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[[caption-width-right:350:[[https://www.deviantart.com/stevenjamesmorris/art/Cimmerian-Red-Nails-Conan-the-Barbarian-828717146 Art by Steven James Morris]]]]


They find the city to be seemingly deserted, made up of a endless maze of emerald green alcoves and hallways, lighted by flaming rubies. After much exploring, they stumble upon a terrified individual, and are immediately set upon by attackers using [[ArtifactOfDoom mysterious artifacts]]. After saving the man, he introduces himself as Techotl, and hurriedly brings them to his people, as [[NothingIsScarier there are things which hide in the dark hallways]].

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They find the city to be seemingly deserted, made up of a endless maze of emerald green alcoves and hallways, lighted by flaming rubies.green crystals. After much exploring, they stumble upon a terrified individual, and are immediately set upon by attackers using [[ArtifactOfDoom mysterious artifacts]]. After saving the man, he introduces himself as Techotl, and hurriedly brings them to his people, as [[NothingIsScarier there are things which hide in the dark hallways]].


The leaders of his people, Olmec and Tascela, tell them the tale of their people; how their people separated into three factions centuries ago and have been waging war ever since, how barely more than fifty of them still live, and how one of the factions was killed off, its leader Tolkemec gone mad to live in the catacombs beneath the city. Behind their throne sits a black pillar covered in red nails, each representing a slain enemy. They offer to help Conan and Valeria escape if they help them slay the last remaining members of their enemies, which they begrudgingly agree to.

After repelling a surprise attack from their enemies, Olmec declares the war over, their enemies all dead. He commands Conan and several of his men to go check the enemy base for survivors. Whilst there, Conan is betrayed by Techotl, who says he was told to kill Conan so Olmec could have Valeria as his [[SexSlave slave]]. Olmec tries to take Valeria, but as she repels him, Tascela arrives and takes her for her own, leaving Olmec to die on a torture rack. Conan arrives just in time as Valeria is about to be sacrificed to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Tascela's hunger]].

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The leaders of his people, Olmec and Tascela, tell them the tale of their people; how their people separated into three factions centuries decades ago and have been waging war ever since, how barely more than fifty of them still live, and how one of the factions was killed off, its leader Tolkemec gone mad to live in the catacombs beneath the city. Behind their throne sits a black pillar covered in red nails, each representing a slain enemy. They offer to help Conan and Valeria escape if they help them slay the last remaining members of their enemies, which they begrudgingly agree to.

After repelling a surprise attack from their enemies, Olmec declares the war over, their enemies all dead. He commands Conan and several of his men to go check the enemy base for survivors. Whilst there, Conan is betrayed by Techotl, one of the men sent with him, who says he was told to kill Conan so Olmec could have Valeria as his [[SexSlave slave]]. Olmec tries to take Valeria, but as she repels him, Tascela arrives and takes her for her own, leaving Olmec to die on a torture rack. Conan arrives just in time as Valeria is about to be sacrificed to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Tascela's hunger]].


* DinosaursAreDragons: The Marvel Comics adaptation reinterprets the dragon as a Stegosaurus. Howard's original description definitely does not invoke the imagery of a stegosaurus. The [[https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32759/32759-h/32759-h.htm original Weird Tales art]] depicts a proper monstrous beast.
-->Through the thicket was thrust a head of nightmare and lunacy. Grinning jaws bared rows of dripping yellow tusks; above the yawning mouth wrinkled a saurian-like snout. Huge eyes, like those of a python a thousand times magnified, stared unwinkingly at the petrified humans clinging to the rock above it. Blood smeared the scaly, flabby lips and dripped from the huge mouth.
-->The head, bigger than that of a crocodile, was further extended on a long scaled neck on which stood up rows of serrated spikes, and after it, crushing down the briars and saplings, waddled the body of a titan, a gigantic, barrel-bellied torso on absurdly short legs. The whitish belly almost raked the ground, while the serrated backbone rose higher than Conan could have reached on tiptoe. A long spiked tail, like that of a gargantuan scorpion, trailed out behind.
** In fairness the second half of that description does resemble a Stegosaurus.

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* DinosaursAreDragons: The Marvel Comics adaptation reinterprets the dragon as a Stegosaurus. Howard's original description definitely does not invoke the imagery of a stegosaurus.stegosaurus, with its tusks, snake-like eyes, serrated neck and back spines and a scorpion-like spike-tipped tail. The [[https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32759/32759-h/32759-h.htm original Weird Tales art]] depicts a proper monstrous beast.
-->Through the thicket was thrust a head of nightmare and lunacy. Grinning jaws bared rows of dripping yellow tusks; above the yawning mouth wrinkled a saurian-like snout. Huge eyes, like those of a python a thousand times magnified, stared unwinkingly at the petrified humans clinging to the rock above it. Blood smeared the scaly, flabby lips and dripped from the huge mouth.
-->The head, bigger than that of a crocodile, was further extended on a long scaled neck on which stood up rows of serrated spikes, and after it, crushing down the briars and saplings, waddled the body of a titan, a gigantic, barrel-bellied torso on absurdly short legs. The whitish belly almost raked the ground, while the serrated backbone rose higher than Conan could have reached on tiptoe. A long spiked tail, like that of a gargantuan scorpion, trailed out behind.
** In fairness the second half of that description does resemble a Stegosaurus.
beast.


* AmazonChaser: Literally; Conan has been tracking Valeria for sometime after she slew a man who insulted her and had to depart rather hastily. As his current employers or the available women aren't much to his taste, Conan decides to chase after her.

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* AmazonChaser: Literally; Conan has been tracking Valeria for sometime some time after she slew a man who insulted her and had to depart rather hastily. As his current employers or the available women aren't weren't much to his taste, Conan decides to chase after her.

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** In fairness the second half of that description does resemble a Stegosaurus.

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* AmazonChaser: Literally; Conan has been tracking Valeria for sometime after she slew a man who insulted her and had to depart rather hastily. As his current employers or the available women aren't much to his taste, Conan decides to chase after her.


* RememberTheNewGuy: Valeria is presented as being an acquaintance of Conan's from previous adventures, but these adventures are not mentioned or shown in any previous stories.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: As is typical for Conan stories, Valeria is presented as being an acquaintance of Conan's from previous adventures, but these adventures are who was not mentioned established or shown referenced to in any previous stories.story.
* SnakesAreSinister: The crawler is a giant, ambiguously-colored snake that the people of Xotalanc found in the old catacombs and trained as their killer. Conan fatally wounds it in a dark room, and its corpse is found later on.


[[InMediasRes After escaping]] from his previous employer, Conan finds himself lost in a seemingly endless jungle. He runs into his friend and ally [[PirateGirl Valeria]], only for the two to be immediately attacked by a large [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon]]. Stranding them on a rocky outcrop, they see a field stretching out from the jungle, and further still, a domed city far away in the distance. Stabbing the dragon with a poisoned spear, they make a break for the clearing, eventually arriving at the city gates after a full days travel.

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[[InMediasRes After escaping]] from his her previous employer, Conan [[PirateGirl Valeria]] of the Red Brotherhood finds himself herself lost in a seemingly endless jungle. He runs into his friend and ally [[PirateGirl Valeria]], She's quickly joined by fellow deserter Conan, who is quite smitten with her, only for the two to be immediately attacked by a large [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon]].dragon. Stranding them on a rocky outcrop, they see a field stretching out from the jungle, and further still, a domed city far away in the distance. Stabbing the dragon with a poisoned spear, they make a break for the clearing, eventually arriving at the city gates after a full days travel.



* DefrostingIceQueen: In a way. Valeria is initially not receptive of Conan's affections, but by the end she begins to reciprocate them.



* DinosaursAreDragons: A Stegosaurus (at least in the comic version; in the story it's unclear). [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology A carnivorous one yet]].

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* DinosaursAreDragons: A Stegosaurus (at least in The Marvel Comics adaptation reinterprets the comic version; in dragon as a Stegosaurus. Howard's original description definitely does not invoke the story it's unclear). [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology imagery of a stegosaurus. The [[https://www.gutenberg.org/files/32759/32759-h/32759-h.htm original Weird Tales art]] depicts a proper monstrous beast.
-->Through the thicket was thrust a head of nightmare and lunacy. Grinning jaws bared rows of dripping yellow tusks; above the yawning mouth wrinkled a saurian-like snout. Huge eyes, like those of a python a thousand times magnified, stared unwinkingly at the petrified humans clinging to the rock above it. Blood smeared the scaly, flabby lips and dripped from the huge mouth.
-->The head, bigger than that of a crocodile, was further extended on a long scaled neck on which stood up rows of serrated spikes, and after it, crushing down the briars and saplings, waddled the body of a titan, a gigantic, barrel-bellied torso on absurdly short legs. The whitish belly almost raked the ground, while the serrated backbone rose higher than Conan could have reached on tiptoe.
A carnivorous one yet]].long spiked tail, like that of a gargantuan scorpion, trailed out behind.



* LivingDinosaurs: The "Dragon".



* PuzzleBoss: Conan figures out (after many zapped natives perish) that Tolkemec's wand can only hit things caught between it and any mirrors in the room.

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* PuzzleBoss: Conan figures out (after many zapped natives perish) that Tolkemec's wand can only hit things caught between it and any mirrors in metal surfaces (such as the room.altar or doors of the room).



* SuperPersistentPredator: The dragon/dinosaur.

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* SuperPersistentPredator: The dragon/dinosaur.dragon.



* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur. [[spoiler:Even after it is blinded it is still able to pursue Conan and Valeria out of the forest on scent alone.]]

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* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur.dragon. [[spoiler:Even after it is blinded it is still able to pursue Conan and Valeria out of the forest on scent alone.]]


* RemembertheNewGuy: Valeria is presented as being an acquaintance of Conan's from previous adventures, but these adventures are not mentioned or shown in any previous stories.

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* RemembertheNewGuy: RememberTheNewGuy: Valeria is presented as being an acquaintance of Conan's from previous adventures, but these adventures are not mentioned or shown in any previous stories.


* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur.

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* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur. [[spoiler:Even after it is blinded it is still able to pursue Conan and Valeria out of the forest on scent alone.]]


--->'''Valeria:''' Is there anything you ''haven't'' been?
--->'''Conan:''' I've never been king of an Hyborian kingdom, but I've dreamed of being even that. [[Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword I may be too]], [[Literature/TheScarletCitadel some day]]. [[Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon Why shouldn't I?]]

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--->'''Valeria:''' -->'''Valeria:''' Is there anything you ''haven't'' been?
--->'''Conan:''' -->'''Conan:''' I've never been king of an Hyborian kingdom, but I've dreamed of being even that. [[Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword I may be too]], [[Literature/TheScarletCitadel some day]]. [[Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon Why shouldn't I?]]


* ActionGirl: Valeria.

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* ActionGirl: Valeria.Valeria shares with Belit the distinction of being one of the two female leads in the original Howard stories who could handle themselves in a fight.
* CallBack: During his conversation with Valeria, Conan brings up the fact that he has been a [[Literature/ThePoolOfTheBlackOne pirate]] [[Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast leader]], [[Literature/IronShadowsInTheMoon a chief]] [[Literature/TheDevilInIron of the kozaki]], a [[Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn chief of the Zuagir]] and [[Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle a chief of the Afghulies]].
* CallForward: When Valeria gets fed up with Conan bringing up all the jobs he has had over the years...
--->'''Valeria:''' Is there anything you ''haven't'' been?
--->'''Conan:''' I've never been king of an Hyborian kingdom, but I've dreamed of being even that. [[Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword I may be too]], [[Literature/TheScarletCitadel some day]]. [[Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon Why shouldn't I?]]

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* LivingDinosaurs: The "Dragon".


The leaders of his people, Olmec and Tascela, tell them the tale of their people; how their people separated into three factions centuries ago and have been waging war ever since, how barely more than fifty of them still live, and how one of the factions was killed off, it's leader Tolkemec gone mad to live in the catacombs beneath the city. Behind their throne sits a black pillar covered in red nails, each representing a slain enemy. They offer to help Conan and Valeria escape if they help them slay the last remaining members of their enemies, which they begrudgingly agree to.

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The leaders of his people, Olmec and Tascela, tell them the tale of their people; how their people separated into three factions centuries ago and have been waging war ever since, how barely more than fifty of them still live, and how one of the factions was killed off, it's its leader Tolkemec gone mad to live in the catacombs beneath the city. Behind their throne sits a black pillar covered in red nails, each representing a slain enemy. They offer to help Conan and Valeria escape if they help them slay the last remaining members of their enemies, which they begrudgingly agree to.



* PirateGirl: Valeria

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* PirateGirl: ValeriaValeria.



* SuperPersistentPredator: The dragon/dinosaur

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* SuperPersistentPredator: The dragon/dinosaurdragon/dinosaur.



* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur
* VainSorceress: Tascela
* WasOnceAMan: Tolkemac

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* TheyHaveTheScent: The dinosaur
dinosaur.
* VainSorceress: Tascela
Tascela.
* WasOnceAMan: TolkemacTolkemec.

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