Amber: War of the Crossings
The Abyssal Shelf
The Abyss itself is a massive hole in existence, a place so devoid of anything that the mind strains to create something, anything in there. Falling into the Abyss means death, or at least being put forever beyond the reach of those who remain in Shadow.
Despite the danger, or perhaps because of it, it is on the cracked rocky shelf that surrounds this greatest of pits that the Royal Palace of Chaos is built. All around the shelf itself, the mightiest of the Houses of Chaos have built their Ways. Other places and buildings rest here as well, structures of stragetic importance from battles long forgotten, or weird relics from past ages.
The Royal Palace:Stark and forbidding from the outside, the Palace is very much a fortress, ready to repel attacks whenever necessary. Though the palace has not been openly attacked by armies in millenia, the lessons of the past are hard forgotten. The area around the palace is covered in mosaics, the meaning of most having been long lost. A few proud statues of Kings or Princes stand by the edge of the Abyss, as if to watch over it.
Palace GroundsTwo notable structures stand by the Palace itself. The first is a post for the Royal Guard, known as the Serpent Guard. It is here that the filmeys that transport demons and nobles across the pit deliver their passengers to the Palace.
The other structure is a grim and pitted stair of iron, leading up to a platform that hangs dangerously over the Abyss. When a Lord or Lady of Chaos sufficiently offends the Crown, it is here that they are dragged to be publicly executed, and their remains hurled into the Abyss itself.