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Tarns 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
Many have died learning the tarn. The tarn is a dangerous bird, aggressive, carnivorous, often
treacherous. The wingspan of many tarns is in the neighborhood of forty feet. Humans are
small beside them. Many human beings will not approach them. It, like many wild beasts, can
sense fear, and that stimulates its aggression. In facing a tarn a human being has little but
will to place between himself and the beak and talons. To be sure many tarns are
domesticated, so to speak, raised from the egg in the vicinity of humans, taught to expect
their food from then, accustomed to harnessing from the age of the chick and so on. In the
past domestic tarns were sometimes freed, to hunt in the wild, and later return to their cots,
sometimes to the blasts of the tarn whistle. That is seldom done now. I hungry tarn is quite
dangerous, you see, and the reed of its domesticity is fragile. There is no assurance that its
strike will be directed on a tabuk or world tarsk, or verr. Too, it is not unknown for such tarns
to revert, so to speak. I think no tarn is that far from the wild. In their blood, it is said, is the
wind and the sky.  Swordsmen of Gor (Electronic book, Loc 1050 of 11941)