"The Twilight of the Grim Grey God!" Marvel at a tale from when Conan was young and recently freed from slavery. Caught on the plains of Hyperborea between two armies, the barbarian meets a grey stranger who tells of war brewing between Hyperborea and neighboring Brythunia. He tells also of the Choosers of the Slain who he miraculously summons with his bright sword and tells Conan that, in the coming conflict, he will witness the passing of kings and more than kings. And as Conan leaves the stranger's company, he seems to loom large in the nighttime sky. When Conan joins up with the Brythunians and their hero Dunlang against the Hyperboreans who had enslaved him, he thinks perhaps the grey man's prophecy might come true.
Meanwhile, Malachi, the Brythunian cavalry commander consorts with Kormlada, wife of Hyperborean King Tomar and hatches an evil plot to hold his forces at the last instant and thus betray his king and countrymen for riches and a stolen queen. With naught but his severed chain for a weapon, Conan takes to the field of battle with the dawn. He's in the service of the Brythunian King Brian although no man commands his march. When the fight is joined, the mid-morning sun drinks deep of the crimson hues of the battleground. And ere long treachery befalls Dunlang, the most honorable warrior of all. Soon both kings and both heroes, Dunlang and Malachi lie dead and only the Choosers of the Slain ride out victorious. A sword and sorcery classic from writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Smith.