The Great Assembly of the Clans of Cimmeria cannot yet gather, because of an outstanding conflict between the three Bulls . Conan has had no small part in the feud, having killed Ea, the younger brother of Aell, the chieftain of the Hoath Bulls clan. Aell has agreed to settle the dispute between the three bulls, on the condition that Conan be the champion of the Bronze Bulls Clan.
The Galla have stepped in, In an effort to prepare Conan to his upcoming fight against Aell. Their reasons are unclear.