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Delcartes bora Ballin (not to be confused with Delcardes) was a beautiful young Valusian noblewoman of the bora Ballin family. She wanted to marry her lover, the Farsunian adventurer Dalgar, but her father Count Goron would not allow it despite the fact that Dalgar had become a Valusian citizen and was regarded favorably at court. She pleaded with King Kull to force her father to grant permission, but Kull refused to get involved since he and Goron were close friends. In her desperation, she sent a message to Dalgar asking him to meet her at night in the Accursed Gardens, two miles east of the city, so they could run away together.[1]

While she waited for Dalgar, Delcartes was captured by Verulian conspirators, who had also captured Kull and were holding him prisoner in the Gardens. She was able to free the king, whereupon he engaged in battle with the conspirators and their gang of soldiers led by Gonda and the Valusian traitor Dondal. Dalgar arrived and fought alongside Kull against the Verulians, followed by Brule and his Pictish warriors, until the conspirators were defeated. Goron was so grateful to Dalgar for risking his life to protect Delcartes and the king that he gave him his blessing to marry his daughter.[1]

Delcartes was the name originally intended for the character by Robert E. Howard [1] but was changed by later editors to Nalissa.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert E. Howard, Kull - Exile of Atlantis ("Swords of the Purple Kingdom"), Del Rey (2006).
  2. Robert E. Howard, Kull ("Swords of the Purple Kingdom"), Bantam Books (1978).