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Post by Havard » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:47 pm

How many races & cultures exist on Barsoom per the ERB novels?

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Post by Yaztromo » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:45 am

I'll ask for some help from the Encyclopedia Barsoomia to answer your question: https://barsoom.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Barsoom_Races ;)
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Post by Big Mac » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:19 am

Yaztromo wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:45 am
I'll ask for some help from the Encyclopedia Barsoomia to answer your question: https://barsoom.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Barsoom_Races ;)
Nice find!

So the only races on John Carter's Mars seem to be:
  • First Born,
  • Green Martian,
  • Hormad,
  • Kaldane,
  • Kangaroo Men,
  • Lotharians,
  • Okar,
  • Orovar,
  • Red Martian,
  • Therns and
  • White Martian
Does every RPG have rules for these 11 races?

How about the Barsoom clones? Is it obvious which canon race maps to the races in those books?

John Carter, himself was a human. I think that Tarzan also went to Mars, assuming it was the same Mars, so that would be at least two humans.

Havard also mentioned cultures. Are all of these races mono-societies, with a single leadership, or do any of them have different nations?
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Post by Yaztromo » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:57 am

These are races (or sub-races) and cultures as well.
I limited the list to the races and cultures of Barsoom, as there are other planets and moons in the saga that are not in this list, as they are not from Barsoom.
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Post by Yaztromo » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:00 am

Here (viewtopic.php?f=108&t=20780 I believe are contemplated all the races from all the planets of the ERB's literary universe.
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Post by BlackBat242 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:48 am

Big Mac wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:19 am
John Carter, himself was a human. I think that Tarzan also went to Mars, assuming it was the same Mars, so that would be at least two humans.
In the 6th book, there is another human...
Ulysses Paxton: The central character in The Master Mind of Mars. Paxton is a soldier in the First World War who is transported to Barsoom after he is mortally wounded, and becomes the assistant of scientist Ras Thavas.
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Re: Races & cultures

Post by Cromstar » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:37 am

Tarzan went to Pelucidar, the hollow world, but I don't think he went to Barsoom?

Paxton definitely was another Earth human, however.

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Post by Yaztromo » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:54 am

viewtopic.php?f=108&t=16009 here you can read more about Tarzan on Mars.
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Re: Races & cultures

Post by Cromstar » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:26 pm

Yaztromo wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:54 am
viewtopic.php?f=108&t=16009 here you can read more about Tarzan on Mars.
Ah, not an ERB story. That explains why I've never heard of it before.

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Post by Yaztromo » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:03 am

Big Mac wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:19 am
So the only races on John Carter's Mars seem to be:
  • First Born,
  • Green Martian,
  • Hormad,
  • Kaldane,
  • Kangaroo Men,
  • Lotharians,
  • Okar,
  • Orovar,
  • Red Martian,
  • Therns and
  • White Martian
Actually, White Martians is a generic definition that covers three sub-races / cultures:
  • Therns
  • Orovar
  • Lotharians
So... the overall list is actually of 10 races / sub-races / cultures.
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Post by Big Mac » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:38 pm

Yaztromo wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:57 am
I limited the list to the races and cultures of Barsoom, as there are other planets and moons in the saga that are not in this list, as they are not from Barsoom.
I'd like to know more about those worlds. Rather than derail Havard's topic, I thought I would start a new one: Other planets/moons and Barsoom.
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Re: Races & cultures

Post by Yaztromo » Wed May 22, 2019 4:09 pm

Cromstar wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:26 pm
Ah, not an ERB story. That explains why I've never heard of it before.
Such is pulp literature... just think about how many people has authored (sometimes officially, sometimes not so officially) Conan's stories...
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Post by Yaztromo » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:29 pm

Barsoom:

Intelligent races:
Green Martians
Red Martians
First Born (Black Martians)
Okarians (Yellow Martians)
Therns (one of the three White Martians races)
Orovars (another White Martians race)
Lotharians (the last White Martians race)
Kaldanes
Kangaroo Men (Goolians)
Three Legged Rats of Korvia (Korvians)
Men Eaters
Hormads

Creatures
Apt
Arbok
Birds of Barsoom
Blazing Eyes
Calot
Cabot Tree
Darseen
Joog
Komal
Malagor
Man Flower
Orluk
Plant Man
Rykor
Silian
Sith
Snakes of Barsoom
Sorak
Thoat
Ulsio
Uncouth Monstrosities / Wild Beasts / Gar
Valley Spiders
White Ape
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Re: Races & cultures

Post by Havard » Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:03 pm

That's very useful Yaz! Thanks!

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Re: Races & cultures

Post by Yaztromo » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:44 am

In Life on Barsoom (viewtopic.php?f=108&t=20780) all are statted and detailed with Talents, Special Skills, etc.
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