Conan

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Conan

Background

Conan is a Cimmerian. His father was a blacksmith. he seldom prays to his god Crom, but is fearful that he might be banished from Valhalla if he doesn't know the Riddle of Steel when he dies and has to face Crom. Conan knows what is best in life.

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During the events of Conan the Barbarian (1982) played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jorge Sanz

Conan is fishing when his village is attacked by Thulsa Doom's Raiders. Conan runs and finds his mother who defends him with a sword. Conan's Mother is eventually hypnotized by Thulsa Doom, who cuts off her head when she lowers her sword. Conan is then sold into slavery to the Vanir. From childhood to early adulthood he is forced to push a large gristmill until he is the final surviving child from his village. He is eventually sold to Red Hair who puts him in gladiator matches and eventually sends him East to train in swordsmanship taught by the Sword Master. He is also taught language including poetry and philosophy and used as breeding stock. One night for reasons unknown, Red Hair frees Conan. He is chased by dogs into a cave where he finds a giant skeleton holding a sword. He takes the sword and kills the dogs. He arrives at the hut of the Witch wearing new furs. The Witch invites him into her hut and the she tells him he was prophesied to come. Conan asks for information about the snakes she mentions and she tells him he must pay a price for the information. As they are making love the Witch transforms and Conan throws her into the cooking fire. She then flies off into the night as a fireball. The next morning Conan walks out and meets Subotai who was captured by the Witch and chained up as dinner for wolves. Conan frees Subotai and they travel to the city of Zamora and the Tower of the Serpent. They happen upon Valeria, another thief at the base of the tower. Valeria decides to team up with Conan and Subotai who she implies are amateurs. Valeria stays in the upper area of the tower while she sends Conan and Subotai into the lower portion. Rexor is holding a sacrificial ceremony where a follower is to jump into a hole and be eaten by a giant snake. While Conan is stealing the a large jewel called the Eye of Set, Conan's dripping sweat wakes up the giant snake which attacks him. Conan and Subotai kill the giant snake, but before he leaves Conan takes a jade amulet of the snake cult which he recognizes from when his village was destroyed. Rexor is alerted to the thieves when the sacrificial victim jumps into the pit and immediately screams as the headless snake is thrashing. Conan and the others escape back to the top of the tower and jump down into the garden pool. Conan gives Valeria the Eye of the Serpent and they make love. The team of Conan, Subotai and Valeria continue to be successful thieves and live to excess. While suffering from a hangover, Conan and Valeria are surrounded by King Osric's Men. They are taken to the palace chambers of King Osric. He salutes them for their arrogance and their attack on the snake cult. He asks them to find and bring back his daughter who is a convert of the snake cult. Valeria and Subotai want to forget about saving Osric's daughter however Conan is determined to get revenge on Thulsa Doom. Conan rides East towards Thulsa Doom's mountain of power. He enters a ruins where he meets the Wizard who looks after the ruins. Wizard tells Conan about the ruins and how giants once lived there and where fire won't burn. Conan continues on his journey and he disguises himself as a pilgrim. He encounters a Priest of the snake cult who he steals robes from. While walking up the steps towards the balcony of the temple, Conan is spotted carrying around the jade medallion and is captured by Rexor and Thorgrim. He is beaten and then interrogated by Thulsa Doom who wants to know where the Eye of the Serpent is. Conan tells Thulsa Dooom he killed his family and people and Thulsa Doom realizes he must be talking about his time when he was a youth. He tells Conan his version of the answer to the riddle of steel. He says flesh is stronger for what is steel compared to the hand that wields it. He then condemns Conan to the Tree of Woe. Conan is crucified and dies as Subotai approaches him. The Wizard tells Valeria he has magic to bring back the dead and Valeria offers to trade herself for Conan. Spirits come in the night to try and take Conan away however Valeria and Subotai fight them off. Valeria tells a barely conscious Conan if she was dead and he was still fighting for his life she would come back from the pit of hell to fight at his side. The trio ride off to the mountain of power where there is a gorge in the back leading to tunnels. They go through the kitchens where bodies are being cut up and added to large soup bowls. They then enter the pleasure room where a group of men and women are participating in an orgy. Thulsa Doom senses danger and turns into a snake and escapes. Thorgrim and Rexor arrive but both are beaten by Conan who escapes with the Princess. Thulsa Doom returns as a man and transforms a snake into an arrow and fires it from a bow, hitting Valeria in the side with it. Valeria dies in Conan's arms and Conan looks back at the serpent temple in anger. Valeria is burned on a cairn in the ruins where fire never burns and Subotai cries for Conan who cannot cry. Conan rips off the medallion of his slave house and puts on the Eye of the Snake he gave Valeria. Conan, Subotai and the Wizard prepare for Thulsa Doom to attack the ruins by making traps. Conan prays to Crom to grant him revenge. A lopsided battle happens. Thorgim is tricked into hitting what he believes to be Conan's helmet but is only a spring loaded trap that impales him with a large stake. Conan distracted by the dying Throgrim is surprised by a charging Rexor. Rexor gets the upper hand and is about to kill Conan when Valeria appears as a Valkyrie and temporarily blinds Rexor. Conan then kills Rexor breaking his father's sword in the process as Rexor was using his fathers sword. Thulsa Doom retreats but fires a snake arrow at the Princess which is blocked by a shield held by Subotai. Conan picks up his broken father's sword. Later that night, Thulsa Doom is standing on the balcony of his temple giving a speech about cleansing the earth when Conan appears behind him with his father's sword and the princess. Thulsa Doom tries to hypnotize Conan but it fails and Conan hacks Thulsa Doom's head off and then throws his head at his followers down below. He then he drops his father's sword over the balcony. The snake cult followers put out their torches and walk away. Conan throws a lit brazier into the temple, setting it on fire and then he and the princess leave.

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During the events of Conan the Destroyer (1984) played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Conan and Malak are at Valeria's shrine when they are attacked by Queen Taramis' Soldiers. After defeating many of them, Queen Taramis and Bombaata ride up to him and make Conan an offer, if he helps her then she will bring Valeria back from the dead. Conan and Malak go with Taramis to Shadizar and he is told that he will accompany Princess Jehnna on her quest to retrieve Dagoth's Horn. On their way Conan saves Akiro the Wizard from being eaten by Tribal Cannibals and sets Zula free after she was being held by a group of villagers. They reach the tower of Toth-Amon and camp for the night. During the night Jehnna is captured by Toth-Amon and the group goes to his tower to retrieve her. In the tower, Conan must fight a Man Ape and kills Toth-Amon when he throws his sword through a mirror, impaling Toth-Amon. As they are traveling they are ambushed by Togra, who Conan kills. Their next stop is at a temple where they retrieve the Horn of Dagoth. While leaving they have to fight The Leader and his Temple Guards. While escaping the tunnel, Bombaata causes the roof the tunnel to collapse, trapping Conan, Malak, Akiro and Zula, while he and Jehnna escape. After exiting the tunnel, Conan realizes that Taramis had no intention of ever bringing Valeria back from the dead. Conan and his group return to Shadizar and Conan is forced to fight Bombaata. After killing Bombaata, Conan joins the others to help fight Dagoth, who is now a hideous creature due to the sacrifice of Jehnna being disrupted. After slashing Dagoth numerous times to no avail, Akiro tells Conan that Dagoth's strength lies in its horn and Conan rips the horn out of Dagoth's head. The next day the now Queen Jehnna promotes her companions to positions in the court. She offers Conan the chance to be with her, but he tells her, he will find his own kingdom and queen and he leaves.

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