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Appearing in "Tower of the Elephant"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #4.

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Synopsis for "Tower of the Elephant"Edit

This story is reprinted from Conan the Barbarian #4.

A slaver, boasting of his recent acquisition, catches the attention of Conan when he mentions a jewel secreted in the Tower of the Elephant. The rogue mocks Conan's interest in the impossible-to-obtain gem, which is never a smart thing to do. Leaving the dead Kothian's body behind, Conan approaches the gated tower and observes Yara, the tower's mysterious occupant enter, but Conan doesn't notice that the priest's feet do not touch the ground. Conan scales the wall and discovers another thief, Taurus, also in the courtyard. Taurus uses a poison gas to slay some guard lions, and the two thieves climb to the top of the tower. Taurus, attempting to leave Conan behind, sneaks into a door but immediately falls out dead. Conan warily enters the room and discovers it filled with treasure but also encounters the room's guardian, a giant poisonous spider. Conan defeats the monster and descends into a lower chamber, where he encounters a green humanoid creature with an elephantine head. The lonely, blind creature introduces itself as Yag-Kosha and explains to a terrified Conan his alien nature and capture by Yara. The fabled gem, the Heart of the Elephant, is what keeps Yag-Kosha captive and Yara extremely powerful. He begs Conan to kill him, which Conan does. Conan then takes the gem to a sleeping Yara, who is mystically swallowed by the gem. Conan can see a fully healed and powerful Yag-Kosha inside the gem take his final revenge on his captor. With its occupant's death, the Tower of the Elephant begins to crumble, and Conan flees just in time to see it collapse into a pile of shards.

Appearing in "Zukala's Daughter"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #5.

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Synopsis for "Zukala's Daughter"Edit

This story is reprinted from Conan the Barbarian #5.

Traveling through a remote Zamorian village while returning to Shadizar, Conan ends up in the middle of a sorcerer's tax collecting scam. The village has not paid its 40 pieces of gold, so the sorcerer sends a demon-tiger to collect. Conan battles, and loses against, the tiger, but it decides not to kill the barbarian and slinks off, changing into its true shape, a beautiful woman. The townsfolk tell Conan that she is the daughter of the sorcerer, Zukala. The girl, Zephra, returns to her father but for some reason is so pale and sickly that she falls into her father's arms. Meanwhile, Conan agress to slay the sorcerer in return for a sword that had caught his eye. Conan sneaks into Zukala's fortress and watches as the sorcerer summons a demon, Jagta-Noga, to punish the villagers. Conan is discovered by Zephra, and explains her odd behavior -- she saw a vision of her fated to love Conan, and Conan standing over her dead body. The two are interrupted by Zukala, who runs off when Conan shatters his mask, the source of his power. Enough of the mask remains for a few magical tricks, however, and commands his daughter to turn into the tigress and slay the Cimmerian. She refuses, however, but Jaggta-Noga returns to defend the wizard. Zephra leaps between demon and barbarian. Zephra is dealt a near-killing blow, and, horrified, Zukala sends the demon away. Zukala vanishes with his daughter, who, while still alive, is no longer as loyal to her father as she had been, and this saddens the sorcerer more than anything else. Conan takes the gold left behind, decides it's payment enough, and continues to Shadizar.

Appearing in "Devil Wings Over Shadizar"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #6.

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Synopsis for "Devil Wings Over Shadizar"Edit

This story is reprinted from Conan the Barbarian #6.

Conan, seeking his fortune in Shadizar, encounters two thieves, Fafnir and Blackrat, arguing over booty. Conan decides to take the treasure himself and quickly takes care of the two incompetent thieves (who are parodies of Fritz Leiber's famous characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). He enters a bar and strikes up a conversation with an attractive local wench named Jenna. After getting punched in the face, Conan leaves with Jenna, who has more or less attached herself to the barbarian, or perhaps the surprising amount of gold in his purse. She takes Conan to her uncle, Maldiz, a blacksmith, so he can melt down Conan's suspicious-looking gold coins into a new shape. Word has spread about the earlier robbery, and both Jenna and Maldiz put two and two together. With his now untraceable gold in his purse, Conan takes a moment to enjoy Jenna's company under a palm tree, but that quickly ends when he's knocked unconscious from behind by a trio of red-robed men. Curiously, they take only the girl and leave the gold behind. Conan seeks help from Maldiz, who recognizes Conan's description of the men and declares Jenna lost. The men are followers of the Night-God, who sacrifice a young girl every month to their evil lord. Conan heads towards their temple, steals a robe, and enters the evil cult's lair. He arrives just as the Night-God's priestess, Hajii, completes her prayer and puts out the brazier, plunging the open-roofed temple into darkness. Conan takes the opportunity to sneak over to Jenna but discovers the secret of the Night-God: It is a giant bat-like creature who swoops in to devour its sacrifice. It grabs Jenna in its claws, but Conan leaps onto the monster's back with Hajii. All three humans are flown into the sky. Conan thrusts his torch repeatedly into the beast's eyes and body, while Hajii desperately tries to stop the barbarian from slaying her god. Conan is victorious, and the monster plunges to the ground, leaving Conan insensible long enough for Hajii to pull a dagger to strike in vengeance. Luckily, the priestess forgets about Jenna, who knocks Hajii out with the brazier before Conan can be killed. However, in a final twist, Jenna, taking advantage of Conan's disoriented state, lulls him to sleep. When Conan wakes, he discovers Jenna and the gold are long gone.

Notes

  • "Zukala's Daughter" is inspired by the Robert E. Howard poem, "Zukala's Hour".

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