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Amber Timeline[edit]

The Beginning[edit]


There is nothing?

Primal Chaos is born

First shape-changers are born

The Serpent and Unicorn come into existence

The Courts of Chaos are created

Oberon is born to the Unicorn (father is Dworkin)

Dworkin flees from Chaos to a small sudden island

Dworkin meditates upon the abyss

The Jewel is revealed to Dworkin by the Unicorn

4000 BC

Dworkin creates Amber out of Chaos

Oberon marries Cymnea


Benedict, Osric, Finndo, born to Cymnea (father is Oberon)

Dworkin begins to fashion the family Trumps

Eric born to Faiella (father is Oberon)

Oberon dissolves marriage to Cymnea

Oberon marries Faiella (father is Oberon)

Osric kills three of the House of Karm in a vendetta

Oberon acquits Osric at a hearing, though he is friendly with Karm

Oberon sends Osric to front lines in a nasty war

Osric dies

Finndo dies, purportedly in the service of Amber

Corwin born to Faiella (father is Oberon)

Caine born to Rilga (father is Oberon)

Faiella dies giving birth to Deirdre (father is Oberon)

Oberon marries Clarissa

Fiona, Bleys born to Clarissa (father is Oberon)

Llewella born to Moins (father is Oberon)

Oberon divorces Clarissa

Oberon recognizes Llewella as legitimate

Brand born to Clarissa (father is Oberon)

Flora born to Dybele (father is Oberon)

Julian, Gerard born to Rilga (father is Oberon)

Sand, Delwin born to Harla (father is Oberon)

Random, Mirelle born to Paulette (father is Oberon)

Mandor born to ? (father is Sawall)

Jurt born to Dara (father is Sawall)

Despil born to Dara (father is Sawall)

Coral born to Kinta of Begma (father is Oberon)


Sand and Delwin depart from Amber

The Old Days[edit]

Deela the Desacratrix burns Unicorn shrines at Begma

Oberon defeats Deela, takes her prisoner, rapes her

Deela escapes

Dalt born to Deela (father is Oberon)

Deela begins to raid once more around Begma

Oberon sends Bleys to defeat and kill Deela

Corwin and Bleys strand Random on an island

Random puts a spike in Corwin's boot

Brand, Bleys, and Fiona study with Dworkin

Kashfa and Begma clash over Eregnor

Corwin rules over Avalon

Random goes to Rebma and elopes with Morganthe

Martin born to Morganthe (father is Random)

Random banished from Rebma

Martin walks Pattern, leaves Rebma

Corwin gulls Caine

Corwin beats Julian at his favorite game


Moonriders out of Ghenesh attack Amber

Benedict holds the pass above Arden against the Moonriders

Dark things out of Shadow attack at Jones Falls

Brand has argument with Corwin

Corwin and Eric fight while hunting in the Forest of Arden

Before the Chronicles[edit]

-156y - 1664

Corwin exiled by Eric after their fight

Brand and Gerard search for Corwin in many shadows

Tomb built for Corwin, assumed dead

Benedict leaves Amber for Avalon

-74y - 1787

Flora goes to Shadow Earth

-72y - 10/1790

Flora first spots Corwin on Shadow Earth

Dworkin tells Oberon how to destroy the Pattern

Oberon imprisons Dworkin

Brand, Bleys, and Fiona form cabal

Oberon gets mad with Eric and glorifies Corwin over dinner

Brand allies with powers from Chaos and learns how to destroy Pattern

-65y - 1850-1855

Brand asks Llewella and Random about Martin


Jasra becomes consort to King Menillan of Kashfa

King Menillan dies

Jasra organizes coup headed by Jasrick and Kasman

Jasra and Brand meet over magical operation, secretly marry

Brand leaves Kashfa

Rinaldo born to Jasra (father is Brand)

Jasra has Jasrick killed

Jasra leaves for the Keep of the Four Worlds

Rinaldo is left in charge of Kashfa

Jasra stays in the Keep, trying to win over Sharu Garrul

Rinaldo takes Dalt to walk the Pattern at Tir-na Nog'th

Rinaldo worries about Jasra, attack the Keep with Dalt

Jasra beats Sharu in a sorcerous duel, pays off Dalt

Kasman takes over in Kashfa

Kasman attacks the Keep in order to eliminate Jasra and Rinaldo

Rinaldo leaves the Keep

Brand takes Rinaldo to walk the Pattern at Tir-na Nog'th

Brand initiates himself into the Fount of Power at the Keep

Dalt attacks the Keep on his own

Rinaldo takes Dalt to walk the Pattern at Tir-na Nog'th

Dalt attacks Amber, fails, is wounded by Benedict

-2y - 1966

Random goes to Texorami

Brand paints a trump of Martin

-1y9m - 1967

Brand finds Martin and stabs him over the Pattern

Brand, Bleys, and Fiona involve Benedict with the hellmaids

Oberon is lured away by Brand, Bleys, and Fiona

-1y6m - 1967

Oberon is imprisoned in the Courts of Chaos

-3m - 1968

Bleys and Eric argue over the throne; Bleys leaves Amber

Eric seizes control of Amber

Bleys builds military strike force

Brand tries to win Caine over to the cabal, fails

Eric-Caine-Julian alliance formed

Brand sees Corwin in Tir-na Nog'th

Brand sees Corwin is Eric's mind

Brand under surveillance by Eric in Amber

Bleys and Fiona split with Brand

Corwin begins to regain memory

-2d - 1968

Brand escapes Amber, puts Corwin in Porter Sanitarium

Brand recaptured by Eric

Corwin escapes from Porter

0d - 1968

Brand escapes again, shoots Corwin's tires out

Eric puts Corwin in Greenwood, under Flora's care

Brand captured by Bleys and Fiona, put in Tower

Brand calls Random for help

Random attempts to save Brand, fails

Julian contacts Random about the throne

Random loses his Trumps

The Nine Princes of Amber[edit]


Corwin escapes Greenwood, goes to Flora's house

Corwin finds Flora's Trumps

Flora attempts to return to Amber, fails

Random arrives at Flora's house


Corwin and Random set out for Amber

Corwin and Random take Julian prisoner in Arden, release him

Corwin and Random save Deirdre, go to Rebma

Random sentenced to marry Vialle


Corwin walks Pattern in Rebma

Corwin transports himself to Amber

Corwin and Eric fight

Corwin goes to Bleys, encamped at Avernus

Bleys and Corwin make alliance

Corwin makes deals with Gerard and Caine to open the seas

Corwin contacts Oberon and Brand by Trump, both weakly

Corwin and Bleys build force, attack Amber, fail


Bleys falls off stairs, Corwin taken

+100d - 1968

Eric crowned

Corwin blinded, imprisoned, fed by Lord Rein

+4y10d - 1971

Corwin regains eyesight and escapes to Cabra with Dworkin's help

Corwin stays with Jopin at the Lighthouse


Corwin resists Trump contact, decides to leave Cabra

The Guns of Avalon[edit]


Corwin goes to Lorraine

Corwin meets Lance, travels to the Keep of Ganelon

Corwin meets Lorraine, the girl

Someone attempts to contact Corwin once more

Corwin and Ganelon defeat the Black Circle

Corwin and Ganelon travel to Avalon

Benedict romances Lintra, then kills her, losing an arm

Benedict defeats the hellmaids

Dara is born in Chaos (great-grandfather is Benedict)

+5y90d - 1972

Corwin and Ganelon meet Benedict


Corwin meets Dara

Ganelon kills Benedict's servants


Corwin gets diamonds and gunpowder


Corwin and Ganelon leave Avalon, encounter Black Road

Corwin saves girl from Black Road

Benedict chases Corwin, fights, loses

Corwin calls Gerard to help Benedict

+5y129d - 08/1972

Corwin gets Winchester 30-30 rifles on Earth

Eric begins major battle with Black Road

Corwin visits old house, reads Eric's message

Ganelon and Corwin go to Riik to collect troops


Ganelon and Corwin march on Amber

Dara arrives in Amber


Corwin wins battle at Amber

Eric dies in battle

Corwin and Random go to the Pattern

Dara completes the Pattern

Dara claims "Amber will be destroyed"

Merlin born to Dara (father is Corwin)

Merlin grows up in the Courts of Chaos

Sign of the Unicorn[edit]


Caine is found dead

Random tells his story (of the Tower) to Corwin

Corwin attunes to the Jewel

Flora tells her story (of Eric, etc.) to Corwin

Corwin visits his tomb with Ganelon


Corwin and Gerard fight, bury Caine, at the Grove of the Unicorn

Corwin and Gerard see the Unicorn

Brand is returned by united family effort

Fiona stabs Brand

Gerard takes care of Brand

Caine stabs Corwin

Corwin returns to Shadow Earth, stashes Jewel


Random brings Corwin back to Amber

Corwin visits Brand

Brand recovers well

Corwin goes to Tir-na Nog'th, gets mechanical arm from Benedict


Corwin, Ganelon, and Random follow Unicorn to Primal Pattern

The Hand of Oberon[edit]

Martin's Trump found in the Pattern

Benedict and Random seek Martin

Corwin talks to Vialle


Corwin goes to Dworkin's quarters

Corwin trumps to the Courts of Chaos, kills rider, meets Merlin


Corwin returns via Gerard's Trump

Corwin talks to Brand again

Caine attacks Brand

Ganelon tells Benedict about Dara

Corwin and Benedict form alliance

Gerard fights Corwin again, Ganelon intercedes

Corwin talks to Julian

Corwin returns to Earth to retrieve the Jewel, talks to Bill Roth

Brand gets the Jewel first

Corwin orders all the Patterns guarded

Corwin talks to Fiona

Brand show up at the Pattern in Amber, met by Gerard, flees

Brand starts walking the Primal Pattern

Corwin intercepts him, forces Brand to transport out

Random finds Martin, who tells his story

Brand goes to Tir-na Nog'th to walk Pattern there

Benedict intercepts him, regains the Jewel, using mechanical arm

Ganelon reveals himself as Oberon

The Courts of Chaos[edit]


Oberon takes command, gives separate orders to his children

Brand draws Trumps for Sand and Delwin, who refuse to help him

Replay of Tir-na Nog'th scene in Amber, Benedict loses arm

Corwin talks to Dara, learns of Merlin

Corwin tries to repair the Pattern himself and is stopped by Oberon

Corwin talks to Oberon

Oberon orders everyone to attack Chaos

Corwin begins his hellride

Oberon starts walking the Pattern to repair it

Oberon sends the Jewel to Corwin via the bird

Brand's first contact with Corwin ("Dad failed")

Corwin hides in cave, meets man with scripture

Corwin almost lured by dwarves and by Lady

Brand's second contact with Corwin (appears with crossbow, loses eye)

Corwin meets Ygg, Hugi, and the Jackal

Corwin inscribes a new Pattern

Brand's third contact with Corwin (grabs the Jewel)

Corwin and Brand both transport to Chaos

Corwin kills Duke Borel of Chaos


Battle of Chaos

Oberon's message in the sky

Brand killed by Caine's crossbow, drags Deirdre over the cliff

Family reunites after the battle

Oberon's funeral

Merlin appears

Random made King of Amber by the Unicorn

Corwin attunes Random to the Jewel

Random diverts the Wave of Chaos

Corwin tells his story to Merlin

Rinaldo hears of his father Brand's death, on April 30

Trumps of Doom[edit]

Merlin goes to Shadow Earth, studies computer science in college

Fiona takes Merlin to see Corwin's pattern

Bill Roth works up Patternfall Treaty between Random and Swayvil

Merlin meets Luke (Rinaldo) in college

Merlin takes his girlfriend Julia through Shadow


Rinaldo attempts to kill Merlin on April 30


Rinaldo tries again the second year, and the next


Rinaldo tries again the third year. Rinaldo breaks off the attempts on Merlin's life.


Jasra continues the attempts to kill Merlin on April 30


Merlin and Rinaldo graduate and join Grand Design

Merlin begins building Ghostwheel

Merlin breaks up with Julia

Jasra attempts to kill Merlin, making a total of seven tries


Merlin quits Grand Design, talks to Rinaldo about it

Julia is killed by a dog-beast from Shadow

Merlin goes to Julia's place, finds her dead, kills the beast

Merlin finds the Trumps of Doom

Merlin visits Rick Kinsky, Julia's old boyfriend

Merlin visits Victor Melman, kills him in self-defense

Jasra arrives at Melman's place, bites Merlin

Merlin trumps off to the Sphinx, escapes


Dalt gets ammo from Melman's building, burns it

Merlin returns to Melman's building, finds a 30-30 bullet

Caine murdered by Rinaldo

Bleys wounded by Rinaldo

Merlin goes to Rinaldo's hotel, gets ring

Merlin checks into Hilton in Santa Fe

Merlin meets up with Rinaldo

Dan Martinez talks to Merlin

Merlin removes ring

Rinaldo and Merlin drive into the country

Rinaldo kills Martinez

Merlin goes to Bill Roth

Merlin meets George Hansen

Merlin and Bill Roth go to Amber

Random, Merlin, and Martin discovers that the 30-30 bullets explode in Amber

Merlin talks to Fiona and goes back to a bar on Earth

Merlin meets Meg Devlin and goes to her apartment

Caine's funeral

Rinaldo attempts to shoot/blow up the Amberites, fails

Merlin tells Random about Ghostwheel, is told to shut it down, Merlin leaves.

Merlin tries to reach Ghostwheel, but is told to go back

Merlin meets a lady in Shadow

Merlin meets Rinaldo in Shadow

Rinaldo imprisons Merlin in a crystal cave

Blood of Amber[edit]


Merlin is locked in the crystal cave for over a month

Merlin rigs a booby trap and escapes

Merlin meets up with Jasra, immobilizes her

Merlin trumps to Flora on Earth

Rinaldo grabs Jasra away from Merlin

Flora tells Merlin about Jasra, Kashfa

Merlin tells Flora about Rinaldo

Merlin tries to call Meg Devlin and George Hansen, fails

Mask contacts Merlin

Flora and Merlin go to Julia's place

Merlin goes through trap door at Julia's place

Merlin runs into Scrof, defeats him

Rinaldo hires Dalt to attack the Keep with him

Merlin goes to the Keep of the Four Worlds, meets the hermit Dave

Dave tells Merlin about Sharu, Dalt, Kashfa, Jasra, Rinaldo, Brand

Merlin tries to move closer to the Keep, is stopped by Mask

Merlin trumps to Amber

Dalt intentionally wounds Rinaldo in battle at the Keep

Random tells Merlin about Dalt and Deela

Merlin goes to Bloody Bill's for seafood

Merlin meets Old John, the King's emissary

Merlin leaves, gets attacked, saved by Vinta Bayle

Merlin and Vinta go to Arbor House, where they trade information

Ghostwheel contacts Merlin

Rinaldo calls Merlin, trumps in

Merlin calls Dalt, Dalt shows aggression, Merlin hangs up

Rinaldo asks Merlin to help rescue Jasra

Merlin takes Rinaldo to crystal cave, negotiates deal

Merlin returns to Arbor House briefly

Merlin runs into a lop-eared wolf, which tries to kill him and escapes

Merlin returns to Amber, talks to Bill Roth

Merlin goes to Corwin's tomb

Merlin goes to the Pattern, walks it (to get rid of the blue stone attunement), trumps to the Keep

Merlin finds Jasra frozen

Mask appears, has duel with Merlin

Merlin trumps back to Amber with Jasra

Rinaldo contacts Merlin

Merlin goes into the main hall

Benedict and Random enter the main hall

Rinaldo tells all about Dalt's plan to attack Amber with riflemen

Merlin walks into a huge trump of himself, disappears into Wonderland

Sign of Chaos[edit]

Jaston, Ruler of Kashfa, falls off balcony, dies

Random goes to Kashfa to put Arkans on the throne

Random promises Eregnor (territory between Kashfa and Begma) to Arkans

Merlin and Rinaldo experience LSD in Shadow Wonderland

Fire Angel sets upon Merlin

Fire Angel is defeated by Merlin and the Jabberwock

Merlin calls Mandor, they talk

Fiona calls, comes through to Merlin

Tornado in Shadow

Merlin, Mandor, and Fiona talk about Corwin's Pattern

Mandor and Fiona team up to find cause of Shadow storms

Merlin returns to Amber, talks to Llewella and Vialle

Begma delegation arrives (Orkuz, Nayda, Coral)

Coral and Merlin walk

Jurt attacks Merlin in the caves, fails, retrieved by Mask

Jurt returns to the Keep to be initiated into the Fount of Power

Merlin takes Coral to the Pattern below Amber

Coral walks the Pattern, asks it to transport her somewhere

Martin goes punk

Fiona and Mandor call Merlin, warn him about Ghostwheel

Rinaldo calls Merlin, they plan attack on the Keep

Nayda and Merlin talk

Ghostwheel calls Merlin, warns him about Fiona and Mandor

Merlin tells Ghostwheel about the attack on the Keep

Mandor calls, Merlin cuts him off

Merlin talks to Bill Roth

Merlin talks briefly with Benedict

Merlin attends state dinner with Llewella, Vialle, Bill, Begmans

Dalt arrives with a small army, demands Rinaldo and Jasra

Merlin is called to speak with Vialle about Dalt

Merlin brings Rinaldo through, they go to Julian in Arden

Rinaldo duels with Dalt, loses, is taken prisoner

Dalt's army retreats

Merlin returns to Amber

Merlin talks to Nayda in his room

Merlin creates Trump for Coral, reaches her briefly

Merlin attempts to reach Rinaldo, is blocked

Merlin realizes that Nayda is the Guardian, and he calls Mandor

Mandor binds the Guardian, who is a ty'iga demon

Merlin frees Jasra

Ty'iga can't tell Merlin who sent it, tells Mandor

Mandor refuses to tell Merlin

Merlin goes to Corwin's room

Jasra agrees to attack the Keep with Merlin

Ghostwheel takes Merlin, Jasra, Mandor to Keep

Merlin, Jasra, Mandor find Jurt and Mask

All five fight a battle of wizardry

Mask is injured

Sharu Garrul is freed

Mandor destroys the Fount

Mask is Julia

Jurt trumps away with Julia in his arms

Knight of Shadows[edit]

Jasra binds Sharu Garrul as the guardian of the Fount

Merlin, Mandor, and Jasra try to reach Coral via Trump

The force holding Coral comes for Merlin

Ghostwheel transports Merlin, Mandor, and Jasra to distant locals

Merlin is visited by Pattern Ghosts of Dworkin, Oberon, and Corwin

Corwin takes Merlin to the place between Pattern and Logrus (Undershadow)

Merlin summons Logrus, Frakir becomes sentient

Unicorn and Serpent "motivate" Merlin to choose sides, he refuses

Merlin unknowingly chooses the path of Chaos

Merlin walks undershadow, meets ghosts of Brand, Jurt, Caine, Lord Borel and Benedict

Merlin 'borrows' the Jewel of Judgment from Random's room

Benedict's ghost gives Lord Borel 'fencing lessons'

Merlin finds Coral unconscious in the center of a Broken Pattern

Merlin walks/repairs broken Pattern, wakes up Coral with an X-Rated spell breaker

Dworkin visits Merlin in his room at Amber

Merlin attunes to the Jewel

Merlin contacts Luke via Trump, finds that he's free and leading an army

The ty'iga grabs the Jewel of Judgement from Merlin calling it the Serpent's Left Eye or the Eye of Chaos

The Logrus and Pattern appear in Amber

Ghostwheel grabs the ty'iga and keeps the Logrus/Pattern at bay

Ghostwheel disappears with the ty'iga and the Jewel

The Serpent and Unicorn clash, part of castle Amber is destroyed

Dworkin trumps Merlin to safety

Ghostwheel returns the Jewel to Merlin

Merlin daydreams of those plotting against him

Merlin finds the ring, Spikard in Brand's room, puts it on

Merlin gets Weirwindle from Brand's room as a present for Luke

Dworkin places the Jewel in Coral's empty eyesocket and takes her to Kashfa

Merlin uses Spikard to trace Dworkin's path

Merlin goes to Kashfa using the Spikard

Merlin finds that Luke has taken control of Kashfa

Jurt arrives, grabs Weirwindle, gets blasted by Merlin's Spikard

Jurt grabs Coral as a hostage, she blasts him with the Eye

Jurt leaves taking Weirwindle with him

Merlin finds out that Coral is now Luke's wife

Prince of Chaos[edit]

Rinaldo is crowned King of Kashfa

Merlin is balked in examining the Jewel with the Spikard

The demon, Gryll, contacts Merlin and escorts him back to the Courts for Swayvill's funeral

Gryll tells Merlin about the imbalance of the Powers and of Mandor/Fiona's report to Suhuy

Merlin arrives at Suhuy's castle

Merlin attempts 'Reflection' sees Tmer, Tubble and Jurt

Mandor arrives at Suhuy's castle tells Merlin of the matters of the succession, makes a breakfast date with Merlin

Dara arrives at Suhuy's castle argues with Merlin about the ty'iga, makes lunch date with Merlin

Mandor and Dara depart, Merlin dreams of Coral, Luke, Victor Melman, Random, Julia, Jasra, Nayda (ty'iga), Jurt, Fiona, Corwin, Bill Roth, Dworkin, and the Cheshire Cat

Suhuy admits casting a spell on Merlin to cause the divinatory dream

Merlin is visited by Ghost, tells it how to reach the cavern where the Logrus is kept

Merlin attempts to contact Coral via Trump, she is asleep and he sees himself in her dreams

Merlin contacts Corwin, a black crow guardian pops out of the Trump

Merlin speaks with Suhuy about the bird, House Hendrake, and the late Lord Borel and Duke Larsus

Merlin meets with Mandor for breakfast they speak of the succession, the power struggle between Pattern & Logrus, the Amber Cult, and of Jurt's presence in the Courts

Merlin travels to cemetary reminisces about childhood and his friend Rhanda, meets Pattern ghost of Luke sent to warn him to leave the Courts.

Luke tells Merlin about Jasra's connection with the Courts and her Sorcerous training under Dara

Merlin 'feeds' Luke blood and they encounter a Logrus ghost of Lord Borel

Corwin's Pattern ghost shows up kicks Borel in the nether regions and knocks him out, Merlin & Luke follow Corwin to his Pattern

Luke's ghost gets adopted by Corwin's Pattern

Merlin encounters Glait on way to meet with Dara and it shows him the chapel dedicated to Corwin

Merlin and Dara dine, they speak of her sorceress skill and the Logrus

Ghostwheel seeks protection from Merlin as the Logrus shows up and demands it (Ghost just walked the Logrus...)

Merlin denies the Logrus, backed up by the spikard

Dara and the Logrus speak of her involvement with Brand and

Patternfall, of her sending Hendrake goons to get Coral

Merlin and Dara argue over Corwin, she tells him "Seek him in the Pit"

Merlin goes to the Maze of Art, meets Kergma, Jurt

Merlin and Jurt call a truce, they plan to free Coral from the Hendrakes

They pop into Kashfa, meet the real Luke, take him back to Corwin's Pattern where he speaks with his ghost, Jurt and Merlin go back to Chaos and the funeral

Tmer is assassinated with a dagger by Mandor's forces

They pop back, speak with the Lukes then back to Chaos and funeral

The Lukes, Nayda (ty'iga) track Coral's kidnapper's trail

Swayvil is dropped from the Rim along with Tubble

Gilva and Merlin visit the Corwin shrine they talk of the Cults

Merlin and Jurt return to the Lukes and continue tracking Coral, Dalt has joined them

Merlin acquires his horse, Tiger

Luke examines the spikard while Merlin feels 'withdrawl' symptoms

Merlin and Luke discuss the succession in Chaos

They find a tower with Pattern ghosts of Eric, Caine, Benedict and Gerard. Gerard is wrestling Chinaway Hendrake

Merlin sneaks in and takes Coral while Gerard snaps Chinaway like a twig, Merlin fries the Hendrakes, Pattern ghosts demand Coral, Dalt intervenes and gets cut down by Eric, Merlin toasts the ghosts but the Pattern transports them to the Primal Plane

Merlin disputes with the Pattern and holds it hostage with a bloody hand. Luke joins in and Merlin gets Coral and the rest away while Luke continues to harass the Pattern

Merlin dreams and meets Delwin and Bleys, they tell him of the spikard switcheroo and a bit about them, of Dara and Mandor's plans, Bleys gives him the original spikard but tells him not to wear it

Merlin returns to Chaos, frees Corwin with Corwin's ghost replacing him, Merlin and the Corwin ghost speak obscurely about Greyswandir

Merlin sees Julia at Jurt's place, they flirt

Merlin summons Ghost and frees him from Kergma's trick/trap

Mandor confronts Merlin, Merlin forcibly Trumps Dara through and they clash. Merlin wins with the spikard's power. Logrus shows up, Ghost shows up, Logrus concedes to Merlin's demands

Mandor sucks up, Dara storms off

Merlin sends Corwin back to Amber

Merlin is to become King of Chaos and war between the Pattern and Logrus seems imminent...