Merdoramon welcomes Conan


Real Name: Merdoramon

Identity/Class: Human magic user (Hyborian Era)

Occupation: Wizard

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Conan, Themas Herklar, King Thormond, the Yemli

Enemies: Elviriom and Thalkalides

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Border Kingdom, near the Yemli Haunted Land not very far from Sfanol;
    formerly Alkarion, capital of Phalkar, westernmost province of the Border Kingdoms

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#46 (January, 1975)
    {prima apparizione italiana: Conan e Ka-Zar#21 Editoriale Corno (23 dicembre 1975)}

Powers/Abilities: Merdoramon used his magic powers with a vast variety of effects. He could extend his mind and watch events happening at hundreds miles of distance. He could appear and disappear at man's sight, command some lesser beings including the demon-like Yemli, and create amulets of awesome power like the Blue-Fire.

Merdoramon offers a mission to Conan


(Conan the Barbarian I#50 (fb) - BTS) - Merdoramon the mage lived in Alkarion and was hired by Thormond, the King of Phalkor, to protect his family. Merdoramon erected protective barriers around the King.
    After a while, Merdoramon retired and went to live in the Haunted Land, but his protection barriers endured even without him. Elviriom and Thalkalides, evil wizards of Phalkar's court, weren't able to break the protection. They hired Samandra, who succeeded in shattering the barriers. Two days later, Thormond and his wife Chrysala died. Thormond was substituted as regent by Themas Herklar, who paid 50,000 gold dinars to the sorcerers.

(Conan the Barbarian I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Many years later, Merdoramon was contacted by Themas Herklar, seeking magic protection. The good wizard created an amulet for the regent, an amulet to defend him from Elviriom and Thalkalides.

    Needing the right man to deliver the amulet to Herklar, Merdoramon used his powers to see things far away, and his attention was captured by a barbarian, who fought both men and gods. He guessed that such a man could perform the mission; the man was Conan.

(Conan the Barbarian I#46 - BTS) - Months later, when the barbarian traveled through the Border Kingdoms, Merdoramon sent some creatures whom he controlled, the Yemli, to lure Conan to the place he wanted to meet him, an eerie oasis created by Merdoramon's magic.

(Conan the Barbarian I#46) - Merdoramon welcomed the stranger, offering him a meal, and convinced him to become a messenger, but only after having paid him.

(Conan the Barbarian I#46 - BTS) - Before Conan awoke, Merdoramon magically prepared a breakfast for his guest, who departed shortly after with the amulet.

(Conan the Barbarian I#51) - Eventually, the amulet didn't save Herklar, but killed Unos the demon, who had taken Herklar's place and saved Stefanya, the rightful heir to the throne.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnot (inks), Petra Goldberg (colors).
    Freely adapted from the novel Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse by Gardner J. Fox.

Profile by Spidermay.

Merdoramon has no known connections to any other character with a similar name.

The Yemli have no known connections to any other character with a similar name.

The amulet of the Blue-Fire has no known connections to

The amulet

The amulet of Blue-Fire

    The Blue-Fire amulet was a protective magic power item. It could be used to transport a man to another place at great speed also passing through walls. It canceled deadly enchantments and could kill a demon like Unos with a mere touch, and it also revived nearly-dead people harmed by evil magic.

(Conan the Barbarian I#46) - The amulet was given from Merdormon to Conan.

(Conan the Barbarian I#47) - Conan wore the amulet while traveling from Sfanol to Zoqquanor's house.

(Conan the Barbarian I#48) - He lost the amulet in Ravengard where it was taken by Torkal Moh.

(Conan the Barbarian I#49) - Left on the Gifting Tree guarded by the Dweller in the Pool, the amulet was retrieved by Conan.

(Conan the Barbarian I#50) - The amulet was used by Lupalina the Wolf-Woman to send Conan to Phalkar and find Themas Helkar. During the enchantement Lupalina was able to communicate with Conan, who managed to break the spell, returning to Lupalina's home by screaming.

(Conan the Barbarian I#51) - The protection given by the amulet worked very well, saving Conan from Unos' deadly crimson-death gaze. When Conan caught Unos chest to chest, the amulet burned Unos' chest, killing him instantly and leaving a blue-blaze mark on his skin. Stefanya, too, was dying and was saved by wearing the amulet.

--Conan the Barbarian I#46 (Conan the Barbarian I#46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51

The Yemli control Conan's path

The Yemli

   The Yemli were crimson-eyed humanoid creatures with green fur and pointed long ears. Their size was a bit greater than a man's and their legs and arms were disproportionately long.

    The Yemli lived in the Border Kingdoms, and usually attacked, killed and ate travelers that crossed the Border Kingdoms. They were believed to be and called demons, and their territory was called the Haunted Land.

    They lived in pits and caverns, walked preferrably in shadows or by night and hunted in packs, forcing their prey to take the direction they wanted.

    Some Yemli were used by Merdoramon to force Conan westward. The Yemli followed Conan for days, blocking the other directions for him. In a night of full moon, when one of them made the mistake of assaulting Conan, it was hit by the barbarian's blade. Merdoramon showed himself and the Yemli were sent away.

--Conan the Barbarian I#46 (Conan the Barbarian I#47 (fb)





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Conan the Barbarian I#46, p3, pan6 (Merdoramon, main image)
Conan the Barbarian I#46, p4, pan8 (Merdoramon, head shot)
Conan the Barbarian I#46, p4, pan6 (the amulet)
Conan the Barbarian I#46, p2, pan5 (Yemli)

Conan the Barbarian I#46 (January, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnot (inks), Petra Goldberg (colors)
Conan the Barbarian I#47 (February, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Dan Adkins (inks), Glynis Wein (colors)
Conan the Barbarian I#48 (March, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Dick Giordano / Dan Adkins (inks), Glynis Wein (colors)
Conan the Barbarian I#49 (April, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Glynis Wein (colors)
Conan the Barbarian I#50 (May, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Janice Cohen (colors)
Conan the Barbarian I#51 (June, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Glynis Oliver / Len Wein (colors)

Last updated: 12/25/10

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