Sometimes these men are merchants who wish thereby to secure goodwill for their products; sometimes they are practitioners of law,
who hope to sway the votes of jury men; sometimes they are Ubars or High Initiates who find it in their interests to keep the crowds
amused. Such contests, in which life is lost, used to be popular at Ar, for example, being sponsored in that city by the Caste of
Initiates, who regard themselves as being the intermediaries between Priest-Kings and men, though I suspect that, at least on the
whole, they know as little about the Priest-Kings as do other men. These contests, it might be mentioned, were banned in Ar when
Kazrak of Port Kar became administrator of that city. It was not an action which was popular with the powerful Caste of Initiates.
Priest Kings of Gor, page 11

This pilgrimage to the Sardar, enjoyed by the Priest-Kings according to the Caste of the Initiates, undoubtedly plays its role in the
distribution of beauty among the hostile cities of Gor. Whereas the males who accompany a caravan are often killed in its defence or
driven off, this fate, fortunate or not, is seldom that of the caravan's women. It will be their sad lot to be stripped and fitted with the
collars and chains of slave girls and forced to follow the wagons on foot to the fair, or if the caravan's tharlarions have been killed or
driven off, they will carry its goods on their backs. Thus one practical effect of the edict of the Priest-Kings is that each Gorean girl
must, at least once in her life, leave her walls and take the very serious risk of becoming a slave girl, perhaps the prize of a pirate or
outlaw. Priest Kings of Gor, page 12, 13

A major victory in this matter was secured a few years ago when the caste of Merchants, which organizes and manages the Sardar
Fairs, agreed to a standardized version, proposed by, and provisionally approved by, the high council of the caste of Players, for the
Sardar tournaments, one of the attractions of the Sardar Fairs. This for of Kaissa, now utilized in the tournaments is generally referred
to, like the other variations, simply as Kaissa. Sometimes, however, to distinguish it from differing forms of the game, it is spoken of as
Merchant Kaissa, from the role of the Merchants in making it the official form of Kaissa for the fairs, Player Kaissa, from the role of the
Players in its codification, or the Kaissa of En´Kara, for it was officially promulgated for the first time at one of the fairs of En´Kara,
that which occurred in 10,124 C.A., Contasta Ar, from the Founding of Ar, or in year 5 of the Sovereignty of the Council of Captains, in
Port Kar. Page 8
Laws, Codes and Rituals
Sardar Fair Laws of Gor
Yet perhaps this is not so puzzling, for the Gorean cities
will, within their own walls, enforce the Merchant Law
when pertinent, even against their own citizens. If they
did not, of course, the fairs would be closed to them.

Although one may not be enslaved at the fair, slaves
may be bought and sold within its precincts, and slavers
of Ar's Street of Brands. The reason for this is not simply
that here is a fine market for such wares, since men
from various cities pass freely to and fro at the fair, but
that each Gorean, whether male or female, is expected
to see the Sardar Mountains, in honor of the
Priest-Kings, at least once in his life, prior to his twenty
fifth year. Priest Kings of Gor, page 11 and 12


Contests of arms, fought to the death, whereas they
may not take place at the fairs are not unknown on Gor,
and are popular in some cities. Contests of this sort,
most often involving criminals and impoverished soldiers
of fortune, offer prizes of amnesty or gold and are
customarily sponsored by rich men to win the approval
of the populace of their cities.
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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.
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