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 Scribes, Caste of (noun): Second of the High Castes. the Caste which includes the scholars of Gorean society, writers and historians. and clerks of Gor. In their keeping is almost all of the accounting, record-keeping, and writing upon Gor. Tend to be serious and studious, with an attention to detail and a passion for knowledge.There are divisions and rankings within the group, from simple copiers to the savants of the city.  

Caste color: Blue.  

Subcastes:

  • Magistrates
  • Scholars
  • Record Keepers
  • Teachers
  • Clerks
  • Historians
  • Accountants
  • Explorer/Mapmakers
  • Litigators


"Ho!" cried Torm, that most improbable member of the Caste of Scribes, throwing his blue robes over his head as though he could not bear to see the light of day.Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 36
I sensed that a certain distrust existed between the Caste of Scribes and the Caste of Initiates.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 40
I was specially drilled in the Code of the Warrior Caste. "It's just as well," said Torm. "You would never make a Scribe." . . . I was also instructed in the Double Knowledge - that is, I was instructed in what the people, on the whole, believed, and then I was instructed in what the intellectuals were expected to know. Sometimes there was a surprising discrepancy between the two. For example, the population as a whole, the castes below the High Castes, were encouraged to believe that their world was a broad, flat disk. Perhaps this was to discourage them from exploration or to develop in them a habit of relying on commonsense prejudices something of a social control device. On the other hand, the High Castes, specifically the Warriors, Builders, Scribes, Initiates, and Physicians, were told the truth in such matters, perhaps because it was thought they would eventually determine it for themselves, from observations such as the shadow of their planet on one or another of Gor's three small moons during eclipses, the phenomenon of sighting the tops of distant objects first, and the fact that certain stars could not be seen from certain geographical positions; if the planet had been flat, precisely the same set of stars would have been observable from every position on its surface. I wondered, however, if the Second Knowledge, that of the intellectuals, might not be as carefully tailored to preclude inquiry on their level as the First Knowledge apparently was to preclude inquiry on the level of the Lower Castes. I would guess that there is a Third Knowledge, that reserved to the Priest-Kings.Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 41
The Scribes, of course, are the scholars and clerks of Gor, and there are divisions and rankings within the group, from simple copiers to the savants of the city.
Tarnsman of Gor    Book 1     Page 44

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