knew that the metal collar of a female slave, that obdurate
circlet of steel, locked, which she could not remove, so
contrasting with her softness, so proclaiming its vulnerability
and rightlessness, often transformed even an inhibited,
hostile, cold wench, hating men, into an abandoned, yielding,
man-vulnerable, passionate slave girl, loving to lie helpless
at the mercy of their touch, that of masters.
---Tribesmen of Gor, 10:162
collar has four common purposes, Master," she said,
"First, it visibly designates me as a slave, as a brand
might not, should it be covered by clothing. Second, it
impresses my slavery upon me. Thirdly, it identifies me
to my Master. Fourthly - fourthly -"
"Fourthly?" he asked.
"Fourthly," she said, "it makes it easier
to leash me."
---Explorers of Gor, 5:80-81
Unlike the brand,
which is also sometimes specific, but more commonly a general
statement status, the collar specifically identifies the
slave's owner. Her first collar may be that of a slaver
and the steel she will wear through the years may change
many times as she is sold, traded or captured by raiders.
By the color, make and shape of her collar, as well as by
the inscription on it, the slave is identified as property
of one specific City, group or individual.
was barefoot, and as her eyes shyly met mine, I saw they
were blue and deferential. My eyes suddenly noted her one
piece of jewelry--a light, steel-like band she wore as a
---Tarnsman of Gor, 2:26
girl I had originally seen had been a slave, and what I
had taken to be the jewelry at her throat had been a badge
of servitude. Another such badge was a brand concealed by
her clothing. The latter marked her as a slave, and the
former identified her master....
---Tarnsman of Gor, 3:46
What a slave may
or may not do, who she may or may not serve and to what
extent, where she may or may not go and when, is always
up to her owner, or then, temporarily, to any he grants
her use to.
girls are usually branded impersonally, perfunctorily, as
cattle. Though they feel the mark intensely physically,
it is felt, interestingly, even more intensely, more profoundly,
psychologically; not unoften it, in itself, radically transforms
their self images, their personalities; they are only slaves,
not permitted their own wills, rightless, at the bidding
of masters; the mark is an impersonal designation; this
is understood by the girls; when she is marked she understands
herself not to be marked by a given man for a given man,
to be uniquely his, but rather, so to speak, that she is
marked for all men; to all men she is a slave girl; usually,
of course, only one among them, at a given time, will be
her master; the brand is impersonal; the brand marks her
property; the brand is impersonal; the collar is intensely
personal; the brand marks her property; the collar proclaims
whose property she is, who it is who has actually taken,
or paid for, her; that the brand is an impersonal designation
of absence of status in the social structure is perhaps
another reason why masters do not often brand their own
girls; the brand relationship to the free man is institutional;
the collar relationship on the other hand is an intensely
---Tribesmen of Gor, 2:42
Most collars are
described as lock collars which means they are secured by
means of a lock. In certain areas such as Torvaldsland
however, the collar is hammered shut by 6 pins, it is said,
one for each of the letters in the word kajira.
Collars vary according
to two main elements, the first, being purpose. If a collar
is used in a specific manner, or requires that the slave
wearing it be identified as having a specific purpose (as
are message collars for example), it will, by its differences,
be quickly recognized. By their very nature, these types
of collars are usually temporary, and may be slipped over
the girl's 'real' collar.
are doubtless many sorts of collars on Gor, ranging from
light, primarily decorative collars to punishment collars,
weighty and ugly, etc.
two most familiar collars are the "common collar"
and the "Turian collar."
common collar is bandlike, narrow, flat, close-fitting,
locking in back. Generally it would not fit as high on the
throat as a "choker," but it would be higher than
the Turian collar. The Turian collar is narrow and rounded,
and looser, and also locks in the back. Under the common
collar one could place a finger or so, which is convenient
for snapping leash locks on the collar, tying a slave to
a ring by its means, and such. One could grasp the Turian
collar with the entire hand and draw the slave toward one.
Neither collar, of course, can be slipped.
common collar is normally engraved, perhaps with a simple
legend, such as "I belong to Mirus," "Return
me to Mirus," "I am Sally. My Master is Mirus
of Ar," etc. The Turian collar is not engraved. A slave
might also have a chain collar to which an identificatory
disk, suitably engraved, is attached. If a Master wishes
to use a slave as a "lure girl," she might be
put in a belly chain and disk, which would not be evident
underneath the clothing of a free woman. (Incidentally,
it can be a capital offense for a slave, unbidden, or without
permission, to don the clothing of a free woman.) The collars
of some slaves might be jeweled, and such. Doubtless some
masters enjoy competing by means of their slaves, using
them to exhibit their own wealth and taste, rather as some
rich individuals on Earth might feel that their particular
social and economic status requires, say, a blond wife and
a Mercedes. Some slaves are primarily "display slaves,"
indications of their masters' position in society.
---John Norman, Letter to the Gorean Group, Sept 20th 2000
A band of metal affixed
to Earth captive's ankle for transportation to Gor.
ankles were crossed and tied together, with a short piece
of rope. A metal anklet of some sort was fastened on my
"A girls identificatory anklet." I said. "It
is removed after her delivery to Gor."
---Savages of Gor, 13:181
Essentially, any collar which is made from available
materials at the site of capture.
took a length of binding fiber and knotted it, with capture
knots, about her throat. It was her collar. Too, the capture
knots, those of a warrior, would serve to identify her as
mine in the north.
---Beasts of Gor, 11:183-184
types of collars used for coffles (a chain of slaves).
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
three to four feet long. Some were attached to the collar
rings by the links themselves, opened and then reclosed
about the 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. An advantage of the first
sort of coffle arrangement is that the chain may, as girls
are added or subtracted, be shortened or lengthened. A chain
which has been borne by fifty girls would, of course, be
impracticably heavy for five or six. An advantage of the
second arrangement is that girls can be easily spaced on
the chain, more or less closely together, and can be conveniently
removed from, and added to, the chain. Which chaining arrangement
is best for a given set of girls depends, of course, on
the particular intentions and purposes of their master....
---Savages of Gor, 8:135-136
Dance and Display
More to do with chain arrangements than collars, these types
of adornments will usually include wrist and ankle cuffs
to which different chains will be affixed, linking the throat,
wrists, ankles and sometimes waist of the dancer in various
fashion for the purpose of display or dancing. Commonly,
these collar/chain arrangements will be placed over the
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 knees, just a little higher. The higher portion of the
chain, of course, would be at the collar loop.
---Kajira of Gor, 8:142-143
Leather collar slipped
over the slave's formal collar, for the purpose of leashing.
then turned her about and put a leather collar leash collar,
with its attached lead, now dangling before her, on her
---Magicians of Gor, 2:33
A hinged collar which
is 'locked' on the slave's throat by use of the traditional
6 pin lock, as opposed to the type of collar which is hammered
about throats, such as is commonly, the collar of slave
girls in training, or riveted, such as the Northern collar.
small, heavy lock on a girl's slave collar, incidentally,
may be one 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 six pins or six disks, one each, it
is said, for each letter of the Gorean word for female slave,
Kajira; the male slave, or Kajirus, seldom has a locked
collar; normally a band of iron is simply hammered about
his neck; often he works in chains, usually with other male
---Assassin of Gor, 5:51
Rather self explanatory, a collar which holds in its folds
a message the slave is usually unaware of, but that is easily
found by those who recognize the collar. Usually made of
a folded, thick leather band, into which the message, usually
a piece of paper, will be slipped before the edges are sewn
and I regarded one another.
"Did you note the collar she wore?" I asked.
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 Kamchak. "Inside the leather,
sewn within, will be a message."
---Nomads of Gor, 6:40
Slaves are also seen
transporting messages by way of a 'message tube'; a small,
capped tube into which the message is rolled and inserted,
left dangling from a thong attached to a back-braceleted
approached the Central Cylinder. I knelt before the guards,
my head down. The capped message tube even touched the stones."
She had, of course, reported to the guards at the Central
Cylinder back-braceleted, with the message tube about her
neck. In this way, she could not have uncapped the tube
and read the message....
---Magicians of Gor, 21:359
A collar which is
part of the device used for securing slaves, generally,
to a bench in a barge. But also, as seen below, it can be
a type of coffle arrangement.
there were four girls in a plank collar. This is formed
from two boards into which matching semicircles have been
cut. The two boards are connected and supported by five
flat, sliding U-irons; when the U-irons are slid back, the
collar is opened. When they are slid into place, and the
two leaves are bolted together, the collar is closed. Two
hasps with staples, secured with padlocks, occur, too, at
opposite ends of the planks. These lock the collar. The
four girls in the plank collar were kneeling, waiting for
their master to conduct some business. He was of the peasants.
They were nude. Their hands were tied behind their backs.
---Rogue of Gor, 7:69
primary holding arrangements for women on the benches (this
is in a barge), 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, semi-circular
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 girls' 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, 2:60
Usually a single band
of metal which is shaped to fit the neck with a hammer.
It will be seen used on untrained girls, and usually replaced
by a lock collar once the training completed.
grinned. "Call the smith!" said he to the guard.
the smith arrived, he took, from a rack in the wall, two
narrow, straight bars of iron, not really plates but narrow
cubes, about a half inch in width and fifteen inches in
The girls were then motioned to the anvil. First Virginia
and then Phyllis laid their heads and throats on the anvil,
head turned to the side, their hands holding the anvil,
and the smith, expertly, with his heavy hammer and a ringing
of iron, curved the collar about their throats; a space
of about a quarter of an inch was left between the two ends
of the collar; the ends matched perfectly; both Virginia
and Phyllis stepped away from the anvil feeling the metal
on their throats, both now collared slave girls.
"If your training goes well," said Flaminius to
the girls, "you will in time be given a pretty collar."
He indicated Elizabeth's yellow enameled collar, bearing
the legend of the House of Cernus. "It will even have
a lock," said Flaminius.
will decide if and when they receive a lock collar,"
---Assassin of Gor, 12:153-154
The collar which is
placed on a girl who is being shipped as part of a cargo,
identifying her as such.
have a collar here," said Ulafi, lifting a steel slave
collar. It was a shipping collar. It had five palms on it,
and the sign of Schendi, the shackle and scimitar. The girl
who wore it would be clearly identified as a portion of
---Explorers of Gor, 4:67
Another system used as means of identifying cargo in the
process of its transport to the block or the buyer. It involves
the use of metal tags on which the necessary information
would be placed.
hands, too, those of all of us, were secured, braceleted
behind our backs. We all, too, had new collars on our necks,
probably transport collars. They had metal tags attached
---Dancer of Gor, 6:73
Term used for the collars chained to each other by
chains of varying lengths depending on the task at hand,
that are placed on slaves which are part of a work chain.
two girls, on their hands and knees on the deck, linked
together by a gleaming neck chain, some five feet in length,
attached to two steel work collars, these fitted over their
regular collars, looked up....
---Explorers of Gor, 6:98
Silken sleeves which are used in few places, slipped over
collars usually for the purpose of 'matching' the collar
to the slave's garments.
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, 3:46
purpose of the collar sleeve is to hide the collar,"
"No, Mistress," she said. "Surely the collar's
presence within the sleeve is sufficiently evident."
"Yes," I said, "I can see now that it is."
The girl smiled.
"The yellow fits in nicely with the yellow of your
belt," I said, "and the yellow flowers on the
"Yes, Mistress," smiled the girl. The sleeve I
saw now could function rather like an accessory, perhaps
adding to, or completing, an ensemble. It did, in this case,
at least, make its contribution to the girl's appearance.
"The belt is binding fiber, Mistress," said the
girl, turning before me. "It may be used to tie or
leash me, or even, coiled, to whip me."
---Kajira of Gor, 3:48
The second element
of difference in collars, is the origin, the culture to
which the collar belongs. Throughout Gor, metal may or may
not be available for the making of collars, and the throats
of imbonded women will reflect this. Further, the type of
collar used may not have to do with the availability of
metal, but simply carry its own significance within the
specific culture it belongs to.
Bead collars of
the Red Savages
used in the Barrens by Red Savages. Rather than the commonly
used inscription, the collar is made in a color and pattern
code which is unique to each man, thus identifying the slave's
was about an inch and a half high. It had a distinctive
pattern of beading. The colors and design of the beading
marked it as Canka's. It is common among red savages to
use such designs, such devices, to mark their possessions.
A collar of identical design, back in the village, was worn
by the lovely, red-haired girl, the former Miss Millicent
Aubrey-Welles, who had so taken the fancy of the young warrior.
Both of our collars were tied shut. The knots on them had
been retied personally by Canka after our arrival at his
camp. This is done, in effect, with a signature knot, in
a given tribal style, known only to the tier. This gives
him a way of telling if the knot has been untied and retied
in his absence. It is death, incidentally, for a slave to
remove such a collar without permission. It can be understood
then that slaves of the red savages do not tamper with their
collars. They keep them on.
---Blood Brothers of Gor, 1:15-16
Cord collars of
A type of collar sometimes
used in the Delta, by Rencers, consisting of simple rence
cord to which an identification tag is attached.
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, 31:341
Term used in reference to the collars of the men of Torvaldsland.
It consists of a band of black iron, which is riveted to
the girl's neck rather than locked as collars usually are.
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 thumb, forcibly, pushed a metal rivet
through the three holes. The rivet fit snugly.
"Do not move your head, Bondmaid," said the smith.
Then, with great blows of the iron hammer, he riveted the
iron collar about her throat.
---Marauders of Gor, 6:87
The lock collar of
leather used by Kur on their female cattle.
her iron collar she wore a heavy leather Kur collar, high,
heavily sewn, with its large ring....
---Marauders of Gor, 18:261
of the Red Hunters
Leather strings knotted
in sets of four, which Red Hunters use as collars. In lieu
of the usual inscription, it is the knotting pattern, unique
to each master, which serves to identify the slave's owner.
the tether on the throat of each there was tied an intricately
knotted set of four leather strings. In such a way the red
hunters identify their animals. The owner of the beast may
be determined from the knotting of the strings.
---Beasts of Gor, 9:153
Unlike most Gorean slave collars, the Turian collar is made
of a single band and fits about the slave's neck in a loose
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; the common Gorean collar on the
other hand, is a flat, snugly fitting steel band. Both
collars lock in the back, behind the girl's neck.
The Turian collar is more difficult to engrave, but it,
like the flat collar, will bear some legend assuring that
the girl, if found, will be promptly returned to her master....
---Nomads of Gor, 5:29