Your Relatives, in order by age
Drawer of Pattern, spinner out of fate, complete loon. If you know sorcery or trumps or advanced pattern, you probably studied under him. He's a fruitcake, but he's a powerful, knowledgeable fruitcake. Watch out for his hat.
Your daddy the ruthless bastard, Pretty much just like in the canon. He's about to die and has yet to designate an heir.
Take Bleys, remove his good nature, but keep the rest, and transplant Caine's sneakiness into him. That's your brother Touga. You can't trust him, but you can rely on him to do almost anything fairly well, if not quite anything the best. Except being a total and utter bastard. Currently, he's in exile after a fight with your father, but he does still take trump calls. Not a candidate for the throne because he's legally in exile.
Green haired. Considers himself an honorable warrior, although his honor seems to have some cracks in it when it comes to women. He spends a lot of time out wandering around shadow fighting things, but will probably show up for Oberon's last message. He and Touga fight a lot. Not a candidate for the throne because he's simply not bright enough for it.
Quiet and reclusive, Juri is a noted master of the sword. She recently retired from the job of Marshal to do some writing and meditating, and is currently staying at her estates about five days ride north of Amber along the coast and writing a history of her time as Marshal. She is expected to appear, but not to take much role in any power struggles, as she hates politics. She is red haired, tall, and wiry.
Blonde and thin with a bad attitude, Nanami heads the social vultures of the court, wrecking havoc on lives with her meddling and prying. Too many people hate her for her to ever claim the throne, yet at the same time, her social connections would make her a valuble ally to someone who actually understands the concept of not being a bitch to everyone. Known to be a close ally of Touga.
Master of the Revels for Amber, he provides entertainment for the court and city and oversees the city's theatres. He is a talented pianist and a fencer of some repute. Friendly and open, almost everyone likes him. He has publically announced he has no interest in the throne. Carries a stopwatch and times things frequently.
The young queen is younger than many of her step-children. She is shy and quiet, the fifth in a sequence of quiet, unassertive queens Oberon has married over the years. In fact, she is sometimes so passive it gets downright creepy. Still, she is gentle and kind. Her hair is purple and wavy, pulled back into a bun, and she wears glasses. She is mother to Utena and Wakaba.
The pink-haired, boyish goody goody of the family. She is also one of the best among your NPC siblings, perhaps the best at feats of arms. She served as your father's bodyguard for a time, and of late has been wandering about shadow with Wakaba getting into trouble.
It's hard to think of Wakaba as a princess of Amber. Her hair is an ordinary brown, pulled back into an elaborate hairstyle that probably takes her an hour each morning to put up. She dresses fashionably, and worries more about her love life than power or politics. Still, she is one of your siblings and a noted sorceress. She and Utena are very closely allied, and are currently off adventuring in shadow. She's the baby of the family, and is often treated as such.
Oberon's Other Wives
Sakura of Catala (first time)
Sakura was Oberon's first wife. Tall and dark haired, she was from Catala, a kingdom which once ruled all of what is now Kashfa, Eregnor, and Begma. Touga was born during her first marriage to Oberon. Then, when Oberon provoked a civil war in Kashfa in order to prevent its new monarch making war on Amber, she stormed out and didn't come back for a very, very long time.
Yvette of Monde
Oberon's second wife was formerly his mistress, married mainly as an act of spite against Sakura. She was a pretty young blonde lass, who was married to Oberon for four years, then died giving birth to Saionji.
Haruka of Harad
Haruka's father was the last king of Harad, who willed his daughter and kingdom to Amber in order to gain protection from the invasions of the Cimbri tribes which were overrunning everything north of the Kolvir Range. Haruka grew up a warrior, fighting the invasions, and fought constantly with Oberon. There were persistant rumors she was lesbian, but she did have several children by Oberon, of whom only Juri survives (unless any PCs have her as their mother). She was murdered, but the killers were not found until years later.
"Charlotte of Belgalad" Sakura of Catala (second time)
Agents of Sakura murdered Haruka. She then managed to swoop in and seduce Oberon, having disguised herself with shapeshifting. Somehow, she convinced him to retroactively annul all his former marriages, rendering Saionji and Juri bastards, then married him and produced Nanami. She apparently planned to use Nanami to try to destroy Amber somehow. She died at the hands of Touga and Oberon in the Pattern chamber under circumstances neither of them has ever been willing to discuss. The common rumor is that they killed her by forcing her to walk the pattern herself. He annulled the marriage as well, thus making Nanami a bastard. Rumor has it this contributed to why she's so cranky, as this has never been reversed.
Rei of Rebma
Rei was sullen and quiet, with blue hair and pale skin, the sister of Queen Moire of Rebma. Oberon married her in a diplomatic marriage at the behest of the Lord High Chamberlain of the time. He soon found her to be creepy and too passive and not up to his physical standards. He kept her only as long as was necessary to avoid a breech with Rebma, then had the marriage annuled. It still caused a diplomatic breech with Rebma. She is Miki's mother.
Lorelei of Therin
She was tall and thin, dark skinned with dark black hair. A gracious
hostess, she was in many ways the perfect wife for the King of Amber.
She has no surviving NPC children, but she's available as a PC mother.
She had the misfortune to drown during a boating accident.
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
As Oberon has gotten old and cranky, this man's job has been vital to preventing total disaster. But he's burning out; you've seen him hitting the bottle a lot, when Oberon's not hitting him. His jokes have seen better days, like the War of Five Crowns 200 years ago. Still, he has a biting wit and the ability to make your father laugh. He is also president of the Fools' Guild of Amber.
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.
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. She's also a trump artist of some skill. She and Yumi have a bitter feud for no apparent reason.
Lina the Court Magist
Every court needs a royal sorceror, and she's the one. In recent years, she hasn't needed to do much more than fire off fireworks for court occasions, but she's known to have slain a few dragons in her time. She thinks magic is the solution to everything. So are explosions.
Madoka, Court Bard
From some distant shadow she came, carrying an electric guitar and a saxaphone. The electric guitar doesn't work here, but the saxaphone does, and she sings fairly well too. All in all, this dark haired lass (she looks to be maybe 17 at most, although she's been around for decades...the oddities of aging in Amber) does a good job at her job. She's also noted to be a deadly hand with a guitar pick in combat.
Ned the Whipping Boy, Lord High Executioner; Lord Lash
When you were all young, it was considered improper to physically punish you, 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 successfully exposed the infidelities of Queen Lari with the former Lord High Executioner. He was promoted to the nobility by Oberon and appointed Lord High Executioner. He takes far too much pleasure in his work, and has blackmail on virtually all of your generation, as he remembers each and every offense of yours for which you were punished.
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 Warden of Arden knows the forest better than he.
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 Oberon in the last days of his reign, but most people dismiss that rumor.
Wasyuu, Royal Doctor and Alchemist
This red-haired quack has managed to somehow keep your father alive the last few 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.
Yumi, the Royal Mistress
Oberon 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.
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.
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.
Kasumi the Chambermaid
Kasumi is the quietly cheerful head of the staff of servants who keep Castle Amber from turning into a filthy hellhole like most medieval castles. She is a tall, thin brunette with a pleasant smile for everyone she meets, and probably the nicest person in Amber. Which given how your homeland works means she's probably an axe murderess in her spare time. You might not think she's important in the games of Amber...until you remember she has keys to everyone's bedroom and almost everything else in the Palace as well...
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 fifteen 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 Dworkin 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
Dworkin, your father, Skippy, 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
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 Oberon'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 Crumpet of Avesbury, Warden of Western Harad
Duke Crumpet 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. He is a bit on the snooty side.
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 a few years ago. 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. He is old and ugly.
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.
Last Update July 21, 2000