If they were still alive at 1,000, that's when they were supposed to take
the pilgrimage on the Sacred River Iss, if I'm remembering correctly. I
also get the feeling that they didn't actually begin showing signs of age
until they were well over a thousand -- Martians who actually looked old
(Ras Thavas, Issus, the mortician) were always commented upon.
1c. Re: [TheREHcomicsgroup] Preview of 'Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris' #
Posted by: "Darren Bulmer" mancerbear@...
Date: Fri Mar 4, 2011 1:19 pm ((PST))
Although ERB noted many times that Martians live for a thousand years, he
also hinted on a number of occassions that Martians can live significantly
longer than that as well. In particular I'm thinking of Ras Tharvis, who
was eaisly over a thousand years before he had his brain transplanted into a
new body, and of course Issus, who had presumably been around since around
the time of the seas having just dried up. There is also the mortition in
Lothar (I think) how was also well over a thousand years old. I think it's
safe to say that the majority of Martians beleive that their lifespan is a
thousand years old, but the reality of it is barring death by desease,
accident, or injury, Martians are effectively immortal. It should be noted
here, as has been elsewhere, that we don't know if the years ERB are
referring to are Earth or Martian years.