"[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rogues_in_the_House Rogues in the House]]" is a Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story by Creator/RobertEHoward. First published in January, 1934.
* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one
* BigFancyHouse: Nabonidus has one, but it has no servants
* TheBerserker: The effect of a powder on men
* TheDandy: Murillo
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Implied. In the chronologically-earlier story "The Hall of the Dead," which Robert E. Howard began and L. Sprague [=DeCamp=] later finished, Conan meets a Gunderman mercenary named Nestor, and they become FireForgedFriends over the course of looting an ancient cursed citadel and fighting the demons and monsters they find there. At the beginning of this story, passing mention is made of Conan's accomplice, an unnamed Gunderman who was captured and executed well before the events of the main narrative. Ohhhh...
* EnemyMine: with Nabonidus
* EvilChancellor: Nabonidus is this to the king.
* ExactWords: Nabonidus promises not to have the king kill Murillo.
* TheExile: Murillo is not sure whether he's been warned to opt for this.
* FingerInTheMail: An ear is sent to Murillo
* FrazettaMan: Thak, however see ItCanThink.
* GadgeteerGenius: Nabonidus who uses a lot of ClockPunk tech to safeguard his house.
* GambitPileup: A fairly good description of the plot. Murillo arranges Conan's escape from prison to have him kill Nabonidus, but then ends up going to Nabonidus's mansion to do the job himself when he hears that the escape was botched. Conan, meanwhile, manages to break out of prison on his own, and decides that he could probably use the sack of gold and the fast horse that Murillo promised him once the job was done, so he heads to the mansion as well. Unfortunately, this is the exact night that Nabonidus's pet Ape-Man Thak decides to rebel against his master. AND THEN, partway through the story, a [[HeroOfAnotherStory band of political rebels]] breaks in with the intent of assassinating Nabonidus (they do [[MuggingTheMonster about as well as you'd expect]]). ''Everyone'' wants to kill Nabonidus, and they all want to do it ''right now'', and nothing goes according to plan for any of them.
* GasChamber: Used to disburse the dust of the gray lotus
* GreatEscape: Arranged fro Conan
* GrayAndGreyMorality: As per the norm for the [[CrapsackWorld Conan universe]], the unnamed city where this story takes place is ''astoundingly'' corrupt and decadent. Even the guard that Murillo bribes to get Conan out of jail is into a bunch of unscrupulous things, which is what gets him caught and the escape stopped. Murillo is a courtier selling state secrets to rival kings. Nabonidus is a Mad Scientist/Dark Wizard type with all kinds of vaguely evil plots in motion. And between them is Conan, amoral sword-for-hire. Everyone pretty much agrees that of the three of them, Conan is the least corrupt, because at least he's not pretending to be anything but a thief and mercenary.
* HiddenDepths: Murillo is a dandy and a traitor, but he's no coward. Once he hears that his assassination plot has been thwarted, he straps on a sword and heads off to do the job himself. Granted, he's acting out of desperation and he doesn't really think he'll pull it off, but he's clearly not going down without a fight.
* ItCanThink: Thak is not just inhumanely strong, he is also much more intelligent than he looks.
* TheMole: Murillo sells secrets to foreigners
* NobleFugitive: Murillo thinks of this but it might not be allowed.
* NotSoDifferent: Conan's opinion of Thak: 'I have slain a ''man'' tonight, not a ''beast''. I will count him among the chiefs whose souls I've sent into the dark. My women will sing of him.'
* TheRat: the priest who betrayed Conan
* WorthyOpponent: At the end Conan acknowledges Thak as this.