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->''"Whence came Natohk?" rose the Shemite's vibrant whisper. "Out of the desert on a night when the world was blind and wild with mad clouds driven in frenzied flight across the shuddering stars, and the howling of the wind was mingled with the shrieking of the spirits of the wastes. Vampires were abroad that night, witches rode naked on the wind, and werewolves howled across the wilderness. On a black camel he came, riding like the wind, and an unholy fire played about him; the cloven tracks of the camel glowed in the darkness. When Natohk dismounted before Set's shrine by the oasis of Aphaka, the beast swept into the night and vanished. And I have talked with tribesmen who swore that it suddenly spread gigantic wings and rushed upwards into the clouds, leaving a trail of fire behind it. No man has seen that camel since that night, but a black brutish manlike shape shambles to Natohk's tent and gibbers to him in the blackness before dawn."''

"[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Black_Colossus Black Colossus]]" is a Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story by Creator/RobertEHoward. First published in June, 1933.

Princess Yasmela has been having terrible nightmares about a large black shadowy figure, who claims he is coming for her. To make matters worse, out in the desert, [[ThereAreNoCoincidences a dark figure]] has been uniting the scattered tribes and ravaging the countryside, and soon they will be at the city gates! Action must be taken, and, after receiving advice from her patron god, she goes looking for someone to lead her forces to victory against the evil hordes. And who should happen to be there but Conan?
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!!Tropes featured
* TheBerserker: Natohk's horde are berserkers, charging an army in a defended position in massive human wave attacks.
* BlingBlingBang: Shevatas the thief, in the prologue, carries a bejewelled blade that he's poisoned.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: When Conan shows caution in the battle at the pass and refuses to be drawn into a trap, Amalric notes that he'd be the first to charge if he was still a simple mercenary. Conan notes that's because he would be responsible only for his own life in that case, but now he has an army and country to defend.
* TheChase: After Yasmela is abducted by Natohk in his chariot, Conan gives chase on horseback.
* CoolMask: The villain is even called the Veiled One.
* DamselInDistress: Yasmela, at the end.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Shortly after meeting Conan, Princess Yasmela is surprised to find herself feeling twinges of lust and desire towards the barbarian.
** Natohk is himself the victim of this, as he is more focused on having Yasmela than on his plans for conquest. This is further emphasised in the Dark Horse comic adaptation, where, during a critical moment in the battle, his demon servant points out that with Conan and the Khorajan army occupied, Natohk can simply take the remainder of his horde around the plateau and through the pass, with Khoraja and the lands beyond ripe for the taking. He promptly ignores this advice, to fatal results.
* EvilSorcerer: Natohk, a.k.a. Thugra Khotan.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: A funny moment where Yasmela unveils the new commander of her forces to her counsellors, right at the moment when Conan is sprawled in a chair and tearing into a meat-bone with his teeth. The counsellors change their tune [[HeCleansUpNicely once they see Conan in his new officer's armour]], though.
* FogOfDoom: The Evil Sorcerer uses it to block line-of-sight as his army approaches Conan's.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Conan's Amalric notes that he's seen actual kings wear fine armour less nobly than Conan, it's noted that Conan would remember he said that in years to come, after he gained his own throne. Not foreshadowing at the time, since the first Conan story was a "Conan the King" -era story, but is nowadays since most collections arrange the stories chronologically.
* GladToBeAliveSex: Yasmela insists, at the end.
* TheHorde: Consisting of thirty tribes.
* KillItWithFire: Natohk summons wall of fire, using it on the rashly charging knights.
* TheLadysFavour: The knights in Conan's army are all mentioned as carrying them.
* MagicWand: Natohk uses the classic "also turns into a snake" version.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The EldritchAbomination wants Yasmela.
* PerpetualMotionMonster: The snake that guards Thugra Khotan's three thousand year old tomb.
* RescueSex: Yasmela throws herself at Conan on being rescued.
* SdrawkcabName: Did it come as a surprise to anyone that Natohk is actually Thugra Khotan?
* ShroudedInMyth: Thugra Khotan, an Acheronian/Stygian king-sorcerer three thousand years ago.
* StalkerWithACrush: Thugra Khotan, towards Yasmela.
* AStormIsComing: Part of the warning of the army's approach. At first they think it's a storm, before they realise it's an eldritch fog.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Conan finishes Khotan by [[KilledMidSentence throwing his sword through him, mid-sentence.]] The comic adaptation is the page picture for this trope.
* TreasureRoom: Khotan's tomb
* WasOnceAMan: the EldritchAbomination.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Yasmela's captive brother is the chief subject matter of the opening discussion -- and dropped right after.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Yasmela. Very hard to maintain her position, especially when this barbarian attracts her.
* YourWorstNightmare: Yasmela denies this trope, knowing that her lady in waiting will assume it's true; she really was awake when the apparition -- an EldritchAbomination StalkerWithACrush -- menaced her.
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