The Hundredth Vale

Session 3
Horror at Castle Illusion

Game starts out with Marcus starts out a sleep and woken up by sight of the Unicorn, it gives him a bunch of images and then it disappears and leaves a single hair from its mane. Marcus picks it up and it genteelly wraps around his wrist.

Ran is in a trance in his bed when his bed closes around him. He has the sensation of being carried and then feeling like he is falling very far, then makes a large impact. He continues bouncing as a whole in the trap develops. Ran turns into a wind spirit and goes out the whole. The trap goes over a cliff and Ran goes back into his room. Ran then proceeds to look for a servant and explains to him what happened and asks if this is normal behavior. The servant then goes to find someone to assist Ran. Ran then goes back to his room and investigates. Using the logrus, Ran spots logrus magic, poorly used. One signature is the lumberjack, the other is unknown. Guards show up at Ran’s room and he tells them what happened.

Ivo is sleeping like a baby.

Marcus had a large story of images but there seems like something is missing. Marcus feels refresh, calm and inspired.

Ran gets nothing more from his investigation and he goes to find Random, on his way he gets a trump call from Yoseph. He tells Ran that his companion (Kevin) has been taken to a very dark place by a fellow Amberite. He explains to Ran that the culprit had strong magic with a pattern flavor to it. Yoseph then asks Ran for another favor. He tells him the item lies in Amber and he shows him a picture of a demon of motivation. It is a leftover from Pattern Fall wars and Ran explains he will need to talk to Random first.

Ivo wakes up and goes down to breakfast.

Marcus cuts his arm down the length of his right (sword) arm the length of the unicorn’s hair and lays the hair in the wound. The flesh then wraps around the hair leaving a silver streak where the cut was.

Ran turns into the crazy girl from the insane asylum for a moment, then turns back to normal, whatever normal is for Ran. He eventually makes it to Random’s office. He tells Random what happened to him in his room. Ran turns into the Jester momentarily in front of Random. Then continually talking to Random and he tells Random of the demon that Yoseph wants him retrieve. Random tells him it is ok to get the demon out. Random then asks about Kevin in which Ran tells him he knows of Kevin’s where about. Well sort of where he is. Ran has an impression of the place, not the exact location.

Ran arrives at breakfast and shortly after Marcus arrives, looking majestic. Ran notices that Marcus is extra patterny and Ivo then looks at Marcus with the lens. He notices Marcus’s extra pattern imbued right arm. Marcus then shows Ran and Ivo his right arm and tells them of his meeting with the Unicorn. Ran then updates the two of his assassination attempt and that he talked to Gerbel and he knows where Kevin is.

The three go to find the Lumberjack in the hallway and find he is not there. Ivo tells the servant to find the lumberjack and he returns shortly saying he found him. He takes him to a kitchen where the lumberjack is eating. Ivo asks him if he threw Ran out the window, which he replies no. Ivo looks at him through the lens. He summons the servant again and tells the servant to give him quarters and keep a guard on him at all times. Ivo then goes to find Marcus and Ran at Saif’s room.

Meanwhile, Ran and Marcus are having Saif make a trump of the castle where Kevin is located. While Saif is working, Ran turns into the crazy woman again for a brief moment then internalizes to figure out why he is changing into this woman. Marcus is frustrated when Ran does this. Ran turns into hundred of cockroaches and searches for something. Ran witness ironing and is disturbed by it. He returns shortly and Marcus shows his frustration towards Ran’s behaviors. They discuss shape shifting protocols around Marcus.

Ivo shows up outside Saif’s door where Ran and Marcus are talking. Ivo tells Ran he found the lumberjack and what orders he gave him. The three of them go to Ivo’s room so he can pick up his armor and weapons and then the threesome goes to the wharf district to look for the demons. Ran turns into a dog and they explore the district when a cloaked figure comes walking down the street. Ivo tells the figure to halt, when it pulls out a wand and cast a spell at Ran that incases him and sends him flying. Ivo shoots arrows at her and she shields herself from him. He then uses the lens to wash her and the impact sends her flying where she regains her composure and then disappears. Ran slowly falls back to the ground and then rejoins the group. We then talk about what just happened. Ivo then goes into the cobblers shop and asks him if he knows who the woman was. He doesn’t know who she was, so Ivo asks if he knows who runs this district. The cobbler says Mariah and Adrid.

The group goes to the bar across the street to wait for Mariah. Victor arrives at the bar and about an hour and a half later; she arrives with a contingent of 20 men. The group interrogates her about the wand woman and motivation in the area. She has no useful information so the group threatens to have a royal investigation if they find out she did not cooperate. She tells them where to find Adrid. Ivo asks a boy in the bar to take them to the hotel where Adrid lives. The boy takes them to the hotel, it takes about an hour and a half to walk there and when they arrived, the group is being watched. Ivo pays the boy and he takes off running. A guy at the door asks us what we want and Ivo says to take us to Adrid. He closes the door behind him and Ran breaks it open. We go up the stairs and are met by a group of armed men. We tell them to take us to Adrid and they drop their weapons and we proceed to Adrid.

Adrid awaits us in his chambers, the group goes in and makes themselves comfortable. We then interrogate Adrid about the woman then the demon. Ran’s creature explores the room and finds out a toy teddy bear exists in that room. Ran uses the logrus to view Adrid and realizes that he is tainted by the demon. Ivo then brings up the lens and go floor by floor and in the basement he sees something then a spike goes through his lens and Ivo then feels very tired. Ran turns into a fireball and goes through the floor. Ivo sits down and several tentacles come through the walls. Victor grab Ivo and heads back down the stairs with Marcus taking point.

Ran is in the basement and tentacles come through the stone floor. Marcus, now outside the hotel tries to infuse Ivo with Pattern based healing. Victor goes back in to go find the teddy bear and attacks everything in his way. Ivo, infused and healed by Marcus, hops up and goes in after Victor while Marcus defends the front door from the now zombie citizens wishing harm on the princes. Victor clears a swath of destruction and reaches the room with the bear and he takes the automaton bear and takes him to Marcus, Ivo goes down to the basement. Ivo brings up Pattern Defense with Victor behind him and the go down the pathway until they catch up to Ran. The demon is very spider like. Ran tells the spider we are to return him to chaos or kill him. Marcus continues to fight off the Zombies. Ran convinces the demon to release his tentacles and take a shape that is easy to transport him to chaos. The group gets out of the building and then the burning build collapses.

Ivo, Marcus and Victor trump back to Castle Amber. Ran trumps Dara and hands her the demon, then comes through the trump to Castle Amber. It turns out the bear broke his promise by coming back to Amber. We found out that Cain was behind persuading him to come back to Amber. The group then takes the bear to Random, after Ran cleanses Victor and the bear. At Random’s office, they explain that Cain was behind the bear coming to Amber.

We head to Saif’s to get the trump of the castle where Kevin is located. We trump to the Dark Castle. Marcus informs the group that one of the women who kidnapped Kevin had been killed by him before she took Kevin. Everything is dark and BALCK here! A bat thingy is flying overhead and Ivo shoots it with his bow. Victor makes sure it was dead. Smokey haze, knee level covers the ground. Ran turns into the bat thingy and scouts ahead. Ivo uses manipulate probability to find the easiest path to the dungeons and head to the back of the castle. There are lots of bugs trying to get at Victor but Ran keeps them at bay. A swarm of bugs fall from the ceiling and suck Marcus up to the next floor. Ran floats up and is in the same room as Marcus.

A shadowy figure forms up in front of Victor. He tries to punch it but his fist goes through its misty form. Ivo shoots it and it disappears as chains fall everywhere. Marcus is trying to find his way out with the aid of a glowing bird left by Ran. Marcus come into a room occupied by an armored man named Devon. Ivo, Ran and Victor make their way towards Marcus when a figure is down the hall before them. Marcus chats with Devon. The guy at the end of the hall is Kardos.

There is a globe on the table and Ran brings up the logrus lens and sees that is very magical. Ran picks up the globe and it is an orgasmic experience for him, as he loses himself in the orb.

Marcus continues his boring conversation with Devon. He throws an object at Marcus which is a three headed dog that grows larger then attacks him. Devon runs away and throws more monsters out his pocket.

Ivo brings up the lens and taps Ran with it. There is a large bang and both are knocked aside. Victor runs towards the demonic screams. Victor meats up with the monsters and engage them in combat. Marcus is being moved by the bugs again while he fights with the dogs. Ran is still enticed by the orb so Ivo tries to put the lens between Ran and the orb and it appears to have some effect. The bugs swarm up around Victor and Marcus and take them down into a cell.

Ran after realizing the use of the bird and noticing that Victor and Marcus are in a cell, he trumps them on Ivo’s suggestion and pulls them to us. Ivo then tries trumping Random, then Gerard both with no answer. Ran then trumps Julian, who appears not to care but then pulls the four of us through. Ran goes bird form and head towards Amber and the rest of us follow on horseback. Ran flies up to Random’s office, where he and Llewella are talking feverishly. Ran finds out that Fiona has been captured. Ran trumps Dara and informs her of what was going on. We then trump back to the castle, which is not there. Ivo brings up the lens and discovers many bug filled chambers underneath. Ran starts digging to get into the chambers, while Ivo finds traces of Kevin in one of the chambers.

Five hours later, we get into the chambers and then many hours later, we make it to Kevin’s chamber. There are scratches in the wall and a few loose stones. Victor removes a stone to find an elaborate picture of Kevin being taken by the bugs. The next shows a location which is a trump. The rest show scenes of his capture and being moved around and a picture of a figure who looks like a dark sorcerer and another demon one.

We trump back to Amber to inform Random of what is going on and then plan to trump to the place trump we found in Kevin’s room. We trump to the dusty place and there is a man walking who looks back at us. He slowly disappears.

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Session 1

Game log 1
We began with Ran’choth [reflection of light from a perfect pearl] pour !sensation of fine sand!, preparing for a party, attempting to find appropriate clothing. Lord David brought him to Bandy, a renowned tailor, who did his best to accommodate Ran’s tastes and desires, but in the end simply offered something pret a porter, and Ran adapted himself to it.

At the party Flora organized to welcome Lord Ivo back to Amber, many of the court’s minor luminaries were on display, though few of the elders. The guest of honor, Ivo, seemed uncomfortable with the attention. Ran inquired as to what sort of celebration would suit him better, suggesting a more martial theme, which Ivo averred. Ivo stated he prefers farming, for subsistence, and some speculation ensued as to how a farming-based celebration would work.

A man named Daron welcomed Ivo back to the court, on whose behalf was not clear. Daron was not himself a lord, and did not offer further explanation.

King Random made a speech officially welcoming Lord Ivo, and also introducing Saif as a member of the Blood. He seemed preoccupied with avoiding a supplicant, Lord Corey of Chronos Keep in Lyonesse.

Interrupting Random’s speech, a glowing sphere appeared in the middle of the gathering, depositing a naked man, carrying a note. The man seemed somewhat confused, reading from the note an announcement that he was of the Blood, and claiming his birthright, concluding with veiled and possibly second-hand insults against Princess Llewella and “The Weasel.” The naked man, whose name was revealed to be Victor, was given over to Marcus and Fiona.
Fiona and Ran examined Victor, with indeterminate results beyond establishing his reality. Afterwards, Fiona was overheard to whisper “Bleys” to Random.

Saif was approached by a Carter, who congratulated him on his recognition by the Court, but didn’t explain himself.

Lord Corey caused a stir by shouting to Random “Why won’t you help with these zombies??” but when no zombies were immediately evident, panic was averted. Random diverted Lord Corey to Saif, who gathered some details of the man’s complaint. Corey was the heir to a keep on a Golden Circle Shadow, and felt his parents and many others had become zombies, due to abnormal behavior. He provided Trumps of his parents, the keep, and the Chancellor, Michel Deltemps. Random also provided a Trump of the Shadow Lyonesse, to help with investigation.

The party never really regained its momentum after the interruptions of the naked man, and then zombie near-panic. Afterwards, Victor was given quarters and freedom of the castle. Saif departed to prepare for investigating Lyonesse.

Marcus and Ivo engaged in religious and philosophical discussion, which was still probably more fun than the party. Marcus also introduced Ivo to Kevin, Random’s younger son, something of an artist and recluse.

Ran accompanied April, a singer at the party, to the White Pony for further conversation and congress.

Victor captured an intruder approaching his room, who gave his name as Ben Kenobi. After an inconclusive interrogation, the intruder was sent away. Later, Victor was accosted in his room by an androgynous bag-headed moppet, which had cryptic warnings and a disturbing presence. Afterwards, Victor took a walk, but not down memory lane. He had some recollections, of loading bodies on a vehicle, of having to breathe water on another occasion, but no coherent memory of his past.

In the morning, Ran encountered kitchen staff behaving oddly. He absorbed one, determining that the person had been psychically dominated briefly.

Saif sent a creature to scout Chronos keep, determining that the normal operations of the place seemed to be ongoing, but that many of the inhabitants displayed a peculiar lack of emotional response. Saif gathered some other minor members of the Court to possibly assist with investigating the keep: Ran, Victor, Ivo, and Marcus.

While Saif was sharing the details of the Lord Corey situation, a servant deliberately and bafflingly splashed Ran with water. Ran’s examination, and Ivo’s psychic contact, indicated that the servant had also been psychically dominated. Ivo escorted him to the king.

Marcus mentioned that Kevin had paintings of each of the people present, and suggested we visit him, since Kevin’s art was sometimes oracular. Kevin had paintings of each with an animal, as well as a somewhat abstract battle scene. Victor asked Kevin for a painting of where he came from, and Kevin agreed.

Ran suggested that the behavior of the servants and those in Lyonesse might be connected.

Marcus, Victor, Saif, and Ran Trumped to Chronos Keep. Guards approached, behaving oddly. Ran attempted to investigate one, causing the others to attack. Victor and Marcus easily defeated them, and the damage revealed them to be automata. Ran’s investigation showed a partial biological basis, but that they were largely mindless.
The Chancellor of the Keep, Michel Deltemps, emerged with his wife, and offered hospitality. When the nobles grew impatient with his evasiveness, he offered to lead them to the Lord, but instead brought them to an ambush. The nobles Trumped back to Amber, with the Chancellor prisoner.

In the course of interrogating Chancellor Michel, a Trump of a location was confiscated. He claims it is a location in Lyonesse of sentimental significance to his wife and himself. He also had a ring which linked to the automata.
Michel admitted to replacing most of the guards of Chronos Keep with automata as a cost-cutting measure. He also admitted to replacing the Lord, Moxley, in order to forestall Corey’s inheritance, claiming that Corey was incompetent to rule. He also implicated a toymaker, Terence, as the supplier of the automata, and as urging Michel to replace more people. The Chancellor claimed to be afraid of the toymaker, and also repeatedly asked that his wife be left alone.

Informed of these developments, Random recommended passing matters to Lord Corey, as the rightful heir.

Marcus visited Kevin again, who turned out to have a picture of Terence the toymaker ready. He had also completed the picture of where Victor came from, which was a scene of Victor restrained, with someone sawing off his arms. Kevin asked for paints from a particular Golden Circle Shadow.

Saif, Victor, and Ran met with Lord Corey at the White Pony, eventually joined by Marcus. A man named Jester Haste also introduced himself, claiming to be a psychic from Eastwind Keep on Lyonesse, with a shared interest in matters in Chronos. Jester Haste offered some information on the toymaker’s whereabouts.

Corey was informed of his parents’ replacement, and given a bracing harangue by Victor, encouraging him to take an active part in protecting his own interests.

Saif, Victor, Marcus, and Ran returned to Chronos Keep by Trump, and were immediately confronted by guards. They fought their way to Lord Moxley’s court, capturing the Lord and Lady automata, which Saif deactivated and sent to Amber as evidence. The toymaker was not present at the court, so they proceeded to his workshop.

Ran and Jester Haste infiltrated the workshop. Marcus, Victor, and Saif approached normally, and were greeted by an animated teddy bear. After a brief, awkward interrogation, which indicated the toymaker was not aware of the actions blamed on him by Michel, the toys were antagonized by Ran’s attempt to probe the toymaker. A battle ensued, and eventually a toy opened a Trump gate, pulling the toymaker and Ran through. Saif seized the Trump gate to prevent it from closing, allowing Victor and Marcus to follow. The destination turned out to be filled with more combative toys. Ran achieved a stalemate by enclosing and threatening the toymaker.

In the following negotiation, it was revealed that the toymaker was in fact an automaton himself, created by the First Toy, Bruno. It was Bruno who had manufactured the replacements that the toymaker was unaware of. By offering Bruno and his kin a Shadow of their own, further hostilities were averted. The toys left Lyonesse, to dwell on a Shadow isolated from Trump by Fiona.

With a brief detour to get samples of Kevin’s paints, Ran was able to provide a significant quantity.

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The Beginning

The setting begins three summers after the battle with the Oleai. Things have mostly settled down in Amber, and life has carried on as usual.

Llewella is alive and well, and has recovered from her poisoning.

Random remains king of Amber.

The King’s Son Kevin was officially brought out into the open, after Clement and Sara discovered him. Kevin is a very shy and reclusive person who is afraid of the pattern, and afraid of conflict and confrontation. Kevin spends most of his time in his room making paintings. Although Random is somewhat ashamed of Kevin, he is always nice to him in public.

David spends part of his time in Amber, and part of his time with the Oleai.

Clement is often seen with his mother in her Lab, or with his mother on picnics, or with his mother at the primal pattern.

Finn continues to be elusive, but he can sometimes be seen at court when it suits his purposes.

Sara, though officially residing in her noble palace outside of Amber, she is frequently seen in Amber.

Andy, after the war with the Oleai, was largely disappointed that no Oleai were around to procreate with, so he went back to the villiage in the woods and took his pet wooden cat with him.

Lina remained on Earth for a month, and tried to consume more of Nevada with fire, but failed. It is unclear if the indiginous shadows or some other force was responsible for her failure. She then disappeared from Earth and hasn’t been seen since. There is a deep scar where Area 51 once stood, and that area is heavily fortified. Flora has noted that security regarding “invaders” has increased ten fold, and new measures are in place for any further aggression.

The Jewel of Judgement was never found.

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