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Appearing in "The Song of Red Sonja"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #24.

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Synopsis for "The Song of Red Sonja"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #24.

Red Sonja entertains a tavern in Makkalet with a dance, which quickly leads to a typical bar brawl, which Conan deals with in his typical way. In a quiet moment, Sonja rebuffs Conan's advances, though the two decide to ride off and cause some mischief together, including stealing the captain of the guard's horse. Meanwhile, Kharam-Akkad looks into a magical mirror with horror...
Part II: Sonja and Conan approach a tower, intending on pilfering its riches. The two climb the walls and find a room of incalculable wealth. As Conan pokes around the room, Sonja looks for a specific trinket the king of Pah-Dishah sent her for, a serpent tiara. Once she finds it, she bolts from the room and Conan hears her scream. Meanwhile, King Eannatum comforts his wife as the Turanian armies outside continue their assault...
Part III: Conan sees Sonja battling a misty snake that seems to be coming from the circlet in her hand. The two warriors manage to slay the beast and it turns back into the tiara. Sonja speaks an ancient phrase, spoken by King Kull of Valusia, to lock it into its shape. They leave the temple, and Sonja tries to sabotage Conan's descent. Conan, extremely angry and not a little bit turned on, finds out the hard way that Sonja will only give herself to a man who defeats her in battle. She rides off laughing, and Conan, done with it all, wanders back to the barracks.

Appearing in "The Mirrors of Kharam Akkad"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #25.

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  • Conan (Also appears in a vision flashforward as Amra, the Lion)

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Synopsis for "The Mirrors of Kharam Akkad"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #25.

The high priest Kharam-Akkad is upset because his magical mirror is causing him to be distracted from Conan's escapades. He summons Chumballa Bey, who has a score to settle with the barbarian, to bring Conan to him. As the priest tries to relax, he is approached by the Tarim Incarnate, the embodiment of the Hyrkanian diety, who apparantly is not just a statue. Akkad tells Tarim about the Mirrors of Tuzun Thune. The tale revolves around ancient Valusia and its king, Kull. Kull had encountered a wizard named Tuzun Thule whose mirrors predicted the future. Kull sat entranced by the visions enfolding in the mirrors until he was rescued by his friend Brule. The mirrors passed through the ages into Akkad's hand, and when he looks upon them, he sees Conan standing over his dead body, with the images of a lion, eagle and serpent hovering above. He believes that the animals signify a statue in Makkalet of a winged serpent fighting a griffin, but the image of his corpse is driving the priest mad. He returns Tarim to his room. Meanwhile, Conan returns from his adventure with Red Sonja and is confronted by soldiers. He fights and tries to escape, but is severely weakened and collapses in front of the queen. The king orders Conan imprisoned. Back in the Turanian camps, Yezdigerd consults with his adviser Sulimar as they prepare for the final push into the town. They, too, have received augurs about a griffin and a serpent, which they interpret as being Turan and Makkalet, but also of a horse and walking swords, which they don't understand. The armies prepare for battle. Back inside the castle, Akkad questions Conan on the meaning of the mirror's image, but Conan has no idea what he's talking about. Akkad forces Conan to look into a mirror, and he sees a skeletal version of himself, just before the mirror becomes a portal to another dimension, and a tentacled monster reaches out. Conan fights it off, then confronts the priest as the battle outside the walls begins. In horror, Akkad realizes that Conan's sword has an eagle on the hilt, and his shield is held with snake-skin straps. He wonders what the lion means as he is killed by Conan, and Conan sees the same vision of Akkad's death that the priest saw. He, also, is ignorant of the animal symbolism, not knowing that he is one day destined to be called Amra, the lion.

Appearing in "The Blood of Bel-Hissar!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #27.

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Synopsis for "The Blood of Bel-Hissar!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Conan the Barbarian #27.

Conan's journey away from Makkalet is stalled when he comes across a woman being attacked by burly desert man. Conan leaps to her rescue, but the battle is interrupted by Yezdigerd's men. Conan grabs the girl and escapes on his horse, with the desert man riding behind him. They come across a fortress in the desert, and a gate opens to let them in, slamming shut on the Turanian riders. A horde of armed men greet Conan, who wisely decides surrender is the best option. Conan, the desert man (a mute from Khitai named Turghol) and the woman, who turns out to be Turghol's slave, Suwaan, are taken to a feast hall where they discover all the men here are outcasts and bandits under the rule of the outlaw Skol Abdhur. The mere fact a woman is in the area ignites passions, and a fight breaks out that is fatally ended by Abdhur, who tolerates no disrespect. Abdhur is friendly with Conan and explains he keeps the men in check with a ruby, the Blood of Bel-Hissar. Should another man slay him and take it, that man would become a target, so the outlaws are content to let Abdhur play them against each other. That night, Conan hopes to spend the evening with Suwaan, but she drugs him, and when he awakens, he finds Abdhur and his men dead and the ruby missing. Conan leads a group of outlaws deep into the fortress, where they find the girl; to Conan's surprise, she fingers him as the thief. Conan fights his way through the crowd, and is pulled through a secret passage by Turgohl. The mute leads Conan outside the fortress and they make their escape. Conan is confused until Turghol pulls the Blood of Bel-Hissar from his pocket. Conan realizes that Suwaan had intended to betray them both, but Turghol had managed to snatch the ruby for himself. Suwaan, however, remains at the mercy of outlaws who have not seen a woman for some period of time. Conan contemplates fighting Turghol for the ruby, but decides it's not worth the trouble and takes his leave.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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