King Osric is the ruler of Zamora, a city renown for its society of thieves and criminals. He is very wealthy and posseses a sense of humor, even when a situation is considered dire.
King Osric (portrayed by Max von Sydow) has part in an ongoing feud with Thulsa Doom and his snake cult who harass him and his lands, eventually to the point of hypnotizing his daughter and seducing her to serve at Thulsa Doom's feet. He tasks Conan, along with his traveling companions Subotai and Valeria, to steal back his daughter, and in turn they will be compensated greatly.
"There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child." - The last words of King Osric's and to Conan and his companions (00:56:24)