full - left lateraltransformed - upper body/frontTARA SIDTH ALARUNE

Real NameTara Sidth Alarune

Identity/Class: Human, host of goddess and/or demon (pantheon/race unidentified), Hyborian era, and magic-user as a result

Occupation: Host to demon/goddess;
    former "farm girl"

Group Membership: Ovada's blood-children

Affiliations: Ovada

EnemiesAkif, Conan, Siobahn Lauchline, Lord High Protector;
    formerly Ovada

Known Relatives: Unidentified father (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of OperationsUnrevealed;
    formerly a mountain above Jarabesht, a city of the nothern planes;
    formerly an unidentified village

First Appearance: (Seen, first name revealed) Conan the Savage#5 (December, 1995);
    (full name revealed)
Conan the Savage#6 (January, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Tara was originally a young mortal woman; she may have had some experience in farming, either caring for crops or livestock, although she may have led a more sheltered life, with that work being done by the men.

    When merged with Ovada, she could control the other Blood-Children and wore an armor of unspecified construction; it presumably afforded her resistance to injury and perhaps other abilities, as well. pre-merging; full

Height: Unrevealed; perhaps 5'6" (she only appears next to her father and never standing straight up beside each other, but she looked to be a little shorter than him)
    
merged with/possessed by Ovada (and wearing armor), she looked to be 5'10"
Weight: Unrevealed; perhaps 115 lbs.
    merged with/possessed by Ovada, she looked to be about 145 lbs.; plus perhaps another 10-20 lbs. for armor
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white story); I'd guess green
    merged with/possessed by Ovada, her eyes sometimes glowed solid white, but also had a more normal appearance at rest; the color is unrevealed, but I'd guess they would have been green (or possibly red)
Hair: Black;
    merged with/possessed by Ovada, she appeared to have dark hair with streaks of white

pre-transformation faceHistory
(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS) - Tara
Sidth Alarune, a young woman in an unspecified village, wanted more out of life that having her father marry her off to "some turnip-brained bumpkin."

(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS / Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - As Ovada's race of god-like being warred, a storm raged over a village on Earth, hens laid black eggs, and cows yielded sour milk. 

(Conan the Savage#5) - Both terrified and excited by the fierce storm, Tara danced in the rain. When her father told her to get inside, she told him not to be scared and to instead come join her, as it was magical. 

    Smacking her in the back of the head and calling her an "addled whelp," he told her of the dark portents and warned her that spying upon the gods' turmoil meant witnessing their weaknesses, which the gods would have mortals believe do not exist: "We would be culled simply to save their dignity."

(Conan the Savage#5 - BTS / Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - Ovada's enemies cast her from their realm. Fatally wounded, her immense crashed atop a mountain, and her blood (which was bonded to her consciousness) drained into its waters, which reached the surrounding villages. 

(Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - The tainted water was first imbibed by Tara Alarune, who became the host to Ovada's spiritual essence. Ovada invested her core essence into Tara's form to command the others that followed: all others that consumed the blood-tainted water were transformed into monstrous form and became her blood-children. All of her blood-children were fragments of herself, and the children of her blood would beget children of their own; but, "the seed and the sower are one and the same." 

(Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Tara/Ovada apparently decapitated her father and kept his head on a pike.mostly full rear armored viewtransformed - full - small

(Conan the Savage$6 (fb) - BTS) - Tara/Ovada apparently remained in proximity to Ovada's corpse,  using its hollowed out form as a base.

    As Tara/Ovada plotted that her blood-children would spread her taint across Earth and those beyond until all life was part of her, she hoped to defeat her celestial brethren beneath their very noses.

(Conan the Savage#5 - BTS) - When the Lord High Protector of Jarabesht led a group of warriors -- joined by Conan and Siobahn Lauchline of the Sisterhood of Danu, as well as the Protector's Leathermen -- to cut off the demons at their source, Tara/Ovada sent a horde of winged demon creatures against them.

(Conan the Savage#6 - BTS) - Only Conan, Siobahn, and the Lord High Protector survived the assault, and Ovada's blood-children brought them into the hollow inside of Ovada's corpse, where their arms were bound using tissue from her body wall.Tara as Ovada's host; full/right profile; within Ovada's corpse, with Conan & Siobahn battling blood-children

(Conan the Savage#6) - After the captives recovered and the Lord High Protector explained that they were within the demon hordes wellspring, Tara introduced herself and named herself as the vassal to Ovada. Explaining that their forces were legion, she asked what chance they thought they stood against Ovada and her blood-children. 

    The Lord High Protector sought to spare himself by offering to help her with his knowledge and power, but "Tara" told him he had nothing she would want. transformed-eyes more normal

    When Conan told her to kill them to spare them the headache of listening to her, Tara told him they would not die, but rather sup of Ovada's lifeblood and be reborn as she was, from a callow farm girl to the handmaiden of a mighty goddess. 

    Able to sense Ovada's thoughts, Siobahn advised Conan that Tara was lying and that she was not, in fact, an acolyte, but rather Ovada herself. Ovada admitted the truth in this, as taking this suit of flesh was the only way she could escape god-death. She revealed her history and plans, countering Siobahn's argument that not even she could corrupt so many by explaining how her children would spawn more children (presumably via their own blood). 

    Tara/Ovada then demanded Siobahn drink of her lifeblood, but Siobahn refused, and Conan kicked "Tara" back, causing the chalice to spill its contents on the face of Tara/Ovada. 

    Enraged, Tara/Ovada ordered her guards to eviscerate them, but Conan tricked a monster into freeing him and then cut Siobahn free; they left the treacherous Lord High Protector behind. After Siobahn reclaimed her Balefire Blade, Tara/Ovada taunted them, telling them her blood-children numbered thousands, and eventually they would fall and be hers.

    Realizing that they must destroy the taint's source, which they were within, the hollowed out corpse of Ovada's original form, Siobahn led Conan to Ovada's body wall and then slashed an exit with her Balefire Blade, in the processing setting Ovada's corpse aflame with the Balefire. The blood-children within soon burst into flames, and Siobahn and Conan leapt out the hole she had created, ignoring the Lord High Protector's pleas to save him. 

spirit releaseburnt    Refusing to accept defeat or to lose her life to the likes of these mortals, the badly burnt Tara/Ovada released Ovada's core essence and then recalled all of the rest of the fragments of her essence, reuniting them all back into Ovada's immense form. However, the Balefire continued to consume Ovada's form, which Conan and Ovada hastened by hurling the blade into Ovada's eye, leaving behind only skeletal remnants.

Comments: Created by Ian Edginton and Alcatena.

    Tara essentially died as soon as she was taken over by Ovada, and after Ovada's spirit left her, she was left a lifeless corpse; regardless, she was presumably destroyed along with the explosion that destroyed Ovada's immense form.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tara Sidth Alarune should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Conan the Savage#5, pg. 6, panel 3 (dancing);
            panel 4 (face & and father upper body);
        pg. 7, panel 1 (father, face)
    #6, pg. 9 (possessed, full body, profile, father's head on a pike);
        pg. 10, panel 3 (mostly full body, frontal, small);
            panel 6 (face, front, glowing energy);
        pg. 11, panel 1 (face, full frontal, eyes white);
            panel 2 (rear view, mostly full);
            panel 3 (eyes more normal);
        pg. 15, panel 1 (mostly full profile, semi-squatting);
        pg. 19, panel 2 (face burnt);
            panel 3 (releasing Ovada's spirit)


Appearances:
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)


father-faceTara's father

(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS) - Tara Sidth Alarune, a young woman in an unspecified village, wanted more out of life that having her father marry her off to "some turnip-brained bumpkin."

(Conan the Savage#5 (fb) - BTS / Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - As Ovada's race of god-like being warred, a storm raged over a village on Earth, hens laid black eggs, and cows yielded sour milk. 

(Conan the Savage#5) - Both terrified and excited by the fierce storm, Tara danced in the rain. When her father told her to get inside, she told him not to be scared and to instead come join her, as it was magical. Smacking her in the back of the head and calling her an "addled whelp," he told her of the dark portents and warned her that spying upon the gods' turmoil meant witnessing their weaknesses, which the gods would have mortals believe do not exist: "We would be culled simply to save their dignity."

(Conan the Savage#5 - BTS / Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - Ovada's enemies cast her from their realm. Fatally wounded, her immense crashed atop a mountain, and her blood (which was bonded to her consciousness) drained into its waters, which reached the surrounding villages. 

(Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - The tainted water was first imbibed by Tara Alarune, who became the host to Ovada's spiritual essence. Ovada invested her core essence into Tara's form to command the others that followed: all others that consumed the blood-tainted water were transformed into monstrous form and became her blood-children. All of her blood-children were fragments of herself, and the children of her blood would beget children of their own; but, "the seed and the sower are one and the same." 

(Conan the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Tara/Ovada apparently decapitated her father and kept his head on a pike.

--Conan the Savage#5


villageTara's village

Members: Tara Sidth Alarune and her father

    Apparently a farming village, the people were apparently either slain or turned into the blood-children of Ovada

--Conan the Savage#5


Last updated: 02/26/15

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