The elder Amberites had all left, crossing the universe of shadow to wage war against the Courts of Chaos, and leaving only Gerard behind to take care of life in Amber. Immediately after their withdrawal, a massive shadow-changing storm began, emanating from Castle Amber itself and spreading outward to engulf the surrounding Golden Circle.
Our story begins right as that storm began gathering, with Lord Anvoros and Lady Rhoswen of Amber in a meeting with Lord Gerard of Amber on a balcony overlooking the city below. Gerard commissioned them to gather in some of the younger generation, bringing them to the safety of Amber and to its defense if necessary.
Taking Anvoros’ skiff, the Thalassa, the two of them crossed shadow and ocean to Kavaren, a Golden Circle port. They barely beat the storm front. Through lashing rain and wind the two hurried to the castle and found their cousins Lady Evelyn and Lord Dreyse just taking shelter from the storm. The four of them then decided to flee into shadow and and then to make their way to Amber, however Anvoros had left his man Orleyan back on the Thalassa and needed to rescue him.
Luckily, just before the worst of the weather destroyed them, and thanks to Dreyse’s control of shadow, they rescued Orleyan just as another cousin, Mahya, trumped them to safety in her shadow. But the storm was there as well! Deciding to regroup and discuss things with Gerard, the five Amberites quickly trumped back to Amber, where safety and sanctuary were promised.