i always considered the people on other ships he was attacking (unless filled with nuns and orphans lol) to be like palace guards .
if the guards king is after conan but guard has no issue with conan does that mean hes an innocent ?
an when burning a village i really cant see him executing women and children men who could fight sure but not everyone
To put this in a modern perspective, would you consider merchant sailors who are hijacked by Somali Pirates to be like "palace guards"?
As for the Conan stories themselves, I'll let REH dod the talking:
So they beat southward, and master Tito began to look for the high-walled villages of the black people. But they found only smoking ruins on the shore of a bay, littered with naked black bodies. Tito swore.
"I had good trade here, aforetime. This is the work of pirates."
"And if we meet them?" Conan loosened his great blade in its scabbard.
"Mine is no warship. We run, not fight. Yet if it came to a pinch, we have beaten off reavers before, and might do it again; unless it were Bel?t's Tigress."
"Who is Bel?t?"
"The wildest she-devil unhanged. Unless I read the signs awrong, it was her butchers who destroyed that village on the bay. May I some day see her dangling from the yard-arm! She is called the queen of the black coast. She is a Shemite woman, who leads black raiders. They harry the shipping and have sent many a good tradesman to the bottom."
REH was very clear in the language he used. The Tigress didn't prey on "palace guards". It preyed on merchant vessels. Tradesmen. People who didn't stand a chance against her. People who would "run, rather than fight". And she also didn't just prey on shipping, but on villages as well. Not walled cities with an organized militia. Villages who were hopelessly outmatched. And apparently it was not enough for Belit and her corsairs to merely rob them and let them keep their lives like most historical pirates did. The crew of the Tigress were particuarly bloodthirsty, preferring to slaughter their victims wholesale. Conan had no compunctions about joining up with them to share in their merry adventures, even after seeing first hand what they were capable of. The Black Corsairs, including Conan and Belit, were terrorists. Plain and simple.