|“||Yeah, well, at least I don't run away the second I get scared. You think this isn't hard for me? You think I don't have doubts too? You think I want to be stuck in some castle across the sea from my home? Go ahead and call me sheep boy all you want. Herding sheep takes a lot more courage and know-how than sneaking away in the night!||”|
Conor is the tallest, largest, and heaviest of the Four Fallen summoners, as stated in The Dragon's Eye. He has a friendly, open face, golden-blond hair, blue eyes (they have also been described as green instead), and wears tattered clothes and a green cloak. Briggan's tattoo is on the back of one of his forearms (it has also been described to be on his bicep as well). He also has 'worn-out shepherd's hands', according to Rollan. In Wild Born, it was stated that he is taller than Meilin. In the second series, he is temporarily infected with a Wyrm parasite, which leaves him with a faint scar on his forehead in the shape of a spiral.
In combat, Conor often wields an axe. On cover art, he is also shown with a shepherd's crook.
Conor is thirteen to fourteen years old and is the youngest son of Fenray. Like his father and his two older brothers, he herded sheep, and also became very knowledgeable about the shepherd lifestyle. At one point, however, Conor was put into service under Devin Trunswick in order to pay off a debt his family owed the Trunswick family. Conor was shown to not have much confidence in himself, as he did not expect to summon a spirit animal at his Nectar Ceremony, and when he summons Briggan the Wolf, a Great Beast, he initially believes that his bond to the wolf was a mistake and not meant for him. Despite this, he and Briggan quickly become very close. His bond to Briggan gives Conor heightened senses and allows him to have prophetic dreams, revealed when he has a vision of Arax the Ram in Wild Born.
One trait Conor has always held is his love for his family, which is so important to him that he decides to give up The Iron Boar talisman to keep his family safe. He is also very loyal, especially to the Greencloaks and their cause. He was described to be shy by Rollan, who also believes that he can be too trustworthy of others due to his kind manner. Although he is sometimes snubbed by his friends for being a simple shepherd boy, he seldom gets angry and knows how to ease tension among the group. Due to his background of herding sheep, or perhaps because of his bond to Briggan (who was a pack leader), Conor is shown to have a strong sense of leadership. By the end of the series, he changes from a shy, modest boy to the leader of the group. His leadership role becomes especially prominent after Tarik is killed in Rise and Fall. Though Conor can still doubt himself, he becomes much more confident in his abilities by the second series. He may have romantic feelings for Abeke.
In the Books
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Conor first appeared in the very first chapter of Wild Born. He, Devin, and Dawson are introduced and it is explained that Conor is Devin's servant due to his family's debt. Conor and Devin are about to attend their Nectar Ceremony. At the ceremony, Devin and a girl named Abby do not summon a spirit animal, but Conor summons Briggan the Wolf, a Great Beast. Devin is humiliated. Tarik approaches Conor and Briggan, introducing himself and confirming that Conor had just summoned a Great Beast. Leaving Trunswick, Conor travels with Tarik to Greenhaven, where he meets Rollan and Meilin along with their spirit animals. Later, he finds Rollan trying to escape and, after arguing for a short time, he persuades Rollan not to.
Conor is first shown in the training room at Greenhaven. He offers a smile towards Abeke when she is late. When Tarik tells the Fallen to use everyday weapons Rollan jokes that he did that every day in his old life while Meilin argues that she could do better with her bare hands. Conor and Abeke exchange glances, then go to get weapons without complaining.
Conor is blamed for giving the conquers the Iron Boar and Rollan teases him about it.
A parasite wriggles its way into a cut on Conor's arm.
The parasite progresses further up Conor's arm. He momentarily loses control and Xanthe realizes that he is infected. Meilin and Takoda convince Xanthe to stay with the group, despite her initial trepidation.
The group comes to a fork in the road (or cave, rather) and ends up having to go right, taking the long way around. They attempt to cross the Arachane Fields, but Takoda accidentally sets it on fire, accidentally separating Xanthe from the rest of the group. Conor, Meilin, and Takoda end up in the Sulfur Sea without a guide.
Conor, Meilin, and Takoda wait for Xanthe for a couple of days, before eventually moves forward, having realized she was not coming back. Conor uses his connection with the Wyrm to help direct the group towards it, in the absence of Xanthe, who had been their guide.
Later, Conor senses the pirates with Briggan's help/enhanced senses, and tells the rest of the group. After managing to convince them, they hold up a torch, trying to get the pirates to notice them. They succeed, and are allowed to board the pirates' ship.
Conor, Abeke, Rollan, and Meilin all receive a summon from Olvan, inviting them to a conference held by all of the nations of Erdas. At the conference, the leaders are attacked by "Fakecloaks," people pretending to be Greencloaks, and the Emperor of Zhong is killed. Princess Song orders the Oathbound to capture the Greencloaks.
Conor, Rollan, Abeke, and Meilin run with Olvan and lock themselves in a room, at which point Olvan gives them the Heart of the Land and instructs them to reveal it, before being bitten by Brunhild the Merry's spirit animal, a stone viper, which turns Olvan into stone. They manage to escape with the help of Anka and her chameleon spirit animal.
They run from the Oathbound for several days, and board a ship to Amaya. Conor and Rollan both attempt to sleep on the cots on the ship, but Conor has a nightmare about the Wyrm. Abeke kisses the mark on his forehead left by the parasite, effectively stopping the nightmares.
"I could beat Shane. I have no doubt. I dreamed about it." - Conor to Tarik in Fire and Ice
"Sorry." - To Abeke, for not helping her battle four adult Greencloaks in a training session in Greenhaven, Hunted
"Excuse me. I'm sorry. Oh, was that your eye?!" - To the cooks in the Greenhaven kitchen, Hunted
"I don't know if that's food or laundry." - To Rollan, regarding Lady Evelyn's laundry-like soup, Hunted
"We've delivered ourselves to the enemy. All because I wanted to come back here. Why? This isn't home. This place has always been a trap. All because I wanted to return to a place where I'd always been trapped. Now I'm trapped all over again." - Conor's thoughts when he and Rollan had been captured by Conquerors in Trunswick, Hunted
"But th-this is wrong. I don't want to leave you behind. Come with us." - To his mother during the battle at the Howling House, Hunted
"We're helping. It's what we're meant to do." - To Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan about aiding the Greencloak supporters in the battle at the Howling House, Hunted
"It seemed polite." - To Rollan, about wearing a kilt in Glengavin, Hunted
"Briggan is not really mine, my lord. If anything, I suppose I'm his." - To Lord MacDonnell about his bond with Briggan, Hunted
"I know what I will do. I will return to my family's farm with enough money to pay off our debts, and then I will take my place among my brothers as a shepherd, just like my father before me." - Conor's plans for his life after the war is ended, Hunted
- His family has ten dogs.
- Conor's name probably comes from the Celtic name 'Connor', which means "son of the wolf" or "dog/wolf lover".
- In Hunted, Lord MacDonnell states that if Conor had been born in Glengavin, his surname would most likely be 'MacFenray' (meaning 'son of Fenray').
- Conor is the only Hero of Erdas to not have lost either of his parents.
- Conor is the Four Fallen summoner who appears on the most book covers (seven in total).
|Major Spirit Animals Characters|
|Spirit Animals||Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Tarik - Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Olvan - Lenori - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors|
|Fall of the Beasts (Books 1-4)||Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Zerif - Olvan - Lenori - Takoda - Xanthe - Tasha - Kirat - Great Beasts - The Wyrm - The Redcloaks|
|Fall of the Beasts (Books 5-8)||Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Anka - Worthy - Princess Song - The Oathbound|
|Special Editions||The Book of Shane: Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Drina - Anya - Yumaris - Karmo - Tahlia - Maddox|
Tales of the Great Beasts: King Feliandor - Katalin - Yin - Tembo - Tepin
Tales of the Fallen Beasts: Devin Trunswick - Raisha - Cordalles - Anuqi - Great Beasts
|The Spirit Animals Game||Keeper of Greenhaven - Olvan - Lenori - Mustela - Keith - Worthy - Maddox - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors|