|Friends:||Celanawe, Em of Appleloft, Sadie|
|Living:||The Black Axe, Fall 1152|
Conrad was a male mouse and a member of the Mouse Guard. Although originally a sea-faring mouse, Conrad joined the Guard at an unconventionally older age than most Tenderpaws. After an assorted a life of adventure on his own terms, the peg-legged mouse offered what services he could to the Guard. Preferring the solitary life, Conrad was stationed at Calogero, a seaside outpost, and stayed there until his death.
Quest for the AxeEdit
- In the Mariner's Bell Tavern, Conrad was having an argument with Captain Roarke on Conrad's right to the title captain. Before this argument could escalate into a blood bath, Celanawe broke it up and proposed that Conrad can earn the title by travelling on a voyage across the Northern Sea. Eager to prove himself, Conrad made a blood agreement with Roarke.
- Next morning, Conrad helped Em and Celanawe to prepare the ship. Conrad suggested they sail to Lillygrove instead, but Celanawe put his foot down and wished him to honor his bargain. Conrad had no skill in map reading and just did basic navigation from the Mouse Territories coasts. He was unaware of Celanawe and Em's quest for the Black Axe. Em told Celanawe the story, while he slept. The sailor briefly wakes up to their whispering.
- For some time he remained alert and Celanawe found out that he was looking out for octopi, but the three mice avoided a conflict with one. With the ships rations gone, Conrad caught some fish. The night after that, the worst storm hit the ship. Despite Conrad's best efforts, the ship capsized. Conrad clung on to the wrecked hull, while his two companions got separated.
- Conrad survived and was washed ashore. He was thought dead by Em and Celanawe, but managed to survive and make his way into the the briar maze. He sustained a few scratches and his harpoon got bent along the way, but in the morning mist he stumbled across Celanawe who had a task to slaughter a fox on King Luthebon's behalf. The guard mouse whispered the whole story to Conrad but proclaimed that he was the legendary Black Axe bearer.
- Conrad felt honored to join Celanawe in his battle against the fox. As they followed some fox tracks, the orange beast found them first. To begin with, the mice were at a disadvantage. Conrad struggled to climb the briars, while Celanawe struck the fox's nose. As Conrad fell, the fox caught his right hind paw with its teeth. He retaliated, snagging the bent harpoon through the fox's lower muzzle.
- While Conrad kept the fox busy, Celanawe swung a mighty blow, but missed and accidentally cut off the sailor's right leg. Conrad lay in agony, while Celanawe did his best to ease the bleeding. He rested, while Celanawe slaughtered the fox. Conrad was able to use a stick of bramble as a crutch. He was alerted to the sounds and presence of two fox kits. Conrad thought they would be no problem to slaughter, but Celanawe had no desire to kill those two, having slaughtered their mother.
- The two mice journey back to Ildur Hall, with proof of their successful kill. They found Luthebon looking troubled and Em dead. Conrad expressed prejudice towards the ferrets and believed they were mouse-killers. Afterwards, the one-legged mouse paid his respects for Em's funeral. For the following days, Celanawe studied Em's book of the Black Axe, while Conrad carved a peg leg.
- Twenty days later, Luthebon's subjects and Celanawe built a boat, the two mice sailed for home. They sail from island to island, which is a longer but more sustaining journey than the first one. They enjoyed themselves, chatting together. To Conrad, his missing right leg was as natural as if he had been born without it. He expressed desire to take back the position Captain's Captain in Port Sumac, even though Celanawe advised he to start a new life.
- Although they were friends, Celanawe did not directly answer Conrad's questions revolving the Black Axe. They spent a year, sailing, camping, surviving and composing songs, till they finally reached the Northern Coast. Celanawe departed, leaving Conrad to sail back to Port Sumac. After Celanawe had taken care of business at Lockhaven and the Haven Guild, he considered choosing Conrad to bear the title of the Black Axe.
- Conrad's return to Port Sumac was not pleasant. Captain Rourke did not believe his tale about the journey with Celanawe and Conrad had no proof to back it up. Instead Rourke banished him from the harbor, then put a price on the mouse's head if he tried to sail out. He made a poor living on simple labor and earning just enough to get food and alcohol, trying to drown his sorrows and exchanging bad words with the locals.
- As Conrad insulted the tavern proprietor, Celanawe was shocked to see Conrad like this. Conrad slurred as he demanded that Celanawe clear his name. He blamed his former friend for the destruction of his ship, the loss of his leg and the death of Em. He went mad as he tormented Celanawe about the loss of his Black Axe. His loudness was attracting the attention of the mice inside the tavern. Conrad charged at Celanawe and sent him off the edge of the cliff. Little did he know was that Celanawe was fine, but he and other mice were convinced the former guard mouse was dead.
At some point, Conrad joined the Mouse Guard, though it is not known what led him to do so. However, he is stationed at the coast of Calogero.
- "Speak if yeh wish to keep yer life!"
- ―Conrad surprises Sadie
- Late in Conrad's years at Calogero, during the fall of 1152, he began to suspect that somemouse was using Calogero as a meeting place while he was out. One day, he hid himself in the outpost's rafters, and waited. Soon two mice entered Calogero, one a grain peddler, the other an unknown blackfur. He listened to their conversation, and realized they were hatching a plan to attack Lockhaven. The two mice departed, but before he could follow, he saw another lone figure approach Calogero from the other entrance.
- When the lone figure, a young Guardmouse named Sadie, entered the outpost, a drunken Conrad jumped out from the shadows and held her captive with his harpoon. He then ordered her to tell him who she was. Sadie managed to convince the intoxicated mouse that she was a fellow Guardmouse, and he released her before falling to the ground, unconscious.
- "Take what yeh know to Lockhaven!"
- The two mice agreed to travel to Lockhaven and inform Gwendolyn of the mutiny, but before they could leave they discovered that Calogero had been surrounded by crabs. They decided to try escape, but they were spotted and a battle ensued. Outnumbered, Conrad realized that they were both going to be killed, meaning Gwendolyn would not get word of the traitorous mice. Thinking quickly, he launched himself onto a nearby crab, and grabbed its eyes, making an effective diversion. He then told Sadie to flee to Lockhaven and protect the greater good, and after she left, he was killed by the crabs.
- Sadie planned to retrieve Conrad's body from Calogero, but she was stopped by Gwendolyn and forced to wait until winter had passed. It is unknown whether she succeeded in finding it.
- The epilogue reveals that Conrad died by being impaled by a crab's leg, not being crushed in a pincer as was believed.