|Princess Yasmela, Queen-Regent of
(circa "Black Colossus")
Medium Female Human
Hit Dice: 8d6+8 (36 Hit Points)
Initiative: +2 (dex)
Speed: 30 ft
AC: 12 (Dex)
Attacks: Dagger +5/+0 melee
Damage: Dagger 1d4 -1 melee
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +11
Abilities: Str 8, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 16
Skills: Bluff +14, Diplomacy +16, Gather Information +14, Listen +13, Spot +12, Ride +13
Feats: Iron Will, Skill Focus (Diplomacy), Weapon Finesse, Leadership
Challenge Rating: 7
Alignment: Lawful Good
Advancement: by Character class
|"It is not fitting that I come before the shrine
clad in silk. I will go naked, on my knees, as befits a supplicant,
lest Mitra deem I lack humility," said Yasmela.
~Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard
the Queen Regent of Khoraja, is plagued by dreams sent by Natohk, the
veiled one, who lusts after her. Her own religion, that of Ishtar,
is unable to stop the evil, erotic dreams, so, on the advice of her
servant, Vateesa, she turns to Mitra. Mitra speaks to her and tells
her to place her kingdom in the hands of the first person she meets on the
street. And that person was none other than Conan, a
mercenary captain in her armies.
She was very attracted to Conan, but he eventually left her because his pride would not let him be "Mr. Queen" to any woman, no matter how beautiful or ardent. She was apparently a very amorous woman, making love to Conan in the shadowy chamber where her enemy, Natohk, lay dead at the end of the story.
|Yasmela is the sister of the King of Khoraja. The king was currently held captive by Ophir, so she ruled in his stead as regent.|
|Robert E. Howard's story, "Black Colossus," was
first published in Weird Tales in June of 1933. The story can also
be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the Freebooter"; the Donald M.
Grant Limited Edition "Black Colossus", and the Gnome Press collection
"Conan the Barbarian". Marvel Comics adapted the story into
comic form in "The Savage Sword of Conan" issue 2. All of these are
out of print, but are usually available on eBay.
Currently in print is the British volume "The Conan Chronicles Volume I : The People of the Black Circle" which is part of Millennium's "Fantasy Masterworks" series. ISBN: 1-85798-996-1. It is available off of Amazon.com
To the left is the original cover of Weird Tales, June 1933, featuring a nude Yasmela appealing to a statue representing Mitra in idealized human form. Art is by Margaret Brundage.
This is one of my favorite Conan stories.
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