Venarium was a fortress built by the Aquilonians within Cimmerian territory and manned by Gundermen. The stronghold was eventually attacked and destroyed by the united Cimmerian tribes.[1]

Venarium represented the efforts of Aquilonia to further expand its borders. They were attempting to colonize the areas of southern Cimmeria and permanently annex them. The Gundermen involved in the project successfully faced several Cimmerian clans of this region.[2]

The unintended consequence of their actions was that their victories alerted many other tribes of the ongoing threat. At least forty Cimmerian clans formed an alliance against the invaders. They swept out of the hills in a surprise attack and stormed the walls of the fortress.[2]

That day men, women, and children perished by the sword and the fortress was reduced to ashes. For a 15-year-old Conan, this was merely his first battle. [2] An often pointed irony is that Conan would go on first to serve in the Aquilonian army, and then to become King of Aquilonia.[2]


Fenrik (Earth-616)

Fenrik (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001


Fenrik was a Cimmerian of the ice-leopards clan. He was persuaded by Rion of the Laughing Visage to join him in the battle of Venarium against the Aquilonian invaders.[1]

Gaeric (Earth-616)

Gaeric (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 0001


Gaeric was a Gunderman who was always hanging around Tamera, the daughter of Commander Metrius.[1]

Tamera (Earth-616)

Tamera (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001


Tamera was the daughter of Commander Metrius. Because her mother died, he brought her along in the Venarium fortress.[1]

Tenrek (Earth-616)

Tenrek (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001


Tenrek was a Gunderman who tried to hold Conan while he was fighting against Dalmus.[1]

Former Residents

Dalmus (Earth-616)

Dalmus (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001


Dalmus was a Gunderman who was humiliated by Conan in front of Commander Metrius. He was eventually killed by the Cimmerian during the battle of Venarium.[1]

Metrius (Earth-616)

Metrius (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001

Commander Metrius

Metrius was the commander of the Venarium fortress and father of Tamera. After he killed Rion of the Laughing Visage, Conan butchered him so bad that his body was found hacked into many pieces.[1]

Shawan (Earth-616)

Shawan (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 1 001


Shawan was a mighty warrior of the darkwolf clan, whom Conan knew by sight. In the battle of Venarium, he was eventually killed by Commander Metrius.[1]

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