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Overview

The Road of Kings was a road in the Hyborian Age starting in Messantia, in Argos, and passing through Aquilonia, Nemedia, Corinthia, Zamora, Khauran, and finally Turan.[1]

History

Origin

It was said that the road of Kings was built by giants at an era when Earth was young.
Some people, including Conan of Cimmeria and Natari, daughter of Karanthes, disbelieved that account.[6]

Hyborian Age

King Vilerus I of Aquilonia had a great bridge, part of the Road of Kings, to be built up upon the River Khorotas.[7]

Age of Conan

...[8] ...[9]

Conan walked the Road of Kings as a slayer and a reaver.[5] He notably used it to wander esast, into Turan.[10]

Red Sonja also traveled the Road of Kings. Once, she crossed paths with a caravan and was approached by a young girl, Gerta. She presented herself as a soldier, but Gerta's mother came and grabbed her away, in fear of Red Sonja whom she believed to a mercenary.[11] ...[12]

When he led an insurrection against King Numedides of Aquilonia, Conan established camps in Argos along the Road of Kings while marching towards Aquilonia and its westernmost province Poitain. Thulandra Thuu used it to go west, to Poitain, and crossed the great bridge over the Khoratas.[7]

A few months after claiming the throne of Aquilonia, King Conan was informed that the Road of Kings was in need of repairs along an unspecificed section.[13]

Geography

The Road of Kings was a road in the Hyborian Age leading from Messantia, in Argos.[2][1] It also passed by the seaport of Venzia, then went east went east, crossing the Didymian Hills, the roots of the Astarr river and Saxula Pass.

Crossing the fords of the Alimane River, into Poitain, Aquilonia. The road kept east, passing in Culario, through Brocellian Forest and the Giant's Notch of the Imirian Escarpmenst, leaving Poitain and going north, passed in Elymia, crosssed the Khorotas River over the Great Bridge, then followed it north-east, passing through the capital Tarantia.[7] It eventually crossed Numalia, the second major center of Nemedia and where the Road of Kings met with another major caravan highway,[3] Corinthia's countryside (the country was never one of its major stops)[4] passed off Atilleos,[9] and by King Kerbogha's city-state of Polopponi,[8] Zamora, Khauran, and finally Turan.[1]

On some section along the road were giant broken statues of human or human-like figures.[6]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Savage Sword of Conan #39; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age: Road of Kings' entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Argos' entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Nemedia's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Corinthia's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 Conan the Barbarian Vol 3 #1; The Life & Death of Conan: part one – The Weird of the Crimson Witch
  6. 6.0 6.1 Marvel Graphic Novel #59; Conan the Barbarian: The Horn of Azoth
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Savage Sword of Conan #51; Satyrs' Blood
  8. 8.0 8.1 Savage Sword of Conan #228; Lions of Corinthia
  9. 9.0 9.1 Conan the Barbarian #255; Part IV: The Priests of the Purple
  10. Savage Sword of Conan #190; Skull on the Seas Part One
  11. Savage Sword of Conan #192; Red Sonja: On The Road of Kings
  12. Conan the Barbarian #67; Talons of the Man-Tiger!
  13. Conan the Barbarian Vol 3 #4; The Life & Death of Conan: part four - The King in The Cage
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