El Borak, otherwise known as Francis Xavier Gordon, is a fictional character created by . Gordon was a Robert E. Howard gunfighter from Texan who had travelled the world and settled in El Paso . He is known in Asia for his exploits in that continent. Afghanistan
The character was originally created when Howard was only ten years old
but he did not see print until "  " in the December 1934 issue of The Daughter of Erlik Khan . He is likely to have been inspired by real people such as Top-Notch , Richard Francis Burton , John Nicholson and "Chinese" Gordon as well as the fiction of Lawrence of Arabia . Talbot Mundy One of the earliest surviving stories where he made an appearance was a story written by Howard when he was sixteen years old.  These stories, however, were not complete and the character itself faded from the author's consciousness for several years.  He was revived in 1933 together with another oriental adventurer,  in stories published by Kirby O'Donnell Top-Notch, Complete Stories and . Thrilling Adventures 
Although Howard is best known for his fantasy fiction, the El Borak stories are straight adventure fiction and only "
" contains a fantasy element. Three-Bladed Doom
The background of the El Borak stories is similar to that of the
story " Conan the Barbarian " in which Conan is a chieftain of a hill tribe in what corresponds to Afghanistan. The People of the Black Circle
El Borak is the central character of the series, frequently attempting to minimise tribal wars and conflict in the region through guile or direct violence.