The Statues that Had Been Men

(circa Shadows in the Moonlight [Iron Shadows on the Moon])

Climate/Terrain: A Nameless Isle on the Vilayet
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Advancement: By Character Class

"...the hall was thronged with black-skinned, hawk-faced warriors.  They were not Negroes.""~Shadows in the Moonlight, by Robert E. Howard

The natives of the Isle Conan and Olivia found themselves on lived against a background of cyclopean stones and pillars.  They had a great hall, whose lofty ceiling was upheld by stone columns marching in even rows along the massive walls.  These natives were black-skinned, hawk-faced warriors of an elder culture, and they killed the son of a god.  This god cursed the entire population into a strange petrification, coming to life only with the moonlight.

Little is known of these people, except that they are an ancient people.  Give them character classes and statistics as you would a human.  Each one would be unique and individual.


"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.  Above that is the illustration that accompanied the tale.

The picture of Conan and the Ape is from the Lancer edition of "Conan the Freebooter" from my collection.


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