Real Name: Akivasha

Identity/Class: Human (Hyborian Era) vampire; Stygian

Occupation: Predator

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Stygia; possible connection to the Black Ring

Enemies: Conan

Known Relatives: Tuthamon (father)

Aliases: Princess Akivasha; The Woman who Never Died

Base of Operations: Temple of Set, Khemi, Stygia; formerly Luxor, Stygia;
Hyborian Era; possibly the
Pre-Cataclysmic Era



First Appearance: REH's "Hour of the Dragon" from Weird Tales (1935-1936), collected in Conan the Conqueror;
(In the MU) Savage Sword of Conan#10 (February, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Akivasha is immune to the effects of disease and aging. She possesses enhanced human strength and survives off of the blood of living beings. She claims that her bite can make others immortal as well. She apparently sleeps in a sarcophagus.
Akivasha is presumably a vampire, and if so would possess their typical powers and weaknesses, with some possible variation. She may or may not have been able to alter her form to become mist, or a wolf, bat, etc. She likely had some vulnerability to religious icons, although, like
Varnae, these would probably only have been those that existed prior to her creation. She may or may not have vulnerability to sunlight, and the other various limitations of vampires. As she was only seen briefly, her powers and limitations are limited to speculation.
Although it cannot be determined from the black and white pictures seen here, Akivasha has ivory skin.



(Hour of the Dragon/SSoC#10 (fb)-BTS) - Akivasha's history is unclear. She was apparently a Stygian Princess, in Luxor (@ 15, 000 BC), or perhaps even earlier. She attained supernatural life by unknown means, possibly by becoming a vampire, or by other magical, likely demonic, means:
"I am she whose only sin was that I loved life--and to win life, I courted death! I wooed darkness as his lover, and his gift was life...life that, not being life as mortals know it, can never fade!
--I am the woman who never died--who, men say, was lifted into the skies by the gods in the full bloom of youth and beauty. But, men are fools...for, it is not in the skies but in the shadows that mortals may find immortality. Ten thousand years ago I died--that I might live forever!"

Whatever her nature, Akivasha's name became legend the world over. She apparently remained in Stygia, eventually coming to dwell in the Temple of Set, in Khemi, the capitol of Stygia. There she dwelled in the shadows, living off of priests, magicians, and virgins captured and brought to her.

(Hour of the Dragon/SSoC#10) - When Conan came to the Temple of Set, in search of the Heart of Ahriman, he was pulled aside by Akivasha as he stalked the corridors. At first he believed her to be just a fair-skinned maiden, and warily followed her when she offered to take him to Thutothemes, who had the Heart. However, within her chambers, as she sought to seduce him, he found the empty sarcophagus of Akivasha, and he realized her true nature. Nonetheless, she entranced him with her tale, and sought to make him her own:
"Love me, O Man! Give me your blood to perpetuate my youth--and I will make you too immortal...for I weary of priests and magicians and captive screaming virgins! I desire...a man. Love me, barbarian--love me!"
As her teeth pierced his neck, Conan overcame her spell and hurled her away. He drew his sword and threatened to cut her in half if she approached him again. Then her chamber went back and Conan rushed out of it in a mad panic, leaving behind her sweet, hellish laughter.




Comments: Created by Robert E. Howard. Adapted by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.

I've only recently started reading and indexing my now complete collection of Marvel's Conan stories. I'm not aware of any further appearances of Akivasha, but I can't believe they wouldn't have ever fleshed her out more!

Pre Greg O: According to the Index of Hyborian Names Akivasha's name is derived from the Egyptian name (Elwesh or Akkaiwasha) for the Achaioi or Achaeans (in archaic Greek Achaiwoi).

--I place the Hyborian era as beginning shortly after the great Cataclysm (18, 000 BC), although it came to exist as it was usually seen around 12, 000 BC-10, 000 BC. Conan's adventures take place @ 10, 000 BC.
Acheron's empire, alongside Stygia, ruled most of the Earth @ 15, 500 BC, approximately 2500 years after the Great Cataclysm. After 2500 years of reign, the empire began to fall before the Hyborian barbarians. Stygia persisted as a nation throughout the Hyborian Era
For a truly excellent pre-modern era Chronology of the Marvel Universe, check out
Robert Wicks' Unofficial Chronology of the Marvel Universe.

Akivasha claims to have been active 10, 000 years before her meeting with Conan, which would date her activity back to 20, 000 BC.

Akivasha was used in the Kull the Conqueror movie, played by Tia Carrere (mmmm....Tia Carrere).
Here's something from a movie review, but it's incomplete:

A response, from our own Greg O:

Here's a link to some movie related images:
Akivasha into Fire Demon

and one from a Conan website:
Princess Akivasha of Stygia

In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included Akivasha as well. We'll have to wait if she resurfaces although it is unlikely because she is part of the Conan universe.
--Markus Raymond


Savage Sword of Conan#10 (February, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (pencils), The Tribe (inks)

Last updated: 07/29/07

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