Mirrors and Reflections
“Ah. Clearly you’re trying to provoke me into killing you swiftly. Congratulations. You’ve succeeded.”
Talwyn radiates danger. She is a study in paradoxes; she is a brilliant sorcerer and is wise beyond her years, but dresses wildly. While she can put on a ladylike appearance when necessary, Talwyn prefers her furs and war paint for they emphasize strongly the point that she most desires to get across to others: she can, and will, destroy you utterly if she is roused to anger.
Her dark hair is worn in a carefully braided tangle, and her dark eyes give sharp challenge to any that meet them. Talwyn is one of few who is known to regularly speak back to Oberon, and rarely with deference, and the king accepts her harsh words. Certainly the king of Amber does not fear his daughter, but it is unknown why Talwyn’s attitude is so casually accepted.
Character Model to be Used: Olga Kurylenko
“You would challenge me? Pitiful worm, you squirm under a rock and think that slime is the world!”
Dworkin’s first and greatest student of sorcery, Talwyn can accomplish with magic what most assume to be impossible. Her spells defy logic, her words of Power ring with terrifying force, and much of what she does pushes sorcery beyond expectation. When she walked the Pattern, she did so for the same reason that she does anything: because it offered her more power. Yet for everything that the Pattern offered her, Talwyn was interested in the one power that seemed the most insignificant of them all: Sorcery.
She saw something in a power that even humans could master that he siblings did not. She the raw power and versatility of sorcery, and determined that that power she be her own. With unrivaled ambition, she gave herself to her studies, and turned sorcery into a tool the likes of which Amber, and perhaps all of shadow, had ever seen before. Dworkin once remarked of her, “If I had that woman’s power, I wouldn’t need half of my other tricks,” which are very high accolades indeed.
Her siblings were surprised to no end when Talwyn had her sons. They never saw her as a parent of any sort, let alone a caring one. Her motivations are her own in that regard, but she does seem to genuinely care for her sons, and supports them as best she can when they need her aid. Many reason that it is just another ploy for more power. After all, who is more loyal than a devoted child?
The Open Door
Since her unexpected loss at Virgil’s hands, and subsequent rescue, Talwyn has been strangely withdrawn. While she openly states her resentment for the rule of King Elmdor, she is not nearly as outspoken or aggressive as she was against Oberon. Many believe this humility to be feigned, a ploy to put her rivals off their guard.
She has stalked the streets of Amber for some years now, the dark cloud of her seething anger always in tow. None of the new citizenry dare to stand before her, and she seems to like it that way. The only person that she ever seems to be in regular contact with is her sister and long-time best friend Brigitte.
Items of Power
“This isn’t war. This is pest control.”
The Tome of Dworkin: this mighty spellrack compliments Talwyn’s power in many ways. As a spellrack, the massive Tome can seem to hold an unlimited number of spells, and never seems to be at a loss for hung spells. What’s more, spells that are hung upon the Tome never degrade in quality, and require no lynchpins for magic of shadow; every spell cast off the Tome works, no matter the shadow, even in places where there is no magic.
The Second Truth: Talwyn’s staff, a symbol of her status as a sorcerer, is her weapon of choice when she does not care to destroy something with her magic. The bone-breaking power of the weapon makes strikes from the weapon lethal to the average human, and the weapon itself it largely impervious to harm. The true power of the Second Truth, however, is far more subtle and sinister. When she desires it, the weapon greatly impedes the use of any Power used in its presence… which is easily pierced by the Tome of Dworkin, but not so easily overcome by those not ready to stand against its influence.
Theme Song: Apocalypse