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December 18, 2006 / jadettman

What If Amber #1

What if Osric and Finndo had dethroned Oberon?

The war with the Fintaan was going badly. King Oberon, to stave off the invasion of the Golden Circle Shadow of Orindale, ordered his sons Osric and Finndo to see to Oridale’s defense. Oberon had already sent his son Benedict to raise more troops in Shadow.

Osric and Finndo, their plans for a coup already in motion, knew that Oberon’s mission was a trap. Unable to disobey Oberon’s orders without tipping their hands, the brothers travelled to Orindale and took command of the remaining Amber forces.

Once in command, the brothers made new arrangements. While Finndo reviewed the strategic information provided by the previous engagements with the Fintaan, Osric rode out under the cover of darkness to conduct secret negotiations with the opposing armies.

Osric’s negotiations went very well. In exchange for a cessation of military action, Osric offered the Fintaan favorable Golden Circle status of their own in addition to the territory they had already conquered. If the brothers were successful with their coup, the status and power of the Fintaan would be guaranteed. If they failed, the Fintaan would recommence their agression in three days.

With their plan in place, Osric and Finndo returned to Amber by Trump the next evening. Under cover of darkness, King Oberon disappeared. He would never be seen again.

The most difficult part of the brothers’ plot was their younger sibling, Benedict. Osric and Finndo knew that he would never agree with their actions, so they returned to lead the armies of Amber in Orindale and resumed their campaign against the Fintaan.

The Fintaan, secure in their new treaty, were taken by surprise by the viscious sneak attack of the Amber forces. Their ability to counter-attack efficiently undercut by the swift and overwhelming arrival of Prince Benedict’s reinforcements, the Fintaan generals ordered surrender. Osric and Finndo, however, would show them no mercy. No Fintaan could be left alive to bear witness to their treachery.

Against his better judgement, young Benedict deferred to the orders of his elder brothers. The Fintaan were killed to a man to ‘make certain they never forget the power of Amber.”

Now, the son’s of Cymnea rule over Amber, each with their own dynasties, but Amber is not without trouble.

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  1. Britt / Dec 19 2006 11:30 am

    I likee.

    Osric and Finndo are intriguing elements to bring to bear on a game. They are purely canonical, and yet they are blank slates.

    Plus, it would be interesting to see Benedict as the youngest.

  2. Dan / Dec 19 2006 12:00 pm

    So after Osric and Finndo had made use of the Fintaan, they sent off sweet young Benedict to savagely kill them all?
    I hate to say it, but it sounds vaguely reminiscent of Star Wars, episode III… Does this mean that Benedict will be played by that god-awful Hayden Christensen? 🙂

    But seriously, I do think it’s an interesting idea to play with. And I like Osric and Finndo.

  3. J.A. Dettman / Dec 20 2006 12:31 am

    So after Osric and Finndo had made use of the Fintaan, they sent off sweet young Benedict to savagely kill them all?

    Well, personally, I think that Osric and Finndo would have stayed around to help. After all, they don’t want Benedict questioning anyone and it’s not like they’re going to run back to Amber. They have orders from Oberon. They have to at least make it look like Oberon’s disappearance was accidental.

  4. Shawn / Dec 20 2006 12:32 am

    Um… and then they explain where Oberon went to young Benedict?

    Or they arrange for young Benedict’s death in the face of the Fintaan opposition?

    Or am I missing something in this explanation which handles Benedict’s compliance with that looks clearly like a coup?

  5. J.A. Dettman / Dec 20 2006 12:39 am

    Well, as indicated, Oberon simply disappears. Osric and Finndo are off fighting the Fintaan, so it clearly can’t be them and everyone knows that Oberon takes off on these mysterious trips into Shadow.

    So, clearly, Oberon went on one of his little trips and ran afoul of something. After a hundred or so years, the sons of Cymnea have little recourse but to believe him dead.

    Someone has to see to Amber’s governance.

  6. Shawn / Dec 20 2006 5:10 pm

    I think that Benedict would sniff this one out.

    They would have had to have disposed of him earlier to pull this off.
    My opinion

  7. J.A. Dettman / Dec 20 2006 6:06 pm

    Why would Benedict catch on any faster than he did to Oberon’s plot to get rid of his brothers?

    Or the plans of the Redhead Cabal to deal with Chaos?

    Or Brand’s plan at the Tir Pattern?

    Or Corwin’s plan with the Black Grass?

    No offense, but Benedict doesn’t strike me as a great thinker. Great stragegist and great swordsman, yes. Extremely bright beyond that, not so much.

  8. Shawn / Dec 20 2006 10:37 pm

    Your point being valid, I believe that the timing on this case is a little fishier than other things.

    On the eve of a battle in a war that isn’t going well for the King, he decides to take a little breather and disappears into Shadow? After sending all of his male children off to handle matters in Shadow urgent for the war, but not urgent enough for him to take direct control over, he leaves Amber undefended?

    A little too big to swallow for me, and I would hope for Benedict even with a lower capacity as described and agreed to.

  9. JP / Dec 21 2006 4:14 pm

    Actually… there isn’t anything to suggest that Oberon’s trips would last a hundred years…him being gone for two years might be enough to make things start to come undone in Amber, especially with a war on.

    Osric and Finndo might even find a way to blame Oberon’s disappearance on the enemy. And, of course, even if he was reasonably sure what had happened, how far would Benedict be willing to push things without actual evidence?

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