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Appearing in "Black Lotus and Yellow Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Savage Sword of Conan #55.

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (Also appears in recap)

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  • Unnamed travelers (father, son and daughter) (First appearance)
  • Mitra (Invoked)
  • Crom (Invoked)
  • Erlik (Invoked)
  • Uskuda (Mentioned)
  • Khan of Zamboula (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "Black Lotus and Yellow Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Savage Sword of Conan #55.

Conan sits in an unfamiliar oasis pondering his options when three travellers approach. The elderly man and his two children are very kind, and they give Conan some sorely needed information: the sand-lich Tosya Zul has deposited Conan two days' ride south of the Dragon Hills, well in front of Isparana. The travellers also warn Conan of the approach of possible slavers from Khawarizm, show Conan the proper care of camels, then take their leave. Conan hides in the palm trees, awaiting Isparana, and is not disappointed. He decides not to confront her, mostly because she strips down and bathes in the waters. When Isparana falls asleep, Conan sneaks forth and exchanges her Eye of Erlik with the copy Hisarr Zul gave him, then he takes her camels and leaves. At this point Isparana awakens and attacks the barbarian. The attack frightens the camels away, leaving the two stranded. They speak for a bit, and Conan realizes that the woman does not recognize him from Hisarr Zul's home. He lies about his reasons for being there, and they both settle in for what might be a long wait. Soon, the caravan from Khwarizm arrive at the oasis, and the caravan leader decides Conan and Isparana would make fine slaves. Conan shreds them, of course, but is surprised when Isparana attacks him from horseback. Conan falls to the ground unconscious, giving the slavers the opportunity to capture both him and Isparana. Several days later, the slavers, with Conan in chains, come across the Samaran patrol led by Captain Arsil. Conan calls for help, and the friendly captain confronts the slavers, forcing them to release Conan and the girl. Conan leaves Isparana in the soldiers' care and heads north to regain his soul. He confronts Hisarr Zul, and the wizard gives Conan the mirror containing the barbarian's soul. Hisarr then tries to kill Conan with a cloud of yellow lotus powder. The Cimmerian is too quick though, and blows the powder into the wizard's face first and flees the room. The wizard dies, and Conan, with the mirror safely hidden in his pack, burns the house down and leaves.

Appearing in "Beware the Hyrkanians Bearing Gifts...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #36.

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  • Stone God (First appearance) (Main story and flashback) (Reactivated; deactivated)

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  • Sacret idol (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "Beware the Hyrkanians Bearing Gifts...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #36.

Conan rides hard into Aghrapur, driving his horse to death, in order to bring a message to King Yildiz. He collapses at the king's feet, and, impressed with his sense of duty, decides to make Conan part of his personal guard. Conan awakens in luxury in the palace, and takes the time to reunite with Amytis, woman of Turanian commander Narim-Bey. Others in the palace make fun of Conan's barbarism, and, after he sets them straight, spends weeks learning training in horsemanship and with bows, spears, and axes. Meanwhile, the King's son Yezdigerd, currently ravaging the east, has sent a huge, headless stone statue to his father as tribute from one of the cities he has razed. Yildiz is appreciative of the gift, though Conan is suspicious of how the supposedly sacred statue was conveniently found. One night, Conan is almost discovered in Amytis's chambers while Narim-Bey is away, and Conan begins to worry about Bey discovering their affair. Soon, a priest arrives carrying the head of the statue, to Yildiz's delight. That delight soon turns to horror as the statue comes alive and begins to slaughter everyone within sight. Conan notices that the priest seems to be controlling the now-active stone golem and, just before it crushes the king, Conan kills the priest with a well-thrown axe. The king, shaken, realizes that he has been set up by his son, and Nerim-Bey (possibly acting upon his suspicions) takes the opportunity of the king's newfound decision to become a recluse in his castle to send Conan on a mission to the north.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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