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Bêlit is the self-styled queen of the Black Coast and captain of the pirate ship Tigress. She is a Shemite woman who with her pirate crew ravaged the coast of Kush and the western coast of the Black Kingdoms.

Bêlit met Conan when she and her pirates attacked the ship he had taken refuge on, the Argus, outside the coast of Kush. Her priates slaughtered the crew of the Argus, but as Conan, managing to get on board the Tigress was dealing death to numbers of her own crew, she stopped her pirates from attacking Conan. Conan was unlike both the civilized men of Hyboria and the barbarians of the south, Bêlit immediately fell in love with him. Conan joined Bêlit as a pirate, plundering villages and ships along the coast.

My love is stronger than any death! I have lain in your arms, panting with the violence of our love; you have held and crushed and conquered me, drawing my soul to your lips with the fierceness of your bruising kisses. My heart is welded to your heart, my soul is part of your soul! Were I still in death and you fighting for life, I would come back from the abyss to aid you--aye, whether my spirit floated with the purple sails on the crystal sea of paradise, or writhed in the molten flames of hell! I am yours, and all the gods and all their eternities shall not sever us! - Bêlit (Queen of the Black Coast)

They reached the river of Zarkheba, where Bêlit previously had hunted a Stygian galley which fled up the river. She had waited for the ship to return at the river mouth, and a few days later the ship had floated out, but only one member of the crew was still alive and he had gone mad. Together, Conan and Bêlit sailed up the river to discover what lay there, having heard rumours of a great city.

They reached an ancient, deserted city which they started plundering, but soon realized that the city wasn't completely deserted. A pre-historic winged ape-like creature had destroyed their water supplies. The water in the Zarkheba being too unclean to drink, Conan and twenty of the crew went into the jungle to look for drinkable water. Here, Conan fell under the spell of the Black Lotus and fell into a dream-like state. While Conan was dreaming, the men that acompanied him into the jungle was attacked and when he woke up he found that all of them except one, their chief N'Gora, had been run of a cliff. N'Gora had gone mad, and attempted to kill Conan, without luck, ending up dead himself.

When Conan returned to the Tigress he found the rest of the crew slaughtered and Bêlit hung from the ship itself. The winged creature tried to kill Conan, but Bêlit, fulfilling her prophecy, came to his rescue even in death and protected him when he was stuck, unable to protect himself.

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