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Appearing in "For the Throne of Zamboula"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Isparana (Also appears in recap)
  • Balad's Zamboulans (First appearance)
    • Jhabiz (Mentioned) (Joins group) (Leaves the Khan-Khilayim)
  • Shanki
    • Hajimen (Also appears in recap)
    • Hajimen's sister (Only in recap)

Antagonists:

  • Akter Khan's Zamboulans
    • Akter Khan (Death) (Also appears in recap)
    • Zafra (Death) (Also appears in recap)
    • Khan-Khilayim / Soldiers of Zamboula
      • Thorns (First appearance)
      • Haroom (First and only known appearance; dies)
      • Perxes (First and only known appearance; dies)
      • Farouz (First and only known appearance; dies)
      • Captain Hamer (First appearance)
    • Valtaj (Death)
  • Balad (Death) (Also appears in recap)

Other Characters:

  • Unnamed captive (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Chia the Tigress (Death) (Corpse, skeleton or other remains)
  • Jungir Khan (Mentioned)
  • Vizir Hafar (Mentioned)

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Locations:

Items:

  • Eye of Erlik (Mentioned)
  • Sword of of Skelos (Also appears in recap)

Events and Eras:

Synopsis for "For the Throne of Zamboula"

Conan, Balad and Hajimen plot against Akter Khan, who has had Isparana arrested. They plan for Hajimen's Shanki to create a distraction while Conan enters the palace. Unfortunately, Conan is captured, tortured, and ultimately sacrificed to Zafra's magical sword. Conan, however, manages to fight the flying sword back for a few minutes, long enough to cause the sword to attack and kill Zafra. Conan disguises himself as one of Akhter Khan's soldiers and finds Isparana chained in the dungeon. Conan frees the woman, and the two confront Akter Khan, who surprisingly orders his guard out of the room when Conan and Isparana enter.

The Khan then plans to slay them with his enchanted sword, but Zafra had secretly enchanted the sword to only follow his commands, so it doesn't work. Akter Khan frantically calls for his men, but they are busy being slaughtered by the Shanki and Balad's resistance. Balad kills the Khan and claims the throne for his ow, but then reveals himself to be every bit the tyrant that Akter Khan was. As he prepares to have Conan killed for talking back to him, a mortally wounded Zafra crawls into the room and commands Akter Khan's sword into action. Balad happens to be standing closest to sword, so he becomes its victim, Before Zafra can command the sword again, Conan chops his head off. Akter's son Jungir is named the new Khan, and Isparana stays in Zamboula as Jungir's woman as Conan heads back into the desert.

Appearing in "Mirror of the Manticore"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Selem the Scholar (First and only known appearance; dies)
  • Miraja (First and only known appearance; dies)

Antagonists:

  • Riders of Khemal Bey / Desert Wolves (First appearance)
    • Khemal Bay (First and only known appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

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Locations:

Items:

  • Mirror of the Manticore (First appearance) (Destruction)

Events and Eras:

Synopsis for "Mirror of the Manticore"

  • Synopsis not yet written

Notes

  • For the Throne of Zamboula is the conclusion of the adaption of the novel Conan and the Sword of Skelos by Andrew J. Offutt.
  • Mirror of the Manticore is a plot created by Robert E. Howard-expert Fred Blosser for Roy Thomas, in order to explain the inconsistencies created by the successive sequels to A Witch Shall Be Born (Savage Sword of Conan #5):
    • After adapting that story, Roy Thomas couldn't use the sequel The Flame Knife by Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, as Marvel Comics had obtained the rights only to REH material at the time.[1] He consequently created his own sequel, The Sleeper beneath the Sands, in Savage Sword of Conan #6.
    • Later arrangements were made, allowing Marvel to use all Conan stories, whatever the author, and The Flame Knife was adapted in Savage Sword of Conan #31Vol 1 32. Some inconsistencies existed between the two sequels, thus that story meant to tie all the loose ends together.
  • Synopsis by YardIHS.

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Links and References

References

  1. Savage Sword of Conan #59; The City of Skulls' preface
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