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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]

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