of him when he had been
locked in the room beneath the palace by I-Gos, the taxidermist, and so
he did not seek to enlighten her as to his identity. He meant to fight
for her--to die for her, if necessary--and if he did not die to go on
fighting to the end for her love. Gahan of Gathol was not easily to be
discouraged, but he was compelled to admit that his chances of winning
the love of Tara of Helium were remote. Already had she repulsed him
twice. Once as jed of Gathol and again as Turan the panthan. Before his
love, however, came her safety and the former must be relegated to the
background until the latter had been achieved.
Passing among the players already at their stations the two took their
places upon their respective squares. At Tara's left was the Black
Chief, Gahan of Gathol; directly in front of her the Princess' Panthan,
Floran of Gathol; and at her right the Princess' Odwar, Val Dor of
Helium. And each of these knew the part that he was to play, win or
lose, as did each of the other Black players. As Tara took her place
Val Dor bowed low. "My sword is at your feet, Tara of Helium," he said.
She turned and looked at him, an expression of surprise and incredulity
upon her face. "Val Dor, the dwar!" she exclaimed. "Val Dor of
Helium--one of my father's trusted captains! Can it be possible that my
eyes speak the truth?"
"It is Val Dor, Princess," the warrior replied, "and here to die for
you if need be, as is every wearer of the Black upon this field of
jetan today. Know Princess," he whispered, "that upon this side is no
man of Manator, but each and every is an enemy of Manator."
She cast a quick, meaning glance toward Gahan. "But what of him?" she
whispered, and then she caught her breath quickly in surprise. "Shade
of the first jeddak!" she exclaimed. "I did but just recognize him
through his disguise."
"And you trust him?" asked Val Dor. "I know him not; but he spoke
fairly, as an honorable warrior, and we have taken him at his word."
"You have made no mistake," replied Tara of Helium. "I would trust him
with my life--with my soul; and you, too, may trust him."
Happy indeed would have been Gahan of Gathol could he have heard those
words; but Fate, who is usually unkind to the lover in such matters,
ordained it otherwise, and then the game was on.
U-Dor moved his Princess'
"Let us hear what the man has to say--no creation of mortal mind is perfect.Page 19
Quickly he unlocked the cover, turning it back upon its hinge.Page 27
The tunnel had led straight, from where he had entered it beneath the side of the rock furthest from the unscaleable cliffs, toward the mighty barrier that had baffled him so long.Page 38
Carthoris would have leaped after her to protect her, but with a gesture she motioned him back.Page 51
There was evidently something more startling and compelling about her speech than that.Page 52
He was beside her now.Page 56
"What if he did call the guards? There will be time enough to.Page 59
"Yes," he said, "this is Komal.Page 61
Let us hope that our theory is correct, and that their shafts are powerless against minds cognizant of their unreality.Page 63
The long afternoon dragged its weary way toward darkness, and still the imaginary legions charged and retreated.Page 65
"I tell you he has fled the valley.Page 68
"My men were gone back to the nothingness from which they had sprung, but I remained--naked and unarmed.Page 73
moving through the deserted city as though no great white apes lurked in the black shadows of the mystery-haunted piles that flanked the broad avenues and the great plaza.Page 82
The sight of the red warriors leaping from their fliers had, for a moment, filled her with renewed hope--hope that Carthoris of Helium might be only stunned and that they would rescue him; but when she saw the Dusarian metal upon their harness, and that they sought only to escape with her alone from the charging Torquasians, she gave up.Page 87
Commend yourself to your ancestors, Thuvia of Ptarth, for within a few days you shall be with them.Page 93
Now they came to the dense shadow under the side of the Thuria.Page 95
Will you stand by me?" "To the death," replied Kar Komak.Page 96
A moment later a limp form crumpled to the floor of the cage.Page 97
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A Martian hardwood.