Ian is the eldest surviving son of the former Grand Duke Bleys and Swayvanna, daughter of Swayville, the Royal connection giving him the Chaos title of Archduke. He was brought up by his mother, and only became reacquainted with his father relatively recently. For some years, now, Ian has been a regular visitor Helgramways, and has also gone out of his way to get to know the other members of the House.
Going forward, it is expected that he should spend the majority of his time in Helgram and Thelbane. However, given his close Blood links to both King Swayville of Chaos (grandson) and King Bleys of Amber (son), it is also very possible that he may serve as an Ambassador Plenipotentiary between the two realms.
Grand Duchess Marina
Ian is married to Marina, daughter of Dieter of Germania and granddaughter of Brand of House Helgram. They have four known children recorded in the House Rolls.
Descendants of Ian Helgram-Barriman
The following High-Blood descendants of the Grand Duke Designate are recorded as members of House Helgram, and in the Almanach di Swayville. He may have other children, but if so, they have not been entered into the House Roll.
Wolfgang Ulrich. Mother, Greta von Ansbach (of the House of Brand). Wolf is Ian’s eldest son, and has a number of children of his own, of whom most well known is Armand Becker. Wolf has chosen to remain in Amber, and has formally succeeded to his father’s lands and titles there. He and his line are not considered as part of the Helgram succession.
Jowan Daveth-Helgram. Mother, Elowen Daveth-Helgram. Crown Prince of Helgram, and currently the Helgram representative in the Black Zone. He has four acknowledged children: Lucretia and Cadan, by Imelda Hendrake; and Heinrich von Rostock and Wesley von Uberhausen, mother unspecified.
Thorn Daveth-Helgram. Mother, Elowen Daveth-Helgram. Younger twin of Jowan.
Artur Acker. Mother, Marina Acker (of the House of Brand).
Robert “Bobby”Schmidt-Helgram. Mother, unspecified.
William de Bohun. Mother, unspecified. Deceased.
Mary de Bohun. Mother, unspecified. One registered child: Henry Broom.
Caroline Daltry. Mother, unspecified. She has never been known to darken the doors of the House..
Rowan Margitte Helgram. Mother, Marina Acker.
Linden Adam Helgram. Mother, Marina Acker. Younger twin of Rowan.
Thomas Henry Helgram. Mother, Marina Acker.
He is also the official guardian of two wards, Fergus and Donal, who are now in their thirties, having been brought up by the Helgram Aunts.
Duchess Clarissa and her Descendants
Clarissa is the eldest daughter of the late Grand Duke Graham Junior, and his wife Joan. She was brought up in the Courts, and was destined for a good political marriage within Chaos. However, she had other plans, and after initiating to the Logrus, she ran away into Shadow. Curiosity took her to the other end of the Multiverse, where she caught the eye of Oberon of Amber, who was looking for a new Queen after the death in childbirth of Faiella of Karm. They married (ironically thereby achieving the good political marriage she’d tried to avoid), and she gave birth to first Bleys and then Fiona. However, as the years passed, what started out as a passionate relationship, turned distinctly stormy, not helped by Oberon realising he’d married her on the rebound.
She almost divorced her husband when she learned he had been having an affair with the Queen of Rebma. However, they eventually reconciled, which resulted in the birth of their third child, Brand. After he was born, however, things disintegrated so fast that everyone around them was at risk of being hit by the shrapnel, and their marriage ended in a nasty divorce.
After she fell from favour in Amber, Clarissa returned to her home in House Helgram, although she remained close to her three children, who Oberon had insisted on keeping in Amber, and worked to promote their fortunes. She encouraged them in their endeavours in the lead-up to the Karm Interregnum and the War Between the Powers, both for their benefit and to get some measure of revenge on her ex Husband. However, as the dust settled, after her younger son went somewhat off the rails, she became keen for her elder son to restore the honour of her line within Amber.
Since Bleys became King of Amber, she has split her time between Amber and Chaos.
His duties in Amber have recently caused him to rethink his obligations, as a result of which he became the first Grand Duke in House history to Abdicate, in favour of his eldest son, Ian.
As well as the new Grand Duke Designate, Bleys a number of other surviving, acknowledged children: John (twin to Ian), Morgana, Patrick Munson-Helgram, and Andrew Helgram; and his children with His Queen in Amber, Elizabeth Channicut.
John is Ian’s younger near-identical twin, although neither of them were aware of the other’s existence until comparatively recently. He was brought up by his father in the Realm of Avernus, and had a somewhat sheltered upbringing. Most of his time is spent in Amber, where he works as Bleys’s principal private secretary. His duties there mean he is the largest employers of Helgrams outside of Helgramways. as he tries to find jobs and purpose for the flood of young House members to Amber.
John was married once, but his wife was murdered by Eric and his minions, and he his only known child is Wendell of Wendellways.
John and his Line now form the Succession to the Throne of Amber, and he has recently become the Crown Prince of that realm.
Andrew is one of Grand Duke Bleys’ younger surviving sons (it is unclear whether he or Patrick is the elder), and is also the child of Grand Duchess Dara of Sawall. However, the circumstances of his birth are somewhat clouded: there is certainly no record of a marriage between his parents. There’s definitely more Hendrake than Helgram in Andrew, such that his knack for matters military has brought him to the attention of Warmistress Joan, who has been turtoring him in the subject.
He has been suggested as a candidate for Lord Chamberlain of Chaos, and Constable of Thelbane Tower.
Patrick is another recent entry into the family records, having been brought to the attention of Archduke Ian, who introduced him to the Grand Duke. His mother is Jasra of Brandenburg.
Morgana is currently the only known living daughter of Grand Duke Bleys. She briefly came to the family’s attention a few yeras ago, but has since disappeared off the radar once more. Her mother is Cinth of Lyonesse and it said that she was born in the gray area of time when Bleys may or may not have been married to Swayvanna. Morgana’s time has largely be spent in Amber and Asgard but a trip to Helgramways is in the making.
Fiona, Princess Royal of Amber
Fiona is Clarissa’s only daughter. She spends most of her time in Amber, working with her brother Bleys, although it is believed that she has been a teacher to both Grand Duke Designate Ian, and his son Wolf, in various disciplines. She has two acknowledged living children: Isaac and Icarus.
Brand, King of Brandenburg
Brand is the youngest of Clarissa’s three children and, some would say, the least stable. He is definitely the most prolific, and has a large number of children. He is King and Creator of Brandenburg, and is married to Jasra, daughter of Suhuy. He is rarely seen in House Helgram.