Shores is to be a kill-zone of Free Persons only in strict accordance
with the Rules of Battle.
As it is neither fair nor honorable for the fastest typist and the one
with the faster server to win in a "Post First" "3 Post"
or a "Race" battle, such a battle will be judged. The Captains
and Advisors of Gorean Shores are the only individuals who may judge a
battle. Three judges must be present for the battle. The battle will be
judged on Realism, Description, Honor (such as Honoring a blow), Form,
and Agility. The three judges will then, upon completion of the battle,
vote in secret and then publicly announce which participant won the battle.
Majority vote wins. If the battle is to the death, the victor will then
be granted permission to slay his opponent by the judges. Assassins who
leap into the room, thrust knives into their prey and immediately leave
will simply be laughed out of the tavern. Their "kill" will
not be recognized. If an Assassin wishes to kill someone in Gorean Shores,
they must abide by the Battle Rules.
This is Gor. Realistic fighting is expected on Gor. Realistic being the
key word here. Leaping through the air for 20 feet, flips, amazing and
almost magical agility, and skills with multiple, and improbable, weapons
which not even the best trained Warrior would realistically have is neither
Gorean nor honorable. Realism is the foremost criteria. There is a fine
line between being an "expert swordsman" as everyone on Gor
claims to be, and being a braggart. The judges will be very careful to
ensure that the line is not crossed.
Battles must be fought hand to hand; no missile weapons are permitted.
Combatants should familiarize themselves with the "Weapons of Gor"
section in the "Information about Gor" portion of the Web Page.
Combatants should also familiarize themselves with the map and description
of the tavern, as all battles are to be fought in the sand pit. The challenged
party, if he desires, has the right to choose the weapon(s) which may
be used in the battle.
The battle will be fought post by post, back and forth, in the sand pit
of the tavern. The combatant who was challenged will post first, when
the judges tell him to begin, by saying "Fight". Once the challenged
party posts his first posts, the challenger may then review the post,
draft a response and post next. The first party must wait until a response
is posted before transcribing his next post. In other words: A posts first,
then waits for B. Once B posts, A may then post again, etc... Thus, computer
refresh time is irrelevant. The battle will consist of 5 posts from each,
each post consisting of no more than 10 lines of text. What you post,
and what you choose to honor from the other's posts, is up to you. But
the judges will be carefully examining each post for the criteria list
above. None of the 5 posts should have a "kill" or a permanent
impairment (such as chopping off an arm). You may cause whatever other
injury you wish to your opponent, but if there is a "kill" or
permanent impairment it will not be recognized and will count against
you. When the 5 posts are complete, the judges will vote in secret and
a decision will be publicly announced. 5 posts means 5 posts. Do not waste
them whining or protesting. If your opponent posted something that you
disagree with, either mention it in your next post along with your next
attack or disregard it. Any posts after the first 5 posted once the command
to "Fight" is given will be disregarded and counted against
Battles need not be to the death. The combatants should declare prior
to the battle whether the match is to the death or not. If a battle is
not to the death, a victor will still be announced. If a battle is to
the death, it is advised that the victor take the vanquished party to
the roof of the tavern for the honorable "Death of Blood and the
Sea", as the Gorean Shores tavern is located in Port Kar.
slaves are subject to neither the protections nor the privileges of a
Gorean Shores collar, and may take whatever abuse a Master chooses to
inflict upon them, including death. Collared slaves may not be killed
without the permission of their Master, but may be temporarily banned
if necessary. Nothing herein should be deemed, however, as acceptance
of the practice of putative Assassins who leap into and out of taverns
in attempts to practice their trade. The killing of a Gorean slave is
an extreme measure, and should not be done in haste. The Council will
review all killings of uncollared slaves.
slaves of Gorean Shores are under the protection of the Council of Captains
of the tavern. Any attempt to capture/collar or physically punish a slave
of Gorean Shores will not be permitted; the penalty for such an attempt
shall be temporary banishment, with consideration by the Council of permanent
banishment and impalement. Collared slaves of Masters will not be captured/collared
and may be punished only to the extent permitted by the Master. Uncollared
slaves may be captured at will, provided they willingly submit to the
CAPTURING/COLLARING FREE WOMEN
Women may be collared only when they both lose the protection of any guards
they might have, and act in a manner inconsistent with their status on
Gor. Furthermore, the collaring of a Free Woman will only be official
when recognized by a vote of the Council of Captains . See the web page
section on Free Women for additional information and advice.