The Storms of Shadow
'Quests and Questions'
The feast day has passed in a blur of merriment, feasts, dancing, and flame. The night’s vigil has gone quietly, and smoke still rises from the battlements after a night wreathed in torchlight. The sacred path from the true city, where a procession was led only few hours ago, has faded back into the valley of Garnath, with only the offerings at the Grove of the Unicorn left as evidence to its passing. However, not all things that have occurred in the night have vanished so easily, and the next morning has brought a flurry of news and rumors of what has come to pass.
In the early dawn, dark riders can be seen driving from the castle gates as the Shadowatch is sent ranging; released to the nearby kingdoms in pursuit of those who ambushed House Sorvin. Word of the Crown Prince’s illness flows like wildfire though the kingdom, and the King and Queen are noticeably absent from morning court as they tend to the needs of their son. Strange rumors drift into circulation from Arden, indicating strange activity from the creatures of the forest, and of an incident near the King’s Road that has Lord Telehaan’s Ranger’s patrolling in force.
On what is traditionally a day of contemplation and rest, the castle is awake in activity. Those of the blood can be seen moving throughout the castle with purpose and eyeing their surroundings with wariness as rumors give way to plot in the manner of Amber’s oldest game.