|Zabibi the Dancer (Nafertari)
(circa "Shadows in Zamboula")
Medium Human Female
5th level Expert/ 8th level Aristocrat
Hit Dice: 5D6+ 8D8 + 39 (HP 93)
Inititiative: +9 (+5 dex, +4 imp. initiative)
Speed: 30 ft
Armor Class: 16 (+5 dex, +1 dodge)
Attacks: Dagger +10/+5 melee
Damage: Dagger 1d4+1
Face/Reach: 5 ft/5 ft
Saves: Fort: +6, Ref: +10, Will: +10
Attributes: Str 13, Dex 21, Con 17, Int 14, Wis 11, Cha 18
Skills: Appraise +19, Bluff +20, Diplomacy +20, Disguise +20, Gather Information +20, Innuendo +16, Jump +5, Perform (dance) +22, Sense Motive +16
Feats: Skill Focus (Perform), improved initiative, dodge, mobility, lightning reflexes, endurance
Challenge Rating: 12
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Advancement: By Character Class
|A white girl, though a very definite brunette, Zambibi the dancing girl was one of Zamboula's many mixed breeds. She was tall, with a slender, supple form. She had a splendid bosem and lithe limbs.|
|Accustomed to nakedness, Zamboulan dancers do not
blush from embarrassment. In actuality, Zambibi is Nefertari,
mistress of the ruler of Zamboula, Jungir Khan. Until the coming of
Conan, she possessed the Star of Khorala, which holds a magic that can
enslave the heart of any of the opposite sex.
Seems meek at times, but can be fiery and hot-tempered.
Nerfertari, as an aristocrat has been taught the use of the rapier and the dagger to defend herself, or to slay herself, as the situation warranted. As a former dancer of Zamboula, she is very accomplished at movement, and this enhances her armor class.
|"Shadows in Zamboula," first published in Weird
Tales in November of 1935, weaves together two plots. First, an evil
inn-keeper making a tidy profit handing over unsuspecting patrons to a
bunch of local cannibals tries to make a profit off of Conan, he finds
he's picked the wrong sucker. Then, at the same time, we have Conan
helping Zabibi, a lovely Zamboulan dancer (naked throughout, no less), to
find the antidote to a madness drug given to her sweetheart by an evil
wizard, Totrasmek. To enlist the Cimmerian's aid, the dancer offers
him nothing less than her supple self -- to which Conan readily agrees.
This is one of the sexier Conan tales, most notable for the scene in which Zabibi must literally dance for her life between the darting heads of four cobras.
The story be found in the Ace/Lancer "Conan the Wanderer"; SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS, Arkham House, 1946; SKULL-FACE OMNIBUS, Neville-Spearman, 1974
SKULL-FACE OMNIBUS, Neville-Spearman, 1975; SKULL-FACE OMNIBUS, Volume 3, Panther, 1976 ; THE DEVIL IN IRON, Grant, 1976; RED NAILS, Berkley/Putnam, 1977 (restored text); THE DEVIL IN IRON, Grossett & Dunlap, 1978; THE ESSENTIAL CONAN, SFBC Fantasy, 1998; THE SPELL OF SEVEN, Pyramid, 1969; SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #14, Marvel THE CONAN CHRONICLES 2, Orbit, date unknown; ROSTRO DE CALAVERA, ST (Spanish), 1987and the Gnome Press "Conan the Barbarian" as well as the more recent THE CONAN CHRONICLES, Volume 1, Millenium, August 2000
This Conversion was by Vincent N. Darlage.
|The cover, again by Margaret Brundage, features a
nude Zabibi dancing between the four snakes in a scene from "Shadows in
Zamboula" from the November 1935 issue.
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