The Tower of the Elephant
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|"The Tower of the Elephant"|
|Original title||"The Tower of the Elephant"|
|Publisher||Rural Publishing Corporation|
|Publication date||March 1933|
"The Tower of the Elephant" is one of the original
The story is set in the Zamorian city of Arenjun (also known as the "City of Thieves"). A young Conan is drinking at a rowdy
After crossing a crocodile-infested river, Conan ventures into Yara's garden to steal the jewel and immediately encounters Taurus of Nemedia (known as the "Prince of Thieves") who has a similar appearance. Taurus, who is wily, fat, but amazingly agile, is impressed by Conan's daring and they agree to work together as allies. After battling lions in the tower gardens, the thieves slowly ascend Yara's spire. Upon reaching the top, Taurus enters a treasure vault and is killed by the venomous bite of a giant spider. After a desperate battle, Conan crushes the spider with a chest of gems. Conan hastens on in search of his greatest prize, the Heart.
Continuing into the tower, he discovers a strange "trans-cosmic being" with the body of a man and the oversized head of an elephant. The creature, named Yag-kosha, is a blind and tortured prisoner of Yara.
Yag-kosha reveals to Conan the pre-cataclysmic saga of his alien people, their arrival on Earth, and how he taught Yara the art of
Obeying Yag-kosha's instructions, Conan leaves immediately and emerges empty-handed from the tower at dawn, just as it collapses behind him. He has nothing after his night's work except for his sword, loin-cloth, and sandals.