Caught

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mark fuglestad

An illustration depicting a scene from Robert E Howard's Conan story of Red Nails. Conan and Valeria (not shown) are trapped by a dragon on the top of a rocky pinnacle. Sharing with them the safety of the outcropping is a skeleton, the previous tenant without his flesh. He did not fare so well, as the present landlord is a very demanding creature. With no hope of ever leaving this place with flesh still on their bones, Conan eventually spies the poisonous fruit on a nearby tree, which the people of the land call  the Apple of Derketah. Cutting off several long, straight limbs and constructing a strong spear, he uses his poniard as a tip. Stabbing the fruit with his weapon he paints it with the dark and deadly juices. He jabs it into the mouth of the dragon's upraised head, sending the behemoth into an enraged fury; eventually going blind, crazy and then dashes its own brains out by running headlong into a large tree.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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