Conan (Icons Writeup)


Prowess 6
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 11

*Broadsword 5
*Depending on the situation, Conan may have access to battleaxes, clubs, etc. He does not typically use ranged weapons but will make do in a pinch. He also frequently has ropes that can be used for climbing.

Athletics (Master +3 bonus), Business – Appraisal (+1 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Linguistics (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Master +3 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Military (Expert +2 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Underwater Combat (+1 bonus), Weapons – Ranged (+1 bonus), Weapons – Blades (Master +3 bonus), Wrestling (Master +3 bonus)

Irresistible to women
Gains and loses money very quickly
Distrusts sorcery
Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women!


Conan is a Cimmerian, a barbarian of the far north; he was born on a battlefield and is the son of the village blacksmith Corin. During the battle in Cimmeria, his mother Greshan was fatally wounded by an enemy while attempting to save Corin. The weakened Greshan uses the last of her strength to give birth to her son and names him Conan before she dies. He grew up quickly: by age fifteen he was already a respected warrior, participating in the destruction of the Aquilonian outpost of Venarium.

After this he was struck by wanderlust and began the colorful and exciting adventures chronicled by Robert E. Howard and others, encountering various fabulous monsters, evil wizards, and beautiful wenches and princesses – he has traveled throughout the world and been a thief and outlaw, a mercenary and commander of a mercenary company, and a pirate. He begins building larger units of men, aiming for greater territorial ambitions, though his efforts are repeatedly thwarted, usually by the total massacre of his force excepting himself. But in his forties, he finally succeeds in becoming king of Aquilonia, the most powerful kingdom of the age, having strangled the previous ruler, Numedides, on the steps of the throne. In his sixties, Conan leaves his country—never to return—to seek new battles in the uncharted west, leaving Conan II, his son by Queen Zenobia (a former Nemedian slave girl), to rule Aquilonia in his stead. Although Conan’s adventures often result in him performing heroic feats, his motive is more than often his own survival, enrichment or rise to power and he thus displays many of the characteristics of an anti-hero.

One comment

  1. I don’t know that Howard’s original is all that distrustful of sorcery. He has no qualms accepting help from sorcerers when he needs it, or using magic like Jhebbal Sag’s symbol in “Beyond the Black River.”

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