ARANZA DESERT

Official Name: The Aranza Desert

Continent: Unrevealed

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: None

Government: 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 (Wanda Maximoff).

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 Shadizar.

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 Earth-616...

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
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)


Appearances:
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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