guardian-beauty-coc-unmasked-upperGUARDIAN of BEAUTY

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human magic-user;
    Hyborian era;
    possibly a Khitain citizen

Occupation: Warrior

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Elder Gods (see comments)

Enemies: Conan, Noyo

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None;
    Conan called her "witch-woman" in battle

Base of Operations: Unspecificed Khitain alley

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian#130 (January, 1982)

guardian-beauty-masked-fullPowers/Abilities: The Guardian of Beauty served as protector of the Mirror of Beauty, challenging those who approached it.

    Wielding a bow staff, she possessed a mastery of unspecified martial arts, similar to some modern Asian martial arts.

    She struck with grace and speed, enabling her to deftly outmaneuver even a highly experienced and skilled combatant, such as Conan of Cimmeria.

    If she defeated an opponent, that opponent would forfeit his or her soul to the Mirror of Beauty (or perhaps the Guardian consumed the souls?); she would remove a victim's soul by touching him or her with her bo staff. Her soul, however, was forfeit if she lost; it's energies allowed the victor to access the Mirror of Beauty.

    The Guardian's beautiful appearance, combined with psychic powers, enabled her to ensorcel opponents, causing them to submit to her will, even acknowledging that they would surrender their souls to her.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")guardian-beauty-coc-mask
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (presumably brown)
Hair: Black

History:

(Conan the Barbarian I#128 (fb) - BTS) - In the distant past, the Primal Gods (also sometimes referred to as "Elder Gods"; see comments) created four items, imbuing each of them with one of the four elements of the cosmos' creation: The Sword of Strength, the Crown of Wisdom, the Mirror of Beauty, and the Rose of Peace.

    Throughout the ages, the sacred Cornerstones of Creation were jealously guarded by the Cult of Creation. Knowledge of their Earthly hiding places was known only to the hand-picked priestess of the gods. Noyo was chosen as the Priestess of the Cult of Creation.

(Conan the Barbarian#130 (fb) - BTS) - The Mirror of Beauty was guarded by an unidentified being (see comments) who served as the Guardian of Beauty.

(Conan the Barbarian#128 - BTS) - The demon lord sorcerer Pau-Styss sought the power of the Cornerstones of Creation and kidnapped Laynnen to force his wife, Noyo, to recover the Cornerstones. She was joined on her quest by Laynnen's childhood friend, Conan; her and Laynnen's son, Dreeme, also came along.

(Conan the Barbarian#130 - BTS) - Having collected the Sword of Strength and Crown of Wisdom, Noyo mystically transported herself, Conan, Dreeme, and the Crown to Khitai.

(Conan the Barbarian#130) - In an alley, the Guardian confronted Noyo and her allies. Conan iniitally assumed the fully masked warrior to be male and a thief and tried to warn her off, but when the Guardian charged him, the Sword of Strength transformed into a staff to match the Guardian's weapon.

    Far swifter than Conan, the Guardian battered him back with bo strikes and kicks. guardian-beauty-enslave

    After Conan finally dodged a brutal blow, Noyo telepathically urged and guided Conan, in instants making him him familiar with the Khitain martials; recognizing Noyo's influence, Conan accepted without hesitation and fought with a new grace, fluidity, and power, knocking back the Guardian, whose mask fell away, revealing her to a woman.

    As the Guardian arose and spoke in tones "both cold and saturnine," telling Conan that his arm was strong, Conan was overcome by her beauty -- her face so finely sculpted, her skin like ivory, her lips red as blood -- and found himself unable to do anything more than stare hypnotically at her.

    The Guardian then struck him in the shoulder with her bo staff, telling him to kneel as "such pulchritude deserves worship, does it not?" Unable to resist, Conan acknowledged his "mistress," and dropped to his knees.

    Conan further obeyed her commands to bow his head as her staff touched his head and drank her soul; however, while Conan agreed that she could take it, Noyo mystically sent her spirit into the "staff" of Strength, which rose into the air, filling Conan with power and the will to resist.
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    Overcome with ungodly rage, the Guardian told Conan she had been tender with him so far, but no more, as an ending was written.

    Agreeing that there must and would be an ending, Conan dodged her strike and smashed her unconscious with a bo strike of his own.

    When Conan demanded an explanation, Noyo explained that he had just bested the Guardian of Beauty, which was necessary to obtain the Mirror of Beauty. Noyo further explained how she had enabled him to triumph.

    As Noyo explained that Conan would have forfeited his soul had he lost to the Guardian and that he had instead taken hers...as testified by the scintillant trail of energy that swirled into the "staff" of Strength.

(Conan the Barbarian#130 - BTS) - At Noyo's guidance, as the Mirror of Beauty appeared before them, Conan struck it with the staff imbued with the Guardian's soul, transporting them to an unidentified realm where they also obtained the Rose of Peace.

Comments: Created by J.M. DeMatteis and Gil Kane.

Elder Gods and Cornerstones of Creation

    We don't have any information on the Guardian of Beauty beyond what was presented here.

    Khitai is the Hyborian equivalent of China. Read the Blockbusters handbook's entry on the Great Cataclysm for more information.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Guardian of Beauty
should be distinguished from:



images: (without ads)
Conan the Barbarian#130, pg, 6, panel 5 (full and upper, masked);
       pg. 8, panel 2 (mostly full, challenging Conan);
          panel 6 (enslaving Conan);
       pg. 9, panel 3 (swinging at Conan)


Appearances:
Conan the Barbarian#128 (November, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (artist), Louise Jones (editor)
Conan the Barbarian#129 (December, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Gil Kane & P. Craig Russell (?) (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Conan the Barbarian#130 (January, 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Gil Kane (artist), Louise Jones (editor)

First posted: 10/28/2019
Last updated: 10/28/2019

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