Natala the Brythunian
(circa "The Slithering Shadow")
Medium Human Female
1st level Commoner
Hit Dice: 1D4 + 4 (HP 8)
Speed: 30 ft
Armor Class: 12 (dex)
Attacks: Dagger +1 Melee
Damage: Dagger 1d4+1
Face/Reach: 5 ft/5 ft
Saves: Fort: +4, Ref: +1, Will: +1
Attributes: Str 13, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 11
Skills: Perform +4, Appraise +2, Sense Motive +3, Pick Pocket +4
Feats: Toughness, Great Fortitude
Challenge Rating: 1/2
Alignment: Neutral Good
Advancement: By Character Class
Natala is a
Brythunian, whom Conan had found in the slave market of a stormed Shemite
city, and appropriated. She had had nothing to say in the matter,
but her new position was so far superior to the lot of any Hyborian woman
in the Shemitish seraglio, that she accepted it thankfully. So she
had shared in the adventures of Amulric's damned horde.
The rough life of the camp had given her more strength and stamina than the average woman possesses, but still she was no where near the equal to Conan.
After the events of "The Slithering Shadow", Natala would be level 2 (experience points from fighting Thalis and surviving Thog).
Not really suited for combat, she is quick-witted and capable of fighting with a dagger. She practically disarmed Thalis and attacked her with her dagger.
The cover, below, again by Margaret Brundage,
features a nude Natala being tortured by Thalis in a scene from "The
Slithering Shadow" from the September 1933 issue.
"The Slithering Shadow", while an enjoyable tale, is a bit thin on plot, but it more than makes up for that in the surreal atmosphere of the dreaming city. There is a good sense of mystery throughout and it is also one of the more sexy Conan stories.
Natala is considerably wimpier than just about any of the other Conan-heroines and, as a result, not nearly as interesting. She is likeable, in a timorous sort of way, but not one of the best. Even Muriela, the dancing girl in "Jewels of Gwahlur" had more backbone. Of course, heroines in these sorts of stories have always met criticism for being too weak, but, in fact, usually Robert E. Howard's heroines were quite strong and confident. This is one of the few times his heroine fitted the stereotype.
This Conversion was by Vincent N. Darlage. Please let me know your opinions and comments. I am working hard to bring you more Hyborian Age goodies.
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