|The Plains of Gor
|This people are a strong and ferocious people, they have their own laws also and no white man has been able to curtail their activities, be it reading, pillaging or enslaving. They have a strong sense of honor like the rest of the Gorean peoples, but they seem to take it to a different height.
The leaders of a wagon people tribe are unknown to all except those of the first wagon. They have their own unique greeting and only pray to the skies and plains.
He grinned a Tuchuck grin."How are the Bosk?" He asked.
"As well as may be expected," said Kamchak.
"Are the Quivas sharp?"
"One tries to keep them so," said Kamchak.
"It is important to keep the axles of the wagons greased," observed Kutaituchik.
"Yes,' said Kamchak, "I believe so."
Kutaituchik suddenly reached out and he and Kamchak, laughing, clasped hands." Nomads of Gor page 44
They also have haruspexes for omens and potions.
They migrate in hundreds in their huge wagons, different from what we think of as western wagons, their wagons are much much bigger and made differently, when reading the quotes, we realize that they are not at all what we think of as traveling wagons.
The wagon box, which stands almost six feet from the ground, is formed of black, lacquered planks of tem-wood. Inside the wagon box, which is square, there is fixed a rounded, tentlike frame, covered with the taut, painted, varnished hides of bosks. These hides are richly colored, and often worked with fantastic designs, each wagon competing with its neighbor to be the boldest and most exciting. The rounded frame is fixed somewhat within the square of the wagon box, so that a walkway, almost like a ship's bridge, surrounds the frame. The sides of the wagon box, incidentally, are, here and there, perforated for arrow ports, for the small horn bow of the Wagon Peoples can be used to advantage not only from the back of a kaiila but, like the crossbow, from such cramped quarters. One of the most striking features of these wagons is the wheels, which are huge, the back wheels having a diameter of about ten feet; the front wheels are, like those of the Conestoga wagon, slightly smaller, in this case, about eight feet in diameter; the larger rear wheels are more difficult to mire; the smaller front wheels, nearer the pulling power of the bosk, permit a somewhat easier turning of the wagon. These wheels are carved wood and, like the wagon hides, are richly painted. Thick strips of boskhide form the wheel rims, which are replaced three to four times a year. The wagon is guided by a series of eight straps, two each for the four lead animals. Normally, however, the wagons are tied in tandem fashion, in numerous long columns, and only the lead wagons are guided, the others simply following, thongs running from the rear of one wagon to the nose rings of the bosk following, sometimes as much as thirty yards behind, with the next wagon; also, too, a wagon is often guided by a woman or boy who walks beside the lead animals with a sharp stick. Nomads of Gor, pages 30-31
The wagon people have the festivals of the Turian Love wars and every tenth year, the taking of the Omens for the Ubar San, they are separate and both important in their customs. The Love Wars are fought on the Turian plains, warriors of both the wagon people and Turia fighting for the free women of their sacred enemies.
The institution of Love War is an ancient one among the Turians and the Wagon Peoples, according to the Year Keepers antedating even the Omen Year. The games of Love War, of course, are celebrated every spring between, so to speak, the city and the plains, whereas the Omen Year occurs only every tenth year. The games of Love War, in themselves, do not constitute a gathering of the Wagon Peoples, for normally the herds and the free women of the peoples do not approach one another at these times; only certain delegations of warriors, usually about two hundred from a people, are sent in the spring to the Plains of a Thousand Stakes. Nomads of Gor, page 115
The Wagon People will kill a stranger and ask questions later, only merchants wearing the merchant brand may come to them for merchanting.
The Wagon Peoples, it is said, slay strangers. The words for stranger and enemy in Gorean are the same. Nomads of Gor, page 9
This People with only eat meat and mostly drink Paga and fermented milk. They look down on city dwellers as being below them and are a fierce proud people.
The Wagon Peoples grow no food, nor do they have manufacturing as we know it. They are herders a, and it is said, killers. They eat nothing that has touched the dirt. They live on the meat and milk of the bosk. They are among the proudest peoples on Gor, regarding the dwellers of the cities of Gor as vermin in holes, cowards who must fly behind walls, wretches who fear to live beneath the broad sky, who dare not dispute them the open, windswept plains of their world. Nomads of Gor, page 4
Also they are the only tribe on Gor with Torturers, though through the series we see some of these men hired outside the Turian Plains.
I knew that they spoke a dialect of Gorean, and I hoped I would be able to understand them. If I could not I must die as befitted a swordsman of Ko-ro-ba. I hoped that I would be granted death in battle, if death it must be. The Wagon Peoples, of all those on Gor that I know, are the only ones that have a clan of torturers, trained as carefully as scribes or physicians, in the arts of detaining life. Nomads of Gor, page 9
A man of the wagon people with earn scars as he accomplishes feats in his lifetime, he cannot take a companion as long he has not earned the scar of courage and so forth, and could not own more then five bosk and three kaiila, bosk being their revered animal, the courage scar seems to be the first one young men of the wagon people will try for.
The man facing me had seven such scars ceremonially worked into the tissue of his countenance, the highest being red, the next yellow, the next blue, the fourth black, then two yellow, then black again. I recalled what I had heard whispered of once before, in a tavern in Ar, the terrible Scar Codes of the Wagon Peoples, for each of the hideous marks on the face of these men had a meaning, a significance that could be ready by the Paravaci, the Kassars, the Kataii, the Tuchucks as clearly as you or I might read a sign in a window or a sentence in a book. Nomads of Gor, page 15-16
Without the Courage Scar one may not, among the Tuchuks, pay court to a free woman, own a wagon, or own more than five bosk and three kaiila. The Courage Scar thus has its social and economic, as well as its martial, import. Nomads of Gor, page 113
"To a Tuchuk," said Harold, "success is courage, that is the important thing, courage itself even if all else fails, that is success." Nomads of Gor, page 273
Another ceremony of the wagon people is the Sharing of grass and earth, binding a man to another as brothers.
Suddenly the Tuchuk bent to the soil and picked up a handful of dirt and grass, the land on which the bosk graze, the land which is the land of the Tuchuks, and this dirt and this grass he thrust in my hands and I held it.
The warrior grinned and put his hands over mine so that our hands together held the dirt and the grass, and were together clasped on it.
"Yes," said the warrior, " come in peace to the Land of the Wagon Peoples." Nomads of Gor, page 26
|The Free Women|