretched over a framework of driftwood and long bows of bone and lashed together with sinew cords.

UPPER FAYEEN RIVER (noun): a tributary of the Cartius.

URT (noun): a small, silken furred rodent akin to the Earth rat; it has three rows of teeth, two tusks, and two horns

URT, CANAL (noun): rapid moving water mammal living along canals; particularly found in Port Kar.

URT, FOREST (noun): nocturnal animal living in the forests, hunted by the hook-billed night crying fleer.

URT, GIANT (noun): fat, sleek, and white, it has 3 rows of needle-like white teeth and 4 horns.

URT, GLIDING (noun): animal living in the canopies of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

URT, GROUND (noun): a small rodent which inhabits the floor of the rain forests inland of Schendi

URT HUNTER (noun): men who attach ropes to the necks of slave girls and swim them in the canals to attract canal urts. The urts are speared as they rise to the bait. The urt hunters are credited with keeping the urt population of the canals manageable.

URT, LEAF (noun): a small tree dwelling rodent, having 4 toes, which inhabits the rain forests inland of Schendi; tree sloth?

URT PEOPLE (noun): the urt people are narrow-shouldered and narrow-chested, measuring only three and a half feet tall when upright with a narrow, elongated face and rather large, ovoid eyes. They have long, thin arms and short, spindly legs along with a bent-over gait; often bringing the knuckles to the ground, and their head moving from side to side. They commonly keep inconspicuously among the large, migratory urt packs, and are capable of incredible stillness and sudden, surprising bursts of movements. They communicate with each through a series of hissing squeals but can learn Gorean. They are rational and can learn quickly; some people keep them as pets.

URT, TREE (noun): a small tree climbing rodent found in the rain forests inland of Schendi

URT SOLDIERS (noun): a warrior society of the Yellow Knife tribe of Red Savages

USE DISCIPLINE (noun): a punishment which avows the free man's prerogative to sexually use a house-owned girl as discipline. There are examples which state that these rights are governed by a Code, wherein a girl may not be used or disciplined without the permission of her owner.

USE-MASTER (noun): a Master that is given temporary use of a girl by her owner

USE-NAME (noun): a practice, apparently supported by First Knowledge, which is followed by members of lower castes. Their 'real' name is held privately. Their 'use-name' is public knowledge. The belief is that public knowledge of their real name allows someone to have power over them.

USHINDI FISHER (noun): a tufted waterbird of the rainforests. It has long white feathers and long legs.

VAL (noun): a letter of the Gorean alphabet; derived from demotic Egyptian

VANGIS (noun): type of produce sold at market; detailed description unavailable.

VAR (noun): 1) resting 2) (conj.): where

VART (noun): blind, bat-like flying rodent, about the size of a small dog

VART, BROWN (noun): carnivorous animals that rest clinging upside down on branches.

VART, JUNGLE (noun): a relative of the northern vart, it inhabits the rain forests inland of Shendi

VASK (noun): signifies south on a Gorean compass.

VECK (verb): stand or awaken.

VEGETABLES, COMMON GOREAN (noun): these are common Earth vegetables found on various parts of Gor, listed with their annotations: mushroom, beans, turnips, carrots, radishes, onions, peas, cabbage, peppers, and garlic.

VEIL (noun): a covering or coverings for the face, worn by free women in many city-states; up to five are worn see also house veil, last veil, pride veil, street veil, veil of the citizeness

VEIL, FREEDOM (noun): the second in the layer of veils worn by Free women also called the 'veil of the citizeness'.

VEIL, HOUSE (noun): the next-to-last veil worn by free women esp. when in the company of men not of her own family; worn over the pride veil and under the street veil upon leaving the house.

VEIL, INTIMACY (noun): a long, linear, diaphanous face veil worn by Free woman. It's opacity is determined by how many times it is wrapped about the face.

VEIL, LAST (noun): the innermost of the five veils worn by free women; it is worn under the veil of the citizeness and is often very sheer.

VEIL OF THE CITIZENESS (noun): the second of the veils worn by free women; worn under the pride veil and over the last veil

VEIL, PRIDE (noun): the third veil worn by free women; worn under the house veil and over the veil of the citizeness.

VEIL, REP-CLOTH (noun): a rough veil worn by Free women of lower caste.

VEIL, SLAVE (noun): a small triangle of diaphanous yellow silk worn across the bridge of the nose and covering the lower half of the face; it parodies the heavy veils worn by free women as it conceals nothing and often arouses the lust of masters.

VEIL, STREET (noun): the outermost veil worn by free women; worn over the house veil when leaving the house.

VEMINIUM (noun): a bluish wild flower commonly found on the lower ranges of the Thentis mountains; used in perfumes

VEMINIUM BIRD (noun): a bird with a beautiful song not otherwise described.

VEMINIUM, DESERT (noun): small, purplish flower found in the Tahari; used in perfumes

VEMINIUM OIL (noun): by-product of Veminium petals being boiled in water; a scented oil used in middle to upper-class homes to rinse hands before and after eating.

VEN (noun): a small city, part of the Vosk League, a river port on the southern bank of the Vosk. It is the last town to the west on the south bank until the delta. Ven is at the junction of the Ta-Thassa Cartius and the Vosk.

VEN HIGHLANDS (noun): Home of jungle tribes in Equatorial Rain Forests, with descending plains drained by the Thassa Cartius River it is located in the extreme north center of the Jungles of Schendi.

VENNA (noun): a small, exclusive resort city, located about two hundred pasangs north of Ar, noted for its fine baths and tharlarion races. Venna has many small and fine shops, catering to the wealthy. The Telluria section, in the northwest part of the city, on a hill, is the preferred residential section.

VENGENCE AND CONTEMPT SLAVERY (adv): one form of vengeance slavery is proxy slavery where one woman, totally innocent, is enslaved and made to stand proxy for a hated, but unavailable woman, even being given her name. Ironically, even though the original woman may be found, the proxy is not released from slavery. Ar.

VERL RIVER (noun): tributary of the Vosk that flows northwestward into the Vosk.

VERR (noun): a mountain goat indigenous to the Voltai Mountains; wild, agile, ill-tempered, with long hair and spiraling horns; source of a form of wool; it milk is potable, as well as being used for cheese

VERR GRASS (noun): a type of common grass on Gor.

VERR MILK (noun): sometimes sold in open markets from a brass container, carried on a strap and served in tiny brass cups.

VERUS (adjective): true

VICTORIA (noun): a city, capital of the Vosk League, located on the northern bank, east of Ar’s Station. It once was a den of thieves, a market and slave town. Most of the pirates and thieves have been run out of the town. Tasdron is the Administrator.

VIKTEL (noun): triumph

VIKTEL ARIA (noun): means "Ar’s Triumph" or "The Triumph of Ar" and is also known as the Vosk Road. Since it is the most direct route from Ar to the Vosk it is a military road. Wide and built like a wall set into the earth it is marked with pasang stones. There are deep ditches along much of the road except for crossroads and turn-offs, to make it harder to bring supply wagons onto the road from the east and west.

VINE, LIANA (noun): a rainforest plant which can be used as a source of drinking water.

VINT (noun): tiny, sand-colored insects found in the Tahari Desert.

VIOLET GRASS (noun): patches of stalky grass, one of several hues used in pleasure gardens of Turia.

VIRGIN BELL (noun): single bell sometimes worn on a Free Woman's left ankle to announce her availability to swains.

VOLTAI RANGE (noun): also known as the Red Mountains, located south of the Vosk and east of Ar. They are dull reddish cliffs due to large deposits of iron oxide and are the greatest mountain range on known Gor. The Voltai is home to several bandit cities and bands of outlaws including Treve.

VONDA (noun): a city, part of the Salerian Confederation, located downriver of the Olni River, which has no tarnsmen.

VOSK DELTA (noun): delta, which is thousands of square pasangs long, is treacherous and difficult to navigate, having channels that change almost overnight. Often little more than a trackless marsh it's poor visibility is due to the rence plants and its sluggish, muddy waters which vary from a few inches deep to deep enough for a ship; quicksand can be found there as well. The average depth, after the spring thaws upriver, is three to five feet and is infested with insects, snakes and tharlarion. Marsh sharks even swim among the reeds. The eastern portion has fresh water. The delta is claimed by Port Kar which lies some hundred pasangs from its northwest edge, bordering on the shallow Tamber Gulf. Ships from Thassa cannot pass through the delta to the Vosk River due to the delta’s almost impassibility.

VOSK GULL (noun): a gull of the Vosk Delta and Vosk River, it apparently has a loud or insistent cry, which is imitated by the rence people as a means of surreptitious communication at night. It's feathers are used on sheaf arrows. It winters on the prairies of the Wagon Peoples and flies north in the spring, when the ice breaks up.

VOSK LEAGUE (noun): an alliance of 19 towns (Fina, Forest Port, Hammerfest, Iskander, Jasmine, Jort's Ferry, Point Alfred, Port Cos, Ragnar's Hamlet, Sais, Siba, Sulport, Tafa, Tancred's Landing, Tetrapoli, Turmus, Ven, Victoria, White Water) formed to keep the Vosk River clear of pirates and to promote trade

VOSK RIVER (noun): a mighty river, some forty pasangs in width, that passes by Ar and pours into the Tamber Gulf. Most towns on the river are free states and belong to the Vosk League. River ships of Ar and Cos battle here for influence over the river and its towns. The southern bank is much less populous than the northern bank.

VOSK SOUP (noun): a giant clam that thrives in the seas and Marshes of Gor, the shell of which is large enough to be used as a throne.

VOSK TURTLE (noun): can grow to be gigantic, these animals are carnivorous, aggressive and persistent. Can be difficult to kill.

VOYAGES OF ACQUISITION (noun): voyages made to Earth by the Priest-Kings to gather biological samples; this perhaps accounts for the similarity in many animals, as well as in language and culture, between Earth and Gor

VULO (noun): a tawny colored poultry bird, similar to a pigeon, which also exists in the wild; used for meat and eggs

WADER, RING NECKED (noun): a variety of water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rain forests inland of Schendi

WADER, YELLOW LEGGED (noun): a variety of water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rain forests inland of Schendi

WAGMEZA (noun): Red Savage word for maize.

WAGMU (noun): Red Savage word for corn.

WAGON, CAGE (noun): used to transport both male and female slaves, this wagon has bars surrounding it that can be light or heavy in strength depending on the slaves transported; male slaves are commonly chained by neck, ankles and wrists to wooden stalls within.

WAGON, COMMON SLAVE (noun): used to transport female slaves, it is covered in yellow and blue canvas with a single central bar running the length of the floor where the girl's ankles are attached; this bar is hinged on one end, near the wagon box, and locked near the wagon's gate.

WAGON, DISPLAY (noun): flat-bedded and used to transport female slaves, this wagon has a metal framework that allows girls to be chained in alluring positions and viewed easily by those passing; sometimes one end of the wagon is used as an auction block and girls are sold directly off the wagon.

WAGON PEOPLE (noun): four nomadic tribes that wander the Plains of Turia with their immense herds of bosk

WAGON, ICE (noun): a wagon specifically built to transport ice from ice houses to the residents of those Goreans wealthy enough to afford ice for the summer

WAGON, JUSTICE (noun): a form of execution which involved tar and tallow, the contents from a wagon's grease bucket, and fire; a detailed description is not given, but it is noted as evidence of the Gorean's distaste of criminals.

WAGON PEOPLES HELMET (noun): conical iron helmet fur-rimmed a net of colorful chains dangling before the face to protect leaving only an opening for the eyes.

WAGON, ROAD (noun): describes a heavier wagon in comparison to one used within a city.

WAGON, SLAVE (noun): a flat-bedded barred wagon like a large cage with a door in the rear in which many slaves may be transported at one time their ankles chained to a bar that runs down the center of the floor; tarpaulins are often used to cover the cage & hide the cargo.

WAGON, SPRINGLESS (noun): A wagon commonly used for public transportation for a fee, it has a jolting ride but is chosen many times by Free Women over the leather-slung fee cart because of the relative comfort of its ride.

WAGON, STREET (noun): a light weight wagon, used within a city.

WAGONS, WAGON PEOPLE (noun): square, the size of a room, brightly colored, each drawn by a double team of bosk. The black, lacquered tem-wood wagon box which stands six feet from the ground, supports a rounded, tent-like frame covered with taut, painted, varnished bosk hide. The wheels have a diameter of 10 feet, the front wheels slightly smaller than the rear. The interiors are often lushly appointed, filled with chests and silk cushions, and ankle-deep, intricately wrought carpets, lit by hanging tharlarion oil lamps. In the center of the wagon is a small, shallow, copper, fire bowl with a raised brass grating. Some cooking may be done here, but it primarily provides heat, the smoke escaping through a smoke hole at the dome of the tent-like covering.

WAITING HAND (noun): the 5-day period between the 12th PassageHand and the beginning of the New Year, which begins on the Vernal Equinox

WALKING CHAINS (noun): adjustable chains fastened on the ankles of a slave girl to train her to walk with the length of stride preferred by her master, used primarily in the Tahari. The chains tether the ankles and can be adjustable from two inches to twenty inches. A beautifully measured gait is thought to be attractive. Even Free women sometimes measure their stride, with either silk thongs or even the chain.

WALK COMMAND (command): when this command is given, she turns in a graceful pirouette, her hair swinging. She then walks, gliding across the room, her feet hardly seeming to leave the floor, her hips swaying sensually, her body erect and proud. When she reaches her objective she halts and stands, her body erect, her shoulders back, her chest thrust forward, her belly in. She turns her hip out a bit, her hands at her sides, and points one foot. Her head is up and her eyes are lowered.

WALLED GARDEN (noun): term used for the place highborn Free women are raised in until a suitable suitor is found.

WANDS, PERIMETER (noun): marking the boundary or Ihanke of The Barrens are hundreds of markers, seven to eight feet high made of peeled Ka-la-na wood, tipped with yellow, black-tipped feathers of the Herlit.

WANIYANPI (noun; lit. tame cattle): also known as 'The Sames', a community of slaves who exist in the domains of the Kaiila Tribes. They are owned collectively by the tribes within the lands they inhabit. They grow produce and furnish labor when required. They subscribe to a unisex ethos, bound by 'The Teaching' a cult-like dogma of 'sameness' which says that males, females, animals, vegetables, minerals and abstract concepts are all equal to one. Among the many oddities is their aversion to heterosexual sex. They breed publically, though anonymously, monitored by their owners at specified times. Homosexuality is tolerated.

WAR ARROW (noun): the head of this arrow has an angled, wider base that is not as securely connected to the shaft; if the shaft is pulled to attempt removal, the head is more likely to break off and remain in the wound. Used by the Red Savages.

WAR ARROW, TORVALDSLAND (noun): dark and more than a yard long, it's shaft is an inch thick. It is piled with iron and barbed. It's feathers of the black-tipped coasting gull are five inches long, set in the shaft on three sides. The arrows are carried in a cylindrical quiver.

WARBLER (noun): bird found in the level of the canopies of the rainforest.

WAR CLUB (noun): a club use by the Red Savages which may have nails or blades in it.

WARRIORS, CASTE OF (noun): the caste which includes infantry, tharlarion cavalry, and tarnsmen; one of the five High Castes which make up Gorean government, and as such the military branch of the government; their caste color is red

WARRIOR, CODE OF THE (noun): a creed characterized by a rudimentary chivalry emphasizing loyalty to the Pride Chiefs and the Home Stone; warrior's are expected to know and live by it's dictates.

WARRIOR SOCIETIES (noun): societies within the tribes of the Red Savages that have many functions. They keep order in the camps and on treks, function as guards and police, keep the tribes apprised as to the movements of the kailiauk, and help to organize and police tribal hunts. They provide institutions through which merit can be recognized and rewarded, traditions can be maintained and renewed. Their rivalries provide an outlet for inter-tribal aggressions. Within the society itself, the members profit from the values of alliance, camaraderie, and friendship. Each society has its own medicines and histories.

WARRIOR`S PACE (noun): a slow jog that can be maintained for hours

WASHING BOOTH (noun): similar to showers, these use chemicals to cleanse muls in the Nest of the Priest Kings; they are placed within apartments and about the Nest.

WASNAPHODI (noun): Kailla or Dust Leg term meaning pimples.

WASTES (noun): This is a desert area also known as the Wastes, or the Emptiness. It is shaped like a gigantic, lengthy trapezoid with eastward leaning sides, hundreds of pasangs deep, thousands in length.

WASTES, DEEP (noun): This area east of Tor is still more barren yet. The deepest wastes are located southwest of Klima.

WATER CLOCK (noun): mentioned, but not described. May also be called a clepsydra.

WEIGHT (noun): a unit of measurement equal to 10 Stone, or 40 Earth pounds

WERGILD (noun): a ransom or bribe. A man who is an outlaw can redeem himself by paying a wergild to the official who sets it. Once paid he is 'pardoned' no longer an outlaw.

WHALES (animal): There are several varieties of whales on Gor including the Karl whale; baleen whale; and the Hunjer Long Whale, a rare toothed black whale.

WHALE, BALEEN (noun): bluish white spotted whale with a blunt fin, hunted by the Red Hunters.

WHALE, HUNJER (noun): toothed whale hunted by the Red Hunters.

WHALE, KARL (noun): four-fluked baleen whale hunted by the Red Hunters.

WHIP CARESS (noun): see Slaver's Caress

WHIP DANCE (noun): a girl dances under the whips of Masters.

WHIP KNIFE (noun): a whip but set into its final eighteen inches, arranged in sets of four, are twenty thin, narrow blades. Their tips vary. Some have a double-edged blade of seven to eight inches at the tip while others have a stunning lead, this knife is unique to Port Kar.

WHIP OF THE FURS (noun): a method of disciplining slave girls by rape rather than by flogging; esp. popular in Torvaldsland

WHIPPING, INITIATORY (noun): the beating usually of about 10 strokes which a slave girl receives upon being brought into a new house-hold to remind her that she is a slave and under discipline. Sometimes called the lesson of the leather.

YEAR KEEPERS (noun): those that keep in memory the year names for the Wagon Peoples sometimes on thousand consecutive names.

YELLOW CORDS, THARNA’S (noun): all Tharnan men have 2 yellow cords about 18 inches long, commonly worn in their belt. These cords are presented to them as youth's as part of the Home Stone ceremony. They represent the mastery of men, and are suitable for binding a female hand and foot. In the same ceremony, young women are brought into the presence of the Home Stone, though they are not allowed to kiss it as do the men. They are stripped, collared, and bound by the young men. By virture of this ceremony, the females are now counted as slave.

YELLOW GRIM (noun): a bird related to the horned gim which inhabits the second level of rainforests inland of Schendi.

YELLOW-BREASTED HERMIT (noun): a bird of the Northern Forest, it beats with a sharp beak against trees, such as the Tur tree, to hunt for larvae.

YELLOW-KAIILA RIDERS (noun): a warrior society of the Kaiila tribe of Red Savagesaiilas.

YELLOW KNIVES (noun): a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens.

YELLOW POOL OF TURIA (noun): housed in a magnificent chamber in the House of Saphrar is a marble basin filled with a brilliant, yellow fluid. Beneath it's oddly shifting surface is a collection of threads and granules in a transparent bag of intertwined, writhing filaments and spheres, imbedded in a darkish, yellow jelly and walled in by a translucent membrane. The pool is a living, breathing monster that slowly digests it's victims. The Yellow Pool was destroyed by Kamchak after he conquered Turia.

YELLOW SALT (noun): references to yellow salt as 'of the south' and on a table exist, but no other description has been found.

YELLOW-LEGGED WADER (noun): a variety of water bird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi.

YOKE, GIRL (noun): a narrow piece of wood with holes drilled in the middle and at each end; to secure a girl in this yoke a thong is tied around one wrist the end of the thong then being passed through the hole in one end of the yoke; thong is then passed through the middle hole of the yoke wrapped around the girl's neck then passed back out through the same hole after which it is passed through the hole at the other end of the yoke so that her other wrist may be tied to the yoke.

YOKE, SILVER (noun): In Tharna, male slaves are brought into the presence of the Tatrix in a yoke made of solid silver, presumably to show the Tharnan's contempt for riches. The yoke itself was valuable enough to be the ransom of an Ubar.

ZAD (noun): a large, broad winged, black-&- white bird with a long, narrow, yellowish, hooked beak, found in the Tahari; they scavenge on carrion; similar to the Earth vulture

ZAD, JUNGLE (noun): a cousin of the Tahari zad; found in the rain forest inland of Schendi

ZADIT (noun): a small, tawny feathered, sharp billed bird of the Tahari; insectivorous, feeding on sand flies and other similar insects; they often land a kaiila and spend long periods hunting the sand flies that infest the host animal

ZAR (noun): a board game of the Tahari; the board is marked like a Kaissa board, but the pieces - 9 per player, and called 'pebbles' - are placed at the intersections of the lines; movement is somewhat like that of checkers, but without capturing of pieces; the object of the game is to effect a complete exchange of the original placement of the pieces.

ZARLIT (noun): large, harmless, purple insect about two feet long with 4 long, translucent wings, with a span of about a yard. It is able to walk on top of water because of it's padlike feet and feeds on small insects.

ZEDER (noun): a small, sleen-like,carnivorous mammal which inhabits the rain forests inland of Schendi, esp. along the Ua River;grows to c. 2' and weighs 8-10 lbs; is diurnal, can swim very well, & builds a stick-&-mud nest in the branches of a tree, where it spends the night

ZEVER (noun): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai

 

 

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