Notes from the Office of the Herald of Amber by Scribe Altonus Bayle


It is still with some trepidation that I construct this overview. Prince—soon to be King—Corwin has long enjoyed a troubled relationship with the Crown of Amber. This has made difficult analysis of certain periods of His Majesty’s history. The last two hundred years is the most egregious example, but there were previous ones. His identity in these lacunae is a matter that the Herald’s Office looks forward to learning about in his reign to come.

Long Live the King!

Diagram 1 shows the kamon King Oberon constructed for his infant son in the jubilant months following his birth, c. AR597. Although in the Venway style, it is a departure from their careful depiction of elements of the natural world. The characters on the four tiles represent the realms of Garnath, Rebma, Caoranach and Tir-na Nóg’th, which was even then regarded as audacious considering at least three of these nations still had their own royal houses. The Venway were embarrassed. They deliberately excised the characters used in this kamon from their script and afterwards resorted to poetic multiple-character circumlocutions when writing about the moon, fire, a river or mountains.

Diagram 2 shows Prince Corwin’s self-appointed sign and motto in the style of the Corporation of the City, c. AR1250. This was an early design by Junastia an Chantris, who may well have been one of Corwin’s amours. The silver rose has been a consistent element of Corwin’s iconography and heraldry over the centuries, and is normally depicted on a sable field. ‘Aude Amare’—Dare To Love—is a clear statement of the young prince’s priorities at the time. His achievements as a troubadour and errant knight are the stuff of legend. The crown depicted was the short-lived Crown Prince’s coronet before it was stolen c. 1565, and never recovered. A historical conspiracy theory, discounted by this scribe, is that the Prince himself was the thief.

Diagram 3 shows the Device proposed by the Office of the Herald of Amber for the coronation of King Corwin of Amber. It makes a virtue of the King’s abiding symbol and presents a rose displayed argent on  a field sable. The crown is the (stylised) modern Crown of Amber. The bearers are a Unicorn of Avalon, a realm now lost from the Golden Circle, and a Greater Horned Manticore of the Baylish Ramparts. No motto for King Corwin’s reign has been endorsed yet.