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Marauders of Gor - Book nine
Chapter 21 - I Drink to the Honor of Tyros
Chapter 22 - I Take Ship From the North

Jarl Randolph
Master Bretval - Moderator

ruby{Randolph}~t - scribe

Bretval {meral} 13:41:55 pm CST
We might as well begin now…

Chapter Twenty-One

The Torvaldslanders get on with the business of feasting. In all the excitement Bera, the shrewish Jarl’s Woman, has acquired a collar, and Svein decrees that she shall keep it, a catastrophic drop in station that does not seem to dismay her as much as it might. While he is decreeing, Svein announces that Ivar Forkbeard is formally pardoned and the wergild is no longer payable; Ivar responds first by making a speech about how much he respects Svein and then, as the two strong men embrace each other in friendship, orders the vast treasure he had collected to be distributed among everyone present. Even Hrolf, the mysterious Easterner, takes a carved sapphire as a keepsake.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:42:21 pm CST
it would be a pity, to finish the book without mea

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:43:52 pm CST

poises nib to rence parchment...listens intently

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:44:09 pm CST
Hrolf seems to have gained much esteem since the fighting

Bretval {meral} 13:44:54 pm CST
Yes it would be, ruby... But I am certain that she has read to the end

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:46:13 pm CST
and Forkbeard is also unpredictable

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:47:30 pm CST
Bera the FC of Sevin now a mere slave seems happy in her new status as slave

Bretval {meral} 13:47:48 pm CST
Agreed on both comments

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:48:23 pm CST
in every woman, ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:49:01 pm CST
true enough my Master...unpredictable...however no longer deemed an Outlaw

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:49:36 pm CST
yes my Master, nestles closer

Bretval {meral} 13:50:42 pm CST
it is simpler to be a slave girl that an FC... easier to obey that to plan *wink*

Bretval {meral} 13:53:21 pm CST
moving on...

At the height of the feasting more guests arrive, and are made welcome. They are Samos of Port Kar, and Sarus of Tyros. Samos is startled by the sight of Rog’s staked head, and Tarl’s explanation that it is “Grendel” does not much enlighten him. Leah, the Earth girl whom Tarl won at archery, gets the reference, much to her horror (plainly she is better acquainted with Beowulf than I was when I first read this book). But their business here is to bring Tarl an antidote for his poison
Sarus explains that the poison was applied to his men’s weapons without his knowledge or consent (there are a few plot inconsistencies we need to wave to one side here) by the vile Sullius Maximus, once a Ubar of Port Kar with a score to settle with Tarl, and now a member of the court of Chenbar of Tyros. Sarus, grateful to Tarl for his mercy (see “Hunters of Gor”) and outraged at the dishonour attaching to him for the poisoning, would have slain Sullius Maximus and then offered his own throat to Tarl in penitence, but the matter came to Chenbar’s attention. That formidable Ubar approves no more of poison than does Sarus and he ordered Sullius Maximus to invent an antidote, on pain of having his own venom inflicted on him. It is a specimen of this, tested on Sullius Maximus himself, that Sarus now brings.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:53:45 pm CST
that could be Master Bretval..seeing that Free Women are know to be as frigid as a Northern night

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:53:51 pm CST
Tarl's work seems almost to have been completed too.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:56:42 pm CST
Samos et al have travelled a long way to help Tarl - good friends

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:57:30 pm CST
poison is known to be a womans weapon

Bretval {meral} 13:58:10 pm CST
This whole exchange is an excellent illustration of how strong and honourable men conduct themselves, and when a mistrustful Ivar would have had Sarus arrested as a hostage for Tarl’s life, Tarl bids him give over, and drinks the antidote

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:58:37 pm CST
indeed my Jarl...Samos is an agent of the Priest Kings

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:59:31 pm CST
and does it work??

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:00:44 pm CST
perhaps..the antidote has been tested

Bretval {meral} 14:01:40 pm CST
Of course ruby... can you imagine a female attacking a Gorean Man with a knife or sword.... she would be chopped to bits very quickly

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:03:49 pm CST
FW typically held poison beneath their robes - just as a precaution

Bretval {meral} 14:04:39 pm CST
does the antidote work? Lets find out

Chapter Twenty-Two

Purged of the poison after some more fever-dreams, of a somewhat different nature to those he experienced on the occasion of his poisoning, Tarl talks with Samos as they prepare to take their various ways south. Samos perceives that Tarl has found himself in the north; and Tarl, now elevated to the rank of Jarl in Torvaldsland, decides that he may after all still have dealings with the Priest-Kings. He has, he muses, at last become truly Gorean, having put away both his youthful idealism and his extreme reaction to the shattering of his self-image.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:07:26 pm CST
It is his self realisation - but we have seen this gradual change in him over the last several books

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:10:50 pm CST
yes and when the antidote worked

the first thing Tari cried out

"I want meat and a woman"

loved it

Bretval {meral} 14:11:01 pm CST
agreed Randolph... Tarl is no longer a simple Earthman... He is now truly a Free Gorean Man

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:12:12 pm CST
lol, ruby, shows he was back to normal.

Bretval {meral} 14:13:25 pm CST
as to Hrolf...

He looks on the distant Torvaldsberg. The mysterious Hrolf has undertaken to return the war arrow to Torvald’s sleeping chamber, and on an impulse Tarl asks him who he really is. He receives the surprising answer: “My name is Torvald” - and thinks of the stabilization serums.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:13:32 pm CST
yes my Jarl...fully recovered...what more could a Man want?

a girl just loved this book - a favorite

Bretval {meral} 14:17:43 pm CST
And as the reborn Tarl bids farewell to the northlands, entertaining pleasing thoughts as to what he will do with Elizabeth Cardwell or Talena should either woman cross his path again, it is time for me to bring this column to a close; and for those who wonder where on Gor Tarl’s adventures will take him next, and what work Samos might have for him now he is once again prepared to consider himself an agent of Priest-Kings, I can only ask the reader to join me next month as we turn to the tenth volume of the Chronicles of Counter-Earth, “Tribesmen of Gor”!

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:18:44 pm CST
good sagas have an element of truth surrounded by improbabilities

I also liked this book.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:19:55 pm CST
Tribesman of Gor - sounds good

Bretval {meral} 14:20:19 pm CST
I cannot imagine why you would like this book Jarl Randolph *LOL*

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:21:00 pm CST
lol, Bretval, you know me too well.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:21:56 pm CST
Vella is certain to return in Tribesmen of Gor

Tarl heads for the desert

Bretval {meral} 14:22:09 pm CST
Any other comments or questions?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:23:11 pm CST
None, other than to say I really enjoyed both the book and GRS, Bretval.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:23:58 pm CST
echoes my Jarls sentiments

Bretval {meral} 14:24:44 pm CST
Very well then I thank you all for attending and a special thank you to ruby scribing once again

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:25:41 pm CST
Many thanks for leading Bretval, a good ending.

Kisses the scribe

gives naia a hug so as not to leave her out

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:26:46 pm CST
thank You Master Bretval

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:27:31 pm CST
rolls up the scroll
as always a gifted privilege to serve my Masters Home
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