Buying a Gorean slave in SL Gor is something a panther may undertake when trading with a slaver. The prices are expressed in coinage. However, a panther would problably trade in furs , forest berries and small game. We take a look at slave papers and show an example of slave papers used in SL Gor.
Infant Slave: (Cheapest Prices = 2 Tarsk Bits) The most inexpensive of slaves are infants. It is not unusual in the cities for free women to sell their infant daughters into slavery. Some women even do it on a regular basis, as an added form of income. Two tarsk bits is a standard price for an infant. The price could be higher depending on the qualifications of the mother. The women doing actually make a pittance when you consider all of their time and labor. Note: in SL Gor as in SL in general child avatars are frowned upon. So selling an infant slave would only be a roleplay situation , no child avatar would be used. A panther would not buy a child.
▪ FeMale Work Slaves: (Cheap Prices) Inexpensive slaves are female work slaves purchased for public kitchens, laundries, mills, etc. These are the kettle-and-mat girls, the pot girls and other such lowly slaves. These kind of slaves would be found in a panther camp. The price would be 10 rabbits, 10 fish or a large cotton bag filled with wild berries depending on the seasons.
▪ Male Work Slaves: (Low Prices = No more than 1 Silver Tarsk) The next level of slaves are the male work slaves who commonly work on cargo galleys, wharves, fields, and quarries. They are often criminals or war captives. Most male slaves are inexpensive and usually will not garner more than a silver Tarsk. These kind of slaves would be found in a panther camp. The price would be 10 rabbits, 10 fish or a large cotton bag filled with wild berries depending on the seasons.
▪ Basic Trained Slaves: (Moderate Prices) The next general level, the most common type of slave, are the ones who can be used as a pleasure slave. These slaves are not all trained pleasure slaves per se but only slaves for whom part of their duty is to sexually please their owner. Unlikely to be found in a panther camp, however if a panther did trade for one , I suppose a fair price would be good quality larl fur.
▪ Male Silk Slaves: (Good Prices = 4-6 Silver Tarsks) The next level are the male silk slaves, a rare breed on Gor. male silk slaves whom commonly sell for four to six silver Tarsks. A silk slave is a pleasure slave for a free woman. They usually bring higher prices than basic female pleasure slaves only due to their rarity. Most Gorean men make poor silk slaves. Unlikely to be found in a panther camp , these types of slaves are rare.
▪ Highly trained Slaves: (Expensive Prices) The most expensive slaves though are generally special pleasure slaves, dancers, exotics and passion slaves. These slaves are generally all highly trained. Not found in a panther camp.
A panther healer or slaver can draw up slave papers in SL Gor. In cities a scribe would also sign the slave papers to make them official. A slave in SL Gor can be asked for papers at any time.
T H I N G S T O C O N S I D E R :
“An individual slave’s value increases in value over time because they become used to their slavery and therefore how to serve, pleasure, fur etc…That is why an untrained slave is worth less than a trained one.”
▪ Slave Previous Caste:
Slaves who were once High Caste generally are worth more than Low Caste ones.
▪ Slave Pierced:
Pierced ears, once a mark of degradation, now also increase a girl’s value.
▪ Slave Age:
If a slave is young when she is initially sold, her value may increase once her body matures into a more womanly figure.
▪ Slave Silk:
On Gor, a white silk (a virgin) is often praised higher then a Red silk (opened), surely not for her experience as pleasure slave, but more as symbolic matters. Untouched, virgin, fresh meat…..
“Cernus smiled. ‘Our Physicians ascertained,’ said he, ‘that she is only a Red Silk Girl.’
‘I scarcely supposed,’ said I, ‘that you would permit a White Silk girl to go alone on the streets of Ar.’
Cernus chuckled. ‘Indeed not,’ he said. ‘The risk is too much, sometimes as much as ten gold pieces.'”
(Book 5, Assassin of Gor, page 45)
” ‘But,’ had said Ute, ‘if a man seizes you, you are not to yield yourself to him, for you are white silk.’
A flash of irritation passed through me. ‘I am charged with the protection of my market value?’ I asked, ironically.
‘Yes,’ said Ute, matter-of-factly. ‘Though I, if I were a man, would pay more for a red-silk girl.’
‘I must do nothing,’ I said, ‘to diminish the investment of Rask of Treve?’
‘That is correct,’ said Ute.
‘What if I am simply seized, and my attacker is not prepared to listen to reason?’ I asked.
Ute laughted. It was the first time I had seen her laugh in the camp. I was pleased I had made her laugh.
‘Cry out,’ said Ute, ‘and the others will take you from him and get him a red-silk girl.’
‘All right,’ I had said.”
(Book 7, Captive of Gor, pages 306 – 307)
▪ Slave Training Level:
As a girl’s training level and knowledge increases, her value also appreciates. Pleasure slave training and dance training are key elements in raising a girl’s price.
Cernus turned to Caprus, who stood near him.
“Is she trained?” he asked.
“No,” said Caprus. “She is Red Silk but she knows almost nothing.”?
“Let her be fully trained,” said Cernus to Caprus.
“Fully?” asked Caprus.
“Yes,” said Cernus, “fully.”
Assassin of Gor, pages 47 – 48
▪ Slave Auction House Fame:
The place where you purchase a girl may also affect the price. The most expensive girls are sold at the Curulean, the most prestigious auction house in Ar. Slaves desire greatly to be sold there because they are often guaranteed to be sold to a wealthy owner. A slave girl is seldom sold here for less than two gold tarns.
A beautiful, High Caste woman commonly sells for thirty to fifty gold tarns while a Low Caste woman will sell for half that amount. Based on the above mentioned Earth conversion rates, a High Caste woman might be sold for up to $1,000,000. In other auction houses, the slaves would sell for much less. A gold tarn in such other places might purchase a girl worthy enough for a Ubar’s Pleasure Gardens.
▪ Slave With Previous Free Status:
The most expensive slave would likely be the daughter of a Ubar or even a Ubara herself. In a private sale, she might bring up to 10,000 gold tarns. In a public sale, where her status was unknown, such a woman might only be worth a few copper tarsks, dependent on their beauty.
▪ Slave Pedigree:
Exotics also get top prices due to their rarity, special abilities or talents. Passions slaves are one of the more common exotics and they garner high prices. Exotics such as poison girls or women who are raised never knowing the existance of men would be very expensive commodities.
▪ Slave Auction Participants:
Auctions generally bring the highest prices for girls due to the number of bidders. An auction brings out the competitive nature of man and can cause girls to be sold for amounts higher than they are worth.
▪ Slave Purple Booths:
Purple booths are also used to girls in private sales though generally only to important or wealthy buyers. These booths are commonly set within the courtyard of a slaver’s house or at a fair. In each booth there will be a special slave, one of a slaver’s best. A potential buyer can examine and try out the girl in the booth and then negotiate a price with the slaver.
▪ Slave Physical Attribute:
Certain physical types also garner higher prices in areas where those physical types are a rarity. For instance, blue-eyed, blond women are rare in the Tahari region so they are more valuable there. Other physical types are not so much as rarer but more desired in certain regions. for example, in Torvaldsland they prefer large breasted women so pay more for them. In general, and in many areas of Gor, auburn hair increases the value of a Slave.
▪ Slave Upkeep Costs:
Most men cannot afford to own more than one slave at a time. But, a slave is often a good investment. As many slaves appreciate in value over time, a man can eventually sell his slave for a profit and either buy a more expensive slave or multiple slaves. Once you can afford a single slave, you will likely then always be able to own a slave. A buyer must realise that his costs are not contained to the original price of the slave. Upkeep costs are constant such as food, clothing, equipment or whatever other items a Slave might require. Upkeep costs can be closely monitored by the owner though, spending only what he desires. He could obviously keep a slave naked and feed her only the cheapest foods. He could on the other hand keep her in fine silks with a jewelled collar. It is all a matter of personal preference.
▪ Slave Collars:
In general, slave collars were not made of precious metals and did not have expensive gems on them. First, few could afford to do that. Second, such items are much more valuable than the slave and would leave her even more tempting to a thief. Some would feel no compunction with killing a Slave to steal her bejewelled collar. The few girls that possessed such items were the personal Slaves of the wealthy and those Girls did not wander around a city unaccompanied.
S L A V E P R I C E Q U O T E S :
▪General asses rules:
One man might feel a girl is worth only a silver tarsk while someone else might see her as a gold tarn girl. Slave preferences vary greatly. Like all other Gorean prices, there are also a multitude of variables involved.
“In a sense a woman is worth as much or as little as someone is willing to pay for her.” (Magicians of Gor, p.338)
There are dozens of references in the novels to the prices of slaves. The prices range from a copper tarsk to many gold tarns. A mere list of these references is not that useful due to the great variation involved in such pricing. Luckily, an analysis of the references does indicate some general guidelines. Other girls may be sold for set prices at a slaver’s house.
“The third woman cried out with anger, shaking her shackles. She was well curved, and diet and exercise could much improve her. I thought she might bring as much as sixty copper tarsks in a market. If that were so, and the inn sold her for that much, they would have made then, as I recalled, some twenty-five copper tarsks on her.”
(Renegades of Gor pg(s) 42-43)
“Too, Miles of Argentum had speculated that I might bring as much as even a silver tarsk in a market. Was it then because I was free? Were Gorean men spoiled for free women by those collared, curvaceous little sluts they had crawling about their feet, desperately eager to please them?”
(Kajira of Gor pg(s) 114)
“The general class of slave will affect one’s price.”
(Fighting Slave of Gor. p.163-165)
gives some useful guidelines in this area.
“I scarcely supposed,” said I, “that you would permit a White Silk girl to go alone on the streets of Ar”
Cernus chuckled. “Indeed not,” he said. “The risk is too much, sometimes as much as ten gold pieces.”
(Assassin of Gor pg(s) 45)
Elizabeth regarded the free woman. “Well,” she said, “you are rather beautiful, aren’t you?”
The free woman stopped wailing. “Do you think so?” she asked.
“Twenty gold pieces, I’d say,” appraised Elizabeth.
“I’d give twenty-three,” said one of the men watching, the same fellow whom Elizabeth had slapped.
In fury the free woman turned about and slapped him again, it not being his day in Ko-ro-ba.
“What do you think?” asked Elizabeth of the cringing slave girl.
“Oh, I would not know,” she said, “I am only a poor girl of Tyros.”
“That is your misfortune,” said Elizabeth. “What is your name?”
“Rena,” said she, “if it pleases Mistress.”
“It will do,” said Elizabeth. “Now what do you think?”
“Rena?” asked the girl.
“Yes,” snapped Elizabeth. “Perhaps you are a dull-witted slave?”
The girl smiled. “I would say twenty-five gold pieces,” she said.
Elizabeth, with the others, inspected the free girl. “Yes,” said Elizabeth, “Rena, I think you’re right.” Then she looked at the free girl. “What is your name, Wench?” she demanded.
The girl blushed. “Relia,” she said. Then she looked at the slave girl. “Do you really think I would bring so high a price Relia?”
(Assassin of Gor pg(s) 73-7)
“Kneel to the whip,” he said. I obeyed. I put my head down, and, beneath my body, crossed my wrists, as though they were bound. My back was bowed, ready for whatever punishment he might see fit to administer to me. I was in consternation. I trembled. Could I be still a slave girl? Could he be serious? Was it his intention to keep me still as a slave?
Surely not. Surely not!
“I would not wish you to take a loss on her,” he was saying to the auctioneer. “Here is something which may cover the cost of the miserable little slave.”
I heard a pouch, heavy, filled with metal, strike heavily on the smoothed beams of the surface of the block.
“The gratitude of the house, Master!” cried the auctioneer. He untied the strings of the pouch and, crying out with pleasure, spilled coins of gold to the woods. Swiftly he sorted the coins, expertly. “There are a hundred tarn disks of gold here!” he cried.
The crowd roared its approval.”
(Slave Girl of Gor pg(s) 435-438)
“Slavery, for example, marvelously, subtly, tends to bring out the beauty in a woman. Many women, after a year or two in bondage, become so beautiful that they can double or triple their price.” (Players of Gor, p.23)
▪ Slave Rental:
“To rent a slave for a quarter Ah in Ar costs one copper.”
(Assassin of Gor, p.156)
“I gestured to the two girls with the free woman. One of them slightly lowered her veil.
“I will pay well for the use of one of these slaves,” I said to the free woman.
“They are my personal slaves,” she said.
“I will give a silver tarsk for the brief use of one, either that you might indicate,” I said.
The warriors looked at one another. The offer was quite generous. It was unlikely that either of the girls would bring so much on the block.”
(Beasts of Gor pg(s) 114-115)
▪ Slave Boarding:
“To board a slave costs a copper tarsk a day and training would cost extra.”
(Tribesman of Gor, p.53)
▪ Slave Manuals:
“These books on the feeding, care and training of slaves are relatively inexpensive.”
(Maurauders of Gor, p.144)
“It costs a copper tarsk to brand a slave.”
(Explorers of Gor, p.74)
“A Metal Worker was given a silver tarsk for two brands and to saw off a metal collar. He was very pleased with the payment.” (Beasts of Gor, p.137)
▪ Slave Locker:
“It costs a tarsk bit to use a slave locker. You put your coin into a machine and receive a key to the locker. You can then leave your slave girl here and lock it.”
(Magicians of Gor, p.67)
▪ Bath Girl:
“The cost for a bath girl with vary depending on the quality of the bath and the quality of the bath girl. The cost generally ranges from a copper to silver tarsk for their use.”
(Assassin of Gor, p.160-1)
“I cost one tarsk. Nela was an expensive girl, thought there were pools where the girls cost as much as a silver tarn disk. The tarsk is a silver coin, worth forty copper tarn disks. All the girls in the Pool of Blue Flowers cost the same, except novices in training who would go for ten or fifteen copper tarn disks. There were dozens of pools in the vast, spreading Capacian Baths. In some of the larger pools the girls went as cheaply as one copper tarn disk. For the fee one was entitled to use the girl as he wished for as long as he wished, his use of course, limited by the hours of the pool’s closing.”
(Assassin of Gor pg(s) 158-166)
“The prices of brothels depends on the quality of the place. There are cheap tarsk bit places but also very expensive brothels. A common price would be a copper tarsk, the same amount you would pay at a paga tavern.”
(Mercenaries of Gor, p.312)
“I rose to my feet and placed two copper tarsks on the table. I went to the girl and, with the side of my foot, kicked her, “Get to the alcove,” I told her.”
(Rogue of Gor pg(s) 13)
▪ Camp Slaves (likely be a Copper Tarsk or less):
“These are girls owned by merchants who hold contracts to supply girls to soldiers. They rent the girls to the soldiers for a fixed fee, usually a very nominal amount.”
(Kajira of Gor, p.193)
▪ Coin Girl:
“These slaves go out into the streets at neck seeking to earn money for their use, generally only a tarsk bit. The money is placed into a small locked box. Satisfaction is guaranteed or you can get your money back from the girl’s owner.”
(Rogue of Gor, p.89-90, 234-5)
EXAMPLE OF SLAVE PAPERS
Slave Papers ~ cyn ~~~~~~~~~~
Avatar name: cynthia Czarny Avatar skills:
Slave name: cyn
Silk Status: red silk
Place of Birth: earth
Previous slave names:
Current owner:1234dls30 Resident (Duncan Fraser)
Previous owners: Raasay Gas of Tafa
Bill of Sale if Available:
Date of initial enslavement: in Turmus, 11/01/2011
History: Having permission to travel she came to Turmus to get her sister back and the Head Slaver Duncan captured her as well.
Medical & Physical ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Physician check: Done in Turmus by Elena Dreamscape 2011-11-01
Slave wine taken: full dose given 2011-11-01
Stablization Shots: I: done 2011-11-01 II: done 2011-11-02 III: done 2011-11-03 IV: done 2011-11-04
Hair colour: black
Eye colour: brown
Weight: 43 Stones
Height: 59 Horts tall
Skills & Training:
Literate or illiterate:
Attitude: pleasant , polite
Type of brand: kef brand left tight
Pierced Ears: earing
Any other Piercings: not yet
Back story Optional:
Name and Seal of Owner I certify the information above is correct (date) (name) (seal)
Name and Seal of Certifying Slaver This document has been properly prepared and is in accordance with the laws of City (date) (name) (seal)
Name and Seal of City Scribe Entered into the records of City (name) (seal)
Name and Seal of City Physican Entered into the records of Turmus on 11/01/2011 By: SirDragon Dreamscape, Head Physician of Turmus