Amber: Metaphysics of Creation-various sources
of the Universe"
What came before the Courts of Chaos? If the Courts are ancient beyond
the span of the rebel Dworkin and his descendants. . . . then from out of what state
of being were the Courts carved? Herein find one answer that has
implications reaching into the present. . . .
In the Beginning, there was Nothing.
Destiny acquired mood and things Began.
First the currents of Vitae were separated from Nothing. As time passed,
Destiny perceived that Vitae alone did not produce motion.
. . and so the Shrewd was separated from Vitae. Again time passed. The
boundary between Vitae and Shrewd blurred and gave itself to variety. Still
the universe had much of everything, but little motion, so Destiny reached
into the Shrewd and separated out the Shadows.
The Shadows acquired motion. . . rhythm. . . and it was good.
Destiny withdrew and time passed without meaning and scale. Time
spent of such proportions. . . that Vitae was able to trickle into the
Shrewd, which likewise was able to penetrate the Shadows. And in the Shadows,
the three Powers together struck the sparks of Being.
So it happened then, that People crawled the Shadows and tried
to prosper. And when they did, they called it Life. And when the life grew
good, they called it Civilization.
But the sparks of Being had started something great and terrible
besides the people that populated the Shadows. The Powers themselves began
to acquire an understanding of Being. First the Shroud began to feel its
own Spirit of Being within the Shadows, for it was the environment where
Being had first been founded. Then the Chimaera realized itself as separate
from the Shrewd. Even after a time, the Siege became aware of being the
Seat of Vitae. And with the awakening of these Spirits, came something
so terrible, that everything, even Destiny, was in danger. . . . .none
knew if it was a part of Destiny, or a matter of reaction to the complexities
that were growing ever more within the Multiplicity of the Shadows, even
the Spirits did not know.
Forgotten in the beginnings of everything was Nothing.
The terrible thing that happened was this, like the Spirits, woken within
the Environs of Power, something woke within the Nothing. Something of
Nothing woke to Being, and began to take back what was its separated parts,
its self, it began to reclaim the Universe, to Unmake it.
This was the Wyrrm, the Unmaker, Spirit of the Abyss.
Civilization began to die. By inches, by leagues, by ones, by threes, the
places that were whole fought the Unmaking. The weak perished quickly. The
strong lasted a while longer. Everything of people, of being was slowly
dragged to the Abyss and consumed by the Wyrrm. This would be the end of
our story except for Trump.
Within the terrible stress of the end of everything, a new Environ formed.
Between the Shadows being torn into strips of molecules and the Abyss itself,
formed a fertile Environ of possiblilities lost and found, realities broken
and fused together in ways that could defy description by Shadow itself.
This was Trump. And while the destruction of the Universe was inevitable,
that very destruction had created something that had not existed before.
And the terrible agonies of that Environ gave waking to its own Spirit,
much faster than any Spirit had woken before it. And this was the Muse.
The Muse came among the People at the edge of the Abyss, who were fighting
the End, and it passed to those of great Perception the waking of that
Perception. And the Artists had a means of strengthening Civilization anew.
And the final stand of Civilization began there, on the Edge of Shadow,
before the Unmaker. And this became the Courts of Chaos.
And great was the anger of the Wyrrm.
Time passed. And the Wyrrm came to understand that Civilization was great,
but the People that guarded it were small and sometimes weak. As it understood
how to Unmake the substance of the Universe, it came to understand how
to Unmake the needs and desires of People in order to further weaken the
Courts of Chaos, and thence the Universe.
And slowly things began to fall into the Abyss again.
Now at this time, the Universe had become balanced to the nature
of the Powers. The greatest part of Vitae resided at the furthest reaches
of the strength of the Abyss. Thence came the major portion of the Shrewd,
thence the Shadows themselves, and finally, buffering the infinite Shadows,
the infinite Environ of Trump. And this arrangement we might call the Circle
of All That Is, for this is true even today.
But something wonderful was about to happen. For as the Courts of Chaos
held against the Power of the Abyss, other lesser People and Civilizations
were able to struggle into existance in the wasted Shadows. While they
were weak reflections of the Civilization within the Courts, they gave
strength to the Universe.
And more wonderful still, then rose up a Spirit, whose nature was of the
Circle of All. Whose strength was the Left Handed Path of the Circle of
All. And this Spirit even partook of the Nature of the Abyss, itself, and
as it woke, the Wyrrm thought itself to have an ally in the Unmaking.
But the Serpent was canny in its own Power, and knew well that if the
Wyrrm should complete the Unmaking, then the Circle would be no more, and
likewise the Serpent would be destroyed with the rest and so this Spirit
went among the people of the Courts of Chaos and added its strength to
their task of resistance. And this was a mighty bond and the Unmaking was
stopped and the Universe was saved.
And the people of the Courts of Chaos were then Legend.
But the strength of the Wyrrm is unwavering and the need is a part of its
Being and it will persist until the Universe is Unmade.
-translated from the archaic Thari inscriptions on the Roots of the Cathedral of the Serpent, supplemented with partial transciptions from the LostWays archeological site at the Black Bastion-
As we came to know the Sinister Path, we raised up a Great Working in the Serpent's name, and that Spirit did come amongest us once again and saw this thing that we had made. And the Serpent said, "Great Tools still require great minds to guide them, remember this, and call this Tool your Logrus, so it does not become your folly."
-from the House of Helgram, attributed to the Lost Book of Great Workings, as recorded in the New Mentat Order of the Church of the Serpent-
"Honored Visitor, may your travels be interesting."
- attributed to Arref
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