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A break in the storyline at this point as unplanned, so here is a brief summation of all so far for new readers to quickly access previous parts of the story.
Beginning thread: http://pregchan.com/d/res/12251.html
The aristocrat Sir Edward selects his bride, travels to her home country, and settles in to his new life far away from all he's known.
Second thread: http://pregchan.com/d/res/14131.html
Crown Prince Edward of Ruhemania slowly becomes aware he's traversing a web of intrigue and there are plenty of secrets to discover at the castle.
Third thread: http://pregchan.com/d/res/15553.html
Crown Prince Edward makes choices that affect his virility and the direction of the entire country.
Fourth thread: http://web.archive.org/web/20160412094726/http://bbw-chan.net/elite/res/536.html
Edward is coronated and becomes King Edward.
Fifth thread: http://pregchan.com/d/res/16909.html
King Edward starts to establish his reign. His wife is pregnant, as are others.
Please, use this chat thread for in-depth discussions, feedback, and emotional reactions:http://pregchan.com/c/res/4340.html
This post will be followed by a post announcing the vote results of the latest choice, and then the update.
I hope it's enjoyable.
Option 3. Check on the maids.
We know that the head maid is pissed and lazy. She might try to cut corners or bully her underlings during the preparations. Also: We have not checked up on the twin in forever.
The other options seems much less of a concern to me. Ricardo, Beatrice, the senior guard all the closest thing to experts we have. They are all professionals and have no problems with speaking up if they think they discovered an issue. We should trust them to do what they do best.
The architect will not tolerate sloppiness because he knows his life is on the line should the tower be of inferior quality. All we have to fear are delays because the workers enjoy themselves instead of building the tower. But more visitors to the faire are a plus right now and if there are delays because of that, well so what? It is only early summer, there is plenty of time to get back to schedule after the faire.
And the peasants… Maybe that is only a failure of my imagination, but I cannot think of any serious problem that might arise in the village.
There will probably be unexpected expenses caused by the Fair, so we should see how much we have left to spend.
I had a feeling the role reversal might go badly, just not quite this way.>>33646
I agree with this. Trust the professionals except the one that can't be trusted. I'm sure the others would send for us should anything critical arise.
Unexpected and seemingly innocuous choices can be fun! Also, welcome back Aristocrat.
Thank you very much. Continuity is the key to Impregnator Kings and always has been. Starts and stops are hazardous and this sort of story works better if I can keep my mind focused on it daily.
After the direction the choice puts the story in is resolved (possibly there will need to be another choice after this before it is fully resolved, so after that choice if necessary) I think I will make a new thread to start off what I have planned for the Faire, because I think the post-limit is capped at 500 comments? It'd be less awkward to make the transition now than later.
There's a vote with more votes than the others, but not a majority, so I'd like to be able to close the vote after a few more come in.
Please continue to vote.
I hope you find Impregnator Kings enjoyable.
Don't forget also the chat thread is still open here: http://pregchan.com/c/res/4340.html
It has not had any discussion in a while but I hope that will change as the updates return to being more regular.
Option 5, establish public presence.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the common folk.
Option 6 - Check in with Beatrice (and Tharja) on witchcraft - Mostly just missing Beatrice.
>2 votes for option one, check with Ricardo and make sure the castle finances are in order.
>4 votes for option three, check on the maids and make sure your orders are being followed.
>3 votes for option five, check on the peasants and the state of the settlement.
>1 vote for option six, check with Beatrice and Tharja and the state of witchcraft in the castle.
Monitor the maids closely before the Faire begins.
Poll closed. Update soon.
There are good reasons to keep a close eye on all of the different groups you can think of who keep the castle running.
You'd like to visit them all, but one part of being King is trusting those to whom you delegate authority.
You have no reason to trust the fat maid.
Beatrice has told you the truth about her. Her true nature isn't a good-natured woman who has her position through competence and seniority, but through cronyism and bullying.
The maids will definitely have an impact on how your aristocrat guests will be treated. That also makes it worth keeping an eye on them.
You ponder the best way to go about it.
You doubt you'll catch the fat maid in her office. She'll definitely be wary about anyone spotting her 'loafing'.
This best time is either right in the morning before she wakes up, or catching her during a meal.
You can't be sure exactly when she eats, or if she eats with the other servants.
That leaves surprising her when she wakes up.
If you wait until the maid who wakes you up in the morning comes by, it'll probably be too late.
You'll have to wake yourself up.
If you had Tharja's magic, it'd be easy to ask her to set a time…
But before doing that, you decide to try sleeping with the shutter off of your window first.
Hopefully the light of dawn breaking will be enough to rouse you.
You overlooked, of course, that having the shutter open also means letting the wind in.
The night sleep is uncomfortable for you, but it does have the desired effect of letting you gauge the time.
You have your clothes on before the sun rises.
You should easily catch the fat maid this way.
You place a hand on the wall and trace your way slowly down your tower's steps.
The guard stationed at the bottom of your tower is visibly surprised to see you dressed and ready.
You simply give him a quick salute, which he returns.
You find your way to the servants' quarters.
You don't actually go inside. That'd be too much to physically drag her out of bed.
That, or the older maids might get the mistaken impression you were there to see Elizabeth, Margaret, or one of the twins.
You don't have to wait long.
The first maid out of the room is the maid you recognize as taking over servicing your room
She's startled to see you, the King, standing there and lets out an appropriate gasp.
You ignore it and tell her simply you would like to speak with the head maid.
She nods, quickly ducking back inside to fetch her.
You've scarcely waited a minute before the fat maid shows herself to you, in all her fat-ness.
She greets you with a generous bow.
"How can I serve you, Your Majesty?" she asks, putting on a gracious tone.
You say you'll spare her the pleasantries.
You want to be sure your orders are being followed and you're here to check on her progress.
You hear her suppress the tiniest bit of a grunt.
"Yes, everything is being followed according to your orders…"
She tells you that absolutely every effort is being made to get your requested number of rooms available.
"Every available maid is working hard for you."
Yes, this includes her. She is personally scrubbing the floors.
You can't help but show a little bit of doubt in your expression.
But the fat maid defiantly holds up her hands for your inspection.
… You've never closely examined her hands, but they do look chapped.
She likely is telling the truth.
Very well, you say.
But it's not enough to personally hear so.
You want a full report after you take your midday meal. You'll meet her at her own little office, and she must personally show you around so you can inspect the rooms she's designated as 'prepared' and the rooms that are still left to clean.
Ideally you'd like to get a glance at the hierarchy as well.
The fat maid looks at you with neutral, pursed lips.
"…Of course, Your Majesty. I will be there."
She accepts your request with only the slightest hesitation on her part.
You deduce she must think that if she has to spend time explaining her progress to you, that means less time she'll have to actually work.
Interesting, but you have a counter. You'll ask her to delegate her explanation to one of the other maids when you check on her again.
That should prevent her from taking this as an opportunity for a little vacation.
Your conversation is not at all private. Other maids filter out of the servants' quarters as you speak. Fortunately they have the presence of mind to not interrupt your talk.
The exception being the pair of maid twins, who see your face and share surprised gasps between them.
It's about that time you finish raking the fat maid over the coals and dismiss her.
She gives you another bow, and promises to be there at your scheduled meeting with her.
There's still some time left before your meal begins.
You haven't talked to the twin maids alone yet…
You wonder if this would be a good time to start?
Another thought occurs to you.
You watched all of the older maids file out of the servants' quarters. You watched the young twin maids make their exit…
…Where are Elizabeth and Margaret?
You can't help but lean a little closer to the door…
Were they sleeping somewhere else?
You give it the slightest nudge and leave it just the littlest bit ajar.
Option one. Ideally we will learn something about Margaret that will help in seducing her. Or we may hear the worst-case scenario: They are talking about Elizabeth's change in behaviour and Margaret is close to discovering that her sister has become our slave. In which case we would need to interrupt.
Option 1. We can't let this opportunity get away.
Option one, for sure. This could be important.
>8 votes for option one, listen in on their conversation.
Eavesdrop on Elizabeth and Margaret.
You feel bad for eavesdropping, but you haven't any idea how the sisters really interact.
This is too good an opportunity to ignore.
You move your ear a little bit closer to the crack to hear better.
"They can't punish you, no, but… I'm telling you, you're going to end up with a snake in your bed or something," says Margaret.
A long pause.
"I'm doing my assigned duties," repeats Elizabeth.
You hear Margaret make a disgusted noise.
"That doesn't help when all you're assigned to do is just a joke. Everyone knows what you're really doing!"
You hear footsteps, but not coming toward the door. It sounds like Margaret stepped closer to Elizabeth.
"Is that what you want, Libby? To be his whore? –His whore?" she asks.
You immediately are put in mind of your failed attempt at role-reversal with Elizabeth.
Her use of the word 'whore'.
Come to think of it… Elizabeth wouldn't have even used the word if someone hadn't exposed her to it.
But you didn't think that way. Even if you had, you doubted it'd be Margaret who was responsible. But… now you know better.
"…You mustn't talk about His Majesty that way. He doesn't like people using that word…"
Margaret cuts her off.
"What is wrong with you?! Do you not know how hard I've worked to keep you safe until now? Do you not care?! Are you going to throw that all away… just to play at being his whore?!" She puts heavy emphasis on the word.
–There's a pause, and you hear something said softly enough you can't make it out.
"What did you say?" asks Margaret, her voice shocked.
"What did you say, just now?" asks Margaret again, sharper.
"I said: you're jealous, my sister. It's obvious. –And it doesn't suit you."
Elizabeth's voice has a calm matter-of-fact quality to it.
Margaret's reply, however…
The voices stop for a moment.
You actually consider whether you should burst in, but then they start up again.
"When are you going to wake up from your stupid fairy tale?! Do you know how hard you're going to have it?! I'm not going to be able to look after you!"
You hear a little whine.
"You've always looked down on me! You can't stand it now that I'm the special one… that he's gifted me with his seed and his child!" you hear Elizabeth yell back, her voice showing angry emotion for the first time.
You hear a scoff.
"You think he doesn't want to have his way with me?! Oh, Libby… you poor naive little girl."
A very long silence settles over the room. It stretches on for about five seconds.
"…I don't need you to tell me what to do anymore," Elizabeth finally says.
"If that's what you want, then fine. …Be his whore."
You hear footsteps again, this time coming right to the door.
Your reaction is quick enough. You've spent too much time sparring for your reflexes to be poor.
You step away and duck behind the nearest corner.
…Even then, it's about a dozen more seconds before you hear the door open and someone leave.
One of them must have stopped the other to say one final parting word.
You learned something terrible.
You had suspected that there might be trouble with Margaret and how you made Elizabeth your 'slave' and impregnated her, but…
It sounds like you've set off issues both sisters had for each other. And not just recently, but ever since you decided to make Elizabeth only responsible to Tharja. In other words… months ago.
At least it sounds like Margaret doesn't know the exact nature of your relationship with her.
This is bad.
Moreover, you're not sure how, or if, you can fix it.
You can't put Elizabeth back in the normal maid hierarchy… you're sure she'll be immediately bullied again.
Elizabeth would not doubt take it as an extreme demotion, too. Maybe a sign you were abandoning her.
Even then… it wouldn't undo Margaret's frustration. With Elizabeth and possibly you as well.
You give a little sigh.
You ponder what to do.
Perhaps this was worth bringing this up to one of the maids…
You'd have to admit you spied, but you could clarify things at least.
Or… maybe not.
What's done might just be done.
>Go to breakfast, ask Elizabeth to meet you privately and ask her about the content of the conversation. She's your 'slave' and you should be able to order her to confess.
>Go to breakfast, ask Margaret to a private meeting and ask her about their conversation. You want to hear her side of the story.
>Go to breakfast and then go about your day like nothing happened. You can think about what to do later.
Option 2, rare of a chance to hear Margaret's say on all this.
Option 3 - This never happened. We will find another way to right the situation.
Option 2 as well.
I'm worried about doing it so soon after we heard them (admitting to eavesdropping) but doing it now will allow us to try and solve the problem faster.
Alas, the ramifications of our actions have bit us in the ass.>>33821
I share your concern, but I also don't see another way to fix this.
I'm curious to hear more about this.
>5 votes for option two, talk about what you witnessed, with Margaret, privately.
>2 votes for option three, say nothing. Keep what you witnessed a secret, for now.
Bring up the conversation to Margaret and find out her side.
Margaret is clearly upset with Elizabeth, and you're responsible.
You want to keep this from possibly becoming a worse situation.
But, for the moment…
You need to eat breakfast.
You make your way to the sitting room, before stopping halfway.
It might be tipping your hand too much to show up immediately.
You decide to waste a few minutes first.
You stop at a random window and watch the horizon. You listen to the birds starting to sing.
While doing so, you convince yourself talking to Margaret is the right decision.
Margaret has a good relationship with the other maids. At the very least, she is probably still also teaching the twins from the pig farmer's family.
Someone will likely tell her 'His Majesty was waiting at the door outside the servants' quarters this morning,' or some such thing.
It will only be a little mental work on her part to piece-together you might have been listening while she had her spat with Elizabeth.
A little more confident, you make your way to the sitting room.
Margaret is there, of course.
She looks professional and reserved, as always.
Showing no signs that she was just involved in a fight with Elizabeth at all.
You bid her a morning greeting and take your seat.
You ponder the wisdom of broaching the talk right away, but decide against it.
Even if she looks fine outwardly, her emotions may still be running high.
You'll allow some distance before taking her aside.
Nothing happens to interrupt your breakfast.
Tharja arrives, Beatrice arrives.
Elizabeth and another maid bring your meals without a fuss, and you allow Margaret to taste your meal.
She does not drop dead, so you begin to eat.
You set your utensils down.
Your meal is over. Tharja and Beatrice will be done with their portions soon.
You say to Margaret, as if you had not planned this talk and only thought of it suddenly.
Margaret, you say.
You'd like to clear the air on your past words, as well as actions, and would appreciate her ear in private.
Not for long. You know the maids are busy.
Margaret blinks in surprise, but nods.
"As you wish, Your Majesty."
Beatrice watches your interaction, curiously.
Tharja also raise an eyebrow, but continues eating without mentioning it.
Of course, it's obvious what everyone in the room is thinking.
They think you're going to apologize for your call to have an 'orgy' and putting her in an awkward spot.
They don't know what you really know.
Elizabeth collects your dishes and takes them away. Beatrice and Tharja depart as well.
You march with Margaret back to your tower.
…But Margaret balks once she realizes where you're taking her.
"Pardon me, Your Majesty… your tower is certainly private, but it may perhaps be too private? I… would like to be able to quickly return to my duties," she says.
You think you understand.
If you take Margaret back to your bedroom, people will likely think you're… being as intimate with her as you are with all the other women.
She probably doesn't want to give that impression to the other maids.
–Or perhaps she thinks you intend to force yourself on her?
… This was the first obstacle, you realize.
This was going to set the tone for how your 'talk' with Margaret went.
>Tell her you really must have privacy and the tower is the only feasible location. Reassure her that it won't be the first time she's been alone with you in the tower before. But, you must insist on the tower.
>It's really her reputation she's worried about. Offer to bring a guard up the tower with you. They can stand outside the door as you talk.
>Very well. Tell her to wait, and you'll borrow the library in Tharja's wing. That's isolated enough. You can warn Beatrice and Tharja to not practice any witchcraft until you're done talking.
>Turn the proposal back around on Margaret. Ask if she knows of any private places to talk, and put her on the spot to suggest one.
She won't have anymore ammunition against Elizabeth. She might be pissed at us for a while, but if she's in the same boat as her sister, it might help restore their relationship a bit.
Except that she won't simply spread her legs for Ed. She has rebuffed all advances so far. I think that she has to come to her senses on her own on this one. All Ed can do at the moment is some damage control to the sister's relation.
Option 4. Let's keep her comfortable.
>1 vote for option one, insist on the tower.
>7 votes for option four, turn the proposal back on Margaret and ask her to name a private place to talk.
Turn the request back on Margaret and put her on the spot.
Turnabout is fair play, you decide.
All right. Can Margaret name a private place for you both to talk instead, you ask?
Margaret goes quiet. She clearly wasn't expecting you to turn her request on her.
"…I cannot. Apologies, Your Majesty. Privacy is not something afforded to most servants," she says.
You know from Beatrice's report on Ricardo that Margaret has been meeting with him. That she's been offering her body to him.
They must have a private place for such trysts. Perhaps more than one.
But Margaret isn't willing to tip her hand to you that she knows of any places in the castle that are private.
That was something to consider. Although you doubt Margaret is about to confess her relationship with Ricardo to you.
Well then, you start to say, gently.
If there is no alternative, there is no choice but to go to the tower.
It's the most natural place for you both to talk, after all. You'll try to be brief so her duties don't suffer.
Margaret pauses, then quickly brushes a hair away from her face.
"…As you wish, Your Majesty," she says.
Margaret doesn't look happy, but you clearly outmaneuvered her there.
You proceed onward to your tower.
The guard is still patrolling, and he salutes as he sees you coming. You return it.
This would normally be the time you tell the guard 'I'm going to be in my tower, I don't want to be disturbed by anyone, except perhaps Tharja.'
But, that definitely carried the implication 'I am taking my mistress up there to have sex.'
If you give the same command to the guard now, he'll probably assume that is the case, with a new maid who caught your eye.
Is that the impression you want to give?
Perhaps you should tell the guard you're going to your tower, but the older maid assigned to you is free to ascend if she has duties to take care of?
…Though that could potentially mean your conversation with Margaret would be overheard, or interrupted at least.
You need to give your order to the guard.
What should you say?
>Standard order. You're going to your room and you don't want to be disturbed. No one else can ascend, except Tharja.
>Relaxed order. You're going to your room, but if your maid comes by to do work or there's some other business that demands your attention, they're free to ascend.
>No order. Just stay silent and head up with Margaret. He can think what he wants and make his own decision.
Option 2 *hopes this one goes well*
>7 votes for option two, a relaxed order to the guard to allow anyone with relevant business to visit while you're in the tower.
A relaxed order that doesn't imply you're taking Margaret to your room to have sex.
Poll closed. Update soon.
The new update will be in a new thread as this thread is nearing the bump limit.
The new thread is here: >>33943
I hope everyone enjoys reading and using their one vote.