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Weapons 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

Sometimes men wrestle to the death or use the
spiked gauntlets. Assassin of Gor, page 189

The wooden shields of Torvaldsland no more stopped
the great axes than dried skins of larma fruit,
stretched on sewing frames, might have resisted the
four-bladed dagger cestus of Anango or the hatchet
gauntlet of eastern Skjern. Marauders of Gor, page

In the pits of Ar,” he said, “he has fought with the
knife gauntlets. Fighting Slave of Gor, page 318
Fortunately we did not engage with knife gauntlets

There were various matches in the pit of sand that evening. There was a contest of sheathed hook knife, one of whips and another
of spiked gauntlets. Assassin of Gor, page 120

. . .the seven sheaths for the almost legendary quivas, the balanced saddleknives of the prairie. It was said a youth of the Wagon
Peoples was taught the bow, the quiva and the lance before their parents would consent to give him a name.  Nomads of Gor, Page

Tarn goad

He entered my apartment, carrying a metal rod about two feet long, with a leather loop attached. It had a switch on the handle,
which could be set for two positions, on and off, like a simple torch. `What is it?' I asked. 'A tarn-goad,' he replied. He snapped the
switch in the barrel to the "on" position and struck the table. It showered sparks in a sudden cascade of yellow light, but left the
table unmarked. He turned off the goad and extended it to me. As I reached for it, he snapped it on and slapped it in my palm. A
billion tiny yellow sparks, like pieces of fiery needles, seemed to explode in my hand. I cried out in shock. I thrust my hand to my
mouth. It had been like a sudden, severe electric charge, like the striking of a snake in my hand. I examined my hand; it was unhurt.
'Be careful of a tarn-goad,' said the Older Tarl. 'It is not for children. Tarnsman of Gor, page 50

Slave goad

He scrambled to His feet, his face a mask of hate, looked about, saw the slave goad, ran to it and whipped it from the wall. I did not
pursue him, not wanting to kill him. He turned and I saw, in almost one motion of his finger, the goad switch go to on, the dial rotate
to the kill point. Then crouching, the goad blazing in his hand, he approached me warily. Assassin of Gor, page 260


Slowly, singing in a guttural chant, a Tuchuk warrior song, he began to swing the bola. It consists of three long straps of leather,
each about five feet long, each terminating in a leather sack, which contains, sewn inside, a heavy, round metal weight. It was
probably developed for hunting the tumit, a huge, flightless carnivorous bird of the plains, but the Wagon Peoples use it also, and
well, as a weapon of war. Thrown low the long straps, with their approximate ten-foot sweep, almost impossible to evade, strike
the victim and the weighted balls, as soon as resistance is met, whip about the victim, tangling and tightening the straps.
Sometimes legs are broken. It is often difficult to release the straps, so snarled do they become. Thrown high the Gorean bola can
lock a man's arms to his sides; thrown to the throat it can strangle him; thrown to the head, a difficult cast, the whipping weights
can crush a skull. One entangles the victim with the bola, leaps from one's mount and with the quiva cuts his throat. Nomads of Gor,
page 24

War Club

Grunt carried similar articles but he, as well, as I had not, carried such items as long nails, rivets, hatchets, metal arrowheads, metal
lance points, knife blades and butcher knives. The knife blades and long nails are sometimes mounted in clubs. Savages of Gor,
page 145

The knife blades and long nails are sometimes mounted in clubs. Savages of Gor, page 145


Even the cruel cestae of the low pits might have cut away his lower jaw. Fighting Slave of Gor, page 321

He had fought even with the spiked cestae and the knife gauntlets. Rouge of Gor, page 241

Sometimes men wrestle to the death or use the spiked gauntlets. Assassin of Gor, page 189

The wooden shields of Torvaldsland no more stopped the great axes than dried skins of larma fruit, stretched on sewing frames,
might have resisted the four-bladed dagger cestus of Anango or the hatchet gauntlet of eastern Skjern. Marauders of Gor, page 205


Kamchak was a skilled instructor in these matters and, freely, hours at a time, until it grew too dark to see, supervised my practice
with such fierce tools as the lance, the quiva and bola. I learned as well the rope and bow. Nomads of Gor, page 66-67

“Ah, yes, weapons,” Kamchak was saying, “what shall it be the kaiila lance, a whip and bladed bola, perhaps the quiva?” Nomads of
Gor, page 123


Tassa powder

Tassa powder had doubtless been used on her. It is traceless, and effective. Players of Gor, page 66

“It was done by Tassa powder,” she said.
“It was tasteless, and effective,” I said.
“It shows up, of course,” I said, “in water.”
“It is meant to be mixed with red wine,” she said. Fighting Slave of Gor, page 223

Inside, in a previously prepared room, on a great table, were aligned two hundred goblets of wine. Each contained Tassa powder.
When the pirates, unsuspecting, were within, and giving themselves to the wine, the door would be locked. Guardsman of Gor,
page 113

Throughout all that had transpired in the booth she had not regained consciousness. Tassa powder is efficient. Players of Gor, page

Invented drug

“Sullius Maximus,” he said, “invented such a drug. He tested it, by pin pricks, on the limbs of a captured enemy, paralyzing him from
the neck down." Marauders of Gor, page 19

Ost Venom
Death by ost venom is among the most hideous of deaths. Captive of Gor, page 357

I was scarcely aware of the brief whimpering of the Paravaci as, twisting and turning on the rug, biting at it, holding his arm, his
flesh turning orange from ost venom, he writhed and died.
Kamchak walked to him and tore away the mask. I saw the contorted, now-orange, twisted, agonized face. Already it was like
colored paper and peeling, as though lit and burned from the inside. There were drops of blood and sweat on it. Nomads of Gor,
page 318

The small man held up a tiny packet. “This,” he said, “is the poison, a powder prepared from the venom of the Ost. Captive of Gor,
page 357

They are poison teeth,” remarked Harold, a Turian affectation but quite deadly, being filled with the venom of the Ost. Nomads of
Gor, page 187

Kanda Paste

Mixed with the blood and fluids of the body there was a smear of white at the end of the steel, the softened residue of a glaze of
kanda paste, now melted by body heat, which had coated the tip of the blade. Assassin of Gor, page 42

I found a needle; I smelled it; it was smeared with kanda, a deadly toxin. Tribesmen of Gor, page 132

He folded his left hand into a fist and, with his thumb, pressed a tiny switch on the ring. The fang, of hollow steel, springing up, was
then exposed. Explorers of Gor, page 169

On the first finger of his left hand he wore a fang ring, which, I had little doubt, would contain a poison, probably that of the deadly
kanda plant. Explorers of Gor, page 151

Much more dangerous is the poison lock, because the opening through which the tiny pins, usually coated with a paste formed from
kanda root, can emerge can be extremely small, almost invisible to the eye, easy to overlook in the crevices and grillwork of the
commonly heavy, ornate Gorean lock. Assassin of Gor, page 52

It is not wise to try to tear away the garments of a free woman with one’s bare hands. They may contain poisoned needles. Beasts
of Gor, page 402

A free woman, captured, whose hair her captor unbinds, usually the first time by the stroke of a knife, a precaution against poison
pins and other devices. Explorers of Gor, page 198

Poison Slave

Maximus Hegesius Quintilius was later found assassinated in his own pleasure gardens, slain there by the bite of a chemically
prepared poison girl, one killed by Taurentians before she could be questioned. Mercenaries of Gor, page 246

Catapults and Offense weaponry

She also carried, on leather-cushioned, swivel mounts, two light catapults, two chain-sling onagers, and eight springals. Raiders of
Gor, page 193

. . .deck areas and deck castles can accommodate
springals, small catapults, and chain-sling onagers, not to mention numerous
bowmen, all of which can provide a most discouraging and vicious barrage, consisting normally of
javelins, burning pitch, fiery rocks
and crossbow quarrels. . . Raiders of Gor, page 133

. . . mobile siege equipment, catapults mounted on wheeled platforms, which could fire over the heads of the draft animals. From
these engines, hitherto employed only in siege warfare, now become a startling and devastating new weapon, in effect, a field
artillery, tubs of burning pitch and flaming naphtha, and siege javelins, and giant boulders, fell in shattering torrents upon the
immobilized squares. Renegades of Gor, page 285

“Then, suddenly, a lever thrown, the mighty arm of the engine went forward again and a great stone burst against one of the
towers. Mercenaries of Gor, page 33

I will append one qualification to these observations pertaining to grapnels which is to acknowledge the giant,
chain grapnel, and
its relative, the
grapnel derrick. The giant grapnel is hurled by an engine and then, either with the second arm of the engine, or by
the same arm, reversed, drawn back with great force. This can rip away the crests of walls, tear off roofs, and such. If Cosians used
them here they might have created gaps in the battlements. The effectiveness of such a device, however, given the weights
involved, and the loss of force in the draw, is much compromised by the necessity of extreme proximity to the target. Also the
defenders may be expected to free or dislodge the grapnel if possible.
The derrick grapnel is much what the name suggests. It is used from walls, dangled down, and then drawn up with a winch. If the
wall is a harbor wall it can capsize a ship. If the wall is a land wall, it can, with luck, topple a siege tower. Renegades of Gor, page

I smelled hot oil on the parapet, and a cauldron of it was boiling, which I passed. Buckets on long handles could be dipped into this,
the oil fired, and then poured on attackers. The oil tends to hold the fire on the object. Renegades of Gor, page 284

In two of the towers defenders had won the top level and poured flaming oil about the floor and down the ladderways. I saw other
fellows carrying bundles of flaming sticks and tar on their pikes into a tower. Renegades of Gor, page 266

And then, their fighters disembarked, the birds with their riders swept away, up into the black, vicious sleeting sky, to light the oily
rags one by one, in the clay flasks of tharlarion oil and hurl them, from the heights of the sky, down onto the decks of ships of Cos
and Tyros. I did not expect a great deal of damage to be done by these shattering bombs of burning oil, but I was counting on the
confluence of three factors the psychological effect of such an attack, the fear of the outflanking fleets, whose numbers could not
yet well have been ascertained, and, in the confusion and, hopefully, terror, the unexpected, sudden loss of their commander.
Raiders of Gor, page 276

Defense Weaponry-Tarn Wire

The fishermen had a net with them, doubtless brought up from their small boat in the harbor. Such devices are rich in war uses.
They can discommode scalers and grapnel crews. They can block passages. From behind them one may conveniently thrust pikes
and discharge missiles. In the field they may serve as foundations for camouflage, for example, effecting concealments from
tarnsmen. . .Nets, too, of course, are used at sea in the repulsion of boarders. Renegades of Gor, pages 282-283

Across the city, from the walls to the cylinders and among the cylinders, I could occasionally see the slight flash of sunlight on the
swaying tarn wires, literally hundreds of thousands of slender, almost invisible wires stretched in a protective net across the city.”
Tarnsman of Gor, pages 162-163
. . . loops of tarn wire were cast over the armed, halted efflux which the foe, to his horror, trying to extricate himself, felt draw tight
and then he, too, snared, was dragged from the bridge. . .The wire, in its wide, supple loops, had settled about its victims, their legs
and bodies. . .perhaps to have its throat cut. Renegades of Gor, page 283

Anything goes

The women and children carried sticks and switches, the men spears, flails, forks and clubs. Captive of Gor, page 249

But a moment later the charging citizens, like thundering, horned kailiauk, like uncontrolled, maddened, stampeding bosk,
pikes and
spears leveled,
chains flailing, swords flashing, boat hooks, and axes and shovels upraised, struck the dumbfounded, disarrayed
throngs of astonished buccaneers. Guardsman of Gor, page 128

Several of them began to follow us, lifting
flails and great scythes. Some carried chains, others hoes. Marauders of Gor, page 49

Shortly thereafter some seven or eight ruffians, armed with
clubs and iron bars, had attacked the shop, destroying its equipment.
Nomads of Gor, page 237

They had come prepared, though naked, to make war, though it be with but the
branches of trees and the stones of the forest.
Hunters of Gor, page 289