This ancient house sits in the inner circles of power in Amber. One of the top 5 noble houses with a long history. In the top 10 Chartered Houses. The House ennoblement was first signed by Queen Cynmea, before King Oberon.
There are many cadet branches of Chantris and they all do their best to remain loyal to the ruling line. A house most well-known for its heavy involvement in the Amber military. They also have significant interests in armies both within Amber and in the Golden Circle.
Ruling Line of House Chantris
Head of House Chantris: Duke Wolfgang Chantris.
- Lord Wolfgang is a general within the army of Amber.
- He was a hero of Patternfall leading the Amber Corp Chantris, a major corp raised and funded by House Chantris and seconded to the Amber Military.
- Was present at the battle of Patternfall to witness the Unicorn's Choice of Random as king. He is a Knight of the Unicorn, having touched the Unicorn. A memeber of bother Paternfall Orders;Anointed Witnesses of Patternfall-For those who witnessed the anointing of King Random and the Victors of Patternfall.
- Chantris' eldest son has been disowned and is rumored to be a major player in the Thieves Union in Amber.
Harald Chantris "Lord Harry"
The fourth son of Lord Wolfgang, Harold, is leader of the Amber Life Guard. The Life Guard is a largely ceremonial group that requires little activities on the part of it's members. This leaves time for his real job. He is Master of Ceremonies of Amber. He knows every musician, singer, minstrel, bard and performer in Amber and seeks more in shadow. He is called Lord Harry by everyone, mainly in the spirit of fun but also to distinguish himself from the heralds. The name Harald, when yelled loudly, too often brought a court herald as well as Harald himself. So Corwin started calling him Lord Harry and the name stuck. Harry served as Deputy Master of Ceremonies under Lan Mal at Riess, the previous Master of Ceremonies, who sadly, died at Patternfall.
Ernst Chantris, Wolfgang's youngest son, is second in command of the Amber Elite Guard. A veteran of the Arden Rangers. A hero of Patternfall. Ernest is known as something of rouge and a womanizer.
The Amber Elite Guard have a great deal over oversight in the protection of Amber. It is the formal guards on duty in the castle, as well as one of the primary military units in the kingdom. As second in command only Shannon Feldane, Warlord of Amber and Amber's Second in Command of the Armies of Amber, ranks higher in the Elites. In practice, on a day to day basis, Ernst runs the elites. Their loyalty sometimes wavers between Shannon and Ernst, both having their but it never wavers on Benedict or Amber.
There are factions in any military organizations, especially highly important ones. The vocal supporters of Earnest Chantris (Blue Ban) and Shannon Feldane (Gold Band) have a good natured competition but in the end obey orders and are the most devoted of Amber military units.
Ernst Chantris, Wolfgang's youngest son, is second in command of the Amber Elite Guard. A veteran of the Arden Rangers. A Veteran of Patternfall. Ernest is known as something of rouge and a womanizer.