AR: Ar, populous and wealthy, the greatest city of known Gor, was regarded as a symbol of quality in
merchandise. The stamp of Ar, a single letter, that which appears on its Home Stone, the Gorean
spelling of the city's name, was often forged by unscrupulous tradesmen and placed on their own goods."
Marauders of Gor, Pg. 112
BARBARIAN BRAND: (This isn't really a "brand" perse, but the result of a
mark leftover from
a vaccination on earth only found on slaves brought from Earth.) "'Look,' said the first man, taking me
by the uppper arm, and turning it to the light. 'The barbarian brand.' I did not see how I could explain
this vaccination mark the men without making clear that my origin was not Gorean. The vaccination was
in connection with a disease which, too, as far as I knew, did not even exist on Gor." Kajira of Gor, Pg. 258
BRAND TYPES: "There are many types of brands, some of which are the kef
(common kajira brand), Dina, Palm,
mark of Treve, and mark of Torvaldsland. When an individual captures a girl for his own uses, he
does not always mark her, though it is commonly done. On the other hand, the professional slaver, as
a business practice, almost always brands his chattels, and it is seldom that an unbranded girl ascends
the block. The brand is to be distinguished from the collar, though both are designation of slavery. The
primary significance of the collar is that it identifies the master and his city. The collar of a given girl may
be changed countless times, but the brand continues throughout to bespeak her status."
Outlaw of Gor, page 189
"I have five brands," said the metal worker, "the common Kajira brand, the Dina, the Palm, the mark of
Treve, the mark of Port Kar." Explorers of Gor, Pg. 70
CHEMICAL: "'A small chemical brand,' she said, 'which you will wear in your flesh, something by
which our agents in Cos will recognize you.' 'Chemical brand?' I said. 'It will remain invisible until the proper
reagent is applied,' she said.
'Can it be removed?' I asked. 'Yes,' she said, 'but you cannot remove it. It requires the proper combination of
chemicals.'" Slave girl of Gor, Pg. 201
"A small short-stemmed flower indigenous to hillsides, it is sometimes called the 'slave flower' and is often
used as a design for slave brands. my own brand was the "dina"; the dina is a small lovely, multiply pedaled
flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in a turf of green leaves, usually on the slopes of hills, in the northern
temperate zones of Gor; it is and exotic, alien flower; it is also spoken of, in the north, where it grows most
frequently, as the slave flower; it was burned into my flesh." Slave Girl of Gor, Pg. 61
"The brazier, fierce with heat, stood not two yards from Marlenus of Ar.
Its coals were poked and stirred with one of the metal bars. Then one of the men of Tyros
lifted the iron, glowing redly, from the fire. Its marking surface, its termination, soft and red
in the night, was in the form of a large, block letter in Gorean script, the initial of Karjirus, a
common Gorean expression for a male slave." Hunters of Gor, Pg. Pg. 194
KASSARS: "One of the four Tribes of the Wagon Peoples, they are
are known as the Blood People. Their brand, which is used on
both slaves and bosk, is a stylized representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines.
The standard of the Kassars is that of a scarlet, three-weighted bola, which hands from a lance; the
symbolic representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines, is used to mark both their
bosk and slaves." Nomads of Gor, page 106
"One of the four tribes of the Wagon Peoples. Their brand is a yellow
bow, facing to the left. ..the
standard of the Kataii is a yellow bow, bound across a black lance; their brand is also that of a bow,
facing to the left.." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 106
"A letter of the Gorean alphabet analogous with the Earth letter 'K'; the first
letter of the Gorean words
for male and female slaves and hence often used as a brand. It is sometimes called the "staff and fronds"
due to its appearance. I had now been branded, a small, graceful mark burned into my left thigh, high,
under the hip. It had a vertical bar, a rather strict one, with two curling, frondlike extensions, rather near its
base, as though in submission it. It looked a little like a 'K.'" Magicians of Gor, Pg. 67
KNIFE: "Rather like a tattoo, an appropriate design is cut into the
thigh of a slave and a colored powder
is rubbed into it. Used in the jungle of Schendi. From the box he then took a small, curved knife and a
tiny, cylindrical leather flask. I gritted my teeth, but made no sound. With the small knife he gashed my left
thigh, making upon it a small, strange design. He then took a powder, orange in color, from the flask and
rubbed it into the wound." Explorers of Gor, Pg. 330
"Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never occur
on Gor, by the way, are those
of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The first of these commonly occurs in certain of the
Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as headquarters for agents of the Priest-Kings; the second tends
to occur in the lairs of Kurii agents on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally
above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline;
the chain-and-claw brand signifies, of course, slavery and subjection with the compass of the Kur yoke."
Explorers of Gor, Pg. 12
small 1/4 inch brands that mark a convicted liar, thief, traitor etc. I looked at
her, puzzled. "Penalty brands,"
she said. "They are tiny, but clearly visible. There are various such brands. There is one for lying, and another
for stealing." Captive of Gor, Pg. 277
"One of the four tribes of the Wagon Peoples, the Paravaci are known
as The Rich People. The Paravaci
brand is a stylized representation of a bosk head: a semi-circle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle.
the Paravaci standard is a large banner of jewels beaded on golden wires, forming the head and horns
of a bosk its value is incalculable; the Paravaci brand is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a
semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 106
"A tiny brand in the form of spreading bosk horns found on the
forearm of goreans, it's presence guaranteeing
their safe passage, at certain seasons, across the plains of the Wagon People. The stigma attached with
such a brand is that the one who wears it approaches the Wagon People as a slave. If the offering of the
person of wearing the brand, be it the song of a singer or merchandise from a merchant, is rejected than
the bearer is slain out of hand." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 34
"'This is a penalty brand,' he said. 'It marks you as a liar.'
'Please, Master!' I wept. I no longer have patience
with you,' he said. 'Be marked as what you are.' I screamed uncontrollably as he pressed in the iron, holding
it firmly into my leg. Then, after some two to four Ihn, he removed it. I could not stop screaming with pain. I
smelled the odor of burned flesh, my own. I began to whimper. I could not breathe. I gasped for breath. Still
the men held me. 'This penalty brand,' said Rask of Treve, lifting another iron from the brazier, again with a
tiny letter at its glowing termination, 'marks you also as what you are, as a thief.' 'Please, no, Master!' I wept.
I could not move a muscle of my left leg. It might as well have been locked in a vise. It must wait for the iron.
I screamed again, uncontrollably. I had been branded as a thief. 'This third iron,' said Rask of Treve, 'is, too,
a penalty iron. I mark you with this not for myself, but for Ute.' Through raging tears I saw, white hot, the tiny
letter. 'It marks you as a traitress,' said Rask of Treve. He looked at me, with fury. 'Be marked as a traitress,'
he said. Then he pressed the third iron into my flesh. As it entered my flesh, biting and searing, I saw Ute
watching, her face betraying no emotion. I screamed, and wept, and screamed. Still the men did not release me.
Rask of Treve lifted the last iron from the fire. It was much larger, the letter at its termination some one and a
half inches high. It, too, was white hot. I knew the brand. I had seen it on Ena's thigh. It was the mark of Treve.
Rask of Treve decided that my flesh should bear that mark. 'No, Master, please!' I begged him. 'Yes, Worthless
Slave,' he said, 'you will wear in your flesh the mark of the city of Treve.' 'Please,' I begged. 'When men ask
you,' said he, 'who it was that marked you as a liar and a thief, and traitress, point to this brand, and say, I
was marked by one of Treve, who was displeased with me.'"Captive of Gor, Pg. 310
PORT KAR HAS ONE, BUT NOT DESCRIBED, UNLESS IT'S THE
THIEFS BRAND. THE THIEF CASTE IS ONLY FOUND IN PORT KAR. "Tiny 1/4 inch three-pronged
brand worn on the cheek of those of the Caste of Thieves, who are found only in Port Kar. The
thief's scar in Port Kar is a tiny, three-pronged brand, burned into the face over the right cheekbone.
It marks the members of the Caste of Thieves in Port Kar. That is the only city in which, as far as I
know, there is a recognized caste for thieves." Mercenaries of Gor, Pg. 239
"Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never
occur on Gor, by the way, are those of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The
first of these commonly occurs in certain of the Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as
headquarters for agents of the Priest-Kings; the second tends to occur in the lairs of Kurii agents
on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending
to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline; the
chain-and-claw brand signifies, of course, slavery and subjection with the compass of the Kur yoke."
Explorers of Gor, Pg. 12
:"Another common expression for a female slave, incidentally, the
initial of which,
in cursive script, is sometimes used to mark a girl, is Sa-fora, which means, literally, Chain Daughter."
HUNTERS OF GOR, Pg. 194
"Ulafi then, pushing her head down, fastened the sturdy, steel
on her throat, snapping it shut behind the back of her neck. It had five palms on it, and the sign
of Schendi, the shackle and scimitar." Explorers of Gor, Pg. 73
"Taharic is a very graceful script. It makes no distinction
and small letters, and little distinction between printed and cursive script. Anyone who can printed
Taharic will have no difficulty in following cursive Taharic. The men of the Tahari are content to form
their letters carefully and beautifully, being fond of them. To scribble Taharic is generally regarded
not as proving oneself an efficient fellow, but something of a boor, insensible to beauty. The initial
printed letter of 'Kajira', rather than the cursive letter, as generally, is used as the common brand
for women in the Tahari. Both the cursive letter in common Gorean and the printed letter in Taharic
are rather lovely, both being somewhat floral in appearance." Tribesman of Gor, Pg. 148
"Tiny 1/4 inch three-pronged brand worn on the cheek of
those of the Caste
of Thieves, who are found only in Port Kar. The thief's scar in Port Kar is a tiny,
three-pronged brand, burned into the face over the right cheekbone. It marks the
members of the Caste of Thieves in Port Kar. That is the only city in which, as far as
I know, there is a recognized caste for thieves." Mercenaries of Gor, Pg. 239
"Described as a half circle about an inch and a quarter in
adjoined at it's right tip by a steep, diagonal line an inch and a quarter in height. In the
north, the bond-maid is referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword.
The brand used by Forkbread is not uncommon in the north, though there is less uniformity
in Torvaldsland on these matters than in the south, where the merchant caste, with its
recommendations for standardization is more powerful. All over gor, of course, the slave
girl is a familiar commodity. The brand used by the Forkbread, found rather frequently in
the north, consisted of a half circle, with, at its right tip, adjoining it, a steep diagonal line.
The half circle is about an inch and a quarter in width, and the diagonal line about an inch
and a quarter in height. The brand is, is like many, symbolic. In the north, the bond-maid is
sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword." Marauders of Gor,
"I have never seen a brand of Treve," I said. "It is rare," said
Ena, proudly. "May I see your brand?" I asked.
I was curious. "Of course," said Ena, and she stood up and, extending her left leg, drew her long, lovely white
garment to her hip, revealing her limb. I gasped. Incised deeply, precisely, in that slim, lovely, now-bared thigh
was a startling mark, beautiful, insolent, dramatically marking that beautiful thigh as that which it now could only
be, that of a female slave. "It is beautiful," I whispered. Ena pulled away the clasp at the left shoulder of her
garment, dropping it to her ankles. She was incredibly beautiful. "Can you read?" she asked. "No," I said. She
regarded the brand. "It is the first letter, in cursive script," she said, "of the name of the city of Treve."
Captive of Gor, Pg. 277
"One of the four tribes of Wagon Peoples. Their brand is the
sign of the four bosk horns, that of the Tuchuk
standard, it is only an inch high and resembles an 'H'. It is used to mark both their bosk and their slaves. the
brand of the Tuchuk slave, incidentally, is not the same as that generally used in the cities, which, for girls, is
the first letter of the expression Kajira in cursive script, but the sign of the four bosk horns, that of the Tuchuk
standard; the brand of the four bosk horns, set in such a manner as to somewhat resemble the letter 'H', is
only about an inch high; the common Gorean brand, on the other hand, is usually an inch and a half to two
inches high." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 62
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BRAND PLACEMENT: "A girl is commonly branded on the left or right thigh," I said, "sometimes on
the lower left abdomen." Tribesman of Gor
BRANDING RACK: "The girl was brought into the shop and stood in the branding rack, which was
then locked on her, holding her upright. The metal worker placed her wrists behind her in the wrist clamps,
adjustable, each on their vertical, flat metal bar. He screwed shut the clamps. She winced. He then shackled
her feet on the rotating metal platform. "Left thigh or right thigh?" he asked. "Left thigh," said Ulafi. Slave girls
are commonly branded on the left thigh. Sometimes they are branded on the right thigh, or lower left abdomen.
The metal worker turned the apparatus, spinning the shaft, with its attached, circular metal platform. The girl's
left thigh now faced us. It was an excellent thigh. It would take the mark well. The metal worker then, with a
wheel, tightening it, locked the device in place, so that it could not turn." Explorers of Gor, Pg. 71
"The girl before me, so helpless in her chains, would soon be marked. I have wondered upon occasion why
brands are used on Gorean slaves. Surely Goreans have at their disposal means for indelibly but painlessly
marking the human body. My conjecture, confirmed to some extent by the speculations of the Older Tarl,
who had taught me the craft of arms in Ko-ro-ba years ago, is that the brand is used primarily, oddly enough,
because of its reputed psychological effect. In theory, if not in practice, when the girl finds herself branded like
an animal, finds her fair skin marked by the iron of a master, she cannot fail, somehow, in the deepest levels
of her thought, to regard herself as something which is owned, as mere property, as something belonging to
the brute who has put the burning iron to her thigh. Most simply the brand is supposed to convince the girl
that she is truly owned; it is supposed to make her feel owned. When the iron is pulled away and she knows
the pain and degradation and smells the odor of her burned flesh, she is supposed to tell herself, understanding
its full and terrible import, I AM HIS. Actually I suppose the effect of the brand depends greatly on the girl. In
many girls I would suppose the brand has little effect besides contributing to their shame, their misery and
humiliation. With other girls it might well increase their intractability, their hostility. On the other hand, I have
known of several cases in which a proud, insolent woman, even one of great intelligence, who resisted a
master to the very touch of the iron, once branded became instantly a passionate and obedient Pleasure
Slave. But all in all I do not know if the brand is used primarily for its psychological effect or not. Perhaps
it is merely a device for merchants who must have some such means for tracing runaway slaves, which
would otherwise constitute a costly hazard to their trade. Sometimes I think the iron is simply an anachronistic
survival from a more technologically backward age." Outlaw of Gor
KAN-LARA: (Gorean word meaning 'slave brand'.) "Eta smiled. She pointed to her brand. "Kan-lara,"
she said. She pointed to my brand. "Kan-lara Dina," she said. I repeated these words." Slave Girl of
Gor, page 80