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|Gwarunga the High
(circa "The Jewels of Gwahlur")
9th level Rogue
Hit Dice: 9d6 +9 (41 Hit Points)
Initiative: +2 (dex)
Speed: 30 ft
AC: 12 (+2 Dex)
Attacks: Masterwork Shortsword +11/+6 melee
Damage: Masterwork Shortsword 1d6+3
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Special Attacks: Sneak Attack +5d6
Special Qualities: Evasion, Uncanny Dodge (Dex bonus, can't be flanked)
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +9
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 14
Skills: Diplomacy +18, Bluff +18, Sense Motive +18, Perform (Drums, Dancing) +18, Heal +18, Profession (Priest) +16, Spot +16, Listen +16, Intimidate +16
Feats: Rhetoric, Ritualistic Action, Drum Dancer, Weapon Focus (Shortsword), Skill Focus (Healing)
Climate/Terrain: Keshan, Punt, Stygia
Challenge Rating: 9
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Advancement: by Character class
Muriela the Dancing Girl
Gwarunga the Priest
Gorulga the Priest
The Servants of Bīt-Yakin
|"At the end of
the procession there stalked a huge negro with an unusually wicked cast of
countenance, at the sight of whom Conan scowled. That was Gwarunga, whom
Muriela had named as the man who had revealed the secret of the pool
entrance to Zargheba."
~Robert E. Howard, "Jewels of Gwahlur"
Gwarunga, a Keshani priest who works under Gorulga, is a huge man with an evil look. He is eager to supplant Gorulga, and is very corruptible. He worked with Zargheba and Thutmekri in their scheme to replace Yelaya with Muriela. Although he is a priest, there is no evidence that he is a spell-caster. Although standard D&D lore is that all priests are of the cleric class, this is not necessarily true. If, as GM, you want Gwarunga to be a spell caster, make him a mystic, as seen on my Classes page.
Gwarunga usually attacks from behind with a dagger or a shortsword.
|Robert E. Howard's story, "The Jewels of Gwahlur,"
was first published in Weird Tales in March of 1935.
The story can also be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the
Warrior"; and the Burkley/Putnam edition, "The People of the Black Circle"
and in Millenium's "Conan Chronicles 2: The Hour of the
This is considered a minor Conan adventure. Even Weird Tales assigned the story a secondary position in the issue wherein it appeared. The story lacks the precision of the later Conan stories, and some have wondered if it was written a lot earlier than it appeared, a story Weird Tales had held back for one reason or another.
In this story, Conan is again a thievish rogue and is after a cursed treasure. It is very formulaic - a fabulous treasure, a lost city with labyrinthine passages, lurking peril, and a scantily clad lovely who requires rescuing. However, the tale does move at a rapid pace. The story is entertaining, but is not Howard's fiery best.
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