Tears of the Lost

Chapter 4 - Trapped
-Log by Wren

Morning, if it could in fact be called such a thing without a proper rising of the sun, brought our heroes away from their attempts at sleep, or catnaps. After little deliberation, it was decided to make a sweep through the castle for survivors. Zythanimaerias, Princess Fiona and Coral opted to stay behind in the Royal Chambers, for their various reasons while the others made their exit. Their first destination, the library, brought them to Prince Julian and Roland, son of Eric, along with several guards and some of Julian’s shadow hounds.

With the situation having been explained, and the majority of the group simply glossing over the charged glares exchanged between Martin and Roland, our party continued their sweep through the castle, minus Julian and his storm hounds. Their goal was to erradicate a lingering demon in the Chaos delegation’s quarters. It was, of course, unacceptable to let such a thing roam about.

Upon entering the Great Hall, the very few remaining soldiers were found attempting to make sense out of the mess that had spread throughout the castle. It was then, as questions were being hurled and answers being given, that the sole surviving paige interrupted, to inform lady Yazmin that there was someone requesting to speak with her.

As time progressed, our heroes grew restless, all of them eager to find a means of escape. And thus, several experiments were conducted, and various investigations put into action. As an end result, Lady Sophia managed Trump contact with Bleys, Lady Gilva was rescued from the torturous clutches of an unknown party, Lady Wren discovered Dierdre to be alive, and Julian discerned he may be capable of breaking the barrier that held them.

At Lady Sophia’s request, each separate party was gathered together, and she shared the information that she had recieved from Prince Bleys. Delwin the Lost appeared to be ruling in the true Amber, making their Amber simple a shadow-pocket look-alike. And, a notion of Zyth’s once ruled ludacris, then became plausible. Perhaps, they were in the Abyss afterall.

The surviving members of the Chaos delegation attempted an escape via Trump, which for all purposes seemed a success. Until they were returned mere hours later, all stating their return having happened after they fell asleep. They were truly cursed.

The next morning, Amberites and Chaosites, along with a handful of guards, approached the barrier, Jewel of Judgment in hand. Julian’s plan was a success, at great damage to their imposter city. Beyond their transposed home, were great fields of green and endless skies of green swirling gas.

In a completely unknown land and with no shadow to reach through, the party progressed, finally happening upon a race that called themselves ‘Storm Giants.’ It was then learned, that only the Seraphim could navigate the worlds here, what they called Fragments, and… conveniently enough, there happened to be two fugative Seraph in the village.

Our heroes met a man and woman, Tal and Galya, and learned from them much. The make up of these worlds, these Fragments. How they functioned. The history between the Seraphim and the Nephilim. And the way each navigated these worlds. They also learned that the name Dierdre was something to spark interest, and that Tal may in fact be one of their cousins.

But will this information prove useful in their escape? Will they be able to find a way to return to Amber? How much time will pass before things can be put right again? Only time will tell.

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Chapter 3 - A Blood Drenched Eve
-Log by Wren

Myrrdin’s hopes of a relaxing evening were dashed as a resounding crash and following scream emanated from his delegation companion, Merlin’s room. After some sarcasm laced comments from Jenroh and a removal of a spell upon the door, the two finally managed to enter Merlin’s room.

Inside, they found a distraught and injured Gilva. Between sobbing, and stabbing anyone that came near, she informed them Merlin had been taken, but beyond that was not useful. Spotting some strange device implanted within her flesh, Myrrdin removed the item by force, releasing its apparent hold on the delegate member. Rushing Gilva to the infirmary, Myrrdin then set to the task of informing the other delegates.

Such information was received while the others attended a ‘party’ of sorts upon a balcony. With many a refreshment to be had, the social gathering was a hit. However, it dissolved with incredible speed upon two realizations. One, that the stars in the sky were disappearing, quite rapidly. Two, that their newest edition, Ezekial, was in fact speaking to Zythanimaerias via trump.

Finding the moon beginning to disappear, our intrepid heroes began a trek to locate Prince Caine, and find him they did, in company with Prince Julian. And, of course, both Princes shortly took their leave after finding out what was transpiring upon the night sky, leaving the next generation to stand in awkward silence.

Nalath drew upon The Logrus and sent it forth to investigate, but hit an impenetrable wall. Julian and Morganstern charged through the rioting city until they reached a newly erected physical barrier and could go no further. Wren’s scrying spell watched as the wall completed itself directly above Amber. Amber herself was encased. And the Pattern too, felt far away and distant. And with such news, the group made a rush for the Pattern room, their path taking them to bodies, and beyond that, monsters of shadow. Shadows defeated, they pressed onward, only to discover the Pattern to be no more.

Filled with dread, the youngest of Amber’s sons and daughters stood, bewildered, while the castle was filled with four separate factions bringing with them death and destruction. A decision was made to find his majesty Random but instead, what they found was two Princess Fionas, a heavily spiked knight, and more monsters of shadow.

The fighting cleared and ceased, leaving the group confused, battered and otherwise disgruntled. Tensions were high, no one knowing whom to trust, or if to trust anyone at all. A most inopportune time for one Zythanimaerias to arrive and begin, as it appeared to witnesses, rifling through his majesty’s belongings, declaring that the King was dead.

Unsettled, our heroes find themselves in the royal chambers of Amber, the room smelling of spilled wine, littered in bodies, and the air thick with tension. Prince Caine accused of traitorous acts, King Random gone without a trace, and Amber city removed from perhaps the universe itself. Crown Prince Martin has taken charge of the situation, but it still remains to be seen what course of action our heroes will take…

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Chapter 2 - Mystery Trumps
Log by Brandon

Quite rightly disturbed by the assassination attempt, the chaosites, notably Nalath and Sophia began to investigate possible leads on the assassins. It was discovered that someone had been spreading rumors against the chaosites, before they even had arrived. And a mysterious figure known as “Gloom” was known to be hiring muscle in the city.

Inside Amber, the dining hall grew tense as several Chaosites made biting comments about there safety, and the possible involvement of the crown. These comments were met by silence, doing little to dispel the undercurrent of mistrust. Roland, who claimed to be the son of Eric arrived, announcing himself as Prince and immediately striking sparks with King Random’s son Martin. After much discussion it was decided that a report of Werewolves in Arden might be worth investigating as an interesting pastime.

However it was not meant to be, Zyth and Wren both discovered mysterious trump cards inside there rooms. Zyth’s lead to an odd shadow with a letter, allegedly from Prince Brand of amber informing him to return to that location at noon the next day. Wren’s card, which was of the missing Coral was darker, and she found her mind pulled through the contact, and the connection to her body made tenuous. Apparently trapped in darkness, Coral lay sleeping on a dark plane floating within the nothingness.

Some time had passed and the adventurers came to investigate, finding her in a trance. After breaking the trance it was determined another attempt would be made, this time with Nalath and Wren. They succesfully reached and woke Coral, but while exploring some currents in the dark Wren found herself captured by House Jesby. A rescuse attempt was made that quickly went wrong, the black place came out in the underreaches of House Jesby as a black well. Which shortly after the rescue began a dragon like creature formed and began to attack. It was also learned that Prince Corwin was present in house Jesby, and involved with the well. The rescue was successful, though several injuries were taken, the rescuees escaped to House Rhiall.

On the next day Zyth convinced several lords and ladies of Chaos and Amber to follow through the mysterious trump where another mysterious trump lay. The attempt was somewhat behind schedule, and they arrived in the midst of a battle between the armies of Amber, which were being lead back from Chaos by Prince Bennedict and a clockwork army. Prince Bennedict was held by some trump artist, and his army was being decimated by the machines.

Bravely, Zyth and Nalath interupted the trump block, misdirecting it to Zyth. The trump attack was being lead by a mysterious man, whom Bennedict claimed was Delwin the long lost. With Bennedict unfrozen and the assistance of our heroes the clockwork army was defeated.

His Majesty, King Random expressed his gratitude to all those involved, in particular the Chaosites whom Random tentatively agreed to some of their proposal.

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Chapter 1 - A Warm Welcome
-Log by Brandon

The delegation from chaos arrived in Amber, having crossed the entire universe to treat with Amber. The delegation included High Lord Jenroh of Channicut, Merlin and Myrrdin of Sawall, Gilva of Hendrake, Sophia of Helibore and Nalath of House Rhiall. Upon their arrival, Jenroh of Channicut who had the honor to be the head of the delegation was welcomed personally by his Majesty King Random. The rest of the delegation was directed to the great hall where Zythanimaerius, Wren and Yazmin were there to welcome them to Amber.

Apparently randomly it was at this time that a largely naked man named Ezekiel appeared in the great hall, holding a trump card in his hand. This immediately became a subject of much discussion with several people theorizing that he was in fact of the blood of Amber. Merlin convinced Ezekiel to assail the pattern, glossing over the dangers of failure and the pair, against the wishes of the Amberites made their way to the Pattern, where both of them and a young woman from Begma known as Coral were successful.

That evening a rich private dinner was held for the delegation with several princes and princesses of Amber in attendance. During the meal, several of the servants turned out to be magically disguised imposters who attempted to murder Lord Myrrdin and Lady Sophia, nearly succeeding in Myrrdin’s case. Unfortunately both were killed before they could be taken for questioning, one by Prince Caine and the other by Sophia.

His Majesty quickly arrested all of the servants and ordered an investigation, and personally apologized to the delegates for the security breach, vowing to bring whomever was responsible to justice. The Chaosites accepted the apology, however took the precaution of barricading their suites so that there was but one entrance to be defended.

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