Here you will find various measurements as defined in the world of Gor and their Earth equivalents. I hope you find what you’re looking for 🙂 From the Gorean year to currency and the Gorean words used to describe them, all terms and units of measurement as described as well as possible. Understand that these definitions are based on quotes from the books of Gor so the definitive determination on a specific measurement is defined by John Norman. First we start off with a roleplay situation……
The sun was rising, the sounds from the swamps could be heard. Marli sat cross legged at the log fire in the middle of camp. The early morning started with a plan, word had reached camp of an art gellery. .Marli , looked around to see who was awake , she motioned to one sister to join her. Marli and Brandi , disguised as free women get on a bosk drawn cart to visit an art gallery.
[12:37] Brandi moved from the docks quickly and pointed to Marli on a head. “The art gallery is this way, i hear there is soemthing ther enot to be missed come.”
[12:38] kayladark sets out a big fence as a roadblock and stands guard behind it, grasping her bow tightly, wathcing for intruiders
[12:39] Brandi scratched her head…. “Thats new”
[12:39] Marli stood miffed seeing a road block
[12:42] Brandi : was a mazed at the spead of the shorter woman to run ahead of them so fast and the even faster construction of the fence. It was a marvel. “So is there another way around, we are just trying to complete are pilgrimage to see some art work we have heard so much about”
[12:42] Marli nodded “we have travelled so far for our pelgrimage”
[12:44] Taeden walked around the fence as it was being constructed. When they said they were there to see art, Tae smiled brightly, “Tal there Ladies, come this way. We’ve had a bit of trouble this morning with someone setting a fire, so we’re setting up road blocks in the village. But don’t be scared, we’ll keep you from harm while you’re making your purchases.” she motioned to them come closer
[12:45] kayladark moved the fence aside to let the strangers and Tae inside.
[12:45] Marli gasped a little when she heard about fires….but was glad the guard offered to help
[12:45] kayladark : Any weapon you may carry is to be left here at the gate.
[12:46] Marli had no bow , just a small knife under her gown as all free woman wore
[12:46] kayladark is being called by unknown forces. “Please leave the weapons at the gate and grab them as you exit”
[12:46] Brandi nodded as she caught the last bit.. “I do hope to get it back, traveling to Prums and skerry after this fvisit is dangerous” she said as she dropped her bow and then a small blade handing them to Kayla.
[12:48] Marli made very sure tae didn’t get a look under her skirt as she lifted it to remove the blade and left it at the gates
[12:48] Taeden smiled, “when you see all the art I’m sure you’re going to want to fill your hands with, you’ll consider this a minor inconvenience, ladies. Now come along, we have a new painting up today you might be interested in. Though it’s a bit provocative. We captured a panther this morning and… well you’ll see for yourself.” she smiled politely Marlies as she smoothed down her skirts.
[12:50] Marli got out a pencil and paper and made a simple drawing “how very pantherish” she commented
[12:50] Brandi hmmmmd…. “Who ist that on top, she looks live?” Bran mused as the detailing was much greater on the rider then the ridden.
[12:50] QuorraSpartan blushed as she felt the soft nip on her breast “Well… urm” Was distracted by your teasing “When do you want your bath My Mistress?”
[12:51] IzzyB : chuckled then looked over the boi’s shoulder “oh , we have guests” Tizz pushed the boi of her lap smiling “later perhaps”
[12:52] Taeden watched the woman doing her own drawing, “Hey now, we sell this art! You can’t just come and copy our stuff. If you like this painting you may buy it.” she looked proudly at the painting, “oh that is a live model. A panther from Hrimgar that we tied to a statue we had to pull out of storage. The beast as much as admitted to setting fire to an earlier work.” she shook her head
[12:55] Marli quietly slipped the paper drawing under her skirt and smiled innocently “such a master piece cannot be copied”
[12:57] Brandi shook her head.. “Vandals” She muttered and was glad to have the cloth over her face to hide her smirk. She hoped the crreasing did not show around her eye too much . “ohh i could never do such work just taking some notes on live model paird with statuary. Its unique… so many possibilities. I mean if the statues had … well.. there are many things you could wo witha person and astatues tht would be unique” she smirked to herself again at the pervers thoughts.
[12:57] IzzyB watching the woman copying her work, doing a drawing , Tizz protested “Hey , tight ass, just pay up, this is my work you are copying” she grumbled “I’l drag you to a magistarte and have an order made for its return ” She glared at the woman “really, how rude” Tizz had hands on her hips, then held one out “payment???”
[12:59] Marli lips curled in a smile behind her veil “of course i shall reimburse you” she held up her purse “a silver tarsk shall we say?”
[12:59] Taeden nodded her head, “It can be yours for a good price. But we do have some other paintings and sculptures and collectibles you might be interested in. Tizz, you care to show that painting you got last night?” Tae blinked when Tizz started throwing a fit, she’d been so mesmerized by the painting of the panther she wasn’t really paying attention. She stepped back and let them work it out amongst themselves as she walked over to the disguised Brandi, “I’m glad you can appreciate the art. Would you care to see the sculpture? The model is indisposed I’m afraid.”
[12:59] Brandi g with a haughty air she just shook her head but let marli do the work of paying.. “The woman the live one. She reminds me of a girl i once owned… i miss that little thing. Is she still available…. or been set back into the wild?”
[13:00] Brandi nodded “But she is still here and available, Of course i could see some more work… lead the way”
[13:01] IzzyB nodded “Aii that will do as payment” Tizz moved to the painting, she pulled it from the post and held it out for the woman “All yours then”
[13:01] Taeden shakes her head, “Not available I’m afraid. She’s newly acquired and will need some training before the slaver decides what to do with her.. but come see our sculpture.” she muttered “the damn panthers burned the other one we had. It was much larger.. but this isn’t so bad.”
[13:02] Taeden called down “Q! Get up here and model for the Lady!”
[13:02] Brandi nods.. “Ohh a baby bosk” She smiles at first then moves closer.. “Ohh wait.. its a person?”
[13:02] Marli smiled and took the picture frame under her arm “im so pleased”
[13:02] IzzyB : took her cin and looked at it grinning “fantastic, ” tizz shoved the coin down the front of her dress
[13:03] Taeden walked around the wooden sculpture, dragging her finger’s over Mo’s oversided ass, then patted the saddle, “this is another panther from Hrimgar, well her likeness of course. Warriors come from far and wide to rub her breasts so they might have good luck fighting panthers.”
[13:05] Marli gasped when she saw the statue “im flabbergasted….truly such artistry”
[13:05] Brandi knew the fierceness of panthers and nodded.. “well i am sure they need it, i hear most males cant handle themselves and litteraly … freak out. When inthe forest and confronted by a panther woman who might best them. Sounds like they are vicious … vicious i say.” Shaking ehr ehad at the thought of such things. “The men would be wiser to play with themselves.. but we know men even touching a fake breast like that likely gets them excited.”
[13:06] IzzyB chuckled as she walked through the dor, the free woman stepping in behind her , Tizz unlocked it and walked in “Isn’t it just magnificent”
[13:07] Taeden wrinkled her nose at the thought of men touching themselves, “Oh well, there’s no profit in that for me if they go off and wank in private, Lady! I get a few coins for letting them rub against the statue. That’s why I was sooooo angry that the first one burned. It’s just lucky for me I had this one in storage.” she rested her hand on statue Mo’s ass and smacked it. “where’s that darn slave of ours Tizz?” she shook her head, “no matter, would either of you like to try the saddle? It’s quite comfy.”
[13:10] Marli was blushing behind her veil and looked away
[13:11] QuorraSpartan walked in and through the door slowly, Q paused “Tal My Mistress’s and Mistress” she fell silent after that and stood close to the door
[13:11] IzzyB noticed Q had finally followed, Tizz clicked her fingers “Q, get on, model it for them” Tizz laughed
[13:12] Brandi gapsed a bit offended.. “You mean ride that thing like the slave girl did.. I think not. especially not straddling it like some slut. Your ….” looking Q a momment.. “your toy there can do it if it pleases. but i will not touch that thing. Its… well… disturbing”
[13:13] Marli was in full agreement with Bran and then turned as Q entered”greetings girl” she waved her hand at the statue “indeed have the slave pose”
[13:16] QuorraSpartan paused a moment “Urmmm, i think it be in appropiate for these ladys to see me riding Mo…You know? Provoking her isnt going to help me……” Q backed away to the door from them all.
[13:17] Brandi shrugged it was the girl’s loss. No one elses. “Well, so much for seeing live art. ” turing to her companion ” shall we be going then i believe the sails are being hoisted on the ship.
[13:18] Taeden held up her hands, “No offense intended. I just get excited at the craftmanship. Oh, and demeaning a few panthers doesn’t hurt either.” she growled when Q backed away, “slave! You get over here right now. And don’t you DARE speak unkindly or out of place toward our customers or you might find yourself up for sale.” she walked over to Q with her hand on her whip.
[13:19] IzzyB : “tsssks Q ” Tizz shook her head “look if you all are to shy I’l do it” Tizz offered
[13:21] QuorraSpartan points “She offered instead i know how fast things go round Gor and demening a panther like morr is not something i want while i have this round my neck” Q looked at the whip “i didnt say anything inappropriate !” Was ready to open the door at any second.
[13:22] Taeden looked between the customers and Q and Tizz. Tae was a bit flustered at all the opposing wishes. She held up her hands, “Oh, don’t go so soon ladies, we have more art you might want to buy.” she growled at Q then looked at them again, “Forgive me for using a wild and untrained slave. I’d thought she was better behaved…but seems she’s intent on embarrassing her owners.” Tae pushed the door open, “get out slave, I’ll not have you interfering with my business!”
[13:28] QuorraSpartan ran out the building quickly as she was ordered out not wishing to get in further trouble or sit on Mo.
[13:28] Brandi finllay gets over the shock of the slaves behavior.. (and off the phone) and just shakes ehr ehad.. “well we are going. its a bit… well.. uncivilized even if the art is wonderful”
[13:28] Brandi : “good day to you merchant”
[13:29] IzzyB was ready to model but heard they were leaving so Tizz stepped back “Well i hope you enjoy the art you purchased , thankyou for the business”
[13:29] Taeden was disappointed theat there’d be no other sale, but pushed the door open for them, “Come back again another time, we could have some nice landscapes done up for you.”
[13:32] Brandi calling back up the stairs to the work room… “Are you coming Companion?” then smiling to Tae….. “Yes that checkpoint is a bit much … it will drive business away but sounds like you have some trouble here”
[13:35] IzzyB : poked her “better hurry up, your friend is leaving without you”
[13:35] Marlies: please lead the way
[13:36] IzzyB lead the way to the gate “be well, enjoy the painting”
[13:36] Marlies picked up her blade from the guard “sorry….for the delay”
[13:36] Brandi nods ocllectin her bow and blade for the trip home.. “well i could really use a scarecrow like this one for my properties…. how much do you want for it?”
[13:37] violette : Tal
[13:37] Taeden was shocked to see a panther wander up the road, “panther, you’d better put a dress on if you intend to visit the village.” she smiled at Brandi “she’s not for sale.”
[13:37] Brandi startled… “A Panther!! Maybe she is the fire starter!”
[13:37] Marlies saw the forest woman and stepped back
[13:37] violette : i am just passing along
[13:38] Marlies : “o my…o my …the crimanal returns to the crime sight” she whispered to bran
[13:38] IzzyB : pulled her bow from her shoulder
[13:38] Taeden : Well I can see that. But we’re a village of proper women around here. Panthers can be shot on sight around here.” she looked at the women with concern and then at the panther growling, “so you’re one of the fire starters then?”
1 HORT = 1 and 1/4 inches = 3.2 centimetres (approx)
The hort is approximately and inch and a quarter in length. —Tribesmen of Gor, p 49
1 GOREAN FOOT (10horts) = 12 and 1/2 inches = 32 cm (approx)
The Gorean foot is, in my estimation, just slightly longer than the Earth foot; based on the supposition that each of its ten horts is roughly one and one-quarter inches long. —Raiders of Gor, p 127
1 AH-IL = 18 inches (approx) = 46.15 cm (approx)
1 AH-RAL (10 ah-il) = 180 inches (approx 15ft) = 461.5 cm (approx 5m)
1 PASANG = 1/7th of a mile(3,696 US ft) = 1.2 km (approx 1232m)
The pasang is a measure of distance on Gor, equivalent approximately to 0.7 of a mile. —Tarnsman of Gor, p 58
Hand, as height: a measurement of height, primarily of kaiila. Both the Wagon People’s kaiila and the sand kaiila of the Tahari stand about twenty to twenty-two hands at the shoulder.
1 GOREAN STONE = 4 US pounds = 1.8 kilograms (approx)
1 GOREAN WEIGHT (10 stone) = 40 US pounds = 18.14 kg (approx)
1 TALU = 2 US gallons = 7.5 litres (approx)
In a matter of perhaps two or three seconds, it had drawn perhaps a gill of liquid. — Outlaw of Gor, p 34
Basically the equivalent of a fistfull.
A handful with the five fingers closed, not open, is a tef. Six such handfuls constitute a tefa, which is a tiny basket. Five such baskets constitute a huda. —Tribesmen of Gor, p 46
The following measurements are “trade weights,” meaning that they are, like the ah-il, variable according to the hand size of the measurer. Nevertheless, due to their ease of use, they are retained by the Goreans as practical ways to measure solid volume in a distributary environment, particularly in trade-based Gorean settings where standardised measurements are not available for handy measurement:
1 TEF = a closed handful of whatever produce (such as dates) is being weighed. 6 tefs equals one “tefa.”
1 TEFA = 6 tefs (or closed handfuls), or roughly the amount of merchandise it would take to fill a small basket. 5 tefas equal 1 “huda.”
1 HUDA = 5 tefa, or small baskets full.
In addition, it only stands to reason that Goreans would also rely upon the “squared measure” of their distance units in measuring solid mass as well as space. The use of the Gorean “square foot” is highly likely, as is the “square hort,” the “square ah-il” and “square ah-ral,” and the “square pasang.”
The basic unit of weight, equivalent to 4 Earth pounds.
I have calculated this from the Weight, a Gorean unit of measurement based on the Stone, which is about four Earth pounds. —Raiders of Gor, p 127
The Weight 10 Stones
A given tree, annually, yields between one and five Gorean weights of fruit. A weight is some ten stone, or some forty Earth pounds. —Tribesmen of Gor, p 37
I have calculated this from the Weight, a Gorean unit of measurement based on the Stone, which is about four Earth pounds. A Weight is ten Stone. —Raiders of Gor, p 127
The Ah-il and Ah-ral Measures used in the sale and use of cloth.
Cloth is measured in the ah-il, which is the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, and the ah-ral, which is ten ah-ils. —Tribesmen of Gor, p 50