(l-r) Valeria (thief), Conan (fighter), Akiro (wizard), Subotai (ranger)
IN THE GAME
What gall! What daring! What outrageousness! What arrogance! A giant jewel from an unholy tower. A princess rescued from a powerful cult. Good thieves can do it, but not vengeful ones. Too bad that their fighter Conan, a barbarian (but not a Barbarian), has a history with this cult, and its sorcerous leader, Thulsa Doom. Valeria is the consummate rogue whose heart has been stolen by the savage fighter. Akiro is the wizard of the mounds, communing with spirits, devils, and gods. Subotai is a ranger of the steppe, whose deadly bow kills men and monsters. All are thieves by trade. All will know gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth. But only one was born to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth beneath his sandaled feet.
“A spring wind blows in the north of every man’s heart.” It’s lines like those that make John Milius’ 1982 Conan the Barbarian film one of my favourites. It’s not perfect and it’s not as faithful to the Howard stories as some fans would like – but the gritty bronze age low fantasy setting is just wonderful – right down to camels who need to get punched.
Background courtesy of opengameart.org
The Pop Culture Party Series follows a similar line to my Motley Crew series. Only while that nerdly rotogravure imagined sci-fi motley crews in Firefly’s ‘Verse, this will imagine various casts of adventure media as D&D characters.