Gorean Etiquette

9e42bae702bb80c685c025ee9715b299The following is a collection of points of etiquette which are common to Gor.Everyone,free and slaves will benefit from this paper.

Tal: Tal is a common Gorean greeting.It is often accompanied with the right hand raised to schoulder level,palm inward,facing the body.This signifies that the person being greeted is not considered an enemy.The gesture shows that the hand is devoid of any weapon.As slaves are not permitted weapons,then this salute would be ludicrous.As slaves must also respect all free persons,they cannot consider any to be their enemy.Thus the salute might even be considered an insult to a free person.Slaves may use the word Tal,as a greeting but they would not accompany it with the hand gesture.There are examples in the books of slaves using the word Tal,as a form of greeting.

Hail: This is a form of greeting reserved for experts and champions at some matter. An expert swordsman of kaissa player would be greeted in this manner.No slaves would ever be greeted in this manner.Slaves may also use this term when referring to a qualified free person.A ubar qualifies for this form of greeting.

I Wish You Well: This is the cammon Gorean phrase for farewell.It may be used by free perons or slaves.

I Ask Your Favor: This is the cammon Gorean phrase for please.It may also used by free perons or slaves.

Thank You: There is no special Gorean term or phrase to thank another person.Slaves may be thanked or not,depending on the will of  the free person.Many slaves are especially fearful of any master who shows them such kindness.

Slaves Addressing Free People: All slaves must adress free persons as Master or Mistress.They will only address their own Master as,my Master or Mistress.Slaves are not permitted to adress any free person by their name.The privilege of using a masters name is reserved for the free woman,in particular the Free Companion.It is said that a slavegirl grows bold if her lips are allowed to tough the name of her Master.But some masters prefer to hear their name said by a slave.This is commonly only in private,out of the presence of free woman.A slave may tell others the name of her master for explanation purposes only,such as to identify her owner.

Ubar: Ubar is an official title.Slaves addressing a Ubar should refer to him as Ubar or Master,but should not combine the two.Master Ubar is not a valid adress.A free person,s tittle is Always considerend respectful  for a slave.An Administrator or Regent would be addressed as such bij a slave.Most free persons should also addressed an Ubar by bis tittle,and not by his name.If you have been given specific permission from the Ubar,you may then call him by his name.

Ubara: Ubara is an official title.Slaves addressing the Ubara should refer to her as Ubara or Mistress,but should not combine the two.Mistress Ubara is not a valid adress.Most free persons should also address an Ubara by her title,and not by her name.If you have been specific permission from the Ubara,you may then call her by her name.

Paga Tavern: When a slave enters a paga tavern,she does not have to ask permission or perform any form of obeisance at the door.A slave should enter quietly and go to kneel in the serving area.A slave should not greet any free person when she enters unless her owner is present.A slave should Always greet their owner,once they have gone to the serving area.A slave does need to ask permission to leave the tavern.They first ask their owner.If the owner is not present,any free person may be asked.Slaves who are waiting in the serving area should pay attention to see if any free person needs food or drink.If a free person requests a server,they should not have to wait if a slave is just kneeling in the serving area doing nothing.Free persons must also be patient and wait for a slave to be available if they wish refreshment if all the slaves present are currently serving others.Free woman will not serve in a paga tavern under almost any circumstances.

Order of Precedence: In group settings,certain free persons should be given precedence by slaves,especially when serving.A Ubar/Administrator should be given priority in all matters,as he is the chief of state and the highest ranking free person in the city.After them,then comes the Ubara/Free Companion of the Administrator.After that would be any other high persons present.Then,your owner should be given precedence.Finally,all other free persons would then have equal precedence.

Haggling: The rule in the Marketplace and in stores is that there are no fixed prices.Haggling is the order of business.If you wish to purchase an item from someone,haggle over the price.In haggling,you start your offer low and the seller starts his price high.You try to come to a reasonable price,that makes both parties pleased.Many Merchants enjoy haggling as much as getting their money.

Begging: Goreans do not favor begging and some even view it as an insult.When charity is in order,it is usually arranged by the castle or clan.

Free Woman: Free woman should be treated with respect and honor.Considerable deference is due to a free woman.Free woman may speak freely and without permission.They may be bold and do much of what she wish.But free woman must also beware that they possess their freedom only by the will of free men.A Ubara/Tatrix be treated with the utmost of respect as she does wield great power in the city.

Lady: This is a term used for free woman,especially those of high station or Caste.  It is to be used only by free persons though.A slave would not use this term.

Compliments: Gorean compliments are generally meaningful for they are usually given only when deserved.

Station: Gor is a hierarchial world where your status,station and caste are vitally important.In general,you show respect to those of superior status,station or caste.That includes free woman.A free woman of High status and would also be due respect.Though men may consider themselves dominant over woman,they will respect the ideas of status,station and caste.Men also respect men of higher than themselves.A City Leader would have the highest status of any would be due respect from all.

Children: Goreans are generally fond of childeren and do not inflict suffering or abuse on them.Even slave children are seldom abused and are given much freedom at least until they reach adulthood.

Sitting: Free men sit cross legged.They rarely use chairs are usually reserved for special people like Administrators,Ubars and judges.Most Goreans find chairs to be uncomfortable anyways.Free woman kneel to sit.Their knees are kept close together and their hands lie on their thighs,palms face down.All slaves kneel to sit,and the positions of their hands and knees depend on the type of slave thet are. Slaves never sit in chairs and might be whippend or even slain for sitting in them.

Streets: When walking or riding down a street or road,Goreans commonly stay to the left of the road when passing others.This is done so that your sword arm,commonly the right arm,faces the person you are passing.



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