Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Glossary of Names and Terms


Aaanthor
A dead city of ancient Mars.

Aisle of Hope
An aisle leading to the court-room in Helium.

Apt
An Arctic monster. A huge, white-furred creature with six limbs, four of which, short and heavy, carry it over the snow and ice; the other two, which grow forward from its shoulders on either side of its long, powerful neck, terminate in white, hairless hands with which it seizes and holds its prey. Its head and mouth are similar in appearance to those of a hippopotamus, except that from the sides of the lower jawbone two mighty horns curve slightly downward toward the front. Its two huge eyes extend in two vast oval patches from the centre of the top of the cranium down either side of the head to below the roots of the horns, so that these weapons really grow out from the lower part of the eyes, which are composed of several thousand ocelli each. Each ocellus is furnished with its own lid, and the apt can, at will, close as many of the facets of his huge eyes as he chooses. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)

Astok
Prince of Dusar.

Avenue of Ancestors
A street in Helium.

Banth
Barsoomian lion. A fierce beast of prey that roams the low hills surrounding the dead seas of ancient Mars. It is almost hairless, having only a great, bristly mane about its thick neck. Its long, lithe body is supported by ten powerful legs, its enormous jaws are equipped with several rows of long needle-like fangs, and its mouth reaches to a point far back of its tiny ears. It has enormous protruding eyes of green. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Bar Comas
Jeddak of Warhoon. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Barsoom
MARS

Black Pirates of Barsoom
Men six feet and over in height. Have clear-cut and handsome features; their eyes are well set and large, though a slight narrowness lends them a crafty appearance. The iris is extremely black while the eyeball itself is quite white and clear. Their skin has the appearance of polished ebony. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Calot
A dog. About the size of a Shetland pony and has ten short legs. The head bears a slight resemblance to that of a frog, except that the jaws are equipped with three rows of long, sharp tusks. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Carter, John
Warlord of Mars.

Carthoris of Helium
Son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris.

Dak Kova
Jed among the Warhoons (later jeddak).

Darseen
Chameleon-like reptile.

Dator
Chief or prince among the First Born.


Dejah Thoris
 Dejah Thoris
Princess of Helium.

Djor Kantos
Son of Kantos Kan; padwar of the Fifth Utan.

Dor
Valley of Heaven.

Dotar Sojat
John Carter's Martian name, from the surnames of the first two warrior chieftains he killed.

Dusar
A Martian kingdom.

Dwar
Captain.

Ersite
A kind of stone.

Father of Therns
High Priest of religious cult.

First Born
Black race; black pirates.

Kar Komak
Odwar of Lotharian bowmen.

Gate of Jeddaks
A gate in Helium.

Gozava
Tars Tarkas' dead wife.

Gur Tus
Dwar of the Tenth Utan.

Haad
Martian mile.

Hal Vas
Son of Vas Kor the Dusarian noble.

Hastor
A city of Helium.

Hekkador
Title of Father of Therns.

Helium
The empire of the grandfather of Dejah Thoris.

Holy Therns
A Martian religious cult.

Hortan Gur
Jeddak of Torquas.

Hor Vastus
Padwar in the navy of Helium.

Horz
Deserted city; Barsoomian Greenwich.

Illall
A city of Okar.

Iss
River of Death. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Issus
Goddess of Death, whose abode is upon the banks of the Lost Sea of Korus. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Jav
A Lotharian.

Jed
King.

Jeddak
Emperor.

Kab Kadja
Jeddak of the Warhoons of the south.

Kadabra
Capital of Okar.

Kadar
Guard.

Kalksus
Cruiser; transport under Vas Kor.

Kantos Kan
Padwar in the Helium navy.

Kaol
A Martian kingdom in the eastern hemisphere.

Kaor
Greeting.

Karad
Martian degree.

Komal
The Lotharian god; a huge banth.

Korad
A dead city of ancient Mars. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Korus
The Lost Sea of Dor.

Kulan Tith
Jeddak of Kaol. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)

Lakor
A thern.

Larok
A Dusarian warrior; artificer.

Lorquas Ptomel
Jed among the Tharks. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Lothar
The forgotten city.

Marentina
A principality of Okar.

Matai Shang
Father of Therns. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Mors Kajak
A jed of lesser Helium.

Notan
Royal Psychologist of Zodanga.

Nutus
Jeddak of Dusar.

Od
Martian foot.

Odwar
A commander, or general.

Okar
Land of the yellow men.

Omad
Man with one name.

Omean
The buried sea.

Orluk
A black and yellow striped Arctic monster.

Otz Mountains
Surrounding the Valley Dor and the Lost Sea of Korus.

Padwar
Lieutenant.

Panthan
A soldier of fortune.

Parthak
The Zodangan who brought food to John Carter in the pits of Zat Arras. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Pedestal of Truth
Within the courtroom of Helium.

Phaidor
Daughter of Matai Shang. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Pimalia
Gorgeous flowering plant.

Plant Men
A race inhabiting the Valley Dor. They are ten or twelve feet in height when standing erect; their arms are very short and fashioned after the manner of an elephant's trunk, being sinuous; the body is hairless and ghoulish blue except for a broad band of white which encircles the protruding, single eye, the pupil, iris and ball of which are dead white. The nose is a ragged, inflamed, circular hole in the centre of the blank face, resembling a fresh bullet wound which has not yet commenced to bleed. There is no mouth in the head. With the exception of the face, the head is covered by a tangled mass of jet-black hair some eight or ten inches in length. Each hair is about the thickness of a large angleworm. The body, legs and feet are of human shape but of monstrous proportions, the feet being fully three feet long and very flat and broad. The method of feeding consists in running their odd hands over the surface of the turf, cropping off the tender vegetation with razor-like talons and sucking it up from two mouths, which lie one in the palm of each hand. They are equipped with a massive tail about six feet long, quite round where it joins the body, but tapering to a flat, thin blade toward the end, which trails at right angles to the ground. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Prince Soran
Overlord of the navy of Ptarth.

Ptarth
A Martian kingdom.

Ptor
Family name of three Zodangan brothers.

Sab Than
Prince of Zodanga. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Safad
A Martian inch.

Sak
Jump.

Salensus Oll
Jeddak of Okar. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)

Saran Tal
Carthoris' major-domo.

Sarkoja
A green Martian woman. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Sator Throg
A Holy Thern of the Tenth Cycle.

Shador
Island in Omean used as a prison.

Silian
Slimy reptiles inhabiting the Sea of Korus.

Sith
Sith
Hornet-like monster. Bald-faced and about the size of a Hereford bull. Has frightful jaws in front and mighty poisoned sting behind. The eyes, of myriad facets, cover three-fourths of the head, permitting the creature to see in all directions at one and the same time. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)

Skeel
A Martian hardwood.

Sola
A young green Martian woman.

Solan
An official of the palace.

Sompus
A kind of tree.

Sorak
A little pet animal among the red Martian women, about the size of a cat.

Sorapus
A Martian hardwood.

Sorav
An officer of Salensus Oll.

Tal
A Martian second.

Tal Hajus
Jeddak of Thark.

Talu
Rebel Prince of Marentina.

Tan Gama
Warhoon warrior.

Tardos Mors
Grandfather of Dejah Thoris and Jeddak of Helium.

Tario
Jeddak of Lothar.

Tars Tarkas
A green man, chieftain of the Tharks.

Temple of Reward
In Helium.

Tenth Cycle
A sphere, or plane of eminence, among the Holy Therns.

Thabis
Issus' chief.

Than Kosis
Jeddak of Zodanga. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Thark
City and name of a green Martian horde.

Thoat (Large / Small)
Thoat (Small)
A green Martian horse. Ten feet high at the shoulder, with four legs on either side; a broad, flat tail, larger at the tip than at the root which it holds straight out behind while running; a mouth splitting its head from snout to the long, massive neck. It is entirely devoid of hair and is of a dark slate colour and exceedingly smooth and glossy. It has a white belly and the legs are shaded from slate at the shoulders and hips to a vivid yellow at the feet. The feet are heavily padded and nailless. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)

Thor Ban
Jed among the green men of Torquas.

Thorian
Chief of the lesser Therns.

Throne of Righteousness
In the court-room of Helium.

Throxus
Mightiest of the five oceans.

Thurds
A green horde inimical to Torquas.

Thuria
The nearer moon.

Thurid
A black dator.

Thuvan Dihn
Jeddak of Ptarth.

Thuvia
Princess of Ptarth.

Torith
Officer of the guards at submarine pool.

Torkar Bar
Kaolian noble; dwar of the Kaolian Road.

Torquas
A green horde.

Turjun
Carthoris' alias.
Ulsio
Ulsio
These many-legged Barsoomian scavengers are the equivalent of earth rat; of course, they are somewhat larger, the average being the size of a terrier dog. They have vicious fangs and when hungry or threatened they can be quite aggressive.


Ulsios are not particularly bold, but often run in packs and will use their superior numbers to overwhelm stronger prey.

Utan
A company of one hundred men (military).

Vas Kor
A Dusarian noble.

Warhoon
A community of green men; enemy of Thark.

White Ape

White Ape
The White Ape is a fearsome beast, resembling a huge gorilla with four arms, though they are hairless except for their heads. They often appear in mated pairs or families, or even in small tribal groups.
Woola
A Barsoomian calot.

Xat
A Martian minute.

Xavarian
A Helium warship.

Xodar
Dator among the First Born.

Yersted
Commander of the submarine.

Zad
Tharkian warrior.

Zat Arras
Jed of Zodanga.

Zithad
Dator of the guards of Issus. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)

Zitidars
Mastodonian draught animals.

Zodanga
Martian city of red men at war with Helium.

Zode
A Martian hour.

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