'Barbarism is the natural state of mankind,' the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. 'Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.'

-Robert E. Howard
Beyond The Black River

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tool Trunk Thursday: Barbaric Necklace

Welcome Dog Brothers and Sword Sisters to the next installment of Tool Trunk Thursday! The feature where I present a piece of equipment for Conan 2d20 and its effects in a friendly card-shaped format. You can find other pieces of equipment in the Blog's Equipment Chest!

Barbaric Necklace


In the more barbaric corner of the world, the hills of Cimmeria, the dark forests of Pictland, the jungles of the Black Kingdoms or even the wastes of Hyperborea, tribes of humanity scratch out an existence. Warriors are a primary part of their culture, one that keeps them alive, and the horrors of the world at bay. When children who would be warriors come of age it is not uncommon that they must prove themselves in combat against the beasts of the world. These necklaces, as varied as the people who make them, are the result. Trophies of adulthood, talismans to hold back the darkness.

As you can imagine these are among the most prized possessions of those who carry them. Receiving one as a gift is an, almost unheard-of honor. Perhaps even more rare is finding one in a market of curiosity in one of the more civilized lands. Still, they fall into the hands of those who did not earn them, but despite this, they still carry respect in the more barbaric cultures who recognize them as more than just trinkets.


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