“For weeks Gahan of Gathol crossed valleys and hills in search of some familiar landmark that might point his way toward his native land, but the summit of each succeeding ridge revealed but another unfamiliar view. He saw few animals and no men, until he finally came to the belief that he had fallen upon that fabled area of ancient Barsoom which lay under the curse of her olden gods—the once rich and fertile country whose people in their pride and arrogance had denied the deities, and whose punishment had been extermination. And then, one day, he scaled low hills and looked into an inhabited valley—a valley of trees and cultivated fields and plots of ground enclosed by stone walls surrounding strange towers.” (CM V)
The land of Bantoom is ruled by an unusual species of spider-like creatures who are a little bigger in size than a human head. In spite of their advanced intellect and telepathic abilities, the Bantoomians have little technology; no firearms, no fliers, no telescopes and no contact with the outside world.
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