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Turan is a country of the Hyborian Age.


Turan is an eastern nation located on the distant south-western shores of a great inland sea, known as the Vilayet sea. Turan is considered by many in the Conan universe to be the mightiest empire to have ever existed.

Population and culture[]

Inhabited by the Hyrkanian race — dark and generally tall and slender.

Between the inland sea and the eastern borders of the native western kingdoms lie vast expanses of steppes and in the extreme north and extreme south, deserts.

Noted for bandits. Powerful Turanian bow kills at five hundred paces.

Women wear veils. Silk is very common here, and it is worn by all classes of people from nobles and soldiers to commoners and slaves.

Slavery is very common in Turan. Some of the largest slave markets in all the world exist here.

Stories set in Turan[]

Characters from Turan[]

  • King Yildiz
  • King Yezdigerd (Yildiz' son)


  • Turan generally denotes lands inhabited by Turkic-speaking tribes.
  • Conan sarcastically claims to be Yezdigerd, crown prince of Turan to a fellow prisoner, who believed himself to be Prince Borrin of Koth in CB-253.
  • To the Persians, "Turan" was the lands not serving Ahura (Asura) Mazda but Ahriman, Lord of Darkness. Yazdegerd was the name of the last King of Persia before the Islamic conquest. He resided in the capital Ctesiphon. Ctesphon is the name of the priest-king of Stygia.
  • Yıldız means Star in Turkish and is a common last name among Turks in Anatolia
  • Vilayet means "Province" in the Persian language.
  • Historically, the Turanians were a great ancient Turkic tribe of the Avestan age in Central Asia.


1. The Hyborian Age [wikisource]