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"A hot, orange sun hovering low in a real sky. Tangles of green foliage and the sounds of nature; little tickings and chirpings. Here and there, though, are man-made shapes and shiny surfaces; straight lines and right angles - empty frames."[1]

Parabola is the realm of dreams, located beyond mirrors.

Beyond the MirrorsEdit

"Delicate, intricate friezes are still visible on some of the walls. There is a subtle mathematics in the abstract patterns, and a vivid energy in the figures. With one finger you trace the curve of a parabola."[2]

Glassmanperson

A Silverer.

Parabola is most commonly accessed via Prisoner's Honey, the preferred drug of the Neath.[3] It can also be accessed via Irem's House of the Amber Sky, a warm, roofless space packed with Irem-roses.[4] Parabola can sometimes be entered by physically passing through mirrors as well, though this process can be painful for obvious reasons.[5]

Parabola is more than a dream, however, as those who enter it disappear from the physical world for the duration of their stay, and can reappear in other locations.[6] It is possible for one’s body to return before one's mind does, making one seemingly drunk. This is called being honeymazed.[7]

Those who enter Parabola are greeted by a vibrant forest under an orange sun,[1] populated by strange and talkative animals.[8] Of note are the cats, who take the form of predatory big cats in Parabola but have the voices of the smaller talking cats back in London. Parabola does have a day and night cycle; we mention this because the Parabolan moon is a cat.[9]

The common citizen is unlikely to venture far into Parabola before waking up,[10] but certain professionals called Silverers have ventured far beyond the reaches of the Marches, and have dealings with the entities that lurk beyond the mirrors.[11] Silverers wear a set of cosmogone spectacles, which is irresistible to the denizens of Parabola.[12]

Landmarks Edit

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Castleofforests

The Castle of Forests

  • The Mirror-Marches, which serve as the borderlands of Parabola,[13] often visited by those overcome by nightmares.[1] The Marches are littered with empty mirrors-frames, and travelers can observe visions of the other side.[14]
  • The Misermere, a heavily disputed piece of land that has been claimed by almost every one of the Duchess's noble cats[15]. The Rosers also have a stake in this place.[16]
  • The Smoking Shore, a great ocean of sulfurous smoke and a haunt of dreaming devils.[17] They say cats fought off a band of Heart-Takers here.[18] The Fingerkings also occasionally lay eggs here, and no one knows exactly what hatches from them.[19]
  • The Drowned Forest, a jungle under a lake.[20]
  • The Hanging Mountains, which are violet-sloped[21] mountains that hang upside down.[22]
  • The Waswood, where all things within are gone forever, and all things that are gone forever lie within.[23] The heart of these woods was the birthplace of the Glory, an enormous zee-turtle that roamed the Unterzee before dying near the Gant Pole. Its shell was taken over by crazed monster-hunters, becoming the Chelonate.[24]
  • The Castle of Forests, which is filled with briar-cages, made to contain prisoners by the Fingerkings.[25]
  • The Menagerie of Roses, where the dreamers never see the tops of the walls.[26] Apparently, the Roses stopped growing, much to the dreamers' dismay.[27]
  • Arbor, the city half in dream.[28]
  • The Writhing River, where parabola-flax grows and nightmares spawn.[29] It is full of serpents,[30] and it runs near Hunter's Keep.[31] At the head of the River lie silver-barked trees which excrete shining, useful sap.[32]
  • The Skin of the Sun, Parabola's false, cosmogone sun. It was built by the sisters of the Duchess to house the refugees of the Second City.[33]
  • The Dome of Scales, which was apparently constructed out of the scales of the first Fingerkings.[34] It's in pieces, now.[35]
  • The Burbling Spring-tide, a gorgeous garden-spa where couples can enjoy pillows of roses and visions of the night sky.[36]
  • The Garden Gleam, a garden of glass flowers where gravity is low. The petals ring in a perfect harmony when disturbed.[37]
  • The Moonlight Chessboard, where spies dream the moves and counter-moves of the Great Game.[38][39]

The Land That Is-NotEdit

"Parabola is the enemy-kingdom. The Judgements determine what is. Parabola's citizens are Is-Not. Sunlight destroys them, starlight corrodes them. Dreams come at night. Dreams thrive in the Neath. The Judgements cannot see—"[40]

Mirrormonster

What horrors lurk beyond the mirrors?

Parabola is the realm of what Is-Not, far beyond the reach of the Judgements' domain.[41] This dream-realm apparently hatched from an egg.[42] Since Parabola lies outside the regulation of the Judgements, time and space can be quite mutable. This can lead to paradoxes like Huntsmen being promoted to Huntsmen on Wednesdays, despite always being Huntsmen.[43]

Natives of Parabola are considered foreign, even illegal, by the Judgements, making them unable to leave for the real world.[40] There have been cases of Parabolan entities contacting and parlaying with the Judgements, but such cases are the exception rather than the rule.[44] The rulers of Parabola are the Fingerkings, which are snakes that lack a physical form outside of Parabola. They only wish to leave the mirrors, and, well, exist. To do this, they steal the skins of humans.[45] Unfortunately for them, many of these skin-thieves in flesh-suits have been captured and imprisoned in the third coil of the Labyrinth of Tigers.[46]

The Devils of Hell once served the Judgements directly as servants.[47] Following their failed rebellion, they exiled themselves to Parabola via Caduceus.[48]

Another faction currently residing in Parabola are the Rosers of the Fourth City. These individuals expedited the fall of the Fourth City, and sought refuge in Arbor,[49] which historically accepted refugees from many of the Fallen Cities.[50]

The AttendantsEdit

"This is Parabola. We found it in dreams and brought light to it. The ushabti were built to construct a new home for the Second City, where we could live forever beneath the skin of the sun. The night was the bringer of dreams and thus sacred to us. But this Palace was never completed."[51]

Adoratrician

The Obstinate Adoratrice

The sisters of the Duchess decided to flee to Parabola to evade the whims of the Bazaar.[52] There, they created a false sun made of cosmogone,[53] as they knew they could not abide the true Sun any longer.[54] Using constructs called ushabti, the sisters attempted to create a new home for the citizens of the Second City, called the Palace of the Rising.[55] Things did not go as planned, however, so the Palace was left unfinished and ruined.[56] The Obstinate Adoratrice still remains in the Palace of the Rising, though she lacks the knowledge to complete it.[57]

Before the sisters built their sun, Parabola was apparently quite dark.[58] Given the failure of the project, it seems likely that the Skin of the Sun will eventually flicker out.[59]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Category:The Mirror-Marches, Fallen London
  2. Be enticed by the temples, Fallen London
  3. Sidebar Snippets, Fallen London
  4. The House of the Amber Sky, Sunless Sea
  5. A mahogany-framed mirror, Fallen London
  6. Celebrate thoroughly, Fallen London
  7. An Exceptional Story: A Musical Diversion, Fallen London
  8. A striped cat, Fallen London
  9. Night is falling, Fallen London "Look, there are patterns there, just like the surface's moon. Only... these don't resemble a man, or anything else so much as a cat, curled up asleep."
  10. Establish a Parabolan Base-Camp, Fallen London
  11. Become a Silverer, Fallen London
  12. Set of Cosmogone Spectacles, Fallen London
  13. The Mirror-Marches, Sunless Sea
  14. A glimpse of a cat, Fallen London
  15. The Court of Cats, Fallen London
  16. The Surgeon%27s Child, Fallen London
  17. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London ""Devils come here on pilgrimage," your panther explains."
  18. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London "Here, the Peerage of the Marches cast back the Host of the Heart-Takers. Many were lost, but how we feasted! Our maws ran red; our bellies grew round."
  19. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London "The Fingerkings lay their eggs down in the roots when the water's low. Goodness knows what might hatch."
  20. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London "The jungle descends into a blue lake. Treetops rise from its waters in leafy islands. Beneath the surface you can see a submerged forest. Slowly stirring leaves. Vines trailing in currents. Tightly-budded flowers, their petals closed around a precious gasp of air."
  21. All fear the Overgoat!, Fallen London "But you have seen [...] the violet slopes of the Hanging Mountains."
  22. The Affair of the Impatient Apprentice, Fallen London "To your right, beyond a wriggling river, the Hanging Mountains are pinned to the sky."
  23. You walked the Waswood, Sunless Sea
  24. You heard the Glory's story, Sunless Sea
  25. Wednesday in Parabola, Fallen London
  26. Sleep's fortress 1, Fallen London "Here is a glimpse of the Menagerie of Roses, where the dreamers never see the tops of the walls."
  27. The Airs of London, Fallen London "A portly man sits weeping in the road. "The Menagerie," he sobs, "the Roses. They can no longer grow.""
  28. A Dream of Roses, Fallen London
  29. Sample today's special, Sunless Sea
  30. That night -, Sunless Sea
  31. Visit the cellar, Sunless Sea
  32. Become a Silverer, Fallen London "Here, in a humid basin, the river crawls from a crack in the stone [...] Silver-barked trees grow, weeping gobbets of shining sap. [...] You can use that..."
  33. An Exceptional Story: The Attendants, Fallen London "The ushabti were built to construct a new home for the Second City, where we could live forever beneath the skin of the sun."
  34. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London "Conversationally, she informs you that the dome was wrought from the sloughed scales of the first of the Fingerkings. Perhaps she hopes that will put you off."
  35. Parabolan Panther, Fallen London "A vast, broken dome soars over the jungle. Here, a fragment has fallen from the dome and embedded itself in the earth like a monolith."
  36. Invite your spouse to join you in sampling Prisoner%27s Honey, Fallen London "You help your partner into the steaming spring, then plunge in after them. [...] Bushes heavy with thornless roses lean into the water. They act as pillows as you recline. There are images in the rainbowed cliffs - they pass across them like clouds. You point to an expanse flecked with gold; could it be the night sky at day?"
  37. Invite your spouse to join you in sampling Prisoner%27s Honey, Fallen London "...you will find the Garden Gleam - a deep, clear pool, surrounded by bushes growing glass chrysanthemums. Each bloom is the size of a cart wheel. You and your partner are lighter here; gravity's grasp on you has weakened. [...] The chrysanthemums sway gently, chiming as they touch. The Garden Gleam fills with a crystalline song."
  38. Find the Moonlit Chessboard 1, Fallen London "Colleagues have spoken of a place where the Moves of the Great Game are played out in Parabola."
  39. Supervise the New Game, Fallen London "This is the dream of spies, the move and countermove that controls the politics of the Surface – and sometimes of the Neath. Sometimes you are a pawn or a knight. Sometimes you are the player."
  40. 40.0 40.1 A fragile flake of vellum, Fallen London
  41. Ask him about his memories of Caduceus, Sunless Skies
  42. Depart, Fallen London "Out there in the night: [...] the egg that hatched Parabola."
  43. Wednesday in Parabola, Fallen London "They summoned me to confirm me as their Huntsman. In fact, I have always been their Huntsman. History in Parabola is mutable. When I complete my plan, I’ll always have been something quite different."
  44. Dramatis Personae, Sunless Skies
  45. Order Serpentine
  46. Take a stroll around, Fallen London "Get me out of here. I don't belong here. I'm only here because they think I'm possessed."
  47. Speak to the Curious Dilettante, Sunless Skies
  48. Ask him about his memories of Caduceus, Sunless Skies
  49. Solve the Mystery of the Rosers, Fallen London
  50. The Envoy from Elsewhere 2, Fallen London "The Rosers fled long ago, but we were in Arbor first. Our kingdom borders dream. It has always taken in the refugees of your short-lived cities."
  51. The Attendants, Fallen London
  52. The Attendants, Fallen London "The Palace of the Rising was to be a refuge from the Masters and the Bazaar"
  53. The Attendants, Fallen London "A new sun was raised in the sky so the citizens might walk in light again."
  54. The Attendants, Fallen London "They could no longer abide the true sun, but they walked here in dreams;"
  55. The Attendants, Fallen London "The ushabti were created to help in the construction of the Palace."
  56. The Attendants, Fallen London "This Palace was to be a refuge from the Bazaar [...] But time was not on their side. This place was never used."
  57. The Attendants, Fallen London "The Adoratrice chose to shelter here, to continue the work [...] She wants to see the palace finished, but only has a fraction of the knowledge of its palace's design"
  58. The Attendants, Fallen London "This is a place that is not. It was not always light, though once it was brighter."
  59. The Attendants, Fallen London "The sun here is failing, and alone I cannot reverse the decay."
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