Black Colossus by Robert E. Howard


It is set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age and concerns Conan leading the demoralized army of Khoraja against an evil sorcerer named Natohk, “the Veiled One.”


Black Colossus — is one of the original short stories starring the fictional sword and sorcery hero Conan the Cimmerian.

“Black Colossus” written by American author Robert E. Howard and first published in Weird Tales magazine, June 1933.

This story formed part of the basis for the later Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon.

A powerful wizard named Thugra Khotan is awoken from his three-thousand year sleep by an audacious yet unlucky Zamoran thief named Shevatas. Thugra wakes with dreams of world domination. He assumes the name Natohk, the Veiled One, gathers an army of desert tribes and sets out to conquer the Hyborian nations. However, the tiny kingdom of Khoraja – with a mixed Hyborian-Shemite population, culture and religion – stands in his way. The country presently ruled by the lithesome Yasmela, sister of the king. She ishimself a captive of neighboring Ophir. In dread of Natohk’s pending invasion, Yasmela turns for advice to the nigh-forgotten god of her ancestors, Mitra. In order to venture into the streets and hand over the defense of her kingdom to the first man she meets.


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