Conan; Queen Zenobia; Lady Radegund; Prince Conn; Rufio; Prospero; Councilor Publius; Count Trocero; Aquilonian Army [couriers (die); General Gaius Flavius]; Followers of Asura [Hadrathus]; Priests of Mitra [Dexitheus (dies)]; Cimmerians; the Aesir [Hagan; Old Chieftain; Rolf (dies); Sigurd]; Nemedian Army; Argossean Army; Ophirian Army; Count Barthold; Black Crassus; King Tarascus II; Queen Leora; King Xantaus; Set (mentioned)
Zenobia and the Aquilonian forces prepare to defend Tarantia from Xantaus et al. Conn discovers that Black Crassus is allied with Xantaus. Dexitheus dies trying to save Radegund from Crassus. Gaius Flavius saves Conn from the Nemedians. Conn tells Rufio and Conan that the Nemedians, Argosseans and Ophirians have invaded. Conan wins the aid of the Aesir and the Cimmerians.