Unlike most Black Corsairs, Laranga had a life full in change: He acted as a spy in Asgalun for Bêlit and was part of her victory upon the Stygians in Asgalun, joined Zula the Zamballah with a few of his fellow corsairs to travel north. He, Ajonga and Yasunga later became slaves aboard an Argossean galley until, two decades after leaving the Black Corsairs, they revolted under Conan's leadership, and accompanied him in his quest to regain his throne.
Origin and early years
Laranga was from the Southern Isles, and was one of the Black Corsairs, dark-skinned buccaneers led by the pirate queen Bêlit, an alleged Goddess daughter of Derketa and captain of the Tigress, ravaging the coasts of Kush and other targets to the North.
Black Corsairs and Conan
Soon after Conan joined the crew, M'Gora and Yasunga wrestled with him in order to prove that at last two of the Corsairs could best the Cimmerian (while Conan wished to make them learn a lesson on fighting. Conan nevertheless managed to defeat the pair. Dissipating their feelings of shame, Conan then proceeded to teach them about leverage and team-fighting. As Conan was going to brawl against three Corsairs (M'Gora, Laranga and Ajonga, they were interrupted by Bêlit who had grew tired of the brawling. As Conan criticized her, Bêlit decided to have him and she exercise by crossing swords, Laranga consequently brought Bêlit her blade.
Laranga was on the Tigress when Bêlit, Conan, and Zula returned from Stygia, and greeted Conan. At the same time, he was among M'Gora's party that went in Asgalun before Bêlit and Conan returned (continuity error, see notes).
While Conan and Bêlit were off to Stygia, sub-chief M'Gora took half a dozen corsairs with him, including Yasunga, and went northwards, into Shem and towards Asgalun to obtain information to share with Bêlit at her return for her to avenge herself from her uncle King Nim-Karrak. On the road to Asgalun and without a way to enter the city (as blacks weren't usually welcome), they encountered Imbalayo and his Kushite Cavalry who offered them the choice between killing them or joining him. The Corsairs joined, and learned that Imabalayo's mercenaries were employed by Stygia to enforce their rule in Asgalun as they had too few men to assign there. The Corsairs soon gathered information, including the spread of the Stygian influence, the Hyrkanian guards of Nim-Karrak, the two possible candidates to succession: Uriaz, uninterested by the crown, and Akhîrom marching with troops of King Sumuabi of Anakia.
Eventually M'Gora bid his companions to make fake headdresses to look like the Kushites, and to wait in shadows near the gate every third noon, for his return. He then returned to the Tigress with the gathered information, and came back with Conan, Bêlit and their new ally Zula the Zamballah. At the gates of Asgalun, the Stygians guards refused to let them enter, until Yasunga appeared in guise of Kushites, convincing the guards. Yasunga and the others then hid their fake headdresses and returned to the Kushite barracks.
In the following days, M'Gora, Zula and the Black Corsairs spread the words to Shemites, Kushites and Hyrkanians of the return of the daughter of Atrahasis, Bêlit. Soon, the Stygians moved to annex the province, having Nim-Karrak on the run and the next potential successor Uriaz to be executed, causing unrest among the Shemites. Conan took the place of the executioner and at the last moment killed the Stygian prince Khauman. Then, Bêlit revealed herself and pledge Shemite and Hyrkanian to unite against Stygian and Kushite. The Shemites' momentum almost died out, until M'Gora, Yasunga and Laranga, still among the Kushites, threw spears at the Hyrkanians who thought to be targeted on the Stygians' orders, and causing the Hyrkanians to rally to the Shemites. In the ensuing moments, Nim-Karrak died, while Imbalayo changed side, turning against his Stygian allies and causing their surrender. Bêlit soon rejected the crown, forced it upon her cousin Uriaz to continue her life of piracy and the group fled the city, where all factions (save for the defeated Stygians) took arms instants later against each others to support Uriaz or Akhîrom.
Adventuring with Zula
After their fleeing of Asgalun, a few of the Corsairs, including Yasunga, Ajonga and Lasanga decided to follow Zula and go north. Yasunga was asked by his fellows to speak on their behalf to Bêlit, to ask her if she understood their wish to go with the Zamballah. Bêlit proved to be supportive, and even said a prayer to them for her alleged mother the Death-Goddess to stay her hand from them and grant them long lives.
After some time, long before three after leaving the Tigress crew, Zula and the former Black Corsairs eventually went different ways.
Leader of his Black Corsairs
Aboard the Venturer
Another decade later, (in the fourth year of Conan's rule of Aquilonia), Ajonga, Laranga and Yasunga had somehow became galley slaves on the Venturer (among other blacks, mostly Kushites but also some from the Southern Isles) whose captain was the Argossean Demetrio.
When the ship was in Messantia, capital of Argos, Demetrio brought Conan aboard. The Argossean and the Cimmerian soon came to hands and swords. Conan rallied his former companions by recalling them of him and managed to hurl Demetrio among the black slaves who soon took the keys to free themselves. Galvanized by the return of Amra, the corsairs and Kushites turned against the Argosseans. Once the Argosseans slaughtered, Conan rallied the former slaves as free men who accepted him as their leader. He had them headed southwards, along the Shemite coastal ports and city-states, to Stygia where Conan believed the Heart of Ahriman to be.
They stopped at Khemi where the River Styx joins with the sea. There, Conan asked Yasunga and Loranga to capture a Stygian and carry him back and (explicitly) unharmed, as they hated the Stygians for what they had done to their people. The pair found and abducted a fisherman who was brought back aboard the Venturer and interrogated by Conan. Upon learning that the Stygian galley he was pursuing carried the priest Thutothmes who had for years sought the power to overthrow Thoth-Amon, Conan deduced Thutothmes was the thief of the Heart of Ahriman. He decided to go after the priest, leaving the Corsairs in charge of the prisoner, asking Ajonga to keep him safe.
Laranga and his fellow Corsairs weren't seen in the following and conclusion of the conflict opposing Conan to the conspirators.
Laranga's subsequent adventures are unknown.
The Winged Dragon; formerly the Red Lion, the Falcon of Zingara, the Venturer, the Tigress
- Laranga was created by Robert E. Howard in Conan the Conqueror ("The Hour of the Dragon" in Weird Tales, December, 1935-April, 1936), 15. "The Return of the Corsair", adapted in Conan the Conqueror, Part 5: "Corsairs Against Stygia" in Savage Sword of Conan #8 (October, 1975).
- In Conan the Barbarian #91, Laranga was on the Tigress, but was later depicted as being one of the corsairs to have infiltrated Asgalun before Bêlit and Conan returned to the Tigress. It is seemingly a continuity error.
- Laranga's name was often written with typos: He is called "Loranga" (and Laranga), and "Lasanga".
- In Conan the Barbarian #66, a Black Corsair named "Lasunga" is depicted. It is unclear whether it is a character on his own, or (more likely) a typo or a mix-up on Laranga and/or Yasunga.