Sarkomand

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Sarkomand

Origin: H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1943).

Description

Ahead stretched double rows of pillars, and the fragments and pedestals of pillars, that spoke of a broad and bygone street; and from the urns and basins along the way he knew it had been a great street of gardens. Far off at its end the pillars spread to mark a vast round plaza, and in that open circle there loomed gigantic under the lurid night clouds a pair of monstrous things. Huge winged lions of diorite they were, with blackness and shadow between them. Full twenty feet they reared their grotesque and unbroken heads, and snarled derisive on the ruins around them. And Carter knew right well what they must be, for legend tells of only one such twain. They were the changeless guardians of the Great Abyss, and these dark ruins were in truth primordial Sarkomand.
— H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

A ruined city of the Dreamlands located between the Plateau of Leng and the Cerenerian Sea, Sarkomand was built and inhabited by the Men of Leng in the distant past, before they were enslaved by the Moon-Beasts. Its best known feature is an entrance to the Underworld sometimes used by ghouls and nightgaunts, which is flanked by two massive lion statues carved of diorite. Adventurers in the Dreamlands who come to Sarkomand should be wary, for Moon-beasts and their slaves sail to the ruined port from time to time in their black galleys.

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