- And in those days, the weak kingdom of Ophir did still remain independent, despite its rich gold and gemstone mines, its warriors wearing gilded armor, for this reason only: its more powerful neighbors Aquilonia and Nemedia, aye, and even avaricious Corinthia, all enviously watched both Ophir... and each other.
These same mountains are the main reason for its prosperity. They contain vast resources in gold and gemstones. The mines of Ophir have brought it wealth comparable to its more powerful neighbors. This wealth is reflected in the gleaming armor of its soldiers, which has a golden surface.
The capital and royal seat is Khorala. There are several autonomous city-states such as Pergona and Carnolla. The borders of Ophir include a system of fortified keeps, situated by all major passages. Aided by its mountains and other physical features, Ophir is well-prepared to face any potential invader.
Foundation by Thanus
Under Acheron's dominion
King Moranthes' rule
King Varis' rule
Queen Varia's rule
Balthis and Shahela's co-regency
Heading to Aquilonia to find the Devourer of Souls, Conan and his party dashed across the grassy pastures of Ophir toward the Tybor River, purposely avoiding normal roads and trade routes, hoping to avoid the attention and delay a group of armed riders such as they would undoubtedly attract.
King Amalrus' rule
Points of Interest
- Ianthe (capital city)
- Khorala (seat of power)
- Inn of the Three Griffins
- Red River
- Mountain of the Moon-God
- Tybor River
- Plain of Shamu (formerly part of Valusia)
- Robert E. Howard named Ophir after a namesake mysterious location in the Bible, where the kings of Israel, Judah, and Tyre reportedly send expeditions to acquire gold. Making the "gold of Ophir" proverbial to Bible readers.
- Ophir is synonymous with the "Mines of King Solomon", because these mines were not placed in Israel. Several theories place them either in Africa, or in South Asia.
- Appearances of Ophir
- Minor Appearances of Ophir
- Media Ophir was Mentioned in
- Location Gallery: Ophir
- Images related to Ophir
Links and References
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #122
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Savage Sword of Conan #68; Black Cloaks of Ophir
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Pictland's entry
- ↑ Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Ophir's entry
- ↑ Giant-Size Conan #1; Conan the Conqueror - The Hour of the Dragon - Chapter One
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Savage Sword of Conan #44
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #200
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #30; The Scarlet Citadel
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #104
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #52
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Conan the Barbarian #53
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #3; At the Mountain of the Moon-God