The Testament of Athammaus (Synopsis)

Clark Ashton Smith

Athammaus, the public executioner of Commoriom, beheads the outlaw, Nicautal ^Zhaun^ [Zan], and afterwards oversees his entombment. The next day, Nicautal Zhaun reappears on the streets of Commoriom, is again captured, beheaded and interred. Seven times is this repeated, till all the people flee from Commoriom, taking it as an evil and supernatural portent. The baffled Athammaus, mocked by Nicautal Zhaun, reluctantly follows them.

^xxx^ xxx was added by Smith.
[xxx] xxx was deleted by Smith.
{plotted April 1930)

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