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Appearing in "The Stalker Amid the Sands"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Savage Sword of Conan #54.

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  • Conan (Also appears in recap)

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  • Khan of Zamboula (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Stalker Amid the Sands"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Savage Sword of Conan #54.

Conan makes his way across the desert on the way to Zamboula, chasing Isparana and the Eye of Erlik. He stops at an oasis and is attacked by thieves. Conan swiftly defeats them and claims their stolen booty. It turns out that the thieves were being chased by soldiers of Samara, and, not wanting to cause a scene, Conan surrenders the booty to the soldiers in exchange for some information on a shortcut where he may head off Isparana. The soldiers, led by Captain Arsil, tell him of a haunted gorge in the Dragon Hills Conan might take, and then they take their leave, warning the barbarian of the evil sand-lich that lurks there. Conan finds the hills and gorge, and against the protestations of his horses, he goes inside. The animals finally break free of Conan and flee when the sands of the desert begin to coalesce and form into a hideous, ghostly creature. The sand-lich recognizes that Conan has lost his soul, and Conan explains that Hisarr Zul has stolen it, then lies and claims he is chasing Zul across the desert. The sand-lich releases Conan and reveals that he was once human - and Zul's brother, Tosya. Years ago, fleeing from the Khan of Zamboula, the two brothers camped in the gorge and Tosya, fearing that his treacherous brother would murder him in his sleep, arranged for his consciousness to remain behind if his body died. His suspicions were correct, and Hisarr left his brother to die, never knowing that Tosya's life-force merged with the sands itself. Desperate for vengeance, the sand-lich reveals to Conan methods for killing his brother then magically transports the barbarian to another oasis.

Appearing in "The Hell-Spawn of Kara-Shehr"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #35.

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Synopsis for "The Hell-Spawn of Kara-Shehr"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #35.

Conan, and Bourtai head through the desert when they encounter a man hassled by bandits. They ride to the man's rescue, but are too late; with the man's dying breath he tells them about the Azure Eye, a great jewel from the city of Kara-Shehr. A sandstorm consumes them, and when it disperses, they find the lost city. Conan is wary, but Bourtai wants the jewel, and they search through the ruins. In the castle's throne room they find a skeleton clutching a great blue gem, and, although Conan is sure the instant anyone touches the gem the skeleton will come to life (he's been in that situation before), Bourtai takes the prize, to no seeming skeletal resurrection. Conan makes him put it back, and the skeletal hand closes on the gem. At that moment, the bandits appear, having tracked Conan, and their leader, Kai Shaah, who encountered Conan before, takes the gem. A mysterious creature of mists and fangs bursts from the wall and kills Kai Shaah, as Conan works on the bandits. In the melee, Bourtai also grabs the jewel and the creature turns on him, leaving only a skeleton. Conan, the only one remaining, turns and walks away.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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