YMMV / A Witch Shall Be Born

  • Complete Monster: Constantius The Falcon and his queen Salome. Constantius was selected for his "utter lack of characteristics men call good" by Salome the Witch to overthrow her good hearted twin sister Taramis, queen of Shem. After Salome frees Constantius from the dungeons, the two quickly replace Taramis, with Constantius raping and brutalizing the queen for his amusement. Salome's only response is to gleefully tell Constantius to "tame her as he will." Under the ruling hand of the duo, Taramis's kingdom becomes depraved and dissolute. Constantius's soldiers abuse and violate the people at will with any who resist facing death or slavery. When only Conan realizes that "Taramis" is an imposter, Constantius captures him and crucifies him in the desert, leaving him in agony and to be devoured by the vultures while still alive (it doesn't work). Salome takes every chance to abuse her captive sister, presenting her with the head of her faithful friend and councilor, and allowing the guards to violate her multiple times. Salome also has a demonic being named Thaug that she uses as a guard dog that she and Constantius round up people as food for. At the end, they even try to feed Taramis to it before unleashing Thaug on the populace when all is lost.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Conan's recapture of the kingdom is one long CMOA for the good guys, from Salome learning much too late that Conan has a load of elite horsemen with him alongside his undisciplined desert nomads, and curbstomped her forces, Valerius rescuing Taramis and later killing Salome, the oppressed people rising up against Salome and Constantius, to Constantius getting his just deserts at Conan's hands.