toilet at leisure, bathing, combing her hair, perfuming herself and such, before the trap doors, dropped from beneath her, plunge her
into the waiting arms of slavers. Guardsmen and magistrates, I had noted, had been in immediate attendance. She had had light
brown hair and had been excellently curved. Yet I did not doubt but what her figure, even then of great interest, would be soon
improved by diet and exercise, certainly before she would be put up on the block. Players of Gor
“I was taken pursuant to the couching laws,” she said.
“I see,” I said. Any free woman who voluntarily couches with another´s slave, or readies herself to do so, becomes the slave of the
slave´s master. By such an act, the couching with, or readying herself to couch with, a slave, as though she might be a girl of the
slave's master, thrown to the slave, she shows herself as no more than a slave, and in this act, in law, becomes a slave. Who then
should own her, this new slave? Why, of course, he to whom the law consigns her, the master of the slave with whom she has
couched, or was preparing to couch. .” Players of Gor, page 303
“Do not concern yourself then with such matters,” she said.
“But so much honor!” he said.
“Do not consider it,” she said.
“But I am only a slave,” he said.
“That is known to me,” she said.
:I have a master!” he said.
“Of course,” she said.
“And mistress does this of her own free will?” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
He was silent.
She gestured to the furs beside her. “I invite you to share my couch,” she said.
“I am lying here before you,” she said, “´slave naked´, as you vulgar men might say. Do you dally, handsome Milo?”
“Mistress invites me to share her couch?” he asked.
“Yes,” she said.
“Mistress is then preparing to couch with me?”
“I am not only preparing to couch with you,” she said. “I am prepared to couch with you.” She then knelt on the couch, and back on
I glanced to Tolnar, the magistrate. He nodded.
“You may approach me,” she said. She extended her arms, opened to him, as she knelt. “Come, handsome slave,” said she. “Come,
couch with me!”
I threw the lever, releasing the net.
It fell over her beautifully.
She screamed in surprise and fear, as its toils dropped about her. She tried to spring to her feet on the couch, clawing at it, but fell.
Milo, doubtless practiced in the matter, expertly brought it together and whipped it about her and, in an instant, on her belly on the
couch, she was helpless in its folds. Almost instantly, too, Marcus entered the front room, followed by Tolnar and Venlisius. I had
remained for a moment or two at the observation portal. Then I, too, followed by Lavinia, entered the room. Although she may have
been aware of my movement, that of another man entering the room, she did not, in her consternation, and in her attention to
Marcus and the magistrates, before her, really look upon me, or recognize me. I was then in back of her, with the bracelets and linked
shackles. Milo, his work done, stood now to one side. Players of Gor, page 452
“The law in question is a serious one,” said Tolnar. “It was promulgated by Marlenus, Ubar of Ubars.”
"Beware of the words you speak," said Seibar. This was true. Such words, in themselves, in the appropriate context, effected
enslavement. Intention, and such, is immaterial, for one might always maintain that one had not meant them, or such. The words
themselves, in the appropriate context, are suffcient. Whether one means them or not one becomes, in their utterance, instantly,
categorically and without recourse, fully and legally a slave, soemthing with which masters are then entitled to do with as they
please. Such words are not to be spoken lightly. They are as meaningful as the collar, as significant as the brand.
"The words I speak, I speak knowingly," she said.
"Speak clearly," he said.
"I herewith proclaim myself a slave," she said. "I am a slave."
"You are now a slave," I said to her, "even in the cities. You are property. You could be returned to a master as such in a court of law.
This is something which is recognized even outside of the Barrens. This is much stronger, in that sense, than being the slave of Kaiila
or Yellow Knives."
"I know," she said.
Seibar looked down upon her.
"I am now a legal slave," she said.
He nodded. It was true.
Blood Brothers of Gor, page 364, 365
She belonged to Samos, of course. It had been within the context of his capture rights that she had, as a free woman, of her own
free will, pronounced upon herself a formula of enslavement. Automatically then, in virtue of the context, she became his. The law is
clear on this. The matter is more subtle when the woman is not within a context of capture rights. Here the matter differs from city to
city. In some cities, a woman may not, with legal recognition, submit herself to a specific man as a slave, for in those cities that is
interpreted as placing at least a temporary qualification on the condition of slavery which condition, once entered into, all cities agree,
is absolute. In such cities, then, the woman makes herself a slave, unconditionally. It is then up to the man in question whether or
not he will accept her as his slave. In this matter he will do as he pleases. In any event, she is by then a slave, and only that.
In other cities, and in most cities, on the other hand, a free woman may, with legal tolerance, submit herself as a slave to a specific
man. If he refuses her, she is then still free. If he accepts her, she is then, categorically, a slave, and he may do with her as he
pleases, even selling her or giving her away, or slaying her, if he wishes. Here we might note a distinction between laws and codes.
In the codes of the warriors, if a warrior accepts a woman as a slave, it is prescribed that, at least for a time, an amount of time up to
his discretion, she be spared. If she should be the least bit displeasing, of course, or should prove recalcitrant in even a tiny way, she
may be immediately disposed of.
It should be noted that this does not place a legal obligation on the warrior. It has to do, rather, with the proprieties of the codes. If
a woman not within a clear context of rights, such as capture rights, house rights, or camp rights, should pronounce herself slave,
‘simpliciter, then she is subject to claim. These claims may be explicit, as in branding, binding and collaring, or as in the uttering of a
claimancy formula, such as “I own you,” “You are mine,” or “You are my slave,” or implicit, as in, for example, permitting the slave to
feed from your hand or follow you. Players of Gor, page 21
In most cities, on the other hand, a free woman may, with legal tolerance, submit herself as a slave to a specific man. If he refuses
her, she is then still free. If he accepts her, she is then, categorically, a slave, and he may do with her what he pleases, even selling
her or giving her away, or slaying her, if he wishes. Here we may note a distinction between laws and codes. In the codes of the
warriors, if a warrior accepts a woman as a slave, it is prescribed that, at least for a time, an amount of time up to his discretion, she
be spared. If she should be the least displeasing, of course, or should prove recalcitrant in even a tiny way, she may be immediately
disposed of. It should be noted that this does place a legal obligation on the warrior. It has to do, rather, with the proprieties of the
codes. Players of Gor, page 21
In some cities an unveiled free woman is susceptible to being taken into custody by guardsmen, veiled, by force if necessary, and
publicly conducted back to her home... Repeated offenses in such a city usually result in the enslavement of the female. Players of
Gor, page 125
"If and when a free woman should utter this, in the Gorean culture, of course, this sort of thing is very significant. Indeed, in some
cities such things as kneeling before a man, or addressing him as "Master" effects legal imbondment on the female, being interpreted
as a gesture of submission." Players of Gor, page 139
I am sure you are familiar with the law,” said the first
fellow, flanked by two magistrates.
“No!” she cried.
The magistrates were ex offico witnesses, who could
certify the circumstances of the capture. The net was a
stout one, and weighted.
“Any free women who couches with another's slave, or
readies herself to couch with another's slave, becomes
herself a slave, and the slave of the slave's master. It is
a clear law.” Players of Gor, page 7
I recalled the free female whose capture I had noted in
Ar, that which had taken place in a street-level room in
the Metallan district. Surely she must have know the
law. The consorting of a free female with another man´s
slave renders her susceptible to the collar of the slave´s
master. The net had been cunningly arranged, that it
might, when released, activated perhaps by springs or
the pulling of a lever, fall and drape itself over the
couch. It was clearly a device designed for such a
purpose. The net and the room doubtless constituted a
capture cubicle, simpler perhaps, but not unlike those in
certain inns, in which a woman, lulled by the bolting on
the doors, and feeling herself secure, may complete her
|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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