Conan The Marauder

By John Maddox Roberts

Within the fabled lands some distance past the Vilayet Sea, Conan of Cimmeria faces his most dangerous problem. The warlord Bartatua plans to unite the Hyrkanian tribes and sweep internationally in conquest, whereas the Turanian wizard Khondemir plots to exploit Bartatua's ambition to extra his sorcerous schemes. Ishkala, haughty Princess of Sogaria, and Lakhme, seductress and undercover agent, weave their very own intrigues because the strength of gods is attracted to the town of Mounds, historic necropolis of the Hyrkanians. each hand is grew to become opposed to Conan, and he can merely be Conan the Marauder

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What percentage have we misplaced? " he demanded. "Thousands. and that i doubt that we slew 100 of them. not likely part that many. " Conan surveyed the shattered warriors who sat upon the floor. "And at the least one guy in 3 is wounded, many heavily. " They have been rejoined by way of the northern social gathering. those tribesmen had now not suffered as badly, for the feint had no longer been pressed a ways inside arrow diversity and the northern wall have been thinly defended. Nor had this horde met with a heavy cavalry cost. After receiving his chief's document, Bartatua led Conan a distance clear of the others and spoke with him. "They knew," he stated. "They knew that the assault from the north used to be to be a feint. They have been absolutely ready to savage my horde, with archers and horsemen ready less than the southern rampart till we have been inside variety. they'd their heavy cavalry massed on the jap and western partitions, able to experience over the rampart and take us in either flanks. " He brooded for a couple of minutes. "It used to be Lakhme. whilst that witch went into town of Mounds final evening, she informed them of my procedure. How lengthy ahead of my Kagans determine that out, Conan? Who will recognize a pace-setter who finds his most crucial secrets and techniques to a international slave girl? " Conan acknowledged not anything. while Bartatua sought after suggestion for the subsequent assault, he might say so. "And too a lot of those that died have been Ashkuz, my very own tribe. they're the robust pillar that upholds my sway. needs to I commence yet again, development my energy one of the tribes, reforging the damaged alliances that have been equipped upon their belief in my invincibility? " Conan observed that the main self-confident guy he had ever identified was once starting to doubt himself. "Well, Conan, inform me how i could retrieve this sorry state of affairs. " "For something, we do not anything for the remainder of the day," stated the Cimmerian. "Let the boys leisure and regain center. allow them to additionally brood upon slain comrades and kinsmen. we will strike at sundown. that would depart sufficient gentle if you worry to die at midnight. " He regarded towards the ramparts, the place warriors had descended to complete off the wounded and retrieve arrows from the our bodies. "Their centred defence is just too a lot to face," he persisted. "We will divide into 4 teams and attack all 4 facets without delay. there'll be many slain, yet not anything like this morning. The enemy can be unfold too skinny to pay attention its hearth. in the event that your males may simply run, their losses will be a long way fewer, yet that's asking the most unlikely. " "At least we will have the ability to avenge our honour," acknowledged Bartatua, "whatever occurs after that. " "You brood overly much," stated Conan. "Perhaps you'll have to defer your crusade for an additional 12 months. when you supply your males victories and masses booty, they'll love you as ahead of. Warriors are simply changed. a brand new crop of youths comes of age with each passing yr. this can be a priceless event. Now you understand how the folks you assault think if you slaughter them and so they haven't any method of notable again. " The Ushi-Kagan controlled a grim smile. "It is an effective factor that i don't require a lot sympathy, for you supply little or no.

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