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Synopsis for "The Warrior and the Were-Woman"

Back in Aghrapur, Conan is rewarded for the rescue of princess Yolinda (issue Vol 1 37) with an appointment to captain of the guard. But he can not enjoy the party in his honor, because his dreams and nights are haunted by a demonic woman. And since he can hardly endure the arrogance of turanian nobles, he turns the crowd against him with his barbarian manners. The fop Feyd-Ratha lets Conan know that he is aware of the barbarian's dalliances with Commander Narim-Bey's wife Amytis, but Conan is in no mood to be blackmailed. During the party, a xenophobic dancing girl attacks Conan with a knife, what he easily diverts, but she then accidentally stabs herself to death. Strange voices and shadows stalk Conan on the way home, and he nearly attacks Amytis who had made her way to his quarters. She reveals that Lilitu, a were-woman, has marked Conan as her own and is behind the supernatural attacks. The only one who can lift the curse is the high priest Gimil-Ishbi, who was exiled by king Yildiz because of his bloodthirst in rituals and now dwells in the Mound of the Moon west of the city. Amytis returns to her quarters, where she reveals, to an unknown master, the conversation with Conan. So it turns out to be part of a larger plan. Conan finds the priest, who casts spells to lift the were-woman's curse from Conan. As the priest demands lifeblood in return for his casting, Conan disgusted pays him with a quick death. Conan returns to his home, following the instructions of the priest, and he is attacked by and captures a wolfman, Ardet-Lilu, the mate of Lilitu. In return for sparing Ardet-Lilu's life, Conan makes Lilutu tell him who wanted the curse placed on him. When he hears the name, Conan grimly lets the wolfman go, but he forgot a warding ritual and so the two creatures quickly turn and attack Conan anew. Conan runs, heading to the source of his troubles, Narim-Bey, who has known for some time of his wife's betrayal. Conan easily beats the lacking swordsman, and leaves him for the were-creatures while stealing Narim-Bey's horse. Fed up with turanian civilisation, betrayed by Amytis and fearing the return of his foe Prince Yezdigerd to the capital, Conan decides he's had enough of Turan and rides west to the hyborian kingdoms again.

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  • Freely adapted from the story "The House of Arabu", by Robert E. Howard.
  • Synopsis by YardIHS.

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