Lake Ias, home of the Luna Caleeng and Di Jan
Around 750 pasangs south of the city of Argentum, lay the hidden encampments of two tribes of panther women. These women were thieves, outlaws and those just hiding from men. They were rumored to be located in the region around Lake Ias, the woodlands and swamps of the Vosk. The Di Jan band lived among the ruins of an abandoned mining fort , the Luna Caleeng had their settlement about 15 pasangs south from the DI Jan, living deep within the swamp marshes.
The encampments lay on the vask, aptly named the famed “Treasure Road” , where both tribes would often prey upon travelers and caravans heading further south towards the lower half of Kalana Woods and beyond to Siba owned lands. Or those heading east to the lands of Primus. Those travelers who paid the toll for the use of this road were considered fortunate , those who refused risked losing all their trading goods, coins , clothes and in the worst case their freedom. It was generally a bad idea for travelers to refuse either tribe a tribute!
Hidden from view, far away from the vask, a small trade post was located at the entrance to the swamps of the Luna Caleeng. A worn and faded blue flag with a roughly painted white moon upon it signified that these were Luna lands. When a copper trade bell , believed to have been stolen from pirates a long time ago, was rung, panther girls from the upper camp would slowly emerge from the thick fog that hung around the swamps. Those fearless travelers who ventured deeper into the swamps on their own, would find a narrow winding foot path , leading past treacherous traps like deep snake pits , silken webs spun by giant mutated spiders and stagnant watering holes surrounded by flesh eating plants. Once, and if they survived, they reached the Luna Caleeng encampment, campfires and smoke, small cattle milling, anything that was stolen was seen there.
There were no free men or warriors in this encampment –the only men present would be humiliated male captives- their hair shaven in a strip – it’s the one rule of thumb. To lead one of the red caste or any free man to this encampment was considered treason by the sisterhood. The Luna Caleeng prided themselves on avoiding those of the scarlet. It was just bad for a thieves trade.
Near the center of the camp, close to an oval shaped sand pit , was a tall weathered pole, ornately decorated with carvings giving praise to the Goddesses. On full moons, panther girls would gather around the pole , tie a battered young man to it and use him during their Moon dance. Simple wooden shacks and tree huts were the make shift dwellings of the tribe, the one exception being the huts used by the Shaman’s and Priestesses, they too were decorated with carvings and surrounded by small rune stones. A visitor might have concluded these wild women missed their home stone. Hidden by chopped down tree branches, at the rear of the camp was a small foul smelling cave used to keep those wretched captives , shackled close together in thick irons , chained to the rocky walls before they would be traded for goods. Branching off to the left through the dense undergrowth, a small path led to another cave ,dimly lit with yellow bees wax candles, the Luna had named this the “Chamber of Glana”. In the center of this cave lay an ancient sacrificial stone, its rough top surface had a pale red hue, the sides had been chiseled with mystic symbols. Any panther girl having reached the right age , or was brave enough to enter, she would hear the soft prayers of the Chieftess , see her hold the crooked blade passed down by generations of Chieftesses. If the young girl survived the initiation rites, she would be free from men and protected by the sisterhood. This was the life here, survival.
The Luna Caleeng encampment might be considered by some to be a vastly poor living place in the middle of nowhere, but every mouth here was fed, the spoils equally shared.
This was the way of the Luna Caleeng panther girls, outcasts, and runaways.
This was their place, this was their time.
Traffic was 18000 and made to 20 on top 33… Keep up the great work and show why Lakes is best panther sim in gor! ;p
Location according to the novels:
“Did your troops enter Argentum?” I asked. “Our generals did not feel it was necessary,” said Ligurious. “It seems that our first victory, after the seizure of the mines, occurred on the Fields of Hesius,” I said. “Yes,” said Ligurious. “Our second occurred on the shores of Lake Ias,” I said, “and our third east of the Issus.” This was a northwestward-flowing river, tributary to the Vosk, far to the north. “Yes, my Tatrix,” said Ligurious. “Now we have been victorious once more,” I said, “this time on the Plains of Eteocles.” “Yes, my Tatrix,” said Ligurious. “They lie within a hundred pasangs of Corcyrus,” I said.
Kajira of Gor, pg158-159
The Western Subvosk Northern Plains
Two rivers and one lake are identified in the region. The Thassa Cartius leaves the rainforests and flows to join the Vosk at the eastern apex of the Vosk Delta. The Issus River has its origin at an unidentified location and enters the Vosk at an undisclosed point. Lake Ias is named but is not described as to size or definite relationship to any other feature although it is clustered with other places and seems to be near Argentum and Corcyrus.
The Fields of Hesius are mentioned in connection with the battles fought atLake Ias, Argentum mines, East of Issus, and the Plains of Eteocles. Book 19 Pages 158, 159. One can therefore conclude that it is located within that general vicinity. Hesius is the alternative rendering of the name Hersius.
Lake Ias is mentioned with regard to battles fought at Argentum mines, the Fields of Hesius, East of Issus, and the Plains of Eteocles. Book 19 Pages 158, 159. One can therefore conclude that it is located within that general vicinity.
So we can conclude that Lake Ias is located somewhere between Corcyrus and Argentum.