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    #16
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    How typical of Olin, even his last recorded words disapprovingly, almost scornfully told Vaelus not to judge him. 'Never escape the prison of responsibility' indeed, the king's ability to escape the responsibility to his wife was legendary and so to that of the many children he sired. He did what he would and the world be damned, and now dared the play the martyr. You didn't see Deworin prattling on about weight of responsibility and burdens; he only prattled about far stranger and more esoteric subjects, as far as Vaelus could tell.

    Still, as disappointing as it was that Vaelus had not stumbled upon one of Amber's many treasures of power, this note could prove to be a valuable ace in the hole if Bator's succession got too out of hand, especially as so many people will likely be trumpeting "it's what Olin would have wanted". At least, he hoped that argument would be the prominent one now that he held the means to pull the rug out from beneath it.

    Still, he had gained something else from this; the idea to walk the pattern once more before leaving Amber. He was, admittedly, somewhat hesitant about it, he'd only done so the once before and it had been particularly difficult for him, the fatigue of the experience taking its toll on him. If nothing else, it would ensure that no one else held influence or sway over him and perhaps it might grant him some new insight; if such a thing was to be gained now, while the bloodshed was yet to begin, would be the ideal time. Still, there were other things he wanted to attend to first, such as learning a little more about what his siblings were up to.

    It only took a moment to consider who to visit first; he was in somewhat of a good mood and feeling confident at present, there was no better time to visit Bator, for he seldom had the patience for Svaltus and Dubiel's very presence here at Castle Amber was an insult to mother, both of which had a very real chance of leaving him in a state where he wanted to deal with Bator. And of the three, his dearest elder brother was definitely the most dangerous in his mind, the trick now was figuring out where he'd gone. Perhaps it was time to start asking questions and follow where people directed him...
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      #17
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      The walk to Bator's chambers was a decent distance in Castle Amber, large as it was. Arriving at his eldest brothers chambers, Vaelus knocked and stood, receiving no answer. A small "ahem" from one of the nearby guards caught Vaelus' attention.

      "He left, m'lord. He came to get his bird and then was on his way."

      The 'bird' in question was Bator's animal familiar, the raven Grimoire. The raven was a constructed gift from Olin to Bator from a long time ago, infused with a small spark of the Pattern, it was effectively as immortal as Bator was. It also had the ability to speak, which it did so on occassion, though mostly only to Bator. It didn't like anyone else all that much and ignored them - funnily enough, this had included Olin, its own creator. The bird was known to have minor shapeshifting capability that let it grow in mass several times over. Another trick of Olin's managing to impart that feat into the animal.

      Asking the guard in what direction led Vaelus eventually to the main gate, where he discovered that Bator had arranged for a carriage to bring him into the city proper, the destination unknown. He could be heading somewhere in the city, perhaps to the barracks where Edric maintained his living quarters, or to the port, perhaps to sail out to meet Gamon on his impressive flagship in the north sea, or maybe he would be riding out into the Forest of Arden, either to meet with Princess Rhone and her waywatchers or to travel into Shadow at the borders of Amber. Many possibilities, and certainly these were only the more likely of options, but by no means were they exhaustive.

      Vaelus would have to consider Trump as the most effective way of getting into immediate contact with Bator, at least without the burden of having to search all across Amber for him.

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        #18
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        So much for that idea. Bator had already left and Vaelus was left with only guesses as to his current plans. No matter, he needent open himself up to a psychic attack from his brother over it. His next course of action would be to ask if his twin or Dubiel had also departed, while he was at the gates.
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          #19
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          "The Princess Dubiel left not long before Prince Bator, traveling on foot. She was wearing that mask of hers, so she was easy to spot. She must be in the city by now. As for your twin brother, I have not seen the Prince Svaltus come this way."

          The sergeant at arms answered Vaelus dutifully and to the best of his ability.

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            #20
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            That seemed about right; as soon as the moment was over, everyone scattered to the winds. Still, he was hardly innocent of such behavior himself, but bringing news to mother was undoubtedly far more important than anything the others were up to. "If he comes by this way, let him know I'd like to have a word with him before he leaves," the prince asked of the guard, before heading inside to try and locate his twin.
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