Drifting into Khauran, Conan becomes captain of the Queen’s guard; A Witch Shall be Born. While wandering the city in The Devil In Iron he reflects that its spaced-out inhabitants remind him of Xuthal (The Slithering Shadow). After riding West to ransom a precious ring to the Queen of Ophir, Conan goes south to Koth. After trying to create an army from local outlaws, the empire’s government feels obligated to smash them, leaving Conan to flee to Vendhya. In The People Of The Black Circle, Conan tries to organize the local mountain tribes into an army.