Chronicles of Andy

Game Log #1
Introductions and Investigations

Game 1 Log

Character Introductions

Formal Reception Party.
Andy’s Victory
Public Surrender of the enemy
Minor House: Urgosh
Hildy and Freddy’s return from Abyss

Cheering throngs of citizens!

Pit diving turned up some wagons of stuff!

Random speaks to the crowd, thanks Hildy and Freddy.
Lord Urgosh trying to be dignified but sense of contrition
Lord Urgosh cries outrage for the pit diving stuff hildy and

freddy aquired. Tension mounts!

Guards establish defensive posture.

Crisus slaps Lord Urgosh.
Lord Urgosh detained, Crisus plays diplomat

Party goes on, pleasantries, and polite interactions.

Lord Urgosh escapes. Crisus trumps back to the Embassy, but Lord

Urgosh is already gone. Appears someone helped him escape.

Investigation begins to figure out where Lord Urgosh goes.
Crisus trumps King Merlin, who appeared drunk or on drugs. Merlin

said, that he didn’t have a good alibi. Curious. No diplomatic

headway was made.

Ramesh gets assigned to investigation by Andy.
Group gets together to investigate.
Group trumps to the Embassy.
Through spells, it is determined that a blast came from the air,

from far off. It was of pattern that is not like that of AMber.

Implicating Corwin.

The group investigates the objects found in Hildy and Freddy’s

Abyss dive. One stone was determined to have been a part of a

cult that worshipped Benedict. Ramesh felt warm feelings coming

from the stone, but no definitive answers to anything.

Ramesh trumped Corwin, talked to him about Lord Urgosh’s escape

and the foreign pattern magic that was found there. Not as a

threat, but as a “Hey, if you know something, let us know!”

Game ends with everyone going off to bed. Not together mind you,

but rather in their separate quarters. All investigations have

been left for the next day.

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Game Log #2

Night 1:
After sneaking in to investigate the relics, Victor is trapped for a couple hours waiting. Eventually escapes when Paddy leaves, but Caidy seems to have sensed a change as the invisible man crept by.

Day 2:
Victor, Ramesh, Crisus and Malachai (Mystery Team) meet to head towards an office building to question a potential witness to the attack on the Embassy and the escape of Lord Urgosh.

Dmetri meets with Dragon and uses it to fly to a mountain top. He is met in midair by Crisus and Malachai. A quick conversation later and they are heading back on their separate ways.

Mystery Team continues its mission and heads towards the Golden Circle LLC shipping company to question witness to Urgosh breakout. Witness is night time manager.
Baron (Foreman and owner?) is acting strange. We incapacitate him with fungus and question him to learn what he knows. Ooops. He was just fishing for info to get a heads up in deals, not actually guilty of anything.
Meet Hendricks, the witness, and learn that he saw orbs of light in the sky that then sent a lance of fire from it.

Mystery team goes towards another witness, at the Tipsy Pig. They meet the bar owner, and after some antics, they get the address for the witness named Gary. Also they learn from the innkeep that Gary is being sought by another group. Crisus leaves a blood creature behind for the barkeep to send if the people show up looking for Gary again.

Dmetri argues with his dragon. He meets with Henry and gives him a download of what all he knows about the relics. Henry advises/orders to not tell Benedict of what was found, and to tell the group to do the same, especially Ramesh.

Dmetri returns to the relic room to cast spell to get info. Paddy and Hilde trump Henry and make arrangement to each work on relics. Dmetri given the stone relic to study.

Mystery Team finds Gary at his home. Gary’s mind had previously been affected by Henry and Cadie which then gave him the desire to drink until he blacked out. Approach taken left him shaken and now unsure over what he saw.

TREASON!!!!”

Dmetri questions Gary through Information magic.
New lead – Mark
Mark and Gary chatted about what they had seen. Includes dancing lights and a shadowy figure. Mark is a porter at the livery on 12th.

Half a dozen lights created a spell, shadow at the epicenter then released a lance that burst from it. Shadow is a solid that was creating an occlusion. A cloud in midair was the occlusion and sorcery was done through it or from it.

Informed that Henry is also investigating. Trump to Random. Show random the found info to him. Corwyn’s pattern is the lance per the jewel. Believed to not actually be Corwyn.

Crisus trumps Corwyn. Audience out of the frame.
Corwyn denies attacks.
Corwyn suggests that Pattern is faked. Caine?
Stonewalling clearly.

Crisus trumps Fiona.
Shares info with Fiona.
Fiona adds credance to potential disguise.
Fiona/Dworkyn/Jewel all capable of disguising pattern.

Crisus trumps Mandrik(sp?)
Shares info.
Able to add credance to potential coverup.
Ask Lady Darrah about extra kids.

Crisus trumps Urgosh.
Invade….
Trip into Cauldrom.
Jackal guards meet us and lead us into Castle.
Taken to see Saif.
Saif trumps Random.
Random aware of Urgosh death. Urgosh was destroyed and piecemealed.
Malachai took all of the parts of Urgosh (he believes)

Night 2 -
Crisus and Malachai dig into Urgosh’s memories and try to detangle him and his motivations.
Dmetri works on dragon research to give it flight.
Ramesh investigates Saif and finds Benedict geared up for war. Armour, gun and all.

Day 3 -
Dmetri checks on the relic. Data acquired to the beginning of its existance.
10 years ago there was a spike of activity.

Crisus’ blood creature returns with info on guy from the fleet who was pushy. Image of guy is given. Lt. Jenkins of the SeaSpray.

Dmetri asks Random to establish a cave for his dragon. Is shown a specific mountain to create a cave in.

Crisus and Malachai find Gary drugged and slmost dead in his home. Malachai takes over his body and begins to walk him towards the Castle.
Crisus finds Mark at the bar and implants a tick on his body, to tell if any poison suddenly enters his system.

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Sense and Crushability

Crissus & Malachai return to the Chaosian Embassy; taking with them Gary, drugged with a psyche consuming poision. Malachai settles in to rework Gary’s biology and remove the toxin with the hopes of interrogating him later.

While Malachai works on 4th meal, Crissus reviews her data crystals containing the information her spells were able to gather from Gary’s rather modest accomidations. The evidence is fairly clear, he was drugged by Lt. Jenkins, who snuck in while he slept and injected him. This seems rather off task for a merchant ship’s steward and Crissus decides he warrents further investigation.

Unfortunately, before she is able to gather her darker self and do so, it becomes evident that Malachai has over-estimated his ability to manage the toxin and while not in real danger, managing the toxin is taken up all of his attention and will take and even greater amount of his time. Disapointed with herself, Crissus departs alone the locate Lt. Jenkin’s ship, the Seaspray.

The ship is in port, and it’s registration shows it is owned by a fairly uninteresting shipping agency. Bored by the academic avenue Crissus shifts into the form of a rat and sneaks on board. The exploration proves fairly quick as the Seaspray is not a large vessel, the Captain’s and most of the officers quarters are uninteresting but when Lt. Jenkin’s cabin is located it proves very interesting indeed. Sparse and almost oddly ulitarian, magic reveals several hotspots, as well as the faint signature of some power use in the air, psychic in nature, possibly Trump.

Investigating the hotspots, Crissus finds a secret compartment in the floor containing weapons, tools for the practice of sorcery and small and sundry thieving tools. The desk contains a warded drawer with several Trumps:

A blond woman

A young, dark man

An older, bald man

The Trumps are pattern based but Crissus does not recognize any of them. She records the images but leaves everything where she found it and carefully restores the wards and removes evidence of her working and presence. Intriqued, but with more questions than answers, she returns to the Embassy.


Dimitri has been working with his Dragon, setting up and warding his cave with shields and illusions. His magical “turbo-charge” has been effective in aiding the creatures flight in Amber, but has not lasted as long as he would have liked. The Dragon is, understandably, less than enthralled with his current situation, but is unwilling to back down on his committment to Dimitri.

Eventually the conversation moves to what is, and is not, allowable as prey animals. Dimitri arranges to have servants abandon cattle around the area of the cave every couple of days. Explanations were not provided but this is not nearly the strangest request the help has received from the royal family and if one of them wants to randomly seed feral cattle into the surrounding hills, it shall be so.

The dragon being settled, loosely at least, Dimitri returns to the Castle and is promptly trumped by the Chaosian Ambassador, who requests he join her at the Embassy. A request he graceously grants.

Crissus shares what she found on the Seaspray, most prominently the three trumps whom she hopes Dimitri will recognize. Sadly he does not and does point out that while the other two could possibly be distant relations, the elderly man couldn’t be family, he is simply too old and too unattractive. Arrogant as that may sound, it has the virtue of also being true and Crissus is forced to cede the point. That said, Dimitri is willing to research the images using his own sources at the Castle and promised to include the Ambassador on whatever information he reveals.


During their conversation, Crissus receives a note from House Demose requesting attendence on the Lord Stephen Demose. Given this is the house that hosts the Lady Sarah, Crissus wastes no time in answering the summons and arrives at the family’s business offices in Amber city, bringing along Dimitri out of politeness.

The office is still open, which is odd given the lateness of the hour. Both Crissus and Dimitri and greeted and taken immediately to the head office and the Lord Stephen. The usually polite greetings are exchanged, but it is clear the Lord Stephen is uncomfortable with Dimitri’s presence and Crissus politely requests Dimitri step outside. He does so and Lord Stephen relaxes, marginally, and reveals the true reason for his request.

Sarah has a message from, as he puts it, their “mutual friend”. The Serpent wishes to change his accomedations and wishes Crissus to assist it in doing so. Crissus is a bit taken aback, both by her selection and by why it feels it needs her help. The exile being largely self inflicted to protect Chaos during a point of vulnerability, the only think keeping the Serpent in the current arrangement is the political ramifications of it leaving.

Being at least somewhat all knowing, the Serpent has predicated these concerns and offered helpful suggestions. It recommends two possible paths leading to it’s legitimate release, either 1) Improve relations with Amber to such an extend that that Crown no longer sees the need for such heavy handed tactics or 2) Offer the crown a trade, the surrender of factious elements in Chaos for Amber justice.

Still somewhat reeling from the message and unsure how it might be enacted, Crissus instinctively sets up a cover for the visit, hiring the services of House Demose as logistical consultants for the Emabassy. Retrieiving Dimitri, she returns to the Embassy. She does not mention the nature of the conversation with Dimitri and he does not enquire.


The following morning Crissus sends a formal request to King Random for a private audience, and another, less formal request to the Lord of Rackall, a middle level Chaosian house Crissus has worked with in the past.

Rackall response first and after a quick transit to Chaos Crissus meets him one of the public Ways. He has information on House Gachall. They are minor, but responsible for the other Abyssian artifact recovered by the meddling Amberites. They are on the schedule as a sacrifice House but have muddied the waters by making a formal request for the return of their artifact, which is creating a diplomatic incident, at least on the Chaosian side of things.

Crissus suggests the simpliest solution is the exterminate the House given their minor status. However Lord Rackall notes that Merlin has chosen not to go this route, at least not directly.

Disapointed with the ineffectivness of formal government, Crissus travels to Mandorways and discusses less formal options.


Ramesh receives a note from his father to please meet with his mother Neetu. Given that Benedict currently has her…safe, the arrangements are extensive but eventually he is led to a wooded shadow where she is waiting for him.

Long conversations ensue, couples with constant changing of Shadows as part of an elegant security arrangment. Benedict is more concerned than Ramesh realized, and speaks as though he is ready to move to direct confrontation with Andy and his family. He notes that they have been arming recently, each with their own unique abilities and even the slightest misstep on Benedict’s part could result in a conflict that, viewed tactically, rapidly becomes unfortunate. Clearly the only way to balance the equation is to act pro-actively.


Dimitri seaches for and eventually locates Bleys. Eventually he gets around to requesting that his father create a set of Trumps for him, allowing the Dragon to move back and forth between Amber and Dimitri’s personal Shadow.

Bleys is willing, but will need to see the cave to create the works. They travel their via horseback, giving them time to catch up. Dimitri gently probes Bleys as to his feelings on the Andy’s and Benedict, but Bleys is vague on the subject and little of substance is forthcoming.

Arriving at the cave Bleys is impressed, and somewhat amused by the Dragon. The Dragon appears to feel roughly the same about Bleys, who commences to work on the Trumps.

His father ensconsed and working, Dimitri returns to the Castle and researches the Trump images provided to him by Crissus in the family library, but finds nothing of interest. He eventually creates physical sketches and shares them with his father, but he claims not to recognize them.


Crissus has her formal meeting with Random and delicately works her way to the Serpent situation. Random seems mildly surprised but warily open to discussing the possiblities. Crissus guides the conversation around the clear lack of military threat offered by Amber as a whole by Chaos, particularly given the long death of the Black Road but notes that in a more selective vein the assistance of a grateful Chaos could go far to support a monarch beseiged by unrest within his own court, and possibly his own family.

Random was interested enough to think on the matter and promised to get back to her with a first draft of a set of conditions. Satisfied that she had done what was realistic at this stage, Crissus expressed her thanks and returned to the Embassy.


At closing….

Crissus is back at the Chaosian embassy, rumiating on her conversations with Random.

Malachi has completed his processing of the toxin and Gary, and is ready to share his results.

Ramesh is travelling with his armies, shadowwalking them into new territories more amiable to a support of Benedict should it come to that.

Dimitri is with his father and Dragon.

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Fuck Fest in Oleai land

victor had a party well Flora did
Ramesh went to a whore world with this fleet and had a bunch of

whores
Dan is playing with his dragon, cheap shadow cattle
THis dragon is seriously high maintenance

Caine is killed
Victor, Kyle and cort investigate.
Gerrard called in to help, he calls off Chaos tells them to go

home.
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Ramesh sets up his fleet on an industrial shadow.
Andy Trumps Ramesh and asks him to come help in Amber.
Ramesh trumps Benedict to let him know what is going on
Ramesh trumps to Amber

Crisus speaks with Random about approaching Armed Chaosian forces

approaching Amber

Victor speaks with Gerrard after his investigation. Victor

believes things were staged. Who would kill Caine, and who would

want to kill Caine again.

Crisus trumps Merlin and updates him on situation. Not an

“official” Chaosian attack
Victor talks to Crisus about the approaching Chaosians.

We prepare a welcoming party for the Chaosian invaders.
Plans are made!
Diplomacy first!
We meet with the opposing faction. Rhakal is there, and Dalt is

there too.
Diplomacy goes poorly. We sit upon the precipice of war!
Random is notified.
Andy and Gerrard are notified. Troops are brought in and ready

for a fight.
Ramesh has problems opening up his stomach, and has Malakai help

retrieve an item from Ramesh’s chaosian stomach

Corwin joins the party
Merlin Joins the party
Sh’David Galen joins the party
(too many for a group, we are going to have to break into a raid)

The conflict resolves peacefully with the Chaosians signing a

treaty for peace. 25 years of peace in exchange for the Chaosian

artifacts. Done deal. The armies depart without firing a shot.

Sh’David Galen has a formal request the next day for 20 voluteer

amberites to spend 10 centuries in Oleai land for the purpose of

breeding.
Negotiations ensue.
Victor offers to go for 1000 years
Ramesh negotiates meet and greets that Flora can plan to help

populate the Oleai lands

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Time for a Fuckin!

-Ramesh and Victor Getting ready to whore ourselves out, Ramesh

for a month, Victor for 1000 years.
-Dmitri comes back and chats with Crisus about what has been

happening.
-Dmitri and Crisus investigate second crime scene
-Ramesh researches boobs
-Dmitri talked to Random about helping out using the jewel of

judgement—Random blows him off
-Ramesh goes to the Oleai to start his one month bang program
-Dmitri and Crisus go on a dragon hunt
-Battle with the dragon! Dmitri and Crisus win! :)
-Ramesh’s bodily fluids are being drained.
-Crisus resumes some of her duties as ambassador
-Crisus sends note to Sarah saying, An agreement has been reached
-Serpent will be released

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4/13 Game

Crisus is back at the Chaosian embassy, organizing her projects and taking notes.
Dimitri is in Amber, working on his web spell.
Radiance is at his estate in Amber, setting up animal pens.
Edward is in Amber, investigating the latest news of the city.

Life in Amber has slowed down a bit, the kidnapped royal children have been returned under circumstances that are murky at best to the general populace, but they have long since learned to avoid the difficult questions and are content that they are once again safe in the castle.

The Serpent release ceremony is tomorrow and Merlin has requested the Crisus attend as the representative of Chaos, she was planning on going anyway, so this is not an inconvenience. Dimitri and Radiance have not been required to attend but intend to do so anyway.
Meanwhile, Dimitri receives a Trump call from the seneschal of his home shadow, apparently his castle has some unusual visitors and would he please stop by and deal with them. Upon arriving, Dimitri finds six floating spheres, similar to the one radiating Pattern energy he drove off some time ago, when he and Crisus first met. They are hovering in a formation outside his gate, not making any threatening moves, but not leaving either. Dimitri attempts mental communication, as the conventional methods his servants have been trying for hours seem to have no effect. It works, although their minds are alien enough to make the communication sketchy at best.

The general gist of what why they are at his castle revolves around the Pattern. They had encountered another of their people who had had contact with Pattern energy via Dimitri and they wish to do the same. The need is almost compulsive, like a drug to them.
Wary of encouraging Pattern parasitism, Dimitri suggests they try the refreshing alternative of Logrus and Trumps in Crisus, who is just intrigues enough by floating, spherical pattern parasites to fold up her current project and come through. She gives them a taste of Logrus energy and they are polite about it, but clearly if Pattern is their upper, this is their downer and they have no further desire to taste more.

Working with Dimitri they are able to understand more of the sphere’s history. They come from a very abstract Shadow where their sort of energy based life is normal. They exist largely as a hive mind. And at some point they discovered a broken Pattern in their world and some gained the ability to traverse shadow, but the broken Pattern imprint that gives them the ability also slowly kills them. Being a hive entity, they can share the Pattern imprint with another sphere before the first dies, but it is still a costly way to travel.
Dimitri finally relents and gives them a dose of Pattern energy. Three immediately perish in an orgasmic frenzy, which is awkward but doesn’t seem to surprise or offend the remaining three. They are hoping he can work with them to give them the Pattern buzz they so desire, but without the death-gasm that makes it a less than optimal party activity. Uncomfortable and not entirely sure who, or even if, he should help them Dimitri punts the problem and directs them to Corwin’s shadows. Amused, Crisus returns to her Embassy.

Edward does some stuff off camera, secretive bitch.

The night passes uneventfully and with morning it is time for the Serpent release ceremony. Crisus travels with the Amber delegation out of politeness. The ceremony is heavily attended, both by Chaosians and Amberites but it’s a bit slow to ramp up and it’s nearly 3 Amber time before everyone has finally arrived to the non-descript shadow at the edge of the Abyss.

Finally, and very formally, Sara steps forward and Merlin formally thanks her although he’s a bit vague on what for. She looks to Random, who nods formally and then Sarah twitches slightly and falls over. Most bearing an imprint feels a subtle rush of power and then suddenly the Unicorn appears on one side of the gathering and the Serpent on the other. They nod at each other and that seems to be it. Just as most attending seems to tire of waiting to see if either of the Great Powers are going to do anything a bit flashier there is a sudden flash of color and fire and a great spout of matter appears at the edge of the Abyss. The incident is about a half mile away, but visibility is clear and most of the group strain to see what has so politely waited until the end of the ceremony to be disruptive.
At first glance it appears to be several massive matter transport beast crashing off the edge and into the Abyss, followed shortly by what appears to be G’chall’s fleet. While this provides a certain level of closure, particularly for the Chaosian side, mass suicide is not a typical Chaosian trait and most are confused as to what G’chall hopes to accomplish.
Unless he intended after ceremony entertainment, in which case it’s all fine.

Crisus makes a quick inquiry of the Serpent which responds that it has no idea what’s going on but thinks it’s fabulous! Not finding that reassuring at all, she requests that Mandor politely get everyone under cover, which he attempts with limited success.

Adding to the general festivities the Dragon of the Oleia shows up as well. Dimitri attempts to converse with the Dragon (“Bruce” as the Serpent refers to him) and he is willing to talk, but seems more interested in the abstract and his information is not very helpful. The most relevant bits are that things may change completely or in ways distinguishable from the present, although change is inevitable. He does note that while the group present can do nothing to stop it, they can decide its outcome. Essentially he considers this to be primarily between the Serpent and Unicorn and he’s come to watch but trying to stay out of it for politeness reasons.

Crisus has flown to the scene and, once closer, it becomes apparent that what everyone at first took for ships diving in to rescue the matter haulers is more a construction project, the matter haulers are being used as a focus point for a stream of matter/energy/vitae. There are some guards down there interacting with G’chall but the legalities are a little vague.

Crisus Trumps Merlin and requests context, which unfortunately he doesn’t have. They next discuss whether or not they actually object to what G’chall is doing. If he’s building some sort of Abyssian condo it gets him out of everyone’s hair without needing to have an untidy war about it. They eventually decide to take the high road and not only get rid of G’chall but pick up some good PR for the crown at the same time. Crisus is empowered to manage the local situation as Merlin’s representative. Crisus makes her presence as a representative of the crown known and tells the guard to allow things to continue. She then politely monitors the spell G’chall is casting, learning it’s mechanics and intent.

Edward and Jack move from the party down to the events at the edge and scout the surrounding area, but find nothing out of place.

Bored up at the party and with watching Mandor ineffectively attempt to motivate the crowd to come indoors to enjoy the refreshments, flies down to the site as well, taking the form of a bird which is similar to, but notably more resplendent than that Crisus formed. They exchange distant pleasantries.

Jack Trumps Dimitri to compare notes but the general consensus amongst the Amber contingent is that whatever is happening a) probably wasn’t planned and b) is important but c) it would be rude to interfere unless asked.

Apparently not having received the last piece of that consensus and distressed at the slow dying of the matter haulers, Radiance throws a Trump Trap at the most distressed hauler, transporting it to the courtyard of his estate and “saving” it. Keeping the trap together in the Abyss is harder than he anticipated and the effort exhausts him but is ultimately successful.

The effects on the spell are immediate and severe. Robbed of one of its primary focus it begins to destabilize and G’chall is heavily strained attempting to keep it from falling apart. Crisus takes a moment to messenger creature Merlin to request if it is in the interest of the Crown for G’chall to survive this attempt. Receiving a reply that, for now, it probably was, she enters the spell herself and uses her not inconsiderate abilities to help restore the matrix. It is a challenge, but working together she and G’chall are able to restore the working to a stable balance. G’chall is confused to say the least, but too involved in the project to question the sudden and unexpected aid.

Radiance explains to Crisus, who is far too involved in the working to notice, that he was saving the whale and Trumps back to his mother. She off-handedly comments that interfering was probably rude, but her heart clearly isn’t in it and she radiated more approval than annoyance.

Adding the celebrity guest list is Suhuy, who wanders in his cane assisted slow pace to the edge of the Abyss where Jack chats with him. Suhuy seems amiable to conversation and informs Jack that he’s come to help with the working. Jack relays this to Julian who repeats the party line that the Amber contingent is to watch but not intervene, or at least not intervene more than Radiance already has.

With Suhuy helping, the spell is not only stable once more but increasing speed and efficiency. Crisus is reminded that while she is a very good sorcereress, she still has some things to learn. Most notably with Suhuy’s influence is the modification to the Abyssian beachfront is much less sever, perhaps he has a timeshare.

Sarah re-appears at this point, apparently more or less fine and with the spell moving into a boring construction phase Mandor is finally able to usher people inside for refreshments and the party moves into a more conventional swing.
The Amber contingent returns home several hours later after it becomes obvious the working at the Abyss is going to be a long term project.

Radiance, meanwhile, has returned home early and is now stymied about what to do with the massive whale like mass hauler flopped across his now heavily damaged courtyard. He trumps Dimitri and requests assistance. Dimitri things he can restore enough of the things mind to make it viable but it will take time. Radiance tells him to get to it and goes to bed. Dimitri works late into the night and then does the same.

The next morning the mass hauler is in much better shape. Radiance trumps and thanks Dimitri and names the beast “Mac”. He creates a pen for it, gets it moved and begins repairs on his courtyard.

By the middle of the day the work on the spell is done and Crisus Trumps back to the embassy.
Radiance, having arrange the rubble in his courtyard to his liking, spends some time mentally influencing Mac. Unable to manipulate him to kill Crisus, he creates a deep loathing with the hopes of at least inconveniencing her.

Edward returns from Chaos as well and sets up clandestine meetings with his contacts.
Waking up later that evening, Crisus finds a note from Lady Gilda, which says little other than she wishes to maintain their discourse. Crisus returns the note with one of similar flavor. Also awaiting her is a messenger creature from Lord Rhakal, the double agent the Crown had placed in G’Khal’s camp only to be in turn betrayed by him. His missive is fairly predictable, things had not gone as he wished and he now wishes a deal. Crisus returns the creature with a bored inquiry as to why she should bother, as far as she can see, he has nothing of interest to her.

After spending the afternoon with Mac, Radiance discovers that the creature has little interest in staying in Amber and eventually he allows it to leave, with a request that it rough up Crisus on its way out.

Meanwhile, Jack has spent the day speaking with Julian, requesting and receiving some time off to pursue personal matters. He spends a couple of days in Shadow, moving and camping until he receives a “ping” on the special sense that allows him to feel his targets.
Following the sense, he finds a Shadow of Julian’s camp and, easily avoiding the scouts, he finds at the center a man who looks like Caine, but dresses like Julian. And who is also clearly in charge.

Jack observes the camp until sundown, noting some prisoners being brought in and interrogated.
That evening Jack sneaks in and ambushes a guard, taking his clothing. Using this as a disguise, he is able to sneak all the way to the center of the camp and assassinate the earlier observed leader, absorbing his power. It’s quite a rush, apparently he found a juicy one. It also puts an abrupt end to the unnamed man’s valiant attempt to end slavery in the current Shadow, but this is unimportant to Jack.

At the end of the game the characters are as follows:

Jack – Burning down the holdings of the slaveholders in the unnamed Shadow, apparently some of the ethics of the man he absorbed rubbing off on him.
Edward – Infiltrating a fortress, but for unknown reasons.
Dimitri – Resting comfortably in Castle Amber.
Crisus – Resting comfortably in the Chaos embassy.
Radiance – Second guessing his artistic arrangement of the courtyard rubble.

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4/27 Session
Moby Mack

End of last session:

Jack – Burning down the holdings of the slaveholders in the unnamed Shadow, apparently some of the ethics of the man he absorbed rubbing off on him.
Edward – Infiltrating a fortress, but for unknown reasons. Dimitri – Resting comfortably in Castle Amber.
Crisus – Resting comfortably in the Chaos embassy.
Radiance – Second guessing his artistic arrangement of the courtyard rubble.

The Matterwhale Mack’s dreaming thoughts:

“The morning of the third day dawned fair and fresh, and once more the solitary night-man at the fore-mast-head was relieved by crowds of the daylight look-outs, who dotted every mast and almost every spar.
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“In his infallible wake, though; but follow that wake, that’s all. Helm there; steady, as thou goest, and hast been going. What a lovely day again! were it a new-made world, and made for a summer-house to the angels, and this morning the first of its throwing open to them, a fairer day could not dawn upon that world. Here’s food for thought, had Mack time to think; but Mack never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels; that’s tingling enough for mortal whale! to think’s audacity. God only has that right and privilege. Thinking is, or ought to be, a coolness and a calmness; and our poor hearts throb, and our poor brains beat too much for that. And yet, I’ve sometimes thought my brain was very calm—frozen calm, this old skull cracks so, like a glass in which the contents turned to ice, and shiver it. And still this tail is growing now; this moment growing, and heat must breed it; but no, it’s like that sort of common grass that will grow anywhere, between the clefts of Amber or in the abyss’s lava. How the wild winds blow it; they whip it about me as the torn shreds of my split fins lash the tossed body they cling to. A vile wind that has no doubt blown ere this through prison corridors and cells, and wards of hospitals, and ventilated them, and now comes blowing hither as innocent as fleeces. Out upon it!—it’s tainted. Were I the wind, I’d blow no more on such a wicked, miserable world. I’d crawl somewhere to a cave, and slink there. And yet, ‘tis a noble and heroic thing, the wind! who ever conquered it? In every fight it has the last and bitterest blow. Run tilting at it, and you but run through it. Ha! a coward wind that strikes stark naked Crisus, but will not stand to receive a single blow. Even Mack is a braver thing—a nobler thing than that. Would now the wind of Crisus but had a body; but all the things that most exasperate and outrage mortal whale, all these things are bodiless, but only bodiless as objects, not as agents. There’s a most special, a most cunning, oh, a most malicious difference! And yet, I say again, and swear it now, that there’s something all glorious and gracious in the wind of Crisus. These warm Trade Winds, at least, that in the clear heavens blow straight on, in strong and steadfast, vigorous mildness; and veer not from their mark, however the baser currents of the sea may turn and tack, and mightiest Mississippies of the land swift and swerve about, uncertain where to go at last. And by the eternal Poles! these same Trades that so directly blow my good body on; these Trades, or something like them—something so unchangeable, and full as strong, blow my keeled soul along! To it! Aloft there! What d’ye see? It is Crisus, herself in full form. She must be destroyed!”

Awakened by his horrific dream he continues on his way home.

The serpent ceremony finally ended and all seem to finally go well for the courts of Chaos, this time. Although Radiance thought they should hire an event planner the next time to make it a bit more festive.

Ramesh received a letter of correspondence from Gilda, Gilda would like to become general pen pals but Ramesh takes it a bit further and trumps to Gilda’s shadow and finds the disturbing news that there is a wool crisis with some sort of parasites involved.

Chrisus is diligently catching up with her paperwork and duties in her home.

Radiance is fabulously redecorating his home and updating his decor.

Dmitri is pondering the events of the last couple of days.

Ramesh, disturbed by the ongoing wool crisis, finally meets the “ice queen Gilda and finds out she is looking to expand her knowledge about other places and such. Ramesh returns to amber after being trump blocked by an unknown source.

Dmitri starts to investigate the energy beings which he has encountered before with Corwin and learns the beings want to go to Amber. Dmitri unsuccessfully tries to convince them that would be bad. Dimitri tries to get the stubborn energy beings to leave but is unsuccessful and finally does opt to send them to Flora in Amber.

Radiance is contacted by his mother Flora and is asked for assistance from him with communicating with the energy creatures. He says after he is done planning the party for the return of Andy’s Children he will be there to assist. After diligently getting the unwilling, but helpful, Crissus to donate furniture that won’t eat the children for the party Radiances trumps to Amber Castle to assist.

Ramesh is looking for a voluptuous blond to boink.

Dmitri is investigating broken Patterns to learn more about the energy creatures. He determines there are approximately a 100 or so energy beings currently in Shadow.

The energy creature finally arrive at the east gate of Amber castle and Flora notifies Radiance to meet her there. Radiance find the energy creatures, which they now know are called the Zesh, there and after setting up a communication trump finds the would like to see the Pattern. Radiance tells Flora, and her response is to think about it. Radiance offers to host the Zesh at his glorious abode and sets up a watchful trump to observe them.

Crisus delivers the mostly kid-safe furniture to Radiance.

Radiance is working on eighteen Trump figures for Dmitri to place around as an observation net. Dmitri finds Radiance has put several observational trumps in the figures and reports to Random; which ultimately makes Radiance peeved but he works with everyone to allow access to the trumps to a select few nominated by Random, for the greater good.

Radiance’s for Andy’s Kid party is a fabulous hit although Crisus needs to learn how to dress better, sadly she has an uneventful time. Andy’s children and family enjoy the great festivities and are most thankful.

Dmitri and Crisus decide to visit the Zesh home shadow and discover it is a destructive shadow so alien to Amber style life as require the best efforts of both to survive even a short time. They do manage to confirm the shadow contains a Broken Pattern, but little else.

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5-25-2013 Session Log

Session end state:
Dmitri: Dinner with Fiona (no other character is privy to this knowledge)
Edward: Investigating servants.
Radiance: Working on fabulous musical/horns
Jack: Drinking to forget, then returning to Camp Julian.
Amy: Much to her horror, torn between the King and the Artists’ Guild president. She’s working on both adding some, ahem, special features for the unicorn horns, and crime scene investigation for a long-cold trail.

- Amy of Mt. Pine Monastery returns to Castle Amber after over a year of absence. King Random immediately calls upon her to investigate the Embassy Bombing, a case that has gone cold in the weeks since it happened.
- Dmitri returns to Castle Amber from pursuing Broken Patterns. He receives a note from Amy to meet him regarding the information surrounding the Embassy Bombing.
- They met, and some theories about power sources were generated.
- Meanwhile, at Camp Julian, Jack recruits several rangers for a team-building exercise meant to make them into something more closely approaching Marines.
- Amy visits the Chaos Embassy, where she is met by Crisus. After an initial check around the now-repaired site of the Embassy Bombing, she decides there’s nothing to really see here now.
- Edward contacts Katy about the attack on the embassy, who tells him that she and Henry have moved on, and that the case has been closed. When he contacts Henry, he is told nothing’s new. On his way to an audience with Random, he notes increased guards, and Andys talking to the servants. When Edward tells Random that the murder scenes were closed, Random regards this information with surprise, and tells Edward that he, the King, is not done being interested in them. Random tells him to contact Amy, and cooperate with her on the Embassy Bombing investigation.
- Edward meets with Amy. She suggests the Embassy Bombings may have had a technological angle. They agree to meet tomorrow morning for Amy to get his copy of the evidence.
- Meanwhile, Jack exits the forest while tracking bandits. He scouts a city, which lacks overseers & military. Plantations are being rebuilt by the peasants, who regard his inquiries in a standoffish manner. He resolves to go into the city, and passes a wrecked garrison post on his way there.
- Radiance contacts his country estates to check on the Zesh. His mother then contacts him and inquires about his guests. Afterwards, he teleports to the Abyss and plants a spy cherry tree in a floating island above the Abyss, outside a cave on a ledge overlooking the Abyss. He then trumps Amy, they converse about bombing. Amy is reticent, but unskillful in her evasions. She eventually manages to change the subject to art, saying that she has new pieces in her collection and she’d like to put on a show sometime in the next couple of months. Would Radiance be so kind as to help her organize it? She’s not really good at that sort of thing. He asks her if she’ll be at the next Artists’ Guild meeting. She says of course, since she’s in Castle Amber again.
- Crisus has a chat with Mother.
- Radiance receives a Trump from Random. Random asks him about “The Horn of the Unicorn” an artifact similar to the Eye of the Serpent, but apocryphal, as no one has ever seen it.
- Edward delivers a partial of his data crystal to Amy, who decides that isn’t enough, and contacts Dmitri for a copy. Also needs it to be usable without Sorcery, since she’s so rusty as to basically have to begin studying Sorcery all over again. Dmitri balks at this, but says out loud that he’ll think about it. When he also receives a contact from Random re: “Horn of the Unicorn”, he questions Random about outsiders and security risks. Random asks what Dmitri would have him do, given that Henry keeps claiming cases are closed, and the “in-family” resources are stretched thin. After the conversation, Dmitri creates a warded lab for Amy and leaves her there for four hours. She begins her research.
- Meanwhile, Jack leaves the city to do military exercises. His rangers are in high spirits and enjoying the training exercises.
- Dmitri and Crisus chat. Crisus attends court and mingles her way through the crowd. As she’s soothing fears surrounding the events out the Chaos way, she gets a call from Radiance re: “Horn of the Unicorn”. She says she’ll look into any of the Chaos legends surrounding the artifact, and then finishes her day at court. When she gets home, she plans to inquire re: Horn of Unicorn to Mother.
- Amy’s research finished, her and Dmitri compare notes. After she leaves the lab and turns around the corner of the hall outside, she teleports back to her room. This registers as a surge of power on Dmitri’s monitoring nets. He receives a trump call from Random, who asks if Dmitri felt that too. Dmitri asked if Random knew about Amy’s power, and Random replied that it’s not really a secret, but that Amy doesn’t tend to bring it up.
- Edward dominates a Seneschal of Lady Gulda’s household, finds out that Ramesh visited, and then Gulda packed up and left in a hurry. He masks his doings. Investigates further. Finds out that Lord Ramesh is missing. He contacts Random, who points him to Julian, Andy, and Benedict as possible points of contact. Since Benedict is out of the picture, he contacts Julian and Andy. No real leads. He holds another conversation with Random re: Gulda. Random tells him not to worry about it.
- Meanwhile, Jack is team-building. His team wins capture the flag, and after that, they begin archery practice on a moving target, uses arrows stripped of their broadhead (which would still hurt!). After calisthenics drills, he returns to Camp Julian to rest and inquire with Julian about where he could hunt beasts of legend. Julian suggests a shadow of Arden with beasts that have near-perfect camoflage. Jack goes there.
- Radiance, wearing a prototype unicorn horn for his fabulous musical, contacts Jack. They discuss the similarities between missiles and unicorn horns. Jack promises Radiance a camoflage-ape for Radiance’s menagerie.
- On the sideline, Dmitri confers with someone mysterious.
- Amy briefly converses with Crisus at dinner about the Chaosian Embassy attacks and her findings. When Radiance arrives, their dinner conversation turns perverse to the horror of the pious among Amber’s nobility. Specifically, certain features that would make the unicorn horns used in Radiance’s plays more interesting.
- Jack gains some insight into the camoflage-ape’s habits, sets a trap and catches one of the apes. When he contacts Radiance, Radiance pulls him through the trumps. After placing the ape in a cage, Radiance tells Jack about the WONDERFUL unicorn horns he’s making for the troops. They glow in the dark, and vibrate, and have a sort of slick fluid for self-lubrication, and…

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A Shadow in Amber

Amy tapped the tips of her shoes to loosen them before kicking them off her feet. She shut herself into her chambers and dropped the lock.
Her head spun from just a day in Amber: images and metadata from the Embassy Bombing data crystal in every conceivable angle. The brilliantly sparkling sea as she investigated the energy beam’s origin point, the wind screaming around her and chilling her to the bone. The dingy tavern where she had met the man named Edward. And of course, the infuriating ease of Crisus’s jokes leading to Radiance’s impositions for Amy’s own technical help on the… improvements to his absurd musical’s props.
Amber-specific equations and cosmological constants bubbled to her forebrain, until an image — moving images, displaced them.
“Maybe if you wore a horn, you’d attract a male,” Radiance said, the one he wore bobbing up and down in a disturbingly elastic dance.
“What need would I have for one?” Amy asked.
“Well, you know, for it."
Crisus interceded, relieving Amy for only four words. “Perhaps Lady Amy prefers to handle those things herself?”
“Eh, yes, if it happens at all,” Amy stuttered. Her face felt like it’d been smeared in satay. This just was not a thing one discussed over dinner. Or ever. In fact, Amy got along just fine without thinking about those things, and had for centuries.
If she could have walked the True Pattern right then, she would have deliberately failed and welcomed Mu*.
“But my dear, it has to happen…" Radiance’s remembered speech trailed off as present-Amy exhaled the distressing memory, banishing it from her mind.
“No. No. It really doesn’t.” It amazed Amy to be reminded, despite their earth-shattering power, self-mastery just wasn’t fashion for Amber’s Royals.
“And curse my broken tongue for my lack of it right then.” Comparing her conversational wit to those born at Creation’s poles was like comparing her Patterns to the unbroken one they’d walked. They were born to all this.
Amy. Eternal student. Uncomfortable with any mountain before her until it went behind her and the next one loomed. Which is why she’d come to Amber, right? For the challenge? So why get flustered over it actually being a challenge?
Well now, she had an investigation, and an engineering project, and her own projects to juggle. Challenge!
I’ve until morning to sort my thoughts and begin action. First, change clothes. Whalebone corsets don’t limber the mind. She gave thanks that her body, at least, had stayed elastic enough to slip even the feminine straightjacket of Amber ladies’ fashion without needing a servant. Amy disliked others waiting on her. What I’d give for jeans and sweaters to come in style here… A thick cotton robe would have to do.
She knelt seiza** on her parlor’s tatami mat floor, right before the wistaria bonsai she’d received as a boon from some monarch on some Shadow long forgotten. She slowed her breathing and loosened her muscles, slipping down into a trance, continuously interrupted by unschooled thoughts:
That damned Radiance, who does he think I am? I’m a toy-maker, not a, well, ah, “toy”-maker.
Focus.
But seriously though, is he my amanojaku***? It seemed awfully deep into her striving for Old Jack to show up. Was that pride I heard? Amy had always been too proud…
Focus.
You’ve an investigation to complete. Random believes in you, ancestors, saints, and spirits help him. He takes priority. Radiance’s project, well, Radiance will just have to understand.
And if he didn’t? Amy, a Shadow in Amber, a one-armed acolyte in a shoving match, by nature ever the lowest personage. Could she rely on Radiance’s clemency? More bleakly, could Amy weather his anger should Radiance’s sunny disposition darken?
Of course not.
Amy stood to put on some water for tea. From the lack of pinpricks in her ankles and calves, she guessed she’d spent less than ten minutes in repose.
Amy had things to do, things other people valued.
“A man who only himself serves, a tool with no artisan, only waste makes,” she quoted.
As long as the artisans were worthy of the tool, that maxim matches her mood. She’d be fine. Better to focus on their cares right now.
Her own cares had proven far more intractable.

Footnotes

  • Mu: Nothingness (in a religious context.) A state beyond Heaven and Hell.
    • Seiza: “Proper form” for sitting. kneeling, butt resting on ankles, hands cupped upturned in lap.
      • Amanojaku: A taunting demon. “Heaven-Obstructing Ogre”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanojaku might be more useful than anything I could say.
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6-8-2013 Session Log

End State:
- Crisus returns to the Embassy.
- Radiance waiting for unicorn horns from Amy.
- Amy works on unicorn horn prototypes while she waits for more info on the embassy crimes. Follow up with Dmitri about modeling the chaff from the bombings. Follow up with “other investigators” re: eyewitness reports.

Log:
- Crisus requests an audience with Suhui
- Radiance receives a call from his servants. The Zesh appear to be dancing. The Zesh dance appears that they’re mirroring each other physically and psychically. Putting that to the side, he insists that his servants ensure an outfit he made for Amy is delivered to her posthaste.
- Crisus receives a response from Suhui granting her request for audience.
- Amy receives a package from Radiance, the season’s newest style! Apparently SF video game booth babe is in fashion in Amber now…
- Crisus eavesdrops on Pontifex Cody and some monks as they converse about the Horn of the Unicorn. The Head Librarian thanks the Churchmen and brings things out. She goes to Ramesh’s room and begins gnawing a small hole from the outside of the castle into his room’s interior.
- In the middle of the night, Radiance is awoken by his protections alerting him that a man is in the courtyard. The man has a halo, tall, thin, darkly well-dressed, he addresses Radiance as nephew, and says he can help with the Horn of the Unicorn. “I’m Osric, and you can find me in the basement of the castle.”
- Amy’s research uncovers that the chaff used to obscure the energy beam is more local than the beam itself, that there is no demonstrable Pattern-imprint on the chaff, but that there is on the laser. The chaff prevented observation of the details of the escape, and where the escapee went. He was of course later found dead. She notes to follow-up on Subsequent Crime Scenes and Reports.
- Radiance calls Amy, and asks if she got the outfit. Of course, she’s wearing it in anticipation of this call. He checks up on a couple of small details, and then trumps himself into her rooms. He then drags her along to Osric via Trump. Once there, Osric quite directly says, “What can you do to get me out?”. Amy freaks out and trump calls Random, then the Seneschal when she can’t get a hold of Random. Random and Gerard come through via trump as Crisus, on a line to Radiance, tries to talk Radiance down from letting Osric out. Random encourages Radiance to only talk to Osric when another family member is present. Random assigns Henry to Radiance upon hearing that Osric projected himself out of the prison. They pull Amy along with them when they go to Radiance’s estate.
- After investigating the spot where Osric projected to, they go back to Henry’s office/lab, then to the cell.
- Crisus contacts Radiance, and they chat for a bit. Crisus advises against talking to Osric at all.
- Radiance then chats with Osric (about inane things) as Henry is viewing the protections placed on the cell.
- Crisus disappears out of the hole she’s been gnawing THIS WHOLE TIME to meet with Suhui. He gives her an adjunct to detect the Horn. After that, she returns to the hole she’s been digging — finally finishes it — and investigates the room.
- Back at the cell, Henry’s still working. Radiance investigates the Trump block on the cell out of academic curiosity.
- As Radiance leaves Henry to his work, he asks Amy to come along. On the way out, he shows her the Pattern. She stands transfixed by it, silent, for some time, before backing away, rubbing her temples. Afterwards, they pull Crisus along to lunch. Afterwards, Crisus gets Radiance to trump her to Castle Argent (Corwin’s kingdom)
- In a rare bit of downtime, Amy requests subsequent crime scenes, eyewitness reports, and ponders methods for modeling the chaff used in the bombing. Since she’s not skilled enough to do so, she decides to follow up with Dmitri. She then begins work on the unicorn horns.
- Radiance speaks with Random about the Horn of the Unicorn, Crisus, Benedict, Amy & The Pattern, and the Zesh.
- Crisus concludes that Corwin’s Kingdom has no weird sources of energy (such as the Horn)
- Amy finishes proof of concept for Unicorn Horn v1.0. Gets a transcript of eyewitness which seems shaky. They mention that other investigators had more success. She sends off notes to those ‘other investigators’
- Crisus speaks to Mother re: Cherry Tree.
- Radiance asks Amy how the horns are coming along. She shows him. Radiance pulls Crisus through to Amy’s room. They all trump to the Rainbow Bridge. Go into Mt. Gachal. When Radiance notices a weird Trump signature, he stops and investigates. His interest piqued, he requests an audience with Lord Gachal.
- In the Audience, radiance tells Gachal about the weird Trump effect he noticed. Gachal permits him to interface with Mt. Gachal and teach it how to Trump him. While Radiance does that, Amy tags along with Crisus doing sightseeing.
- The mountain’s consciousness does not know the identity of the trump artist, in fact, it cannot sense the person using its awareness at all.
- Amy and Crisus meet up with Radiance again, and they all Trump back to Amber.

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