Ah, well, yes, “savage barbarians”……. We’re straying into some of the ethnocentrically stereotypical depictions and distinctly non-Politically Correct aspects of REH’s work here…… Certainly of its time! – it would be true to say that the further south you go, from Stygia to Shem and beyond, the more savage things get!
I think the main thing to take away is that wherever Conan and his freebooting brethren roam, they don’t have to go far to come across the degenerate fallen remnants of some once flourishing Empire brought low by Man’s deadly ambition or the machinations of the Supernatural……..or frequently by a combination of both!
Bestial devil-worship, cannibalism, primitive savagery, half human deformed monstrosities, creeping creatures that once were men…… I think those Copplestone Picts will do just fine, whether tinged blue or black!