GLOSSARY OF LIN CARTER’S MARTIAN TERMS
- Arachnidae - Not a Martian term at all actually.
The Arachnidae are an insect or spider-like species that exist in caverns
on the moon. They cultivate various funguses, some of which
are distilled for a whine or beverage which Ivo Tengren drinks at the beginning
of the Man Who Loved Mars. It is not clear whether the Arachnidae
are truly an intelligent species, the characters joke about their level
of culture, or the absence of same, with undisguised contempt.
They seem to be an allusion to the insectoid race of H.G. Well’s First
Men in the Moon, and a hint that it isn’t only the Martians who are victimized
by Earth’s colonialism. The implication is that there’s more to Carter’s
solar system than just Earth or Mars. Venus? Callisto?
Who knows? And by the way, this entry is probably several times
longer than Carter’s actual references to the Arachnidae.
- Ahour - a southern hemisphere city of Martians where slaves
are freely bought and sold. Referred to as the ‘nearest city
of the people.’
- Aoudh - Orphan, Outlaw, One who has no kin, Exile. The
Aoudh do not belong to any of the Nine Nations. Rather, they exist
in cities or towns, or as bandits or solitary wanderers. Most
Aoudh have been exiled from their Nations, sometimes for political reasons,
sometimes for crimes or unacceptable behaviour. They are not
welcome, but apparently not actively persecuted.
Aoudhha is also used to mean clanless.
- Arghatha - healing priests, medicine men or native Doctors.
- Bakrah - A city state in the northern hemisphere, known for
its trading caravans. Shiaze, Yukara, and Diome are cities
that it trades with. Its caravans reach as far north as Yakhua
and Khuu. One of its nobles, Prince Zarouk, is something of
a robber baron, and he leads a major expedition to the Pteraton.
- The BOOK (No Martian Word Given) - The universal holy text
of the Martians, translated into English by Martinez and Schuster in 2031.
The Book contains histories, including references to sadistic kings and
the Jihad against the tenth nation. It also contains proverbs, proscriptions
and prophecies. The Timeless Ones feature prominently in both an
origin myth and an end times ‘Day of Doom’ or judgement/apocalypse.
The origin myth references both creation and culturation by the Timeless
Ones in an edenic valley, Ophar. The Book also describes an
underworld called Yhoom, through which the dead undertake a processional
journey to the Timeless Ones. Both are shown to have a literal truth.
The Book has apparently been compiled over a long period of time from multiple
sources, much like the Christian and Hebrew Bibles.
- Carriage Beast (No Martian or English Name Given) - An ancient
creature found in Zhiam, and probably extinct in the modern day.
It is a six legged animal, beaked,lean and sinewy, five times as large
as a leopard, covered with green and gold enameled scales.
It had a long graceful arched neck, like a horse but longer, delicate clawed
feet, slim and graceful proportions. It is speculated that
it might be an ancestor of the Slidar, despite the Slidar’s four legs framework.
- Cat-Lover - a racist epitaph for Earthlings sympathetic to
Martians. This is based in the speculation Martians are allegedly
descended from Cats or a Catlike rather than apelike species. Martians
are also described as Cats or Cat-Men, a pejorative term. Obviously,
there’s no direct Martian terms.
- Chardaka - A narcotic beverage, possibly addictive. Sharing
may produce bonding, and it may have ceremonial uses..
- Chun - a plateau and the name of a Martian tribe, also known
as Moon Dragon nation. Perhaps the same as Brackett’s Shun?
- Dakhshan - a trade city, where Martians and Earthmen mix.
Likely a previously existing native city, possibly included as one of the
- Dark Flame - An evil version of the Flame of Iridar from Ocean
- Dart Tubes (No Martian Word Given) - A projectile weapon which
shoots poisonous metal darts, through a long metal tube. Essentially
a blowgun. They are highly effective and their practitioners use
them for hunting and war, achieving remarkable accuracy.
- Diome - A city state of the northern hemisphere and part of
the Shiaze, Yukara and Bakrah trading network.
- Dja-ih az Mhu-a Zjiam-aZar - Translation: “Door
to Outside the World” A gateway in the Pteraton, leading
to an underground passageway which contains the portal to the era in the
Ocean period of Mars where Zhiam exists. Both ends of the portal
appear to be linked and moving forward in time, thus you can’t arrive before
you leave, but it is two way, allowing people to move between past and
future as needed.
- Dok-I-Tar - A corrupted pronounciation of Doctor, which has
generically come to mean a wise man or healer among the Earthmen.
The Dok-I-Tar is pretty much the only F’Yagh receiving general respect
from the Martians.
- Dustlands (Martian Word not Given) - Are particularly desolate
areas, the remains of sea beds or continental shelvesl which are so completely
devoid of moisture that not even moss grows. The Dustlands
are named for the fine talcum-like dust which gets in everything.
During a sandstorm or dust storm, men or animals can find themselves asphyxiated
in the dust. Dustlands appear to be the most inhospitable Martian
environment, but are not the whole of Mars... there are nicer places.
Nevertheless, its not clear that the notion of Dustlands is a Martian rather
than an Earthman concept.
- Farad - A city of the Moon Dragon nation, Chun people, in the
deep southern hemisphere. It is an ancient site. Only a portion
of the city remains inhabited and in repair.
- Faugh - obscenity. No direct translation exists,
but the similarity to F’yagh suggests it may have a related meaning.
- First Born (No Martian term given) - The name given to the
original humans of Ophar. The term’s similarity to the First Born
of Burroughs is almost certainly deliberate, although it appears that these
original humans were golden skinned.
- Flame of Iridar - A sentient piece of the Sun active
on Mars in the Ocean Period. It claims to have observed the history
of Mars and acted as its god, including destroying the ancient civilization
of Polaria. It resides in the land of Iophar, in the far north near
or at the Polar cap. It bears a strong resemblance to Zhagguaza of
Zhiam and may well be the same being.
- F’yagh - Translation ‘Hated Ones.’ The generic
Martian term for all Earth humans. F’yagha appears to be the
plural form or perhaps a collective name. The addition of an
‘a’ suffix as a modifier appears elsewhere in Carter. In Burroughs
it denotes female or daughter. So used here it may denote femininity
or lack of masculinity, perhaps amounting to a collective insult.
It’s possible that Carter has a different use for the ‘a’ suffix, perhaps
to suggest plurals.
- Hai-Yaa - salute of Kings.
- Hiyawa Ziu - translation: ‘mother of fire’ a burning chemical,
like phosphorous but combusting more slowly, used in heating and
cooking. Distilled from Zihuat.
- Ho-Katha - firestone, a gem.
- Hndolanthi - A class of Martian interpreters cum herald.
Singular is Hndolanth.
- Huakan - An Ancestral tablet, a memorial similar to gravestones.
Also known as Godstones. Huakan are found and venerated everywhere
on Mars. Huakan tablets have even been found in Y
garah, and Khuu, the oldest known city ruins.
- Hualatha - holy ones or priests.
- Hualokkah - the sacred land, surrounding Illiornis near the
- Huatan - Sacred valley.
- Ilornis - A lost and abandoned primeval city, perhaps one of
the original cities. Originally known as Ylon Ath, ‘the gateway’
to the underworld, it is near the River of Death and the Chun city of Farad.
It is reached by traveling the road of Ushongti, it’s main temple contains
the entrance to Yhoom where the Timeless Ones reside.
- Iophotha - a thought record. A form of ancient recording,
a telepathic impulse preserved on a metal, crystal lattice. Only
a few have been discovered. The technology cannot be duplicated on
Earth and the art has been lost by the Martians.
- Iophar - The legendary Land of Magic and home to the Flame
of Iridar, from the Ocean period of Mars. The east coast of
Iophar is protected by a wall of ice, suggesting that it is somewhere near
the north pole. Iophar is unrelated to the valley of Ophar
which is on the equator, but its name derives from the same terms, meaning
roughly ‘the holy land.’ Iophar is unknown in the contemporary era.
- Iron Crown (Martian word not given) - Imperial sigil, similar
to the Iron Collar in Brackett. Also a telepathic amplifier
of great power. The crown records the wisdom of its wearers, giving
access to that wisdom of the past to each jamad.
- Jamad Tengru, aka Jamad - A position of temporal and spiritual
authority, sort of a combination of Pope and Emperor, Priest and King.
It means roughly High Man, King, Emperor. The Jamad Tengru is roughly
equivalent to the archaic Holy Roman Emperor of Earth, in being the unifying
symbol or figure for the otherwise competing and warring nine nations.
Like the Holy Roman Emperor, the Jamad’s authority over his subjects is
not absolute, only four of the nine nations followed Jamad Ivo’s Jihad
against the F’Yagh. Similar to the Dalai Lhama, the Jamad is
not a hereditary position, but is transferred from one Jamad to a chosen
successor, and is not confined to a particular nation. The
transference involves the granting of the Iron Crown and a series of rituals
and oaths. The Earthman, Ivo Tengren was the most recent Jamad,
his predecessor was Thioma of the Red Mountain nation. The only prior
Jamad referred to was Jonnath XII of the Silver Dynasty.
- Jarad-I-Zha - translation: ‘stuff of beasts.’
At least one Martian creation myth has the Timeless Ones creating humans
from the flesh of animals, or evolving and elevating a chosen animal to
- Jhay yam-I-jaah - Pool of Eternity where Shivers the Water
of Life. A mysterious pool in the valley of Ophar. The
waters discharge floating bubbles. When the bubbles come in contact
with living animals (and perhaps plants), they reverse entropy, conferring
youth but stealing memories. Strong exposure can reduce an
adult to a mindless infant. Regular exposures produce a perpetual
youth of adolescence and purity, but removes all memory, even the knowledge
of language. The Ushongti appear to be immune, or at least wary.
- Juhangir - travelling entertainer, kind of a minstrel or troubador.
- Kaffarh - a sort of Eunuch. The description suggests
chemical castration or chemically induced impotence, the Kaffarh are uninterested
in mating, even though they may have the equipment. The reference
may simply be to asexuality, or perhaps even homosexuality. In its
most basic form, it may simply suggest childlessness. There
does not appear to be a significant social stigma or hostility attached.
- Kaffira - a headress. The phonetic relationship
to Kaffarh is unmistakeable, but its import is unknown. Does
it mean that the headress is crafted by Kaffarh, or that the wearer of
the headress is Kaffarh? Or perhaps it is a feminine headress?
- Kua - a measure of time, roughly twenty minutes.
- Khuu - The last encampment of the 10th nation before they vanished
from history. Apparently, the fleeing survivors of the 10th nation
briefly camped in the ruins before fleeing into the past. Ironically,
these are ruins of ancient Zhiam, the city they would build in the Ocean
era, largely unchanged. The place is tabu, so it is largely untouched
- Laestrygonum - Either one of the twelve colonies, or a Martian
city or town, or both.
- Long Night of Gods (No Martian term Given) - The outcome of
Ivo Tengren’s second rebellion against Earth. Instead of a
military uprising, two orbital peace shuttles disintegrated under mysterious
circumstances, an Earth undercover agent vanished, and almost all the Earth-born
inhabitants of Mars were seized by a hypnotic compulsion to return to Earth.
For an unknown period of time after this, there appeared to be a hypnotic
barrier around Mars preventing the approach of Earth ships.
- Martians aka ‘The People’ (No Martian term given) - Few
Earthmen who have not seen the People realize how thoroughly human they
are. On the whole taller and more leanly built than human, lighter
of bone, broader in the chest, their heads, backs of hand and chest and
throat are covered, not with hair but fine silken fur, generally
russet covered, males have short hair, females long manes, eyes are larger
with wider pupils, copper, amber, brown, green or gold pigmentation, skin
is amber/copper, with reddish copper being common, some of the highest
nobility or bloodlines shift towards amber. (High clans or
old nobility tend towards amber skin, the holy children of Ophar and the
people of the Sunless Sea are golden skinned). They move with
a graceful gliding motion. They have relatively little variation
among themselves. Their appearance is well within human norms,
the racial variations between Earth humans are greater than those between
Earthlings and Martians. Carter mentions that the Martians are known
for longevity beyond humans, implying a life span of perhaps centuries.
The Martians down to blood chemistry, genes and chromosomes are human,
at one point described as ‘human to a dozen decimal places.’ Some
speculation suggests that they are evolved from extinct Martian felines.
Others argue that they are a lost colony of Earth humans, or that Earth
humans are displaced Martians. The ‘timeless ones’ claim to
have created both Martians and Terrans from separate local animals.
Almost all Martians speak a single common language, though this is divided
into high and low dialects. The low dialect may be a pidgin for communicating
with Earthmen. The exceptions are the people of Zhiam, who speak
a noticeably different, archaic version of the common tongue, and the people
of Zhaa who appear to speak a different language than common on the planet.
Excluding the Zhiam, who worship Zhagguiza, and the Zhaa whose religious
affiliation is unknown, all Martians appear to share a religion and culture.
- Nine nations (No Martian word given) - The generic term
for the Martian race. The Martians divide themselves into nine
great national or tribal lineages. Mostly this refers to nomadic
tribes, but even the city states and particular geographic regions identify
themselves with one nation or another. There is, or was a tenth
nation, Zhiam, exiled to the past as worshippers of Zhagghua. Zhaa,
the people of the Sunless Sea, with their seven clans, might constitute
a branch of the tenth nation, or potentially an eleventh. The named
nations include Moon Dragon, White Hawk, Red Mountain, Dragon Hawk, Golden
Lion, and Moon Hawk (no Martian names given). Reference is made to
High Clans and Low Clans, but this does not seem to align with nations,
but within and between nations, so that each nation has high and low clans,
whose status is broadly recognized. The Aoudh are Martians
who are exiled or outside the Nation/Clan systems, sometimes for apostasy,
sometimes for crimes, sometimes for political reasons.
- Niophar - An ancient place, possibly a dead city or fortification,
possibly a living city. Site of a battle during Ivo’s rebellion.
- Niotha - Telepathy of the golden people. Used for hunting
and navigation, art and visual pyrotechnics, interrogation, judgement and
- Odyar - A musical instrument.
- Omad - A walled city or fortification. It is not
clear whether this was a living city or town, or a dead city temporarily
reoccupied. Ivo Tengren’s Martian rebellion was crushed there.
- Ongga - A moderate or modest sized scarlet lizard hunted for
food by Martians and Earthmen. It is also preyed upon by predators such
as Sandcats, Rock Dragons and Slioths. It is not clear whether it
is a predator itself, but given how commonly found, and the lack of threat
it seems to pose is probably a herbivore. Orange lizards are also
referred to elsewhere, which may be simply variant colouration, but could
be a separate species.
- Ophar - Translation ‘The Holy.’ The sacred hidden
valley where life began in the holy book. In actuality, a lost or
hidden valley at the bottom of a crater, where the Ushongti survive, where
mobile trees exist, and a number of otherwise extinct plants and animals
continue to thrive. The valley contains a pool which can reverse
aging, and a tribe of golden children free of knowledge or memory.
- Orthave/Orthava - a martian fur or fleece bearing giant rodent-like
animal, presumably native to the polar regions. Orthava may
be the female of the species, an individual of the species, some other
identifier within the species or even a related species.
- Pistols - Energy pistols or blasters are in use and there is
an active smuggling trade in Earth weapons. But there is some slight
indication of indigenous manufacture of pistols or firearms of some sort,
since at one point, a pistol is checked for clan insignia.
- Polaria - An Ocean Era Martian civilization prior to the period
of the Flame of Iridar, presumably located at or near the north pole, and
presumably wicked, which was destroyed by the Flame of Iridar.
- Pteraton - The Martian sphinx, guardian of the
gateway, is a large insectlike figure. If it ever lived, it is long
extinct and appears only in statuary. It features twelve legs,
four folded dragonfly wings and three rows of large compound eyes.
Nothing like it is known in Martian paleanotology. The largest known
is 100 yards long, two thousand miles from Yeotharn, around latitude 55.
Other smaller sphinx’s are associated with Iliornis.
- Quaraph - A sensitive or a telepath found in Martian society.
Quaraph’s can read minds and covertly project thoughts or impulses.
Their existence is acknowledged and accepted, even by Earthmen. Their
social position and role is not clear, they may be shamans or bogeymen.
- River of Death aka Farad-I-Janhg - A weird flowing stream of
heavier than air vapour flowing along the bottom of a chasm. The
gases are poison, even with respirators, so they’re toxic to skin contact.
Discovered by the Hesperian expedition of ‘52 (presumably 2052, which,
together with the reference to Brave New Century, Mars being under Terran
domination for 75 years, and the fact that in the novel it is a well known,
well mapped feature, implies that we’re in the 22nd century.)
The River of Death is unique on Mars, no other similar feature has been
discovered like it. It is located near Chun, in the lands of the
Moon Dragon Nation, and may be associated with Iliornis and the passage
to the underworld. The name suggests that it is also associated
with the city of Farad.
- Rock Dragon (No Martian Name Given) - Fifteen feet from fanged
gaping maw to wriggling barbed tail, the middle parts thick as a mans thigh.
Thick overlapping scales. Not a true serpent, it has three
sets of short bowed legs armed with birdlike claws. It has retractable
fangs with paralytic venom that freezes the prey and preserves it for later
devouring. An ambush predator, which loops like a python.
It is a distant relative of the Cliff Dragon, which in turn is more closely
related to the Sandcat.
- Sandcat (Martian word not given) - resembling a crimson tiger,
nine feet long, monstrous claws, six legs, a fearless ambush predator.
Catlike whiplike tail. Blunt wedge shaped head. Fangs.
Conceals in sand dunes and ambushes approaching prey. Bigger than
a Kodiak Bear, faster than a cheetah. Their claws contain venom sacks,
like the fangs of a viper.
- Science of the Moons (Martian word not given) - Martian version
of astrology, based on observing the movements and interactions of Phobos
- Sharing water (Martian word not given) - A bonding ceremony,
although the ritual aspects seem to be quite informal at times. Essentially,
in sharing water, one Martian gives and another accepts water. Water
is life. Martians who share water are under obligation to aid each
other. They may for some purposes be considered ‘brothers’ although
the full appellation of ‘brother’ suggests an even deeper level of commitment.
- Shiangkor - An Empire building nation, from the time of Iridar,
deep in the remote past when Mars still had Oceans. It is located
somewhere south of Iophar. There is no contemporary reference.
- Shiaze - A Martian city state and part of the Bakrah,
Yukara, and Diome trading network.
- Slidar, a draft animal and riding beast - Reptilian,
ungainly, splay footed, red, of remarkable endurance. A little
larger than a horse, Four legged, long arched neck, scaled, fanged, snake
tailed, broad shouldered, gaunt, bony, ungainly, awkward.
The Martian version of a camel.. The flesh is inedible. It
has a shambling, loping stride. It is well noted for its bad
temper and poor disposition. It’s name loosely translates to ‘loper’
in Martian. Although four legged, the Slidar may be descended
from a six legged draft animal seen in Zhiam. It is the only reptilian
seen on Mars which is specifically described as four legged.
- Slioth - aka Cliff Dragon, cousin to the Sand-Cat of the dustlands,
reptilian cliff scavenger, six legged, with bird hooked claws, armoured
in leathery hide and tough overlapping chitinous scales, like a lobster’s
shell. Extremely hard to kill.
- S’zouks - long bladed, heavy martian knives, perhaps short
- Timeless Ones (Martian word not given) - Three
beings, inhumanly tall and gaunt, with attenuated limbs, apparently sexless
and without navels or nipples, featuring nine fingered hands, narrow long
and elfin faces, noses long and thin as knives, sharply pointed jaws, high
ridged cheekbones, lipless triangular mouths, arched and prominent brow
ridges, with twin swelling, hairless globes or lobes for a cranial dome,
and green eyes. They hover in a frozen amber mist, their bodies
apparently finely scaled (although this may simply be condensations of
the mist). They claim to be aliens from the fifth planet, three
who came to Mars and two who traveled to Earth who helped to create both
Martians and Humans. They figure prominently in Martian theology
as recorded in The Book. Most recently, they awoke in the Long Night
- Twelve Colonies - The twelve principle outposts of Earth upon
Mars, including Syrtis, Sun Lake City, Trivium Charontis, Christoffsen
Port, Propontis, Yeolarn, and possibly Laestrygonum and Dakhshan.
Some of the colonies, such as Yeolarn, appear to be occupations of existing
living Martian cities, with Martian and Earthmen populations living side
by side. Others are likely occupations of dead cities, or new installations.
- Yeolarn - A martian city, long inhabited, dominated by Earthmen.
The Martians live in the old town, which is overbuilt, with many alleys.
Across the canal is the new town, center of Earth occupation.
The occupation dates back to the age of oceans, and there are still ancient
remains of sewage tunnels opening to lost sea beds. The terrestrial
colonial administration has made one of its headquarters there.
Yeolarn is known as the capital of the Colonial Administration.
It is the northernmost of the Earth outposts, designated one of the twelve
colonies, located at 250th meridian, in Thoana Palus, 1100 miles from Syrtis
- Ygnarh - the original post edenic city. The name
translates directly as ‘Old City’, suggesting that the root ‘nar’ is city.
- Yhakha - an oasis town, actually little more than a permanent
camp. The northernmost camp or settlement of the Martians in
this area of Mars.
- Yhoom - in literal fact, a giant underground cavern of immense
size, miles below Iliornis, lit by seven spheres arranged in a ring.
It is reached through an immense stairway leading down from the principal
temple of Iliornis. From the staircase, there is a path lit
by saffron, leading to a forest of gigantic mushrooms, known as the Abyss
of Yhuu, which leads to the bridge of Fire, actually composed of luminous
jewels or crystals
- Ylon-Ath - translation: Gateway to the Gods. Original
name of Iliornis.
- Yonka - a flexible, ancient cover or blanket, used to wrap
the Crown of Iron. Possibly a holy relic in its own right.
- Ythiom - An ancient dead city.
- Yukara - A city state of the northern hemisphere and part of
the Diome, Shiaze and Bakrah trading network.
- Ushongti - Ogres or Giants of Martian lore, frequently depicted
in statues with three horned heads, four fingered hands, immense downward
tusks, elongated earlobes, and large eyes. Ushongti still exist
in the valley of Ophar, where they are discovered to be short tailed, pot
bellied purple lizards, bipeds, with three crests or wattles instead of
horns. The Ushongti are telepathic, enjoy wines, and were once
widespread on Mars. They are associated with both Ophar and
- Zhah aka 'People of the Sunless City' - Yellow skinned, completely
hairless, naked except for harnesses. They are friendly, open,
sexually promiscuous and make little distinction as to class, age or gender
in choosing their partners. Their society is without violence
or murder. The people are extremely ancient, and speak a different
language than the common tongue of Mars. They are divided into seven
clans. It is not clear which, if any of the nine nations, they
are related to. Their name suggests that they may be related to the
Zhaggua of Zhiam, and therefore might be part of the tenth nation, whose
pacifism they seem to share. Or they may be an eleventh nation,
or predate the nations at all. It appears, however, that they
colonized the Sunless Sea after the oceans had dwindled, which would be
after the formation of Nations, and after the Nine Nations Jihad against
the tenth. They reside in floating cities (or at least one
city) drifting or anchored on the sea. Lacking agriculture,
the cities are sustained by fishing for sea slugs, shoreline harvesting
and trading. Primary transportation is dragonflies, ridden by adolescents,
or ‘sailing ships’, since there’s no significant wind, the masts for the
sailing ships are actually anchor points for the dragonflies who haul the
ships. For some reason, there does not appear to be shoreline
settlement, the area around the gateway is uninhabitedThey do not use fire,
but are able to direct and store energy through shaped piezo-electric crystals,
and use them for heat or as energy weapons, and have metal working technology
based on condensation or catalyzation. The ships and cities
are built of stiff fibers like wicker or rattan, not wood.
The tallest buildings, due to weight issues, are no more than three stories.
- Zhaggua - devil, devil worshipper, follower of Zhagguaziu,
the general Martian name for a member of the 10th nation.
- Zhagguaziu - the fire devil, a living being with extraordinary
abilities to bend time and restore the dead to life, either as zombies,
or inhabiting them with its energy. Patron of the tenth nation, for
whom it bent time to find them a refuge in the distant past, during the
ocean period. Zhagguaziu advocates pacifism and vegetarianism and
opposes the killing of animal or intelligent life, though when pushed,
will slaughter. It may also be the Flame of Iridar, which was also
known during the Ocean Period, although if so, it has become considerably
more inclined to judgement and action.
- Zhiam - City of the tenth nation and home to Zhagguaziu, in
the Ocean Era of Mars. The modern ruins are named Khuu. Located
on Mars in the era of Oceans, in the northern region near the pole.
Zhiam may be related to or the same as Iophar, which is located in the
same general region, and is home to the Flame of Iridar. Given that
Zhagguaziu appears to have transported the people of Zhiam back to a remote
period which may well precede humanity on Mars, and given his injunction
to ‘have many fat babies’, it is entirely possible that the Zhiam are the
ancestors of all the Martian civilizations and peoples seen in Flame of
Iridar. And its possible that they are in fact the ancestors
of the Martians of the modern era, which would imply a paradoxical creation
saga... take that, Timeless Ones.
- Zihuat - ‘firestone’ a porous stone rich in Hiyawa Ziu.
- Ziriol - a purple ruby native only to Mars. Immensely
valuable on Earth.
CHARACTERS AND NAMES
FLAME OF IRIDAR
- Bram, a typical pirate comrade
- Chandar, the exiled Prince of Orin, turned pirate leader,
- Llys, Queen of Iophar, servant of the flame of Iridar.
- Mnadis the Witch, assistant to Sarkond, covert servant of the Dark
Flame, a sort of anti-god dedicated to nihilism.
- Niamnon, a usurper King who has taken over Orin
- Psamathis - sword wielding hero, and his sword.
- Sarkond the evil Enchanter,
- Thar, son of Chandar.
THE MARTIAN EL DORADO OF PARKER WHITNEY
- Parker Whitney
THE VALLEY WHERE TIME STOOD STILL
- Chastar - a martian bandit.
- Gort/McCord - an earthman and prospector, hero.
- Norgren, Karl - An Earth scientist and archeologist, also a dickhead.
- Norgren, Inga - Brother to Karl, nurse and assistant.
- Thaklar - a martian prince.
- Thomra, a historical/legendary figure.
- Phuun a priest
- Zoram, a historical/legendary figure.
CITY OUTSIDE THE WORLD
- Aoth - A Guard of Zhiam
- Dmu Dran - a fanatical priest.
- Goro - a wandering spy and minstrel.
- Hartha - a captain of the guards.
- Kammu Jha - proprietor of a wine house of the same name.
- Kiki - a boy of the 10th nation.
- Melandron - an old wise man of the 10th nation.
- N’kyha Houm - A merchant, running a caravan.
- Raith - a caravan guard.
- Ryker - A criminal from Earth, exiled to Mars and not popular there
- Thoh - a Princeling of Zhiam.
- Valarda - translation ‘golden bells’, princess of the 10th nation.
- Xinga - a caravan guard
- Zarouk - Prince of Bakrah, reputation of being a bit of a robber
baron. Aka ‘the Hawk
- Agila - a martian outcast and thief.
- Asouk - a follower of Tuan.
- Aulli - dragonfly rider.
- Azuri - Prince of the Sea people.
- Brant, Jim - Hero, prospector.
- Harben, William - Doctor, Archeologist, researcher.
- Hathera - a sea person.
- Kiridh - a follower of Tuan.
- Kirin - dragonfly rider of the sunless sea.
- Koharin, a particularly sadistic ancient King of Mars.
- Naruth - a follower of Tuan.
- Suah - Princess of the high born.
- Suoli - short lesbian.
- Tuan - a disgraced chief of the Moon Dragons tribe.
- Zuara - tall lesbian.
THE MAN WHO LOVED MARS
- Bolgov, Konstantin - space pilot, jackass
- Chaka, another Chun.
- Dhu - Priest of Chun - robes of green- hunchbacked dwarf.
- Eonha - Prince of a nation
- Hnoma - Martian name of Ivo Tengren, the first and only Earth Born
- Huw, a minstrel of chun
- Jonnath XII of the Silver Dynasty - a previous Jamad.
- Keresny, Josip. Doctor, Archeologist from Earth.
- Keresny, Ilsa - Daughter of Josip, love interest.
- Kesh Kuz - an old martian.
- Kuruk, A Chun warrior and leader.
- Kraa - A prince of Chun.
- Ivo Tengren - a west german who came to Mars to work with the Colonial
administration. He went native. Martian name is Hnoma.
- Mma - Prince of a nation, probably white hawk.
- Thuu - a Martian prince of Red Mountain nation.
- Thyoma - a previous Jamad, who died in Ivo’s arms, but who transferred
the Jamad Tengru to Ivo before he died.
- Timeless Ones - Godlike nappers, trying to catch up on their cosmic
- Yakla - Martian woman, Ivo Tengren’s beloved, who died in his arms
during the rebellion.
- Yatha - Prince of a nation.
~ Den Valdron