Myths and Legends of Gor ( Part Eight)

• Dar kosis: Because it is considered a sacred disease, it is considered heresy to shed the blood of an infected victim. Strangely enough, it is not considered heresy to stone an infected victim, even if the stones are going to make the victim bleed. Another ramification of the disease being considered holy is that the Initiate Caste will not allow anyone to seek a cure. They will and have taken action against members of the Physician’s Caste who have tried to research a cure. If legal remedies will not suffice, the Initiates will hire armed men to physically prevent the Physicians. Some Physicians have been killed by such means.

• Dina: This is a beautiful flower, indigenous to the northern temperate zones and rare in the southern lands. Its design is also used as a slave brand and “dina” is sometimes used as a slave name. It is also known as the “slave flower” though the exact derivation of that appelation is unknown.

• Falarian Wine: This is an extremely rare wine that is only rumored to exist. It is said to be so expensive that its price would be sufficient to buy a city. Despite the legend, there are references in the books to show that it actually does exist. It is the type of product though that only Ubars or very wealthy Merchants might be able to possess. Marlenus, Ubar of Ar, did possess some of this wine.

• Immortality: Most Goreans do not believe in immortality. The Initiate Caste though does believe in it and their Caste Codes are directed to that end. The regimen to achieve eternal life forms the foundation for many of their restrictions, such as avoiding meat and beans. The regimen also includes a study of mathematics. As women cannot belong to the Initiate Caste, then they cannot attain immortality. The Gorean land of the dead is called the “Cities of Dust.”

• Lost City: In Explorers of Gor, a lost city is found deep in the equatorial jungles. The city abutted a very large lake, eventually named Lake Shaba after the explorer who discovered it. This lake is the source of the mighty Ua River. Little is known about this city though explorations of it are likely to uncover information over time. In the lake, there are some massive stone statues, basically the torsos and heads of black men. The men are carrying spears and shields. At one edge of the lake is a landing that leads into the ruined city. The entire city and the statues reflect a great age though no one speculated on its potential age. There are some mosiacs within the ruins that indicate the civilization did practice slavery of women.

• There are many other unexplored areas of Gor that may also lead to the discovery of either ancient lost cities or even existing cultures, unknown to the rest of Gor. The lands to the east of the Barrens are largely unknown as is the regions to the west of Cos and Tyros. Only time, and the bravery of some daring explorers, will tell what new worlds are found.

Claude Belger

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