~Warriors - The codes~
"The Code of the Warrior was, in general, characterized by a rudimentary chivalry, emphasizing loyalty to Pride Chiefs and the Home Stone. It was harsh, but with a certain gallantry, a sense of honor that I could respect. A man could do wore then live by such a code."
~Tarnsman of Gor, page 41~
“You are of the Warriors,” said he. “You have their stupidity, their grit, their courage.” ………Tribesmen of Gor, page 227
“Within the circle of each man's sword,” say the codes of the warrior, “therein is each man a Ubar.”
“Steel is the coinage of the warrior,” say the codes. “With it he purchases what pleases him.” ………..Marauders of Gor, page 10
“Let us flee, Master,” wept Arlene.
“I am of the Warriors,” I told her.
“Flee!” she said.
”I am of the Warriors,” I said.
”But you may die,” she said.
”That is acknowledged in the codes,” I said.
”What are the codes?” she asked.
”They are nothing and, and everything,” I said. “They are a bit of noise, and the steel of the heart. They are meaningless, and all significant. They are the difference. Without the codes men would be Kurii.”
”Kurii?” she asked.
”Beasts, such as ice beasts, and worse,” I said. “Beasts such as the face you saw in the sky.”
”You need not keep the codes,” she said.
”I once betrayed my codes,” I said. “It is not my intention to do so again.” I looked at her. “One does not know, truly, what it is to stand, until one has fallen. Once one has fallen, then one knows, you see, what it is to stand.”
”None would know if you betrayed the codes,” she said.
”I would know,” I said, “and I am of the Warriors.”
”What is it to be a warrior?” she asked.
”It is to keep the codes,” I said. “ You may think that to be a warrior is to be large, or strong, and to be skilled with weapons, to have a blade at your hip, to know the grasp of the spear, to wear the scarlet, to know the fitting of the iron helm upon one's countenance, but these things are not truly needful; they are not, truly, what makes one man a warrior and another not. Many men are strong, and large, and skilled with weapons. Any man might, if he dared, don the scarlet and gird himself with weapons. Any man might place upon his brow the helm of iron. But it is not the scarlet, not the steel, not the helm which makes a warrior.”
She looked at me.
”It is the codes,” I said.
”Abandon your codes,” she said.
”One does not speak to a slave of the codes,” I said.
………………Beasts of Gor, page 340
“There is a subtle contaminant in the wounds,” he said.
“Are you sure?” I asked.
“I have not detected it,” he said. “But there seems no likely alternative explanation.”
“A contaminant?” I asked.
“Poisoned steel,” he said.
I said nothing.
“I would not have thought Sarus of Tyros would have used poisoned steel,” I said. Such a device, like the poisoned arrow, was not only against the codes of the warriors, but, generally, was regarded as unworthy of men. Poison was regarded as a woman’s weapon."
~Marauders of Gor, page 18~
~The Codes re......honor
"Honor," I said, "has many voices, and many songs."
He looked down at me, startled. "That is a saying of warriors," he said. "It is from the codes."
~Witness of Gor, page 711~
~ The Codes re.........death
I am of the Caste of Warriors, and it is in our codes that the only death fit for a man is that in battle, but I can no longer believe that this is true, for the man I met once on the road to Ko-ro-ba died well, and taught me that all wisdom and truth does not lie in my own codes............Priest-Kings of Gor, page 14
I would now rest, for an Ahn, unless interrupted. I had been so much a fool as to be sad. That is not the mood in which to enter battle, even the battle which one knows one cannot win, even the ultimate battle in which one knows one is doomed to defeat. Do not be sad. Better to take the field with laughter, with a joke, with a light thought, with a buoyant heart, or to go forward with sternness, or in fury, or with hatred, or defiance, or calculation, but never with self pity, never with sadness. Never such things, never them! The warrior does not kill himself or aid others in the doing of it. It is not in the codes…………Vagabonds of Gor, page 446
~The Codes re....The sword / The Steel / The Weapons
"In the codes of the warriors, there is a saying: “Be strong, and do as you will. The swords of others will set you your limits.”
~Marauders of Gor, page 10~
~Codes re....Longing for Home
“Even warriors long sometimes for the sight of their own flags, atop friendly walls, for the courtyards of their keeps, for the hearths of their halls. Thus admit the Codes.”
….. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 306
Warriors, it is said in the codes, have a common Home Stone. Its name is battle. ..................Renegades of Gor, page 343
~The Codes re........... Women
“I am of the Warriors,” I said. “I will take by the sword what women please me.” ……Beasts of Gor, page 348
In other cities, and in most cities, on the other hand, a free woman may, with legal tolerance, submit herself as a slave to a specific man. If he refuses her, she is then still free. If he accepts her, she is then, categorically, a slave, and he may do with her what he pleases, even selling her or giving her away, or slaying her, if he wishes. Here we may note a distinction between laws and codes. In the codes of the warriors, if a warrior accepts a woman as a slave, it is prescribed that, at least for a time, an amount of time up to his discretion, she be spared. If she should be the least displeasing, of course, or should prove recalcitrant in even a tiny way, she may be immediately disposed of.
It should be noted that this does place a legal obligation on the warrior. It has to do, rather, with the proprieties of the codes."…………Players of Gor, page 21
"You are a monster, Captain," he laughed.
"I am of the warriors," I said.
"I know your sort,” he said. “It is the fight you relish. What a wicked sort you are, and yet how useful!"
"You see a fight you want, you take it," he said, "You see a woman you like, you take her."
"Perhaps if she pleased me," I said.
"You would do as you wished," he said.
"Of course," I said.
"Warrior!" said he.
"Yes, Warrior,” I said.……Beasts of Gor, page 33
“I can force you to take me," she said.
"How?" I asked.
"Like this," she responded, kneeling before me, lowering her head and lifting her arms, the wrists crossed. She laughed. "Now you must take me with you or slay me,” she said, "and I know you cannot slay me.”
I cursed her, for she took unfair advantage of the Warrior Codes of Gor.
"What is the submission of Talena, the daughter of the Ubar, worth?" I taunted.
"Nothing," she said. "But you must accept it or slay me."...Tarnsman of Gor…page 109
~The Codes re.............Gold
“No,” he said. “I do not keep you because of the gold. I am of the scarlet caste. I am of the warriors. I could cast the gold away, as a gesture.”
“Yes, Master,” she said.
“To me it is meaningless.”……Vagabonds of Gor, page 490
Gold had been nothing to Rim. I suspected, then, he might once have been of the warriors……….Hunters of Gor, page 17
~The Codes re........... quiet thoughts of a Warrior
It was lonely here.
Yet such times are good in the life of a Warrior, times to be alone, to think.
He who cannot think is not a man, so saith the codes. Yet neither, too, they continue, is he who can only think……..Vagabonds of Gor, page 65