Your First Trip to Torei
Your first view of Torei from space is a bit of a disappointment, all told. You suppose you've seen realistic images before, but the picture of the planet in everyone's heads is the stylized diagram used for their celestial ensign: a grey globe circled by a green sash at the equator, black ziggurats sprouting clouds from the poles.
Whenever someone spots the image above a starport berth, wild tales fill the corridors and canteens. The Toreans have no shipyards of their own, and the sight of their flag on a second-hand haulier or cruise vessel is often the only hint that anything may be different within. You always hear one or two maintenance techs swearing oaths that they serviced it and saw a brothel of chattel slaves inside, or customs clerks confiding that one entry on the manifest is code for human cargo.
In the years you've been starfaring, you began to think of the planet itself as a bit of a tall tale in its own right. That's why you'r
Torei FAQWhat follows is a list of questions that have actually been asked about Torei. These questions come from the comments section of the Toreans DA group, comments on individual deviations, and private queries to Gospodin.
The answers come from the Torean deviations themselves, or occasionally from the musings of Gospodin or another contributor.
What is Torei?
Torei is a science fiction setting for BDSM literature and art.
How do I join in?
All you need to do is create art or literature set on Torei.
Isn't there a lot I need to read and learn first?
No, you don't have to read anything.
That is, if you like, go right ahead. But no one should feel constrained by what has come before. The goal is for us to inspire each other, not to fuss about details!
But I do w
A Blagger's History of Torei
There’s a lot of talk about Torei, lately. You hear folks chatting about it in hushed tones, wondering if what other folks say is true. People want to know how to get there, how safe you are once you get there, and would you get in trouble when you come back. You see people scowling angrily about Torei’s human rights problems, but those same people are the ones who have copies of Torean Love Slave hidden away someplace private.
But most of all, people want to know how such a place could have existed all this time. How could human life have developed on this isolated planet in the middle of nowhere while we were busy inventing intergalactic ships and coating every inhabitable surface of the Milky Way with our culture? We’ve become so used to human life being the only sapient intelligence on Earth-like worlds. So why, then, is Torean culture so…alien to us?
Well if you listen to me closely, I will te
Advice for writing Torei talesAll right, so you’re a writer or a visual artist who is interested in Torei, and wants to get involved. You’re a little bit daunted by , but the fiction or the images captured your imagination and you want to join in. Welcome!
I hope in this document to help you understand what Torei is all about without drowning you in dense history. So let’s start within the nutshell:Torei is a far-distant planet in a far-distant future, and feels like Aeon Flux meets Gor.If you’ve never heard of one or both of these, you might think “Oh, I guess I should wait until I’m more familiar with those things.” Please don’t feel intimidated by the references! It’s just shorthand for people who do know what they are. Here’s all you need to know:
What’s Aeon Flux?
Aeon Flux was a rather dark and slightly kinky sci-fi cartoon series that appeared on MTV’s Liquid Tele
Help me Make a Torean RPG: Make Characters!I’ve been re-reading the old journal entry at and working on a system that lets us tell interesting Torean stories. In studying Vincent Baker’s Dogs in the Vineyard I have come to understand that much of the power of its rules is how carefully they were tailored for the situations that occur in his setting. I’d like to produce something as carefully tailored to Torei as his game was to 19th century Utah.
To help me, I’d like you folks to create characters. I’m still convinced that Dogs has the best conflict resolution system for stories like these, and I’ll be starting with a few pieces of its basic character generation process. This will help us explore what other elements should take focus in the rules.
How to make a character
What sort of character would you want to play on Torei? Do you want to be a man of status with a harem of slaves, or a lowly man with only
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