Bandolian as depicted in the John Carter, Warlord of Mars comic

Bandolian as depicted in the John Carter: Warlord of Mars comic

Bandolian is the emperor of the Morgors. It was his intention to invade Barsoom and conquer it. He is the main antagonist of the story Skeleton Men of Jupiter.

Role in the story Edit

Since Morgors have little to no value for art of ornaments, Bandolian is dressed in a plain harness identical to that of all other Morgors. Only a small metal insigna with a hieroglyph on his harness indicates his title. He has very little patience with what he considers lower species, including Martians.

As part of his plan to conquer Barsoom, he has John Carter abducted to extract information from him about Heliums defenses and military. First he tries to bribe Carter by promising him a high position in the new rule the Morgors will establish on Barsoom. Then he has Dejah Thoris abducted and tries to use her as a hostage to force Carter into cooperation. When both attempts fail, Bandolian furiously sentences Carter to death and gives Dejah Thoris to Multis Par.

After John Carter and Dejah Thoris escape, Bandolian is not seen or mentioned again. By the end of the story it remains unknown if he still plans to conquer Barsoom despite having failed in gaining any information from Carter.

Other apperances Edit

The information in this article comes from John Carter: Warlord of Mars and is not written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Baandolian is also the primary antagonist of a special, 40-page issue of the comic series John Carter: Warlord of Mars, which serves as a pastiche ending to the unfinished final Barsoom novel.

In the story, the Morgors actually follow up on their threat to invade Barsoom. They quickly capture Helium. Bandolian personally oversees the invasion of John Carter's palace and the capture of both John Carter and Dejah Thoris. The two of them are freed however by Vorion, who reveals that many Morgors hate their emperor because of his Tyranny. Vorion has recruted these Morgors to form a rebellion. They see the invasion of Barsoom as the perfect moment to dispose of Bandolian. At John Carter’s suggestion, he and Vorion travel to Thuria, to the city of Ombra, to form an alliance with Ul Vas and the Tarids. Ul Vas agrees. Ul Vas sends a message to Bandolian, pretending to have captured Vorion, John Carter, and the Morgor Rebels. He delivers them to Bandolian on his ship as a peace offer. In reality however, this is a trick to smuggle a large group of Tarid soldiers, under the guise of their invisibility, onto the Imperial ship and capture all the Morgors there. With his army incapacitated, an angry Bandolian engages John Carter in a duel. In the fight, he is killed by the warlord.

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