Earth's Children
Sex: Female
Race: Neanderthal
Culture: Clan
Camp: Guban's Clan
The Clan of the Cave Bear: not mentioned
The Valley of Horses: not mentioned
The Mammoth Hunters: not mentioned
The Plains of Passage: appears
The Shelters of Stone: mentioned
The Land of Painted Caves: mentioned

Appearance and Personality[]

By Clan standards, Yorga was a beautiful woman. Her most striking feature was her pale yellow hair, which was soft and curly. Like all Clan women, she had a short, sturdy build. She was the height of a modern girl.

Yorga was brave for a Clan woman. She fought men of the Others in order to help Guban, her mate, which pleased him.


Guban was the leader of a clan. He traveled to a faraway clan to bring word of a large Clan Gathering and to discuss the Others, who had been harassing them. While he was there, he met Yorga, and they fell in love. Without consulting his clan or his first woman, he brought Yorga back to live with him.

Yorga was quick to conceive, and Guban hoped that it would be a boy. (His first woman already had two daughters.)

Yorga had wanted to collect inner bark and tap certain trees whose sap would soon flow. Guban decided to accompany her, because it was no longer safe for Clan women to travel alone. While Yorga was collecting the inner bark, Guban climbed a large rock to look for animals to hunt.

Charoli's band saw Yorga and probably assumed that she was alone. They tried to force her, but when Guban saw them attack her, he jumped down from the rock, breaking his right thigh bone. When Yorga heard her mate's scream, she tried to get away from the men.

Three of the men were fighting Guban, and three were trying to force Yorga when Jondalar and Ayla arrived on the scene. Jondalar and Ayla subdued Charoli's band and urged them to return to their Caves.

During their short time together, Ayla and Yorga developed a friendly relationship. They told each other about their backgrounds, although Ayla did not mention her son or her death curse.


Mate: Guban
Issue: an unborn child