ID SCARLATO CITADELL

ab Robert E. Howard
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Iom lion ep Shamus plain kapieneer ;
Eys memsa med un isern zangir kyimeer,
Honar-ye med trompetten kieneer ;
« Is Lion est bad in cage ! » kieneer.
Way ibs citads ios platland,
Sei aiwo is Lion iter lant !
(Vetus doina)
Id behngos ios boi se hieb forstumpascen ; victoria cries blanseer-se ad agonia kharkhars. Kam
pelupoik waraks pos un osyern rlayu, ia cadavers iom vicens covohr id plain ; id sol sehnkend do id
horizont reudherih ia schlift helms, ia goldbedehn schakhs, ia argwrnten placks iom doraks, ia
brohct einsa ed ia diplas iom gwaur silken royal stendarts, implohcen do pacta scarlat padwls. I
maurks ed ir armurti reiders lyohg in silent kowps, crinars ed ptors weundelnd muzlim-ye in tod
rudh schiau. Ambh ed bayna i, kam carriet ab id storm, strahr ia dischtukeln ed trahn nayvs iom
archern ed iom pikiniern, samt ir stalen helms ed lietern kojusta.
In id plain cliengh id triumphal kan iom olifants ed ia kaphs im victorn dub do ia torsos iom vicens.
Ir lamper yed irregular lignes eent convergend kam ia speics uns glimmernd kwekwl kye quer is
sensto surviver se pariet ad lever un inegal katu.
Ye tod dien, Conan, roy os Aquilonia, hieb viden id andem siens ritterdem bihe kot, vrohnt, brohct,
bad pernict. Is hieb uperridt id sudeust grance os Aquilonia con penkmil ritters, unte Ophirs
piwernias pre viwehse confronten ad quom is credih sien allieit, roy Amalrus os Ophir, coalihn con
ia trupps os Strabonus, roy os Koth. Is hiebit bedyohrct id kapan bad kun eet pior sert. Is hieb
kwohrt quantum is miegh, con sien penkmil reiders, contra ia trigim mil ritters, archers ed lanciers
iom conspirators.
Aun archers ni infantiers, is hieb lohncen sien gwaur cavalerie protiev id peind heir, viden iens
ritters in ir tweiser armurs gvohnen ab ia lances om sien yeudmen, vrohnen id centre iren lignen,
agend ia compact rangs om sien trupps prod se, bet hieb viwohsen kapen in uno mengain kun ia
duschman flyghels hieb zaghyaht ambh iom. Ies schemitisch archers os Strabonus hieb committen
un halak in ia rangs eysen rittern, ir gwelsa brungend quodkwe spalt iom armurs ; ies hieb gvohnen
i ekwens ed ies kothian pikiniers hieb-se precipiten kay perinices iens disseddeln cavaliers. Ies
dorakt lanciers ios centre hieb tun reskipt ir lignes, kardwnen ab cavaliers flankois, ed ies hieb
charget iter ed iter, uperplehnd id walu sub ir dwaschaw.

Ies Aquilonians ne hieb fugen ; hiebeer pohden ep id pold ed, ex ia penkmil ritters quoy hieb
sohkwt Conan sudtro, ne oin likwit Shamus plain gwiv. Tuntos eet issmee roy katuend, perambht ab
ia klombh nayvs yeudmen ios royal guardia, kneigvend regv-ye protiev un cruoric magur em mortu
menscens ed ekwens. Ophirian ritters samt goldxwenyungen armurs klaupihr irens reidbiestens inter
ia cadaverkowps kay plage iom mon gastalt. Cortjambi blouswordberd Schemitisch ed kothian
ritters samt sombre lige ker iom ped-ye. In id air cliengh id behngos os stal ; id gastalt ios occidental
roy in eyso sword armur stieu meg buland in id centre ios compact circule eysen duschmans,
beirend terrible cutts kam un kassab ghesornd un athime sater. Auncavalier ekwi galoppeer ep id
plain ; un crehscend circule klombhen nayven strahsit pod iom roy. Eys kwehsend ed bleid attaquers
refluxeer face tod desperat gvertat.
Tun inter ia heulend ed kraghend lignes surrexeer ies kreigend swamens : Strabonus, samt sien weur
ed deusk lige ed sien doler okwi ; Amalrus, minc, samt dwighen lige, skeulkic ed tem dangereus
quem un cobra ; ed bad so isghen gwultur, Tsotha-lanti, vehsend tik sien silken robes, samt sien
rapace cap quetos luc dwo mier sword okwi. Eent lohct buxianxu jects de tom kothian brukh ; in ia
west ed nord villages, raufkays gwens dekhschiet magvens tik swehrnd-ye eys nam, ed skeud sclavs
baygh meis jaldi rehumiliesceer sei eent tohrct med bihe pohrnen ei brukh anter quem bihe bichen.
Eyswert bibliotheque pohld med occult buks, bohnden med id twac em gwiv-ye skohnen victims, ed
od in ia aunnam dubes ios clin ep quod sess eys palat, is commercit con ia teniforces, exchangend
heulend sclavas po kafir secrets. Isge eet is druv mayster os Koth.
Is brukh skeud-ye smih kun is dyohrc bo roys oistope irens reidbiestens ye un respectable distance
ud id sombre stalmoiniht gastalt quod buxianxu-ye stieusit uper i cadavers. I boltsti trembleer ant
tom wir quos gver blou okwi lohnc tehrgend blixa ex sub eyso stestoud kumbekhelm. Id sombre ed
schramen lige os Conan bihsit dar sombrer in eys furia. Eys cruorpoik sword armur se forschtuk ;
eys mier eins eet rudhen tiel sien lambhel. In tod ordeil, eys hol civiliset keramide hieb dissquamen.
Is eet un barbar qui facit sien victors. Conan eet gnaht-ye un Kimri, oin tim clinleuds, gver ed
skiedisk, qui wik uno matam dighom samt aiwodengu warwn, dalg nordi. Id saga quod hieb ducen

iom tiel ep id thron os Aquilonia eet ja materia uns hol cycle om heroyic narns.
Ies roys mien baygh apo ed Strabonus wohl sien schemitisch archers kridres iro praeddo dalgtos
med ir isus. Eys hetmans hieb est mess kam zrehl traigv ab id mier einso ios Kimri ed Strabonus,
tant bakhil dayir sien yeudmens quem sien denars, kerieun ob rage. Bet Tsotha scussit sien cap.
– Kap gwiv iom !
– Facil sayctu ! Rierz Strabonus, bfuyow ob ei enfiell od is armurt obljim ghehdiet semkam se
sehnde tiel iens trans id lancenwall. Quis ghehdiet kape gwiv uno mensceddo tigher ? Per
Ishtar, is gvehnt mien gohdst gvehntels ! Ho tohrben sept yars ed goldkowps kay trainire ein
ex iens, ed eni lyehge ghomi kam tant lescha pro gwulturs. Isus, tib saygo !
– Ed tib repeteihm : no ! Iey Tsotha-lanti med un turs ton, steighend ghom sien seddel. (Is iliey
glehdjlika) Ne has tu dar mathen od mien intelligence est dar staurer quem quodgvonc eins ?
Is tohr ia rangs iom pikiniers, ed ti olbjims vehsend brigandines ed isern visiers abvic bayasen-ye,
ibo strifes oin pan os eys robe. Ies ritters temschi prompt-ye ei likw id perigumt. Is jiemb ia
cadavers ed vifacit iom roy samt buxianxu ed gwaukan lige. Id hol heiro prispohc id scene in un
tenso silence, enderwaurgend-ye sien annem. Sieno miero srakut ed cruorsmeu einso swohnct hog
in id hava, id gastalt in sword armur stieu, menacend, uperkeihnd id lagar silhouette in silken robes.
– Tib porgo gwit, Conan, iey Tsotha-lanti, med un voc prect ab un cruel joy.
– Tib dahm nehc, brukh, brohm is roy.
Mot ab eys hol haines ed nerce, Conans einso sturd ghom kay sege Tsotha-lantis isghen torso. Uno
mier clamor scuss id hol heir. Baygh pior oku mae sem oko ghohd sehkwe iom, is brukh stiupit
perodh, ed kwohk mer-ye pones id pam siens hand ep Conans levter bagu, quer ia schakhs hieb est
wult. Id stridend miech extrehp ex sien agmum ed is ziraht olbjim sohnkit gwaur-ye ghomtro, still.
Tsotha-lanti stup sien gleimen.
– Lambhent iom ed mae bayte ; ia edonts tos lion sont aunharm.
Ies roys galoppeer proscher ed spohc hayran iom nigvohnt lion. Conan lyohg, kam stilldaut, bet eys
okwi eent werughyanen ed oistier ad iens med un achiz furor.
– Quod has tu kwohrt ei ? Sprohg is bfuyow Amalrus.
Tsotha ei dik id taungh ring samt curieus forme quod king oin eysen finghern. Is compag sien
gwistis protie mutu, ed uno micri stalen gwelon gwohl ex sub id halka, kam un ogvidingv.
– Est grihn samt id swekwos ios purpwr lotus quod crehsct in ia hanten muraischa os
Sudstygia, iey is magician. Provoquet un zanchey paralysis. Covehrte iom med zangirs ed
dehte iom ep un wogh. Sol eurehpt ed nos est tid fortrehce do Khorshemish.
Strabonus rikit kye sien general, Arbanus.
– Gwirlayms do Khorshemish con iens vurnens. Tik un drungin os royal cavalerie nos
escortet. Te wehlo marche ye octent tiel id aquilonian grance do id citad Shamar. Ies
Ophirians vos aproviandesient en route. Siemos joine vos ausst bilkull, con renforts.
Pos ta werds, id hol heir – stalmoinihn ritters, pikiniers, archers ed intendance yeudmi – abieg ad
dehme id waun in ia lungs engwn id walu.

Entrim, ender id starwent noct, bo souverains ed is brukh staurer quem quelkwe wanak rid kyid
nagor os Strabonus, badraken ab royal guardes samt tweiser armurs, ed sohkwn ab un long ligne om
woghs, in qua kowpeer ies vurnts. In oin ex ia lyohgit Conan, roy os Aquilonia, last med zangirs, id
bitter gust os marloubia in sien stohm, id furor ios effrenatios tigher in sien atmen.
Id poison quod hieb pact eysa staur members ne hiebit paralyset eys kers. Menxu id wogh takien
perodh ep id plain, is roy eemimehnt de sieno marloubia. Amalrus hieb ei yisen un schija, iom
implorend ke hohlp contra Strabonus quiwert hierb eys westxeimen, un landbarzakh quod dub inter
ia grances om Aquilonia ed Koth, id mier sudrig, skeipend kam un buffer inter bo lands. Is hieb
mer-ye prohgen ke ter buir Conan ed mil cavaliers, kay mudhes ub eys demoralisen trupps. Ed
Conan silent-ye rughiet. In sien generositat, is hieb gwahn con penkwes id numer yeudmen meis
quem so khayno monarcho hiebit prohgen iom. Ed alnos bona fide hieb is penetren Ophir ed hieb
wohsen confrontet ibs itnamen rivals, in fact perbohnden protie iom. Eys kleumen eet tant quem eys
peinds hieb mobiliset un hol heir kay kapane iomge ed eys penkmil yeudmens.
Un rudh mighel dusk eys vision ; eys veines ois med rage ed eysa skolfas hiemmer iom furieus-ye.
Unte sien hol gwit hieb is naiwo khissen un solgo grassabo blans ad achizia. Unte un oku
succession portraiten, ia klewost wakyas os eys existence defileer in eys ment : pellvehsend barbar ;
mercenar in zirah ed hornhelm ; corsar abord un galera samt id bug ornen med un serpent,
apterlinkwnd un kilvater om cruor ed raubhens engwn ia sudcausta ; korion in armur ep sien surogv
aygur, roy ep sien golden thron, sub id bander vapwnen med el golden lion, perambht ab un
dwaschaw om cortoyers samt pelupoik vesters ed am genuend hofdames. Bet ia takans ed ia knars
ios wogh eetitragent iom do id khianat os Amalrus ed do Tsothas vraj. Sehrg stus eysa skolfas ed ia
schikays iom vurnens ex alter chariots plehr eys atmen med un gver satisfaction.
Uperwohgheer id ophirian grance pre midnoct, ed ye octent dyohrceer ia tweiser ed pembspalven
spices os Khorshemish ye id sudeust horizont. Un buxianxu scarlato citadell uperkihsit id hol,
kwehkend dalgtos kam un spreuz os aliw cruoro prod id azur waurn. Eet Tsothas castell. Oin angho
marmorpaven strado duxit tiel id poli. Stanghto med gwaur stalen portals, id begir id clin quod
uperkihsit id citad. Ia flanks tos kalma eent pior skarp yoitkwe id khiek bihe accedden unte alyo
wegh. Kata ia walls ios citadell ghohd bihe dyit ia weur paven strads ios urb niter, ia masjids ed ir
minaras, ia schops, ia temples, ia doms ed ia mercats. Ghohd yaschi bihe dyohrct ia royal palats ed
ir vast bustans, bohrct med hog walls. Artificial sreumens ed argwrntic fontans dwitsker inter ia
mult fruitdrus ed ia floren bunges. Id citadell uperkih tod hol decor, kam un condor swehbhend uper
sien praedd, mers do meditations quom secret eet xihn tik ab id.
Ia staur dwors ios jiowschay, stahnd inter dwo massive tors ios exter mur, ghyahr behngos-ye ed is
roy penetrit sieno nagor perambht ab dwo tweiser roigs om sien lanciers, menxu penkgim
trompettes saluteer eys reiken. Bet neid menegh waurs kay gwehme ad oisternes rosenpetals sun ia
kaphs im victors. Strabonus hieb nert-ye udmarchen id khabar ios sigh. I leuds inkiep just
ambikwehle, ed naghisdeer dyehrcend-ye ir gwirlaynd roy, hamraht ab tik oikens yeudmens, ed
dieum kweter is rikit ka victor au vicen.
Conan, qui just ghohdyit move, reliv sien cap ed xyiengit kay dyehrce ia daumsa tos urb lakapt « id
Sudrayn ». Is hiebit piwen id speh os uperrides sem dien ta mier aysen dwors prod sien
rittersquadrons, id bander vapwnto med el golden lion leikend uper iom. Eno penetrit tetro
zangirbohnden, sduihn sien armur, lyehgend in id budmen uns woghios kam un sclav. Eys rage buit
tayt ab un sarcastic nayd, bet pro iens nerveus soldats quoy wohgh eyso chariot, tod gleimen kwohk
meis kam ia brohms os un gehrnd lion.

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Bleigu keramide uns trehn leugh ; fabule os divin rect
Ego men gaiss mien cron po cruor ; tu de per heritage
Id thron quod mi ho udkatuet, per Crom, io ne pehrnsiem
Neter po goldpehldend dals, ni ob tehrg iom Halls os Hayd !
– Id Route iom Roys
Eni id citadell, in un kielken samt thol ex oismilt aschabak, samt wonk dwers bedeht samt deusk ed
aunsam joyels, muss un baygh stragno samghat. Conan os Aquilonia, samt memsa poik med tursen
cruor, facit sien victors. Ambi iom un decen aydokwen olbjims knigv ep ia odega iren gaysen. Ant
iom stahsit Tsotha-lanti, menxu Amalrus ed Strabonus kihr ep coucha, reudhernd med silk, gold ed
jauhars. Nogw ephebs schohnk vin do ir coups gluben ex oin sappir.

Conan akster-ye contrastit in tod scene. Samt gvero protiokwo, cruorpoiko, nogwo ploisko un
lendvkatan ed zangirbohnden, eys blou okwi kerieun ex sub id rauft sword kaysar quod nifiell ant
eys ghem ed weur chol. Is eet id dominant element ios scene, ed tant gwis lud ex iom quem id pomp
iom kreigers bihsit forbligen ob to. Ies roys, drapen in ir myndert ed splendor, khiss to deubst in se,
ed eent bfuyow. Tik Tsotha-lanti ne eet perturbet.

– Nies vanscha ghehde bihe resumen do oin jumla, roy os Aquilonia, iey Tsotha. Wehnmos
crisces nies rig.
– Ed schowi sace mien roydem kam khyks, knier Conan.
– Quom te ays tu ? Es tik un aventurer qui hat lambhen un cron dia quod is hieb ne meis rec'
quem quiskwe alyos errant barbar, jawieb Amalrus. Smos suamenos de tib porge un
substantial sarcen.
– Un sarcen ! (id staur torso os Conan buit scutten ab un gigantesk ilay) Id pris om infamia ed
khaniat. Som un barbar, yinjier vahm pehrne mien roydem ed ids folk po salv gwit ed vies
murdar denars ! Ha ! Quosmed habte yu daken vies crons, tu ed so swordlige pork nieb te ?
Viesghi paters hant katuen ed paytten, kay dind vos transmitte ir crons ep un argwrnten tepji.
Ta habte yu heriten aun wehrge, ploisko poisone oik braters, menxu ho wighen kay habe id !
Ste ter, forlyohgen in satin ed scharabend vin menxu vies popule swoidt aserng ed wed, ed
yu gwehmte ad mi tolke de divin rect ! Fu ! Ego ho glohmbern ex ia abysses os ghemst
barbaria hina stighes tiel id thron, ed unte tod ascension ho tant lust cruor quem sehrgiht
alyens. Sei oin ex nos hat beviden sien rect os gouverne, som ego, per Crom ! Quod tar
gohder habte yu kwohrn ?
Ho trohft Aquilonia in ia ghesors uns pork os voster genos, ghehdend describe retro sien
genti unte tusent yaren. Id land eet dohrn ab ia weirs quibs ies barons levereer-se, ed id
popule neti ghohd, truden med imposta ed dustraiten. Nundiens, nel noble os Aquilonia
deursiet tehrge el humilst em mien supodehns, ed imposta ter sont legver quem ceterloc
tienxia.
Poitte yu sayge id sam ? Amalrus, tien brater fanght id hol eustdeil tiens roydem ed te
challenget. Ed tu, Strabonus, tien soldats sont nunkye belaghernd ia castells os minst-ye
decen rebellen barons. Vies leuds sont truden med aunieus imposta ed truppen leivens. Ed
yu eiskwte plunder mien roydem ? Ha ! Leurte ghi me ex ta zangirs, ed io repinga id
demped med vies mazgha !
Tsotha-lanti smih skeud-ye kun is vis rage lambhnes eys dwo royal sokwis.
– Quanto saycs, kamkwe exact, ne nos interesset. Nies plans ne te betrehve. Tien massoulias
endsient quando sies signe tod pergamen, in quod abdies pro Peurst Arpello os Pellia. Tib
dahsiems armes, un ekwem, penkmil goldlunas ed te escortesiems tiel id eustgrance.
– Kay wehso ye id point quer eem kun ho entret Aquilonia kay enliste in eys armee, ploisko
entrim mien nam proe-biht tod uns khayn ! (Conans gleimen buit samlik ei bragv ed stauri
creisch ios forestenwolf). Arpello, he ? Io ieg prabh mistreusend-ye tom massacrer os Pellia.
Yughi ne hatta sagvte klehpte ed plunder frank-ye ed ouvert-ye ? Yu tehrpte un pretexte,
hatta teun. Arpello jimant habe ghutts os royal sehrg ; vosghi daughsiet ka alibi au satrapmarionette ! Libter smitte vos do hayd quem signe !
– Es un imbecile ! Exclamit Amalrus. Es inter nies ghesors, ed ghehdmos rabe tien cron ed
tien gwit quanlibt !
Conans antwehrd ne buit decost, ne wirtic uns roy, sontern typic-ye instinctive ex un wir quos
profund-ye barbar buhsa hieb naiw est pnict ab id culture is hieb widt. Is oispiu do ia-pet okwi os
Amalrus. Is roy os Ophir klieup ex sien sedd heulend-ye ed sizit sien daga. Is exkardkiesch ed se
precipitit kyom Kimri, bet Tsotha-lanti se interpos.
– Ne tem oku, Majestat ; so wir est mien prisoner.
– Abveic ex mien agmo, brukh ! hul Amalrus, follihn ab id arg iom blou okwen ios Kimri.
– Ho saygen retro ! bieub Tsotha-lanti, tuntos furieus.
Eys lagar hand gwohl ex id ample armel os eys ghiton ed is xubh un quat pulver kyid convulgen

lige ios Ophirian. Amalrus hul ed vienk retro, sinend skape sien arme ed behrnd sien hands ad sien
lige. Is se sis falle ep id couch, ant ia impassible okwi iom kothian guardes, menxu Strabonus
expohsit hast-ye un nov bicair vin, quod is dohrj med tremblant hands. Amalrus clih sien hands ed
scussit sien cap med un gvaltic geste, sien greis okwi kwehkend recuper lent-ye ir intelligence.
– Hiebim biht blind, brohm is. Quod has tu mi kwohrt, brukh ?
– Eet un mer geste kay te ghabihes quis ammert her, iey is med un turs ton. (Is hieb
mutawajkhet, revelend id hol kyehros siens atmen). Strabonus hat ja uct sien lection ; est tid
ke eucs tien. Quo ho xubh' do tien okwi eet tik lyt pulver trohven in un stygian tumbh. Sei
decido rinkape, sies passe id reste tiens gwit ambhtastend-ye in temos.
Amalrus plex, smih dwight-ye ed lambh un bicair, tentend perbehrge sien rage ed sien paur. Ka
accomplihto diplomat, is rewieldh-se jaldi. Tsotha-lanti vols tun kye Conan, qui ne se hieb forannt
unte id hol scene. Pos uno znayco ios brukh, ies Aydokwi lambh iom prisoner ed apterstiup Tsotha.
So duxit iens ex id kielken, unte un wonk dwero pre ghehde do uno mier sinueus dikhliz quos
demped eet covohrno med pelupoik mosayics ed quos murs ornet med sirmas ed argwrntsiouls.
Golden mijmers, hangend kata ia smilen akmens, siseer skape voluts samt delicate-ye profumet
rayhas. Ies tour do uno smulker, buxianxu ed bfuxiong dikhliz, samt stens ex aschabak ed sword
jade, ed ghohd ant un glaughen dwer subkeihnd un arche ep quod sess uno menscghalv quod fried
matam-ye. Un wir stahsit in tod stet, piwon ed repulgil, srehtend un chehise cleichen : eet Shukeli,
is chef om Tsotha-lantis eunuchens. Eet dekhschat-ye rumorto de tom wir, quos bestial gust os
torture uperwohnd cada alyo menscpassion.
Id glaughen dwer ghyahsit kyun angh drab quod kwohk dubes tiel id inster ios clin ep quod id
citadell hieb est construct. Stigheer ghom ia stieupens ed vighohd ant un isern dwer, quod tengicit
exaggerat-ye robust. Okwivid-ye, tod dwer ne duxit extro, yed dahsit id pondos os esus constructo
kay resiste siege machines. Shukeli ghyien id, ed kun is zaghyien tod dwer apter iens, Conan kieusit
id evident malaise quod hieb lambht iens Aydokwens quoy badriek iom ; ispet Shukeli ne kwohk
baygh yowo menxu scrutit id temos ant iens. Id dwer eet doublen med dwoter barrier, un sayp samt
gwaur stalen stanghs. Tod ek eet clus med un dahi perchin quod ne comprisit sclud, ed ghohd bihe
activet tik extos. Tod perchin buit tract ed id sayp disprohp do id mur. Gwahr perodh ed ghohdeer
do un vast kayurt quos swol, murs ed tavan kwohk esus gluben ex idpet ghianshiek. Conan ghieb is
eet baygh dalg enderdien, dar niter quem id clin. Id temos tengicit vyiges uper ia torches iom
guardes kamsei esiet gwiv.
Diehr iom roy uni ring sgillt ei sten. Skliedeer un torche do un firida just uper eys cap, ed is wohs
unte un pwolcircule os teun luce. Ibs Aydokwims urs linkwes id loc, murmurend ed glanzend paurye kyid temos. Tsotha-lanti znieyc ibs exihes ed spohdeer ad to, waurgpuscend mutu kamsei bayient
od id teni wardhiet ed klaupiet za iom. Tsotha-lanti vols tsay kye Conan, qui kieu, bfuyow, od ia
okwi ios brukh kwohk bliges in xep ed od eys dents tengier kam ia edonts uns wolf, tweisend in
temos.
– Est tid kay saygmos pawiropeku ad mutu, barbar, goilit is brukh. Dehlgo joine Shamar, ed id
siege. Pos dec diens, sessiem in tien palat os Tamar con mien jenchis. Est ter semjec' quod
maghiem sayge tienims gwens, pre weulo ir delicate cuits kay kwehre iommed pergamens
ep qua ia triumphs os Tsotha-lanti bihsient chroniquen ?
Conans kimri rughat buit tem meteoric quem habiet baurt ia aurtavans uns ordinar mensc. Tsothalanti glih bragv-ye dind sgwohm. Conan enderdyohrc sien gwultur silhouette kun so zaghyien id
sayp ; dind is ieur id behngos ios exter dwer cludmen ed silence pohd tsay kam un kafan.

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Is Lion gress unte ia Halls os Hayd
Pri iom fiell buxianxu skadhs,
Maungs uns katel forme aun nam,
Monsters quim ghyanus eent bavant.
Temos krus ob heuls ed kwalay
Quan is Lion stohmb unte ia Halls os Hayd
Vetus Doina
Roy Conan chohx id ring ana id mur ed id zangir quod kyalbohnd iom. Eys memsa eent leur, bet is
wois od hatta eys stalnerce khakiet upertrehnes eys kaydani. Id zangir, quos schakels eent tem tegu
quem eys pallex, eet kalayn uni plaut metallplacki quod rig eys lendv ed eet tem weur quem eys
hand. Sem wir minter robust quem is habiet nohct sub idpet vyige tom diemens. Iamen schakels qua
yug id plack ei zangir eent tem massive quem un chana ne habiet ghohdt srakue ia. Id de ring tohr
okwivid-ye id hol mur ed eet reft ocolo.
Conan rughiet ed khiss panique bilambhnes iom kun is spohc tod schakht os temos quod kwohk
waurge pri id pwolcircule os luce. Vasya superstitieus terrors ios barbar snud eni eys atmen, ed id
logique os civilisation hieb khact eptemnes ia. Eys primitive imagination befolkit id gixiateni med
terrifiend formes. Eti, eys aum ei sieyg od is ne hieb esen ducen hetro just kay kyalbehnde iom. Eys
victors hieb neid sababo bi quod gahabe iom. Is hieb esen dehn do ta kayurts ob un baygh precis
intention, quos hassile ei esiet aundwoi fatal. Is balstohm-se ob ne acceptevs ir behd, ed ye id sam
moment, eys hol wirmyndert pamrlien ant tod enfall. Is suawois od sei bihiet brighen tsay uperdien,
eys antwehrd esiet id sam. Is naiwo linkwsiet sien supodehns ibs palachims. Yed, is hieb mohnen tik
pro sien wi interesse ye id dien kun is hieb lambht id roydem. Bet id notion os royal massoulia
cienryout yando id atmen ios cruorlasnist plundrer.
Conan sohgnit de id senst abominable tehrgen exbohrn ab Tsotha-lanti, ed emiss un brohm os foll
rage, woidend od to ne eet uno mer schekhi. Wirs ed gwens eent pro iom brukh kam ti insects qui
comkrampe ant ia okwi al mualim. Ia mliak hands qua hieb caresset iom, ia rudh lipps qua hieb-se
presst protie eysa, ia delicate alabster pizda qua hieb krusen sub eys ardent kussa, vahr bihe wulen
ex ir delicate cuits, albh kam ivor, pemb kam yun petals... Conan emiss un tem horrible crie, tem
nemensc in id blind furor id express quem id habiet petrifien ob gargo cadanghen vighabend od eet
ter id crie uns mensc.
Is oisprud aurnd-ye id echo siens terrifiend crie, ed is buit brighen brusk-ye do id present situation.
Is oiscrutit id teniwall samt apprehension, ed mohm quantum ei hieb esen narnen de id terrible
crueltat om Tsotha-lantis necromantias. Un kreus iendh eyso spina quan is ghieb is sollit wehse in ia
Haydkayurts de qua tolkeer horror-ye ia legends. In ta tunnels ed bodrums tyic Tsotha-lanti sem
dekhschatic experiments ep vasya gwitformes, quakwe bih animal, mensclik au – bariem kam eet
murmuren – demoniak, attaquent ia-pet elementar dasturs os gwit unte blasphem agsa. Eet rumort
od Rinaldo, is foll poet, hieb visiten ta tehoms, od is brukho hieb ei dict atrocitats, ed aun ia
aunnama monstruositats qua is allus in sien terrifiend poem Id Tehom Songv eet nel-ye ia fantasmes
uns deranget kers. Conan hieb bohngen tod kers med oin pelkcutt unte id nocto kun ka roy is hieb
dohlcto defende sien gwit contra iens assassins is foll poet hieb introducen do id palat med un
khianat. Bet ia terrifiend paroles tos buxianxu songv dar cliengh in eys aurs, ed nun isge wohs ter
zangirbohndt.

Menxu tod menos tohr eys ment, is Kimri ieur un sosule, ed quo tod sosule implicit kreusih iom. Is
criespit-se med un gvolic intensitat kay klustres. Tun eyso spina glohdj. Neid dwoi, tod sosule eet
tod uranden squams rempend ep petra. Un srig swoid gwohm ad perle ep eys corpos kun is tierk un
gastalt samt colossal dimensions exter id luce circule, repugnant quayque dar indistinct. El stieu
oscillend-ye lent-ye ed dwo gehlb ed aunwierme okwi fiss id temos kay stare ad iom. Un hideus ed
enormo triangular cap salsielg id teni ant ia meg-ye ghyanen okwi ios Kimri, sohkwt, med
sehlkremeps, ab un ultim nakwrlik horror.
Eet un serpent unios nekwahim mege. Eet meis quem octgim peds long ed els cap eet taungher
quem tod uns ekwes. Elsa squams glimmreer glehdjlika in id xep, tem kwit quem pruswa. Sigwra
hieb tel reptil gnaht ed crohsct in temos, yed els malefic okwi ne kwohk blind. El plohc sien
gigantesk catorus ant iom prisoner, ed els mier cap gwohm ad wipes ye un pair inchen dalg ud eys
lige. Els dwifisden dingv eegigwehmt in ed ex, streipend ia lipps ios Kimri, ed els fetid soluk ei
quasi-causit uno nausea. Ia mier gehlb okwi stier deub do eysa, ed Conan witerspohc el kam un
kapant wolf. Is enderwieurg desperat-ye un fujat impuls os harme el med bare hands. Hausend trans
cada civilisen conception, is hieb ja brohgen id coll uns python unte un terrible corps-ad-corps ep id
stygian caust, kun is eet corsar. Bet tel reptil eet iadic ; is hieb vis ia takriban oin ped long edonts,
bughen kam simitars. Is wois instinct-ye od id auncolor liquid dehnend tetos mieyn instantano nehc.
Kad is habiet ghohdto trudes tod triangular ghalv med un choyk ex sien hol nerce, bet is wois od ye
id lytst mov, el monster plagiet blixoku.

Sei Conan remien still, to ne buit bi-sabab quodgvonc strategia, chunke eys aum ei habiet maghses
radht – dat is eet mouhakeme kamkwe – provoque el serpent kay el attaquiet ed gvehniet ; sontern
ob id – blind ed kyehrsen – conservationsinstinct, quod iom tin tem rigid quemun isern statue. Dind
id mier stamm se ieyr ed id cap al monster uperkih iom menxu el chohx id torche. Oin ghutt iad fiell
ep eys nogwod bemern ed is credihisit eys krewos hieb just bihn dyohgwen med un kandihto daga.
Un agonia crie transbieur eys kerds, yed is remien still ; neid muscle kreus, neid lidbat khanyit id
gvol quod kerieun iom ed quod apterlikw un schram is bohr hin is mohr.
El serpent oscillit uper iom, kamsei el gnohskwit kweter eet we ne sem uncia gwit in tod forme tem

aunmov quem mohrt. Stayg id mier dwer, invisible in id temos, ghyahsit meg behngos-ye. El
serpent, suspeceus kam quanti ex sien race, volsit samt un okutat incredible dayir sieno masse, ed
disprohp unte id tunnel med un long sleiden.
Id dwer remien ghyahnd. Dind id saypo buit ayrt ed uno massive ed deusko gastalt wierdh med id
luce ios torche. Tod skadh gwohm perodh, clihsit id ek ye midhoge linkwnd-ye id perchin ghyanen.
Kun id bad penetrit id pwolcircule ios diutis os Conans torche, senter vis lit de un Aydokwo samt
colossala dimensions, alnos nogwo, un gigantesk eins in uter hand, un assortiment cleichen in alter.
Is Aydokwos wohkwit Conan in un dialect ios caust ed senter ei antwohrd in id sam bahsa. Is hieb
uct bat id ye id zaman kun is eet corsar engwn ia causta os Kush.
– Diutos ghatneuskwo te, Amra.
Is Aydokwo kiel Conan med id nam sub quod is Kimri eet gnohn ab i Kushites kun is eet pirate :
Amra is Lion. Sub eys guros, eys lige fissit-se do un horrible bestial frad, revelend mier albh dents
ed okwi qua rudher med id diutis ios torche.
– Ho maung risken kay ghehde ghate te. Spehc ! Ia cleicha tienen zangirs ! Ho klohpten ia ud
Shukeli. Quod mi dahs tu po ia ?
Is oistroht ia cleicha ant Conans okwi.
– Dec mil golden lunas, antwohrd fauran is roy, sien xiongbu tumen ab tod newohlpen speh.
– Rhayr kafi ! Scricit is Aydokwo, vasya pores os sien gwit bleigend med un gver exaltation.
Rhayr kafi bi-sabab ia riska qua emo. Kad i gohnsi os Tsotha-lanti maghient gwehle ex
temos kay praedde me, ed sei Shukeli bedyehrct ho raubhen eys cleicha, is me hancsiet per
mien …. . Quod tar sies tu mi dahe ?
– Penkdem mil golden lunas ed un palat in Poitain, propos is roy.
Is Aydokwo hulit ed bistiemp samt un barbar joy.
– Meis ! Scricit is. Etibehd ghi ! Quod sies tu mi dahe ?
– Tu kyehrsen kwaun ! Crisch Conan, un rudh kehlder leitend ant sien okwi. Sei esiem leur,
quanto habies esiet un brohgen regv. Kwe Shukeli te hat yisen kay taane me ?
– Shukeli ne woid som her, Blank, antwohrd is Aydokwo, xyangend kay merge sien specto do
ia flammic okwi ios Kimri. Baygh diutos te gnohneum... pon ta diens kun eem is poti uns
leur folk, pre i Stygians me kiep ed pohrneer nordi. Ne mehms tu id sac os Abobi, kun tien
khaluschis nos hant uperfallen ? Ye ia dwers ios palat os roy Ajaga, has nict oiter poti,
menxu alyo ghohd abfuges. Mienmen brater nohc ye tod dien, ego de ghohd mwaungsoue.
Quo keupo ex te, Amro, est id cruorpris !
– Leur me ed tib dahsiem tien vyige in oyra, brohm Conan.
Un diutis tohr ia rudh okwi ed ia kwita dents aunstohg-se med un omoedd smeih.
– Ya, blank kwaun, es druve-ye kam quants ex tien race, bet pro un Aydokw, gold khact
payghe id cruorpris. Id pris quod keupo est... tien cap !
Is hieb hult tod senst werd, quos echos repercusseer-se do id tehom. Conan stohv, tentend machinalye abghende sien zangirs, sien okwi ubrollend ob id enfall os mehre kam un aundefense agno. Bet is
biht vilambhen ab un dar meger horror : transapter id oms ios Aydokwios hiebit is viden un hideus
forme oscille in id temos.

– Tsotha-lanti naiwo woidsiet jec' de ! Iey is Aydokw unte un demoniako gleimen, pior absorpt
ab sien triumpho mae is bespohc od Nehc wip just apter eys oms. Niet rikes ta gixiadaus pre
i demons hant rohven tien osta ex ir zangirs. Vahm mi schehnke tien cap, Amra !
Is oistohl siena massive jambs, samlik ad dwo teug ivoren stolbs, ep id swol ed swohng id mier
dwo-hand eins, sien quanta tensa muscles beluct ab id torche. Ed ye todsmee instant, id titanskadho
stahnd apter iom xubh-se perodh ed id triangular cap tusit samt un tem terrible augos quem id
impact se repercuss engwn ia stens iom tunnels. Neid swon skiep ia wadwon lipps qua plaut-ye
ghyahr unte id bragv instant os eys agonia. Conan vis gwit linkwes ia mier distarnd okwi ye id syrat
uns gwenmen kier. Ob id augos ios attaque, id nayv buit xubhto skeir unte id dikhliz ed fauran id
mier sinueus forme gwohm ad slehnke ambh, sien horrible diplas kehlend id cadaver ud Conans
okwi, qui ieur distinct-ye ia osta bihe grohnden.
Dind semject batihsit id sehrg dar meis jaldi in eys veines. Id eins ed ia cleicha hieb esto xubht ab id
schock ed hieb lans clanghend-ye ep id petraswol... Ed ia cleicha lyohg tik ye oika stieups ud iom
roy.
Is clih-se kay nake ia, bet eyso zangir eet pior cort ; quasi suffoquet ab sien kerd quod biet wild-ye,
is giowit oiter sienen sandals ed kamyieb touche ia med sien peddoiks. Is brigh tsay tun sien ped
sub se ed lambh frenitic-ye, enderwaurgend-ye protievol id joycrie quod instinct-ye ludskw ex eys
gurgule.
Is manipulit ia cleicha unte oik secundes ed bihsit leur. Is ghens ub id eins ed ambhchohx. Eyso
spect vis tik temos, tod sam quetro el serpent hieb sohlken id cruoric ed klombh ject quod neti
kwohk meg uno mensccorpos. Conan tak tun de id naghyahndo dwer. Is ghohd ant tod pos oik
jambens ed tun un strident gleimen sprusit ex id temos. Id kankel fiell fauran face eys okwi, se
perchinend med id impact. Kam un goilisk garguyl, un demoniak lige wierdh apter id ek : Shukeli,
is eunuch, qui hieb sohkwt id ighnos om sien klohpt cleicha. Lambht ab sien sarcastic gleimen, is
khiek sigwra vide od is prisoner eet einsghesor. Samt un athime rughat, Conan pliegit tem oku quem
un cobra. Id miero miecho slidit inter ia stanghs ed Shukelis ilay se changit do agonia kharkhar. Is
piwon eunuch dwiklohng-se, kamsei dientowiet ant sieno maurdher. Is fallsisit-se kam un butter
stahwrnt, sien swardut hands tentend in vain stambhes ad sien inster spehre ghom.
Conans lige buit fiss ab un gver satisfactionsrictus, yed in fact is dar eet prisoner. Ta cleicha dieugh
ei ka neid pro ghesore un sclud quod ghohd bihe activet tik extos. Eys experiencen finghers ei
confirmeer od ia stanghs eent tem resistant quem stal. Cada tentative eptemen med einscutts tik
sisrakuient ia ed is ne hieb alyum arme. Yed, is kieu titanesk streihmens ep ta stanghs, kam likwt ab
edonts, ed is dieum kreusend-ye qualgi creatures eegigohd pregnes talg traces.
Is yed hieb neid alyo cheus quem tente trehve alyum udghang. Lambhend id torche logen in id
firida, is gwahsit deuber unte id dikhliz, einsghesor. Is vis neid signe al serpent ni eysios victim,
dyehrcend tik un long cruorsohlk ep id petrademped.
Eys flickernd torche khiek repulge id temos quod kwecto iskwit sehkwe silent-ye iom Kimri. So
ambidyohrc deuska ghyahsas, yed is mien unte id medyum itner, kaur-ye stieupend perodh, scrutend
id swol ibo falle do sem tehom. Tun is ieur ia jalnic sleucta uns gwen. Iter un victim os Tsotha-lanti,
sohgn is iter katathematisend-ye iom brukh. Is abtour do uno smulker, madh ed glehdjic tunnel, kya
steuns.
Ia plangs bihr stets honarer ye perodher is ghieng. Leivend lyt id torche, is dyohrc un vagh forme in
id temos. Is gwohm proscher dind oistahsit still kun is dyohrc id aunforme masse forlyohgen ant se.

Els vankend ambhriss ghohd mehmihes ta uns octopod, bet els dusformet tentacules eent pior cort
binisbat els mege, ed tel gohnos kwohkit compost ex un sleibic substance quod causit nausea just
bihnd-ye viden. Tod flask ed endertrehmend oistieusit ep quo samkwohk un batracscap. Conan
vighieb samt dekhschat od ex ia flask lipps tos jectios gwohm ia plangs, ed ta se transformeer tun
do schrillo gleimen. Ia mier sleibic okwi stier ad iom ed el gohnos bimovit kyom. Conan retraitit ed
mwaungsousit unte id dikhliz, nel-ye treusend sien eins. Kad tod ject hieb un terran consistence, bet
id atmen ios Kimri hieb esto taraght just oispehcend-ye id, ed is dwoyit an sem ghomen arme ghohd
uperwehnde id. Is ieur id glehmber ed rempes sekwos iom unte oino moment, transbaurnd id hava
med sien demoniako gleimen. Eet samlik tei is hieb aurn salge ia taungh lipps iam salace gwens os
Shadizar, id Citad iom Perversions, kun eent rohven ia vesters iam yun kapts ep id sclavenrineg.
Qualg tar demoniak arts hiebeer permitten ad Tsotha-lanti gehne un talg aberration ? Conan khiss
confusion-ye od is hieb just dyin un blasphemie contra ia abadic loys os nature.
Drahnd kyid magno kayurto, is ghohd do uno smulko quadrat kyal in quod wieust perpendicular-ye
dwo tunnels. Kun is entrit tetro, is dyohrc unte oino mic un genis masse ep id swol, just ant se ; pre
is ghohd oistope we gires, eys ped hurt tod moll substance quod cess ant iom ed emiss un schrill
crie. Is Kimri fiell ghom alnos brous ; id torche skiep eys hands ed se sgwes touchend-ye ia
petraflises. Pwol niterplact ab sien pehden, Conan stahsit tsay ed ambhtastit in id temos. Is eet
desorientet ed khiek sayge quetro wohs id magno kayurto. Is ne retrohfskwit sieno gwak chunke eet
neid wassila pro gwinwes ids flamme. Fortastend-ye, is vrehsit ia ghyahsas iom tunnels ed entrit oin
towsraen. Kamdiu is nastohmb ithan in tod dikhliz temos-ye is naiwo woidiet bet stayg eys barbar
instincts mieun iom de id imminence uns danger. Is oistahsit still ed zamovit.
Is oispruv un sensation samlik tei is hieb haben kun is hieb wohst ep id gombh unios mierios
precipice temos-ye. Itak-ye kwetwerpohd is dalger, hands rect perodh. Ta vitrohv id leizd os un
schakht, ed kwecto id gixiadau ens ter. Is oislidih sien hand engwn id srig ed viskeuso sten ios
tehom. Id torm tengicit sehnkseid. Is rexit sien hand ocolo ed id ak os eysum einso strif id witer
sten. Isghi mieghit klaupe kyocolo, bet to ei naiw enfiell. Okwivid-ye hieb is gwaht unte id ghawo
tunnel ed id magno kayurto lyohg semquer apter iom.
Kun is vighieb to, is khiss uno mulayim airmov. Un teniwind lud ex id schakht ed sroht eyso sword
kaysar. Conans krewos compieg. Is tentit se convinces od tod tehom joinit querkwe id surface, bet
eys instincts ei sieyg od tod airdruna hieb neid natural origin. Is ne eet mer-ye in id flank ios clin,
sontern in tos dubes, baygh ender id straden nivell. Quosmed in ta conditions ghohd un extos wind
enghulfes do ta gixiatehoms ed blahe nitos ? Tod wind vibrit sekwent id rythme unios mulayim
pulse, kamsei tamburs clanghient dalg, baygh dalg ender. Is roy os Aquilonia peritrohs.
Is oistahsit tsay, stiup retro, ed ye tod moment semject swohbh ex id tehom. Conan hieb neid dayi
de quo tod eet. Is khiek vide ject in temos, bet is khiss distinct-ye sem presence, sem forme os
invisible, intangible intelligence, quod swohbhit buxianxu-ye in id hava. Is abvols ed mwaungsousit
unte id itner quetos is hieb gwohmt. Dalg perodh, is dyohrc uno micri rudho diutis. Is oistiup kyid,
bet baygh pre nake id, eys cap stus protiev uno mur, ed is vis od id diutis lyohg pod iom. Eet eys
torche ; quayque id flamme eet sgwesen, un geul rudher dar ye uter bors. Is lambh id kaur-ye ed ann
kyid kay gwinwes ids flamme. Is kwohster ob rehmen kun id gwohl. Is hieb rict id kyal quer
viacruceer ia tunnels ed fauran recuprit sien sense os orientation.
Is identificit id dikhliz unte quod is hieb likwn id magno kayurto, ed menxu is elien-se kyid, eys
torche birus furieus-ye, kamsei invisible lipps blahr kyep. Is khiss iter sem presence, ed is liv sien
torche, scrutend id temos.
Is visit ject ; yed, confusion-ye, is kwahsit semject invisible in id hava, bava-rehneihnd, exbehrnd
obscenitats is khiek aure, qua lakin is pretit ob instinct. Is eak-ye kovit id tuich, bet to buit kamsei

eysum eins findiet arankia. Is buit lambht ab un glehdjic horror ed mwaungsousit unte id tunnel,
kheissend id annem uns fetid ed preusend solukios kye sien regv.
Bet kun is ghohd do id magno kayurto, is kwahsit neid alien presence, neter visible ni invisible. Is
nagwahsit deuber in id kayurt, exspectend ye cada moment khisses ia onoghs au edonts em
creatures klaupend ex temos kay attaque iom. Ia kayurts ne eent silent. Bachimien, in id inster ios
ardh ghohd ad iom sem swons qua khiekeer gwehme ex un rational mund. Is ieur gweitska, cakhins
samt accents os diabolic joy, terrifiend eulens. Is hatta kwahsit ye sem moment id longo gleimen
uns hyena quod vibrohg pre wehrte horrible-ye do un flutt om besonters blasphem menscwehkwsa.
Is ieur id blosk om stupen stieups ed in ia wausta iom tunnels dyohrc ia mustring ambhrissa om
dusformet gastalts.
Eet kamsei is habiet arrivet do hayd, un Inferno creet ab Tsotha-lanti. Bet i temost formes ne
ventureer do id magno kayurto, esdi is ghohd aure distinct-ye ia seugbloska iren salivant gheils ed
khiss jarwent spects trehpe-se kyom. Ed stayg is ghieb ma : id blosk uns remep ghohd do eys aurs.
Electriset, is ghohd do id temos uns adjacent kayurt ed sgwesit sien torche. Is ieur el mier serpent
quel snohg lent-ye unte id magno kayurto, dar karakht pos sien horrible dapan. Just nieb iom Kimri,
semjecto stun ob paur ed abtup hast-ye do temos. Okwivid-ye, id magno kayurt eet id yaghplor al
gigantesk nakwr, ed alter monsters likw al tod rewos.
Pro Conan, el serpent eet el minst dekhschatend bayna ti horrors ; is hatta khissit sem samgenostat
con el kun el mohm id duskweiter jecto quod hieb gwitsken ed plangen, ed tod bava-rehneihnd
quod hieb salgen ex id tehom. Bariem el serpent eet skipt ex terran krewos ; eet un rempend nehco
quel albatta menacit tik eys physic ses, menxu ta horrors eent un danger pro eys ment ed eys atmen.
Pos el serpent hieb udsnohgen iom, Conan rediegh sien torche ed sohkw el unte id dikhliz, manend
apo tel ye quo is kohnsit ses un respectable distance. Is ne hieb gwaht meg perodher kun is ieur un
stump steun quod kwecto gwohm ex un prokwem tunnel, mergen in totalsto temos. Prudence ei
riedh nakwehre sien itner, bet eys curiositat uperwohnd ed is ghieng do id tunnel, swehngend hog in
id hava sien torche, ex quod etilikwit ne maung. Is pristahsit pro cada situation bet quo is vis eet id
ject is exspectit minst.
Is oistahsit ye id entrat uns vast cell. Stanghs leitend ex id demped do id tavan, solid-ye engharthen
in id ghianshiek, skip un cage eni Conan dyohrc un wir – au quo kwohkit kam – lyehgend ghomi,
eys memsa rigen ed immobilisen ab ia angh stebs uns liane quos raudhs tengihr salge ia flises ios
swol. Id plante eet covohrt med stragn-ye akwaraks ed scarlat andsa ; ne id satinrudh om natural
petals, sontern id scarlat, supernatural spalv uns aberration ios vegetal regne. Ids urand ozda ghohrd
id corpos ios wir ed adglohmer eys memsa, kwehkend caresse eys degviht krewos med lasni ed
ardent longa kussa. Uno mier andos wohs just uper eyso stohm. Un stump steun skiep moll-ye ia
flask lipps ios individu ; is yieu sien cap kam waldht ab uno nebahim gvol. Eys okwi ee-sispehce
Conan, bet ex qua gwohmit neid diutis os intelligence ; eent glasic, starnd ei tuich ; ia okwi uns
idiot.
Id mier purpwr andos clih-se ed gwohm ad premes sien petals ep ia tremblant lipps ios wir. Un
longo gvolspasme iendh eys memsa ; ia lastuns ios plante kwohk kruses ob extase, vibrend unte ir
hol sinueus longe. Buir andht ab volns samt changend colors, emend un acuter ed iadic spalv.
Conano ne ghieb quo is vis, bet is gnohsit is dyisit un baygh particular forme os Horror. Wir au
demon, id gvol ios prisoner tariegh id impulsive ed capricieus kerd ios Kimri. Is pieursk un entrat
ed trohv sem sorte os sclud bayna ia stanghs, andamto med un taungh lokat. Is vrehsit id cleich
quod activit id inter qua is hieb con se ed entrit. Fauran ia petals restieu ed ia lastuns oislohnk ub
kam kay tehrge iom ; id holo plante se animit kay wipes kyom, kam un cobra. Ne lit ter de uno mer
aberration os nature. Conan ghohd auncovehre sem forme os malefic intelligence ; id plante ghohd

vide iom ed is khiss ia haines wands qua skiep tod sub un quasi tangible forme. Is kaurst-ye stiupit
perodh. Is reperit id materstebel, un urand liane dar teuger quem sien bemern, ed menxu ia lastuns
ierk-se kyom samt un bremsosule ed un long strid, is tyicih sieno miech un long treiccruce quod
tohmit nett-ye id teug steb. Id mier liane bich id hava kam un zanchoun serpent ed slohnk ambh se
hina skipes un sorte os irregular taungho kyom. In id sam mov, is orm wark id lastunbohnd buit
xubhen gontro. Ia lastuns krus batend-ye id hava, ia waraks oisroht bachimien emittend-ye un
castagnetten blosk, ed ia petals ghyahr ed zaghyahr convulsive-ye. Ia movs bad oistopeer ed id
plante se distens ed oistahsit still. Ia akster colors refluxeer menxu un subalbho liquid sudrit ex id
ithan tohmen stamm.
Conan spohc, hayran. Dind un blosk volgih iom ed swehngih iom eysum eins. Is wir, taiptos leur,
stahsit ed observit iom. Conan ghisd ob staunos. Ia okwi tos emaciat lige neti eent sliep. Somber ed
sehngner, in ia glimmrit intelligence ed id wajkh os imbecilitat hieb disprohpen ex eys enokwo. Eys
cap eet rect ed suakwohrt, samt un hog ed splendid chol. Hol in eys apparence dik un aristocrat. Is
eet buland ed minc, samt teun ed suarisst hands ed peds. Eys prest werds buir destull stragn ed
surprindend :
– In quod yar smos wey ? Sprohg is in kothian.
– Hoyd est dien dec Yuluk, ios Wetos al Gazell, antwohrd Conan.
– Yagkoolan Ishtar ! Exclamit alter. Dec yars ! (Is dugh sien hand ep sien chol, scuttend sien
cap kam kay swindes mighels ex sien bren). Hol est dar confus. Pos dec yars kenos, khac'
bihe wohlp' kem id ment wehrc' clar-ye fauran. Quis es tu ?
– Conan, prevst ex Kimria, serter roy os Aquilonia.
Ia okwi ios gospoti khanyeer eyso surprise.
– Druve-ye ? Ed Namedides ?
– Ho strangulet iom ep eys thron ye id vesper kun ho lambht id nagor ios roydem, antwohrd
Conan.
Un certain forme os nayivitat compag ia lipps ios gospoti.
– Pardonte me, Majestat, habiem tohrp' danke vos pro servicevs me. Som kam un wir qui salct
un swehpen deuber quem mohrt, dayim torturet med coschmarisk gvols qua periese ia
ganabs os hayd ; lakin vido yu habte lurn me. Saycte mi : ma habte yu tohmen id stamm ios
Yothga plante petis quem pites rehve ids raudhs ?
– Ob baygh diuper io uc vergihes touche med mien krewos quo ne ghabo, antwohrd is Kimri.
– Yu sua-ieg, jawieb alter. Sei yu habiete est kafi nert pro exraudhe id, yu habiete tun trohft
jects hangend ud id contra qua hatta vies eins ne habiet ghohden uperghehlde. Yothga raudhs
nake Hayd.
– Bet quis es tu ? sprohgit Conan.
– Eem kalen Pelias.
– Quod ? exclamit is roy. Is druv Pelias is Brukh, rival os Tsotha-lanti, qui disparih ex id Ardh
dec yars prever ?
– Tik ex id surface ios Ardh. Tsotha hat mil' gwupes me gwiv, me korigabehndend med
zangirs baygh meis buxianxu quem simple berust sider. Me hat enkarcern her med tod
diabolic flor quos semens tehrnt ia cosmic tehoms pon Balstohmen Yag, ed ghehde crehsce
tik in ia gvudchungmanend leims qua covehrnt ia Endra.
Io khiek mehme mien vraj tem quem ia formules ed symbols miens magh, ob tod ject quod
grip me ed pohsit ex mien atmen unte kafir caresses. Id turs mien bren yawm-ye, id linkwnd
tem tuich quem un brohgen vinpotire. Dec yars ! Ishtar nos behrctu !

Conano ne wois quod antwehrde ed remien still, dehrjend un kunda torche in uter hand ed sien eins
in alter. Aundwoi, is wir eet foll yed eet neid trace os follia in ia stragna sword okwi qua spohc tant
serene-ye kyeysa.
– Saycte mi, est is kyehrsen brukh in Khorshemish ? Bet no, ne valt antwehrde mi. Mien
maghs bireike, ed kwahm in vies ment un megil boi ed un roy kapanen hila-ye. Ed vido
Tsotha-lanti galoppe argist kye fluv Tybor con Strabonus ed iom roy os Ophir. To est seller.
Mien kerdsa sont dar pior fragil pos ir long swehpen mae ghehdo diwides Tsotha-lanti.
Naudho wak' kay recuper mien gwis ed kyukes mien hol stieure. Smadghi salge ta
gixiatehoms !
Conan sroht ia cleicha samt un schawngdanprotiokwo.
– Id kankel quod controlt id dworisghang est perchinen ed id sclud ghehdt bihe activet tik
extos. Ne est ter sem alyum exit ex ta tunnels ?
– Tik oin, bet neter yu ni ego eiskwms gwahe unte, dat id duct ibs dubes, ne ibs hoges, sieyg
Pelias gleihnd-ye. Men ne importet. Smad gwahe tod kankel.
Is bighiengit med un dar rhayr-yakin stieup, eys memsa neti swehdend move, bet eys gwayt rebihsit
tadrijan surer. Conan apterstiup iom ed, destull bfuyow, iom kauih :
– Sem serpent sayvt in tod tunnel, ed est ifrat taungh ! Smad ware mae ghange ep els muk
indavertence-ye !
– El suamehmo, antwohrd buxianxu-ye Pelias, tant-ye ob mi buit dwighen sem dien smauter
dec mienen acolytes daughe al ka chifan. Est Satha, el Ancian, Tsotha-lantis favoritest
creature.
– Is ne hat dohlven ia. Id citad buit sult trimil yars prenun ep ia ruines uns dar awer urb,
strugen ep ed ambh to clin. Roy Khossus V, ids dehtor, dehmih sien palat ep tod clin, ed
kavend-ye kellars, incontrit un murstuppen perigumt. Abolihr id ed aunstohg ia gixiadaus,
qua kwohk ja takriban kam nundiens. Bet eys grand wasire trohv ter un tem atroce nehc
quem Khossus, terrifien, restuppihsit id perigumt. Is declarit od is wasire hieb fallen do un
schakht, bet is periplehih ia kellars ed, serter, abandonit id palat kay sib strugihes alyum in ia
suburbs ; is mwaungsousit ex tod dwoter palat, alnos in panique, pos aunstehgus sem
aghyern un sorte os sword schimmel ep id marmordemped siens palat.
Hamrahn ab sien hol curt, is fortrohc do id eust synor siens roydem ed dehmih ter un nov
urb. Id palat ep id clin remien desert ed gadriebh. Kun Akkutho I gwiwit ia prev klewsa os
Khorshemish, is construgih ter un poli. Tik etilikw ad Tsotha-lanti dehmihes ter id scarlat
citadell ed reghyane id itner kya gixiadaus. Tsotha-lanti ne buit victim ios fat ios grand
vasire os Khossus. Is fiell do neid tehom sontern stigh ghom do oin, ed sielg tsay samt un
alteret wajkho quod naiwo lelikwneut iom.
Ho vis idpet tehom, bet druve-ye ne wehno venture entro kay trehve mensdeh ter. Som un
brukh, albatta, veuter quem fikernt pleist leuds, bet remano mensc. Dayir Tsotha-lanti...
Semwert Shadizar dansster habiet sem vesper narcen pior prokwem ia premensc ruines os
Dagoth clin ed habiet gohrt strigen ab un kyehrsen demon ; in ta kafir locs buit gohnen is
hybride ses gnohn ka Tsotha-lanti.
Stayg Conan emiss un crie ed oistiup retro, dreibhend sien sokwi con se. Sathas mier albh ed lamper
skeip stieusit ant iens, samt un immemorial haines eni sien okwi. Conan stohv, parat ad se lance do
un desperat hajoum. Is xubhskwit sien torche do tod horrible muk ed vate sien gwit po oin einscutt
do id inster al monster. Bet el serpent ne vis iom. Els okwi spohc epter eys oms, kye Pelias qui
smih, samt eliht brakhs. Ed id haines quod gluhsit eni ia gehlb okwi disprohp lent-ye pre bihe tayn

ab un diutis os pur terror, id saul ker os eys gwit kun Conan vis un talg expression in ia okwi uns
nakwr. El mier serpent abgir ed absnohg, tem akster quem un airdruna.
– Quod tar hat el viden quod tan' dekhschat el ? sprohgit Conan sien sokwi sammel kun is
oiscrutit iom, bfuyow.
– Id squamic folk ghehdt vide quo id menscok khact, Pelias antwohrd laconic-ye. Yu vis mien
xeikhay ; el vis mien bare atmen.
Un glehdjic kreus iendh id spina os Conan, ed is dieum kweter so wir eet druve-ye mensc, we tik
oin tim demons qui hanteer ia gixiadaus, sub uno menscapparence. Is oisprohg-se kweter ne esiet
hakimer dyehgwe id regv os eysum sokwi med eyso miech aun kunges. Bet menxu is kwenchieu to,
bo dyohrc id kankel quod wierdh deusk-ye med id diutis ios torche ; ies vis idschi nayv os Shukeli,
forlyohgen protie ia stanghs, madht in un padwl os dedhen cruor.
Pelias cakhinit, ed eys gleimen ne eet khauris aurtu.
– Per Ishtars ivoren cloins, quis est nies darban ? Vidte ghi, neis alyo quem is noble Shukeli,
qui hieng mien yuwens per ir peds ed skohn iens krampend-ye ob ilay ! Kwe swehps,
Shukeli ? Ma stehfs tu tant, ed ma tien piwon gwiwot est ghyant kam tod uns pohlt swin ?
– Est mortu, murmurit Conan, bfuyow ob ta demential lafza.
– Mortu au gwiv, cakhinit Pelias, nos ghyansiet id dwer. (Is clieck med sien hands ed scricit:)
Stah ub, Shukeli. Leud ex ia Endra, stah ub ex tod crewent swol ed gwehm ghyantum id
dwer tienims potims. Stah ub, ego wehlo !
Un horrible brohm se repercuss in ia balmas. Conans kays ghohrs ep eys cap ed un glehdjic swoid
gwohm ad perle ep eys hol corpos. Idghi cadaver os Shukeli ee-sisreht, kneigvend ep sien piwon
hands. Id gleimen os Pelias eet tem tomost quem un silexpelk. Id nayvo ios eunuch oistieusit ub
muschkil-ye, greipend ia stanghs ios kankel. Conan spohc iom, hayran. Id sehrg in eys veines hieb
wohrten do glehdj, ed id mozg eysen osten hieb liquescen. Iaghi werughyant okwi os Shukeli eent
tuich ed glasic, ed eys inster hiengit kata id ghyahnd arus os eys gventer tiel id demped. Is eunuch
ghieng in sien wi gharns kay gwehme ad active id sclud, trehcend kam un aunmazgh automat. Kun
so hiebit bisrohten, Conan hiebit prest-ye crediht od is eunucho dar gwivit, ob maungo nassib. Bet
is wir eememohrit pon hors.
Pelias ghieng elangver unte sub id kankel ed Conan apterstiup iom, swoidend unte vasya pores siens
cuit, vergeihnd kaur-ye cada contact ud iom terrifiend forme qui ee-sistaht protiev id ek is tin
ghyant. Pelias gwahsit perodh aun spehce retro ed Conan sohkwit iom, lambhen ab bo coschmar ed
nausea. Is hiebit payn stiupto perodher kun un stump ed madh bolsk volgih iom. Shukelis nayvo
lyohg pod id kankel.
– Eys task est khatem, ed hayd werughyant sien dwors ei iter, kieu Pelias med un likav ton,
polite-ye simulend ne dyehrce id gvaltic kreus quod iendh id massive pletwos os Conan.
Is proghieng ei Kimri tiel ubdrabs ed bo upergwahr id aysen ghalvepkihto dwer. Conan empug
darm-ye sien eins, exspectend od sem sclavenmeute rusch kyens, yed id citadell eet silent. Ies tohr
id long temost corridor ed ghohdeer do tod quer ia mijmers dar exhaleer ir kundurs. Nimen eet in
vid.
– I sclavs ed soldats hant ir quartiers in alyo part ios poli, ei dik Pelias. Hovesper, dat ir poti
est absent, aundwoi se medvnent med auter vin au lotus extract.
Per un wonk fenster samt golden gombhs, quod uperspohc un large balcon, Conan dyohrc id
starwento maurblou waurn. Is hiebit bihn xubhen do ia gixiadaus pau pos solweus. Taiper eet serter

quem midnoct. Ei molicit vighabe is hieb manen tem diu enderdien. Is stayg-ye conscicit iom
wieurg teurst ed hungher. Pelias duxit iom do un kyal samt golden thol, argwrntic demped, ed quos
lazuward murs eent nukten ab dwers samt fretten arabesques.
Samt un kwehster, Pelias sess deub do un silkcovohrt couch.
– Bad retrehvo gold ed silk, exblahsit is. Tsotha-lanti simulet ses uper nafsanias, bet is est un
pwoldemon. Som mensc, speit mien kyehrsen magia. Kamo comfort ed galecker. Eti it me
kapien Tsotha-lanti. Is me surpris kun drehnk hieb achiziht me. Vin est un balstehmen. Per
Ishtars ivoren pizda ! Kunkye io swohr eys nam, is khayn surrexit do tod loc ! Prient, plais
schehnk mi un bicair... No ! Skehptte ! Vahsim myehrse ste roy. Ego ghi schehncsiem.
– Iblis de formalitats, brohm Conan, plehnd un cristallen glas ed anancend id ad Pelias.
Leivend id bardak, is roy drohnkit med long slungs ex idpet wostia, ka echo ei satisfactionskwehster
os Pelias.
– So kwaun connaisst vin, iey is tiergend-ye sien stohm med sien handdenwrnt. Bet, per
Crom, Pelias, vahms wey mane her hina toy soldats gehrnt ed gwehme ad zabakhe nos ?
– Mae bayte, antwohrd Pelias. Gnohskwte yu quo beurt hat scriben ad Strabonus ?
Sem blou jar surrexit ex id budmen om Conans okwi ed is tem dier sien arme quem eys apsa
blieych ob to.
– Ah, yadi is wehsiet transbaurn ab mien eins, brohm is.
Pelias lambh un imposant lamper globe posen ep un abnus table.
– Tsotha-lantis cristall. Un baygh magvisk leuyk, yed util sei ne kafi wakt est behanden pro
alter arts. Spehcte intro, Majestat.
Is oisklied id ep id table, ant Conans okwi. Is roy chohx do ids mighlic dubes. Eni ia voluts ed ia
skadhs, kwiters lent-ye wierdh. Is dyi tun un landspecto quod ei eet familiar. Vast lungs, dind un
weur ed sinueus fluv, apter quod id swolnivell lud jaldi kay skipes uno meirong om ghem clins. Ep
id nordouper tos fluv stahsit un burg, perambhen med khandaks qua joineer id sreumen per ieter
bors.
– Per Crom ! exclamit Conan. Est Shamar ! Toy kwauns sont belaghernd id !
Ies lahtors hieb uperagen id fluv. Ir flags eent dohmen in id angh plain quod separit id citad ud ia
clins. Dwaschawa om jenchis wieurg engwn ia walls, ir armurs glimmernd muzlim-ye sub id
mekhtab. Un seuy om isus ed petras uperfiell iens, lohnct pon ia tors. Refluxeer, yed rik charge.
Kun Conan rughiet, id scene se changit. Lamper thols ed buland spices ambhriss prod un aptergrund
ex mighel, ed is dyi sien wi nagor, Tamar, quer hol eet confusion.
Is vis iens ritters ex Poitain, stalmoinihn, sien dervst partisans, salge unte ia dwors ios citad, huten
ed obswihn ab id menegh quod empedisit ia strads. Is vis ia scenes om plunders ed hangamahs,
fantiers quom schild eet prect med id vapwn os Pellia contrôle ia tors, we alaye unte ia strads
gvrenduend-ye, samt mokan protiokwa. Ed uper quant, is enderkwit, kam un kabuskwiter, id
sombre ed triumphant lige os Arpello, peurst os Pellia. Dind ia kwiters oiswohnd.
– Toghi ! Conan purpwriesc. Mien folk reneget me za me...
– Ne alnos exact, iom interrupit Pelias. Hant ghi klun od yu hieb nohct. Est nimen kay protege

i ud lahtors ed civil weir, i sib sayge. Hol naturelika fuschiount iom staurst noble kay
vergihes ia horrors os anarchia. Nel-ye treusent i Poitainians, mehmend ia prev conflicts
contra i. Bet Arpello est ter, ed is est is staurst peurst iom central provincen.
– Quando restieupsiem do Aquilonia, is sessiet ne meis quem un zanchout cadaver saupend in
id Khaynen Ghyamen, iey Conan knarnd-ye med sien dents.
– Strabonus proe-ghehdt do id nagor pre yu kamyapsiete navaxe iom, Pelias mehmih iom. In
id sellst fall, eys cavaliers proe-harbe vies roydem.
– Exact ! (Conan begwahsit id kielken kam un cagebohnden lion). Hatta med el argist
reidbiest, ne proe-nako Shamar pre schawngwo. Ed kun sessiem ter, proe-kwehro kamkwe
ne meis quem nehce con id popule, kun id urb siet pehde... idghi neproe dart tik unte oik
diens meist-ye. Hatta exhausend-ye i ekwens, penk diens sont tohrben kay joine Tamar pon
Shamar. Pre proe-nako mien nagor ed leivo un heir, Strabonus proe-hammert ia dwors os
mien citad. Ed lives un heir vaht ses ifrat difficil ! Mien quan' dauganeid nobles han'
diswarp' do ir iblis fiefs kun mien nehc buit mohlden. Ed chunke i leuds hant chassen
Trocero ex Poitain, est nimen kay stambhes ad Arpello pones eys lipreus pods ep id cron ed
id royal khasnah. Dahsiet id land ad Strabonus, prehgend tik ke remant ids marionette-roy,
ed yan' Strabonus habsiet zavols, is bisehsiet sedition. Bet i nobles nient rallie iom, ed to hol
didahsiet ad Strabonus un excuse kay maghe ouvert-ye annecte id roydem. Oh, Crom, Ymir
ed Set! Yadi habiem ptergs kay plukes do Shamar !
Pelias, seddend claus id table quos jaden surface is tip med sien fingherbors, stahsit ub stayg still,
kam moven ab sem precis intention, ed znieyc ad Conan ke sohkwit iom. Is roy, qui se formohn
skeud-ye, yahsit ed Pelias duxit iom exter id kielken, ubdrabs pos un golden kmeht gastieup tiel ep
id terrasse ios ubsellstios tor. Eet noct, ed un staur wind blahsit do id starwent warwn, srehtend id
sword kaysar os Conan. Hol niter twis ia luces os Khorshemish, kwehkend dar pierner quem ia
asters qua blig uper ir caps. Pelias tengicit sehgne ed distant in tod stet, esend tik oin con srig,
inhuman bet majestueusa stars.
– Sont creatures, iey Pelias, neter ex land, ni ex mar, sontern ex hava eti id uder synor os
warwn, qui hant evolwt seni, ed quim existence i mensci ne suspece. Bet pro quel gnoht ia
Maysterwerds ed ia Signes ed id Weida quod enderkeiht quanto, sont neter hostile ni
inaccessible. Spehc, ed mae bayas !
Is liv sien hands warwntro ed emiss un long ed stragno crie quod kwohk se repercutte horrible-ye
diu in id space. Tod crie tadrijan se forstup menxu id nadub do inexploren space, aun yed aiw alnos
tayce. In id sehkwnd silence, Conan ieur stayg un ptergenplaben in ia stars ed trohc retro kun is
dyohrc un gigantesk creature kwehkend kam un baul quel lans ep id tect, prokwem iom. Is vis els
mier serene okwi spehce iom in id starluce, observit els quargim peds plautweur ptergs, ed vis tun
lit neter de un av, ni de un baul.
– Reidte el ed abpleucte, iey tun Pelias. Yu sessiete in Tamar ye octent.
– Per Crom, murmurit Conan. Kwe to hol est un coschmar ex quod vahm gehre in mien palat
in Tamar ? Ed tu ? Ne te linkwskwo mon kert ab peinds.
– Ste rassure' dayir me, antwohrd Pelias. Ye octent, id popule os Khorshemish woidsiet id hat
un nov poti. Ne bedwoite quo i divs vos hant yisen. Vos retrehfsiem in id plain in id atraf os
Shamar.
Conan glohmber, rhayr-yakin, ep id spina'l creature ed grip id longo coll, dar convict is eet fanght
ab un extraordinar coschmar. Med un athime propulse om sien titanesk ptergs, ed samt un
bodereihnd blosk, el creature abspiend ed is roy bihsit dusic kun is vis ia luces ios citadios
disprehpe tadrijan sub sien okwi.

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Iom roy gvehnt yod einso sect ia seils comdarnd id rig.
– Aquilonian proverb
Ia strads os Tamar chungmien heulend meutes, swehngend ub ir peungsta ed berust aykems. Oin
saat pre id octent ios dwotios dien quod hieb sohkwt Shamus boi, wakyas hieb succedden mutu ye
un duseihnd syrat. Med zariyas gnoht ab iom saul Tsotha-lanti, id khabar ios nehc ios roy hieb
ghohden do Tamar pos minter quem pwoldouzen horen pos id boi. To hieb slurn chaos. Ies barons
hieb desern id royal nagor, abreidend argist kay protege ir polis protiev ir maroder niebers. Id unien
ed kalayn roydem quod Conan hieb structo kwohk sa-drupes ed popules leuds tem quem tajirs
trembleer kun im enfiell id imminent reiken ios feudal regime. Id popule eepiprehct ke sem roy
protega id ud ids wi aristocratia tem quem ud peinds act ex kharij. Graf Trocero, quom Conan hieb
maimouriht med id citad, tentit rassure i, bet in ir irrational paurs, i mohm ia awa civil weirs, ed
kam so sam Graf Trocero hieb siegen Tamar penkdem yars prever.

Eent crien unte ia strads od Trocero hieb khanyen iom roy ed od is plien sace id citad. I mercenars
biplundereer plur quartiers, sehlkend extro sem heulend tajirs ed terrifien gwens. Trocero chargit ti
plundrers, sternend ir cadavers ep ia strads, repulgend samt id megsto confusion i survivers do ir
baracks, ed arresteihnd i frontaschens.
Yed id menegh ne sakwniesc, wieurg unte ia strads, emiss incoherent kraghs, heulend od is graf
hieb slurn id mytinrie pro se. Peurst Arpello stiup ub ant un concil in pleno nervencollapse ed mohld
is eet parat ad waldhe hina ghehdiet bihe samstohmen de un nov roy, Conan ne habend son. Menxu
ies debiet, eys agents infiltreer-se discret-ye do id populace quod se perstifskwit ep id minst ghutt os

royal aserng. Id concil ieur id storm quod rierz pod ids fensters, quer id menegh owiey Arpello iom
Salvor. Id concil cess ei waurg.
Trocero preter-ye refusit tyehgve id gazd quod symbolisit ids waldh, bet id menegh urs iom
bachimien. Vighabend id futilitat os un stradenboi protiev Arpellos trupps in solga conditions,
Trocero xubh sien gazd kyid lige os sien rival. Eys senst official act buit hangihes i frontaschens im
mercenars ep id magno rineg, dind is likw id urb unte id suddwor, reidend prod sien mil penkcent
armet ritters. Id dwor zaghyahsit gwaur-ye za iom ed tun id swadh mask os Arpello slid ex eys lige
kay revele id buxianxu face uns heunghernd wolf.
I mercenars kayden we kastrobohnden in ir baracks, i saul yeudmens begwahnd ia strads os Tamar
eent eysi. Seddend ep sien weirekwem ep id meithel, Arpello seswo proclamit roy os Aquilonia
samt ia clamors ios drught menegh.
Publius, is cancellar, qui hieb diwidt tod taukile, buit xubhto do prison. Ies tajirs, quoy hieb primen
tod royal proclamation samt rehmen, bedyohrceer consternat od id presto decision ios nov monarch
buit ibs impones un treudend taxe. Six riche saudaghers, yisen ka delegation kay conteste id meid,
buir kapen ed zanchoun aun ulter formalitat. Un hayriene ed sassaria silence sohkwit tod execution.
Ies tajirs, confronten uni waldh quod denars khiekeer kaupe, proschkohmb ep ir piwon gwiwots ed
lig ia peds iren waurgern.
I popules leuds ne buir emot ab id fat iom tajirs, yed bimurmureer ad mutu kun i vighieb od ies
soldats os Pellia, gvrenduend bi-sabab intizame, ne ghohld meis quem turanian bandits. Ia schikays
ob uddwinghen, maurdh ed ghionkawn se multiplier bi Arpello, qui hiebit pact sien chefquartier in
id palat os Publius pos id rebellion iom concilers. Senters, desperat ed makhkoum ob Arpellos
wehlens, hieb-se barricadet in id royal palat ed resisteer. Arpello hiebit punor lambhen id
yowrlansaray ed Conans gwens hieb esen yisen do eys appartments. Id popule murmurit vidend-ye
ians royal beauteits quas kriemp sub ia brutal hands iren armurten raptors : swordok potnikas ex
Poitain, slanc kyehrsenkays gwenaks ex Zamora, Zingara ed Hyrkania, raufblond Brythunians,
tremblend ob paur ed scham, ne swehdend gvalt.
Noct pohd uper un citad praedden ab extremest agitation ed confusion ed pre midnoct, rumor spohr,
mysterieus-ye : ieswert Kothians ne se contenteer med ir sigh ed eent belaghernd Shamars walls.
Sem member iom obscure secret servicen os Tsotha-lanti ne hieb sagvt natayce. Paur tariegh id
popule kam un gischien, ed nimen se strohng ad mehne ni daume quosmed hieb id khabar bihe
gnohto tem jaldi. I rusch ant Arpellos dwers, iom wehlend marche sudworts ed repulge i peinds
apter sindu Tybor. Is nov roy habiet ghohdt kauihes i od is khiek lives heiro pre ies barons rallie eys
combat bet, maghmedven, se contentit med exglihes i.
Sem yun studyent, Athemides, glohmber ep un stolb ios rineg ed accusit med explosive werds
Arpello ob ses uno marionette-roy os Strabonus, wasahend-ye gwit sub kothian fangh, samt Arpello
ka satrap. Pre is hieb zalohct, id menegh hul ob paur ed krus ob rage. Arpello yisit sien soldats ad
arreste iom yuwen, bet id menegh lambh senter ed mwaungsouih iom con se, delugend iens
persehkwnd yeudmens med petras ed gahutos. Un gastrohl palten enkasrit id menegh, ed un
cavalerie charge likw uno mercato strahno med cadavers. Yed Athemides buit linkwihn id urb
newissab i peinds, kay so gwasit implore Trocero ke reprinda Tamar ed marcha ad khalasse Shamar.
Athemides trohvit Trocero leivend eyso waun ant ia dwors ios urb, parat ad marche do Poitain, in id
sudwesto synor ios roydem. So antwohrd ibs ardent iltijas ios yuwen expliend-ye is hieb neter kafi
forces kay sib udschturmes Tamar, hatta med id hehlp ios population, ni kay diwides Strabonus. Eti,
lasni nobles gwahient plunder Poitain za iom menxu weighiet iens Kothians. Iom roy nehcus, ielg
dohlg wakhe uper sien wi interesses. Reidiet ghi do Poitain kay pliehge defende id bilkull contra
Arpello ed eys gospoti allieits.

Menxu Athemides tentit persuade Trocero, id menegh na-iendh ia strads ios urb samt sem rage ois
desperation. Pod id bulando tor quod oistieu nieb id royal palat, id menegh eegigwaht, heulend sien
haines adversus Arpello qui, stahnd ep ia torettes, eegigoilt id, menxu eys nowjenchis periplehr ia
parapetts, tayar ad oistrehle, ir finghers protie ia trighers iren armes.
Is peurst os Pellia eet un pletwost wir samt medio buliende ed sombre ed strehng lige. Is eet albatt
un comploter, betschi un wigh. Epter eyso silken goldaltien jupon ed plohdern armels glimmrit un
armur ex schlifto stal. Eys long sword kays eet ghaytwent ed profumet, protiedarto retro med uno
minc argwrnten rica, bet un weur eins, quos argwrnten pomel dik signes om bois ed militar
campagnes, hiengit kata eys flank.
– Imbeciles ! Heulte quaytlibt ! Conan est mortu menxu Arpello est roy !
Esdi hol Aquilonia habiet gwohmt ad se perbehnde protie iom, is behiend kafi yeudmens kay dar ia
walls hina Strabonus arriviet. Bet Aquilonia eet dividen ed dohrn ab inner faydhs. Ja ies barons
kwohr garwis kay lambhnes ia tresurs om ir niebers. Ad Arpello eet tik zaruri kaure de id menegh
quod ghohd neid protie iom. Strabonus se sehndiet unte ia skidher lignes iom korelnd barons kam
un galera findt spoim ed ad Arpello eet tik zaruri dare id nagor tiel eys gumt.
– Imbeciles ! Arpello est roy !
Sol wus uper ia eusttors. Un gloi surrexit in id hava, ois id scarlat octent, gloi quod wierdh tadrijan
do id mege uns baul, dind uns ornd. Tun, quanti dyir tod spectacle hul ob hayriene, uper ghi ia
crovats os Tamar sturd un creature kam i mensci hieb gnohn tik in pwolmyohrsen legends.
El uperpluk id magno toro plabeihnd-ye sien titanesk ptergs ed un gastalto klieup ex inter ta. Dind,
med un bodereihndo ptergenplaben, el creature disprohp ed i leuds mic, daumend an to hol hieb esto
tik un sogn. Bet ep id torette stieusit un barbar ed wild, pwolnogwo, cruorpoiko gastalto swehngend
uno mier eins. Ed exid menegh lud un clamor quod gwohm ad taraghe hatta id tor :
– Is roy ! Est is roy !
Arpello stahsit still ; dind is emiss un crie ed klieup kye Conan. Samt un lionlik baub, is Kimri parit
id miech quod oistris kyom dind, sinend falle sien wi eins, is ambhsiz iom peurst ed hissit iom uper
se darnd-ye iom per eys coll ed ghabel.
– Abduc tien complots con te do hayd ! hul is, smittend dalgtro iom peurst os Pellia kamsei
leitiet de un saldsack, xeubhend iom do kenos kata takriban cent penkgim peds hoge.
Id menegh refluxit kun id corpos fiell ex hava ed gwohm ad crasche ep ia marmoren adoquins,
gwehleihnd osta ed mazgh. Arpello mien ghomi, forpolten in sien tweiser armur, kam un trudt
wobhel. Ies nowjenchis ep ia tors ieg retro, cada volo linkwus iens. Mwaungsour ed ies concilwirs
quoy hieb est belaghert persohkweer iens frenitic-ye. Ies pellian ritters ed fantiers tenteer
endergwehme do ia strads bet id menegh kieydit iens. Urbi, ia katus alterneer inter simple
scarmuscha ed agiabois ; ghohd bihe dyohrcen helms xwenyungen samt ptors ed stalen visiers
uperplues unte oik instants poskwo disprehpe do id melee. Einsa sciss furieus-ye aykemforests, ed
id clamor ios menegh plehsit id air, enseins blandend-se ad cruorlasni cries ed agonia kharkhars.
Alnos ub, uperkeihnd ia katus, id pauvehsend gastalt ios roy wip kam uno makhmour wir ep ia
zanns, swehngend sien teug brakhs, ed gleihndo med plen gurgule samt un ilay quod goilit vasya
meneghs ed vasyens peurstens, eti se-pet.

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Uno nerto dilglonco, ed kem id diewo deuskasca !
Gwiya do gherb, strehl engwn aur, ed roy os Koth ka tarja !
– Songv iom Bossonian Archers
Id sol ios medyios ios posmiddienios twis uper id placid wedor os fluv Tybor, quod prisru ia
sudkalas os Shamar. I sliep defenders wois od meg pauks ex i vidient id sol iter wuses. Ia flags iom
attaquers kyohrn id plain. I weikers os Shamar, minter kathire, hieb duysto stambhes ibs uperage id
fluv. Barges, stowagen con mutu, skip un brigv unte quod ia hordes lahr ocolo. Strabonus ne hieb
dursen age deuber do Aquilonia linkwnd-ye Shamar invicto za se. Is hieb yisto sien legvo cavalerie
- sien spahis – ad harbe id inland ed hieb dohmt siege machines ep id plain. Is hiebit pleuiht un
flottille, quod Amalrus hieb ei dadwt, medsu id sreumen, face id part ios wall quod uperspohc id
sindu. Petras, xubhen pon ia ballistas ios urb, hieb sinken sems tom nauks, craschend ep ia decks ed
transbaurnd ia scrocks, bet alters mien in place. Pon ia mastentopps ed ia bugs, archers, schalascht
apter ir manteletts, aumberih ira strehls kya torettes uperspehcend id fluv. Toy yeudmens eent
Schemitisch, gnaht isughesor, contra quens aquilonian archers khiek wehlpe spehrdtum.
Ep id dayluk, mangonels xud perwnts ed drustamms ep i defenders, behngend ia domtegsa ed
trehdend ir weikers kam wobhels. Vrens hiemmer ia walls aunstop. Kam kurmias, sappeurs kiev
tunnels kay endermine id base iom tors. Id uber bors iom khandaks hieb esen skeirdighen, ed ithan
tursen hieb esen plehna med ghianshieks, ardh, ed cadavers menscen ed ekwen. Armurt gastalts
waurseer protie ia murs, hammernd ia dwors, dehmend layters, we puscend ia siege tors in qua
kowpeer ies lanciers.
Cada speh hieb likwn id citad, quer tik penkdem cent yeudmi resisteer quargim mil jenchis. Neid
khabar ex id roydem hieb ghohdt do tod prodwals quod id citad eet. Conan hieb nohcen, bariem to
chanteer joy-ye ies lahtors. Tik solid murs ed id desperat courage im defenders hiebeer permiss
resiste tem diu i hajoumers, bet to ne esiet aiwic. Id westmur eet ne meis quem uno morklep ep
quod i defenders kwohlp unte gver corps-ad-corpsa contra iens lahtors. Slabiht ob enderminet, alter
murs vienk dangereus-ye ed menaceer med collabe ye cada instant.
Ies hajoumers jamiyeer-se in vid uns en masse schturm. Ia olifants cliengh ed ia stalrangs wierdh ep
id plain. Ia schturmtors, covohrna med glendlieter, proieg. Shamars weikers dyohrc ia banders om
Koth ed Ophir, leikend nieb mutu medsu ia peind lignes. In ia rangs iom ritters, i enderkwit id
bedebah gastalt os Amalrus in eys golden armur ed tod, cortjamber, os Strabonus in eyso sword
armur. Inter ta dwo formes wohs qui kreusihsit ob paur i boltstens defenders, un lagar gwultur in un
legv robe. Ies pikiniers bimarcheer, covehrnd id plain kam ia tweiser volns uns rivier os liquid stal ;
ies ritters elien-se ep ir roig, samt dohmt lances, stendarts in id wind. I jenchis ep ia walls ann deub
in, comwohrt ir atmens kye Mitra, ed empug darm-ye ira srakut ed crewent armes.
Stayg, aun od neid gwohm ad mehlde id, id swon uns trembitsa transbieur id kwalay. Id behngos
uns horde om marchend cavaliers gwahsit ad covehre id blosk ios heirios iom lahtors.
In id nord ios plain ep quod proieg ia peind forces lud un serie om ghem clins qua strohceer kam
titanesk stieupens nordtro ed westtro. Ex ta clins prohp stayg ies spahis quoy hieb haben id
perambhend rur. Kam id spoim chassen ab id imminent storm, galoppeer argist, cap cliht ep id
boywn iren ekwen. Apter iens id diutis ios eurehpend sol gwohm ad trehve un ocean om movend
tweiser stal rangs : ziraht ekwots, id grand bander ios Lion os Aquilonia leikend uper i.

Un electriset crie scuss i strajens walst ep ia tors ed wipihsit id ardh. Imen defenders, joymakhmour,
tus ir stestouda stalen schilds med ira srakut einsa. Id de population, lumpvehsend taskars kam
opnosti tajirs, loktongs in rudh rogvs ed gentile dames peridunas med silk ed satin, quanti genuer
ghom, criend ir joy ad Mitra, schakiria dakrus oisreund kata ir liges.
Strabonus ed Arbanus hul frenitic wehlens kay abgirihes id imposanto masse iren trupps pro drehde
tod inexspectet menace.
– Smos dar kathirer, nibo hant trupps in reserve, kohlen in ia clins, derdrit Strabonus. Ies
yeudmi ep ia siege tors ghehde stambhes cada sortie im urbdefenders. Leit de Poitainians ;
habiemos dohlct aume od Trocero tentiet sem expedition tos genos.
Amalrus emiss stayg un inarticulen crie.
– Vido Trocero ed eys hetman Prospero. Bet quis reidt inter iens ?
– Ishtar nos behrctu ! scricit Strabonus, bleidend. Est roy Conan !
– Delirium ! crisch Tsotha-lanti, srehtend-ye nerveus-ye. Pon diens lyehgneut Conan in Sathas
gventer !
Is oistahsit still, starnd ei heir quod iegit ghom, roig pos roig, in id plain. Khiek ses confuden so
olbjim gastalt in eys kmehn armur, reidend iom mier surogv aygur sub id immense bander quos
diplas oisroht in id wind. Un crie os simbva-lik rage skiep Tsotha-lantis lipps, poikeihnd eys berd
med skum. Ye id prest ker siens gwit, Strabonus vis iom brukh alnos furieus, ed is palliesc ant tod
spectacle.
– Sem magia est wehrgend in to hol ! scricit Tsotha-lanti, sehnd siena noghs do sien berd.
Quosmed habiet is ghohden skape, joine sien roydem ed trehve wak' kay rikes con un heir
tem jaldi ? Est id wehrg os Pelias ! Estu balstohmen ! Kheisso eys ghesor apter to hol ! Ke
bihm azapt ob ne neicus iom quando io ghohd !
Bo roys ghizd kun buit udwekwnen un wir ies credihr mortu pon wetsa ed id panique iom
conspirators contaminit id hol heir. Quanti recognihr iom wir ep iom mier surogv aygur. Tsothalanti gvaess id superstitieus terror quod lambh eysens yeudmens, ed rage dusformit eys traits, ei
confernd un demoniak aspect.
– Swehnte id charge ! Hul is, swehngend siena malinger brakhs do hava kam un dement. Dar
smos i nertsti ! Charget ghi ed craschte ti kwauns ! To niet stambhes nos ud dapane in
Shamars ruines honoct ! Oh, Set ! (Is liv sien hands waurntro ed invoquit iom serpent-div, ye
id megil horror ios-pet Strabonus). Dah nos victoria ed kassamo tib gheusiem penkcent
virgens ex Shamar, quas convulcsient in ir wi cruor !
Lakin id peind heiro hieb wausten do id plain. I ritters eent hamraht ab quo tengicit un second
armee, irregular tod : yeudmi reidend robust ed oku ponys. Senters oistiup ghom ed skip rangs –
netaraghim bossonian archers ed elite pikiniers ex Gunderland, ir falv ghayts oisteulpend ex ir
stalen visiers ed leikend in id wind.
Eet un raym heir quod Conan hieb samghaten unte ta frenitic hors qua hieb sohkwt eys reiken do
eys nagor. Is hieb waurs id menegh in furia ud iens pellian soldats quoy dier Tamars uder walls, ed
presst id do sien draukht. Is hiebit spehdihn un okwekwot ad Trocero, demandend ke joinit iom.
Con ti yeudmens ka base, is hieb-se elanen sudtro, ambhagrend kay tumes id numer sienen recruts
ed reidbiesten. Nobles ex Tamar ed ia nieber regions hieb auct eys forces ed is hieb liven trupps in

vasya villages ed castells untitner. Makar i hieb courage face quodkwe, ti yeudmi skip tik un derisor
agmen binisbat i lahtors.
Mil nevcent armurt cavaliers sohkweer iom, id major part ex i esend i ritters ex Poitain. Id reste im
mercenars ed im professional soldats servicend loyal noblens oiskip eys infanterie, penkmil nu
archers ed quarmil pikiniers. Quanti ieg taiper ardeht, preter i archers, dind i pikiniers ed apter i, i
ritters, kadam-ye.
Arbanus wohl sien trupps move contra i novgwehmers, ed ta desployeer kam un ocean ex tweiser
stal. I straji walsen ep ia tors ios citadios trohs kun i vis tod athime agia quos superioritat eet
evident. Ies schemitisch archers iegeer ka presti, dind ies kothian lanciers, dind ies armurti ritters
om Strabonus ed Amalrus. Senters objective eet aschikar : nudes sien infanterie kay abfirsche tod os
Conan, ed ghyane id agmum ad un irresistible charge os sien gwaur cavalerie.
Ies Schemitisch bistrohl ye penkcent wisgas dielge, ed un isunebos pluk ad duskes id diewo. I
westarchers, habend pro se id experience os tusent yaren om zalim katus protie iens wild Picts, naieg perodh, anghend ir rangs quer pohd iri driugs. Eent meg minter kathire quem ir duschmans, ed
id schemitisch lonc hieb un baygh longer schaecheing, bet i Bossonians eent tem handugi quem ir
peinds, ed compenseer ir inferioritato de loncstrehlen med un superior courage ed id excellence iren
armurs. I abyis ira strehls ye dohbro schaecheing ed hol rangs om Schemitisch pohd. Ies
blouswordkerd jenchis, in ir simple legv zirahs, khiek resiste isugastrohls kam i Bossonians, quim
armurs eent resistanter. Ies brohg ir rangs, forsmittend ir loncs, ed ir fug sehsit confusion bayna iens
kothian lanciers apter iens. Aun id stehmen iom archers, toy fantiers pohdeer centen-ye ob ia strehls
im Bossonians ed, chargend pro un desperat corps-ad-corps, ies trohv tik ia lances im pikiniers.
Vasya infanteries eent nakis face i wild Gundermans, quim vatan, Aquilonias nordsto province,
lyohg tik oin ghangdien dalg ud ia grances os Kimria, ocolo ia Bossoniana Marks. I Gundermans,
gnaht pro boi ed alt in ids gust, hieb id purst aserng vasyen hyborian folks. Ies kothian lanciers,
desorienten ab ia gwaur leusa causen ab i archers, buir kayden ed refluxeer in mier disaurdhen.
Strabonus hul ob rage kun is vis od eys infanterie eet repulgen ed is hul iter kay demande un general
charge. Arbanus pnohs, ei deikend ia bossonian trupps qua eent reformend-se in gohd aurdhen just
ant ia lignes ios aquilonian cavalerie, quod hieb stahn still unte id hol melee. Is general riedh un
rlinji retraite, kay salgihes i westritters id stegos ios shienrlin sub quod eent schalascht, bet
Strabonus eet foll ob rage. Is oispohc ia long tweiser lignes om sien ritters, glaz kya oika quats em
armurt gastalts qui diwid iom, ed wohl Arbanus porunces id charge.
Is general betrusit sien atmen ad Ishtar ed blahihsit id golden olifant. Samt un grohm, id
lancenforest clih-se, ed id mier agia se elien unte id walu, se preparend ei marwtia. Id holo plain
vibrit ye id rythme iom ekwenkaphs ; stal ed goldo luc tem quem ia blins i strajens ep Shamars tors.
Ia squadrons vrohn ia raym lignes im lanciers, trahnend bo prients ed peinds, kay wauste rect sub un
aumber om bossonian isus. Ies tohr id plain samt un titanesk behngos, reidend id storm samt un
buxianxu protiokwo, abfirschend i tweiserarmurtens ritters kam tem maung osyernwaraks. Sem
centom stieups meis ed uperfallient i Bossonians ed mettient i kam kwoid ; yed krewos ed sehrgo
khiek endure diuter tod katel aumber quod oistris ed hul bayna iens. Oms protiev oms, peds darmye ep id grund, i archers oistahr, strehl engwn aur ed abyis kam oin, emittend-ye bragv ed braungh
kharkhars.
Id hol prest ligne iom ritters collapsit unte oin instant, ed iri driugs kwohlp ed fiell ep ia cadavers im
isukridern ekwen ed menscen. Arbanus lyohgit ghomi, un isu skeir in sien gurgule, sien ghalv
bohnct ab ia kaphs os sien agonisend maurk, ed confusion regnit in ia rangs im lahtors. Strabonus
cricit un wehlen, Amalrus alyo, ed in quants hieb gohrn tod superstitieus baysa quod Conans
prehpen hieb suwt.

Menxu ia tweiser rangs refluxeer unte id mierst confusion, Conans trompettes udcliengh ed i
archers abviceer kay sines proage id terrible charge ios aquilonian ritterdem.
Bo agias comstuseer samt un behngos wirtic os un gischien, quod vankih hatta Shamars tor. Ia
desorganiset squadrons iom lahtors neti miegh spehe resiste id lancenghirsto stalako quod oisturd
do ia kam keraun. Ia long lances im attaquers dischtukel ir rangs ed Poitains yeudmi vrohn ir lignes,
med mier cutts om treiccruces iren terriblen dwighesoreinsen.
Id behngos ed id echo os stal eent tem honar quem kwecto million hammern protie tant incutts. I
soldats ep ia walls remien petrifien, boderihn ab tod grohm. Greipend ia zanns ed spehcend tod
mehlstrohm os movend stal, i vis ptila xubht ub do hava, uper tod einsenmar, ed stendarts vanke
dind falle ghom.
Amalrus collapsit ed nohc traht, sien oms dwifiss ab Prosperos mier dwighesoreins. Id dwaschawo
iom lahtors hieb arohgen ambh i mil nevcent ritters os Conan, bet pri tod stalako quod dub stets
perodher do ia leikend lignes iom peinds, ies ritters os Koth ed Ophir caracoleer ed plieg in vain. Ies
khiek brehge tod stalak.
Abdehvs ud se id kothian infanterie, quod diaspohr unte un strehmghalvo fug unte id holo plain, i
archers ed pikiniers ghohdeer do id leizdo ios melee. Uters abyis ira strehls ye roubaydh ed alters
precipiteer-se kay scidde ia yesmens ed ia gventers im ekwen, ed becepe iens cavaliers ep ir long
aykems.
Ye idpet bors ios stalak, Conan hul sien pagan ensein ed wipih sieno mier eins do tweiser arcs qua
belik ia stalen topfhelms ed ia halsbehrgions. Is dub do un stalmar ed ies ritters os Koth ker iom,
isolend iom ud eys wi yeudmens. Conan pliegit kam blix, se sehndend do ia peind rangs dank sien
stieure ed dexia, hin is bad wohs face Strabonus, livid, perambhen ab sien royal guardia. Ye tod
instant, id boi eet dar aun hassile ; dank sieno numeric vantage, Strabonus hieb dar un waurmen kay
sib udkatue sigh.
Bet is emiss un crie kun is dyohrc bad sien peindo ye prayghest ed is tus furieus-ye med sien pelk.
Id cutt buit deflegen samt un bliutenseuy ab Conans helm ; is Kimri vienk unte oin instant, dind
ripostit. Eys takriban penk peds longo miech brohg id helm ed id ghalv os Strabonus. Is maurk ios
roy os Koth fohsit hingolend-ye, xeubhend ghom ex seddel id tuntos inert ed zastehvend nayvo
siens reider. Un swehner clamor lud ex ia rangs ios heir, quod kwohkit kunges, dind inkiep refluxe.
Trocero ed i yeudmi os eys guardia se sohndeer med einscutts tiel nieb Conan, ed id grand bander
os Koth fiell ghom.
Stayg un terrible explosion hamraht ab un staur clamor udcliengh in id caud iom lignen iom
abstauniht lahtors, dar sub id schock tos episode. Shamars defenders hieb-se lohncti do un desperat
sortie. Kayseer iens soldats kowpen ant ia exterdwors, mess iens yeudmens quoy sohkw id trupp,
fwenschieweer ia schaters, ed destruxeer ia siege machines. To buit id ghutt quod upertrahsit id
wedsaat. Id tweiser heir se disloquit bachimien pre se transforme do bandes om feugnics. Ir victors,
furieus, extermineer iens.
Ies fugitives precipiteer-se kyid fluv, bet ies yeudmi ios flotille, ja harasst ab ia aumbers om petras
ed isus im urbweikers qui hieb retrohven ir hol wighyalos, tyohgv id katu ed ghohdeer do id
sudouper, linkwnd irens driugs iri fat. Maungs ex tens kamyieb lakin tehre id fluv med ia barges tiel
id witer ouper, hina Shamars yeudmi segeer tom palamars, ed ta bidriv. Id katu se transformit tun do
massacre. Xubhti do id fluv quer ies khierk ob id vyige iren armurs, we kays ep id ouper, ies lahtors
nohc tusent-ye. Ies hieb daht neid mercie edghi diek neid.

Ex pod ia ghem clins tiel ia oupers os fluv Tybor, id plain eet oistraht med cadavers, ed id sindu
carricit scarlat flutts, empediset med flottend nayvs. Ex ia mil nevcent ritters qui hieb hamraht
Conan do id sud, payn penkcent dar gwiveer pro jimane de ira schrams, ed id massacre in ia rangs
im archers ed pikiniers eet dar colossaler. Bet id mier tweiser armee om Strabonus ed Amalrus hieb
est pernict, ed quoy mwaungsour eent minter kathire quem quoy hieb nohcen unte id katu.
Menxu id halak natyohc engwn ia oupers ios Tybor, id senst act tos buxianxu drame eet jinkdound
in ia lungs dalger. Bayna tens quoy hieb kamyaben tehre id fluv ep ia barges wohs Tsotha. Is
galoppit ye windsyrat ep un malinger ed stragnem reidbiestem, qual curieus okugwayt nel ekwis
habiet ghohdt imite. Trahnend indifferent-ye wins kam peinds, el ghohd do id sudouper ; tun uno
mic retro iom glanzih un guway gastalt apterreidend iom ep uno mier surogv aygur.
Ia korigas qua protiedier ia barges hieb ja esen segen, ed ta driv ep id fluv, yed neid kwohkit ghehde
stambhes ei Kimri proscher, ni klaupihes sien reidbiest ex booto do boot kam un wir skandend ex
oin glehdjblock ep alyo. Tsotha emiss un desarticulet rughat, bet is mier aygur uperskiec id senst
obstacle med oin klaup, hingolend ob gvol, ed landend ep id sudouper. Tun is brukh sper sien
reidbiest hina se forgaloppe do ia desert lungs, apterkapht ab iom roy qui, moven ab un wild
energia, caviell silent, swehngend sieno mier eins quod spruz eys agmo med scarlat ghutts.
It galoppeer, is sayad ed eys praedd, bet is surogv aygur ne kwahsit gaines oin inch plor quayque is
kmeh sien quanta nerves ed muscles. Mwaungsour do un aktwnwent landspect samt makir skadhs,
hin id vid ed id swon ios boi forswohnd apter iens. Dind un sword gloi prohp in id waurn, gloi quod
se transformit proscher do gigantesk ornd. Nipleukend warwntos, id jecto sturd kyid cap al reidbiest
os Tsotha, quel hingolit ed fohsit, disseddelnd sien reider.
Veuto Tsotha stahsit tsay kay face sien persehkwer ; eys okwi kwohkeer kam tod uns folliaplagen
serpent ed eys lige eet uno nemensco mask. Is dohrj in ieter hand semjecto quod twis, ed Conan
ghieb od is dier tun id mohrt.
Is roy skans ghom sien reidbiest ed progress kye sien peind, sien eins liven hog do hava,
clickeihndo sien armur.
– Wassalmos, brukh ! fried is gver-ye.
– Mae gwehm prosch ! crisch Tsotha kam un sehrgteurstic shagal. Vahm wules krewos ex tien
osta ! Khacs vinces me ; sei me kayds, osta ed krewos sbei schtuks sient samghate kay hante
te tiel wafat ! Tarko id ghesor os Pelias apter to hol, yed io vos bo challenge ! Som Tsotha,
son os...
Conan schturm, twiseihndo sien eins, lyoghernd id lytsto geste os Tsotha. Is brukh lohnc sien dexter
hand retro, dind perodh, ed is roy exclihsit id menace med un oku mov. Semject pluk gnebh pri eys
helm kay gwahe explode apter iom, vitrifiend id sand unte un infernalo blix. Conan tohm eys
emaciat coll med un einscutt. Id cap ios brukh abpluk ex eys omsa samt un cruorgeyser menxu id
reste os eys corpos titubit unte oin instant kam un drehnknic, dind collapsit. Yed eyso spect os
demento ne eet alteren ; is dar oistier ad Conan samt id sam simbva-lik intensitat, eys lipps
convulseer-se horrible-ye, ed eys hands obsokeer kenos kamsei paurskient id tohmt cap. Tun, samt
un akster ptergensosule, semjecto sturd ex id waurn : el ornd quel hieb attaquet el ekw os Tsotha. Is
siz id smeund cap ios brukh med sien staur onoghs ed abpluk dalgtro. Conan remien hayran, exghi
id gurgule al ornd hieb udclanght uno menscgleimen, quod eet tod os Pelias iom Brukh.
Poskwo tyohc un hideuso ject, idghi auncap corpos oiscrohsc ud id sand, ed se forwiedel do un
biauric fug ep stehvend jambs, samt brakhs regen perodh, kyuno micri sword nukta quod
eeswehnswehndt in id regwos. Conan remien kam petrifien, dyeindo tod spectacle hin id vankend

silhouette disprohp ep ia regwnd plains.
– Crom ! iey is, sien staur omsa sroht ab spasmes. Haysa lahtu ta brukhen rivalitats! Pelias me
hat suatraiten, bet niem traure de neti vide iom. Quo ego tehrbo, est un gohd eins ed un
peind ed krew ed osta, kay ghehdo transbaure els corpos med mien miech ! Azab ! Dahiem
quodkwe po un bardak vin !