Conan of the Black Coast
(Amra the Lion)
(Circa Queen of
the Black Coast)
Medium-sized Human, 24 years
Dice: 3d12+3d6+4d10+40 (102 hp)
Speed: 40 ft.
19 (+4 Dex, +1 shield, +4 chain
Attacks: Longword+13/+8 melee
Face/Reach: 5 ft x 5 ft./5
Rage, sneak attack +2d6
Qualities: Fast movement, Evasion, Uncanny
Saves: Fort +12, Ref +11, Will
Str 20, Dex 18, Con 18, Int 12, Wis 11, Cha
Skills: Climb +15, Craft (blacksmithing)
+5, Hide +6, Intuit Direction +7, Jump +14, Listen +7, Move
Silently +12, Ride +12, Search +8, Wilderness Lore +6,
Profession (seaman) +2
Feats: Track, Lightning Reflexes,
Combat Reflexes, Power Attack, Cleave, Great Cleave, Mounted Combat,
Advancement: By Character
Conan returns to the Hyborian kingdoms, where he
serves as a mercenary in Nemedia, Ophir, and finally Argos. In
Argos, a slight misunderstanding with the law impels him to tak the first
ship outward bound. He joins forces with the pirate BÍlit and her crew of black
pirates. He becouse the scourge of the Black Coast, preying upon
Stygian and Shemite traders and gains the name "Amra."
Conan's fighting style has
gained his well known deadliness at this period of time. His combat
reflexes give him quite the advantage in mass battles, with up to four
attacks of opportunity as soldiers pass through his threat zone. His
Great Cleave skill allows him to further wade through lesser warriors,
crushing them left and right.
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
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.
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: As a member of a crew of barbarians, I
moved Conan up a level in Barbarian. It seemed most
appropriate. Away from civilization, I felt that choice made the
most sense. I gave him the Mounted Archery feat as a reward for
having spent so much time in the Turanian army. He should have had
that feat earlier, but I was constrained by the rules just a tad
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Here is a version of this Conan
for the Hero system by Jason
Robert E. Howard's story, "Queen of the Black
Coast," was first published in Weird Tales in May of 1934. The story
can also be found in the Ace/Lancer paperback "Conan of Cimmeria"; the
Donald M. Grant Limited Edition "Queen of the Black Coast", and the Gnome
Press collection "The Coming of Conan". All of these are out of
print, but usually available on eBay.
Currently in print is the
British volume "The Conan Chronicles Volume I : The People of the Black
Circle" which is part of Millennium's "Fantasy Masterworks" series.
ISBN: 1-85798-996-1. It is available off of Amazon.com
left is the cover of that issue of Weird Tales, featuring an unlikely
Conan protecting BÍlit with a rather feeble looking knife. The
artist was Margaret Brundage.
BÍlit, Queen of the Black
The Horror in the Jungle (The Winged
Original interior artwork from Weird Tales,
depicting BÍlit's ghost coming back from death to save Conan from the
Winged One. The caption at the bottom reads "Her lithe figure
shimmered ivory beneath the moon".
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This story featured Conan's
famous opinion about gods ("I would not tread in their shadow") and one of
the few times he actually discusses Crom and his own beliefs. BÍlit
is Conan's first true love and he stayed with her for three years.
The story also features a ruined city, strange other worldly critters,
treasure, and lots of combat.
Marvel comics, beginning with issue
58, did a wonderful adaptation of this story, concluding it in issue