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Torkar Bar is a Red Martian noble warrior of the city of Kaol and the captain or Dwar of the Kaolian Road. He was patrolling the road in the Kaolian forest, armed with a spear and mounted on a thoat, when he encountered John Carter and Woola as they were fighting a large predatory winged insect known as a sith. Torkar Bar came to their defense and helped them kill the sith. When Carter revealed his identity, Torkar greeted him as a friend and a longtime admirer of his martial prowess despite the fact that Torkar was duty bound to kill him for his heretical act of exposing the Holy Therns and their fraudulent religion. Although Carter did not reveal his reason for being on the Kaolian Road, Torkar had previously seen Thurid and Matai Shang enter the city in their airship and rightly suspected that Carter was pursuing them. Torkar was at heart a disbeliever and had always questioned the validity of the Thern cult, so he allowed Carter to continue on into Kaol on the condition that he not commit any overt act against the city or its jeddak, Kulan Tith, on which Carter had given his word.

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