Foundation and early years
It soon broke off Stygian control, though it remained Stygian in culture.
Acheron was more advanced than its neighbor nations, which they raided for slaves or for sacrifices, as the wizards of Acheron practiced dark magic and worshiped such elder gods as Set. Acheron ravaged the Shemites, then the Hybori tribes that drifted south, using them both a slaves and human sacrifices. Acheron was never able to conquer the Cimmerians of the north, however, and while their people were looked down upon in Acheron, some Cimmerians sought employment as mercenaries and guardsmen of Acheronian royalty.
King Bel-Hissar's rule
In then-mighty Acheron, Naka, a diver for pearls recovered a great ruby from an undersea city and passed it to King Bel-Hissar, who was then slain in his very palace by an unnamed thief: the ruby became then known as the Blood of Bel-Hissar.
Queen Xaltan's rule
King Bafomai's rule
Queen Xaltana's removal made way for Bafomai's ascension. Bafomai and Kheperu also wished to slay Xaltana's brother and high priest of Set Xaltotun, but Xaltotun was himself leading a powerful faction. Thugra Khotan, the other arch-mage of Acheron, preferred to retreat in the Stygian city of Kuthchemes to avoid being forced to choose sides in the matter. To prevent civil war within Pyton, entertainment were set in the arena where many captives and slaves were sacrificed every day.
Points of Interest
- Robert E. Howard named this fictional country after the real-life river Acheron, located in Epirus, in the northwest regions of modern Greece, and flowing into the Ionian Sea.
- In Greek and Roman mythology, the river was to be an entrance to the underworld and to continue to flow through its regions, as one of the underworld's five rivers.
- 4 Appearances of Acheron (Hyboria)
- Minor Appearances of Acheron (Hyboria)
- 27 Media Acheron (Hyboria) was Mentioned in
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- Location Gallery: Acheron (Hyboria)
Links and References
- ↑ Giant-Size Conan #1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Giant-Size Conan #1; Acheron: A revisionary theory
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Savage Sword of Conan #229; Assault on Acheron
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Giant-Size Conan #1; Conan the Conqueror - The Hour of the Dragon - Chapter One
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #27
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #229
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #230; Fall of Python
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #230