Chronicles of Andy

5/24/2014 - Session Log

5/24 Session Log
- Radiance has a dream of something calling, yearning for him, something from before his big change. He wakes and goes to the sculpting room, sculpting in clay whatever comes to mind.
- Sand goes to the library to research Vitae, finds a book on it by Fiona and reads it.
- Meridian receives a note from Dmitri saying to come see him. Dmitri wants a report. After receiving the report, he suggests that Meridian follow up on the remaining Thule Sorcerers.
- Meridian goes to breakfast as he thinks of how to properly do this.
- Radiance attempts to improve the sculpture with Vitae, but doing so disrupts his artistic flow and he loses the vision.
- Meridian goes to see Radiance. Radiance meets up with him in the spa, which is totally not awkward at all. They discuss using Trump to pull in the Broken Pattern sorcerers. They return to the dining room.
- They all discuss details, Amy objects to using untested sorcery on the scale being proposed. Amy and Sand make small talk as Meridian & Radiance discuss their potential solution to the Thule Sorcerers with Random. Random has objections, but Meridian overcomes them. Radiance mentions that his dragons were let loose during this conversation. He also brings up his dreams over the past weeks.
- Delwin talks to Random via Trump.
- Everyone discusses the plan to destroy the Thule Sorcerers by editing them from Shadow using Vitae, Sorcery, and Trump. Amy appears to think this is a terrible idea, but ends up going along when they go into the wave to cast the seek and destroy spell. AS soon as they get the spell going, the mechanism immediately gets pings, but it doesn’t overwrite the sorcerers. The team takes Trumps of the sorcerers instead and move on. Meridian reaches out into the Shadows and manually quashes anything with that specific Broken Pattern imprint, successful, but tiring. Delwin suggests that Amy, Sand and Delwin deescend from the Wave into Shadow to hunt out the missing sorcerers.
- Amy attempts to Manifest the Break on a convoy, which doesn’t do a whole lot, so she boosts it up until there are deaths in the convoy and then leaves it off. Sand flies up to scout and finds the center of the camp. She also finds a camp of short, squat blue men with beards and medieval armor in a camp a ways away from the main camp. Sand flies down to locate the trump-blocking shrubbery, navigating through sorcerous wards. She turns into a fly to reduce the obviousness of her investigation: It appears the troops are packing everything away. She bgallparks 50,000 people are in the main camp, twice to ten times that in the blue camp.
- Delwin makes the group invisible and teleports them all in. He then casts a sleep spell on the guards. The person on the radio queries the Lieutenant that just fell asleep. Amy half-assedly bluffs and ends up raising the alarm instead (as if she cares) Amy mind melds the commander as Delwin rifles through documents and stuffs them into a Shadow pocket.
- Amy’s probe discovers the “Event” referenced frequently, a mobilization that’s two days out. She digs for information on sorcerers and finds out that they went to the zeppelins (but where did they go afterwards?)
- Delwin informs Random of recent events and passes through some of the imprinted weaponry for analysis. They have the thought that the sorcerers might be at the Bright Pattern. The cannons from the airship start to train on them, but Delwin teleports them above the ship. Amy destroys the wards on the airship as Sand tries to use a Logrus Tendril to pierce in and kill the ship’s Trump-proofing plant — as she does, she’s attacked by Broken Pattern sorcerers, revealing that the Trump-plant also blocks Broken Pattern imprints from being detected by any sorcery, even those from the wave. Sand forces contact with the Broken Pattern sorcery and her Logrus Tendril, resulting in enormous explosions as the diametric forces annihilate.
- Delwin drops the zeppelins and the sorcerers die.
- Meridian and Radiance arrive on the Shadow. They all discuss next steps.
- Amy teleports to the next site noted on the map and destroys the zeppelin there. The next teleport she uses, the zeppelins have already left. She quickly checks the other camp sites indicated on this Shadow and discovers the same is true. She contacts the others and they go to another Shadow closer to Amber to catch the airships.
- Amy creates a spell for killing all vegetation within a certain area, converting their ki into Pattern energy. She racks two copies of that spell and unleashes one copy as Delwin unleashes an explosive decompression on another zeppelin. Then they Shadow Hop to Miraway.
- At Miraway, the Thule Invasion is in full force. Amy casts a broader vegetation destruction spell, then starts using abyss spells to drop airborne zeppelins from the air. Radiance and Meridian start popping the sorcerers from inside the Wave, but there’s resistance, so Delwin, using Amy as a power supply, attacks the sorcerers from the same Shadow before deciding on a better way to handle things: He detonates all Broken Pattern armaments within the entire Shadow. This drops both him and Amy for several minutes. Radiance and Meridian can easily clean up the remaining mess while Sand heals Delwin and Amy both. Meridian gets troop positions and tells Radiance to call Random (because he can’t get hard enough to make contact with Random?) They argue for a while about this, until finally Radiance puts a trump trap in Meridian’s hands which sends him straight to Random’s office.
- Meridian delivers the troop information to Random and then grabs a coffee (spiked with some other stimulant) and a pack of red bull before returning to the Wave above Miraway to gank more Thule Sorcerers.
- Things are pretty well contained on Miraway, so the group Shadow-walks to Imminghoff, the next Shadow over, a forest Shadow. Amy feels uncomfortable using her deforestation spell, so she grabs a branch from one of the Miraway anti-Trump trees, comes back, plants it, casts a growth spell on it, and beigins working out a sympathetic link between it and the other Trump trees.
- Crisus investigates the troop mobilization from Amber before getting sent back to the Embassy by Random.
- Meridian keeps killing sorcerers from the Wave, high as a kite on Red Bull and Coffee.
- Crisus gets pulled through by Radiance, and allows her connection to the Logrus to be used by Sand to create Black Tendrils.
- Amy finishes crafting her updated spell and creates a power source that slurps ki from all vegetation for power.
- Delwin remembers something about the forest and Trumps Sand to ask her to investigate his memories for him, but breaks contact as soon as he notices Crisus.
- Delwin updates Random about recent events, Amy also gets a call, so she fills him in.
- Radiance talks to Random & tells him there’s a plant in his room.
- Meridian contacts David for help, but is too wired, so Delwin takes over discussing solutions with David.
- Amy hops Shadows to a maritime Shadow. Knowing full well there’s not enough plants to support her ki-sucking spell, she casts the racked spell anyways, killing most major plant life on this Shadow. She hops to the next Shadow and begins working out a spell to use its leylines to kill the Trump-plants in it.
- David gives an energy construct to Meridian — help is also on the way.
- Delwin and Sand chat via Trump now that Crisus is no longer fused to Sand. Sand probes Delwin’s mind: Oberon had made Delwin make a Way that was impossible and damaging for both Shadows. With that information, Delwin drops into the Shadow to locate the remannt of the Way that he had made.
- Amy lets loose her spell in Faerieland, detects that there are Broken Pattern sorcerers revealed, and then jumps one Veil further.
- Delwin finds the WAy among a circle of devastated, barren land. It was modified so that small lifeforms could not travel it, but it’s been unused for ages.

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4/26/2014 Adventure Log (with notes by Prince Delwin)
Die Zerstörung des Schatten Thule

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Cort & Rodney’s

In attendance: Victor, Sand, Delwin, Radiance, Meridian, Darren (sp?)

From the Notes of Prince Delwin

After the attack on Amber, my sister checked out the dragons over Kolvir. She Shapeshifted and flew over and found dozens of dragons basically roosted there, supported by an extensive operation to bring cattle up to them for feed, run by people wearing Amber livery. From time to time the dragons took long flights.

She went about setting up a home for us in Amber. As usual, she’s doing the whole good with people bit, interacting with the Andies who are sort of friendly innocent and just interested in setting up a family. She got dragged into tedious stuff from a number of minor houses asking her to look into things, checking paperwork, like tons of contracts involved in shipping. (note to self: this Amber bureaucracy has gone mad so avoid any and all official responsibilities and roles like the plague). She found that one of the houses involved in the bidding process got wiped out (the fires). She looked into what houses or people were involved in all of the contracts (one of them was one mentioned by Big Mike), another wiped out, and a whole ton more. It looked like collusion taking place with House Demose (sp?) wiped out. Before this happened, Caine would just pick who would do what (well, duh: how else would you run this rabble?): the records my sister found from 50 years ago were just Caine’s notes. 50 years ago Gerard took over because Caine made an ass of himself (be interesting to find out what he did or did not do). With the brilliance that Gerard is known for he decided that two millennia of monarchy obviously meant the best way to keep doing what Caine had been doing fine was to introduce this free market democratic bidding process. Well, with the rather predictable result that over last few decades eight minor houses that used to be involved in the process have disappeared. Gerard seemed to feel that minor houses shouldn’t be killed at all: Caine was of the opinion only our family should wipe out minor houses (note to self: time to go drinking with Caine and see what he was up to 50 years ago, because he seems to have a good, sensible head on his shoulders).

In the mean time I was back home, getting things set up to prepare for the influx of refugees from Thule. Sand Trumped me to let me know that the rest of ‘em had brought back a prisoner from the Thule forces’ forward base in Shadow. She brought me through.

Radiance had been working on getting the Trump to Thule to work and managed to tear apart the blocks and Trumped through. He Trumped Victor to let him know he did. Victor went into Radiance’s Trump-in room, and Trumped in Meridian, Sand, and me. While we were doing essential work like having lunch (the ham/cheese/jalapenos omelette on toasted sourdough that Radiance’s staff prepared was very good!) and trying to find something to say about Victor changing his colors from gray-on-gray to black-on-black-on-nightmare (it’s still better than some of the colors my apparently color-blind siblings picked). Dmitri Trumped me to let me know he “acquired” a new operator, with infiltration specialty and offered him to come along. I checked: apparently he wasn’t a spy from Dmitri, nor ablative nor sacrificial. I took him along anyway. Dmitri sent him through the Trump. In the meantime apparently our extended relevant preparations had taken longer than Radiance expected: his staff let us know he had returned and was in his Trump experimentation tower room.

We went up, introduce Darren around. Interesting story: he said for the longest time he had dreamed of Castle Amber. He used his magic flute to walk there: apparently he has music-based magic, and his flute let him walk to placed he imagines (the weird shit that some folks from Shadows go through to Walk In Shadows …).

Radiance opened the Trump to Thule: into the middle of some castle somewhere. Meridian went invisible and went through. He set of sorcerous alarms. Sand went through, melding into the floor as Meridian turned off the alarms. He was communicating about frequencies of magic and such (note to self: there’s some interesting stuff in this Vitae I need to look into). Victor went invisible and went through. Two guards shouted at each other, to go get a sorceror to figure out if it was a real alarm. Meridian and Victor went up the stairs to take out the guards, and another, local alarm went off. Victor took out the guards. Meridian tweaked the alarms to ignore them. As I’d had some time, I Enchanted my clothing to serve as armor. Radiance, Darren, and I went through as well. Part of the floor, my sister sensed a hundred people or so coming towards them down two hallways and stairs. She would bring down one set of stairs, while Meridian would take care of the other hallway. Radiance went through and found it was a nice castle that was retrofitted: sandbag machinegun nests with 8 to 12 machine guns.

Sand dropped the hallway, taking out dozens. Victor dropped amongst them, still invisible, and took out the remainder. The ones in back passed the word back for their captain. In the other hallway Meridian with great subtlety hammered a Force 6 hurricane wind down the hallway.

I was building a sympathetic magic link from the stone in the walls to the rest of the castle to get an idea of its layout. From lower hallways there came more sounds, but Radiance cast Backstage Chaos to block the sound (note: should I give my spells cool names too?). Then someone was kind enough to mention we were here looking for the Broken Pattern that the Thule forces used to infuse their weapons and Shadow shifting engines. And here I was trying to find the center of the castle! I long hand cast the spell I’d created before to track the specific Broken Pattern Thule used. It gave me a massive cacophony of responses, so I fiddled with the spell to tune down its sensitivity until I found the big one, a few thousand miles thataway. I prepared to cast a hung Gate to a mile above the Broken Pattern, figuring we’d have time to figure out something to not die while falling a mile (between Shape Shifting and Sorcery, why worry?). Unbeknownst to anyone but the ones involved, Meridian took flight, grabbed Darren, and they escaped the castle. They were starting to take small arms fire but weren’t concerned until they saw the Anti-Aircraft guns. I opened a Gate to a mile above the Broken Pattern and a massive flood of sea water (the smell and the weird-ass fishes!) hammered through. Meridian sensed the Gate opening, sensed various sorcerors reaching out with sweeping sorcerous scans. The next scan that came in he dumped raw Vitae into (note to self: Vitae is good against sorcerors). Meridian sensed me opening the Gate (note to self: Vitae is good in sensing magic, I mean, it’s like a whole sorcery toolbox).

As I had the Mold Element spell to muck with the stone of the castle, I created a stone slab, use a second Mold Element to bubble up the air and we all enter the good ship and I float it in through the Gate. Meridian worked on an air recycling spell the long way and Sand Shapeshifted the stone into perfectly clear crystal. I steer us towards the Broken Pattern at an angle.

Meridian scanned ahead and sensed sorcerous shields to protect against pressure, against scanning. He also sensed fragments of other, older magic down there, with a newer structure over it. As we got closer it turned out there was a city around it, which looked like it originally wasn’t under water. There were some bits attached to or extended from the structure: submarines likely.

Sand Shapeshifted into a shark, Radiance into a purple octopus with a light dangling above his head and they went to scout. Sand sensed periodic tickles. Radiance Trumped Victor to keep us connected and tell us. Sand sensed the tickling from two of the submarines that cast off and spread out. We think the tickling is sonar. There was no sea life there: driven off by sonar? Darren created a spell to make us look like the water around us to hide us as Radiance cast a Change of Scene, creating sources of sonar pings from everywhere. Meridian sensed it interacting with some other spell, detect, several alerts, activated some shields. I have an idea and discuss with Meridian if we can strengthen the shield bubble to separate out what is within it into a Shadow Pocket and have it ejected from this Shadow. I steered our ship outside the submarines’ pincer movement and angle around them towards the Broken Pattern. The submarines fired on something, using extra Broken Patterny weaponry. Then the submarines moved elsewhere. Lights came on on the structure, then went out again (it’s not as if they lit up much that far down).

I had another idea: use the thaumaturgic link from the Broken Pattern to its initiates to kill with magic, using Pattern to stabilize the adjacent Shadows to serve as an insulation and focus the effect within this one. Meridian thinks it could work and we cheerfully discuss the theory of it (it is so good to have someone that actually understands magic and can intelligently discuss it).

In the mean time, Sand and Radiance got to the structure over the Broken Pattern and tunneled underneath the hemispherical structure and wards (you’d figure people would learn, I mean, really, hemispherical wards?). As they went in we lost the Trump contact with Radiance. Sand and Radiance Shapeshifted to flies and went in. They found the control room, lit by flashing red lights and sirens. The cres was panicky, debugging the myriad sonar signals. Radiance shut down the false alarm spell. It cut down on their panic. Sand and Radiance made their way through the concentric layout to the inner structure over the Pattern.

In the mean time, Meridian borrowed a Trump of David from Victor and Trumped David, to ask him if he could get “the shamans” to run our idea by them. Apparently David brings in three of these Shamans and Meridian starts explaining our idea.

Sand and Radiance oozed in, burning through the inner shell, and got in. They found bored guards and solid red lights. In the inner shell was the Broken Pattern and a large plant. Apparently the source of the Trump block. Radiance cast Stay On Your Mark on the guards, trapping them in bubbles: one of them took out a walkie talkie. Sand and Radiance cut down the “plant” (3’ across, 5, 6” stem, in a big pot). While they cut down the plant, the guards ran out of air and became unconscious. The lights changed to yellow. Radiance felt the plant felt a bit like Trump. Radiance stomped on the plant and ended up with half a dozen leaves with his Trump impression on them: effectively Trump sketches of him. Radiance absorbed them, filed the Trump impressionability characteristic away for later use and reproduction so that now he could make Trump impressionable material.

With the plant gone, the Trump block was gone and Radiance Trumped Victor. He brought all of us through.

Meridian and I start the spell construction while Sand, Radiance, and Victor go clear out people from the area around us to keep us safe and Darren provides a final backstop. Sneaking around they find a control center. Radiance extruded the Trump impression material into throwing darts with Trump Tramps on it to Trump whomever it hits outside. Radiance took out all but two guards who took cover, one of them reaching for a button on the console. Victor dove into a roll and came up, cutting off the guy’s hand. He then cut the second guard in half and went back to the handless guard to kill him too.
Victor put the base on lock down from Control Center 3 to slow down their opposition.

Sand, Radiance, and Victor moved on to Control Room 5, from the communications they found out that “The Lieutenant” was trying to get into Control Room 3. Radiance opened a Trump to Control Room 3 behind them and as the lieutenant got in, he Trumped him out using a Trump Trap Dart. Victor killed two pair of opponents on the way to Control Room 5.

They get into Control Room 5, killed half a dozen, but one of them set off an alarm. Control Room 1 called in as it apparently was the only place to turn it off. Radiance Trumped Darren and brought him through. Darren used his music magic to make the alarm irritating to people, supported by Radiance casting a Change of Scene. The alarms cut off and were turned off. Then Darren changed his music and turned people to sleep. Radiance and Victor were to go on, while Sand stayed with Darren to protect him while he kept playing.

Moving on, Radiance found his Trump Trap Darts didn’t imprint when used on people that were asleep, but Victor was a good alternative, killing everyone they found as they passed through the base. Radiance sent one live opponent to Flora. Radiance and Victor killed their way into Control Room 1 and turned off air to everywhere but Engineering and Control Room 1 and 5. They went over to Control Room 2 and Victor killed everyone there (something of a theme, or is it more of a habit?). They went on to Engineering, killed everyone there (see?) and locked down all connecting doors. They went and manually overrode all the locked down doors, then Trumped Sand to update them on their progress and to let them know Darren could stop playing as everyone was dead. They all returned to the Broken Pattern room where we’d been working.

We finished building the spell and set it up just after a Vitae Wave passed. I sealed the doors to the Pattern Room and punched through the shell over it to flood everything outside the Broken Pattern room to slow down anyone coming in. I cast two Shields to block people from coming in (not hemispherical ones, thank you), and an Illusion to hide what was inside. Radiance Trumped us away before it went off.

Something Pattern-like interacted with my spell construct, overlaying it with something. I opened Pattern Lenses to check what happened. Necrotic energy infused everything my spell linked to. It changed all the Broken Pattern Initiates to Bright Pattern Initiates! I traced the influence on my spell construct back to its source, the person who did this. There was a strong trace of Bright Pattern and a departure. The rest of my Pattern Lenses scanning the Shadow showed the bases had imploded, all the people were dead. I did not find anyone alive. I scanned out to the refugee camps I knew about, and found some people alive.

We needed to get all of this now Bright Pattern infused technology taken care off. Meridian traveled us out in a Vitae Wave, speeding it up as much as possible, stopping a Veil out. I popped out and edited out the links from Thule to the Shadows around it and Meridian started to liquefy the Shadow (yep, Vitae again: it’s not just good for sorcery), stopping any Shadow Storms that result from the hurried changes. As the Shadow goes I pop the four concentration camps I found into Shadow Pockets, saving perhaps 50,000 of these “Jews.” I scanned further, finding many military bases unoccupied. I tracked the Bright Pattern departure to the Führer Bunker.

Radiance Trumped Random to tell him what’s been going on. He went back to his castle and found both of his black dragons missing. Radiance Trumped the two dragons, shielded them, and brought them back. He asked his servants who told him the dragons had “just disappeared.”

Darren went into a Shadow Pocket (his?), without disturbing the Vitae Wave, exiting the Vita Wave to the inside of the Shadow Pocket. Apparently not the way it was supposed to work: it disturbed Meridian.

According to folks, only one minion of Osric was known to have the Bright Pattern. When the change happened, she went nuts and eventually was killed by Mandor.

Meridian finished removing the former Shadow Thule, giving the Vitae a necrotic tinge that Meridian checked that it assimilated and unformatted over time.

We go back to Amber.

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Amy's Journal - Fight Club!

Dear Diary,

By all Spirits and Gods I ache — what would possess me to think I’m a warrior or something? I practice the forms to cultivate virtuous ki, not to bash skulls in — I weight too little for that! Besides, he had a gun!

But then, it was pretty exhilarating. Nothing gets the blood pumping quite like an even match, and let’s face it, I’ve got to go pretty far outta my weight class to face an even match. That and he had a gun! Because of the gun, and taking him alive, I decided to let myself blink about a bit in the fight — not quite fair, but then, HE HAD A GUN.

I don’t think I can stress how much I fucking hate getting shot. Even getting shot AT is no fun. The noise and the smell. Ugh. Those metal wasps piss me the hell off, and they have ever since they first made the scene in the Shadow that became New Tokyo. It was my doing that those damned things were outlawed on that Shadow. They’re a danger to the Peace!

Where was I? Sorry — blood’s still pumping and it’s hard to focus on this paperwork Gerard gave me. Kind of why I’m writing in my journal instead of being a responsible, diligent adult.

At least I’m not writing about a boy. Diary, if that happens — well, it won’t.

So yes, I shouldn’t be fighting like this. How dangerous would it be if some among my potentially-still-treacherous family realized how martially inept I actually am? The kata I learned as a child look really pretty, and they’re a great bluff, but they’re no substitute for real gritty combat experience.

I’ve got to train harder in that — preferably away from the Family.

Hey Diary. Wanna be my Tyler Durden?

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4/12/2014 Session Log

- Meridian has been lost in the City for a full day now. He makes it to the dock and hits a bar. He has issues with currency, but negotiates with an urchin to show him to the castle in exchange for some materialized jewels. That gets him to the Castle. He finds a chief servant and gets guided towards a Family dining room. Caine, Gerard, and Fiona are dining. He strikes up a conversation with Gerard and also Caine. Nazis and Destiny are some of the topics.
- Radiance rings Meridian and comes through. They discuss Amber economics, and Radiance gives Meridian a set of Trumps.
- Radiance inquires as to Amy and Victor’s location. He then Trumps Amy and gives her the new Trumps (Meridian, Delwin, Sand). He then forces a Trump connection to Victor. Victor manages to deflect Radiance from coming along for the journey.
- Amy and Victor discuss battle plans. Victor observes the area, formulates a plan, and calls in Meridian. Meridian scouts and further assesses the camp. Amy and Victor go in. Victor talks their way through the bureaucracy and they begin unloading the vehicle. Meridian intercepts a sorcerous detection and blocks Amy/Victor from being detected.
- Victor chooses this time to attack the Sergeant. Meridian follows Victor’s slaughter of all nearby guards with unleashing a Category 4 hurricane. Amy takes cover and starts opening Scrying Lenses into the cabin where the Nazi Sorcerer ought to be to find him. Radiance comes through a Trump with Meridian and makes an epic light-show and soundtrack while Meridian deconstructs the sorcerous shield surrounding the place and starts to make his descent.
- Amy scries into the building, all offices, basement workshop. Inside the basement, the sorcerer is trying to cast a spell, so she sweeps a Lens through it, and then teleports behind him and hits him in the back of the head with the hilt of her katana. He drops and she kicks him repeatedly.
- Radiance creates a loud banshee wail outside.
- Victor slaughters Nazis, who are slowly growing to realize that this is not their soundtrack.
- Meridian lands at the bunker’s door, kicks it open, and tells the machinists inside to drop their weapons and leave or he will kill them. They open fire, so he destroys them.
- In the basement, Amy interrupts another casting with a kick to the sorcerer’s face.
- Radiance starts to attack the Trump blockage around the camp.
- Amy’s foe pulls a gun. She teleports behind him as he fires and then re-engages.
- Radiance triangulates the locus of the Trump block and throws up a shield around that locus.
- By sheer luck, no one in the basement is bissected by the barrier. Amy’s opponent starts casting a spell, she tries to cast her spell faster, but he beats her to casting his spell and shifts one shadow away. Amy follows him.
- Meridian reaches the basement and starts destroying the sorcerous loci he finds inside.
- Amy tackles the sorcerer and begins to grapple him as he’s casting another spell. She attempts to Shadow Walk back with him, but he’s twice her weight, and so it’s a struggle.
- Meridian destroys all the stuff in the basement that has any sense of sorcery about it, including a potted plant.
- Amy gets tired of using her muscles and engages the sorcerer in a direct contest of wills. He crumples into unconsciousness. She pulls him back into the basement just as Gerard calls her back to Amber. She disappears.
- The wind dies down. Meridian moves upstairs with the sorcerer. Radiance creates a drag queen runway from him to the middle of the bunker, collapsing it. Meridian is trapped in the building, puts up a shield, and Vitae shifts.
- Victor uses the distraction to grenade and machine gun the troops. Radiance shields up as the small arms fire starts to break up the runway.
- Victor stays cautious but continues to mop up the resistance.
- Meridian conjures a Vitae army and walks out. The Nazis suicide spectacularly. Music trails off into a pastorial theme in a minor key.
- Victor takes a moment to drink in the scene and then mercy kills the few left. Then he searches the bunker for paperwork.
- Radiance changes scene to Bambi opening, music, flowers, cavorting birds.
- Meridian wave rides to Amber with the Sorcerer as prisoner.
- Victor gathers all the paperwork… All of it. Radiance helps.
- Victor calls Gerard to get a unit of troops to secure the area and helps gather the documents: The Nazis have been here for at least 6 months and have plans for a year out. Victor starts going through the documents to understand all of it. This Shadow is about 2/3rds of the way through their system.
- Radiance unburies the slain Trump plant to examine it, and decides to Trump home with it for further study.
- Andy comes through with the support troops. They set up. Victor briefs them on the ordinance.
- Meridian arrives and talks to Gerard, takes the sorcerer to reserve barracks and begins examining him. He is imprinted with Broken Pattern.
- Radiance contacts Meridian and offers to enforce the Trump protections.
- Victor returns and spends some time writing reports and trying to find Meridian. Eventually he talks to Gerard and gives him the filtered documents and finds Meridian’s location. They decide to let Dmitri run the interrogation, while Caine questions.
- Amber is involced because the Nazis attacked the Silver Circle Shadow Texorami.
- He is Gerhad Smitz of the 4th Circle. They know of Amber, Amber is their target. Victor has a bit of a bitch off with him, it has been over 400 years since Victor’s days. They are working to bring the rule of the Master Race to the other universes. Chaos is not an immediate target. He says there are billions of them vs. a few of the royal family. They are only aware of one Broken Pattern.
- They put the sorcerer in a cage in a time sped up slow wave to break his will.
- The Broken Pattern that they’re aware of is in Thule. Meridian has the resonance patterns of the Trump Plant. Flora has a Trump
- Flora and Radiance resist, get Trumped from Random. Go to earth, track down the plant but its not close, so they find the Plant’s shadow.
- Lots of Broken Pattern movement, imprints. They follow it to large base where Plants are all over, generating trump block. Gerard wants to destroy it, but Meridian suggests isolating it instead. Victor trumps Fiona, who willingly sequesters the plants.
- Meridian and Victor return to Amber.
- Radiance works through the Thule Trump Block leaf by leaf.

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Amy's Journal - Did Nazi That Coming!

It’s like fifty years ago all over again.

Wait, I’d better not say that, or Radiance will start murdering children again
(“They signed a waiver!”)
(har har)
First that human-trash Big Mike and the favor I now owe Corwin for dumping him in Argent
(did I break local littering laws?)
and now Nazi Broken Pattern Sorcerers.

Of the two issues, I consider it highly likely that Big Mike will have a trying three months before his death — a little down-payment in the karma game so he doesn’t reincarnate as a Sarlacc’s tapeworm. My gift, Mikey. Kanpai.

As for the Nazi Wizards — well, if I thought that Big Mike was human-trash, what do I call these assholes from the Shadow Thule? I’ll admit, I’ve done some dark shit in my A-God-Am-I phase, but their attitudes make my stomach twist. I mean, the whole point of playing cruel pranks on Shadows is that they’re people, right?

Right!?

In any case, Nazi Wizards or no Nazi Wizards, Thule’s pissed off the wrong Family. I give them less time than Big Mike, though their demise will probably be less painful.

Dear Diary,

Remind me that I shouldn’t complain next time that things are too quiet and I can just study the Pattern, set up new Ways, and teach class.

♥♥♥ Amy

P.S. I’m in an awesome mood right now. Forgive the flippance.

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3/29/2014 Session Log

- Victor awakens and reflects on the events of the last day. After breakfast, he Trumps Random for direction as to his Ambassadorship. Random offers breakfast while discussing yesterday. Victor suggests that he infiltrate House Verez (the aggressor house of last session). Gerard recognizes the name and asks how they came up. Victor, Gerard, and Random converse and decide that making this violence stop is a high priority. Victor requests a dossier about Verez from Gerard. He also asks Random for further information about his role as an Ambassador, and broaches the subject of Meridian. He asks what Amber wants of the Oleai, but Random doesn’t have many directives.
- Amy contacts Corwin and apprises him of the agreement between Delwin and Big Mike. Corwin tells Amy that she owes him a favor, given that he doesn’t trust a favor from Delwin as currency. After that, she brings Big Mike and his gold to Castle Argent. Once there, Amy starts messing with Mike’s future using Pattern, giving him 3 months of life filled with misfortune and pain. She studies the lines of the Argent Pattern while she’s there, noting the differences between it and the Amber Pattern, before she returns to Amber.
- Delwin finishes building the library and puts it through to the Amber Castle courtyard. The spells he designs are quite elegant. Servants carry the books from his library to the real library. He then goes to get a drink in one of the Family dining rooms.
- Victor goes to the library to research the Thule Shadow. He is told by the librarian to ask Flora about it.
- Amy goes to get breakfast and runs into Delwin. They discuss how things have changed in Amber since his last time here, and after that, they banter for a while. During their chat, Amy gets a note from Edward marking Freth Frin and Pith Frin as persons of interest. She shares this note with Delwin.
- Military encampment in Texorami was attacked. Andy asks Victor to investigate. Victor gets briefed by the commaber, requests an escort, and starts investigating the scene. He finds sorcerous traces and calls Dmitri. Dmitri says it’s Broken Pattern and suggests talking to Amy, as she was once a Broken Pattern Master.
- Amy and Delwin join Victor on scene. Delwin pulls together the fragments of the Broken Patter imprints while Amy focuses on placing the Broken Pattern imprint to its origin in Shadow. She is unnerved by how the Broken Pattern imprint has been depersonalized.
- Victor finds a Nazi insignia in the wreckage.
- Delwin’s spell finishes producing a cylindrical launcher grenade. They discuss Broken Pattern, and the possibility of using a Broken Pattern as a link to its initiates. They all hellride towards the Broken Pattern imprinted on the grenade, while Delwin has a spell active searching for traces of that Broken Pattern on the local Shadow.
- Halfway there or so, Delwin’s spell catches something with the imprint and so they stop and travel intra-Shadow. The group comes across a diesel truck driving through a creekbed. Delwin sets up an ambush illusion and Victor puts on his cloak and tracks them. Amy focuses her mind on the tires blowing out, but the tires are solid, and so her attempt and Victor’s later attempt to flatten the tires with his blade-arms fail. Victor shears through the tire instead. Chaos ensues as Victor ganks the Nazis in the vehicle. One stray bullet hits the only prisoner.
- Amy and Delwin galop towards as necrotic energy builds in the truck. Amy drains off the necrotic energy, but the prisoner is dead by the time they reach him. Edwin uses the excess necrotic energy to reanimate him, while Victor searches the other cargo, and Amy examines the necrotic device.
- Victor finds a route map and the guns, which are Broken Pattern infused. The rest of the cargo is just ammo and grenades.
- They converse with the dead captive’s spirit, who says his whole race is captive in Thule, bred to be experimented on. They extract a great deal of tactical info from the spirit: The mages of Thule are in charge.
- The team decides to follow the path that the truck was following out to The Front. They fix the car, while Amy contacts Julian and asks him to take their horses back.
- They all don uniforms and Delwin disguises Amy to look more Aryan before they hit the road. They find huts along the way-points and send the prisoners found there (when they aren’t dead) to Delwin’s kingdom. About sixteen captives are rescued in this manner.
- One of the waypoints was in a desert and all the people inside are dead. Amy shunts the whole supply hut into the Abyss as a burial (good enough for Oberon, right?)
- They come out a few miles out from a Thule military outpost. At this time, Amy returns to New Tokyo to retrieve a katana from her mansion apartment’s display case. Delwin conjures silver onto it.
- The team approaches the camp.

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Amy's Journal - A Certain Man, A Certain Child

Diary:

The party was just getting interesting when the fires started. I won’t prolong things: We put out the fires and found the one responsible, a crime lord who went by the handle Big Mike.

I tried to take an active role in his interrogation, but Sand was the “good cop” as they call it, and I have an aversion to rifling through the contents of another’s mind — I know what you’re going to say, Diary: Has the Girl Who Surpassed the Gods gone so soft? But you remember as well as I do a certain man’s reaction to a certain revelation, and a certain woman’s reaction to that man’s reaction.

Vague enough for you? Hah. Maybe I’m Amber Family after all. (I still doubt there’s a blood tie, but as I noted in my last conversation with you, it’s nice for an orphan to be treated as family)

So yes, I am in truth averse to what I jokingly call mind-rape. Even were I not, I’d remain averse to dirtying my mind by contact with human trash of Big Mike’s ilk.

You remember, don’t you?

A certain man? A certain child?

Those black flame-tongues that consumed my fragile sanctuary?

I hear you heave a sigh at me, Diary, and know I’m dangerously maudlin. Forgive me. A fire set at a crime boss’s behest. How could I not see parallels? If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s seeing amoral scumbags like Big Mike strike bargains and escape while lesser men suffer their actions fully.

I once believed that Naraku, Hell, whatever, existed, and bad men suffered there pending their rebirth, but beads about my left wrist or no, reincarnation seems doubtful, and while I’ve been to a hundred Shadows like Naraku, they hold no cosmological significance.

Enough analysis. Isn’t my interminable deliberation what caused the hole in the Pattern Room floor? Here’s what I’ve yet to do:

- Decide Big Mike’s punishment.
- Research my parentage. (Yeah, I know it’s left field, considering my age, but shouldn’t I know?)
- Investigate the Yniled more thoroughly.
- Optimize Maru’s algorithms.
- Relax. (Hah!)

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3/1/2014 Quote Log

“Do you mind if Random annouces the new scholarships?” – Flora (Brenden)
“Sure, I don’t actually care.” – Radiance (Rodney)

“Things are on fire.” – Victor (Jeremiah)
“So that’s what Flora meant by take a smoke break.” – Meridian (Cort)

“I jump out the window” – Irene
“Suicide seems a strong reaction to a bad party.” – Cort

“Radiance’s statues are the Starbucks of Amber.” – Edwin

“I’m the cleric.” – Greg
“You’re the hell cleric.” – Cort
“Shadow Priest.” – Brenden

“We were going to meet at Over the Barrel.” – Brenden
“That sounds like a terrible place.” – Jeremiah

“I have an action figure now?” – Amy (Greg)

“We come to the harbor every weekend to look at the burned out ship in a bubble.” – Cort

“You are going to stay alive exactly as long as I want you to.” – Sand (Irene)
“That’s exactly what my mom said to me.” – Jeremiah

“It was a two hour mission and you brought a whore?” – Cort

“So you have mental visions of Big Mike in green, in lederhosen, in a whore house…” – Brenden
“Apparently the name Big Mike is ironic.” – Jeremiah

“We rape for knowledge!” – Greg

“Their incompetence is in our favor.” – Victor (Jeremiah)

“We need your interrogation skills.” – Victor (Jeremiah)
“And complete lack of ethics.” – Cort

“My people don’t use rape as a communication methodology.” – Meridian (Cort)

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3/1/2014 Session Log

- Victor asks for an audience with Random.
- Meridian settles into his quarters.
- Victor meets with Random (off-screen)
- Morning of the Party: Meridian enlists as staff. Amy shows up on time. Random, Vialle, and Flora are talking with Andy about military exercises. Bleys and Radiance arrive. Flora and Radiance discuss charities. Andy’s children arrive. Amy strikes up a conversation with Fiona. Victor arrives and is about to be announced when Delwin and Sand show up. Flora rushes over to greet them.
- Sand meets Sandy.
- Random makes a speech on Victor’s behalf announcing that Victor is now the Ambassador to the Oleai. Afterwards, Victor and Random jam until Victor turns the piano to rubble. Radiance makes a sculpture out of the rubble.
- Flora tells Meridian to get lunch. Hilarity ensues.
- The lunch starts. Amy converses with Sand re: Yniled.
- Outside, a burning ship is heading towards the harbor and two places in the city are on fire. Amy teleports to the nearest burning building and uses an energy damener to kill the fire. Radiance trumps to the harbor and raises a bubble of force around the burning ship to keep it contained. Meridian wave-rides to Amy, tells her to stop using her dampening, but Amy tells him she has this one under control and that he should contain the third fire. He wave-rides to that one and casts a vacuum spell — resounding boom — fire out. Amy’s fire dies down then too.
- Sand shapeshifts into a hawk and takes to the sky for a fuller view.
- Amy scries the sky with several scrying lenses while Victor inspects the cold remains of the building she put out.
- Radiance makes the burning ship BEAUTIFUL.
- Delwin uses a Lens to run up the ships’ trails and when he finds survivors, casts an earth snare on them (through the lens) to hold them in place. Sand uses the Logrus to pull the captives through into the castle’s courtyard.
- Amy and Victor start jogging back to the castle when Victor suggests they go to the harbor instead. Amy tells him she can get them there immediately if he doesn’t mind fleeting unpleasantness. He agrees and she grabs him and teleports them both. He begins vomiting over the side of the pier. Radiance is making the burning MORE BEAUTIFUL and adding a soundtrack.
- Meridian is lost in Amber City.
- Amy, Victor, and Radiance trump back to the dining room. Amy grabs a couple platefuls of food and then they plus Sand and Delwin go into the situation room. Soon after that, Amy and Victor go with Dmitri to interrogate the captives.
- Radiance tries to Trump Meridian, but gets the wrong servant (hilarity ensues). He finally gets Meridian and pulls him through, against Meridian’s active resistance. Meridian’s armor and sword materialize and everyone else has to talk Meridian down from killing Radiance.
- Finally, Amy, Victor, Dmitri, Sand, Delwin go to interrogate the prisoners. They discover that the men were hired by an underground guy named Big Mike and were going to pick up their funds at the Rusty Pelican. As part of the deal, Delwin finds two of the snitches a place in Shadow for their family and themselves. Delwin works to get them gathered and set them up in Shadow.
- Amy teleports to New Tokyo to change her clothes. (evening gowns suck when you need to do, you know, real things)
- Everyone but Amy and Delwin go to the Rusted Pelican. They con and muscle their way in, and things get tense. Victor and Meridian (invisible) position themselves for a fight as Sand and Radiance talk. The bluff ultimately fails and Victor crossbow bolts both of the criminals. Sand shapeshifts one’s wounds to be non-fatal for as long as she maintains it.
- Amy fixes a couple subroutines on the mechanical tiger in the meantime, gets bored, and trumps Victor, who keeps her abreast of changing conditions.
- Delwin finishes helping his people and Trumps Sand. He takes over the interrogation of the guy they captured at the Rusted Pelican.
- Meridian follows a ‘watcher’ back to a residential city block.
- Amy heals the wounded man and pulls a psychic impression from him.
- A ton of things happen at once, effectively placing Delwin and Victor with Meridian while Sand, Radiance, and Amy still interrogating. Delwin trumps Sand and pulls Sand, Radiance, and Amy through to the city block. Meridian and Victor infiltrate as deep as Big Mike’s office. There’s a huge fight with a high body count. In the middle of it, Random calls Amy to check in, and she fills him in.
- The protagonists gather up Big Mike and all of his office’s paperwork and leave.
- Amy and Sand begin interrogating Mike, bringing in Dmitri. Sand arrives at a deal with Mike and he spills the beans. He was hired by one Merchant House to whack another Merchant House.
- Delwin talks to Osric about the old days (because Radiance brought Delwin to the cell)
- Meridian goes to find Flora and discusses getting accommodations (outside the castle) and also discusses the idea of doing flyovers to learn the city’s layout.
- Delwin and Radiance go to see Random. Delwin discusses Osric with him (possible solutions and history) and also the fact that the library’s missing a ton of books.
- Meridian meets with Dmitri and talks about doing flyovers.
- Delwin edits an uninhabited Shadow to remove an area of the Shadow-stuff and then recreates Amber’s library as it sat 500 years ago from the raw Shadow-stuff.

Amy & Sand: In interrogation room with Dmitri.
Delwin & Radiance: Reconstructing the Library
Victor: Went to rooms to rest.
Meridian: In his townhouse, resting.

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Amy's Journal

Diary:

Manticore poison, while deadly, has few properties of real interest. I gave the stings over to the ambassador because destroying them seemed wasteful. She’d not be stupid enough to use it for a local poisoning.

No changes in the flaw in the Pattern room’s floor. After thirty years, some kind of break-through would be nice, but then, I am working without the Jewel of Judgment. I suspect a solution’s in there, but I can just hear the conversation now:

“Hey, King Random, buddy…”

“What can I do for you, Lady Amy?”

“I’d just like to pop on down to the Pattern Room with the Jewel of Judgment for a bit. It’ll be fine. You know, just me and the most powerful artifact the Amber Royal Family’s got. No worries…”

Yeah, that’d go over great. I’d probably get farther than Fiona would in the same discussion, but the answer would still be a big fat “no”. And on the upside, this ongoing issue has enforced a functional limit on the number of initiated Andy-spawn running around the place. Supposing that the Pattern is not an infinite well of energy as is Family dogma, it can only weaken the initiated to have more initiating.

Which is about the best hypothesis I have on why there’s a Void-blasted HOLE where one shouldn’t be. But enough on that. I’ve been noodling this problem for 30 years of so-called Real Time and haven’t got an answer, it’s not going to come in a burst of insight as I’m pouring my mind out onto journal pages.

Victor and Meridian are interesting company. Or at least, Manticore Hunts are interesting things. Absolutely barbaric, dangerous, senseless — but interesting. But there are other accounts of manticore hunts and the details of ours will probably be recounted at a tavern as one or the other of them gets recreational with a pretty serving wench. I’m more concerned with them both.

I’m as-yet unsure of either’s capabilities. I assume for now that we can be friends — I haven’t met a member of the family yet that hasn’t been friendly. (Except Andy back when I was JUST Amy, but ever since I walked the Pattern he’s been a peach because I’m Family.)

Family. Eugh. For a monastery-raised orphan, I’ve got way too much family these days. More on that later maybe. Okay, never.

Vitae seems interesting, but as far as Great Powers go, I’m still planning on studying the Logrus next. (Insert Naughty Tentacles joke here)

The main reason? Oleai attitudes towards my uterus.

Oleai and Andys, they treat things the same: My body’s just a brat incubator to them.

What Meridian said about the standing army in Amber and its size got under my skin:
- Investigate potential motives.
- Remain covert.
- Buy a New Tokyo dating sim — my brain’s overworked and I’m starting to sound like a bitch in my diary. What’s next? Expressing disgust aloud? Clinical detachment, Amy, you’ve been doing this for…
(how many subjective years have I lived now?)
A very long time. Let’s leave it at that.

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