Thuvia, Maid of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Thuvia, Maid of Mars


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




...

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...women of
the courts of Mars are held but little less than sacred. The act
of...

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...expect of the son of such a
sire?"

He bowed his acknowledgment of the compliment to his...

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...of their bravest blood and their
incalculable riches, leaving them all helpless against the inroads
of their...

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...as he turned to one of his
officers with a word of comment upon a subject...

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...form; so how could you alone have been blind to
it?"

"Do the maids of Helium pay...

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...pommel of his long-sword.

"These are yours--always," he said. A moment later he had entered
the...

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...of that," he replied. "See here,"
and he indicated a device at the right of...

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...was the faint, white line of a
sword-cut from the right temple to the corner of...

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...the examination of each who seeks
service with the nobles of the court.

A good rule that,...

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...had watched the lights
of his flier disappear the previous night, it would be difficult
to say.

So,...

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...warriors watched the lights of the patrol boat diminishing in
the distance.

"The intellects of our ancestors...

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...man is a genius," he remarked.

"Only a genius could have evolved such a lock as...

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...bear arms. The tradesman and
his clerk clank with their martial trappings as they pursue...

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...in continuous lines in opposite directions. For the
greater part they skimmed along the surface...

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... It was evident that he had been expected, and that the fellow
had received his...

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...that the Prince of Helium might be suspected
of considerable knowledge of the act and the...

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...by the act.

A smile crossed his lips. With a pair of cutters he snipped...

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...found its speed ere the man, wrapping his
sleeping silks and furs about him, stretched at...

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...but it was not Ptarth. No multitudes surged through
its broad avenues. No signs...

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...the little craft to whose deck
the Princess of Ptarth had been snatched from her father's...

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...a huge palace that even in
decay reflected the splendour of the age which its youth...

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...with
which the hordes of Torquas were perpetually warring.

His giant thoat was far from jaded, yet...

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...the centre of the plaza Thar Ban saw the figure of a red woman.
A red...

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...men of Dusar who still remained alive had no mind to permit
so valuable a capture...

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...their chosen weapon;
so now as the Dusarian drew bead upon the rising flier, and touched
the...

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...mossy carpet beneath.

Far before him loomed the mountains toward which the green man had
been fleeing...

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...a reckless pace to the
spot at which he last had seen the great, skulking brute.

Before...

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...gradual
ascent.

The beast behind him was gaining upon him, crowding him perilously
close upon the heels of...

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...over that Carthoris could scarce believe
his senses as the mighty body rushed madly past him....

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...scent of new
blood to its nostrils.

No longer were its movements erratic. With outstretched tail...

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...sudden halt by the distant sound of squealing thoats.

Guided by the noise of these habitually...

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...that somewhere he would obtain sight of Thuvia of
Ptarth, for even now he could not...

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...latter from him.

Upon a high tower within the beleaguered city a man appeared. From
his...

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...in
repulsing this adventurous red man, just as Hortan Gur was about
to leap from it to...

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...among the corpses
seeking meat.

To Carthoris the strangest part of the battle had been the terrific
toll...

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...as I know the frightful
consequences that must have followed such an act of mine, hurling
into...

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...city to which they took me was that famous ruin; but
where we may be now...

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...our own images.

"All that causes me to hesitate," he added, "is the danger of taking
you...

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...the Holy
Therns, and the great creatures fawned upon instead of devouring
me, I ever have had...

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...such gates as these.

As he stood speculating upon the identity of this forgotten city,
a voice...

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...countless ages, though
periodically they renew their attempts to destroy us. From whence
you come I...

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...these be the troops that remained to defend the city?"

Again the fellow smiled his uncanny...

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...that there were no soldiers in
Lothar," said the Heliumite, with a gesture toward the guardsmen.
"What...

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...its goal Carthoris let the point fall to
the floor, as with wide eyes he stepped...

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...me."

Carthoris did not understand, but something in the urgency of the
other's tone assured him, and...

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...lifeless, existing only in the
imaginations of our enemies. It is really our giant minds...

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...agreed Carthoris, "not having eaten to-day I can readily
agree with you."

"Ah, pardon me," exclaimed Jav....

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...as he ate.

"Is it not entirely satisfying?" he asked.

"I must admit that it is," replied...

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...Truth was revealed to us, that mind is
all. Many more died before we perfected...

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...us
made life miserable within our walls.

"So then I bethought the scheme to hurl our bowmen...

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...chamber. Its
furnishings and appointments bespoke wealth and culture, and
carried the suggestion that the room...

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...For countless ages have I
dreamed that some day you would come. And now that...

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...throwing his arms about her
and attempting to drag her lips to his.

"Woman!" he cried. ...

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...into whose side she had slipped her long, keen blade.

The girl glanced apprehensively about, first...

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...he might see it.

"No," she said, "he did not harm me."

A grim smile lighted Carthoris'...

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...glad. Now shall Jav come into his own.
Now shall Jav be Jeddak of Lothar.'

"At...

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...worry about that
after they come--at present I see no indication that they have any
idea of...

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...both
Thuvia and Carthoris suddenly noted a small orifice which grew in
diameter as the floor assumed...

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...one end of the chamber.

"From thence will he come upon us. Lay aside your...

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...here before, nor
ever have I cared to do so."

"Come," suggested Thuvia, "let us explore. ...

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...instant, then, with a wave
of his hand, cried: "Look!"

The sight that met them was...

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...turned they saw a company of
bowmen debouching upon the plain from the gate through which...

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...A
cunning look leaped to the Lotharian's eyes.

The thing that lay beyond that look had been...

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...they exist they
are real. I do but call them into being now, and in...

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...the Lotharian. "I tell you he has fled
the valley. He has left you...

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...earlier in the
day.

At first he saw no indication that there was another than himself
anywhere about....

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...whereabouts.

He realized, of course, that the trick which had laid suspicion
upon him would greatly delay...

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...the spoor in the resilient ochre vegetation,
he was suddenly surprised to see a naked man...

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...with
his creatures. I wonder if he has succeeded as well with the maid
of Lothar."

"I...

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...the Heliumite; and yet, so
sincere had been the manner and the words of the bowman,...

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...warriors, charging him upon their
mighty thoats.

To their right was Kar Komak, naked and unarmed, yet...

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...down the sinking marble floor toward an unknown
fate.

Then she had not chidden him for the...

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...moving through the deserted city as though no great
white apes lurked in the black shadows...

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...Then the clanging of a chain,
and a noise as of the snapping back against stone...

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...from their heads.

Now he saw the cause of that which had deceived him--across the
chest of...

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...cannot you do what Tario and Jav did?
They had no bowmen other than those of...

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...the courtyard where the thoats were kept it was necessary
for Carthoris to pass through one...

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...rose, and
shouting to one another for an explanation of the disturbance.

To Carthoris all within the...

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...but
at last he managed to get close enough to one of them to touch the
beast....

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...to end of
the far-reaching, threadlike farm lands.

The high wall surrounding the fields served as a...

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...as happened to
be within the domain of a belligerent nation were compelled to don
the insignia...

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...not admit
even to herself that she loved him, and yet she had permitted him
to apply...

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...too, was dead--dead across the body of the Heliumite. She
was, indeed, alone now. ...

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...by the proportions
of the conflict which his abduction of the Ptarthian princess had
induced, nor was...

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...whisper.

Astok, Prince of Dusar, shuddered.

Weak he was; yes, and wicked, too; but the suggestion that...

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...which his
protestations of love had been received. He went cold and then hot
to the...

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...be as it
should be."

The girl shook her head.

"Wait!" he commanded, before she could speak. ...

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...in his swiftest flier.




CHAPTER XIII

TURJUN, THE PANTHAN


The face of Carthoris of Helium gave no token...

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...came to him the only
explanation he might make to account for the white skin and...

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...was the instigator of the entire foul plot.
HE must pay the penalty; and who better...

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...forward to accept Vas Kor's greeting, then he summoned the
noble below. The warriors and...

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...her," said Astok. "Issus! I cannot do it! When
she turns those eyes...

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...said. "We are
short-handed upon the Thuria, so quickly did we depart."

The panthan's fingers dropped...

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...Dusarian. The latter reached upward for
the swinging rounds, and as he did so steel...

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...Gorgeous were they in their splendid cloaks of orluk and
apt. Fierce, formidable fighters from...

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...shot downward
at sickening speed, the bowman grappled with the slave. Carthoris
could not leave the...

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...were her own to do with as
she pleased; yet furthest from them was Kulan Tith....

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...Carthoris, Prince of Helium!" came in low tones
from the doorway.

Vas Kor turned to see the...

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...no possibility could they have
intercepted him. Carthoris, fearful lest Vas Kor might similarly
elude him,...

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...he asked.

"He escaped my blade, and ran down this corridor," replied Kar
Komak.

"We must lose no...

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...and as the last of them
fell out of range behind, Carthoris dropped the Thuria's nose...

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... Thuvia of
Ptarth caught her breath quickly, glancing at Carthoris.

The device was that of Kulan...

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...she dived suddenly Marsward careening drunkenly.
Thuvia turned the bow upward in an effort to avert...

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...Tario or Jav, but the bowmen of an odwar of
bowmen--savage fighting men, eager for the...

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...are you going, Carthoris?"

"With Kar Komak, the bowman," he replied. "There will be fighting
and...

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... except that from the sides of the lower jawbone two
...

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...size of a Shetland pony and has
ten short legs....

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...(See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Mors Kajak. A jed of lesser Helium.

Notan. Royal Psychologist...

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...cropping off the
tender vegetation with razor-like talons and sucking...

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...A green Martian horse. Ten feet high at the shoulder,
...