A submissives journey
The Sanctuary Vidrew
Words on what The Sanctuary Vidrew is and seeks to achieve
"The creation of a Gorean community, existing and interacting both online and offline, built through the dedication and commitment of its citizens, and sworn to a living Home Stone."
Normally, this online existence is just an alternative means of communication, with no fictional constructs being used. Conversation simply occurs where it actually is - in an online chat room or on a message board, with the setting being the reality of that text based location. These are the primary forms of interaction between those of The Sanctuary Vidrew and their guests online - conversation about not just Gor and Gorean ideals, but life in general. It is believed that if this truly is a lifestyle, and a community based on one, then it encompasses all aspects and interests that are a part of life, not just some pre-approved listing of accepted material. When friends who respect one another gather to share each others company, they speak of whatever it is that they wish, however serious or lighthearted that may be. It's not so much what they talk about that matters, or for that matter where it is that they meet, but in terms of the lifestyle, it's the particular system of values and beliefs they apply to the topic they are considering, and the conclusions they come to based on these things. In some cases, in particular locations, a fictional setting is assumed to simulate an alternative environment, giving the venue somewhat more atmosphere. Though not always employed by those of The Sanctuary Vidrew, when it is used, it is strictly an external device designed to give a bland chat room a certain flavor for the benefit of those involved. But any use of fictional constructs ends with the imagined setting and its related trappings, and this is often done only as an occasional diversion and change of pace. If you think that the Gorean lifestyle revolves around slavery and the repetitious practice of online beverage service, you will likely find The Sanctuary Vidrew not in keeping with what you seek.
The community itself is not a role playing environment, especially not in the true sense of what that term means. While those of The Sanctuary Vidrew may use pseudonyms and occasionally some related fictional devices, they do not "play roles" as their personal representation within the community. Those of the Sanctuary Vidrew are real people who are part of a real organization, not a collection of fictional personas and characters proceeding to live an ongoing imaginary existence constituting part of a fantasy game. Each individual in The Sanctuary is simply themself, the same person and personality found online in the community as would be offline, with their Sanctuary Vidrew SN/Nick being a reflection of this. This is not to say its people do not enjoy themselves or seek entertainment, it is just that it is not always necessary to pretend to be someone or somewhere else to do so. This enjoyment is also not bought at the cost of being untrue to oneself and the convictions one claims to have, in terms of lying about who you are or trying to pass off a fantasy persona as the real thing. And is further not purchased through pretending to hold certain beliefs and convictions that in reality mean nothing to you, or manifest themselves only through talk. A man cannot take one step towards following a philosophy with honesty at its core, if his first step is a lie. The Sanctuary Vidrew is not the place to live a "hidden life," escape one's reality or pretend to live as you only wish you could. It is a community, not an excuse. Cyberspace is of course not real in the tangible sense of offline life, but how each person in The Sanctuary Vidrew presents and carries himself is in keeping with who and what he really is, a condition without which nothing of true substantiality and longevity can be built.
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It is said that a city cannot die if its Home Stone does not perish. As long
as the Home Stone remains, so too does the city, even if its walls are torn
down, its buildings smashed to rubble, and its people scattered to the
winds. It is the central point, that place upon which all else physical and
spiritual is built, and the focus of the will, hope, pride, and conviction
of its people. The Sanctuary Vidrew need not exist as a tangible location to
be something real to those who are a part of it. It has a Home Stone, and so
long as that is true, so long as it remains in the hearts of those sworn to
it, it exists.
"How does a city obtain a Home Stone?
Men decide that she shall have one."
- RAIDERS OF GOR, Pg. 251
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