|Conan the Barbarian Annual #8|
|Title:||Dark Night of the White Queen|
- Tu (First and only appearance to date). Kull's Councillor.
- Castrica (First and only appearance to date).
- Narcia (First and only appearance to date).
- Alexus (First and only appearance to date).
- Asaad (First and only appearance to date).
- Border Kingdoms
- The city-state Tarsus
Prologue: In the past, Kull and his Red Slayers track down a few members of the snake cult who are awaiting the birth of their dark god's child. The woman, impregnated only days before, births twins, a male and a female, much to the cultists' chagrin. They are interrupted in their ritual, though, when they are attacked and slain by Kull. The king gives the babies to his Councillor, Tu, who, rather than drowning them as Kull commands (even though he has not the heart to do it himself), Tu gives them to a shepherd who has lost his only son. In the present, Conan has found himself employment in the royal castle at Tarsus, and is fighting a rebellion against the royal family of Castrica, princess and dabbler in dark arts who will be coronated queen tomorrow, Narcia, the gentle white-magic step-princess beloved and preferred by the people, and Alexus, the cowardly sorcerer step-prince. When the soldier Asaad comes to inform Conan the rebels are storming the gates, Conan goes to fight them, but Alexus coldly conjures a pit to swallow friend and foe alike, killing many. That night, Narcia accompanies Conan in secret to feed the sick and homeless, but on returning to the castle find that Alexus has summoned a creeping hellspawn which Conan dispatches. Believing himself to be an emissary of Set, and with the support of Castrica, he teleports away to retrieve some books from his castle. To Conan's shock, Narcia wants to go after him and insists Conan and his men accompany her to confront her brother. They make their way at dawn, and upon approaching the castle see it change from white to black, which Narcia says mimic's Alexus's soul. Alexus's face appears in the clouds above the party and, when Conan disrespects him, hurls flames at the group, following that with a swarm of bat demons. Narcia's white magic sends the creatures away, though she becomes testy and uncharacteristically snaps at her men, who wish to proceed no further against powers they are helpless against. Conan continues with Narcia as Asaad and the other men return to Taurus.
- The Chronicles of Conan 22 - Reavers in the Borderland and Other Stories
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