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. He's your great-grandfather, but no one is sure who or what he had sex with to produce Gendo. Rumors claim it was the Unicorn, but surely the Unicorn has more taste.
Fuyutsuki lives in a suite of rooms down in the dungeons under the Palace. He has a very large lab, which the front door opens into; no one is sure if he has a bedroom or just sleeps there. He also has a painting gallery connected to it, most of which are trumps. All of your family are depicted, along with other people and places you've never seen.
Your daddy the ruthless bastard, Pretty much just like in the canon.
Everyone keeps expecting him to die, but it just doesn't seem to happen.
Queen Anthy is a relative by marriage, not by blood, namely Gendo's current wife. The young queen is younger than many of her step-children. She is shy and quiet, the least assertive of the queens Gendo 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.
Your NPC Siblings
Quiet and reclusive, Juri is a noted master of the sword, and the current,
very effective, Marshal of Amber. She is red haired, tall, and wiry.
Kozue is Miki's female twin. She is sly and manipulative, driving her brother insane with her reckless behavior. She seems to have very bad taste in men, but that is probably just a front to help drive her brother crazy. She seems to dabble in a little of everything. Kozue commands the Northern Fleet. Too many people hate her for her to have any shot at the throne.
Miki commands the Southern Fleet.. 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
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. She
is also the Steward of the City of Amber.
Green haired. Considers himself an honorable warrior, although his honor
seems to have some cracks in it when it comes to women. He is the Warden
of Arden. He and Touga fight a lot. Not a candidate for the throne
because he's simply not bright enough for it.
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.
Touga is Castellan of Castle Amber. Not a candidate for the throne
because he's legally illegitimate.
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 serves as your father's bodyguard.
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's also the Lord High Chamberlain of Amber. She's the baby of the family, and is often treated as such.
Gendo's Other Wives
Rei of Rebma
Rei was sullen and quiet, with blue hair and pale skin, the sister of
Queen Moire of Rebma. Gendo 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 and Kozue's mother.
Sakura of Catala (first time)
Sakura was Gendo's second 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 Gendo. Then, when Gendo 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
Gendo's third 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 Gendo 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 Gendo. There were persistant rumors she was lesbian, but she did have several children by Gendo, 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 Gendo, 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 Gendo 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.
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.
Your Deceased Siblings, in order of Death
Everyone listed here is presumed dead, usually with good reason.
One of Gendo's bastards. His shoelace came untied while walking the Pattern for the first time. He tripped and fell and the Pattern ripped him apart. He has become a cautionary tale in Amber.
Van was Saonji's elder brother. He rode forth to challenge a dragon that was raiding the Golden Circle. Neither he nor the dragon was ever seen again, and his trump is cold and dead.
Eldest daughter of Haruka. She died during a winter battle on a frozen lake. The ice cracked, she fell in and perished.
Another daughter of Haruka. Raped and killed by a Cimbri warchief when she was only fifteen.
A brave and valiant warrior who was murdered by the Cimbri during a truce negotiation.
The bastard son of Gendo by an elfmaid from Shadow. He walked the Pattern centuries ago and has never been seen again. His trump is cold and dead.
Another bastard son. He was legitimized after Sakura's treason was revealed, and made Nanami's young life hell. An overbearing bastard who wrote bad poetry, he insulted the wrong ambassador and was cut in half.
Daughter of Lorelei. She drowned with her mother during the boating
accident. She was only twelve.
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 Gendo 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 Gendo'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.
Mike Loader, Official Procurer of Teas and Coffees for the King of Amber
Out of shadow he rides with his red right hand...well, actually, he's
this skinny guy with a moustache who procures tea and coffee for King Gendo,
who drinks the stuff like it was in danger of going out of style or ceasing
to exist. Somewhere in the basement is a huge storehouse of tea and
coffee procured for the king by Master Loader, and every few weeks, he
heads out into Shadow for a while to get more, returning after several
weeks journey. He is never seen without his trademark grey hat, and
rarely seen without a cup of tea in his hand or brewing. When questioned,
he identifies his home shadow as 'Assyria' and rants about how the White
Man sunk his continent. Most assume this must be some desert shadow,
since he usually thinks Amber is far too cold.
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 an assassination plot against the King. 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 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.
Sean the Royal Librarian
This tall, skinny, hat-wearing man has recently been appointed Royal Librarian after his predecessor 'went out for cat food and never came back'. He is believed to be native to the Isle of Emeralds, though he speaks with no accent. The Royal Library has undergone some changes under his regime, as the kingdom's collection of hentai doujinshi from across Shadow has greatly increased, as well as the amount of Dr. Who paraphenalia. He has also started an extensive music library in collaboration with Prince Miki, and is rumored to have said he would 'kill for someone who can ride out into Shadow and find the following Zappa tapes for me..' [Extensive list appended] He is married to a woman named 'Firefly', who is short, dark-haired, and quite shy, but rumored to be a sorceress of some note.
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
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.
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 Head 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 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, 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 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 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.
Sparky is Gendo's Pet Dragon. He lives in the upper story of the stables, where he keeps his treasure horde. He's just big enough for two people to ride, and he has golden scales. Sparky spits lightning if he doesn't like you, and he doesn't seem to like most people, other than Gendo.