Real Name: Nayela
African (Bogondi tribe)
Occupation: Caretaker, nurse
Group Membership: Bogondi tribe (Goru, Kuroba, Loga, numerous others unidentified; all apparently deceased)
Affiliations: Solomon KaneEnemies: The Akaana
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Bogonda of the Shadow (formerly Upper Bogonda), a village in an unidentified region of 16th century Africa
Powers/Abilities: Nayela was capable of administering basic nursing care and tending to the wounded.
Height: Unrevealed (she wasn't that much shorter than Solomon Kane, so perhaps 5'6" to 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 115 - 130 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (never clearly shown, but likely brown)
Hair: Black (in some images, she appears to have a shaved head with tattoos or painted design)
History:(Savage Sword of Conan#54/2 (fb) - BTS) - Nayela was the member of the Bogondi people who had resigned themselves to living in terror of the winged Akaana creatures.
Impressed with Kane having slain the Akaana and with his weapons and noting how the Akaana had left them alone, Goru implored Kane to stay with them and protect them from the Akaana. Kane agreed to stay and offer his protection.
(Savage Sword of Conan#54/2 - BTS / (Sword of) Solomon Kane#6) - For months the people of Bogonda lived in joy, singing in the plantation fields, dancing about the fire, and gazing at him with adoring eyes.(Savage Sword of Conan#54/2 (fb) - BTS) - One night, the Akaana attacked en masse, slaughtering the Bogondi.
(Savage Sword of Conan#54/2 - BTS) - Vowing vengeance, Kane ultimately trapped all of the Akaana within Goru's hut, which he then set aflame, apparently killing them all.
Comments: Created by Robert Ervin Howard.
Adapted to Marvel by Don Glut and David Wenzel...and then again by Ralph Macchio, John Ridgeway, and Al Williamson.
According to what I see in superficial research, Wings in the Night was REH's last Solomon Kane story published during his lifetime.
of) Solomon Kane#6 retold Wings in the Night, in color but compressed
into single story. There were a few differences, including the
appearance of the Akaana, Kuroba, Goru, and Nayela. Nayela had straight
hair in the retelling, but I think it fits into artistic license.
Most significantly, in (Sword of) Solomon Kane#6, it specifies that Kane stays with the Bogondi for months, and when the Akaana attacked again, the dying Nayela asked Kane, "My -- God -- why have you failed us. Why?
Profile by Snood.
Nayela should be distinguished from:
Savage Sword of Conan I#54/4, story pg. 3, panel 3 (introducing self to Kane);
panel 4 (telling Kane of their tribe);
pg. 11, panel 1 (Akaana standing over Nayela);
panel 3 (death)
(Sword of) Solomon Kane#6, pg. 8, panel 5 (face, front);
pg. 9, panel 3 (upper profile);
pg. 10, panel 4 (holding pot);
pg. 12, panel 3 (Akaana standing over Nayela);
panel 5 (asking Kane why he had failed them);
panel 6 (death);
First posted: 12/19/2021
Last updated: 12/19/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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