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AMBER FAMILY TREE -- POST TAMD/PRE UnS
[[Including UnS Next-Gen characters in brackets...]]
GEN 0 GEN 1 GEN 2 GEN 3 GEN 4
Fuyutsuki |- Moire (d?) + Yamato (d?) ---------|
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+------|- Gendo (d) + Sakura (D) |
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| |- Shayla(d) | |--- Tylor + Yuriko
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Grey Knight | |
(Metal) | |--- Touga
or | |
Crystal Knight | | Sakura/"Touga"(D!) +
(Primal) | | Hisame Atsuko + Annadil(d)
or | | |
The Unicorn | | |--- Shizumaru + Rimururu
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| | |--- [Moriya]
| |--- Drake
+ Yvette (d)
| |--- Van (d)
| |--- Saionji + Paulette (d)
| |--- Michelle + ?????
| |--- [Thoric]
+ Haruka (d)
| |--- Eowyn (d?)
| |--- Juri (m) + "Ludovicus"/Annadil(d)
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| | |--- Hiko + Green Knight
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| | |--- [Morgan]
| |--- Catherine (d)
| |--- Corrine + Red Knight
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| | |--- Gabrielle
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| | |--- [Kanna]
| |--- Haruka Minor (d)
+ Findulias (d)
| |--- Gil-Galad(d)/Annadil(d) + ?????
| |--- Mikage + ??????
+ "Charlotte"/Sakura (D) |--- [Nausicaa]
| |--- Makoto
| |--- Nanami + Makoto --
| |--- Ramon + Keiko
| |--- [Motoko]
+ Rei ----
| |--- Miki + Madoka ----
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| | |--- [Mutsumi]
| |--- Kozue + Miki + "Miki"/Annadil(d)
| | | |
| | | |--- Nagisa + ?????
| | | |
| | | |--- [Shinobu Minor]
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| | + Briaros --
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| | |--- Shinobu + Inaba
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| | |--- [Naru]
| |--- Derith (m) + Moira (m)
| |--- [Lucien]
+ Lorelei (d)
| |--- Mara (d)
+ Anthy --
| |--- Utena + "John Shaft"/Annadil(d)
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| | |--- Ota + Kasumi
| | |
| | |--- [Jacqueline]
| |--- Wakaba + Rinaldo of Kashfa
| | |
| | |--- [Kentaro]
| + ?????????
| |--- [Beowulf]
FOSTERLINGS AND OTHER CHILDREN OF THE COURT
Nadia Orkuz of Begma + Jean of Loire
Duchess Yumi + Travis
Ichimura Kanzaki + ????????
|--- ???????? + ?????????
|--- [Sumire Kanzaki]
Your Relatives, in order by age (mostly)
"Professor" Fuyutsuki (Birthdate unknown, but predates the Pattern)
"I am the great Giacomo, King of Jesters and Jester to Kings!"--Fuyutsuki
"You can learn a lot from Great-Grandpa."--Mutsumi
"Imagine if the Oracle of Delphi lived her entire life without ever getting off the big fume-spewing crack in the ground. That's Fuyutsuki."--Ambassador from Uila.
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.
Several shadows of Fuyutsuki, along with several just plain strange people seem to have visited him recently; lots of shouting and fighting noises erupted, but no one was hurt. What exactly happened remains a mystery.
Fuyutsuki seems to have been 'Shaftized' in some mysterious manner and is now running around with Shaft's ex-wives, the Kasumis, leading many to wonder what is going on.
King Gendo I (Dead--0/100 AY?-1262 AY)
"Take this sword, march to the top of Okila pass, and kill everything
that tries to pass you. Now."--King Gendo
"My husband was the best man I have ever known. He sacrificed everything for what he loved."--Dowager Queen Anthy
"She doesn't mention WE were among the things he sacrificed."--Saionji
Your Grandfather, the ruthless bastard. He only ever cared about one thing in the universe: Amber. Everything else came second, especially anyone's personal feelings. Luckily, he probably died before most of you were born. His mother was rumored to be the Unicorn, but it remains uncertain as to the truth of that allegation.
Gendo's early years are shrouded in legend. He was born some time between 0 and 100 AY, but his mother remains unknown, and so does the exact date of his birth. Between 100 AY and 200 AY, he was off in Shadow gathering the peoples who would form the original population of Amber. It was at this time that he fought a duel with 'The Dragon of Chaos', and in which he gained his sword, 'Justice'.
After his coronation in 200 AY, he ruled Amber for several hundred years alone, although he had many lovers during this time. The history of Gendo is largely identical to that of Amber, so it will not be discussed in detail here.
King Gendo is still dead, just in case you were wondering.
King Tylor I (430
Son of Gendo and Sakura
Tylor says, "Well, it looks like this crisis is over. And you know what that means." Juri of Avalon glances at Tylor. "Party?" Tylor says, "It's time for us to go back to what's left of the castle and PARTY!!!!!"Tylor opens a Pattern Gate with the Eye of Metal, right to the Party Chambers he put together in the Dungeons. "Okay, let's go!" Corrine glances at Tylor. "You think of -everything-, don'tcha?" Corrine grins, despite it all. Tylor says, "That's why it's GOOD TO BE THE KING!" He picks up Yuriko and spins her around as she laughs.--After the end of the Second Day of Darkness
"After a thousand years of Gendo, he's a breath of fresh air in a stuffy palace. He's a king you can like."--Guard Commander Misato
"'Do what you want' is not a viable philosophy for a king. He's lazy and ignorant, and if his wife didn't do all the work for him, Amber would in shambles by now. I can't see how she puts up with him."--Queen Jasra of Kashfa many years ago (before her overthrow and flight into...wherever she is now)
It's hard to believe your grandfather somehow produced Tylor. Tylor is open, friendly, cheerful, helpful, and impossible to believe he came from the same genetic stock as most of your relatives. Tylor has a great reputation as a naval hero, and apparently it's actually all true. At least to some degree. Mostly, Uncle Tylor seems to just stumble through life, trusting to luck and the Unicorn to save him. Unbelievable as it is...it seems to have worked for him so far.
King Tylor, is known to possess a mysterious jewel which may be the legendary Jewel of Judgement, but only wears it on certain ceremonial occassions, keeping it locked away in the vaults the rest of the time.
Tylor has explored Shadow more thoroughly than many of siblings, wandering off many times to explore its distant reaches.
King Tylor suffers a lot of pains in his side, and has spells of extreme sickness ever since the Annadil Crisis, believed to the result of some mysterious injury he suffered during it. Yet he remains for the most part cheerful and kind. He is known to have practically raised Lord Keitaro Orkuz himself as a foster-child and seems to regard him as a son, and is known to spend much time with Princess Mutsumi and Prince Beowulf. He and Prince Thoric are also often seen relaxing together. It is suspected he would spend more time with Countess Lily and Countess Kitsune if his wife wouldn't pound him flat for it.
Rumors have it that Tylor and Yuriko recently went off into shadow briefly with Lian for reasons unknown. They returned in good cheer. He's also rumored to have slipped out for some sort of adventure with just himself and Ramon for a day or two.
Tylor is currently bodyguarded by Prince Ramon.
Queen Yuriko Star I
Daughter of Queen Moire of Rebma and Count Yamato
"Stop slouching, husband,"--whispered by Queen Yuriko at a reception
to her husband.
"She's a woman I can respect and do business with. She gets things done and keeps the royal government efficient and effective. The perfect match for Tylor,"--Horatio Walpole, head of the KTC.
"Even my best pratfalls don't work on this woman. I think she sold her sense of humor to the Narwhale for power or something"--Krusty the Royal Fool
Yuriko is the hyper-efficient daughter of Queen Moire of Rebma, now married to King Tylor. They form a good pair, as her efficiency counters his laziness, while he keeps her from becoming so tightly wound that she explodes. She has yet to successfully produce any children, which has caused some grumbling at court. Queen Yuriko has extensive military experience in Rebma's underwater navy, and met Tylor during a joint military operation.
Queen Yuriko is bodyguarded by Vash. She is a full partner of her husband and weilds vast authority, especially when he is sick. This is known to irritate some of the nobility. She is known to be on good terms with Prince Kentaro and Ambassador Sumire, and on fairly good terms with most of the rest of the current generation. She has been known to lecture Jacqueline about being more careful, Lily about wearing more clothing, and Mitsune about causing less trouble, though. Like her husband, she has spent a lot of time with Lord Keitaro, and seems to largely treat him as if he was her son.
Queen Yuriko is believed supportive of Prince Lucien's claiming the Throne of Rebma. Lucien's recent social faux paux doesn't seem to have changed this.
Rumors have it that Tylor and Yuriko recently went off into shadow briefly with Lian for reasons unknown. They returned in good cheer.
Touga, Special Agent of the Crown
Son of Gendo and Sakura
"Old age and treachery will always defeat youth and skill."--Touga
"I still don't understand why he believed in me when few others did, but I am grateful."--Princess Juri
"Back-stabbing, lying, worthless bastard. How he produced Shizumaru, I'll never understand."--Princess Nanami
Take Bleys, remove his good nature, but keep the rest, and transplant Caine's sneakiness into him. That's your uncle 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. He spent decades in exile, having been exiled by Gendo for reasons known only to Touga and Gendo.
Touga returned to Amber during the Annadil Crisis, seeming much mellowed by his time in shadow, and much more relaxed. He participated in Drake's raid on Rebma against Embra-Derith, and demonstrated powerful skills of sorcery.
Yuriko appointed Touga as commander of Amber's western armies which became involved in Talma/Uilan/Singh conflict. Touga was been fairly successful until the Red Death swarmed over the area, devastating it. He vanished into Shadow for a few months after the fighting was over, then resurfaced seeming very subdued. After several decades spent studying with Wakaba and Anthy, about ten years ago, he became a special agent of the crown and now pops in and out of court, frequently gone for weeks or months at a time.
He has strange relations with his old lover, Lady Hisame Atsuko, mother of Shizumaru; they become quite strained in his presence, but he is openly known to be Prince Shizumaru's father. He and Shizumaru are not generally believed to be very close, and while he is thought to approve of his grandson, Moriya, they have had little interaction. Touga has had little interaction with most of the new generation, and seems to actively avoid Motoko for no apparent reason. He has been known to play chess with Thoric, however, and is known to admire Mutsumi's artistic skills. One of her paintings hangs prominently in his quarters, showing a line of dancing Gendos. This seems to amuse him greatly.
Touga has surfaced again recently; no one but Tylor and Yuriko know what he's been up to. He did take part in the rescue of the Tenjous from the being known as 'The Gaunt Man'. He's also known to have assisted in the plundering of the Castle of the Night and in Beowulf's expedition to Leng. He's been seen with Kanna several times as well.
Touga seems to be on very good terms with Lian of late, and joined her in defeating an outbreak of the Red Death in Arden recently.
Touga has recently returned from assisting Kanna and Lian in taking Merehallow to Juri, and was in good cheer, until the news of Lian's death arrived, which seems to have made him rather depressed.
Drake--Off in Shadow
Son of Gendo and Sakura
"You're not smart enough to understand. Just do what I tell
"So the assassins are pouring through the windows, but Drake just draws Werewindle and wades into the middle of them. One dies with every thrust, while he dances about, causing them to stab each other as they lunge at him. Finally, the last of them fell dead, and he used the man's hair to clean his blade of blood. Then he sighed. 'Too easy,' he said."--Deputy Lord High Chamberlain Nabiki
"Self-centered prick who takes on too many jobs at once then leaves others to do the boring parts. Plus he has an ugly beard."--A clerk in the Lord High Chamberlain's office
Drake was the youngest child of Gendo and Sakura, born shortly before she left Gendo. He grew up to become a great military leader, and has served several terms as Marshal of Amber. He held the office of Lord High Chamberlain for many years, up until his disappearance during the Annadil Crisis. He spendt a lot of time away from Amber, leaving the work to his assistant Nabiki, the Deputy Lord High Chamberlain, studying the ways of business and technology in Shadow. Drake is known for taking on too many duties at once and not quite managing as a result to do any of them as well as might be desired. When he turns his mind to one single thing, though, he becomes a nigh-unstoppable force. Given he possesses Werewindle, one of the legendary Pattern Blades, this is often no mere metaphor. He is said, indeed, to have MADE it.
During the Annadil Crisis, Drake outsmarted a shadow Derith by tricking him into stealing a fake Werewindle, then led the raid which freed Rebma from Shadow-Derith's control, cut off Shadow-Derith's arm, and took Magnus the Unseen for himself.
At the height of the Annadil Crisis, someone (apparently believed to be Derith by Drake) tried to murder Drake with an exploding fake Jewel of Judgement. Drake swore vengeance on the guilty party, and passed his keys to his second in command, Nabiki, and vanished into Shadow. He remained missing until quite recently.
Drake has now resurfaced with Werewindle, but Nanami seems to have acquired Magnus the Unseen. This doesn't seem to please Drake. He was held captive for decades by the Cyberope, Jean Malraux, an Outsider cultist, and was rescued by a horde of his relatives led by Moriya and Beowulf.
Drake is known to have recently assisted Kanna and Lian in some sort of military space operation, and joined in the rescue of the Tenjous.
Drake has now gone off into Shadow on some mission, after formally resigning his post of Lord High Chamberlain and urging the King to give the job to Nabiki. Rumor has it that he and Nabiki have reignited their romance, and that Ambassador Sumire of Ember is their child.
Drake recently lead a crack team of Amberites in the destruction of Kanawa and has turned his talents towards Prince Lucien's war with Rebma.
Drake is still obnoxious.
Saionji--Commander of the Southern Fleet
Son of Gendo and Yvette
"What a vision of loveliness I behold, almost equal to my own beauty."--Saionji
"I wish I could be half as impressive as Grandfather, or half as good at the things he does well. Or as good with women."--Prince Thoric
"I heard he added a new wing to his mansion to accomodate his ego."--Princess Kozue
Green haired. Considers himself an honorable warrior, although his honor seems to have some cracks in it when it comes to women. Indeed, he is quite the playboy, enjoying stringing women along. He spends a lot of time out wandering around shadow fighting things. He and Touga used to fight a lot--it's unclear to you if this was a friendly or hostile rivalry, and possibly unclear to them as well. Saionji served as the leader of Amber's armies since Juri's retirement, after a brief period in which Drake held both the office of Marshal and that of Lord High Chamberlain. He is Michelle's father.
After Saionji's humiliating defeat at the hands of the Harad revolt during the Annadil Crisis, Saionji resigned the office of Marshal. For a time, he vanished in shadow with Prince Shizumaru and his daughter, then went out into Shadow alone, but then 20 years ago, he returned and assumed the role of commander of the Southern Fleet. He has served well in this capacity.
Saionji is known to have personally trained Motoko and to admire her as much as he's able to admire anyone who is not himself. He's provided extensive personal training to his daughter, Prince Ramon, and Prince Thoric, and is on fairly good terms with all three, though he's been known to berate Thoric for his cowardice at times. In recent years, he seems to be on better terms with Kozue, perhaps as a result of their naval collaborations, and he's known to approve of Kozue's daughter Shinobu, and her grand daughter, Naru. He dislikes Mutsumi for reasons he will not articulate, and tends to simply laugh disdainfully at everything Kentaro does.
Saionji recently assisted Princess/Prince Morgan in the recovery of the Sword of Air.
While working with Marshal Tsuwabuki on dealing with the Ashante Crisis, Saionji was kidnapped by the Serpent's Horn. In his absence, Admiral Yamamoto took command and suffered a crushing blow. Saionji has been rescued, and after recovering in Chaos, has resumed command of his fleet and is off seeking revenge.
Saionji surprised many in the family by delivering an articulate, wise, non-lustful eulogy at Moriya's funeral.
Juri--Missing in Shadow
Daughter of Gendo and Haruka
"I lay down my sword and take up this pen to fight a different kind
of war"--from the introduction of Juri's Thoughts on the Nature
"She taught me everything I know about fighting, and much of what I know about being a true noble. Our family has produced few people as good as her. I miss her greatly."--Prince Miki
"Every dyke in shadow is a reflection of her. How she spawned, I'll never know."--Prince Saionji
Quiet and reclusive, Juri is a noted master of the sword. In 1258, she retired from the job of Marshal to do some writing and meditating, and wrote a history of her time as Marshal. She is noted for her dislike of politics and her disbelief in miracles--this has frequently led to squabbles between her and many High Priests of the Unicorn. She is red haired, tall, and wiry. She is Hiko's mother.
Juri is currently missing, after last being seen in the vicinity of the Rebma-Whirlpool. A few Amberite sailors have spread tales of a Ghost Fleet commanded by her, which sometime saves lost travellers from monsters. Rumor has it that Morgan recently contacted her after she saved Jacqueline from some sort of danger. Kanna and Lian are known to have found her her in Cathuria and delivered Merehallow to her.
Corinne--Queen of Ember
Daughter of Gendo and Haruka
"If both of you had lived and resolved this someway that didn't involve
freeing Brand, etectera, perhaps you would have made peace. Perhaps
not. I cannot say, and to try and predict the future is futile.
But I can -hope-, and dammit I WILL keep holding onto that hope, for all
our realities."--Corrine to a Darako in the Cave of Worlds.
"A good woman, a good sister, and a good queen."--King Tylor
"You will not find a more sanctimonious goody-goody in all of Shadow no matter how hard you try. Although her taking a harem at least makes her a little more like a real human being."--Kozue
Corrine is one of the strongest, perhaps the strongest of her generation, a great dark haired woman said to have once picked up a lion and broken its back over her knee. Dark haired and blue eyed, she's a little shorter than her sister Juri, and somewhat stockier. She is also noted as a skillful painter and Trump Artist, happily providing Trumps for anyone who asks, though these days, she is often too busy. Corrine seems to get along fairly well with most of your relatives, although their intrigues easily exasperate her. Corrine has a pet dragon named Sparky who she inherited from Gendo. She is known to be one of the few people who actually understand Chef Bork when he speaks.
Phil wrote a story that sheds some light on bits of Corrine's past exposed in one of the final adventures of TAMD, called "Fractures".
Corrine vanished into Shadow multiple times during the Annadil crisis, returning with a shadow of Juri and two men who claimed to be Princes of Amber from other universes--Gideon and Roderick. Rumor has it they formed her personal harem; certainly she was known to be amazingly intimate with Juri for a recently met shadow of her sister. Indeed, a few whisper she snapped when Juri vanished and sought out a replacement. Such whispers are a good way to get beaten up, though... Corrine is definitely known to have begun a relationship with her current husband, the Red Knight of Ember, at this time.
Corrine also became Queen of Ember, the Fire Pattern, during the Annadil Crisis, and whatever her love life, she provided noble service to Amber during this crisis, battling a child of the Serpent of Chaos during the Second Day of Darkness. Indeed, some say she somehow blew its head open with fire from her eyes. It is generally assumed the Serpent will come gunning for her some day for revenge.
Corrine is known to carry a huge crossbow that fires flaming bolts of death, modelled after Whalekiller and a large number of other devices which also rain down flaming death. She sometimes gives these instruments of destruction to her friends. She also seems to have taken up music more in recent years, and is known to sometimes perform duets with Mikage or Miki.
Because of her role as Queen, Corrine has had little direct interaction with most of the current generation, although she's known to be very proud of her daughter Kanna, and obviously has some degree of approval of Sumire, given she appointed Sumire as Ember's ambassador. She is known to be close to her neice Hiko and her nephew Shizumaru as well.
Corrine has recently acquired a huge number of Hiko and Juri effigies, intercepted on their way to the City of Brass' yearly 'Burn Hiko in Effigy' festival.
Corrine seems somewhat worn with worries of late, possibly due to the recent Gabrielle/Logrus cage match. Lian's disappearance has not helped.
Corrine served as a pallbearer at Moriya's funeral.
Makoto--Castellan of Castle Amber
Son of Gendo and "Charlotte" (Sakura)
"Pull my finger."--Prince Makoto
"Always a kind word for everyone, even those who deserve to be set on fire and rolled down Kolvir instead. He has a warm smile and a friendly laugh, and when I'm with him, I can forget all my pains."--Nanami
"Name one great deed he's ever done. I heard he was down in the basement with a chambermaid the whole Second Day of Darkness. Loser."--Duke Dalt, Ambassador from Kashfa
Makoto is an amiable sort, a friendly guy who always has a kind word for the younger generation...and a joy buzzer. He has a bit of a tendency to be a prankster, pulling stunts like tricking people into hellriding into shadows full of jello and falling buckets. He's also a skillful warrior, which earned him his position as Castellan of Amber Castle. He performs these identities quite efficiently, which seems to give him a lot of free time to cause trouble in.
During the Annadil Crisis, Makoto is known to have gone on a quest into shadow with Prince Ota and Duchess Yumi to recover Justice, King Gendo's old patternblade. This quest was a mixed success; it recovered the sword, but also led to Gil-Galad the Traitor Prince being freed from the prison he had been trapped in by the mysterious shadow dieties known as the Valar. To the confusion of observors, King Tylor doesn't seem to hold this against Makoto, perhaps because Makoto atoned by freeing the legendary bad ass Stagger Lee from his imprisonment in Shadow, a turn of events crucial in the salvation of Amber from the Black Moon, Annadil, and the Deep Ones.
Makoto continues to serve as Castellan when not annoying people with practical jokes. He has been seen quite a bit with the Lady Yumi the last forty years, and some whisper of a secret romance between the two, although her marriage to Travis, HOPEFULLY, makes this unlikely. On the other hand, there's also rumors linking him to Commander Misato of the Palace Guard. Makoto is known to have provided personal training to Ramon in the distant past, and more recently to Keitaro, in the arts of management and castle defense. He seems to be on very good terms with Lily and Kitsune, and has sometimes teamed up with Kitsune to cause trouble. He's generally on good terms with most of the new generation, though he's known to especially favor Thoric and Mutsumi and to somewhat frown on Kentaro and Lady Sumire.
Makoto missed the Marching awards ceremony, but not the dinner and dance, for reasons unknown.
After Marching, Makoto took a brief leave of absence and went to Leng with Beowulf. Since the completion of that mission, he briefly returned to Amber, then headed into Shadow on some sort of mission. He has since returned.
Nanami--Steward of Amber City
Daughter of Gendo and "Charlotte" (Sakura)
"Are you done whoring yet, Kozue? Or have you pencilled in
a few more men tonight?"--Nanami
"Elegant. Beautiful. Wise from much pain. She manages Amber City like a gardener does a garden, watering and nourishing it, and sometimes weeding and pruning. Her tongue is sharp, but only to defend her heart. My sister, I will teach you to laugh yet."--Makoto
"The Arch-Bitch of the Universe."--Kevin, Lord Lash
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 Makoto, her full brother, who is one of the few people she seems to like. Nanami is also known to be fond of her nephew, Prince Shizumaru. She treats him with more respect than she does the King, in fact. As might be expected, this makes some tongues wag, especially as she is said to have made out with him on the roof of City Hall at the end of the Day of Darkness. Nanami is, however, publically linked to General Tsuwabuki, father of Prince Ramon. It remains debated as to why, after nearly seventy years of seeing each other, the two still haven't gotten married (although they largely act as if they are).
Nanami has mellowed somewhat since the Succession Crisis, and in fact often seems downright cheerful. Despite this, she is known to have enmity towards several Princes and Princesses of the Blood: Princess Mutsumi, who once publically humiliated her and Princess Michelle, known to have slapped her in public. She also is on bad terms with Duchess Yumi and her daughters Countess Lily and Mitsune because they're too...forward. She is also known to gravely dislike Princess Hiko for reasons which remain obscure, especially since Hiko is always polite to her and seems to desire to mend fences between them. And she still hates Touga with a burning passion, despite his having saved her from dying on the Pattern as a baby.
Nanami continues to oversee the functioning of the City of Amber and dabbles in its byzantine politics with great skill.
Nanami played several important roles during the Annadil Crisis. She engineered the destruction of an evil Chaos Sorceror, Jade Mask, and the defeat of Lipun's fleet with the assistance of Prince Ota and her son, Prince Ramon. She also rescued Queen Yuriko from Kashfa and cured Wakaba of some hideous disease. Finally, she aided Prince Makoto in freeing and unleashing the legendary bad ass, Stagger Lee, whose aid proved important during the Second Day of Darkness.
Nanami is known to have somehow lost or destroyed the Lion Spikards of which she was long the guardian, and acquired Magnus the Unseen during the rescue of Drake from the hands of the Cyberpope. (Some assert she had to be rescued herself). She is known to be quite proud of her long time lover Tsuwabuki's recent promotion.
Rumor has it that Nanami has recently acquired some especially powerful special agents.
She seems quite shaken up lately, for no known reason.
Nanami appears to have been bouncing back and forth between Amber and Chaos quite a bit.
Miki--Head of the Diplomatic Service and Royal Envoy Extraordinaire
Son of Gendo and Rei of Rebma
"I'm sure we can find a peaceful settlement."--Miki
"To Miki, my brother--You taught me more than you could ever know. I hope that I have taught you enough."--Juri's last message to Miki upon her vanishing.
"I hear he's having a menage-a-trois with his sister and his wife every night"--Countess Lucrezia
Miki 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. He also turned down the offer of the job of Admiral of Shalomar, pointing to his lack of naval experience despite his Rebman ancestry. Carries a stopwatch and times things frequently. He spends a lot of time trying to keep his sister Kozue out of trouble. Miki spent many years as Master of the Revels, then after the Annadil Crisis, become of one of Amber's main diplomats, rising to his current position as head of the Diplomatic service.
Shortly before the Annadil Crisis, Miki became engaged to his long time love, Madoka, the Court Bard. This resulted in a rose duel between Madoka and Kozue during which Kozue lost her hand and an attack by the Embrans effectively began the Annadil Crisis. Kozue, having lost the duel, went into exile. During the Annadil Crisis, Miki was captured during a scouting mission to the Keep of the Five Worlds led by Princess Hiko, along with Greyswandir, loaned him by his brother, Derith. He was rescued by some sort of experiment which flooded the castle, but also resulted in reconciliation between Miki and his sister Kozue. (Certain castle wags claim there was some sort of four way orgy involving Miki, Kozue, Madoka, and the Shadow-Juri of Corrine's harem. And possibly Corrine too, for good measure. Of course, some of these same people say they've seen Gendo's ghost, so...)
Miki and Madoka now have a child, Mutsumi, who they dote on. She's known to have been spoiled rotten by them, but came out as a sweet and friendly child none the less. Miki is also known to have been an important influence on Lord Keitaro, training him in the arts of Trump. He remains friendly with Michelle, who he taught to play music, and is on fairly good terms with the new generation, especially those musically inclined. He and Thoric have been known to have late night musical sessions (sometimes joined by Michelle, Mutsumi, and Madoka).
Miki is generally believed to be Prince Nagisa's father, and is known to go periodically to Cabra to visit Nagisa. He has worked hard to help Shinobu adjust to life at court.
Miki is known to be working on opening diplomatic relations with several of the Houses of Chaos. There have apparently been several attempts on his life, but the mission seems quite successful so far, having culminated in the joint Amber/Chaos alliance against the Serpent's Horn. Miki emerged from that struggle unharmed.
Miki continues to reside in Chaos, representing Amber's interests in the continuing Grand Assembly.
Kozue--Admiral of Shalomar
Daughter of Gendo and Rei of Rebma
"When I catch the Dread Recreational Pirate Roberts, I'll hang him
by his own entrails."--Kozue
"My sister is the most determined woman in the universe. Whatever she does, she doesn't give up until she gets what she wants. I often wish I could be so strong-willed."--Miki
"Even more of a bitch than Nanami, who at least isn't a two mug trollop. Probably wins her battles by bribing the enemy commander with sex. Too bad she's all tease and no performance."--From the Amberite 'Famous Last Words' collection.
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 some say that is just a front to help drive her brother crazy. She seems to dabble in a little of everything, from swordsmanship to sorcery. She is currently serving as Admiral of the Northern Fleet, and has shown a remarkable knack for naval combat...perhaps her Rebman heritage shining through. She doesn't seem to be so good at the organizational side of things, however.
After the loss of her hand and Magnus the Unseen, during her rose duel with Madoka, Kozue withdrew to Shalomar, only returning to Amber in the last days of the crisis to help rescue her brother from Annadil. She has reconciled with the pair and seemed quite content at their wedding. She is known to dote on Mutsumi, and worked hard to spoil her when she was little. She and her son, Nagisa, get along fairly well these days, and she's a frequent visitor to Nagisa's lighthouse. She dotes upon Shinobu Minor as well. Her relations with her daughter Shinobu, and her granddaughter, Naru, are more mixed. She and Shinobu Major fight constantly, and she's known to disapprove of Naru's bad temper, carefully ignoring her own bad temper. She's also disappointed that none of her descendents seem to desire to go into naval combat.
She hasn't had much interaction with the younger generation beyond this, though she's known to despise Thoric as a coward, to hate Jacqueline with a burning passion, to find Moriya boring, to find Beowulf fairly entertaining, and to sometimes assist Kitsune with some of her pranks. She seems quite fond of her nephew, Prince Lucien.
To the surprise of some, Kozue assisted in the rescue of the Tenjous recently.
Kozue recently her fleet to the Isle of Emeralds to battle the Sea Peoples, and crushed them, then vanished in the wake of the Black Unicorn attack on Shalomar Naval Base. She has since resurfaced and resumed her duties.
Kozue is believed to be trying to hide from Michelle and Atsuko's new man-whore, Damask, who is apparently the son of her equivalent in the Avalon-Amber universe.
Utena--Commander of the Amber Air Fleet
Daughter of Gendo and Dowager Queen Anthy
"Beat me in this game of basketball, and I won't stand in the way
of your wedding, son."--Utena
"Brave, strong, wise, just, beautiful. I have to admit I envy her sometimes"--Wakaba
"La la la, look at me, I'm so nice I give people cavities, la la la, it's such a beautiful world, la la la. Feh. She's had such a happy life, she can't understand anyone else's pain. No, we should all forget our pasts and be shining goody-goodies like her. The past is not a garment we can discard, Utena. You'd do well to remember that."--Nanami
The pink-haired, boyish goody goody of the family. She is also one of the best among the elders, perhaps the best at feats of arms, although many would argue Juri and Drake are superior to her at leading armies. Utena served both Gendo and Tylor as bodyguard and judicial champion for many years. She then resigned the post to Prince Ramon, and became commander of Amber's new Air Fleet, in which capacity she's been known to work closely with Wakaba and Beowulf in airship design. She also has trained Princess Kanna in bodyguarding, and has been seen many times playing basketball with Kanna, her son Ota, and Jacqueline (usually against Jacqueline's will). She's known to dote on her grand daughter and to be very protective of her.
Utena seems to have become friendly with Touga, since his return from exile, and is known to have gone on several missions into shadow with him. She spends a lot of time trying to encourage Thoric to be braver, and has tried to assist Mutsumi in improving her health. She also seems to enjoy the company of Motoko, though they don't interact much, and has become fairly friendly with Prince Ramon. She's known to carry a Morgenstern manifestation, from which boogie music sometimes plays, and is also on good terms with Princess Naru. She and Sumire feud for no clear reason, and she has been known to berate Kentaro when he's on one of his more arrogant kicks. She and Wakaba remain very close. For a time, she was believed to be Prince Shizumaru's mother, and is known to be fond of him and his son, Moriya.
Utena, along with most of the rest of the Tenjous, recently ended up
being imprisoned by the Gaunt Man and had to be rescued. There's
also rumors she was recently seen running around CAFAM in a chainmail bikini
with Moriya, Davros, and Motoko (while the other three were all wearing
pointy hats...). Her current plans are unknown, although she seems
to be out in Shadow doing something.
Wakaba--Trainer of Magi
Daughter of Gendo and Dowager Queen Anthy
"That's a lovely dress you're wearing today, although you'd look
better in rose pink, I think. Want me to adjust it for you?"--Wakaba
"Mother is the very epitome of grace and poise, behaving as truly fits a princess of Amber. I could not have asked for a sweeter, kinder mother. Unlike my step-mother, who seems to have stepped right out of 'Snow White'."--Prince Kentaro
"Adulterous bitch who ensorceled my husband to murder his mother. I'd have been next if we hadn't lost, leading her to sell Kashfa down the river. And her son's an arrogant prick. I'll strangle on my own vomit before he sits on Kashfa's throne. Even Kozue's less of a two mug whore than she is."--Queen Coral of Kashfa
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 aunts and a noted sorceress. She and Utena are very closely allied. Even after centuries, she's still the baby of the family, at least to her siblings. Wakaba acted for several decades as bodyguard and judicial champion for Queen Yuriko Star.
After being captured with Yuriko in Kashfa during the Annadil Crisis, Wakaba was rescued by Prince Ota, and remained largely in seclusion, probably from embarrassment, for a time. (In part also due to her discovery of her pregnancy) In the aftermath of the crisis, she seems to have become quite friendly with Prince Touga, who to the amazement of many people, takes her advice very seriously.
Wakaba currently holds no official court position, but frequently pitches in to assist with committee work and spends much of her time training young mages, including much of the current younger generation. She seems to be on quite good terms with Mutsumi, Naru, and Thoric, and very kind to Shinobu. She doesn't seem to like Sumire much, though she attends Sumire's parties.
Wakaba is very kind to her niece, Jacqueline, and is on fairly good terms with both of her children, Beowulf and Kentaro, though she's known to favor Beowulf because he doesn't have Kentaro's arrogance. Her relationship with Rinaldo is strained; they're known to both be still quite fond of each other, but he's married, and she is now sensible enough not to intervene (It remains unclear as to the circumstances of their fling, although it's assumed to be consensual, despite her captivity of the time, given she's never called him a rapist and acted to protect Kashfa from Amber's wrath after the Annadil Crisis. Queen Coral is known to HATE her).
Wakaba had to be rescued recently with the rest of the Tenjous. She caused some surprise when she attended the Marching dinner and ball with Duke Dalt as her escort.
Wakaba is out in shadow with Utena.
Vash the Stampede
"Love and PEACE!!!"
"What, you mean that's the Pattern?"--Vash
"Vash is very kind and fun to be around. Taking oneself too seriously just makes you old before your time."--Dowager Queen Anthy
"I wouldn't put this man in charge of guarding the dip at a party, let alone defending the Queen. I keep expecting daily to hear he accidentally shot her."--Rally Vincent
Vash wandered out of shadow during the Annadil Crisis, acting as a bodyguard for Robert Blake. He walked the Pattern after Crusty double dog dared him to do it, and to the shock of observers survived it. He seems to be a complete idiot, though in Amber that probably means he's a genius. He bears a strange resemblence to Gideon, who was one of Corrine's harem boys (but who hasn't been seen in decades. Make of that what you will).
He is currently employed as bodyguard to Queen Yuriko, and remains an idiot. He is known to be on good terms with Prince Thoric, as they both appreciate not being shot out and a good party. He greatly enjoys crashing Kentaro and Sumire's parties, turning them into utter disasters, which has resulted in both of them banning him from their residences for life, a measure which only seems to encourage him. Kind to all in a goofy way, he is on good terms with Jacqueline and Shinobu and Mutsumi, finds Beowulf vastly amusing, and has been known to team up with Kitsune to cause trouble. He is also known to be on very good terms with Anthy, Lily, Yumi, and Bill Vincent.
Vash assisted in the rescue of the Tenjous, and in the battle against the Black Unicorn Family at Mechanus.
The Fourth Generation of Amber
TAMD PC played by Trisha L. Sebastian
378 (Amber Time)
|Height:||5 foot, 8 inches|
|Parents:||Juri and Not Publically Known|
"Right... let's draw this Sign, blow this Gate and GO HOME."--Hiko
on the Second Day of Darkness
"I find Hiko to be an entirely worthy successor to my job, which I must now resign due to my royal duties. Her love for Arden both literally and metaphorically is apparent to all, and I know it will be in good hands with her. She has a passion for her work."--From Corrine's letter recommending Hiko become the next Warden of Arden on Corrine's resignation.
"Oh yes, let's put Amber's leading fire mage in charge of defending Arden. Perfectly logical. I suppose she'll be followed by appointing Gabrielle to the job next. At least it keeps her where she can't screw up again and burn Amber City to the ground, but..."--Nanami
Physical Description: Hiko is about 5' 8" tall, with black
hair and violet eyes. She resembles Juri the most. She has
of permenant bags under her eyes and her colors are black and violet. There is a scar on her right shoulder blade where a
tattoo would have been.
Hiko is known to be the daughter of Juri and some unknown person. She's demonstrated herself to be a powerful sorceress. She bears the Heart of Flame, the Breath of the Dragon, and probably many other powerful artifacts as well (she's rumored to have some sort of giant war golem powered by the Pattern itself).
After spending much of her life out in shadow, she returned to Amber, brought by Fuyutsuki at the beginning of the Annadil Crisis. Her heroic deeds during the Annadil crisis are too numerous to describe, but can be found in the TAMD timeline. She has become the lover of the Green Knight, and is the mother of Princess Morgan. Having assumed the duties of Warden of Arden, she is not seen too much around court.
She is known to have gotten on Nanami's bad side due to the disastrous raid on the Keep of the Five Worlds, although most people believe she did as well as anyone could have, under the circumstances. She is on good terms with all of her generation, though she seems closest to Prince Ota and Prince Shizumaru. She's known to have hosted Prince Moriya on multiple occasions, but has not had a lot of interaction with most of the current generation. She and Kanna seem to get along quite well, though, and she's on very close terms with her aunt Corrine as well. Some whisper she has access to Corrine's harem.
Hiko seems to have vanished into Shadow after a mysterious explosion
destroyed the Warden's Lodge. Rumor has it that she and Morgan have
been forced to swear fealty to some House of Chaos.
Story By Trish about Hiko's Past:
Fight Makes Right
Mage of Amber and Princess of Amber and Ember
daughter of Corrine and ?
Keiko was originally believed to be from Lipun, although during the Annadil Crisis, she walked the Fire Pattern of Ember and was revealed to be Corrine's daughter. Before this revelation, she served well in the City Watch of Amber, eventually rising to head the investigation department, during which time, she fought several battles against Makoto the Mad. She demonstrated her talents well during several missions with Prince Ota and Prince Ramon during the Annadil Crisis, after which she struck up a romance with Prince Ramon, eventually leading to their marriage.
Originally from Lipun, Keiko seems to have completely assimilated and never mentions her homeland. Her skills at the use of magic for conducting investigations is quite reknowned. She is generally a pleasant person, although many fear and flee her efforts to play the guitar.
She is Motoko's mother, and seems to have mixed emotions about the path Motoko follows.
She is known to have a strong dislike of Moonshade for reasons unknown.
Ramon and Keiko are thought to have done _something_ to Thoric due to
him getting Jacqui pregnant. It certainly shook him up.
Daughter of Saionji and Paulette
[Sound of violin music]--Michelle
"Mother gave me a love of music and a love of peace which abides with me still. I can never repay her that gift."--Prince Thoric
"Why can't I have a harem too?"--Saionji
Michelle is of medium height with long aqua-green hair which is somewhat wavy. She always dresses elegantly. Unlike her father, she is slender rather than athletic, artistic rather than militant. She is reknowned for her skill with the violin, and is a somewhat skillful sorceress. Her mother is long dead, one of Saionji's lovers out of Shadow, and she is technically illegitimate. She trained musically with Miki for a time, and usually seems closer to him than to her own father. She bears a strong resemblance to Michiru, a woman whom rumors claimed was Queen Haruka's lover.
During the Annadil Crisis, Michelle provided aid to Prince Shizumaru, and it is rumored they were lovers for a time. However, he left her for Rimururu, and she seems to have acquired a large harem of men from somewhere, which she shares with his mother, Lady Atsuko. This leads to all sorts of rumors too numerous to list here, but Thoric is generally thought to be the result of one of her liasons with her harem (which she keeps in Shadow to avoid Yuriko hanging her from a yardarm).
Michelle loves Thoric, her son, very much, and doesn't seem to mind his cowardice; she's not been too brave herself since the quest into shadow which brought back his mother and her harem. She seems content to write and perform music and sometimes assist in the work of government when it grows too much for the king.
She's known to be fond of Mutsumi, and on good terms with Kentaro (who is rumored to wish he had a harem himself, though one of women, of course). She and Sumire snipe at each other rather viciously. She often seems vaguely offended by Motoko and is kind to Shinobu and Jacqueline. She gets along well with Beowulf and seems to like Moriya, but has little in common with him. She's developed a friendship with Yumi and her daughters (all three of whom are rumored to have free access to Michelle's harem).
Michelle's estates were recently levelled by the Serpent's Horn, and much of her harem was slain. The Horn held her prisoner for a week, until she was finally rescued by the joint Amber/Chaos force that destroyed the Serpent's Horn. She is believed to be in shadow with Atsuko, seeking the members of their harem together who may have survived the attack.
Michelle appeared at Moriya's funeral with her new man-whore, Damask, who rumor has it is a Chaosian from another universe.
Mikage Souji, Master of Nemuro Hall
TAMD PC played by "Timerunner"
True Age Unknown
|Height:||5 foot eight inches|
|Parents:||Gil-Galad (Annadil) and some woman|
"...But you don't know anything about dreams, you miserable little
construct. You're nothing but the cast off blood of a parasite, of someone
who doesn't even have any dreams of his own. I did what I did from love,
while you know nothing but the commands of your hormones. And to make it
worse, it was quite obvious that your technique was pathetic. Kozue would
have gotten more pleasure from a toilet rod than you. Falme, give this
man an ice cream cone. It'll keep his mouth shut so he can't dribble on
"Mikage understands the nature of dreams, for he has seen both the light of day and the darkness of night. You would do well to listen to him."--Dowager Queen Anthy
"Mikage? What about him? Aside from him bein' ***** **** ****** *****-eating ****** pig-****** egotistical ****** **** ****!!!!!" - Ota Tenjou
Mikage made his appearance by sailing a ship into the harbor of Amber Port, then being embarrassed when people he expected to know him failed to recognize him. He is known to have walked the Pattern of Tir'na-nog. Mikage has a knack for polite, yet sarcastic, behavior. His heroic deeds during the Annadil crisis are too numerous to describe, but can be found in the TAMD timeline.
Mikage has since become of Amber's crack diplomats, sent in to mediate disputes, and has served as Ambassador to many nations. He is about to leave for Daiga to try to finally settle their civil war. His daughter, Nausicaa, was raised by him alone; it remains unclear as to the mother, although Mikage is known to be close to Dowager Queen Anthy.
Mikage is generally believed to be one of Amber's premiere sorcerors, and almost certainly is the strongest-willed Amberite since Derith vanished.
Mikage has recently made a triumphant return after ending the Forty Years' War in Daiga, and seems to be in an exceptionally good mood. He has since headed off into shadow with his daughter.
This is Mikage's flagship, which he uses on his diplomatic voyages to other kingdoms. Made from skillfully selected cedar wood, this sleek, delicate-yet-majestic vessel sails through shadow, and though driven by sail, has never been becalmed (which is the advantage of having the Child of Air on board). It was constructed under Mikage's supervision (with his considerable seafaring experience), and thus designed for speed and mobility in mind. This boat has sailed up many a treacherous inlet where other vessels would not dare to enter.
The lower deck has a sizable hold, used for storing various trade goods, such as silk or spices (a personal favorite of Mikage's); the captain's quarters, where Captain Fargo sleeps; the Prince's quarters, Mikage's lavishly decorated private room (where Nausicaa stays as well, when she comes along); a large kitchen; the armory; and the sailor's quarters.
The upper deck boasts three masts (the main one of which flies the Black Rose flag and the Amberite colors), several ballistae (never used, even during pirate attack, due to Mikage's intervention), the crow's nest (Nausicaa's favorite haunt), a large open area mainly used for banquets and diplomatic functions, several lifeboats, and a dock for Nausicaa's Mehve, which she uses mainly to scout ahead (sometimes too far ahead for Mikage's liking).
The Dreamchaser docks most often at Amber Harbor, and Ohtori Seaport.
Kaworu Nagisa, Keeper of the Lighthouse of Cabra
TAMD PC played by "Scriviner"
291--Age in Amber Time
|Height:||Five Foot and Eight Inches|
|Parents:||Not publically known, but generally rumored to be Kozue and Miki|
"I like music, don't you?"--Nagisa
"Quiet, polite, gentle, kind. Makes it easier to believe Miki's his father than that Kozue is his mother."--Princess Wakaba
[minutes of silence and staring blankly] "There, that's my Nagisa impression"--Krusty the Royal Fool
Kaworu arrived in Amber at the beginning of the Annadil Crisis, having apparently been raised in an alternate Amber known as Ambre. He has demonstrated substantial skills as a magician and as a musician. His heroic deeds during the Annadil crisis are too numerous to describe, but can be found in the TAMD timeline.
Prince Nagisa was recently revealed to have been secretly married to Princess Gabrielle of Ember, and Shinobu Minor is their daughter.
Nagisa is known to be largely focused on trying to find the Demi-Jewel of Water in order to create a new Rebma and end the problem of the Rebma vortex once and for all. He's also built and maintains the Lighthouse of Cabra, a powerful construct which uses various items of power he has collected to maintain safe shadow travel paths through the shadow storms which to this day ebb and flux about the Rebma Vortex.
Nagisa is rarely seen at court, but does stay in touch with Miki and Kozue (his parents), Madoka (his step mother and sometimes musical partner), Shinobu Minor (his daughter), and Shinobu Major and Naru (his half-sister and neice respectively). He is on fairly good terms with all of them, although he's often embarrased by Kozue, Shinobu Major, and Naru's fits of temper, or Kozue's mercurial nature. He also is on very good terms with Lady Yumi.
Nagisa has done a lot of running about lately, trying to fix various constructs gone mad. At the Marching ball, he had a very public fight with Prince Lucien. There seems to have since been a reconcilliation.
Son of Nanami and Tsuwabuki (most likely, anyway, as Ramon calls him 'Dad')
"I am NOT A HUMAN SHIELD! Okay?!?"--Prince
"So, the chair breaks over his head, and he just stands there, shaking his head, saying, 'You really need to go home before I have to arrest you'. The guy punches him in the gut three times, and he just sighs. Then the guy kicked Ramon in the balls, and he just winced and said, 'Last warning'. I was already tossing drunks in the wagon by then. So the guy picks up the bartender and tries to use him as a club, and Ramon wrestles away the bartender and then shoves the guy's head under a beer faucet and turns it on, holding the guy's mouth open under it. 'You like beer? Here, I'll buy you a round for the house just for yourself'. Haven't seen that guy around making trouble since."--Prince Ota
"How did someone as sharp as Nanami produce someone as stupid as Ramon?"--Deputy High Chamberlain Nabiki
It remains a mystery as to how two short people like Nanami and Tsuwabuki managed to produce a hulking man like Ramon. He's tall, with short dark hair and bulging muscles. He tends to wear martial arts clothing, and is noted for his skill in those arts. Ramon is an easy going guy and somewhat easily exploited, which usually results in his mother lecturing him. He bickers constantly with his mother, who has been known to use him as a human shield.
During the Annadil Crisis, Ramon assisted Prince Ota on several missions into Shadow, one of which led to his love affair with Keiko, to whom he is now married. Their love may not inspire epic love songs, but forty years of marriage is nothing to sneeze at either. He and Keiko are Motoko's parents, and while neither of them really understands her, they both are known to care for their daughter quite a bit.
Ramon is a very easy-going guy, and is on good terms with just about all of the new generation, though he seems to especially favor Moriya and Kanna (who he is known to have trained). He and Ota continue to be good friends and sometimes go off on adventures together to avoid shopping trips with their wives. While he doesn't see her much, he and Shinobu Major are on good terms as well.
Ramon's house in Shadow is generally open for anyone who wants to come and party, much to Keiko's annoyance at times. Just clean up after yourself, please.
Ramon is known to have fallen into the hands of House Darios recently, resulting in his being held hostage until Moriya and Motoko engineered an operation to rescue him. There is still a Chaosian bounty on his head.
Prince Ramon delivered a heart-felt if not very well written eulogy for Prince Ota at the Marching ceremonies recently.
Ramon and Keiko are thought to have done _something_ to Thoric due to him getting Jacqui pregnant. It certainly shook him up.
Shinobu, Commander of the Amber
Cavalry Corps, Acting Warden of Arden
Daughter of Kozue and Lord Briaros
"Now you've made me REALLY angry!"--Shinobu
"Now here's a woman I can respect. I've seen her lead troops, and it's pretty damn impressive. And she fights like a hurricane in a duel."--Duke Dalt
"Is she a Princess of Amber or a troll?"--Khunta Kol, Ambassador of Ashante
Shinobu has short black hair cut in her mother's style and a rather bulkier figure, inherited from her father's side. She got picked on a lot because she was an ugly little kid, so she got tough fast and learned how to fight very well. She has a legendary temper, during which she seems to get impressive bursts of strength. She has an uneasy relationship with her mother, who is sometimes affectionate and sometimes distant and usually manipulative. She was raised by her father in Sethfor as a result; he is an easygoing man, tall, dark haired and bulky. Most observers remain confused as to why Kozue had a fling with him in the first place.
During the Annadil Crisis, Shinobu ran wild over the Therins, crushing them. She then commanded the expeditionary force which crushed Lipun, and directed its reconstruction. She married a minor Lipunese nobleman, Inaba, a friendly, but not always very competent sorceror, noted for his odd magical rabbit suit. She now spends most of her time in Harad, breeding horses and training cavalrymen. She's known to be somewhat disappointed in her daughter, Naru, who has abandoned a promising career in the cavalry to pursue trying to get into Panopticon University under the influence of the Royal Tutor, Seta Noriyasu. She challenged Seta to a rose duel, but he set the weapon as unarmed combat and pounded her into the ground. She's known to really, really hate him.
Shinobu has great respect for Morgan, Moriya, and Motoko because of their weapon skills (even if Motoko is as much or more a sorceress). She's known to have taught Keitaro how to ride a horse, and has a respect for Thoric which baffles most people, given his cowardice. The rest of the current generation largely seems to just drop below her radar. She and Princes Ota and Ramon are known to get along pretty well.
Shinobu rarely comes to court, and is usually either off at a war, or off training her men. Rumor has it she's quite irritated at not being appointed Marshal when the job came open after Shaft's death.
Shinobu is currently acting as Warden of Arden until a more permanent appointment can be made. She assisted in the destruction of the Red Death in Arden and in the war on the Serpent's Horn.
Hisame Shizumaru, Ambassador to Lipun and Master of the Keep of the Five Elements
TAMD PC played by Andrew Huang
|Height:||5 foot 6 inch|
|Parents:||Touga and Hisame Atsuko|
"Gomen nasai. Mou ikimasu."
( I am sorry. I must go now.)--Shizumaru
"My favorite pseudo-nephew."--Juri of Avalon
"Traitor to our land and our ways. He will soon perish as will all foreign dogs."--Part of a manifesto circulated in Daikyou.
Hisame Shizumaru is a young man--a boy, really, even moreso because of his small stature. He is known to be the son of Touga and a minor Lipunese noblewoman, Hisame Atsuko. She has raised him more or less by herself, as Shizumaru was conceived out of wedlock--Touga seduced her when passing through this land, and left soon thereafer--and was banished to the countryside by her family.
Having been relatively isolated all his life (his mother chose to live outside the nearest village, rather than in it) and largely shunned by family, Shizumaru is overall pretty shy and withdrawn. He did not Play Well With Others, especially since he was an outsider. Instead, he spent most of his time with his mother, and when he got a little older, by himself out in the woods and fields. In his wanderings, when he was ten, he bumped into a man named Haohmaru, a master swordsman and martial artist. Haohmaru saw talent in him and decided to train him to fight, with his mother's approval. Shizumaru eventually became quite adept with a sword and, for some reason, a bamboo umbrella, learning to fight with one, the other, or even both at the same time. He also learned barehanded combat. In his fourteenth year, Haohmaru showed him the Broken Pattern, near his home. The master had walked it himself sometime before, and told Shizumaru that he would be able to walk it as well. About a year later, Shizumaru did walk it, and Haohmaru added the techniques of the Broken Pattern to his training repetoire.
This life was pretty idyllic. Almost boring. And then, one day, a man with a silver arm showed up at his house and tried to kill him. Shizumaru managed to fight the man off, with the help of Utena, but his mother vanished mysteriously at the time. Shizumaru has sworn to find her--and his father, though that is an older promise he made to himself--and came to Amber along with Utena and Corrine. And so, he plunges into the story....
Shizumaru is a quiet and polite young man; there's often a sort of melancholy, brooding air about him. He's inherited his father's good looks (and red hair, though it is somewhat spikier, and worn in a ponytail). He seems to dislike conflict, but is ready to fight whenever needed. He has some amount of anger toward Touga for having abandoned his mother, but is not hateful; They seem reconciled since the Annadil Crisis, but are not close. He seems fond of Utena and Corrine, as the former was the one who chased off the man with the silver arm, while Corrine especially seems concerned about him and his mother. For a time he believed himself Utena's son, and in many ways, this seems more plausible than his true parentage. They remain good friends. His umbrella seems to be everpresent, no matter what the weather is.
His heroic deeds during the Annadil crisis are too numerous to describe, but can be found in the TAMD timeline.
Shizumaru is now happily married to a former Miko, Rimururu, who served the Kami Frostspire. He mostly dwells in Lipun, where he has been Ambassador for decades, and has a son, Moriya, who is an up and coming poet and warrior. Shizumaru seems to be on good terms with all the members of his generation, though he is not known to seek out Mikage's company. He seems especially close to Michelle, who it is rumored was briefly his lover, with whom he has shared many adventures into shadow. To the amazement of many, he is on very good terms with his aunt Nanami (indeed, rumors state they made out on the roof of City Hall during the final hours of the Second Day of Darkness, but if you listened to such rumors, you'd have to believe the entire royal family had a giant orgy up there...), who seems to greatly respect him. He is known to have trained her granddaughter, Motoko, and has great respect for her. Shizumaru hasn't a lot of contact with the younger generation, though he is known to have provided some training to Prince Thoric, who unfortunately, turned out to be rather a disappointment. (Some point to the fact that Thoric was born six months after a five month long journey into shadow by Michelle and Shizumaru to find Shizumaru's mother, and say he is Thoric's father. Others point to the presence of Saionji on that trip and find it rather unlikely he just would have sat back and watched. No, don't take it THAT way either. And if you then try to claim...just don't.)
Shizumaru is the master of a center for training in the Elemental Powers, the Keep of the Five Elements, watched over by his elemental Construct, Kafuin. What time he does not spend in Lipun or Amber is usually spent there.
Prince Shizumaru and his wife both vanished recently for a time; Rimururu seems to have fallen into the hands of Malraux for a time, while Shizumaru apparently went down to Chaos. There, he was put on trial for the death of twelve Knights of Hendrake, and convicted, sentenced to 50 years imprisonment for manslaughter.
Shizumaru was briefly paroled to attend his son's funeral.
Spouses (and their relatives) of your Blood Relatives (Who aren't office holders)
Lady Hisame Atsuko
"Don't ask me about Touga."--Atsuko
"She's been a very good friend to me, like the mother I lost long ago."--Princess Michelle
"It's shake the bed night every night at her estates, I hear."--Krusty the Royal Fool
Prince Shizumaru's mother. She lives on Princess Michelle's estates, watching over their shared harem of men (don't ask). During her court appearances, she is a graceful middle-aged Lipunese woman with a strong resemblence to old Queen Sakura. She and Touga were once lovers, but now seem to make each other uncomfortable. She sometimes embarrasses her son, but dotes on him, his wife, and his son Moriya with great affection.
She is currently in shadow with Michelle, though she attended Moriya's funeral.
"Eh, what did you say?"--Great Grand-pa
Rimururu's great grand-father, the head of her clan. Her family are boatbuilders.
Rimururu's uncle, a noted fighter with a bit of a temper. Defeated in holmgang combat by Shizumaru.
Rimururu, Priestess of Frostspire
"Hmm, doesn't seem very cold to me."--Rimururu
"Rimururu is a lovely young lady, an excellent match for my nephew. She could use a little more schooling in courtly graces, but I'll fix that soon enough. WHAT? No, we do not have a feud over which one of us gets to have Shizumaru in bed on Sundays!" *ZZZZAAAAPPP!!!!!* "Neither of us would ever cheat on our men like that. Please don't confuse either of us with Kozue. We have morals and standards."--Nanami
"Yeeeaaah, shake that ice booty! OW! Kasumi, leggo a my ear!" - Ota
"Frost powers? Hah! I can get ice cream 20 times faster than she can."--Lord Falme the God Tosser
Rimururu was a shrine maiden/priestess of Frostspire, the ice kami which represents her home shadow. She met Shizumaru during his second quest for the Seed of Hope; his party helped beat off a pack of Chaos demons chasing her. She decided to accompany them (she had just finished off a mission of her own) in trying to recover the Seed. During the quest, she demonstrated a remarkable ability of power and control over ice and some rapport with nature. (She insists that her sister, Nakoruru, is far better at the latter.)
Evidently, she worked rather well with the Amberites, and returned with them to Amber, spending quite a bit of time with Shizumaru in particular. She also came along on the ill-fated reconnaisance mission to the Keep of the Five Worlds, barely managing to escape back to Frostspire after the ship was attacked and sunk. She was soon reunited with Shizumaru, though, and it was at this time that he first proposed marriage to her, apparently. As she was still sworn to celibacy as a shrine maiden, she had to refuse him for the moment, but said that she would be able to answer him yes the next spring. In the meantime, Shizumaru would court her; they exchanged rings--she gave him a ring of magical, unmelting ice, while he gave her a ring of still-living wood--to mark their pledge. This story still makes the chambermaids of Castle Amber sigh wistfully, even forty years later.
Rimururu is a slightly diminutive woman, appearing to be in her late 20s physically, with bobbed brown hair and matching brown eyes. She usually dresses in the clothing styles native to Frostspire, and has a blue, double-knotted headband in her hair. Although growing up has lent some maturity to her features, she is still very cute, more than beautiful. She is usually very warm and friendly (belying her elemental alignment) and energetic in the way that is best described by the Lipunese word 'genki'. One of the few things that will make her frown is mention of Urd, her former rival for Shizumaru's affections from back during the Annadil Crisis, even though Urd hasn't been seen since. Rimururu still has her ice powers, despite having left Frostspire's service when she married Shizumaru, and has an intelligent ice crystal named Konril as a constant companion. She wears a short sword of Frostspirean make at her back on her belt, though few have ever seen her use it.
She is intensely devoted to Shizumaru, and he to her. Both care for their son, Moriya, very much, as well. She seems to have gone into seclusion since his imprisonment.
She seems to have handled her son's death as well as any such death
is ever handled.
"This forest is just so dirty."--Kasumi
"Kasumi can clean anything. A useful talent around here."--Prince Makoto
"I still think throwing me off the roof for tracking dirt across the floor was excessive."--Mitsune
Prince Ota's wife and ex-head chambermaid of the castle. 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. She seems to be somehow linked to the Leather Knight, defender of Shaft's Pattern. This means she has odd fits of obsession and emotion at times, though usually calm and sweet. She is Jacqueline's mother.
She is currently being treated, having nearly died at the same time as her husband. Kasumi seems to have made a full recovery.
She now seems to have shacked up with Fuyutsuki, sending Jacqui into conniption fits.
Lord High Chamberlain Nabiki
Kasumi's sister, described in the Court
Officials section of the Non-Royal Amberites Page.
Sakura of Catala (first time)--Dead
Sakura was Gendo'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. Tylor, Touga, and Drake were 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--Dead
Gendo'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 Gendo for four years, then died giving birth to Saionji.
Haruka of Harad--Dead
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 and Corinne survive. She was murdered, but the killers were not found until years later.
"Charlotte of Belgalad" Sakura of Catala (second time)--Very Dead
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.
Rei of Rebma--Dead
"Mother is a wonderful sculptor; her art says everything she cannot say with words."--Miki
"I divorced her because it was like having sex with a corpse. I'm not a necrophiliac."--Words attributed to Gendo by a pamphlet at the time of the Rebma/Amber Divorce Crisis.
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 mother to Derith, Miki, and Kozue.
During the Annadil Crisis, she demonstrated the ability to create oracular statues.
Rei is now known to be dead, along with the majority of Rebmans.
Lorelei of Therin--Dead
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. She had the misfortune to drown during a boating accident.
Dowager Queen Anthy--Very Much Alive
"Come here, ChuChu."--Dowager Queen Anthy
"She is the Keeper of Dreams. Listen to her words if you have any sense in your head."--Mikage
"The Queen who thinks she's Dr. Doolittle, that Anthy. Oh, and she seems to think she's the Royal Gardener too. At least she's not a whore like her daughter, but..."--Queen Coral of Kashfa
Dowager Queen Anthy was Gendo's last wife, and still is alive. The young dowager queen is younger than many of her step-children. She is shy and quiet, the least assertive of the queens Gendo 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.
These days, she seems largely content to advise Tylor and to maintain the castle gardens. She also acts as the umpire for the Rose Dueling Arena. During the Annadil Crisis, it became apparent that she is the guardian of the Demi-Jewel of Air.
Anthy is known to be quite close to Prince Mikage, and quite fond of her granddaughter Jacqueline and her grand-neice, Shinobu. She's also been known to discuss being a queen with Corrine and to spend time with Princess Hiko.
Anthy vanished for a week, and has since turned up in Shadow in the company of a woman who bears some resemblance to her and a small baby girl.
Dead members of the royal family, 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. Someone has appeared with the Harad Rebels, claiming to be her. Said someone has vanished into shadow, precluding proof or disproof. A member of the Serpent's Horn may be her, or possibly the imposter. Whoever the imposter is, she's in the hands of Ember now.
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.
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.
Gil-Galad, The Traitor Prince, aka Annadil, "The Lion of Chaos"
"o/`Into darkness fell his star, in the land of Mordor, where the
--The opening lines of The Tragedy of Gil-Galad, a popular play about the Annadil Crisis.
The bastard son of Gendo by an elfmaid from Shadow, Findulias. He walked the Pattern centuries ago, where he apparently went mad, deciding to destroy all of creation, possibly in revenge for his ill-treatment as a youth. During the Annadil Crisis, he was "rescued" from imprisonment in Thangodrim in Beleriand by Ota, Makoto, and Yumi. This is now known to have simply been a trick of his, and once inside Amber, he betrayed it to its enemies, turned the Golden Circle against it, and on the Second Day of Darkness, he tried to murder all the princes of the blood and destroy the universe.
The exact way in which Gil-Galad died is unclear. Some say Prince Shaft cut him into bits and hurled him through the Gate of Revolution, then kicked it shut. Some say Prince Mikage invaded his mind, pinning him in place for Shaft to kill. Some believe Princess Hiko flash-fried him, or that Prince Shizumaru tore him apart with vines, or that Prince Nagisa drowned him. Some say Stagger Lee ran him over with his '28 Ford, then shot him where he lay, and did unmentionable things to his corpse. Some say Gendo stepped out of the open Gate of Revolution and gut shot him, then threw him off a Ferris Wheel onto an iron spike fence. His death has also been attributed variously to firey death from Corrine and Gabrielle, sword blows from Corrine's harem, being tag-teamed by the Unicorn and the Serpent, or Vash bumping into him, causing him to fall on the Pattern and die. Perhaps it will never been known for sure, but it is generally believed he DID open the Gate of Revolution and it had to be closed by the Children of the Elements.
Gil-Galad is known to have possessed two logrus blades, which passed into the hands of Prince Shizumaru and Prince Ota. The fate of any other secrets he may have possessed is lost, such as how he possessed the powers of a Living Trump...
He is believed to have been Mikage's father.
Son of Gendo and Rei of Rebma
Chibi-Lina says to Derith, "Oh, hi, Lord Derith. Don't
see you too much." Derith says to Lina, "There is not much here in
Amber to interest me." He calls up a faint, ghostly Pattern
and uses it to gaze at Nagisa. "Interesting." --Derith meets
"He combined Father's power with Mother's wisdom, always ready to give good advice to those willing to listen. I wish I'd been more willing to listen when I had the chance. And no one but Fuyutsuki understood the Pattern like he did."--Kozue
"Rebma is oppressed by Amber. Blah blah blah. Mistreated by my family. Blah Blah Blah. No one understands me. Blah blah blah. There's my Derith impression for you. He acts like he's the only one of us whose mother got mistreated by father and who ended up being bastardized in one of Father's weird power games. Not to mention, why is he hogging that Pattern blade when he probably doesn't know how to draw it without cutting himself?"--Drake
Handsome and snappily dressed, Derith is a consummate courtier, politician and scholar. He is known to be a grand master of the arts of Pattern, having studied them intensely under Fuyutsuki. For centuries, he lived in Rebma, avoiding involvement in Amber politics, but after his involvement in the Succession Crisis, he re-entered Amberite life, commanding the Southern Navy of Amber. While he is no great swordsman, he does carry the blade Greyswandir, one of the legendary Pattern Blades. It was stolen during the Annadil Crisis, and then vanished into shadow and has not been seen since. Derith was known to have been married to Queen Moire's daughter Moira at the time when Rebma sank and the Great Whirlpool formed.
Derith's absence during that great crisiswas somewhat conspicuous, except for the fact that he was generally absent during most crises. Tensions arose between him and Tylor, and in an effort to prove his loyalty, he loaned his blade, Greyswandir, to Miki during the disastrous scouting mission to the Keep of the Five Worlds, and it fell into Annadil's hands. Derith was in Rebma when it sank.
Some rumors claim that Derith betrayed Amber for power, enabling Annadil to take his Pattern Blade, in return for the lore that let him seperate Rebma from this universe. Others claim to have seen him in shadow near Rebma, trying to warn travellers away and seeking for a way to save his beloved Rebma. A few have seen him screaming in their dreams as dark shadows try to devour him but are repulsed by a brilliant red light which shines from his head.
Derith is now known to be dead, possibly at the hands of someone named
'Taylor'. His son Lucien arrived in Amber right around the time he
Ota "Shaft" Tenjou, Marshal of Amber
TAMD PC played by "RPM"
|Age:||65 (Amber and Experienced Years)|
|Height:||6 feet 4 inches|
|Weight:||200 lbs (All muscle, baby!)|
|Hair:||Pink (Got a problem with it?)|
|PArents:||Utena and ?|
"Do NOT fuck with me."--Shaft
"Ota is ruthless, but highly effective. I've been quite pleased with his performance, although it does raise payments for property damage."--Princess Nanami
"One of these days, I'm gonna kill that obnoxious little %$%#@##@$."--Bumpy the Pimp
They say this Shaft is one bad mutha...
Utena Tenjou returned from Shadow one day, a baby in her arms.
She declined to comment on its origins aside from
firmly stating that the child was hers. Given that the child grew up far taller than Utena, with a far more ornery disposition, some do wonder, though the telltale pink hair of his mother and dark complexion of his grandmother are shared by him as well.
Ota "Shaft" Tenjou was raised in Amber, his suspicious origins making him a target for teasing. He has utterly failed to display the legendary care and understanding that his mother is known for, but has displayed considerable fighting prowess, like his mother (though not quite as good). That, combined with his already legendary temper and foul mouth (things that his mother constantly bemoans) have gotten him into frequent trouble.
It is said that his attitude changed drastically for the worse after a trip into shadow in his teens. He returned with an even more surly disposition, muttering about being "a cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about".
As for the nickname "Shaft", nobody's sure how he got it. Some say it's because he usually beats the hell out of prisoners during interrogation with one, others say it's because he shoves one up unpleasant places. There are more rumors, all of them unproven. And Shaft ain't talking.
During the Annadil Crisis, he was serving as Inspector in the Ward of the Dead Unicorn, one of the most crime-ridden wards of all Amber. He was sent there by his aunt Nanami, which makes some wonder if she has a grudge against him. If he hated it there, it isn't obvious, since he rented an apartment within the Ward and stayed there more often than in Castle Amber. Within the city, and especially the ward, he's gained a reputation for being a fixer, someone to go to if you're in trouble. He's earned the trust of many people, resulting in an information network of commoners that can find out what's going on in the streets.
Shaft usually packs an auto-load rapid-fire crossbow, a weapon he's made infamous by frequently shooting people after he's captured them. Along with the crossbow, he weilds the usual sword forged for Amber royalty. On occasion, he'll pull out the "Whale Killer", which he calls his special occasion crossobw, while others call a harpoon gun.
He's shown a distinct irritation towards magic and magic users, believing it to be nothing but trouble. This has not stopped him from using magic on occasion or with associating with magicians, such as Hiko, Lina, Lady Yumi, or Keiko.
His heroic deeds during the Annadil crisis are too numerous to describe, but can be found in the TAMD timeline.
Shaft used to be quite the ladies man, but he got Kasumi the Head Chambermaid pregnant during the Annadil Crisis, after which his mojo rode out into shadow and didn't come back for a long time. His luck steadily began to go down hill, possibly somehow connected to his acquisition of a magical gem he somehow used to draw his own Fire Pattern, or possibly to his construction of his deranged construct, Morgenstern. This finally culminated in his disappearance at the height of the crisis for reasons unknown, though he returned to Amber leading the Funk Fleet which contributed greatly to the victory over the Byakhee on the Second Day of Darkness. Certain rumors claim that the legendary badass Stagger Lee is a shadow of Shaft; it's easy to believe, given his fighting prowness. (They also claim Stagger gave Shaft a ride back to Amber, enabling Shaft to return in time to defeat 'that cow-loving freak', a warrior minion of Annadil, whose true name is lost in the mists of time)
Shaft is now happily married to Lady Kasumi (who either is, or shares a body with, or turns into the Leather Knight of ShAmber, Shaft's Pattern), and has a lovely daughter Jacqueline, of whom he is very protective. Shaft now serves as Marshal of Amber.
For reasons which remain unclear, Lord Loewen of House Helgram has sworn eternal vengeance on Shaft, and periodically sends bounty hunters to kill him. Three times, they've apparently succeeded, but Shaft somehow returned from the grave. Some people whisper he's somehow got nine lives like a cat, or thirteen like a Gallifreyan.
Shaft is known to bear Gendo's old sword, Justice, and rumored to possess a Logrus Blade named Memory.
Shaft is now dead, possibly at the hands of House Helgram, and his Logrus Blade is missing. His sword Justice has been passed on to his daughter Jacqueline.
The Whalekiller is a massive crossbow that incorporates magic and technology.
The item is slightly over six feet in
length, made of specially treated wood, metals, and the latest in performance bowstrings. It's slightly heavier at its end, with iron added to its stock for bludgeoning purposes. The firing mechanism is far more complex than your typical crossbow, employing a complex series of pulleys and gears to give an additional boost to its firing power. The crossbow auto-loads, able to hold up to four of its standard crossbows in a massive cartridge that loads from underneath. The bow fires at a rate of one shot every five seconds. It's said to employ some magicks as well, though what they are is something the weaponsmith nor its owner are willing to comment on.
The Whalekiller first appeared several years ago, when Ota 'Shaft' Tenjou was in his first year as an inspector of the Ward of the Dead Unicorn.
There was once a pirate by the name of Dworkin 'Whaleboy' Jones, an infamous pirate known for his ability to command sea life, and whales in particular. He'd been working with some organizations in the Ward of the Dead Unicorn, a part of a large smuggling ring. However, at one meeting, Dworkin felt he'd been double-crossed and decided to wreck vengence upon the guilty parties.
Prince Ota didn't mind when crime families went to war with each other, but when extensive property damage and injuries to outside parties occurs, as what happened when Dworkin arrived at the docks with several hundred maddened whales smashing the place up.
Ota discovered how ineffective regular crossbows were against whales, thus suffering one of his worst defeats in battle. There was a lot of property damage. Many people swore off seafood after day. A few lobsters pinched in unpleasant places.
The Prince Was Not Pleased.
Swearing vengence, he went to infamous underground weaponsmith, Bill 'DUCK!' Vincent (The nickname came from what he and his customers often have to yell inside his machine shop...) and gave him a blunt request:
"I wanna kill Whales. Plural."
To which Bill replied: "Oh. Gimmie a few hours."
A few hours later, he presented Ota with Whalekiller 1.0 Bill believed in blunt naming, he forged the sword Bigpointysword, the axe Bigcurvyaxe, and the the armor Reallybloodytougharmor. Whalekiller was one of the few custom pieces he made that had a good ring to it. The other one was the crossbow Ratkiller, made for Mr. Jenkins who was intending to clear out the vermin in his cheese factory.
The next day when Dworkin 'Whaleboy' Jones came back for another round
of havoc, he faced the most devastating defeat of his career, and the people
of the Ward of the Dead Unicorn enjoyed a large surplus of whale-related
products. Currently in use in Prince Ota's apartment is a set of
dinner utensils carved out of whale bones.
Daughter of Wasyuu and Prince Gideon of Avalon
(Technically not a dead _Royal_, but she was effectively treated as part of the family by her generation...)
"Always ready for an adventure, highly intelligent, and she builds really interesting devices. It's kind of dangerous to be near her for long, but usually fun. And not nearly as crazy as her mother, thankfully"--Lord Keitaro Orkuz.
"I'm sure she thought that rigging the Holy Icon of the Unicorn to
prance about during the ceremonies would be helpful. But it wasn't.
And the mechanical Serpent... *shivers* At least her mother
stayed in her lab, most of the time."--High Priest Geo
Lian is the daughter of Wasyuu, Amber's royal doctor and resident genius. She appeared shortly after the Annadil Crisis was over, a cheerful five-year-old possessed of more curiosity than was good for her, a trait that she still exhibits today in a somewhat less intensive form. She grew up in the castle, but also spent a lot of time in Ember, visiting Queen Corrine and her daughter Kanna, who she regards almost as family. However, her curiosity and her habit of taking apart everything that wasn't locked, sealed or guarded to 'make it better' (her own words) finally convinced her mother, after ... encouragement ... by several elders and notable members of the Court, to enroll her at Ohtori Academy. Little is known about her time there, as she was a fairly quiet student, except for occasional explosions, which were never her fault. Just ask her. After she graduated, she returned to Amber, where she continued her studies in matters magical under Wakaba whenever she wasn't busy with her own experiments or in Ember, which she visited regularly. Strangely, she also seemed to get along well with Fuyutsuki ... she visited him often, until her disappearance about fifteen years ago. She was seen going down to the dungeons, but didn't return until two years ago. Neither she nor Fuyutsuki will say anything about what she was up to all that time. Today, she resides in a shadow she calls Mechanus, but still spends a lot of time in Amber.
The governments of Siam and Kashmir (effectively the KTC), have put bounties on the head of Beowulf, Kanna, and Lian to the tune of one Comet (equivalent to 5,000 Royals. By way of comparison, one could support a family of five at a middle-class standard of living for 100 months on this bounty). They claim Beowulf, Kanna, and Lian are guilty of piracy.
She is off in shadow somewhere, probably with Beowulf or Kanna (the usual suspects...) She's known to have gone space pirating with Kanna and Drake and Hiko, and rumored to have had her arms ripped off, though she seems to have gotten better.
Lian is believed to have been involved in Kanna's acquisition of a giant butter knife recently, and to have joined Beowulf's expedition to Leng. Since then, she and Prince Touga and Princess Shinobu had to deal with an outbreak of the Red Death in Arden. She then assisted her mother with an experiment of some kind, which apparently lead to a familial breach.
A little later, Motoko delivered the Hoard of the Dragon to Lian, and
after that, Lian assisted Kanna with the delivery of Merehallow to Juri
in Cathuria, facing and helping to defeat the Walker in the Wastes.
They parted after that, and she set out to try to rescue the White Knight
from the Abyss. Unfortunately, she has been lost in the Abyss, and
the worst is feared.
Prince Hisame Moriya
Son of Prince Hisame Shizumaru and Lady Rimururu
"I don't care to repeat that experience any time soon. I've gotten worse during battles, but you're not expected to sit there calmly while a small chunk of your body gets taken out. There's a lot more screaming, and I usually get to be doing something back to them, too." -- Moriya, on giving a bone marrow sample.
Moriya grumbles a little bit. "I'm a quiet, mysterious poet, who writes beneath the light of the moon among the roses and sakura. I thought that's considered romantic."
"Cousin Moriya is most certainly my favourite male cousin."--Princess Motoko
"Moriya bores me
With his stupid poems on grass
And his wooden sword."
"A young man with long crimson hair strode unconcernedly through
a great forest off to the right, not looking at the viewer, intent instead
on his destination. He wore a loose white shirt and long red hakama,
a black-hilted sword hanging from his belt. Soft brown eyes gazed
intently ahead. Slender of build, he still looked potentially deadly
like a sleeping adder. A bird sat in a tree above him, singing happily,
unconcerned with his presence, and a deer poked its head between two trees
to gaze upon him as he walked."
Age: 30 years, Amber and experienced
Height: 5' 8"
Skin: slightly pale
In many ways, Hisame Moriya seems to be his father's son. He inherited most of Shizumaru's looks, such as the slender build and crimson hair, although he gained his mother's soft brown eyes and paler complexion. He is much like his father in demeanor, as well, most of the time quiet and polite. Having grown up in a more worldly environment than his father, though, ensures that he is not also at the same time the innocent country hick. He is usually an obedient son, and is known to care very much about his parents.
Moriya's seen a bit, in fact, as his father is Ambassador to Lipun. He's lived in Amber and Lipun's capital Daikyou, and has spend a good amount of vacation/training time at both the Keep and Frostspire, his mother's old home. In recent years, he's started to develop a particular interest in the element of wood, the element that his father has mastered, and has been studying it quite a bit.
As the son of the Ambassador to Lipun, Moriya has learned quite a bit of Lipunese arts and culture--he knows the tea ceremony, for example. But he is particularly famed for his haiku poetry. The amount of meaning, wisdom, emotion, and impact that he can put into 17 syllables is like no one else in Lipun's literary history; this is especially amazing given his youth.
Moriya enjoys the rare status of being one of the few males who gets
along rather quite well with Motoko. Their somewhat formal natures and
attention to honor complement each other, and they of course share the
interest in the sword. Both trained a lot together in that summer that
Motoko spent at the Keep, and Moriya has visited Kenshi a few times at
her invitation. While Moriya has more innate skill, Motoko's
sword magics continue to keep him on his toes. In those times that the
two have teamed up in battle, they have been nigh unstoppable. Unfortunately,
this does lead to some nasty rumors, just as between Motoko and Moriya's
father, Shizumaru (to whom Motoko is also close), but they usually end
up quickly quashed, as it is difficult to speak with the tip of a sword
pressed against one's throat.
Like his father, he has been a moderating influence in Amber's treatment of Lipun, which has not made him friends among those Amberites who sought harsher punishments for its betrayal of Amber during the Annadil Crisis. This has earned him some enmity from Prince Kentaro, which some find strange given Kentaro's own heritage as heir to another nation saved from Amber's wrath only by the intervention of his mother. Prince Thoric, on the other hand, seems to regard Moriya as quite a fine fellow, if a bit too focused on fighting skills. He is known to enjoy friendly relationships with Queen Corrine of Ember and Princess Hiko, Warden of Arden, as well.
Moriya and Motoko have been seen together quite a bit of late, and are rumored to have brought Bumpy the Pimp up to Castle Amber for no apparent reason. They are believed to be currently investigating Ota's death out in Shadow (or possibly slipped off to a love shack shadow...) The pair are known to have been involved in defeating the Black Unicorn attack on Kafuin, rescuing Ramon from captivity in shadow, and rescuing Prince Drake from captivity.
Moriya seems to now be dating Countess Mitsune, as he so blatantly demonstrated at the Marching ball. Rumor has it he has become some sort of prophesied religious figure in Chaos, though this wasn't enough to save his father from being imprisoned in Chaos. He is known to be seeking some way to get his father released. Rumor has it that he has returned his family's logrusblade to its rightful owners in Chaos, House Nurgal.
Moriya is known to be in Chaos, assisting Miki's diplomatic mission. He's known to have helped repel a Serpent's Horn attack on House Alars and to have helped to rescue the Chaosian Idol, Mataka of M^2. Rumor has it he's become a Chaosian Grand Duke.
Moriya sustained serious wounds in the battle against the Serpent's Horn, having been cut down by two Patternblades, and was last known to have retreated to the Keep with his lover, Mitsune, to rest and heal and train for whatever his next quest may be. Rumor has it he recently recovered some item of Shaft's lost after Shaft's death.
Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, Moriya perished on a quest for the Logrusfoil known as Trust, which had been made the centerpiece of a deadly trap created long ago by Annadil to slay would be 'foil-hunters. He was buried at the Keep of the Five Worlds on the fortieth anniversary of the Second Day of Darkness.
Constructs may not be princes of the Blood, but these three constructs tend to act as if they were relatives of the blood, so...
Gabrielle, Daughter of the Queen of Ember
"I am all the wonders of creation."--Gabrielle's favorite saying
"Gabrielle is quite intelligent and fun to be with, as long as the area is fire-proofed. I always enjoy her company and conversation."--Nagisa
"Literal minded pyromaniac freak. She's as insane as Morgenstern, but hides it better."--Someone who refused to be identified because they wanted to live.
Corrine's Trump of Gabrielle at age 10: A strawberry blonde, wavy-haired girl stands in the middle of a room, her hands gesturing outwards towards the viewer, her amber eyes alight with an impish, joyful smile, matched by that on her lips. Around her rises an inverted cone of trumps, half with the Green BG/White Unicorn, the other half golden BG/Red Flaming Alicorn. She stands within a circle of flame, unharmed, spinning around her feet, lighting up a ruby floor tracery that looks suspiciously like the Pattern. The rest of the card is dark.
Gabrielle's sigil is a ring of fire.
Gabrielle, daughter of Corrine and the Red Knight, is bright eyed and friendly, most commonly manifesting herself as either a ten year old girl or as a woman in her thirties. In either form, through any of her twelve known manifestations, she remains a master of Trump and Pattern and Sorcery, the most powerful and oldest known construct.
She is known to be very friendly with Kanna and Keiko, who she treats as her sisters. She is on rather bad terms with Morgenstern, who she sees as a wanna-be.
Gabrielle tends to see everything through the perspective of fire, which can sometimes lead to somewhat warped solutions to problems (Plant blight in Arden? Why not just burn the forest down?)
Gabrielle has recently been revealed to be Shinobu Minor's mother, prompting many to wonder how exactly she managed to have a child. She is married to Prince Nagisa. It is unknown what he thinks of the Serpent having kissed her after Daffyl's redemption, in which she assisted.
Gabrielle's recent Cage Match with the Logrus ended in a tie after they were both disqualified. She seems to be on very bad terms with Jacqui now, for understandable reasons.
Jacqui and Gabrielle seem on somewhat better terms after her involvement
in some sort of operation together which has not been made public.
"Rivers rush about. And what does it get them? They fall
into the ocean. Do you want to fall into the ocean?"--Kafuin
"Most constructs are much like their maker, but more insane. Thankfully, Kafuin is nothing like Gideon."--Juri of Avalon
"He talks way too slow/Rambling on and on and on/Senile old construct/"--Written by Mitsune for a poetry assignment at Ohtori.
Kafuin is a construct built around a flawed Jewel of Judgment, taken from Black Unicorn Amber, a dark version of Amber-Oberon that threw in with Annadil and was defeated in the battle that took the Keep of the Five Worlds. Through this Jewel, Kafuin can control and direct the elemental energies of the Keep and its surrounding shadows. He is, as a result, probably the most versatile of the constructs--the other two are based around Fire and Pattern. He also picked up Trump and Sorcery when he was built; he can process some elemental energy into Pattern energy through the Jewel, but it is not very efficient. His primary purpose is to maintain the Elder Seal in the Keep which locks out the Outsiders and keeps the Fount of Power sealed. He also acts as a custodian for the Keep, watching over the shadow as a whole, as he has a link to the golden tree through which Shizumaru molds the Keep's reality.
Shizumaru chose to model Kafuin on the late Kafuin Nikochin, a monk of the Way of Light in Lipun who was master to Haohmaru, Shizumaru's own teacher of martial arts. His physical form is that of a diminutive old man wearing a straw hat and monk's clothing, and is always carrying his shakujou staff. He is a bit crotchety, a bit whimsical, sometimes serious, and almost always calling people 'lad' or 'lass'. If you look younger than he does, he'll treat you as a young'un, never mind that you may actually be centuries older. When asked about this, Shizumaru merely smiles and says that this is what the old Kafuin was like. He has spent much time in study, though, and is quite wise and learned, particularly in elemental lore.
He seems largely amused by the other two constructs' ongoing feud, and takes no sides in it.
Recently, Kafuin was off line due to Black Unicorn sabotage. He is now back in action.
Morgenstern, aka Snoop Mo G or 'Uncle Morgy'
"DISCO INFERNO!"--Morgenstern just before the flaming disco ball cuts loose.
"Everybody loves Morgenstern."--Alan Harnum (Keiko, Juri of Avalon, Motoko, Nanami)
"Morgenstern is a certifiable freak. I just have to say that again for emphasis."--Andrew Huang (Shizumaru and Moriya)
"That's right, Gabby can light a hotter flame, but she can't spin
the needle onna record like DJ M0rganzteinz"--Prince Ota
Uncle Morgy is some sort of Pattern Computer, similar to Gabrielle (of course, he'll say Gabrielle is similar to HIM...), apparently built by Shaft (Although Morgy has been known to claim to predate the Logrus and the Pattern...) He and Gabrielle have a long going game of one upmanship which may eventually destroy all of creation, or perhaps lead to a Construct Wedding.
Morgenstern is known to combine Fire, Pattern, and Trump in interesting ways, and he once controlled ShAmber for Ota, but probably doesn't any more, given its destruction.
Morgenstern has two common forms when he manifests a body through his manifestations: either a flaming stallion, or Shaft's sidekick from the 90s remake.
Morgenstern is the most unstable and erratic of the three constructs best known by the Royal Family, being moody and sometimes taking a very hard to understand view of matters. Being funkified by Shaft over the last 40 years probably hasn't helped, though it makes him entertaining.
Morgenstern recently underwent repairs after having gone mad for no discernable reason. Of course, some people would say he is always insane, but...
Morgenstern and Gabrielle are believed to have wrestled down Daffyl during the war on the Serpent's Horn.
Morgenstern is still a freak.
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