Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone.

The Cintamani Stone is a mythical object that appears in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. In the game, it is the subject of Nathan "Nate" Drake's adventure, as he and his companions search for the Stone, which is said to be held in the lost city of Shambhala. However, Nate and his companions are not the only ones looking for the stone; the ruthless Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarević also knows of its existence and is out to find the stone.


[edit] Background

Traditionally, the Cintamani Stone features in Buddhist and Hindu society. In both societies, the stone is said to be a wish-fulfilling jewel.[1] According to the Buddhist religion, the stone fell from the sky inside a chest that was 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]

Although this story has been called a metaphor for the Buddhist religion,[1] treasure-hunters have been known to still search for the stone, said be held in the lost city of Shambhala.[2]

[edit] Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

The plot of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the second game in the Uncharted series, is largely based on the Cintamani Stone. In the game, treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake begins his search for the stone after realising that legendary explorer Marco Polo may have had information on it and its supposed location, the mythical city of Shambhala. Nate's business partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan estimates the stone may be worth millions of dollars, so Nate, Sully and their associate Chloe Frazer begin their search for it.[3]

However, Nate and his companions are not the only ones searching for the stone. Ruthless Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarević also has knowledge of the stone. Together with an old associate of Nate's, Harry Flynn, and legions of soldiers, Lazarević begins his own search for the stone. On this journey, both parties come into contact with Karl Schäfer, a former Nazi who previously led an expedition to find Shambhala and the stone. The expedition came close to finding the stone, but upon learning the terrible evil it could inflict on the world, Schäfer killed the men that made up his expedition and went into exile in a Tibetan village.[3]

The search takes them to Borneo, Nepal, and ultimately the Himalayan Mountains in Tibet, where the hidden entrance to Shambhala is found in an abandoned monastery. Advancing into Shambhala, an entourage comprising of both Nate and Lazarević's companions are attacked by Guardians of Shambhala. Escaping into Shambhala, Nate, Chloe and journalist Elena Fisher discover that the Cintamani Stone is actually not a stone, but rather a large resin amber embedded in the Tree of Life, and the Guardians are the mutated remains of men who once consumed the resin.[3]

Ultimately, nobody captures the stone, as the highly flammable resin amber is ignited during the final showdown between Nate and Lazarević, which destroys huge parts of Shambhala.[3]

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[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cintamani" on
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cintamani" on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2009). Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Sony Computer Entertainment.
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