Even past me there thundered a lumbering herd of startled, short-bunked kailiauk, a stocky,
awkward ruminant of the plains, tawny, wild, heavy, their haunches marked in red and brown
bars, their wide heads bristling with a trident of horns; they had not stood and formed their circle,
she's and young within the circle of tridents; they, too, had fled; farther to one side I saw a pair of
prairie sleen, smaller than the forest sleen but quite as unpredictable and vicious, each about
seven feet in length, furred, six-legged, mammalian, moving in their undulating gait with their
viper's heads moving from side to side, continually testing the wind; beyond them I saw one of
the tumits, a large, flightless bird whose hooked beak, as long as my forearm, attested only too
clearly to its gustatory habits; I lifted my shield and grasped the long spear, but it did not turn in
my direction; it passed, unaware; beyond the bird, to my surprise, I saw even a black larl, a huge
catlike predator more commonly found in mountainous regions; it was stalking away, retreating
unhurried like a king; before what, I asked myself, would even the black larl flee; and I asked
myself how far it had been driven; perhaps even from the mountains of Ta-Thassa, that loomed in
this hemisphere, Gor's southern, at the shore of Thassa, the sea, said to be in the myths without
a farther shore. Nomads of Gor, page 2
“I will have it done in Schendi,” I said. Usually, a leather worker pierces ears. In Schendi there
were many leather workers, usually engaged in the tooling of kailiauk hide, brought from the
interior. Such leather, with horn, was one of the major exports of Schendi. Kailiauk are four-
legged, wide-headed, lumbering, stocky ruminants. Their herds are usually found in the
savannahs and plains north and south of the rain forests, but some herds frequent the forests as
well. These animals are short-trunked and tawny. They commonly have brown and reddish bars
on the haunches. The males, tridentlike, have three horns. These horns bristle from their
foreheads. The males are usually about ten hands at the shoulders and the females about eight
hands. The males average about four hundred to five hundred Gorean stone in weight, some
sixteen hundred to two thousand pounds, and the females average about three to four hundred
Gorean stone in weight, some twelve hundred to sixteen hundred pounds. Explorers of Gor, page
The kailiauk in question, incidentally, is the kailiauk of the Barrens. It is gigantic, dangerous beast,
often standing from twenty to twenty-five hands at the shoulders and weighing as much as four
thousand pounds. It is almost never hunted on foot except in deep snow, in which it is almost
helpless. From kaiila back, riding beside a stampeded animal, however, the skilled hunter can kill
one with a single arrow. He rides close to the animal, not a yard from its side, just outside the
hooking range of the trident, to supplement the striking power of his small bow. At this range the
arrow can sink in to the feathers. Ideally it strikes into the intestinal cavity behind the last rib,
producing large-scale internal haemorrhaging, or closely behind the left shoulder blade, thence
piercing the eight valve heart. Savages of Gor, page 40
In Kailiauk, as is not unusual in the towns of the perimeter, the Administrator is of the Merchants.
The major business in 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. As would be expected it has
several inns and taverns aligned along its central street.
Its most notable feature, probably, is its hide sheds. Under the roofs of these open sheds, on
platforms, tied in bundles, are thousands of hides. Elsewhere, here and there, about town, are
great heaps of bone and horn, often thirty or more feet in height. These deposits represent the
results of the thinnings of kailiauk herds by the red savages. A most common sight in Kailiauk is
the coming and going of hide wagons, and wagons for the transport of horn and bones. The
number of kailiauk in the Barrens is prodigious, for it affords them a splendid environment with
almost no natural enemies. Most kailiauk, I am sure, have never seen a man or a sleen.
|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
The Barrens are traversed by a large number of herds. The four or five best-known herds, such as the Boswell herd, he for whom the
Boswell Pass is named, and the Bento herd and the Hogarthe herd, named after the first white men who saw them, number, it is
estimated, between two and three million beasts. The tremors in the earth from such a herd can be felt fifty pasangs away. It takes
such a herd two to three days to ford a river. It has occasionally happened that enemy tribes have preyed on such a herd at different
points and only afterwards, to their chagrin and amusement, realized their proximity to one another. Besides these major herds there
are several smaller, identifiable herds numbering in the hundreds of thousands of animals. Beyond these, as would be expected, are
many smaller herds, the very numbers of which are not even calculated by the red savages themselves, herds often range from a few
hundred to several thousand animals.
It is speculated that some of these smaller herds may be subherds of larger herds, separating from the major herd at certain points
during the season, depending on such conditions as forage and water. If that is the case then the number of kailiauk may not be quite
as large as it is sometimes estimated. On the other hand, that their numbers are incredibly abundant is indubitable. These herds, too,
interestingly enough, appear to have their annual grazing patterns, usually describing a gigantic oval, seasonally influenced, which
covers many thousands of pasangs. These peregrinations, as would be expected, tend to take ` herd in and out of the territory of
given tribes at given times. The same herd, thus, may be hunted by various tribes without necessitating dangerous departures from
their own countries.
The kailiauk is a migratory beast, thusly, but only in a rather special sense. It does not, for example, like, certain flocks of birds, venture
annually in roughly linear paths from the north to the south, and from the south to the north, covering thousands of pasangs in a
series of orthogonal alternations. The kailiauk must feed as it moves, and it is simply too slow for this type of migration. It could not
cover the distances involved in the times that would be necessary. Accordingly the herds tend not so much to migrate with the
seasons as to drift with them, the ovoid grazing patterns tending to bend northward in the summer and southward in the winter. The
smell of the hide sheds, incidentally, gives a very special aroma to the atmosphere of Kailiauk. After one has been there for a few
hours, however, the odor of the hides, now familiar and pervasive, tends to be dismissed from consciousness. Savages of Gor, page
"How many beasts are numbered in such a group?" I asked.
"Who has counted the stars, who has numbered the blades of grass," said Cuwignaka.
"It is estimated," said Grunt, "that there are between some two and three million beasts there."
"Surely it is the largest such group in the Barrens," I said.
"No," said Grunt, "there are larger, Boswell claims to have seen one such group which took five days to swim a river."
"How long would it take a group like this to swim a river?" I asked.
"Two or three days," said Grunt.
"I see," I said. The Boswell he had referred to, incidentally, was the same fellow for whom the Boswell Pass through the Thentis
Mountains had been named. He was an early explorer in the Barrens. Others were such men, as Diaz, Hogarthe and Bento.
"It is an awsome and splendid sight," I said. "Let us ride closer." Blood Brothers of Gor, page 6
The animals were now some three to four pasangs away, below us.
"It is the Pte!" called out Cuwignaka happily to us, turning to look at us.
"Yes," said Grunt.
We could now smell the animals clearly. My mount, a lofty black kaiila, silken and swift, shifted nervously beneath me. Its nostrils were
flared. Its storm lids were drawn, giving its large round eyes a distinctive yellowish cast. I did not think that it, a kaiila purchased some
months ago in the town of Kailiauk, near the perimeter, had ever smelled such beasts before, and certainly not in such numbers. Too, I
supposed that there were many among such beasts, perhaps most, in fact, who had ever smelled a man, or a kaiila, before. Grit and
dust settled about us. I blinked my eyes against it. It was very impressive to be so close to such beasts. I scarcely dared to conjecture
what it might be like to be even closer, say, within a few hundred yards of them. Individual kills on such animals, incidentally, are
commonly made from distances where one can almost reach out and touch the beast. One must be that close for the lance thrust to be
made or for the arrow, from the small bow, to strike with sufficient depth, to the feathers, either into the intestinal cavity behind the
last rib, resulting in large-scale internal hemorrhaging, or behind the left shoulder blade, into the heart.
"Is there always this much dust?" I asked. I raised my voice somewhat, against the sounds of the beasts, their bellowing and the thud
of the hoofs.
"No," said Cuwignaka, raising his voice. "It is moving now, not drifting and grazing."
"Sometimes, for no clear reason," said Grunt, "it will move, and more or less swiftly. Then, at other times, for similarly no apparent
reason, it will halt and graze, or move slowly, gently grazing along the way."
"It is early," I said.
"Yes," said Grunt. "That is interesting. It must have been moving more than is usual."
"I will inspect the animals," said Cuwignaka. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 6
"We have come to see the Pte," said Cuwignaka. The expression 'Pte', literally stands for the kailiauk cow, as 'Ta-tanka' stands for the
kailiauk bull, but it is commonly used colloquially, more generally, to stand for the kailiauk in general. In a sense, the "Pte" may be
considered the mother of the tribes, as it is through her that their nomadic life, in its tichness and variety, becomes possible. More
formally, of course, one speaks of the kailiauk. The expression 'kailiauk' is a Gorean word and, as far as I know, does not have an
I looked beyond Hci to the beasts, some two to three pasangs away. The kailiauk is a large, lumbering, shaggy trident-horned
ruminant. I has four stomachs and an eight-valved heart. It is dangerous, gregarious, small-eyed and short-tempered. Adult males can
stand as high as twenty or twenty-five hands at the shoulder and weigh as much as four thousand pounds.