Series Information: Spiral Series, the
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What is the Spiral?
The Spiral is the commonest name its inhabitants give to this world of shadows and space-time flux surrounding our own, which they call the Core. Others, less imaginative, call it the Wheel, with us as the Hub. Both names are far too simple. It exists as an underworld, an overworld and a world that's forever at our backs, made up of the constantly shifting shadows we cast into time, the myths and legends we create. All that has happened is there, interplaying and intermingling, all that will happen; maybe everything that can happen, or might. You may spend a lifetime searching for a brief entrance, and finding it, forget again forever - or in the space of a heartbeat be plunged in so deep that you never emerge again.Journey's beginning...
The Spiral is strongest at places like ports and crossroads, places where ways have met and journeys begun for many long years, and where distances and perceptions become hazy, on the infinite oceans and among the clouds, and under the shield of night. You can sail off into the sunset, among the archipelagoes of cloud; you can step through gates which have become more than mere entrances and exits. Sometimes it may reach out, roll over its bounds briefly, and envelop you in the beauty and menace of living myth. Its limits nobody has ever traced.The people of the Spiral
About these worlds men and women voyage, finding their way by mathematics and by time-honed instincts; mostly they live by trade, in strange commodities from even stranger places. And if they survive and keep moving, if they do not sink back into the Core, into the snares of time, they do not age, they do not die. They only change. Around the Core the worlds of the Spiral are much like our own, though filled with the magic and menace of legend; but as you explore them, and move outward, they change -- and so do you, if you somehow survive so infinitely long. Until at last, as you near the Rim, you enter a world of absolutes, a realm where qualities such as good and evil exist as tangible realities. Sometimes they reach inward, towards the Core. And sometimes, more rarely, those explorers, transformed, turn back once more, towards the worlds of men...