Teslik & Sip Root Gorean Medicine

Gorean Roleplay for the Caste of Physicians

1. DRUGS AND MEDICINES

A variety of drugs and medicines are mentioned in the books. In some cases, specific information is given on composition, potential and actual use, and effects, in others there is little specific information.

Remember that Caste knowledge was closely guarded, so if there is not an exact detail on the medication, use your imagination to describe it to your patient.

1.1. APHRODISIACS


MOONLIGHT

Many feel that moonlight has an aphrodisiac effect on the female, this having to do subconscious symbolisms, associated with natural rhythms, waxings and wanings, biological cycles, and such.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Savages of Gor (Gorean Saga 17) (Kindle Locations 3748-3750). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED

One dish I recall was composed of the tongues of eels and was sprinkled with flavored aphrodisiacs...

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 3163-3164). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.2. DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS


MUL-PELLETS

Dietary supplement used in the Priest-Kings Nest for the Muls.

In the first meal, Mul-Fungus is ground and mixed with water, forming a porridge of sorts; for the second meal it is chopped into rough two-inch cubes; for the third meal it is minced with Mul-Pellets and served as a sort of cold hash; the Mul-Pellets are undoubtedly some type of dietary supplement; at the final meal Mul-Fungus is pressed into a large, flat cake and sprinkled with a few grains of salt.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 1651-1653). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition]


Inside the cube there were canisters of Mul-Fungus, a bowl, a ladle, a wooden-bladed Fungus-Knife; a wooden-headed Fungus-Mallet; a convenient tube of Mul-Pellets, which discharged its contents one at a time following my depressing a lever in the bottom of the tube; and a large, inverted jar of water, by means of which an attached, somewhat shallow, watering pan was kept filled.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 1675-1677). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


TOSPIT

Small, wrinkled, yellowish-white peach-like fruit, about the size of a plum, which grows on the tospit bush, patches of which are indigenous to the drier valleys of the eastern Cartius. They are bitter but edible, and are sometimes served sliced and sweetened with honey, and in syrups, and to flavor, with their juices, a variety of dishes. They are also carried on sea voyages to prevent nutritional deficiencies. They almost always have an odd number of seeds, except for the rare, long-stemmed ones.

...on the top of which was placed a dried tospit, a small, wrinkled, yellowish-white peachlike fruit, about the size of a plum, which grows on the tospit bush, patches of which are indigenous to the drier valleys of the western Cartius. They are bitter but edible.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Nomads of Gor (Gorean Saga 4) (Kindle Locations 1054-1056). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Usually, in guessing tospit seeds, one guesses the actual number, and usually both guessers opt for an odd number. The common tospit almost invariably has an odd number of seeds. On the other hand the rare, long-stemmed tospit usually has an even number of seeds. Both fruits are indistinguishable outwardly. I could see that, perhaps by accident, the tospit which Kamchak had thrown me had had the stem twisted off. It must be then, I surmised, the rare, long-stemmed tospit.

“Even,” I said.

Kamchak looked at me as though pained. “Tospits almost always have an odd number of seeds,” he said.

“Even,” I said.

“Very well,” said he, “eat the tospit and see.”

“Why should I eat it?” I asked. The tospit, after all, is quite bitter. And why shouldn’t Kamchak eat it? He had suggested the wager.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Nomads of Gor (Gorean Saga 4) (Kindle Locations 2773-2780). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The tospits, in the Forkbeard’s orchard, which can grow at this latitude, as the larma cannot, were too green to eat. I smiled, recalling that tospits almost invariably have an odd number of seeds, saving the rarer, long-stemmed variety. I do not care too much for tospits, as they are quite bitter. Some men like them. It is not unusual for them to be eaten sliced and sweetened with honey; too, sweetened with honey, and pulped, they may be used in syrups; they may also be used to flavor, with their juices, a variety of dishes. They are also excellent in the prevention of nutritional deficiencies at sea, in long voyages, containing, I expect, a great deal of vitamin C. They are sometimes called the seaman’s larma. They are a fairly hard-fleshed fruit, and are not difficult to dry and store.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 1966-1972). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

“Thank you, Master,” I said. The slice of tospit was thrust in my mouth. The cage gate behind me was snapped shut. I bit into the tospit. It was bitter, but juicy.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 6260-6262). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.3. LAXATIVES AND EMETICS


BRAK BUSH

A shrub whose leaves have a purgative effect when chewed; traditionally branches of it are nailed to house doors during the Waiting Hand to discourage the entry of bad luck into the house for the New Year.

Almost all doors, including that of the House of Cernus, had nailed to them some branches of the Brak Bush, the leaves of which, when chewed, have a purgative effect. It is thought that the pitch and the branches of the Brak Bush discourage the entry of bad luck into the houses of the citizens.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 3260-3262). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

[During the Waiting Hand] the doors of many homes are sealed with pitch and have nailed to them branches of the brak bush, the leaves of which have a purgative effect.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 111-112). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED

In brief, the Merchant, intending to visit the Golden Courtesan, sends Chino for a love potion. Chino, of course, obtains not a love potion but, by deft substitution, a powerful laxative from the Physician.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 1017-1018). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Some girls, I had been told, sometimes try to swallow small coins but this is foolish. The coin can be produced swiftly enough in such cases by emetics and laxatives.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Dancer of Gor (Gorean Saga 22) (Kindle Locations 4874-4875). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.4. CONTRACEPTIVES


SLAVE WINE

A black, bitter beverage that acts as a contraceptive. There are two different versions of the medication – the first lasts approximately thirty (30) days and needs to be repeated. The second is a much stronger concentration and lasts until it is counteracted by the Releaser.

“The two females,” I told him, “have recently been free. Accordingly, as soon as they are collared, force them to drink slave wine.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 516-517). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Slave wine is bitter, intentionally so. Its effect lasts for more than a Gorean month. I did not wish the females to conceive. A female slave is taken off slave wine only when it is her master’s intention to breed her.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 518-520). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Has she had slave wine?” asked the male slave. “Yes,” said the slave master. “All female slaves in the public pens of Tor are on slave wine.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Tribesmen of Gor (Gorean Saga 10) (Kindle Locations 1557-1558). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Holding the blanket about me, I went to him. He proffered me a cup and I, with one hand, holding the blanket about me with the other, drank its contents. It was a foul brew, but I downed it. I did not know at the time, but it was slave wine. Men seldom breed upon their slave girls. Female slaves, when bred, are commonly hooded and crossed with a male slave, similarly hooded, the breeding conducted under the supervision of their respective owners; a girl is seldom bred with a slave from her own house; personal relationships between male and female slaves are usually frowned upon; sometimes, however, as a discipline even a high female slave is sometimes thrown to a chain of work slaves for their pleasure. The effect of the slave wine endures several cycles, or moons; it may be counteracted by another drink, a smooth, sweet beverage, which frees the girl’s body for the act of the male slave, or, in unusual cases, should she be freed, to the act of the lover; slave girls, incidentally, are almost never freed on Gor; they are too delicious and desirable to free; only a fool, it is commonly said, would free one.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 1232-1239). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


We make them chew carefully and watch closely to see that they swallow, bit by bit, in small swallows, sip roots, as well,” said another.

“We then examine their mouths, forcing them widely open, to determine that they have finished their entire allotment of the root,” said another.

I nodded. Sip roots are extremely bitter. Slave wine, incidentally, is made from sip roots.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 2968-2972). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Female slaves on Gor, unless they are to be crossed and bred by masters, as the domestic animals they are, are commonly given “slave wine,” a beverage prepared from sip root which prevents conception.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7226-7227). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Whereas one supposes the taste of slave wine might be concealed in some fashion, it is not. Rather it is utilized to inform the slave in yet another way that she is a slave. The taste is apparently quite bitter. Some masters prefer having the slave quaff it before them, naked and unbound. Let them understand they may be used with impunity and without consequences. On the other hand, particularly in a slaver’s house, the girl is commonly knelt with her hands tied behind her back, and the beverage is administered by two men, one of whom holds the girl’s head back sharply by the hair with one hand and, with the other, pinches her nostrils tightly shut so that she may not breathe through her nose, while the other by means of a bota with a spiked nozzle squeezes the beverage into her mouth. When at last the miserable slave must breathe she must swallow the beverage. An experienced slave, of course, gives the slaver’s men little trouble and swallows the beverage as quickly as possible, to have done with it. Indeed, it may even be poured into her mouth from a goblet.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7228-7235). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In the concentrated state, as in slave wine, developed by the caste of physicians, the effect is almost indefinite, usually requiring a releaser, as suggested, for its remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding wine, or the “second wine.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7249-7251). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In the matter of bitterness of taste, there is little to choose from between raw sip root and slave wine, the emulsive qualities of the slave wine being offset to some extent by the strength of the concentrations involved.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7278-7280). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Drink this,” said Drusus Rencius.

“What is it?” I asked, startled. It seemed he had produced this almost by magic. It was a soft, leather botalike flask, drawn from within his tunic.

“Slave wine,” he said.

“Need I drink that?” I asked, apprehensively.

“Unless you have had slave wine,” he said, “I have no intention of taking you through the streets clad as you are. Suppose you are raped.”

I put the flask, which he had opened, to my lips. Its opening was large enough to drink freely from. “It is bitter!” I said, touching my lips to it.

“It is the standard concentration, and dosage,” he said, “plus a little more, for assurance. Its effect is indefinite, but it is normally renewed annually, primarily for symbolic purposes.”

I could not believe how bitter it was. I had learned from Susan, whom I had once questioned on the matter, the objectives and nature of slave wine. It is prepared from a derivative of sip root. The formula, too, I had learned, at the insistence of masters and slavers, had been improved by the caste of physicians within the last few years. It was now, for most practical purposes, universally effective. Too, as Drusus Rencius had mentioned, its effects, at least for most practical purposes, lasted indefinitely.

“Have no fear,” said Drusus Rencius. “The abatement of its effects is reliably achieved by the ingestion of a releaser.”

“Oh,” I said. I knew this, of course. Susan had told me. When a female slave is given the releaser she knows that she may soon expect to be hooded, and bred.

“Could it not be sweetened?” I asked.

“I have chosen that you drink it as it is,” he said, “as it is normally drunk.”

“You would have the Tatrix of Corcyrus drink unsweetened slave wine?” I asked.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kajira of Gor (Gorean Saga 19) (Kindle Locations 2729-2746). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“I am sure there is slave wine in the camp,” I said.

“I already have a free woman’s protection,” she assured me.

“Nonetheless,” I informed her, “you will have an ample and generous dose of slave wine.”

Slave wines have been developed by the caste of physicians to regulate and control slave breeding. The wines are effective. The effect of most lasts several years, but the dose is commonly renewed annually, often on the evening before the master’s birthday. Slave wines are based on a derivative of the sip root. They are quite bitter, as is thought good for the girls.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 4903-4908). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Yes,” I said. This is not really a wine, or an alcoholic beverage. It is called “slave wine,” I think, for the amusement of the masters. It is extremely bitter. One draught of the substance is reputed to last until the administration of an appropriate “releaser.” In spite of this belief, however, or perhaps in deference to tradition, lingering from earlier times, in which, it seems, less reliable “slave wines” were available, doses of this foul stuff are usually administered to female slaves at regular intervals, usually once or twice a year. Some girls, rather cynical ones, I suspect, speculate that the masters give it to them more often than necessary just because they enjoy watching them down the terrible stuff. This is unlikely, however. There are cheaper and more easily available ingredients for such a mode of discipline than slave wine.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Dancer of Gor (Gorean Saga 22) (Kindle Locations 3473-3479). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


I had been given slave wine in the pens, of course, but it was not mine to call that to their attention. Indeed, the matter was undoubtedly noted on my papers. Perhaps these men merely wished to make sure of the matter. Or perhaps they merely wished to have me drink slave wine before them, either for their amusement, or because of the effects of this act, which were not only practical but symbolic. The effect of slave wines, at least those now in general use, seems to be indefinite, but they are commonly renewed annually.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 3744-3747). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“No,” she whispered. Then she lifted the bowl to her lips. She put back her head. Then, scarcely pausing to take a breath, she drained the bowl.

“Oh!” she cried, her entire body shuddering.

“That is slave wine,” I said, “free woman.”

I regarded her with some satisfaction. I thought that she might now understand, a little bit better than before, what it might be to be a slave.

“How can you drink it?” she asked.

“Do you think we are given a choice?” I asked.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 8585-8590). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Yes,” she said. She shuddered. She had been knelt and held, her head forced back, and cruelly held so by the hair, and her mouth forced open, and the spike of the wooden funnel forced between her teeth. Then the wretched, foul stuff was poured into mouth, her nostrils at the same time being pinched tightly shut. When she had to breathe she must imbibe the slave wine. Afterwards her hands were tied behind her, that she might not induce its vulgar emission.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1746-1749). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Archon pressed two roots into his hands, and Cabot held them to his face, and took their scent. They were sip root. He was familiar with sip root for it is the active ingredient in slave wine. It is taken raw in the Barrens by the white female slaves of the Red Savages, unless it is decided that they are to be bred. In its raw, unconcentrated state the effects of the root last some months, but gradually dissipate. In the high cities the Caste of Physicians has produced a slave wine whose effects are terminated only by a counter substance, called the Releaser. Sip root is bitter to the taste, and slave wine is not sweetened either.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 3790-3794). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Slave wine, that bitter drought,” she said, “that I might not be bred except as masters might please.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 6285-6286). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Whereas, as suggested earlier, the effects of slave wine and “the wine of the noble free woman” are identical, the common ingredient being sip root, there is a considerable difference in the two drinks. Slave wine makes no attempt to conceal the bitterness of ground, raw sip root, whereas “the wine of the noble free woman” is flavored, spiced, and sweetened in such a way that it offers no offense to the delicate and more refined sensibility of the free woman.

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 4822-4825). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


“Yes, Master,” cried the slave, gasping, “[slave wine] that horrid stuff was forced down my throat shortly after my first collaring, and when I first came aboard the great ship, that of Tersites, and before I was landed, at the World’s End, and again, here at Brundisium, before I was brought ashore.”

I was well satisfied in this. Indeed, given improvements in slave wine, dating back some years, brewed from the sip root, the first administering of the wine would be sufficient indefinitely, until the administration of a releaser, which removes its effects. The releaser, I am told, unlike slave wine, which is quite bitter, is quite pleasant, rather like a sweet wine, or fruit liqueur. It is usually administered when it is decided that the slave is to be bred. Sometimes slave wine is administered more than once. There could be several reasons for this, for example, one might not know if it has been administered before, and one might wish to make sure of the matter, or one might simply wish additional security in the matter, which seemed to explain the dosage at the World’s End, or that before bringing the slave ashore in Brundisium. Too, one might administer it as a punishment, rather like a whipping or a night in close chains. Needless to say, if the slave comes with papers, a certification with respect to slave wine, and the date of its most recent administration, will usually be included in the papers.

[Norman, John (2011-10-05). Mariners of Gor (Kindle Locations 9793-9803). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


I did not fear pregnancy, for early in my sojourn in the house I had been given Slave Wine. Understanding its nature, I had imbibed it willingly enough, as disgusting and foul a brew as it was.

[Norman, John (2012-07-01). Conspirators of Gor (Kindle Locations 2893-2894). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

Then, as I opened my mouth widely, gasping, fighting for breath, I felt the spout of the metal vessel in my mouth. I could not fully close my mouth because of it. I took a deep breath, sucking the air into my lungs. Then, before I could breathe again, the vessel was tipped, and fluid began to flood into my mouth, a repellant, gross, revolting fluid, and it filled my mouth like a pool. Held as I was, I could not rid myself of it. I needed air. My head hurt, from the strain on my tightly grasped hair. My wrists fought the cords that held them. In my oral cavity, bitter and reeking, brimming it, reposed that small, foul pool, like a tiny lake of bitter, odious filth. I wanted to force it from my mouth, but could not do so. I had no air with which to expel it. I feared I might suffocate. My lungs cried out for air. I must breathe, but to do so the beverage must first be swallowed. I did so. No, I had not forgotten slave wine. It is brewed from the sip root.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 4806-4812). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

Slave wine has been developed by the green caste, the caste of Physicians, one of the five high castes of Gor, the others being the Initiates, the Builders, the Scribes, and the Warriors.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 4816-4817). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


Needless to say, free women are not subjected to the hateful and disgusting, the contemptible and demeaning, miseries of slave wine. Related potions which might be quaffed by free women, if they should choose to do so, for they are free, are reputedly mild and flavorful, as would be suited to their status.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 4819-4821). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


SIP ROOT

A bitter root whose extract is the active ingredient in slave wine.

“We make them chew carefully and watch closely to see that they swallow, bit by bit, in small swallows, sip roots, as well,” said another.

“We then examine their mouths, forcing them widely open, to determine that they have finished their entire allotment of the root,” said another.

I nodded. Sip roots are extremely bitter. Slave wine, incidentally, is made from sip roots.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 2968-2972). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


I held the object before her. She regarded it with dismay. “I have already chewed sip root within the moon,” she said.

I smiled. The slut would play with me, would she?

“Please, no, Master!” she begged. “You cannot even conceive of the taste, the horrid bitterness of it!”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7221-7224). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Female slaves on Gor, unless they are to be crossed and bred by masters, as the domestic animals they are, are commonly given “slave wine,” a beverage prepared from sip root which prevents conception.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7226-7227). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


She did not need the sip root, of course, for, as she had pointed out, she had had some within the moon, and, indeed, the effect of sip root, in the raw state, in most women, is three or four moons. In the concentrated state, as in slave wine, developed by the caste of physicians, the effect is almost indefinite, usually requiring a releaser, as suggested, for its remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding wine, or the “second wine.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7248-7251). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In the matter of bitterness of taste, there is little to choose from between raw sip root and slave wine, the emulsive qualities of the slave wine being offset to some extent by the strength of the concentrations involved.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7278-7280). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Masters?” asked Tuka, kneeling, holding the tray. We took the fried maize cakes from the tray. Then the tray was empty, save for one object, a segment of a dried root, about two to three inches long and a half inch wide.

“Open your mouth,” said Seibar to Tuka.

She did so immediately, unquestioningly.

“This is for you,” he said.

She nodded.

He broke the root in two and thrust it in her mouth. “Chew it well,” he said, “and swallow it, every particle.”

She nodded.

“Open your mouth,” he said.

She did so. The sip root, every bit of it, was gone.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 8475-8482). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Archon pressed two roots into his hands, and Cabot held them to his face, and took their scent. They were sip root. He was familiar with sip root for it is the active ingredient in slave wine. It is taken raw in the Barrens by the white female slaves of the Red Savages, unless it is decided that they are to be bred. In its raw, unconcentrated state the effects of the root last some months, but gradually dissipate. In the high cities the Caste of Physicians has produced a slave wine whose effects are terminated only by a counter substance, called the Releaser. Sip root is bitter to the taste, and slave wine is not sweetened either.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 3790-3794). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Slave wine, that bitter drought,” she said, “that I might not be bred except as masters might please.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 6285-6286). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


[Slave Wine] is brewed from the sip root. Relia had told me that in the vast grasslands far to the east, the Barrens, the white slaves of red masters must chew and swallow the root raw.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 4812-4813). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED

Free women use, I understand it, a sweetened form of the wines.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Location 4908). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


WINE OF THE NOBLE FREE WOMAN

A sweet, flavorful beverage that contains sip root extract. While it contains the same extract as slave wine, it is not to be confused with slave wine.

“I have not had slave wine!” she said.

“A pity,” I said.

“But I have had what I was told,” she said, “was the wine of ‘the noble free woman’.”

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 3168-3170). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


“As you have had ‘the wine of the noble free woman,’” I said, “it does not much matter. The substances, save in the pleasantness of their imbibings, are equivalent. Indeed, both have as their active ingredient sip root.”

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 3173-3175). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


Whereas, as suggested earlier, the effects of slave wine and “the wine of the noble free woman” are identical, the common ingredient being sip root, there is a considerable difference in the two drinks. Slave wine makes no attempt to conceal the bitterness of ground, raw sip root, whereas “the wine of the noble free woman” is flavored, spiced, and sweetened in such a way that it offers no offense to the delicate and more refined sensibility of the free woman.

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 4822-4825). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

1.5. RELEASERS (COUNTER AGENT TO SLAVE WINE OR SWEET WINE)


BREEDING WINE

A sweet beverage administered to slaves to counteract the effects of Sip Root preparations. A slave is only given breeding wine when the slave's owner plans to breed the slave.

When one wishes, say, to breed the slave she is given an apparently delicious beverage, which is the “releaser,” which counteracts the effects of the slave wine.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7235-7236). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In the concentrated state, as in slave wine, developed by the caste of physicians, the effect is almost indefinite, usually requiring a releaser, as suggested, for its remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding wine, or the “second wine.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7249-7251). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“The abatement of its effects is reliably achieved by the ingestion of a releaser.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kajira of Gor (Gorean Saga 19) (Kindle Location 2741). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


When one wishes to breed a slave she is administered a releaser.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 4908-4909). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


One draught of [slave wine] is reputed to last until the administration of an appropriate “releaser.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Dancer of Gor (Gorean Saga 22) (Kindle Location 3475). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The “releaser” or, at least, the wine in which it is mixed, the “breeding wine” or “second wine,” is sweet.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 3750-3751). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


One removes the effects of [slave] wine by drinking a “releaser.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Location 3748). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“I am told, however,” I said, “that the releaser is delicious. When we are given that we know that we are to be bred.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 8580-8581). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“You cannot now conceive,” he told her. “If a releaser, as one speaks of it, is later administered, which is a quite sweet, flavorful drink I am told, you will again be able to conceive.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1749-1750). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The releaser, I am told, unlike slave wine, which is quite bitter, is quite pleasant, rather like a sweet wine, or fruit liqueur. It is usually administered when it is decided that the slave is to be bred.

[Norman, John (2011-10-05). Mariners of Gor (Kindle Locations 9797-9798). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


The “releaser,” which is commonly syrupy, and sweet, nullifies the effects of the “slave wine.” It is commonly administered to a slave after masters have agreed upon a crossing, and she is to be bred.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 4553-4555). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In the high cities the Caste of Physicians has produced a slave wine whose effects are terminated only by a counter substance, called the Releaser. Sip root is bitter to the taste, and slave wine is not sweetened either. The Releaser, however, is not only palatable, but aromatic and delicious.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 3793-3795). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


A releaser, interestingly, deliciously palatable, is administered to the slave prior to her mating.

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 4826-4827). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


[Slave Wine's] effects are removed, I am told, if one is given a Releaser, which, I am told, is palatable, even delicious.

[Norman, John (2012-07-01). Conspirators of Gor (Kindle Locations 2894-2895). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


The green caste has also produced the “releaser,” as it is called, which is reputedly delicious. It removes the effects of slave wine. When administered the “releaser,” a girl may expect to be hooded and sent to the breeding stalls.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 4817-4819). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


RELEASER – See BREEDING WINE


SECOND WINE – See BREEDING WINE


TESLIK

A plant whose extract is the active ingredient in breeding wine.

The active ingredient in the breeding wine, or the “second wine,” is a derivative of teslik, a substance developed by the Caste of Physicians to enhance fertility in verr and tarsks.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Blood Brothers of Gor (Gorean Saga 18) (Kindle Locations 7275-7277). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.6. DISINFECTANTS AND ANTISEPTICS


ALCOHOL

He crouched down beside her and, with the cotton onto which he had poured some fluid from one of the vials, swabbed a portion of her exposed flesh.

She shuddered.

“It’s cold, isn’t it?” he asked. “It’s alcohol.”

“Yes, Master,” she whispered. He left the cotton on her body and went back to the leather case on the steel table. With another piece of cotton and some additional alcohol he sterilized the rubber diaphragm sealing the second vial. He then broke off the sanitary seal on one of the disposable syringes and, holding the second vial, now sterilized, upside down, inserted the long needle through the rubber diaphragm. He drew a greenish fluid into the needle.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Fighting Slave of Gor (Gorean Saga 14) (Kindle Locations 781-787). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


CHEMICAL STERILIZATION

When the physician had finished the cleansing, chemical sterilization, and dressing of the merchant’s wounds, he left. With him the majority of the watchers withdrew as well.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Beasts of Gor (Gorean Saga 12) (Kindle Locations 2272-2274). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


MECHANICAL STERILIZATION

In one corner there was a large drumlike machine with a pressurized door which might have been a sterilizer.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 3895-3896). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED DISINFECTANT

It was some minutes further in the tunnel, when Cabot stopped, and stared at one of the wombs, for it seemed to shudder, and heave.

“Smell it,” said Lord Grendel.

“Disinfectant, alcohol?” said Cabot.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 10551-10553). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.7. SLAVE DIP

When I had come to the Chatka and Curla I, and Narla, too, had been dipped and scrubbed, to clear us of ship lice and the residues of filth accumulated from the voyage and our consequent captivity; the dip was of water saturated with chemicals toxic to ship lice; we did not open our eyes or mouth when held under by the girls cleaning us; they controlled us by a clamp placed on the right ear lobe; later we were permitted to bathe ourselves; few baths in my life had I appreciated more than that one.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 6412-6415). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The shaving is for hygienic reasons, to protect them in the crowding and the filth, on the shelves, from parasites. Even so they are usually submerged in a slave dip shortly after landing.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Vagabonds of Gor (Gorean Saga 24) (Kindle Locations 9650-9652). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The major reason for cropping the hair of field slaves, both male and female, and certain other forms of work slaves, is to protect them from parasites. For a similar reason the bodies of the women transported on slave ships are almost always shaved, completely. Even then it is common, shortly after debarkation, and this is required by the rules of many port authorities, to subject them to an immersion in slave dip.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Magicians of Gor (Gorean Saga 25) (Kindle Locations 7273-7276). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Slave dips are not uncommon, too, after transportation, as a precaution against such infestation.

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 2516-2517). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

1.8. SEDATIVES AND ANESTHETICS


ANESTHETIC DART

Anesthetic darts, too, are sometimes used in the taking of females; these may be flung, or entered into her body by hand; they take effect in about forty Ihn; she awakens often, stripped, in a slave kennel.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 2234-2236). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


CAPTURE SCENT

She closed her eyes, and breathed in, deeply, expectantly.

She opened her eyes, and shook her head. “What is this?” she said.

“Capture scent,” I said.

I held her forearms. Ivar Forkbeard quickly pulled the bracelets and rings from her wrists and fingers. He then threw from her neck the golden chains. I pulled her to her feet, holding her wrists. Ivar tore the golden string from her hair, loosening it. It fell behind her, blond, below the small of her back. He tore the collar of her gown back from her throat, opening it at her neck. “Who are you?” she whispered. He snapped fetters of black iron on her wrists. They, by the fetters and their single link, were held about three inches apart.

“Who are you?” she whispered. “A friend of your father,” said he.

He tore away from his body, swiftly, the gown of the perfumers, that of white and yellow silk. I, too, cast aside the perfumer’s gown.

She saw that we wore the leather and fur of Torvaldsland.

“No!” she cried.

My hand was over her mouth. Ivar’s dagger was at her throat.

“While Thorgard roves at sea,” said the Forkbeard, “we rove in Scagnar.”

“Shall I hold again the vial beneath her nose?” I asked. Soaked in a rag and scarf and held over the nose and mouth of a female it can render her unconscious in five Ihn. She squirms wildly for an Ihn or two, and then sluggishly, and then falls limp. It is sometimes used by tarnsmen; it is often used by slavers. Anesthetic darts, too, are sometimes used in the taking of females; these may be flung, or entered into her body by hand; they take effect in about forty Ihn; she awakens often, stripped, in a slave kennel.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 2221-2236). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


FROBICAIN

“We permit them,” said Flaminius, deigning to offer a bit of explanation, “five Ahn of varied responses, depending on when they recover from the frobicain injection.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 1951-1953). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

Sedative presumed to be frobicain (not actually mentioned by name)

There were several reasons I turned her over with my foot. First, most were supine, so it seemed suitable, more aesthetic, if the merchandise, in this wholesale lot, was positioned uniformly. Secondly, supine, they were more conveniently positioned for their first lesson, namely, that they were subject to discipline, symbolized by kissing the whip, and, second, enunciating their first words in what would be their new language, appropriate words. Too, of course, in that position, they were ready to be quickly and systematically sedated, for the voyage.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 40-43). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


Why then did I occasionally visit the capsule chamber, and regard her, in her capsule, naked and sedated, the identificatory steel anklet, inscribed with its legend, locked on her left ankle? It is commonly removed before they are revived.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 616-617). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


You are even examined while asleep in your own bed. You are stripped and photographed, variously. Your measurements are taken, in detail, your bosom, waist, thighs, wrists, ankles. In this way, in your sleep, as you are gently sedated, you are measured variously, for example, your neck for the collar, your wrists and ankles for wrist and ankle rings, and so on. Then you are reclothed, and in the morning, you awaken, refreshed, and know nothing of all this.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 7355-7358). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


“And even, sedated, in my own bed, it seems,” she said, “stripped, variously positioned, photographed, measured in considerable detail, and such.”

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 9038-9040). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


TASSA POWER

“You have recovered more quickly than I had anticipated from the Tassa powder,” she said. “But it does not matter.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Fighting Slave of Gor (Gorean Saga 14) (Kindle Locations 4233-4234). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“In the courtyard below,” I said, “I was drugged.”

“It was done by Tassa powder,” she said.

“It was tasteless, and effective,” I said.

“Slavers sometimes use it,” she said. “It is well for a girl not to drink with a strange man,” she laughed.

“It shows up, of course,” I said, “in water.”

“It is meant to be mixed with red wine,” she said.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Fighting Slave of Gor (Gorean Saga 14) (Kindle Locations 4244-4249). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


When the Lady Melpomene had finished with me, after that long night of her use of me, she had held for me another draft of water, discolored by the reddish Tassa powder. I had not wished to drink this. Then she had held her dagger to my body. I drank. Soon I was unconscious.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Fighting Slave of Gor (Gorean Saga 14) (Kindle Locations 4336-4338). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Oh, by the way,” I asked, “do you have a packet of Tassa powder?”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Rogue of Gor (Gorean Saga 15) (Kindle Location 840). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Kliomenes did not even use Tassa powder on her,” he said. “He simply bound her and carried her, struggling, to his ship.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Rogue of Gor (Gorean Saga 15) (Kindle Locations 3866-3867). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Is the Tassa powder ready, and the goblets of welcome?” asked Callimachus of a man.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Guardsman of Gor (Gorean Saga 16) (Kindle Locations 1984-1985). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Inside, in a previously prepared room, on a great table, were aligned two hundred goblets of wine. Each contained Tassa powder. When the pirates, unsuspecting, were within, and giving themselves to the wine, the door would be locked.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Guardsman of Gor (Gorean Saga 16) (Kindle Locations 2040-2041). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


There was a smear of Ka-la-na wine at the left side of her mouth. Tassa powder had doubtless been used on her. It is traceless, and effective. I did not think she would awaken for hours.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 1393-1395). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


I looked back at the small, lovely redheaded slave bound hand and foot on the large cushion, the wallet filled with the staters of Brundisium tied at her collar. Throughout all that had transpired in the booth she had not regained consciousness. Tassa powder is efficient.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 1581-1582). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“What was used to drug us?” I asked.

“Tassa powder,” she said. “I put enough of it in the botas of my men to stun a kailiauk.”

“How long were we unconscious?” I asked.

“With tube feedings, of broth mixed with tassa, five days,” she said.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 1951-1954). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The Tassa powder which I had placed in the wine had already, mostly, taken its effect. One of the Lady Yanina’s men lifted his head from the table, looking at me, groggily, and then tried to rise to his feet. His legs failed him and he sprawled back, over the bench, and then, half catching himself, slipped to the tiles of the inn floor.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 2436-2438). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


My own identity, incidentally, at least if one could believe my credentials, which had brought me into the feasting hall, was supposed to be of Turia. These credentials had been loaned to me by a fellow down whose throat I had stuffed enough Tassa powder to put a kailiauk under for several Ahn.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Players of Gor (Gorean Saga 20) (Kindle Locations 6386-6388). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“What drug was mixed with the wine,” I asked, “Tassa powder?” That seemed like the most obvious choice. It is tasteless and odorless, and takes effect quickly. It is a drug familiar to slavers, thieves, and such. It is a common expedient in the capture and sedation of free women, though, obviously, as in the present case, it is effective with slaves, as well. Many a fellow has awakened in the mud behind a tavern, missing his purse and robes. Many a charming young woman has awakened bruised, due to the jolting of the small, wagon-transported slave cage within which she finds herself confined, now pasangs from the walls of her city.

“Of course,” he said, “but only a dusting.”

“So little?” I asked. Usually one expects the recipient of Tassa powder to remain unconscious for Ahn, depending on the dose, commonly more for a man, less for a woman.

“She will remain unconscious, by our intent,” he said, “for only a few Ehn, for little longer than it takes to strip, bind and gag her. We want her to awaken quite soon, while still in the Cosian camp, and, awakening, to be fully appreciative of her predicament. We want her to lie there, helpless, fully conscious of what is being done to her.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Mercenaries of Gor (Gorean Saga 21) (Kindle Locations 2900-2909). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


In retrospect she had supposed that he had ordered the dark, sweet drink for her in order that the traces of any unusual ingredient it might contain would be concealed. But that now seems unlikely to her. Tassa powder, which was presumably used, as it commonly is in such situations, though doubtless most frequently with younger women, is tasteless, and, dissolved in liquid, colorless.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 662-665). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


She continued to eat greedily. She now realizes that much of her earlier malaise, her headache, and such, if not associated with the alcohol she had imbibed, which seems unlikely, was presumably associated with her lack of nourishment. To be sure, her age might have had something to do with her condition. Tassa powder, which she later learned was used on her, allegedly has few, if any, lingering aftereffects, or at least, she was assured, on younger women. And it is on such women, of course, considerably younger women, that it is most often used.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 752-755). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“It is not simply ka-la-na which you have imbibed,” he said. “It was mixed with tassa power. You had some weeks ago, on Earth.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 4650-4651). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“You had been given tassa powder,” he said.

“Yes, Master,” said Ellen. “How do you feel?” he asked.

“Well, Master,” she said.

“Good,” he said. “There are usually few, if any, aftereffects. Are you hungry?”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 4863-4866). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“After tassa powder,” said the man, “a girl is often ravenously hungry.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 4876-4877). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


She also took a drink from the bota, which contained water, as she expected. She feared it might have been drugged, presumably with tasteless tassa powder, to sedate her in the basket, but it had no such effect.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 8084-8085). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“The bota at the saddle,” said Tajima.

“Fresh, cool water,” I said.

“And Tassa powder,” said Tajima.  “I have heard of it.”

Tassa powder is a harmless, tasteless, swift-acting drug.  It is commonly used in the taking of women. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 7622-7625). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


The effect of Tassa powder is not felt for a time, but when it takes effect, it does so swiftly. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Location 7663). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


“She is stirring,” I noted.  The effect of Tassa powder, on a smaller body, given identities of quantities, and such, is more lasting than on a larger body. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 7720-7722). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


She was recovering from the effects of the Tassa powder.

I had noted some activity on her part a few Ehn ago.

One normally recovers slowly from the effects of Tassa powder, at least for a few minutes, and then one might, after a time, suddenly comprehending, awaken suddenly, hysterically, struggling, screaming, if one is not gagged. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 7753-7756). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


He then went to one of the two small boats drawn up on the beach, that other than the one my captor had apparently used, from which he had removed his pack. There was a tarpaulin there and he flung it aside. Within, bound hand and foot, briefly tunicked, was the unconscious form of Asperiche.

“Tassa powder,” said Axel.

I had heard of Tassa powder in my slave training. The instructresses had delightedly informed us of its properties. It is a powder which may be undetectably added to any beverage, most commonly Ka-la-na, with the result that the individual who partakes of the beverage is soon rendered unconscious. The length of the unconscious state is partly determined by the individual involved and partly by the amount of the drug administered. The approximated weight of the individual involved and the desired length of the unconscious state are used to determine the dosage. It is a favorite of slavers. The delight of my instructresses, in regaling us with accounts of its effects, had to do largely with its administration to free women, who might sip it discreetly behind their veil in some assignation or tête-à-tête, in their rich robes of concealment, and later awaken naked and in chains, perhaps in sight of some flaming brazier from whose burning coals protrude marking irons.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 10342-10352). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED SEDATIVES AND ANESTETICS

Kamchak said nothing, but then he got up and from a chest in the wagon he took forth a goblet and filled it with an amber fluid, into which he shook a dark, bluish powder. He then took Elizabeth Cardwell in his left arm and with his right hand gave her the drink. Her eyes were frightened, but she drank. In a few moments she was asleep.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Nomads of Gor (Gorean Saga 4) (Kindle Locations 1099-1102). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


I closed my eyes. No anesthetic was used, for I was a slave, but it was not particularly painful.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Captive of Gor (Gorean Saga 7) (Kindle Locations 2836-2837). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

At the time that these females were entered into the small compass of the container Tarl Cabot was sedated, and thus unaware of their insertion into his small world.

They, too, at the time, must have been sedated.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Kur of Gor (Gorean Saga 28) (Kindle Locations 525-526). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


He then drew from the center drawer of his desk a small, rectangular leather case, from which he withdrew a syringe, and a vial. “You are going to be given an injection,” he said, “which will, in a few moments, produce a lapse of consciousness. I would rather that you did not resist. If you choose to do so, I will have Tutina, who is considerably younger and larger, and stronger, than you, hold you.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 931-935). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.9. HYPNOTIC DRUGS


UNSPECIFIED

Iskander, of the physicians, had given me of a strange draft, which I, slave, must needs drink.

“This will relax you,” he had said, “and induce an unusual state of consciousness. As I speak to you your memory will be unusually clear. You will recall tiny details with precision. Further, you will become responsive to my suggestions.”

I do not know what the drug was but it seemed truly effective. Slowly, under its influence, and the soothing, but authoritative voice of Iskander, I, responsive to his suggestions, obedient to his commands, began to speak of the house of Belisarius and what had occurred there. I might, in my normal waking state, have recalled much of what had occurred there, even to the words spoken, but, in the unusual state of consciousness which Iskander, by means of his drug and his suggestions, had induced in me even the most trivial details, little things which a waking consciousness would naturally and peremptorily suppress as meaningless, unimportant, were recalled with a lucid, patient fidelity.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 7717-7724). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“We do not know where he is,” said Bosk. He looked at Iskander, of the Physicians. “If we should be able to seize him who is spoken of as Belisarius, do you think we could derive the cipher key from him?”

“Perhaps,” said Iskander, “but I suspect that a spoken word, uttered by Belisarius himself, would, by suggestion, remove the cipher key from his mind.”

“Could the enemy be so subtle?” asked Samos.

Iskander, of the Physicians, pointed to me. “I think so,” said he. “You see what their power is in such matters.”

I looked down.

“Could we, by the use of drugs, obtain it?” asked Samos. “Perhaps,” said Iskander, “but presumably we would encounter numerous keys. Who knows?”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 7807-7813). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.10. OINTMENTS AND OILS


PRIEST-KING OINTMENT

She went to the chest against the wall, to replace the tube of ointment.

“The ointment will soon be absorbed,” she said. “In a few minutes there will be no trace of it, nor of the cuts.”

I whistled.

“The physicians of Treve,” I said, “have marvelous medicines.” “It is an ointment of Priest-Kings,” she said.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 946-949). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


SUNBLOCK

Ellen recalled that Jill had not wished to be touched that morning by a barbarian, in the matter of applying the soothing lotions to protect the slaves from the sun on the shelf.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 6136-6137). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED BALM

“Return him to his kennel,” she said. “Put balm on his wounds. Feed him later. Let him rest. Tomorrow he will run certain errands for me. Tomorrow, in the evening, send him to my chambers.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Fighting Slave of Gor (Gorean Saga 14) (Kindle Locations 3976-3978). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED OINTMENT

There are bundles of silk, coils of wire, brass lamps, jars of ointment and salve, flat boxes of cosmetics; and poles on which are strung shackles and slave chain.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 707-708). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


“You have seen the loading of cargoes, the great casks, the bags of sa-tarna and suls, crates of bitter tospits, paga and ka-la-na packed in straw, medicines, salves and unguents, endless streams of supplies.”

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 3963-3965). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED LOTIONS/CREAMS/SALVES/OILS WITH ANESTHETIC PROPERTIES

“You are only a pretty little barbarian slave,” she said. “How could you know what you were doing? Here, I have brought some soothing lotion for your back. Lie still.”

“Mistress?” I said.

“Ah,” she said, “is that not better.”

“Yes, Mistress,” I said, tensely. The lotion was cool on my striped back.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 13716-13719). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Following this Ellen had had to apply soothing oil to the backs of her sister slaves, to assuage the pain of their burns and give them some protection on the shelf. Targo had perhaps realized that miserable slaves with roughened skin, scarcely able to move, red and peeling, would have less sales appeal.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 5870-5872). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED LOTIONS/CREAMS/SALVES WITH EMOLLIANT PROPERTIES

“She has rough hands,” said Ladletender. He pulled my small hands, bound, out from the post, and rubbed his thumbs into my palms. I shuddered. “You have rough hands, Dina,” he said.

“I am a peasant’s girl, Master,” I said. My hands were rough from digging, and washing, and holding tools.

I felt his thumbs rotating slowly in my palms. They pressed in. I thrust myself against the post, eyes closed.

“With lotions,” said he, “they may be softened, so that they would be fit to caress men.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 4051-4055). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


Even the soles of our feet must be soft, and this is seen to, by creams and lotions, and the nature of the surfaces upon which we are permitted to walk, such things.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 93-94). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.


“The bottoms of our feet,” said Aynur, “are to be soft, and caressable. That is why we must consider the surfaces upon which we tread. That is the meaning of the lotions and creams with which they are treated.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Witness of Gor (Gorean Saga 26) (Kindle Locations 1740-1742). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


She remembered the coolness of the house, the baths required, and the creams and lotions, designed to keep the skin of a slave girl soft, smooth and caressable, pleasing to the touch of a master.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 5830-5832). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


After that they would emerge and dry themselves with the towels, and then apply the soothing and fragrant lotions.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 9039-9040). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


UNSPECIFIED LOTIONS/CREAMS/SALVES WITH HEALING PROPERTIES

“Bring salve,” he said.

An ointment was brought, and he smeared it across the two cuts. It was odorless. To my surprise it seemed to be absorbed almost immediately.

“You must be more careful,” he said.

Again I said nothing.

“You might have marked yourself,” he said, “or might have been blinded.” He returned the ointment to another man. “They are superficial,” he told me, “and will heal without trace.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Captive of Gor (Gorean Saga 7) (Kindle Locations 540-545). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Her skin is still blotchy,” said Phoebe.

“It is much better now,” I said. We had purchased soothing, healing lotions.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Magicians of Gor (Gorean Saga 25) (Kindle Locations 8176-8178). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


I wondered if the slave, below, once cleaned, and salved, had been beaten. She had not accompanied her collar sisters back below decks. Her hair and body had been covered with soot and ash, her skin had been pelted with dust and scalding cinders, her tunic had been partly burned.

[Norman, John (2011-10-05). Mariners of Gor (Kindle Locations 5397-5399). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

1.12. ANTI-AGING AND REJUVENATION DRUGS


AGE HASTENING SERUM

There is a technique, incidentally, based on a variation of the stabilization serums, for hastening physical maturation, but this is little used because one has then to show for one’s pains only an unusual child.  Much can be done with the body, it seems, but little with the mind, saving, perhaps, by Priest-Kings in the recesses of the Sardar.  Gorean men are not interested in children, even if they have the bodies of women.  They find them uninteresting.  Nor will they be of interest until several years have passed.  Then they may be interesting, perhaps quite interesting.  Humanity, one notes, exceeds physiology.  Unfortunately, too, several of these children will suffer confusing stress, as they lack the emotional maturation to relate comprehensibly to the needs and demands of their grown bodies, bodies hastened beyond the horizons of a child’s understanding.  Accordingly, this application of the stabilization serums is frowned upon in Gorean society, and in many cities is illegal. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 606-613). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


REJUVENATION SERUM

An injection, or series of injections, that reduce the age of the subject. It should be noted that once a patient has been given the stabilization serums, no further rejuvenation can be done.

This has no actual name in the books, but the name Rejuvenation Serum seems to best describe it. Please note, not all quotes listed below actually speak of the injection itself, but speak of the results of the treatment.

“This is the last time I will visit you in these quarters,” he said. “Your treatment will begin within the hour. Hereafter, as your treatment progresses, it is you who will be brought before me.”

“That seems rather arrogant,” she said.

“Not arrogant,” he said, “—fitting.”

“What is the nature of this treatment?” she inquired.

“You will learn,” he said.

“What is its purpose?” she

asked.

“You will learn,” he said. “How long does the treatment take?” she asked. “It varies,” he said. “But it will take several days. Such things take time. Indeed, much of the time, while the changes take place, you will be unconscious. It is best that way. I have decided, in your case, incidentally, that we will think of the treatment as consisting of four major phases, and each will be clearly demarcated for you, for your edification and my amusement. To be sure, the division is somewhat arbitrary.”

“I think you are mad!” she said.

“Let us hope the treatment goes well,” he said. “Sometimes it does not.” She shuddered.

“Look into the mirror, deeply, and well,” he said.

She regarded her image in the mirror.

“It may be the last time you see yourself,” he said.

“I do not understand,” she said.

“It is not necessary that you do,” he said.

“Please stay! Do not leave!” she begged.

She watched him in the mirror.

He went to the door, and called to the man outside. The door opened. When he took his leave, another man entered, one she had not seen before, who wore a green robe. He carried a small case, as of implements.

She turned to face him, frightened.

“Injection position,” he said.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1004-1024). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“In certain respects, so, in others, not,” said the young man. “The particular advance, or capability, I have in mind may be of some interest to you. Let me begin, first of all, by reminding you that certain areas of technology, of investigation, and such, were denied to humans on our supposed world. The energies then which might have been plied into certain channels, those of weapons, electronic communication, mass transportation, large-scale industrial machinery, and such, were diverted into other channels, for example, into the medical, or biological, sciences. In short, the supposed world, whose existence I should like you to entertain for the moment as a possibility, is, in some respects, far advanced over that with which you are most familiar. For example, on the supposed world aging was understood over a thousand years ago not as an inevitability but, in effect, as a disease and, accordingly, it was investigated as such. Clearly it is a physical process and, like other physical processes, it would be subject to various conditions, conditions susceptible to manipulation, or alteration, in various ways.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 780-787). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“I am,” he said. “Let us return briefly to those medical advances I mentioned earlier, those developed on Gor, or, as it is sometimes spoken of, the Antichthon, the Counter-Earth. Among these advances, or capabilities, if you prefer, are the Stabilization Serums. These ensure pattern stability, the stability of organic patterns, without degradation, despite the constant transformation of cells in the body. As you probably know, every seven years or so, every cell in your body, with the exception of the neural cells, is replaced. The continuity of neural cells guarantees the viability of memory, extending back, beyond various seven-year periods. The Stabilization Serums, in effect, arrest aging, and, thus, preserve youth. Further, the Stabilization Serums also freshen and rejuvenate neural tissue. In this way, one avoids the embarrassment of a declining brain incongruously ensconced in a youthful body. That feature represents an improvement over the original serums and dates from something like five hundred years ago.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 838-845). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“There has been a new development in the Stabilization Serums, or, better, I suppose, serums rather analogous to the Stabilization Serums, a development which has occurred in my own lifetime, indeed, within the last few years,” he said. “In this development, though there are dangers associated with it, and it is not always effective, it is often possible to reverse the typical aging process, to an earlier point, and then stabilize it at that point.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 863-866). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Do not mistake our intentions here,” he said. “This is a business venture. We are interested in profit. There is a rich harvest to be had now, with this new development, only recently available to us for commercial exploitation. There is now, suddenly, an entirely new, rich, untapped area which is ripe for our endeavors, an area which we may now use to supplement our routine work.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 873-876). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“Your curves have now reappeared,” he said, casually, idly.

She stiffened.

He had not seen her, as far as she knew, since their last interview in this room. “You bled, as I understand it,” he said.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1143-1146). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“That is exactly,” he said to the assembled throng, “how she was when I first knew her!” He turned to some men in the room who wore green robes. “You have done well with her,” he said, “as you have with the others.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1337-1339). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“If I were to see you on the planet Earth,” he said, “I would conjecture that you were somewhere in your late thirties, say, thirty-seven or thirty-eight. I would say thirty-eight. When you were acquired, you were fifty-eight.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1190-1192). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“But it pleased me,” he said, “to have had you made as young as you are, to give you such a meaningless, trivial age, a mere lovely eighteen, though I cost myself some coins in the business. It was a delicious part of my vengeance upon you.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 4444-4445). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“How old are you, or would you say,” he asked, “looking upon yourself as you are now?”

“I do not know,” she whispered.

“I would say,” he said, “that you are something like eighteen or nineteen years of age.”

She nodded. She could remember photographs of herself at that age, or near that age, and what she had seen in the mirror was the same, or much the same, save, of course, for the nudity, and, she suspected, some present superiority of figure, that from the serums, or perhaps the diet and exercise. The background reflected in the mirror had been quite different, of course, that of a training room on an alien world, with its painted lines on the floor, its rings, and whips and bars, and such, from the background of the photographs.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 1738-1744). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


A much more benign, or, at least, more acceptable, application of the stabilization serums is founded on a related, and accepted, but opposing principle, the reversibility of all physical processes.  In this application, within limits, adjustments to the serums may effect the restoration of youth.  The usual application of this technique, as would be expected, is to return a middle-aged, or older, female, to her youth, health, energy, and beauty.  As I understand it, this is normally done only with particularly selected women, ones whose once remarkable beauty, this usually determined from old drawings, paintings, and photographs, has faded. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 613-618). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


STABILIZATION SERUMS

A series of medical injections which, among other things, retards the aging process; an invention of the Priest-Kings approved by them for use by humans; administered in 4 injections.

Strangely, though it has now been six years since I left the Counter-Earth, I can discover no signs of aging or physical alteration in my appearance. I have puzzled over this, trying to connect it with the mysterious letter, dated in the seventeenth century, ostensibly by my father, which I received in the blue envelope. Perhaps the serums of the Caste of Physicians, so skilled on Gor, have something to do with this, but I cannot tell.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Tarnsman of Gor (Gorean Saga 1) (Kindle Locations 3048-3051). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 218-219, Tarnsman of Gor


“Of course,” said Misk, “but we have allowed them to develop in many areas—in medicine, for example, where something approximating the Stabilization Serums has been independently developed.”

“What is that?” I asked.

“You have surely not failed to notice,” said Misk, “that though you came to the Counter-Earth more than seven years ago you have undergone no significant physical alteration in that time.”

“I have noticed,” I said, “and I wondered on this.” “Of course,” said Misk, “their serums are not as effective as ours and sometimes do not function, and sometimes the effect wears off after only a few hundred years.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 1885-1890). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“You spoke of knowing the Cabots for four hundred years,” I said.

“Yes,” said Misk, “and your father, who is a brave and noble man, has served us upon occasion, though he dealt only, unknowingly, with Implanted Ones. He first came to Gor more than six hundred years ago.”

“Impossible!” I cried.

“Not with the stabilization serums,” remarked Misk.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 1923-1926). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“You were English,” I said.

“Yes,” he said, smiling.

“Brought here on one of the Voyages of Acquisition?”

“Of course,” he said.

Parp regarded his pipe with annoyance. It had gone out. He began to pinch some tobacco from the pouch he wore at his belt.

“How long ago?” I asked.

He began to try to stuff the tobacco into the bowl of the pipe. Given the gravitational alteration, this was no easy task. “Do you know of these things?” asked Parp, without looking up.

“I know of the Stabilization Serums,” I said.

Parp glanced up from the pipe, holding his thumb over the bowl to prevent the tobacco from floating out of it, and smiled. “Three centuries,” he said, and then returned his attention to the pipe.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Priest-Kings of Gor (Gorean Saga 3) (Kindle Locations 4422-4428). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 288, Priest Kings of Gor


The Player was a rather old man, extremely unusual on Gor, where the stabilization serums were developed centuries ago by the Caste of Physicians in Ko-ro-ba and Ar, and transmitted to the Physicians of other cities at several of the Sardar Fairs. Age, on Gor, interestingly, was regarded, and still is, by the Castes of Physicians as a disease, not an inevitable natural phenomenon. The fact that it seemed to be a universal disease did not dissuade the caste from considering how it might be combated. Accordingly the research of centuries was turned to this end. Many other diseases, which presumably flourished centuries ago on Gor, tended to be neglected, as less dangerous and less universal than that of aging. A result tended to be that those susceptible to many diseases died and those less susceptible lived on, propagating their kind. One supposes something similar may have happened with the plagues of the Middle Ages on Earth. At any rate, disease is now almost unknown among the Gorean cities, with the exception of the dreaded Dar-Kosis disease, or the Holy Disease, research on which is generally frowned upon by the Caste of Initiates, who insist the disease is a visitation of the displeasure of Priest-Kings on its recipients. The fact that the disease tends to strike those who have maintained the observances recommended by the Caste of Initiates, and who regularly attend their numerous ceremonies, as well as those who do not, is seldom explained, though, when pressed, the Initiates speak of possible secret failures to maintain the observances or the inscrutable will of Priest-Kings. I also think the Gorean success in combating aging may be partly due to the severe limitations, in many matters, on the technology of the human beings on the planet. Priest-Kings have no wish that men become powerful enough on Gor to challenge them for the supremacy of the planet. They believe, perhaps correctly, that man is a shrewish animal which, if it had the power, would be likely to fear Priest-Kings and attempt to exterminate them. Be that as it may, the Priest-Kings have limited man severely on this planet in many respects, notably in weaponry, communication and transportation. On the other hand, the brilliance which men might have turned into destructive channels was then diverted, almost of necessity, to other fields, most notably medicine, though considerable achievements have been accomplished in the production of translation devices, illumination and architecture. The Stabilization Serums, which are regarded as the right of all human beings, be they civilized or barbarian, friend or enemy, are administered in a series of injections, and the effect is, incredibly, an eventual, gradual transformation of certain genetic structures, resulting in indefinite cell replacement without pattern deterioration. These genetic alterations, moreover, are commonly capable of being transmitted. For example, though I received the series of injections when first I came to Gor many years ago I had been told by Physicians that they might, in my case, have been unnecessary, for I was the child of parents who, though of Earth, had been of Gor, and had received the serums. But different human beings respond differently to the Stabilization Serums, and the Serums are more effective with some than with others. With some the effect lasts indefinitely, with others it wears off after but a few hundred years, with some the effect does not occur at all, with others, tragically, the effect is not to stabilize the pattern but to hasten its degeneration. The odds, however, are in the favor of the recipient, and there are few Goreans who, if it seems they need the Serums, do not avail themselves of them. The Player, as I have mentioned, was rather old, not extremely old but rather old. His face was pale and lined, and his hair was white. He was smooth shaven.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 475-501). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 30-31, Assassins of Gor


“At one time,” said he, “centuries ago, men of my caste claimed age was incurable. Others did not accept this and continued to work. The result was the Stabilization Serums.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 4094-4095). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 266, Assassins of Gor


“She requires the Stabilization Serums,” said the physician.

The guard nodded.

“They are administered in four shots,” said the physician. He nodded to a heavy, beamed, diagonal platform in a corner of the room. The guard took me and threw me, belly down, on the platform, fastening my wrists over my head and widely apart, in leather wrist straps. He similarly secured my ankles. The physician was busying himself with fluids and a syringe before a shelf in another part of the room, laden with vials.

I screamed. The shot was painful. It was entered in the small of my back, over the left hip.

They left me secured to the table for several minutes and then the physician returned to check the shot. There had been, apparently, no unusual reaction.

I was then freed.

“Dress,” the physician told me.

I gratefully donned the camisk, fastening it tightly about my waist with the double loop of binding fiber.

I wanted to speak to the physician, desperately. In his house, in this room, I had seen instrumentation which spoke to me of an advanced technology, so different from what I had hitherto encountered in what seemed to me a primitive, beautiful, harsh world. The guard, with the side of the butt of his spear, pressed against my back, and I was thrust from the room. I looked over my shoulder at the physician. He regarded me, puzzled.

Outside the other four girls and their guard were waiting. I was leashed, given a burden, and, together, we all returned to Targo’s compound.

I thought I saw a small man, garbed in black, watching us, but I was not sure.

We returned, similarly, to the physician’s house on the next four days. On the first day I had been examined, given some minor medicines of little consequence, and the first shot in the Stabilization Series. On the second, third and fourth day I received the concluding shots of the series. On the fifth day the physician took more samples.

“The serums are effective,” he told the guard.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Captive of Gor (Gorean Saga 7) (Kindle Locations 1628-1644). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 93-94, Captive of Gor


“Torvald,” said he, “sleeps in the Torvaldsberg, and has done so for a thousand years. He waits to be wakened. When his land needs him, he shall awake. He shall then lead us in battle. Again he will lead the men of the north.”

“There is no Torvald,” I said. The Forkbeard looked within.

“For a thousand years,” he whispered, “has he slept.”

...

We had given it to him. When he had left the ruins of the hall of Svein Blue Tooth I had run after him, and, a pasang from the camp, had stopped him. “What is your true name?”

I had inquired. He had looked at me, and smiled. It was strange what he said. “My name,” he said, “is Torvald.” Then he had turned away, I watched him return to the mountain. I thought of the stabilization serums, “My name is Torvald,” he had said. Then he had turned away.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Marauders of Gor (Gorean Saga 9) (Kindle Locations 4379-5483). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 232 & 294, Marauders of Gor


I had spent eight days in the slave pens, waiting for the night of the sale. I had been examined medically, in detail, and had had administered to me, while I lay bound, helplessly, a series of painful shots, the purpose of which I did not understand. They were called the stabilization serums. We were also kept under harsh discipline, close confinement and given slave training.

I well recalled the lesson which was constantly enforced upon us: “The master is all. Please him fully.”

“What is the meaning of the stabilization serums?” I had asked Sucha. She had kissed me. “They will keep you much as you are,” she said, “young and beautiful.”

I had looked at her, startled.

“The masters, and the free, of course, if there is need of it, you must understand, are also afforded the serums of stabilization,” she said, adding, smiling, “though they are administered to them, I suppose, with somewhat more respect than they are to a slave.”

“If there is need of it?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. “Do some not require the serums?” I asked.

“Some,” said Sucha, “but these individuals are rare, and are the offspring of individuals who have had the serums.”

“Why is this?” I asked.

“I do not know,” said Sucha. “Men differ.”

The matter, I supposed, was a function of genetic subtleties, and the nature of differing gametes. The serums of stabilization effected, it seemed, the genetic codes, perhaps altering or neutralizing certain messages of deterioration, providing, I supposed, processes in which an exchange of materials could take place while tissue and cell patterns remained relatively constant. Aging was a physical process and, as such, was susceptible to alteration by physical means. All physical processes are theoretically reversible. Entropy itself is presumably a moment in a cosmic rhythm. The physicians of Gor, it seemed, had addressed themselves to the conquest of what had hitherto been a universal disease, called on Gor the drying and withering disease, called on Earth, aging. Generations of intensive research and experimentation had taken place. At last a few physicians, drawing upon the accumulated data of hundreds of investigators, had achieved the breakthrough, devising the first primitive stabilization serums, later to be developed and exquisitely refined.

I had stood in the cage, startled, trembling. “Why are serums of such value given to slaves?” I asked.

“Are they of such value?” she asked. “Yes,” she said, “I suppose so.” She took them for granted, much as the humans of Earth might take for granted routine inoculations. She was unfamiliar with aging. The alternative to the serums was not truly clear to her. “Why should slaves not be given the serums?” she asked. “Do the masters not want their slaves healthy and better able to serve them?”

“It is true,” I said, “Sucha.” On Earth animals were given inoculations by farmers to protect them from diseases; on Gor it would be a matter of course, provided the serums were readily available, to administer them to slaves.

I stood with Sucha, trembling. I had received a gift which on Earth could not be purchased by the riches of the wealthiest men, a gift which was beyond the reach of Earth’s mightiest millionaires, which even the billionaires of my planet could not buy, for it did not exist there.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 5511-5537). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 282, Slave Girl of Gor


Centius of Cos, on the other hand, was an older man; no one knew how old; it was said the stabilization serums had not taken their full effect with him until he had seen fifty winters; he was slight and gray-haired; he was quite different in personality and character from the young Scormus; he was quiet, and soft-spoken, and gentle; he loved Kaissa, and its beauty. He would often ponder a board for hours, by himself, searching for a supreme combination. “It eludes me,” he would say.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Beasts of Gor (Gorean Saga 12) (Kindle Locations 843-846). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


She was, of course, in her status, as well as in her vulnerability, desirability, and beauty, well thought of in terms of that category. Too, objectively, she was youthful. Kur slavers tended to bring such women to Gor. The stabilization serums, administered to such, routinely, often while the subject was unconscious, would then see to the retention, even the enhancement, of this youthful beauty, with all its attractiveness and charms. Such women, of course, sell well.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Explorers of Gor (Gorean Saga 13) (Kindle Locations 6645-6648). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“In the first house of my slavery,” I said, “I was given a series of injections. I am curious about them. Were they inoculations against diseases?”

“I know those you mean,” he said. “No, they were the stabilization serums. We give them even to slaves.”

“What are they?” I asked.

“You do not know?” he asked.

“No,” I said.

“They are a discovery of the caste of physicians,” he said. “They work their effects on the body.”

“What is their purpose?” I asked.

“Is there anything in particular which strikes you generally, statistically, about the population of Gor?” he asked.

“Their vitality, their health, their youth,” I said.

“Those are consequences of the stabilization serums,” he said.

“I do not understand,” I said. “You will retain your youth and beauty, curvaceous slave,” he said. “That is the will of masters.”

“I do not understand,” I said, frightened.

“Aging,” he said, “is a physical process, like any other. It is, accordingly, accessible to physical influences. To be sure, it is a subtle and complex process. It took a thousand years to develop the stabilization serums. Our physicians regarded aging as a disease, the drying, withering disease, and so attacked it as a disease. They did not regard it as, say, a curse, or a punishment, or something inalterable or inexplicable, say, as some sort of destined, implacable fatality. No. They regarded it as a physical problem, susceptible to physical approaches. Some five hundred years ago, they developed the first stabilization serums.”

“How could I ever pay for such a thing!” I gasped.

“There is no question of payment,” he said. “They are given to you as an animal, a slave.”

“Master,” I whispered, awed.

“Do not fret,” he said. “In the case of a woman from Earth, like yourself, they are not free.” “Master?” I asked.

He took my collar in both hands, and moved it in such a way that I could feel how sturdily, and obdurately, it was locked on my neck. “For a woman such as you,” he said, “their price is the collar.”

“Yes, Master,” I said. The serums, in that sense, did indeed have their price. We paid for them with the collar. It was with a strange feeling that I realized that even if I did not wish it so, even if I vehemently desired otherwise, my youth and beauty would continue to remain fresh and lovely for Gorean masters. Not even for it was there an escape! It, too, was “collared.”

I shuddered, considering the effects of the stabilization serums.

“What is wrong?” he asked.

“Nothing, Master,” I said. I scarcely dared to cope with even the thought of the serums. I had not understood their effects. Perhaps my master was mistaken! I must think of other things!

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Dancer of Gor (Gorean Saga 22) (Kindle Locations 10095-10124). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

~ pg 472-473, Dancer of Gor


The Stabilization Serums, in effect, arrest aging, and, thus, preserve youth. Further, the Stabilization Serums also freshen and rejuvenate neural tissue. In this way, one avoids the embarrassment of a declining brain incongruously ensconced in a youthful body. That feature represents an improvement over the original serums and dates from something like five hundred years ago.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 843-845). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


“You are very pretty,” said Cotina, “perhaps in four or five years, or six or seven years, or eight or ten years, you might be thought worthy of the Curulean.”

“Not for the central block,” said Jasmine.

“Who knows?” said Cotina.

“But I have been “stabilized,”” said Ellen.

“You were prematurely stabilized?” asked Cotina.

“I have been stabilized,” said Ellen.

“As you are?”

“Yes.”

“It was done deliberately?”

“Yes.”

“Someone must have hated you very much,” said Cotina. Tears came to Ellen’s eyes. “You will never be more then than you are,” said Lydia, “only a pretty girl. No man would want you, except perhaps as a pretty little thing, a pretty little servant, a pretty little maid, to have about the house.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Prize of Gor (Gorean Saga 27) (Kindle Locations 5532-5543). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


One might mention, at this point, a word or two about the stabilization serums, which were developed centuries ago by the green caste, that of the Physicians.  By means of these serums a given phase of maturation, say, beauty in a woman, strength in a man, and so on, may be retained indefinitely.  The caste of Physicians, long ago, construed ageing as a disease, the “drying and withering disease,” and not as an inevitability or fatality, and so set to work to effect, so to speak, its cure. 

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 577-581). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


The usual thing, of course, at least where girls from Earth are concerned, as free Goreans have access to these serums as a matter of course, is to pick out young, superb, slave fruit, and then bring it to the chains of Gor, and here, in the pens, or, at any rate, early in its bondage, subject it to the stabilization serums, that it may be protected from the ravages of alteration and deterioration.  Gorean masters, predictably, tend to favor young, luscious, female slaves.  Slavers, too, who wish to buy and sell them, wish them to stay this way, as their value is maintained and, in many cases, improved.  Cecily, whom we have met in the preceding pages, was subjected to the serums not on Gor but in the Pleasure Cylinder associated with the Steel World ruled at that time by Agamemnon, Eleventh Face of the Nameless One.  Though she was far from immortal, and might even be fed to sleen, she would retain her youth and beauty.  To be sure, it would wear a collar.

[Norman, John (2010-11-29). Swordsmen of Gor (Gorean Saga) (Kindle Locations 621-628). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


Surely you know that. Too, on my former world we do not have the serums you take so much for granted, assuring youth and strength, youth and beauty, serums so readily available, so inexpensive and abundant, that you administer them thoughtlessly and routinely, even to such as I.

[Norman, John (2012-07-01). Conspirators of Gor (Kindle Locations 112-114). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]


I had been found acceptable for a Gorean slave girl. I had been administered the stabilization serums which on Gor, of course, are administered even to slaves. It is desired by the masters that we retain our energy and vitality, our needs and passion, our attractiveness and desirability, our helplessness and responsiveness, our youth and beauty, doubtless not for our sake, as we are only slaves, but for their sake, that we may be more pleasing to them. On my world I supposed this might count as a gift beyond price, concerning which murders might be done, and wars fought. Here, as we were not free, it was little more in our case than a procedure or device to improve slave stock.

[Norman, John (2012-10-06). Smugglers of Gor (Gorean Saga 32) (Kindle Locations 6514-6518). E-Reads. Kindle Edition.]

1.13. PUSTULANTS AND ALLERGENS


GIERON

An allergen which causes a yellowing of the whites of the eyes; in combination with sajel, a pustulent, it reproduces the symptoms of the Bazi plague.

“The drug,” said Shaba, “was a simple combination of sajel, a simple pustulant, and gieron, an unusual allergen. Mixed they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Explorers of Gor (Gorean Saga 13) (Kindle Locations 3032-3034). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


SAJEL

A pustulant which causes harmless pustules to erupt on the body; in combination with gieron it reproduces the symptoms of the Bazi plague.

“The drug,” said Shaba, “was a simple combination of sajel, a simple pustulant, and gieron, an unusual allergen. Mixed they produce a facsimile of the superficial symptoms of Bazi plague.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Explorers of Gor (Gorean Saga 13) (Kindle Locations 3032-3034). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.14. CHEMICAL BRAND


CHEMICAL BRAND

“A small chemical brand,” she said, “which you will wear in your flesh, something by which our agents in Cos will recognize you.”

“Chemical brand?” I said.

“It will remain invisible until the proper reagent is applied,” she said.

“Can it be removed?” I asked. “Yes,” she said, “but you cannot remove it. It requires the proper combination of chemicals.”

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 6164-6168). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


The physician swabbed a transparent fluid on my arm. Suddenly, startling me, elating the men, there emerged, as though by magic, a tiny, printed sentence, in fine characters, in bright red. It was on the inside of my elbow. I knew what the sentence said, for my mistress, the Lady Elicia of Ar, had told me. It was a simple sentence. It said: “This is she.” It had been painted on my arm with a tiny brush, with another transparent fluid. I had seen the wetness on the inside of my arm, on the area where the arm bends, on the inside of the elbow, and then it had dried, disappearing. I was not even sure the writing had remained. But now, under the action of the reagent, the writing had emerged, fine and clear. Then, only a moment or so later, the physician, from another flask, poured some liquid on a rep-cloth swab, and, again as though by magic, erased the writing. The invisible stain was then gone. The original reagent was then again tried, to check the erasure. There was no reaction. The chemical brand, marking me for the agents with whom the Lady Elicia, my mistress, was associated, was gone. The physician then, with the second fluid, again cleaned my arm, removing the residue of the second application of the reagent.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 6356-6364). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]


REAGENT FOR REVEALING CHEMICAL BRAND

The physician swabbed a transparent fluid on my arm. Suddenly, startling me, elating the men, there emerged, as though by magic, a tiny, printed sentence, in fine characters, in bright red. It was on the inside of my elbow. I knew what the sentence said, for my mistress, the Lady Elicia of Ar, had told me. It was a simple sentence. It said: “This is she.” It had been painted on my arm with a tiny brush, with another transparent fluid. I had seen the wetness on the inside of my arm, on the area where the arm bends, on the inside of the elbow, and then it had dried, disappearing. I was not even sure the writing had remained. But now, under the action of the reagent, the writing had emerged, fine and clear. Then, only a moment or so later, the physician, from another flask, poured some liquid on a rep-cloth swab, and, again as though by magic, erased the writing. The invisible stain was then gone. The original reagent was then again tried, to check the erasure. There was no reaction. The chemical brand, marking me for the agents with whom the Lady Elicia, my mistress, was associated, was gone. The physician then, with the second fluid, again cleaned my arm, removing the residue of the second application of the reagent.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) (Kindle Locations 6356-6364). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]

1.15. BLOOD TRANSFUSION

A slave running past stopped on my command. “Fetch Flaminius!” I cried. “He must bring blood! Sura must live!”

The slave hurtled down the hall.

I returned to the side of Sura. Her eyes were closed again. She was pale. The heartbeat was all but inaudible.

About the room I saw some of the things with which we had played, the silk marked with the squares of the game, the small bottles, the vials.

Sura opened her eyes one last time and regarded me, and smiled. “He is a beautiful boy, is he not, Kuurus?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said, “he is a fine boy.”

“He is a beautiful boy,” she said, a smile of reproach in her eyes.

“Yes,” I said. “Yes.”

Then Sura closed her eyes. She smiled.

Flaminius came in but a few moments. With him he carried the apparatus of his craft, and a canister of fluid. There was paga on his breath but his eyes were sober. At the door, suddenly, agonized, he stopped.

[Norman, John (2010-07-01). Assassin of Gor (Gorean Saga 5) (Kindle Locations 5815-5823). E-Reads, Ltd.. Kindle Edition.]