ZUGTHUU the SLITHERER

Real Name: Zugthuu

Identity/ClassPre-Cataclysmic Era era fallen/degenerated god/demon

Occupation: God, predator

Group Membership: Possibly former member of some ancient race of gods

Affiliations: Kamulaans (including Baron Ergon, Taligaro, Zareta), Kull

Enemies: Grogar, Kull, its sacrifices

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly a subterranean chamber beneath the castle of Kamula, pre-Cataclysmic era

First Appearance: Robert E. Howard's "The Black Abyss" (completed by Lin Carter and published in 1967);
    Savage Sword of Conan#2 (October, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: Zugthuu was in the form of an immense (perhaps 100 feet long or more, and 6 feet in diameter) serpent, with at least the strength to be expected of a creature of its size. While it was minimally affected by lacerations and blunt trauma, it was susceptible to flame. It appeared to be intelligent yet unable to escape its hunger and predatory nature.

    What, if any, previous form and abilities it once possessed are unknown.

 

 

 

History:
(Savage Sword of Conan#2 (fb) - BTS) - It has been speculated that the creature that became Zugthuu was once a god condemned into monstrous form by the highest god in its order for some nameless crime beyond imagination.

(Savage Sword of Conan#2 (fb) - BTS) - By 18, 500 B.C., Zugthuu had become worshipped by the people of Kamula, who regularly sacrificed humans to it.

 

 

 

 

(Savage Sword of Conan#2) - Kull, along with Brule and several other Picts, visited Kamula, a city known for its pursuits of pleasure. However, after a dancing ceremony, one of the Picts, Grogar fell through a hidden door and was taken by the Kamulaans for sacrifice to Zugthuu. Brule and Monartho observed this, but were unable to do anything more than prevent the door from closing completely. Brule fetched Kull only to find Monartho slain, though his sword remained in the door. Kull forced the door open and followed Grogar's screams, arriving just as Zugthuu began to descend from the ceiling. Kull slew the sacrificers and then attacked Zugthuu with his sword, to little effect. Kull caught the Slitherer's eye, seeming it filled with pain--not from physical pain, but from the torment of its existence, and he then doused the creature with blue-flaming oil, which spread to consume the creature, leaving behind only boiling slime. Before it died, Kull caught it's eye once again, this time they were filled with gratitude.

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Robert E. Howard and Lin Carter; adapted by Steve Englehart, Howard Chaykin, and the Crusty Bunkers.
    Robert wrote some portion of the Black Abyss prior to his suicide in 1936, but it was not published until 1967 when Lin Carter finished and submitted it.

Profile by Snood.

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images:
Savage Sword of Conan#2, p71, panel 2
    p73, panel 1 (w/ Kull) and four (eye)


Last updated: 10/31/04

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