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Year 10,172 Contasta Ar


Lichens



Here are relevant references from the Books where lichens are mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban



     Lichen
          Ferns
          Fungus
          Lichens
          Moss
          Spores
 


Ferns
To The Top


Also, I was not clear how Harold, supposing him to be successful in his shopping amongst the ferns and flowers of Saphrar's Pleasure Gardens, intended to conduct his squirming prize along this unscenic, difficult and improbable route.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 190


Besides the designs there were also, growing from planting areas recessed here and there in the marble walkway, broad-leafed, curling plants; vines; ferns; numerous exotic flowers; it was rather beautiful, but in an oppressive way, and the room had been heated to such an extent that it seemed almost steamy; I gathered the temperature and humidity in the room were desirable for the plantings, or were supposed to simulate the climate of the tropical area represented.
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 203


"You are aware, of course," I mentioned, "that the Pleasure Gardens of so rich a man as Saphrar of Turia may contain a large number of female slaves - not all of whom might be trusted to keep silent - and some of whom will undoubtedly notice something as unusual as two strange warriors wandering about among the shrubs and ferns?"
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 216


In a secluded place, among the planted grasses and ferns, sheltered from view, I had lifted Nela from the pool and placed her on a large piece of orange toweling on the grass, near which I had left my clothes and pouch.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 163


Though the pool was marble and the walkways about it, much of the area was planted with grass and ferns and various other flora were in abundance.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Page 164


I had run and walked until perhaps noon, and had then, fearful of discovery, hidden near a small pool in a brake of ferns until nightfall.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 210





 


Fungus
To The Top


The Mul-Fungus, as far as I can tell, is not much different from the fungus, raised under ideal conditions from specially selected spores, which graces the feed troughs of the Priest-Kings themselves, a tiny sample of which was once given me by Misk. It was perhaps a bit less coarse than Mul-Fungus.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 109


"This is a Mul-Torch," said Misk, "used by the Muls who raise fungus in darkened chambers. You will need it to see."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 115


Some men from the Fungus Chambers carried on their backs great bags filled with choice spores, and others labored under the burdens of huge baskets of freshly reaped fungus, slung on poles between them; and those from the Pastures drove before them with long pointed goads huge, shambling gray arthropods, the cattle of Priest-Kings; and others from the Pastures carried in long lines on their shoulders the ropelike vines of the heavy-leaved Sim plants, on which the cattle would feed.

"We will have lamps set up soon," said Ba-Ta. "It is merely a matter of changing the chambers in which we pasture."

"We have enough fungus to last," said one of the Fungus Growers, "until we plant these spores and reap the next harvest."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 236





 


Lichens
To The Top


There is often not enough food under any conditions, particularly in northern Torvaldsland, and famine is not unknown. In such cases men feed on bark, and lichens and seaweed.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 55


There was a great cheer from the men of Ivar Forkbeard. The serpent turned slowly between the high cliffs, and entered the inlet. Here and there, clinging to the rock, were lichens, and small bushes, and even stunted trees.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 80


In the summer this tundra, covered with mosses, shrubs and lichens, because of the melted surface ice and the permafrost beneath, preventing complete drainage, is soft and spongy.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Pages 195 - 196


Lichens and mosses grew in patches on the stone; vines clambered about them.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 417


The sides of buildings often seem to rise from the very waters of the canal itself. In this way, many of the buildings, worn and stained, often touched with lichen, dampened by the lapping waters, swelling and ebbing with the tides of the gulf, are, in effect, island fortresses.
Quarry of Gor     Book 35     Page 132





 


Moss
To The Top


In one corner of the case there was a large, circular padding a few inches deep of soft, rough-cut, reddish moss which was not uncomfortable and was changed daily.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 111


Eight wires led from this box into the body of a Priest-King which lay on its back, inert, in the center of the room on a moss-softened stone table.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 117


Though the moss in the case was soft I had great difficulty in falling asleep that night, for I could not rid my mind of the turbulence which had been occasioned in it by the disclosures of Misk, the Priest-King.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 131


I held the Mul-Torch over my head and beheld the foul cavern in which she lay on a bedding of soiled mosses and stems.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 175


There was no scarlet moss in the case but there was a straw mat on one side. It was better than the one she had had in her own chamber.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 201


Trembling she fumbled with the flint and steel, to strike sparks into the moss bowl, whence by means of a Ka-la-na shaving the lamp might be lit.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 117


The prevailing northern winds, carrying rain and moisture, had coated the northern sides of the high trees with vertical belts of moss, extending some twenty to thirty feet up the trunks. By means of this device I continued, generally, to run southward.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 181


I heard the strike of two small pieces of iron pyrite on one another, taken from the Forkbeard's belt wallet, and saw a scattering of sparks. Then it was dark again. "There is cut moss against the edge," said the Forkbeard. There was another scattering of sparks. This time the sparks fell into a heap, one of several, each about five inches high and four inches wide, of minuscule, lacelike moss twigs. This tinder flared immediately into flame. In that instant I saw we were in a large, squared passage. I saw a torch in a ring, one of others. There was carving in the passage, rune letterings and pictographs, in linear borders Before the bit of flaring moss turned to a million red pin points the Forkbeard took one of the torches and thrust it to the moss. I saw that, near some of the patches of moss, were pieces of flint and steel, near others tiny piles of iron pyrites.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 229


The fur and hide of the tabuk provides the red hunters not only with clothing, but it can also be used for
. . .
Even its eyes may be eaten and, from its stomach, the half-digested mosses on which it has been grazing.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Pages 169 - 170


One stopped to nuzzle at the turf, pushing back snow with its nose, to bite at moss.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 180


At the end of the cairns, of course, they turn about, milling, and many are slain, until some, wiser or more panic-stricken than others, break loose and, nostrils wide, snorting, trot to freedom and the moss of the open tundra.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 195


"We are going to pick moss and grass," she said. Moss is used as wicks for the lamps. Grass, dried, is used for insulation between the inner soles of the boots and the bottom of the fur stockings in the winter.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 197


Some eleven tabuk were grazing on the mosses some one hundred yards from us.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 205


They did not carry with them much grass for the boots or mosses for the wicks of lamps as these materials could be obtained readily somewhat inland of the permanent camps.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 266


It takes some time to get water boiling over an oil lamp, though, to be sure, the flame can be elongated and enlarged by manipulating and trimming the wick moss.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 294


"I must check the runners on my sled," called Imnak. Karjuk stood still, waiting.
The runners of our sleds were of wood. At the beginning of the season, usually in the late fall, a paste, a muck, formed of earth, and grass and moss, for solidity, is shaped and placed on the wood, some five to six inches to thickness. Ice will adhere to this coating, which is plastered thickly on the wood, as it will not to the wood alone.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 319


Lichens and mosses grew in patches on the stone; vines clambered about them.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 417


The stones struck together again, and again I saw her, kneeling over a bit of moss, tinder, which she was intent upon igniting. She had dark hair, short but full, which fell about her face. Again I glimpsed the lusciousness of her curves, her collar, her bare feet. Had I been a slaver I thought surely I would have marked her down for inclusion on a cargo manifest.

Then she had the bit of moss lit and, into it, she placed a straw. This straw, burning then at one end, served to light the wick of a small, clay oil lamp. She then shook the straw, extinguishing it and, with her fingers, moved the bit of moss about, spreading it, and the tiny flame there dissipated into scattered glowing points which then, rapidly, disappeared. Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 137


She rose to her feet and ran to the side of the room, where there was a small store of moss, tinder for lighting the lamp.
She snatched two keys from the moss.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 140


"They found one another," I said. I then thrust my captive to the side. I then felt about for the lamp. I located it almost immediately, and swirled it a bit. There was a tiny bit of oil left in it. I relit the lamp with the lighter, or as the Goreans say "fire-maker," from my pouch. It is a standard flint-and-wheel device, with its tiny wick and reservoir. Goreans do not smoke, of course, but, as they commonly use natural flame for cooking and light, they find such a device, and others like it, utilizing springs and pyrites, with cartridges of oil-saturated tinder moss, and such, of great utility. The common sulfur match, on the other hand, so common on Earth, I have never met with on Gor.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 395


"Lita," said Cabot, "hurry to our camp, set out provisions for our guests, and later arrange bowers for them, sheltered beds of moss, grass and leaves, that they may sleep softly."
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 339


Gratefully I lowered my burden, and sank to my side in the fallen leaves. As I lay, I could see, on the trunk of a nearby tree, a yellowish stain, at about what would be the eye level of a large man. I recalled that, once or twice before, not thinking about it, I had seen a similar stain. I supposed it might be a form of unusual moss, or some sort of parasitic growth.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 111





 


Spores
To The Top


The Mul-Fungus, as far as I can tell, is not much different from the fungus, raised under ideal conditions from specially selected spores, which graces the feed troughs of the Priest-Kings themselves, a tiny sample of which was once given me by Misk.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 109


"The one who was not a Priest-King," quickly said Mul-Al-Ka, "was a Matok and is called a Toos and lives on discarded fungus spores."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 142


Some men from the Fungus Chambers carried on their backs great bags filled with choice spores, and others labored under the burdens of huge baskets of freshly reaped fungus, slung on poles between them; and those from the Pastures drove before them with long pointed goads huge, shambling gray arthropods, the cattle of Priest-Kings; and others from the Pastures carried in long lines on their shoulders the ropelike vines of the heavy-leaved Sim plants, on which the cattle would feed.

"We will have lamps set up soon," said Ba-Ta. "It is merely a matter of changing the chambers in which we pasture."

"We have enough fungus to last," said one of the Fungus Growers, "until we plant these spores and reap the next harvest."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 236


A brightly plumaged bird sprang from the rushes to my left, screaming and beating its sudden way into the blue sky. In a moment it had darted again downward to be lost in the rushes, the waving spore stalks, the seed pods of various growths of the Gorean tidal marshes.
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