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The Maul is a dangerous, lawless district ruled by thieves and other criminal types in the city of Zamora. It was one of the favored haunts of Conan during his days as a young thief when he was new to civilization. The Maul is adjacent to the temple district where the Elephant Tower of the sorcerer Yara once stood until Conan killed its owner. The thieves of the Maul prefer to avoid the temples altogether, where "strange dooms" are known to fall on violators.[1]


"Torches flared murkily on the revels in the Maul, where the thieves of the east held carnival by night. In the Maul they could carouse and roar as they liked, for honest people shunned the quarters, and watchmen, well paid with stained coins, did not interfere with their sport. Along the crooked, unpaved streets with their heaps of refuse and sloppy puddles, drunken roisterers staggered, roaring. Steel glinted in the shadows where wolf preyed on wolf, and from the darkness rose the shrill laughter of women, and the sounds of scufflings and strugglings. Torchlight licked luridly from broken windows and wide-thrown doors, and out of those doors, stale smells of wine and rank sweaty bodies, clamor of drinking-jacks and fists hammered on rough tables, snatches of obscene songs, rushed like a blow in the face." [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert E. Howard, The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian ("The Tower of the Elephant"), Del Rey (2003).