The Scions of Amber

Tales from the Scions of Amber
Blood Upon the Homefront

Our focus turns us to our heroes at their meeting, in the early hours of the morning. Here, they devised, discussed and determined their plan of attack upon the Lords and Ladies of Twilight. And after some revisions, once new information was brought into light by none other than the Marshall of Amber, Constantine, it seemed a perfect plan.

Until the night was pierced by the manual sounding of Amber’s alarms.

Immediately, our dashing heroes and heroines leaped to arms, making a quick exit off their moonlit balcony. The sounds of battle echoed through the still midnight air, their locations a source of varying concern among Amber’s remaining children of the third generation. To the basement, or to the Royal quarters?

Splitting of their own accord and desires, each party rushed headlong into the defense of their home, and simultaneous battles ensued.

In the Royal quarters, Constantine, Quinn, and Jocelyn rushed to find the bodies of guards littering the hallway in front of the King’s chambers, all dried and withered. A mist hung heavy before the doorway, menacing the few guards that remained to boldly guard their King. It was soon learned that within the mist were life-leeching faerie creatures, whose touch burned and drained the life from a man.

With some sort of faerie magic of her own, Jocelyn distracted the beasts that remained, drawing their attention solely to her, and clearly illuminating them in the process. This left the door free for Constantine to dash inside to try and rescue the crown Princess, and Quinn to help dispatch the distracted creatures.

Upon entering the King’s chambers, the trio discovered a gruesome scene. Constantine found the Queen, Vialle, unconscious and bleeding in the Royal Nursery, amongst a collection of dead Furbolgs. And the Crown Princess, newly born Celeste, was missing. And Jocelyn and Quinn found Random clutching the Jewel of Judgement, frozen.

After prying the Jewel from Random’s grasp, they eased the man into a nearby seat while the remaining servants tended to his wounds. However, the Jewel had taken its toll, and Random’s breathing stopped, where Jocelyn, having been charged with keeping the Jewel, contacted her Uncle Corwin.

Using the Jewel to save Random’s life, Corwin appointed Constantine as the man in charge until Random was at full health once again, and charged Jocelyn as caretaker of the Jewel until it was safe to return to Random’s hands.

Meanwhile, in the depths of Amber’s dungeons, another great battle raged, which Orion and Pilgrim came upon at great speeds. Orion deemed it of great import to aid his uncles Julian and Gerard, who bravely fought with two members of the Twilight force. Pilgrim deemed it of great import to get to their Twilight captive before her rescuers did. The fight was a grisly one, Gerard being run completely through by the woman later found to be named Morrigan, and Julian taking a life-threatening lunge into his liver by the man named Lughasanda.

Orion fought bravely in the defense of his uncles, buying Pilgrim time to strengthen his position in ‘bargaining’ that was to come. Gaining a terrible wound, which severed the muscles in his arm, Orion fell back, and let the Knights of the Unicorn attempt their part. At which time, Pilgrim’s voice rang out, clear and cold throughout the dungeons.

His threat to kill their captive bore weight, and Lughasanda approached with a haughty attitude — perhaps even a superiority complex. But he underestimated the strength of the Children of Amber. Some may have been easy to capture, but those that remained free, remained so for good reason.

Trumped out, by a timely intervention on Orion’s part, Pilgrim formulated a dangerous plan in a moment’s notice, but one that ultimately proved successful. With the aid of Martin and the soldiers of Amber, they enacted a pincer plan. With Constantine and Quinn at his side, the trio weaved their way into a secret passage, and cam out behind Morrigan and Lugh. And with a well-timed shot, Pilgrim fell upon Lugh in a show of strength and stubbornness befitting of a true Amberite. Alas, Morrigan escaped their clutches, after dealing a devastating wound to Quinn, and being forced into fleeing.

The night reaches its end, now, and dawn comes to find Amber in disarray. With the king and queen temporarily out of commission, the crown princess — and many others — kidnapped, many of its royal children bedridden with horrible wounds, and its armed force significantly diminished, what will become of Amber?

That is, of course, up to our intrepid heroes, in the next chapter of Scions.

-Written by Jocelyn

Tales from the Scions of Amber
Into the Twilight Realm

We were met with no major obstacles as we followed Brigid’s retreating army through shadow, first by tracking the horse hooves and then later by following the wagon tracks when it was clear that they met up with more of their hunting party. We reprovisioned at a guard outpost along the road and continued until we reached a sprawling city on top of large mesas connected by floating bridges. A small boy led us to the nearest inn where we enjoyed a short repast and discovered our location. We were near the home of the Twilight Lords, this city sat at the gate to their lands, and by the awestruck face on passersby, it was clear they thought we were some of these Lords. (It also could have had something to do with the hell-steeds we had retained from Brigid’s army.)

We decided that it was best to continue with this deception and see how far it would get us. After determining from a beggar that Brigid had passed through the Twilight Gate not six hours earlier, we spurred our mounts through the gate. After traveling a fair distance we found ourselves on a road approaching a large castle, from which we could see a lone rider coming our direction. We quickly laid a trap and hid since it was clear that we had not escaped detection. When the rider, a beautiful redhead with the same predatory gaze as the bird resting on her shoulder, came within view, Pilgrim and I launched the attack followed closely by Orion. (Jocelyn had led the horses a short distance away so as they would not give away our location.) It did not take her long to realize that she was outnumbered and surrendered into my protection.

We departed post haste with our captive, minus Jocelyn whom we had been unable to locate. We made our way through shadow back toward Amber and eventually met up with Jocelyn who had made a valiant attempt to capture the redhead’s runaway horse before having to flee from an approaching party of Twilight Lords. We joined up with Seth and Martin via trump, who had recently been attacked at Flora’s house. After a short rest, all except Pilgrim returned to Amber, Pilgrim having stayed behind to remove the evidence of the fight and repair the damage to the house.

Our captive was delivered into the hands of the guards who took her down to the dungeons, and Julian, after hearing the story decided to pay her a visit. I reported the situation to King Random accompanied by Orion and Jocelyn and afterwards we retired to our respective rooms to recuperate. Unfortunately the recuperation was short-lived as Flora, who was also in the palace, was upset that she was not informed and wanted to hear the story as well.

As we begin to formulate our plan for the Twilight Lords, perhaps I will make a trip to the dungeons, although it is probably not necessary as Julian is usually very effective at obtaining information from unwilling sources.

- From the Journals of Constantine, Marshal of Amber

Tales of the Scions of Amber
A Grand Day in the Park

I knew something was wrong when I recognized so many of my cousins in the park. Seth and I had decided to stop by his mom’s house and check on her dogs. Aunt Fiona has been staying there recently for some reason, and god knows she hates Aunt Flora’s dogs, so even though there were servants there, we figured it was a good idea to at least check in on them. While we were in New York, we had decided to stop by the festival they were having in Central Park, and it was there that we found multiple cousins. It is unusual to find so many of us in the same shadow, unless it was a prearranged meeting, and even then it is highly unlikely.

I decided to wait and see what would unfold, as it was obvious that something interesting was in store for us. In the meantime, I decided to make the wait more pleasant. We wandered over toward the stage where a gorgeous blonde girl in a blue bikini top was swaying to the music, looking as though she could use a partner to dance with. Flirting with her required only half of my attention, so I was therefore able to keep an eye on my surroundings. I noticed several more cousins, Jocelyn was showing her horse, Quinn was watching her win the competition, and Orion was wandering through the ethnic food stands. There were also a few Chaosites as well.

The chick said something to me and as I turned to look at her, Desi hip bumped her out of the way. Desi has great hips. She said that she was looking for Merlin, and I was about to tell her that I’d seen him walking toward the pond, but she looked so hot that I couldn’t help but convince her to stay. Desi was an excellent substitute dance partner for blue bikini girl considering I couldn’t remember her name…I think it was Jenna, or Gina, or something like that…but it was a bit harder to focus on what was going on around us with Desi’s hips rotating beneath my hands. Which is why I was surprised when Gilva asked me if I’d seen Merlin…I didn’t remember when she had shown up.

It appeared that Seth and I were going to get to witness a chick fight, which would have been hot, but also pretty intense considering who would have been involved (Gerard’s daughter and a hell-maiden from House Hendrake). However it looked like Gilva was going to beat Merlin to a bloody pulp first.

So Seth and I followed the ladies as they made their way down toward the pond in search of Merlin since we were guaranteed substantial amusement from his predicament. I mean, I’ve gone out with multiple women in the same day, who hasn’t? But I thought it was rather risky of him to do so with these two in particular. Once we arrived at the pond, it seemed that our other cousins had congregated there as well, which was rather strange as most of the activity was back by the food pavilion and the stage…It was then that things started changing.

Someone was manipulating the shadow around us, morphing the shadow folk into strange beasts that were responsive to the sound of a hunting horn, blown by a man on a steed. Though we were caught unprepared for a fight, we managed to destroy the small force and the bizarre thin-men that attacked us. A few cousins had minor injuries and while they were bandaging them, we heard the sounds of another horn and Jocelyn brought us news of another rider and larger force fast approaching. Pilgrim quickly led us away through shadow. He’s rather aloof as far as my cousins go, and I have not yet decided whether I like him or not. It chaffed me a bit to have to run from a fight like that, but considering I was dressed solely in a pair of swim trunks I didn’t concern myself with the thought overmuch.

The shadows changed quickly as we ran behind Pilgrim. It seems that whoever was working against us was forcing us toward a canyon where we would be quite effectively trapped. Pilgrim finally relented to our pursuer’s wishes, but not without throwing a village of giants in their way. Leading the pursuit was a woman upon a horse. Her name was Brigid, and she was a good shot with a bow. I threw up a spell to shield those who were climbing a dangling rope to safety and the others ran toward a small opening in the side of the cliff while the giants attacked her forces. Just as I wiggled my way into the opening, she called for a retreat.

I want to know who she is that she dares to attack so many Amberites. Now that we’re aware of her intentions, I don’t think she’ll find us easy targets. Once we get everyone bandaged up, we can figure out how to best teach this bitch a lesson.

- From the Journals of Constantine, Marshal of Amber


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