Damien, is having a bad day in his home Shadow. Everything was just fine, he’d gone to the SDU headquarters, when suddenly there was a massive storm and hurricane that hadn’t been there an instant before. Suddenly the wall has been torn off the building by howling winds and the building he’s in is leaning and lurching like it’s going to come down.
Damien narrowly avoids being sucked out of the building and escapes into a stairwell just as the building comes down.
He wakes to find that the building has fallen on him, and that he has fortunately ended up under a couple of large slabs of concrete that have formed a small cave of safety for him. Unfortunately that cave is filling up with water from the rain. Fearing that he is going to be drowned Damien starts looking for a way to shift the debris without it all coming down on him when the debris is lifted up by prodigious might and shadowy figures call for him to move out from under the wreck. He does so and, in the light of the crashing lightning, he sees that his city looks as if a bomb has hit it. Devestation is widespread everywhere. The rain is coming down so hard as to bruise the skin and is so thick he can only see a short way ahead of himself but he can see far enough to see that one of his three rescuers is none other than his mother, Sarah who he has mourned for nearly a decade after he believed her taken away and devoured by werewolves.
Sarah leaves him no time for questions and he and the two men lead Damien away through the destroyed city, toward of all things a 7-11 store that has somehow survived the worst of the damage by dint of surrounding buildings taking the brunt of the storm. It is there that introductions are made. The hulking grizzled man is Castor who says little but remains on guard. The other, smaller man, introduces himself as Brand and tells Damien that he is his father.
It is, to be certain, an awkward reunion. Sarah has some explaining to do about how she is not dead, courtesy of a last minute rescue from Brand. Brand, for his part, explains that it was early in the struggle for the throne and that his brother Eric had tried to kill Sarah as a warning to Brand to toe the line, and that he has had her in nearby Shadow Corona to heal and to hide and stay safe. He would have come back for her earlier but Bleys and Fiona imprisoned him in the citadel not long after and there was no time.
Brand explains Amber to Damien, and that they must all go there, and ‘borrows’ a car. With the Shadow Storm passed over, leaving its swathe of destruction, Brand leads the group toward Amber.
Things, frankly, remain awkward. Brand explains to Damien what he has done, and what the others will say of him. He also challenges Damien on the SDU’s goals and methods, and the way that supernatural creatures are discriminated against. Damien is left uncomfortable with this, moreso as he tries and fails to connect with his mother.
The first sight of Amber, however, takes his breath away and brings with it a desire to know this place and to protect it. Damien is awed and amazed by the place. Right until he realises that there are no showers and toilets. This somewhat dampens his enthusiasm.
Damien is introduced to Random who officially welcomes him to Amber and invites him to come and go as he pleases. He advises Brand and Damien to clean up, as the family will be meeting shortly. Random and Brand share a belief that, by walking the Pattern of Amber, the three younglings will help restore balance to the Pattern-Logrus conflict. Three new ‘troops’ will certainly set things back on track.
Damien returns to his room and has a bath. His father has provided for him, colours that he believes Damien would want, and Damien finds himself in a tunic and pants of black, trimmed in a rusty maroon colour. And, as an emergency option, Brand gifts Damien with a Trump of his brother Luke who he says knows of him and will offer him safety and sanctuary should he need it.
From there it is a waiting game.