History Literature / TheHourOfTheDragon

27th Feb '18 2:57:47 AM Tonguetyd
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* ArmorIsUseless: During the final battle, the Bossonian archers take a terrible toll on every wave of the Nemedian assault.
-->''The clothyard shafts found every crevice in their armor and the housings of the steeds.''
** TruthInTelevision: During the Battle of Agincourt, English archers (armed with Welsh longbows) decimated French knights with their bodkin-tipped arrows. Although plate armor at the time could protect knights against arrows, the horses were less protected. The wounded horses ejected knights into the mud and their peers trampled them. The battle sent shockwaves through European nobility that an army of archers could defeat the cream of French Chivalry who outnumbered them.
16th Feb '18 2:32:41 PM Prometheus117
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* TheCaligula: Valerius' reign as false king of Aquilonia is known for such debauchery and decadence that even his own allies tell him that he's overdoing it.

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* TheCaligula: Valerius' reign as false king of Aquilonia is known for such debauchery and decadence that even his own allies tell him that he's overdoing it. What they don't realize [[ManipulativeBastard he's intentionally doing it]].



* ThePowerOfFriendship: Many of Conan's triumphs in this story are due to assistance from allies that he helped at some point in the past. The villains, on the other hand, ultimately fail because they have their own conflicting secret agendas, do not trust each other, and cannot work together effectively.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: Many of Conan's triumphs in this story are due to assistance from allies that he helped at some point in the past. The villains, on the other hand, ultimately fail because they have their own conflicting secret agendas, do not trust each other, and cannot work together effectively. In fact, the villain's downfall began the very moment Tarascus stole the Heart of Ahriman without Xaltotun's knowledge, believing it was the source of his power [[WrongGenreSavvy but in reality was the only thing capable of stopping him]], and sends it away. This is the only reason why Conan is able to go on his quest for it, retrieve the Heart, and put an end to the villain's plans.



* VillainOpeningScene: With the conspirators.

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* VillainOpeningScene: With the conspirators.conspirators as they bring Xalotun back to life.



* VirginSacrifice: Xaltotun attempts this.

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* VirginSacrifice: Xaltotun attempts this.this to unleash an unholy fury upon the heroes, but is stopped.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Tarascus believes the [[PowerCrystal Heart of Ahriman]] is the source (or at the very least, an amplifier) of [[TheArchmage Xaltotun's black magic]], so he has it stolen from where Xaltotun hides it and replaced with a fake one so his men can dispose of it in hopes Xaltotun will be weakened in case of inevitable betrayal. In fact, the Heart is the only thing that can actually counter Xaltotun's dark magics, and Conan's quest and victory is only made possible by this act.
31st Jul '17 1:17:35 AM SnowHesher
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** TruthInTelevision: During the Battle of Agincourt, English archers (armed with Welsh longbows) decimated French knights with their bodkin-tipped arrows. Although plate armor at the time could protect knights against arrows, the horses were less protected. The wounded horses ejected knights into the mud and their peers trampled them. The battle sent shockwaves through European nobility that an army of archers could defeat the cream of French Chivalry who outnumbered them.
26th Jun '17 7:44:10 PM CaptEquinox
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* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler:After Zenobia helps Conan escape from the dungeons of Nemedia's Royal Palace, Conan rewards her by marrying her and making her the queen of Aquilonia.]]

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* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler:After Zenobia helps Conan escape from the dungeons of Nemedia's Royal Palace, Conan rewards her by marrying her and making her the queen of Aquilonia. Even in the few pages they're together, some effort is made to show why Conan would like her for queen. She loves him devotedly, but is very sensible, brings him proper weapons, steals a perfect horse for him, and keeps her head in a crisis.]]
26th Jun '17 7:39:59 PM CaptEquinox
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An ancient wizard named Xaltotun is brought BackFromTheDead by a group of Nemedian conspirators using the Heart of Ahriman. Xaltotun seeks to conquer the world, but first he sets his eyes on Aquilonia, and it's king, Conan. Using his dark magic, he defeats Conan and locks him away, setting his forces to reap the spoils of Conan's fallen kingdom.

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An ancient wizard named Xaltotun is brought BackFromTheDead by a group of Nemedian conspirators using the Heart of Ahriman. Xaltotun seeks to conquer the world, but first he sets his eyes on Aquilonia, and it's its king, Conan. Using his dark magic, he defeats Conan and locks him away, setting his forces to reap the spoils of Conan's fallen kingdom.
20th Jan '17 9:22:06 PM Eldritcho
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''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hour_of_the_Dragon The Hour of the Dragon]]'' is the only Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel by Creator/RobertEHoward. Published in 5 parts, from December, 1935 to April, 1936.

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''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hour_of_the_Dragon The Hour of the Dragon]]'' is the only full length Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel by Creator/RobertEHoward. Published in 5 parts, from December, 1935 to April, 1936.
20th Jan '17 9:22:06 PM Eldritcho
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20th Jan '17 9:21:29 PM Eldritcho
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An ancient wizard named Xaltotun is brought BackFromTheDead by a group of Nemedian conspirators using the Heart of Ahriman. Xaltotun seeks to conquer the world, but first he sets his eyes on Aquilonia, and it's king, Conan. Using his dark magic, he defeats Conan and locks him away, setting his forces to reap the spoils of Conan's fallen kingdom.

A slave girl named Zenobia, who has fallen in love with Conan, helps him to escape and steal the Heart of Ahriman. Unfortunately, Conan loses the Heart, and must travel from one end of Hyboria to the other in order to get it back, having many adventures along the way. All the while he is pursued by Xaltotun's evil minions, who seek to reclaim the Heart.

After reclaiming the Heart, Conan rallies his forces, including an order of good magic users called the Cult of Asura, and sets out to reclaim his kingdom and save the world from Xaltotun.
20th Jan '17 9:08:55 PM Eldritcho
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''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hour_of_the_Dragon The Hour of the Dragon]]'' is the only Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel by Creator/RobertEHoward. Published in 5 parts, from December, 1935 to April, 1936. The story received a loose adaptation with the 1997's ''[[Literature/{{Kull}} Kull The Conqueror]]'' movie.

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''[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hour_of_the_Dragon The Hour of the Dragon]]'' is the only Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel by Creator/RobertEHoward. Published in 5 parts, from December, 1935 to April, 1936.

Creator/MarvelComics attempted an adaptation in their ''Conan the Barbarian'' comic book, but it was never completed. They had more success in their ''Savage Sword of Conan'' magazine. Creator/DarkhorseComics would make their own comic adaptation years later.

The story received a loose adaptation with the 1997's ''[[Literature/{{Kull}} Kull The Conqueror]]'' movie.
20th Jan '17 9:05:51 PM Eldritcho
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