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Tribes & Peoples of Gor Alars : a nomadic wandering herdspeople well known for their skill with the axe and the Alar sword, they travel in wagons in the northern plains, but tend to camp near settlements, unlike the southern wagon people. Their Free women do not wear veils, rather simple, corded, belted, woolen, plain, widely sleeved, ankle-length dresses, tied snugly. There are few slaves in the Alar camps because they are killed by Free women. The Alars tend to be fair in complexion, blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Book 21: Mercenaries of Gor , pages 43, 45, 47,48, 50 and 72 All Comrades : a warrior society of the Kaiila tribe of Red Savages, also called the Fighting Hearts, represented by a heart over a black horizontal line with a lance below it on the flanks of their kaiila. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 314 Arani : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai Book 10: Tribesman of Gor, page 307 Aretai : a major tribe of the Tahari, their vassal tribes are the Arani, Luraz, Ravir,i Tajuks, Tashid, Ti, and Zevar. Their war cry is 'Aretai Victorious!'. Book 10: Tribesman of Gor, pages 47 and 160 Bakahs : a minor tribe of the Tahari, they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars Book 10: Tribesman of Gor, page 153 Blue-Sky Riders : a warrior society of the Fleer Tribe of Red Savages represented by a semi circle curved blue line over a black horizontal line on the flanks of their kaiila. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 260 Casmu Band : the Sand Band of the Kaiila Tribe of the Red Savages Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 315 Book 18: Blood Brothers of Gor, page 24 Char : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 307 Dust Legs : a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; so called because they were the last tribe to domesticate kaiila. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 148 Fighting Hearts : see All Comrades Fleer Tribe : a tribe of Red Savages a member of the Blue Sky Society a warrior society of the Fleer which inhabits the Barrens; they have long hair combed back and flowing down the back like cornstalks; They ride their kaiila bareback and carry a long feathered lance and a small round war shield with medicine signs inscribed on it. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 256 Isanna : the Little Knife Band of the Kaiila Tribe of the Red Savages. Book 18: Blood Brothers of Gor, page 24 Isbu : the Little Stone Band of the Kaiila Tribe of the Red Savages. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 315 Kaiila : a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; their language is related to that of the Dust Legs. Book 17: Savages of Gor, pages 148, 229, and 307 Kailiauk, Tribe : a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; their language is a dialect of Kaiila. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 233 Kashani : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 47 Kassar : one of the 4 Tribes of the Wagon Peoples, they are are known as the Blood People. Their standard is a scarlet three-weighted bola, hanging from a lance. Their brand, which is used on both slaves and bosk, is a stylized representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 14 Kataii : one of the 4 tribes of the Wagon Peoples. The Kataii are black-skinned. Their standard is a yellow bow, bound across a black lance. Their brand is a yellow bow, facing to the left. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 14 Kavar : a major tribe of the Tahari, their vassal tribes are the Ta'Kara, Bakahs, Cha,r and Kashani. Their war cry is 'Kavars Supreme!'. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, pages 160 and 186 Kur : a large (8-9') furred, mammal having 4 legs, which can stand upright or on all fours; each paw has 6 multiple- jointed digits with retractable claws and an opposing thumb. It has 2 rows of teeth. They are incredibly strong and ferocious, and are carnivorous, regarding humans as food. The Kur are members of an alien race, the Kurii. (See Kurii) Book 9: Marauders of Gor, pages 92, 109 Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 21-22 Kurii : an alien race existing in their space ships, which orbit in the asteroid belts of the outer atmosphere, their 'Steel World'. It is thought that their own world had been destroyed, partially as a result of their advanced technology, ferocity, and greed. They are locked in a war with the Priest-Kings for the domination of Gor and Earth. Their ships have sometimes been shattered and have fallen to the surface. It is the practice of the Priest-Kings to destroy the wrecks, but they do not hunt down and exterminate the survivors. These marooned Kur are allowed to live if they abide by the laws of the Priest-Kings. They are extremely powerful, hightly intelligent, fond of killing and technologically advanced. (See Kurii; steel world) Book 9: Marauders of Gor, pages 92-93 and 295 Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 362 Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 94 Luraz : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 47 Mamba People : also called 'Tharlarion People' a cannibal tribe. Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 393 Men of Torvaldsland, creation 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. Book 8: Hunters of Gor, pages 257-258 Napoktan : the Bracelets Band of the Kaiila Tribe of the Red Savages. Book 18: Blood Brothers of Gor, page 24 Panther Girl (forest girl) : runaway women who live in the forest without free men, taking as slave any man who enters their domain and eventually selling him. Those of the northern forests dress in the teeth and skins of forest panthers which they slay with their spears and bows Book 7: Captive of Gor, page 82 and 118 Paravaci : one of the 4 tribes of the Wagon Peoples, the Paravaci are known as The Rich People. Their standard is a large banner of jewels strung on golden wires, forming the head and horn of a bosk. The value of such a standard is incalculable. The Paravaci brand is a stylized representation of a bosk head: a semi-circle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 14 Raviri : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 47 Red Hunters : the men of the polar basin, of Indian heritage and similar physically, but culturally distinct from the Red Savages of the Barrens. Their babies are born with a blue spot at the base of their spine. They live as nomads, dependent on the migrations of tabuk, and the sea sleen. The Red Hunters refer to themselves as the Innuit, which, in their tongue means, 'The People'. They are few in number, and live in scattered, isolated, communities. Culturally, they tend to be gentle, kindly and friendly, even to strangers. . Book 12: Beasts of Gor, pages 36, 155-156, and 188-189 Red Savages : the peoples to inhabit the plains area (Barrens) of Gor. they are racially and culturally distinct from the Red Hunters of the north, being a more slender, longer-limbed people. They are nomadic, their culture being based on the kaiila and the gigantic herds of trident-horned kailiauk. They are further distinguished by cunning, ruthlessness and ferocity. They live to hunt and for internecine warfare, which seems to serve almost as a sport and religion. Their common hatred is for the white man, which takes precedence over all other conflicts. See: Memory, the Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 35 Salerian Confederation : an alliance of 4 cities - Ti, Port Olni, Lara, and Vonda - formed to rid the Olni River of pirates and to protect inland shipping. Book 14: Fighting Slave of Gor, page 171; Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 88; Book 22: Dancer of Gor, page 283 Sleen : one of the wilder tribes of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 85 Small People : a tribe in the jungles of Schendi, not otherwise named. They are no more than 5 feet in height and weigh about 80 pounds at most. They have coppery skin and are probably of the Negroid race. They were slaves of the talunas until Tarl Cabot aided them in capturing and enslaving the last of the taluna women. Book 13: Explorers of Gor, pages 390-393 and 397-399 Spider People : man-sized arachnids which inhabit the swampland near the city of Ar; they can communicate in human speech via the mechanical translators they wear around their abdomens; they spin Curlon Fiber which is used in the textile mills of Ar Book 1: Tarnsman of Gor page 81 Sun Lances : a warrior society of the Sleen tribe of Red Savages Book 17: Savages of Gor page 314 Tajuks : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor page 342 Ta'Kara : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor page 93 Taluna -(noun; lit. 'panther girl'): a free woman who lives as a hunter in small tribes of 15-100 members; they roam the northern forests of Gor. Book 7: Captive of Gor. page 118 Tashid : a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 364 Ti : a minor tribe of the Tahari, they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 343 Tuchuk : the fiercest of the four tribes of the Wagon Peoples. Tuchuk philosophies and personality are personified by it's secret Ubar, Kamchak. A proud, cunning, lusty, brawling, exceptionally skilled warrior who disguises his considerable intellect and deadly, aggressive spirit beneath wit and a broadly sketched 'who me?' befuddlement. These nomads have encampments of thousands of gaily painted wagons, their herds of the reverenced bosk, often numbering into the millions, surrounding them. Throughout the day, the camps are teeming with scarred warriors, kaiila, clad kajir slaves, dour free women, haruspexes and domesticated sleen. All Tuchuk men are expected to defend their encampment, so there are no castes as such, but clans, such as healers, leather workers and salt seekers exist, including the clan of torturers. The Tuchuk warrior prays to the 'Spirit of the Sky' on kaiila-back with his weapons at hand, demanding victory and luck for themselves, defeat and misery for their enemies, primarily Turia. '...chief of the things before which the proud Tuchuk stands ready to remove his helmet is the sky, the simple, vast beautiful sky, from which falls the rain that, in his myths, formed the earth, the bosks, and the Tuchuks. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, pages 12, 21,27, and 28. Vosk League : 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 + to promote trade. Book 16: Guardsman of Gor, page 235 Urt people 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 gai,t often bringing the knuckles to the ground, and commonly kept inconspicuously among the large, migratory urt packs. Book 20: Players of Gor, page 267 Urt Soldiers : a warrior society of the Yellow Knife tribe of Red Savages. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 314 Wagon Peoples : a fierce, migrating people consisting of four nomadic tribes that wander the Plains of Turia, living in huge, elaborate wagon homes. They grow no food, nor will they eat anything that has touched the dirt, living entirely on the meat and milk of the bosk. There is no known manufacturing. They are called herders and killers and are among the proudest peoples of Gor, regarding city dwellers as vermin in holes. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, pages 4, 5 and 9 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. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 272 and page 291 Book 18: Blood Brothers of Gor, pages 131, 152, 156-157 Wismahi : the Bracelets Band of the Kaiila Tribe of the Red Savages. Book 18: Blood Brothers of Gor, page 24 Year Keepers : those that keep in memory the year names for the Wagon Peoples sometimes on thousand consecutive names. Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 12 (footnote) Yellow Knives : a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 148 Yellow-Kaiila Riders : a warrior society of the Kaiila tribe of Red Savages, represented by a yellow kaiila print, outlined in red, over red horizontal bars on the flanks of their kaiilas. Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 314 Zever : a minor tribe of the Tahari, they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 343
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