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Real Name: Nial

Identity/Class: Normal human; Pict (Pre-Cataclysmic Era)

Occupation: Over-King, War-King

Group Membership: Clan of the Tatheli, Pict tribes

AffiliationsAa-Thak, Dinaldo, Gonar (Shaman), Ka-Nu (counselor)

Enemies: Atlanteans

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Island of Tathel

First Appearance: Savage Sword of Conan#55/2 (August, 1980) (named only);
    Savage Sword of Conan#197/2 (May, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Nial had no supernatural powers and his ability in ruling the various tribes wasn't very good.


(Savage Sword of Conan#55/2 (fb) - BTS) - Years before Kull became King of Valusia, Nial of the Pict tribe of the Tatheli was war-chief of the Picts. All the tribes bowed to him and he led them in battle against common enemies. But when two rival tribes fought each other, he usually didn't intervene, nor judged on the reason of the contest. He usually intervened when the war was finished and arbitrated later.

(Savage Sword of Conan#197/2) - Nial led a conclave to debate about the allegiance with Valusia. The Tethali tribe was present and also the other tribes of the island Tathel: the Nargi, the Dano and the Whale-Slayers. Ka-Nu, the wise counselor, was at Nial's side while debating with the Valusian emissary, Dinaldo. A dispute arose between two shamen: Gonar and Aa-thak. Before a magic fight could start, a raid from the Atlanteans interrupted the conclave. Nial led all the warriors to hunt the Atlanteans. The Atlantean distraction worked, Kull the Pict-Slayer and few other men, managed to kidnap Dinaldo, who was freed by Gonar.

(Savage Sword of Conan#55/2 (fb) - BTS) - Some years later, when the war between Sungara and Borni tribes started, Nial didn't arbitrate nor intervene. After the battle for the contended valley, won by the Borni, he judged in favor of the winner.

Comments: Original story by Robert E. Howard and Lin Carter. Adapted to comics by Roy Thomas (writer) and  E. R. Cruz (art).

I put the events of SSoC#197/2 before SSoC#55/2 because I strongly suspect that the unnamed feathered, skull-capped shaman appeared in SSoC#197/2 was Aa-Thak, who died in SSoC#55/2.

Profile by Spidermay.

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Dinaldo was a Valusian and prince of the great house of Atl Volante. Dinaldo was sent as an emissary to discuss an allegiance between the Pitcs and Valusia. The Atlanteans were informed about the conclave and organized Dinaldo's kidnapping during the conclave.

    So, a group of Atlanteans led by Khor-Nah distracted Nial and the Pict warriors, leaving Dinaldo, the children and the women undefended in the village. Kull, with Tor-Tan, Hal-Mar and few other men, managed to infiltrate the village and kidnap Dinaldo. The Atlanteans were pursued and killed by the demon Jaggta-Noga. Kull was saved by Gonar, who then asked for Dinaldo's life. The nobleman was freed. Although Dinaldo wanted to throw a spear against Kull, Gonar stopped him.




--Savage Sword of Conan#197/2

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Savage Sword of Conan#197/2, p3, pan1 (Nial)
Savage Sword of Conan#197/2, p4, pan4 (bearded Nial, head shot)

Savage Sword of Conan#197/2, p3, pan2 (Dinaldo)

Savage Sword of Conan#55 (August, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Alfredo Alcala (artist)
Savage Sword of Conan#197/2 (May, 1992) -
Roy Thomas (writer), E. R. Cruz (pencils and inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)

First Posted: 07/20/2008
Last updated: 07/14/2008

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