Hyborian Age

During the Hyborian Age, Xuthltan was a village in Hyrkania, and the site of the Black Monoliths of Xuthltan, two antique ebon pillars tied to a religious tradition tracing back at least to the Lemurians.

During the Age of Conan, Justin the Blind Hermit lived in a house next to the Monoliths, while his daughter lived in the village. The Black Monoliths were visited by a party of Hyrkanians from Makkalet, composed of Conan the Cimmerian, Yaar Ali and Akhaan, and led by Khurusan who had secret orders to solicit the help of ancient foul deities, in order to save the city, besieged by the Turanians. Khurusan slew Justin and his own men to suppress any witness, and sacrificed Justin's daughter, causing the summoning of a "toad-thing" that tried to kill Conan. It finally slaughtered Khurusan before vanishing.[2]

Eastern invasions

The village became Stregoicavar (which could be translated as "Witch Town"), an unknown village in the mountains of Hungary.

There was only one monolith, broken at top and known as the Black Stone, by the time the Huns led by Attila passed this way.

Near the stone was built a castle, still there in ruins in more recent days, and which was seemingly involved when the Turks, under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent, swept over Eastern Europe.[1] (see notes)

19th and 20th centuries

The locals were afraid of the Black Stone, with rumors mentioning people losing their minds when approaching it on mid-summer night, witnessing obscene visions. The German eccentric Von Junzt described the Stone, stated to be an object of worship of an ancient fertility cult, in his "Black Book",[1] also known as Unausprechlichen Kulten[3] ("Nameless Cults").

Justin Geoffrey, an American poet, visited the Stone, and was rendered mad by it, though he saw it by daylight.

Ten years later, Mr. Costigan, following Geoffrey's footsteps and having read of the Stone in Von Junzt's Black Book, came to Stregoicavar. Though warned by a local carriage-driver about it, he visited the Stone, and witnessed horrific visions. Despite being proven that his visions held some truth when he found a medallion in the grass, he did not fell into madness himself, though he fled the place screaming in terror.[1]

Points of Interest

Near of it, the Black Stone,[1] formerly known as the Black Monoliths of Xuthltan. Nearby the monolith was also the house of Justin the Blind Hermit.[2]



See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Savage Sword of Conan #74; The Black Stone
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Conan the Barbarian #21; The Monster of the Monoliths!
  3. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Appendix; Tomes: Unausprechlichen Kulten
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