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Woman of Gor
Cities of Gor
This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of
view. Woman of Gor

Location:One of the major  Cosian cities.

No mention of its homestone.

Some  four months ago I,
on my swiftest ram-ship, accompanied by my other ram-ships,  and escorted, as well, by five ram-ships of the Arsenal,
heavy class, had come  to the cast, wall-encircled harbors of Telnus, which is the capitol city of the  Ubarate of Cos. There are four major cities on
Cos, of which Telnus is the  largest. The others are Selnar, Temos and Jad. Raiders of Gor, page 174


Location: East and at the   foot of the Thentis mountains.

No mention of its homestone.

Kailiauk is the easternmost town at  the foot of the Thentis mountains. It lies almost at the edge of the Ihanke, or  Boundary. From its outskirts
one can see the markers, the feathers on their tall  wands, which mark the beginning of the country of the red savages. Savages of  Gor, page 77
In  Kailiauk, as is not unusual in the towns of the perimeter, the Administrator is  of the Merchants. The major business of Kailiauk is the traffic in
hides and  kaiila. It serves a function as well, however, as do many such towns, as a  social and commercial center for many outlying farms and
ranches. It is a  bustling town, but much of its population is itinerant. Among its permanent  citizens I doubt that it numbers more than four or five
hundred individuals.  Savages of Gor, page 93-94

Kargash ( Mentionned, unknown location.)


Location:On the Lower  Fayeen, west of Tor.

No mention of its homestone.

West of Tor, on the Lower Fayeen, a sluggish,  meandering tributary, like the Upper Fayeen, to the Cartius, lay the river port  of Kasra, known for its
export of salt. Tribesmen of Gor, page 32


Location: A northern town  at the brink of the northern Forests.

No mention of its homestone.

The High Initiate  of Kassau, a town at the northern brink of the forest, sat still in his white  robes, in his tall hat, on the throne to the right, within
the white rail that  separated the sanctuary on Initiates from the common ground of the hall, where  those not anointed by the grease of the
Priest-Kings. Marauders of Gor, page 25

Kassau is the  seat of the High initiate of the north, who claims spiritual sovereignty over  Torvaldsland, which is commonly taken to commence
with the thinning of the trees  northward. Marauders of Gor, page 25-26

Kassau  is a town of wood, and the temple is the greatest building in the town, It  towers far above 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. Marauders of Gor, page  27


Location:High above the  Tamber Gulf, North of the Vosk.

Homestone: Flattish, small.

Leader: Tarl's father was the  administrator of Ko-ro-ba in the first book. he seemed a fair and well loved  leader.
"Here,"  said my father, reaching into a leather sack that he wore slung about his  shoulder, "is Ko-ro-ba," and he drew forth the small, flat
Home Stone of the  city, in which Gorean custom invests the meaning, the significance, the reality  of a city itself."
"Ko-ro-ba cannot be destroyed," said my father, "or its Home  Stone has not perished!"
My father had  taken the Stone from the City before it had been destroyed. For years he had  carried it on his own person.
I took the small  stone in my hands and kissed it, for it was the Home Stone of the city to which  I had pledged my sword, where I had ridden my
first tarn, where I had met my  father after an interval of more than twenty years, where I had found new  friends, and to which I had taken Talena,
my love, the daughter of Marlenus,  once Ubar of Ar, as my Free Companion. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 304
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. Ko-ro-ba was not set as high and remote as for example was  Thentis in the
mountains of Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, but it was not a  city of the vast plains either, like the luxurious metropolis of Ar, or of the  shore,
like the cluttered, crowded, sensuous Port Kar on the Tamber Gulf.  Whereas Ar was glorious, a city of imposing grandeur, acknowledged even by
its  blood foes; whereas Thentis had the proud violence of the rude mountains of  Thentis for its setting; whereas Port Kar could boast the broad
Tamber for her  sister, and the gleaming, mysterious Thassa beyond, I thought my city to be  truly the most  beautiful, its variegated lofty cylinders
rising so gently, so joyfully, among  the calm, green hills.
An ancient poet, who incredibly  enough to the Gorean mind had sung the glories of many of the cities of Gor, had  spoken of Ko-ro-ba as the
Towers of the Morning, and it is sometimes spoken of  by that name. The actual word Ko-ro-ba itself, more prosaically, is simply an  expression in
archaic Gorean referring to a village market. Outlaw of Gor, page  39
Thus when the tarnsmen of Treve came to the grain  fields of Ko-ro-ba, which lie for the most part some pasangs from the city,  toward the Vosk
and Tamber Gulf, they would find her tarnsmen arrayed against  them. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 62


Location:At the  confluence of two rivers, the Olni and the Vosk.

No mention of its homestone.

The meadow of  Salerius, thus, lies on the northern bank of the Olni, between Port Olni and  Vonda; the area called Saleria, on the other hand, is,
in effect, the lands  controlled by the confederation. Ti, Port Olni and Vonda lie on the northern  bank of the Olni; Lara lies between the Olni and
the Vosk at their confluence.  It is regarded as being of great strategic importance. It could, if it wishes,  prevent Olni shipping from reaching the
markets of  the Vosk towns, and,  similarly, if it wished, prevent shipping from these same towns from reach the  Olni markets. Overland, shipping
in this area, as is generally the case on Gor,  is time consuming and costly; also. It is often dangerous. Fighting Slave of  Gor, page 173


Location: Two hundred  pasangs inland from Thassa east of Ko-ro-ba on the shores of the Laurius.

No mention of its homestone.

He was bound,  traveling over the hills and meadowlands east 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 coast of the sea, called Thassa. Laura is a small trading city,  a river port, whose buildings are largely of
wood, consisting mostly is seems of  warehouses and taverns. It is a clearing house for many goods, wood, salt, fish,  stone, fur and slaves.
Captive of Gor, page 59

I  looked about at the other girls, in the early light. They were awake now. They  seemed excited. Laura would be my first Gorean city. Captive of
Gor, page 78

Except for  villages, Laura was the only civilization in the region. Lydius, the free Port  at the mouth of the Laurius, was more than two hundred
pasangs downstream.  Captive of Gor, page 85

There  was little market in simple Laura for the more exquisite goods of Gor. Seldom  will one find there Torian rolls of gold wire, interlocking
cubes of silver from  Tharna, rubies carved into tiny, burning panthers from Schendi, nutmeg and  cloves, spikenard and peppers from the lands
east of Bazi, the floral brocades,  the perfumes of Tyros, and the dark wines, the gorgeous, diaphanous silks of  glorious Ar. Life, even by Gorean
standards, is primitive in the region of the  Laurius, and northward, to the great forests, and along the coast, upward to  Torvaldsland. Captive of
Gor, page 86


Location: A free port at  the mouth of the Laurius in the Northern part of Gor.

No mention of its homestone.

I glanced about  myself, in the crowds, as we worked our way through them. I saw a blond giant  from Torvaldsland, with braided hair, in shaggy
jacket; a merchant from Tyros,  hurrying, perfumed and sleek; seamen from Cos, and Port Kar, mortal enemies, yet  passing one another without
thought in the streets of Lydius; a black woman,  veiled in yellow, borne in a palanquin by eight black warriors, perhaps from as  far south as
Anango or Ianda; two hunters, perhaps from Ar, cowled in the heads  of forest panthers; a wood cutter from one of the villages north of Lydius, his  
sticks bound on his back; a peasant, from south of the Laurius, with a basket of  suls; an intent, preoccupied scribe, lean and clad in the scribe's
blue, with a  scroll, perhaps come north for high fees to tutor the Sons of rich men; a  brown-clad, hearty fellow from Laura, some two hundred
pasangs upriver; a  slaver, with the medallion of Ar over his robes; two blond slave girls, clad in  brief white, bells on their left ankles, walking
together and laughing, speaking  in the accents of Thentis; I saw even a warrior of the Tuchuks, from the  distant, treeless plains of the south,
though I did not know him; it was not by  the epicanthic fold that I recognized him; it was by the courage scars, high on  his angular cheekbones.
Hunters of Gor, page 41

Except for villages, Laura was the only  civilization in the region. Lydius, the free Port at the mouth of the Laurius,  was more than two hundred
pasangs downstream. Captive of Gor, page 85

At  the mouth of the Laurius, where it empties into Thassa, is found the free port  of Lydius, administered by the merchants, an important Gorean
caste. Captive of  Gor, page 59

We were fifty pasangs north of Lydius, which port lies  at the mouth of the Laurius River. Far above the beach we could see the green  margins of
the great northern forests.Hunters of Gor, page 18

Lydius is one of the few cities of the north which has  public baths, as in Ar and Turia, though smaller and less opulent. It is a port  of paradoxes,
where one finds, strangely mingled, luxuries and gentilities of  the south with the simplicities and rudenesses of the less civilized north.  
Hunters of Gor, page 45

Those of Lydius pretend to much civilization, and are  fond of decorating their houses, commonly of wood, with high pointed roofs, in  manners
they think typical of Ar, of Ko-ro-ba, of Tharna and Turia, but to  settle points of honor they commonly repair to a skerry in Thassa, little more  than
forty feet wide, there to meet opponents with axes, in the manner of those  of Torvaldsland.
Hunters of Gor, page 45

Port  Kar

Location:In the Tamber  Gulf facing Thassa at the delta of the Vosk.

Homestone:  A common gray rock, a bit bigger then a man's fist, with the crudely marked  initials of Port Kar.

Leaders: Port Kar is led by  several Ubars and Captains, followed by merchant princes. It is as pointed out  at times in political chaos.

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 crenulated 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. We had entered the city through  
one such pair of gates. In Port Kar, incidentally, there are none of the towers  often encountered in the northern cities of Gor. The men of Port Kar
had not  chosen to build towers. It is the only city on Gor I know of which was built not  by free men, but by slaves, under the lash of masters.
Commonly, on Gor, slaves  are not permitted to build, that being regarded as a privilege to be reserved  for free men.
Politically, Port Kar is a chaos, ruled by several conflicting Ubars, each with  his own following, each attempting to terrorize, to govern and tax to
the extent  of his power. Nominally beneath these Ubars, but in fact much independent of  them, is an oligarchy of merchant princes, Captains, as
they call themselves,  who, in council, maintain and manage the great arsenal, building and renting  ships and fittings, themselves controlling
the grain fleet, the oil fleet, the  slave fleet, and others.
Samos, First Slaver of Port Kar, said to be an agent of Priest-Kings, was, I  knew, a member of this council. I had been supposed to contact him.
Now, of  course, I would not do so.
There is even, in Port Kar, a recognized caste of Thieves, the only such I know  of on Gor, which, in the lower canals and perimeters of the city, has
much  power, that of the threat and the knife. They are recognized by the Thief's  Scar, which they wear as a caste mark, a tiny, three-pronged
brand burned into  the face in back of and below the eye, over the right cheekbone.
One might think that Port Kar, divided as she is, a city in which are raised the  thrones of anarchy, would fall easy prey to either the imperialisms
or the  calculated retaliations of the other cities, but it is not true. When threatened  from the outside the men of Port Kar have, desperately and
with the viciousness  of cornered urts, well defended themselves. Further, of course, it is next to  impossible to bring large bodies of armed men
through the delta of the Vosk, or,  under the conditions of the marsh, to supply them or maintain them in a  protracted siege.
The delta itself is Port Kar's strongest wall.
The nearest solid land, other than occasional bars in the marshes, to Port Kar  lies to her north, some one hundred pasangs distant. This area, I
supposed,  might theoretically be used as a staging area, for the storing of supplies and  the embarkation of an attacking force on barges, but the
military prospects of  such a venture were decidedly not promising. It lay hundreds of pasangs from the  nearest Gorean city other, of course, than
Port Kar. It was open territory. It  was subject to attack by forces beached to the west from the tarn fleets of Port  Kar, through the marsh itself by
the barges of Port Kar, or from the east or  north, depending on the marches following the disembarkation of Port Kar forces.  Further, it was open
to attach from the air by means of the cavalries of  mercenary tarnsmen of Port Kar, of which she has several. I knew one of these  mercenary
captains, Ha-Keel, murderer, once of Ar, whom I had met in Turia, in  the house of Saphrar, a merchant. Ha-Keel alone commanded a thousand
men,  tarnsmen all. And even if an attacking force could be brought into the marsh, it  was not clear that it would, days later, make its way to the
walls of Port Kar.  It might be destroyed in the marshes. And if it should come to the walls, there  was little likelihood of its being effective. The
supply lines of such a force,  given the barges of Port Kar and her tarn cavalries, might be easily cut.  Raiders of Gor, page 103

We waited  quietly, not speaking, until he had returned. He held in his hand a sizable  rock, somewhat bigger than my fist. It was a common rock,
not very large, and  gray and heavy, granular in texture.
I took the rock.
"A knife," I said.
I was handed a knife.
I cut in the rock the initials, in block Gorean script, of Port Kar.
Then I held out in my hand the rock.
I held it up so that the men could see.
"What have I here?" I asked.
Tab said it, and quietly, "The Home Stone of Port Kar."
"Now,"said I, facing the man who had told me there was but one choice, that of  flight, "shall we fly?"
He looked at the simple rock, wonderingly. "I have never had a Home Stone  before," he said.
"Shall we fly?" I asked.
"Not if we have a Home Stone," he said.
I held up the rock. "Do we have a Home Stone?" I asked the men.
"I will accept it as my Home Stone," said the slave boy, Fish. None of the men  laughed. The first to accept the Home Stone of Port Kar was only a
boy, and a  slave. But he had spoken as a Ubar.
"And I!" cried Thurnock, in his great, booming voice.
"And I!" said Clitus.
"And I!" said Tab.
"And I!" cried the men in the room. And, suddenly, the room was filled with  cheers and more than a hundred weapons left their sheaths and
saluted the Home  Stone of Port Kar. I saw weathered seamen weep and cry out, brandishing their  swords. There was joy in that room then such
as I had never before seen it. And  there was a belonging, and a victory, and meaningfulness, and cries, and the  clashing of weapons, and tears
and, in that instant, love. Raiders of Gor,  page250

Port  Olni

Location: Northern banks  of the Olni River.

No mention of its homestone.

Venna is a resort  town west of the Voltai, north of Ar. Port Olni is located in the north bank of  the Olni River, It is a member of the Salerian
Confederation. Savages of Gor,  page 88

The meadow of  Salerius, this, lies on the northern back of the Olni, between Port Olni and  Vonda; the area called Saleria, on the other hand, is,
in effect, the lands  controlled by the confederation. Ti, Port Olni and Vonda lie on the northern  bank of the Olni; Lara lies between the Olni and
the Vosk at their confluence.  It is regarded as being of great strategic importance. It could, if it wishes,  prevent Olni shipping from reaching the
markets of the Vosk towns, and,  similarly, if it wished, prevent shipping from these same towns from reach the  Olni markets. Overland, shipping
in this area, as is generally the case on Gor,  is time consuming and costly; also. It is often dangerous. Fighting Slave of  Gor, page 173