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Slave Positions



She kept her head up, her back straight, maintaining position.
One can be punished terribly for breaking position without permission.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 61



I cannot have a page entitled Slave Positions without first addressing, and refuting, some widespread misconceptions.

When the topic of slave positions is discussed, I think of positions that a slave might be commanded to assume. Defined positions, spoken of in the Books, like Nadu, Bara, Sula and Lesha.

But what about this quote:

It seemed the Lady Bina would collapse, but Statius, a hand in her hair, held her upright.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 517

Could you logically say that "Be Held Upright" is a legitimate position?
No, of course not. That would just be silly.
A slave cannot hold herself upright by holding her own hair.


On the other hand, perhaps I make up a slave position.
In other words . . . place your hands here and your legs there. Lower your head, raise your head, whatever the case might be . . .
I'll call this position "Obeisance to Fogaban".
Now, when I command you to "Obeisance to Fogaban", you will position your body in the manner I have described.

Yes, I have the right to train a slave to do this and call it whatever pleases me.
What I don't have a right to do, is then list 'Obeisance to Fogaban' among other slave positions from the Books.


Two points I make here:
1. A commanded slave position is some pose which the slave can assume on their own.
2. The commanded slave position must be Book authentic to be listed under the topic.


Which now brings us to some of the so called positions you've probably heard of.
Quite likely, the two most commonly misunderstood 'positions' are Karta and the Gorean Bow.


Gorean Bow

We'll first reason on this 'position' referred to as the Gorean Bow.

To begin with, the two words Gorean and Bow never appear together, anywhere within the scrolls. But, ok, I agree, that alone is not enough to disqualify it.

Well, what supporting evidence do some use?
Across multiple websites, this is the book text used to justify the Bow as a legitimate slave position.
her head then touched the furs, her body a cruel, helpless bow.
At first glance it could easily be assumed that, indeed, a slave could be commanded to assume this pose.

But now, read this sentence in context.

The belt dance was now moving to its climax and I turned to watch Phyllis Robertson.

"Capture of Home Stone," I heard Cernus say to Caprus, who spread his hands helplessly, acknowledging defeat.

Under the torchlight Phyllis Robertson was now on her knees, the Warrior at her side, holding her behind the small of the back. Her head went farther back, as her hands moved on the arms of the Warrior, as though once to press him away, and then again to draw him closer, and her head then touched the furs, her body a cruel, helpless bow in his hands, and then, her head down, it seemed she struggled and her body straightened itself until she lay, save for her head and heels, on his hands clasped behind her back, her arms extended over her head to the fur behind her. At this point, with a clash of cymbals, both dancers remained immobile. Then, after this instant of silence under the torches, the music struck the final note, with a mighty and jarring clash of cymbals, and the Warrior had lowered her to the furs and her lips, arms about his neck, sought his with eagerness. Then, both dancers broke apart and the male stepped back, and Phyllis now stood, alone on the furs, sweating, breathing deeply, head down.
Assassin of Gor     Book 5     Pages 187 - 188

Well, what do you know . . . seems her dance partner was supporting the small of her back.
The dancer was not commanded to assume the 'bow'. She did now 'bow' on her own.


Here is another quote used as proof of the Gorean Bow:

He thrust her two wrists, before her body, into the ring he had cut from the Kur. He then tied them inside, and to, the ring. He then, from his belt, took a long length of binding fiber and, doubling it, looped it, securing it at its center to the ring, leaving two long ends. He then threw her, on her back, over the body, head down, of the fallen Kur. He took the two loose ends of the binding fiber and, taking them under the body of the fallen Kur, dragged her wrists, elbows bent, over and above her head; he then, bending her knees, tied one of the loose ends about her left ankle, and the other about her right. It was the Gorean love bow.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 261

Sure enough, this position of the body is specifically called the Gorean love bow.

But did the girl tie her own wrists and ankles?
No.

Did Tarl command the girl to assume the position of the Bow?
Not hardly.


Here are the first three cases where a girl's beauty is displayed by bending her backwards in a bow.
But notice, every time, she was placed in this position by someone else putting her there.
(All other references to being displayed in a bow are listed at the bottom -
Here)
He bent her back, his hand in her hair, exposing the bow of her beauty to the men.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 81

He dragged her to her feet by the hair and bent her backwards, displaying the bow of her beauty to the crowd.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 122

He then seized her by the hair with both hands and yanked her up on her knees and bent her backwards, until her head was at the grass, exhibiting the bow of her captured beauty for his fellows.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 219

Now, in Book 30, Mariners of Gor, we have this one sentence:
Others had been placed in the slave bow.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 333
Is this finally the proof needed to support this position?

No, I still maintain this sentence in Book 30 does not legitimize the Bow as a position for the same reasons.
Notice the sentence reads "placed in the salve bow".

It does not say 'Other were commanded to assume the slave bow.'
So, just as the three quotes cited above, my reasoning is still that this is not now proof of a legitimate position.

So, in none of these cases was the slave commanded into the position of a bow.

In fact, this 'position' is so ridiculous that at least one site, which yet places it under the topic of Slave Positions, actually adds words to the effect of "this is not shown in the books but is still accepted."

No, it should not be accepted because the Gorean Bow is not a Book legitimate slave position.



Karta

Another online-isim 'position' is Karta.

The word Karta does not appear in the Books at all.
It is entirely made up and make believe.

Supposedly, Karta is a "position of extreme obeisance and requests by slaves may be made from this position."

In fact, Karta has become so popular that there is now an alternative to Karta called Suga.

If either one of these had, by any stretch of the imagination, a legitimate place among other slave positions, then why do some sites which list it, add "not found in the novels but accepted on this port"?

Perhaps some feel compelled to add Karta, Suga and the Bow to their websites in an attempt to be thorough.
Perhaps they feel they are helping by showing all the variations possible.

In reality this does much more harm because it adds to the glut of misinformation.
Perpetuating these misconceptions only leads others to believe them to be authentic.


Now, as much fun as I would have taking them, I have not included pictures of naked girls depicting the various positions from the Books.
Many other sites do this rather well and, if you ignore the misrepresentations I outlined above, these other sites will provide you with pictures.

Instead I show you what the Books really do say on the topic of slave positions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban




Click a heading to jump down to that topic.


Positions

All Fours
Bara
Blindfolded by the Master's Will
Bonds of the Master's Will
Bracelets
Brand Display
Capture Position
Collar Position
Common Position of Obeisance
Discipline of the She-Tarsk
Examination Position
First Obeisance Position
Forty-Third Position of Joy
Gagged by Her Master's Will
Heel
High-Harness Position
Injection Position
Inspection Position
Kneeling Position
Kneeling to the Whip
Leading Position
Lesha
Lips To Boots
Modality of the Mute Slave
Modality of the She-Sleen
Modality of the She-Tarsk
Nadu
Nestle
Obeisance
Position
Position of the Pleasure Slave
Primary Slave Position
Second Obeisance Position
Slave-lips
Standard Binding Position
Stay
Submission
Sula
Thigh
Tower
Whip Position







 


All Fours
To The Top

A slave is sometimes put to all fours, that she may move thusly, accompanying masters. In this posture she cannot suddenly run, or dart away. In the situation described the posture was doubtless imposed as a security measure, on an unknown slave, mysteriously arrived from the darkness. In other situations the posture may be imposed upon her as a discipline, to position her for animal usage, to remind her that she is a slave, and so on.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 63


"To all fours," he said to her.
"Yes, Master," she said.
This position can be igniting to a female slave, being so positioned by a master. At the least, they are well reminded, so positioned beside a man, that they are slaves.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 554


"We will open the door of the cell," said the spokesman. "The trough contains water. You will emerge from the cell on all fours, and, on all fours, slake your thirst at the trough.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 65


He tossed a sandal to the floor, some feet to my right.
"Go to it, on all fours, kiss it, and bring it to me, on all fours, in your teeth," he said.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 84


I heard a cry of anguish, and, to my right, a cage was opened. Its occupant, on all fours, was ordered forth, and, bending down, the dealer fastened a leash about her neck, following which he led her, she on all fours, to a space on the wharf, amongst the cages.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 106


I heard the key inserted into my cage lock. I looked up, frightened. The dealer thrust back the gate. "Out," he said. "On all fours, head down."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 125


"Go to all fours," he said. "Fetch the leash, and bring it to me, in your mouth."
"Yes, Master," I said.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 184


"Emerge," said my master, opening the gate, "and remain on all fours, head down."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 224


"To all fours," he said.
I went to all fours.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 321


He rose, went to the side of the room, removed the whip from its peg, and cast it to the floor, a few feet away. "Go to the whip," he said, "on all fours, put your head down, lick and kiss it, and then lift it in your teeth, and bring it to me, on all fours."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 646




 


Bara
To The Top

"Bara, Kajira!" he said.
She rolled quickly to her stomach, placing her wrists behind her, crossed, and crossing her ankles, ready to be bound.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 77


"Bara," said Mincon to Tula. "Bara," said I to Feiqa. Both slaves went immediately to their bellies, their heads to the left, their wrists crossed behind their backs, their ankles also crossed. It is a common binding position.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 145


"Bara!" he snapped.
I flung myself to my belly in the grass, putting my hands behind me, wrists crossed, and crossing my ankles, too.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 415


"Bara!" he said.
She instantly responded to his command, as she had been trained to do. She was now on her belly, her wrists crossed behind her, her ankles, too, crossed.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 196


"Bara," he said.
She went to her stomach and crossed her wrists behind her back, and crossed her ankles.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 317


Hitherto she had been lying on her belly in the straw, her head turned to the side, in bara, her wrists crossed behind her, with her ankles crossed, as well. It is a common holding, and helplessness, position for a slave. In it, of course, she is positioned perfectly for a swift and secure binding.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 370


When the merchandise had been secured, each item had been placed in the bara position, though they did not know the name for the position as yet, each on her stomach, head facing to the left, her wrists crossed behind her and her ankles crossed, as well.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 3


"Bara!" she snapped.
Instantly we turned about in the neck rope, with its three knotted double loops, and went to our stomachs, our heads to the left, our wrists crossed behind us, and our ankles, as well. It is not advisable to hesitate in responding to a command. The bara position was, I suppose the first slave position in which I had been placed. Of course I did not at that time understand it, or know its name.
One is quite helpless in the bara position. One is on one's stomach and one's hands are behind one, so one cannot use them to rise, and one's body is extended, with one's ankles crossed. One cannot easily rise from that position. Too, psychologically, one feels oneself submitted, and at the mercy of others.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 296


"Lie here, to my side," he said, "the bara position will do."
I lay then beside him, prone, my hip to his left knee, my head forward, away from him as he sat, cross-legged, perusing a scroll. My ankles were crossed, and my wrists, too, were crossed, and held behind my back. In such a position one may be conveniently bound. My head was turned to the side, that my right cheek might be on the carpet.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 3


"Bara," said Tullius Quintus.
I went to bara.
I was then bound, hand and foot, my wrists crossed and bound behind me, and my ankles crossed and bound, as well.
This may be conveniently done, as earlier noted, when one is in bara.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 166


"Bara!" he said, sharply.
Instantly, not even thinking, reflexively, I went to bara. I felt my ankles crossed and tied together. I could not then rise. I was in consternation. My wrists were crossed, and bound together, behind my back.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 487


The examination position, like bara, nadu, sula, and such, tends to arouse a slave. In a sense, the slave is helpless in such positions. Significance is woven into the fiber of such things. Meaning and symbolism reign.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594




 


Blindfolded by the Master's Will
To The Top

How much more merciful, I thought, if they would just hood the women. It is hard to be blindfolded by, gagged by, or bound by, the "Master's will," In being "blindfolded by the Master's will" one must keep one's eyes closed. I had, just shortly before, been so "blindfolded."
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 453




 


Bonds of the Master's Will
To The Top

She wore the "bonds of the master's will." Grunt had put her in them. She lay on her stomach. Her wrists were crossed behind her. Her ankles, too, were crossed. She was "bound." She could not rise to her feet. Yet there was not a rope or a strap on her body. She was "bound by the master's will." She could not move from this position unless, at the word of a free person, she was freed from it.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 248


"Your hands are now bound behind your back," he said.
"Yes, Master," I said. I must now keep my hands or wrists in contact with one another, and behind my back. I was now "bound by the master's will." I could not separate my hands or wrists from one another now without permission. There are many ways, of course, of "binding by the master's will." The behind-the-back position is one of the simplest and loveliest. This exposes the girl, frames the beauty of her breasts and makes her helpless. That the bond is a "will bond," too, makes clear to her the power of the master over her. Another common bond of this sort is when the girl must kneel, grasping her ankles. Another is when she is forced to sit and reach forward between her legs, passing the right arm from inside the right thigh to outside and beneath the right calf, to grasp the right ankle from the outside, and the left arm from inside the left thigh to outside and beneath the left calf, to grasp the left ankle in the same way. In this position she is helpless and cannot rise. Too, after a time, it becomes apparent to her that she also cannot close her legs. A girl may be kept in such bonds for hours. Too, of course, she may be tied in such positions. There are also, of course, different ways of decreeing such bonds. For example, with the behind-the-back-hands-tied bond in which I had been placed I could have been informed, but had not been, that my shoulders were pulled tightly back, which, of course, forces the breasts forward for the pleasure, or attentions, of the master.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 227


She had positioned herself on her knees, at a wall, near a slave ring. This was only appropriate. Too, it added to the effect which her appearance must have on all males who saw her, her beauty, her collar and a slave ring. The ring was about level with her neck. To such rings, of course, a master may fasten or chain a girl while he busies himself elsewhere. I was pleased that she had had the intelligence not to act as though she had been put at the ring "bound by the master's will" because her leaving the ring might then have elicited astonishment or comment. There are many ways of putting a girl at the ring "bound by the master's will." One typical way is to stand her at the ring and have her place her right hand behind her back through the ring and grasp her left wrist. Another typical way is to kneel her at the ring and have her put her right hand through the ring, grasping her left wrist. One of the simplest and perhaps the most typical way of "binding by the master's will" is simply to have the girl grasp her left wrist with her right hand behind her back.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 388


One may also be "bound by the master's will," in which case one must keep one's limbs in a given position, perhaps wrists crossed at the back of one's head, as though they were literally bound, forbidden to separate them without permission.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 256


How much more merciful, I thought, if they would just hood the women. It is hard to be blindfolded by, gagged by, or bound by, the "Master's will," In being "blindfolded by the Master's will" one must keep one's eyes closed. I had, just shortly before, been so "blindfolded." In being "gagged by the Master's will," one may not speak, even to request permission to speak. In being "bound by the Master's will," one must keep one's limbs in the prescribed position, as though they were actually so bound, or so metal-clasped, or chained. There are several familiar versions of this. In one the slave crosses her wrists before her body and must retain the position until freed by "the Master's will." In another she kneels, her head down, and clasps her hands behind her back. If she is right handed, she clasps her right wrist with her left hand. If she is left handed, she clasps her left wrist with her right hand. Another common version of this sort of "binding" is to put the slave on her belly and have her cross her wrists and her ankles. It is thus as though she were bound hand and foot. She remains this way, as in all these cases, perhaps for hours, until she is freed "by the Master's will." A very unpleasant application of this technique is to put a slave in the sun and spread eagle her "by the Master's will." One then smears her face, and body, and hair, with honey and leaves her there, her presence being soon noted by a large variety of unpleasant insects. This is, of course, a punishment. After such a bout with thousands of tiny, swarming, crawling visitors, sometimes almost obscuring her, the slave is much improved. The more merciful master, of course, literally stakes the slave out, binding her wrists and ankles widely apart, to the four stakes, before applying the honey. In either case, the girl will be much improved. Even the threat of this sort of punishment, it might be noted, is likely to be effective. And this slave a good deal of unpleasantness all around, and some honey, as well. To be sure, for the threat to be effective, the girl must understand quite clearly, and will understand quite clearly, that the threat is not an idle one. If she entertains any doubts on that score, the master will see to it that they are soon satisfied.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Pages 453 - 454


"Forgive me, Master," said Zara, but he had forced her to her knees, and then to her side, her right hand still grasping her left wrist behind her, so bound by the master's will, at one of the rings anchored in the floor.
. . .
"Your hands are freed," said Barzak, and the girls gratefully released their grips on their left wrists, held behind their back.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 249


Afterwards he permitted me to lie by his side "bound by the master's will," I crossing my shackled ankles, and holding my hands behind my back, my left wrist held in my right hand.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 312




 


Bracelets
To The Top

"Bracelets," he snapped. She put her head in the air and placed her hands behind her back.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 146




 


Brand Display
To The Top

"Mark?" said a man.
Swiftly she rose up on her knees and turned her left thigh to the interrogator, at the same time putting her hands behind the small of her back, as though they might be braceleted there. It is one of the positions of brand display.
Mirus smiled.
Ellen flushed.
I hate him, she thought.
But she remained in the position, a common one for brand display. Her wrists, behind her back, were nearly touching. The position accentuates the breasts and, given the position of the hands, is provocatively emblematic;
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 416


I did not give her the "thigh" or "brand" command, but I had little doubt she was now marked. In response to such a command those such as she must kneel on the right knee and extend the left leg gracefully, bared to the hip. The most common marking site on such as she is high on the left thigh, under the hip.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 55




 


Capture Position
To The Top

He thought she looked well on her back, in what is referred to as the "capture position." In this position, the captive locked in the arms of the captor, the captor can assess and enjoy the least nuance of expression in the captive's countenance. This position, too, is enjoyed by many masters with their slaves.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 85




 


Collar Position
To The Top

"Collar!" I snapped.
Instantly she faced me, holding her hands slightly behind her, and lifted her chin.
. . .
In this position the collar may be conveniently read.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 17




 


Common Position of Obeisance
To The Top

"Common position of obeisance," he said.
Immediately, kneeling, she put her head to the floor, the palms of her hands on the floor, beside her head. In this position the knees are closed. It is a position commonly assumed by a slave when a man enters a room. To be sure, this varies from city to city. In some cities all that is required is the common kneeling position, instantly assumed. In other cities, a complete bellying, instantly assumed, is required. Such things may differ, of course, from master to master.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 86




 


Discipline of the She-Tarsk
To The Top


At that time I did not know of the habit of some masters, usually imposed as punishment, to refuse an upright posture to their girls, and to refuse them, as well, the use of human language. They must go about on all fours, or their bellies, and communicate, as they can, by whimpers, moans, and such. They are naked, save for their collars. They are not permitted to use their hands to feed themselves, and so on. Needless to say, they also serve in this modality. There are various Gorean expressions for this; one is the "discipline of the she-tarsk."
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 173




 


Examination Position
To The Top

"Have that one stand, to be examined," said a man.
"Cotina, stand, examination position!" snapped Targo.
Cotina stood, her legs widely spread, her head back, her hands clasped behind the back of her neck. It is hard for a woman to move from this position and she must be concerned with her balance. The subtle adjustments and tenseness required to maintain her balance keep her even more helplessly in place, and these adjustments and this tenseness will also be expressed in her posture, providing body-language cues bespeaking obedience and servitude. Too, obviously this posture bares her vulnerably, and her hands cannot interfere with the examination. The position of the arms, the hands clasped behind the back of the neck, or, sometimes, behind the back of the head, lifts the bosom, exhibiting it beautifully.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 247


"Assume the standard position for the examination of a standing slave," said Portus Canio.
Ellen, in her tunic, puzzled, stood then before him, her legs widely, painfully spread. The split hems of the tunic, slit at the sides, permitted this position. Ellen clasped her hands behind the back of her head, and held her head up and back, in this position looking rather at the height of the great portal, leading into the barn area, from the platform outside. In this position it is convenient to examine the slave. She cannot easily move without losing her balance. The position of her hands prevents her from interfering with the examination. The raised head, held back, makes it difficult for her to know, or guess, the position of the examiner's hands, where they are, and what they might do, for example, how and when she might be touched, caressed, or tested. Needless to say, this position is normally assumed when the slave is nude.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 309 - 310


Several of the slaves were standing, in examination position, legs widely spread, hands behind the back of their neck, or head.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 333


"Examination position," said the dealer.
I had been taught two or three of the most common examination positions in the training house, one of which I assumed, a bit unsteadily, feet widely spread, hands clasped behind the back of the head, head up, and back, looking upward. A woman may be examined in any position, of course, and it is not unknown for a potential buyer to instruct her to assume a variety of positions. Obviously a given item of merchandise may be displayed in any number of ways. It is difficult to move when one's feet are widely spread. One remains in place, and feels helpless. With the hands clasped together, behind the head, the hands are immobilized, and there is nothing to interfere with the customer's vision, or the assessments of his touch. The breasts are also lifted, as is the behind-the-neck tie or the behind-the-neck braceleting. The head being back, and lifted, it is difficult for the slave to be aware of the eyes and expressions of the examiner, and thus of his interests or intentions. It is also difficult, of course, to anticipate and prepare for any evaluative testing or handling.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 127


"Examination position," said Drusus Andronicus.
We both then spread our legs widely, clasped our hands behind the back of our necks, and raised our heads, looking toward the ceiling. In some cities, the hands are clasped behind the back of the head. To be sure, a slave may be examined in any number of attitudes and positions. The "standard position," on the other hand, at least in the High Cities, as I have been informed, is either the hands-behind-the-back-of-the-neck position or the hands-behind-the-back-of-the-head position. The position is assumed, naturally, while the slave is unclothed, first, that her body be wholly vulnerable, and, second, that nothing interfere with, or impede, the assessment or appraisal. The position of the hands behind the neck or head facilitates appraisal, getting the hands out of the way, and the locking of the hands discourages any attempt on the part of a slave, should she be so foolish, as to attempt to either shield her body or fend away examining hands. The position also lifts the breasts nicely. The raising of the head, fixing the eyes on the ceiling or sky, makes it difficult for the slave to anticipate where, and how, she might be touched. A slave assessment is commonly thorough. After all, money is generally involved. She must, for example, expect her hair, and her nails, of both the hands and feet, to be considered. And she must expect the command to open her mouth, widely, for her teeth to be examined. Many barbarians are characterized not only by a vaccination mark, but by tiny bits of metal in the teeth. The latter, fillings, are sometimes taken, by some Goreans, to be an esoteric form of barbarian adornment.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 592


The examination position, like bara, nadu, sula, and such, tends to arouse a slave. In a sense, the slave is helpless in such positions. Significance is woven into the fiber of such things. Meaning and symbolism reign.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594




 


First Obeisance Position
To The Top

"First obeisance position," snapped Barzak. "Beg his forgiveness!"
Instantly Ellen went to the first obeisance position, head down, palms of her hands on the cement. "Please forgive me, Master," she begged, frightened.
"Kneel up, first position," said Barzak.
Ellen went to first position, with all its revelatory delights.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 255


In first obeisance position, often assumed by a slave in the presence of a free man, she kneels with her head to the ground, and the palms of her hands down on the ground on either side of her head.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 195


"First obeisance position," I said.
She put the black wine to the side on the deck, and put her head to the boards, before me, her hands beside the sides of her head.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 141


"First obeisance position!" I snapped.
Moaning, frightened, the six girls went instantly to first obeisance position, kneeling, their heads to the deck, the palms of their hands beside their head.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 245


"First obeisance position," I informed the slaves.
Both then went to first obeisance position, kneeling, head to the floor, palms of the hands down on the floor, at the sides of their head.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Pages 428 - 429


I went to the first obeisance position, kneeling, my head down to the furs, my hands, palms down, at the sides of my head.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 166


After a time there was a tapping on the kennel gate, and I rose to my knees, and put my head down, to the floor of the kennel, the palms of my hands beside my head, in first obeisance position.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 224


"Heads to the floor," said Kurik.
We both went to first obeisance position, kneeling, the palms of our hands down on the floor, beside our head, our heads to the floor.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594


The blanket partly about me, I went to the first obeisance position, kneeling, head to the ground, the palms of my hands at the sides of my head.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 636




 


Forty-Third Position of Joy
To The Top

"What is the forty-third position of joy?" asked the man.
"I do not know, Master," she said.
"What is the sixth delight of the hair of a female slave?" he asked.
"I have no idea, Master," she said.
"What is the title of the eighteenth love song of Dina, the slave poetess?" he asked
"I do not know, Master," she said.
"Do you know anything?" he asked.
"Very little, Master," she said.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 213




 


Gagged by Her Master's Will
To The Top

The same effect, of course, may be achieved by an ordinary gag which she is forbidden to remove, or even the gagging "by her master's will," in which she is informed that she is not to speak, unless given permission. And indeed, in such a case, she may not even ask for such permission verbally, as is usually permitted to her. Speaking under conditions of imposed silence, of course, even so much as a word, is a cause for discipline.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 165


There are many varieties of slave gags, and such. The simplest device for attaining this end is when she is "gagged by her master's will," which simply means that she is prohibited from speaking until given permission to do so.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 321


One interesting from of gag is being "gagged by the master's will," in which the woman is simply forbidden to speak, except, of course, for whimpers, in response to direct questions. One may also be "bound by the master's will," in which case one must keep one's limbs in a given position, perhaps wrists crossed at the back of one's head, as though they were literally bound, forbidden to separate them without permission. I do not know why one whimper is used for "Yes," and two for "No." It is probably because one usually thinks of such responses, for whatever reason, in terms of "Yes" and "No," rather than of "No" and "Yes." It does not seem to be correlated with the greater frequency of affirmative to negative responses to questions. For example, "Do you wish a blanket in your cell?" is likely to elicit a piteously affirmative response, whereas "Do you wish to be lashed?" is likely to elicit one which is earnestly negative.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 256


How much more merciful, I thought, if they would just hood the women. It is hard to be blindfolded by, gagged by, or bound by, the "Master's will," In being "blindfolded by the Master's will" one must keep one's eyes closed. I had, just shortly before, been so "blindfolded." In being "gagged by the Master's will," one may not speak, even to request permission to speak.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 453


One of the advantages of the lock gag is that the girl cannot remove it, any more than a collar. She may thus serve in it with her hands free. To be sure, if the girl is disciplined, such a device is not necessary. An ordinary gag, which she is forbidden to touch, will suffice. Indeed, she may be simply "gagged by the master's will," and thus be forbidden to speak, even to beg permission to speak.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 466


To be sure, a simple tie gag, which the slave is forbidden to remove, has the same effect. Too, of course, her mouth may be simply taped shut. Similarly, more mercifully, and at greater convenience to the master, she may be "gagged by the master's will." In that case she is simply forbidden to speak, save perhaps for moans and whimpers. She may, of course, speak later, once she has received permission to do so.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 134


"I did not allow her to speak," said Callias.
I nodded. She had been then, as it is said, gagged by the master's will.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 562


It is hard to make clear, one supposes, to one who has not been put in such a modality, one who has never been "gagged, by the master's will," how this deprivation can so sorely affect a woman, particularly a slave, the most helpless and vulnerable of women.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 361


Happily I was not gagged, or put into a slave bit. That was not necessary, of course, for I was not given permission to speak. I had been silenced, as it is said, by the master's will.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 222




 


High-Harness Position
To The Top

"Split your knees," he said. "More widely."
. . .
"Lift your head," he said. "Higher. Higher!"
She looked up at him, her head far back, the leash on her throat.
. . .
"You need not now keep your head in high-harness position," he said to the girl.
She moved her head.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Pages 309 - 310




 


Heel
To The Top

"You will be well taught to heel and obey," said he.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 118


The Forkbeard turned about and, one arm about Pudding, the other about Gunnhild, started from the dock.
Hilda followed him, to his left.
"She heels nicely," said Ottar. The men and bond-maids laughed. The Forkbeard stopped. Hilda's face burned red with fury, but she kept her head high.
Pet sleen are taught to heel; so, too, sometimes, are bond-maids; I was familiar with this sort of thing, of course; in the south it was quite common for slave girls, in various fashions in various cities, to heel their masters.
Hilda, of course was a free woman. For her to heel was an incredible humiliation.
The Forkbeard started off again, and then again stopped. Again, Hilda followed him as before.
"She is heeling!" laughed Ottar.
There were tears of rage in Hilda's eyes. What he said, of course, was true. She was heeling. On his ship the Forkbeard had taught her, though a free woman, to heel.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 123


The Forkbeard said nothing to her, but, the next day, when the sun was hot on the deck, and he released her for her exercise, and he walked about the deck, she, though a free woman, heeled him perfectly. The crew had roared with laughter. I, too, had smiled. Hilda the Haughty, daughter of Thorgard of Scagnar, had been taught to heel.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 125


"My Jarl," said a voice. We turned about. Hilda knelt before Ivar Forkbeard, her hair to his feet. "May I not follow my Jarl?" she begged. "A lowly bond-maid begs to heel her Jarl."
"Then, heel," said Ivar, good-naturedly, turning away.
"Thank you, my Jarl!" she wept, leaping to her feet, falling into step on his left, two steps behind him.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 258


I now carried his shield. I walked behind him, and to the left. I suppose I should have minded. I knew, of course, that I was heeling him.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 31


He turned about and, with his weapons, strode from the camp. I followed him, at his heel, where a slave girl belongs.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 109


I strode toward the market. I must leave soon. The girl stumbled after me, weeping. "Please, Master!" she wept. I did not tell her to heel. It was not necessary. She was slave.
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 140


After being led on a leash it is not unusual for a girl to beg her master to be permitted to heel him, following him deferentially in her proper place.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 367


I extended my hand. I would snap my fingers. When I snapped my fingers she would rise to her feet and follow me, heeling me, like the sleek domestic beast she was, to her master's lodge. One of the first things a girl is taught to do is to heel.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 108


A man's slave usually heels him, following behind him, or behind him on his left.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 299


When he left the pit she followed him, a bit behind him and on his left, heeling him.
Kajira of Gor     Book 19     Page 113


"Do you know how to heel, Feiqa?" I asked.
"Yes, Master," she said. She was a Gorean woman, familiar at least superficially with the duties and obligations of slaves. To be sure, as a recently free woman, she might perhaps find herself astounded and horrified at some of the things that would now, even routinely, be required of her. I did not know. Certain things which are not only common knowledge to slaves but even a normal, familiar part of their lives seem to be scarcely suspected by free women. These are the sorts of things about which free women, horrified and scandalized, scarcely believing them, sometimes whisper, fearfully, delightedly, among themselves. Some Earth-girl slaves, brought to Got, incidentally, do not even know how to heel. Incredibly, they must be taught. They learn quickly, of course, in the collar, and subject to the whip.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 14


I then turned about, again, and hurried even more rapidly after my new master. I did not want to lag too far behind, outside the normal heeling distance.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 290


"You, Claudia, slave girl," she said. "Kneel behind him and to his left." A slave girl, in heeling her master, commonly follows on the left. That she follows indicates that she is subservient, that he is master and she slave; that she follows on the left is a cultural matter probably indexed to the fact that most Goreans are right-handed. Her presence on the left, thus, is not likely to interfere with his draw or the movements of his sword arm.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 214


"Heel," I said.
"Yes, my captor," she said.
I turned to regard her. She would follow me, behind and on the left. In this way the sword arm is not likely to be encumbered.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 381


He called Teibar then waved to the men about, and turning about, took his way from the area of the circle. The slave rose to her feet and hurried after him, to heel him.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 56


Marcus and I stopped, and Phoebe knelt beside Marcus, back a bit, in close heeling position.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 113


In moment or two Marcus was again beside me, and Phoebe behind him, on his left. The girl normally heels a right-handed master on the left, that she not encumber the movements of the weapon hand.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 117


I knelt behind the pit master, to his left. That is the common heeling position.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 321


That woman now, perhaps, with Laura, heeled her master in Brundisium, some paces behind, and to his left.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 222


"Master?" asked Ellen. But already he was threading his way through the crowd, and the fires. Swiftly she fell into place behind him, heeling him, behind his left shoulder, but, given the press of the crowd, much more closely than would normally be the case. A slave girl's heeling distance is a function of a particular situation, of local circumstances, so to speak. In an open area a girl will normally heel three to five paces behind, normally on the left. Whereas following on the left, which is usual, may be a simple matter of gratuitous custom, it might also be noted that this arrangement may have a darker origin. If objects are to be handed to a man, say, a warrior, such as a buckler, or barbed war net, this transfer of articles from the left is not likely to discommode or encumber the most common weapon hand which is, of course, the right. On the other hand, it is thought that following on the left is generally a position of less dignity, and thus appropriate for animals, including slaves. A consideration favoring this possibility is that left-handed Goreans will also, commonly, have their sleen, their slaves, and such, follow on the left. A free woman walks proudly beside a free man or, if the press does not permit this, is often accorded the privilege of preceding him. One of the most humiliating things for a Gorean free woman, after she has been enslaved, other than the loss of her name, is that she must now follow, and neither walk beside nor lead.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 428 - 429


Cecily had heeled me into the pavilion. After entering with me, she had gone, as was proper, to first obeisance position, beside me, a bit back and to my left.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 194 - 195


Commonly, the slave heels the master, usually behind him on his left, as his sword arm is usually the right arm. In this way her presence is not obtrusive, and is unlikely to either distract or encumber him. Also, in this way, he is usually between the slave and other males, possible danger, and such, that she, unarmed and half naked, may be shielded. This also tends to protect her from free women. Too, of course, the position is one of subordination, and is thus fitting for a slave, and domestic animal. For example, a domestic sleen is also likely to heel the master, and also on the left.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 415


"Heel us," I snapped.
Dutifully the girls fell in behind us, on our left.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 487


Normally the slave remains behind the master, commonly on the left, as she would in heeling him. The free woman, of course, either walks beside the free man, or precedes him. The slave walks behind, for she is a slave. She heels on the left, by custom, as most men are right-handed, and their weapon arm is not to be encumbered. On the other hand, these arrangements are not without value to the slave. In walking behind him, for example, she is protected, sheltered from danger by the wall of his arm and steel.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 568


She increased her pace, to close the gap between herself and her master, that she might follow in prescribed heeling position.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 141


Interestingly, the Lady Bina was, in many ways, rather different from the typical Gorean free woman. She had observed other free women, with serving slaves, and so she had me heel her, at the proper distance, on the left, appropriately, head down, but she was not at all strict about my looking about and I frequently did so.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 207


I rose to my feet, and tied up, as I could, the torn tunic, and replaced the kerchief. I then, carrying the suls, heeled my Mistress from the market.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 216


"May I not heel Master?" I said.
"No," he said, "the trail is too narrow." One heels on the left side, usually a little behind. Much depends on the master, the terrain, the crowding, or such.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 417


I shall now speak of him simply as Grendel. I heeled him into the large room, and, when he crouched down, at ease, before the broad dais, I knelt behind him, on his left.
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 492


His slave, Donna, was behind him, kneeling, on his left, a common position in which a slave heels her master.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 389


"Would you like to walk beside me?" he asked.
"No, Master," I said. "It is the place of a slave to heel her master, or, if he wishes to display her, as on a promenade, to precede him, leashed."
"Would you like to be so displayed?" he asked.
"I am not a display slave," I said. I thought of Paula, of course. She had been purchased in the Curulean, to be a display slave. Only on Gor had I come to realize how beautiful Paula was, with her high intelligence, her passion, her profound slave needs. "I am better behind you," I said, "in heeling position."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 651




 


Injection Position
To The Top

"Lie down there," said Tutina, "on the rug, before his desk, on your right side, with your knees drawn up."
Awkwardly, and with unsteadiness, and some pain, the older woman, tears in her eyes, humiliated, went to her hands and knees, and then to the position to which she had been directed.
"Hereafter," said Tutina, "when you hear the command 'Injection position', in whatever language, you will instantly, and unquestioningly, assume this position."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 41




 


Inspection Position
To The Top

In inspection position one such as she would normally be stripped, and standing with her feet spread, and her hands clasped either behind the back of her neck, or behind her head. In this way the breasts are lifted nicely, and, given the position of the hands, one has no interference to one's vision, and, similarly, one may, perhaps walking about her, test her for firmness, and for vitality, and such things.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 16




 


Kneeling Position
To The Top

The kneeling position is, of course, a suitable one for slaves. A slave will normally assume such a position on entering the presence of her master or a free person. She will probably remain in it until permitted to rise. It is a common position, too, for her to assume when she is in attendance of a master, for example, awaiting his notice or commands. Too, she will usually speak to her master from this position, unless, of course, she is lying down, as in making her reports to him, inquiring as to his will, answering questions, and so on. Some masters approve it, too, for purposes of general conversation.
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 246




 


Kneeling to the Whip
To The Top

I crossed my wrists beneath me and touched my head to the floor, exposing the bow of my back. It is the submissive posture of a slave girl who is to be punished. It is called Kneeling to the Whip.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 200


"Kneel to the whip!" said Samos.
Piteously she knelt, a slave girl. Her wrists were crossed under her, as though bound, her head was to the floor, the bow of her back was exposed.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 13


"Kneel to the whip," he said.
I obeyed. I put my head down, and, beneath my body, crossed my wrists, as though they were bound. My back was bowed, ready for whatever punishment he might see fit to administer to me.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 436


"Kneel to the whip, Melpomene!" she ordered her. Melpomene then, sobbing, knelt, her legs close together, her wrists held crossed under her, as though bound, her head down, touching the floor, the bow of her back exposed, a slave girl awaiting punishment.
Fighting Slave of Gor   Book 14   Page 284




 


Leading Position
To The Top

She wept, trying to hold the guard's wrist, where it was fastened so deeply, so cruelly, in her hair, she bent over, her head at his hip, hurried forth, into the room, in a common Gorean leading position.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 78


"I looked at the girl. I nodded to her to approach me. She did so. I held my left hand open, at my waist. She stiffened, and looked at me, angrily. I opened and closed my left hand once. I saw her training in Gorean customs had been thorough. But she never thought that such a gesture would be used to her. She came beside me, and a bit behind me, and, crouching, put her head down, deeply. I fastened my hand in her hair. She winced. Women are helpless in this position."
Beasts of Gor     Book 12     Page 409


"I then snapped my fingers and held my right hand, open, at my hip. Swiftly the girl rose to her feet and, half crouching, put her head by my hand. I fastened the fingers of my hand deeply and firmly in her red hair. She winced, and kissed at my thigh. I then, the goblet of paga in my left hand, her hair in my right, dragged her beside me, her slender chains rustling, to the nearest alcove."
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 59


Others passed, too, with slaves in custody, but differently, the slaves bent over, in leading position, their heads at the hips of free men, held there by the hair, these slaves' hands fastened, too, behind their backs.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 431


We then thrust them stumbling to the waiting Ashigaru who took the hair of each in a separate hand and, bending them over at the waist, conducted them both in a common leading position to some point of collection.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 461


When I was finished I took her by the hair and pulled her from beneath the table, and held her, bent over, in common slave-leading position, at my left hip, and left the table.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 199


Others were put in painful leading position, one in each hand, their heads held at the hip of their keeper of the moment.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 329


Then she, unsteady, and rubbing her wrists, was taken by the hair, by the proprietor's man, was bent over, at the waist, and, in standard leading position, was conducted to the back of the tavern, and drawn through a thick curtain of layered, dangling, colored beads.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Pages 472 - 473


He twisted her rudely, abruptly, about, and downward, and she was then at his feet, he crouching over her, his hand in her hair. He then straightened up angrily, and, she crying out in pain, jerked her to her feet, and held her beside him, bent over at the waist, her head tight against his hip her head down, facing the floor, she then in leading position. In a moment, she had been conducted to the side of the fellow in blue. Her small hands were on the wrists of the fellow who held her. She was whimpering. As she was held, she could only look down, into the straw. She held her head still, extremely still, to avoid more agony, for the guard's hand was tight in her hair.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 60


At the door he had put his hand in my hair and bent me over, holding my head at his right hip. Then, I in leading position, he had entered the tavern, I stumbling helplessly beside him, so conducted, my hands on his wrist.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Pages 262 - 263


We heard a sudden cry of pain, and a gasp.
We looked about, to the kajirae, and saw, standing amongst them, Tyrtaios, the Assassin. He had pulled one of the kajirae, the former Lady Alexina, to her feet by the hair. He now held her, by the hair, bent over, her head at his left hip, in leading position.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 588


Kurik then stood between us, and took us by the hair. His left hand was tight in my hair and his right hand was doubtless the same in Paula's hair. I winced. Then our heads were thrust down. We were bent over, our heads at his waist. We were in leading position, one on each side of the master.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 624


Kurik laughed and put me in leading position, his hand in my hair, my head held closely at his hip. One is not only helpless in this position, but it is awkward, and humiliating. In it, one is well reminded one is a slave.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 652




 


Lesha
To The Top

"Lesha," snapped the second officer to the blond girl.
She spun from facing him, and lifted her chin, turning her head to the left, placing her wrists behind her, as though for snapping them into slave bracelets.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 76


The guard was behind me. "Lesha!" he said, Immediately, responsive to this command, I flung my wrists behind me, separated by some two inches, and lifted my chin, my head turned to the left.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 365


He approached the slave and indicated that she should stand. He then said, very sharply, "Lesha!"
Instantly the girl turned away from him, lifted her head, turned it to the left, and placed her small wrists, crossed, behind her back.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 400


"Lesha!" he snapped.
We lifted our chins, turning our heads to the left, and placed our wrists behind us. We were then braceleted, and our wrists were fastened behind us, as before.
The lesha command is essentially a "leash" command. Placing the hands behind the body facilitates their tying or braceleting. Lifting the chin facilitates the fixing of the leash. As we were already chained by the neck to the rings on the back of the wagon, and thus, in a sense, were already leashed, the command was essentially one to prepare for a "behind the back" binding of the master's choice. The turning of the head in a particular direction introduces a uniformity into the command. For example, if a line of slaves were given such a command, it would be unaesthetic if some of the slaves turned one way and some another. The lifting of the head exposes the throat nicely for its encirclement. That the lifted head is turned to the left has an affinity with a number of other practices, the shackling of the left ankle, or the left wrist, the heeling of a master on the left, and so on.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Pages 609 - 610




 


Lips To Boots
To The Top

"Lips to boots," I said.
She pressed her lips to my boots, left and right, kissing them, and licking at them.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 153




 


Modality of the Mute Slave
To The Top

"You are hereby sentenced to the modality of the mute slave," he said. "You are herewith denied permission to speak. You are silenced. You may not, even, in language, beg for permission to speak. As when gagged, one whimper will serve for 'yes' and two for 'no'. Do you understand?"
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 358


How helpless and alone, how miserable, one soon is, if placed in the modality of the mute slave!
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 3628




 


Modality of the She-Sleen
To The Top

"Return to your kennel," I said, "in the modality of the she-sleen, on all fours."
Mariners of Gor Book 30 Page 400


"Down on all fours," he said.

"Master?" I said.

"You are now in the modality of the she-sleen," he said.

I went down to all fours, looked up at him, and whimpered, questioningly. One can do much with noises, expressions, and attitudes of the body. Does not any pet animal know that?

"Yes," he said. "You are now in the modality of the she-sleen."

I put my head down, on the leash.

I was now in the modality of the she-sleen. One is denied an upright posture. One moves on all fours, or squirms on one's belly. One may kneel, but not rise to one's feet. One is denied human speech. One sound or whimper, as in gag signals, signifies "Yes," and two sounds or whimpers, again, as in gag signals, signifies "No." One feels very helpless in this slave modality. And few slave modalities better convince one that one is a slave. It can be terribly frustrating, trying to communicate in this modality, a frustration that is doubtless shared by many pet animals. Needless to say, as well, one is naked in this modality, as I was; one feeds and drinks from pans, head down, not permitted to use one's hands; and when one is put to use in this modality, it is done as one might expect.

"You are pleasant to regard in the modality of the she-sleen," he said, "or, perhaps, in your case, that of the she-tarsk. When you were so unpleasant in your office that afternoon, on your former world, I speculated how you would appear in this modality. I am not at all disappointed."
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Pages 644 - 645




 


Modality of the She-Tarsk
To The Top

"You think of punishment," said one of the instructresses, "in terms of the switch, the whip, close chains, the denial of clothing, the affixing of a collar with points, a reduction in rations, being sent naked into the streets, being denied speech, being put in the modality of the she-tarsk, such things?"
Conspirators of Gor     Book 31     Page 77




 


Nadu
To The Top

"Nadu!" he snapped.
She swiftly turned, facing him, and dropped to her knees. She knelt back on her heels, her back straight, her hands on her thighs, her head up, her knees wide.
It was the position of the pleasure slave.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 77


"Nadu!" he cried, loosening the whip coils on her throat. She swiftly knelt, back on her heels, back straight, head high, hands on her thighs, knees wide.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 80


"Nadu!" said Tajima, sharply.
The girl struggled to nadu, kneeling back on her heels, her head up, her back straight, the palms of her hands down on her thighs. She did not make eye contact with any of the free men, but kept her gaze forward.
It is a beautiful position.
"Split your knees," said Tajima.
"No!" said Pertinax.
"Now!" said Tajima.
The girl spread her knees.
"Wider!" said Tajima. She was, after all, a collar-girl.
The former Miss Wentworth complied, quickly, docilely, with Tajima's command. She had learned obedience to men, slave obedience, in the stable, at the hands of the grooms.
"Please!" protested Pertinax.
"Stay as you are," cautioned Tajima.
The slave remained in the adjusted nadu, as directed. It was a common form of nadu, one almost invariably expected of a particular sort of slave, the pleasure slave.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Pages 382 - 383


"Nadu," whispered the taverner, and the girl went to position, back on heels, knees wide, back straight, the palms of her hands down on her thighs. She kept her head down. Commonly, in nadu, the head is up, the gaze straight ahead, that the beauty of her features be displayed, and that she be in a position to better detect the slightest nuances of her master, either in tone or expression, but neither the taverner nor the stranger exacted this small adjustment.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 10


"Nadu," he snapped, and I assumed position, as well as I could, being back braceleted. I knelt back on my heels, my body tall, my back straight, my head up, my knees spread. I could not place the palms of my hands down on my thighs, for the restraints.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 258


"Nadu!" snapped Kurik.
Immediately we went to nadu, kneeling, back on our heels, our knees well spread, our backs straight, our heads up, the palms of our hands down, on our thighs.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594


The examination position, like bara, nadu, sula, and such, tends to arouse a slave. In a sense, the slave is helpless in such positions. Significance is woven into the fiber of such things. Meaning and symbolism reign.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594




 


Nestle
To The Top

"Nestle," I told her.
"Yes, Master," she said. She nestled obediently in the crook of my left arm.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 279




 


Obeisance
To The Top

"Obeisance!" snapped the guardsman.
Instantly Ellen, and her sister slaves, went to first obeisance position, head down to the cement.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 234


When we appeared before her cage, she put her head down to the blanket, the palms of her hands on the floor of the cage, beside her head, It is a lovely gesture of obeisance, and required by many masters of their women.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 340


I pointed to the sand before me.
She immediately, frightened, dropped to her knees and again put her head down to the sand, the palms of her hands, too, on the sand.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 205




 


Position
To The Top

"Position," said another of the men.
Ellen, the beast having released her hair, went to position, kneeling, knees wide, back straight, head up, hands on thighs.
"A pleasure slave," said one of the men.
"Obviously," said another.
Ellen wondered if she should have kept her knees closely together, before Mirus, but she had naturally, instantaneously, not even thinking about it, assumed the wide-kneed position.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 415 - 416


"Position," said the auctioneer to Ellen.
And then Ellen, tears running down her cheeks, knelt appropriately before the men, as what she was, a Gorean pleasure slave, back on heels, back straight, head up, hands down on thighs, knees widely spread.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 491


Her discomfiture amused the human, Peisistratus. "She is kajira?" he inquired of Cabot.
"Yes," said Cabot.
"Why is she not in position?" inquired Peisistratus.
. . .
He removed the switch from his belt.
She regarded the implement disbelievingly.
"Kneel," said Peisistratus to the girl, "now, instantly! Back on your heels. Spread your knees!"
"My knees!" she cried.
"Yes," he said, "widely. More widely! Straighten your back, place your hands, palms down, on your thighs, lift your head, look straight ahead!"
"Never!" she cried.
And then the switch fell savagely upon her, twice.
She screamed in misery.
. . .
"Up, slut, position, position!" said Peisistratus.
Wildly, frantically, sobbing, tears streaming from her eyes, in pain, the brunette knelt before Peisistratus, in position, as required.
"Keep your hands on your thighs!" snapped Peisistratus, for she had dared to move to cover herself.
She complied instantly.
Cabot was pleased to note this alacrity.
Too, he was pleased to see her in position.
She looked well in position, in the position of a Gorean female slave, indeed, rather, in the position of a Gorean female slave of a particular sort, the Gorean female pleasure slave.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Pages 119 - 120


"Enough," I said. "Position."
She knelt then before me, as before, back on her heels, head up, back straight, the palms of her hands down on her thighs.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 154


Suddenly one fellow said, sharply, "Position!" Instantly, reflexively, Iole and Alcinoë, frightened, knelt, back on their heels, knees spread, back straight, head up, looking ahead, neither to the left or right, the palms of their hands down, firmly, on their thighs.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 299


"Position!" I said.
"Master!" protested several.
"Need a command be repeated?" I asked.
With cries of misery, and sobs, the slaves, or most, went to position.
"Hold the lamp," I said to Alcinoë.
She took the lamp.
"Please, no," wept slave after slave.
I drew away blankets, which had not fallen about the slaves.
"Backs straight," I said. "Lift your heads. Peer straight ahead. Shake the hair behind your shoulders."
I looked about, from one slave to another.
It was pleasant to do so.
"Shoulders back," I said. "Suck in your belly. Palms of your hands down on your thighs, firmly. Feel them there."
"Please, Master," sobbed a girl. "We are high slaves!"
"Many of us were once of high caste!" said another.
"Split your knees," I said.
"Master!" wept a girl.
"Wider," I said.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Pages 337 - 338


She was before me, in position, kneeling back on her heels, her back straight, her head up, looking ahead, the palms of her hands down on her thighs, her knees spread, this making clear the nature of her bondage.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 565


"Position," I said. She went to position, kneeling back on her heels, her back straight her belly in, her shoulders back, her head up the palms of her hands down on her thighs. One does not break "position" without permission.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 50


"Position," called a fellow himself descending from the ship splashing, and wading to shore. So, cold, wet, and shivering, miserable, we went to "position," kneeling back on our heels, our backs straight, our heads up looking ahead, our knees spread, as the slaves we were, the palms of our hands down on our thighs. "Ai!" I cried, in misery, lashed at the side of the neck by a switch. He had come up behind me, from having brought a small barrel to shore. "Are you not to be in position, your eyes forward?" he inquired. "Yes, Master!" I said. "Forgive me, Master!" I had twisted about, just a little from time to time, to watch the men. "Ha!" he said. "And you two, your eyes are now forward!" "Yes, Master!" they said. Then they cried out, "Forgive me, Master!" I heard their cries, to my right, as the switch struck twice. I was not the only one, it seemed, who had been curious. The side of my neck stung. I had been reminded that a lapse from position, however slight is not acceptable.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 91


"Position!" he snapped. Instantly, reflexively, I went to position, kneeling back on my heels, back straight, head up hands palm down on thighs, looking forward, not meeting his eyes, knees spread. Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 127


"Position," said Raymond of Ti.
I then rose, as well as I could, back-braceleted, to a kneeling position. The simple command, "Position," unqualified, is commonly understood to have this import. How one kneels is determined by how one is understood, what sort of slave one is. I knelt with my knees closely together. I was not a pleasure slave. But, of course, any slave, in a sense, is a pleasure slave. She is a slave. I was back on my heels, my back straight, my head up, my hands braceleted behind me.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 133


"Position," said Tullius Quintus.
As I was not a pleasure slave, I knelt with my knees closely together.
I kept my head down, humbly.
"Head up," he said.
I lifted my head, but did not dare to meet his eyes.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 166


I tried to kneel better in "position." I was back on my heels, my hands, palms down, on my thighs, my back straight, my head up. My knees were closed.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 184


"Position," said he.
Immediately I went to position. As he frowned, I hastened to spread my knees.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 191




 


Position of the Pleasure Slave
To The Top

"You may do obeisance, my dear," said Kliomenes.
The girl rose to her feet and went to Kliomenes. She knelt before him, on the dais, and put her head down. Gently, softly, she licked and kissed his feet. She then rose again to her feet, backed away, and then, on the tiles, again knelt. She put the palms of her hands on the tiles, and lowered her head to the tiles. Then she straightened up, her back straight, assuming the position of the pleasure slave, though keeping her head bowed, deferentially.
Rogue of Gor     Book 15     Page 299


She knelt before him, in her collar, in the basic position of the Gorean pleasure slave, back on her heels, her back straight, her head up, the palms of her hands on her thighs, her knees spread, widely.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 116


"Spread your knees," he said, "kneel straight, back on your heels, head up, palms of your hands down on your thighs."
The slave began to tremble.
"Head up!" he said. "Do you wish to be put in a high collar, to keep your head up?"
"No, Master," she said, quickly.
Such collars are common with Kur pets. They are also used from time to time in slave training.
"Do you know in what position you have been placed?" he asked.
Certainly this was a rhetorical question, for she would have learned this position in the pleasure cylinder, and Cabot, himself, in the pleasure cylinder, near Lake Fear, and elsewhere, had put her in it often enough.
"The position of a Gorean pleasure slave," she said.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Pages 662 - 663


The position of the pleasure slave, of course, is also respectful, but it is also provocative, and inviting. It must leave no doubt in the observer's mind as to what sort of slave she is. The palms of her hands are usually down on her thighs, and her head up, but, if she is petitioning caresses, as is not uncommon, the palms are usually up, the backs of the hands on the thighs.
. . .
The palms, then, so offered to the master, with their exposed, sweet, sensitive cupping, the backs of the hands down on the thighs, as though bound to them, as though not permitted to leave them without permission, present a sign not difficult to read. Too, at the same time, the girl's head is usually lowered. This makes clear her humility and need, and how much she is at the mercy of the master, for the least touch.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Pages 180 - 181


Variations, of course, occur. Sometimes, perhaps in markets, the girl will kneel with her wrists crossed behind her, as though bound, or will have her hands clasped behind the back of her head, or the back of her neck. This lifts the breasts, nicely.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 181


"You look well," he said, "kneeling as you are, naked, your hands braceleted behind you."
"Thank you, Master," I said.
"Still," he said, "I think you should kneel properly."
"'Properly'?" I said.
"Spread your knees," he said.
"That is the position of the pleasure slave," I said.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 214


"You look well on your knees," he said. "Split them."
"Please, no!" she said.
"Now," he said. "And now, back on your heels, place your hands, palms down, on your thighs. Get your back straight, get your head up."
Then the Lady Alexina, though free, was before him, in nadu, the position of a Gorean pleasure slave.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 466




 


Primary Slave Position
To The Top

Cabot had then fed her by hand, she in primary slave position, and with her knees spread, as she was that sort of slave. He also, in hand-feeding her, had required that she keep her hands, palms down, firmly, on her thighs.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 400




 


Second Obeisance Position
To The Top

"Second obeisance position," he said.
Ellen went prone, before him, her hands at the sides of her head.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 191


"Return me to my master!" she cried, putting herself to her belly, pleading, in second obeisance position, before Targo.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 226


The usual second obeisance position has the slave go to her belly, her hands on either side of her head.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 195


"Now," I said, "to second obeisance position."
"Please," she protested, her head to the deck.
"Must a command be repeated?" I inquired.
"No!" she said.
The repetition of a command is often a cause for discipline, and she was well aware of what that might involve.
She was now on her belly before me, her hands at the sides of her head.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 153


It was also noted that now, before Pani warriors, they did not kneel, but prostrated themselves, putting themselves instantly, trembling, to second obeisance position, prone, hands to the sides of their head, eyes to the ground.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 421




 


Slave-lips
To The Top

A girl who is commanded to make slave lips, or who receives the command, "Slave lips," must form her mouth for kissing. She then, commonly, is not permitted to break this lip position until either she kisses or is kissed. Needless to say, a girl cannot speak when her lips are in the unbroken, fully-pursed slave-lips position. The command which commonly follows the "Slave-lips" command is, "Please me."
Blood Brothers of Gor     Book 18     Page 111




 


Standard Binding Position
To The Top

"Standard binding position," he said. I was prone. When a girl is prone, the standard binding position is to cross the wrists behind the back and to cross the ankles."
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 125




 


Stay
To The Top

"Stay, Feiqa."
"Yes, Master," she said.
She would now keep her place, kneeling, as she was, until a free person might permit her to move.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 52




 


Submission
To The Top

She had risen and walked across the room, her feet bare on the stone floor, and dropped to her knees before me, lowering her head and lifting and extending her hands to me, the wrists crossed. The ritual significance of the gesture of submission was not lost on me; her wrists were offered to me, as if for binding.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 67


"Submit," I told them.
They knelt before me, back on their heels, head down, arms lifted and extended, wrists crossed as though for binding.
"I submit myself," said each, in turn.
They need not be bound. They need not be collared. They need not even have spoken. The posture of submission itself, assumed by them before me, constituted them my slaves. They were now mine.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 182


Then suddenly one girl turned from the forest and fled to a crewman, kneeling before him, back on her heels, head down, arms extended, wrists crossed as though for binding. He gestured that she should rise and get into a longboat. She did so, his slave.
Hunters of Gor     Book 8     Page 310




 


Sula
To The Top

"Sula, Kajira!" said the man.
She slid her legs from under her and lay on her back, her hands at her sides, palms up, her legs open.
Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 77


Why had he not, at least, issued the "Sula!" command? That was one of several commands she had been trained to respond to instantly. Upon hearing this command, the slave immediately assumes a supine position, her hands at her sides, palms up, her legs open.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 124


Why had he not, at least, issued the 'Sula!' command? That was one of several commands she had been trained to respond to instantly. Upon hearing this command, the slave immediately assumes a supine position, her hands at her sides, palms up, her legs open.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 124


The examination position, like bara, nadu, sula, and such, tends to arouse a slave. In a sense, the slave is helpless in such positions. Significance is woven into the fiber of such things. Meaning and symbolism reign.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594




 


Thigh
To The Top


I did not give her the "thigh" or "brand" command, but I had little doubt she was now marked. In response to such a command those such as she must kneel on the right knee and extend the left leg gracefully, bared to the hip. The most common marking site on such as she is high on the left thigh, under the hip.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 55




 


Tower
To The Top

"Your knees!" said the Lady Bina.
"Mistress?" said the slave.
"Should they not be spread?"
"She is in the presence of a free woman," said Cabot. "It is thus appropriate that she kneels in the Tower position."
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 342


"You kneel," he said, "with your knees closely together."
That was commonly referred to, for some reason, as the position of the tower slave.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 86


"You kneel," he said, "with your knees closely together."
That was commonly referred to, for some reason, as the position of the tower slave. Girls, of course, may be commanded to one position or another. I did not know, at that time, why the position was referred to as the position of the tower slave.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 86




 


Whip Position
To The Top

In moments the slave, stripped, her wrists crossed and bound, and fastened over her head, to a stout, overhanging branch, that her beauty might be protected, that she might not be dashed against a post or tree trunk, was in whip position.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 477




 


Bow
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I then lifted her up, in effect kneeling her, and then bent her back, her head back to the dirt, that the warriors might assess the bow of her beauty.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 62


I then bent her back, one hand on a thigh, the other on the back of her collar, in a slave bow, for the inspection of the young fellows.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 300


He then put his left hand on the side of the captive's waist and, with her wrists enfolded in his grasp, bent her backwards, to exhibit the bow of her delights.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 421


He then, angrily, took the Lady Constanzia by the hair and bent her backwards, exhibiting the bow of her beauty.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 467


Then she felt his massive hand in her hair, tight, and he pulled her up to an erect kneeling position.
. . .
She then felt her body, her hair in his grip, his left hand on her left knee, bent backward, until she was helpless before him; the 'slave bow,' as the expression is, of her vulnerable, owned beauty thusly exhibited for his attention, or assessment.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 141


The rope was then lifted and a length of it looped twice about the slave's neck and knotted there. In this fashion a single rope may be used for both binding and leashing. This is not all that unusual on Gor. One end secures the slave's wrists, the center collars her, and the remainder, the free end, serves as a leash or tether. It may also be used, of course, if one wishes to immobilize her, to fasten her ankles together. Her ankles may be simply bound or, if one wishes, tied closely to her wrists. That tie is sometimes spoken of, properly or not, as the 'slave bow.' It may be called that simply because the slave's wrists and ankles are bound together, and this bends her body, in a natural bow, or it may be called that because of a supposed analogy with exhibitory slave bows, in which, for example, on a slave block, a slave might be bent backward, or knelt, and her head drawn by the hair back to the floor, and so on. These exhibition bows are often utilized in showing the slave, as they accentuate the delights of her figure. There are a number of 'tethering slave bows,' of course, for example, for fastening a slave over a saddle, a wheel, a piece of furniture, or such. These diverse uses and meanings, of course, are not mutually exclusive, because a slave might well be displayed in a 'tethering slave bow.' Some conjecture that the original meaning of 'slave bow' has to do with exhibition. Accordingly, it is their speculation that the 'tethering slave bows' are derivative from that primary usage, that of exhibition. This would make sense because the 'tethering slave bows' certainly do exhibit the slave, as well as rendering her helpless. Others seem to feel that the basic meaning is that of a form of secure and revelatory binding, in which the slave is helplessly and delightfully displayed, and that the exhibitory usages of the expression are secondary, being founded upon, and derivative from, this more basic, original usage. On the other hand, as most suppose, and as seems most plausible to the slave, these usages may very well have been developed independently, both based on the obvious consequences on the slave's body of a certain form of handling or manner of binding. There seems to be some division among Goreans on this matter. And doubtless it is not of great importance. Please forgive this excursion into speculative etymology. Ellen finds such matters fascinating, perhaps in part because she has been so handled and so roped. What is perfectly clear and indisputable is that in Gorean 'slave bow', putting aside considerations of origin, derivation and chronology, and such, has the basic meaning of the forming of the slave's body into a bow, and two application meanings, one pertaining to a modality of exhibition and the other to a modality of binding. Abstract obscurity, as usual, vanishes in concrete context. As this phenomenon is common in many languages, it is not surprising that it should appear in Gorean, as well. A stripped free woman might, of course, be put in a 'slave bow,' without compromising the meaning of the expression. And the free woman might find this situation instructive, and anticipatory.
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Pages 574 - 575


"Let me see her," said Lord Grendel.
Statius seized her by the hair and pulled her up, kneeling, so that Lord Grendel could see her face.
"Bend her backward," said Cabot.
This was done and the body of the Lady Bina was then placed in the position of the slave bow.
Kur of Gor     Book 28     Page 516


Others had been placed in the slave bow.
Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 333


The item had been placed in the slave bow, bent backwards, the auctioneer's hand in her hair.
Smugglers of Gor     Book 32     Page 17


A slave, apparently bent on an errand, hurried past, but turned, to look after my master. "Keep your eyes to yourself!" I hissed at her. "That will be enough of that," said my master, and then I cried out in pain, for my master had put his hand in my hair and I was bent back, helplessly, in the position of the slave bow, which position well accentuates a slave's figure. It is often used in auction houses and on slave shelves. The slave laughed merrily, and spun about, hurrying on.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 652








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