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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
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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:
from off Talu's arm.
5. Name of the ruler who had captured the Helium
rulers: Salensus Oll, Jeddak of Jeddaks, Ruler
6. Talu's relationship to the Ruler of Okar:
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 the streets:
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 of Okar:
of black- and yellow-striped Orluk fur.
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 such gems:
trusted nobles who had been sent on a secret mission to the court of Salensus
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 electrical action.
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 for Orluks.
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 of Mars.
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 prisoner.
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 hostelry.
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,
3. . . . Danger from theft: There
are no thieves on Mars.
4. . . . Reason the patrolling armed guards:
are common on Mars.
5. . . . Services offered in the attached rooms:
public eating place and baths for the required daily baths.
6. . . . Second and third floor occupants: Single
7. . . . Type of security in the women's areas:
female slaves and warriors are on guard outside the doors.
8. . . . Ethnic background of all the guards:
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
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 Ptarth.
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 the garden:
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 of Issus.
21. The party that entered the courtyard to confront Carter: Salensus
Oll, Matai Shang and a score of guardsmen.
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 him earlier.
24. Thurid's version of the story: He had come
upon Carter trying to help the girls escape. He should be put on trial.
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:
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 lives.
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 black
9. Why Dejah Thoris finally embraced Carter in a show of affection:
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 with emotion:
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 guardsmen.
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 poison.
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 writing:
is a cross between shorthand and picture-writing and is an entirely different
language from the spoken language of Mars.
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 on
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 room keeper.
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
7. Purpose of the second lever in the chamber:
controls the Guardian of the North, the huge magnetic tower that destroys
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
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
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
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 armoury door.
5. Means of releasing Tardos Mors and his red
Warriors from their shackles: They hack at the links of the metal chains
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 other directions:
12. . . . just beyond the walls of Kadabra: The
ominous guardian magnetic tower.
13. . . . of the surrounding streets and gates:
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
7. The last words heard by "Okar's rotten ruler":
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
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 Oll?"
10. Reaction of Carter's attackers upon hearing
the approaching invaders: They all flee the
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 appearance:
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 gone!
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:
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
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
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 of heart:
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:
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
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 escaping nobles:
are a villainous lot led by a hated tyrant who would have been Salensus
9. Ethnic description of the one-time enemies
from every Martian clime now mingling in friendship in the audience chamber:
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
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 years
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
16. Fate of the Guardian of the North tower:
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 Dihn.
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 of betrayal:
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:
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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