The Tabuk 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
Gor, sparsely inhabited by human beings, teems with animal life, and in the next weeks I had no
difficulty in living by hunting. I supplemented my diet with fresh fruit picked from bushes and
trees, and fish speared in Gor's cold, swift-flowing streams. Once I brought the carcass of a
tabuk, one of Gor's single-horned, yellow antelopes, which I had felled in a Ka-la-na thicket, to
the hut of a peasant and his wife. Asking no questions, as was suitable given the absence of
insignia on my garments, they feasted me on my own kill, and gave me fiber, and flints and a
skin of wine. Outlaw of Gor, page 48

They were northern tabuk, massive, tawny and swift, many of them ten hands at the shoulder, a
quite different animal from the small, yellow-pelted, antelopelike quadruped of the south. On the
other hand, they, too, were distinguished by the single horn of the tabuk. On these animals,
however, that object, in swirling ivory, was often, at its base, some two and one-hall inches in
diameter, and better than a yard in length. A charging tabuk, because of the swiftness of its
reflexes, is a quite dangerous animal. Usually they are killed from a distance, often from behind
shields, with arrows. Beasts of Gor, page 152

Floodlike, like a tawny, thundering avalanche, blurred, snorting, tossing their heads and horns,
the tabuk sped past me. I saw the leader, to one side, on a hillock, stamping and snorting, and
lifting his head. He watched the tabuk streaming past him and then he bounded from the hillock,
and, racing, made his way to the head of the herd. More tabuk now, a river better than sixty feet
wide, thundered past me. I heard logs splintering, and saw them breaking and giving way. They
fell and some, even, on the backs of the closely massed animals, were carried for dozens of
yards, wood floating and churned, tossed on that tawny, storming river, that relentless torrent
of hide and horn, turned toward the north. I moved to my left as more logs burst loose. In
minutes the river of tabuk was more than two hundred yards wide. The ground shook beneath
me. I could hardly see nor breathe for the dust.
I was aware of Imnak near me, grinning. Beasts of Gor, page 168

The current moon was Takiyuhawi, the moon in which the tabuk rut. It is sometimes known also
as Canpasapawi, or the moon when the chokecherries are ripe. Blood brothers of Gor, page 5

It can be nerve-racking, waiting in the pit. In our hours in the pit we had had several occasions
for concern. Twice we had heard the single note of the fleer from Cuwignaka, signalling the
passage, overhead, of flighted ones, the Kinyanpi. Once a tabuk, a prairie tabuk, tawny in the
Barrens, singlehorned, gazelle like, had grazed nearby. It had browsed within feet of us. In a
sense this had pleased me, suggesting that our quarry might be in the vicinity; in a sense it had
displeased me, suggesting that abundant, alternative game might also be in the vicinity, the
tabuk tending to travel in herds. Some varieties of prairie tabuk, interestingly, when sensing
danger, end to lie down. This is counterinstinctual for most varieties of tabuk, which, when
sensing danger, tend to freeze, in a tense, standing position and then, if alarmed further, tend
to scurry away, depending on their ability and speed to escape predators. The standing position,
of course, as it is the case with bipedalian creatures, tends to increase their scanning range. The
response disposition of lying down, apparently selected for in some varieties of tabuk, tends to
be useful in an environment in which high grass is plentiful and one of the most common
predators depends primarily on vision to detect and locate its prey. This predator, as would be
expected, normally attacks from a direction in which is shadow does not precede it. Any tabuk, of
course, if it is sufficiently alarmed, will bound away. It can attain short-term speeds of from
eighty to ninety pasangs an Ahn. Its evasive leaps, in the gorean gravity, can cover from thirty to
forty feet in length, and attain heights of ten to fifteen feet. Once we had heard two notes of the
fleer, but, that time, as it had turned out, the source of the signal had not been Cuwignaka but,
to our frustration, an actual fleer. Blood brothers of Gor, page 316, 317
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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