~The Free Companion Ceremony~
"Bring the wine of Free Companionship," decreed Marlenus.
The wine was brought and Relius and Virginia, lost in one another’s eyes, arms interlocked,
He carried her from the court of the Ubar, she lying against
him, weeping with happiness.
There were cheers in the court of the Ubar."
~Assassin of Gor, page 402~
"I shall take the arm of Lurius and with him drink the cup of the Free Companionship."
~Raiders of Gor, page 180~
"In certain cities, in connection with the free companionship, the betrothed
or pledged beauty may wear eight veils, several of which are ritualistically
removed during various phases of the ceremony of companionship; the final veils,
and robes, of course, are removed in private by the male, who, following their
removal, arms interlocked with girl, drinks with her the wine of free
companionship, after which he completes the ceremony. This sort of thing,
however, varies considerably from city to city. In some cities, the girl is
unveiled, though not disrobed, of course, during the public ceremony. The
friends of the male may then express their pleasure and joy in her beauty, and
their celebration of the good fortune of their friend."
~Slave Girl of Gor, page 107~
"Talena and I swore to honor that day as long as either of us lived. I have
tried to keep that promise, and I know that she has done so as well. That night,
that glorious night, was a night of flowers, torches, and Ka-la-na wine, and
late, after sweet hours of love, we fell asleep in each other's arms."
~Tarnsman of Gor, page 217~
"For years Talena, the magnificent Talena, had been in my heart’s deepest
dreams, my first love, my never forgotten love. She had burned in my memory,
unforgettably. I recalled her from the fields near the Swamp Forest south of Ar,
in the caravan of Mintar, at the great camp of Pa-Kur'’ horde, as she had been
upon Ar's lofty cylinder of justice, as she had been in lamp-lit Ko-ro-ba, when,
with interlocking arms, we had drunk the wines of Free Companionship."
~Hunters of Gor, page 10~
When I returned to Ko-ro-ba with Talena, a great feast was held and we
celebrated our Free Companionship. A holiday was declared, and the city was
ablaze with light and song. Shimmering strings of bells pealed in the wind, and
festive lanterns of a thousand colors swung from the innumerable flower-strewn
bridges. There was shouting, and laughter, and the glorious colors of the castes
of Gor mingled equally in the cylinders. Gone for the night was even the
distinction of master and slave, and many a wretch in bondage would see the dawn
as a free man.
To my delight, even Torm , of the Caste of Scribes,
appeared at the tables. I was honored that the little scribe had separated
himself from his beloved scrolls long enough to share my happiness, only that of
a warrior. He was wearing a new robe and sandals, perhaps for the first time in
m years. He clasped my hands, and, to my wonder, the little scribe was crying.
And then in his joy, he turned to Talena and in gracious salute lifted the
symbolic cup of Ka-la-na wine to her beauty.
Talena and I swore to honor
that day as long as either of us lived. I have tried to keep that promise, and I
know that she has done so as well. That night, that glorious night, was a night
of flowers, torches, and Ka-la-na wine, and late, after sweet hours of love, we
fell asleep in each other's arms."
................Tarnsman of Gor, page 216
"The talender is a flower which, in the Gorean mind, is associated with
beauty and passion. Free Companions, on the Feast of their Free Companionship,
commonly wear a garland of talenders."
~Raiders of Gor, Page 216~