Real Name: Armati
Identity/Class: Human (Hyborian Era) magic user
Occupation: Priestess of Ormuz
Affiliations: Ormuz (god); Kulan Gath; Shah Amurath and the forces of Yezdigerd of Turan (loose alliance); Angra-Mainyu (familiar); Bone-Dragon of Kulan Gath (agent)
Enemies: Conan, Ispirana, the Kozaks, Vammatar
Known Relatives: Kulan Gath (former husband)
Aliases: Priestess of Ormuz
Base of Operations: currently unknown; formerly the Steppes (b/t Zamora and the Villayet Sea); Akif; Hyborian Era
First Appearance: Conan: Flame and the Fiend#1 (August, 2000)
Powers: Armati has a number of magical powers, of which only a few have been demonstrated. She can summon her familiar, Angra-Mainyu, to battle foes for her. She also accesses Angra-Mainyu's energies to cast other spells. She proved able to reanimate Kulan Gath's bone dragon without his presence, and even managed to resurrect Gath himself after reassembling MOST of his form.
History: Armati's past is for the most
part unknown. She was trained in sorcery by unknown means, and at
some point she wed the sorcerer Kulan Gath. She also knew of and
disliked his previous wife, Vammatar, although whether they ever
encountered one another is unclear.
After one of Gath's many deaths, she joined forces with Shah Amurath of Akif and the forces of Prince Yezdigerd of Turan. Their agents helped her to collect the remains of Gath and his bone dragon.
(Ctb:F+F#1-3) - Within a cavern in the Grassy
Steppes, Armati located Conan and brought him to her side, under
the guise of allowing him shelter from the hot sun. She then
materialized Angra-Mainyu to battle Conan. The Cimmerian managed
to overcome Angra-Mainyu, but one of Armati's Turanian allies
brained him with a large rock, knocking him out. Armati brought
Conan to Akif and presented him to Shah Amurath and the gathered
Turanians. Conan broke free and Armati reanimated Kulan Gath's
bone dragon to occupy him, while she resurrected Gath. Gath
recaptured the rampaging barbarian.
Conan's allies, the Kozaks, followed his trail into Akif and released Conan, who sewed descent between Gath and Armati by revealing Gath's recent rendezvous with Vammatar. Gath focused his concentration, despite Armati's questions and accusations, to summon Ormuz to fight their enemies. Another of Conan's allies, Ispirana, sought to slay Gath, hoping that Ormuz would then vanish. Armati jumped in Ispirana's path, telling her, "To get to Kulan Gath--you must first slay me!"--and so Ispirana did, catching her unprepared with a mortal swordswing.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Geoff Isherwood
Any sorcerer/sorceress worth their stones can overcome death, especially with the help of another sorcerer.
Some sources also list Angra Mainyu as an alias of Ahriman.
Presumably Armati's demon was an agent of the true Ahriman...
Yup. No way that familiar may be _the_ enemy of Ahura Mazda--Luis
...though Ahriman seemed to be a force for good in the Hyborian era...maybe he Armati enslaved the familiar and degenerated it into demonic form?
That is a reasonable explanation. Other possibilities IMO:
Thanks to Will U, for the Armaiti and Angra-Mainyu descriptions listed below.
Her names is likely derived from, but she should be distinct from:
Angra-Mainyu's name is almost certainly derived from, but should be considered distinct from:
Angra-Mainyu is presumably a demon, and
serves as the familiar to Armati. He normally exists in another
dimension, "the World Beyond." He grants her power as
well as physically manifesting himself to battle her foes as
needed. He has dense, razor-sharp talons and is covered with
sharp spines capable of shattering a sword directed against them.
He is strong and fast, and also carries a highly corrosive
residue with him.
Conan had little luck in attempting to battle Angra-Mainyu
directly, but when he grabbed Armati and threw her at the demon,
Angra teleported back to his extradimensional realm to avoid
injuring her. Apparently there is some time limit required
between his returns to the Earthly realm
--Ctb: F+F#1 (2+3-BTS
Last updated: 09/12/04
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