Analogies are that is not permitted to animals to challenge the tethers on their necks, or flee the posts within which they find ?
themselves penned, that money must retain its value, and buying power, regardless of who has it in hand, and so on. Strictures of ?
this sort, of course, do not apply to free persons, such as free women. A free woman is entitled to try to escape a captor as best ?
she can, and without penalty, even after her first night in his bonds, if she still chooses to do so. If she is enslaved, of course, ?
then she is subject to, and covered by, the same customs, practices and laws as any other slave. The point of these statutes, it ?
seems, it to keep the slave in perfect custody, at all times, and to encourage boldness on the part of males. After the slave had ?
been in the possession of the their, or captor, for one week she counts as being legally his. To be sure, the original master may ?
attempt to steal her back. A popular sport with young men is trying "chain luck." This refers to the capture of women, either free or ?
bond, viewed as a sport. In war, of course, women of this world, slave and free, like silver and gold, rank high as booty." "Dancer ?
of Gor" page 95/6
"The unauthorized rape of slave girls, without the permission of their masters, is officially frowned on in most cities, but, too, it is ?
as often winked at. There are thought to be two major advantages to the custom of permitting, and, sometimes, of even ?
encouraging, the practice. First, it provides a way of satisfying the sexual needs of young men who may not yet own their own ?
girls, and, secondly, it is thought to provide a useful protection for free women. Free women, incidentally, are almost never raped ?
on Gor, unless it be perhaps a preparatory lesson proceeding their total enslavement. There seem to be two major reasons why ?
free women are seldom raped on Gor. First, it is thought that they, being free, are to be accorded the highest respect, and, ?
secondly, slave females are regarded as being much more desirable." "Guardsman of Gor" Page 184
"Go to the bond-maid circle," said Ivar Forkbeard, indicating the circle he had drawn in the dirt. The women cried out in misery. To ?
enter the circle, if one is a female, is, by the laws of Torvaldsland, to declare oneself a bond-maid. A woman, of course, need not ?
enter the circle of her own free will. She may, for example be thrown within it naked and bound. Howsoever, she enters the circle, ?
voluntarily or by force, free or secured, she emerges from it, by the laws of Torvaldsland, as a bond-maid. " "Marauders of Gor" ?
"Some fellows do not brand their slaves," I said. "That is stupid!" she said. "It is also contrary to the laws of most cities," I said, ?
"and to merchant law, as well." "Vagabonds of Gor" page 188
"Any free man may discipline an insolent or errant slave,` I said, `even one who is the least bit displeasing, even one he might ?
merely feel like disciplining. If she is killed, or injured, he need only pay compensation to her master, and that only if the master ?
can be located within a specific amount of time and requests such compensation.` In virtue of such customs and statutes the ?
perfect discipline under which Gorean slaves are kept is maintained and guaranteed even when they are not within the direct ?
purview of their masters or their appointed agents." "Players of Gor" page 235
"The discipline of a slave may be attended to by any free person, otherwise she might do much what she wished, provided only ?
her Master did not learn of it. The legal principle is clear, and has been upheld in several courts, in several cities, including Ar." ?
"Magicians of Gor" page 122
"You cannot punish me!' she cried. 'You are not my masters!' 'Any free person can punish an errant slave girl,' I said. 'Surely you ?
do not think that her behavior fails to be subject to supervision and correction as soon as she is out of her Master's sight?'" ?
"Magicians of Gor" page 225
"A male slave can be slain for touching a free woman." "Kajira of Gor" page 144
"Forgive me, Masters!" she wept. "You are men! You are men! A slave begs forgiveness!" Her concern was certainly not out of ?
place. The demeaning of men, whereas it is permitted to, and not unknown among, free women, is not permitted to female slaves. ?
Such, on their part, can be a capital offense." "Magicians of Gor" page 226
Failing to kneel
"Certain of these things, such as failing to kneel in the presence of a free man, may be regarded as a capital offense on the part of ?
a Gorean slave girl, even if it is inadvertent. If intent is involved in such an omission, it can be an occasion for death by torture." ?
"Players of Gor" page 252
"I am a slave," she said. I cannot so much as touch the pieces of the game without permission without risking having my hands cut ?
off, or being killed, no more than weapons." "Players of Gor" page 235
"This was my first owner collar. The laws of Ar, incidentally, do not require a similar visible token of bondage on the bodies of ?
male slaves, or even any distinctive type of garments." "Kajira of Gor" page 269
Pretend to be Free Woman
"She had attempted to take advantage of the fact that she had not yet been branded and collared. She had attempted to pass ?
herself off as a free woman. In many cities, such a thing is a capital offense." "Renegades of Gor" page 389
Attacking free persons
"When one who is a slave strikes a free person the penalty is not infrequently death by impalement, preceded by lengthy torture." ?
"Assassins of Gor" page 74
"A girl dares not raise a weapon against a free man. Some girls have been slain, or had their hands cut off, for so much as ?
touching a weapon." "Slave Girl of Gor" page 200
"It can be a capital offense on Gor, incidentally, for a slave to so much as touch a weapon." "Mercenaries of Gor" page 57
"Weapon technology is controlled to the point where the most powerful devices of war are the crossbow and lance. Further, there ?
is no mechnanized transportion or communication equipment or detection devices such as the radar and sonar equipment so ?
much in evidence in the military establishments of your world. From time to time these items are produced, but their owners are ?
then destroyed, burthing into flame. It is the Flame Death merely to possess a weapon of the interdicted sort." "Tarnsman of Gor" ?
"He himself resided, I understood, in Telnus, the capital of Cos, where his company had its headquarters. His work chains, ?
however, were politically neutral, understood under merchant law as hirable instruments. They might, accordingly, and sometimes ?
did, work for both sides in given conflicts." "Dancer of Gor" page 322
"She was referring to a series of wars, loosely referred to as the Slave Wars, which occurred among various cities in the middle ?
latitudes of Gor, off and on, over a period of approximately a generation. They had occurred long before my coming to Gor. ?
Although large-scale slaving was involved in these wars, and was doubtless a sufficient condition for them, hence the name, other ?
considerations, as would be expected, were often involved, as well, such as the levying of tribute and the control of trade routes. ?
Out of the Slave Wars grew much of the merchant law pertaining to slaves." "Vagabonds of Gor" Page 272
"The fairs incidentally are governed by Merchant Law and supported by booth rents and taxes levied on the items exchanged. ?
The commercial facilities of these fairs, from money changing to general banking, are the finest I know of on Gor, save those in ?
Ar’s Street of Coins, and letters of credit are accepted and loans negotiated, though often at usurious rates, with what seems ?
reckless indifference. Yet perhaps this is not so puzzling, for the Gorean cities will, within their own walls, enforce the Merchant ?
Law when pertinent, even against their own citizens. If they did not, of course, the fairs would be closed to the citizens of that ?
city." "Priest-Kings of Gor" Page 11
"The Merchants have, in the last few years, on certain trade routes, between Ar and Ko-ro-ba, and between Tor and Ar, ?
established palisaded compounds, defensible stockades. These, where they exist, tend to be placed approximately a day’s ?
caravan march apart. "Captive of Gor" Page 219
"Various cities, through their own Merchant Castes, lease land for these stockades and, for their fees, keep their garrisons, ?
usually men of their own cities, supplied. The stockades are governed under Merchant Law, legislated and revised, and upheld, at ?
the Sardar Fairs." "Captive of Gor" Page 219
"Normally, the merchant camp, like the better-organised military camps, not the melange that constituted the camp of Pa-Kur is ?
laid out geometrically, and, night after night, one puts up one's tent in the same relative position. Whereas the military camp is ?
usually laid out in a set of concentric squares, reflecting the fourfold principle of military organisation customary on Gor, the ?
merchant camp is laid out in concentric circles, the guards' tents occupying the outermost ring, the craftsmen's, strap-masters', ?
attendants and slaves' quarters occupying inner rings, and the centre being reserved for the merchant, his goods, and his ?
body-guard." "Tarnsman of Gor" page 166
"The representative of the Merchants, to whom I reported my business, and to whom I paid for wharfage, asked no questions. He ?
did not even demand the proof of registration of the Tesephone in Tabor. The Merchants, who control Lydius, under merchant ?
law, for it is a free port, like Helmutsport, and Schendi and Bazi, are more interested in having their port heavily trafficked than ?
strictly policed." "Hunters of Gor" Page 43
"I have calculated this figure from the Weight, a Gorean unit of measurement based on the Stone, which is about four Earth ?
pounds. A Weight is ten Stone. The Weight and Stone, incidentally, are standardized through the Gorean cities by Merchant Law, ?
the only common body of law existing among the cities. The official “Stone,” actually a solid metal cylinder, is kept, by the way, ?
near the Sardar. Four times a year, on a given day in each of the four great fairs held annually near the Sardar, it is brought forth ?
with scales, that merchants from whatever city may test their own standard “Stone” against it." "Raiders of Gor" page 127
"As in the case of the official “Stone”, so, too, at the Sardar is a metal rod, which determines the Merchant Foot, or Gorean foot, ?
as I have called it." "Raiders of Gor" Page 127/8
"Every year at the Sardar Fair there is a motion before the bankers, literally, the coin merchants, to introduce a standardization of ?
coinage among the major cities. To day, however this has not been accomplished. (...) I was not of the merchants, nor, among ?
them, of the coin merchants." "Magicians of Gor" page 411
"On the other hand, I suspect that they fear too broad a dissemination of the caste knowledge. Physicians, interestingly, perhaps ?
for a similar reason, tend to keep records in archaic Gorean, which is incomprehensible to most Goreans. Many craftsmen, ?
incidentally, keep such things as formulas for certain kinds of glass and alloys, and manufacturing processes, generally, in cipher. ?
Merchant law has been unsuccessful, as yet, in introducing such things as patents and copyrights on Gor. Such things do exist in ?
municipal law on Gor but the jurisdictions involved are, of course, local." "Magicians of Gor" page 394
"One would not wish to buy a girl thinking she was auburn, a rare and muchly prized hair color on Gor, for example, and then ?
discover later that she was, say, blond. Against such fraud, needless to say, the law provides redress. Slavers will take pains in ?
checking out new catches, or acquisitions, to ascertain the natural color of their hair, one of the items one expects to find, along ?
with fingerprints and measurements, and such, on carefully prepared slave papers." "Vagabonds of Gor" page 186
Brands and collars
"But her left thigh worn no brand. Her right thigh, too, as I soon noted, did not wear the slave mark, nor did her lower left ?
abdomen. These are the three standard marking places, following the recommendations of Merchant Law, for the marking of ?
Kajirae, with the left thigh being, in practice, the overwhelmingly favored brand site." "Fighting Slave of Gor" Page 312
"The thighs and the lower left abdomen are the brand sites recommended by Merchant Law." "Fighting Slave of Gor" Page 349
"In the case of the girl, Rowena, of course, as she was already a self-pronounced slave, the brand and collar were little more than ?
identificatory formalities. Nonetheless she would wear them. They would be fixed visibly and clearly upon her. This is in accord ?
with the prescriptions of merchant law." "Players of Gor" Page 36
Sharing Home Stone
"“You understand further, of course,” said he, “that under Gorean merchant law, which is the only law commonly acknowledged ?
binding between cities, that you stand under separate permissions of enslavement. First, were you of Ar, it would be my right, ?
could I be successful, to make of you a slave, for we share no Home Stone. Secondly, though you speak of yourself as the Lady ?
Elicia of Ar, of Six Towers, you are, in actuality, Miss Elicia Nevins of the planet Earth. You are an Earth girl and thus stand within a ?
general permission of enslavement, fair beauty quarry to any Gorean male whatsoever.” "Slave Girl of Gor" page 394