CONOBAR

Real Name: Conobar

Identity/Class: Human (Hyborian era)

Occupation: Priest; hunter/gatherer/forager

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: served by a polar bear cult, as well as by polar bears for whom he cared

Enemies: Conan, Peleon

Known Relatives: Conan (father), Ursla (mother);
    Conn, Kang Sho, Taurus (half-brothers);
    Radegund, Rā Morgana (half-sisters);
    Corin + Greshan (paternal grandparents);
    Drogin, Corum (paternal great-grandfathers (great-grandmothers unspecified);
    Sibahn (paternal aunt);
    Humber + Locrin (second cousins (father's cousins)); 

Aliases: Priest of the Wild

Base of Operations: A sanctuary in a cave within the snow-covered mountains of Cimmeria, Hyborian Era

First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian I#145 (April, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Conobar was strong and a skilled warrior and swordsman, though only fifteen years of age. He may have inherited his mother's ability to communicate directly with and control polar bears, as well as other creatures of the northern wild.
    He may also have had a superhuman lifespan--in terms of not growing old at the normal rate, but his life was cut short before this could be evaluated.

 

 

 

History:
(Conan the Barbarian I#48 - BTS) - A young Conan, just turned fifteen years, met the Ursla, the Priestess of the Northern Snows. From her, Conan gained carnal knowledge.

(Conan the Barbarian I#258 (fb) - BTS) - Ursla gave birth to Conobar, the son of Conan. Due to Ursla's magic, Conobar grew to adulthood in half the normal time.

(Conan the Barbarian I#145 (fb) - BTS) - Conobar was raised among the bears of the hills of Cimmeria, and for most of his life they were his only family. From the bears, he received training in physical struggles. At some point he gathered a small group of followers.

(Conan the Barbarian I#145) - Conan accompanied a band of Cimmerians on a mission to root out a wild band of raiding Picts. One of Conan's old friends, Tolek, sent along his "addle-brained" son, Peleon, so that he might learn from Conan the ways of real men. The mission was successfully completed, but as they prepared to head home, the dim-witted Peleon thought to prove his bravery by hurling a snowball at a passing polar bear. Angered, the bear charged them, and only Conan's quick actions saved Peleon from death. However, the weight of the bear knocked Conan on the defensive, and the other Cimmerians came to his rescue, slaying the beast with their swords.
    The death of the bear was sensed by Conobar and his followers, who captured Peleon and brought him before the Priest of the Wild. Conobar quickly surmised that Peleon could not have slain the bear, and Peleon told him that Conan would come for him. Conobar waited the coming of Conan, which was not long in the waiting. Neither having any idea that they were related, Conobar challenged Conan to a duel to the death as punishment for slaying his servant bear. Conan--not wishing to raise arms against any whelp--remained on the defensive as he tried to convince Conobar to stand down and let him recover his friend's son. However, Conobar's skill and ferocity was such that he eventually managed to superficially slash Conan's neck with his sword. Conan reflexively stabbed out with his sword and skewered Conobar. As Conobar collapsed, Conan asked him from whence he had come, and he revealed that his mother was a priestess of the wild. He died before he could describe his father.
    It was only afterwards that the dolt Peleon came out the cave and revealed that Conobar's father was a blue-eyed Cimmerian who had visited his mother in winters past. Conan returned Peleon to his father, revealing that in protecting Tolek's heir he had unwittingly slain his own. Conan buried Conobar between the mounds of his ancestors outside of the village.

Comments: Created by Alan Zelenetz, Richard Howell, and Bob Camp.

    Conan info is definitely a weak point for me. Please feel free to send me info on Conan's other children, and I'll include them here . Conan laid with many a woman in his time, and I'm certain he had more children, not all of whom he may have actually known about.
    Thanks to Per Degaton for supplying many of the names of Conan's relatives.

    Conobar claimed to be fifteen years old when he met Conan, but Roy Thomas later re-wrote it so that he would only have lived 7½ years, though he would have still been physically 15. Perhaps she warped time around him, so that he actually did experience 15 winters, as he stated...or perhaps its just difficult to mark winter in the snow-covered mountains of Cimmeria.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:

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images: (without ads)
Conan the Barbarian I#145, p14, pan3; p15, pan3


Other appearances:
Conan the Barbarian I#258 (July, 1992) - Roy Thomas (writer), Mike Docherty (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)


Last updated: 01/07/04

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