Salamander
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?
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Nature: Astral Creature
Habitat: Dreamtime
First Encountered: 5.5 "A Pair of Star-Cross'd Lovers"

Description: Looks like a giant lizard with stripes colored like yellow fire. It has six legs, and its tail undulates like a flame. It's surrounded with an aura of roaring fire, but could apparently choose exactly what its flame should and shouldn't burn. The fire is actually an extension of its skin (or its skin is congealed flame); ribbons of flesh gradually change into leaping licks and sparks. It speaks by manipulating fire to crackle in patterns resembling human words.

Info: A powerful Archetype-being from the Anima Mundi, it is a dream of fire that has transcended natural heat and lightning and inspires the imaginations of mortals. It seemed to have the basic urges of all Fire Archetypes: Fire always moves and seeks to transform everything it touches. These are the facts of fire’s chemistry, given spiritual and emotional form by the Anima Mundi. Because of humanity's ancient connection with Fire and how it has, in a sense, made us what we are today as a species, the salamander is capable of a remarkably human level of thinking and communication.

Nobel sought them out during the cabal's first travels through the Dreamtime, as he sought to gain some sort of platonically purifying and/or archetypically creative Fire for his forge to help his crafting efforts. Despite its initial misgivings the salamander they made contact with agreed to assist in this once it was told that Nobel had once been ''It-zam-nad'', a persom whom it spoke very highly of and apparently had much respect for. In order to grant his forge the Fire he sought it took up temporary residence within Nobel's Oneiros.

«Fire is the fear that all creatures flee from except for men and women. They see the torch and hammer, flowing copper and beaten iron. They see the shaping power of their gods in mortal hands. But even gods must burn.» - Salamander

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