In taking companionship with one of the Warriors she would raise caste, for the Warriors on Gor are among the high castes, of which
there are five, the Initiates, Scribes, Physicians, Builders and Warriors. In many cities only members of the high castes may belong to
the city’s high council. Most Gorean cities are governed by an executive, the Administrator, in conjunction with the high council. Some
cities are governed by a Ubar, who is in effect a military sovereign, sometimes a tyrant, whose word is law: The Ubar’s power is
limited institutionally only by his capacity to inspire and control those whose steel keeps him upon the throne. Sword loyalty is a bond
of fidelity sworn to the Ubar. Gorean warriors seldom break this bond. It is not sworn lightly. It is sworn only to those who are
thought fit to be Ubar. When the Ubar is thought to be unfit, it is thought, too, he has dishonored the pledge of sword loyalty. It is
not then uncommon for him to die beneath the steel of his outraged men. Only a Ubar, it is said, may sit upon the throne of a Ubar.
Only when a true Ubar sits upon the throne is it said the pledge of sword loyalty is binding. It was my hope that the Lady Sabina
would be happy. It was said she was muck pleased to raise caste and would become, by this match, one of the high ladies of the
Salerian Confederation, which was becoming powerful in the north. I did not think much of Thandar of Ti, perhaps because he was a
man. I supposed he was not too pleased at being matched with a girl who was not of the five high castes, but surely he could
appreciate the commercial and political significance of the match, and would be pleased to serve his city by doing his part. From the
point of view of his father the bargain was a good one for Thandar was the youngest and least important of five sons; it was not as if
his first or second son had been matched with a merchant’s daughter; besides the match was politically and commercially expedient;
who knew how ambitious might be the aspirations of Ti, and the Salerian Confederation? Too, from Thandar´s point of view, if the
match turned out to be a misery he, being a Gorean male of high caste, could content himself with bought women, who would fight
one another and beg on their bellies to serve one such as he. Hunters of Gor, page 113, 114
She, while slave, could not even stand in
companionship. She, even if freed, without family, and,
by the same act, without caste, would have a status
beneath the dignity of the meanest peasant wench,
secure in the rights of her caste. Even if freed, Talena
would be among the lowest women on Gor. Even a
slave girl has at least a collar. Raiders of Gor, page 135
But Talena had now been disowned. She no longer
could claim family. No longer was she the daughter of
Marlenus. She now was only another slave, that and
that alone. She now was nothing, only another beautiful
slave girl, that and that alone.
She could no longer, with fitness, sit by the side of a
Even if freed, she would have no caste, no family. She
would be among the lowest women on Gor.
She would no longer be acceptable.
It would probably be kinder to her to keep her in
bondage. She would then have at least her collar.
I threw back my head and laughed. Talena was no
longer acceptable. Raiders of Gor, page 136