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Gorean Reading Society: 16 - January - 2018
Post by ruby~{Randolph}~t on Jan 19th, 2018, 12:05pm

Marauders of Gor - Book nine
Chapter 10
A Kur Will Address the Thing


Jarl Randolph
Master Bretval - Moderator

ruby{Randolph}~t - scribe

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:43:55 pm CST
poises nib to finely milled rence parchment...listens intently

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:44:18 pm CST
sits back, ready

meral{Bretval} 13:44:33 pm CST
sapphires lift to her Master

Bretval {meral}: 13:44:53 pm CST
Chapter Ten

The scene shifts to the Thing. This is Torvaldsland’s parliament, national fair (comparable to the Sardar Fairs in civilized Gor) and assize court all rolled into one, presided over by Svein Blue Tooth. He, the highest-ranking Jarl in Torvaldsland, is the one who declared Ivar Forkbeard outlaw and assessed the enormous wergild that the Forkbeard has been working to collect. But before the Forkbeard and the Blue Tooth cross each other’s paths again, there is the mundane business of the Thing to attend to. Tarl is enjoying some exercise in the wrestling contest, where he meets Torvaldsland’s champion and breaks his arm for him after the scoundrel tries to land a low blow on him

This earns him a “talmit” , a headband awarded for success in one or another contest at the Thing; and while he has been winning this, Ivar has not been idle. He has temporarily done away with his distinctive chin-ornament and is going by the name of “Thorgeir of Ax Glacier”, and in this guise has been winning talmits left, right and centre, in contests intended to assess the all-round Vikingness of the participants. His tally of a round half dozen is a record achievement, and likely to attract him plenty of attention.

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:46:57 pm CST
likes this part of the book

meral{Bretval} 13:47:11 pm CST
mea enjoyed reading and learning about "the Thing"Jarl

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:48:15 pm CST
interesting that all Free Men must attend The Thing..unless a Farmer and must till His land alone

meral{Bretval} 13:48:19 pm CST

Tarl is in fine form as usual

Bretval {meral}: 13:49:31 pm CST
Interesting that all those thing are handled in a bunch...
but understandable given the distances between villages

Bretval {meral}: 13:50:51 pm CST
agreed, ruby

Bretval {meral}: 13:52:08 pm CST
*LOL* wonder why it is so important to you Jarl Randolph

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:52:17 pm CST
It has similarities to the Tynwald in the Isle of Man, a Viking 'parliament' and place for airing grievances officially and of course a fair - still in existence continuously for over a thousand years.
their date is July 5th. Just one day these days.

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:53:24 pm CST
is ruby remembering correctly...the main purpose for holding The Thing fair is to check the status of weapons, making sure the implements are in good working order?

Bretval {meral}: 13:56:07 pm CST
but it is also necessary to note that all are Jarl... and no Kings... just a recognition that some have higher status despite the title is the same

meral{Bretval} 13:57:27 pm CST
A gathering to bring all the Jarl's together as the Homes mea would think are very isolated

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 13:57:28 pm CST
well, ruby told Me a while back that as a merchant I am a lower level Jarl (charming girl)

Bretval {meral}: 13:57:37 pm CST
It is one of the many reasons, ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 13:59:22 pm CST
slaves are brought for three reasons...to of course serve the Men, and to serve as display objects to indicate the wealth of their Masters

meral{Bretval} 13:59:54 pm CST
and to sell ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:00:42 pm CST
my Jarl
shudders...the Merchant class is a low Caste..however the richest in gold

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:01:02 pm CST
yes, there seemed to be a lot of slaves bought/sold

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:01:05 pm CST
goes wide eyed to mea

Bretval {meral}: 14:02:00 pm CST
shall Wwe move on?

meral{Bretval} 14:02:14 pm CST
or maybe just swapped around

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:02:20 pm CST
yes, listens

meral{Bretval} 14:02:42 pm CST
yes please my Master

Bretval {meral}: 14:03:16 pm CST
We can judge some of the character of the Thing from accounts of such entertainments as the “bat and ball” contest, which is plainly a full-contact sport by Tarl’s description; from a brief pen-picture of the old “ trial by ordeal” custom, in which a man proves his truthfulness by carrying red-hot metal a set distance; and from a “trial by combat” into which Tarl sticks his nose. This formal sword-and-shield duel takes place in something like a boxing ring and is used to settle various legal cases, including in this case a thoroughly ill-matched and trumped-up challenge for the ownership of a young Torvaldsland girl. Since Tarl mislikes the unfair odds - it is a seasoned warrior against the girl’s adolescent brother - he subsitutes himself as the lad’s champion, defeats the challenger (Bjarni of Thorstein Camp) with arrogant ease, and accepts no payment for his services, declaring himself satisfied with the mere sport. To his credit, Bjarni takes his defeat graciously and apologises to the youngster for having bothered him, and everyone parts on amicable terms.

Bretval {meral}: 14:05:45 pm CST
Seems almost like a spar in the Training Yard of GS

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:05:52 pm CST
nodding..liked the way bat and ball was described...akin to ice hockey...always thought it was akin to Americas baseball

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:05:59 pm CST
Again, Tarl shows his dislike of unfairness, something that seems to run through the books.

meral{Bretval} 14:06:31 pm CST
agrees Jarl

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:07:07 pm CST
kisses my Jarl, Your rubys Champion

Bretval {meral}: 14:08:05 pm CST
meaning the challenge of course... more that will be seen when the evening Forum is published

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:08:16 pm CST
lol, ruby, remembers ruby giving me a talmit

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:09:44 pm CST
nodding..for Christmas my Master..You won her heart, approaching five years ago

Bretval {meral}: 14:10:16 pm CST
short summers.... long winters ruby *grin*

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:11:05 pm CST
indeed, Bretval

meral{Bretval} 14:11:14 pm CST
sounds like England my Master lol

Bretval {meral}: 14:15:15 pm CST
to a degree, mea... but without the minus temperatures... remember working it Edmonton and going outsde in winter to remember what the sun was... about a month when sun was not up when I got to workand down at the end of the workday

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:16:24 pm CST
also liked the part where it stated many books were written on the care and feeding of slaves..to keep them healthy to squirm well in the furs

wonders if my Jarl wrote the pamphlet

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:16:54 pm CST
Did you see the Northern lights from there, Bretval?

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:18:09 pm CST
lol, ruby, would like to read the pamphlet

Bretval {meral}: 14:18:55 pm CST
so I would say I understand Viking... as I recall there is a town called Viking in Alberta... and the do up the name in July as well

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:19:21 pm CST
nestles closer...

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:20:31 pm CST
interesting, Bretval. early July is also close to the summer solstice

Bretval {meral}: 14:20:50 pm CST
On occasion... once in July as well... sky was green ... beautiful

meral{Bretval} 14:21:25 pm CST
that must have been a sight to see my Master

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:21:54 pm CST
yes, stunning I should think

Bretval {meral}: 14:24:21 pm CST
it was mea... and during a festival... fireworks added to it ... was living on 25th floor of My building... unbelievable sight out My window

meral{Bretval} 14:26:15 pm CST
sounds wonderful my Master

Bretval {meral}: 14:26:27 pm CST
an interesting read I expect, ruby

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:30:02 pm CST
nods Master Bretval
most likely two versions...care for southern silkies..and one for bonds of the North..the yoke of slavery, it is known is heavier on a silkies neck

Bretval {meral}: 14:31:00 pm CST
An addional note from ruby in the scrools

Jarl Thorrn loves His roses 19:49:03 pm CDT
a short explanation to what is a Thing in habits of the old german and nordic tribes.

a ´Thing is not a "thing" that "th" is no t-h as you know it in english language, it is an old german word and is spoke like Ting, no h
Usually it is a place for gathering at a holy tree for an anual convention where matters of the tribes, law, votes and such things are discussed and decided

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:31:58 pm CST
but the northern bonds girls work physically hard than the silkies - maybe not as pleasurable as the silkies in the furs

meral{Bretval} 14:32:25 pm CST
interesting note ruby....thank you

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:33:15 pm CST
never wrote that

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:34:18 pm CST
Interesting Thing = Ting = Tynwald

was that ruby who wrote that?? or Thorrn??
Re: Gorean Reading Society: 16 - January - 2018
Post by ruby~{Randolph}~t on Jan 19th, 2018, 12:15pm

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:35:01 pm CST
never heard of that, my Master

Bretval {meral}: 14:35:19 pm CST
hmmm.. possibly Randolph... but bear in mind Wwe are dealing with Tavern sluts...who knows abut the Master's and slaves of lower classes even in Port Kar...

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:36:46 pm CST
true Bretval - we only mix with the most beautiful of slaves !!!!!!!

Bretval {meral}: 14:37:48 pm CST
I expect it was Thorrn... it was taken from an old scroll

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:38:56 pm CST
that "was" Jarl Thorrns tag...long long ago

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:39:10 pm CST
probably, he is German so would know

Bretval {meral}: 14:39:22 pm CST
and snowrose, of course *duh*

meral{Bretval} 14:39:25 pm CST
Thank You Jarl Thorn

Bretval {meral}: 14:40:20 pm CST

He is RT Randolph

Bretval {meral}: 14:42:59 pm CST
Okay I think Wwe can break here ... and deal with the Kur next time

it was a very good session I think

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:43:42 pm CST
yes, a very good session, most enjoyable - looks forward to the Kur next time

Bretval {meral}: 14:44:44 pm CST
And I thank you fro scribing once again, gemstone in scarlet

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:44:44 pm CST
how about when Tarl wins a slave for Forkbeard..as a gift for His hospitality?..smiles

meral{Bretval} 14:45:11 pm CST
yes thank You my Master, mea as always has enjoyed GRS very much, thank You for leading my Master....kiss

thank you for scribing ruby....hugs

Thank You for Your great comments once more Jarl....smiles

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:45:38 pm CST
Thanks for leading Bretval, a good session

kisses the scribe

Jarl Randolph - GS Advisor - Owner of ruby~ 14:46:19 pm CST
smiles at mea, and thanks to mea for her comments

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:46:33 pm CST
next week the Kur Addresses "The Thing"

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:54:10 pm CST
thank You Master Bretval for leading

ruby~{Randolph}~t 14:58:52 pm CST
rolls up the parchment
as always a gift to serve my Jarls Home