Appearing in "The Last Ballad of Laza-Lanti"
- Laza-Lanti (Only appearance; dies) (Main story and flashback)
- Timara (Only appearance; dies) (Main story and flashback)
- Red Sonja (Mentioned)
- Crom (Invoked)
- Shadizar's guards
- Unnamed jailer (First appearance)
- Unnamed mid-wife (Only appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- Mitra (Invoked)
- Ishtar (Invoked)
- Fezal (First appearance)
- Unnamed traveling carnival troupe (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Unnamed other son of the Lord of the Dark Valley (Mentioned)
- Druids (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Zamora (Main story and flashback)
- Cimmeria (Mentioned)
- Khitai (Invoked)
- Corinthia (Mentioned)
- Hell (Invoked)
Synopsis for "The Last Ballad of Laza-Lanti"
Conan, relaxing in a tavern in Shadizar, listens to a haunting song from the minstrel Laza-Lanti. A brawl inevitably breaks out, landing Conan and Laza-Lanti in jail. The minstrel sings a tale of the Dark Valley, where he was born, and how he fled the valley when he was a child, on the run from a monster which was stalking him. Laza-Lanti has vowed to return to the place of his birth to free it from the monster's power, and after the two escape using the minstrel's hidden dagger, Conan decides to accompany him. They make their way to the Dark Valley, where they find a few men leaving behind cattle as a sacrifice. Soon, they see a beautiful woman arrive to take the cattle into a cave beneath some cliffside ruins. The woman offers the cattle to a slimy, tentacled monster. Laza-Lanti impulsively attacks the creature, and Conan assists, and they manage to kill the demon. When the minstrel expects gratitude from the woman, Timara, she explains that she served the demon willingly, for it kept her young, and she had bore it two two sos. One son was given to druids to raise; the other is Laza-Lanti himself. The spells keeping her young gone, she swiftly ages and falls on her own dagger. Conan leaves the devastated men, who commits suicide while Conan ponders what happened to the other son.
- The songs were written by Robert E. Howard.
- The story shares similarities with The Darksome Demon of Raba-Than, published in Savage Sword of Conan #84 (January, 1983). In that story, Conan escapes another Zamorian city with a young man who feel compelled to return to his youthplace which is haunted by a monster, revealed after his death to be the man's father. Both men's mother serves the monster as mistress and handmaiden. The young men even have similarly-styled names: Rala-Zalon and Laza-Lanti. In both cases, the revelation causes suicides among the protagonists.
- Inks are credited only to the Crusty Bunkers.
- Synopsis by YardIHS.
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