Shades of Amber

Interregnum

Beneath a swirling sky at the very door step of the courts of chaos the family of Amber gathered and faced the second coming of a storm of chaos. Some who were there had seen it once before, for most the terrifying sight was new and unfamiliar. Still even as the storm bore down upon them there was hope. They stood amongst the ruins of a chaos force sent to destroy them and they had stood together and endured.

In his black hand Julian held the Jewel of judgement that his daughter Morgana had delivered to him, racing in upon Morganstern a mere half hour before the storm would sweep down upon them The Jewel flashed and the storm seemed to surge in time with it as Julian raised it above his head. As the storm came and broke like a wave upon the edge of the abyss it was as if it had been cleaved by a great sword dividing it around the Amberites before dissipating to nothing. Behind the storm, reality reasserted itself shadow sliding back into place. Evangeline had succeeded, the Pattern and Order had been restored.

A collective feeling of victory seemed to spread through those present, and a great cheer rung out. The elder generation, whom had not come together for centuries gathered about Julian then. While several were absent, but for the brothers and sisters who were there it seemed differences would once again be set aside.

The new generation, pulled together by the victory that they had torn from the ashes of Amber watched as each of the elder’s came and thanked their children. The last hope of Amber, its children, had proved itself. As Haven’s choice for ruler of Amber was Julian, he was recognized then with their blessing as the ruler of Amber, and all recognized him and bent knee.

Though Amber herself lay occupied, a new hope filled the air. The pattern was cleansed, and the feeling was that it was a final cleansing. It was time to return home, and rebuild Amber to her former glory.

In Amber years had passed as the storm passed over. The Dragon and its chaotic minions nested on Mount Kolvir. The survivor’s of Amber had gathered deep in the forest of Amber, in a place called Sanctum that the unicorn had lead them. An underground fortress safe from the Dragon’s predations.

It was nearly nine months after the Amberite’s return before an attempt was made to oust the Dragon. Julian, Corwin and Bleys lead a small army against it. The attempt was not succesfull, but the Dragon was sorely wounded by Bleys before a withdrawl was called. The second attempt, two years later was even closer to success. If it were not for the arrival of three smaller dragons from Kolvir it seems as if it would have.

Two more years have passed since then. Julian, whom many call Blackhand or the Uncrowned King holds court in the Golden Circle kingdom of Talderan. From the safety of Sanctum parties of men head forth and battle the dragon’s minions, slowly whittling them away. A great colonizing fleet is being assembled, to repopulate the shadow once the dragon has been driven away. In Talderan Julian claims that a plan is in progress which will prove effective against the dragon, and it will happen soon. He is often seen closeted with Fiona and Merlin and speculation abounds.

The Lords of Haven faced an unpleasant surprise when the storm passed over shadow. All of the doors of Haven were disconnected with shadow. It was fortunate that Edwyn carried one within his pendant for otherwise Haven might have been lost. Replacing all of these doors had proved an onerous task, but one that must be done. Edwyn has asked that each of the lords of Haven be assigned five doors to place, with the rest being kept in reserve for crucial locations such as Amber and Talderan.

In addition the missing lords of Haven remain troubling, neither Kisten or Mordecai have been seen since before the storm. The existence of another Haven has also come to light, strange passages lead to unknown rooms and floating platforms contain doors that will not open at the Havenite’s commands.

Amber was not the only city to fall when the Dragon rose. The city of Rebma did not escape the ravages of the Dragon and the storm, its troubles a reflection of Amber’s. A great chasm has split Rebma and tritons and sea serpents occupy the city. The court of Rebma is in residence at the Court of the Tides where Luthair raises a force to reclaim the city.

Chaos remains torn by conflict. House Amberlash is at war with an unknown threat from shadow that threatens to destroy the House. House Hendrake’s initial rebellion has been largely defeated, its ways lie abandoned but for the traps and terrors left behind by its former lords. The house would have fallen entirely but in a crucial battle Mandor’s allies, House Helibore, withdrew from the conflict allowing Hendrake to escape. No reason was given and this act greatly weakened Mandor’s standing among the great houses.

Gabriel continues to lead raids from the black zone. He is bolstered by a recent alliance with Amber. Prince Caine has been tasked with aiding in the downfall of Mandor.

Bright remains a mystery since Bennedict, Dworkin and its lords retreated there after the dragon rose. No reliable path remains as the pattern is not available. Corwin claimed that he was traveling there but was vague about his method.

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