Warlord of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Warlord of Mars


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs





CONTENTS

On the River Iss
Under the Mountains
...

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...numerous duties that had
devolved upon me in the reconstruction of the government of the
First Born...

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...from the
Pedestal of Truth beside the Throne of Righteousness in the Temple
of Reward, from the...

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...lead any man.

Tonight he moved quickly along the edge of the forest until well
beyond sight...

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...few isolated countries they still retained their age-old power;
but Matai Shang, their hekkador, Father of...

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...roughly arched roof of the cavern I had no difficulty in
following him.

It was my first...

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...against
the current which flowed from beneath the rocky mass behind me.

I could not imagine what...

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...my boat farther and farther in beneath the
overhanging wall, but at last it became evident...

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...rank,
at some court that is yet loyal to thy ancient faith, for I cannot
return to...

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...of such an act, which would cut down the only man who could
lead the way...

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...as the river wound hither and thither
along its flinty bed.

Far ahead I presently heard a...

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...as I looked there came bobbing out upon the current from the
Stygian darkness of the...

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...the periphery
of the watery circle my boat twice touched the rocky side of the
river in...

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...savage brute, agile as a cat, crept after me.

As he passed through the boat that...

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...to his side, and
passing him looked into the aperture at our right.

Before me was a...

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...to remain, for I saw from
Woola's actions that the trail led through the room where...

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...strife. And so I gripped my long-sword the
tighter as I replied to Lakor.

"I believe...

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...smooth words.

Beyond the therns several doorways opened off the guardroom, and
toward the one upon the...

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...were Lakor and his companion of the guardroom.

They walked very softly, and in the right...

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...which
my earthly muscles endow me under the conditions of lesser gravity
and air pressure upon Mars.

Yet...

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...thus
adorned, was a lesser thern, though from his harness I gleaned that
he had reached the...

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...had never before assailed my
vision. It would be futile to attempt to describe them...

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...was still a baffling riddle.

Slowly I circled the great shaft, looking for a means of...

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...my pursuit of Thurid,
and my conclusion was identical with my original belief--that Thurid
had come this...

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...units for fifty tals"--ah,
there was the first line of characters upon the torch's metal
case--3--50 T;...

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...where the
light shone was a sharp turn, and a little distance beyond this a
brilliantly lighted...

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...of that fearsome cry were still reverberating
through the subterranean chambers when I saw the thing...

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...vassals
and dependents, dispensed the spiritual words among the half dozen
nations of Barsoom that still clung...

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...he said; and as Woola
and I passed through, the fellow closed the door quickly upon...

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...Helium, shall become the plaything of
my lieutenants--perhaps of thy most hated enemy, Thurid, the black
dator."

As...

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...against a full
dozen of them. Even with the assistance of the fierce Woola, there
could...

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...as
one they turned and marched back into their dens.

"You need not fear them now, John...

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...stain upon my point roused to its full the old blood-lust
of the fighting man that...

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...me for a moment while he thrust
at my unprotected breast.

When he thrust, however, I was...

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...dismay I found that, unlike the ornamentation upon most
Heliumetic structures, the edges of the carvings...

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...the journey was accomplished
at last, and it was with relief that I felt my fingers...

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...of the
propellers of a flier, and as each moment the sound grew fainter
I realized that...

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...the canals of Mars.

Dawn showed that I had gained appreciably upon the flier ahead of
me....

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...seen its like upon the
planet.

From books and travelers I had learned something of the little-known
land...

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...easy to see why the Kaolians needed no navy; their cities,
hidden in the midst of...

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...a deep-toned, horrid roar burst from some savage throat
almost at my side. What a...

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...hope to escape the lightning-like movements or hide
from those myriad facet eyes which covered three-fourths...

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...dropped quickly toward me, and before I could
escape had grasped my shoulder between its powerful...

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...I knew that it would not be long
ere my new acquaintance discovered that I was...

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...drawing his dagger and making an incision
in the carcass a foot above the root of...

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...detailed and
satisfactory account of himself, nor did I delude myself with the
belief that I could...

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...red men as my own princess, and I would not stand supinely
by and see his...

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...feet in an effort to
cut me off before I could reach the gate.

At the same...

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...natives
of Kaol, for I wished to win a way into their hearts--and their
city. Nor...

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...Kaolian officers, whom I found
as courteous and delightful hosts as even the nobles of Helium,...

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...time and again he described the wondrous way in which
I had leaped completely over an...

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...horde of Tharks.

Never before today had I seen zitidars in the service of red men.
These...

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...shadower had
disappeared I could find no trace of him, yet in the brief glimpse
that I...

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... "Come!"




NEW ALLIES


Surrounded by guardsmen I marched back along the corridors of the
palace of Kulan...

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...has
followed me to the very heart of thy palace, Kulan Tith, for the
sole purpose of...

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...adversaries.

It was the visiting jeddak.

"Hold!" he cried. "If you value my friendship, Kulan Tith,...

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...died before she ever
committed the sacrilege of returning to the outer world. But then
my...

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...be deferred until both have
passed beyond the limits of my power. Are you satisfied,...

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...and two who were reported to be her slaves.
If these be Thuvia of Ptarth and...

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...after my own heart, and that
night saw the beginning of a friendship which has grown...

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...of the palace guard this thing could
not have come to pass. Seek the guilty,...

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...Ptarth," replied Thuvan Dihn.

"Wait!" I exclaimed, "beyond the southern fringe of this great
forest lies the...

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...intention to move cautiously by day over the ice-pack
that I might discover, before I had...

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...most consistent and dangerous foe.

It is a huge, white-furred creature with six limbs, four of...

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...apt, he must belong to a people of the
north of whose very existence we were...

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...have the dead of this fabled
land been carried to the Carrion Caves, that in death...

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...words I dashed forward, across the fetid mass
of putrefaction.

It was not until we had passed...

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...neck in a
parting hug. He rubbed his cheek against mine in a final caress,
and...

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...entrance to the eighth chamber, while I deliberately
showed myself to the guardian apt as he...

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...nearly every one of them. Once a month
they sleep for a full day, and...

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...the straight
sword in the right, while above the left wrist the small shield
was held rigid...

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...my arm. He then
went through the same ceremony with Thuvan Dihn.

Next he asked our...

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...be those least likely to arouse
suspicion. In my palace is one who can make...

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...seed of the ocher vegetation
of the dead sea bottoms carried the noiseless traffic of light...

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...sent on secret missions
to the court of Salensus Oll.

"Should you come within fifty feet of...

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...them time to get well out of sight of our cave, Thuvan
Dihn and I crept...

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...but before we reached the city gate I was to learn the
purpose of that grim...

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...to the scrap-heap at the shaft's base.

With her fell a shower of her own tiny...

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...the cold upon the
bent and broken carcasses of a thousand fliers I could not have
restrained...

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...power of the magnetic shaft, and now for many tedious years he
had been a slave...

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...before a magnificent building
on the plaza opposite the royal grounds and the palace.

Here we walked...

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...the palace in a semi-detached tower at the rear
of the edifice.

When we asked our guide...

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...Dihn call aloud to Thuvia, but an instant later his
exclamation of surprise betokened that he,...

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...though he was evidently laboring under the stress
of passion and excitement, it was equally apparent...

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...men,
and when I turned to face the resplendent figure of a giant yellow
man I did...

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...and, with a malicious grin upon his
face, was pointing an accusing finger at me, when...

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...I attacked
Thurid, and when Salensus Oll had left with Dejah Thoris and the
others, leaving Thuvia...

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...no queen has sat upon the
throne beside me, and now it suits me to take...

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...any in Okar. Quick,
guardsmen, to the pits with the black maniac who wishes to...

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...to which Salensus Oll had carried Dejah Thoris ere ever
they could stop me.

Then I went...

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...my left hand to my forehead, that the ring might be
visible to one who sought...

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...assail me.
Where before I had had but a mild craving for food and drink, I...

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...of a maniac.

Nine days passed, and I was weak from hunger and thirst, but no
longer...

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...could make nothing of them, and at last I decided that my very
haste was preventing...

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...was mine.

"Bring the rope with you. Beyond the knots lies danger."

That was all there...

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...but that he had completely devoured me, and so no
suspicion of my escape would cause...

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...upon a large, burnished lever that protruded from
the opposite wall.

"No! No!" cried the little old...

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...correct, Solan replaced
the money in the pouch and rose from the table.

"Now," he said, "are...

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...security, go
on with thy red princess to the freedom of--death. When you have
passed beyond...

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...which my way led, and then he turned away from me
as I passed through and...

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...finally my captor
announced that he would lead me back to my cell.

An officer ordered several...

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...his ruler had
put upon his finger.

The corridor along which I ran led almost straight for...

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...myself with the unfamiliar weapon of the
yellow man.

At first I had a time of it...

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...Tardos Mors I went
first, asking where the keys might be which would unfasten their
fetters.

"The officer...

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...battle with the Okarian guard, and I
warrant that that ancient watchtower never looked down upon...

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...and thus, taking an awful toll with each
few feet gained, I came to the spacious...

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...avert defeat, and then I see a noble figure upon
a mighty thoat--not the tiny thoat...

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...would forge upward to taste the cup of death.

I had been taking my turn with...

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...as it may, I have often won success while the thinker
would have been still at...

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...achieve when pitted against such a wizard of the
blade as Solan.

For a time he liked...

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...demolished the great switch that it could not be
again used to turn the powerful current...

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...Okar.

"In a moment the thing shall have been done and we may return to
the battle,...

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...happened I had
leaped through their thin line and was upon the dais beside Dejah
Thoris and...

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...would not be unlike her to
have seized a sword and fought at my side, for,...

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...heart
of the palace of Salensus Oll.

In an instant I saw that by attacking the Okarians...

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...have fought had I been in their stead, with the determination
to take as many of...

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...with a glad cry, I turned with outstretched arms to seize
my princess, and as my...

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...up the bauble I saw that it bore the device of the
Princess of Helium, and...

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...that I knew I could not endure the bitter cold,
almost naked as I was, and...

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...direction
I should follow, or harassed by darkness or hidden dangers.

Through a snow-covered canyon the way...

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...both made a rush for the
boarding-ladder.

Thurid was the first to reach it, and with the...

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...to madness by the cruel misfortune that had tripped me when
success was almost within my...

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...wicked face would have convinced
me. Beyond Thurid I could see my Dejah Thoris, wide-eyed...

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...gazing at her in unconcealed and stupefied wonderment.

A wan smile touched her lips--it was not...

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...hill.
Opening the buoyancy escape valves I permitted her to come slowly
to the ground, and as...

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...nobles."

I stood close to the instrument-covered wall--Dejah Thoris at my
side. She looked up at...

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...of the north, rubbing
elbows with the blacks of the First Born who had come under...

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...first seen a Jeddak of Jeddaks take his seat upon
it, none might compare with that...

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...rose among the free men of
Marentina and the Kadabran prisoners, for all had thought that...

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...sky was
gorgeous with gaily trimmed fliers. Every roof within both cities
was spread with costly...

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...as judges. There
was Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, whom we had but just left...

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...as a brother.

I could have wept had I not been so mad with rage that...