Literature: Xuthal of the Dusk
"Xuthal of the Dusk" (a.k.a. "The Slithering Shadow") is a Conan the Barbarian story written by Robert E. Howard. First published in September, 1933.
- Bedsheet Ladder: Well, tapestries.
- Chivalrous Pervert: When Thalis glomps on him before Natala, he's embarrassed.
- Damsel in Distress: Natala.
- Diamonds in the Buff: Conan stumbles on such a woman.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Armed only with a normal sword Conan inflicts so much damage on Thog that it retreats back to wherever it is that it lives when not stalking the halls of Xuthal.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: On the other hand Conan takes so much damage himself that he probably would have died if Natala hadn't given him a healing potion.
- The Fatalist: In the city.
- Green-Eyed Monster: both Thalis and Natala.
- Healing Potion: The golden wine.
- Hollywood Mirage: Conan fears that he sees this and not a refuge.
- Human Sacrifice: Thalis's society, in the Backstory.
- It's a Small World After All: Conan is dropped on where Natala needs rescue.
- Just in Time
- Living Shadow: It slithers.
- Look Behind You: How Thalis escapes.
- Magitek: Xuthal seems to run on it.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Thalis attempts it.
- Not So Different: Is Thog so different from Human Sacrifice? (As if Conan's or Natala's people practiced it.)
- Schmuck Banquet: Natala fears it. Conan figures they are dying anyway.
- Trap Door: A woman uses this on Conan.
- The Underworld: Natala thinks they died and went to one.
- Unwilling Suspension: Thalis to Natala.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Conan sees Thog about to take Natala, he becomes so enraged that he attacks without hesitation and fights so fiercely he causes the monster to retreat.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Thalis's advice.
- Zerg Rush: Conan is nearly overcome.