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WADER, RINGED-NECK (bird): a variety of waterbird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi. "Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and RINGED NECK and yellow-legged WADERS." Pg. 311, Explorers of Gor.

WADER, YELLOW-LEGGED (bird): a variety of waterbird which inhabits the rivers of the rainforests inland of Schendi. "Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found, such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and YELLOW-LEGGED WADERS." Pg. 311, Explorers of Gor.

WAGON PEOPLES (people): four nomadic tribes, Paravaci, Kataii, Kassars, and Tuchuks, that wander the Plains of Turia with their immense herds of bosk. "Not only does the flesh of the bosk and the milk of its cows furnish the WAGONS PEOPLES with food and drink, but its hides cover the domelike wagons in which they dwell; its tanned and sewn skins cover their bodies; the leather of its hump is used for their shields; its sinews forms their thread; its bones and horns are split and tooled into implements of a hundred sorts, from awls, puches and spoons to drinking flagons and weapon tips; its hoofs are used for glues; its oils are used to grease their bodies from the cold. Even the dung of the bosk finds its uses on the treeless prairies, being dried and used for fuel." Pg. 5, Nomads of Gor.

WAITING CELLS (place): a pen in which a slave is placed while waiting to be sold. "Tonight I am to be sent to the WAITING CELLS, where girls are kept who will be sent to the market tomorrow." Pg. 244, Assassin of Gor.

WAITING HAND (time): the 5-day period between the 12th Passage Hand and the beginning of the NewYear, which begins on the Vernal Equinox. "....but by another five-day period called the WAITING HAND,during which doorways are painted white, little food is eaten, little is drunk and there is to be no singing or public rejoicing in the city; during this time Goreans go out as little as possible; the Initiates, interestingly enough, do not make much out of the WAITING HAND in their ceremonies and preachments, which leads one to believe it is not intended to be of any sort of religious significance; it is perhaps, in its way, a period of mourning for the old year..." Pg. 78, Assassin of Gor.

WALK (command): When this command is given, the slave turns in a graceful pirouette, her hair swinging. She then walks, gliding across the room, her feet hardly seeming to leave the floor, her hips swaying sensually, her body erect and proud. When she reaches her objective she halts and stands, her body erect, her shoulders back, her chest thrust forward, her belly in. She turns her hip out a bit, her hands at her sides, and pointsone foot. Her head is up and her eyes are lowered. "She approached in rapid, small steps, her head down, her hands to the side, slightly extended, palms back." Pg. 389, Magicians of Gor.

WALKING CHAINS (noun): adjustable chains fastened on the ankles of a slavegirl to train her to walk with the length of stride preferred by her master. "The use of a light WALKING CHAIN, tethering the ankles, meant to be worn abroad, accompanying the master, incidentally, is not uncommon in the regions of the Tahari." Pgs. 44-45, Tribesmen of Gor.

WALL, THE (tactic): this military movement would involved lines of infantry which would remain stationary, braced for the charge of tharlarion troops. "...except for a defensive relic known as THE WALL, in which massed infantry remains stationary, heroically bracing itself, when flight is impossible, for the devastating charge of tharlarion." Pg. 344, Assassin of Gor.

WAR GALLEY (ship):a ship used exclusively for fighting. Sturdy built with a removable mast and ballasted with sand kept in the lower hold. The sand is kept cold, and eggs, bottled wine and other perishables are usually buried in the sands. "The Rena of Temos, like most round ships, had two permanent masts, unlike the removable masts of the WAR GALLEYs. " Pg. 184, Raiders of Gor.

WAR HAMMER (weapon): like a large sledge hammer, it is used as a weapon. "...and the leader of the crossbowman spun about as though struck with a WAR HAMMER and dropped, inert, from the wall." Pg. 299, Raiders of Gor.

WAR TRUMPET (instrument):a trumpet as on earth, used to signal other ships and carry messages in their sounds. "I could hear, moreover, their WAR TRUMPETs, carrying from one ship to the other, signaling fleet movements." Pg. 197, Raiders of Gor.

WARRIORS, CASTE OF (group): One of the five High Castes, members are with the various fighting divisions including tarnsmen. Their caste color is red. "On the other hand, the High Castes, specifically the WARRIORS, Builders, Scribes, Initiates, and Physicians...." Pg. 41, Tarnsman of Gor.

WARRIOR'S PACE (noun): a slow jog that can be maintained for hours. "Using the WARRIOR'S PACE, a slow jog that can be prolonged for hours, I left the Compound of the Mines." Pg. 176, Outlaw of Gor.

WARRIORS STRATEGIES (weaponry):ways in which a Warrior can move to beat his foe. "There are various WARRIOR STRATEGIES. One is to first slay the leader. Another is to reduce him to helplessness and impotency before his men." Pg. 193, Hunters of Gor.

WATER GOURD (container): made from a gourd, it is used to hold water on ships, hung from the lookout so those there are able to have easy access to water. It is corked. "There is usually a WATER GOURD kept at the masthead, for the lookout." Pg. 265, Raiders of Gor.

WEIGHT (measurement): a unit of measurement equal to 10 Stone, or 40 Earth pounds, used throughout Gorean cities by Merchant Law. "I calculated this figure from the WEIGHT, a Gorean unit of measurement based on the Stone, which is about four Earth pounds. A WEIGHT is ten Stone." Pg. 127, Raiders of Gor.

WHIP CARESS (noun): a method of using a whip on a slave without any warning, to show her true being as a slave, to exhibit to others that she is a real slave. its done by surprise, thus the response is real, not disguised. "Then, before I could realize what he intended, he had subjected Miss Cardwell to what, among slavers, is known as the WHIP CARESS. Ideally it is done, as Kamchak had, unexpectedly, taking the girl unawares. Elizabeth suddenly cried out throwing her head to one side. I observed to my amazement the sudden, involuntary, uncontrollable response to the touch. The WHIP CARRESS is commonly used among Slavers to force a girl to betray herself." Pg. 169, Nomads of Gor.

WHIP DANCE:{dance} one of the traditional Gorean dances which depicts the capture, and punishment of a slave until she gives in to her true calling. At times a real whip is used by a Master, others only the imagery of a whip. "It is called the WHIP DANCE, the dance the girl upon the sand danced." Pg. 100, Raiders of Gor.

WHIP OF THE FURS (discipline): a method of disciplining slavegirls by rape rather than by flogging; esp. popular in Torvaldsland. "It is regarded as second only to the five-lash Gorean slave whip, used also in the south, and what among the men of Torvaldsland is called the WHIP OF THE FURS, in which the master, with his body, incontrovertibly teaches the girl her slavery." Pg. 66, Marauders of Gor.

WHIP KNIFE (weapon): a whip with razors embedded in the tip. "To my surprise I noted, coiled at the side of his saddle, in four loops, was a WHIP KNIFE, of the sort common in Port Kar, a whip, but set into its final eighteen inches, arranged in sets of four, twenty thin, narrow blades; the tips of whip knives differ; some have a double edged blade of about seven or eight inches at the tip; others have a stunning lead, which fells the victim and permits him, half-conscious, to be cut to pieces at the attacker's leisure; the WHIP KNIFE of Menicius, however, held at its tip the double-edged blade, capable of cutting a throat at twelve feet." Pg. 364, Assassin of Gor.

WHIP SLAVE (person): a slave who is put in charge of the others in the mines of Tharna. "The WHIP SLAVE, another of the slaves of Tharna, but one in charge of the chain, was pleased with his task. Though he might never see the light of the sun, yet it was he who held the whip, he who was Ubar in this macabre dungeon." Pg. 151, Outlaw of Gor.

WHIPPING POLE {punishment} Usually, 3 poles, with one horizontal pole set on two others, leaning together, tied at the top to secure it. Normally a whipping pole is 9' high with an iron ring underneath to tie a slaves legs, arms bound over head to the ring in the horizontal pole. The slave is then whipped as punishment. "This is the WHIPPING POLE," said Ute. Pg. 290, Captive of Gor.

WHIPPING POSITION (command): In this position the slave first assumes the Nadu position, though with her arms crossed in front of her. She then leans forward and places her head to the floor, first sweeping her hair forward over her shoulders in order that her back might be utterly exposed to the whip. "WHIPPING POSITION?” she said. “But I am a free woman!” “It is not only slaves who may be whipped when their captors please,” I told her. She shrank back, her back against the post. To be sure, she was not tied with her belly against the post and her hands over her head, out of the way of the lash, or kneeling, her hands tied in front of her, about the post, common WHIPPING POSITIONS." Pg. 397, Blood Brothers of Gor.

WHIPPING STRAP (command): a flat piece, usually of leather, used to whip. "There was a WHIPPING STRAP looped about his belt, and in the belt, sheathed, was a hook knife, the hilt buckled down in the sheat, as was the case with that of Ho-Tu." Pg. 121, Assassin of Gor.

WHITE SILK SLAVE:{person} in the books this refers to a virgin slave. In online Gor, it refers to either a virgin or a slave only used by her Master in sexual ways. Anyone caught touching or making use of a white-silk in a sexual way can be killed by the Owner of that slave. "The WHITE SILK Girls, of course, having been released from the house, would have been placed in locked, iron belts." Pg. 147, Assassin of Gor.

WINE CRATER {vessel}A bowl like vessel used to serve wine."I poured the wine from the small copper bowl into the black, red-trimmed WINE CRATER." Pg. 332, Captive of Gor.

WINGFISH (fish): tiny blue saltwater fish with 4 poisonous spines on its dorsal fin; found in the watersoff Port Kar; its liver is considered a delicacy in Turia. "'Now this,' Saphrar the merchant was telling me, 'is the braised liver of the blue, four-spired Cosian wingfish.' This fish is a tiny, delicate fish, blue, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one's hand; it has three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin, which are poisonous; it is capable of hurling itself from the water and, for brief distances, on its stiff pectoral fins, gliding through the air, usually to evade the smaller sea-thalarions, which seem to be immune to the poison of the spines.'" Pg. 84, Nomads of Gor.

a heavier tunic usually worn short by slaves, made from Hurt wool. "There was also sand on her brief, white WOOLEN SLAVE TUNIC." Pg. 21, Hunters of Gor.

WORK SLAVE {person} A slave who specifically does cleaning, cooking."But I found, perhaps surprisingly, that I did not much mind the work of the female WORK SLAVE." Pg. 317, Captive of Gor.

WORK TUNIC {clothing}Made of rep cloth, brown in color, worn by slaves working in the fields, or at other chores, as is more durable."More importantly, about her forehead, tying back her dark hair, was a strip of rep cloth, brown, of the same material as the WORK TUNIC." Pg. 285, Captive of Gor.

YACHI (person): a member of the Leather Workers clan. Nomads of Gor. "'There is a new kaiila I want to see near the wagon of YACHI of the Leather Workers' Clan.'" Pg. 170, Nomads of Gor.

YEAR KEEPERS (group): people who keep track of the years. "The year names are kept in living memory by the YEAR KEEPERS, some of whom can recall the names of several thousand consecutive years." Pg. 12, Nomads of Gor.

YELLOW-BREASTED HERMIT BIRD (animal): a small bird found in the forests, like the woodpecker of earth. "Somewhere, far off, but carrying through the forest, was the rapid, staccato slap of the sharp beak of the YELLOW-BREASTED HERMIT BIRD, pounding into the reddish bark of the tur tree, hunting for larvae." Pg. 106, Hunters of Gor.

YELLOW-KAIILA RIDERS (people): a warrior society of the Kaiila tribe of Red Savages. "'Two societies are represented among the Kaiila here,' said Grunt. 'Most belong to the All Comrades, and one belongs to the YELLOW-KAIILA RIDERS.'" Pg. 314, Savages of Gor.

YELLOW KNIVES (people): a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens. " Indeed, they often acted as intermediaries between the men of the settlements and the wilder tribes of the interior, such as the YELLOW KNIVES, the Sleen and Kaiila." Pg. 85, Savages of Gor.

YELLOW PLEASURE SILK SLAVE:{person} in the scrolls, the yellow Pleasure slave is slave of pleasure, clothed in yellow silks, in VT Gor she is a tavern owned slave. the yellow silk slave can serve food and drink, and other favors, but is still in training. "A slave girl was brought, a slim girl, in YELLOW PLEASURE SILK, with short black hair, dark eyes, high cheekbones." Pg. 313, Assassin of Gor.

YELLOW POOL (place): a pool which Tarl was put in to be killed by whatever lived there by Saphrar. Only after entering was he told the pool itself was the viscious killer. "Excellent, " said Saphrar. "You may do so in the YELLOW POOL of Turia." Pg. 202, Nomads of Gor.

YOKE:{noun} A device with 3 holes, two to place the wrists and the 3rd larger in the center, to which the neck is placed, the upper part is then brought down and locked in place, worn on the shoulders in capture. "I was truly stunned, for if the YOKE was truly of silver, the metal on my shoulders might have ransomed a Ubar." Pg. 91, Outlaw of Gor.

ZAD (bird): a large, broad winged, black & white bird with a long, narrow, yellowish, hooked beak, found in the Tahari; they scavenge on carrion; similar to the Earth vulture. ""I heard, a short time later, wings, the alighting of one or more large birds. Such birds, broad-winged, black and white, from afar, follow the marches to Klima; their beaks, yellowish, narrow, are long and slightly hooked at the end, useful for probing and tearing. the birds scattered, squawking, as a Kaiila sped past. The birds are called ZADS." Pg. 232, Tribesmen of Gor.

ZAD, JUNGLE (bird): a cousin of the Tahari zad; found in the rainforest inland of Schendi. "These were JUNGLE ZADS. They are less to be feared than desert zads, I believe, being less aggressive." Pg. 415, Explorers of Gor.

ZADIT (bird): a small, tawny-feathered, sharp-billed bird of the Tahari; insectivorous, feeding on sandflies and other similar insects; they often land on a kaiila and spend long periods hunting the sand flies that infest the host animal. "The ZADIT is a small, tawny-feathered, sharp-billed bird. It feeds on insects. When sand flies and other insects, emergent after rains, infest kaiila, they frequently light on the animals, and remain for some hours, hunting insects." Pg. 152, Tribesmen of Gor.

ZAR (game): a boardgame of the Tahari; the board is marked like a Kaissa board, but the pieces, 9 perplayer, and called 'pebbles', are placed at the intersections of the lines; movement is somewhat like thatof checkers, but without capturing of pieces the object of the game is to effect a complete exchange ofthe original placement of the pieces. "Between them they had, in the crusts, scratched a board for ZAR. This resembles the Kaissa board. Pieces, however, may he placed only on the intersections of lines either within or at the edges of the board." Pg. 265, Tribesmen of Gor.

ZARLIT FLY (insect): an insect of the marshes, about 2' long, like an earth dragonfly. "I did see a large, harmless ZARLIT FLY, purple, about two feet long with four translucent wings, spanning about a yard, humming over the surface of the water, then alighting and, on its padlike feet, daintily picking its way across the surface." Pg. 5, Raiders of Gor.

ZEDER (animal): a small, sleen, like, carnivorous mammal which inhabits the rainforests inland of Schendi, esp. along the Ua River; grows to c. 2' and weighs 8 - 10 lbs; is diurnal, can swim very well, & builds astick & mud nest in the branches of a tree, where it spends the night (ZEDAR=female zeder). "There is, however, a sleenlike animal, though much smaller, about two feet in length and some eight to ten pounds in weight, the ZEDER, which frequents the Ua and her tributaries. It knifes through the water by day and, at night, returns to its nest, built from sticks and mud in the branches of a tree overlooking the water." Pg. 312, Explorers of Gor.

ZEVAR (people): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Aretai. "Their left flank was held by the Raviri, and four minor tribes, the Ti, the ZEVAR, the Arani and the Tajuks." Pg. 301, Tribesmen of Gor.

ZOSK (person): One of the caste of Woodsmen. "I am ZOSK," he said. I wondered if it were a use-name, or his real name. Members of low castes often call themselves by a use-name, reserving the real name for intimates and friends, to protect it against capture by a sorcerer or worker of spells who might use it to do them harm. Somehow I sensed ZOSK was his real name." Outlaw of Gor.