Unusual “Shadow of”

Not quite an IMC, but a Amber meme I am interested in people’s answers to…
What unusual “Shadow of” associations do you make? You know, either fictional or real people who just seem to be shadows of the Royal Family of Amber (or even your own PCs and NPCs).


Some of mine own:
Count Belisarius–Benedict.
Byzantine General
Arguably one of the greatest generals of any age or time. Saved his Emperor during an extremely violent Riot that came within a whisker of overthrowing him. Singlehandedly helped give Italy back to the Byzantines, and fought an arguably superior Sassanid Empire to a standstill. Never much for politics, although there were many who wouldn’t have minded him replacing his Emperor.
His ambitious wife doesn’t fit with the Benedict mythos, but otherwise, he definitely reminds me of same.
Jorge Luis Borges–Dworkin
An unusual writer with a taste for games with reality and perception, the small gems of his stories show universes that are often more complex than the ordinary, as if he was trying to look behind the curtain of what is to find the truth. Or trying to create same.
Cyrano De Bergerac–Bleys
Boastful, charming, ladies man, clever by half. Either the fictional character, the character in his own fiction, or the real man, who else could play the part? Even with the nose. It IS a shadow, after all…

4 thoughts on “Unusual “Shadow of””

  1. Borges was grounded in reality in a way that Dworkin never was, though. Borges had a sharp political mind, and heaven knows there was plenty in Argentina to use it on.
    CS Lewis comes across as a little more Dworkinish to me. Talk about your people utterly sans clue in some very vital and important areas…

  2. That’s a fun game…
    you can think of the ‘shadow of’ in terms of paths / choices made. Here is potential ‘X’ and the paths twists this way or that.

  3. IMC :: …shadows of

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