|“||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 a young boy with a friendly, open face. He has blond hair, blue eyes (they have also been described as green instead) and wears tattered clothes and a greencloak. Briggan's tattoo is on the back of his forearm. He also has 'worn-out shepherd's hands', according to Rollan. In Wild Born, it was stated that he is taller than Meilin.
Conor is twelve to thirteen years old and is the youngest son of Fenray. Like his father and 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 packleader), 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. Though Conor can still doubt himself, he becomes much more confident in his abilities by the second series.
In the Books
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.
Conor is first shown in the training room at Greenhaven. He offers a smile towards Abeke. When Tarik tells the Fallen to use everyday weapons Rollan jokes that he did that everyday in his old life while Meilin argues that she could do better with her bare hands. Conor and Abeke just exchange glances that go to get weapons without complaining.
A parasite wriggles its way into a cut on Conor's arm.
Thr parasite progresses further up Conor's arm. He momentarily loses control and Xanthe realizes that he is infected. Meilin and Takoda convince her to stay.
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 Archane Fields, but Takoda accidentally sets it on fire, causing 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 moving 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 manageing 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.
The Burning Tide
The Heart of the Land
Conor, Abeke, Rollan, and Meilin all receive a summons from Olivan, inviting them to a conference held by all of the nations of Eradas. At the conference, the leaders are attacked by Fakecloaks and the emporer of Zhong is killed. Princess Song orders the Oathbound to capture the Greencloaks.
Conor, Rollan, Abeke, and Meilin run with Olivan and lock themselves in a room, at which point Olivan gives them the Heart of the Land and instructs them to reveal it, before being bitten by a poisonous snake. They manage to escape with the help of Anka and her camelion 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.
At the conference, the leaders are attacked by "Fakecloaks" and the Emporer of Zhong is killed. Conor, Rollan, Meilin, and Abeke run with Olivan, and he gives them Heart of the Land, instructing them to "reveal it," before he is bitten by a poisonous snake. They escape with a woman named Anka, who hides them with her camelion spirit animal.
"But Devin was the eldest son of Eric, Earl of Trunswick, and Conor was the third son of Fenray, Herder of Sheep." - Conor's introductory quote (Wild Born)
"Dazzled by the flash, Conor blinked repeatedly to restore his vision. . . And then he saw the wolf." - Conor summoning Briggan (Wild Born)
- 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 MacDonnel states that if Conor had been born in Glengavin, his surname would most likely be 'MacFenray' (meaning 'son of Fenray').
- Conor is the only one out of the Four Fallen to still have both of their parents alive. (Abeke's mother and both of Meilin's parents are deceased, and Rollan implied in Hunted that his father died, as well.)