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Helmets & Shields of a Warrior Shields Gorean Warrior's Shield A circular shaped shield; made of several layers of bosk's hide generally seven to nine layers thick stretched over a lightweight framework of wood or horn, generally about twenty-four to thirty- six inches in diameter. The shield is often banded with strips of iron to further strengten it. The shield, thought seemingly small, is sufficient in size to protect the areas where a fatal blow may be struck, yet it may also be used as a covering in sever weather. It is worn upon the user's arm, usually the left one, and is carried slung across the back while traveling. The shield is usually painted and sometimes carries a design or device that denotes the warriors city-state. “and the rounded shield of layered boskhide, with its double sling, riveted with pegs of iron, bound with hoops of brass”  Raiders of Gor Page 68 Askari shields "The oval leather shields and the stabbing spears of the askaris."  Explorers of Gor, Page 439 "Lake Ngao, which was discovered by Shaba, and named by him, was named for a shield, because of its long, oval shape. The shields in this area tend to have that shape." Explorers of Gor, Page 100 "The askaris were jubilant, resplendent in their skins and feathers, with their golden necklaces and armlets, their narrow, tufted shields. . ."  Explorers of Gor, Page 224 Turian Shield "The morning sun flashed from their helmets, their long tharlarion lances, the metal embossments on their oval shields, unlike the rounded shields of most Gorean cities." Nomads of Gor, page 113 "They were not the large, oval shields of Turia, behind which a warrior might crouch.." Blood Brothers of Gor, Page 416 He wore a helmet and carried the Turian shield, which is oval. Nomads of Gor. Page 123 Buckler "Incidentally, Turian warriors, in order to have the opportunity to slay a foe, as well as acquire his woman, customarily choose as the weapon of combat in these encounters, buckler and dagger, ax and buckler, dagger and whip, ax and net, or the two daggers, with the reservation that the quiva, if used, not be thrown. Kamrak, however, appeared adamant on the point. "The sword," he repeated." Nomadsof Gor, page 124 Rence Shields Some of the men of the rencers, with their small shields of rence wicker, fought, but their marsh spears were no match for the steel swords and the war spears of Gor. Raiders of Gor, Page 52 Helmets Common Helm The most commonly used helmet is the standard Gorean war helmet. It is described as a close-faced helmet which encloses the entire head, with a distinctive "Y" shaped opening in the faceplate to admit air and to allow breathing. This style of helmet was perfected and much in use during the heyday of the city-states of Greece. Mounted atop each example of this type of helmet is a crest plate, upon which can be displayed the symbol of a city or organization. The crests themselves adorn the top of the helmet either crosswise, from one side of the neck to the other, or lengthwise from the back of the neck to the upper forehead like half-fans. The helmet itself can be painted or lacquered in any color, to represent a grouping, city or caste. This type of helmet is first described in book #1, Tarnsman of Gor, and appears regularly in later books. Nomads Helm (Helm of The Wagon Peoples) A type of helm that is often worn by the desert tribesmen and warriors of such cities as Turia and Tor, as well as by the nomadic warriors of the Wagon Peoples. This helmet is cone-shaped steel, often fitted with a nasal guard of narrow flat construction. Such helmets may be trimed with a ring of fur or fabric which encircles the brow, or with either a cloth covering or chain mail at the back of the helm, that covers the neck. These helmets are closely fitted to the wearer's head, padded with a thick cloth cap. This helmet type first appears in book #4, Nomads of Gor. "He wore a conical, fur-rimmed iron helmet, a net of color chains depending from the helmet protecting his face, leaving only holes for eyes."  Nomads of Gor. Page 10 Northern Helm A fine example of helmetry is the helm worn by northern warriors. is in effect a steel or iron bowl. A single metal browband encircles the head, with two or more curved metal straps attached to it in the pattern of an "X", covering much of the wearer's skull. Curved plates are riveted in place to fill the gaps between the strapping, resulting in a layered metal cap with covers the entire head. These helmets are often fitted with cheek and neck guards, chain-mail camails or even metal faceplates which conceal the face or portions of it like a metal mask. The horns of animals or metal spikes may be attached to the helmet as decoration though this usually makes them rather bulky and difficult to wear in combat. This type of helmet makes its first appearance in book #8, Marauders of Gor. The helmets of the north are commonly conical, with a nose-guard, that can slip up and down. At the neck and sides, attached by rings, usually hangs a mantle of linked chain. The helmet of Thorgard himself, however, covered his neck and the sides of his face. It was horned. Marauders of Gor, page 73  . . . a helmet, conical, of iron, with hanging chain, and a steel nosepiece, that might be raised and lowered in its bands. Marauders of Gor, page 96 Captain’s Helm To be sure, carved in wood, high on the chair was the helmet with crest of sleen-fur, the mark of the captain.  Marauders of Gor page 6 Assassins Helmet All were silent, I wore the garb of the Caste of Assassins, and on the left temple of the black helmet was the golden slash of the messenger. Tarnsmen of gor Page 192
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