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Appearing in "The Lurker Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #7.

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Synopsis for "The Lurker Within!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #7.

Conan comes across a spoiled woman, Lady Aztrias, under attack by wolves. He chases the animals off and, in order to safely pass through Numalia's city gates, accompanies the woman as her chariot driver. After a brief run-in with the owner of the Hall of Relics, Kallian, and the guardsman Dionus, Aztrian reveals she has heavy gambling debts, and asks Conan to break into the Hall of Relics and steal a treasure recently brought to the city by Stygians for Karanthes, priest of Ibis. Conan is intrigued and that night sneaks into the museum only to find Kallian dead and the golden bowl, which contained the treasure, empty. Conan is discovered and held by Arus, a watchman at the House of Relics, who quickly summons the guard. Demetrio and Dionus of the guard arrive, and soon Aztrian as well, and she wastes no time in blaming Conan for the mess. A scream interrupts everything as a broken, maddened, and dying Arus stumbles out of an adjoining room. The others rush into the locked room, and find it in shambles. A golden mask on the wall with snakes for hair entices Aztrias to approach it, and the mask, in reality the face of a gruesome serpent, bursts from the wall. Demetrio and Aztrias are killed, and as Conan fights the beast, he realizes the Stygians had discovered this "god in the bowl" and sent it to destroy the priest of Ibis, a plan ruined when Kallian peeked inside the bowl and released the creature early. Conan finally bludgeons the monster to death and steals a look inside the bowl himself. He sees the frightening visage of Thoth-Amon staring back at him. Unnerved, Conan flees Numalia.

Appearing in "The Keepers of the Crypt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #8.

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  • Aquilonian Army (Only in flashback)
    • Gundermen (Only in flashback)
  • Cimmerians (Only in flashback)
  • Man-Serpent (Referenced)
  • Governor of Numalia (Mentioned)
  • Niece of the governor of Numalia (Mentioned)
  • Demetrio (Mentioned)

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  • Jade serpent

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Synopsis for "The Keepers of the Crypt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #8.

While Conan is being tracked by Corinthian soldiers at the request of Nemedia (because of events in CB-7). All but one of the soldiers is killed by an avalanche, but the remaining soldier, Captain Burgun, a survivor of the Battle of Venarium, is quickly seemingly dispatched by Conan, who heads deeper into Corinthia. He finds an abandoned city guarded by a giant gila monster. Conan scrambles up a ruined building and pitches rocks down on the creature until he weakens it enough to plunge his sword into its soft belly. He begins to poke around the city but is surprised by the reappearance of Burgun. The two decide the treasure of the city, and the possibility of encountering more monsters, is more important than any feud they might have, so they explore the city together. They find a vast treasure room stocked high with gold and jewels. As they start to divide the horde, six mummified guardians step from their resting places and attack. The two men flee, and the midday sun destroys the undead guardians when they leave the room. But this starts a chain reaction that crumbles the entire city. Conan makes it out, but Burgun seems to be trapped inside the city as it falls. Conan makes his way to a village tavern and encounters Jenna, whom he is still mad at for stealing his gold in Shadizar, which she spent to buy the tavern. Conan is less angry with her than he normally would be, since he believes he has a whole bag of jewels to spend but is chagrined when he finds they have turned to dust. A jade serpent he also took has meanwhile turned into a true serpent, which is actually to Conan's advantage, as it kills the magistrate and distracts the Corinthian soldiers, who have finally caught up with him. Conan and Jenna flee the village on horseback.

Appearing in "The Garden of Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #9.

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  • Humans
  • Unnamed "legend-birthing race" (First appearance)
  • Condors (Mentioned)
  • Long-Snouts (First appearance)
  • "Great tuskers"/"Hairy tuskers" (Unidentified species of Elephant-like behemoths, possibly Mammoths) (First appearance)
  • Elephants (Mentioned)
  • Unidentified species of fish
  • Unnamed species of flowers (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "The Garden of Fear"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #9.

Conan and Jenna, while riding through a mountain range, are attacked by savages. They manage to grab Jenna, and Conan responds violently. The battle is halted by the appearance of the savages' chief, whom Conan decides to trust to the point of even joining the savages in their frenzied dances. The next morning, Conan and Jenna prepare to leave, but the girl is snatched by a winged creature (reminiscent of the giant bat that grabbed her in #6) and taken beyond the cliffs; Conan gives chase. The valleys Conan enters contains all number of exotic animals and greenery, and he finally reaches a lighthouse-like tower in the second valley. An ebony, winged man steps out and tosses a man into the odd-looking flowers below. The flowers promptly kill and suck the blood out of the man, much to Conan's horror. The creature, noting Conan, goes inside but returns a moment later and dangles Jenna above the man-eating plants. With no way to reach the tower, Conan returns to the animals in the first valley and lights a fire to herd a group of mastodons toward the tower. The beasts trample the field of flowers, and Conan climbs the tower walls. He fights the creature to the death and, uninterested in the mysteries of the tower and its owner, leads Jenna out of the Valley.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Savage Sword of Conan #191; Jade Coils in Black Khemi - Skull on the Seas Part II



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