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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The gods of Averoigne

A theme of Clark Ashton Smith’s body of work is the inefficacy of Christianity (and of Islam). The local count is usually just as worthless. For all the differences between Smith, Lovecraft, and Howard they agreed on this much.

In Catholic Averoigne, two powers rule: sorcery and love. The alchemical Colossus “pashes” everything it can reach, until another alchemist defeats it. Meanwhile, the monks in Périgon fight a doomed war against the flesh; nor can they contest the Colossus (nor, later, a comet).

We may see supernatural providence when Gaspard uses the gargoyle at Vyônes as shelter. But in this I think Smith would prefer we not see the power of the Cross.


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