At some angles, he looks like a college sophomore with an intellectualism beyound his years. At other angles, he looks like a middle-aged man with a youthful exuberance. Because of his extensive periods of study in different shadows, his true age is a matter of rough estimate.
His usual expression is genial but with an air of smug curiosity, as if he was constantly thinking “How novel! How exciting! I should have this mastered quickly.”
He was thought to be the son of Fiona Barimen and an unnamed Helgram. It was later revealed that his father was the controversial Gaius
At some point in his adolescence, he decided that the most interesting course of study was the mind itself: how facts were known, how opinions were formed, how memories were created and recalled. Until he was old enough to travel unsupervised, he voraciously read any book he could find on the topic. Even Fiona’s detractors admit she has a fabulous library.
Among the many degrees he has earned, the only two he uses routinely are “Doctor of Psychology” and “Medical Doctor.” Within psychology, he has studied among a variety of practitioners, and picks ideas from each as he considers the treatment of each patient.
RETURN TO AMBER
Isaac currently lives in a house loosely based on Ascott House in Buckinhamshire, although not quite as extensive. The architecture has shifted a little during his stay which may reflect either use of magic or his control over Lambeth. The house now doubles as living quarters and seat of government.
The house is well sound-proofed and warded, Isaac probably taking advice from his mother on how to ensure privacy, so speculation of what goes on in there has to be based largely on the known habits of Amberites in general and Isaac in particular. The inhabitants themselves are cordial if usually circumspect. Based on conversational tidbits, and normal comings and goings, we know the following.
The bottom floor has a largish dining room, enough for perhaps 30 people,which is also used as a meeting room by Isaac and his Cabinet; a library full of books Isaac doesn’t mind lending out (primarily histories and other fiction), a meeting room, and a kitchen with extensive pantry.
The second floor has a dozen bedrooms, and two private studies. One study belongs to Isaac and the other to Hillary. They share the master bedroom.
Hillary is currently roughly 30 years old. How Isaac was able to arrange her rejuvenation when Matthew apparently could not (or would not) may be explained by Isaac’s non-medical skills. It is believed that Isaac was able to modify the Replicate Shadow spell to recreate her at an arbitrary age and physical condition, and then use his own developed psychic abilities to transfer her psyche into the new body. If so, then Isaac must have disposed of her original body somewhere in Lambeth, perhaps accelerating decomposition. Any remaining forensic evidence might still be useful.
Hillary appears to have joined Isaac willingly but with his skills and abilities that may be a deceit on his part. Like the other members of his Cabinet, Hillary does act and speak autonomously and has no qualms about contradicting Isaac. Hillary defers to him apparently voluntarily, while the members of the Cabinet, who were formerly simultaneous subject matter experts and live art objects in his library, are known to at least partially be compelled, either former Lynxists who Isaac helped capture or women whose loyalties would be expected to lie elsewhere. However, Isaac seems to have no doubts about their current loyalty to him or Lambeth. Among them, the most forbmidable may be O-Ren Ishii. former Yakuza boss and now Trade Minister; Susan Ivanova reportedly from a high-tech Shadow, Minister of Security; and Cleopatra, the former empress now Minister of Foreign Affairs. The weakest link may be Opera Winifred, now Press Secretary. The Ministers’ interaction with others outside the house is primarily focused on their assigned duties.
ISAAC IN COMMITTEE
“You are not getting out of this,” grumbled Hillary, the former PM of BNA and now of Lambeth. Isaac had thought that her emotional attachment to him was a function of the manipulations he had used to gain advantage of her sharp mind. It had recently sunk in on him that she knew how throroughly he could and would control her so it actually did not matter to her that he did. Her interest in him was due to factors including his personal power and his willingness to give her a freer hand in Lambeth than she did under the naive and opinionated Matthew.