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Episode #10 CoversThe third story in Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne cycle, the story takes place in the fictional French town of Averoigne. Much as Lovecraft based Arkham on Boston, Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne is based on the very real Auvergne region. Even more closely tying this story to our previous episode, H. P. Lovecraft wrote a story “Out of the Aeons” that also intertwines with this fictional province as have a number of other authors. Certainly this is a region filled with potential. All told Clark Ashton Smith left us with eighteen pieces, some incomplete, others mere outlines, of events transpiring in this area.

The story itself involves a stonecutter, shunned and feared by the people of the area, whose affections towards a local girl are spurned, if she recognizes he exists at all. Hired to create a pair of gargoyles for the new cathedral, he cuts two pieces of true masterwork but, in doing so, pours all of his negativity, hatred and lust into their creation. Infused with these black emotions, the gargoyles come to life and wreak havoc leaving death in their wake.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. In this episode we examine a work by famed author Clark Ashton Smith and match it Carnival of the Damned by the Sanctum’s own David Baity.

In addition, we have bonus content to bring to your game: magic items, weapons, and so much more…after the jump.

Dark Acquisitions

There is a great deal of new material to bring to the table based on this story. We have a class inspired by materials we covered last episode, as well as a veritable cornucopia of gargoyle themed materials.

Below is a list, by category and author, of what has been added to the Dark Acquisitions page by the Keepers of Mysteries, based on this show. Further contributions from friends of the library will also be found there as they arrive.

Character Classes
Deep-One Half-Breed Joe Salvador
The Gargoyle David Baity

Gargoyle, Graven by Bob Brinkman

Imbue the Stone by Jen Brinkman

The Stacks

Appendix N
The Maker of Gargoyles by Clark Ashton Smith

The Carnival of the Damned by David Baity
Doom of the Savage Kings by Harley Stroh
The Emerald Enchanter by Joseph Goodman
Fate’s Fell Hand by Harley Stroh
Glipkerio’s Gambit by Jobe Bittman
Halls of the Minotaur by Harley Stroh
The Jeweler Who Dealt in Stardust by Harley Stroh
The One Who Watches from Below by Jobe Bittman
The Screaming Temple
by Bill Barsh
Silent Nightfall
by Daniel J. Bishop
Theater of the Hammed by Clint Bohaty

Gary Con
Marmalade Dog XXI
UK Games Expo
Who’s Yer Con

The Castle of the Witch by Mr. Jack
Le Chant Des Livrées by Malicorne
by Eths
Dante Symphony by Franz Liszt
Fantasia OST by various composers
Faust Symphony by Franz Liszt
Le mariage anglais by Malicorne
Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt

Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad by the Kickassistan Ministry of Tourism

Road Crew Appearances
Mike Carlson @ Marmalade Dog XXI in Kalamazoo — March 18-20
Bruce Cunnington & Lee Neilson @ the UK Games Expo in Birmingham, UK — June 3-5
Tim Dechene @ Toy Vault Games in Warwick, Rhode Island — March 20
Dieter Zimmerman @ Who’s Yer Con in Indianapolis — April 1-3

The Shudder Mountains (of the Chained Coffin) by Michael Curtis
Transylvanian Adventures
by S.A. Mathis/Land of Phantoms

Spotify Lists
The Maker of Gargoyles

Thanks to

The ambient background of the Sanctum Secorum was created using Horror Ambiance from Klankbeeld.
Sanctum Secorum’s theme music was created using Seating Incantation by Landmark Entertainment.