All About Collars & Brands ...

Both the collar and the brand are distinctive symbols that identify a slave as both a slave and who's property that slave is.  Therefore both symbols are very important representations of slavery on Gor.  Listed here are several of the most commonly known facts.

 
           About Collars
 
There are four things a slave should always know regarding the purpose of a collar:

1. To visibly designate the wearer as a slave
2. To impress her slavery upon her
3. It identifies her Master
4. It provides ease of leashing.

My eyes suddenly noted her one piece of jewelry, a light, steel like band she wore as a collar. ~ Tarnsman of Gor, page 26

"Ko-lar," she said, indicating her collar. "It is the same word in English," I cried. ~ Slave Girl of Gor, page 80
 

 
           Types of Collars
 


Capture collar
The capture Collar is a loop of chain controlled by two wooden handles so that it is easy to block off the slave's air supply as a measure of control.

" . . . I looked in the rear-view mirror, terrified. About my throat, closely looped, was a narrow golden chain. It was controlled by two narrow wooden handles, in his hands "It was a girl-capture chain," I said "It is to be distinqued from the standard garrote, which is armed with wire and can cut a throat easily. The standard garrote, of course, is impractical for captures, for the victim, in even a reflexive movement, might cut her own throat."
- Savages of Gor, page 180

Coffle collar
A slave collar with a ring upon it to thread chain through, the chain is either a permanent attachment or removable depending on the amount of slaves in the coffle.

"The collars had front and back rings, were hinged on the right and locked on the left. This is a familiar form of coffle collar. The lengths of chain between the collars were about 3 to 4 feet long. Some were attached to the collar rings by the links themselves, opened and then re-closed about the rings, and some of them were fastened to the collar rings by snap rings. Another common form of coffle collar has its hinge in the front and closes behind the back of the neck, like the common slave collar. It has a single collar ring, usually on the right, through which, usually, a single chain is strung. Girls are spaced on such a chain, usually, by snap rings."
- Savages of Gor, page 135

Cord Collar
A light cord tied about the slave's throat with a small disk hanging from it which identifies the name of the Owner. This type of collar is used in the Delta where metal can only be traded for.

"On some rence islands I have heard, incidentally, that the men have revolted, and enslaved their women. These are usually kept in cord collars, with small disks attached to them, indicating the names of their masters."
- Vagabonds of Gor, page 341

Dance collar
A collar to which light-weight chain has been attached in order to set off the dancer; a common type consists of a large oval of chain , to which wrist cuffs are attached; once the two sides of the oval have been attached to a ring on the collar; there are variations depending on the region.

"A wrist ring was fastened on her right wrist. The long, slender, gleaming chain was fastened to this and, looping down and up, ascended gracefully to a wide chain ring on her collar, through which it freely passed, thence descending, looping down, and ascending, looping up, gracefully, to the left wrist ring. If she were to stand quietly, the palms of her hands on her thighs, the lower portions of the chain, those two dangling loops, would have been about at the level of her kneels, just a little higher. The higher portion of the chain, of course, would be at the collar loop"
- Kajira of Gor, page 143

Kur collar
A high, locking, leather collar which is used to identify Kur slaves

"She approached me. From my pouch I drew forth a leather Kur collar, with its lock, and sewn in leather, its large, rounded ring. "What is it?" she asked apprehensively, I took it behind her neck, and then, closing it about her throat, thrust the large, flattish bolt, snapping it, into the locking breech. The two edges of metal, bordered by the leather, fitted closely together. The collar is some three inches in height. The girl must keep her chin up. "It is the collar of a Kur cow," I told her."
- Marauders, pages 322-323

Lock collar
A slave collar normally for a female slave, which locks in the back. The key would be kept by her Owner. Most locks are six pin or six disk locks, one pin or disk for each letter of the word kajira.

"A small, heavy lock on a girl's slave collar, incidentally, may be of several varieties, but almost all are cylinder locks, either of the pin or disk variety. In a girl's collar lock there would be either six pins or six disks, on each, it is said, for each letter in the Gorean word for slave, Kajira."
- Assassin of Gor, page 51

Message collar
A high leather collar which a contains a message sewn within it. Normally the recipient would also keep the slave as a gift.

"Did you note the collar she wore?" He had not seemed to show much interest in the high thick leather collar that the girl had had sewn about her neck. "Of course" he said. "I myself," I said," have never seen such a collar." "It is a message collar," said Kamback. "Inside the leather sewn within, will be a message"
- Nomads of Gor, page 40

Northern collar
The Northern collar is flat black metal, literally riveted on with a hammer, it is normally unmarked and is used in Torvaldsland and surrounding areas.

"Look up at me," said the smith. The slender, blond girl, tears in her eyes, looked up at him. He opened the hinged collar of black iron, about a half inch in height. He put it about her throat. It also contained a welded ring, suitable for the attachment of a chain. "Put your head beside the anvil," he said. He took her hair, and threw it forward, and thrust her neck against the left side of the anvil. Over the anvil lay the joining ends of the two pieces of the collar. The inside of the collar was separated by a quarter of an inch from her neck. I saw the fine hairs on the back of her neck. On one part of the collar are two, small, flat, thick rings. On the other is a single such ring. These rings, when the wings of the collar are joined, are aligned, those on one wing on top and bottom, that on the other in the center. They fit closely together, one on top of the other. The holes in each, about three-eighths of an inch in diameter, too, of course, are perfectly aligned. The smith, with his thumbs, forcibly, pushed a metal rivet through the three holes. The rivet fits snugly. "Do not move your head, Bond-maid," said the smith. Then, with great blows of the iron hammer, he riveted the iron collar about her throat. A man then pulled her by the hair from the anvil and threw her to one side. She lay there weeping, a naked bond-maid, marked and collared"
- Marauders of Gor, page 105-106

Plank collar
A plank collar is used on slave benches. It is a heavy wooden plank with five semicircular openings, when the plank is lifted it provides holding collars for five slaves. The plank is then chained down.

"The primary holding arrangement for women on the benches, however, are not chains. Each place on the bench is fitted with ankle and wrist stocks, and for each bench there is a plank collar, a plank which opens horizontally, each half of which contains five matching, semicircular openings, which, when it is set on pinions, closed, and chained in place, provides thusly five sturdy, wooden enclosures for the small, lovely throats of women. The plank is thick and thus the girl's chins are held high. The plank is further reinforced between each girl with a narrowly curved iron band, the open ends of which are pierced; this is slid tight in its slots, in its metal retainers, about the boards, and secured in place with a four-inch metal pin, which may or may not be locked in place"
- Savages of Gor, page 60

Plate collar
A plate collar is used most often on male slaves or untrained female slaves. It is hammered onto the throat and only a metal worker can remove it.

"I could see the heavy metal collar hammered about the man's neck, not uncommon in a male slave. His head would have been placed across the anvil, and the metal curved about his neck with great blows."
- Hunters of Gor, page 13


Turian collar
The Turian collar, unlike most collars which fit closely to the girl's skin, is a loose round ring, so loose that the girl can turn within it. Though it is harder to engrave, it is very popular in some areas.

"The Turian collar lies loosely on the girl, a round ring; it fits so loosely that, when grasped in a man's fist, the girl can turn within it".
-Nomads of Gor, page 29

Shipping collar
A shipping collar is a temporary collar used to identify the slave as part of the cargo of a particular ship.

"What sort of collar do you wear?" "A shipping collar, Master. It shows that I am a portion of the cargo of the Palms of Schendi."
- Explorers of Gor, page 79

Sleeve collar
A sleeve made out of cloth of some type which goes around the collar and normally would match the outfit the slave is wearing. Used only in some cities.

"I reached out, timidly, towards her throat. I touched the object there. "What is this?" I asked. "The silk?" she asked. "That is a collar stocking, or a collar sleeve. They may be made of many different materials. In a cooler climate they are sometimes of velvet. In most cities they are not used"
- Kajira of Gor, page 46

 
           Collar Related Devices
 

Errand Capsule
An errand capsule is a leather cylinder attached to a slave's neck by a string over the collar, it is used for carrying notes and messages usually.

"I did have an errand capsule, a capped, narrow leather cylinder, such as may be used for carrying notes, messages, and such, on a string around my neck, the string over my collar "
- Dancer of Gor, page 300

Identificatory Anklet
This type of anklet is used for slaves stolen from Earth. It is removed and replaced with a collar upon her delivery. The anklet has the girl's identification number engraved upon it.

" . . My ankles were crossed and tied together with a short piece of rope. A metal anklet of some sort was fastened on my left ankle." "A girls identificatory anklet," I said, "It is removed after her delivery to Gor"
- Savages of Gor, page 181
 
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            Types of  Brands
 

“It takes time to bring an iron to branding heat and the iron, of course, its head sinking and searing, burning, into the girls flesh, marking her, loses heat rapidly. A given iron, accordingly, must be reheated before being reapplied. This situation is further complicated by the fact that the iron, normally, is cleaned following each application, a procedure which further reduces the heat. The cleaning is important for the precision and clarity of the next marking. Thus, in effect, each girl is marked with a new, fresh iron.” Savages of Gor page 108

Beyond this, there exists on Gor a variety of brands for women, though the Kajira brand, which Eta wore, is by far the most common. Some merchants invent brands, as the dina was invented, in order to freshen the nature of their merchandise and stimulate sales. Collectors, for example, those who are rich, sometimes collect exotic brands, much as collectors on Earth might collect stamps or coins, populating their pleasure gardens not only with girls who are beautiful but diversely marked. There are, of course, men who buy for brands. To meet this market various brands are developed and utilized. The "slave flower" brand was a natural development. Slave Girl of Gor pages 62 - 63

 


The Common Kajira Brand
“The man, placing heavy gloves on his hands, withdrew from the brazier a slave iron. Its tip was a figure some inch and a half high, the first letter in the cursive script, in the Gorean alphabet, of the expression Kajira. It is a beautiful letter.”
Hunters of Gor page 51

“I resisted the impulse to trace lightly in the palm of her left hand a small cursive "Kef,' the staff and fronds, that letter used commonly in the branding of female slaves.” Fighting Slave of Gor page 96

“My brand, she said, is the common Kajira mark. I hope it pleases Master. I regarded it, the staff and fronds, delicate and incisive, beauty subject to discipline.” Rogue of Gor page 204

The Common Kajirus Brand
The brazier, fierce with heat, stood not two yards away from Marlenus of AR. Its coals were poked and stirred with one of the metal bars. Then one of the men of Tyros lifted the iron, glowing red, from the fire. Its marking surface, its termination soft and red in the night, was in the form of a large, block letter in Gorean script, the initial of Kajirus, a common Gorean expression for a male slave.
Hunters of Gor page 194

The Sa-Fora Brand
“Another common expression for a female slave, is incidentally, the initial of which, in cursive script, is sometimes used to mark a girl, is Sa-Fora, which means, rather literally, Chain Daughter.”
Hunters of Gor page 194


The Dina
“I had seen the design at the tip of the iron. It was a small flower, stylized; it was circular, about an inch and a half in diameter; it was not unlike a small rose; it was incredibly lovely and delicate.”
Slave Girl of Gor, p. 52

“My own brand was the 'Dina;' the dina is a small lovely, multiply petaled flower, short-stemmed, and blooming in 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; it is and exotic, alien flower; it is also spoken of, in the north, where it grows most frequently, as the slave flower; it was burned into my flesh; in the south, below the Gorean equator, where the flower is much more rare, it is prized more highly.”
Slave Girl of Gor, page 61

“But perhaps the dina is spoken of as the slave flower merely because, in the north, it is, though delicate and beautiful, a reasonably common, unimportant flower; it is also easily plucked, being defenseless, and can be easily crushed, overwhelmed and, if one wishes, discarded.” Slave Girl of Gor page 62

The Belly beneath the sword or bondsmaid brand
Described as a half circle about an inch and a quarter in width, adjoined at it's right tip by a steep, diagonal line an inch and a quarter in height. In the north, the bond-maid is referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword.”
Marauders of Gor page 87

“The brand used by Forkbeard is not uncommon in the North, though there is less uniformity in Torvaldsland on these matters than in the South, where the merchant caste, with its recommendations for standardization, is more powerful. 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 its right tip, adjoining it, a steep, diagonal line. The half circle is about an inch and a quarter in height. The brand is, like many, symbolic. In the north, the bond-maid is sometimes referred to as a women whose belly lies beneath the sword.”
Marauders of Gor page 87

The Tahari Brand
The initial printed letter of 'Kajira', rather than the cursive letter, as generally, issued as the common brand of women in the Tahari. Both the cursive letter in common Gorean and the printed letter in Taharic are rather lovely, both being somewhat floral in appearance.”
Tribesman Of Gor page 148 - 149

“I had little doubt that it would be the Tahari brand which, white hot, would be pressed into the thigh of the new slave, marking her thenceforth as merchandise. The contact surface of the iron would be formed into the Taharic character 'Kef', which, in Taharic, is the initial letter of the expression 'Kajira', the most common expression in Gorean for a female slave.”
Tribesmen of Gor page 148

Knife Brand
Rather like a tattoo, an appropriate design is cut into the thigh of a slave and a colored powder is rubbed into it.”
Explorers of Gor page 330

“He then placed his torch in an iron rack, projecting from the wall. On an iron table, to the right of the rack, there was a flat box. Lie on your right side, exposing your left thigh, he said. Yes, Master, I said. From the box he then took a small, curved knife and a tiny, cylindrical leather flask. I gritted my teeth, but made no sound. With the small knife he gashed my left thigh, making upon it a small, strange design. He then took a powder, orange in color, from the flask and rubbed it into the wound.”
Explorers of Gor page 330


The Wagon Peoples
“The Wagon Peoples, too, each have an individual brand for their female slaves.”
Hunters Of Gor page 194


Tuchuk Brand
“I supposed that on the morrow Kamchak would call for the Tuchuk Iron Master, to brand what he called his little barbarian; the brand of the Tuchuk slave, incidentally, is not the same as that generally used in the cities. Which for girls, is the first letter of the expression Kajira in cursive script. but the sign of the four bosk horns that of the Tuchuk standard; the brand of the four bosk horns, set in such a manner as to somewhat resemble the letter H is only about an inch high; the common Gorean brand, on the other hand, is usually an inch and a half to two inches high; the brand of the four bosk horns, of course, is also used to mark the bosk of the Tuchuks, but there, of course, it is much larger, forming roughly a six-inch square...”
Nomads of Gor page 62

Kassar Brand
“The standard of the Kassars is that of a scarlet, three-weighted bola, which hangs from a lance; the symbolic representation of a bola, three circles joined at the center by lines, is used to mark their bosk and slaves.”
Nomads of Gor page 106

Kataii Brand
“...the standard of the Kataii is a yellow bow, bound across a black lance; their brand is also that of a bow, facing to the left .”
Nomads of Gor page 106

The Paravaci Brand
“...the Paravaci standard is a large banner of jewels beaded on golden wires, forming the head and horns of a bosk its value is incalculable; the Paravaci brand is a symbolic representation of a bosk head, a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle.”
Nomads of Gor page 106

Priest-Kings and Kurii Brands
“Incidentally, there are many brands on Gor. Two that almost never occur on Gor, by the way, are those of the moons and collar, and of the chain and claw. The first of these commonly occurs in certain of the Gorean enclaves on Earth, which serve as headquarters for agents of the Priest-Kings; the second tends to occur in the lairs of Kurii agents on Earth; the first brand consists of a locked collar and, ascending diagonally above it, extending to the right, three quarter moons; this brand indicates the girl is subject to Gorean discipline; the chain-and-claw brand signifies, of course, slavery and subjection with the compass of the Kur yoke.”
Explorers of Gor page 12

Mark of Treve and Penalty Brands
“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. 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, page 277

“Four men held me, naked, near the brazier. I could feel the heat blazing from the canister. The sky was very blue, the clouds were white.  'Please, no!' I wept.  I saw Rask, with a heavy glove, draw forth one of the irons from the fire. It terminated in a tiny letter, not more that a quarter of an inch high. The letter was white hot. 'This is a penalty brand,' he said. 'It marks you as a liar.'  'Please, Master!' I wept. 'I no longer have patience with you,' he said. 'Be marked as what you are.' I screamed uncontrollably as he pressed in the iron, holding it firmly into my leg. Then, after some two to four Ihn, he removed it. I could not stop screaming with pain. I smelled the odor of burned flesh, my own. I began to whimper. I could not breathe. I gasped for breath. Still the men held me.  'This penalty brand,' said Rask of Treve, lifting another iron from the brazier, again with a tyny letter at its glowing termination, 'marks you also as what you are, as a thief.'  'Please, no, Master!' I wept.  I could not move a muscle of my left leg. It might as well have been locked in a vise. It must wait for the iron.  I screamed again, uncontrollably. I had been branded as a thief.  'This third iron,' said Rask of Treve, 'is, too, a penalty iron. I mark you with this not for myself, but for Ute.'  Through raging tears I saw, white hot, the tiny letter.
'It marks you as a traitress,' said Rask of Treve. He looked at me, with fury. 'Be marked as a traitress,' he said. Then he pressed the third iron into my flesh. As it entered my flesh, biting and searing, I saw Ute watching, her face betraying no emotion. I screamed, and wept, and screamed.  Still the men did not release me.  Rask of Treve lifted the last iron from the fire. It was much larger, the letter at its termination some one and a half inches high. It, too, was white hot. I knew the brand. I had seen it on Ena's thigh. It was the mark of Treve. Rask of Treve decided that my flesh should bear that mark.  'No, Master, please!' I begged him.  'Yes, Worthless Slave,' he said, 'you will wear in your flesh the mark of the city of Treve.'  'Please,' I begged.
'When men ask you,' said he, 'who it was that marked you as a liar and a thief, and traitress, point to this brand, and say, I was marked by one of Treve, who was displeased with me.'”
Captive of Gor pages 310 - 311

Merchant Brand
also known as the Acceptance Brand

“The street was lined by throngs of Tuchuks and slaves. Among them, too, were soothsayers and haruspexes, and singers and musicians, and, here and there, small peddlers and merchants, of various cities, for such are occasionally permitted by the Tuchuks, who crave their wares, to approach the wagons. Each of these, I was later to learn, wore on his forearm a tiny brand, in the form of spreading bosk horns, which guaranteed his passage, at certain seasons, across the plains of the Wagon Peoples. The difficulty, of course is in first obtaining the brand. If, in the case of a singer, the song is rejected, or in the case of a merchant, his merchandise is rejected, he is slain out of hand. This acceptance brand, of course, carries with it a certain stain of ignominy, suggesting that those who approach the wagons do so as slaves.”
Nomads of Gor page 34

Thief's Brand
also called the thief's scar

A tiny 1/4 inch three-pronged brand worn on the cheek of those of the Caste of Thieves, who are found only in Port Kar .
Raiders of Gor page 104 ~ Mercenaries of Gor page 239

“I have seen the thief's brand! she cried. "It is beautiful!" It was a tiny, three-pronged brand, burned into the face over the right cheekbone. I had seen it several times, once on one who worked for the mysterious Others, a member of a crew of a black ship, once encountered in the mountains of the Voltai, not far from great Ar itself, The Caste of thieves was important in Port Kar, and even honored”  ~Hunters of Gor of Gor page 304

The Chemical Brand
“Identified?" I asked. Slave ship?" "A small chemical brand," she said, "which you will wear in your flesh, something by which our agents in Cos will recognize you." "Chemical brand?" I said. "It will remain invisible until the proper reagent is applied," she said. "Can it be removed?" I asked. "Yes," she said, "but you cannot remove it. It requires the proper combination of chemicals."” ~ Slave Girl of Gor pages 315 - 316
 
Barbarian Brand
Earthen vaccination mark, called the Barbarian Brand

“Look," said the first man, taking me by the uppper arm, and turning it to the light. "The barbarian brand." I did not see how I could explain this vaccination mark the men without making clear that my origin was not Gorean. The vaccination was in connection with a disease which, too, as far as I knew, did not even exist on Gor.” Kajira of Gor page 167

 
           Thoughts on Brands
 


“Some fellows do not brand their slaves," I said. "That is stupid!" she said. "It is also contrary to the laws of most cities," I said, "and to merchant law as well." "Of course," she said. Gorean, she approved heartily of the branding of slaves. Most female slaves on Gor, indeed, the vast majority, almost all, needless to say, are branded. Aside from the questions of legality, compliance with the law, and such, I think it will be clear upon a moment's reflection that various practical considerations also command slave brandings to the attention of the owner, in particular, the identification of the article as property, this tending to secure it, protecting it against loss, the brand, incidentally, is doubtless this identification of slaves. To be sure, most Goreans feel the brand also serves psychological and aesthetic purposes, for example, helping the girl to understand that she is now a slave and enhancing her beauty.”
Vagabonds of Gor page 188

“I have wondered upon occasion why brands are used on Gorean slaves. Surely Goreans have at their disposal means for indelibly but painlessly marking the human body. My conjecture, confirmed to some extent by the speculations of the Older Tarl, who had taught me the craft of arms in Ko-ro-ba years ago, is that the brand is used primarily, oddly enough, because of its reputed psychological effect.

In theory, if not in practice, when the girl finds herself branded like an animal, finds her fair skin marked by the iron of a master, she cannot fail, somehow, in the deepest levels of her thought, to regard herself as something which is owned, as mere property, as something belonging to the brute who has put the burning iron into her thigh.

Most simply, the brand is supposed to convince the gilr 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.

Actually I suppose the effect depends greatly on the girl. In many girls I would suppose the brand has little effect besides contributing to their shame, their misery and humiliation. With other girls it might well increase their intractability, their hostility.”
Outlaw of Gor page 189


Masters Branding Their own Slaves

“Masters, incidentally, seldom brand their own slaves. To brand a girl well demands a sure hand, and, usually, experience. In training a man to use the iron slavers always give him poorer women at first, sometimes having him mark them more than once, until he becomes proficient. Usually by the fifteenth or the twentieth woman, the man is capable of marking them deeply, precisely, and cleanly. It is important for the girls thigh to be held immobile, sometimes it is held by more than one man; sometimes it is held bound to a wagon wheel; sometimes, in the house of slavers, a heavy, vise equipped, metal branding rack is used.” ~ Tribesmen of Gor page 41 - 42


Location of the Brand

“I am not branded on the right thigh either. I had, almost without thinking, moved in such a way as to ascertain this. Most girls wear their brands on the left thigh, where they may be, conveniently caressed by a right-handed Master. Some girls, on the other hand, are right thigh branded. Some, too, though very few, are branded on the lower left abdomen.”
Fighting Slave of Gor page 148
“Where are we branded?" She said.
"A girl is commonly branded on the left or right thigh," I said, "sometimes on the lower left abdomen."” ~ Beasts of Gor page 229

“Left thigh or right thigh?" he asked. "Left thigh," said Ulafi. Slave girls are commonly branded on the left thigh. Sometimes they are branded on the right thigh, or lower left abdomen.” ~
Explorers of Gor page 71