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Membership: Five members (all unnamed)

Purpose: Fulfill the prophecies regarding the High Priest of the Snake God

Affiliations: Snake God (Set), High Priest of Set (Alexus), six unnamed virgin victims

Enemies: Kull, Red Slayers, Narcia, all other gods

Base of Operations: Valusia (Pre-Cataclysmic Era)

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian Annual#8 (1984)

Powers/Abilities: The Unliving could not be killed by normal means. They could bleed without harm but could be slain only if hit with compassion. Some of them had sorcerous powers.



(Conan the Barbarian Annual#8 (fb) - BTS) - The members of the Unliving were active worshipers of the Snake God. They read the prophecies about the High Priest who would have fulfilled the god's will using his limitless power to rule the world. Their plan was to implement this prophecy of the High Priest, beginning with the killing of five Valusian virgins as a preparatory ceremony. The power of their blood, enjoined with some demonic incantations, caused a sixth woman to become pregnant with the Prince of Power. She became ready to give birth to the High Priest in only a few days instead of nine months.

(Conan the Barbarian Annual#8) - The birth came, and it was a girl (who would later grow up to be Narcia). However, the prophecy told of a male priest, so the robed snake-worshipers were rather disappointed. A second baby was born, this time a male and a twin to the girl, but this birth did not save the young mother from the Unliving's rage, and she was ruthlessly slashed. An instant later, the ceremony was interrupted by King Kull and his Red Slayers, who had found the sorcerous coven thanks to the confession of one of the last victims. A battle started and the Unliving mocked the soldiers: their blows couldn't kill them because they weren't driven with compassion! But King Kull's axe slashed and made the Unliving bleed, for he struck with compassion for all their victims. In few seconds, the five priests were truly dead.

    Thousands of years later, the male twin, named Alexus, followed the path of evil and acquired the vast powers of the Snake God. However, he was contrasted by his sister, Narcia, and their battle continued on another plane of existence.

Comments: Created by Jim Owsley (writer) and Val Mayerik (art).

They didn't show any sorcerous powers, so it is uncertain if all of them were magic users or only some. Several were able enough to cast the spell to make the girl pregnant.

   Set was never mentioned; he was always called the "nameless Snake God". In the Hyborian Era, it was later revealed that he was Set.

Profile by Spidermay.

The Unliving have no known connections to

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Conan the Barbarian Annual#8, p5, pan4 (one of the Unliving)
Conan the Barbarian Annual#8, p5, pan4 (one of the Unliving, head shot)

Conan the Barbarian Annual#8 (1984) - Jim Owsley (writer), Val Mayerik (art), Larry Hama (editor)

First Posted: 04/21/2008
Last updated: 04/21/2008

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