The Golden Circle is the name given to those shadows closely allied with Amber. They are favoured trading partners, bound by mutual defence pacts. Any army wishing to assault Amber must come through a golden circle shadow first, so Amber is careful to maintain good relations with these shadows, and to maintain stable (and friendly) governments there.
The golden circle shadows are connected to Amber by pattern ways laid down by princes of the blood. A little more than half of these ways follow ocean routes, leading them to the great docks at Amber or Baylesport, some follow plains routes, leading them up the Vale of Garnath, and a small number follow mountainous or forest paths. Ghenesh is one of these, with a way leading to Jones Falls and the high pass to Amber.