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Bran Mak Morn was the descendant of Brule, a companion of Pre-Cataclysmic Age king Kull,[4] and the king of Picts[5] circa 200 AD.[6]

He battled the Roman Empire to remove their presence from the isle of Britain,[1][7][4][8] and was assisted in his quest by Gonar, the descendant of Gonar, the wizard of Kull.[6]

History

Origin

Bran Mak Morn was the descendant of Brule the Spear-Slayer, a companion of Pre-Cataclysmic Age king Kull, the first of line of the Mak Morn. He ressembled his ancestor. In his race of savages, he was possibly an atavism, a throwback to the original Picts that ruled all Europe before their primitive empire was destroyed by the Gauls.[4]

He was a Caledonian Pict,[4] son to the chief of the Wolf Clan.[2][4] He had at least a sister.[9]

He inherited a iron crown set with a jewel given by Kull to Brule. The jewel allegedly brought luck to Bran Mak Morn.[4]

200 AD

Circa 200 AD,[6] Bran Mak Morn had rose on his own as the pictish king, uniting the Tribes of the Heather (though he had difficulties to have the Pictish clans to forget their blood-feuds), and claiming kingship over all Caledon.[4]

He was assisted by Gonar, the descendant of Gonar, the wizard of Kull,[6] thought Bran Mak Morn sometimes thought he was the original Gonar himself.[4]

He rebelled against the Romans after being forced to watch one of his Picts being crucified.[1]

In his preparation against Rome, Bran Mak Morn assembled an army including Britons and their chariots that had came to him because of some dispute with their chief, and Gael Cormac of Connacht and his western horsemen. At some point, he enlisted a troop of three hundred northmen under a vow, but when their chief, Rognar, died, they refused to honor the oath and, led by Wulfhere, threatened to go over to the Romans, unless they were to be led by a king of their own race, then at least a king not Pict, Gael, nor Briton.

Bran Mak Morn, the Pictish chiefs Gron and Bocah, and Cormac met over the sacrifice of a Roman captive by Gonar, who read the portents and announced victory over the Romans. Both Cormac and Bran Mak Morn were defiant of divination, but the scenery was made to galvanize Gron and Bocah, for them to rally their clans.

To make the northmen fulfil their oath, Gonar decided to use the jewel, and summoned King Kull in their era, who first confused Bran for Brule, and thought to be dreaming. Wulfhere refused to have Kull, a "ghost", lead his people, and the two dueled. Kull killed Wulfhere, and the Vikings enthousiastically accepted him as their leader.[4]

Modern Age

Circa 1932, Robert Howard had wrote stories about Bran Mak Morn.[10]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

  • Iron crown, set with a jewel given by Kull to Brule and which allegedly brought luck to Bran Mak Morn.[4]

Notes

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Savage Sword of Conan #16; Worms of the Earth
  2. 2.0 2.1 Savage Sword of Conan #30; The Brunner Bran Mak Morn
  3. Savage Sword of Conan #104; Men of the Shadows, Part III
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Savage Sword of Conan #42; Kings of the Night
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #16; Table of Contents: Worms of the Earth
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Savage Sword of Conan #14; A Kull Glossary: Gonar's entry
  7. Savage Sword of Conan #17; Worms of the Earth Part 2: Curse of the Black Stone
  8. Savage Sword of Conan #43; Pass of Death - Part II of Kings of the Night
  9. Savage Sword of Conan #103; Men of the Shadows, Part II
  10. Savage Sword of Conan #200; Barbarians of the Border
  11. Savage Tales #2; Robert E. Howard: Lone Star Fictioneer
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