The Fifth was almost there with him now, sharing the space, teaching him with its coming where the true power of a Reconciler lay. It wasn’t a skill with feits and sways, nor was it pneumas, nor resurrections, nor the driving out of demons. It was the strength to call the myriad wonders of an entire Dominion by the names of his body and not be broken by the simile; to allow that he was in the world to its smallest degree, and the world in him, and not be driven to insanity by the intricacies he contained or else so enamored of the panoramas he was spread through that he lost all memory of the man he’d been.
Clive Barker, IMAJICA, chapter 59, page 761…
There’s a lot of book to get to before this point, but the whole of the above chapter discusses very much what I think it was like for Dworkin in creating Amber.
Dworkin calls it the “small sudden island in the sea of night” to which he flew. He calls himself “infected with the will to form,” that last word having a myriad of interpretations.
In my campaigns, he often dreams Amber into being. A dream, formed by his own body, each piece of it representative of something of Dworkin’s self. What is Arden in Dworkin’s mind? What about the vast, vast sea?
“I realized one day that I am both the Pattern and myself, and it was forced to become Dworkin in the process of becoming itself.”
When walking the Pattern, the Pattern learns about the individual walking it… whether this information is discharged at the end of the program, or remains a part of the Pattern is an interesting question. Is that why Dworkin knows so much: he has a family’s worth for source? Would that suggest that those who, say, walked the Tir-na Pattern might gain different information?
Brand wanted a place where he was King. How different was his vision? He wanted a place that would link with Chaos. How different a Pattern? Would it still have Veils and a Center? What do the Veils represent with Dworkin?
When was Brand infected with the will to form? Was it Serpent’s Blood he had on his hands with Martin?