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Art and Truth


Colors have special meaning in Amber. An Amberite's favorite colors not only have a heraldic and symbolic role, but also hint to his or her true nature. Both functions combine in the trump cards of the Amber Tarot (see True Art, below).

Prince Faith has pale colors: eggshell white, light yellow like the yolk of an egg hard boiled in the Polish style, and grey, like the outside of said yolk.

Charles Doore's colors were revealed when Faith created a True Art picture of him, wearing Faith's black and grey coat and exposing skin and appendages colored in blue.

True Art

A picture of a place, if it's a True picture, can lead the viewer - if he tries real hard - directly to that place. A True picture of a person can be used by a viewer to communicate with the subject both physically and mentally across the multiverse. Both sides of such a conversation can try and pull the other party to them, along with luggage, friends, mounts and possibly even vehicles.

Jack's Trumps

Although Faith knew (and even created) True Art a while before the game begun, and indeed used True Art to get to Charlottesville in the first place, the first time True Art was exposed in the game was when we found the three Trump cards in Jack's estate:

  • A court card done in the likeness of Carl Corey - straight from the classic Dworkin pack (AKA the Amber Tarot)
  • A scene of a dungeon cell, centered on a mirror turned to face the wall - done by Brand
  • A likeness of Prince Faith at age 15 - done by Brand

Later on Bleys showed us the whole Dworkin pack in lieu of a family album.

Faith's Paintings

Also, there are several pieces that were created by Faith, painstakingly described here by order of creation for the benefit of the imaginatively challenged:

  • Equanimity: Fiona by the water - oil on a widescreen canvas. Most of the frame is taken by storming currents of green and blue, decorated with white froth. Some of it is sky, some of it sea, but it's completely seamless, and gives an almost cubist feel of changing perspective. The rightmost third of the frame is a close-up on Fiona, in 3/4 view, gazing into something just beyond the bottom-left corner. Her hair looks like flames of copper, backdropped by all this green, and its curls follow the movement of the currents (or vice versa), but she herself is as serene as everything else is turbulent, an island of safety; her eyes are the only place in the picture where the viewer's eyes can possibly rest.
  • Brave New World: Charlottesville main road Landscape - oil on canvas. a classic perspective into a boulevard, framed by autumn leaves on autumn branches, sidewalk on both sides and a nice cafe. Yes, the point of entry is a rather conspicuous one. It's a good thing we don't have masquerade.
  • Solitude: rooftop ledge of the Latverian palace and Faith's sanctum, drawn during his first days in Charlottesville - aquarell on rice paper. The picture is dominated by roof tiles, and a visible shitload of attention went into their slightly different hues and lightings. There are also two or three stray vines and a band of sky that is visible at the top, blocked on the left side by the parapet of an attic with a window that's barely low enough for its bottom to makes it into the frame. The most noticeable thing in this picture is the absence of a subject, namely Faith.
  • Doore: portrait of Charles Doore, done in a rush when he “accidentally” trumped away - enamel paint on a long sheet of paper. Pillars of black coat and blue meat, elongated thick vertical strokes with a wide brush. OK to fade out now?
  • Naïveté: view of the Empire State Building from nearby rooftop - colored chalk on bristol paper. It's a child's POV, looking through a diamond patterned wooden grate at the middle of the building (the bottom and top are out of the frame). There are morning glory stalks climbing the grate and false perspective makes it look as if the few blooming flowers are gigantic and opening into the thick of the tower.
  • Shelter: an alien landscape on Avernus drawn by Faith from Fiona's memory - soft charcoal on unstretched Canvas. All crags and shadows. It takes some staring into before the perspective (with the shadows from three blurry suns) settles in, but then it suddenly gains the extra dimension, a bit like magic eye posters, except you can really step through the extra dimension here.
  • Autumn: the Latverian “operating table” upon which Baron Hagen was lying wounded - aquarell on paper. Blotches of brown and yellows of blood and tent cloth, dirty bandages and candles, a jar of leaches and a medieval scalpel.

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