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Gozava was a Green Martian woman in the retinue of the Jeddak Tal Hajus of Thark.


Gozava was gentle and kindly young woman, and she disliked the cold nature of the other Greens.



Gozava is mentioned to have spent much of her time in the wilderness. It was there that she met Tars Tarkas, then a minor officer charged with the care of the zitidars and thoats. They fell in love and had a daughter. However, Tars Tarkas was sent south to fight against the tribes there and despoil them of their furs, and thus was not there to see his daughter hatch. After Sola hatched, Sarkoja learned of the affair and informed Tal Hajus, forcing Gozava to hide Sola among a group of other young Tharks. Gozava was brought before Tal Hajus who had her tortured in hopes of finding out which of his warriors had violated the traditions of the Tharks. Gozava never named Tars Tarkas and eventually died from the injuries sustained during her torture.


A Princess of Mars[]

Decades after her death, Tars Tarkas learned of Sarkoja's involvement and sent her into exile, then killed Tal Hajus and became the new Jeddak of Thark.

Sola also reveals to John Carter the details of Gozava's life before Tarkas challenges Hajus.

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John Carter (2012)[]

Gozava is replaced by Loas in John Carter (2012) as Sola's mother.