Given Zelazny's academic interest in the Medieval European period, it is not a stretch to see a possible influence in Henry Adams ' work Mont Saint-Michel and Chartreswherein he discusses the building of Chartres Cathedral, and the tidal-islet of Mont Saint-Michelon the Normandy coast of France. RHex is an all-terrain walking robot that could one day climb over rubble in a rescue mission or cross the desert with environmental sensors strapped to its back. The Prologue has Merlin bleeding and experiencing odd sensory inputs. To an observer who witnesses a person trumping to another location, the person becomes two-dimensional before disappearing, and there is a prismatic aftereffect. All of Corwin's siblings believe that guns cannot function in Amber, as gunpowder is inert there. Walking the Pattern of Rebma a city in Amber that mirrors the true city of Amber, down to the smallest detail, including the Pattern restores Corwin's memory and his abilities to travel through shadow.
Merlin returns to Amber, ventures out into Amber City, escapes an assassination attempt, and is saved by Caine's mistress, Vinta Bayle — who, also, appears to know more than she ought about him.
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Most inhabitants are a sea people, not shadows of Amberites, and are slightly different in form from humans. Poke around the shops, marvel at the architecture, and come shoulder to shoulder with men and oxen pulling carts full of their wares. She turns out to be exactly the right person to leave in charge there, as she does not wish for the power of the Fount of the Four Worlds herself, but is quite happy to prevent others using it, since gaining its power destroyed the last of Brand's humanity, and she appears to have genuinely loved him, and lost him to his power-lust. The author died shortly after completing the last of these short stories, which were collected in Manna from Heavenalong with the Trumps of Doom prologue and 16 non-Amber stories. Today, Congressman Ted W.