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Grand Duke Ian

Grand Duchess Marina

Grand Duke Ian

Ian is the eldest surviving son of Bleys of Amber. His mother is Swayvanna, daughter of Swayville, the Royal connection giving him the Chaos title of Archduke as well as his Helgram title. He was brought up by his mother, and only became reacquainted with his father after the War Between the Powers. Even when he was still the Heir, Ian was a regular visitor Helgramways, and dealt with a lot of the senior day-to-day responsibilities within the House, as his father spent most of his time in Amber. During that time, Ian went out of his way to get to know the other members of the House.

He is known to be a ritual magician of great skill, as well as wielding both the Logrus and the Pattern. He also has a reputation as an excellent healer.

Ian has a number of children and grandchildren, so unless some major catastrophe befalls them, the Grand Ducal line is secure for many centuries to come.

Grand Duchess Marina

Ian married Marina after he reconnected with his father. She was brought up on the same world as he was, and their paths had crossed at various times as both of them were journalists of some repute. She is known to be a sorceress of some skill and, like her husband, has walked the Logrus. She is a grand-daughter of the late Brand of Amber.

  • Children of Ian and Marina
    • Artur Acker
    • Rowan Margitte Helgram
    • Linden Adam Helgram
    • Thomas Henry Helgram

Heir Apparent, Duke Wolfram

Duke Armand

Duke Wolfram

Wolf is Ian’s eldest son, from a short-lived marriage many years before his father met Marina to a woman named Greta von Ansbach, who also had Amber blood. Like his father, he is known to be a ritual magician and is also one of the stronger members of the House.

Duke Armand

Eldest son of Duke Wolfram, Armand is the second in line to the Helgram title. A bright, cheerful young man, he has studied extensively with Warmistress Joan. His mother, Heidi, was a daughter of Fiona of Amber, although she died during the War Between the Powers.

Other descendents of Grand Duke Ian

With Elowen Daveth-Helgram

  • Jowan Daveth-Helgram
    • Caden Daveth-Helgram
    • Lucretia Daveth-Helgram
  • Thorn Daveth-Helgram

Mothers unknown

  • Adam Sinclair-Helgram
    • Two children
  • Richard Helgram
  • Geoffrey Helgram

Other descendents of Duke Wolfram

Mothers unknown

  • Sam Meredith
  • Soren
  • Blaine
  • Duncan
    • Two children

Other Members of the Ducal Line

Archduke John

John is Ian’s younger near-identical twin, although neither of them were aware of the other’s existence until comparatively recently. He was brought up by his father in the Realm of Avernus, and had a somewhat sheltered upbringing. Most of his time is spent in Amber, where he works as Bleys’s principal private secretary.

Duchess Clarissa

Duchess Clarissa

Clarissa is the eldest daughter of the late Grand Duke Graham Junior, and his wife Joan. She was brought up in the Courts, and was destined for a good political marriage within Chaos. However, she had other plans, and after initiating to the Logrus, she ran away into Shadow. Curiosity took her to the other end of the Multiverse, where she caught the eye of Oberon of Amber, who was looking for a new Queen after the death in childbirth of Faiella of Karm. They married (ironically thereby achieving the good political marriage she’d tried to avoid), and she gave birth to first Bleys and then Fiona. However, as the years passed, what started out as a passionate relationship, turned distinctly stormy, not helped by Oberon realising he’d married her on the rebound.

She almost divorced her husband when she learned he had been having an affair with the Queen of Rebma. However, they eventually reconciled, which resulted in the birth of their third child, Brand. After he was born, however, things disintegrated so fast that everyone around them was at risk of being hit by the shrapnel, and their marriage ended in a nasty divorce.

After she fell from favour in Amber, Clarissa returned to her home in House Helgram, although she remained close to her three children, who Oberon had insisted on keeping in Amber, and worked to promote their fortunes. She encouraged them in their endeavours in the lead-up to the Karm Interregnum and the War Between the Powers, both for their benefit and to get some measure of revenge on her ex Husband. However, as the dust settled, after her younger son went somewhat off the rails, she became keen for her elder son to restore the honour of her line within Amber. Since Bleys became King of Amber, she has split her time between Amber and Chaos.

Bleys, former Grand Duke Helgram

Former Grand Duke Bleys

Bleys is the son of Clarissa Helgram and Oberon of House Dworkin-Barriman, and eldest grandson of the late-Grand Duke, Graham Helgram Junior. He was born and brought up as a Prince of Amber, although he developed and maintained links with his mother’s House in Chaos. However, after Clarissa fell from favour in Amber, and Rilga the Zealot was made queen, he started developing his own interests. He became Grand Duke on his grandfather’s death during the Patternfall war.

Bleys had two full siblings: Fiona, his elder sister, who is working with him in Amber; and the late Brand, his younger brother.

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