|Conan the Zuagir
(Circa Black Tears, Shadows in Zamboula, Star of Khorala, The Devil in Iron)
Medium-sized Human, 31 years old
Hit Dice: 6d12+3d6+5d10+56 (154 hp)
Initiative: +8 (+4 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft.
AC: 19 (+4 Dex, +4 chain shirt, +1 dodge)
Attacks: Longword+17/+12/+7 melee
Damage: Longsword 1d8+5
Face/Reach: 5 ft x 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Rage, sneak attack +2d6
Special Qualities: Fast movement, Evasion, Uncanny Dodge
Saves: Fort +13, Ref +12, Will +4
Abilities: Str 21, Dex 18, Con 18, Int 12, Wis 11, Cha 17
Skills: Climb +22, Craft (blacksmithing) +5, Hide +6, Intuit Direction +9, Jump +22, Listen +7, Move Silently +12, Ride +12, Search +8, Wilderness Lore +7, Profession (seaman) +2
Feats: Track, Lightning Reflexes, Combat Reflexes, Power Attack, Cleave, Great Cleave, Mounted Combat, Mounted Archery, Dodge
Climate/Terrain: Turanian Steppes, Zamboula
Challenge Rating: 14
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Advancement: By Character Class.
|Conan leads his band of Zuagirs eastward to raid
the cities and caravans of the Turanians. He spends, altogether,
about two yeas with the desert Shemites, first as Olgerd's lieutenant, and
then as their sole chieftain. But the firce and energetic King
Yezdigerd of Turan reacts swiftly. He gains a small fortune, and
travels to Zamboula for a colossal debauch. A week of guzzling,
gorging, roistering, whoring, and gambling reduce him to
Zaugirs are a barbaric lot, so Conan moves up a level in Barbarian, increasing the number of times per day he can rage.
Conan's fighting style has gained his well known deadliness at this period of time. His combat reflexes give him quite the advantage in mass battles, with up to four attacks of opportunity as soldiers pass through his threat zone. His Great Cleave skill allows him to further wade through lesser warriors, crushing them left and right. Since Conan cannot be flanked at this point, he is more likely to survive mass combat.
Rage: Twice per day, Conan can go into a rage and increase his Strength and Constitution by +4, and gains a +2 morale bonus to Will saves. He suffers a -2 penalty to AC.
Fast movement: Conan's speed is increased by +10 feet when wearing no armor, light armor, and shields.
Sneak Attack: Conan strikes a vital spot for extra damage whenever he catches an opponent flat footed or when he flanks an opponent.
Evasion: If exposed to an effect that allows a Reflex save for half damage Conan takes no damage if that save is successful.
Uncanny Dodge: Conan retains his dexterity bonus to his AC even when caught flatfooted or surprised. He can sense danger before it even becomes apparent. Conan is no longer subject to flanking.
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| "Shadows in
Zamboula," first published in Weird Tales in November of 1935, weaves
together two plots. First, an evil inn-keeper making a tidy profit
handing over unsuspecting patrons to a bunch of local cannibals tries to
make a profit off of Conan, he finds he's picked the wrong sucker.
Then, at the same time, we have Conan helping Zabibi, a lovely Zamboulan
dancer (naked throughout, no less), to find the antidote to a madness drug
given to her sweetheart by an evil wizard, Totrasmek. To enlist the
Cimmerian's aid, the dancer offers him nothing less than her supple self
-- to which Conan readily agrees. This is one of the sexier
Conan tales, most notable for the scene in which Zabibi must literally
dance for her life between the darting heads of four cobras.
Robert E. Howard's story, "Shadows in Zamboula," can also be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the Wanderer"; the Donald M. Grant Limited Edition "The Devil in Iron", The Berkley/Putnam collection "Red Nails" and the Gnome Press collection "Conan the Barbarian". It can also be found in "The Spell of Seven" and Arkham's "Skull Face and Others". All of these are out of print but can be found on eBay quite often. Currently in print is the British volume "The Conan Chronicles Volume I : The People of the Black Circle" which is part of Millennium's "Fantasy Masterworks" series. ISBN: 1-85798-996-1. It is available off of Amazon.com. Also the Sci Fi Book Club Omnibus "The Essential Conan" has the story in it.
To the left is the original cover of Weird Tales, September 1935, featuring a nude Zabibi doing her famous "Dance of the Snakes". Art is by Margaret Brundage.
|Robert E. Howard's story, "The Devil in Iron" was
first published in Weird Tales in August of 1934. The story can also
be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the Wanderer"; the Donald M.
Grant Limited Edition "The Devil in Iron", and the Gnome Press collection
"Conan the Barbarian". It can also be found in the
Berkley/Putnam collection "The People of the Black
Currently in print is the British volume "The Conan Chronicles Volume I : The People of the Black Circle" which is part of Millennium's "Fantasy Masterworks" series. ISBN: 1-85798-996-1. It is available off of Amazon.com. "The Devil in Iron" can also be found in the Sci Fi Book Club "The Essential Conan."
To the left is the original cover of Weird Tales, August 1934, featuring Conan fighting a snake. Art is by Margaret Brundage.
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