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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
Ragnar's Hamlet

Location: West of Ar  Station

No mention of its  homestone.

West of Ar's  Station on the river I had visited Jort's Ferry, Point Alfred, Jasmine, Siba,  Sais, and Sulport. I had stopped also at Hammerfest and Ragnar's Hamlet,
the  latter actually, now, a good-sized town. Its growth might be contrasted with  that of Tetrapoli, much further west on the river. Ragnar?s Hamlet began as a  
small village and, from this central nucleus, expanded. Rogue of Gor, page 63

In all, nineteen towns had become members of the League,  Turmus, Ven, Tetrapoli, Port Cos, Tafa, Victoria, Fina, Ragnar's Hamlet,  Hammerfest, Sulport, Sais,
Siba, Jasmine, Point Alfred, Jort's Ferry, Forest  Port, Iskander, Tancred's Landing and White Water. Guardsman of Gor, page  235


Rarn
Location: Southeast if  Tharna, a river port on the Vosk.

No mention of its homestone.

He had won her in Girl Catch, in a  contest to decide a trade dispute between two small cities, Ven and Rarn, the  former a river port on the Vosk, the second
noted for its copper mining, lying  southeast of Tharna.. Beasts of Gor, page 41
She stood not  more than a hundred yards from the gate of Tesius, in the city of Samnium, some  two hundred pasangs east and a bit south of Brundisium, both
cities continental  allies of the island ubarate of Cos. Mercenaries of Gor, page 9


Samniun

Location:Some two hundred  pasangs southeast of Brundusium.

No mention of its homestone.

She stood not more than a hundred  yards from the gate of Tesius, in the city of Samnium, some two hundred pasangs  east and a bit south of Brundisium, both
cities continental allies of the island  ubarate of Cos.  Mercenaries of Gor, page 9


Schendi

Location:Equatorial free  port of Gor on Thassa.

No mention of its homestone.

Schendi was a  equatorial free port, well known of Gor, It is also the home port of the league  of Black Slavers. Explorers of Gor, page 16
Many goods pass in  and out of Schendi, as would be the case in any major port, such as precious  metals, jewels, tapestries, rugs, silks, horn and horn products,
medicines,  sugars and salts, scrolls, papers, inks, lumber, stone, cloth, ointments,  perfumes, dried fruit, some dried fish, many root vegetables, chains, craft  
tools, agricultural implements, such as hoe heads and metal flail blades, wines  and pagas, colourful birds and slaves. Schendi's most significant exports are  
doubtless spice and hides, with kailiauk horn and horn products also being of  great importance. One of her most delicious exports is palm wine. One of her  most
famous, and precious, exports are the small craves sapphires of Schendi.  These are generally a deep blue, bit some are purple and others, interestingly,  white or
yellow. Explorers of Gor, page 115

This is not to  say, of course, that Schendi does not have excellent slave markets. It is a  major Gorean Port. The Population of Schendi is probably about a million
people.  The great majority of these are black. Individuals of all races, however,  Schendi being a cosmopolitan port, frequent the city. Explorers of Gor, page 115


Selnar

Location:One of the major  cities of the Island of Cos.

No mention of its homestone.

Some four months  ago I, un 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


Tarnburg

Location: Some two  hunndred pasangs northwest of Hochburg in the Voltai Mountains.

No mention of its homestone.

Dietrich of Tarnburg, of the high  city of Tarnburg, some two hundred pasangs to the north and west of Hochburg,  both substantially mountain fortresses, both in
the more southern and civilized  ranges of the Voltai, was well-known to the warriors of Gor. Mercenaries of Gor,  page 31


Telnus

Location: One of the  major cities of the Island of Cos.

No mention of its homestone.

Some four months  ago I, un 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


Temos

Location: One of the  major cities of the Island of Cos.

No mention of its homestone.

The name of this city, if I had not mentionned it before is Ar. It is nominally  governed, as I understand it,  by a ubara, whose name is Talena. The actual
governance is presumably in the  hands of a military governor, one named Myron, who bears the title of Polemarkos  of Cos, or, more strictly, Polemarkos of
Temos, which is the third largest city  on the island of Cos. Witness of Gor, pave 661-662


Tetrapoli

Location: West of  Hammerfest on the Vosk River.

No mention of its homestone.

I had stopped also  at Hammerfest and Ragnar's Hamlet, the latter actually now, a good sized town.  Its growth might be contrasted with that of Tetrapoli, much
further west on the  river. Ragnar's Hamlet began as a small village and, from this central nucleus,  expanded. Tetrapoli, on the other hand, began as four
separate towns, Ri,  Teibar,Heiban and Azdak, as legend has it founded by four brothers. These towns  grew together along the river and were eventually
consolidated as a polity. The  four districts of the city, as might be supposed, retain the names of the  original towns. The expression 'Tetrapoli' in Gorean,
incidentally means, "Four  Cities" or "Four Towns." Rogues of Gor, page 63


Tharna
Location: North and east  of Venna and the Vosk river.

No mention of its homestone.

The Gorean is  suspicious of the stranger, particularly in the vicinity of his native walls.  Indeed, in Gorean the same word is used for both stranger and enemy.
There was reputedly one exception to this generally prevalent attitude of  hostility towards the stranger, the city of Tharna, which, according to rumor,  was
willing to engage in what on Gor might be accounted the adventure of  hospitality. There were many things supposedly strange about Tharna, among them  that
she was reportedly ruled by a queen, or Tatrix, and, reasonably enough in  the circumstances, that the position of women in that city, in contrast with  most
Gorean custom, was one of privilege and opportunity. Outlaw of Gor, page   49

I missed in the crowd the presence of slave girls,  common in other cities, usually lovely girls clad only in the brief, diagonally  striped slave livery of Gor, a
sleeveless, briefly skirted garment terminating  some inches above the knee, a garment that contrasts violently with the heavy,  cumbersome Robes of
Concealment worn by free women. Indeed, it was known that  some free women actually envied their lightly clad sisters in bondage, free,  though wearing a
collar, to come and go much as they pleased, to feel the wind  on the high bridges, the arms of a master who celebrated their beauty and  claimed them as his
own. I remembered that in Tharna, ruled by its Tatrix, there  would be few, if any, female slaves. Whether or not there were male slaves I  could not well judge,
for the collars would have been hidden by the grey robes.  Outlaw of Gor, page 66

Perhaps I was most startled on the silent streets of  Tharna by the free women. They walked in this city unattended, with an imperious  step, the men of Tharna
moving to let them pass in such a way that they never  touched. Each of these women wore resplendent Robes of Concealment, rich in  color and workmanship,
standing out among the drab garments of the men, but  instead of the veil common with such robes the features of each were hidden  behind a mask of silver.
The masks were of identical design, each formed in the  semblance of a beautiful, but cold face. Some of these masks had turned to gaze  upon me as I passed,
my scarlet warrior's tunic having caught their eye. It made  me uneasy to be the object of their gaze, to be confronted by those passionless,  glittering silver
masks.

Wandering in the city I found myself in Tharna's marketplace. Though it was  apparently a market day, judging from the numerous stalls of vegetables, the  racks
of meat under awnings, the tubs of salted fish, the cloths and trinkets  spread out on the carpets before the seated, cross-legged merchants, there was  none of
the noisy clamor that customarily attends the Gorean market.
Outlaw of Gor, page 67

"Man of Tharna," I asked, "where can I find an inn?"
"There are no inns in Tharna," said the man, looking at me closely. "You are a  stranger," he said. "A weary traveler who seeks lodging," I said.
"Flee, Stranger," said he.
"I am welcome in Tharna," I said.
"Leave while you have time," he said, looking about to see if anyone were  listening.
"Is there no Paga Tavern near," I asked, "where I can find rest?"
"There are no Paga Taverns in Tharna," said the man, I thought with a trace of  amusement.
Outlaw of Gor, page 75

The man laughed bitterly. "How many hours, Warrior," asked  he, "have you been within the walls of Tharna?"
"At the sixth hour I came to Tharna," I said.
"It is then too late," said the man, with a trace of sorrow, "for you have been  within the walls for more than ten hours."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Welcome to Tharna," said the man, and hurried away into the dusk. Outlaw of  Gor, page 75

"Proprietor!" I cried, pounding on the table with my  spear.
"Yes, Warrior," cried he.
"Where are the Pleasure Slaves?" I demanded.
The proprietor seemed stunned.
"I would see a woman dance," I said.
The men of Tharna seemed horrified. One whispered, "There are no Pleasure Slaves  in Tharna."
Outlaw of Gor, page 79

The small fellow, I had gathered,  might have once been from Tharna. That is a city far to the north and east of  Venna. It is well know for its silver mines. So,
too, incidentally, is the city  of Argentum. Dancer of Gor, page 385

These mines (those of Argentum) were  said to be almost as rich as those of Tharna, far to the north and east of  Corcyrus. Kajira of Gor, page 89


Thentis

Location:  In the thentis Mountains Southeast of the Sardar Mountains.

No mention of its homestone.

The Older Tarl  had told me that Thentis is a city famed for its tarn flocks and remote in the  mountains from which the city takes its name. Tarnsman of Gor,
page 67

Perhaps Treve has  never attacked Thentis because she, too, is a mountain city, lying in the  Mountains of Thentis, or more likely because the men of Treve
respect her  tarnsmen almost as much as they do their own." Priest-Kings of Gor, page  61

The only two  cities, other than Ar, which I knew that Treve did not periodically attack were  mountainous Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, and Ko-ro-ba, my
own city. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 62


Ti

Location:  Nothern bank of the Olni River.

No mention of its homestone.

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
The retinue was the betrothal and  dowry retinue of the Lady Sabina of the small merchant polls of Fortress of  Saphronicus bound overland for Ti, of the Four
Cities of Saleria, of the  Salerian Confederation. Slave Girl of Gor, page 110
The journey itself, overland and  afoot from Fortress of Saphronicus to Ti, would take several days, but it was  ceremonially prolonged in order that the four
tributary villages of Fortress of  Saphronicus might be visited. It is not unusual for a Gorean city to have  several villages in its vicinity, these customarily
supplying it with meat and  produce. Slave Girl of Gor, page 111
Tor
Location: In the  Northwest corner of the Tahari desert
No mention of its homestone.
The buildings in  Tor are seldom more than four stories high, which is about as high as one may  build safely with beams and mud brick. Because of the irregular
topography of  Tor, however, which is a hilly, rocky area, like most of the Tahari terrain,  many of the buildings, built on shelves and rises, seemed considerably
higher.  These buildings, on the outside smooth and bleak, save for occasional narrow  windows, high, not wide enough to admit a body, abut directly on the
streets,  making the streets like deep, walled alleys. In the center of the street is a  gutter. It seldom rains in Tor, but the gutter serves to collect waste, which is  
often thrown into it, through open doors, by slaves. Within these walls,  however, so pressing upon the street, I knew there were often gardens, walled,  well-
watered, beautiful, and cool, dark rooms, shielded from the heat and sun,  many with superb appointments. Tor was, as Gorean cities went, rich, trading  city. It
was headquarters for thousands of caravan merchants. In it, too, were  housed many craftsmen, practicing their industries, carvers, varnishers, table  makers,
gem cutters, jewelers, carders, dyers of cloth, weavers of rugs,  tanners, makers of slippers, toolers of leather, potters, glaziers, makers of  cups and kettles,
weapon smiths, and many others. Much of the city, of course,  was organized to support the caravan trade. Tribesmen of Gor, page 38
He might as well have used Tor,  which is an oasis city in the deserts far below Ar, and to its east.
Hunters of Gor, page 43
Tor, lying at the northwest corner  of the Tahari, is the principal supplying point for the scattered oasis  communities of that dry vastness, almost a continent of
rock, and heat, and wind  and sand. Tribesmen of Gor, page 36
Tor, rather similarly, though few  crops were grown within its walls, was built high, about its water, several  wells in the deepest area in the city. The architecture
of Tor, in concentric  circles, broken by numerous, narrow, crooked streets, and was a function of the  radius from its wells. An advantage of this municipal
organization, of course,  though it is scarcely a matter of intentional design, is that the water is in  the most protected portion of the city, its center. Tor's water, I
might  mention, was ample to her needs. Though I saw few of them, she boasted many  shaded gardens. Water for these gardens, by contract with slave
masters, was  carried by chains of male slaves and emptied into house cisterns, whence, later,  by house slaves, it would be taken in cans and sprinkled carefully,
foot by  foot, throughout the garden. Tribesmen of Gor, page 40
Torcadino
Location: On the flats of  Serpeto in which lies the intersections of various routes leading to several  cities.
No mention of its homestone.
Torcadino, on the flats of Serpeto,  is a crossroads city. It is located at the intersection of various routes, the  Genesian, connecting Brundisium and other coastal
cities with the south, the  Northern Salt Line and the Northern Silk road, leading respectively west and  north from the east and south, the Pilgrims Road, leading
to the Sardar, and the  Eastern way, sometimes called the Treasure Road, which links the western cities  with Ar. Supposedly Torcadino, with its strategic
location, was an ally of Ar. I  gathered, however, that it had, in recent weeks, shifted allegiances. It is  sometimes said that any city can fall behind the walls of
which can be placed a  tharlarion laden with gold.
"There are the aqueducts of  Torcadino!" said Mincon.
"I see them," I said. The natural  wells of Torcadino, originally sufficing for a small population, had, more than  a century ago, proved inadequate to furnish
sufficient water for an expanding  city. Two aqueducts now brought fresh water to Torcadino from more than a  hundred pasangs away, one from the Issus, a
northwestwardly flowing tributary of  the Vosk, and the other from the springs in the Hills of Eteocles, southwest of  Corcyrus. The remote termini of both
aqueducts were defended by guard stations.  The vicinities of the aqueducts themselves are usually patrolled and, of course,  engineers and workmen attend
regularly to their inspection and repair. These  aqueducts are marvelous constructions,  actually, having a pitch of as little as a hort for every pasang. Mercenaries
of  Gor, page 101-102
Treve
Location: High in the  Voltai Mountains, alleged to lie above the great city of Ar.
No mention of its homestone.
Indeed, Treve was known as the Tarn  of the Voltai. It was an arrogant, never-conquered citadel, a stronghold of men  whose way of life was banditry, whose
women lived on the spoils of a hundred  cities. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 63
Treve was alleged to lie above Ar,  some seven hundred pasangs distant, and toward the Sardar. I had never seen the  city located on a map but I had seen the
territory she claimed so marked. The  precise location of Treve was not known to me and was perhaps known to few save  its citizens. Trade routes did not lead
to the city and those who entered its  territory did not often return. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 60-61
There was said to be no access to  Treve save on tarnback and this would suggest that it must be as much a mountain  stronghold as a city. Raiders of Gor, page
60-61
Treve, I knew, was, nominally, at  war with several cities. Strife is common among Gorean cities, each tending to  be belligerent and suspicious of others. Rask of
Treve, in his way, as other  raiders of Treve, carried the war to the enemy. Captive of Gor, page 271
Treve  is a bandit city, high among the crags of the larl-prowled Voltai. Most men do  not even know its location. Once, the tarnsmen of Treve had withstood the
tarn  cavalries of even Ar. In Treve they do not grow their own food but, in the fall,  raid the harvests of others.
They live by rapine and plunder.  The men of Treve are said to be among the proudest and most ruthless on Gor.  They are most fond of danger and free women,
whom they bind and steal from  civilized cities to carry to their mountain fair as slave girls. It is said the  city can be reached only on tarnback. Raiders of Gor,
page 272
Treve  was a warlike city somewhere in the trackless magnificence of the Voltai Range.  I had never been there but I knew her reputation. Her warriors were said
to be  fierce and brave, her women proud and beautiful. Her tarnsmen were ranked with  those of Thentis, famed for its tarn flocks, and Ko-ro-ba, even great Ar
itself.
Vika returned with the towel and began dabbing at my face.
It was seldom a girl from Treve ascended the auction block. I suppose Vika would  have been costly had I purchased her in Ar or Ko-ro-ba. Even when not
beautiful,  because of their rarity, they are prized by collectors.
Treve was alleged to lie above Ar, some seven hundred pasangs distant, and  toward the Sardar. I had never seen the city located on a map but I had seen the  
territory she claimed so marked. The precise location of Treve was not known to  me and was perhaps known to few save its citizens. Trade routes did not lead
to  the city and those who entered its territory did not often return.
There was said to be no access to Treve save on tarnback and this would suggest  that it must be as much a mountain stronghold as a city.
She was said to have no agriculture, and this may be true. Each year in the fall  legions of tarnsmen from Treve were said to emerge from the Voltai like locusts  
and fall on the fields of one city or another, different cities in different  years, harvesting what they needed and burning the rest in order that a long,  retaliatory
winter campaign could not be launched against them. A century ago  the tarnsmen of Treve had even managed to stand off the tarnsmen of Ar in a  fierce battle
fought in the stormy sky over the crags of the Voltai. I had heard  poets sing of it. Since that time her depredations had gone unchecked, although  perhaps it
should be added that never again did the men of Treve despoil the  fields of Ar. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 60
"It  is you who are stupid, not  me," she said. "Anyone would know where he was, here in this place. Do you think  I do not know in what mountains I am? Do you
think I cannot tell the colorations  of the Voltai, the Scarlet Mountains? Do you think I am totally unaware of the  distances and times traveled? Do you think I
cannot recognize the accents of the  men who brought me here? Do you think I cannot understand the emblems and  accoutrements of the men of this place? Do
you think the markings on the tarn  saddles are in some foreign tongue? Do you think the songs of the crowd are  unintelligible to me? Do you not think I can
recognize the seven towers of war,  the wall of Valens, the standards on the bridge behind us, the banners about,  those that fly even from the warehouses
thenselves?"
"I do not know," I said.
" I am in Treve!" she cried. "I am in  treve!" Witness of Gor, page 445-446
Turia
Location:In the southern  part of the Turian plains of the Wagon People far below the equator.
No mention of its homestone.
Turia the high-walled, the  nine-gated, was the Gorean city lying in the midst of the huge prairies claimed  by the Wagon Peoples. Nomads of Gor, page 1
The piercing of the ears of women,  only of slave girls, of course, was a custom of distant Turia, famed for its  wealth and its nine great gates. It lay on the
southern plains of Gor, far below  the equator, the hub of an intricate pattern of trade routes. Captive of Gor,  page 160
Turia is a city of the far south,  below the equator. It lies in the lands of the Wagon Peoples. There is little  water closer to it than a thousand pasangs. Hunters of
Gor, page 43
Ven
Location: A westerly  river port on the Vosk.
No mention of its homestone.
He had won her in Girl Catch, in a  contest to decide a trade dispute between two small cities, Ven and Rarn, the  former a river port on the Vosk, the second
noted for its copper mining, lying  southeast of Tharna.. Beasts of Gor, page 41
"What lies west on the Vosk," asked Aemilianus.
"On the southern bank, Ven," said Marcus. Turmus, which is the last major town  west on the Vosk, is on the northern bank.
"And what beyond Ven?" asked Aemilianus.
"The Delta." Renegades of Gor, page 424
Venna
Location: Two hundred  pasangs north of Ar.
No mention of its homestone.
"This is the Lady  Mira, of Venna" said the bearded officer, "I am Alfred, captain of this company,  mercenary of Port Olni." Venna is a resort town west of the
Voltai, north of Ar.  Port Olni is located on the north bank of the Olni River. It is a member of the  Salerian Confederation. Savages of Gor, page 88
Venna is a small,  exclusive resort city, some two hundred pasangs north of Ar. It is noted for its  baths and its tharlarion races. Fighting slave of Gor, page172
Victoria
;Location:  West, on the northern banks of the Vosk.
No mention of its homestone.
I knew something of the Vosk League.  Its headquarters was in the town of Victoria, on the northern bank of the Vosk,  between Fina and Tafa. Renegades of Gor,
page 346
The headquarters of the Vosk League is  located in the city of Victoria. I suppose there are special historical reasons  for this, for Victoria is not centrally located
on the river, say, between the  delta to the west and the entry of the Olni into the Vosk on the east, which  point, incidentally, is controlled but the city of Lara, a
member of the  Salerian Confederation. Victoria lies rather toward the west, in the reaches  traditionally more subject to Cosian influence. Geographical position,  
accordingly, at least with respect to approximating the midpoint between the  delta and the Olni, was apparently not the paramount consideration in locating  the
headquarters of the Vosk Leage. Had it been one might have expected to find  its headquarters in, say, Jasmine or Siba, towns much more centrally located.  
Renegades of Gor, page 34
Vonda
Location: On the northern  banks of the Vosk.
No mention of its homestone.
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