Oasis of Nine Wells
My report on Oasis of Nine Wells:
When I entered the city the only people who where in there were in the tavern. I had been there once before, visiting a freewoman who is now a panther. When I visited the first time women were not allowed into the tavern without an escort, however they were free to visit the tearoom. I couldn’t find an inn from where I was standing so I asked a kajira if she knew where I could find the inn. She told me that to my left there was a tavern that I was free to stay in. “Are women free to enter the tavern, girl?” I asked her, questionably. She told me that she believed so, but she didn’t seem entirely sure. Shortly after, another kajira came to my side and asked me if she might be of service. She told me that the inn was above the tavern, and what she said after that was a bit confusing. She made it sound like I couldn’t enter the inn without an invite to go to the tavern. This was made clear by a female outlaw, who’s name I never caught who assured me that all are welcome in the tavern and asked the girl to show me to my room. This kid didn’t do the perma-kneel thing. You know, when your slave bobbles up and down every time they move because they’re stuck in a kneeling pose. When I first saw her she was standing as she was talking to other slaves, and then it wasn’t until she walked up to address me that she went into nadu. When I sat down to be served I told her I wanted cheese and larma juice. She made a few mistakes in her serves, but when she made it, she stood up. How practical! When I was ready to leave, the polite kid walked me to the exit point, and (get this) released herself to walk with me! OMFG! I didn’t get to tell her WHY I appreciated her service, but I gave her a piece of “hard candy for good slaves. All in all, my trip to Oasis wasn’t a bad one. I wish more people would have been there to roleplay with but it wasn’t a bad time. And those arab looking guys were kind of cute, if I might say so. 🙂
“The Tahari is perhaps most beautiful at night. During the day one can scarcely look upon it, for the heats and reflections. During the day it seems menacing, whitish, shimmering with heat, blinding, burning; men must shade their eyes; some go blind; women and children remain within the tents; but, with the coming of the evening, with the departure of the sun, there is a softening, a gentling, of this vast, rocky harsh terrain. It is at this time that Hassan, the bandit, would make his camps. As the sun sank, the hills, the dust and sky, would become red in a hundred shades, and, as the light fades, these reds would become gradually transformed into a thousand glowing tones of gold, which, with the final fading of the light in the west, yield to a world of luminous, then dusky, blues and purples. Then, it seems suddenly, the sky is black and wide and high and is rich with the reflected sands of stars, like clear bright diamonds burning in the soft, sable silence of the desert’s innocent quietude.” (Tribesman of Gor p.169-70) Tribesmen of Gor, the tenth book in the Gorean series, details Tarl Cabot’s journey to the the Tahari region of Gor, a vast desolate area containing a large desert and surrounded by several villages and cities. This region is located in the southern hemisphere of Gor. Tribesmen of Gor concerns itself with both the city dwellers of this area, the nomadic tribesmen, and the inhabitants of the various oases. The peoples and customs of this area share similarities with the Arabic cultures of Earth, especially the Bedouins. Some, though far from all, of these similarities will be mentioned in this essay. Plot wise, this novel depicts an insidious scheme by the dreaded Kurii to destroy the entire planet of Gor.
Oasis of Nine Wells:
“On foot, on the trail, they would have only enough water to reach the tiny oasis of Lame Kaiila, where there would be for them doubtless sympathy, but little aid in the form of armed men. Indeed, it lay in a direction away from Nine Wells, which was the largest, nearest oasis where soldiers might be found. By the time word of the raid reached Nine Wells the raiders might be thousands of pasangs away.” “Tribesmen of Gor” page 136 “I was returning to my compartment in Tor, from the tents of Farouk of Kasra. He was a merchant. He was camping in the vicinity of the city while purchasing kaiila for a caravan to the Oasis of Nine Wells. This oasis is held by Suleiman, master of a thousand lances, Suleiman of the Aretai.” “Tribesmen of Gor” page 60 “I had failed to contact them in Kasra, as I had planned, but I had learned that they were in the region of Tor, purchasing kaiila, for a caravan to the kasbah, or fortress, of Suleiman, of the Aretai tribe, master of a thousand lances, Ubar of the Oasis of Nine Wells.” “Tribesmen of Gor” page 44 “‘They are Aretai,’ said one of the drovers. The caravan, I knew, was bound for the Oasis of Nine Wells. It was held by Suleiman, master of a thousand lances. He was high pasha of the Aretai.” “Tribesmen of Gor” page 82
Oasis of Nine Wells:
There are two high tribes within the Tahari, the Aretai and the Kavars, and they appear to be the only two high tribes. The term “high tribe” seems to indicate that these two tribes have conquered a number of other tribes, thus creating a larger entity. There are some tribes in the Tahari that are neither vassal or conquering tribes. They are essentially independent tribes and seem to be much smaller than the high tribes. A vassal tribe is essentially a military unit that is subordinate to a conquering tribe. Though there are usually some token tributes involved, the vassal tribe is, in its own areas, almost completely autonomous. It will possess its own leaders, magistrates, judges and warriors. Its primary significance is as a military ally, supporting the conquering tribe when needed with warriors, kaiila and supplies. Nine Wells is the home and major oasis of the proud Aretai, in the 10th book held by Sulieman of the Aretai, one of the largest in the Tahari. About 20,000 people live there, mostly small farmers, craftsmen and their families. It has an inn,a public bath, and a public well located near the chamber of justice. The palace is a lavish structure with a lush Pleasure Garden. In its great room, the entry portal is carved and turret-shaped, while the floor is composed of red tiles and there are great arched windows.