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Pellucidar

Chapter 2. Traveling With Terror
We made camp there beside the peaceful river. There Perry told me all that had befallen
him since I had departed for the outer crust.
It seemed that Hooja had made it appear that I had intentionally left Dian behind, and that
I did not purpose ever returning to Pellucidar. He told them that I was of another world
and that I had tired of this and of its inhabitants.
To Dian he had explained that I had a mate in the world to which I was returning; that I
had never intended taking Dian the Beautiful back with me; and that she had seen the last
of me.
Shortly afterward Dian had disappeared from the camp, nor had Perry seen or heard
aught of her since.
He had no conception of the time that had elapsed since I had departed, but guessed that
many years had dragged their slow way into the past.
Hooja, too, had disappeared very soon after Dian had left. The Sarians, under Ghak the
Hairy One, and the Amozites under Dacor the Strong One, Dian's brother, had fallen out
over my supposed defection, for Ghak would not believe that I had thus treacher- ously
deceived and deserted them.
The result had been that these two powerful tribes had fallen upon one another with the
new weapons that Perry and I had taught them to make and to use. Other tribes of the
new federation took sides with the original disputants or set up petty revolutions of their
own.
The result was the total demolition of the work we had so well started.
Taking advantage of the tribal war, the Mahars had gathered their Sagoths in force and
fallen upon one tribe after another in rapid succession, wreaking awful havoc among
them and reducing them for the most part to as pitiable a state of terror as that from which
we had raised them.
Alone of all the once-mighty federation the Sarians and the Amozites with a few other
tribes continued to maintain their defiance of the Mahars; but these tribes were still
divided among themselves, nor had it seemed at all probable to Perry when he had last
been among them that any attempt at re-amalgamation would be made.
"And thus, your majesty," he concluded, "has faded back into the oblivion of the Stone
Age our wondrous dream and with it has gone the First Empire of Pel- lucidar."
 
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