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8,000 years after the Great Cataclysm, Nemedia had become the second most powerful Hyborian monarchy[1]. Nemedia is the eastern neighbor and main rival to Aquilonia. Their lengthy histories include several wars against each other, but each has failed to achieve complete victory. [2]

The capital is Belverus, situated among a fertile agricultural area. The Road of Kings and another major caravan highway meet in Numalia, which serves as the second major center of the kingdom. [2]

The area of Nemedia was once part of an older empire, Acheron. It was a theocracy controlled by sorcerers. 3,000 years before the time of Conan, the Hyborian tribes invaded Acheron from the north. They destroyed Acheron and set up new kingdoms over its ruins. Nemedia is one of the oldest of these Hyborian Kingdoms. [2]

The Nemedians did inherit certain elements of Acheronian civilization. They received and nurtured a tradition of scholarship and intellectual research. The leading Hyborian historians and philosophers were all Nemedians. The Nemedian Chronicles would become the main source for an otherwise forgotten era of human history. [2]

Other positive aspects of Nemedian culture are its state-recognized right freedom of religion, and its legal culture. While the state religion is a monotheistic worship of Mitra, the residents are free to practice other religions. Followers of Ibis, Ishtar, and Set are active in relative harmony to each other. Its philosophers also follow an irreligious, skeptical tradition in thought. [2]

The legal courts are credited with trying to both convict the guilty and to set free the wrongly accused. Like all "civilized" nations of the Hyborian World, Nemedia has a population of slaves. Several of them being former criminals or people unable to pay their debts. However, Nemedia is unique in that it has set certain protections for the slaves into law. The armed law enforcement force of Nemedia is charged with offering protection to nobles, freemen, and serfs alike. [2]

In a Nemedian village, Conan and Fafnir saved a young girl named Giselle who had been sold to Gargantax, the champion of Baron Alain Mort-Pointard: she did not love the giant and had fled from him, and the Baron's soldiers sought to return her. While the Cimmerian onan left with Giselle in an effort to take her to safety, Fafnir refused to flee, the Vanir stayed in town and was soon hired by Mort-Pointard's men for the yearly challenge of champions to maintain the rule, assuming the one-armed man would be no match for Gargantax, and thus no threat to baron's rule. Both Fafnir and the intervening Conan were quickly overpowered by Gargantax, but Giselle rushed down in the arena to stop the giant from killing his opponents, distracting him enough so that Conan could wound and then skewer and kill Gargantax[3].

Conan and Fafnir were then recruited by Countess Noirelle, who had maintained her youth for a thousands years with the white of an egg from a certain giant, winged creature, and needed them to help her obtain a fresh supply, as her last millenium's worth was rapidly wearing off. Rather than attempt to fight the monstrous creature, Noirelle had them first obtain a sample of the rare yellow lotus to drug it into slumber. After having hijacked a pouch of yellow lotus, Noirelle went off with Conan to show him her gratitude, while Fafnir went off to the local tavern, quaffed a few ales, and picked up a tavern wench. Fafnir bragged to the wench of his battle prowess, including his theft of the lotus, and while he slept, she switched his pouch for one filled with sand. When they approached the nest, the creature swooped down to attack them. Fafnir went for his pouch and only then realized that he no longer had the Lotus to drug the creature. The creature attacked Conan, but Fafnir, taking responsibilty for his mistake, drew the creature to attack him instead. It swatted him backwards, and Fafnir fell back onto its egg, shattering it and covering himself in its fluid. The creature then swooped down again and knocked Fafnir off of its nest, and off of the cloud-covered mountain which they had climbed to reach it. Noirelle, desperate for the egg's fluids, leapt off after him[4].

Conan searched for the valley below the mountain for Fafnir and Noirelle, to no avail. He then ran across Alhambra, who was captured and sold to a freakshow slaver. Conan eventually had her released and fought with her the Ur-Xanarrh hunting party; Alhambra, instead of leaving with the Cimmerian, preferred to stay together with Villardo, a hairy beastlike human[5].

Some times later in Nemedia's darkwood, Conan encountered a band of poachers, who were attacked by an invisible creature. The Cimmerian eventually managed to kill it underwater, where the creature was more visible[6].

Residents

Alain Mort-Pointard (Earth-616)

Alain Mort-Pointard (Earth-616) from Conan the Barbarian Vol 1 166 0001

Baron Alain Mort-Pointard

Despite the local tradition of a yearly challenge of champions for the rule of that portion of Nemedia, Baron Alain Mort-Pointard managed to maintain his rule for a dozen years and perpetuate his tyrannical reign thanks to his champion Gargantax, a titanic, hulking mountain of a man. To please him, Baron Mort-Pointard bought Giselle from her peasant father and gave her as a gift to Gargantax against her will. When the girl fled, since the titan was inconsolate and would not fight, the baron sent his men to recapture her, and they eventually return with Giselle and Conan. Meanwhile, Fafnir was picked to challenge Gargantax, so the baron arranged the duel in the arena, where he then witnessed his champion being eventually defeated and killed by Conan[7].

Garn (Earth-616)

Garn (Earth-616)

Garn

One night, Garn found an unconsciously wounded Conan just outside his house in Cimmeria, supposedly left by a goddess[8].
Some time later, while Garn was working as a slaver for a band of yellow lotus smugglers, their camp in was raided by Fafnir and Conan, who set free the squad's slaves, allowing him, Fafnir, and Noirelle to escape[4].

Giselle (Earth-616)

Giselle (Earth-616)

Giselle

Giselle was the daughter of a peasant, who was sold to Baron Mort-Pointard to be given as a gift for his champion Gargantax. Despite the giant's attempts to win her admiration and affection, she simply couldn't love him, so she ran away. Since the titan was inconsolate and would not fight, the baron sent his men to recapture her, but Giselle was eventually saved by Conan and Fafnir. Conan left with Giselle in an effort to take her to safety in the countryside, but they both ended up caught by the baron's men, while Fafnir was chosen to challenge Gargantax. In the arena, Giselle rushed down to stop the giant from killing his opponents, distracting him enough so that Conan could wound and then skewer and kill Gargantax[3].

Kioga (Earth-616)

Kioga (Earth-616)

Kioga

Kioga was a poacher who witnessed his partner Jongor being attacked and killed by an invisible creature in Nemedia's darkwood[6].

Menskar (Earth-616)

Menskar (Earth-616)

Menskar

Menskar used to run a rat-game around various Nemedian towns and hamlets, until his cheating technique was unnmasked by Conan. Wanting revenge, he and his men ambushed him while the Cimmerian was with Noirelle, but the barbarian quickly defeated them all[4].

Noirelle (Earth-616)

Noirelle (Earth-616)

Countess Noirelle

Countess Noirelle had maintained her youth for a thousands years with the white of an egg from a certain giant, winged creature, and recruited Conan and Fafnir to help her obtain a fresh supply, as her last millenium's worth was rapidly wearing off.Rather than attempt to fight the monstrous creature, Noirelle had them first obtain a sample of the rare Yellow Lotus to drug it into slumber. Conan set free the squad's slaves, who joined the struggle, allowing Fafnir, Conan, and Noirelle to escape. Noirelle went off with Conan to show him her gratitude. When they approached the nest, the creature swooped down to attack them. Fafnir went for his pouch and only then realized that he no longer had the Lotus to drug the creature. The creature attacked Conan, but Fafnir, taking responsibilty for his mistake, drew the creature to attack him instead. It swatted him backwards, and Fafnir fell back onto its egg, shattering it and covering himself in its fluid. The creature then swooped down again and knocked Fafnir off of its nest, and off of the cloud-covered mountain which they had climbed to reach it. Noirelle, desperate for the egg's fluids, leapt off after him[4].

Rezek (Earth-616)

Rezek (Earth-616)

Rezek

Rezek and his partner chose Fafnir for the yearly challenge of champions, assuming the one-armed man would be no match for Gargantax, and thus no threat to Mort-Pointard's rule. Fafnir learned that he was picked for this reason, but his pride and his anger drove him to fight anyway[3].

Villardo (Earth-616)

Villardo (Earth-616)

Villardo

Villardo was a hairy beastlike human who was captured by Barenzo for his traveling freakshow. Despite being able to get free, he preferred to stay in chains, feeling safer than in the outside world. When he met Alhambra, Villardo changed his mind, releasing the bird-woman and then setting himself free to stay with her[5].

Former Residents

Barenzo (Earth-616)

Barenzo (Earth-616) from Conan the Barbarian Vol 1 168 0001

Barenzo

Barenzo was a freakshow slaver who purchased Alhambra to exhibit her. He was eventually killed by the Ur-Xanarrh who were looking for the bird-woman[5].

Gargantax (Earth-616)

Gargantax (Earth-616)

Gargantax

Gargantax was the giant champion of Baron Mort-Pointard, who, thanks to his prowess in armed combat, managed to perpetuate the baron's tyrannical reign for a dozen years. For all his ferocity in battle, Gargantax was, at heart, a bashful childlike man, who fell in love with a peasant girl named Giselle. Despite his attempts to win her admiration and affection, Giselle simply couldn't love him and she ran away. Since the titan was inconsolate and would not fight, the baron sent his men to recapture her and then arranged the duel with Fafnir. Gargantax quickly overpowered both him and the intervening Conan, but Giselle rushed down in the arena to stop the giant from killing his opponents, distracting him enough so that Conan could wound and then skewer and kill Gargantax[3].

Jongor (Earth-616)

Jongor (Earth-616)

Jongor

Jongor was a poacher who was attacked and killed by an invisible creature in Nemedia's darkwood[6].

Palos (Earth-616)

Palos (Earth-616)

Palos

Palos was a hunting dog who was killed by an invisible creature in Nemedia's darkwood[6].


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