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(circa "The Jewels of Gwahlur")
Medium Female Human
Hit Dice: 2d6 (7 Hit Points)
Initiative: +3 (dex)
Speed: 30 ft
AC: 13 (Dex)
Attacks: Dagger melee
Damage: Dagger 1d4 melee
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Saves: Fort +0, Ref +3, Will +5
Abilities: Str 8, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 15
Skills: Bluff +7, Diplomacy +7, Perform (Dance) +9, Disguise +7, Balance +8, Innuendo +7, Tumble +8, Jump +4
Feats: Dodge, Skill Focus (Perform)
Climate/Terrain: Corinthia, Shem, Keshan, Punt
Challenge Rating: 1
Advancement: by Character class
Muriela the Dancing Girl
Gwarunga the Priest
Gorulga the Priest
The Servants of Bīt-Yakin
lay as he had first seen [her], silent, motionless, in breast-plates of
jeweled gold, gilded sandals and silken shirt. But now there was a
subtle difference... a peach-bloom touched the cheeks, the lips were
red... the long dark lashes lifted; the eyes opened and gaped up at him
inscrutably, dark, lustrous, mystical."
~Robert E. Howard, "Jewels of Gwahlur"
Muriela is a Corinthian dancing girl and is easily distinquished by a crescent-shaped birth mark on her hip. Before meeting Conan she served Zargheba.
She was hired by Zargheba and Thutmekri to impersonate the goddess Yelaya, worshipped by the Keshans as an oracle to the gods.
After the events of "Jewels of Gwahlur", Conan took Muriela to Punt, to play a similar trick on that nation in order to gain a houseful of gold. Whether or not he ever did it is a question that remains unanswered by Howard.
(L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter did, however, write a sequel to this story titled "The Ivory Goddess", but whether or not it pertains to your campaign is up to the indivicual Game Master. Since it wasn't written by Howard, it is non-Canonical. The story can be found in "Conan the Swordsman.")
|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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