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Klarkash-Ton was an aged Atlantean priest, who recounted the creation of the strange kingdoms on the far-western continent, such as Poseidonis, Zothique, and Mayapan, as well as possibly their visit by Conan (see notes).[1]

Notes

  • Klarkash-Ton was created in The Whisperer in Darkness (Weird Tales; August, 1931) by H.P. Lovecraft, as a tip of the hat to Clark Ashton Smith (friend, correspondent, and creator of concepts such as Tsathoggua or the Commoriom myth-cycle, mentioned in the story).
    • The only in-universe reference to Clark Ashton Smith is a book by a or about "Clarkashton" (seen in "Tales of the Zombie!: Damballah's Deeds", in Bizarre Adventures #33; December, 1982). It is possibly a reference to Klarkash-Ton.
  • In the last section of the final chapter of the Conan Comics Chronology (Conan Saga #95; February, 1995), Roy Thomas mentioned that the revelations of Klarkash-Ton were supposed to be unveiled in the following issues of Savage Sword of Conan.
    • The title was cancelled after Savage Sword of Conan #235 (July, 1995) without any stories fitting the description, and it is possible that the stories planned were never produced. Similarly, the story "Requiem for a Conqueror", mentioned in the same section to be released soon in Savage Sword of Conan, was never published.
      • The title Conan the Savage was launched to replace Savage Sword. Though it was cancelled as well, its last issue, Conan the Savage #10 (May, 1996), was an adaptation of Smith's story "Necromancy in Naat" (1936), set on the Isle of Na'at and mentioning Mayapan, Zothique, and Poseidonis, but no mention of Klarkash-Ton was found. This story might the result of the stories teased in the Conan Comics Chronology.
    • It is possible that Roy Thomas was only mirroring Lovecraft's own pun, and mentioning stories possibly adapted from Smith's stories, without intent of mentioning or depicting Klarkash-Ton is the mentioned stories.
  • The exact scope of those revelations is unclear whether they only mention the strange kingdoms of the far-western continent, or if they include Conan's visits. Similarly, the temporal setting of Klarkash-Ton remains unclear (whether he was alive during the Pre-Cataclysmic Age and survived, or was of one of the Atlantean settlements of the Great Cataclysm).

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Footnotes

  1. Conan Saga #95; The Conan Comics Chronology - Chapter Seventeen: The Agony and the Empire, VI. Unanswered Questions
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