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Appearing in "The Garden of Death and Life!"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Zhadorr (First and only known appearance; dies)


  • Villagers (First appearance)
    • Abool (First appearance)
    • Phandar (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Desert-brigands (First appearance)
    • Haak-Shi (First and only known appearance; dies)
    • Yar Ali (First appearance)
    • Fazul (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Garden of Death and Life!"

After years Conan returns to Zamora. In a small desert village, a weeks ride before the "city of thieves" (probably Arenjun), Conan comes across a group of villagers determined to kill a beautiful girl named Zhadorr, who seems to have bewitched one of their number. Conan fights them off and flees the village with the girl, who tells him of the nearby oasis Shar-Al-Tjinn, two days ride from the village. 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 is littered with bones. Afraid the water is poisoned, and realizing the oasis's name, Shar-Al-Tjinn, 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 Zhadorr 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 Zhadorr, 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.


  • Synopsis by YardIHS

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