October 13, 2004

Session 11 Log

Reports in to King Random for Debriefing on the Selene rescue, he listens in on her debriefing too. He notices that she reacts strangely to his presence, showing signs of attraction to him. He lets that go for now… the King later (in private) gives him something that Caine acquired from the Chaosian Lady. Some type of blood creature that allows travel on the black roads, The king wants Andre to research getting them to reproduce, Fionna will also be doing similar studies. Each takes a blood creature for study. Andre gets copies of the manual on care and feeding of the critter. King Random remarks about the strange reactions of Selene to Andre’s presence, which Andre laughs off. Andre then takes to Shadow to start experimenting. Finally successful he gets his to reproduce and decides to eat the little one to gain the ability to make his own. Contacting Fionna he briefs her on his findings, and notices that she isn’t doing quite so well in her research.

Jade and Mykal:
Returned from Argent, briefed Llewella on the situation there. Devise a plan to lure Dierdre out of the castle. (She is acting like a love-struck teenager by accounts on the streets, definitely out of character for her). Jade brings in Andre to help her since Mykal cant shape shift; he gets to act the flunky. Mykal sets up a Trump to the Exit area, off to the side and down an alley…close but not TOO close. The plan takes a week or two to set up and execute, and goes nearly perfectly, with Andre taking Dierdre form and drawing off a majority of the guards, Mykal subduing the room, and Jade taking down Dierdre. Jade does get a bit roughed up after she injects a toxin (thrown nearly through the wall of the building) and will require some healing. Andre loses his escort and escapes, Jade and Mykal bundle up Dierdre in a carpet and trump to the exit, Mykal feels some type of alarm echoing through the trump but they make good their escape. All meet back in ShadowEarth Paris then trump to Llewella in Rebma. Jade’s wounds are treated, and Llewella begins to work on dispelling whatever effect on Dierdre has her calf-eyed for her own brother. Successfully dispelling it returns Dierdre to her right mind, and She is Enraged at her situation (seems to remember it all and isn’t happy). Llewella takes her off to try and help calm her down. Jade goes off to heal, Mykal and Andre report to King Random on the situation (Mykal was for waiting to give Dierdre a bit of time to recover before reporting, but Andre naysay-ed it).

Goes back to his worms, experiments with his shape changing abilities and makes his own version of the worm from his own blood. Takes it to Fionna, and they both experiment with it and the originals,

Heads for Flora and reports his activities, She has mixed reactions to the rescue. He then heads for ShadowEarth Paris to begin setting up defenses for the entry to Argent. Recruits a local defense force, and since it’s on the split of Earth that he is responsible for he begins to create a network of his own people. He begins plans to set up advanced medical (using his Mothers shadow Clinic as a model) and other shadow perks to recruit good people and encourage loyalty.

Gets some pampering and healing… doesn’t sit still very long. She brainstorms on how to achieve some type of ranged attack in Rebma without lugging around heavy equipment. She contacts Tyler to intercede with Dierdre for information; she wants Dierdre’s expertise in warfare to help figure it out. Also wants advice on how to face down an elder, without getting thrown through a wall. Goes back to Rebma, experiments with Sonic attacks, Power Words, stuns, etc. Finally comes up with a needle thrower that she can conceal IN her arm with shape changing. Goes out to Shadow to “practice” on live targets.

With Fionna testing the bugs, they go out to Bleys encampment in shadow (Courts side) and test the stuff on a black road nearby in shadow. Testing is successful and they return to the encampment, Andre is asked to create more of the bugs, for Bleys as well as for the King. Andre does so, and returns with Fionna to Amber to brief the King. Fionna is tasked with finding fanatic “hosts” for the blood creatures to begin a breeding program.

Trumps Gerard, discusses rescue, does some fishing (Gerard style), rests a bit. Later he takes his leave. Returns to Amber and contacts Lady Saithryn for assistance in acquiring a coronation gift for his cousin Melisandre. He wants a weapon similar to his Katana, but she advises some modifications and a Rebman short sword as a base instead of a katana. Strong Earth and Water elementals will have to be acquired, she can do it but it will take a bit of time. As payment she is interested in a Trump, subject to be decided later, Mykal agrees and goes to Rebma to acquire the best Sword he can find. Admitting who/what he is getting it for gets him to see the BEST swords in the realm, choosing one he arranges delivery to Saithryn, and payment. Saithryn wont let him stick around to watch the enchanting, claiming his amber blood interferes. So he departs for Naipon for some Meditation.

Off in shadow Randomly Target practicing till she feels comfortable with the design and range of her creation.

Goes to check on his Bodyguards and their Training

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Mykal's Journal, Session 11

I am so… I cannot sleep, cannot meditate, the dishonor is unbearable, all I see is… But I get ahead of myself, it all started out so normally.

Jade and I scouted Argent, returned and briefed her mother. Then Jade called in Andre and we went back to Argent to see about setting up a plan. Came up with an acceptable idea to lure Dierdre out of the castle, for some shopping. After a week of setting it up, assuming the guise of “traders”, and “acquiring” the goods in Argent’s trade paths. We return to Argent as merchants, arranging shop space we sell some of our goods for a couple days before being notified that Dierdre was coming to shop, carefully setting up the sting we execute it almost flawlessly, Andre drew off the guards by posing as Dierdre, the sleep agent Jade administered didn’t act swiftly enough to keep Dierdre’s reactions from bashing Jade into the wall and Jade got smacked around like a rag doll for a second or two. My own part I must have been asleep, the obviously dangerous bodyguard was too far away, and she got a gun out before I could take her down. Assuming she wouldn’t shoot one of her own I pushed one of Dierdre’s maids in the way to give myself time to close. The bodyguard shot the maid but didn’t have time for a second shot on me before I rendered her knocked her out. Checking on Jade I saw her hanging in mid-air by one foot, as Dierdre punched her. But before I could intervene, Dierdre keeled over out cold. I rendered the rest of the witness’s unconscious at that point as Jade crawled to her feet. We then bundled Aunt Dierdre in a rug, and I picked her up. Knowing that we would draw way too much attention walking the streets with Jade limping that badly. I pulled out the trump I’d made of the exit area, and we trumped out. I noticed an echo in the trump though; we alerted someone by using a trump in Argent, something I’d feared would happen. We got out the exit before anyone showed up to stop us though, and we met up with Andre in Shadow Paris.

We trumped out to Rebma and Aunt Llewella gets Jade to the healers, and then starts to work on removing the strange spell or whatever on Aunt Dierdre while Andre and I watch. She gets it off and Dierdre nearly goes berserk, enraged nearly to the point of loss of control, she barely keeps it in check… I wouldn’t want to be in Uncle Corwin’s shoes when she catches up to him. Aunt Dierdre is thankful but still barely in control. I pass Aunt Llewella my trumps of the Exit Area in Argent and another I’d made out in a shadow of Argent, to pass to Dierdre when Llewella thinks she is ready for that. Then she and Aunt Dierdre go off, I’d suppose to try and calm down a bit.

Andre and I depart for Amber, I try to persuade Andre to hold off a bit on reporting this to King Random, to give Aunt Dierdre time to calm down more, and report it herself… but he’ll have none of it, so I accompany him to the King. Waiting on the Kings pleasure, we get to witness Himself drumming, he’s very good. I guess even the King has to have a hobby, to wind down a bit. Once he has finished Andre reports that the Argent situation has “resolved” itself and that Aunt Dierdre is free and cognizant, if pissed like nothing we’ve seen before. Random of course wanted to know if we were involved, (since my rescue of Tyler, and Andre’s rescue of Selene.. its kind of obvious) and seems grateful the situation resolved itself without “official” Amber sanction.

Andre heads off on his own errands…and I head for Mom’s suite, I brief her on the events, and remark on how strange fate is, I have rescued both Dierdre and her son Tyler, and now they both owe me , especially Dierdre.. who was the influencing factor in my father’s death.

I then head for Shadow Paris to start setting up a defense of the local end of the Argent gate, assuming that Corwin WILL find it, and assuming that Corwin WILL be coming for me. I set up unobtrusive guards then brainstorm the best way to guard that area. I begin recruiting for my own network on this shadow, since it’s the one I am in charge of anyway, I begin making plans to set up a network similar to my mothers, with a high-tech clinic out in shadow for myself and my employees, to encourage loyalty.

For a change of scenery, and remembering something, I Trump Uncle Gerard for clarification of a remark he started to make and then stopped because of the company we were in. (Lady Margali). He invites me through and we discuss the comment, nothing important since the intervening weeks have annulled the usefulness. He has heard of my assistance in rescuing his sister, and wants to wine and dine me…I have no objection to that and we spend the day eating, fishing (Gerard style..very interesting) and talking.

I take my leave later that evening and head for Amber, I catch up to Lady Saithryn and inquire as to having a blade made as a Coronation gift for my cousin Melisandre (which may be coming up soon as I hear she walked the Rebma pattern). I know Lady Saithryn is one of the most powerful Conjurors available and indicate that I would be honored to have her imbed the elementals needed to power a blade worthy of a Queen. We discuss powers and capabilities, and she agrees to do this for me. She seems a bit squeamish about bringing up price, so I inquire as to what she would take in payment… surprisingly she wants a trump… Subject to be determined later… I agree, with the stipulation that it cannot break my oaths and responsibilities to Amber. I then head for Rebma to aquire the blade itself, visiting the master bladecrafters of Rebma, I find that mentioning the fact that is a conornation gift for my cousin, their soon to be Queen, gets me in to see the best blades much quicker. Choosing an appropriate blade (best I can find and of the right length/weight ratio for Cousin Mel) I arrange to have it delivered to the Ap-Morgwnn estate, and I also arrange for payment to be made.

Checking in with Lady Saithryn gets me chased off, since my Pattern blood would make her job harder, I decide to head for Naipon for some relaxation. Once there I get cleaned up, massaged, and head off to meditate. Sitting in my peaceful garden, viewing a small shrine to Bushido kept there, it hits me… I have dishonored myself; I have dishonored the way of Bushido, my own ethics, and all my teachers. By using an innocent bystander as a shield to protect myself I have committed a heinous act, which there may be NO acquitting myself of.

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