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Appearing in "A Shadow on the Land!"

Featured Characters:

  • Conan (Leaves the Crimson Company)

Supporting Characters:

  • Crimson Company
    • Yusef (Leaves group)
    • Tara of Hanumar (Leaves group)
    • Murilo


Other Characters:

  • Oracle-priestess (Mentioned)
  • Crom (Invoked)
  • Mitra (Invoked)
  • King Belzamo
  • Yvonna
  • Soldiers of Ronnoco
    • Giano (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Ishtar / Astarte (Invoked)
  • Bel (Invoked)
  • Kull (Mentioned)
  • Soldiers of Pergona
  • Soldiers of Carnolla

Races and Species:



  • Ring of the Black Shadow (Mentioned)


Synopsis for "A Shadow on the Land!"

Conan, Tara and Yusef ride back across the Plain of Shamu to the city-state of Ronnoco. Conan tells Tara of the prophecy he heard concerning the Black Shadow. At the castle of Ronnoco, the king's son Vanni prepares for his impromptu wedding to the kidnapped Pergonian princess Yvonna. Yvonna has no intention of marrying Belzamo's foppish son however. Conan and his crew arrive, and he consults with the captain of the Crimson Company Murilo. Conan believes that he has deciphered the prophecy, so he steals Murilo's horse and rides across the plain. He finds the immobile idol of the Crystal Scorpion and drives his blade into it. The scorpion comes to life and shuffles off towards Ronnoco. Meanwhile, the Black Shadow arrives at the wall of the city-state and begins swallowing Belzamo's people. Captain Murilo and the Crimson Company unleash a volley of arrows against the creature, but to no avail. As the monster grows bigger with every victim it consumes, the Crystal Scorpion arrives at the city wall. It battles the Black Shadow and steals more and more power from it with every sting of its tail. Finally, the Black Shadow shrinks down to nothing. During the battle, cowardly Vanni, fearing for his life, kidnapped Yvonna and escaped from the city. Conan, following the scorpion back to Ronnoco, stumbles into Vanni, kills him, then returns Yvonna to Ronnoco. The armies of Pergona and Cornolla arrive to geht the princess back, but Yvonna, weary of the might games, decides to not be any longer a pawn in the strategies of others. She brokers a peace, and to Taras delight cancels the wedding and returns to her home. Now that the campaign is finished, Conan, Tara and Yusef part company with the Crimson Company and ride off towards Argos.

See Also

Links and References


  1. Conan the Barbarian #55; Shadow on the Land!
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