Numedides III, King of Aquilonia, is a fictional character created by Robert E. Howard. In "The Phoenix on the Sword" (1932) and a few other stories, he is referenced posthumously as having been "strangled on his throne" and supplanted by Conan the Cimmerian. This coup was later depicted in Conan the Liberator (1979) by L. Sprague de Camp.
Numedides in Conan of Venarium
King Numedides assigned Count Stercus to a high rank in the Aquilonian armies conquering Cimmeria. This was a politically sound move, as the count had become embroiled in a sex scandal in Numedides' capital Tarantia. Yet it proved to be a grave mistake in the long run: Stercus' behavior caused the conquered people to revolt, leading to the rise of a young rabble rouser named Conan.
Aquilonian soldiers used Numedides' name as a battle-cry during the invasion. The Cimmerian militiaman Mordec thought it somewhat comical that they used the name as if it were something to be reckoned with, rather than simply the name of a slavemaster.
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