Real Name: Makeda
Occupation: Former princess;
possibly mistress of the Amra's harem;
former "demiqueen" of the Lair of the Lions
Group Membership: Formerly Amra's harem;
formerly the Moonhawk tribe
Affiliations: Formerly Amra;
forced alliance with Conan and a trio of Watambis (Anaki and two others);
after Amra cast her out, the text narrative described her as "the dethroned demiqueen"
Enemies: Amra, Belit, Dwellers in Darkness, unidentified leopard
Known Relatives: She described herself
as "a daughter of many warrior-kings," which presumably meant her
father and "many" paternal ancestors had been warrior kings;
she was presumably one of many wives of Amra
Presumably daughter to a king and/or queen of the Moonhawk tribe
Aliases: Mistress of the Lair of the Lions (by which she referred to herself)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Lair of Lions, south of Kush in the Dark Continent
First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#62 (May, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Makeda was an experienced and conniving warrior, experienced to some degree in hand-to-hand combat and the use of daggers, at least. Makeda was also experienced in reading arcane text and performing mystic rituals, and she was knowledgeable about the Lair of the Lions. A passionate woman, Makes was also murderously jealous.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
(Conan the Barbarian I#62 (fb) - BTS) - After Makeda, former princess of the Moonhawk tribe, became one of the Aquilonian Amra's mates, she eventually rose to the role of mistress of the Lair of the Lions. Makeda's fierceness pleased Amra more than most of his mates. When other wenches sought to replace Makeda in Amra's affections, Makeda wooed Amra away from them or, failing that, she slew the women with her bare hands.
(Conan the Barbarian I#62 - BTS) - Amra arrived with the kidnapped Belit (pirate queen of the Tigress and the lover of Conan) at the
Lair of the Lions.
(Conan the Barbarian I#62) - Within the city, after Amra showed Belit the treasure chamber and she noted how she had waited long to see so much riches in one place, Makeda interrupted, telling her she would bury Belit in it "and let her bones wear the gold of kings!"
When Belit asked who she was, Amra told Belit of
Makeda and her history, after which she introduced herself as the
"Mistress of the Lair of the Lions." Makeda then asked Amra if he had
told "his new pet" of her history and how she had slain many would-be
competitors for his affections with her bare hands?
As the jealous Makeda charged Belit to prove her point, Belit
-- though her hands were still bound -- kicked Makeda back, informing
Makeda that she was not a terrified, fragile maiden like those she had
slain, but rather the Queen of the Black Coast.
Land on her backside, Makeda, drew her dagger and told Belit she would make her "Queen of Shades, you pale-skinned witch!"
However, Amra grabbed both of her hands and stopped her. When Makeda insisted he let her go, he told her he would let her go, as she had pleased him more than most with her fierceness, but he instructed her to leave quickly and never return or he would release her from his protection, and she would become a meal for his lion pride.
(Conan the Barbarian I#62 (fb)) - The vengeful Makeda rushed to the tomb-wall. Having learned how to read the symbols on its walls, she performed a spell to awaken and release the monstrous beings -- aka the Dwellers in Darkness, Unbound Ones, Earthspawn, etc. -- imprisoned below the city for allegedly a million or more years.
(Conan the Barbarian I#63 (fb) - BTS) - As the creatures began to emerge from the ground, Makeda fled.
(Conan the Barbarian I#62) - As
Makeda departed the Lair of the Lions below a full moon, her hurt and
anger distracted her, causing her to forget the dangers of the jungle.
As a growling leopard leapt down on her from a tree, Makeda cried to
Amra for help, but she was instead saved by Conan.
Having followed Belit's trail toward the Lair of the Lions, Conan caught the leopard from behind and broke its neck in a Full Nelson. After Makeda asked if the appearance of another white-skin, like Amra and the wench, was some deviltry of the trickster gods, Conan insisted Makeda take her to "this wench and to Amra."
Makeda agreed to do so, but warned
him he would never arrive to save them in time, if save them he could.
She then told him that after Amra had cast her out she had performed
the mystic rites to release deadly creatures into the city.
(Conan the Barbarian I#63) - Makeda
showed Conan and his Watambi allies to the Lair of the Lions, and she
pointed out as Amra ascended to the top of the Lion-Altar with his new
bride-to-be, as well as Sholo and other lions. When Conan demanded she
show him the fastest path to the altar, she agreed, but she also warned
him that he would not live long after regretting it.
Conan slew the lion guarding the
entrance and then led the
Watambis into the Lair, after which Makeda noted that while he was a
mightier warrior than she had imagined, Amra could
have slain the lion with but a knife; nonetheless, she hoped Conan
could kill slay
Amra to win her revenge for her. While Conan cared little for her
bloodlust, Makeda assured him that he would only get his mate back over
Amra's lifeless body.
(Conan the Barbarian I#63 - BTS) - After Dwellers in Darkness pulled Belit through a trap door, Amra followed them.
(Conan the Barbarian I#63) - Hearing
the uproar above them, Makeda realized that it was the creatures she
had released. Noting her fear, she advised they turn back, but Conan
demanded she show him to Belit. Makeda led them down a staircase
passageway that would take them directly below the Lion Altar, but a
group of the Dwellers swarmed
over Conan, Makeda, and the Watambis. They fought back fiercely and
them, although at least one of the Watambi perished in the struggle.
As they continued on, finding
skeletons in chains, Conan noted that Makeda's master was a cruel man,
but Makeda countered that one could not instill fear in human hearts
unless one was merciless. She noted that these men were "nothing."
Conan found this a curious judgment as Amra had sent her to die in the
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Steve Gan.
There are additional images of Makeda -- performing the ritual to release the Dwellers in Darkness -- in that profile.
Makeda should be distinguished from:
Conan the Barbarian I#62, pg. 15, panel 3 (charging Belit);
panel 4 (kicked away by Belit);
panel 5 (drawing dagger)
last page, panel 4-5 (Makeda reading the writings and performing the ritual) - in Dwellers profile, at least.
#63, pg. 1, mostly full);
pg. 6, panel 4 (face);
pg. 12, panel 3 (dead)
Conan the Barbarian I#62-63 (May-June, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Steve Gan (inker)
First posted: 12/05/2020
Last updated: 12/05/2020
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