Official Name: The Aranza Desert
Capital City: None
Major Languages: Common
Monetary Unit: Anything of value
Major Resources: None
National Defense: Roaming barbarians
International Relations: The modern era's
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) was once transported to the Aranza
Desert, where she befriended the barbarian Conan.
Extraterrestrial Relations: None
Places of Interest: The Illitese River
Domestic Super Humans: None
Non-Human Population: The Aranza Desert was home to large, monstrous, scorpion-like creatures that lived beneath the dunes.
Prominent Citizens: The barbarian Conan passed
through the Aranza Desert, where he met the modern era's Scarlet Witch
Superhuman Residents: The modern era's Scarlet
Witch (Wanda Maximoff) resided in the Aranza Desert for a brief time.
Domestic Crime: The Aranza Desert was plagued
by traveling bandits. It was also home to a few survivors and savages.
International Crime: The
Aranza Desert was known to have been home to Zamoran bandits.
First Appearance: (unidentified): Avengers: No
Road Home#5 (May, 2019);
(identified by name): Avengers: No Road Home#6 (May, 2019)
History: (Avengers: No Road Home#5) - Moments after being teleported back in time to the Hyborian era's Aranza Desert, the heroic Avenger Scarlet Witch was hit from behind by a group of Zamoran bandits. As she regained her senses, Scarlet Witch heard the sounds of violence as the barbarian Conan came to her defense, defeating and killing most of the Aranza Desert Zamorans before helping Scarlet Witch to her feet.
(Avengers: No Road Home#6) -
After traveling for three days in the Aranza Desert, Scarlet Witch and
Conan rested but Scarlet Witch was awakened by a nightmare involving
the deaths of her teammates Hercules and Vision. Unsure what to say,
Conan instead suggested they ride to cover more ground in the Aranza
Desert before the heat rose. Using a horse, Conan and Scarlet Witch
then rode through the Desert as Scarlet Witch explained the darkness
shard that was stolen from her by the bandits. The two were eventually
assaulted by a giant scorpion-like creature who devoured their horse.
Working together, the two killed the creature but were forced to eat
their dead horse to survive as Conan suggested they barter for a new
horse the next morning by following the bandits' traveling routes. Soon
finding a group of survivors, Scarlet Witch used her powers to dazzle
the survivors into trading for a camel and the duo continued their trek
across the Aranza Desert towards the bandits who stole the darkness
shard. Eventually finding the bandit camp in the Desert near the
Illitese River, Conan and Scarlet Witch also found the bandits dead and
a lone surviving member of the Crow Cult that served the night-god.
When the Cult member saw the darkness in Scarlet Witch's eyes, he faded
away into nothingness as Conan deduced the darkness shard's location as
the town of Shadizar, having recognized the Crow Cult's insignia on the
member's robes. Departing the camp, Scarlet Witch and Conan then left
the Aranza Desert, traveling along the River and eventually finding
Comments: Created by Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Sean Izaakse.
It was not clear whether the Aranza Desert existed in
the past of reality-616 or not. While we know that Conan existed in
616's Hyborian era, the Conan met by Earth-616's Scarlet Witch may not
be the same Conan that we have seen in stories set on Earth-616 (i.e.
Marvel's original run of Conan comics from the 1970s-1990s). Then
again, nothing had been shown that it not on Earth-616's past so until
proven otherwise, I tend to lean more towards including it on
Profile by Proto-Man.
Aranza Desert has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers: No Road Home#6, p3, splash page (Scarlet Witch & Conan riding through the Aranza Desert, main image)
Avengers: No Road Home#5, p18, pan4 (Scarlet Witch and Zamoran bandits in the Aranza Desert)
Avengers: No Road Home#6, p9, splash page (Scarlet Witch & Conan looking at the bandit camp in the Aranza Desert near the Illitese River)
Avengers: No Road Home#5 (May, 2019) - Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing (writers), Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: No Road Home#6 (May, 2019) - Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing (writers), Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 10/11/2019
Last updated: 10/11/2019
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