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Speculation on the Shaipur Monks?

30 June 2014 - 02:57 PM

I'm curious about the Shaipur Monks from the 2011 Conan film.  We learn little about them in the film.  And, I read the novelization.  There's not much more there.


So, let's speculate a bit, given what we know.


And, what do we know?


1.  They don't seem to be a religious order.  No gods are mentioned.  They must be dedicated to a way of life or some ideal.


2.  They've been hiding in the Forbidden Forest of Argos (I assume it is Argos, from the details in the film) for over a thousand years.


3.  They are connected with a similar monastery in northern Hyrkania (I'm assuming it's northern Hyrkania--that's a big land).


4.  They promote martial arts.  Tamara is shown to be physical (her jumping around on the coach in the chase scene) and skilled with a dagger.  A monk escorting her easily flips around in the saddle, facing where the horse has been, holding on with only his legs, accurately firing a bow at the enemy.


5.  They suck on opium or some such to get visions of events to come.


6.  Sex isn't an issue with them.  Tamara drops into bed (well, in a cave) with Conan.


7.  Several seem to have Acheronian blood, though that might have been due to the monastery being in Argos.


8.  They call themselves the Order of Shaipur.


9.  They had nothing to do with the killing of Khalar Zym's wife or the Mask of Acheron.


10.  They seem to keep interaction with the outside world to a minimum.






Given that, care to speculate on what the Order of Shaipur is all about?

Mapping Quandary

27 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

I don't know why I've never thought of this before. Probably because I haven't created landscape in a populated and tame area for a game in a long, long time.

Background: How I came upon the quandary--

I am creating a map for my upcoming Conan game. I'm setting the game in Argos, which is an old Hyborian kingdom. It's been settled land for thousands of years, ruled over by different peoples, all the way back to the time of the Acheronians (who were overrun by the Bori barbarians, who eventually evolved into the Argosseans, the people who inhabit the land today). The point here being: this is not the frontier. This is land has long been settled, and, in fact, the interior of Argos is generally considered very peaceful, free of bandits and most monsters.

But, this is a fantasy game (well, sword & sorcery, to be more precise), and adventure can be had anywhere during the Hyborian Age. My last campaign centered on the true frontier of the known world, in Cimmeria, and it was primarily a wilderness setting. This time, I wanted to go the opposite direction where I had a mix of races (the cosmopolitan nature of the Argossean port cities) and big cities to explore as well as the wilderness. Plus, there aren't a lot of ruins in Cimmeria, and in for this campaign, Argos is littered with ruins from the various peoples who have conquered the land dating back to the time of the Acheronians. That means, unlike my previous campaign, I'll be able to add dungeons to explore.

So, I've set game (will start the game), in the border region of Argos near the border with Shem. In my game, the region is a bit more lawless than the true interior of the kingdom. This is what passes for the "frontier" in Argos, although it is, in no way, as savage as Cimmeria was/is.

Here's my quandary:

Part of designing a campaign is setting up places to put the PCs in jeopardy. Part of creating jeopardy is isolating the PCs, cutting off any support, so that they have to rely upon themselves. Well, a town of villagers can be quite a resource for PCs, depending on what it is that has them in jeopardy. The villages typically aren't isolated places. They have alliances and are maybe protected by the local lordling. At the least, the village is a safe place to sleep and resupply--maybe even gather NPC help.

Ever seen a map of a fantasy world where the villages and towns were very close together? Typically, no. It's usually a trek to the next town.

Quandary: But, in reality, especially in antiquity and medieval times, towns and villages were usually spaced very close together. You typically can't go 10 miles without hitting some small village. This lattice network of villages and towns provides a support network for populated areas.

Have you ever thought about that? Unless there is some terrain feature to prevent it (even then, in real life, villages will pop up in the damnest places, on the sides of mountains, in the center of swamps, etc), populated areas usually have a town or village every 10 miles or so from each other. And, if I follow that pattern for my roleplaying game, "help" is never going to be that far away.

Help with 1980's Film

11 June 2014 - 01:43 AM

I've got a memory, from the early 80's or there abouts...a scene from a movie.

I remember a man coming into a bedroom discovering a woman that had been knifed to death on a waterbed. Puncture holes in the bed. Blood on the sheets. And, the light streaming in through the blinds.

I thought this scene to be from American Gigalo, but I just watched that film. Wrong one.


Does this sound familiar to anyone?  I think the man who discovered the body was being framed (which is why I thought it was American Gigalo), but I may be wrong about that.  I remember it being daylight and the shot being stylized by the light streaming in through the blinds.


I'm guessing this film came out around 1980 or so.


Any guesses?

CONAN on eBay

24 May 2014 - 04:51 PM

I'm not going to list everything, but I am listing a few Conan items on eBay.  I've been doing some "spring cleaning" lately, as summer approaches, and putting stuff up on eBay.  


A few things of interest to those on this forum...


The Spell of Conan, and The Blade of Conan.  These are collected articles from Amra Magazine.  This auction ends tomorrow.  Currently, both books are going for $10.90 + $3.99 shipping.



Conan The Barbarian (de Camp's movie adaptation), Conan The Destroyer (Jordan's movie adaptation), plus Conan The Defender (one of Jordan's novels) are bundled together in an auction.



I've also bundled together the first four books in the Ace/Bantam series (these are all ACE):  Conan, Conan of Cimmeria, Conan The Freebooter, and Conan The Wanderer.



I've got some more Conan stuff that I need to list.  When I do, I'll post it here.  Here's a link to what I've listed currently:  You'll see some Red Sonja, Star Wars stuff, computer games, Aliens novels--a mish-mash of stuff people like ourselves are interested in.





Oh, I forgot!  I also put up this bundle:  Conan The Swordsman, Conan The Liberator, Conan And The Spider God.

Red Sonja on eBay

10 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

Just to get the word out here:  I'm selling all six of the Red Sonja paperback novels on eBay.
I'm also selling the first two Red Sonja Omnibus graphic novels from Dynamite.  Those two books tell a complete, huge (over 800 pages), epic tale of the flame-haired swordswoman with nothing less than the entire world at stake.
I've got some Conan items that I'm going to put up, but I haven't done so yet.  You can click at the top of the auction page to see the other items that I'm selling.