Averoigne

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Introduction

Averoigne is a fictional counterpart of a historical province in France, detailed in a series of short stories by the American writer Clark Ashton Smith. The real province Smith based it on is Auvergne.

History

In ancient times, Averoigne was settled by the fictional Gallic tribe called the Averones. They established a number of settlements in the region, many of which were fortified when the Roman Empire absorbed the region. When Christianity spread through the Empire, many churches and monasteries were established among the ruins of Druidic temples. Greatest among these was a great cathedral constructed in Vyones, completed in 1138.

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Geography

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.

Bibliography

Smith based the following stories in the Averoigne setting:

  • "The End of the Story", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., May 1930)
  • "A Rendezvous in Averoigne", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., April/May 1931)
  • "The Maker of Gargoyles" (synopsis), by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., August 1932)
  • "The Colossus of Ylourgne", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., June 1933)
  • "The Holiness of Azédarac", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., November 1933)
  • "The Beast of Averoigne" (originally published version), by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., May 1933)
  • "The Mandrakes", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., February 1933)
  • "The Disinterment of Venus" (synopsis), by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., July 1934)
  • "Mother of Toads" (originally published version), by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Popular Fiction Publishing Co., July 1934)
  • "The Enchantress of Sylaire", by Clark Ashton Smith (Weird Tales, Weird Tales, July 1941)
  • "The Satyr" (alternate ending), by Clark Ashton Smith (Genius Loci, Arkham House, 1948) - Originally written in 1931.
  • "Averoigne" (poetry), by Clark Ashton Smith (Challenge, Spring 1951)

Fragments

A number of other Averoigne stories exist in outline form, uncompleted at the time of Smith's death. These include:

  • "The Gargoyle of Vyones"
  • "The Sorceress of Averoigne/The Tower of Istarelle"
  • "Queen of the Sabbat"
  • "The Doom of Azédarac"
  • "The Oracle of Sadoqua"
  • "The Werewolf of Averoigne"
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