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(circa "The Jewels of Gwahlur")
9th level Rogue
Hit Dice: 9d6 (30 Hit Points)
Initiative: +1 (dex)
Speed: 30 ft
AC: 11 (+1 Dex)
Attacks: Scimitar +6/+1 melee
Damage: Scimitar 1d8
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Special Attacks: Sneak Attack +5d6
Speical Qualities: Uncanny Dodge (Dex bonus to AC, can't be flanked), Evasion
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +7, Will +4
Abilities: Str 10, Dex 12, Con 10, Int 14, Wis 13, Cha 16
Skills: Move Silently +6, Spot +17, Diplomacy +15, Innuendo +6, Read Lips +6, Disguise +6, Bluff +15, Forgery +17, Hide +6, Decipher Script +6, Appraise +17, Gather Information +15
Feats: Leadership, Alertness, Skill Focus (Appraise), Dirty Fighting
Climate/Terrain: Keshan, Punt, Stygia
Challenge Rating: 9
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Advancement: by Character class
Muriela the Dancing Girl
Gwarunga the Priest
Gorulga the Priest
The Servants of Bīt-Yakin
|"Oh, Conan, take
me away with you! Zargheba will kill me when I have served his
purpose here - I know it!"
~Robert E. Howard, "Jewels of Gwahlur"
Zargheba is a short Shemite who met his end with the Servants of Bīt-Yakin. Like most Shemites he had long black hair and a short black beard. He was Thutmekri's ally in the "Jewels of Gwahlur" deception. He bought Muriela from a slave-trader and used her in his intrigues in Koth for quite some time. He is a cruel man, a devil in the flesh, according to Muriela.
Zargheba is thoroughly evil, and has no qualms about killing his confederates when they are no longer useful to him.
Zargheba's only appearence in the story "Jewels of Gwahlur" is when Conan finds his head hanging in a tree, so not much is known about him.
Zargheba fights with a scimitar.
|Robert E. Howard's story, "The Jewels of Gwahlur,"
was first published in Weird Tales in March of 1935.
The story can also be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan the
Warrior"; and the Burkley/Putnam edition, "The People of the Black Circle"
and in Millenium's "Conan Chronicles 2: The Hour of the
This is considered a minor Conan adventure. Even Weird Tales assigned the story a secondary position in the issue wherein it appeared. The story lacks the precision of the later Conan stories, and some have wondered if it was written a lot earlier than it appeared, a story Weird Tales had held back for one reason or another.
In this story, Conan is again a thievish rogue and is after a cursed treasure. It is very formulaic - a fabulous treasure, a lost city with labyrinthine passages, lurking peril, and a scantily clad lovely who requires rescuing. However, the tale does move at a rapid pace. The story is entertaining, but is not Howard's fiery best.
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