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"In the kingdom of Shambhala lies the most precious thing to be found in all the world - a perfect raw sapphire of the deepest blue, larger around than the reach of a man's arms."
— Anonymous

The Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone is a mythical object that appears in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and as an Mystical in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End multiplayer.

OverviewEdit

Background Edit

Traditionally, the Cintamani Stone features in Buddhist and Hindu society. In both societies, the stone is said to be a wish-fulfilling jewel.[1][2] According to Buddhist religion, the stone fell from the sky inside a chest filled with several other relics. The king of Tibet at the time would go on to claim these relics, and they would later be explained to him by two travelling strangers. The two travellers explained to the king that the stone manifests itself into whatever one desires.[2]

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)Edit

Cintamani Stone room

Thought to be an artifact of great power, the Cintamani Stone is said to grant invincibility and possibly immortality to whomever possesses it. The Stone was also said to be a wish-fulfilling jewel and/or a Buddhist Holy Grail of sorts. It, along with the city of Shambhala, are protected by mindless and brutish Guardians.

Marco Polo found the Stone in Shambhala. It was kept in a great temple in the middle of the city that also housed the Tree of Life.

Nate first learns about the Stone after finding a map hidden inside an ancient Mongolian oil lamp in an Istanbul museum. The map implied that the Stone was in Borneo with Marco Polo's lost fleet, but after looking deeper into other diaries by Polo at Zoran Lazarević's camp, Nate deduced that it was still in Shambhala.

Throughout the game, Nate finds himself wary over the actual existence of the mythological traits of the Stone, whereas Lazarević is very convinced, having spent years on its exhibition. Motivated by Karl Schäfer and with the help of Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer, Nate struggles to beat Lazarević and Harry Flynn to the chase.

When in Shambhala, at the sacred shrine, it's revealed that the Stone itself isn't a sapphire, but amber (fossilized resin), insinuating that Schäfer as well as Marco Polo had it wrong. The amber is the solid state of the sap from the Tree of Life (as well as the blue resin Nate finds throughout the game). The resin is what actually bestows the power of invincibility. It is destroyed when Nate defeats Lazarević by demolishing the roots of the Tree, ultimately destroying the entire city of Shambhala.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) Edit

The Stone appears as a Mystical in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End multiplayer. When thrown, any downed teammates on its radius are instantly replenished to 40% health.

Image Description Modifications Loadout Price Requirements
Cintamani-stone Channel the power of the Cintamani Stone to revive downed allies. Increased Range

Full Revive ($200), (3 LP)
2 LP (Loadout)
$400
$700
$1,050
$1,400
Unlocked by default

Trivia Edit

  • The Cintāmaṇi is said by some to be the equivalent of the philosopher's stone in Western alchemy.[3]
  • 70 years ago, Nazi Germans also sought the Cintamani Stone, but were killed by Shäfer.
    • Around the same time, judging by the bodies and weapons lying about the outer areas of Shambhala, others had apparently tried to get to the Stone but were killed by the Guardians.
  • Tamerlane and Genghis Khan were said to have had slivers of the stone; this granted them great power.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Beer, Robert (2003). The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols. Serindia Publications, Inc. ISBN 9781590301005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cintamani. Wikipedia. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  3. Guénon, René (2004) [1962]. Symbols of Sacred Science. Sophia Perennis, USA. ISBN 0-900588-78-0. p. 277

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