in the Shadow of Greatness


June 2, 2004

IMC :: everyman and the kingdom of Amber

So how do you introduce ordinary citizens of Amber into roleplay? What sort of flavor do they have? How memorable and important are they to an Amber story? Are the royals the 'heroes' and role models for the everyman of Amber?

In our world, you may have dearly held cultural heroes, but that isn't the way you behave every day. Neither do I suppose that each citizen of Amber lives as the larger than life royals.

This makes a variety that isn't contradicted by the material of Zelazny's canon. It makes for a touchstone with Players who wander your campaign.

And when it comes to drama or comedy or romance, having some regular folks in the story serves well at those small points where events suddenly pull aside the deceptive cloak of 'normal' that sometimes veneers a very young scion of Amber.

After all, part of the wonder is that runt you play cards with picking up the Mercedes.

Filed under : Amber at 02.06.2004