Today, we are pleased to present a glimpse into the fascinating backstory of Conan: Savage Legends.
After the oceans swallowed the light of Atlantis for its hubris, shadow covered the world. Millenia later, in what is now known as the Hyborian Age, the land of Stygia still stands as a testament to those dark times. But in an earlier age, there was another evil empire that rivaled even the Stygians in power and brutality, a kingdom lost in the mists of time and uttered only in hushed whispers among scholars and sorcerers: Acheron.
Abandoning reason, justice, and any semblance of morality, Acheron was founded on necromancy, grisly rituals of dark magic, and blood sacrifices to demons and other monstrous beings. Chief among the dark wizards of Acheron was Xaltotun, High Priest of Set and heir to a lineage of evil that extended thousands of years. Under Xaltotun’s guidance and ruthlessness, Acheron expanded its despotic reach over all of Hyboria, sacrificing all who resisted to its dark gods and enslaving those who remained. But like many kingdoms through the ages, Acheron eventually fell and was swallowed by the sands of time.
Legends say that when Acheron fell, Xaltotun fled to Stygia, where he was murdered and mummified by the sorcerers there who feared his power and influence. More recent tales tell of his resurrection during a Nemedian uprising where rebels used the Heart of Ahriman to raise him from the dead so he might slay the Aquilonian King, Conan. In the end the barbarian king had to abandon his iron blade and use the Heart itself to destroy the diabolical wizard for the final time.
Yet was it final? Some say that agents in Stygia sensed the stirring of ancient evil and wished it to remain in the mortal realm, to once again grow and thrive under their direction. Priests of Set managed to recover the body of Xaltotun and steal away with several power artifacts. They implanted the Heart of Ahriman into the corpse's chest, so that no one would again be able to use the Heart against him and sacrificed many to the curse of the Hand of Nergal to restore him to bodily health and power.
Finding no land or people worthy of his rulership, Xaltotun decided that the only way to restore his empire was to bring back what was once lost. If he could be brought back from ages hence, why could not the cities, the people, the armies of Acheron? After much preparation, he used the Mirrors of Tuzun Thune to reach between worlds, across time itself, in an attempt to pull the great Necropolis of Python, capital city of the Acheron Empire, into a world that had all but forgotten it. Despite his power, Xaltotun failed in his attempt. The Mirror shattered into a multitude of shards, sealing the cities of Acheron within and breaking the barriers between worlds and time itself.
With the walls of reality broken, strangers from beyond now find themselves trapped in Hyboria. While Xaltotun must retrieve the Mirrorshards in order to revive his ancient empire, heroes and villains alike seek the shards for their own purposes; for power, for victory over their foes, or simply to return home.
In Conan: Savage Legends, you take on the role of a Legend who either hails from Hyboria or is ripped from time and space to battle others. Seek the shards, acquire power, and remind your foes why you deserve the title Legend.
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