Khauran was a frontier kingdom on the eastern edge of Koth, where Conan worked as the bodyguard of Lady Khashtris, cousin of Queen Ialamis. Conan was suspicious of the widowed queen's new suitor, Sergianus of Tor, who was actually the aged and ambitious Baron Sabaninus of Koth, made to appear youthful by the sorcery of a scheming Khitan. An plan by Lord Arkhaurus, the queens advisor, to assassinate both Conan and the future queen of Khauran while framing the Cimmerian for the princess' murder backfired, giving Conan the full story. By means of a ruse he tricked Arkhaurus and Sabaninus into revealing themselves during a feast in the Queen's palace. Both were killed in the battle that ensued. The aged body of Sabaninus was consumed by a demon, released at his death by the foul magics that had provided him with illusory youth. Ialamis killed herself when faced with her lover's true nature and Conan departed Khauran, leaving the young Taramis on the Khauranian throne.[1]

Many years later, Conan returned to Khauran to serve as captain of the royal guard for Queen Taramis. When Constantius, an exiled Kothian, approached Khauran with his army of Shemite mercenaries, faking heading to Turan, the Queen's twin sister Salome secretly kidnapped Taramis and impersonated her, accepting Constantius' marriage proposal, releasing the Khauran army and crucifixing Conan in the desert. During her reign of terror, the people of Khauran lived in pain. The Shemite mercenaries humiliated every woman they desired. The citizens were heavily taxed and vexed. Many young Khaurans were sold as slaves to the Turanians. Other youths fled, joining to the nomads of the desert. The nomads, stronger than ever, started to raid some villages. A revolt arose, led by Marcios, but it failed and he had to flee and hide. Conan then survived to the cross and now leader of more than 11,000 Zuagir warriors, headed to Khauran with his nomads, plus a secret battalion of 3,000 Khauran Hyborian knights. A battle was fought outside the town. The Zuagirs and the Khauran defeated the Shemites mercenaries. Conan and his Desert Wolves eventually freed Queen Taramis, killing Salome and her demon Thaug. Taramis was the Queen again. She offered to Conan to become Captain again and also to become her counselor, but Conan preferred to be the leader of the Zuagirs; then Taramis claimed Marcios new Captain of the Guards.[2]

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