"Can I have some clothes? I have a naked girl in my room."
Amber Date: September 8, First Year of Gérard's Regency
-Eric Draven, to Alhuion
"I had an octopus on my naughty bits!"-Ariel
"You're going to be sacrificed to their tiki god! Fudge for the tiki!"-Katie
"If you're a Begman assassin, you're not very good."
-Rinaldo, to Eric Draven
Ariel (regarding Eric Draven): He got owned by nature.
Jeremy: No, he got owned by gravity.
"Why the hell do I have a Pop Tart?"-Katie
Excitement started out in the middle of the night under the light of the full moon. The two half-elves, Alhuion and Zephyr, found themselves having strange dreams. Alhuion dreamt that her blood spilled out over the world below her, and people rose up from the ground where it touched. This was followed by the feeling that she was trapped on a surgical table. She woke up and went to get something to drink. Zephyr dreamt that he was running with the hellhounds through Arden and took down a deer with his bare hands. He found that he really was doing that. Meanwhile, Eric Draven was awoke by several gallons of sea water landing on him and finding a young Rebman woman standing on his chest. This woman was Dayle, Llewella's much sheltered daughter, who decided to get out of Rebma by walking the Pattern and asking to be sent to "someone in Amber that she knew." Kana, on the other hand, found herself awakened by a latch clicking shut. Believing that someone had accessed the secret door in her room, she investigated while everyone else went downstairs to get food.
Zephyr returned to the castle after running naked through the forest and the city to get back home. After a shower, he joined the party in the kitchen. Kana periodically peaked in.
As dawn approached, Zephyr and Kana went back to bed. Kana, discovered a strange old hunchback who gave her a packet of Pop Tarts who insisted that she keep it safe from her cousin, Eric Draven. Draven, having receiced a letter from Caine's agent, Vincent, went off into the city to see what was up. Alhuion took Dayle shopping so that she would have something to wear besides scaled trunks or Eric Draven's vastly oversized wardrobe.
When Kana finally woke up again, she went down for a late breakfast. There, Gérard approached her and tried to spend some quality time with her. He asked her what she was interested in doing for her six-month service to the Crown. After some discussion, they thought that the constabulary would be an ideal choice for her. Kana decided to investigate this option further. She went down the headquarters for the constabulary, and took home a packet on how to apply to be a paranormal consultant to the constabulary.
Zephyr awoke and went for a walk in the city. After fleeing from a band of drunken sailors, he caught up with Alhuion while she was shopping. There he was approached by a strange older man named "Rick" who complemented him on his unusual approach in dealing with the sailors.
Alhuion, wanting to get a large and dangerous exotic animal, contacted Eric Draven to see if he could hook her up. He took her back to Vincent's place and he arranged purchase of a large riding cat, billing it to Draven's account.
Draven visited the Begman embassy to see if he could visit. As it turned out, the Begman ambassador was just sending a diplomatic packet to Gérard to request an Amber presence at an upcoming diplomatic summit to adjust the borders between Begma and Kashfa in Eregnor.
Alhuion was witness to a maid falling off some stairs and dying from a broken neck. In death, the maid no longer looked human and instead looked like some grey skinned alien thing. She and Dayle went to the library to research what it could be. They were assisted by Kana, who was taking a break from filling out paperwork.
Eric Draven, after dropping off the diplomatic packet with Gérard, learned that Queen Moire had put in a polite request to Amber to see if they knew where Dayle was. Draven claimed ignorance and fled to the library to find Dayle. Right after Draven arrived, Kana passed out and had some sort of spiritual vision of a meteor striking the Earth somewhere "over the horizon."
Alhuion is visited by someone claiming to be an old friend of her mother's. This woman identifies herself as Countess Vanessa Cumberly and asks if she can visit more in the future. Afterwards, Alhuion returns to her research and learns that the creature she saw may have been one of the "Gau," a race of shapeshifters that live in the Argentum League.
The following day, the four royal lords and ladies currently in Amber head off for Begma for the diplomatic function. Kana discovered as she set out that her earthbending was suddenly much stronger. They spend the night in the capital city (with Kana receiving another strange visit from the hunchback), then traveled by carriage to Eregnor the next morning. After dinner in Eregnor, Kana and Eric Draven meet Prince Rinaldo of Kashfa who is there, as he puts it, for color.
During the pre-negotiations luncheon, events are interrupted by a 40-foot tall demon charging through the ballroom and coming after the Amber royals. Alhuion and Zephyr flee with Rinaldo while Kana and Draven try to fight the beast to little effect. Rinaldo trumps the two half-elves out, while the others trump Gérard to escape.
Rinaldo took his two royals to some place in Shadow next to a giant blue rock. Gérard, Kana and Draven hellride back to Eregnor to try and help out the other two, find them missing, and then trump to them. Rinaldo and (through Trump) Martin explain that fire angels are often trained on psychic signatures and can follow a target through Shadow. They are also almost impossible to stop. The general advice is to find some sort of big weapon to use against the demon, which is identified as a "fire angel." Rinaldo offers to do the driving through Shadow for Alhuion and Zephyr to find such a weapon, explaining to Gérard that he's a "Broken" Pattern initiate. Gérard, Kana and Draven stay behind to slow down the fire angel.
Rinaldo takes Kana and Zephyr to a cathedral in Shadow that is holding some sort of holy and magical sword. Or, at least, holy as far as the giant octopus god "Leviathan" is concerned. Zephyr agrees to take on the spiritual quest to gain this powerful artifact. This "quest" consists of sending him half-naked into a giant underground lake to fight some tentacled monstrosity. He passed the test, gained the sword, and went back to rejoin his family by the blue rock.
Meanwhile, the three royals back at the rock had managed to slow it down somewhat. Gérard had been able to chop off a leg with his giant cleaver of a sword, while Kana and Draven had been able to batter it in their own ways. Zephyr returned and used the sword to deal it a killing blow.
The group then returned to Eregnor for a rather dull continuation of negotiations, this time in a new building. One without a giant fire-angel-sized hole. Rinaldo gave them all trumps for him before parting ways.
Alhuion returned to Amber to find that she had a riding cat, but it was purple with pink spots.
After this, Gérard gave the four who returned a lesson in shifting Shadow. They practiced simple Shadow-shifting that they could do even without a Pattern imprint. After some instruction, they were left to practice on their own. Alhuion tried to travel through Shadow to find a riding cat of more preferable coloration. Draven tried to find a place filled with attractive single women. Zephyr tried to find a flaming horse called a "nightmare" for him to ride. Kana just went off to find a good place to meditate.
Alhuion ended up getting attacked by a giant cat, and then capture by some tribesman who tried to sacrifice her to their volcano god. Draven found a place filled with Amazon warriors, who chased after him for invading their sacred island. He tried to shift Shadow away rapidly, and ended up going off of a cliff. Zephyr lost his nerve in trying to buy a nightmare, having a strange premonition it wouldn't be easy. Kana received a message from one of the prior incarnations of the Avatar, Master Genki. She learned that the meteor she saw earlier had crashed in the middle of the Earth Kingdom and had increased the power of earthbending. They had used this power to declare war on the other three kingdoms, and were destroying the balance of the Four Elements.
Draven was, with some effort, able to trump back to Amber. He ended up in traction in the infirmary under heavy pain medication. While loopy, he saw a servant come in and draw some of his blood.
Alhuion and Zephyr briefly experimented with staying at the Nedran embassy, but decided even that was too skeezy. They ended up moving back into the castle, but decided they would hide in different guest rooms at night.
Zephyr received another visit from Rick, who offered advice on who was behind sending the fire angel. Kana attempted to travel back to her home Shadow, but gave up when she realized that it would take her weeks. (And Gérard would not let her ditch out on her training.)