Gorean Warrior Codes

Gorean Warrior Codes

The Generally Accepted Gorean Warriors Code

  1. Your word is your bond and should be upheld at all cost.
  2. If a non-outlaw asks to be collared, you must collar or kill that person. If a warrior accepts a woman as a slave, it is prescribed that, at least for a time at his discretion, she be spared. But if she is in the least bit displeasing, she may be immediately killed.
  3. Honor your opponent in victory or defeat.
  4. Pledge loyalty with due consideration, for you must honor your commitments.
  5. He who cannot think is not a man and neither is he who can only think.
  6. The only death fit for a warrior is in battle. Warriors do not kill themselves or aid others in doing so.
  7. Sword loyalty is the bond of fidelity to an Ubar, a military sovereign. It is not sworn lightly. When an Ubar is thought unfit, the sword loyalty is dishonored and the Ubar may be deposed by his own warriors.
  8. The only honorable reply to a challenge is to accept it promptly.
  9. Warriors do not break their sworn word.
  10. If you lift a weapon against a warrior, he is permitted by his codes to kill you.
  11. Poisoned steel is against the codes.
  12. Do not enter battle with sadness or self-pity, even if you are in an unwinnable battle.
  13. One who has shed your blood, or whose blood you have shed, becomes your sword brother, unless you formally repudiate the blood on your weapons.

Warriors have a common Home Stone. Its name is battle.

Even warriors long sometimes for the sight of their own flags, atop friendly walls, for the courtyards of their keeps, for the hearths of their halls.
Without the Codes, Men are no better then Beasts.

Coming Soon:
1) A more in dept discussion of these codes and how they really are not about running around fighting each other.
2) A related article comparing the Gorean Warrior Code to the Japanese Bushido Warrior Code.

Bibliography:
http://www.cylinderofknowledge.com/cslivehelp/user_qa.php?department=0&current=217&answer=315

http://goreanweb.com/CityofLydius/RWoGHCodes/Index.htm

http://vajrakrishna.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/the-problem-with-sl-gor/

http://www.gor-now.net/delphius2002/id133.htm

About the Author

GaryB Quandry has been a student of Gorean philosophy and more specifically the Warrior Caste since as early as 1981. As a Martial Artist, student of Sun Tsu and a U.S. Combat Officer, he tries to live by the "Warrior Code" in all his "lives" from Real to Second. 28 year Information Technology veteran, currently pursuing a PhD in Software Engineering as well as his day job working in Education.