Real Name: Presumably Nostume
Identity/Class: Human magic-user (demon-possessed/replaced);
Hyborian era (possibly the pre-Cataclysmic era)
Group Membership: Unrevealed
Affiliations: Kawagne (disciple), unidentified sea serpent, unidentified ghouls (formerly Delmurio's Zingaran soldiers);
Enemies: Conan, Delmurio, Keiv, Tetra;
crew of "the Black Ship,"
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Ancient of Ancients," "Master" (both from Kawagne);
"demon," "evil personage," death incarnate" (descriptions used by various people fearing his power and nature);
"dog" (reference from Conan); "pig" (reference from Delmurio)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Timestream;
formerly a cavern in Pictland;
formerly an unidentified island in the far Western Sea;
formerly a ship in the Western Sea;
First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#173 (August, 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Nostume could travel the timestream, moving forward or backward in time, and also alter his age under some circumstances. If gravely injured and forced to take time and energy to heal himself, he may age significantly, but with time and recovery of energy and power, he could regenerate himself, reverting to a childlike form.
He could anipulate and animate inanimate objects, causing rockslides, cave-in, and tremors, as well as causing roots and vines to grow and move under his control.
He could transport beings across time and space, reanimate the dead as ghouls under his control, and summon and control immense creatures, such as sea serpents.
Height: Unrevealed (varied with his age from
perhaps 3' as a youth (like 2 years old; and shorter if he adopted an
even younger form) to perhaps 5'10" in his prime to perhaps 5'6" in his
most aged form seen)
Weight: Unrevealed (varied from perhaps 30 lbs. in his 2-year-old-esque form to perhaps 160 lbs. in his prime and 140 lbs. in his most aged form seen)
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 (fb) - BTS) <"Ages" before the main story> - Nostume was shipwrecked on an island in the Western Sea. Stumbling onto a temple, he discovered and was empowered by the Well of Souls.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 (fb) - BTS) <According to Nostume> - From the dawn of time, men have feared Nostume and loathed his coming, but in the end, they all worshipped him.
(Conan the Barbarian I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Nostume lived out several lifetimes and had seen "many things."
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 (fb) - BTS) - Fearing that his memory might fail him with the passage of time, Nostume made a map to his island.
(Conan the Barbarian I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Nostume's map was obtained by unidentified parties. It was believed to lead to great treasure, and eventually an owner tore it in half, in hopes of selling it twice.
(Conan the Barbarian I#173 (fb) - BTS) - The Hyperborean Keiv obtained both copies of the map.
(Conan the Barbarian I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Eventually, after one of Keiv's raids of Zingara, Zingaran Captain Delmurio was sent to arrest him, unaware the Keiv had nearly a thousand Picts with him. After Delmurio's defeat, Keiv used a dagger to carve a copy of half of the map on Delmurio's chest.
Delmurio allegedly later forced Keiv to flee Zingara; the original map which he had copied on Delmurio was apparently destroyed, while he lost the other half.
(Conan the Barbarian I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Nostume came to be worshipped by the Pictish high priest Kawagne.
(Conan the Barbarian I#172 (fb) - BTS) - Zacharus of Brythunia obtained the remaining half of the map and traveled to Pictland in hopes of gaining the other half and locating a wonderful treasure.(Conan the Barbarian I#173 - BTS) - Pictish high priest Kawagne -- who sought vengeance for Conan's ruining of the Pictish harvest ritual -- arranged with Keiv to lead Conan to Nostume, in hopes that Nostume would destroy Conan.
Comments: Created by Jim Owsley, John Buscema, and Bob Camp.
Nostume referenced/invoked, "By the Black Nebula"
Profile by Snood.
Nostume should be distinguished from:
Zingaran soldiers reanimated by Nostume
(Conan the Barbarian I#173) - Captain Delmurio led 100 Zingaran soldiers into Pictland in hopes of capturing or slaying Keiv. Seeking Keiv's information, Conan manipulated a vast Pict horde into encountering and attacking the soldiers. Delumiro escaped this fate, but he was apparently the only one (beyond the pair already slain by Tetra).
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 (fb) - BTS) - Nostume transported the bodies of the soldiers to the island of the palace around the Well of Souls and reanimated them as ghouls under his command.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177) - Nostume's ghouls captured Delmurio, Keiv, and Tetra as they approached the island and brought them to his temple.
At Nostume's command, the ghouls rushed
Keiv, and -- catching him unaware of his proximity to the Well and briefly
overwhelming him with weight of numbers -- drove him into the Well.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177) - Noting that the Well brought only death to the less than pure, Nostume had the ghouls throw Delmurio into the Well next after telling him that the ghouls were his own soldiers that had been slain in Pictland.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 (fb) - BTS) - Delmurio landed on Keiv, preventing him from falling into the Well's depths.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177) - After Tetra slashed Nostume's face with her dagger; he ordered a ghoul to shove Tetra into the Well, too.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177 - BTS) - Tetra landed on Keiv as well, after which he began climbing back up the Well, carrying Delmurio and Tetra with him.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177) - Conan arrived in Nostume's temple, battering the ghouls and eventually dropping them all as he made his way toward Nostume's throne.
(Conan the Barbarian I#177) - After the monstrous Keiv climbed aboard a ship carrying Conan, Delmurio, and Tetra and noted he was there to save their lives, an adolescent-appearing Nostume, appeared alongside a monstrous sea serpent.
While Delmurio suspected the beast to be in league with Keiv, Nostume announced it was totally within his control as were the fates of all those on the ship.
After Nostume explained that he had come that day not seeking worship but death, the serpent swiftly shattered the ship.--Conan the Barbarian I#177
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Conan the Barbarian I#173, pg. 1 (Delmurio's troops);
pg. 11, panel 3 (youth, full-straight);
panel 6 (youth, face);
pg. 15, panel 1 (main image; youth, less straight, but more expression/detail);
panel 3 (roots);
pg. 18, panel 5 (eyes glowing);
Conan the Barbarian I#173 (August, 1985) - Jim Owsley (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Bob Camp (inker), Larry Hama (editor)
Conan the Barbarian I#177 (December, 1985) - Jim Owsley (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Pablo Marcos (inker), Larry Hama (editor)
First Posted: 01/02/2018
Last updated: 01/02/2018
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