Important NPCs

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Important NPCs

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Starting with a quick summary of the Amberites:
  • Oberon
    King of Amber for at least the past eight hundred years - accurate histories older than that are hard to come by. Currently missing; he departed into shadow seven years ago with neither warning nor explanation. It is possible that a PC who has been around Amber longer than that could have met him, but most will know him only by his towering reputation.
  • Osric
    Deceased - he was judged guilty of murdering Caine and, after executing a prison break, tracked down and killed somewhere in shadow. When Caine turned up a few decades later, decidedly not dead, Osric's conviction was retroactively overturned - not that that helped him any. Osric's Tomb is a notable tourist attraction in Amber.
  • Finndo
    Deceased - Unlike his brothers, Finndo turned on Oberon when his mother's marriage was annulled ab initio. The resulting spate of warfare was ugly at best, and led to Finndo's death on the battlefield. Unlike Osric, Finndo's tomb is small and out of the way and rarely visited.
  • Benedict
    Exemplar of Quick and Focus; Master of arms and warfare. Laconic. Has little patience for family politics, but is devoted to the defense of Amber. Benedict can typically be found out in shadow, fighting, though he does visit Amber every few years.
  • Eric
    Exemplar of Craft in the sense of crafting deals and plans and treaties. Generally acts the role of the quintessential nobleman. Has a strong rivalry with his younger brother Corwin. Eric is acting as Regent in his father's absence, and thus spends most of his time in Amber.
  • Corwin
    A brooding loner, Corwin matches his older brother Eric in any field of conflict... save that of making friends (or at least allies). Currently spends his time ruling a shadow called Avalon, somewhere far beyond the reach of the Dragon Lines. Generally considered one of the more casually murderous Amberites; approach with caution.
  • Dierdre
    Pretty much the third-best Amberite at any sort of personal-scale combat, after Oberon and Benedict (or, for more strength-based endeavors, after Oberon and Gerard.) Typically less brooding than Corwin, but still a loner; her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Caine
    Exemplar of Sneak; Caine is shifty and conniving and treacherous, with a habit of playing both sides of any given conflict. Currently responsible for the Black Line, though he prefers to spend his time sailing in Stygia with only occasional visits to double-checking on troop positions in Dwarrodelf.
  • Fiona
    Exemplar of Focus, and (arguably) the best sorcerer among the Amberites. Certainly the one with the largest bag of tricks; she's sought out and claimed a vast number of Sources of power outside of Amber.
  • Bleys
    Exemplar of Flair, Bleys is at his best when showing off or living larger-than-life. He's also well-known as a master swordsman, even by Amberite standards; in a fair fight with blades alone he is, at worst, an even match for any of his siblings... but don't expect him to fight fair.
  • Llewella
    Enigmatic and all too easily overlooked, Llewella spends most of her time in Rebma. If she has any attributes of note beyond the favor of the people of Rebma, she's managed to keep quiet about it.
  • Brand
    Exemplar of Power - of the sorcerous variety. He doesn't have the breadth or subtlety of Fiona, but makes up for it with raw power and a few unique tricks Dworkin never taught to anyone else.
  • Florimel
    Exemplar of Flair - but in the opposite respect from Bleys; where Bleys uses dramatic action, Flora simply stands there with a quiet smile, using her beauty and charisma to achieve her goals. In some respects, she seems the least dangerous of all her siblings - certainly she's the least obviously combatitive.
  • Julian
    Warden of the Forest of Arden, and responsible for the safety, maintenance, and expansion of the Grand Trunk and the blue/green/white lines it splits into. Julian's specialty is Craft; it's widely acknowledged that he was involved in the original design and construction of the iron dragons, and his personal equipment is a cut above what the rest of the Amberites can field.
  • Gerard
    Exemplar of Power - of the physical variety. Also - at least as long as you're not a threat to Amber - the least murderous of the elder Amberites. Gerard is the Admiral of Amber's navy, and spends much of his time at sea.
  • Random
    Exemplar of Quick, Random is well known as something of an immature jerk. Almost as dangerous to be around as Corwin - and certainly much better at running from his responsibilities - or his mistakes.
(Note that Dworkin is not on this list; while the regular Amber setting has him as Oberon's father, that's not true of this game.)
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Re: Important NPCs

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Dworkin: A dwarven engineer, presumably from Dwarrodelf, made famous as the original designer of the Iron Dragons. Tends to hang around in Amber and... tinker with things. The Amber royal family also knows him as the creator of their Trump decks, though he's been fairly reticent about sharing the techniques involved. Ceridus' Collegitat considers him an honorary Magister, though he's never attuned to any of their powers. He has, however, attuned to Balcone's Arc, and has the lightning-scars to prove it.

Speaking of Ceridus:
Bishop Lazarus (his name is Bishop, he is not a bishop... probably), Magister Astrological. A callous, obstinate, lithe man strongly tied to Frost, the Void, and Stars. His primary course is on astrology specifically, and how the placement and pattern of stars can enhance or detract from various aspects of magic, both native and in separate shadows, as well as teaching astronomy, generalized divination, the higher properties and "true calling" of Frost Sorcery, and philosophy. He is Always Right, even when hes wrong, although - as his philosophy course is more on "proper structure, support, and ethical arrangement of debate" - he doesn't grade you too badly for being wrong.

Beatrice Firwal (fear-vail), Magister Biological. She is a woman who submitted for her thesis the concept that "everything burns". She proved it by setting a fire Elemental on fire before the jury. No, nobody has been able to replicate the feat. She teaches Botany, Anatomy, and Medicine, with live theaters featuring flame-enchanted obsidian scalpels. The pain is said to be agonizing.

Bentwick Flexwhistle, Journeyman. A brown-scaled kobold with darkened goggles and a dapper little coat full of pockets, recently graduated from the Apprenticeship Programme of the College. He is currently working there to pay off associated debts, as well as practicing for his Thesis, which he has not yet decided upon. Easily flustered, probably very overworked, "but it's fine, right? I'm sure it's fine. Of course it's fine. I'm not drowning!"
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