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xx Gorean Reading Society: 17-October-2017
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Marauders of Gor - Book Nine
Chapter one - The Hall -(review)
Chapter two - The Temple of Kassau
Chapter three - I Make Acquaintance of Ivar Forkbeard and Book Passage on His Ship


Jarl Randolph
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Master Pax


Bretval {meral}: 13:43:22 pm CDT

So lets begin... after all this gook is truly meant for a Jarl

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:43:51 pm CDT

poises writing nib to finely milled rence parchment..listens intently

meral{Bretval} 13:44:05 pm CDT

~settles turning her attention to her Master~

Bretval {meral}: 13:44:59 pm CDT
As a quick review of chapter one we found Bosk in bad condition... His body badly hurt in his fight in the previous book... And despite the best healers coming to his aid he is still in very bad condition.

But then he gets angry… Very angry... And miraculously heals himself... In part I believe his anger over coming the injuries and in part I believe his own belief in himself... An act of soul belief in himself

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:46:26 pm CDT

or maybe even other reasons, perhaps

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:46:41 pm CDT

ahhh..Men of Torvaldland...Jarls
known to be fearless, swift with weapons, fond of jokes, a deep drinker and of course the Master of pretty wenches

corina 13:47:54 pm CDT
~raises a hand~
Umm.. which book? ~chews lip~

meral{Bretval} 13:48:11 pm CDT

self belief can be a very powerful thing my Master

Bretval {meral}: 13:48:18 pm CDT
His anger of course was due to hearing that his previous companion had been killed by a beast and he is going to track it down and kill it.

Bretval {meral}: 13:49:31 pm CDT

Book 9 marauders of Gor, corina

corina 13:49:43 pm CDT
Thank you Master Bretval

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:50:36 pm CDT

poor Bosk, thought He had lost His Honor, and betrayed His code by choosing slavery over death...He simply did not know how to live anymore

thus the famous quote

"Do not ask the stones or the trees how to live, they can not tell you ; they do not have tongues; do not ask the wise man how to live for, if he knows , he will know he cannot tell you; if you would learn how to live , do not ask the question; its answer is not in the question but in the answer, which is not in words; do not ask how to live, but, instead, proceed to do so."

Marauders of Gor - pg 12

Bretval {meral}: 13:51:58 pm CDT
So it is time to move on to chapter two....

Chapter Two

Bosk tells us of the coming of the funeral party, under its flag of truce, and gives us plenty of information about the Torvaldsland serpent ship; following Norman’s usual custom, we get a couple of pages’ worth of all the research he has done on the subject before we get back to the action. A sizeable part of the population of Kassau has come to pay their final respects to Ivar Forkbeard - or, and this is much more likely, offer some heartfelt prayers of gratitude that such an unholy terror is no more - and at the proper point in the service, the doors open and the Forkbeard is borne in on a platform of crossed spears. Behind him come his crew in attitudes of proper reverence.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:53:26 pm CDT
A very sombre and sad occasion

Bretval {meral}: 13:54:16 pm CDT
That is also why he is now calling himself Bosk, ruby...

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:54:32 pm CDT

and there are many Initiates here, always find them irritating, so looks forward to what may happen.

Bretval {meral}: 13:55:50 pm CDT
Is there anyone who is not familiar with the Vikings of earth?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:56:42 pm CDT

there are descriptions of many of the townsfolk, including some very pretty young FW

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:57:05 pm CDT

ruby was confused
so Bosk was cured of His crippling ailment by anger..does this mean the sword of sarus was not contaminated by poison?...poison being the weapon of a Free Woman, looked on as cowardly by Men

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 13:57:52 pm CDT

ayli vaguely remebers what Vikings are Master Bretval

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:58:01 pm CDT

We will need to wait and see, ruby

Bretval {meral}: 13:59:23 pm CDT

No he was not ruby... That was only a possible explanation of why he was not getting better... He was never ever actually poisoned with a knife

meral{Bretval} 13:59:54 pm CDT

the Vikings are very much part of mea's RT Country my Master.....Jarl and mea could be descended from Vikings.....grins

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:00:13 pm CDT

indeed my Jarl
Bosk feels the Initiates exploited the common Free with fear and superstitions

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:01:37 pm CDT
yes, mea, I am sure we both have Viking blood to some extent

Bretval {meral}: 14:02:24 pm CDT

* grin * indeed, mea… Particularly now that you live on the coast

meral{Bretval} 14:02:44 pm CDT

~nods agreeing with ruby~

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:03:36 pm CDT

think mea originally lived further North where there was a viking kingdom until about 800 ad

Bretval {meral}: 14:04:00 pm CDT

But let's move on… I particularly like this next part

High Initiate, and he allows his austere mask to crack just a fraction as he turns back the shroud to anoint the Forkbeard. He promptly gets a shock. The dead man grins broadly at him, and his yell of “Praise be to Odin!” shatters the near-silence of the temple just before he bisects the High Initiate with a single blow of his concealed axe.

meral{Bretval} 14:04:09 pm CDT
yes my Master the Vikings landed here first in 1345......mea isn't quite that old.....giggles

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:07:10 pm CDT
Agrees, Bretval, this is where the book really takes off and becomes exciting

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:07:47 pm CDT
what ruby found most interesting...Free Women may not become Initiates...therefore They can not have eternal life..wonders does this eternal life come from not eating beans and meat?..chuckles

Bretval {meral}: 14:08:28 pm CDT
Any questions about chapter two?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:08:40 pm CDT

Forkbeard shows himself to have a great sense of fun and humour, which is also terrifying to others

PAX ~Scholar~ 14:09:27 pm CDT

Taking a seat not to disturb Tal and greetings

Bretval {meral}: 14:11:42 pm CDT

Well I would say that it was just the way to keep Free Women under the thumb or the Males, ruby... Nothing more, and nothing less

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:11:59 pm CDT

yes, a huge man, like may Scandinavians today.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:13:43 pm CDT

now Forkbeard has all the female flesh and gold from the Temple, after slaying the Initiates

Bretval {meral}: 14:14:27 pm CDT

Well lets move on...

Chapter Three

Pandemonium breaks out as the Torvaldslanders begin heroically to massacre the defenceless congregation, until one of the cooler-headed townsfolk calls on his compatriots to kneel in surrender. One poor fisherman close to Bosk is slow to react, and it is only Bosk’s swift intervention that saves his life; but it is plain that Bosk has no intention of fighting off the Forkbeard’s men, even if he had the ghost of a chance of doing so. However, he stays firmly planted on his own two feet, waiting to see if anyone will make something of it; for, having been taught this valuable lesson by a wily Tuchuk years ago, he has not been so foolish as to come unarmed into a place where one is not meant to go armed.

One of the Forkbeard’s men, a gigantic idiot by the name of Rollo, is still laying about him even at the Kassauites who are trying to surrender, until the Forkbeard calls him to order. Then Ivar Forkbeard demands to know why Bosk is not kneeling, and Bosk, instead of pleading for life even at the expense of slavery, gives him some cheery backchat and is set a small test of martial prowess, which he promptly passes. This is, of course, how it is meant to work and more or less how it does work all through Tarl Cabot’s career, except in the Vosk delta; and he is immediately accepted as an honourable neutral in good standing, and spared both submission and death.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:18:07 pm CDT

where weapons are not to be carried, it is prudent to carry what Bosk learned from the Tuchuk..and gratefully Bosk took heed

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:18:48 pm CDT
A good summary, Bretval, except for describing Rollo as an idiot - I see him as just a simple man who lives for fighting and slaying. A very good man to have on one's side.

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:19:43 pm CDT

nods agree with ruby

Bretval {meral}: 14:20:00 pm CDT

Tarl Cabot just cannot stay totally out of is... lets face it... it is just not in Him to allow a surrendering Man to die.;.. most dishonourable for Him to do so

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:20:01 pm CDT

ruby felt the same, my Jarl..nodding

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:23:21 pm CDT

Yes, Tarl keeps his honour intact. This seems to always stay with him.

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Bretval {meral}: 14:24:49 pm CDT
Sorry Randolph... but read the description carefully,,, the vacant look and drool before the fighting begins... Unlike Our previous Captain... this Rollo was an idiot... who only came to life when the fighting began

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:25:46 pm CDT
Forkbeard liked what He saw of Bosk, eventually He obliged passage on Forkbeards ship by offering a game of Kaissa

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:26:09 pm CDT
ok, Bretval, let's say and endearing idiot??

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:27:25 pm CDT

yes but killed of most of the Initiates first, subdued everyone else and there was a very good scene and explanation of the slave circle

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:28:52 pm CDT
the bondmaids Master..likes the kissing circle...looks lovingly to my Jarl

Bretval {meral}: 14:28:54 pm CDT
*frown* Do you wish to take over, ruby?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:30:41 pm CDT

puts My hand over ruby's mouth (after she has apologised)

PAX ~Scholar~ 14:30:46 pm CDT
Taking my leave, Be well

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:31:45 pm CDT

girl is sorry Master..she didnt realize her error in judgement

Bretval {meral}: 14:31:57 pm CDT
Lifting all that is valuable from the temple, the raiders also accost all the attractive young females present and make bondsmaids of all of them. Two attract special attention. One Aelgifu, whom Bosk has noticed earlier on, announces her rank, station and ransomability, whereupon the Forkbeard announces a time, place and acceptable sum. The other, unnamed, also offers ransom, is refused, declares that she prefers death to slavery, and at once backs down when such is offered.

As the Torvaldslanders prepare to depart, Bosk approaches Ivar Forkbeard and requests passage, stating his business: to hunt Kurii. This appeals to the Forkbeard’s humour, as one madman to another; and as a clincher, Bosk throws out a challenge at Kaissa, which is a favourite means of passing the long winter evenings up in Torvaldsland. The Forkbeard accepts this; but he has first to win his way to his ship. Slaughtering unarmed temple worshippers is one thing, but there are several hundred able-bodied men in Kassau, and all
of these can get hold of at least some improvised weapon.

meral{Bretval} 14:32:02 pm CDT

mea is enjoying her introduction to the North and learning new things from the book already

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:36:56 pm CDT

I think JN has lifted most of this from the history of Viking raiders.

Bretval {meral}: 14:39:10 pm CDT

it is important to recognize that not all female were made bondsmaids... Only the most lovely .... Forkbeard apparentlydid have an eye for the ladies

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:39:29 pm CDT

(uncovers My slut's mouth) she may now speak

Bretval {meral}: 14:39:49 pm CDT
Most certainly, Randolph… No doubt in my mind whatsoever the

Bretval {meral}: 14:41:43 pm CDT

Including Odin and Thor's hammer

meral{Bretval} 14:43:34 pm CDT

and the characteristics of Ppeople from certain cultures

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:44:20 pm CDT

yes, Bretval.

Also on having an eye for the ladies: Scandinavian women claim the reason they are so beautiful (vain creatures) is because the Vikings didn't take any ugly ones back with them.

Bretval {meral}: 14:45:17 pm CDT
indeed, me... blonde and curvaceous *wink*

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:46:11 pm CDT

thank You my Jarl the gift of speech

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:46:39 pm CDT

cuddles the girl

Bretval {meral}: 14:47:10 pm CDT

They may have a point Randolph * LOL *

Bretval {meral}: 14:47:50 pm CDT

time to finish...

Leaving the temple burning, Ivar Forkbeard forces one part of the opposition to give way by threatening Aelgifu, daughter of their leader; and when another couple of hundred men bar his way at the docks, he scatters handfuls of treasure to left and right until the penurious dock-workers decide that some easy money and the certainty of life tomorrow is better than a dangerous battle with some of Gor’s bloodthirstiest pirates.

Bosk picks up his baggage, joins the Torvaldslanders at their ship, and watches Kassau slip away astern as the weeping bondsmaids lament their worse-than-death fate. He cares neither one way nor the other about them, but he is no doubt very happy to have secured himself passage, a native guide and a foot in the door in Torvaldsland.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:48:05 pm CDT

lol, agrees, Bretval

meral{Bretval} 14:48:50 pm CDT
~laughs~ not mea then my Master

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:49:52 pm CDT
Yes, chance has been kind to Bosk, again. Kaissa always seems to help, too.

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:50:12 pm CDT

whispers to mea this one hair naturally changes colors smiles

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:51:02 pm CDT
mea was probably one the very clever, intelligent (and beautiful ) girls who managed to run away and hide.

Bretval {meral}: 14:51:37 pm CDT

you do have the blue eyes, mea... rare in brunets

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:51:44 pm CDT

(saved you there Bretval - lol)

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:52:34 pm CDT
blue eyes is rare in brunettes Master oh girl learned something new smiles

meral{Bretval} 14:52:39 pm CDT
lol Jarl

Bretval {meral}: 14:53:11 pm CDT

* LOL * very true, Randolph

Bretval {meral}: 14:54:18 pm CDT

Any other questions or comments before we wrap up?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:54:29 pm CDT

Not here in the UK though. Thinks mea is more usual than not.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:55:17 pm CDT

Nothing else from me, Bretval

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:56:00 pm CDT
none from this girl Master Bretval thank You for asking

meral{Bretval} 14:56:37 pm CDT

nothing for mea thank You my Master

sura{GS~O} 14:56:46 pm CDT
Thank You Master Bretval. None here.

Bretval {meral}: 14:58:26 pm CDT

Very well than book club is now officially ended and I thank you all for attending and my thanks to ruby for scribing once again

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:59:22 pm CDT

Many thanks for a very interesting session Bretval, a good and interesting book

kisses the scribe.

ayli{Dak} ~chain sister to libi~ 14:59:47 pm CDT

thank You Master Bretval for leading

thank you ruby for scribing

meral{Bretval} 14:59:51 pm CDT

Thank You my Master for leading GRS.....kiss

thank you ruby for scribing.....hugs

sura{GS~O} 15:01:04 pm CDT

a girl leaned a lot. Thank You Master Bretval for the discussion, thank you ruby for scribing.
this one bids farewell to Aall.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 15:01:45 pm CDT

rolls up the scribe
as always a gift to serve my Jarls Home

thank You Master Bretval for leading..and teaching ruby a valuable lesson

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