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 GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI

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PostSubject: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:47 pm

Kasra: This is a river port on the Lower Fayeen. It is downriver from Kurtzal and west of Tor. It is famed on Gor for its production of red salt. The salt is brought in from secret pits and mines in heavy cylinders on pack kaiila. See also Scroll #40, The Tahari Region.


Kurtzal: This village is north of Tor. It is little more than a loading and shipping point on the Lower Fayeen. See also Scroll #40, The Tahari Region.


Tor: This city lies in the northwest corner of the Tahari. It is an opulent city of the desert, well known for its splendors, comforts and pleasures. It is also the principal supply point for the oases communities of the Wastes. The buildings are of mud brick, covered with colored, often flaking, plaster. The buildings are rarely more than four stories high. Thousands of caravan merchants are headquartered here and much of the city is organized to support the caravan trade. The city is built in concentric circles broken by numerous, narrow crooked streets. See also Scroll #40, The Tahari Region.

Lower Fayeen River: This is a tributary of the Cartius, located west of Tor. See also Scroll #40, The Tahari Region.


Tahari: Located southeast of Ar, below the eastern foothills of the Voltai, and to the south is the Tahari. This is a desert area also known as the Wastes, or the Emptiness. It is shaped like a gigantic, lengthy trapezoid with eastward leaning sides. At its northwest corner is Tor. The area east of Tor is hundreds of pasangs in depth, maybe thousands. It is generally rocky and hilly, save in the dune country. It is almost constantly windblown by a hot wind and waterless. There are oases fed from underground rivers flowing southeast from the Voltai range. The water erupts in oases springs or is reached by deep well, down to two hundred feet. The day temperatures in the shade are 120 degrees. The oasis communities number from a hundred to thousands of people and are often hundreds of pasangs apart from each other. They depend on caravans for their needs. See also Scroll #40, The Tahari Region.
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:56 am

Oasis of Two Scimitars: Little is mentioned about this oasis. We do know that it is an isolated and obscure oasis, far from the established trade routes, that is under the control of the Bakahs who were once a vassal tribe of the Kavars. Its ruler is Hasaad Pasha.

There are two high tribes within the Tahari, the Aretai and the Kavars, and they appear to be the only two high tribes. The term "high tribe" seems to indicate that these two tribes have conquered a number of other tribes, thus creating a larger entity. There are some tribes in the Tahari that are neither vassal or conquering tribes. They are essentially independent tribes and seem to be much smaller than the high tribes. A vassal tribe is essentially a military unit that is subordinate to a conquering tribe. Though there are usually some token tributes involved, the vassal tribe is, in its own areas, almost completely autonomous. It will possess its own leaders, magistrates, judges and warriors. Its primary significance is as a military ally, supporting the conquering tribe when needed with warriors, kaiila and supplies.

"The Tahari is perhaps most beautiful at night. During the day one can scarcely look upon it, for the heats and reflections. During the day it seems menacing, whitish, shimmering with heat, blinding, burning; men must shade their eyes; some go blind; women and children remain within the tents; but, with the coming of the evening, with the departure of the sun, there is a softening, a gentling, of this vast, rocky harsh terrain. It is at this time that Hassan, the bandit, would make his camps. As the sun sank, the hills, the dust and sky, would become red in a hundred shades, and, as the light fades, these reds would become gradually transformed into a thousand glowing tones of gold, which, with the final fading of the light in the west, yield to a world of luminous, then dusky, blues and purples. Then, it seems suddenly, the sky is black and wide and high and is rich with the reflected sands of stars, like clear bright diamonds burning in the soft, sable silence of the desert's innocent quietude." (Tribesman of Gor p.169-70)



But the key factor to survival in the Tahari region must center on water. "One does not, alone, without water, move on the sands during the day. Interestingly, because of the lack of surface water, the nights, the sun gone, are cool, even chilly at times. One would, thus, if not in caravan, move at night." (Tribesman of Gor p.21) It rains very rarely in the Tahari and some areas may not see rain for many years. When rain does fall, it is sometimes very fierce and can turn the terrain into a muddy quagmire. As there is little rain erosion, there are few natural paths to direct the water toward specific areas. Instead, when the water falls upon the flat land in the loose dust, with no where else to go, it can create thick mud. So, when the rains fall, the men of the Tahari will seek high ground to avoid being trapped within the muck. In addition, following the rains, great clouds of dormant sand flies sometimes awaken and become nasty pests.

Most of the water in the Tahari is unclear and slightly salty, though safe for consumption. The people of the Tahari may leave water arrows, markers that indicate the direction of water holes, underground cisterns or oases. This allows others to locate water sources that they might otherwise miss. They also sometimes dig up rocks at night, clean them and leave them out so that dew can form on them in the morning. They will then lick the dew off the rocks in the morning, though this has limited use. "One cannot pay the water debt, of course, with the spoonful or so of moisture obtainable in this way. It does, however, wet the lips and tongue." (Tribesman of Gor p.94) Because of the paramount importance of water, the destruction of a water source is the most heinous crime that exists in the Tahari. It is an almost inconceivable offense, beyond even the accepted methods of war. Where in the cities of Gor, poisoning a well might be acceptable in warfare, it would never be tolerated in the Tahari. The crime of destroying a water source will unite the tribesmen and nomads against any offender who will suffer prolonged torture before public impalement.

"The conservation of body water is the crucial parameter in survival. One moves little. One sweats as little as possible." (Tribesman of Gor p.21) One wants to minimize perspiration and to retain as much moisture as possible that is lost through perspiration. The men of the Tahari men usually move slowly during the hottest hours, engaging in little unnecessary movement. Their garments tend to be loose and voluminous yet closely woven. Their outer garment is almost always white so that the color reflects the sun. The looseness of the garments acts as a bellows in movement, circulating air over damp skin and thus cooling the body by evaporation. The close weave maintains much of the moisture within the garment, preferably condensing it back onto the skin. When water is in short supply, they may not eat as the act of digestion requires a lot of water. Proteins, meat, kaiila milk, vulo eggs, and verr cheese all require much water for digestion. It can take weeks to starve but only two days to die of thirst.

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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:50 am

nice read
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:39 am

great collaboration of information sunny
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:23 am

Very informative, thank you both, Masters, for sharing. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:37 am

thanks for the read men very informative thank you to both
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:12 am

girl thanks you for the information Masters
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:35 am

Great info sun ty
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:36 am

very interesting and informative, thank you for the information
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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:42 am

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PostSubject: Re: GEOGRAPHICAL THINGS TO KNOW OF THE TAHARI   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:26 pm

loved both this info, thank you
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