Overview

Bossonia, or the Bossonian Marches, was a province of Aquilonia. It extended from Zingara in the southwest,[3] northward so far as to potentially also include the provinces of the Goralian Hills with Cimmeria to the north and the Border Kingdom in the northeast.[4] It isolated Aquilonia from the Pictish Wilderness,[3] located to the west, beyond the Thunder River, Conajohara of the Westermarck, and the Black River.[5] The Marches were bordered to the south and east by the River Shirki.[6]

History

Origins

The Bossonians were the "rugged" descendants of an unknown aboriginal people mixed with Hyborians.[3]

Hyborian Age

The rustic Bossonians helped colonize the hinterlands between the Black and Thunder Rivers,[3] the land known as the Westermarck,[5] and the formed the backbone of the Aquilonian armies of conquest.[3]

Age of Conan

The Bossonians became increasingly a bulwark against the Picts.[3]

In the northern highlands, Conan was awaken to the distant sound of battle, where a caravan was ambushed by bandits and a Walking Thorntree. Reaching the battlefield, he spared the life of the village youths who mistook him for a bandit, and met Blerun, chief of Kyof's Grove, and his granddaughter, Vessila, the village seer.[7]

The bandits who had survived the battle made their rude camp nearby, which Conan assaulted and took one prisoner to interrogate.[8] The forest trees were magically animated by Basilio Rez's dark magic, until he was defeated by Conan and Spirits of the Trees were freed.[9]

End of Aquilonia

When the Marches eventually fell, the Picts overwhelmed and invaded Aquilonia.[3]

Facts

Bossonians

The population, the Bossonians, lived in walled villages defended by archers.[3]

The rustic people of the Bossonian Marches were farmers, foresters, and hunters by trade,[citation needed] sustening on farming and hunting.[3] They were particularly determined defensive fighters,[citation needed] and had a tradition of training their lads in archery: The Bossonians were great archers in those days, and represented most of the bowmen of the Aquilonian military.[10] They had distinguished themselves in wars against the Cimmerians and Picts.[citation needed]

Points of Interest

Residents

Notes

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Links and References

Footnotes

  1. Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Hyborian Age Chapter 3: The Hyborian Kingdoms
  2. Savage Sword of Conan #64
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Savage Sword of Conan #31; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part II: Bossonia's entry
  4. The three provinces north of Westermarck, all the way to Cimmeria and the Border Kingdom, have been stated to be both part of the Bossonian Marches in Bossonia's entries in A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part II in Savage Sword of Conan #31 and the Handbook of the Conan Universe #1, as well as outside of the Bossonian Marches in Gunderland's entry in A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part III in Savage Sword of Conan #33 and Aquilonia's entry in Handbook of the Conan Universe #1, as well as in the narration for Drums Of Peril in Savage Sword of Conan #10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Savage Sword of Conan #42; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part IX: Westermarck's entry
  6. Handbook of the Conan Universe #1
  7. Conan the Barbarian Vol 2 #1
  8. Conan the Barbarian Vol 2 #2
  9. Conan the Barbarian Vol 2 #3
  10. Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Aquilonia's entry
  11. The three provinces north of Westermarck, all the way to Cimmeria and the Border Kingdom, have been stated to be both part of the Bossonian Marches in Bossonia's entries in A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part II in Savage Sword of Conan #31 and the Handbook of the Conan Universe #1, as well as outside of the Bossonian Marches in Gunderland's entry in A Gazetteer of the Hyborian World of Conan Part III in Savage Sword of Conan #33 and Aquilonia's entry in Handbook of the Conan Universe #1, as well as in the narration for Drums Of Peril in Savage Sword of Conan #10.
  12. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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