Brigid's Personal Rooms in Amber

The doors into her rooms are six-foot wide double wooden doors, carved with the characteristic interlocking Celtic knotwork on both sides. In the center is each door is a personal symbol for Brigid: to the left is the side view of a brightly-colored, jewel-like butterfly, to the right a long straight sword, pommel up.

On the left-hand door is a mailslot, just underneath the symbol. In the wall beside the left-hand door, at floor level, is a cat door: Brigid's quarters are probably the only ones in the castle with a cat door.

Press here to enter the foyer.

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This room, like almost all other rooms, has a twelve foot ceiling with solid oak beams and molding, dark wooden floors and wooden walls, and brass and golden fixtures. The overall style and theme is Celtic / Faerie with a preponderance of natural materials like wood and fur, and Celtic knotwork designs predominate. Lighting is by bright magickal torches on many of the walls, which are lit and extinguished at a verbal command: the light's intensity can also be controlled in the same way.

On the floor of the foyer is a very large animal skin with richly luxurious golden fur, of a unknown animal from an unknown Shadow, and found, neglected and forgotten, in a storeroom in the Castle, by Brigid herself when she was scavenging for furniture. Over twenty feet long and ten feet wide, its history is unknown and it remains a mystery to everyone who sees it.

To the north is a wooden table which acts as a casual table, with a shield and two crossed and sheathed swords on the wall above, surrounded with torches. The device on the shield is of a rampant Unicorn (vert, a unicorn rampant azure) and the swords are well cared for but are otherwise unremarkable.

To the south is a large woven tapestry of Oberon on the hunt that covers almost the entire wall, flanked by two more torches. The legend behind the tapestry is that it depicts a true event: Oberon spent two weeks without rest pursuing a fabulous white stag in the Forest of Arden, eventually wearing out everyone else in the hunt, his own horse included. When at last he approached the stag standing, exhausted, in a clearing, he merely gazed at it for several minutes and then left it alone, his gift to that noble beast for such an excellent hunt. The tapestry depicts the white stag in the far right hiding amidst the trees, while Oberon's hunting party occupies the right half of the tapestry.

Ahead is the central area of Brigid's rooms: press here to enter.

The center area of the room is open, with a large wooden and metal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, lit the same way as the torches. Below the chandelier is a octaganal table of dark inlaid wood resting on a large circular rug of patterned green wool on the floor. In the center of the table is a crystal dish holding a jumble of fresh fruits. If necessary this table is used for private meals, with chairs being drawn from the rest of her quarters.

To the north is her personal office and sitting room: press here to go there.

To the south is her sitting room: press here to visit it.

Through the double doors to the west of the center area is Brigid's bedroom: press here to enter her bedroom.

Press here to return to the foyer.

To the south of the center area is her `reflection' room, designed for relaxation and meditation. A low, narrow table separates this room from the central area: several planters of the local flowering plants with foliage trailing to the floor are currently set on the table.

A fireplace is set against the south wall, with a heavy wooden mantlepiece above: an antique clock ticks away there and chimes the quarter hours and the hours. The fireplace is screened with brass and a rack of polished brass implements and a pile of firewood flank it. The firewood is apple, and scents the air with the smell of apples when burned. On the walls to each side of the fireplace are bookcases and nick-knack shelves, mostly unoccupied at the moment with the colorful exception of a set of the paperback novels by "Mad Roger" about Corwin's return to Amber.

A side table between two large reclining leather chairs stands before the fireplace; a knitted rug rests on the back of the left-hand chair, a sign that it is Brigid's favorite. A sabretooth tiger skin (complete with head, another of Brigid's finds) lies on the floor between the chairs and the fireplace.

A large trophy case is standing against the west wall, with glass doors and shelves: it is largely unoccupied except for a couple of trophies from Brigid's home Shadow.

A door to the east leads to Brigid's personal meditation and martial arts practice room: press here to examine it.

Press here to return to the center area.

The area to the north is divided by a low wall into a personal office to the west and a small casual area to the east.

The office has a rolltop wooden desk and a file cabinet against the west wall, two work tables against the eastern wall, a wooden desk chair, and a side chair. Above the desk is a cork board, and a number of notes and messages are tacked to it. This area is designed for her to handle her personal affairs.

The casual area has a couple of comfortable chairs, a low corner sofa and coffee table. This area is set up for casual music making and conversation. Several instruments are around the area, all carefully racked or cased for protection.

A door the the east leads to the sound-proofed room that Brigid eventually will make into a sound stage and recording studio: press here to visit her studio.

Press here to return to the center.

To the west is her bedroom: the bed is a large wooden-framed waterbed, covered with a wealth of warm furs, soft downy quilts, and feather pillows, and the small blanket she was discovered in at the orphanage so long ago. (Brigid loves to warmly burrow within the pile to sleep, accompanied by any number of the castle's cats.) The bed was originally designed for the Prince Gérard but was given to Brigid: after Gérard had been married, he ans his wife wanted a larger bed and this one was put into storage, unused, from which Brigid requested it when she established her quarters in Amber. It is sturdily built and the headboard is carved with hunting scenes. The bed itself sits on a large brown fur rug that covers most of the floor.

There is a large wooden chest of drawers against the west wall behind the bed: her jewelry is contained in a wooden box in the top drawer of the chest.

Through a door to the north can be seen the bathroom: press here to examine it.

Through double doors to the south is her walk-in closet: press here to examine the closet and its contents.

Press here to return to the center area.

A hanging bar stretches around the three walls of the closet underneath a broad shelf. Directly within the doors is a double set of chests for Brigid's clothing that doesn't get hung up or placed on the shelf. At present the closet is only partially filled, largely from "loans" of formal gowns and clothing from Florimel. In one corner is a black clothes bag which contains several sets of her superheroic costume (in which Brigid can be seen wearing on her Trump). Several pairs of shoes and boots are set in a row along one wall.

In one corner of the closet, set against the inside walls of Brigid's quarters underneath the shelf, is a modestly-sized wall safe, magickally enhanced and protected. There is no obvious lock: the locking mechanism is set to respond only to Brigid's sorcerous aura, and requires a considerable skill at shapeshifting to manipulate. To open it, Brigid sets her finger against the door: the safe's inherent enchantment recognizes her aura and shifts to allow an opening in which to slide her finger: once inside the lock, Brigid must them shift her finger to fit the lock in order to open the door. The safe could be forced, but it would be very difficult to open without Brigid noticing that it had been done. At present Brigid has very little there; only her daughters' copy of the Silver Unicorn Trumps.

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The walls of her bathroom are painted to represent a woodland glade, with boulders near the northwest corner representing a natural waterfall into the bath. The room has a sky-blue ceiling and grass-green tiles on the floor. In the northwest corner is a large triangular (7'-plus base, 4'-plus high, 3'-plus deep) raised marble bath of pale greenish marble with built-in Jacuzzi. A hanging curtain mirroring the wall designs can cloak the bath, allowing it to be used for a shower as well: the shower head is designed to resemble a rocky outcropping. A redwood steam cabinet sits next to the bath. A marble counter with a pair of sinks are against the east wall; a mirror covers the entire wall above the counter. Finally, a toilet of the same green marble is in the far corner. All of the metal fixtures appear to be gold or a golden alloy.

Press here to return to the bedroom.

This room is a martial arts practice and meditation room with a tatami room behind a painted paper screen on the east side. The practice floor is covered with cork; the wall to the north is mirrored while the west and south walls are whitewashed and hold racks for an assortment of martial arts weapons from various cultures around Shadow. Among the weapons resting here there is a strange preponderance of weapons that stun, entrap or entangle.

There is also a small shrine set into the south wall, holding a strange assortment of icons and memorabilia including a rack holding a pair of samauri swords, with a low meditation bench resting before the shrine. Among the icons are several newspaper clippings and photos of a masked and caped figure, part of a metal mask, and two halves of a broken silver dagger.

The tatami room is elevated and the walls are covered with lacquered wooden masks and silk hangings showing historical and mythical Japanese scenes. There are a number of woven pillows strewn casually around the floor. A lacquered cabinet holding an antique tea ceremony service rests against the north wall, and a low lacquered table is in the center of the room. (Both the tea service and table were given to Brigid as presents when she worked a case in Japan.) The separating wall is painted with scenes of the legendary inari or fox women: Japanese shapeshifter spirits. Brigid was nicknamed "Inari" when she worked on a case there.

When Brigid started learning the sorcerous arts, she began using this room for meditation and sorcery practice: she, with Fiona's advice and assistance, has warded the walls, floor, and ceiling against unwanted influences. It is also warded against spying or intrusion beyond what the walls have been warded.

Press here to return to the sitting room.

The northwest room is soundproofed, with draped walls and cork floors. Brigid arranged for a professional sound stage designer from her home Shadow to come to Amber to oversee the installation: she is investigating on getting a professional sound studio installed. Presently there are only a couple of metal stools and (vacant) instrument racks in the room.

Press here to return to the office.

Copyright © 1998 Terry O'Brien {dragonmage@sprynet}