Synopsis for “The Dweller in the Dark”
Conan is surprised by a pack of soldiers from the city Zahmahn as he attempts to drink from a protected spring.The Cimmerian kills the captain of the guards and knocked by another soldier,in fear that the queen may,question them,as who killed her favorite. The soldiers manage to get the best of the weary barbarian and drag him before their queen, the power-mad Fatima. Impressed by the barbarian, she takes him as her consort for several weeks until Conan makes the mistake of being nice to the slave girl Yaila. The insanely jealous, or maybe just insane, Fatima sentences the two to death in the sewers at the pleasure of the Dweller in the Darkness.Conan is chained next to Yaila,upon an ancient wall,as both hear something coming,from down inside the darkened caverns. Conan manages to break free of the chains that hold him as a huge,pink tentacle reaches around a corner.The Cimmerian and the girl travel down the sewer tunnel just as the Dweller, a giant octopus slithers into view,in a vast chamber beyond.The wretched creature,once human,but now transformed into the thing,it is now lashes out at Conan and female companion.Conan attempts to rescue the girl,Yaila,who snatched up one of the veil creatures tentacles.Even the monster is spongy and hard to cut,Conan manages to slice one of the creatures eyes,blinding it.The monster,now in pain,begins lash out,as the Cimmerian and the girl attempt to find an excite to the problem.
Conan carrying Yaila scramble up a tunnel in the ceiling. Breaking through a manhole, they find themselves in the middle of Fatima and a group of guards. Fed up with the situation, Conan grabs the queen and threatens to throw her down the hole to the monster. Fatima promises Conan anything he wants if he lets her go. Not believing her for a second, Conan tosses her to the Dweller and listens, satisfied, to the screams. Conan turns to face the guards, but is surprised when they cheer; they were fed up with Fatima themselves. Conan takes the opportunity to attempt to make himself king, but when he discovers that Zahmahn only allows queens, names Yaila as the next ruler and, having enough of queens, leaves town.