WEAPONS FOUND ON GOR
There are several types of swords found on Gor, but the most common is a wine tempered short sword similar in many respects to the short bronze swords of the Greeks but made of steel.
In the northern lands of Torvaldsland the men their use a longer sword more like a cutlass but in the length of the standard medieval long sword used by Knights.
To the south in the
Tahari Desert the men use a heavy curved blade not unlike the Scimitar in size, balance and weight.
Spear the typical Gorean spear is approximately seven feet in length, with a fitted wooden handle up to two inches thick, capped by a leaf shaped, tapering head eighteen inches in length. the handle itself is usually made from ka-la-na wood, and banded with metal near the juncture of the spear-head
socket to prevent the handle from shearing when thrown.
Tharlarion Lance a thick spear, approximately ten to fourteen feet long. It has a lancelet spear tip that attaches to a thick shaft. at the thickest part the shaft of the lance is about four inches in width and is often fluted to lighten it. Usually
carried when on the tharlarion, couched beneath the right arm of the user, the lance itself crossing over and above the neck of the mount, often supported by a lance rest which is either attached to the saddle or worn strapped to the user's chest, can be thrown, even though the lance is not designed for it.
Trident the three pronged spearing fork used by fishermen and sailors of the islands of Gor, can be utilized both as a thrusting weapon and as a throwing weapon. It is also used, in
conjunction with a hooked net, in various gladiatorial arenas throughout Gor. (rentiri) it is briefly described as being approximately seven feet in overall length, with prongs of ten inches or more, often used with a line attached, for retrieval should it be thrown.
Kailla Lance(Red Savages war lance) this weapon is almost identical to the kailla lance of the Wagon Peoples, though it is more heavily carved and decorated.
Kaiila Lance(Red Savages hunting lance) similar to the kailla lance of the wagon peoples, the hunting lance of the Red Savages is commonly longer, heavier and thicker, the point of
this lance is longer and narrower than the war lance, designed to pierce deeply into a kailiauk's heart, the shaft is made from temwood, the tip can be metal, carved bone or shaped stone,(depending upon what is available) and made be lashed to the shaft with boiled sinew or rawhide, or even attached with metal trade rivets.(again using what is at hand) leather grips, hand
loops, and decorations all made be present also.
Kaiila Lance (Wagon Peoples) a long slender spear, eight to ten feet long, designed to be used from the saddle of a rider on kaillaback. these lances are carried in the right fist, and are flexible and light. they are used primarily for thrusting. Black in color, they are made from the poles of young tem trees, and so
flexible that they may be bent almost double before they break. a loose loop of boskhide, wound twice about the right fist, helps the user to retain the weapon in mounted combat, it is seldom, if ever, thrown .
Harpoon a javelin type spear, fitted with a barbed head and used with an attached line for retrieval. A similar weapon first appears in the brine pits of Klima in book #10, Tribesmen of Gor, and the actual harpoon itself is used extensively in
book #12, Beasts of Gor .
Tarn Lance similar to the war lance, except that it is longer and more slender, easier use from tarnback
Short Bow this re-curved bow is much smaller in size than the great bow, and is better suited for use in close spaces or from the back of a kailla, tharlarion or tarn. It is often carved from a single, flexible piece of tem wood or ka-la-na wood, though such peoples as the Wagon Peoples and the Red Savages craft shortbows of layered wood and horn, which gives such
bows much greater strength and durability. The arrows used by the shortbow are also much shorter than those employed by the great bow.
Great (Peasant) Bow a non - re-curved long bow made from the wood of the ka-la-na tree or sometimes of temwood. Unstrung it is over six feet in length, and can require a pull of up to
one hundred twenty lbs. Tthe bowstring itself is usually made of hemp or sinew lashed with silk thread. the arrows of the bow are temwood, and fletched with the feathers of the vosk gullm, each such arrow is approximately three feet in length, and can be tipped with several different types of arrowheads; of these, the flight tip (a long narrow three sided metal spike designed for extreme penetration) and the sheaf tip (a wide double or triple edged blade designed to inflict maximum tissue damage upon impact) are the most common. It is commonly carried slung or strapped over the shoulder of the archer when not in use, and is accompanied by a belt or shoulder quiver containing forty (or more) arrows. It's use requires the archer to wear a bracer of thick leather upon the forearm of his bow arm, and to use a
archer's glove or leather finger tab to protect his hands and arm from the string when fired
Crossbow a standard infantry weapon of Gor. it consists of a heavy, flexible bow of tempered steel, eighteen inches across (when drawn), mounted on a heavy wooden stock about two feet long, with a trigger mechanism built into the shaped handle. It
can use several types arrows (quarrels) of spiked, smooth tipped or broad bladed quarrels, striking with enough force to penetrate wooden walls, doors or human bodies with relative ease. It has an effective range of approximately one hundred fifty yards. Slow to reload, it is commonly redrawn through use of a "goat's foot" hook or a cranequin (bow crank). Quarrels,
or "bolts," are carried by the user in a belt case or quiver.
Crossbow (Cavalry) similar in most respects to the larger crossbow, though instead of possessing a heavy metal bow, it has a much lighter bow of layered wood and horn. Slightly smaller in overall size, it is equipped with a metal stirrup at the firing
end, enabling it to be more quickly restrung. It is originally mentioned quite early in the series as a "light crossbow" or "sporting crossbow".
Battle Axe this weapon is described as a single bladed axe of steel, with a blade of anywhere from eight to fourteen inches in width, and is mounted on a thick wooden handle usually has a wrist thong attached to the end the handle, which enables it to be more easily retained during combat.
Great Axe this weapon is similar to the Torvaldsland Battle Axe, except it is much larger, with a handle up to four feet in length. The axe blade is also much larger, and this weapon is used two handed. Occasionally these axes will be double headed
Daggers take many forms, depending upon the needs and whims of
their users, and such weapons are the most common form of side-arm used on Gor. Daggers are worn openly in a belt sheath or concealed beneath one's clothing, often strapped to the wrist beneath the owner's sleeve, tucked into the collar behind the neck, or hidden in a boot. Used by many Free Women as a personal means of self defense (usualy poisoned).
Killing Knife a throwing knife, used by the Caste of Assassins, it is much smaller than the quiva, approximately six to eight inches in length, and its blade is tapered on only one side.
Sometimes used in conjunction with poison, though trained Assassins typically disdain the use of poison, it is rarely used in hand-to-hand combat, designed primarily to be thrown at the body of an unsuspecting victim.
Quiva a narrow double edged blade of between nine and twelve inches in length mounted on a shaped handle of wood, bone, or horn. It is honed to razor sharpness, and its blade tapers
to a needle point. Designed for use primarily as a throwing knife, the quiva is also perfectly functional as a hand weapon and general utility knife. It is mostly used by the nomadic Wagon Peoples of the southern hemisphere, who will carry matched sets of seven in special sheaths attached to their kailla saddles.
MISC. Weapons and Equipment:
War Club carved, shaped club of wood or bone, often mounted with a stone or metal head of some sort. this weapon is probably approximately two to three feet in length.
Spiked Leather a pair of spiked leather balls which are worn upon the hands of gladiatorial fighters; the spikes of these devices can be very long.
Spiked Hand Wraps heavy cloth or leather strips bound about the hand, with projecting spikes which cover the wearer's knuckles.
Knife Gauntlets a pair of thick leather gauntlets, upon which are mounted crescent shaped knife blades. Sometimes used by gladiators in arena combats.
Bolo the favored weapon of the Warriors of Wagon People. The bolo consists of three long leather straps, each about five feet in length, terminating in a leather sack which contains,
a heavy rounded metal weight. Developed for hunting, it also can be used as a weapon of war. Thrown low the long straps, with their approximate ten foot sweep, strike the victim and the weighted balls, whip about the victim's legs, entangling and tightening the straps. Thrown high it can pin a man's arms to his sides; thrown at the throat it can strangle him; thrown at the head the whipping weights can crush his skull. Once a victim
is entangled with the bolo, another weapon is then utilized to dispatch the victim.
Gorean Warrior's Shield a circular shaped shield; made of several layers of bosk's hide generally seven to nine layers thick stretched over a lightweight framework of wood or horn,
generally about twenty four to thirty six inches in diameter. The shield is often banded with strips of iron to further strengthen it. The shield, thought seemingly small, is sufficient in size to protect the areas where a fatal blow may be struck, yet it may also be used as a covering in sever
weather. It is worn upon the user's arm, usually the left one, and is carried slung across the back while traveling. The shield is usually painted and sometimes carries a design or device that denotes the warriors city state.
Adapted and altered by Facinerous from Byrons HP with his knowledge and permission
Helmets the most commonly used helmet is the standard Gorean war helmet. It is described as a close faced helmet which encloses the entire head, with a distinctive "Y" shaped opening
in the face plate to admit air and to allow breathing. This style of helmet was perfected and much in use during the heyday of the city states of Greece. Mounted atop each example of this type of helmet is a crest plate, upon which can be displayed the symbol of a city or organization. The crests themselves adorn the top of the helmet either crosswise, from one side
of the neck to the other, or lengthwise from the back of the neck to the upper forehead like half fans. The helmet itself can be painted or lacquered in any color, to represent a grouping, city or caste another type of a helmet is that often worn by the desert tribesmen and warriors of such cities as Turia and Tor, as well as by the nomadic warriors of the Wagon Peoples. This helmet is cone shaped steel, often fitted with a nasal guard
of narrow flat construction, such helmets may be trimmed with a ring of fur or fabric which encircles the brow, or with either a cloth covering or chain mail at the back of the helm, that covers the neck. These helmets are closely fitted to the wearer's head, padded with a thick cloth cap a final example of helmetry is the helm worn by northern warriors which is in
effect a steel or iron bowl, a single metal brow band encircles the head, with two or more curved metal straps attached to it in the pattern of an "X", covering much of the wearer's skull, curved plates are riveted in place to fill the gaps between the strapping, resulting in a layered metal cap with covers the entire head. These helmets are often fitted with cheek
and neck guards, chain mail cam ails or even metal face plates which conceal the face or portions of it like a metal mask. the horns of animals or metal spikes may be attached to the helmet as decoration though this usually makes them rather bulky and difficult to wear in combat.