Thak was one of the man-apes of the Vilayet Sea region, specifically the eastern part of Zamora. Thak was captured and kept by Nabonidus as a servant and a pet. He was highly devious and possessed near-human intelligence. Eventually, Thak grew jealous of, and rebellious towards his master, and took control of the system of traps that Nabonidus had installed in his house; using them to eliminate a party of nationalistic enemies of Nabonidus who had come to assassinate him.
Thak was killed by Conan in a great brawl, whereupon shortly after Nabonidus also meets his bloody end. Conan commented after their battle that he had come to consider Thak as a man, rather than an animal. Of the many humanoid enemies Conan had faced throughout his adventures, the mighty Thak was among the strongest.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Although pure speculation, Thak and his kind were possibly based on the extinct hominids known as Australopithecines, creatures considered to be somewhere between man and ape on the evolutionary scale.