Adam is a Cimmerian. One of his grandfathers, however, came from a southern tribe. He was born on a battlefield and is the son of a village blacksmith. Adam matured quickly as a youth and, by age fifteen, he was already a respected warrior who had participated in the destruction of the Aquilonian outpost of Venarium. After its demise, he was struck by wanderlust and began exploring, encountering skulking monsters, evil wizards, tavern wenches, and beautiful princesses. He roamed throughout the Hyborian Age nations as a thief, outlaw, mercenary and pirate. As he grew older, he began commanding larger units of men and escalating his ambitions. Adam's adventures often result in him performing heroic feats, though his motivation for doing so is largely to protect his own survival or for personal gain.