singh_goram-hyborian-seatedGORAM SINGH

Real Name: Goram Singh

Identity/ClassHuman 
   
Hyborian era;
    Vendhyan citizen

OccupationPirate, sailor

Group Membership: Former member of the crews of the Red Lion and the Winged Dragon;

AffiliationsConan, Milo, Sigurd of Vanaheim, YakovYasunga;
    former servant of
Vacharn

EnemiesEsritUldulla, VacharnWokal;
    presumably the 
Antillians/Ptahuacans (green feather-cloaked priest, Hierarch, priests of Xotli), black krakenXotli

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of OperationsUnrevealed;
    formerly served on the Isle of Na'at;
    presumably formerly a prisoner on Ptahuacan;
    formerly mobile across various oceans

First Appearance: (Behind the scenes) Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Goram Singh was an experienced seaman.

Height: Unrevealed (he is not shown clearly in relation to anyone of known height); apparently at least 5'10"
Weight: Unrevealed; perhaps 170 lbs. at the above height
Eyes: Unrevealed; likely brown (black and white story)
Hair: Black (or dark brown)

History

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Goram Singh was presumably one of the crewmen recruited by Conan in Tortage to serve on the Red Lion to  travel to the uttermost reaches of the Western Ocean to save the rest of the world from the threat of "red shadows" (sent by the priests of Ptahuacan). En route they fought off a black kraken and a Ptahuacan green-feathered priest, and a crewed dragon ship, before being subdued by a second dragon ship, the crew of which utilized an anesthetic gas weapon. While Conan, escaped to the mainland, the crew was brought there in unbreakable chains. Ultimately as the crew was gathered to be sacrificed to the demon god Xotli, Conan arrived, freed his crew, and summoned Mitra (via an amulet given him by Epimetrius the Sage) to destroy Xotli.

    As the Ptahuacans revolted, Conan and his crew stole a golden Ptahuacan dragon ship, "The Winged Dragon," and departed for new adventures.singh_goram-hyborian-loyal

(Conan the Savage#10 (fb) - BTS) - Goram proved himself as loyal as any sailor could be.

(Conan the Savage#10 (fb) - BTS) - After many days of sailing farther west, many of the crew despaired, wishing to turn back to the Hyborian lands. 

(Conan the Savage#10) - Conan and his first mate Sigurd considered that Goram was loyal and knew that the Winged Dragon wasn't built to reach the Hyborian lands. 

    After Milo and Yakov led a mutinous group that Conan and Yasunga put down, Goram stood beside Conan and Sigurd in addressing the crew, who swore renewed loyalty.

    Almost immediately thereafter, they were struck by a powerful storm. Conan rallied the crew to weather the storm.

(Conan the Savage#10 (fb) - BTS) - For two more days, the Winged Dragon was buffeted by the mad tempest.

(Conan the Savage#10) - When the storm ceased, there was no wind whatsoever to fill the sails, nor was there any land visible. However, they found they were apparently being pulled along by a stream of dark waters. Conan encouraged the men to row to speed them along to their destination, after which he joked that they would have to wait to see if they struck landfall, fell off the world's edge, or if they all died before they did either.

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - A few days later, the Winged Dragon crashed against the the rocky cliffs of the Isle of Na'at. Only Conan and Sigurd survived.milo-messantian-hyborian-zombie.jpg

(Conan the Savage#10) - Most others, including Goram Singh, were revived as zombies by Vacharn as his servants. 

(Conan the Savage#10) - That evening, Milo was presumably among the undead crewmen present at Vacharn's dinner, when Sigurd was brought in and bled dry by the demon-familiar Esrit as Conan watched mystically immobilized. After Conan broke free and attacked Vacharn, the necromancer forced the undead servants to batter Conan unconscious and throw him in a cell. 

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - In the evening, the servants rested in stone coffins, brought forth in daily resurrection to do the tasks ordained by their master, perhaps tending his gardens, tending his livestock, or diving for pearls.

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - Nearly a month later, after Conan had slain Vacharn, his sons, and Esrit, Conan found that the now-masterless undead army followed his orders. 

    Conan had the undead servants build a funeral pyre to ensure the destruction of Vacharn and his sons. Needing a small crew to help guide a boat to the mainland, Conan nonetheless preferred they not be those he brought to this accursed island. 

(Conan the Savage#10) - Conan therefore ordered his former crew into the fire as well.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.

    I am ASSuming Goram was in the crew of the Red Lion. He was never seen nor mentioned, but as the prisoners on Ptahuacan were rapidly sacrificed to Xotli, I don't think there's anything to support him having been part of another crew brought there.

    As you might have guessed from Goram's last name, Vendhya is the Hyborian precursor to India.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Goram Singh
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Conan the Savage#10, pg. 4, panel 3 (seated; main image);
        pg. 6, panel 4 (beside Conan & Sigurd);
        pg. 21, panel 4 (with other zombies) - I think that MIGHT be him just over Conan's right shoulder - or not...he's wet, and a zombie, and presumed lost his turban at sea...


Appearances:
Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Danny Bulanadi, Ricardo Villamonte & Armando Gil (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Conan the Savage#10 (May, 1996) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (artist), Mike Lackey (editor)


Last updated: 02/26/15

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