Yara dreams at open eyesYARA

Real Name: Yara

Identity/Class: Human, Magic User (Hyborian Era)

Occupation: Sorcerer, Priest

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Yag-Kosha, some guards, a giant spider., some guardian lions

Enemies: Conan the Barbarian, Yag-Kosha

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Arenjun, Zamora, Hyborian era.

First Appearance: “The Tower of the Elephant”. Originally published: Weird Tales, March 1933;
    (adapted by Marvel) Conan the Barbarian I#4 (April, 1971) {Edizione Italiana: Albi dei Super-Eroi #17 Editoriale Corno}

Powers/Abilities: High sorcery and necromancy. Yara knew Black Magic from the barbaric times plus other spells (non-Earth magic) learned from Yag-Kosha. Some applications of his powers were: levitation, controlling animals like lions and giant spiders, and transforming human beings into spiders (little and/or giant) and using them like guardians. He also was able to live more than 300 years thanks to the Heart of the Elephant, a powerful, magical, artifact.

Yara shouts against Yag-KoskaHistory:
(Conan the Barbarian I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Yara learnt the Black Magic used in the ancient barbaric times and became a powerful sorcerer.

(Conan the Barbarian I#4 (fb)) - Yara arrived in Khitai where he met Yag-Kosha, an alien from another world who was worshipped as a god. Yara understood that Yag-Kosha could teach him many things so feigned friendship with him and Yag-Kosha taught Yara his wisdom. But Yara, ambitious and thirsty of power, wanted more. Yag-Kosha refused to talk him about the black magic he had learned over the eons so Yag-Kosha used his sorcerous powers, ambushing and capturing Yag-Kosha and forcing him to reveal his secrets.

(Conan the Barbarian I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Yara brought Yag-Kosha to Arenjun and forced Yag-Kosha to create a tower for him in a single night. Yag-Kosha raised the Tower of the Elephant and used it as his home.
    300 years passed while Yara learned everything from Yag-Kosha by torturing him with fire and the wheel of torture. He chained Yag-Kosha in the Tower, blinding him and breaking his arms and legs.

(Conan the Barbarian I#4 (fb) - BTS) - In the court of Zamora, Yara had a squabble with a hostile prince. Using a shining gem, he transformed the prince into a little black spider and mashed him with his foot.  

(Conan the Barbarian I#4) - During a night, years later, Yara was going back to the tower. He was spied by Conan the Cimmerian. Yara approached the Tower garden's gate but the guard didn't recognized him. He threatened the guard and entered, leaving a fearful sensation in Conan.

(Conan the Barbarian I#4 - BTS) - Yara partook of some yellow lotus and rested in a sleep with open eyes in his Ebony room.

(Conan the Barbarian I#4) - Conan and Taurus climbed the Tower. Taurus was killed by a giant guardian spider and Conan met Yag-Kosha. While Yara was still "sleeping", Conan the Cimmerian entered in his room and called him, rousing him. Yara threatened the Barbarian but Conan put down the Heart of the Elephant on a small table and pronounced the words that Yag-Kosha told him shortly before, the "Spell of the Blood and the Gem". Yara understood that his prisoner was fleeing in some way and angrily grabbed the purple-red gem. Unable to take his eyes off the gem, Yara 's body started to shrink in size. The sorcerer tried to run away from the Heart but an invisible magnetic force held him close. Yara turned back and climbed on the top of the Heart and tried to invoke his gods with his barely voice. Soon he started to sink into the Heart. In that wide purple sea, Yara saw Yag-Kosha, no longer a cripple, no longer blind, flying above him. The evil sorcerer tried to run away from the winged avenger, then the Heart of the Elephant exploded in thousands of shimmering lights. Conan ran away from the Tower just in time to save himself from the Tower crumbling in the purple sunrise, shimmering  in pieces as the Heart did before.

Comments: Created by Robert E. Howard.
    Adapted by Roy Thomans, Barry Smith and Sal Buscema. Re-told by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala.

The story was re-told years later in Savage Sword of Conan#24. Roy Thomas decided so because this was his favorite Conan's story and because SSoC#24 had more pages and it could better describe the original Howard's novel. Some particulars were different but the history basically remains the same of CB#4.
    Although I love B.W.Smith's art, and CB#4 was colored, I still prefer the SSoC#24 B/W version by Buscema/Alcala: a masterpiece!

    I don't know what were the barbaric times which magic Yara's understood. Probably was the early days after the Great Cataclysm, during them, many people regress' ad the barbarian stage of life, so the knowledge of magic at that time could only be the rest of the pre-cataclysm sorcery.

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Yara goes back to the Tower of the ElephantThe Tower of the Elephant


    The Tower of the Elephant was built in one night by Yag-Kosha using magic. The Tower was surrounded by a garden and a wall. The Tower's walls were apparently smooth, but they also were spangled of gems and precious stones that had the Tower shining also in the night.


    The walls had one only entrance, kept by a guard, and other guards were in the Tower's basement were the only entrance to the upper floors was, but no guards stayed in the garden. The guards were normal humans, equipped with a complete armor, a shield and a sword.

    Within the tower there was a Treasure Room, guarded by a giant spider.


--Conan the Barbarian I#4






Tower's garden

The lions of the garden


    The garden was green, luxuriant, with a fountain, but it was protected by other "guardians". Yara kept there some lions. They were mute, probably by means of magic, but could be killed as any normal lion. At least 5 lions were in the garden.


--Conan the Barbarian I#4



Treasure Room

The room of the treasure


    Another guardian was in the upper room of the Tower: the Room of Treasure. There Yara put a giant black spider. The room was accessible from the staird from below and had an exit on the balcony that surrounded the Tower and was under the upper dome. The room contained boxes full of jewels, gems, stones, gold and rubies, sapphires, emeralds scattered on the floor.


--Conan the Barbarian I#4






The spider-guardian


    The guardian of the Treasure was as big as a man. It used his venomous bite to kill Taurus, scratched Conan with his liquid-fire touch and tried to entangle Conan with his web. Conan had a strong suspect that also this spider once was a man transformed by Yara's sorcery.

The Tower's indoor was richly furnished. drapes, marbles, silver and incense. It is unknown if they were real things or the product of Yag-Kosha's or Yara's magic. However, after Yag-Kosha's "death" the Tower "died" after him.

Years later, when Conan went back in Arenjun, the debris of the tower were still there. 


--Conan the Barbarian I#4 (Conan the Barbarian I#4, Savage Sword of Conan#24, Conan the Barbarian I#241




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Other appearances: Savage Sword of Conan #24 (1977) {Edizione Italiana: Conan La Spada Selvaggia#13 Comic Art (novembre 1987)}

Last updated: 10/27/05

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