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* BondVillainStupidity: Proves to be Nabonidus's undoing. He could have just activated his final booby trap, killed Conan and Murillo, and gotten away with everything, but ''no,'' he just had to do some EvilGloating first:

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* BondVillainStupidity: Proves to be Nabonidus's undoing. He could have just activated his final booby trap, killed Conan and Murillo, and gotten away with everything, it all, but ''no,'' he just had to do some EvilGloating first:


-->'''Nabonidus''': And so, Murillo, fool that you are-::takes a flying stool to the brain-pan::

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-->'''Nabonidus''': And so, Murillo, fool that you are-::takes a flying stool to the brain-pan::are-::BONK::


* 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, but decides that he could probably use the sack of gold and the fast horse that Murillo promised him once the job was done (and he felt at least partially indebted to Murillo for getting him a good meal while he was in prison), 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, they all want to do it ''right now'', and nothing goes according to plan for any of them.

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* 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, but decides that he could probably use the sack of gold and the fast horse that Murillo promised him once the job was done (and he felt at least partially indebted to Murillo for getting him unshackled and nourished with a good meal while he was in prison), 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, they all want to do it ''right now'', and nothing goes according to plan for any of them.

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* BondVillainStupidity: Proves to be Nabonidus's undoing. He could have just activated his final booby trap, killed Conan and Murillo, and gotten away with everything, but ''no,'' he just had to do some EvilGloating first:
-->'''Nabonidus''': And so, Murillo, fool that you are-::takes a flying stool to the brain-pan::


* 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 sellsword. Everyone pretty much agrees that of the three of them, ''Conan'' is the most morally upright, because [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least he's not pretending to be anything but a thief and hired killer]].

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* 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 classic EvilChancellor with all kinds of vaguely evil plots in motion. And between them is Conan, amoral sellsword. Everyone pretty much agrees that of the three of them, ''Conan'' is the most morally upright, because [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least he's not pretending to be anything but a thief and hired killer]].an amoral sellsword]].


* KilledMidSentence: Conan chucks a stool at Nabonidus's head right in the middle of his dramatic monologue. We'll never know what his final booby trap was now.

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* KilledMidSentence: Conan chucks a stool at Nabonidus's head right in the middle of his dramatic evil monologue. We'll never know what his final booby trap was gruesome fate he had planned for our heroes now.


* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one, reputed to be exceptionally powerful and vicious. [[spoiler:It's dead by the time we see it, killed by Thak in his takeover of the house.]]

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* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one, reputed to be exceptionally powerful and vicious. [[spoiler:It's [[spoiler: It's dead by the time we see it, killed by Thak in his takeover of the house.]]



* 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 most morally upright, because [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least he's not pretending to be anything but a thief and mercenary]].

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* 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. sellsword. Everyone pretty much agrees that of the three of them, ''Conan'' is the most morally upright, because [[AtLeastIAdmitIt at least he's not pretending to be anything but a thief and mercenary]].hired killer]].


-->:'''Conan''': [[BrickJoke His blood was red, after all.]]

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-->:'''Conan''': -->'''Conan''': [[BrickJoke His blood was red, after all.]]



* TheDandy: Murillo, the soft, pampered nobleman with scented curls who hires Conan to kill Nabonidus for him. [[HiddenDepths The straps on a sword and goes to do it himself when that plan seems to have failed.]]

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* TheDandy: Murillo, the soft, pampered nobleman with scented curls who hires Conan to kill Nabonidus for him. [[HiddenDepths The Then straps on a sword and goes to do it himself when that plan seems to have failed.]]



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* BondOneLiner: Conan, on killing Nabonidus.
-->:'''Conan''': [[BrickJoke His blood was red, after all.]]
* BrickJoke: Conan earlier objects to Murillo not wanting to kill Nabonidus, instead figure out what's going on in the house. Conan insists he wants see what color Nabonidus' blood is, as so many say he has a black heart he must have BlackBlood as well. After Conan kills him. . .
-->'''Conan''': [[BondOneLiner His blood was red, after all.]]


* TheBerserker: The effect of a powder on men.

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* TheBerserker: The effect of a powder the gray lotus powder, one of the many traps in Nabonidus' house, on men.



* GasChamber: Used to disburse the dust of the gray lotus.

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* GasChamber: Used to disburse the dust One of the Nabonidus' traps, sealing intruders between glass panels and spraying them with [[TheBerserker gray lotus.lotus powder]].


* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one, reputed to be exceptionally powerful and vicious. [[spoiler:It's dead by the time we see it.]]

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* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one, reputed to be exceptionally powerful and vicious. [[spoiler:It's dead by the time we see it.it, killed by Thak in his takeover of the house.]]


* WorthyOpponent: At the end Conan acknowledges Thak as this.

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* WorthyOpponent: At the end Conan acknowledges Thak as this. See NotSoDifferent.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Conan gets revenge on the whore who turned him in to the guardsmen by tossing her into a cesspool. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Note that this makes him positively chivalrous by the standards of the Hyborian Age.]]


%%* AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one.

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%%* * AngryGuardDog: Nabonidus has one.one, reputed to be exceptionally powerful and vicious. [[spoiler:It's dead by the time we see it.]]



%%* DeadlyDecadentCourt

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%%* DeadlyDecadentCourt* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The unnamed city the story takes place is astonishingly corrupt, even by the standards of civilized places in Conan yarns. See GreyAndGreyMorality.



* GreatEscape: Arranged for Conan to escape prison and assassinate a target.

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* GreatEscape: Arranged for Conan to escape prison and assassinate a target. It does not go according to plan, and Conan is forced to affect his own.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Nabonidus is the man behind pretty much everyone, manipulating everyone from the king on down in his web of intrigue.

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