Monday, June 9, 2008

The Martian Code of Honor

Virtually all of the inhabitants of Barsoom subscribe to the same basic code of honor. This code covers many aspects of life, but is best known for its application to personal combat. In this case, honor demands that a warrior can only respond to a personal attack with a weapon considered equal or inferior to that used by the attacker. Thus, a warrior attacked with a long sword may use his or her longsword, shortsword, dagger, or even a hatchet, but may not draw a pistol to combat his or her foe.

Art by Michael Whelan

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