Lord Loewen of House Helgram
Lord of Helgram, Talon of the Serpent
Loewen says, "I want to see them all turned into flaming puddles of blood, their severed heads turned into drinking cups, their only burial a mass pit of stinking maggots." He pauses. "However, what you do with your own prisoners is your own business. If you choose to coddle these beasts that walk like men, so that in the end, they may bite you on the ass for your kindness, that is your own business. They have defamed the Serpent and chosen to follow a false god. They deserve to perish. I will not suffer them to live if they fall into my hands." He pauses again. "Eliminating any leaders you get a shot at would be good, but that is definitely a secondary objective."
- --Loewen on the question of capturing leaders of the Serpent's Horn during the raid on their base
"Our enemies will run before us like dogs to be cut down. When the time comes for the war, I will answer your call. The Queen of the Dead will rue the day she cast her eyes upon our fair land of Chaos!"
He pauses, looking thoughtful. "Does she have a dog?"
- --Loewen to Motoko
UnS Era Information
The wrong man, with the wrong ideas.
It all came out in a private audience with Motoko, the Bride of the Serpent, in which Loewen revealed that when he'd been cast into the Sacred Flame, he'd been offered a choice by the Serpent: die and go to his reward, or live with eternal pain and earn glory in a coming war. Loewen saw the World of the Dead, the Amber ruled by Hel, cold and lifeless, joyless, dead, saw himself leading the armies that would cast it down; he chose the second path, eternal pain and great glory, and was granted the spikard Hide of the Dragon by the Serpent--so long as he wears it, he cannot die.
But he didn't understand, and, lacking knowledge of Amber, assumed it was the Amber of his universe. And spent forty years hating and preparing for war against the wrong Amber, forty years blaming the wrong man for casting him into the Sacred Flame.
In the audience, Motoko told Loewen the truth, and then she showed it to him, summoning the Serpent in his incarnation as Rinbu, whose light banishes lies: Annadil, Lion of Chaos, was the one who cast Loewen into the Sacred Flame, and the Amber he had been shown was not the Amber ruled by King Tylor, but by Hel.
Loewen is wearing a new skin now, or at least seems to be trying very hard to do so. He has sworn to answer Motoko's call when the Day of the Dead comes, to wield his blade for her against Hel. Perhaps even more importantly, he gave up the Logrusfoil Determination to her, in order that it might be returned to House Aesir in the hopes of putting an end to the old rift between them and Helgram. He swore in the name of the Serpent that he had nothing to do with the death of Shaft, either with planning, preparing or executing it; it seems unlikely that a man as devout as Loewen would lie under such an oath. His belief was that all responsibility lay with Taylor, Shaft's psychotic son.
He's still a twisted bandaged freak, but he now seems to be aimed, for the moment, at Amber's enemies. Whether they have dogs or not.
Loewen played a major role in the defeat of Serpent's Horn and the rescue of the captive Amberites and Davros, personally leading the commando team that rescued the prisoners from Daffyl's fortress and lending House Helgram's military might to crushing the armies of the Horn.
Loewen also recently helped rescue Jacqueline and Moonshade, and smacked down his Tremere-produced double in the process, claiming the Logrusfoils? of both House Darios? and House Alars as booty.
Loewen has mellowed somewhat, having had three children by two different women. (Four if you count Suzuka.) He has been healed of his injuries by the Bride of the Dragon (leading to the birth of Kanako and Nanbara). He seems a little less crazed, though still often rather harsh.
He has recently engaged his son Nanbara to Prince Drake's daughter Sumire.
- Fuyutsuki: A crazy old man is the Symbol of Order. It explains very much about Amber.
- Gendo: A noble and powerful king who destroyed his foes and drove them before him. If not for his insatiable lust for women, he would be a man worthy of respect in every way. As it stands, I respect his accomplishments, and avoid letting his lusts enchain me.
- Sakura of Catala: A most impressive woman, though ultimately a failure. Still, I cannot blame her for seeking to avenge her family. It is a daughter's duty. (And a son's duty as well, of course.)
- Wu-Sakura: I am sure she has a right to feel aggrieved. That will not stop me destroying her if she chooses to ensnare Helgram or its allies in her plans.
- Anthy of Gainax: I bow to her wisdom, though it often does match the voices of my heart. But she is the Serpent-daughter, and to be respected.
- Anno of Gainax: The Great Maker. His blood flows in my veins, and without him, I would not be. If I had his job, this universe would have fallen to wrack and ruin long ago.
- King Tylor: It baffles me that Amber would choose such a king or that he would have been so successful. The Serpent watches over Fools and Children, I suppose.
- Touga: I cannot trust him, and I do not like seeing him so close to our throne. But I respect his strength and cunning, and I think that so long as his interests further those of Chaos, it is not worth it to try to remove him.
- Drake: It is strange to find a man who is almost like a brother to me on the other side of the universe. We understand each other. When our families are joined, we will produce the strongest warriors ever.
- Van: I too was once a wandering hero. I learned from it and moved on. He seems reluctant to do so.
- Saionji: He has his father's flaws, but not so many of his father's strength. Still, I think he is finally becoming a man who can be respected.
- Eowyn: Forgiveness comes not easily to these old bones, but she has repented and atoned for her errors. The Bride trusts her, and so I will trust her as much as I can. Her skills are great, though she is sometimes not ruthless enough.
- Juri: I had more respect for her before she disgraced herself and threatened her brother's marriage. Still, Kodachi tells me not to let one error wipe out a lifetime of valiant deeds. She has done much to impress me in the past, perhaps she will do so again.
- Corrine: A woman of many talents; she is queen, warrior, and artist in equal measures. I fear this means she will never master any of them completely, but it does give her valuable flexibility. And I ruefully admit that she can out-wrestle me.
- Makoto: He performs his duties ably, yet I fear he will never amount to much, as he has little drive. Better, though, that he serve ably and humbly than that he plot for the throne.
- Corey: He is loud, obnoxious, and useful only as a pincushion.
- Gil-Galad / 'Annadil': It always amazes me as to how much damage Prince Gil-Galad was able to do before being cast into the Void. The man had great talent, though he defiled it in service to the Outsiders.
- Nanami: I understand the siren call of vengeance; her mother was strong in her. In the end, she was able to give it up, which is wise, if hard for me to understand. I hear that call strongly, sometimes. But she died at the hands of an incompetent fool before her time, and I will mourn her.
- Miki: Make up your mind, before someone makes it up for you. A King should not be such a weakling.
- Kozue: Her intentions were quite understandable, but also quite foolish. It is best to destroy your foes and laugh at their lamentations, but only if you can do so without simply destroying yourself to no purpose. We are eternal; patience is a virtue. And vengeance is a dish best served without suicide.
- Utena: I have great respect for her skill, but I have yet to see her do anything of use with it. If she chooses to blame me for my father's sins, then I will slay her if that is her desire. She seems content to rant impotently, however.
- Wakaba: She speaks of vengeance, but she is too cowardly to do anything. Pathetic.
- Vash: Why such a strong warrior is also so stupid escapes me.
Spouses of the Elders
- Yuriko: She is far more worthy to rule Amber than Tylor, and likely accounts for the success of his reign.
- Suu: She is fairly insane, and it surprises me that Touga married her. He must see qualities in her which I do not. Though I must admit she is brilliant, if often to useless purposes.
- The Red Knight: He is a strong man, brave and valiant.
- Nabiki: Some there are who would mock the accountants of the world, but as Lord, I have become very aware that without a good support staff, your army will crumble and perish. She does the distasteful work so that others can focus on their own strengths. And she is a woman strong enough to match Drake. Such women are rare indeed.
- Tsuwabuki: I understand your pain, Marshal. I am sure you do not want the pity of others; I did not in my time of grief. But I will simply say that I respect you greatly, and I share your loss. Treasure the good memories.
- Madoka: You have my permission to slap your husband and his sister around. I can instruct you in various techniques I have learned, should you desire the advice of a seasoned warrior. Also, I seem to remember Miki probably cannot shapeshift his balls away, should you choose to kick them a few times.
The TAMD Generation
- Keiko: She has great skills at magic, and I admire her willingness to also study the arts of unarmed combat. She is a very practical woman, a good balance to her husband, though like him, she is too often mired in the here and now, and has a dangerous tendency to material self-gratification which is unworthy of the mother of the Bride.
- Michelle: What a waste of a great sorceress, wallowing in the dust like a Kundali renegade. Still, I am very grateful to her for her services to our house. And I always pay my debts.
- Mikage: Mikage had great magical skills and a very potent mind. His skill at construct-making, on the other hand, was far worse than most people realized. His death does not sadden me, but the consequences of it taint his memory for me. Put not one's trust in constructs.
- Nagisa: I greatly respect his skills, but can only regard him as a weakling.
- Ramon: He is a warrior of great valor and skill, but he thinks in the short term and solves everything with punching or soft words. He has much to learn, but I am grateful for his kindness to my children by the Bride.
- Shinobu Major: I used to greatly admire your skills, but I can only conclude that apparently you have become soft and stupid from too many easy victories over fools. It is easy to forget, when slaughtering shadow people like wheat, that real people are not such easy meat. Perhaps you will be wiser in your next life.
- Shizumaru: You chose wisely. You are a man I can respect. Now, get your wife to deal with Bust Rimururu before it drives her mad, if you truly love her.
Spouses and lovers of the TAMD Generation
- Atsuko: Mostly useless.
- Damask: It is hard for me to judge whether he is insane due to his powers, or sought them in his madness. No, you may not have any of my blood.
- The Green Knight: It is likely best he no longer breeds.
- Gabrielle: She wears the pants in that family.
- Inaba: Merely a sideshow.
- Kodachi: My beloved wife. She is my hope and my joy, my anchor in the storms of life, and my conscience. Words cannot express my gratitude that she yet lives.
- Rimururu: I cannot blame her for being so angry, but she must learn to channel it usefully. Why has she not smote her great foe after all these years? So long as she fails to take action, I cannot respect her.
The UnS Generation
- Beowulf: He is a man who I would want to have by my side, in part to make sure he doesn't have to make the big decisions himself. Still, in a fight to the death, there are few others I would more want to have with me, as if anyone could avoid that death, it is him.
- Demetrius: He is a man of great skill and talent who seems to have overcome the naievte of his youth and become a man to be respected. He has shown me I can trust in his skills.
- Jacqueline: I begin to wonder if there are several Fuyutsuki's running around. She is dangerous, but nothing can be done about her.
- Kanna: She is what she is, and I respect it. I suspect she will never be suitable to be a queen, but as a warrior and an agent of Ember, she is top-notch. And like her mother, she could break me over one knee if I was not armed. Of course, the wise warrior is always armed...
- Kentaro: An inflatable warrior, who looks impressive until you prick him with a pin. Sumire is better off without him.
- Kuonji: He is a man of great cunning and greater skill with a blade. He struggles to escape his father's heritage of evil, and I can respect that. Like myself, he has little patience for fools. In the end, we have much in common, moreso that I would have thought at first. Sadly, he has put himself in a position where most will not listen to him until it is too late.
- Lian: She combined the worst features of both her parents. Her errors came close to damning us all. I hope the Abyss Monks roast her soul over an open fire every night and then force her to experience a million tortures before breakfast. Fool.
- Moonshade: The Sword of the Bride of the Dragon is well suited to the purposes for which she was born. Her strength is mighty, and I would hesitate to stand before her blade even if she was not the Sword.
- Motoko: She has failed to cover herself with glory of late, and I am disappointed. But the Serpent holds to her still, and I owe her debts I can never repay. I condemn easily and forgive hard, but I will do my best to reverse that for once. She remains the Bride and the mother of most of my surviving children, and has my respect and my friendship. Though I must pray the Serpent never asks us to have children together again.
- Mutsumi: A velvet glove over a fist of steel. She is a magnificent queen.
- Naru: A woman who combines intellect and strength in equal measures. She has had some failures of late, but I must congratulate her on her defeat of her mother.
- Nausicaa: She was a diplomat of great skill, a talent I utterly lack. Her death was a tragic waste, and I hope that she will be more fortunate in her next life.
- Shinobu Minor: She is a great fighter, but I do not think she has what it takes to rule Aesir. Considering the competition, however, she is still better qualifed than most members of Aesir to rule. At least she does have some experience.
- Sumire: In the end, she will learn to obey her father, as is a daughter's duty. Did she learn nothing in the military?
- Thoric: He is a mighty warrior, but he well illustrates what happens when you let your children run amok instead of disciplining them. As a King, he is skillful. As a General, he has my great respect. As a father and a husband, I think that he is largely a failure. I suppose Gendo's genes are showing again.
- Vice: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Spouses of the UnS Generation
- Davros: The Soul of the Bride has not shone so brightly of late, but his past deeds lead me to greatly respect his skills and his wisdom. I hope that he and the Bride will overcome their moment of weakness and return to the road of righteousness.
- Kaede: He was a good husband and a valiant warrior. May he rest in peace.
- Lily: It is not surprising that a woman like this gave birth to someone like Telemain.
- Mitsune: There is more of her mother in her than most realize. I trust in her to guide her spouses back to the right path. Much as it surprises me that I do.
- Ruka: If Miki is wise, he will try to seize this chance to bring him to his service.
- Aburatsubo: My gratitude to him for his services to my family is immense. He is fortunate that Telemain died before he could take Aburatsubo with him.
- Akari: I will strive to accept her new role and forget her past errors and her long career of playing at childhood. But it will not be easy.
- Anya: This is what happens if you never beat your children. Hopefully, someone will knock some sense into her before her head is severed.
- Asuka: Her temper often threatens to undo all her cunning and skill. It will destroy her if she does not release it.
- Chloe: A polite, intelligent woman of great skill. If not always so good at fooling people as she thinks.
- Deirdre: It is sad to see that a wise man like her father and a strong woman like her mother produced an ignorant, weak slut. Perhaps in a few centuries, she will be useful for something besides a beating.
- Hanajima: An elegant and wise woman who knows when silence is best and sees more than she tells.
- Haru: He has much to learn, but his skills with the Pattern are impressive, and his errors those of youth, but not of total, ignorant stupidity, unlike some people I could name, such as my own child.
- Jewel: I trust in Anno and Jack's judgement of her, though I can understand some people's concerns. She has always been respectful to me. Still, she must learn to tame her tongue.
- Kanako: I sometimes ask myself where I went wrong. I can only conclude that her divided upbringing meant that she learned nothing at all of any use from either of us. What a waste. But she is my daughter, and I mourn her death. The Serpent gifted me with her, and I failed him in raising her well. And in the end, I could not protect her from destruction, either. Better she had remained lost than that she perish pointlessly of her sister's ignorance.
- Kaname: Once again, I am in your debt, Princess-Heir of Rebma. Whatsoever you ask of me, I will grant if I am able.
- Katherine: Interesting.
- Kurz: And what exactly have you been doing through all this?
- Kyou: He needs a handler. A less fluffy handler. Still, better a poor one than none. He certainly can't control himself. Pathetic.
- Makoto: If I were here, I suspect I would have risen up and butchered my siblings long ago. It is a testimony to her patience that she has not.
- Melissa: I am pleased to see you well, and glad you did not lose your parents, my good friends and allies. I am sure you did your best before they overcame you, and I place no blame on you.
- Minako: She should be killed. Immediately. Painfully. Unfortunately, this is not practical. Yet.
- Miroku: Perhaps there is more to him than his cock after all. We shall see if he returns to whoring again.
- Allen von Munchausen: *gibber*
- Nanami Minor: Strong, graceful, and competent. She is a credit to her parents. I do wonder where she was during this crisis, though.
- Nanbara: I cast aside my past aspersions, my son. You have made your father very proud of you. You will make Sumire a most excellent husband.
- Orien: I am surprised and impressed. Crisis brings out the best in all of us. I am most grateful, Prince Orien.
- Ota Minor: I suppose rampaging homocidal maniacs, if kept on a leash, have their uses. The man certainly knows how to kill abundantly.
- Random: Few things are worse than to see a wasted life. Still, like Orien, it seems her fullest potential has shown itself in this crisis. I pray she will continue to reform her behavior, rather than continuing to waste her talents on singing. Especially since her music reminds me of the caterwauling of hippos in heat.
- Setsuna: Setsuna my old friend, you never change, it seems, for good and ill. I pray that your flaws will not drag you under. Though I recommend you drop Yomiko like a rock, unless you wish to be dragged down with a sinking ship.
- Shigure: He is a good match for Tylor, which is to say that he is not well suited for his job, yet somehow flourishes anyway.
- Shiori: Princess Shiori has long been a friend of Helgram; once again she has proven her friendship in the fires of battle. You are always welcome here, Princess, and I will give you whatever aid I can in your own endeavours, if you but ask.
- Sousuke: It seems that in this crisis, both my sons have shone brightly. You have well justified my faith in you, Sousuke. I am most grateful.
- Suzuka: It would have been better if she had remained an impotent ghost of whom no one but Kanako was aware. Better yet, I think, if she had simply never existed. She has nearly destroyed us all, and only at the Serpent's behest do I refrain from her annhilation. I begin to think it better I simply kill any future daughters of mine.
- Telemain: Like Tomoe. If Tomoe was an ignorant fool who blew up half of Helgram. We are better off with him in tiny little bits.
- Tohru: I suspect she will become much like Beowulf, a person of great skill who is just a little too naive for their own good.
- Tomos: He knows his place and his purpose and has served it well. I fear, however, that his spiral downwards into annhilation at the hands of Minako has begun, and I suggest Amber begin building his tomb now.
- Uo: A woman who does not understand her place in the world. Her skills are great, but so is her mouth. She obviously was not well disciplined as a child.
- Violet: I respect her wisdom and cunning, but I think, like her mother, she tends to think herself better than she actually is.
- Yomiko: I have long respected Yomiko's intellect and skills, and she has learned much from me. She should be more harshly punished than she has been, though loyalty is normally a commendable virtue.
- Yuki: A quiet and gentle man; like Kyou, he needs a handler, though for different reasons. Unlike Kyou, he's found one who is up to the task, I think. He is a good fighter and a good man, but a little too diffident.