population, except in matters of political alliance, their teachings and purported ability to intercede withPriest-Kings, and further the
welfare of their adherents, is taken with great seriousness by many of the lower castes.


And many men, who suspect that the Initiates, in their claims and pretensions, are frauds, will nonetheless avoid coming into conflict
with the caste. This is particularly true of civil leaders who do not wish the power of the initiates to turn lower castes against them.
And, after all, who knows much about the Priest-Kings, other than the fact that they exist. The invisible barrier about the Sardar is
evidence of that, and the policing, by the flame death, of illegal weapons and inventions. The Gorean knows that there are
Priest-Kings. He does not, of course, know their nature. That is where the role of the initiates becomes most powerful, The Gorean
knows there are Priest-Kings, whoever or whatever they maybe. He is also confronted with a socially and economically powerful caste
that pretends to be able to intermediate between Priest-Kings and common folk. What if some of the claims of Initiates should be
correct? What if they do have influence with Priest-Kings? Outlaw of Gor,  page 28,29


There is a saying on Gor that the laws of a city extends no further than its walls.
Outlaws of Gor, page 50

I knew that only those who were free would be permitted to make a city. Doubtless there were many slaves in Koroba but they would
be allowed only to serve those who raised the walls and towers. Not one stone could be placed in either way or tower by a man or
woman who was not Free, the only city I know of on Gor which was built by the labor of slaves, beneath the lash of Masters, is Port
Kar which lies in the delta of the Vosk.
Assassin of Gor, Page 60

"Some clue, then, as her origins, may be there," I said. Goreans are usually rather careful about such things as crests, signs, family
emblems, and such. Sometimes such things are actually registered, and legally restricted in their use to given lines.
Mercenaries of Gor, page 292

Lastly, it might be, mentioned that it is a capital offense for a locksmith, normally a member of the Metal Workers, to make an
unauthorized copy of a key, either to keep for himself or for another.
Assassin of Gor, page 52
Laws, Codes and Rituals
City Laws of Gor
The initiates are an almost universal, well-organized,
industrious caste. They have many monasteries, holy
places and temples. An initiate may often travel for
hundreds of pasangs, and, each night, find himself in a
house of initiates. They regard themselves as the
highest caste, and in many cities, are so regarded
generally. There is often a tension between them and
the civil authorities, for each regards himself as supreme
in matters of policy and law for their district. The initiates
have their own laws, and courts, and certain of them
are well versed in the laws of the initiates. Their
education, generally, is of little obvious practical value,
with its attention to authorized exegeses of dubious,
difficult texts, purporting to be revelations of
Priest-Kings, the details and observances of their own
calendars, their interminable involved rituals and so on,
but paradoxically, this sort of learning, impractical
though it seems, has a subtle practical aspect. It tends
to bind initiates together, making them interdependent,
and muchly different from common men. It sets them
apart, and makes them feel important and wise, and
specially privileged. There are many texts, of course,
which are secret to the caste, and not even available to
scholars generally. In these it is rumoured there are
marvellous spells and mighty magic, particularly if read
backwards on certain feast days. Whereas initiates tend
not to be taken with great seriousness by the high
castes, or the more intelligent members of the
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