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Tara (or "Tara Carter") is the Red Martian/Human hybrid daughter of the Warlord John Carter and Princess Dejah Thoris, named after Thoris' mother, and the younger sister of Prince Carthoris.

She is the main protagonist of The Chessmen of Mars.



The Chessmen of Mars[]

As a princess of Helium, she has her mother's air of dignity and her father's resourcefulness and resolve, traits which served her well when she became lost in Bantoom. She is married to Gahan, Jeddak of Gathol, by whom she has a daughter, Llana. Tara has a handmaiden slave named Uthia, whom she is very close to.

Feisty is the word for Tara of Helium. She stands up for herself on all occasions, even slipping a dagger between the ribs of a man who tries to rape her. She is totally unimpressed by the glittering trappings of Gahan of Gathol but the fine swordsmanship - and dare one suggest the magnificent form - of Turan the Panthan wins her heart.

Llana of Gathol[]

Tara is introduced as Llana's mother in the novel.