Tal Men and Women of the proud Kavar
Those of you who know me already will go now: Here we go again the infamous pedantic BTB scribe writes again. Wasn’t it nice and quite when she was on Holidays?
For those who don’t know me yet: I am Sheraka of Tyros. Former head scribe and council member of a Tyrian colony called Tem Wood. There I builded what was considered the biggest library ever in SL Gor, with a collection of scrolls about nearly anything related to Gor. Including some of my own writings which have been published on my blog and on various Gorean portals.
So I am not a Kavar.
I am a guest who got invited by Lady Jeanie and granted security by the Pasha when politics in Tyros went sour and Sheraka had to flee from a power drunk Ubar who resolved the council and became an absolute tyrant. (Plus OOC reason that the place went from BTB to outright Disney).
I am living here in the Sand Sleen oasis starting up a slave trading business. All IC of course and soly for the purpose of role play.
Gold has no caste they say on Gor, and my abilities and knowledge as a member of the caste of scribes will ensure that the house will produce fine and extremely well educated slaves which is what will set us apart from other Gorean houses.
Why am I telling you all this?
Because I made some observations in the last two days which I would like to share with you all and I need to clarify, that my very own character is not contradicting the points I will comment on in the following.
Also be advised that this is not some clever snobby “I know better stuff” , its meant to be constructive as usual and shall be my contribution to make this an even better place then it is already. I hope the input is appreciated.
My first observation is:
In the group message there are certain titles mentioned, they speak of “head of such and such caste”, they speak of Physician apprentices, even an Ubar was announced.
As far as I understand, the Sand Sleen Oasis prides itself, rightfully to be a BTB SIM. BTB meaning : by the books. It even says that on the notecard you receive at the entrance. The book in question is:
Tribesmen of Gor!
Already in the first chapters we learn, that the oases in the Tahari differ substantially from Gorean cities. The most significant difference is the absence of the caste system.
The only times when people of certain castes are mentioned, it is referred to people who are guests in the oasis (like Tarl of the warriors), people who are hired from elsewhere (like a scribe in the service of Pasha Suleiman) and merchants that come with caravans to do trade with the oases.
Unlike in cities of civilised Gor, the people are not divided in castes and there is consequently no such thing as a head of caste.
When i came to the Sand Sleen oasis I was offered the title “head of Scribes” which is what I have done in Tem Wood. Then I was reading Tribesmen and felt but sooo out of place.
I told then Sahraa that I can not play a head of scribe here, because its as plausible as a warrior woman or even worse. Think about this: Would a real Kavar accept somebody in a leading position of his people who is:
1. A foreigner (Tyros in this case)
2. Of an institution not recognized in his culture (castes)
3. A woman
I dont think so.
My second observation
The same applies to the title of Ubar. An Ubar is somebody the council of a city appointed to lead the city during a crisis. Again in a city.
The tribes in the Tahari are all led by a Pasha. The books dont mention exactly the origin of a Pasha but I think it’s fair comment to assume that the origins of a Pasha are the same like in the earthen counter part of the people in the Tahari: Northern African and middle Eastern Bedouin tribes.
Hence a Pasha is basically the descendent of the founder of a tribe. He doesn’t get elected into such position he gets born into it. Because of a Pasha is somewhat a symbol of the sheer existence of a tribe, the members of that tribe (many of them being of the Pashas family) are as loyal to him as a Gorean of the cities would be to his Home Stone.
The highest Military rank is a Captain.
Resumed: I feel the oasis is mixing Gorean culture of the more known culture of Cities with the tribal cultures of the Kavar in the Tahari. Maybe we should reconsider those things or alternatively remove the BTB label, so not to confuse people about the nature of the place.
I am more than happy to make this topic of a group chat.
May you always have water