Thalis the Stygian
(circa "The Slithering Shadow")
Medium Human Female
5th level Aristocrat
Hit Dice: 5D8 + 10 (HP 32)
Speed: 30 ft
Armor Class: 12 (dex)
Attacks: Dagger +4 Melee; Whip +6 Ranged
Damage: Dagger 1d4, Whip 1d3+3
Face/Reach: 5 ft/5 ft
Saves: Fort: +3, Ref: +3, Will: +4
Attributes: Str 12, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 11, Cha 16
Skills: Appraise +5, Bluff +8, Diplomacy +8, Gather Information +8, Innuendo +8, Intimidation +4, Sense Motive +4
Feats: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Whip), Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot
Challenge Rating: 4
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Advancement: By Character Class
Descended from the
giant-kings that founded Stygia, Thalis is of the ruling caste of that
dark nation, ivory-skinned, tall, lithe and dark-haired.
As part of that insular group, she shares Acheronian and Stygian
traits. She is the daughter of
a king in Luxur and when she was fourteen she had been led through the
temples of Derketo, initiated into her sexual mysteries.
She was abducted by a rebel prince when she was a young girl of
about fifteen. With an army of
Kushite bowmen, the Stygian and his kidnapped girl
south until they all died. She
was placed on a camel and the camel wandered until it came to the city of
Xuthal, where she was revived with their golden wine. She is pretty much a
sexual plaything for the men of Xuthal now, just about the only reason
they will forgo their lotus sleep for a space.
She knows more about sensual pleasures than even the priestesses of
Wearing distinctive perfume, Thalis is tall, lithe, and clad in a narrow girdle crusted with jewels. A burnished mass of night black hair sets off the whiteness of her ivory body. Her dark eyes, shaded by long dusky lashes, are deep with sensuous mystery.
Natala of Brythunia
Thog the Ancient
"The Slithering Shadow" by Robert E. Howard was first published in Weird Tales in Sept. 1933.
The cover, again by Margaret Brundage, features a
nude Natala being tortured by Thalis in a scene from "The Slithering
Shadow" from the September 1933 issue.
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