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Brand (Brands of Gor) Edit

Brand, (noun); a brand is an identification symbol which is burned into the flesh of animals and slaves to mark them as property. It is required by the Gorean Merchants Law . Specific brands include the kef  (common kajira brand), Dina, Palm, mark of Treve, mark of Port Kar, mark of the Tahari, mark of Torvaldsland etc., as well as personal brands.

Gorean brands
Gorean Brands

[author: DevanaPerun / Lliure] + [adds and quotes by Tarloor]

«Kan-lara» means quite simply «brand» Every brand has a flowing beauty of its own, and, although used to mark the girl as slave to all men, also adds a certain beauty and grace to the girl.

There are also some brands, such as the brand found on the thieves in Port Kar, which are indicative of caste. Just as the Romans and Greeks used brands to identify thieves and other lawbreakers, there are also small penalty brands on Gor. 

While it is not common for a girl to have more than one brand, there are instances where a personal or custom brand may be also added to a more common kef brand upon a girl’s flesh. S\slaves can also be branded with less desirable brands, or with penalty brands, if the girl is found displeasing.

Branding locations: Branded more commonly on the left thigh then the right. Sometimes on the lower left abdomen, which is the third most favored brand site. They can also be on the left side of the neck (mentioned as tiny behind left ear), on the left calf, interior of the left heel, inside of the forearms, left breast, or the high instep area of the left foot, buttocks. Although left side always favored, right possible.

Gorean Brands (common) Edit

Kef Edit

Kef

The most common of brands. The kef is the first Gorean letter of the word ‘kajira’ or ‘slave girl’ and is, therefore, a most fitting of brands to be placed upon slave flesh. It is approximately one-and-one-half to two-inches in height and a half-inch wide. The vertical bar is straight and somewhat strict, possibly indicative of the male dominance, while the two curling, frond-like extensions are feminine in style and placed near its base, as if in submission to the dominant bar. 

Quotes:
I saw the brand on her thigh. Although the brand was the first letter, in cursive Gorean script, of the most common Gorean expression for a slave girl, 'Kajira', its symbolism, I think, is much richer than this. For example, in the slave brand, the 'Kef', though clearly a Kef and in cursive script, is more floral, in the extended, upturned, frondlike curls, than would be the common cursive Kef. This tends to make the mark very feminine. It is at this point that the symbolism of the brand becomes more clear. The two frondlike curls indicate femininity and beauty; the staff, in its uncompromising severity, indicates that the femininity is subject to discipline; the upturned curves on the frondlike curls indicate total openness and vulnerability. It is a very simple, lovely brand, simple, as befits a slave, lovely, as befits a woman.
Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 11

Kajirus Brand Edit

Also referred as: staff and frond
A large, block letter in Gorean script, the initial of Kajirus, a common Gorean expression for a male slave.
Quotes:
Then one of the men of Tyros lifted the iron, glowing redly, from the fire. Its marking surface, its termination, soft and red in the night, was in the form of a large, block letter in Gorean script, the initial of Kajirus, a common Gorean expression for a male slave. A female's brand is smaller, and much more graceful, usually being the initial, in cursive script, of Kajira, the most common Gorean expression for a slave female.
Book 8, Hunters of Gor: Page 194

Dina Edit

Dina
The dina flower is a small, many petaled flower found on slopes of hills in northern temperate areas of Gor. It is short-stemmed, blooms in a turf of green leaves and resembles in some manner the rose. The dina is often called the ‘slave flower.’ It is a prized brand in the southern parts of Gor beneath the equator, where the dina flower is a rarity.
Quotes:
A small, multiple pedaled flower resembling the rose; sometimes called the slave flower. My own brand was the 'dina'. The dina is a small, lovely, multiply pedaled flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in a turf of green leaves, usually on the slopes of hills, in the northern temperate zones of Gor, in its budding, though in few other ways, it resembles arose; it is an exotic, alien flower; it is also spoken of, in the north, where it grows most frequently, as the slave flower"
Book 11, Slavegirl of Gor: Page 61
Some merchants invent brands, as the dina was invented, in order to freshen the nature of their merchandise and stimulate sales. Collectors, for example, those who are rich, sometimes collect exotic brands, much as collectors on Earth might collect stamps or coins, populating their pleasure gardens not only with girls who are beautiful but diversely marked. A girl, of course, wants to be bought by a strong master who wants her for herself, muchly desiring and lusting for her, not for her brand. When a girl is bought, of course, it is commonly because the man wants her, she, the female, and is willing to put down his hard-earned money for her and her alone, for she is alone; all she brings from the block is herself; she is a slave; she cannot bring wealth, power, or family connections; she comes naked and sold; it is she alone he buys. There are, of course, men who buy for brands. To meet this market various brands are developed and utilized. The "slave flower" brand was a natural development. Unfortunately for these entrepreneurs, their greed and lack of control over the metal shops resulted in the widespread proliferation of the dina brand. As it became more popular, it was becoming, simultaneously, of course, a fairly common brand. Girls branded as I was were already spoken of on Gor, rather disparagingly, as "dinas." Collectors now seldom sought for dinas. This development, though perhaps a disappointment to certain merchants and slavers, was not unwelcome to the girls who bore the brand, though few cared for their feelings. The girl who is bid upon and sold from the block wants to be bought because men have found her desirable, so desirable that they are willing to part with their very gold to buy her; how miserable she would be to learn that it is only for her brand that she is valued. There were other brands in my captor's camp. Yet I had been made a "dina." He had not done this for economic reasons. He had "sized me up," my nature and my body. He had decided the dina brand would be, for me, exquisitely "right." Accordingly, he had burned it into my flesh. Now, in my body, deeply, I wore the "slave flower."
Book 11, Slave Girl of Gor: Pages 62 - 63

Bond-maid brand Edit

also reffered as: belly beneath the sword
Belly neath the sword
Bond-maid brand Found frequently in the north, the brand used on bond-maids consists of a half circle with, at its right tip, a steep diagonal line adjoining the circle. The half circle is approximately an inch and a quarter in width; the diagonal line adjoining the half circle is about an inch and a quarter in height. Since a bond-maid in the north is sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword, this brand, like many others, is very symbolic. 
Quotes:
The brand used by Forkbeard is not uncommon in the north, though there is less uniformity in Torvaldsland on these matters than in the south, where the merchant caste, with its recommendations for standardization, is more powerful. All over Gor, of course, the slave girl is a familiar commodity. The brand used by the Forkbeard, found rather frequently in the north, consisted of a half circle, with, at its right tip, adjoining it, a steep, diagonal line. The half circle is about an inch and a quarter in height. The brand is, like many, symbolic. In the north, the bond-maid is sometimes referred to as a women whose belly lies beneath the sword.
Book 9, Marauders of Gor: Page 87

Brands of the wagon people Edit

Tuchuck Edit

Tuchuck
The brand of the Tuchuk tribe is approximately an inch high. The sign of the four bosk horns, set in a manner which resembles an ‘H’ is used to mark both the Tuchuk slave girl and the bosk, although the brand for the bosk is much larger, being roughly six-inches square.
Quotes:
I supposed that on the morrow Kamchak would call for the Tuchuk Iron Master, to brand what he called his little barbarian; the brand of the Tuchuk slave, incidentally, is not the same as that generally used in the cities, which, for girls, is the first letter of the expression Kajira in cursive script, but the sign of the four bosk horns, that of the Tuchuk standard; the brand of the four bosk horns, set in such a manner as to somewhat resemble the letter "H," is only about an inch high; the common Gorean brand, on the other hand, is usually an inch and a half to two inches high;
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 62
The Tuchuk brand, tiny and fine, is the paired bosk horns. Tana, the paga slave in Lydius, wore it. The brand of the Kataii is that of a bow, facing to the left; the brand of the Kassars is that of the three-weighted bola; the brand of the Paravaci is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle. Another common expression for a female slave, incidentally, the initial of which, in cursive script, is sometimes used to mark a girl, is Sa-Fora, which means, rather literally, Chain Daughter.
Book 8, Hunters of Gor: Page 194

Kassar Edit

Kassar
The bola, so efficiently utilized by the Kassars and a part of their standard, is used to mark both their slaves and bosk. The brand symbolizing the bola consists of three circles joined at the center by lines. 
Quotes:
The standard of the Kassars is that of a scarlet, three-weighted bola, which hangs from a lance; the symbolic representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines, is used to mark their bosk and slaves;
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 106

Kataii Edit

Kataii
The brand used by the Kataii on their animals and slaves is that of a bow, facing to the left.
Quotes:
The standard of the Kataii is a yellow bow, bound across a black lance; their brand is also that of a bow, facing to the left...
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 106

Paravaci Edit

Paravaci
Paravaci  Symbolic of a bosk head, the Paravaci brand is a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle.
Quotes:
The Paravaci standard is a large banner of jewels beaded on golden wires, forming the head and horns of a bosk its value is incalculable; the Paravaci brand is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a semicircle resting on an inverted isoceles triangle.
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 106

Other gorean brands Edit

Brand of Treve Edit

Treve
Brand of Treve

A brand marking those of Treve. It is the first letter, in cursive script, of the name of the city of Treve.

Quotes:
Rask of Treve lifted the last iron from the fire. It was much larger, the letter at its termination some one and a half inches high. It, too, was white hot. I knew the brand. I had seen it on Ena's thigh. It was the mark of Treve. Rask of Treve decided that my flesh should bear that mark.
"No, Master, please!" I begged him.
"Yes, worthless slave," he said, "you will wear in your flesh the mark of the city of Treve".
"Please," I begged.
"When men ask you," said he, "who it was that marked you as a liar and a thief, and traitress, point to this brand, and say, I was marked by one of Treve, who was displeased with me".
Book 7, Captive of Gor: Page 310
"I have five brands," said the metal worker, "the common Kajira brand, the Dina, the Palm, the mark of Treve, the mark of Port Kar."
Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 70

Knife brand Edit

Knife brand

Rather like a tattoo, an appropriate design is cut into the thigh of a slave and a colored powder is rubbed into it.


Quotes:

'Lie on your right side, exposing your left thigh,' he said. 'Yes, Master,' I said. From the box he then took a small, curved knife and a tiny, cylindrical leather flask. I gritted my teeth, but made no sound. With the small knife he gashed my left thigh, making upon it a small, strange design. He then took a powder, orange in color, from the flask and rubbed it into the wound.
. . .
He looked down at me. 'You have been knife branded,' he said.
Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 330
Knife branding, too, practiced by some primitive peoples, is quite rare.
Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 332

Penalty Brands Edit

Penalty Brand, small 1/4 inch brands that mark a convicted liar, thief, traitor etc.
Quotes:
"Sometimes, too" she said, "a girl may be branded as punishment, and to warn others against her."
I looked at her, puzzled.
"Penalty brands," she said. "They are tiny, but clearly visible. There are various such brands. There is one for lying and another for stealing."
Book 7, Captive of Gor: Page 277
Liar Edit
Liar
Quotes:
"Four men held me, naked, near the brazier. I could feel the heat blazing from the canister. The sky was very blue, the clouds were white.
"Please, no!", I wept.
I saw Rask, with a heavy glove, draw forth one of the irons from the fire. It reminated in a tiny letter, not more that a quarter of an inch high. The letter was white hot.
"This is a penalty brand," he said. "It marks you as a liar".
Book 7, Captive of Gor: Page 310
Thief Edit
Thief
Quotes:
"Please, Master!", I wept.
"I no longer have patience with you," he said. "Be marked as what you are".
I screamed uncontrollably as he pressed in the iron, holding it firmly into my leg. Then, after some two to four ihn, he removed it. I could not stop screaming with pain. I smelled the odor of burned flesh, my own. I began to whimper. I could not breathe. I gasped for breath. Still the men held me.
"This penalty brand," said Rask of Treve, lifting another iron from the brazier, again with a tiny letter at its glowing termination, "marks you also as what you are, as a thief."
"Please no, Master!" I wept. I could not move a muscle of my left leg. It might as well have been locked in a vise. It must wait for the iron. I screamed again, uncontrollably. I had been branded as a thief.
Book 7, Captive of Gor: Page 310
Traitor Edit
Traitor
Quotes:
"This third iron," said Rask of Treve, "is, too, a penalty iron. I mark you with this not for myself, but for Ute".
Through raging tears I saw, white hot, the tiny letter.
"It marks you as a traitress," said Rask of Treve. He looked at me, with fury. "Be marked as a traitress," he said. Then he pressed the third iron into my flesh. As it entered my flesh, biting and searing, I saw Ute watching, her face betraying no emotion. I screamed, and wept, and screamed. Still the men did not release me.
Rask of Treve lifted the last iron from the fire. It was much larger, the letter at its termination some one and a half inches high. It, too, was white hot. I knew the brand. I had seen it on Ena's thigh. It was the mark of Treve. Rask of Treve decided that my flesh should bear that mark.
"No, Master, please!" I begged him.
"Yes, worthless slave," he said, "you will wear in your flesh the mark of the city of Treve".
"Please," I begged.
"When men ask you," said he, "who it was that marked you as a liar and a thief, and traitress, point to this brand, and say, I was marked by one of Treve, who was displeased with me".
Book 7, Captive of Gor: Page 310

Brand of Port Kar Edit

Port Kar Brand

Brand of the Priest Kings Edit

Also referred as: Moons and collar
Priest King Brand
The moons and collar brand is used by the Priest-Kings in their headquarters on Earth. It is a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons. This brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean disciplines. The brand is rarely seen on Gor.
Quotes:Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never occur on Gor, by the way, are those of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The first of these commonly occurs in certain of the Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as headquarters for agents of Priest-Kings; the second tends to occur in the lairs of Kurii agents on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline...

Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 12

Brand of the Kurii Edit

Also referred as: Chain and claw
Kurri brand
The chain and claw brand is used in the lairs of the Kurii agents on Earth. The chain-and-claw brand signifies slavery and subjection within the compass of the Kur yoke. This brand is rarely seen on Gor.
Quotes:Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never occur on Gor, by the way, are those of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The first of these commonly occurs in certain of the Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as headquarters for agents of Priest-Kings; the second tends to occur in the lairs of Kurii agents on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline; the chain-and-claw brand signifies, of course, slavery and subjection within the compass of the Kur yoke.

Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 12

Pani Brand Edit

Pani Slave
The pani script (sign) for slave.
Quotes:
I did not know the brand, but, I gathered, in Pani script, it unambiguously identified her as a slave.

Book 33, Rebels of Gor: Page 308

Each, too, was marked, high on the left thigh, under the hip. Jane, Cecily, and Saru wore the common kef, familiar on the distant continent. Nezumi wore a Pani brand, selected for her by her master, Tajima.
Book 33, Rebels of Gor: Page 421

Sa-Fora Edit

Sa Fora
A cursive script "S", which means, rather literally, Chain Daughter.

Merchant brand Edit

Also referred as: acceptance brand or 'Spreading Bosk Horns'. (Note: it is not a Slave mark)

Peddlers and merchants, wear on their forearm, a tiny brand in the form of spreading bosk horns, which guarantees passage, at certain seasons, across the plains of the Wagon Peoples.

Quotes:
The street was lined by throngs of Tuchuks and slaves. Among them, too, were soothsayers and haruspexes, and singers and musicians, and, here and there, small peddlers and merchants, of various cities, for such are occasionally permitted by the Tuchuks, who crave their wares, to approach the wagons. Each of these, I was later to learn, wore on his forearm a tiny brand, in the form of spreading bask horns, which guaranteed his passage, at certain seasons, across the plains of the Wagon Peoples. The difficulty, of course is in first obtaining the brand. If, in the case of a singer, the song is rejected, or in the case of a merchant, his merchandise is rejected, he is slain out of hand. This acceptance brand, of course, carries with it a certain stain of ignominy, suggesting that those who approach the wagons do as slaves.
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 34

Thief´s Brand Edit

(see also: thief´s scar)

Thief´s Brand a tiny, three-pronged brand burned onto the upper right cheekbone of the Caste of Thieves in Port Kar, the only City to recognize the Caste of the Thiefs.

(Note: it is not a Slave mark)

Brands or Marks referred Edit

Barbarian Brand Edit

Not really a gorean brand. Goreans identify barbarian slave girls often about the smallpox vaccination mark what is usually found on the upper left arm of an woman of earth. At Gor commonly known as Barbarian Brand.
Quotes:
"Are you a barbarian?" asked the first man.
"Maybe," I said. I saw scorn in the faces of several of the chained women.
"Look," said the first man, taking me by the upper arm, and turning it to the light.
"The barbarian brand." I did not see how I could explain this vaccination mark the men without making clear that my origin was not Gorean. The vaccination was in connection with a disease which, too, as far as I knew, did not even exist on Gor.
Book 19, Kajira of Gor: Page 258

Palm brand Edit

the Palm is only one time referred at the books, but never described.
Quote:
"I have five brands," said the metal worker, "the common Kajira brand, the Dina, the Palm, the mark of Treve, the mark of Port Kar."
Book 13, Explorers of Gor: Page 70
 


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