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Valannus is the Hyborian governor of Veletrium in the Conan story Beyond the Black River. His finely chiseled countenance, well-knit frame and young age give the passing impression of a life of carefree privilege. This notion is quickly dispelled upon speaking with him. As governor, and commander of Fort Tuscelan, he knows that many lives depend on his skill as a leader. He works tirelessly, expertly marshaling his few available resources to provide a safe harbor for the settlers. The frank indifference of the crown rankles, but he carries on as ably as any man could in such a perilous situation.

Valannus urged the king to grant him the resources to build the fort at the mouth of North and South Creeks, where the river could be patrolled, but Numedides ignored his requests. A royal engineer, whose only visit to the region was by glancing at old maps, decided that his positioning of the fort was superior to the opinion of an uneducated colonial governor. Valannus welcomes any who offer to share the burden for the better of the community, and unlike the effete eastern politicians who appointed him, will stand by his people, blade in hand, to the end.

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