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WARLORD OF MARS
ERB commenced writing this third
Mars novel in June 1913
Yellow Men of Barsoom
The Fighting Prince of Mars
Across Savage Mars
The Prince of Helium
The War Lord of Mars
PULP MAGAZINE TITLE
Under the Moons of Mars (1912)
A.C. McClurg: September 27,
1919 ~ 296 pages
A Study Guide for Fans and Researchers
Created by Bill Hillman
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IX: With the Yellow Men ~ 40 Q
the yellow man offered after Carter had rescued him: His
2. What this action symbolized:
is offering his life in return for the great favour Carter has done him.
3. The yellow man's name: Talu,
Prince of Marentina.
4. The token accepted by Carter
and Thuvan Dihn:
Bracelets from off Talu's
5. Name of the ruler who had captured
the Helium rulers: Salensus Oll, Jeddak of
Jeddaks, Ruler of Okar.
6. Talu's relationship to the Ruler
Salensus Oll is his uncle and enemy.
7. Talu's reason for being in the
area: Hunting the sacred apt.
8. That which Salensus Oll worshipped:
9. Why Salensus Oll was not liked:
is a cruel and tyrannous master whom his subject fear. Talu has a faithful
10. The reason that Carter and
Thuvan Dihn agreed to go to Marentina: To
don yellow man disguises: yellow skin, black beards and suitable clothing.
11. Marentina descriptions. . .
.Structure shielding the concrete city of Marentina from snow and cold:
a rounded, dome-like, crystal covering
that enveloped the whole city. The city lies in a depression near the pole,
surrounded by rocky, snow-clad hills.
12. . . . City weather conditions:
warm and humid hothouse ~ summer garden conditions providing luxury and
13. . . . Garments: Similar
to those worn by red Martians - naked but for leather harness covered with
jewels and metal ornamentation.
14. . . . Atmosphere plant:
serves as a backup system that produces breathable air to maintain life
if the planet's main plant fails.
15. . . . Heating: The
sun's rays are stored in great reservoirs beneath the city.
16. . . . Streets: The
city routes have been seeded with the soft, mossy ocher vegetation found
on the dead sea bottoms.
17. . . . Areas bordering
Stretches of crimson sward and
archways of gorgeous trees with wondrous blooms.
18. . . . Transport: Light
and airy ground fliers which are the only vehicles used north of the gigantic
19. . . . Vehicle wheels:
ride on broad tires that are rubber-like gas bags filled with the 8th Barsoomian
ray -- the ray of propulsion for buoyancy.
20. . . . Vehicle propulsion: The
tires contain just enough of the ray to give traction for steering. The
hind wheels are geared to the engine but momentum is also provided by a
propeller at the stern.
21. Properties of the 8th ray:
It propels the inherit or reflected light of the planet off into space.
When confined it gives buoyancy that is especially useful in airships.
22. Facial changes made by the
"court barber": They acquire lemon-coloured
skin and false black beards and mustaches.
23. Clothing worn beyond the cities
Suits of black- and yellow-striped
24. Capital city of the Okar nation:
25. Parting gift from Talu: A
ring set with a dead-black, lusterless, priceless Barsoomian gem
-- having the appearance of bituminous coal.
26. Wearers of the only other three
Talu's trusted nobles who had been
sent on a secret mission to the court of Salensus Oll.
27. Sensation caused when similar
such gems come within 50 feet of each other: The
wearer feels a rapid prickling sensation in his ring finger, caused by
28. What the travellers saw within
the 100-mile circumference, frost-covered wall they approach: Kadabra's
crystal domes sparkling in the sunlight.
29. Sleeping quarters for the night:
of the many caves in the hillsides overlooking the city.
30. Request Carter and Thuvan Dihn
made of the morning hunting party: They are
travellers from the outlying city of Illall who wish to join in the hunt
31. The reason the hunting party
returned to a different gate to enter the city: Their
hunt for Orluks has been unsuccessful and they are embarrassed.
32. Structure rising hundreds of
feet above the city: A tall black shaft surrounded
by a tangled mass of partially snow-covered wreckage.
33. Fate of the oncoming airship
and its small one-man fliers: It is drawn
by magnetic forces to crash into the tower and to slide as wreckage to
the ground below.
34. Secret of the shaft: It
is a mighty magnet that pulls all approaching fliers to destruction.
35. Geographic feature upon which
the shaft is built: The north magnetic pole
36. Reaction of the Okarians: Warriors
rush from the gates to the wreckage at the base of the tower.
37. Fate of the flier crews who
survived the crash: They are killed or taken
38. Description of the prisoners:
shocked, unbelieving and manacled in gold chains.
39. Why the city's chained apts
were released through the gates: They race
to eat the dead and wound crew members.
40. The travellers' destination
after gaining entry to the city: A Martian
X: In Durance ~ 25 Q
of a Barsoomian public house. . . Building: A
large chamber with a floor of very clean white marble and heavy glass.
Private rooms only for married couples.
2. . . . Where patrons place their
sleeping silks and belongings: On one of the
many small, raised platforms.
3. . . . Danger from theft: There
are no thieves on Mars.
4. . . . Reason the patrolling
Assassinations are common on
5. . . . Services offered in the
A public eating place and
baths for the required daily baths.
6. . . . Second and third floor
occupants: Single women guests.
7. . . . Type of security in the
Patrolling female slaves and
warriors are on guard outside the doors.
8. . . . Ethnic background of all
Red men captured as slaves and
sold to the proprietors by the government.
9. . . . What the guards knew of
the fate of Mors Kajak and Tardos Mors: Nothing.
They know of them but had not heard they were taken prisoner.
10. Means of exploring Kadabra:
bought a ground flier to ride around the city.
11. Expressed reason for entering the government building
opposite the royal palace grounds: They volunteered
for service in the palace guard.
12. Reason why men from the more distant cites of Okar
are in demand as palace guards: They are less likely
to be tainted with the germ of intrigue which had for years infected the
household of Salensus Oll.
13. The unusual recording device
in the recruitment office: The machine measured,
weighed and photographed the men simultaneously and instantly reproduced
five copies in five different officers of the government, two of which
were located in other cities miles apart.
14. The reason the new recruits were located apart from
the guardroom, on the second floor of the palace locked in a semidetached
tower at the rear: If closer the older guard members
would test the metal of the new recruits. Such conflicts in the past had
resulted in many deaths.
15. Identity of the two women seen in an enclosed garden
in the courtyard below: Dejah Thoris and Thuvia of
16. Surprise reception from the two women in the courtyard
below when Carter gave the sign of love: Contemptuous
rejection. They walk away and cover their ears.
17. How the newcomer had gained entry into the girls'
garden: He bribed the guard at the gate.
18. Identity of the man groveling at the princess's feet:
the black dator of the First Born.
19. Reason for Carter's rage that prompted his leap into
Thurid, spurned by Dejah Thoris, had
grabbed her by the throat to choke her.
20. Thurid's fate: Carter knocks
him unconscious in the manner he had done in the courtyard of the Temple
21. The party that entered the courtyard to confront
Carter: Salensus Oll, Matai Shang and a score of
22. Carter's excuse for his actions: In
his duty as a prospective royal guardsman he had come to the rescue of
a woman attacked by a brute.
23. Carter's bewilderment over the girls' attitude toward
him: He cannot understand why they had not acknowledged
24. Thurid's version of the story: He
had come upon Carter trying to help the girls escape. He should be put
25. Orders given by Salensus Oll as he left with Dejah
Thoris: Carter is to be chained in a more secure
place until the matter is investigated.
XI: The Pit of Plenty ~ 25 Q
1. The last Carter had seen of Thuvan Dihn as he been
escorted to imprisonment:
He had stayed behind unnoticed
in the garden with his daughter Thuvia.
2. Event that took place three days after Carter's incarceration:
dozen warriors escort him to the audience chamber of Salensus Oll filled
with nobles and Thurid.
3. Dejah Thoris's place of honour: She
is seated on a small throne beside Salensus Oll.
4. Carter's first thought as he entered the chamber:
he will not leave the chamber alive if he cannot rescue his princess.
5. The reason the nobles lifted their swords in homage:
is the tradition followed when a jeddak announces his intention to wed
within 10 days time.
6. The response from Dejah Thoris: She
cannot wed the jeddak because she knows that her husband John Carter still
7. Thurid's accusation: That the
bearded yellow man before them is John Carter, Prince of Helium.
8. Thurid's proof: He rips off
Carter's beard disguise revealing his smooth, tanned white skin and close-cropped
9. Why Dejah Thoris finally embraced Carter in a show
She had not recognized him earlier
in his disguise and had been offended by his earlier sign of love.
10. Words of affection that caused Carter to become choked
"My beloved Virginian"
11. The final words Carter heard from Dejah Thoris before
being beaten into unconsciousness by 50 Okarian warriors: ".
. . spare his life. I would rather be a slave with such as he than be Queen
12. Carter's fate ordered by Solensus Oll: "Carter
shall die a natural death in the Pit of Plenty, and the day he dies Dejah
Thoris shall become my queen."
13. The strange sensation Carter felt as he was escorted
to the Pit of Plenty: A rapid prickling sensation
in his ring finger followed by a signal of recognition from one of the
14. Word whispered in Carter's ear as he was being lowered
into the 100 feet deep pit: "Courage"
15. What a sudden light revealed after each day's confinement
in the Pit of Plenty: A lavish display of food and
drink, cruelly out of reach behind the glass walls of the pit.
16. Carter's response to his captor's mocking laughter
to indicate that the constant temptation for food had not driven him crazy:
makes a confident controlled low laugh of a warrior.
17. Contents of the parcel dropped
by a cord into the pit on the ninth day of starvation: Concentrated
18. Why Carter uttered the words "Good-bye, my Dejah
Thoris!" as he ate the pellets. He thinks they are
19. Curious second item in the package: Parchlike
paper with strange protuberances on its smooth surface -- four separate
and distinct combinations of raised lines.
20. Carter's description of Martian
It is a cross between shorthand and
picture-writing and is an entirely different language from the spoken language
21. Characteristics of the universal
language of Barsoom. It is understood and
spoken by every race on the planet and has remained unchanged except for
natural and easily recognizable new words since the beginning of civilization
22. What ingenious characteristic
allowed it to keep pace with the growth of the planet's ongoing learning
and scientific achievements: New words to
express new thoughts, or to describe new discoveries form themselves --
no other word could explain the thing that a new word is required for.
23. Way in which the written language
differed from spoken: It is different in every
nation -- and sometimes even between cities within a nation.
24. Carter's translation of the
first word written in Marentina: "Courage!"
25. The next three words deciphered:
XII: "Follow The Rope!" ~ 15 Q
message attached to the rope: "Bring the rope
with you. Beyond the knots lies danger."
2. What was lowered into the pit
just as Carter climbed to a tunnel opening halfway up the shaft: A
3. Where the rope and tunnel led:
a large and brilliantly lighted chamber under the palace.
4. Two conversing occupants of
the chamber: Thurid and Solan, the control
5. The plot that Carter overheard:
plans to escape with Dejah Thoris in a flier by bribing Solan, keeper of
the machine room.
6. Purpose of the first lever in
the chamber: It controls the sun-ray tanks
and the maintains the proper heat in the city dome.
7. Purpose of the second lever
in the chamber:
It controls the Guardian of
the North, the huge magnetic tower that destroys fliers.
8. Solan's weakness: Greed
9. Solan's surprise that awaited
Thurid: Double cross. Solan will keep the
half payment received and will not keep his word.
10. Carter's action while Solan
bent to hide his money: He follows the rope
across the chamber to an exit door.
11. Problem met when he came to
five branching corridors: The guiding rope
has been cut.
12. What awaits Carter at the end
of the corridor chosen: He enters a chamber
filled with yellow warriors.
13. Person to whom Carter surrendered:
ally with the signal ring.
14. Bold assistance given by Talu's
spy: He let Carter escape and led the other
guards in pursuit down a different corridor.
15. Carter's words that win the
allegiance of the shackled red Martian slaves in the tower armoury: "I
come for Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium, and his son, Mors Kajak. . .
Rise, red men!"
XIII: The Magnet Switch ~ 20 Q
the armed red Martians could not assist Carter against the three guardsmen:
were shackled with two feet of chain attached to floor rings.
2. Carter's weapons of defence
against the hook-swords of the three yellow guardsmen: Two
straight swords from the armoury wall racks.
3. Carter's reason for forcing
the two remaining guards back into the armoury: This
put them within reach of the shackled red slaves who finished them off.
4. Tardos Mors' plan to defend
against the oncoming reinforcements: Bar the
5. Means of releasing Tardos Mors
and his red Warriors from their shackles: They hack at the links of the
metal chains with swords.
6. Why Carter delayed his exit
to the upper chambers when the yellow men broke through the door: To
defend the one last red warrior who has not been cut free of his shackles.
7. Battle cry of the 13 red warriors
as they fought the hundreds of attacking yellow men: "For
8. Situation that put Carter alone
against the Okarians: He remained to guard
the narrow spiral runway while the others ascended to the upper chambers.
9. The place where the red warriors
make their last stand: A large glass-walled
room at the top of the lookout tower overlooking Kadabra.
10. Watchtower view. . . to the
South: A rugged, ice-clad wasteland stretching
to the edge of the mighty ice barrier.
11. . . . stretching out in the
12. . . . just beyond the walls
of Kadabra: The ominous guardian magnetic
13. . . . of the surrounding streets
A raging battle is taking place
and armed men are marching in great columns toward the gates.
14. Insignia displayed by the attacking
force that brought cheers from the red warriors: The
flags and banners of Helium.
15. Valiant leader of the red men
mounted on a giant thoat and accompanied by a fighting calot: Carthoris
of Helium -- son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris -- and the faithful Woola.
16. Giant leader of the horde of
mounted green warriors from the dead sea bottoms: Tars
Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark.
17. Cause for alarm coming from
the skies: A mighty fleet of fliers from Helium
is approaching and is being pulled to destruction by the magnetic tower.
18. Carter's destination as he
fought his way down through the yellow guardsmen: He
is racing toward the room housing the control switch for the magnetic tower.
19. Carter's surprise as he entered
the control room: Solan the old guardian of
the room met him with an incredible display of swordsmanship.
20. Solan's reaction when Carter
threw the tower switch in the last seconds before the fliers are destroyed:
is so surprised and horrified he forgets to take advantage of his chance
to kill John Carter. He wheels toward the switch with a loud shriek and
Carter kills him with his sword.
XIV: The Tide of Battle ~ 15 Q
1. Result of Solan's last loud
cry: A dozen guardsmen race into the chamber.
2. Carter's action before retreating
into one of the passageways: He destroys the
switch controlling the magnetic tower.
3. Occupants of the chamber Carter
entered: Salensus Oll is addressing 50 nobles
and preparing to wed Dejah Thoris.
4. The manacled person dragged
into the chamber:
5. Action that prompted Carter's
attack: The priest starts the marriage ritual
while Salensus Oll reachs for the hand of his bride-to-be.
6. Description of the Jeddak of
Jeddaks: A huge, coarse, brutal and enraged
beast of a man with fierce black whiskers and mustache.
7. The last words heard by "Okar's
"For the Princess of Helium!"
spoken by John Carter as he runs his blade through his enemy's heart.
8. Sound that encouraged Carter
as he battled the 50 attacking nobles: Dejah
singing the battle anthem of Helium which women sing as their men march
out to victory.
9. Cause for Carter's momentary
worry that Dejah Thoris may be joining him in battle: Her
singing suddenly stops.
9. Announcement that interrupted
Carter's battle a half hour later: "The city
has fallen before the hordes from beyond the barrier. . . Where is Salensus
10. Reaction of Carter's attackers
upon hearing the approaching invaders: They
all flee the apartment.
11. Carter's new fight: He
makes an attack from the rear on the yellow men retreating from Kantos
12. Two onlookers who made a surprise
Matai Shang, Father of Therns,
and Phaidor, his daughter peering into the room.
13. Event that temporarily turned
the tide of battle against Kantos Kan and John Carter:
A wave of yellow warrior reinforcements arrive and Carter's immediate adversaries
bar the door to the throne room chamber.
14. Why Carter started to feel
concern over Dejah Thoris during the battle:
Her continued silence.
15. Carter's shock after he killed
the last of his attackers: Dejah Thoris is
XV: Rewards ~ 20 Q
suspected of having kidnapped Dejah Thoris: Thurid,
the black dator of the First Born, whom Carter remembers seeing observing
the marriage ceremony from behind a curtain.
2. Object Carter found in the passageway
behind throne: A fallen jewelled ornament
bearing the device of the Princess of Helium.
3. How Carter came by the directions
to follow in pursuit of Thurid and his captive: He
remembers the conversation he had overheard between Solan and Thurid.
4. Hazardous obstacle along the
route followed by Carter: He has to pass above
the pit of plenty by following a foot-wide ledge.
5. Contents of the room at the
end of the tunnel:
Outdoor cold weather apparel
made of orluk skin to don before leaving the hothouse for the bitter cold
of the arctic world beyond.
6. What the tracks in the snow
revealed: The route through the hills and
canons followed by Thurid and his reluctant captive, who appears to have
fought him every foot of the way.
7. What Carter saw in the basin
at the end of the trail: Dejah Thoris, Phaidor,
Thurid and Matai Shang arguing beside a flier they had just dragged from
a cave mouth.
8. The reason for Carter's quarter-mile
race across the snow: He has been spotted
by Matai Shang and Thurid and is trying to reach them before they finish
repairs to the flier's propeller.
9. Condition of the flier as Thurid
activated the buoyancy tanks: It lacks buoyancy
and rises too slowly.
10. The conflict taking place over
the railing of the flier: Thurid is trying
to knife Matai Shang as the thern crawls up the boarding ladder onto the
deck of the rising flier.
11. Carter's misfortune as he almost
grasped the rope trailing from the flier: He
stumbles on the ice, strikes his head on a rock and falls unconscious for
a few seconds.
12. Objective of Carter's 30-foot
leap into the air: The rope trailing from
the drifting flier.
13. Probable reason for Thurid's
attack on Matai Shang: To dispose of the man
so as to gain buoyancy for the flier.
14. Source of the horrid shriek
that rang out as Carter reached the rail of the flier: Matai
Shang is plunging to his death.
15. Danger now faced by Carter:
is racing across the deck to prevent him from boarding.
16. Carter's rescuer: Phaidor
17. The last names heard by Thurid
as a dagger entered his breast: "Matai Shang!
. . . Dejah Thoris! . . . John Carter, Prince of Helium."
18. Thurid's final resting place:
rocky chasm hundreds of feet below.
19. Phaidor's reason for her change
Her love for John Carter and her
respect for the type of love exhibited by Dejah Thoris. The princess has
shown what real love should and can be.
20. Phaidor's final noble act:
leaps from the vessel's deck into the abyss below.
XVI: The New Ruler ~ 30 Q
reason Carter opened the buoyancy escape valves of the flier: The
buoyancy tanks are leaking, the engine won't start and the craft is hovering
helpless above a low hill.
2. Result of opening the valves:
flier sinks slowly to the ground, permitting John Carter and Dejah Thoris
to start their journey across the frozen wastes back to Kadabra on foot.
3. How Dejah Thoris' life had been
saved back in the Temple of the Sun: Thuvia
had wrested Phaidor's blade from her.
4. Surprise awaiting Carter and
his princess when they return to the chamber of Solan: A
dozen escaping nobles of the court of Salensus Oll.
5. Carter's threat that threw fear
into his attackers:
He threatens to pull the
lever that will cause the solar heating system to destroy the entire city
and its occupants.
6. Carter's declaration that prevented
the nobles from leaving: "You are prisoners
of the Prince of Helium"
7. Why the nobles were not happy
to see a troop of yellow warriors enter the chamber:
They are led by Talu, rebel Prince of Marentina.
8. What Talu revealed about the
They are a villainous lot
led by a hated tyrant who would have been Salensus Oll's replacement.
9. Ethnic description of the one-time
enemies from every Martian clime now mingling in friendship in the audience
Red men from Helium and Ptarth, yellow
men of the north, blacks of the First Born, green warriors from the dead
sea bottoms, and white-skinned therns from the south pole.
10. Noble leaders from all over
Barsoom gathered in the audience chamber: Xodar
of the First Born ~ Tardos Mors and Mors Kajak, rulers of Helium ~ Carthoris
of Helium ~ Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark ~ Kantos Kan ~ Talu of Okar and
other Jeds and Jeddaks.
11. The reason for the absence
of Thuvan Dihn and Thuvia of Ptarth: They
had been captured while trying to rescue Carter from the Pit of Plenty
and are imprisoned somewhere in the buried dungeons of the palace.
12. Number of years passed since
John Carter's first arrival on Barsoom: 22
13. John Carter's great accomplishment
through the might of his sword: Great strides
have been made to unite all the nations of Barsoom: black man and white,
red man and green. . . and now possibly yellow.
14. Honour that Carter bestowed
upon Talu: He places him on the throne vacated
the Salensus Oll, Jeddak of Jeddaks.
15. Two lovers seated among the
blossoms in the palace courtyard: Thuvia of
Ptarth and Carthoris of Helium.
16. Fate of the Guardian of the
17. Plans for the Carrion Caves:
are to be cleansed to allow safe passage for all nations.
18. Plans for the sacred apt: The
hunting of the beast shall be the sport of the nobles of Okar until the
beast is exterminated.
19. First destination of the Helium
fleet as it headed south: Ptarth where John
Carter, Dejah Thoris and Carthoris stayed for a month as guests of Thuvan
20. Second destination: Kaol
to cement ties between the nations of Helium and Kaol.
21. The reception they received
as they finally returned to Helium: Gaily
decorated fliers, costly silks and tapestries on every roof, with gold,
jewels and shiny metals scattered everywhere, and adulation from everyone.
22. Where Carter was to report
by order of the Jeddak ". . . to be judged this night. . .": The
Temple of Reward.
23. Description of the royal tribunal
of judges at the Throne of Righteousness who have put Carter on trial:
unprecedented body of 31 Jeddaks and Jeds from all over Barsoom.
24. Why John Carter had a feeling
He is surrounded men whom he
thought to be close friends but now appear stern, unfriendly and uncompromising.
25. What the clerk read to the
judges: A long list of deeds performed by
Carter since his arrival 22 years ago.
26. The words from Tars Tarkas
that enraged Carter:
"Judges, there can be
but one verdict. No longer may John Carter be Prince of Helium. . ."
27. Tars Tarkas's verdict that
brought an tumultuous eruption of wild shouting from the crowd and the
drawing of swords: ". . . but instead let
him be Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Barsoom!"
28. Person who arrived in a splendid
car borne by 50 of the mightiest nobles of the greatest courts of Mars:
Thoris. Princess of Helium.
29. Final scene of the Mars Trilogy:
Carter, Warlord of Mars embraces and kisses his wife, Dejah Thoris, the
most beautiful woman in all of Barsoom.
30. Name of the artist who illustrated
this final scene on the first edition dust jacket and frontispiece: J.
Allen St. John
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