Dyce wrote:But your quote is not a code or of the codes. It is Tarl's opinion about the codes. The opinion of an ignorant Earth man that had just arrived on Gor attempting to grasp an idea that he is unaccustomed to.
In the overall view of the Warrior Codes, it is a horrible example. Especially since in the very next novel, there is a gaggle of Warriors lead by Thorn outside of Tharna who are chasing down a woman to enslave her simply because she's outside the gates. Both the Warriors and the woman being of the same city. Tarl questioned why they would do such since city laws protect their citizens and Thorn replies that they are not inside of the city.
This idea of chivalry is not an all-encompassing notion, especially since Tarl underwent a terrible ordeal that stripped him of his fantasies of an ideal world in Raiders of Gor. As Samos stated to Tarl near the end of the novel, the entire ordeal of Tarl being enslaved in the marsh and so forth was engineered by Samos in order for Tarl to understand his basic humanity and see past his codes.
Tarl's outlook changes completely over the course of the novels. Instead of using Tarl's ignorant opinions, I would urge you to take an overview of the codes spanning the entire series and formulate your own opinion.
There is certainly nothing in the Codes about helping the weak whatsoever. In fact, on the contrary, the codes speak more about survival of the fittest, as does the entirety of the Gorean idea of war. When a stronger force conquers a weaker city, bulk populations are slain, enslaved, etc. One's personal idea of helping the weak is exactly that - personal. The idea of chivalry and helping the weak implies pity and per the second novel, pity is a forbidden emotion.
Sorry, but I have to disagree. If you read the interaction outside Tharna again, you will see that the woman was of Ko-Ro-Ba the same as Tarl was and she ran to slavery then to be saved by the destroyer of her Home Stone.
As far as Tarl's remarks of the codes, it is his opinion. But he, unlike us, knows the codes fully and so can give a very accurate opinion as most of what we know of the codes is Tarl himself quoting them throughout the books to us.
I was specially drilled in the Code of the Warrior Caste.
Tarnsman of Gor Book 1 Page 41
In regards to the Scarlets and the woman outside the city, it is Gorean and per the codes to raid and enslave women not of their home stone. We learn in Tarnsmen of Gor, to be an official tarnsmen they have to fly to an enemy city and capture one of their FW and bring her home in his collar. The chivalry talked about, is mostly kept to the citizens in his own home stone.
It is not about pity, it is about Honor. Not slaughtering the weak if very common in fact, not to just point out the quote I gave about Ost. In your opinion tarl should have let ost die because he was weak, but when tarl saved him the warriors in the room saluted him by slamming their spears against shield. You also have a code from the book that says a Scarlet will not draw on an unarmed person, per the "weak and pity" ideal, if someone is unarmed they are weaker and scarlets should not have pity that they are unarmed and just hack them down. But the codes stated in books specifically says not too. Another code is if an enemy is unevenly matched for you, that you are honor bound to let him flee. He is weaker then you because you have a tarn and he is on foot, he has a sword and you have a cross bow. So you should not have pity on him because the battle is not fair and just kill him, but again the quoted codes state that you are honor bound to let them flee.
The problem I found with Scarlets that RP in SL Gor, is that honor is not a concept 99% of people these days even understand. So how can they RP it out?
As we had not been similarly armed, it alone, afoot, and I with Grunt, he with an armed crossbow, and as it had not rushed upon me, I had not contested its withdrawal from the field. Such had seemed in accordance with codes to which I had once subscribed, codes which I had never forgotten.
Blood Brothers of Gor Book 18 Page 459
Few Goreans would place themselves in proximity to a stranger, if they were unarmed. That he did so suggested forcibly to me that he was relying on a warrior's honor, for a warrior will seldom attack an unarmed adversary. It is disapproved of in the codes. In this way he showed respect for my caste, and, simultaneously, if I observed the codes, as he apparently expected would be the case, he assured his own security.
Swordsmen of Gor Book 29 Page 448