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Averoigne is a fictional historical province in France, detailed in a series of short stories by the American writer Clark Ashton Smith.[1] In the pre-Christian times it was known as Averonia and it's inhabitants were called Averones[2]. Many Great Old Ones such as Sodaqui, Iog-Sotôt, Dagon and The Ram With A Thousand Ewes continued to be revered and known in Averoigne even after the spread of Christianity.[3]

The worship of Sodaqui under the name of Sadoqua[4] was relatively widespread in Averonia and was opposed by the cultists of Sheila-Na-Gog[5]

Averoigne is inhabited by many malign and dangerous creatures such as Lamias[6] and Satyrs[7].

Geography Edit

Averoigne is located in the southern half of France. The northern half of the territory is dominated by the walled city of Vyones, site of an impressive cathedral. In the southern half is located the town of Ximes; the main road of Averoigne runs between Ximes and Vyones, straight through the thick, dark forest that blankets the province. A river called Isoile flows from the mountains in the northern part of the province to feed into a swamp in the south.

Other towns and villages located in Averoigne include: Moulins, Les Hiboux, La Frenâie, Touraine, Sainte Zenobie, and Périgon. In the forest can be found haunted ruins, such as the Château of Fausseflammes and the stronghold of Ylourgne.

References: Edit

  1. Clark Ashton Smith, "A Rendezvous in Averoigne"
  2. Clark Ashton Smith, "The Holiness of Azédarac"
  3. Clark Ashton Smith, Ibid
  4. Clark Ashton Smith, "The Oracle of Sadoqua" (Synopsis)
  5. G. A. Rahman & R. L. Tierney, "The Wedding of Sheila-Na-Gog"
  6. Clark Ashton Smith, "The End of the Story"
  7. Clark Ashton Smith, "The Satyr"

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