Thousands of years later the Cimmerians are now led by Corin (Ron Perlman). He is a blacksmith and father of Conan. When Conan’s mother was about to give birth she was alongside her husband in battle. She died while giving birth, thus Conan was born in battle and would therefore be destined to become a warrior.
When Conan reaches adolescence, his warrior tendencies begin to show. In a contest to prove that one is ready to be sent into battle, he wins out over the other older boys. Not long after, while Corin is showing Conan how to master the sword, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), a vicious warlord, attacks the village seeking the last piece of the Mask of Acheron in order to revive his dead wife. Accused of being a sorceress, she was burned at the stake. He also has a burning desire to rule over all of Hyborea. After locating the final piece of the mask, he murders the whole village but leaves Conan as the only survivor. Conan vows to take vengeance on Khalar Zym.
20 years later, Conan with the help of a friend, raids a slave camp and brings them to safety. He recognizes one of the soldiers that were with Zym when his village had been raided and destroyed. The soldier was chasing a common thief. With cunning, Conan forces the soldier to reveal that Zym is seeking a pure-blood descendant of the Acheronian sorcerers to unleash the power of the mask. Zym, along with his sorceress daughter Marique (Rose McGowen) attack a monastery. The head monk tells Tamara (Rachel Nichols) to flee back to her home village. As she flees, Zym’s men chase and capture her. Conan rescues her and together they proceed to eventually vanquish Zym and his daughter Marique.