The Crimson Crown

Chapter 1 • Transition
In which the scions of Amber travel to Regnum

The Defiance departs from Amber using the power of the keystone and a mystical trump of Regnum’s pattern as the forces of Chaos lead by the serpent herself close in on the city. The trump brought them outside of shadow where the ship floated within what appeared to be two merging three-dimensional patterns. A larger-than-life blonde woman filled the emptiness on one side, imprisoned by chains black as sin.

The group arrived at the Gryphon’s Eyrie where they met the young adventurer Saul who was completing the quest for the eyrie. Hector and Genevieve also completed the trial. They met a strange, dangerous, and largely mad man who called himself Patches. He made several threats, and claimed he was the rightful king of Regnum, but was not actively hostile toward the party. In the clearing where they spoke were ancient stone statues depicting an older version of each Amberite who made the journey. Clara left the group rather than travel with Hector.

The group gathered supplies in a village in the somewhat backward kingdom of Bylunia. The “Wolf King” of Bylunia was in rebellion against Regnum and the capital city was under siege by Regnum’s expeditionary force. They passed over the evidence of Bleys’s son Vidar’s brutal tactics as they continued their journey.

Princeps Ariston welcomed the Amberites’ arrival in Regnum and arranged a welcoming dinner with the Imperator Bleys. Also in attendance was Principessa Corynne, Judoc, Amelia, and Shaye. The meal was interrupted when Corryne was poisoned by a mystical elixir and nearly perished but for the medical skills of Astrid, with the mystical assistance of Kether.

After the meal several family members went to the labyrinthine rose garden, the center of which contained the Pattern of Regnum. Genevieve walked the pattern to attune herself to Regnum. Julessia followed after and quickly found she was not ready to walk the pattern. Naxximurutish, Hector, and Ariston each followed after in an attempt to save her. Selfeen used a trump to pull Julessia off the pattern, but not without cost. Kether was barely able to prevent the pattern from destroying her. Medical attention quickly arrived and Astrid attempted to stabilize her, however Naxx brought her into shadow instead.

Leads

  • Who is the imprisoned woman?
  • What powers does the Gryphon’s Eyrie grant?
  • Who or what is Patches, and why did he want to kill Saul?
  • What is the import of the statues?
  • Why did Patches poison Corryne?

What is next?

  • In a vision Hector saw the mountain fortress from which the poison came.
  • Fiona rules from the sunken city of Atlantis.
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Interlude
Recovery and preparations

The Defiance is resupplied and prepared for its next expedition. In addition to the resupply it has been furnished with maps of the major Silver Lattice kingdoms and paths, as well as many more minor shadows. Shaye has expressed interest in traveling on The Defiance when it departs.

Corynne‘s recovery under Astrid’s attention is coming along well. She has regained mobility and has attended several functions, however her temperature is still unnaturally low.

Several hundred soldiers lead by Judoc have been assembled and marched north to Pelidan and the Winter Kingdoms.

Word has come that the capital of Bylunia has fallen; the expeditionary force’s success is marred by the escape of the Wolf King. The imperator has recalled Vidar and sent Ariston to replace him in the Autumn Kingdoms.

NPC Statuses

  • Clara— There has been no word of Clara since her departure.
  • Edric— The Grand Knight of the Unicorn has begun selecting an appropriate site for a shrine to the Unicorn.
  • Jeffrey— Besides assisting Astrid with her work, Jeffrey has attempted to make himself useful: running messages, et cetera. Somehow he has still found time to socialize with Julessia.
  • Julessia— The effects of the pattern have left Julessia weakened. She blames herself for what happened to Selfeen. She rarely leaves her chambers, except when coaxed out.
  • Lynette— Seen to be very approachable by the courtiers of Regnum, she has been fielding many questions about the Amberites and has found herself invited to many a gathering.
  • Malcolm— After finding that his titles were meaningless, and that he held little interest to Genevieve, he volunteered his services to Princeps Ariston and departed with him to Bylunnia.
  • Myrna— She has settled into Regnum, attempting to be of assistance to Astrid with Corryne.
  • Reynard— It did not take very long for Reynard to be banished from the palace proper; he is currently residing within the city.
  • Saul— As a recent Ascendant, Saul is quite popular in Regnum, and like Lynette he has found himself of great interest to the lesser nobility.
  • Selfeen— Still recovering within shadow, she is adjusting to her new nanite-grown flesh.
  • Tau— It has been made very clear that Tau is not welcome within the palace. His claiming an upper city garden for himself has caused consternation amongst the servants.
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What came before
Rough Game notes

Chapter 1: Winter Wine
Sessions 1-2

The Scions depart Amber for Regnum

• Gryphon’s Eyrie
• Patchwork King
• Saul
• Statues
• Woman imprisoned between worlds

They arrive in Regnum and are welcomed by Imperator Bleys

• Meet Ariston, Corynne, Judoc, Amelia and Shaye
• Corynne poisoned by Winter Wine.
• Selfeen and Julessia nearly die on the pattern
• Vision of the storm lords keep

The Gate to winter

• Besieged by the Dead King’s forces
• Keep ransacked
• Winter wine and the gate to winter beneath the keep
• Someone sleeping within the pool of winter (Jack)
• Keep ruled by siblings Marissa and Rodrick and their ward Emily. (Storm Lords)

Chapter 2: The Dead King
Sessions 3-4

Pelidan
• The cursed Iron Crown
• The dead rise
• Ruled by the Dead King
• Infiltration ends with flight upon the airship
• Ravens

Atlantis
• Minotaurs!
• Meet with Princess Fiona beneath the sea
• Patches can grant ascension
• Mermaid and Minotaurs recruited for ship
• Bet over who can claim the Iron crown frist

Pelidan (Again)
• Raid to steal the Iron Crown
• Great Ravens
• Hector wins the bet
• Naxx and Ginns attempt to conquer the kingdom
• Great Ravens vs intelligent vultures
• Undead bard Taliesin left in charge of the ruins

Other Notes:
• Trump to Brand activated, Brand appeared trapped (Hector)
• Astrid expresses interest in the Tomb of Atlas
• The Iron Crown can only be stolen, bonds severed by Grayswandir
• Crown remains in Hector’s ship
• Kether keeps trumping self
• Clara went off on her own, captured Wolf King
• Judoc is a dick, has Werewindle
• Amelia and Judoc seem very close
• Fiona seems to dislike Hector’s brawling
• Shaye wants an airship

Chapter 3: The Beggar Queen
Session 5

Emerys arrives
• Gryphon’s Eyrie
• Marco son of Eric comes along
• Trumps to Regnum
• Cathedral of the Unicorn being built
• Shaye and Hector playing racquetball in the palace
• Departing to Carem in the wake of vandalism

Carem (Part 1)
• Bar brawl turns into a bloody massacre
• Shaye goes missing
• Beggar Queen, silver swan firebombing
• Poor quarter burns
• Bargain to return Shaye, gate of Spring
• Depart Carem
• Bleys demands dinner attendance

Carem (Part 2)
• Destroyed Iron Crown?
• Sneak into Carem, meet merchant family
• Kidnap Beggar Queen at the races

Gate of Spring
• Locked, Beggar queen teleports to retrieve key
• Hector is to bring her to Regnum
• Gate is within a hollowed out giant tree that once had a city
• Tree has fallen
• Lightning swamp on the other side
• Hector hailed as royalty by dinosaur riding frog people
• Frog people capture and exploit lizard men

Other Notes

  • Shaye’s imprisonment was strange and possibly fake
  • Vidar has been imprisoned by Bleys for his failure to capture the wolf king
  • Beggar queen former ally of Bleys?
  • Naxx and Ginns left this session
  • Astrid was elsewhere
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