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This page is about the "Elder Race proper", the early humanoid species best known for Tuzun Thune and Thulsa Doom, among others.
For the other elder races, please consult this page.

The Elder Race was a seemingly humanoid race that predated humanity, and was composed of numerous wizards.[5] It has been speculated that the Elder Race is descended from Elderspawn (offspring of the Elder Gods).[4] The Elder Race proper is one of many elder races.[7]

History

Origin

The Elder Race was a seemingly humanoid race that predated humanity, and was composed of numerous wizards.[5] It has been speculated that the Elder Race is descended from Elderspawn (offspring of the Elder Gods).[4]

The Elder Race came from the east, beyond the sunrise, where in time's first dawn, they saw the Great Ka, Bird of Creation flying out over the lands of men.[8]

Elder Days

For a time, long before Valusia, Grondar, before any known realms known in the Age of Kull,[8] before the coming of the Thurian culture[6] and even before the rule of the Serpent-Men over Valusia, the Elder Race ruled over Thuria.[8]

Some members of the Elder Race, including Thulsa Doom, worshiped Set.[5]

The Elder Race eventually returned east, to their legended realm beyond the sunrise, waiting to see the return of Ka when all things shall end.[8]

At some point, Khalis-Wu encountered the Elder Gods and was seemingly defeated into retreat.[9]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

A few of the last members of the Elder Race were active in the days of King Kull, circa 18,500 BC, and died around that time:

  • Thuron was king of a mountain city on the outer fringes of Valusia (Hyborian Age Plain of Shamu, in Ophir). He alleged that the "Black Shadow" had gave him strength, and the Ring of the Black Shadow allowing him to summon the "real gods". When King Kull of Valusia decided to annihilate all those who offered human sacrifice to the dark elder gods, and marched on Thuron's city, Thuron was killed by the Great Scorpion God.[10]
  • The Demonolater was the father (literaly or metaphorically) and leader of a pack of Wolf-Men. He kidnapped Kull's councilor Tu, and masqueraded as him, forcing the king to marry Sareena, daughter of Lhok-Nor, chieftain of the Atlanteans. After he managed to transform her too, the Demonolater was discovered and defeated by King Kull.[1]
  • At the time of Kull's war against wizards, Thulsa Doom was one of the last of the Elder Race,[11] though Thulsa Doom claimed he was Undead. Kull and Thulsa Doom opposed each other frequently,[8] Kull eventually killing Thulsa Doom, causing his followers, including Varnae, to use the Chthon Scrolls to create the first Vampires in a plot to destroy Kull.[11]
  • Tuzun Thune was killed by Brule.[12]

Hyborian Age

During the Age of Conan (circa 10,000 BC), Tuzun Thune claimed to be the "last scion" of the Elder Race, returning as a reflection in a mirror (he had been killed by Brule).[12] He soon died, his body becoming a decayed carcass again.[13]

Miscellaneous

Representatives

The Elder Race included Tuzun Thune, Thulsa Doom, Demonolater, Kharon, Thuron,[7] and Khalis-Wu.[4]

Notes

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