Subspecies: Gor

Published on 28.03.2017

The mystical forces of the universe have a direct influence on the human genome. Humans born in the presence of a mystic field, which before the invention of mystic field generators meant those born on a planet with a mystic cycle, sometimes belong to a subspecies.

In the Equinox Universe, many different subspecies have arisen and become extinct over the course of history. This article series features the accounts of members of the various subspecies, each discussing his own people. Naturally subjective and colored by individual experience, we picked those holding true to the most common opinion.

The Gor

—By Prahwarr Grrash, Xocos of the Warfang

A common fallacy for most people is to compare us to pack animals. Who can blame them? We are furry, sporting many of the features of the animals that populated the colonial worlds before the Purge. Granted, we do have something in common with such animals, but I’m not talking about physical traits or behavior: we are very loyal to one another and form tight-knit communities around a central leader. These praedas, however, work very differently from the primitive animal pack and herd structures, and reflect our honorable and proud warrior traditions. Take a close look at the creatures seen on many entertainment programs and in the zoos of the larger space stations. Look them in the eye and you will realize they are just shadows of their former selves. Just like us.

The controversy that flared up over our homeworld of Pranatur led to a series of unfortunate decisions. In the end the Consortium felt that removing every last one of us was necessary to keep the world off-limits to everyone. It didn’t matter that we were born there; all that mattered was that our parents were humans and that we therefore belonged to mankind. We have no idea what the Consortium wanted to achieve, but blocking all travel to Pranatur did ensure that there were no more gor born.

“Unless the Consortium has an outpost there manned by humans. They will inevitably produce offspring, some of which will be gor.”

—Elmond Dur, Faysar

I witnessed the relocation effort. Like zoo animals, our entire race was scattered across the Consortium, praeda by praeda. We were offered new homes, but had little choice. People avoided us, alien to our ways. We avoided them, alien to their ways. That and our restlessness eventually caused us to move on, choosing a life as nomads.

Most praedas you see around are nomadic groups ranging from six to twelve members. Larger praedas are known to exist, but remain very rare. Gor are opposed to underhanded tactics, such as ambushing a foe or attacking an enemy that is outmatched. We refuse to attack an unarmed foe; such an act would be considered taboo by other gor. Likewise, a gor will never intentionally kill another of his species, although physical tests between individuals are often practiced.

It is not uncommon to see a gor as a bodyguard for the rich or influential as well, since our fine-tuned senses give us an edge over would-be assailants.

 “Much of this behavior is based on what happened to the Pranatur settlers. The gor want to set themselves apart from the Consortium, so they’ve developed some sort of subspecies code of conduct.”

—Nekon Tewes, Pilot of the Solspark

The younger generation believes that we should give up dreams of the past and carve out our place in the galaxy now. But what place would that be? We will die eventually, and you will probably live to see the day when we become extinct.