Excerpts from chapter three of “Fingerprints“, a study of extra-dimensional beings found in shadow, by Lord Archivist Delwin blentyn o’r pedwar tiroedd.
“The shadow fastness of Amber lies far spinward of the Skavangur Desecration, beyond one of the largest Chaos-eddies yet encountered. It is little visited by wielders of Vardyger, since the inhabitants are known to be both militant and belligerent.”
The author notes in another work that he was born and raised in this shadow. It should be left to the reader to determine if this makes the author more, or less, a trustworthy narrator.
“Amber’s god is a male deity called the Unicorn. Local inhabitants have several variations on their god’s creation (which I will describe later in this chapter).
“The most likely origin of the unicorn is a conglomeration of the four gods (spirits of powerful shadows, as discussed in chapter one) who were forced to become a single entity when four shadows were conjoined to create Amber. Or three gods, really, because one of those gods died. Rebma’s deity was utterly destroyed in this conjunction, and is now manifested in the so-called ‘Tears of the Unicorn’, the gems that make up Amber’s crown jewels. Today, the Tears are used to control and shape Amber itself, by tapping into the shattered god’s power and its link to the three other aspects of the Unicorn.
“A much later author, Haas Visser, describes the creation of the four Pattern blades, thus: ‘…Oberon forged the blades in moonlight on the stairs of Tir-na Nóg’th. Because Tir’s stairs are only solid at the full moon, Oberon caused the moon to hold still in the sky for four months while he made the swords. The fire for the forge came from Mt Kolvir’s long-dead heart. The quenching water came from a spring whose waters had flowed over the newly-made Pattern. The steel for the blades came from lightning-struck trees petrified into metal. The gems in each hilt were plucked from the eye-sockets of a dying Rebman god, and the unicorn himself blessed each sword as it was finished.‘
“This version of the story, though fanciful, is entirely correct. The reference to where the swords were forged is a clumsy representation of the Primal Pattern, where all four elements combine. The ‘gems from the eye-sockets of a dying Rebman god’ is a reference to the Tears of the Unicorn, which were used to inscribe the Pattern on the blades.”
After going into some detail about the various aspects of the Unicorn worshipped by the shadow’s different cultural groups, the author attempts to explain the elemental fabrication of this unique fastness:
|Focus||Things that are||Things that might have been||Things that will be||Things that were|
|God||Lion||Deer||Dragon||The Tears (the shattered god)|
|Represents||Strength and war||Healing and renewal||Wisdom and purity||The feminine; cycles|