(Circa The Hand of Nergal)
Medium-sized Human, 20 years old
Hit Dice: 1d12+3d6+1d10+20 (50 hp)
Initiative: +4 (Dex)
Speed: 40 ft.
AC: 14 (Dex)
Attacks: Longsword +7 melee
Damage: Longsword 1d8+4
Face/Reach: 5 ft x 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Rage, sneak attack +2d6
Special Qualities: Fast movement, Evasion, Uncanny Dodge
Saves: Fort +9, Ref +9, Will +1
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 18, Con 18, Int 12, Wis 11, Cha 17
Skills: Climb +12, Craft (blacksmithing) +5, Hide +6, Intuit Direction +7, Jump +10, Listen +7, Move Silently +12, Ride +5, Search +8, Wilderness Lore +6
Feats: Track, Lightning Reflexes, Combat Reflexes, Power Attack
Challenge Rating: 5
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Advancement: By Character Class.
|Conan has enjoyed his taste of Hyborian
intrigue. With his own horse under him, the Cimmerian sets out to
look over the civilized world, with an eye to making it his oyster.
He travels eastward into Turan, where he takes service in the armies of
King Yildiz. He does not at first find military services congenial,
being too self-willed and hot-tempered to submit easily to
discipline. Moreover, being at this time an indifferent horseman and
archer, in a force of which the mounted bowman is the mainstay, he is
relegated to a low-paid, irregular unit. Soon, however, a chance
arises to show his true mettle.
Conan's fighting style is gaining structure at this period of time. He is beginning to use the bow while mounted.
Rage: Once per day, Conan can go into a rage and increase his Strength and Constitution by +4, and gains a +2 morale bonus to Will saves. He suffers a -2 penalty to AC.
Fast movement: Conan's speed is increased by +10 feet when wearing no armor, light armor, and shields.
Sneak Attack: Canan strikes a vital spot for extra damage whenever he catches an opponent flat footed or when he flanks an opponent.
Evasion: If exposed to an effect that allows a Reflex save for half damage Conan takes no damage if that save is successful.
Uncanny Dodge: Conan retains his dexterity bonus to his AC even when caught flatfooted or surprised. He can sense danger before it even becomes apparent.
|Note: although this story exists in pure form as a
fragment, it doesn't really indicate what Conan was up to (just stating
that he was on a battle field). Due to this, I have opted to use the
L. Sprague de Camp posthumous completion of this story. It indicates
Conan was in the military. The military, even in Hyborian times,
tends to impose training and other skills. I opted to move Conan up
in Fighter instead of Barbarian to reflect this more "civilized" training
he would now be receiving at this period in his life... if the traditional
chronology is used. Of course, if one changes the chronology, then
this whole exercise is moot - or else I would have to offer three or four
variant Conans! (which I might do sometime just for the heck of it,
but don't expect it anytime soon.)
Keep in mind that I am using the Miller-de Camp chronology for this version of Conan. There are some problems with that chronology, but it is easy to use.
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|"The Hand of Nergal" was a story that was begun by Robert E. Howard but was left unfinished. L. Sprague de Camp finished the tale in the Lancer/Ace collection, "Conan". The unfinished fragment (for you purists out there) can be found in "Conan Chronicles Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle", a new collection of Howard's Conan story - without pastiches and posthumous collaborations.|
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