in the Shadow of Greatness


February 12, 2002

IMC :: Dragons

More on Amber—- less on politics.

"How could anyone miss seeing it. The first wall I'd hit was the chest. The second was it's hand in which I was encircled. The black dragon stood as tall as the castle and filled the entire courtyard. Still, it was slender, almost fragile-looking. It peered at me along a snout at least 50' long and I wished Julian were here. It called me 'pretty Cassandra' a number of times and introduced herself as Lilith, before recalling its purpose here."
—Cassandra, from the diary 6

Dragons. Dragons are uniquely suited to understanding Primal Powers. It is what they are. The Blood of the Universe runs through these Creatures. The True Dragon, as opposed to the shadow-dragon, can move through shadow as easily as you or I move through air. Through experience, they can move through Shadow with a greater power or subtlety than a Princess of Amber. IMC, there are Princes that have studied under Dragons for just that reason. True Dragons are all of one family, but they come in the varieties that correspond to the Primal Powers themselves. Every dragon, in its youth, begins to choose which Primal its own nature will follow. This need not be as its parent, and often is not as youth likes to rebel. As they reach maturity, a True Dragon's nature and the power of that chosen Primal match for all time. The Dragon becomes as timeless and powerful as the Primal power can be when wielded by intelligence. In fact, more powerful than any Prince/Princess of Amber. A Dragon can draw on Infinite Power. But they cannot change their natures. They cannot be superior for knowing all things, for tasting from every cup of knowledge. They are what they are. And many a Prince of Amber can learn things to surpass these amazing beings.
What other Creatures of Power populate an Amber campaign?

Filed under : Amber, IMC at 12.02.2002