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Now Random has been chosen as King after Oberon's passing and his brothers and sisters have sworn fealty to him. Will their swearing truly resolve all the old grudges, or have they merely been driven beneath ground for a time?

Benedict
Benedict
Bleys
Bleys
Caine
Caine
Corwin
Corwin
Fiona
Fiona
Flora
Flora
Gerard
Gerard
Huon
Huon
Julian
Julian
Llewella
Llewella
Random
Random

Benedict
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Benedict (Willem Dafoe)

General and swordsman without peer, your eldest surviving uncle has long disdained the throne of Amber and was absent for most of the recent succession crisis. He has helped to defend Amber against many invasions, including the recent Black Road incursions. He commanded Amber's forces at the Abyss on Oberon's orders.

Benedict is the father of:

Fletcher
Fletcher
Lilly
Lilly

Why did you do all these things?

Someone had to. It was me that he came to, so it was mine to do. It was not as if I were not very fond of the boy, though.

-- Random and Benedict, discussing Martin, The Hand of Oberon

I actually think that Uncle Benedict became as strong as he did because he had to put up with Osric and Finndo as older brothers.

-- Reid

Bleys (Kenneth Branagh)

One of the members of your Uncle Brand's conspiracy and a one-time invader of Amber (with your Uncle Corwin), your Uncle Bleys has repented his past involvement with Chaos. He is an advanced student of Dworkin and used his extensive talents with shadow to gather the Shadow auxiliaries your Uncle Benedict led against the forces of Chaos.

Bleys is the father of:

Paige
Paige
Edan
Edan

Whatever else you might say of Bleys, on that day he acquitted himself as became his rank.

-- Corwin, Nine Princes in Amber

[B]ut we are none of us perfect. Except Bleys. I'm sure he told you.

-- Brennan

Bleys thinks he can do anything, but if he were really so damned clever, he'd never have ended up arse over teakettle off the side of Kolvir, now would he?

-- Gerard

Bleys
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Caine
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Caine (Rupert Everett)

Your Uncle Caine faked his own death after your Uncle Corwin's decisive victory in the civil war with your Uncle Eric. Some believed that Corwin had killed him, but he was secretly working to determine the true threat to Amber. He reappeared during the Battle of the Abyss at the crucial moment to save Amber by killing your Uncle Brand.

On the other hand, I thought I was right.

-- Caine, The Courts of Chaos

Corwin (Timothy Dalton)

Your Uncle Corwin was believed dead -- presumably killed by your Uncle Eric -- for decades, but recently reappeared to try to unseat Eric before he could claim the throne. Eric captured and blinded him, but he escaped from the dungeons with regrown eyes. Recently, he returned again with an army of his own, among them your disguised grandfather, equipped with firearms that worked in Amber. Instead of using it against Eric, he used it to defend Amber from the Black Road.

Corwin arrived at the battle at the Abyss at the last moment. Although he has sworn to Random, he has returned to his Pattern in the city of Paris and clearly plans to spend most of his time there.

Corwin is the father of:

Celina
Celina
Merlin
Merlin

You have changed.

Enough to do the job?

Perhaps enough to make it worth trying, even if we are foredoomed to failure.

-- Dworkin and Corwin, The Hand of Oberon

My father seems to have a knack for turning dangerous situations on their head and producing successful results. For all that he has fought against his brothers, he has proven fiercely loyal to Amber. It is only fitting that she would be loyal to him, as it were.

-- Merlin

Corwin always wore black and silver, indicating that he was dark and rich or something.

-- Random

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Fiona
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Fiona (Diana Rigg)

The third member of your Uncle Brand's triumvirate, your Aunt Fiona has repented of her former involvement to the extent of knifing Brand to prevent him from carrying out his plans. An advanced student of Dworkin, she departed Amber with Dworkin and Oberon before Trumping to join her brothers at the Courts of Chaos.

Fiona attempted to travel to Dworkin's Pattern on Random's orders after the Return, but was blocked. She has also investigated other matters metaphysical at the King's request.

Fiona is the mother of:

Brita
Brita
Conner
Conner

I had simultaneous desires to curse and to smile. The arrant bitch was playing games with us again. Always remarkable, though ... I moved forward, as she had known I would.

-- Corwin, Sign of the Unicorn

Flora (Michelle Pfeiffer)

Your Aunt Flora is resolutely apolitical, which means she offers her support to whomever appears to be ahead in the family game at the moment. She was a staunch supporter of the late King Eric, and served as your Uncle Corwin's warder during his exile in shadow, but now appears to have made peace with the latter. She commanded a company of archers under Benedict.

After the coronation, Flora announced her intention to live in Paris, where she serves Corwin as chatelaine and ambassador-general.

Flora is the mother of:

Silhouette
Silhouette
Lucas
Lucas

She had very lovely hair. Blue eyes too, and tons of vanity to keep things in her favorite perspective. At times she seemed to behave quite stupidly, but then at other times I have wondered.

-- Corwin, Sign of the Unicorn

And when you place your money on the table, you have something to lose, which you inevitably will.

-- Flora, to Lucas

Flora
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Gerard
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Gerard (Gerard Depardieu)

The strongest of your uncles, Gerard is considered a bit slow by his siblings. He is the most honest of your uncles and is generally considered to have the best interest of Amber at heart. He has served as an Admiral in Amber's navy in the past, but was left as Regent of Amber in Oberon's absence.

Gerard was crippled in the collapse of one wing of Castle Amber during the Sundering. Despite his injuries, he served Amber from his wheelchair for more than six years as Regent. Now he has turned his attention to recovering the use of his legs.

Gerard is the father of:

Vere
Vere

He is the foster-father of:

Solange
Solange

Gerard possesses the will but not the wit ...

-- Dworkin, The Hand of Oberon

That's a stubborn man.

-- Hannah

Huon (Marlon Brando)

A bastard son of Oberon, Huon was exiled from Amber not long after Corwin's disappearance and apparent death. He was forgotten until a Trump of him by Brand surfaced recently, and he was discovered to be the invader who took over Meg's home shadow of Abford.

He is currently besieging Rebma with forces from Abford, the Isles, and Hannah's home shadow.

Huon is the father of:

Folly
Folly

He was even more of a troublemaker than Ysabeau.

-- Fiona

My brothers would have taken what they wanted without a thought for the people who live here. That's one thing that centuries of living in one shadow did to me.

-- Huon


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Julian (Paul Darrow)

As the Warden of Arden, your Uncle Julian commands a formidable array of hawks, hounds, forest beasts, and rangers. Your aunts and uncles admire his wit and savoir-faire even as they dislike the cold barbs he plants in them. The third member of Uncle Eric's triumvirate, Julian retreated to Arden when Uncle Corwin took Amber. He and his rangers served under Benedict's command at the Courts of Chaos.

Julian has recently returned to Amber after seeking his son, Daeon, who was missing in the depths of Arden. He has closed Arden and plans to deal with the Arcadian incursions in the near future.

Julian is the father of:

Daeon
Adonis
Dione
Dione
Jovian
Jovian

He is the foster-father of:

Robin
Robin

Arden's green magic must have softened that old vanity during my long absence, leaving a juster pride and something I would fain call fairness -- a thing apart from mercy, to be sure, but an addition to your armory of traits I'll not disparage.

-- Corwin, The Courts of Chaos

Nobody knows Julian except Julian.

-- Jerod

Llewella (Amber Valleta)

Half-sister to the Queen of Rebma, your Aunt Llewella spends much of her time in Amber's underwater counterpart. Her removal from Amber was partially due to the dislike of your Uncle Eric's partisans, who resented her legitimation by your grandfather. She commanded a company of archers at the Courts of Chaos.

Llewella recently took the reopened way to Rebma to pursue matters of interest to her there.

Llewella is the mother of:

Lilly
Khela

Whether her withdrawal involved animus, self-conscious in her alienation, or simple caution, I could never tell. Probably something of all of these. Hers was not that familiar a presence in Amber.

-- Corwin, Sign of the Unicorn

Llewella
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Random
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Random (Ewan McGregor)

The youngest of your uncles, Random was primarily conspicuous for his fathering and abandonment of Martin. In recent years he was a partisan of your Uncle Corwin and spent most of your Uncle Eric's reign in the dungeon or under house arrest.

Your aunts and uncles seem to believe that his marriage to Vialle has improved and matured him, so that he was chosen by the Unicorn to succeed Oberon as King of Amber.

His coronation seems to have marked a return to the glory of Oberon's kingship, but whether he can maintain that glory in a damaged city is not clear.

Random is the father of:

Martin
Martin
Martin
Garrett

... there were lines upon his face which I had never noticed before, signs of some depth to which I had paid no heed.

-- Corwin, The Courts of Chaos

Yeah, but this isn't about who Brand was. It's about who I am.

-- Random, to Brennan

I don't know... sometimes it seemed like he was talking in a whole 'nother conversation.

-- Garrett


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