~ Gorean Cities ~
Anango The jungles of the Anango interior serve as the setting for many fanciful tales, having to do with strange races, mysterious plants and fabulous animals. The "magicians of Anango" for what it is worth, seem to be well known everywhere on Gor except in Anango. In Anango itself it seems folks have never heard of them.
(Players of Gor, page 130-131)
I did not go as far south as Anango or Ianda.
Raiders of Gor, page 137
Ar Glorious Ar, the largest city of known Gor.
Raiders of Gor, page 4
"I have always been impressed with Ar, for it is the largest, the most populous and the most luxurious city of all known Gor. Its walls, its countless cylinders, its spires and towers, its lights, its beacons, the high bridges, the lamps, the lanterns of the bridges, are unbelievable exciting and fantastic, particularly as seen from the more lofty bridges or the roofs of the higher cylinders."
~Assassin of Gor, page 25~
Ar's Station Ar's Station, incidentally, did not exist at the time of the massing of the horde of Pa-Kur. It was established four years afterward, as an outpost and trading station on the south bank of the Vosk. It also commands, in effect, the northern terminus of one of the great roads, the Viktel Aria, or Ar's Triumph, leading toward Ar....
---Rogue of Gor, 6:63
Brundisium ...I understood that Brundisium was one of the largest and busiest ports of this world. It was a commercial metropolis of sorts....
---Dancer of Gor, 10:147
Cos "...seamen from Cos, and Port Kar, mortal enemies, yet passing one another without thought in the streets of Lydius."
(Hunters of Gor, scroll 8, page 41)
Fina I knew something of the Vosk League. Its headquarters was in the town of Victoria, on the northern bank of the Vosk, between Fina and Tafa....
---Renegades of Gor, 20:346
Kasra is the capitol of Tyros; its only other major city is Tentium
Raiders of Gor, page 174
Kassau Kassau is a town of wood, and the temple is the greatest building in the town. It towers far over the squalid huts, and stabler homes of merchants, which crowd about it. Too, the town is surrounded by a wall, with two gates, one large, facing the inlet, leading in from Thassa, the other small, leading to the forest behind the town. The wall is of
sharpened logs, and is defended by a catwalk. The main business of Kassau is trade, lumber and fishing. The slender, striped parsit fish has vast plankton banks north of the town, and may there, particularly in the spring and fall, be taken in great numbers. The smell of the fish-drying sheds of Kassau carries far out to sea.... The population of Kassau I did not think to be more than eleven hundred persons.. The most important thing about Kassau, however, was that it was the seat of the High Initiate of the north. It was, accordingly, the spiritual center of a district extending for hundreds of pasangs around...
---Marauders of Gor, 2:27-28
Kassau is the seat of High Initiate of the north, who claims spiritual sovereignty over Torvaldsland, which is commonly taken to commerce with the thinning of trees northward.
Marauders of Gor, pgs. 25-26
Ko-ro-ba Ko-ro-ba lay in the midst of green and rolling hills, some hundreds of feet above the level of the distant Tamber Gulf and that mysterious body of water beyond it, spoken of in Gorean simply as Thassa, the Sea.
Outlaw of Gor, page 39
The actual word Ko-ro-ba itself, more prosaically, is simply an expression in archaic Gorean referring to a village market.
Outlaw of Gor, pgs. 39-40
"The men of Skjern seldom ventured as far south, or as much inland, as Ko-ro-ba, the towers of the Morning."
Captive of Gor, page 198
"The building in which I found myself was apparently one of an indefinite number of towers, like endless flat cylinders of varying sizes and colors, joined by narrow, colorful bridges that arched lightly between them." ...Tarnsman of Gor, page 23
Laura He was bound, traveling over the hills and meadowlands east and north of Ko-ro-ba, for the city of Laura, which lies on the banks of the Laurius river, some two hundred pasangs inland from the coat of the sea, called Thassa. Laura is a small trading city, a river port, whose buildings are largely of wood, consisting mostly it seems of warehouses and taverns. It is a clearinghouse for many goods, wood, salt, fish, stone, fur and slaves.
Savages of Gor, page 162
Laura is a small trading city, a river port, whose buildings are largely of wood, consisting mostly it seems of warehouses and taverns.....Captive of Gor, page 59
Lydius Lydius is a bustling, populous trade center located at the estuary of the Laurius River. Many cities maintain warehouses and small communities in Lydius. Many goods, in
particular wood, wood products, and hide, make their way westward on the Laurius, eventually landing at Lydius, later to be embarked to the south of the ships of various cities, lines
The population of Lydius, as one might expect, is a mixed one, consisting of individuals of
various races and backgrounds.
(Players of Gor, scroll 20, page 12)
Port Kar …I was in the delta of the Vosk, and making my way to the city of Port Kar, which alone of Gorean cities commonly welcomes strangers, though few but exiles, murderers, outlaws, thieves and cutthroats would care to find their way to her canalled darknesses.
---Raiders of Gor, 1:5-6
Port Kar, squalid, malignant Port Kar, scourge of gleaming Thassa, Tarn of the Sea, is a vast, disjointed mass of holdings, each almost a fortress, piled almost upon one another, divided and crossed by hundreds of canals.......It is, in effect, walled, though it has few walls as one normally thinks of them. Those buildings which face outwards, say, either at the delta or along the shallow Tamber gulf, have no windows on the outward side, and the outward walls of them are several feet thick, and they are surmounted, on the roofs, with crenellated parapets. The canals which open into the delta of the Tamber were, in the last few years, fitted with heavy, half-submerged gates of bars....
---Raiders of Gor, 9:103
Not one stone could be placed in either wall or tower by a man or woman who was not free. The only city I know of on Gor which was built by the labor of slaves, beneath the lash of
Masters, is Port Kar which lies in the delta of the Vosk.
---Assassin of Gor, 5:60-61
Samnium She stood not more than a hundred yards from the gate of Tesius, in the city of Samnium, some two hundred pasangs east and a bit south of Brundisium, both cities continental allies of the island ubarate of Cos.
Mercenaries of Gor, page 9
Schendi Many goods pass in and out of Schendi, as would be the case in any major port, such as precious metals, jewels, tapestries, rugs, silks, horn and horn products, medicines, sugars and salts, scrolls, papers, inks, lumber, stone, cloth, ointments, perfumes, dried fruit, some dried fish, many root vegetables, chains, craft tools, agricultural implements, such as hoe heads and metal flail blades, wines and pagas, colorful birds and slaves. Schendi's most significant exports are doubtless spice and hides, with kailiauk horn and horn products also being of great importance. One of her most delicious exports is palm wine. One of her most famous and precious exports are the small carved sapphires of Schendi.
These are generally a deep blue, but some are purple and others, interestingly, white or yellow. They are usually carved in the shape of tiny panthers, but sometimes other animals
are found as well, usually small animals or birds. Sometimes however the stone is carved to resemble a tiny kailiauk or kailiauk head. Slaves, interestingly, do not count as one of the major products in Schendi, in spite of the fact that the port is the headquarters of the League of Black Slavers. The black slavers usually sell their catches nearer the markets, both to the north and south. One of the major markets, to which they generally arrange for the shipment of girls overland, is the Sardar Fairs, in particular that of En'Kara, which is the most extensive and finest. This is not to say of course that Schendi does not have excellent slave markets. It is a major Gorean port. The population of Schendi is probably about a million people. The great majority of these are black. Individuals of all races, however, Schendi being a cosmopolitan port, frequent the city.
---Explorers of Gor, 6:115
Skjern Skjern is an island in Thassa, muchly distant from Ko-ro-ba. It lies west of the bleak, rocky Torvaldsland, substantially above even the vast, green belt of the northern
forests. The men of Skjern seldom ventured as far south, or as much inland, as Ko-ro-ba, the towers of the Morning.
Captive of Gor, page 198
Tabor Tabor is an exchange island in Thassa, south of Teletus. It is named for the from, which, rearing out of the sea, it resembles....Hunters of Gor, page 42
Tafa I knew something of the Vosk League. Its headquarters was in the town of Victoria, on the northern bank of the Vosk, between Fina and Tafa..
.---Renegades of Gor, 20:346
Tarnburg Dietrich of Tarnburg, of the high city of Tarnburg, some two hundred pasangs to the north and west of Hochburg, both substantially mountain fortresses, both in the more southern and civilized ranges of the Voltai, was well known to the warriors of Gor.
Mercenaries of Gor, page 31
Tetrapoli Tetrapoli, on the other hand, began as four separate towns, Ri, Teibar, Heiban and Azdak, as legend has it founded by four brothers. These towns grew together along the river and were eventually consolidated as a polity. The four districts of the city, as might be supposed, retain the names of the original towns. The expression 'Tetrapoli' in Gorean,
incidentally, means "Four Cities" or " Four Towns."
---Rogue of Gor, 6:63
Tharna might have once been from Tharna. That is a city far to the north and east of
Venna . It is will known for its silver mines.... On can usually recognize a man of Tharna by two yellow cords, each about eighteen inches long, thrust over the belt. Such cords are suitable for binding a female, hand and foot. In seeing such cords the woman understands that it is possible for them to be used to put her at a man's mercy. The meaning of these cords has something to do, apparently, with the history of the polis of Tharna.
(Dancer of Gor, page 385)
Tharna, sometimes called the City of Silver, is well known for the richness of her silver mines. Lara, a Tatrix, rules her. This seems paradoxical, for in Tharna, of the hundreds of
known Gorean cities, the position of women is surely among the lowest. The sign of a man of Tharna is two yellow cords carried at the belt, suitable for the binding of the hands and
feet of a female. At one time apparently women were dominant in Tharna but this situation, in a revolution of the male, was overturned. Few women in Tharna, even now, years later, are permitted out of a collar.
Slave Girl of Gor, page 110
In the streets of Tharna shortly after the end of the revolt the caste colors of Gor began to appear openly in the garments of the citizens. The marvelous glazing substances of the Caste of Builders, long prohibited as frivolous and expensive, began to appear on the walls of the cylinders, even on the walls of the city itself. Graveled streets are now being paved with blocks of colored stone set in patterns to delight the eye. The wood of the great gate has been polished and its brass burnished. New paint blazes upon the bridges..
...............Outlaw of Gor, pages 247, 248
Thentis The older Tarl had told me that Thentis is a city famed for its tarn flocks and remote in the mountains from which the city takes its name Tarnsman of Gor, page 67
The air was fresh and beautiful. Soon I smelled the frying of vulo eggs in a large, flat pan, and the unmistakable odor of coffee, or as the Gorean express it, black wine. The beans grow largely on the slopes of the Thentis Mountains. The original beans, I suppose, had been bought, like certain other Gorean products, from earth; it is not impossible, of course, that the opposite is the case, that black wine is native to Gor and that the origin of Earth's coffee beans is Gorean; I regard this as unlikely, however, because black wine is farm more common on Earth than on Gor, where it is, except for the city of Thentis, a city famed for her tarn flocks, and her surrounding villages, a somewhat rare and unusual luxury.
Slave Girl of Gor, page 73
Ti Ti, Port Olni, and Vonda, lie on the northern bank of the Olni.
Fighting Slave of Gor, page 172
Tor Tor is an opulent city of the desert, well known for its splendors, its comforts and pleasures.
(Hunters of Gor, scroll 8, page 16)
Tor, lying in the northwest corner of the Tahari, is the principal supplying point for the scattered oasis communities of that dry vastness, almost a continent of rock, and heat, and wind, and sand. Tribesman of Gor, page 36
The buildings of Tor are of mud brick, covered with colored, often flaking, plasters.
Tribesman of Gor, page 38
It seldom rains in Tor, but the gutter serves to collect waste, which is often thrown into it through open doors, by slaves. Within these walls, however, so pressing upon the street,
I knew there were often gardens, walled, well-watered, beautiful, and cool, dark rooms, shielded from the heat and sun, many with superb appointments. Tor was, as Gorean cities went, a rich, trading city. It was headquarters for thousands of caravan merchants.
Tribesman of Gor, pgs. 38-39
The buildings of Tor are of mud brick, covered with colored, often flaking, plasters……………..The buildings in Tor are seldom more than four stories high, which is about as high as one may build safely with beams and mud brick. Because of the irregular topography of Tor, however, which is a hilly, rocky area, like most of the Tahari terrain, many of the buildings, built on shelves and rises, seemed considerable higher. These buildings, on the outside, smooth and bleak, save for occasional narrow windows, high, not wide enough to admit a body, abut directly on the streets, making the streets like deep, walled alleys. In the center of the street is a gutter. It seldom rains in Tor, but the gutter serves to collect waste, which is often thrown into it, through open doors, by slaves. Within these walls, however, so pressing upon the street, I knew there were often gardens, walled, well-watered, beautiful, and cool, dark rooms, shielded from the heat and sun, many with superb appointments.
Tor was, as Gorean cities went, a rich, trading city...........……….Explorers of Go
Tocordino Torcodino, on the flats of the Serpeto, is a crossroads city. It is located at the intersection of various routes, the Genesian, connecting Brundisium and other coastal cities with the south, the Northern Salt Line and Northern Silk Road, leading respectively west and north from east and south, the Pilgrims' Road, leading to the Sardar, and the Eastern Way, sometimes called the Treasure Road, which links the western cities from Ar. Supposedly Torcodino, with its strategic location, was an ally of Ar.
Mercenaries of Gor, page 101
Treve "Treve was a war-like city somewhere in the trackless magnificence of the Voltai Range. I had never been there but I knew her reputation. Her warriors were said to be fierce and brave, her women proud and beautiful. Her tarnsmen were raned with those of Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, and Ko-ro-ba, even great Ar itself."
(Priest-King of Gor, page 60)
"She was said to have no agriculture, and this may be true. Each year in the fall legions of tarnsmen from Treve were said to emerge from the Voltai like locusts and fall on the fields of one city or another, different cities, different years, harvesting what they needed and burning the rest in order that a long, retaliatory winter campaign could not be launched against them." (Priest-King of Gor, page 61)
"Yes, I knew the reputation of Treve. It was a city rich in plunder, probably as lofty, inaccessible and impregnable as a tarn's nest. Indeed, Treve was know as the Tarn of the
Voltai. It was an arrogant, never-conquered citadel, a stronghold of men whose way of life was banditry, whose women lived on the spoils of a hundred cities."
(Priest-King of Gor, page 63)
There is little known even of the city of Treve. It lay somewhere among the lofty, vast terrains of the rugged Voltai, perhaps as much a fortress, a lair, of outlaw tarnsmen as a city. It was said to be accessible only on tarnback……..The location of the city, it was said was known only to her own. Even girls brought to Treve as slaves, did not know wherein lay the city in which they served. And even should they be dispatched to the walls, they could see, for looming, remote pasangs about them only the wild blead crags of the scarlet Voltai, and the sickening drop below them, the sheer fall from the walls and the cliffs below to the valley, pasangs beneath……Captive of Gor, page 191
Turia Turia the high-walled, the nine-gated was the Gorean city lying in the midst of the huge prairies claimed by the Wagon Peoples. Nomads of Gor, page 1
On the heights of distant Turia itself I could see the flutter of flags and pennons. The walls were crowded, and I supposed many upon them used the long glasses of the Caste of Builders to observe the field of the stakes ….Nomads of Gor, page 113
Further, members of castes such as the Physicians and Builders use the fairs for the dissemination of information and techniques among Caste Brothers, as is prescribed in their codes in spite of the fact that their respective cities may be hostile.
.....Priest-Kings of Gor, page 9
On the last day before the withdrawal of the Wagon Peoples from the nine-gated, high-walled Turia… ………..Nomads of Gor, page 331
Turmus Turmas was the last major river port on the Vosk before the almost impassable marshes of the delta.
Explorers of Gor, page 16
Tyros I have wanted to see both Tyros and Cos. Both lie some four hundred pasangs west of Port Kar, Tyros to the south of Cos, separated by some hundred pasangs from her. Tyros is a rugged island, with mountains. She is famed for her vart caves, and indeed, on that island, trained varts, batlike creatures, some the size of small dogs, are used as weapons.
Raiders of Gor, page 139
Ven "What lies west on the Vosk," asked Aemilianus.
"On the southern bank, Ven," said Marcus. Turmus, which is the last major town west on the Vosk, is on the northern bank.
"And what beyond Ven?" asked Aemilianus. "The Delta."
---Renegades of Gor, 24:424
Venna Venna is a small, exclusive resort city, some two hundred pasangs north of Ar. It is noted for its baths and its tharlarion races.
Fighting Slave of Gor, page 172
Venna is a small, lovely city, largely a resort city, north of Ar, on the Viktel Aria It is known for it’s tharlarion races. It is also a common locale, it and its vicinity, for villas of the rich, usually from Ar.........….Dancer of Gor, page 319
Victoria I knew something of the Vosk League. Its headquarters was in the town of Victoria, on the northern bank of the Vosk, between Fina and Tafa....
---Renegades of Gor, 20:346
Then avoid Victoria," he said.
"Why?" I asked.
It is a den of thieves," he said. It is little more than a market and slave town."
"There is an important slave market there?" I asked.
"You can sometimes get cheap prices on luscious goods there," he said.
"Why are the prices sometimes so cheap?" I asked.
"Girls who cost nothing can be sold cheaply," he said.
"The marketed girls are then primarily captures?" I asked.
"Of course," he said.
"I do not understand," I said.
"It is a well known on the river," he said.
"What is well known?" I asked.
That Victoria is one of the major outlets for merchandise of river pirates
Rogue of Gor, pgs.65-66
The Barrens I considered the Barrens. They are not, truly, as barren as the name would suggest. They are barrens only in contrast, say, with the northern forests or the lush land in river valleys, or the peasant fields or meadows of the southern rain belts. They are, in fact, substantially, vast tracts of rolling grasslands, lying east of the Thentis Mountains.
I have suspected that they are spoken of as the Barrens not so much in an attempt to appraise them with geographical accuracy as to discourage their penetration, exploration and settlement. The name, then, is perhaps not best regarded as an item of purely scientific nomenclature but rather as something else, perhaps a warning. Also, calling the area of the Barrens gives men a good excuse, if they should desire such, for not entering upon them. To be sure, the expression 'Barrens' is not altogether a misnomer. They would be, on the whole, much less arable than much of the other land of known Gor. The Thentis Mountains and the absence of large bodies of water significantly influence their climate. Prevailing winds in the northern hemisphere of Gor are from the north and west. Accordingly a significant percentage of moisture-laden air borne by westerly winds is forced by the Thentis Mountains to cooler, less-heated air strata, where it precipitates, substantially on the eastern slopes of the mountains and the fringes of the Barrens. Similarly the absence of large bodies of water in the Barrens reduces rainfall which might be connected with large-scale evaporation and subsequent precipitation of this moisture over land areas, the moisture being carried inland on what are, in effect, sea breezes, flowing into low-pressure areas caused by the warmer land surface, a given amount of radiant energy raising the temperature of soil or rock significantly more than it would raise the temperature of an equivalent extent of water.
The absence of large bodies of water adjacent to or within the Barrens also has another significant effect on their climate. It precludes the Barrens from experiencing the moderating effects of such bodies of water on atmospheric temperatures. Areas in the vicinity of large bodies of water, because of the differential heating ratios of land and water, usually have warmer winters and cooler summers than areas, which are not so situated.
The Barrens, accordingly, tend to be afflicted with great extremes of temperature, often experiencing bitterly cold winters and long, hot, dry summers.
Savages of Gor, pgs. 64-65
Fort Haskings The next town Northward is Fort Haskins, I said. This lay at the foot of the Boswell Pass. Originally it had been a trading post, maintained by the Haskins Company, a company of Merchants, primarily at Thentis. A military outpost, flying the banners of Thentis, garrisoned by mercenaries, was later established at the same point. The military and strategic importance of controlling the eastern termination of the Boswell pass was clear. It was at this time that the place came to be known as Fort Haskins. A fort remains at this point but the name, generally, is now given to the town which grew up in the vicinity of the fort, primarily to the west and south.
The fort itself, incidentally, was twice burned, once by soldiers from Port Olni, before that town joined the Salerian Confederation, and on by marauding Dust Legs, a tribe of red
savages, from the interior of the Barrens. The military significance of the fort has declined with the growth of population in the area and now the development of tarn cavalries in Thentis. The fort now serves primarily as a trading post, maintained by the caste of Merchants, from Thentis, an interesting recollection of the origins of the area."
Savages of Gor, page 76-77
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