Torm, my friend of the Caste of Scribes, had been to such fairs to trade scrolls with scholars from other cities, men he would never have
seen were it not for the fairs, me of hostile cities who yet loved ideas more than they hated their enemies, men like Torm who so loved
learning that they would risk the perilous journey to the Sardar Mountains for the chance to dispute a text or haggle over a coveted
scroll. Similarly men of such castes as the Physicians and Builders make use of the fairs to disseminate and exchange information
pertaining to their respective crafts. Outlaw of Gor, page 47
"I had never been in the arms of a man before,' she said, 'for the men of Tharna may not touch women."
I must have looked puzzled.
"The Caste of Physicians," she said, "under the direction of the High Council of Tharna, arranges these matters."
"I see," I said. Outlaw of Gor, page 106
"Does it hurt?" she asked.
"No." I said.
She laughed and it pleased me to hear her laugh.
"I hope you know what you are doing," I said.
"My father," she said, "was of the Caste of Physicians."
So, I thought, I had placed her accent rather well, either Builders or Physicians, and had I thought carefully enough about it, I might
have recognized her accent as being a bit refined for the Builders. I chuckled to myself. In effect, I had probably merely scored a lucky
hit. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 62
"But my father," said Vika, "whose slave she was, and who was of the Caste of Physicians of Treve, loved her very much and asked her
to be his Free Companion." Vika laughed softly.
"For three years she refused him," she said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because she loved him," said Vika, "and did not wish him to take for his Free Companion only a lowly Passion Slave." Priest-Kings of
Gor, page 69
"Who has done this?" I asked.
"I," said Parp. " The operation is not as difficult as you might expect and I have performed it many times."
"He is a member of the Caste of Physicians," said Kusk, "and his manual dexterity is superior even to that of Priest Kings." Priest-Kings
of Gor, page 254
Further, members of the Castes of Physicians and Builders use the fairs for the dissemination of information and techniques among
Caste Brothers, as is prescribed in the codes in spite of the fact that their respective cites may be hostile. And it might be expected
members of the Caste of Scribes gather here to enter into dispute and examine and trade manuscripts. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 9
When Kamchak had finished he held out his right hand and a man, not a Tuchuk, who wore the green robes of the Caste of Pysicians,
thrust in his hand a goblet of bosk horn; it contained some yellow fluid. Angrily, not concealing his distaste, Kutaituchik drained the
goblet and then hurled it from him. Nomads of Gor, page 44
The selection of the girls, incidentally, is determined by judges in their city, or of their own people, in Turia by members of the Caste of
Physicians who have served in the great slave houses of Ar; among the wagons by the masters of the public slave wagons, who buy,
sell and rent girls, providing warriors and slavers with a sort of clearing house and market for their feminine merchandise. The public
slave wagons, incidentally, also provide Paga. They are a kind of combination Paga tavern and slave market. I know of nothing else
precisely like them on Gor. Nomads of Gor, page 118
The player was a rather old man, extremely unusual on Gor, where the stabilization serums were developed centuries ago by the
Caste of Physicians in Ko-ro-ba and Ar, and transmitted to the Physicians of other cities at several of the Sardar Fairs. Age, on Gor,
interestingly, was regarded, and still is, by the Caste of Physicians as a disease, not an inevitable natural phenomenon. The fact that it
seemed to be a universal disease did not dissuade the caste from considering how it may be combated. Assassin of Gor, page 29
At any rate, disease is now almost unknown among the Gorean cities, with the exception of the dreaded Dar-kosis disease or the Holy
disease, research on which is generally frowned upon by the Caste of Initiates, who insist the disease is a visitation of the displeasure
of the Priest-Kings on its recipients. The fact that the disease tends to strike those who have maintained the observances
recommended by the Caste of Initiates, and who regularly attend their numerous ceremonies, as well as those who do not, is seldom
explained, though, when pressed, the Initiates speak of possible secret failures to maintain the observances or the inscrutable will of
the Priest-Kings. Assassin of Gor, page 29, 30
She laughed. The allusion was to certain practices having to do with the merchandising of Red Silk Girls, in private sales for individual
and important clients of the House. At certain times of the year several such booths are set up within the courtyard of a slaver's house;
in each, unclothed, chained by the left ankle to a ring, on furs, is a choice Red Silk Girl; prospective buyers, usually accompanied by a
member of the Caste of Physicians, in the presence of the slaver's agent, examine various girls; when particular interest is indicated in
one, the Physician and the slaver's agent withdraw; when, after this, the girl is not purchased, or at least seriously bid upon, she is
beaten severely or, perhaps worse, is touched for a full Ehn by the slave goad; if, after two or three such opportunities, the girl is not
sold, she is given further training; if after this she is still not sold she is usually returned to the iron pens whence, with other girls,
considered to be of inferior value, she will be sold at a reduced price in one of the smaller markets, perhaps even in a minor city. Most
girls, it might be mentioned, even extremely choice specimens, are never in the booths; generally the slaver has a chance at a higher
price when there are many buyers bidding against one another in the heat of an auction. Assassin of Gor, page 57
There was a drum fire near the center of the room on the floor. There was a littered look about the room, some pieces of chains about.
Two smiths were in the room. There was a guard talking with the smiths. There was also a man in the green of the Caste of Physicians,
standing at one side, writing notes on a slip of record paper. He was a large man, smooth-shaven. Assassin of Gor, page 124
"For many years," said Flaminius, "and this was even before 10,110, the year of Pa-Kur and his horde, I and others worked secretly in
the Cylinder of Physicians. We devoted our time, those Ahn in the day in which we could work, to study, research. Test and experiment
unfortunately, for spite and for gold, word of our work was brought to the High Initiate, by a minor Physician discharged from our staff
for incompetence. The Cylinder of Initiates demanded that the High Council of the Caste of Physicians put an end to our work, not only
that it be discontinued but that our results to that date be destroyed. The Physicians, I am pleased to say, stood with us. There is little
love lost between Physicians and Initiates, even as is the case between Scribes and Initiates. Assassin of Gor, page 266
After a time the crossbowman, who stood beside me, spoke to Mip. "It was victory," he said.
Mip only wept. "Green Ubar," he said. "Green Ubar."
"Fetch one of the Caste of Physicians," cried an onlooker.
The crossbowman shook his head negatively.
Mip lay dead across the neck of the bird he had ridden to victory.
"He rode well," I said. "One might have thought him more than a simple Tarn Keeper." Assassin of Gor, page 359
She opened her eyes weakly, and did not seem to recognize me.
I cried out in anger.
"He was a beautiful boy," she said. "He is a beautiful boy."
I put her down and tore rags to wrap about her wrists.
"I will call one of the Caste of Physicians." I whispered to her. Surely Flaminius, drunk; might still be in the house.
"No," she said, reaching for my hand.
"Why have you done this?" I cried in anger. Assassin of Gor, page 379
"Who am I to care for others?" he asked.
"You are Flaminius," I told him, "he who long ago loved men and chose to wear the green robes of the Caste of Physicians."
"Long ago," he said, looking down, "I knew Flaminius."
"I," I said, "know him now."
He looked into my eyes. There were tears in his eyes, and in mine.
"I loved Sura," said Flaminius. Assassin of Gor, page 386
"Some," said Flaminius. "Already some eight, of skill and repute, have pledged themselves my aids in this undertaking." He looked at
me. "And the first, who gave courage to them all," said he, "was a woman, of the Caste of Physicians, once of Treve."
"A woman named Vika?" I asked.
"Yes," said he, "do you know her?"
"Once,"' said I.
"She stands high among the Physicians of the city," he said.
"You will find her, I think," I said, "brilliantly worthy as a colleague in your work." Assassin of Gor, page 398
"Let us have the attestation!" cried Mirus, forcing the two fellows apart.
Tamirus approached me. He wore green robes. I did not know at that time but this indicated he was of the caste of physicians. That is
a high caste. If I had known he was of high caste I might have been a great deal more frightened than I was. Most Gorean take caste
very seriously. It is apparently one of the socially stabilizing forces on Gor. It tends to reduce the dislocations, disappointments and
tragedies inherent in more mobile structures, in which men are taught that they are failures if they do not manage to make large
amounts of money or excel in one of a small number of prestigious professions. The system also helps to help men of energy and high
intelligence in a wide variety of occupations, this preventing the drain of such men into a small number of often artificially desiderated
occupations, this tending then to leave lesser men, or frustrated men, to practice other hundreds of arts the survival and maintenance
of which are important to a superior civilization. Provisions for changing caste exist on Gor, but they are seldom utilized. Most Goreans
are proud of their castes and the skills appropriate to them. Such skills, too, tend to be appreciated by other Goreans, and are not
looked down on. Dancer of Gor, page 186, 187
|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
|More on the lives of the Green Caste-Physicians of Gor
|In this section, I have added comments to some quotes, it is my own point of view reflected in the comments, it is what i understand from
reading the boooks and studying each aspects of gorean life.