Quotes Homestone

Swearing the Oath

I am surprised to hear such sentiments,” I said,” from those who must once have held and kissed the Home Stone of Ar.”
This was a reference to the citizenship ceremony which, following the oath of allegiance to the city, involves an actual touching of the city’s Home Stone. This may be the only time in the life of a citizen of the city that they actually touch the Home Stone. In Ar, as in many Gorean cities, citizenship is confirmed in a ceremony of this sort. Nonperformance of this ceremony, upon reaching intellectual majority, can be a cause for expulsion from the city.
[Vagabonds of Gor p303]

Young men and women of the city, when coming of age, participate in a ceremony which involves the swearing of oaths, and the sharing of bread, fire and salt. In this ceremony the Home Stone of the city is held by each young person and kissed. Only then are the laurel wreath and the mantle of citizenship conferred. This is a moment no young person of Ar forgets. The youth of Earth have no Home Stone. Citizenship, interestingly, in most Gorean cities is conferred only upon the coming of age, and only after certain examinations are passed. Further, the youth of Gor, in most cities, must be vouched for by citizens of the city, not related in blood to him, and be questioned before a committee of citizens, intent upon determining his worthiness or lack thereof to take the Home Stone of the city as his own. Citizenship in most Gorean communities is not something accrued in virtue of the accident of birth but earned by virtue of intent and application. The sharing of a Home Stone is no light thing in a Gorean city.
[Slave Girl of Gor p394]

Protection of the Home Stone

The defense of the city is usually entrusted to the Red Caste, although in most SL-Gor cities all men of the city will rally to its defense. In Salernum we wanted to remind the free women that they too had a role to play when the city fell under role-play attack, and that penalties might follow should they shirk that duty. The following passage from the books demonstrates this:

“Why did you not donate your hair to the defense of the city?” asked Aemilianus.
“I did not want to,” she said.
“Why not?”
“It was pretty,” she said, angrily.
“And?” he asked.
“I thought I would be more attractive with it,” she said, angrily. “I thought if I were captured by
Cosians, I would be more likely to be spared, if it was not cut.”
“While the women of Ar’s Station had theirs cut?”
“If they wished,” she said.
“And thus might be less likely to be spared?” he asked.
“That is their business, not mine,” she said.
“What of the desperate need of cordage for catapults?’ he asked.
“Let the hair of slaves be shorn,” she said.
“And what if there was not enough?’ he asked.
“Then get hair from the women who are willing to give it,” she said.
“What if there was not enough?” he asked.
“My hair would make no difference,” she said.
“What if all the free women took that position?’ he asked.
[Renegades of Gor – p369/p370]

False Claim of the Home Stone

The law is based on the passage shown below and underscores again the importance attached to the home stone.

To claim a Home Stone that is one's own when it is not is a serious offense among Goreans.
[Slave Girl of Gor - p395]


The laws of the books are implemented in a quite uneven manner, with Magistrates or Prefects typically condemning a woman to enslavement, and a man to anything from impalement to a sound beating. For the role-play crime of treason we wanted to ensure that the penalty matches the crime. Again drawing from Renegades, we found the following:

Lady Claudia shuddered. In such an impalement, the female is usually simply set upon the spear. It is not necessary to bind them, straightened, they cannot reach the spear nor obtain any leverage for removing themselves from it. They are held upon it, helplessly, by their own weight. Usually such a fate is visited only upon a free woman. It is thought that it gives them time to consider and repent their ways. A slave girl, on the other hand, would be more likely, like meat, to be thrown to sleen.
[Renegades of Gor – p224]

Access to the City

We know from the books that strangers might not be permitted access to a city, and indeed to even try might be to invite a death sentence. For the law of Salernum we chose to include these restrictions, but to make them at the discretion of the city guards, to allow for role-play. Exemptions to strangers are granted for Messengers and Assassins. In addition we chose to include the restriction on slaves leaving the city unescorted. Not only would that provide for role-play opportunities, but it would also prevent slaves wandering off and require those role-playing the theft of a slave to explain how they achieved it.

As was wise I avoided cities in my long journey, though I passed several, for to enter a city without permission or without satisfactory reason is tantamount to a capital crime, and the punishment is usually a swift and brutal impalement. Pikes on the walls of Gorean cities are often surmounted with the remains of unwelcome guests. The Gorean is suspicious of the stranger, particularly in the vicinity of his native walls. Indeed, in Gorean the same word is used for both stranger and enemy.
[Outlaw of Gor – Chapter 6]

It was late and I encountered few guards. The sand veil was high about my face, as though I were a messenger incognito. The garments were sufficient to permit me passage.
[Tribesmen of Gor – Chapter 12]

"I dyed my hair black and acquired the helmet and gear of an Assassin. Across the left temple of the black helmet I fixed the golden slash of the messenger. In this disguise I freely wandered about the camp, observing the siege operations, the appointment of the compounds, the marshalling of the troops."
[Tarnsman of Gor - p177]

Our wagon was checked at the great gate of Ar. A guardsman climbed into the back of the wagon, crouching down, doing this work. I, naked, in the
colored-coded collar, my ankles chained, sheared, attracted no undue attention. I did cry out, however, for the guards-man, in leaving, touched me aggressively, and intimately. I recoiled, wildly, frightened, trying to cover myself. But he was then gone. I looked after him, shuddering. I was horrified. He had been so bold! But then, of course, I was only a slave. I saw Luta looking at me, with hatred. I dared not meet his eyes, and looked down. In a moment the wagon was passing through the great gate at Ar.
[Slave Girl of Gor]

If I were never permitted outside the precincts of the tavern, of course, as I had not yet been, I did not think I would much enjoy the city. I had hopes, however, that I might, as several of the girls were now, eventually be granted such a lovely liberty. In such a matter, of course, the masters take little, if any, risk. The girls are collared and branded so there is never any doubt about what they are or where they belong. Too, in Brundisium, as with most Gorean cities, kajirae are not allowed outside the city gates unless in the keeping of a free person. In these peregrinations about the city, of course, the girls were sometimes expected to wear their master’s advertising on their tunics.
[Dancer of Gor]

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