Helium (city)

Helium was a city on Farigha destroyed in the cataclysmic attack that wiped out all but one human on the planet. It lay east of New Ares in a valley. According to John Farno, the crater still smoked and steamed three days after the attack. He theorized the city’s location in a valley kept it from cooling quickly.

The city derives its name from the John Carter novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs gave Mars the native name “Barsoom,” which Mars, rejected for the colony in favor of “Farigha,” which is commonly translated from Arabic as “the big empty.”

Appearances: No Marigolds in the Promised Land