|Jehungir Ahga, Lord of
(circa The Devil in Iron)
Medium Human Male
7th level Aristocrat /7th level fighter
Hit Dice: 5D8 + 5d10 +14 (68 hit points)
Inititiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: 30 ft.
Armor Class: 19 (+3 Dex, +5 masterwork chainmail, +1 dodge)
Attacks: Scimitar +13/+8/+3 Melee; Longbow +16/+11/+6 ranged
Damage: Scimitar 1d6+1; Longbow 1d6+1
Face/Reach: 5 ft x 5 ft/ 5ft
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +9
Attributes: Str 13, Dex 17, Con 13, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 14
Skills: Appraise +18, Balance +20, Bluff +18, Gather Information +6, Intimidate +19
Feats: Dodge, Mobility, Weapon Focus (Longbow), Combat Reflexes, Improved Critical (longbow), Ranged Disarm, Ranged Pin, Precise Shot, Pointblank shot, Aiming
Climate/Terrain: Turan, Hyrkania
Challenge Rating: 13
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Advancement: by character class
|Jehungir Agha, lord
of Khawarizm is the keeper of the coastal border of Turan. Yezdigerd
is not pleased with Jehungir's ability to guard the frontier from the
robbers of the steppes, the Kozaks. He believes the secret to
defeating the Kozaks lies in killing Conan, who is welding the Kozaks into
a cohesive force. He owned Octavia for much of her life, until he
gave her to another lord so that she could lure Conan into a trap.
He is a crafty, devious man.
The bow is his weapon of choice, but, when armored, he is not afraid to fight with his scimitar.
|below is the original cover of Weird Tales, August 1934, featuring Conan fighting a snake in Xapur. 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 Circle".
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."
One weakness of this story is the incredible coincidence upon which it hangs. Jehungir Agha was lying when he told Conan Octavia had run away to Xapur. She had been handed into the loathsome clutches of Jelal Khan. Escaping, she somehow finds her way to Xapur, a supposed tiny island with unscalable cliffs; the likelihood of her finding her way there purely by chance seems a little difficult to accept. Then again, ERB wrote dozens of Tarzan novels that depended on even more unlikely coincidences.
There isn't a lot in the way of characterization. Conan spends more time running than thinking. I suspect this may be partly because Howard wasn't sure how Conan should react to something so clearly inexplicable as a city appearing magically overnight. To REH the Conan stories were inherently realistic, he favoured gorillas and snakes, and the magic is often explained either as a sort of super-science, or as hypnosis. In this case, there can be no such realist explanation, and so Howard himself may have found it a little hard to accept.
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