The Gorean Caste
Gorean society is divided into "Castes."
Each profession or occupation comprises its own caste, and
each caste is ranked according to its particular place in
Gorean societal interaction. Many of the castes contain within
their sphere several distinct sub-castes, particular to the
precise activity and requirements of the profession involved.
For instance, the caste of slavers is considered to be a
sub-caste of the larger and more comprehensive caste of
merchants. Slavers sell merchandise, but they restrict their
dealings to a particular type of merchandise, namely slaves.
Castes are hereditary, meaning that a person is born into the
caste of his or her father. Although the caste structure is
rather rigid in its requirements, it is possible for a person
to alter his or her caste, or to "raise" or "lower" his or her
caste according to personal ability and aptitude. All Goreans
belong to a particular caste, with the exception of three
types of persons: slaves, Outlaws, and Priest-Kings.
Caste Codes Each caste maintains a series
of beliefs and rules for its members, which are followed when
one is practicing one's profession. These are called the
caste's "codes" and deal mainly with matters specific to that
particular profession; i.e, a member of the caste of merchants
would follow his or her caste codes in regards to maintaining
a profitable trade, presenting merchandise in an honest
fashion, haggling, etc. Each caste's codes are different.
Caste Colors Many of the major castes of
Gor have their own unique "Caste Color." This color is often
used by members of that caste to display outwardly that they
are associated with the caste which that color represents.
Such things as banners, flags, and even buildings will often
be of a certain color to show caste alliance. Goreans will
often wear clothing of their caste color which makes it known
at a glance that they are members of a particular caste. A
widely recognized symbol for a member of the Gorean warrior
caste is a scarlet tunic, for example, while a scribe would
wear robes of his own caste color, blue.
Gorean Castes Gorean castes are divided
into two categories, High castes and Low castes. There are
five "High Castes" in place within Gorean society. They are
listed below, ranked according to their prominence in Gorean
Caste of Initiates:
First of the High Castes. The supposed representatives of the
Priest-Kings in Gorean society. They are responsible for
guiding the spiritual life of Goreans through their rituals
and prayers to the Priest-Kings. Some are rumored to have the
ability to call down the wrath of the Priest Kings, or the
dreaded "Flame Death," upon those who commit blasphemous acts
or who conspire against the Priest Kings. They are recognized
by their white robes, their shaven heads and faces, and their
refusal to eat meat or imbibe alcohol. They are also required
by their caste codes to be celibate. They tend to be learned
and well-read, although they are feared and often distrusted
by those of the lower castes. Their caste color is White.
Caste of Scribes:
Second of the High Castes. They are the scholars of Gorean
society, the writers and the historians. In their keeping is
almost all of the accounting, record-keeping, and writing upon
Gor. They tend to be serious and studious, with an attention
to detail and a passion for knowledge. Sub-classes of this
caste include the caste of Mapmakers (explorers), the caste of
Magistrates and the caste of Litigators. Their caste color is
Caste of Builders:
Third of the High Castes.
This caste includes architects, engineers, draftsmen,
stonemasons, and many other professions which concern
themselves with the creation of the physical and engineering
marvels of Gor. Also among the caste of Builders are the
inventors and technicians who develop such works. Their caste
color is Yellow.
Caste of Physicians:
Fourth of the High Castes. This is the caste of those who
concern themselves with the healing arts. Surgeons,
apothecaries, medical researchers and health practitioners are
all members of this caste. Universally recognized as
non-combatants during time of war. Their caste color is Green.
Caste of Warriors:
Fifth and lowest of the High Castes. This caste includes
infantry, tharlarion cavalry, and tarnsmen. They are known to
have one of the strictest sets of caste codes in use on Gor.
Members of this caste comprise the military branch of Gorean
government. Their caste color is Scarlet.
Low Castes Caste of
Merchants: This is a very broad caste, and contains
literally hundreds of sub-castes. Those who are of this caste
are concerned with the sell and trade of merchandise for a
profit. There are almost as many sub-castes of the Merchant
caste as there are products to be sold; a few notable ones
include the caste of Slavers and the caste of Spice Merchants.
The caste colors of the caste of Merchants are White and Gold.
Caste of Slavers:
the sub-caste of the Merchants, one who deals in human
merchandise; their caste colors are Blue and Yellow.
Moneylenders: An additional sub-caste of the Merchants;
these are those who engage in the trade and speculation of
money for a profit, and the only product they handle is money.
They are the bankers of Gor.
Caste of Bakers:
Another very broad caste, which consists of hundreds of
sub-castes. Generally, those who are members of this caste are
those who prepare sa-tarna, or vegetarian food, in any of a
hundred thousand forms. Their caste colors are Orange and
Caste of Butchers:
This caste, in conjunction with the caste of Bakers, is
responsible for maintaining the majority of the Gorean
industries involved with food service. This caste and its many
sub-castes concern themselves with the acquisition and
preparation of sa-tassna, all forms of edible Gorean meat.
Winemakers: This caste concern itself the professional
production of most fruit based Gorean alcohol.
Caste of Brewers:
This caste concerns itself with the production of most grain
based Gorean alcohol.
Caste of Sailors:
This caste includes several dozen sub-castes, each with its
own specialty. There is a sub-caste of the caste of Sailors
known as the caste of Bargemen, those who propel and steer the
great river barges upon the freshwater waterways of Gor.
Caste of Fishermen:
A sub-caste of the caste of Sailors, they are concerned with
harvesting the vast variety of Gorean aquatic life for human
consumption. There are additional sub-castes of this caste,
including the Castes of River Fishermen and the caste of
Thassa Fishermen. The caste of Net Makers, an artisan caste,
is often considered a sub-caste of the caste of Fishermen.
The Caste of
Artisans: This is a very broad caste which includes
hundreds of sub-castes. Since any production of hand-made
goods, no matter its use, is considered by the typical Gorean
to be a work of art, this caste is very broad indeed.
Caste of Pot
Makers: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. They are
involved in the production of containment vessels. Their caste
colors are Brown and Green.
Caste of Saddle Makers:
A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. They produce the
saddlery, harness and tack used to manage all of the various
riding and draft beasts of Gor. Their caste color is Tan.
Caste of Metal
Workers: A sub-caste
of the caste of Artisans. They are concerned with the
production of most metal items fabricated upon Gor. Sub-castes
of this caste include the caste of Sword makers and the caste
of Armorers, who produce the various shields and helmets in
use upon Gor. Additionally, there seems to be a wide-spread
sub-caste of the caste of Metal Workers which serves in a
similar capacity to a blacksmith or farrier, repairing wagon
wheels and shoeing Gorean draft and riding beasts. Their caste
color is Gray.
Caste of Cloth
Workers: A very large and expansive caste, containing
numerous sub-castes. Concerned with the professional
production of woven cloth for the use of the Gorean populace.
Caste of Rug
Makers: A sub-caste of the caste of Cloth Workers, with
several smaller sub-castes. Concerned with the professional
production of woven rugs for the use of the Gorean populace.
Members of this caste, however, usually regard themselves to
be an independent caste, separate from the Cloth Workers.
Caste of Weavers:
A sub-caste of the caste of Rug Makers. Concerned with
the professional production of textiles for the textile
Caste of Carders:
A sub-caste of the caste of Weavers. Concerned with the
professional production of woven cloth for the textile
Caste of Dyers:
A sub-caste of the caste of Weavers. Concerned with the
professional staining and coloring of cloth for the textile
Caste of Clothiers:
A sub-caste of the Caste of Weavers, which produces articles
of Gorean clothing.
Caste of Dress
Makers: A sub-caste of the caste of Clothiers which
produces female garments.
Caste of Rope
makers: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. Produces
rope, binding fiber, thread and cordage of all types.
Caste of Leather
Workers: A sub-caste of the caste of Artisans.
Concerned with the fabrication of various leather goods from
animal hides of all types.
Caste of Torturers:
clan of Torturers (Wagon Peoples): Not a common Gorean
caste, found only among the Wagon People of the far south.
Considered to be a sub-caste of the caste of Artisans. One
must therefore suppose that those of the Wagon Peoples
consider the application of Torture to be an art form. Their
caste colors are Black and Red.
Caste of Players :
This caste is made of those who have dedicated their lives to
the furtherance of the Gorean game of Kaissa. A rare caste,
but one which is found and supported in almost any city. A
sub-caste of the caste of Artisans, due to the fact that most
Goreans consider the playing of Kaissa to be an art form.
Members of this caste are granted blanket immunity to
prosecution and slavery, and are highly regarded based upon
their level of skill. They wear distinctive hooded robes in
their caste colors. Caste colors: Checkered.