Little Broken Gods

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Germaine Ashencloake surveyed the wreckage of the room before him. Dozens of tiny figurines lay in shattered ruins across the floor. From what he could observe, each was unique.

Germaine shook his head. A woodcarver carving in bone and ivory. Such things were simply not done. It bordered on blasphemy.

One of the Voices in his head spoke. “No wonder the destruction here is so complete. Such things cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.” And yet, until recently, this one had.

Another Voice added, “Such petty gods.” It tittered. “The real gods are the carvers who carve them.” Germaine ignored both Voices.

He could feel the figurines, could taste the little tatters of god-soul that still clung to each one. These were no petty gods, he knew. Not just. These were all the gods of all the world’s religions, made by an unknown woodcarver.

He spoke — and was surprised to hear that the Voice he used was his own.

“Our gods have not forsaken us,” he said. “They were simply never with us in the first place.”

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Avatar Tad Winslow

    Ashencloake… what a name. I wonder about the taste of god-soul and the final conclusion. You have kind of a schizophrenic character here, so I doubt that his voice at the end is all his own. It just seems like feeling the aura of the gods, or tasting the broken god-soul remains as it were, makes an argument against the godlessness one. Your character is still figurine-ing it all out in his somewhat squirrely thoughts. Couldn’t resist a pun.

  2. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Some of the most fun I have in writing is coming up with creative names. :)

    I expect I’ll be following up on this one, and Germaine’s use of Voices is going to be important. His is an interesting ability, and I think I’m going to have fun figuring out how it affects the world around him.

  3. Avatar remembrancer

    I found the last line especially interesting. I initially assumed that " never with us" meant that they were against us and had been destroyed for their defiance. Then I thought that “never with us” could have meant that they were prevented from being “with” us by the destruction in the room. Intriguing. I’m still up in the air about what was meant.

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    It’s neither of those things, actually. This one’s on my docket to further expand.

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