Basara, Court Bard
A strange man who often seems drugged out, he is a pacifist guitar player who believes love solves everything and that people have to LISTEN TO MY SONG!!!!!
Still, he's good at what he does (play music, sing, and be a freak).
He and Orien seem to be good friends, and he has a liking for Kaname as
Lord Bayle, Royal Vintner
Lord Bayle is essentially in charge of ensuring everyone in Castle Amber can get drunk in style. He has extensive estates in the plains of Harad, in which he produces just about every form of alcohol known to mankind. If you want to get hammered, he's your man. He also has an extensive shipping fleet and his own port, Baylesport, on the far north-eastern tip of the Gulf of Amber.
Crusty, the Royal Fool
Dealing with Crusty is a fairly difficult experience at times; Crusty has an incredible knack for parodying anyone, and his ability to shapechange means he can take on your form and mock you with it. He normally appears as a short, bent over hunchback, on those rare occassions when he uses his true form. Tylor has declared him inviolable; no matter what he does, as long as no physical harm ensues, he cannot be punished. Many people hate him, especially because his humor is so on target. And they're the target.
Lord Franich, Court Historian
King Tylor has hired Lord Franich to write a complete history of Amber. The tall, thin, dark haired, vandyke-bearded man has gone to it with a gusto, cruising all over shadow and all over Amber to try to collect all the necessary information. This often involves dragging Princes of the Blood on crazed shopping sprees and trips to dangerous places like 'The Shadow Where the Day of Darkness Happens Every Day' in order to properly study events.
Lord Franich has completed the first three volumes, and is now plunging
into the Cimbri Wars. Often literally. He seems quite friendly
with a lot of the younger generation, especially Nanami Minor, Aburatsubo,
Haru, and Telemain. Uotani seems to alternate between running away
from him and seeking him out.
High Priest Geo
A tall, portly man with brown hair cut short and a thick moustache. He's a pompous windbag who delivers sermons about the Unicorn at the drop of a hat, and won't shut up to save his life. When you were young, he constantly lectured you about your duties. Still, he has many faithful followers at his command. And the elite temple guards.
Geo is shocked and appalled by the rise in harem keeping. He refers to Motoko as 'The Scarlet Woman' and Thoric as 'The Great Whore of Arcadia'. His words on Michelle are not printable. He does seem somewhat pleased by the rise of his protege, Edith, to be High Priestess in Arcadia. And horrified by her dating Corey.
Lady Haruna, Royal Tutor
Medium in height and build, as lovely as she is smart, Haruna taught
each of you the basics of your education. When she hadn't run off to have
nookie with her boyfriend of the moment. When she wasn't tormenting you
all for the sins of the boyfriend of the moment. Still, she taught you
quite a bit, and knows even more. Haruna became famous during the Herald
Crisis, when it was discovered that she is, in fact, the premier expert
on Broken Pattern and Power Words in Amber. She and Yumi have
a bitter feud for no apparent reason. She doesn't like Yumi's children
either. Haruna is known to have tutored Captain Uotani in etiquette
and power words.
Misato, Commander of the Palace Guard
Misato is the brilliant, but often drunken commander of the Palace Guards
who defend Castle Amber and accompany King Tylor and Queen Yuriko on their
travels. She is tall and beautiful with long dark hair and a body
she likes to show off. It's easy to forget she's a crack shot with
a crossbow and deadly with a sword, until she has to pound someone flat.
She and Makoto have been dating on and off for the last century, but can't
ever quite get their acts together.
Lord High Chamberlain Nabiki
Drake vanished into Shadow towards the end of the Annadil Crisis without formally resigning his office, leaving his deputy in charge. Since the job is traditionally held by a Prince or Princess of the Blood when possible, Tylor has yet to replace him, simply raising Nabiki's salary and leaving her to run the office as Drake's lieutenant until his return, since she and Drake worked quite closely in the past. She's a money-grubbing manipulator, but she always seems to have Amber's best interests at heart. She's believed to have been romantically involved with Drake before he vanished, and she spent most of the next three years after his disappearance in gloomy seclusion before finally getting over it.
After Drake's return, she and Drake got married, she became Lord High
Chamberlain, and Sumire was revealed to be their child. She seems
to be doing quite well, though Prince Haru has been known to doubt her
Ned the Whipping Boy, Lord High Executioner; Lord Lash
When your great-aunts and great-uncles were all young, it was considered improper to physically punish them, so the unfortunate Ned, son of a stablehand, was designated to be punished in your stead. In fact, it reached the point where just about everything was being punished for a while by beating up Ned. The result is that Ned ended up becoming perhaps the toughest, most irritable man in Amber, able to take just about anything.
His period as whipping boy ended when he threw himself in the path of five poisoned arrows intended for King Gendo. Years of beatings had made him tough enough to survive it. He was promoted to the nobility by Gendo and appointed Lord High Executioner. He takes far too much pleasure in his work, and has blackmail on virtually all of your great-aunts and great-uncles, as he remembers each and every offense of theirs for which they were punished.
Ned's starting to get old, but he just keeps going.
Lord Percival, Master of the Hunt
A tall, skinny, brainless twit who is an idiot savant of hunting. In most situations, he is worth little to nothing, but when it comes to slaughtering animals, riding through the forest, and surviving in the wilderness, he's your man. Only the Green Knight knows the forest better than he.
Seta Noriyasu, Royal Tutor
With so much to learn in Amber, Tylor decided to hire another Royal Tutor. Recommended by Prince Beowulf, Seta is a Panopticon University graduate, specializing in archaeology and hand-to-hand combat. He's strong enough to go toe to toe with Prince Ramon and sometimes win. He's known to be quite friendly with Lord Keitaro, Princess Naru, Princess Mutsumi, Lady Yumi, Prince Beowulf, and Travis the Librarian and his daughters.
Seta has a daughter named Sara who is now a professor at Panopticon.
This scares those who knew her in youth. He seems quite friendly
with the intellectuals of this generation, and he and Countess Haruka have
been seeing each other lately.
Travis the Royal Librarian
Curly haired, bearded, and bespectacled, Travis is the hard-working head librarian, and probably the only man in Amber who actually understands how the library is organized. Fortunately for all concerned, he's also quite friendly and willing to be helpful. His cat Snickers is rumored to be a shapechanging beast from Chaos which secretly controlled King Gendo in the last days of his reign, but most people dismiss that rumor. On the other hand, Snickers is now over one hundred and seventy five years old, rather old for a cat... He is now married to Duchess Yumi, holds the title of Duke, has four daughters, and rarely seems sure exactly what happened to produce any of this.
Wasyuu, Royal Doctor and Alchemist
This red-haired quack has been the royal doctor for decades, despite
the fact that her treatments revolve around things like trying to poison
the toad which must be living in your stomach and causing your acid reflux
when it spits. She does have quite a knack for chemistry; she's blown up
her tower five times. She was quite shaken up when her daughter Lian
died, but seems to have gotten over it. Or may just hide her angry
Duchess Yumi, the Royal Mistress and Arbiter of Etiquette.
Gendo dealt with one of his former wives' complaints by creating an official mistress position as a paid court position. Thus, everyone knows that she's his mistress. How exactly this improves matters, you're not sure. Still, she must have learned quite a few secrets from the old man. Let's just hope she didn't pick up any diseases either. Some people like to call her the 'Royal Bimbo', but they all seem to end up mysteriously ill or dead. Funny that.
Tylor has failed to appoint a new holder of this office, so in theory, Yumi is still the Royal Mistress. However, it's quite certain she isn't mistressing for Tylor, or Yuriko would have tried to kill her by now. She now holds the rank of 'Duchess of Cabra' and is officially also 'Arbiter of Etiquette' for the court, a role in which she excels.
Yumi has revealed many hidden depths since the Annadil Crisis, and is now married to Travis the Royal Librarian, with four children. She writes works of erudite scholarship and has weekly tea with Dowager Queen Anthy and Queen Yuriko.
Yumi is now known to be the keeper of the Spikard of Water, a potent Logrus Initiate and Sorceress, and a high player in the games of Amber, easily weilding as much authority as any Prince of the Blood.
Amberite Military Officers
She commands the Soyokaze for King Tylor when he isn't commanding it
himself. A lucious blonde, she is thought to be a shadow of Juri,
and has extensive skills in fighting, naval command, singing, country music,
General Jill Pole
A minor scion of House Pole who now commands the Amberite Scout Corps.
Tall, thin, and blonde, known for her scouting skills.
Irresponsible Captain Roberts of the Northern Fleet, formerly the Dread Pirate Roberts
The leader of the Shalomar pirates, who sails in the ship Invincible. Certain rumors claim he is the son of Dworkin the Pirate, and possesses the ability to command whales and other sea creatures. Kozue has been trying to catch him for over a decade. He is known to have sent Kozue a letter telling her she danced with him at Marching. Whether this is true is unknown, since no one actually knows for sure what he looks like.
He has since sworn fealty to Amber and causes trouble for Commodore
Ruka, his commander.
Commodore Ruka of the Amberite Navy
Commodore Ruka commands one of the squadrons of the Northern Fleet, and is married to Princess Kanna. His daughter is Princess Shiori. Despite rumors, his forelock is neither a Chaos Monster nor a point item.
General Tswabuki, Marshal of Amber
Lord Tswabuki, a young blonde fellow, commands the Trained Bands of Amber City in times of war. He is one of Nanami's chief subordinates, and is a loyal, honest, trustworthy fellow. He is father to Ramon, and has been having a very long romantic relationship with Nanami for some seventy odd years now. It remains unknown why they don't get married.
There have been multiple assassination attempts on Lord Tsuwabuki of late, and he has just been promoted to Marshal of Amber.
Alfred the Butler
Alfred is more or less the majordomo for the castle, an old white haired man who has been Butler for centuries. He is descended from a minor line of nobles,and never lets the other servants forget it. There have been several assassination attempts on him lately.
Anna is Travis' assistant, who has worked in the library for a century now. A sorceress of some skill, she has dated Prince Kentaro and Seta, both times with disastrous endings. She is known to be a good friend of Yomiko.
Chef Bork, Royal Cook
Chef Bork is a short, dumpy man with thick reddish-brown eyebrows that hide his eyes and a thicker moustache. He is from some distant shadow and has never bothered to learn Thari (the language of Amber), and thus many people have a hard time communicating with him. It's widely suspected he likes that. Most people aren't even sure what his real name is; he says the word 'Bork' so often that he's been informally named that. He's so good at what he does that no one minds. He's known to be a good friend of Princess Shinobu.
Kevin the Poison Tester
Kevin is the latest in many poison testers you've seen over the years. His job is to test to see if the royal food has been poisoned. He's lasted a good hundred and fifty five years because he's a skillful alchemist and seems to have the constitution of a bull rhino. He's also the most nervous man you know, with good reason.
Mario the Plumber
Mario is a short, stout man with a thick moustache who you have never
seen dressed in anything other than blue overalls, a red shirt, and a red
cap. He is a hard working man, as he and Fuyutsuki and your father
are the only people alive who understand how Castle Amber's plumbing works.
He is also the least respectful of the servants towards anyone except for
Fuyutsuki, the King, and Lord Bayle (who supplies him with free alcohol),
unless they demonstrate an understanding of plumbing. He often vanishes
for days at a time into the pipes, fixing things and solving problems.
Mary the Royal Nurse
Mary is a tall, thin woman who seems to have been around 30 years old forever. She tends to royal children for so long as they need a nursemaid and minder, and also has schooled the female ones in the feminine graces. She has quite a knack for music and song, but is usually fairly serious and strict. Since she never forgets everything, she probably still remembers every mistake any of you ever made when you were young. She's outlasted all of Gendo's queens but the last, and most of the other servants as well. These days, there's no royal children for her to tend, so she sees to the children of the major court officers.
Nobles of Note
Duke Toffee of Talabec, Warden of Western Harad
Duke Toffee is in charge of the defenses of Western Harad, bordering on Begma and Eregnor. He controls a large portion of the grain-growing regions of Amber and a substantial feudal army. The previous warden betrayed Amber, joining a revolt by a False Eowyn. He seeks to prove the loyalty of Western Harad, and is a very fervent patriot.
Duke Percy of Carlisle, Defender of the Northern Reaches
Duke Percy controls the defenses of the northern border of the Plains of Harad. With the rise of Kashfa, there have been less raids from the north, but he still has the legacy of older days in the form of many strong castles. He respects only three things: the Church of the Unicorn, Valor in Battle, and Good Beer.
Duchess Joli of Sethfore, Defender of the Southern Reaches
Duchess Joli is in charge of the defense of the region of Sethfore, southeast of Amber. She has a small coastal defense fleet, and a huge mountain of money from all the wealthy cities under her admistration. Unlike most nobles, she sees things from the mercantile perspective.
"Lord Moneybags", Count Richard Wittington of Maldon
Count Wittington bought his title by bailing out the government during a financial crisis shortly before the Herald Crisis. He is a wealthy merchant of the City of Amber who made his wealth outfitting whaling ships and importing spices and ivory from Ashante. He has great influence in the City of Amber. Extremely old and expected to die soon.
Marchioness Lucrezia of Florence
The Marchioness is short, voluptous, elegant, and deadly. She is a snake, and everyone knows it. She is one of the few people who Nanami gets along with, probably so they can hunt prey together. She is a court noble, and one of the social arbiters of the court.
Citizens of Amber
Bill is a short, dark skinned man, with close-cropped black hair that
often looks slightly charred because it is. He'll never win a beauty
contest, but he's one of the best weaponsmiths in Amber City, and a conjuror
of some note. Give him a few days, and he can produce almost anything
you can imagine that's within his powers (Up to 4 point properties).
He is noted, however, for giving weapons incredibly literal names and for
having a daughter, Rally, who is a bountyhunter. His most famous
creation, Whalekiller, is borne by Prince
Ota "Shaft" Tenjou.
Her true identity is unknown, but she looks and dresses much like Duchess Rimururu, except with purple trim and purple ribbons/headbands. She is a notorious whore, water elementalist, thief, and all around dangerous woman. Good enough with a blade to take on five city guards at once, and strong enough in elemental powers to have repeatedly defeated Duchess Rimururu, who she calls 'Slash Rimururu', whatever THAT means. Bustie seems to have a thing for Shizumaru, and periodically tries to steal him from Duchess Rimururu.
Prince Corey says she's one of the five best lays he's ever had.
Dworkin 'Bumpy' Mills
Weight: 300 lbs
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair: Blue, curly, short.
Skin: dark brown, horrible complexion
Age: over 300 years old (looks 64 in earth terms)
Appearance: He bears a passing resemblance to BB King, though much uglier in general.
The nickname comes from his notoriously hideous skin, and surprisingly Bumpy doesn't seem to mind the nickname. He carries himself with an ego and a pretentious air, though it utterly fails because he has too much lower class habits to overcome (his slang, gestures, other nuances). Basically a wannabe high class man. He's one of the crime lords of the Dead Unicorn, dealing primarily in illegal substances, contraband, and prostitution, as well as extortion and racketeering.
Bumpy's had his way in the Dead U for as long as he's been there, rising through the ranks quickly and staying on top through intimidation and blackmail. A recent thorn on his side, however, has been the arrival of Ota 'Shaft' Tenjou. He found it grand that his new adversary is of royal descent, but was horrified when he finally met the young royal in person, who, after Bumpy tried to bribe him, promptly threw him out the 5th floor window of his casino. He finds the lack of respect from the young upstart maddening, and has frequently gone to war against the police in the ward because of it. Shaft's managed to stomp on enough of Bumpy's schemes to hurt him, but never done enough to put him out of business entirely.
Bumpy is frequently seen with a walking stick, which conceals a blade, and with a cigar lit in mouth. There are many stories of Bumpy's depraved sexual habits, though nobody knows how much is true. There's a scar along Bumpy's back from when he dodged a shot from Shaft's 'Whalekiller' crossbow, from one evening when the royal inspector was feeling particularly vicious.
Due to his connections with the underground, Bumpy frequently knows what's going on around the Dead U, and often what's going on outside of it. Bumpy is now the Alderman for the Ward of the Dead Unicorn, and seems to be greatly enjoying being able to force people to call him 'sir'.
Certain rumors claim that Count Miroku and Princess Random have worked for Bumpy in the past. Bust Rimururu seems to view him with great favor.
Notorious thorn in Chef Bork's side and general pain in the butt.
The Hamburgler especially likes to steal hamburgers, but has been known
to show up during any sort of meal, such as formal court receptions. He's
died at least once, but keeps coming back.
King, Barkeep of Maison l'Roi
King is the barkeep of a small gin joint in the Ward of the Iron Pot. She's often mistaken for an effeminate man, since she wears her hair short and has a prediliction for fine men's clothing. She is also, because of this, often assumed as a lesbian. She is known to be on friendly terms with Uotani and Random.
Her fighting skills are said to be great, dealing with unruly patrons and foolish robbers bare-handed and always coming out on top. In fact, King seems to be good enough to go toe to toe with Kanna, Uotani, or Nanami Minor and win at times.
She still has a massive stock of cheese.
Makoto the Mad
Not to be confused with Prince Makoto, this lunatic is a young mage who is utterly infatuated with blowing things up. He seems indestructible, periodically appearing and wrecking havoc for no discernable reason, then getting killed in a bloody confrontation with someone. He loves fire magics. He also seems to have decided he's in love with Keiko, and shows up at most Belgalad family gatherings; it's not a real party until they've killed Makoto the Mad.
Rally Vincent is a noted bounty hunter and maker of weapons, trained
in the latter by the famous Bill Vincent, her father. She has short,
wavy black hair and dark skin, with bright blue eyes. She is most
noted for having served as Prince Miki's bodyguard a century ago, during
a trip to Chaos.
Sir Robert Walpole, Mayor of Amber City
Boss Tweed was but a pale Shadow of Sir Robert Walpole, who is quite
possibly the most corrupt man in the universe. He smuggles wine into
Amber in the same ships that enforce the customs laws. Half the city
council is on his payroll, the other half are on his blacklist. For
nearly one hundred and seventy years, he has ruled Amber City in collusion
with Princess Nanami, ever since her appointment as Steward of the City.
Sir Robert Walpole has the nickname of 'Screenmaster General' for his ability
to cover up graft and scandals. Still, he knows how to take care
of his own, and he's a brilliant administrator when not embezzling like
a madman. He is short and handsome, but to the surprise of everyone
around him, completely faithful to his wife, Emily. It is perhaps
the only promise he's never bent or broken.
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