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Caste

~CASTES~


These are only those which mention the word "Caste", none others are used.



---HIGH CASTES---


BUILDERS: The caste which includes architects, draftsmen, stonemasons, etc.; the Builders are one of the five High Castes included in the government of Gor; their caste color is brown.

"“Of course,” said Chino. “If you have not had the coins authenticated, my friend, Lecchio, here, is certified by the caste of Builders to perform the relevant tests.” Players of Gor, Pg. 297

INITIATES: the representatives of the Priest-Kings in Gorean society; the Initiates are one of the five High Castes, and are the religious branch of the government; their caste color is white.

"And who are those fellows in the robes of the caste of physicians, apparently administering medicines to one another, after which they leap and roll about, seemingly in great distress?" Players of Gor, Pg. 42

PHYSICIANS: the caste which practices the healing arts; the Physicians are one of the five High Castes which make up the Gorean government; their caste color is green.

"On the other hand, the High Castes, specifically the Warriors, Builders, Scribes, Initiates, and Physicians...." Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 41

SCRIBES: the caste concerned with history, accounting, record-keeping, etc.; one of the five High Castes which make up Gorean government; their caste color is blue.

"Many castes, incidentally, have branches and divisions. Lawyers and Scholars, for example, and Record Keepers, Teachers, Clerks, Historians and Accountants are all Scribes." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 208

WARRIORS: the caste which includes infantry, tharlarion cavalry, and tarnsmen; one of the five High Castes which make up Gorean government, and as such the military branch of the government; their caste color is red.

"On the other hand, the High Castes, specifically the Warriors, Builders, Scribes, Initiates, and Physicians...." Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 41

--LOWER CASTES--



ARTISANS: This is a very broad caste which includes hundreds of sub-castes. Since any production of hand-made goods, no matter its use, is considered by the typical Gorean to be a work of art, this caste is very broad indeed.

"The second girl was tall, fragile and willowy, with slender ankles and large, hurt eyes; she had dark, curling hair that fell about her shoulders and stood out against the white of her garment; she may have been of High Caste; without speaking to her it would be hard to tell; even then it might be difficult to be sure, for the accents of some of the higher artisan castes approximate pur High Caste Gorean; she stood with her back against the far wall, the palms of her hands against it, her eyes fastened on me, frightened, scarcely breathing." Priest-Kings of Gor, Pgs. 51-52.

ASSASSINS: (noun): the caste of those who kill for pay; exists only in Ar; their caste color is black.

"You will see the black banner of the Caste of Assassins" Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 175

BAKERS: Another very broad caste, which consists of hundreds of sub-castes. Generally, those who are members of this caste are those who prepare sa-tarna, or vegetarian food, in any of a hundred thousand forms. Thier caste colors are gold and white.

"I stayed for four days in the rooms above the shop of Dina of Turia, there I dyed my hair black and exchanged the robes of the merchant for the yellow and brown tunic of the Bakers; to which caste her father and two brothers had belonged." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 237

BARGEMEN: This caste includes several dozen sub-castes, each with its own specialty. This caste propel and steer the great river barges upon the freshwater waterways of Gor.

"These barges, constructed of layered timbers of Ka-la-na wood, are towed by teams of river tharlarion, domesticated, vast, herbivorous, web-footed lizards raised and driven by the Cartius bargemen, fathers and sons, interrelated clans, claiming the status of a caste for themselves." Nomads of Gor, Pg. 3.

CHARCOAL MAKERS: This caste concerns itself with the production of charcoal for use in Gorean forges and ovens. Caste colors are black and gray.

"His stature and burden proclaimed him a member of the Caste of Carriers of Wood, or Woodsmen, that Gorean caste which, with the caste of Charcoal Makers, provides most of the common fuel for the Gorean cities." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 27

CLOTH WORKERS: This caste concerns itself with working with cloth, it's subcastes include Rug Maker, whose subcastes are Carder and Dyers.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pgs. 49-50

DYERS: This sub-caste concerns itself with working with cloth, however is a subcaste of the Rug Makers.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pgs. 49-50

MERCHANTS: This is a very broad caste, and contains literally hundreds of sub-castes. Those who are of this caste are concerned with the sell and trade of merchandise for a profit. There are almost as many sub-castes of the Merchant caste as there are products to be sold; a few notable ones include the caste of Slavers and the caste of Spice Merchants. The caste colors of the caste of Merchants are white and gold.

"...and the men in that crowd were of all castes, and even of castes as low as the Peasants, the Saddle Makers, the Weavers, the Goat Keepers, the Poets and Merchants, but none of them groveled as did the Initiates; how strange, I thought — the Initiates claimed to be most like Priest-Kings, even to be formed in their image, and yet I knew that a Priest-King would never grovel; it seemed the Initiates, to their efforts to be like gods, behaved like slaves." — Priest-Kings of Gor, page 294-295.

PEASANTS: The lowest and most common of the castes of Gor, which is concerned with the maintenance, planting and harvesting of the vast lands surrounding most cities which have been divided into plots and set aside for agricultural use. These are the free farmers of Gor; although a Low caste theyrefer to themselves as "the Ox on Which the Home Stone Rests". Due to their vital role in the production of raw foodstuffs for Gorean society. They have rather strict caste codes, and are considered the masters of several forms of distinctive peasant weaponry, including the quarterstaff and the Great Bow, or "Peasant Bow." Their caste color is brown.

"Economically, the base of the Gorean life was the free peasant, which was perhaps the lowest but undoubtedly the most fundamental caste..." Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 43

PERFUMERS: This caste concerns itself with the production of various types of scented perfumes, used for purposes of esthetic appeal. Often works in conjunction with the caste of Oil Makers to produce scented oils and such. Also works with the caste of Charcoal Makers and the caste of Spice Merchants to create incense.

"I could smell perfumes and their mixings in the long shop behind the counter. There, at various benches, attending to their work, measuring and stirring, were apprentice perfumers. Though one is commonly born into a caste one is often not permitted to practice the caste craft until a suitable apprenticeship has been served. This guarantees the quality of the caste product."

Fighting Slave of Gor, Pg. 209

PLAYERS: This caste is made of of those who have dedicated their lives to the furtherance of the Gorean game of Kaissa. A rare caste, but one which is found and supported in almost any city. A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans, due to the fact that most Goreans consider the playing of Kaissa to be an art form. Members of this caste are granted blanket immunity to prosecution and slavery, and are highly regarded based upon their level of skill. They wear distinctive hooded robes in their caste colors. Caste colors: Checkered red and yellow.

"In most cities it is regarded, incidentally, as a criminal offense to enslave one of the Caste of Players." Beasts of Gor, Pg. 44

RENCE GROWERS: A slightly higher caste than the caste of Peasants, this is the caste of those who dwell in the various marshes and swamps of Gor, and who harvest Rence. They reside on great floating man-made islands amidst the marshes and are highly territorial and secretive. Known for their adoption and usage of the "Peasant Bow" in combat.

"The Rencers are often thought to be a higher caste than the Peasants." Raiders of Gor, Pg. 94

THIEVES: This caste is comprised of those who make their living by stealing, robbery, picking pockets, etc.; the caste of Thieves is exclusive to the city of Port Kar. They have no recognizable caste colors, but can be identified by a tiny, three-pronged black tattoo on their cheekbone, which is their caste marking.

"On his right cheek, over the cheekbone was the Thief brand of the Caste of Thieves of Port Kar, who use the small brand to identify their members." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 96

TORTURERS: Not a common Gorean caste, because Wagon People do not call them castes, found only among the Wagon People of the far south, but considered a clan instead. One must therefore suppose that those of the Wagon Peoples consider the application of Torture to be an art form. Their colors are black and red.

"When Kamchak had drunk the cup of wine he looked again at Aphris. 'For what you have done,' he said, 'it is common to call for one of the Clan of Torturers.'” Nomads of Gor, Pg. 142

VINTNERS: This caste concern itself the professional production of most fruit based Gorean alcohol. Caste of Brewers: This caste concerns itself with the production of most grain based Gorean alcohol.

"...of the Caste of Vintners...wearing a white tunic with a representation in green cloth of leaves about the collar and down the sleeves of the garment..." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 29

WEAVERS: This caste is concerned with the weaving of fabrics, however not rugs, that is the sub-caste of Rug Makers, not associated with this Caste.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pg. 49-50

WOODSMEN: A large caste category which contains many specific sub-castes, all concerned with protecting and managing the vast resources of various Gorean forests claimed by a particular city or village. They are experts in various forms of woodcraft and are the forest hunters, forest marshals, and forest trackers of Gor. Caste Colors are brown and black.

His stature and burden proclaimed him a member of the Caste of Carriers of Wood, or Woodsmen, that Gorean caste which, with the caste of Charcoal Makers, provides most of the common fuel for the Gorean cities." Outlaw of Gor, page 27

--SUB-CASTES--



CARDERS: A sub-caste of the Caste of sub-caste of Rug Makers.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pgs. 49-50

CLOTHIERS: A sub-caste of the Caste of Weavers, which produces articles of Gorean clothing.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers. A rug maker would not care to be confused with a maker of kaftans, turbans, or djellabas." Tribesmen of Gor, Pgs. 49-50

DYERS: A sub-caste of the Caste of sub-caste of Rug Makers.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pgs. 49-50

GOATKEEPERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Animal Handlers, this caste concerns itself with the care and maintenance of herds of Goats and other animals such as the woolly Gorean hurt.

"I was pleased to see that the men of other castes....and even castes as low as the Peasants, Saddle-Makers, the Weavers, the Goat-Keepers, the Poets, and the Merchants...." Priest-Kings of Gor, Pgs. 294-295

LEATHER WORKERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. Concerned with the fabrication of various leather goods from animal hides of all types.

"...its libraries, its records and files; its cubicles for Smiths, Bakers, Cosmeticians, Bleachers, Dyers, Weavers, and Leather Workers..." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 111

MAGICIANS: A sub-caste of the caste of Entertainers.

"The magicians of Anango are famed on Gor. If you wish to have someone turned into a turtle or something, those are the fellows to see." Magicians of Gor, Pg. 259

METAL WORKERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. They are concerned with the production of most metal items fabricated upon Gor. Sub-castes of this caste include the caste of Swordmakers andthe caste of Armorers, who produce the varios shields and helmets in use upon Gor. Additionally, there seems to be a wide-spread sub-caste of the caste of Metal Workers which serves in a similar capacity to a blacksmith or farrier, repairing wagon wheels and shoeing Gorean draft and riding beasts. Their caste color is gray.

"My opponent was not Andreas, but a squat, powerful man with short-clipped yellow hair, Kron of Tharna, of the Caste of Metal Workers." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 113

MUSICIANS: A sub-caste of the caste of Entertainers. Often working in conjunction with the caste of Singers, this caste concerns itself with providing and performing instrumental musical works, as well as accompaniment for those of the caste of Singers. Colors are aqua and red.

"A similar decree, in most cities, stands against the enslavement of one who is in the Caste of Musicians." Beasts of Gor, Pg. 44

POETS: Oddly enough, considered to be a sub-caste not of the Entertainers, but of the caste of Artisans. This is probably because Goreans view the creation of a poem to be no different from the fabrication of any other, physical, work of art. Caste colors are aqua and red.

"It could have been worse, I thought. After all, though the Caste of Singers, or Poets, was not a high caste, it had more prestige than, for example,the Caste of Pot-Makers or Saddle-Makers, with which it was sometimes compared." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 103

POT MAKERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. They are involved in the production of containment vessels. Their caste colors are brown and green.

"It could have been worse, I thought. After all, though the Caste of Singers, or Poets, was not a high caste, it had more prestige than, for example,the Caste of Pot-Makers or Saddle-Makers, with which it was sometimes compared." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 103

ROPE MAKERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. Produces rope, binding fiber, thread and cordage of all types.

"The next matter for consideration was the negotiation of a dispute between the sail-makers and the rope-makers in the arsenal with respect to priority in the annual Procession to the Sea, which takes place on the first of En'Kara, the Gorean New Year." Raiders of Gor, Pg. 134

RUG MAKERS: This caste is concerned with the weaving of fabrics, however not rugs, that is the sub-caste of Rug Makers, not associated with this Caste.

"The Carders and Dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the Weavers. All are subcastes of the Rug Makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the Cloth Workers. Rug Makers themselves, however usually regard themselves in their various subcastes, as being independent of the Cloth Workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pg. 49-50

SADDLE MAKERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. They produce the saddlery, harness and tack used to manage all of the various riding and draft beasts of Gor. Their caste color is tan.

"...even of castes as low as the Peasants, the Saddle Makers, the Weavers, the Goat Keepers, the Poets and Merchants, but none of them groveled as did the Initiates; how strange, I thought — the Initiates claimed to be most like Priest-Kings, even to be formed in their image, and yet I knew that a Priest-King would never grovel; it seemed the Initiates, to their efforts to be like gods, behaved like slaves." Priest-Kings of Gor, Pg. 294-295.

SINGERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Entertainers. Often working in conjunction with the caste of Poets, this caste concerns itself with the performance of verbal entertainments set to music. Colors are aqua and red.

"It could have been worse, I thought. After all, though the Caste of Singers, or Poets, was not a high caste, it had more prestige than, for example, the Caste of Pot-Makers or Saddle-Makers, with which it was sometimes compared." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 103

SLAVERS: the sub-caste of the Merchants, one who deals in human merchandise; their caste colors are blue and yellow.

"The Slavers, incidentally, are of the Merchant caste, though, in virtue of their merchandise and practices, their robes are different." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 208

SLEEN TRAINERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Animal Handlers, this caste concerns itself with the care, feeding and training of the Gorean Sleen, the six-legged furred hunting reptile of Gor.

"He now no longer wore the brown and black common to professional sleen trainers..." Beasts of Gor, Pg. 78

TARN KEEPERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Animal Handlers. This caste concerns itself with the care, feeding and training of the Gorean tarn, the fierce winged saddle-bird of Gor. Caste colors are gray and green.

"...was purchased by a fat, odious fellow, of the Caste of Tarn Keepers." Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 132

WEAVERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Cloth Makers. Concerned with the professional production of textiles for the garment industry.

"The carders and the dyers, incidentally, are subcastes separate from the weavers. All are subcastes of the rug makers, which itself, interestingly, perhaps surprisingly, is accounted generally as a subcaste of the cloth workers." Tribesmen of Gor, Pg. 49.

WOOD CARRIERS: A sub-caste of the caste of Woodsmen, this caste concerns itself with the harvesting and transportation of the trees of the Gorean forests and tree farms.

"His stature and burden proclaimed him a member of the Caste of Carriers of Wood, or Woodsmen, that Gorean caste which, with the caste of Charcoal Makers, provides most of the common fuel for the Gorean cities." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 27