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Quote1.png For, when we catch up with her, I'd prefer to settle my score with Sonja -- with my own good blade! Quote2.png

Appearing in "Talons of the Man-Tiger!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Trio of "Albino-colored human crocodiles" (Only in flashback) (Death off-panel)
  • Priests of Set (Mentioned) (Behind the scenes)
  • Stygian priest
  • Man-Tiger (First and only known appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Karanthes (Main story and flashback)
  • Ibis (Mentioned)
  • Set (Mentioned)
  • Tarim (Invoked)
  • Publio (Only in recap)
  • Caretaker priest (Only in recap)
  • Derketa (Only in recap) (Illusion) (Also invoked as Ishtar)
  • Dagon (Only in recap) (Illusion)
  • Erlik (Invoked)
  • Momratha (Mentioned)
  • King Tanalos (Mentioned)
  • Messantia's guards
    • Guard-captain (Dead) (Mentioned)
  • Crom (Invoked)
  • Unnamed prisoner (Only in flashback)
  • Thoth-Amon (Mentioned)
  • Black Legions of Valusia (Mentioned)
  • Ymir (Invoked)

Races and Species:


  • Hyboria
    • Argos (Main story and flashback)
      • Messantia (Main story and flashback)
        • Gates of the Moon-Ram (Only in flashback)
        • Temple of a Thousand Gods (Main story and flashback)
        • Black Boar Inn (Mentioned)
        • Royal Castle
    • Cimmeria (Referenced)
      • Veranium (Mentioned)
    • Road of Kings (Only in flashback)
    • Venzia (Mentioned)
    • Stygia (Mentioned)
    • Kush (Mentioned)
    • Zingara (Mentioned)
    • Hyrkania (Referenced)
    • Hanumar (Mentioned)
  • Valusia (Mentioned)



Events and Eras:

Synopsis for "Talons of the Man-Tiger!"

Conan and Bêlit arrive at the Temple of a Thousand Gods and find Red Sonja standing with sword in hand. Like Conan, she too is searching for the iron-bound Book of Skelos. She tells Conan of a Stygian named Karanthes who offered her riches to travel to Messanthia to retrieve the scroll. Bêlit and Sonja take an instant dislike to one another and the two begin fighting. Conan intervenes, but Red Sonja douses the torch light and runs down a dark corridor in search of the book. Conan and Bêlit try to track her, but Sonja masks her scent with the smell of the sewage waters that she had traveled through. Conan eventually comes upon his old traveling companion Tara who informs him that her lover Yusef is imprisoned inside the temple. Conan rescues Yusef, but in doing so, earns the attention of the guards. He kills several guards, but one of them shape-shifts into a Man-Tiger and fights with him. Their battle is tough, but Conan eventually manages to kill the creature. When he meets back up with Bêlit, he learns that Red Sonja has recovered a scroll from the Book of Skelos and has taken off. Conan vows to get even with her.


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