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Appearing in "The Garden of Death and Life!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #41.

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  • Villagers (First appearance)
  • Desert-brigands (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Garden of Death and Life!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #41.

In a small desert village Conan comes across a group of villagers determined to kill a beautiful girl named Zhadoor, who seems to have bewitched one of their number. Conan fights them off and flees the village with the girl, who tells him of a nearby oasis. On their way there, they are discovered by a group of desert bandits, who follow them to the oasis, a refreshing pool next to a large tree filled with large pods. Conan dives into the welcoming waters, but discovers the pool's floor littered with bones. Afraid the water is poisoned, and realizing the oasis's name, Shar-Al-Tjinin, is Zamorian for "bones of fools," Conan comes to the surface only to be captured by the bandits, who intend to sell him into slavery. That night, Conan slips free but discovers that Zhadoor has died for mysterious reasons. At that moment, the tree itself attacks the men, using vines and ropes to pull the men into a gaping maw in its trunk. Conan frantically attacks the tree creature with a torch, setting it aflame, and killing it and all the bandits. Only one of the pods remains unharmed, and it opens up revealing a perfect replica of Zhadoor, who apparently was only a spore to lure men to the oasis for the tree to devour. Horrified, Conan kills the plant-woman and rides away.

Appearing in "Night of the Gargoyle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #42.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Gargoyle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #42.

Conan has finally made his way to Arenjun and while trying to drink his memories of the journey away, notices a young woman in a window. He follows her and assists her in escaping a small group of thieves. The woman, Arlinna, is being blackmailed by Baron Takkim to steal a treasure from the merchant Lun-Faar, and allows Conan to safely escort her to his quarters. She knocks Conan out and makes her way to Lun-Faar, who believes she is Lady Asqueth, there to view his artifacts, including a giant gargoyle statue. Arlinna attempts to steal the Dragon Head of Koblar-Zann but is caught by Lun-Faar, who beats her and turns her loose. He wants to see who she is working with, and orders the gargoyle, in reality a demon bound by the merchant's willpower, to kill her compatriot. Meanwhile, Conan has recovered and tracks the girl, who confesses everything. The two go to Baron Takkim, so Conan can have words with him, but the gargoyle attacks and kills Takkim first. It then turns to Conan, but the fight with Conan so drains the mental energy of Lun-Faar, that his mental control snaps, and the demon, furious at being controlled, flies away to exact its revenge on its former captor. Conan and Arlinna, unsure what has happened, decide to head back to his place once again.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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