The Chessmen of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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When Turan the panthan regained consciousness it was to the realization
of a sharp pain in one of his forearms. The effects of the gas departed
as rapidly as they had overcome him so that as he opened his eyes he
was in full possession of all his faculties. The lights were on again
and in their glow there was revealed to the man the figure of a giant
Martian rat crouching upon the table and gnawing upon his arm.
Snatching his arm away he reached for his short-sword, while the rat,
growling, sought to seize his arm again. It was then that Turan
discovered that his weapons had been removed--short-sword, long-sword,
dagger, and pistol. The rat charged him then and striking the creature
away with his hand the man rose and backed off, searching for something
with which to strike a harder blow. Again the rat charged and as Turan
stepped quickly back to avoid the menacing jaws, something seemed to
jerk suddenly upon his right ankle, and as he drew his left foot back
to regain his equilibrium his heel caught upon a taut chain and he fell
heavily backward to the floor just as the rat leaped upon his breast
and sought his throat.

The Martian rat is a fierce and unlovely thing. It is many-legged and
hairless, its hide resembling that of a newborn mouse in repulsiveness.
In size and weight it is comparable to a large Airedale terrier. Its
eyes are small and close-set, and almost hidden in deep, fleshy
apertures. But its most ferocious and repulsive feature is its jaws,
the entire bony structure of which protrudes several inches beyond the
flesh, revealing five sharp, spadelike teeth in the upper jaw and the
same number of similar teeth in the lower, the whole suggesting the
appearance of a rotting face from which much of the flesh has sloughed
away.

It was such a thing that leaped upon the breast of the panthan to tear
at his jugular. Twice Turan struck it away as he sought to regain his
feet, but both times it returned with increased ferocity to renew the
attack. Its only weapons are its jaws since its broad, splay feet are
armed with blunt talons. With its protruding jaws it excavates its
winding burrows and with its broad feet it pushes the dirt behind it.
To keep the jaws from his flesh then was Turan's only concern and this
he succeeded in doing until chance gave him a hold upon the creature's
throat. After that the end was but a matter

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