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Thak was of a race considered halfway between man and ape, which live in the mountains on the eastern fringes of Zamora. Thak was captured by Nabonidus for use as both a servant and his pet. He was highly devious and possessed near-human intelligence. Eventually, Thak grew rebellious towards his master and gain control over a system of traps Nabonidus had installed inside his manor, using these devices in eliminating a party of nationalistic enemies of his former master who had come to assassinate him.

Thak was killed by Conan in a great brawl, whereupon shortly after Nabonidus also met 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, Thak was among the strongest challengers.

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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.