Testament of Carnamagos

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Testament of Carnamagos

Origin: Clark Ashton Smith, "The Treader of the Dust" (1935)


On the old lecturn or reading-stand which he used for his heavier tomes, The Testament of Carnamagos, in its covers of shagreen with hasps of human bone, lay open at the very page which had frightened him so unreasonably with its eldritch intimations.
— Clark Ashton Smith, "The Treader of the Dust"

One of the less frequently encountered tomes of the Mythos, The Testament of Carnamagos was written by an evil sage and seer of that name, recovered in the tenth century from a Graeco-Bactrian tomb, and transcribed by an apostate monk in the original Greek, in the blood of a monster. Like most such tomes, it contains the histories of great sorcerers, accounts of demonic beings, and spells for summoning and commanding an assortment of entities. According to legend, only two copies had ever existed, and one was destroyed by the Spanish Inquisition early in the thirteenth century.

Extreme caution is required in the presence of this tome, for it contains an invocation of the Great Old One Quachil Uttaus so potent that merely reading it is sometimes sufficient to bring about the appearance of this entity. The sole warning sign that will alert the investigator to the imminence of this danger is that everything in the vicinity of the book will show signs of decay and extreme antiquity

Role Playing Game Stats

Sanity Loss 1D6/2D6; Cthulhu Mythos +15 Percent. Average 36 weeks to study and comprehend/72 hours to skim (if Hellenistic Greek is known).


"…The olden wizards knew him, and named him Quachil Uttaus. Seldom is he revealed: for he dwelleth beyond the outermost circle, in the dark limbo of unsphered time and space. Dreadful is the word that calleth him, though the word be unspoken save in thought: For Quachil Uttaus is the ultimate corruption; and the instant of his coming is like the passage of many ages; and neither flesh nor stone may abide his treading, but all things crumble beneath it atom from atom. And for this, some have called him The Treader of the Dust."

"Though Quachil Uttaus cometh but rarely, it had been well attested that his advent is not always in response to the spoken rune and the drawn pentacle. Few wizards, indeed, would call upon a spirit so baleful. But let it be understood that he who readeth to himself in the silence of his chamber, the formula given hereunder, must incur a grave risk if in his heart there abide openly or hidden the least desire of death and annihilation. For it may be that Quachil Uttaus will come to him, bringing that doom which toucheth the body to eternal dust, and maketh the soul as a vapor for evermore dissolved. And the advent of Quachill Uttaus is foreknowable by certain tokens; for in the person of the evocator, and even perchance in those about him, will appear the signs of sudden age; and his house, and those belongings which he hath touched, will assume the marks of untimely decay and antiquity..." (Both quotations from Clark Ashton Smith, "The Treader of the Dust")


Clark Ashton Smith, "The Treader of the Dust" (1935)