"...a slender girl in sandals and girdled tunic.
Her dark hair fell over her white shoulders, her eyes were those of a trapped
(circa Shadows in the Moonlight [Iron Shadows on the Moon])
Medium Human Female
1st level Aristocrat
Hit Dice: 1D8 (8 hit points)
Initiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: 30 ft.
Armor Class: 13 (+3 Dex)
Attacks: Unarmed Strike -1 Melee
Damage: Unarmed Strike 1D4-1 (subdual damage)
Face/Reach: 5 ft x 5 ft/ 5ft
Saves: Fort +0, Ref +3, Will +3
Attributes: Str 8, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 15
Skills: Bluff +6, Diplomacy +6, Ride +7, Craft (Embroidery) +4, Perform (Dance) +6
Feats: Endurance, Alertness
Climate/Terrain: Villayet Sea
Challenge Rating: 0
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Advancement: by character class
Olivia was a daughter of the king of
Ophir. She refused to marry a prince of Koth, so her father, the king,
sold her to a Shemite chief as a slave. This chief treated her well, but
this chief eventually gave her as a gift to Shah Amurath of the purple
gardens. After Conan killed Shah Amurath, she belonged to the Cimmerian,
who promised to make her Queen of the Blue Sea when he joined the Red
Brotherhood of the Vilayet. It is unknown how long she remained with him,
or what eventual fate befell her.
Olivia is quite helpless. Hopefully, Conan taught her to use a few weapons during her stay among the pirates.
"Shadows in the Moonlight" by Robert E. Howard first appeared in the April 1934 issue of Weird Tales. It can be found also in the Lancer/Ace collection "Conan the Freebooter" and in Donald M. Grant's "Black Colossus." It is currently available in the British "Conan Chronicles Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle".
To the left is the cover of The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #4 from my collection, which features the Marvel Comics adaptation of this story (restoring Howard's original title, Iron Shadows in the Moon, in the process.
To the right is the cover of Weird Tales April 1934, which contains the first appearance of the story. Below that is the illustration that accompanied the tale.
The picture of Olivia above comes from the Donald M. Grant edition of the story.
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