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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
What the yellow man offered after Carter had rescued him: His shield
2. What this action symbolized:
He is offering his life in return for the great favour Carter has done
3. The yellow man's name: Talu,
Prince of Marentina.
4. The token accepted by Carter
and Thuvan Dihn: Bracelets from off Talu's arm.
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
of Okar: 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:
The sacred apt
9. Why Salensus Oll was not liked:
He 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:
Walls topped with
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:
A 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:
It 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
17. . . . Areas bordering
the streets: 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:
They 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
23. Clothing worn beyond the cities
of Okar: Suits 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: 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 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:
One 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:
Dazed, 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
40. The travellers' destination
after gaining entry to the city: A Martian hostelry.
X: In Durance ~ 25 Q
1. Description 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: On one of the many small, raised platforms.
3. . . . Danger from theft: There
are no thieves on Mars.
4. . . . Reason the patrolling
armed guards: Assassinations are common on Mars.
5. . . . Services offered in the
attached rooms: A public eating place and baths for the required daily
6. . . . Second and third floor
occupants: Single women guests.
7. . . . Type of security in the
women's areas: Patrolling female slaves and warriors are on guard outside
8. . . . Ethnic background of all
the guards: Red men captured as slaves and sold to the proprietors by the
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:
They 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
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
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
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:
Thurid, the black dator of the First Born.
19. Reason for Carter's rage that prompted his leap into
the garden: 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 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
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:
A 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:
That he will not leave the chamber alive if he cannot rescue his princess.
5. The reason the nobles lifted their swords in homage:
This 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 hair.
9. Why Dejah Thoris finally embraced Carter in a show
of affection: 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
with emotion: "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 of Okar."
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:
He makes a 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 food
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: It 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 Mars.
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:
"Follow the Rope."
XII: "Follow The Rope!" ~ 15 Q
1. Second 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 fierce
3. Where the rope and tunnel led:
To 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:
Thurid 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
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:
His 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
1. Reason the armed red Martians could
not assist Carter against the three guardsmen: All 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 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 Helium!"
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
11. . . . stretching out in the
other directions: Okarian cities.
12. . . . just beyond the walls
of Kadabra: The ominous guardian magnetic tower.
13. . . . of the surrounding streets
and gates: 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
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
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:
He 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
3. Occupants of the chamber Carter
entered: Salensus Oll is addressing 50 nobles and preparing to wed Dejah
4. The manacled person dragged
into the chamber: Dejah Thoris
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
rotten ruler": "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
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 apartment.
11. Carter's new fight: He makes
an attack from the rear on the yellow men retreating from Kantos Kan's
12. Two onlookers who made a surprise
appearance: 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 gone!
XV: Rewards ~ 20 Q
1. Man 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
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
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
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:
Thurid 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:
A rocky chasm hundreds of feet below.
19. Phaidor's reason for her change
of heart: 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:
She leaps from the vessel's deck into the abyss below.
XVI: The New Ruler ~ 30 Q
1. The 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:
The flier sinks slowly to the ground, permitting John Carter and Dejah
Thoris to start their journey across the frozen wastes back to Kadabra
3. How Dejah Thoris' life had been
saved back in the Temple of the Sun: Thuvia had wrested Phaidor's blade
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
escaping nobles: 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
chamber: 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 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
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
North tower: Total demolition
17. Plans for the Carrion Caves:
They 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 receive
as they finally return 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
23. Description of the royal tribunal
of judges at the Throne of Righteousness who have put Carter on trial:
An unprecedented body of 31 Jeddaks and Jeds from all over Barsoom.
24. Why John Carter had a feeling
of betrayal: 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
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
28. Person who arrives in a splendid
car borne by 50 of the mightiest nobles of the greatest courts of Mars:
Dejah Thoris. Princess of Helium.
29. Final scene of the Mars Trilogy:
John 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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