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Savage Sword of Conan #208
Ssoc 208
Date: April, 1993
Cover: George Pratt
Writer: Various
Penciller: Various
Inker: Various
Letterer: Various
Editor: Richard Ashford
Title: "A Barbarian Returns to Yezud"
"All in the Game"

A Barbarian Returns to Yezud[]


Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Ed Cruz
Letterer: Diana Albers

Major Characters[]

Minor Characters[]


  • The Zamoran villagse of Zaminidi and Khesron and the city Yezud.

Time Frame[]

  • Several weeks.


Conan rides into the small village of Zaminidi and discovers a witch burning in progress. However, the witch, Nyssa, is who Kushad had sent him to find, so he rescues her from the burning stake and escapes the villagers. Nyssa is already mortally wounded, though, abut before she dies she gives Conan a powder that steals men's memories. Conan buries the witch and rides on to the City of the Spider God, Yezud. The city is being rebuilt, and a small hamlet has sprung up to accommodate the workers. After a minor run-in with some soldiers, he is taken to the temple on the pretense of needing work. Unfortunately, the man he is brought to is Harpagus, and Conan uses the dust on him before the vicar-priest remembers the barbarian. Harpagus hires Conan, who says his name is Nial, as a blacksmith, and Conan mets his young apprentice, Liam. Conan and Liam attend the mandatory services in the Temple of the Spider God, and Conan notices two things - the giant spider-statue of the god Zath encrusted with gems and the beautiful dancing girls who surround it, one of whom is Liam's sister Rudabeh. Liam takes Conan to his house for dinner, and Conan meets the dancer in person. Smitten, he offers to escort her back to the temple, but they stop at a tavern first. Conan tries to get information on Jumilah, who he suspects is held in the castle, but is interrupted by the unwanted attentions of Mandana, a barmaid. Conan pushes her away, but that raises the ire of a drunk Captain Catigern. and Conan has to take a moment to teach a lesson to a group of drunk soldiers. The appearance of an assassin jolts the Captain out of his drunkenness and he ends the fight, discovering that the assassin was out for the head of Conan. Conan pretends to known nothing of the situation and the soldiers depart. Conan is recognized by a Turanian diplomat, Parvez, however, but Parvez has little interest in returning Conan, who is wanted for the murder of Nerim-Bey, back to Turan. He does ask for Conan's help in rescuing Jumilah, and he gives Conan a talisman that can unlock any door. Conan leaves with Rudabeh, but he is approached by Parvez's men who find Rudabeh more attractive than Mandana. Conan beats them off and takes Rudabeh back to the temple, comteplating on how to both rescue Jumilah and steal the gems from the spider-statue.


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Savage Sword of Conan #207
Savage Sword of Conan #208 Next Appearance:
Savage Sword of Conan #209

All in the Game[]

Savage Sword of Conan
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