|Conan the Barbarian #45|
|Inker:||"The Crusty Bunkers"|
|Title:||"The Last Ballad of Laza-Lanti"|
- Conan (Previous appearance in first story of ST-5; next chronological appearance in first story of ST-4).
- Laza-Lanti (First and only appearance to date; kills himself in this issue). Minstrel.
- Fezal (First and only appearance to date). Cattle merchant.
- Timara (First and only appearance to date; dies in this issue). Eternally young consort of a demon.
- Two days.
Conan, relaxing in a tavern in shadizar, listens to a haunting song from the minstrel Laza-Lanti. A brawl inevitably breaks out, landing Conan and Laza-Lanti in jail. The minstrel sings a tale of the Dark Valley, where he was born, and how he fled the valley when he was a child, on the run from a monster which was stalking him. Laza-Lanti has vowed to return to the place of his birth to free it from the monster's power, and after the two escape using the minstrel's hidden dagger, Conan decides to accompany him. They make their way to the Dark Valley, where they find a few men leaving behind cattle as a sacrifice. Soon, they see a beautiful woman arrive to take the cattle into a cave beneath some cliffside ruins. The woman offers the cattle to a slimy, tentacled monster. Laza-Lanti impuslively attacks the creature, and Conan assists, and they manage to kill the demon. When the minstrel expects gratitude from the woman, Timara, she explains that she served the demon willingly, for it hept her young, and she had bore it two two sos. One son was given to druids to raise; the other is Laza-Lanti himself. The spells keeping her young gone, she swiftly ages and falls on her own dagger. Conan leaves the devastated men, who commits suicide while Conan ponders what happened to the other son.
- Includes the Robert E. Howard poem "The Dweller in Dark Valley."
- The inkers of this story, calling themselves "The Crusty Bunkers," are Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Larry Hama, and Ralph Reese.
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