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Who was Dhurkan Blackblade?

Recently I finally managed to win the Aegis of Dhurkan Blackblade, the beautiful guardian T3 shield, in a T3 semi-pug raid. I never had much luck with this shield; it dropped rarely, more often when I was there with alts than with my guardian, and I foolishly passed for several of these shields in the past, in favor of juggernaut guardians and DTs (my guard being polearm specced). (All of those people have quit the game meanwhile, except one, who no longer plays his guardian; which has led me to conclude that maximizing one’s own lootwhoring without regard to other players is the only reasonable policy.)

As a result, this shield grew into somewhat of an obsession for me, and I couldn’t help being intrigued by its name. So, who the heck was Dhurkan Blackblade?

Melkar, the NPC standing in the Sanctum of Burning Souls, mentions him briefly:

Melkar: Look around… you stand in the City of Burning Souls. Pyrrophlagalon, we called it, and if Python was the capital of Acheron, then we were the dark heart of the empire. Ixion the Devourer ruled this place, with his sons, Xaltotun and Dhurkhan Blackblade. Now the empire is dust… and Acheron is forgotten.

And Ixion the Devourer is IIRC the guy whose soul has been reincarnated in the demon called Devourer in the Amphitheatre of Karutonia; he is mentioned by an NPC that gives you one of the quests for the Amphitheatre.

Googling the new spelling mentioned above, Dhurkhan instead of Dhurkan, led me to a mention of Dhurkhan in the Gazetteer at hyboria.xoth.net, which says much the same things as Melkar the NPC, but it also cites a source:

Pyrrophlagalon: Also known as the “City of the Burning Souls”, this lost capital was the very black heart of Acheron. The city was the seat of the House of “Ixion the Devourer” and his two sons, the dread sorcerer Xaltotun, and Dhurkhan Blackblade, the Supreme Warlord of Acheron. The city’s location is not known. (Conan and the Grim Grey God) [link]

The reference seems to be to a 1996 novel, Conan and the Grim Grey God, written by Sean A. Moore. See also its page in the Wikipedia and on amazon.com, the latter of which also includes a few pages of text from the beginning of the first chapter. There’s also a passage mentioning Dhurkhan on yet another old AoC wiki, which doesn’t mention the source but my guess is that it’s from the same novel. Anyway, in all these other sources he seems to be consistently referred to as Dhurkhan, not Dhurkan, so the name of the T3 sword seems to be a bit of a misspelling.

Incidentally, according to another old page at wikiaoc.com, Dhurkhan Blackblade was at some point intended to be an actual boss in the Sanctum of Burning Souls. Presumably he eventually evolved into the one we now know as Acheronian Warlord.

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  1. April 18, 2012 at 01:15

    I too wonder about the names on alot of the weapons – the raid ones in particular. Okeanos for example is another one – both the sword and polearm. Lots of information they throw out there, but never elaborate on. grrrrr

  2. April 18, 2012 at 07:35

    Hm, interesting question; I don’t know if there’s any Okeanos mentioned anywhere in Conan lore. I assumed the devs simply borrowed the one from Greek mythology. For some reason, they decided to adopt a nautical theme for all guardian polearms (Trident of Okeanos, Teeth of the Drowned, Triton’s Depths), perhaps because the T1/T2 ones actually looked a bit like the kind of tridents that are traditionally associated with gods of the sea.

  3. Lene
    April 22, 2012 at 20:54

    lol at this post… how about checking the Age of Conan official site?

    http://community.ageofconan.com/world/monsters/acheronian_warlord

    there’s a exelent monster index there.

  4. April 22, 2012 at 22:07

    Hehe, thanks for the link, seems that this mob is one of the very few for which the official site actually contains interesting information. In general that “excellent monster index” is so completely useless that it didn’t occur to me to check there. I took another look at it now and I see that it covers a whooping total of 8 monsters: Acheronian Warlord, Blood Defiler, Giant Ape, Flesh Eater, Savage Cannibals, Malicious Shadows, Vistrix, and Yakema [sic] the Soul Eater. In other words, it still is, as it has always been, ridiculously incomplete and awesomely out of date. I guess it’s good if you want to know what Yaremka’s original name was, circa 2007 or so…

  5. Ravapra
    November 15, 2012 at 21:07

    In spanish is Amparo de Dhurkhan Hoja Negra.

  6. Nalianda
    September 9, 2014 at 08:21

    “And Ixion the Devourer is IIRC the guy whose soul has been reincarnated…”

    Ixion is also appearing in the Kharon/Daimone/Ixion fight in T3, as you have stated elsewhere yourself.

    Maybe this was first supposed to be a fight against Xaltotun/Dhurkan/Ixion.
    During the fight Ixion moves in when Kharon/Daimone reach 50% hp and starts healing the other them.
    If the two where Xaltotun and Dhurkan instead of what we see now, it would make
    even more sense. Then Ixion would try to save his two sons from being killed by the mean raiders.

    I have no idea, why they did not do it that way.
    Dhurkan now is found in the Sanctum of Burning Souls and Xaltotun has no appearance at all, as far as I know.

    • September 10, 2014 at 10:11

      Hm, interesting speculation, though I consider it a bit unlikely. The only connection is the fact that the name Ixion occurs in both cases, they don’t really have anything else in common. Ixion, Kharon and Daimone the way we see them now are clearly not Acheronians (they don’t have the bizarre elongated heads that we see e.g. on the Acheronian Warlord in the Sanctum of Burning Souls), nor are they IIRC wearing Acheronian-style armor. And IIRC the quest you get to kill them clearly suggests that they are recently-killed warriors that have been reanimated by Thoth-Amon. (Funcom developers also tend to refer to that encounter as “Risen Warriors”.)

  7. Nalianda
    September 12, 2014 at 09:41

    You are right, the three have nothing in common with the Acherion Warlord in terms of look and style. The plot is now different to what I speculated. So not using any acheronian armor etc. seems to be logical.

    But despite the name “Ixion” occuring there are still some minor facts.
    The number of three fits the plot of father plus his two sons.
    One is a caster, the other one is a warrior, which fits with Xaltotun and Dhurkan.

    REH describes Xaltotun as an attractive human looking being.
    Maybe the designers had a lore problem after they decided that the Warlord has to look
    that inhuman leaving no room for a human looking brother. Xaltotun, being a wizard as mighty or even mightier than Thoth-Amon, would have caused even more trouble.

    Could have been, that a Ixion/Dhurkan/Xaltotun plot idea came up during the (hasty?) T3 redesign and was dropped due to many lore and logic problems.

    It’s all just speculation and probably unlikely. But it makes fun.

  1. July 29, 2012 at 13:56

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