Bow, (weapon); A bow is a flexible arc which shoots aerodynamic projectiles called arrows. A string joins the two ends of the bow and when the string is drawn back, the ends of the bow are flexed. When the string is released, the potential energy of the flexed stick is transformed into the velocity of the arrow. As there are many kinds of arrow on Gor, so too are there many kinds of gorean bows.
Horn bow (Innuit) Edit
Horn bow; of the Innuit (weapon): bow formed with split pieces of tabuk horn, bound with sinew which is not effective beyond thirty yards, used in the land of the Innuit to hunt tabuk on the tundra.
I followed Imnak's example, crawling on my belly, after him, the horn bow in my hand, an arrow loose at the string. I was very cold, and was soaked through. The tundra is cold, and much of it is boglike in nature.
Book 12, Beasts of Gor: Page 205
Horn bow (Wagon peoples) Edit
Horn bow, of the Wagon peoples (weapon): favored by the Wagon peoples, it hangs from their saddles. Not effective over 30 yards, it lacks the range and force of the more powerful long bow or cross bow. However, it is a fearsome weapon at close range. The young men of the Wagon Peoples are not given a name until they have mastered the bow, the lance and the quiva.
He was very erect in the saddle. His lance remained on his back, but he carried in his right hand the small, powerful horn bow of the Wagon Peoples and attached to his saddle was a lacquered, narrow, rectangular quiver containing as many as forty arrows.
Book 13, Nomands of Gor: Page 11
The sides of the wagon box, incidentally, are, here and there, perforated for arrow ports, for the small horn bow of the Wagon Peoples can be used to advantage not only from the back of a kaiila but, like the crossbow, from such cramped quarters.
Book 13, Nomads of Gor: Page 66
Long bow Edit
Long bow, (weapon); a bow of the height of a tall man, having a flat back and a round belly and may be made of supple Ka-la-na wood. A proficient bowman should be able to loose 19 arrows in a Gorean ehn. It is not as popular among Goreans because of some impracticalities of use. It cannot be used from the saddle, and the warrior must be standing or kneeling to aim, making him a target. It is favored by the peasants who make them and is also known as the peasant bow.
Well used, the long bow is a far more devastating weapon than its rival, the crossbow; but few men had the strength and eye to use it well; I prided myself on my skill with the weapon....
It is the weapon of a peasant, I heard echoing in my mind, and again smiled. The Older Tarl, my former master-at-arms, had so spoken to me years before in Ko-ro-ba, my city, the Towers of the Morning. I looked down at the long, heavy, leather-wrapped bow of supple Ka-la-na wood in the bottom of the rush craft....
It was true that the long bow is a weapon of peasants, who make and use them, sometimes with great efficiency. That fact, in itself, that the long bow is a peasant weapon, would make many Goreans, particularly those not familiar with the bow, look down upon it.
Book 6, Raiders of Gor: Page 3
The long bow cannot well be used except in a standing, or at least kneeling, position, thus making more of a target of the archer; the long bow is difficult to use from a saddle; it is impractical in close quarters, as in defensive warfare of in fighting from room to room; and it cannot be kept set, loaded like a firearm, as can the crossbow; the crossbow is the assassin's weapon, par excellence; further, it might be mentioned that, although it takes longer to set the crossbow, a weaker man, with, say, his belt claw or his winding gear, can certainly manage to do so; accordingly, for every man capable of drawing a warrior's long bow there will be an indefinite number who can use the crossbow; lastly, at shorter distances, the crossbow requires much less skill for accuracy than the long bow.
Book 6, Raiders of Gor: Page 3
Too, the Gorean peasant tends to be a master of the "peasant bow," a weapon of unusual accuracy, rapidity of fire, and striking force
Book 22, Dancer of Gor: Page 303
Northern bow Edit
Bow, northern (weapon); a short bow, with short, heavy arrows, heavily headed, it is accurate with a short range of a hundred and fifty yards. It somewhat resembles the Tuchuk bow of layered horn in its accuracy and striking ability, which is about a hundred and fifty yards. It is useful for close combat on a ship, and can easily be fired through a hole port with the oar withdrawn.
Eight held bows, with arrows at the string; none had dared to approach the ship; the short bow of the Gorean north, with its short, heavy arrows, heavily headed, lacks the range and power of the peasant bow of the south, that now, too, the property of the rencers of the delta, but at short range, within a hundred and fifty yards, it can administer a considerable strike.
Book 9, Marauders of Gor: Page 52
Peasant bow Edit
Peasant bow, (weapon) [see: Long bow]
Ship bow Edit
Ship bow, (weapon); short stout maneuverable bow, easy to use in crowded quarters easy to fire across the bulwarks of galleys locked in combat.
The bows were put to their feet. They were short, ship bows, stout and maneuverable, easy to use in crowded quartes, easy to fire across the bulwarks of galleys locked in combat. I had seen only such bows in the holding of Policrates. Their rate of fire, of course, is much superior to that of the crossbow, either of the drawn or windlass variety.
Book 15, Rogue of Gor: Page 307
Short Bow Edit
Short bow, (weapon); This weapon is heavily used upon Gor for hunting, sport and warfare. Among its adherents are the warriors of the Wagon Peoples, the panther girls (or Talunas), the Red Hunters and the Red Savages. It is much smaller in size than the great bow, and is better suited for use from the back of a kailla, tharlarion or tarn. It is often carved from a single, flexible piece of tem wood or ka-la-na wood, though such peoples as the Wagon Peoples and the Red Savages can craft shortbows of layered wood and horn, which gives such bows much greater strength and durability. Among the Red Hunters, it is a common practice to treat such bows against inclement weather by smearing them with liquefied blubber taken from the carcass of the Hunjer whale. The shortbow can fire as many different types of arrowheads as can its larger cousin, though with substantially less range and penetrating power. The arrows used by the shortbow are also much shorter than those employed by the great bow, due to the shorter range of the weapon's "pull." These bows come in all shapes and sizes, and are found throughout Gor.
... at his back was a quiver containing arrows, and a short bow of sinew-bound, layered horn. Such men are seldom seen on Gor. They are the natives of the polar basin.
Book 12, Beasts of Gor: Page 48
Small bow Edit
Small bow, (weapon); used with great skill by the Red Savages from kaiila back. No Gorean weapon can match its rate of fire. A skilled warrior can fire ten arrows into the air, the last leaving the bow before the first has returned to the earth. It is highly maneuverable and easy to conceal. It can easily be swept from one side of the kaiila to the other.
The range and striking power of the small bow, while not negligible, do not compare with that of the peasant bow, or long bow. The red savage, accordingly, whenever possible, attempts to maximize the possibilities of an effective hit by decreasing the distance between himself and the target. This fits in, incidentally, with his glorification of close combat.
Book 17, Savages of Gor: Page 46
Crossbow, (weapon); called the weapon of the gorean Assassin, it is considered more accurate at short distances. [Crossbow] Described as having heavy cable and leaves of steel it can be loaded and kept loaded like a firearm. Comes in two varieties, drawn and windlass.
the crossbow is the assassin's weapon, par excellence; further, it might be mentioned that, although it takes longer to set the crossbow, a weaker man, with, say, his belt claw or his winding gear, can certainly manage to do so; accordingly, for every man capable of drawing a warrior's long bow there will be an indefinite number who can use the crossbow; lastly, at shorter distances, the crossbow requires much less skill for accuracy than the long bow.
Book 6, Raiders of Gor: Page 2
"My weapon," he said, simply extending his hand. A crossbow was immediately placed in his grip. It was a large steel bow, wound and set, the iron quarrel placed in the guide.
Book 10, Tarnsman of Gor: Page 138
Incidentally, speaking of the crossbow and longbow, ... The Older Tarl, my redoubtable instructor in arms, did not care for them, regarding them as secondary weapons almost unworthy for the hand of a warrior.
Book 10, Tarnsman of Gor: Page 49
Indeed, the Gorean spear is such that many warriors scorn lesser missile weapons, such as the longbow or crossbow, both of which are not uncommonly found on Gor.
Book 2, Outlaw of Gor: Page 21
I mounted my tarn ... On each side of the saddle hung a missile weapon, a crossbow with a quiver of a dozen quarrels, or bolts, on the left, a longbow with a quiver of thirty arrows on the right.
Book 10, Tarnsman of Gor: Page 64
Some hundreds of yards from the wall, just beyond crossbow range.
Book 10, Tarnsman of Gor: Page 163
the bolt of a crossbow struck the door and splintered through it, its head projecting some six inches on my side.
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 227
Their [ship bows] rate of fire, of course, is much superior to that of the crossbow, either of the drawn or windlass variety.
Book 15, Rogue of Gor: Page 307