Synopsis for “The Tower of the Elephant!”
A slaver, boasting of his recent acquisition, catches the attention of Conan when he mentions a jewel secreted in the Tower of the Elephant. The rogue mocks Conan’s interest in the impossible to obtain gem, which is never a smart thing to do. Leaving the Kothian’s body behind, Conan approaches the gated Tower and observes Yara, the Tower’s mysterious occupant enter. Conan does not notice the priest’s feet do not touch the ground. Conan scales the wall and discovers another thief, Taurus, also in the courtyard. Taurus uses a gas to slay some guard lions and the two thieves climb to the top of the Tower. Taurus, attempting to leave Conan, behind sneaks into a door, but immediately falls out dead. Conan warily enters the room, discovers it filled with treasure, but also encounters the room’s guardian, a giant poisonous spider.Conan defeats the monster and descends into a lower chamber where he encounters a green humanoid creature with an elephantine head. The lonely, blind creature introduces itself as Yag-Kosha and explains to a terrified Conan his alien nature and capture by Yara. The fabled gem, the Heart of the Elephant, is what keeps Yag-Kosha captive and Yara all-powerful. He begs Conan to kill him, which Conan does. Conan then takes the gem to a sleeping Yara, who is mystically swallowed by the gem. Conan can see a fully healed and powerful Yag-Kosha inside the gem take his final revenge on his captor. With its occupant’s death, the Tower begins to crumble, and Conan flees just in time to see it collapse into a pile of shards.