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    A Plot, Sinister (Vivianna)

    The oceans of this current Shadow were breezy but relatively calm, thanks to the constant seeking in Shadow by both Siobhan and Vivianna. The Southern Fleet proudly flew their flags high in the sun, proclaiming themselves as sons and daughters of Amber. Beneath each flag, a smaller flag flew with the symbols of Vivianna declared. Even now the crew of each ship had been addressing her as their Queen and loudly pledged their allegiance to her. They were hopeful for a new day under their beloved leader, whose amazing tactical genius had saved nearly all their lives in the last war against Chaos. Very few, if any, suspected her of any collusion with the forces of the Logrus.

    Vivianna sat in her lavish room on board the fleet's flagship. Dining with her was her half-sister and child hood friend, Siobhan. This was a woman who genuinely respected Vivianna, and though there was a small amount of hero worship for Vivi's general brilliance, Siobhan managed to keep it well hidden to the point where she could simply have a normal conversation with the elder amberite.

    For Vivianna, this was perhaps the greatest gift of all right now. It was lonely here on the seas of Shadow, in exile until she made her move. But what would they all think if they knew about her talks with the Serpent, and the quest for the Jewel of Judgment? Dare she share such information with even Siobhan? Would her best friend understand? Perhaps it was best not to push her luck.

    "So, we're safely tucked away in a random Shadow at sea, I doubt Bator or the others will know we've left Mystara empty until a day after we miss port call in Amber. My only gripe is that that bastard Gamon will be setting foot in my port -- but I'm sure with you on my side I'll have the last laugh, right big sis?"

    Siobhan chuckled and brushed back her auburn locks as she tilted a goblet back and enjoyed some fine Amber red.

    "So what's our next move?" she asked when she had quaffed it all in one long gulp.

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    Vivianna was very grateful for the company and the support of her dear half-sibling, since without her and the fleet, she'd have no means of more directly contesting the throne. Still, it was not much to work with, at least considering that Bator held much of the rest Amber's military power. Even for a dullard like Bator, that was a numbers advantage that gave him firm control of home. At least she should have some breathing room to consolidate her forces before her siblings came looking for her, perhaps they might even fight amongst themselves while she was out of the way. Despite having enacted this plan, she felt a pang of guilt at abandoning her father on his death bed. She would make amends when she returned.

    "I'll be sure you receive ample compensation for your loyalties Siobhan. I won't see any of those that support me without reward, certainly not my dear little sister." Vivi smiled softly, sipping at her own wine with a little more reserve. If she was going to see her way to the throne, or at least to her true objective, she'd need a clear head.

    Mulling over her options, she picked at the food before her, deciding on just what she wanted to do first. She briefly entertained the notion of explaining her little deal to her friend. Very briefly. It would be better for the time being to keep their objective as straight forward as possible.

    "I want to secure our forces here for the time being. Find somewhere to occupy, give your troops somewhere to stretch their legs. I've been toying with the idea of creating a floating fortress of sorts, something we can take back to Amber and use to seige from the sea, though that might be a little grandoise for the time being." A slight smirk crossed her face as she imagined Bator's face if she pulled something like that off.

    "I would like to go back with a clear advantage though. I'm going to have to either find some more forces, or we need to come up with a way to break the other half of the navy in one stroke. A long struggle is something I don't want to put our people through, even if they don't see things our way yet." There were a lot of angles to consider, though it was pretty clear she'd need to find a way to keep an eye on the goings on back home.

    "For now," she leaned forward on the table, giving her sibling a devious smile, "why don't you tell me just what I have to work with in this delightful fleet of yours."

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      "Creating a floating fortress? Or finding one?" Siobhan said with a crooked eyebrow. "If we travel Shadow enough we can get it. No trouble with that. The difficulty will come down to numbers. Bator has more Amberites on his side, and as you know, a single Amberite is worth dozens of minions from Shadow. Our best strength is the loyalty of my fleet. Twenty five warships, and thirty six smaller vessels for scouting and harrying skirmishes. They're designed for non-gunpowder warfare, particular to Amber."

      She put her drink down and leaned forward.

      "Gamon is a bull-headed blowhard, it's possible that we could lure him and his fleet out into Shadow so long as Bator is busy elsewhere. We'd just need to attempt a feint, give him some juicy bait that he couldn't pass up. I'm sure he'd love to get his hands on one of us." Siobhan grinned, her cavalier nature showing.

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        "Numbers are going to be an issue for everyone, though if we acquire ourselves a sea borne base, then once we take care of Gamon's fleet we should be able to stay in Amber with less worry. If I'm going to claim the throne, I can't stay out in shadow forever." Vivianna replied, running over what she remembered of the standing military in Amber. An all out fight wouldn't end in her favour, and unless she managed several decisive victories, she only had a limited strong force to work with. A few allies might serve as a distraction, but there was no guarantee they would be of any more use than that. Baiting Gamon was a reasonable plan, especially if they could do it before Bator had the chance to organise for her potential attacks.

        "Suppose we send him a message, declaring you the leader of the true royal fleet, throw in some digs at his pride and reputation, challenge him to a duel to determine which fleet is truly worthy of being Amber's pride." The princess grins, leaning forward as well as she puts her drink to one side. Eyes dancing in near devilish delight as she plotted.

        "Let him believe his reward will be handing me to Bator himself. Of course, we'll make sure he doesn't get a fair fight and my dear sister can do with him what she will. A gift for your support." Vivi' leaned back again, taking a sip of her drink, smiling a little as she took a moment to distract herself with something more pleasant.

        "We should organise something for the fleet. I want to make an address regarding my father's passing, though I don't want to focus on the negative aspects." She paused for a moment, considering her words. "Maybe a simple ball or something of that nature. Simple, but something for the crew to do while we put plans in motion."

        She sighed a little, sipping her drink again. "Unless you think that'd be too much Siobhan."

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          "We'd have to deliver it in person. If we just gave him a written letter of our declaration of war, he'd send it off to Bator like the good little puppet he is. It would only be if he were presented with an enemy right in front of him that Gamon would take such a bait," Siobhan replied evenly. "He's a fool, but not THAT much of a fool. Ah but I would love to have him captured and bound before me."

          Siobhan grinned wickedly and it was clear that Gamon would not be enjoying himself if such a situation were to come to fruition. Amberites could truly surpass Chaosians in matters of revenge.

          "As for the ball - my men are sailors, they're always up for a good party. I'll give the order to set sail."

          ***

          With the aid of Siobhan and Vivianna, the fleet sailed through shadow until at last they came to a port city decorated with lights and streamers and preparing a glamorous evening of song and dance. Pretty maidens and handsome young men in their finest clothing awaited them, and they were welcomed to the Shadow city as long awaited heroes, a fleet of prophesied gods who would walk amongst them and provide them good fortune. It was a decent enough place for Siobhan to address her loyal fleet while they enjoyed themselves.

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            Vivianna acknowledged Sionhan's input, working that into her own plan. She might well have to head back to Amber herself to provide a nice target for Gamon. She would think on a few plans, since she really didn't want to rush into a bad situation. It would be wise to get someone in Amber to keep tabs on the goings on. While Bator was of course her current concern, she couldn't rule out the possibility that her other siblings might try to remove her from the race.

            Despite the risks, or perhaps because of them, Vivianna was looking forward to the challenge before her.

            ***

            Vivianna had some time to reflect as she prepared herself for her appearance. It wouldn't do for the future queen to look anything less than dazzling for the first address to her subjects. She made sure to dress in one of her finest gowns and meticulously took to her appearance. Of course, she had the advantage of her shape shifting powers to make herself just that little more exotic. She extended her hair, letting it fall until it was just shy of the floor, and gave it a delightful shimmer. She was always cautious of her powers around her siblings, but in front of her loyal subjects, the extra flair wouldn't hurt.

            When she was ready herself, she went to find Siobhan so they could start the proceedings. Though she noted that she would have to make sure her dear little sister didn't partake too heavily in the festivities.

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              Vivianna found Siobhan preparing herself in her own dressing room which had been prepared for her by the more than welcoming hosts in shadow. Upon entering, Vivianna saw that Siobhan's style differed drastically from her own. The sailor had dressed herself up in a full body, red leotard with cleverly placed slits to accentuate her femininity, while adding an air of mystique with a complex array of yellow silk ribbons in her hair and a sash of yellow silk across her waist, trailing down her partially exposed leg. She wore likewise colored yellow shoes and gloves, giving her the appearance of a comic-book superheroine. At her hip as always was her captain's saber.

              "Oh hello dear sister. My, my, your hair looks marvelous like that. Absolutely stunning. There's not a soul in shadow who could deny your right to be queen." She finished her complements with an elaborate, man's bow, spreading her arms wide with a flourish. "Don't let my shameless boot licking go straight to your head though. We have to win the kingdom first! I can't wait to kick it all off with his party tonight!"

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                The princess of Amber gave a curtsy to Siobhan's praise, having to smile as she took in her sister's own appearance. She made no effort to hide her appraising gaze, following the curves of Siobhan's body and taking note of how she accentuated herself so well. She had always had an interesting preference in clothing, though one that suited her very well.

                "Thank you sister, it is nice to be able to be myself a little more now that I'm not under the watchful eyes of my other siblings. I suppose I can deal with your praise, though don't think less of yourself sister, you are an important friend and ally for me." Vivianna smiled, moving closer to her sibling to put a hand on her shoulder, giving it a gentle squeeze.

                "I hope that never changes Siobhan, I want to enjoy your company for a long time." Vivi' removed her hand after a long moment, giving a little spin as she stepped back, offering her sibling a hand. "Though we should not keep your men waiting should we, I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to enjoy ourselves in the party hmm?"

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                  Siobhan smiled and hugged her half-sister back, tightly, pressing her body up close to hers. Siobhan was strong and witty, and cut a dashing figure in comparison to her more cerebral and elegant looking companion.

                  "I'll go on ahead then, and prepare them all for your grand entrance!"

                  So saying, she exited the room. Just as she left, Vivianna felt the coolness of her trump card surging. Someone was trying to contact her through Trump. It could be any one of her siblings or half siblings, and taking the call would establish a psychic link between herself and the caller. Did she dare risk answering?

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                    So saying, she exited the room. Just as she left, Vivianna felt the coolness of her trump card surging. Someone was trying to contact her through Trump. It could be any one of her siblings or half siblings, and taking the call would establish a psychic link between herself and the caller. Did she dare risk answering?

                    Vivianna hugged Siobhan back, holding her close for as long as she stayed. The two had always complemented each other well and now more than even the princess was hoping that she could rely on her good friend to see her through to the end of their path. Her mind wandered ever so slightly, relaxing in the embrace, allowing herself to drop her guard for just a few moments, a rare luxury for the second in line for the throne. All too quickly the moment was over and Vivi' gave her sibling a slight nod as she moved to leave, taking the moment to compose herself again. It was likely she wouldn't find much rest until her siblings were accounted for and her own mission was complete.

                    The trump call took her a little by surprise, not having expected a call quite so soon, though it wasn't unreasonable to expect her siblings to have missed her presence at her father's side. Before answering, she took the time to prepare some mental defences, wanting to have the chance to break the call off should her sender try anything. One could never be too careful.

                    Once she was satisfied that she wouldn't have her mind invaded without a fight, she shifted her appearance back to how she appeared before her siblings, not wanting to give anything away. With that, she answered the call, interested to see who had business with her.

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                      Vivi would find the mental image of Vaelus, her younger brother, looking at her through Trump. She could see him in his normal attire, a vaguely "eastern" style of dress seen in a Shadow called Earth she had once visited, only because Deworin had said he and Olin had spent a long time out in it, thus giving it more "real" qualities than most Shadows.

                      Vaelus bowed his head slightly in greeting, a serious expression upon his face. "Sister, since you aren't here, I took it upon myself to pass on the news; not long ago, father passed away."

                      He paused for a moment, perhaps allowing some time for that news to sink in. "But this is not the only reason for contacting you. Even with his last breath, Olin named no heir. Within moments of his passing, dear eldest brother Bator has declared himself most suitable ruler, despite his obvious shortcomings. Edric, Gamon and Rhone all apparently support him as well, so were it not for his complete lack of leadership, he'd be an ideal claimant." The scorn in Vaelus' voice was obvious to Vivi's trained ears. Indeed, Vaelus had always been jealous of Bator and dismissive of his abilties to rule - even though he had apparently done well enough to earn the respect of many powerful siblings.

                      "But even this is not the worst news I bear. I have reason to believe that "Prince" Even may have gone over to Chaos and intends to use their support to make claim for father's throne. Needless to say, I am concerned about this possibility and should Bator be leading the kingdom against the house of Chaos, I fear the Bloody Bastard may yet do what Chaos has wanted to do since Amber was formed..."

                      "I am sorry to find myself the bearer of such ill tidings," he finished with a slight bow.
                      Last edited by BlueSlime; 26th March 2012, 01:51.

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                        Vivi' took a cursory moment to check her defences as she listened to her sibling, her expression dropping a little as he confirmed what she had already expected. She knew she should be if anything relieved that largest obstacle to her task was out of the way, but even so she didn't care to wish death on any of her family for it to come about. She soon had to focus on Vaelus again as he continued, taking in what he had to say. She couldn't say she had really expected any less, from Bator's actions or Valelus' reactions to their eldest brother.

                        Even however was less troubling news to her, especially if he had truly gone over to Chaos, though she still feigned concern for the matter. In truth, she didn't want a war with chaos as much as any other Amberite, her somewhat unique mission not withstanding. Bloodshed was a waste of potential if the situation could be resolved at all peacefully. Giving her brother a curtsy in return to his bow, she finally spoke up herself.

                        "I'm sorry I was not there for the end Vaelus, Bator's actions would have only made the loss of Father harder for me. I wish to resolve my feelings with some distance, though I promise I will not be gone for too long, if only to keep Bator's ambitions in check." She paused for a moment, giving a soft smile,

                        "I hope mother is managing with the news, please give her my love as well." She would consider sending the gesture herself, but she knew full well her mother disliked her being so close to Nala. The last thing she wanted was to have that cause her mother more grief right now. Vaelus had always been the closest one to her anyway.

                        "As for Even," Her expression returned to a more serious one. "I will see if I can contact him or at least find out what he might be planning. If he is truly wishing to spark a war with Amber then I will personally beseech our dear Bator to put aside his claim to the throne until the greater threat is dealt with. Of course, he might always see a war as a way to win more favour..." Vivi' shook her head quickly, sighing a little as she crossed her hands in front of her waist.

                        "Vaelus," she continued after taking a deep breath to clear her thoughts. "Please take care of yourself, I don't want anything happening to you while I am away. If you get into trouble, please don't think twice about contacting me. You are my dear brother, and the loss of our father doesn't change that. I would hate for Bator's quest for the throne to take that which is most precious to me." It was a truthful statement, despite the obvious use in having him inform her more directly of goings on in the castle. If Bator, or anyone for that matter were to threaten the remainder of her family, she would show them no mercy.

                        "Was there anything else brother? I was about to attend a ball to clear my head." Vivianna curtsey's with a softer smile, trying to push her worries to the back of her mind again for the time being.

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                          Vaelus' eyes flickered a bit in surprise at her affectionate comments towards him, but he did his best to cover it. "I'll give your love to mother, give my regards to Siobhan," he replied.

                          "The same goes for you, if you need a way to escape something. And do be careful about wayward trumps, dear sister; I shouldn't have to remind you what could happen," he added sincerely.

                          "Oh well, enjoy your ball," he finished with a sweeping bow. "I have my own preparations to make."

                          After she replied to any of this, she would feel him severing the Trump contact, leaving her alone in the dressing room once again.

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                            Vivi smiled a little more broadly as she caught the slight flicker in her brother's composure. Though she wasn't lying about caring for his safety, she noted that it was a potential avnue to exploit if she needed too.

                            "Thank you Vaelus, be safe and I will see you soon." She gave another curtsey, smiling warmly and giving her sibling a more informal wave as the trump disconnected.

                            She let her hair shift back out before heading to find Siobhan with some moe to thin k on now.

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                              As Vivianna left her dressing room she would see sailors from her fleet who had been posted as her escort guards stand at attention, garbed in military dress uniforms and looking quite smart looking. They accompanied her down the hall and through a grand archway where she emerged to the sound of trumpets and an exhultant announcement from a voice that could only be Siobhan's.

                              "I give you, the Princess Vivianna of Amber!"

                              A loud applause erupted as Vivi took to the center of the dance hall. Men and women in the finest clothing were around her, gawking at her beauty.

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