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Appearing in "The Thing in the Temple!"

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (Also appears in recap)

Supporting Characters:


  • Aala (Kyrie) (Death) (Also appears in recap)
  • Old Gothan, High Priest (Death) (Also appears in recap)
  • Ska, King of Bal-Sagoth (Death) (Also appears in recap)
  • Groth-Golka (Only in recap)
  • Unnamed Demon (First appearance)
  • Unnamed servant of Gothan (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Aala's guardsmen (First appearance)
  • Unnamed bat-faced creature (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Gol-Goroth, god of darkness (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "The Thing in the Temple!"

Kyrie, formally Aala, now rules Bal-Sagoth, with Conan and Fafnir as her de-facto bodyguards. One evening, when Conan and Fafnir are surprisingly drowsy, a brutish monster crawls from behind the wall hangings. Conan manages to push the creature into a fire, and, seeing more movement behind the hangings, stabs blindly. A priest loyal to Gothan, the former priestly ruler of the island, falls dead. He had cast a sleeping spell on Conan and Fafnir and sent out the monster; luckily Conan is made of sterner stuff. Unfortunately, a scream from Aala's chamber alerts the two that a bat-creature has sneaked into her room. The two warriors struggle with the monster and Fafnir chases it into the tunnels. Aala forbids Conan to follow his comrade whom she thinks is doomed there, and do not want to lose her second bodyguard. As Conan tosses her aside to follow Fafnir, she is furious with the two men and tells her soldiers to kill them both. Finding an underground temple, Fafnir and Conan come upon Gothan's body, who had apparently been killed by the bat-creature. With the death of its master, the temple begins to collapse, and as Conan and Fafnir try to flee, they run into Ska, another pretender to the throne. Fafnir makes short work of the man and the two barbarians make it out of the tunnels as the entire area caves in, and a volcano erupts, burying the city. The two men cobble together a raft and desperately sail away, only to find themselves at the mercy of Prince Yezdigerd of Turan, on the way to battle. Conan and Fafnir join his crew.

Solicit Synopsis

Demons that walk like men! A world in chaos! See why we call this one - "The Kingdom of the Dead!"


  • "The Thing in the Temple!" is adapted from the story "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth", by Robert E. Howard, which is considered part of the Cthulhu Mythos.[1]
  • Synopsis by YardIHS.

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Links and References


  1. "Nameless Cults: The Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E. Howard" is a collection of Cthulhu Mythos short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 2001 by Chaosium Press.
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