Kataii Brand

The Gorean word for brand is "Kan-lara"
"Kan-lara," she said. She pointed to my brand.

The Master secures the slave in the branding rack (shaped rather like an X-shaped table, with either snap-bracelets (manacles) for her wrists and ankles at the ends of the X, or metal rings set into the wood so her wrists and ankles might be secured with binding fiber.

A removable vise-like clamp fitted with spinning twist handles to adjust the tension can be attached to the left leg platform, to hold the slave's left thigh motionless during the actual branding.

The Master holds up the heated branding iron, white hot, for the slave to see and says, "You will soon be branded, girl."

When the brand is ready, he holds it above her left thigh and says, "You are now to be branded, slave girl."

He then brands the slave, pressing it firmly into her skin for five full Ihn (seconds), then swiftly and cleanly removes it.

He examines the mark closely, hoping that it was clean and deep enough to create an excellent brand.

It is common Gorean practice to allow the slave the luxury of screaming, since it is in effect her final act as free person. Sometimes assistants are standing by with small vials of oil and salve, which they then dab onto the brand to reduce chance of infection and promote faster healing.

The Master then frees the slave from the rack.

After the Branding is complete, a Herb called Valerian should be given to the slave as a drink.

The Valerian should be dried, 1 teaspoon plus a half a cup of water brought to a boil and let stand for 10 minutes. After doing so to one teaspoon is ingested and then another. This is a very strong pain killer and should be used with caution and only if the slave asks for it.

The Brand itself should be cleaned with an antibiotic solution such as Agrimony mixed in cold water applied to keep out infection. Dip a clean soft rep cloth in the antibiotic water solution and gently dab the brand.

Then bandaged with silk bandages to keep out infection. The bandages should be changed daily for a week ... and then let the brand heal naturally.

"The Tuchuk brand, tiny and fine, is the paired bosk horns. Tana, the paga slave in Lydius, wore it. The brand of the Kataii is that of a bow, facing to the left; the brand of the Kassars is that of the three-weighted bola; the brand of the Paravaci is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle." Hunters of Gor, 194.

"The most common brand site on a Gorean slave girl is the outer side of the left thigh, to be covered by a brief cloth of a common slave tunic and is available for convenient and immediate inspection if the tunic is lifted."
Savages of Gor, 108-109.

"I had seized her, half lifted her, and turned her from side to side, examining her slim, attractive thighs for the tiny brand which would confirm the matter. The most common brand sites, that on the left thigh, the favorite, and that on the right thigh, lacked slave marks. This determination, given the nature of her gamenture, could be instantly made. I then put her on her feet. "Oh!" she said. She was not branded on the lower left abdomen. That is perhaps the third most favored brand site. I then checked several other brand sites, such as the inside of the forearms, the left side of the neck, behind and below the left ear, the backs of her legs, and her buttocks. I even examined the insteps of her left and right feet. Her body was not branded."
Renegades of Gor, 124.

"'I see you like a left-thigh-branded girl,' said Hassan."
Tribesmen of Gor, 337 .

"Her brand, however, was not precisely the same as mine. It was more slender, more vertical, more like a stem with floral, cursive loops, about an inch and half in height, and half inch in width; it was, I would later learn, the initial letter in cursive script of the Gorean _expression 'Karjia'; my own brand was the 'dina'; the dina is a small, lovely, muti-petaled flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in the a turf of green leaves, usually on the slopes of hills, in the northern temperate zones of Gor; in its budding, though in few other ways, it resembles a rose."
Slave Girl of Gor, 61.

"With a heavy glove, Hassan pulled an iron from the brazier. "What do you think of this brand?" he asked. It was the Taharic slave mark. "It is beautiful," I said. "But let us assure ourselves that this will be a common slave, one fit to sell north." "A good idea," said Hassan. He returned the one iron to the brazier and reached for another. It glowed red. It was a fine iron, clean and precise. At it's tip, bright red, was the common Kajira slave mark of Gor."
Tribesmen of Gor, 337.

"May I see your brand?" I asked. I was curious. "Of course," said Ena, and she stood up and, extending her left leg, drew her long, lovely white garment to her hip, revealing her limb. I gasped. Incised deeply, precisely, in that slim, lovely, now-bared thigh was a startling mark, beautiful, insolent, dramatically marking that beautiful thigh as that which it now could only be, that of a female slave. "It is beautiful," I whispered. " "Can you read?" she asked. "No," I said. She regarded the brand. "It is the first letter, in cursive script," she said, "of the name of the city of Treve."
Captive of Gor, 277.

"Sometimes, too" she said, "a girl may be branded as punishment, and to warn others against her." I looked at her, puzzled. "Penalty brands," she said. "They are tiny, but clearly visible. There are various such brands. There is one for lying and another for stealing."
Captive of Gor, 277.

"Yet the most profound consequences of the brand seem to be less social than intensely individual, personal and psychological; the brand, almost instantaneously, transforms the deepest consciousness of a girl; I resolved to fight these feelings, to keep my personhood, even wearing a brand. I lay confined in bonds. I could scarcely move. But I suspected, and truly, the mightiest bond I wore was not the strict, confining loops on my wrists or belly but the newly incised brand on my body; later, I suspected, even if coils of rope and heavy chains might be heaped upon me, or I should be confined in cells or kennels, the most complete and inescapbable shackle placed upon me would nonetheless be always that delicate, feminine design, that small, lovely flower, resembling a rose, burned into the flesh of my upper left thigh."
Slave Girl of Gor, 60.

"The brand of the Tuchuk slave , incidently, is not the same as that used in the cities, which for girls is the first letter of the _expression Kajirain cursive script, but the sign of the four bosk horns, that of the Tuchuk standard , the brand of the four bosk horns, set in a manner to somewhat resemble the letter H, is only about an inch high."
Nomads of Gor, 62.

"The brand is normally concealed by the briefly skirted slave livery of Gor, but of course, when the camisk is worn, it is always visible, reminding the girl and others of her station. The brand itself, in the case of girls, is a rather graceful mark, being the initial letter of the Gorean _expression for salve in cursive script. If a male is branded, the same initial is used but rendered in a block letter."
Outlaw of Gor, 187.

"The brand is to be distinguished from the collar, though both are a designation of slavery. The primary significance of the collar is that it identifies the master and his city. The collar of a given girl maybe be changed countless times, but the brand continues throughout to bespeak her status."
Outlaw of Gor, 187

"Most simply the brand is supposed to convince the girl that she is truly owned. It is supposed to make her feel owned. When the iron is pulled away and she knows the pain and degradation and smells the odor of her burned flesh, she is supposed to tell herself, understanding its full and terrible import, I AM HIS."
Outlaw of Gor, 187.

"I noted her brand. It was a southern brand, the first letter in the cursive script, or Kajira, the most common expression for a Gorean female slave."
Marauders of Gor, 166.

"All over Gor, of course, the slave girl is a familiar commodity. The brand used by the Forkbeard, found rather frequently in the North, consisted of a half circle, with, at it's right tip, adjoining it, a steep diagonal line. The half circle is about and inch and a quarter in height. The brand is, like many, symbolic, in the north, the bond-maid is sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword."
Marauders of Gor, 87.

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