AKIF of Jarabesht
Real Name: Akif
Identity/Class: Human warrior (sword-bearer);
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Conan, Siobahn Lauchline, Leathermen, Lord High Protector (Antoine de Glasse), people of Jarabesht
Enemies: Tara Sidth Alarune, Blood-children of Ovada, Ovada,
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Akif, the One-Eyed
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the city of Jarabesht in the northern planes
First Appearance: Conan the Savage#5 (December, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: Akif was an experienced warrior, especially with a sword. Blind in his right eye, his vision apparently weakened in his left eye with age.
Height: Approximately 6'
Weight: Approximately 180 lbs.
Eyes: (Right) solid white; (left) unrevealed (black and white story)
Hair: Presumably brown (with moustache)
(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS) - Akif was an old friend of Conan the Barbarian.
(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS) - Akif was present in Jarabesht as the blood-children of Ovada invaded and began to proliferate there. He observed the Lord High Protector (Antoine de Glasse)'s ruling to seal the wells and collect and ration the rainwater, which stopped the increasing number of demons and allowed those present to be slain.
(Conan the Savage#5) - As Conan returned to Jarabesht to claim the bounty for slaying Thorun and his sons, Akif stopped the city's bowman from firing on Conan as he demanded entrance into the city. Akif took Conan to a bar, where he told him of the blood-children of Ovada (though he knew them only as demons).
Mid-story, Akif was amused as a local accosted Siobahn Lauchline, leading to a battle of her against several local allies. Quickly resuming his story upon deciding the warrior-priestess would easily win, Akif told Conan of the army of thousands of demons sweeping down from the mountains not 5 days away from the city.
Appreciating that this was not Conan's fight, Akif nonetheless told him he could use a warrior of his mettle; there would be no bounty, as Akif could only offer his gratitude in return. Due to his past friendship with Akif -- though he claimed it was because he felt he was going soft hunting fat saddlerats -- Conan agree to help him, though he suggested they drink on the matter at another tavern, as their current service was poor due to the escalating fight between Lauchline and the others.
As they exited, they were confronted by the Lord High Protector and his Leathermen, who offered them boundless wealth if they helped.
(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS) - De Glasse clarified his mission, and Conan, Akif, Lauchline and numerous other warriors joined the Lord High Protector and his Leathermen on his floating ship on his mission to destroy the demons infesting the region at their source.
(Conan the Savage#5) - The next day, aboard de Glasse's ship, Akif warned that while the clouds would mask their passage, if they were spied by the demons, their lives would not be worth spittle.
Soon after, Akif was mortified as they passed over a field of people slain by the demons and being devoured by crows. When Akif pointed to giant mountain eagles approaching, however, Conan noted that Akif's good eye was failing him, as these were rather winged demon-spawn (in all fairness, they were getting much closer when Conan identified them).
(Conan the Savage#6) - Akif fought fiercely against the blood-children, but as he stood upon the ropes bound to the levitation gloves and fought off one demon, he was -- despite Conan's warning of an attacker on his blind-eye side (the creature actually appeared to be on his left, but maybe it shifted in position between being initially shown and Conan's warning) --skewered by one of the demons. Further, the assault pierced one of the ship's two levitation globes, which erupted with energy that presumably destroyed Akif's form if he wasn't already dead.
(Conan the Savage#6) - De Glasse cut loose the ship from the other leviation globe, on which he escaped, and the ship crashed to the ground below.
(Conan the Savage#6 - BTS) - Conan and Siobahn slew Ovada and her Bloodchildren, after which Conan gave Siobahn a ride on his horse back towards Jarabesht to claim the bounty the Lord High Protector had promised them, and to drink many drinks in the name of an old friend (Akif).
Comments: Created by Ian Edginton and Alcatena
Profile by Snood.
Akif should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Conan the Savage#5, pg. 11, panel 2 (full);
pg. 17, panel 1 (face);
#6, pg.4, panel 2 (battling blood-children);
panel 4 (death)
Conan the Savage#5 (December, 1995) - Ian Edginton (writer), Alcatena (artist), Mike Lackey (editor)
Conan the Savage#6 (January, 1996) - Ian Edginton (writer), Alcatena (artist), Mike Lackey (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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