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Impregnator Kings is a CYOA that originally started on pregchan back in December 2015.
You are Sir Edward, a medieval (ish) aristocrat who wants to become a King. Unfortunately, Edward is the son of a Duke and marrying into royalty would be marrying above his station. Fortunately, he has a fetish for impregnating women, and the seductive good looks and charm to pull it off. Edward has slept with dozens of women and sired even more children. His reputation for virility and potent sperm allowed him the opportunity to marry into several different royal families, all eager for an heir, as quickly as possible.
That is the basic premise. The actual threads they first appeared in have mostly 404'd, but the internet archive continues to have them. They can still be read and enjoyed here:
Thread #1: https://web.archive.org/web/20170619163636/http://pregchan.com/d/res/12251.html
This spans the beginning of the game when Edward selects his future bride, until Edward reaches Ruhemania and learns there's more to his new country than ever was hinted at.
1. Sir Edward of Virilia: The "you" of the story. He is fair-minded, and gregarious. Fond of outdoor activity and strength. He possesses a charming nature that attracts women to his bed, though some easier than others.
2. The Matchmaker: The young female aristocrat who introduces profiles of all available wives for Edward to choose from. He never learns her name.
3. Varillo: A mercenary who guides Edward through dense swamp and hills to reach Castle Valachia and begin his new life.
4. Ricardo: King Vlad's master of coin. A dismal old man, full of secrets. He appears to be King Vlad's only adviser, and one of the only other aristocrats in the castle.
5. Daniella: King Vlad's personal maid. Her position is independent of the servant hierarchy and subject to no authority but King Vlad himself. He has also given her blanket permission to do anything she likes, anywhere she likes. Tharja insists she isn't a spy, but just a busy-body maid.
6. King Vlad: The undisputed Sovereign of all of Ruhemania. Was originally an Independent Duke who fought a decades-long unification war to unite the various independent aristocrats in the country. Values obedience. The impalement stakes around the castle are a stark testament to how much.
7. Tharja: Edward's matchmade bride. Obsessive, and perhaps a little naive. Devotes herself fully to Edward. Fond of books and reading. The castle library has been claimed by her.
8. Elizabeth: Edward's personal maid who sees to his daily duties. Scatter-brained and prone to mistakes.
1. Slept with and impregnated the matchmaker.
2. Chose Tharja of Ruhemania to be his bride.
3. Help the sailors as you travel.
4. Be obedient to Varillo's mercenary gang as they guide you to the castle.
5. Meet immediately with King Vlad.
6. Be honest with Tharja about your sexual history and reputation.
7. Edward reciprocates Tharja's feelings and they fall mutually in love with each other.
8. Birch Elizabeth honestly.
9. Gain Ricardo's 'friendship' and hear the history of Ruhemania.
Thread #2: https://web.archive.org/web/20170619123902/http://pregchan.com/d/res/14131.html
This spans the third meeting with King Vlad (in which Edward unwittingly antagonizes him) until Tharja reveals her secret to Edward.
1. Margaret: Elizabeth's sister and Edward's nightly duties maid. Calm-headed and professional.
2. The corpse in the oubliette: A mystery hidden in the dungeon.
3. Sully: A female solider who has 'thrown away' her womanhood to join the army.
1. Explore the dungeon and discover the oubliette.
2. Provoke King Vlad's paranoia; receive a horse and stablehand.
3. Take Elizabeth's virginity semi-publicly.
4. Keep your dignity before Daniella and don't beg her to help Elizabeth.
5. Spar Sully in a way to teach her how to fight and drill bad ideas out of her.
6. Attend the castle's religious service.
Thread #3: https://web.archive.org/web/20170619104842/http://pregchan.com/d/res/15553.html
This spans the time Tharja reveals she is a witch until Edward agrees to Beatrice's plan to kill King Vlad, and Edward has a moment of introspection in Daniella's room.
1. Beatrice, the Infinite Golden Witch: A powerful and capricious witch living in isolation.
2. Patchouli, the Witch of Knowledge: The true identity of the matchmaker, who slept with Edward to curse him with sterility.
3. Great Witch-Persecutor King Vlad: A man who started a great war to unify a country as a pretense of purging every last witch from the land. All witch-hunters came to serve him. Little is known about his true motives.
4. Witch-Hunter Daniella: An utterly devoted woman dedicated to the extermination of all witches. Highly skilled in combat and trained to utilize her role as a maid to prepare for the threat of witches.
5. Witch-Hunter Simon: Daniella's husband, serving as a courier. Was killed by Lorenzo (presumably) and thrown into the oubliette long before Edward arrived in Ruhemania.
6. Lorenzo: Tharja's dead older brother. Indirectly caused the entire chain of events that lead to Tharja becoming a witch, and Edward's wife. Attempted to kill King Vlad for magical power and to take his throne.
7. The senior guard: King Vlad's army is disorganized with no designated leadership, but everyone recognizes the senior guard is the one in charge.
8. The head maid: A fat woman who is the head of the servant hierarchy.
1. Collecting a longsword; rope; and a fire-starter for the journey.
2. Attempting diplomacy and maintaining your patience in the face of Beatrice's provocations.
3. Explaining the full situation in the castle to Beatrice.
4. Peacefully persuading Patchouli, Witch of Knowledge, to indirectly remove your curse.
5. Agree to Beatrice's plan. Kill Daniella, throw her in the oubliette, help Beatrice assassinate King Vlad. Become King and revive the legacy of magic in Ruhemania.
Thread #4: http://web.archive.org/web/20160412094726/http://bbw-chan.net/elite/res/536.html
(This comes from a brief period when the story was hosted on bbw-chan, and there's a now defunct link to an ad connected to this link. Just hit refresh and it should go away.)
This spans Beatrice arriving at the castle until Edward takes the first steps to seducing Sully.
1. The Lost Witches of Ruhemania: Witches killed during King Vlad's extermination campaign. Beatrice hoped one of them would still be alive.
2. The peasant leaders: The peasants capable of skilled labor.
1. Keep King Vlad's tower for yourself instead of giving it to Beatrice.
2. Send King Vlad's embalmed body around with an honor guard to be displayed to the people before its entombment.
3. Give the Church a normal donation.
4. Share goose with the peasant leaders.
5. Complete Beatrice's puzzle with a 'neutral' solution, and hear Beatrice's lesson about how trying to please everyone is impossible.
6. Make Beatrice your spymaster and have her spy on the fat maid.
7. Hire an architect to build Beatrice her own tower.
Thread #5: https://web.archive.org/web/20170619134833/http://pregchan.com/d/res/16909.html
This spans Edward finding out Beatrice will eventually expect Edward to provide her with human bodies to experiment with until Beatrice reports on spying on the priest who visits every two weeks.
1. The blacksmith's widowed sister: A common woman who was still a virgin after being widowed, until Edward impregnated her.
2. Erika, Witch of Truth, or Devastation: The only other survivor of King Vlad's extermination campaign. Faked her death and was living in hiding.
3. Malon: The stablehand hired by King Vlad to keep Edward's new horse. Has a body and personality meant for breeding.
4. The architect: a presumably skilled man who will build Edward a fine tower.
5. The power-hungry maid: The fat maid in charge of the servant hierarchy is revealed by Beatrice to be a bully and a tyrant who leads them ineffectually. She likes to be lazy and push her work on to other maids, especially ones she doesn't like.
1. Take Tharja's side over Margaret and eat a biscuit she prepared without having it tasted first.
2. Spar with the soldier fairly while Tharja spectates.
3. Attempt intimacy with Beatrice.
4. Do your best to spare your loyal soldier from Beatrice's wrath after he almost kills her without being too lenient to appease Beatrice.
5. Choose a 'mixed' plan of local labor and imported material to build the tower.
6. Have Beatrice investigate Ricardo.
7. Had Erika escorted to the throne room, then brought Beatrice to meet her.
8. Delayed inviting or denying Erika to the castle and told her to come back in a few months.
8. Told Tharja privately about Erika's role in her family members' deaths.
9. Had sex with Erika, gave her an old abandoned manor with peasant farms in the area. Did not give her a carriage for easy travel.
10. Did not remove the impalement stakes.
11. Encouraged the younger soldiers to shout your name during the Church service, despite the suppression of the older guards.
12. Decided to hold a jousting tournament at the Faire.
13. Have the tower workers live outside the peasant settlement.
14. Investigate the priest during confession.
15. Convince Tharja she must live on as a witch after you perish a mortal's death. Agree not to partake in any activity that could kill you prematurely.
16. Make Elizabeth your slave.
17. Publicly humiliate an older guard in the name of supporting the younger guards.
Thread #6: https://web.archive.org/web/20180307043453/https://pregchan.com/d/res/24119.html
This spans Edward hearing Malon is likely pregnant until Edward takes Margaret aside to discuss Elizabeth.
None in particular.
1. No more spying for Beatrice at the moment. Have Beatrice tutor Tharja in witchcraft.
2. Encourage Tharja to help you impregnate women.
3. Have the maids prepare double the necessary amount of rooms for the Faire.
4. Have Beatrice help discourage Tharja's fear of the Church. Allow her to also teach her about witch-society.
5. Make the jousting tournament anonymous.
8. Choose Father Tomas as future chaplain (who will bring nuns).
9. Almost started an orgy in semi-public in front of Margaret.
10. Eavesdrop on Margaret and Elizabeth's conversation, then try to talk to Margaret directly.
Thread #7: https://web.archive.org/web/20180930122947/https://pregchan.com/d/res/33943.html
This spans Edward's absolute last-minute changes before the Summer Faire to his first meeting with Corrin.
1. The burgmeister: A commoner elected by other commoners to see over the local burg of Kervuva, an important source of resources for the castle.
2. Dimitrie: A nobleman of somewhat stunted capacity for intrigue. Carries a sword. Will participate in the joust.
3. The 'early' merchant: The first merchan to arrive for the Faire, tried to 'win over' Edward's favor.
4. The nomads: Traveling performers who received permission to move their wagon inside the castle.
5. Corrin: A young noble with a gift for eloquent use of words and a fondness of books. Claimed he would not enter the jousting tournament.
1. Ultimately do nothing about Elizabeth other than reassure Margaret you are paying attention to their needs.
2. Decide the prize for the jousting tournament will be a Knighthood.
3. Invite yourself to Kervuva at some time in the future.
4. Recruit loyal guards to watch for suspicious activity to report to you.
5. Respond to Dimitrie's claims by offering to send troops to Torbuja.
6. Maintain strict fairness in the Faire marketplace.
7. Allow the nomads to enter the castle if they swear to follow your laws.
8. Actively recruit women into your army.
Thread #8: https://pregchan.com/d/res/48104.html
This spans the dinner with Corrin's family until Robin tells Edward about the plot against him.
1. Camilla: Corrin's eldest sister. Has a voluptuous figure perfect for babymaking.
2. Cordelia: Corrin's second eldest sister. Has a slender form that would be well filled out by pregnancy.
3. Robin: Corrin's third eldest sister. Rather petite, boyish figure, all told.
1. Invite Corrin and his family to a private dinner with you, Tharja, and Beatrice.
2. Spar Dimitrie yourself… and lose.
3. Force Varillo's gang to give up their machetes to enter the Faire.
4. Personally announce the Faire is open.
5. Hear about the Emerald Knight's attempt at bribery.
6. Take Cordelia's first time and impregnate her.
7. Allow Robin to join your army with the implication she will be able to use her military strategy. Hear about the plot against you, but delay any decisive action, yet.
8. Have sex with and impregnate Robin.
As always, a chat thread exists to discuss any issues or strategy. I also make announcements from time to time: https://pregchan.com/c/res/4340.html
Normally I write the summations as an attempt to explain the plot to new readers, but given the spare nature of updates recently I thought it would be better to use it to remind readers exactly which threads contained what parts to them and what decisions were made in them that stood out. (What 'makes the list' and what doesn't isn't necessarily a sign it's important, or that the others were not important.)
But, that doesn't mean at all that I want to discourage new readers. New readers are always welcome, and everyone is always free to vote. Whether they have read the story faithfully from the beginning, whether they have glanced at it from time to time, or whether this is their first encounter with it. Everyone has the right to vote. The only thing I ask is that each individual please only vote once.
I hope it's enjoyable.
This is not the smart action to take when Robin just told you that impregnating any of the three sisters was the first stage in a plot aimed at usurping your throne.
Robin's not going home. Her child will never see Chrisania, most likely. That's a small comfort, at least, as your hands go to undo the tie on her top.
It'll be all right, you whisper. You press another kiss to her face, this one to her cheeks.
Her eyes widen and she starts to pull away.
"B-But 'Majesty, think logically, I can't raise a child and be in your army!"
Logic? You're a bit beyond that.
You whisper to her again that it will be all right.
"How??" she gasps, face turned up at you, nonplussed.
You take the opportunity to press another kiss, to her lips.
Robin lets out a little muffled moan, blinks her eyes, then melts completely into your embrace.
It's too much for her, too.
You watch her eyes become clouded with lust as you let your tongue sample her lips, before moving on to claim her mouth and stroke her tongue.
Robin moans again until she gets the idea to reciprocate, your red muscles twisting and thrusting together.
Unlike some women you've kissed, Robin doesn't merely coil around you, but actively tries to thrust back against you, into your own mouth. It's an… interesting feeling.
Finally a need for air separates you.
You pull the strings on her top and let it fall from her shoulders, leaving her just in her thin shirt.
You tell her wouldn't it feel better to just stop thinking, for the moment? To let what happens happen?
Your hands trail along her near-flat little chest, massaging her breasts.
"Mm–! N-no.. we can't stop… thinking…"
Though even as she objects, Robin's hands work on undoing your leggings.
It seems her body can't follow her head's reservations.
You can feel her hands press against your cock as it springs free of your bottoms and your leggings pool around your ankles, your sword clattering to the floor.
She lets out a squeak of apology at letting your sword fall, but you tell her not to worry. It's sturdy.
Her eyes are on your dick and her hands are on your chest next, pushing your cape and tunic off of you. Her grip is firm and hungry.
"I don't want to get pregnant… I can't handle a baby…" she whines.
The sentiment is disheartening, but the words contrasting with her lusty tone and the fact she can't keep her hands off of you is intoxicating.
It's been a while since you had sex with a woman who wasn't outright begging to have your babies in both body and mind. There were plenty of hesitant women back in Virilia, but this is a first for Ruhemania.
Back then, you would just whisper that if she said 'no' and didn't accept the risk, you'd stop. That would eventually provoke their consent.
You've known girls who raised their children and did their duties, but Robin is going to be in your army, not just working as your maid. She does have a point…
Your fingers grip the hem of her shirt and you start to tug it over her head. You press another kiss to her lips and consider your options.
You've passed the point of backing out, but maybe there's something you can say to help alleviate her fears.
You rule out telling her she can just give the babe to a priest and let it be taken to an orphanage. It's too much.
>You're loath to do it, but point out having sex once isn't a guarantee she'll become pregnant.
>Promise that, as a soldier, she'll have special consideration and any child would be raised with the entire barrack, not just by her.
>Repeat your old line. It's a risk, and she should assume she will get pregnant, so if she really doesn't want to do it, all she has to do is say 'no'…
I suppose a write-in option isn't allowed for this particular scenario?
It is allowed. I don't want to preemptively eliminate them except under very rare circumstances. That said, if one can't work for any reason (it doesn't fit the setting, Edward's emotional state precludes it, etc.) then I will have to speak up and say "I'm sorry, I can't allow this."
In that case, I'd like to go with write-in option 4 - Give Robin the long term benefits of pregnancy, specifically establishing her own future successors as potential tacticians and generals of Edward's army. Also stress that her exceptional abilities could be carried on the genes.
Ergo, Robin could further expand her support for Edward's kingdom by planning ahead with her children's future if she does get pregnant.
Because imo, I don't see just children of Robin - I see an entire new generation of military leaders and generals through Robin's family.
Knowledge of genes per se is beyond the scope of the medieval (ish) setting, but I will otherwise accept this write-in.
Please continue to vote.
Option 1 is a no go. Disparaging our virility is both dishonorable and borders on a lie.
Option 2 is also bad. Children don't want to be raised in a barracks, and I thought that the long-term plan was to start a nursery in the castle run by the maids anyway.
The write-in Option 4 isn't great either. We've already sworn that Robin will join our army sight unseen to be trained for military leadership; we don't know how she'll adjust to the barracks conditions, and it seems that she expects us to be on a war footing when the last war Ruhemania has seen was the Unification War decades ago. It would be a very bad idea to double down and state that Robin's line will inherit the title of General. Additionally, General is a title where merit is far more important than birthright; merit is the basis upon which we are recruiting Robin, after all.
As a result, I think breaking out Ol' Reliable is our best choice here.
Option 3. Don’t change what ain’t broke.
Option 3. We shouldn't push her if she's not ready. Besides, I'm sure our lovely wife would enjoy having a crack at her later. The fact that Robin warned us will certainly get her on Tharja's good side.
I support this write-in.
With the caveat already aforementioned by the author, supporting this write-in option.
Option 3; kings don't stoop to coercion. Power is quick to spoil if not carefully compartmentalized; We have witches for that. Not that my vote changes anything.
Something's been bothering me, though: what is the point of cloistering the children in monasteries? The sheer number of our progeny devalues each individual bastard. Bear with me here, wall of text and no decisions implied:
The more women Edward impregnates, the less claim any of his children has to this particular throne. Succession exists to be exploited, either by the ruling family or a wily regent, by way of rallying political support for legitimacy. If enough (important) people believe it, it was always true. Stannis Baratheon is your true highborn lord, if he just repeats it often and loudly enough; same with Trumpo. What i'm saying is that if there is a question of succession, it will coalesce into two camps: 1) the oldest legitimate child (Tharja's) is the heir, or 2) anything else, usually merit, should determine succession.
Either way, we win. Corrin's family's royal plan isn't ambitious enough in scope, they don't know Edward. They are scheming to add 3 drops to an already overflowing bucket. This was always going to be the problem. And so all of their planning to smash our status quo, disappears without a ripple inside that status quo. The ballsiest thing we can do is spring their trap, just smash right through, kool aid man style. Impregnate all three sisters AND the emerald knight (assuming the knight is female and not someone we already 'know', ahem, biblically), and let the members of that family who aren't already under your sway find out that all they've really bought is up to three serious threats to their own royal succession. They can always marry off their bastards to one of your other bastards to create alliances and indemnify against internecine warfare.. until the archduke of prussia gets assassinated in Sarajevo and everything is auto-perma-fucked. But it should be a pretty sweet ride until then.
tl;dr: too many buns already in/out of the oven ruins the royal plot; we have already carpet-bombed our way out of this paper bag of a coup and all that remains is humiliation and sowing our seed (and also chaos) for the sheer joy of it.
>>57933>>"…members of the family who aren't already under your sway…"
And now I'm imagining Edward seducing the three sisters out of the plan and into his harem. Would mean Corrin going home alone, but that'd short-circuit their coup plan something fierce.
It's not so easy. Robin said that the parents also plan on "forcing" Edward to legitimise the child. Therefore he (I'm assuming everyone is speculating on a son) will no longer be a bastard and a true part of the line of succession.
Moreover: Most likely "noble" bastards count for more than Elizabeth's child for example, even if her's will most likely be our first-born in Ruhemania. Beatrice is the only other noble woman Edward has slept with and she isn't pregnant yet (and I would guess that's because aristo thought of exactly that) and also a foreigner so that the child wouldn't even be half-Ruhemanian. At least that's what everyone believes based on her cover story. So we don't have the option of legitimising another bastard.
The only other noble woman we have met explicitly or have heard of is Dimitrie's mother and she may be too old to knock her up. EK is pure speculation at this point. Even if EK is a woman, she may be low born and just participate in the tournament for the chance of getting knighted.
They also don't know yet that Tharja is pregnant. What I'm saying is: Not all bastards are equal and they probably think that if they act fast enough that one of the sisters will have Edward's oldest son and therefore be the heir to the throne (once legitimised). Even if they find out that Tharja is pregnant, she only has a 50/50 chance of having a son. The chance that only Tharja has a son and all three sisters have daughters is only ~6%. If even one of the three has a son, all they have to do is arrange for a hunting accident and BAM: the oldest (newly legitimised) son of the king is a resident of Chrisania.
It all hinges on whatever else they have in store. We must find out how they are planning to "force" Edward to legitimise the child. If we can counteract that part of the plan, everything else falls apart.
But of course: I fully support your plan to knock up more women and create more bastards. :-) Preferably we also find out if Dimitrie's mother is still fertile and if EK is a noble woman.
Well, technically they don't need their daughters, only control of their grandchildren for the plan to work. We not only have to sway the three sisters, we'd also have to conceal the existence of the three children from Corrin and the (grand)parents.
In Robin's case it should be possible to arrange it so that Sully raises "twins" for example.
>7 votes for option three, emphasize the risk exists but that she can say 'no'.
>3 votes for write-in, open her up to the benefits of being pregnant, and children.
Tell Robin if she can't handle a baby, she needs to say 'no' and abandon sex with you entirely.
Poll closed, update soon.
You embrace your history in Virilia and hit her with a confident little smirk.
You let her shirt drop to the floor, leaving her topless.
You tell her you understand… it's a risk. No, it's more than a risk.
If you have sex now, she should absolutely assume she's going to be carrying around a little bump eventually.
She gives another conflicted moan. Her skin is hot under your lips,
Your hands are on her skirt next. You tug it down, over the slight curve of her ass, until it's pooling on the floor.
There's very few barriers left between you two. Just Robin's hesitation and… air.
Robin's eyes are on your cock. You think this must be her first sight of one in the flesh.
How does it feel to see it, you ask?
Robin doesn't answer, her face just becomes even more red.
You decide to take the initiative and step forward.
She makes no move to back away as you get close enough to lay your hands on her body.
You press a bare hand to her little chest, nestled between her small breasts.
Her face is flushed. Her heart is beating fast. And…
She gives off a moan as your rough, callused fingers tease over her erect nipples.
…She can't hold back her arousal.
Does she want it, you ask? Her first sexual experience… with you.
Robin lets out another whine. True to your words, she's dangerously close to giving in to the lusty atmosphere.
You can feel her bare belly tease your erect cock. Her arms touching your hips and wrapping around to grope your ass.
Before you can advance, she follows that up with another hurried statement.
"But I don't want to get pregnant!"
You can't help but lead her a few steps toward your bed, her feet backing up with you as you step out of your leggings.
You understand, you say…
All she has to do is say she wants to stop. You'll both put on your clothes and go your separate ways.
You'll be sad, but if that
It's the absolute only way to make sure she doesn't get pregnant.
Robin looks up at you with disappointed eyes.
"That's not fair…" she whines.
You suppress your grin and ask her… why not?
You know damn well why, of course. Robin's arching her back, pressing her skin into your touch. She's definitely eager to be mounted.
You watch her face scrunch up in frustration.
"Because… because I want to have sex with you!"
A true dilemma.
You tell her that you understand… unfortunately, nature demands both, or none.
You're at the edge of the bed now, the backs of Robin's legs are brushing the edge.
Which will it be, you ask?
She's made the decision. You know she's made the decision. She just takes a moment to build up the nerve to tell you.
Several long seconds pass, and just when you're starting to think she might really back out, she lets out an exaggerated sigh.
She has her red cheeks puffed angrily as she stares up at you.
"If I get pregnant, it's all your fault!"
Her body shakes with excitement.
"It'll be your fault! All your fault! Not mine!" she repeats.
You brush a tender hand through one of her pigtails.
You can live with that, you say.
Knowing Robin's a virgin, you take it slow.
You settle your hands on each side of her body as your cock finds alignment with her slit.
Her labia starts to spread around your member as you press your hips closer.
"Oh my God! We're really doing it…"
Robin bites her lip as her pussy yields to your cock.
Can she feel it, you ask?
"Ev– every contour…"
Heh. You've barely just inserted the tip… let alone gone deep enough to take her hymen.
You whisper to her to just relax.
It's supposed to feel good. Otherwise… no one would do it.
You can feel her lips sucking you in deeper as you press onward.
It's not long before the tip of your penis prods the proof of her virginity.
How long has it been since you claimed two cherries in one day?
The thought distracts you as Robin shakes her hips underneath you, rolling them against you.
She really is eager. You think raising the prospect of denying her must have paradoxically made her all the more ready to take your seed.
You take in a deep breath and whisper. It may hurt her first time.
At least Robin has the luxury of crying out without fear of being discovered.
You press the tip of your cock harder, wedging the fleshy shat against the thin film, making it stretch.
You're planning to go slow, let Robin get accustomed to your cock inside her and lose her virginity gradually, but…
All of a sudden, your penis penetrates right through her, tearing her hymen and destroying her maidenhead forever, until your cock is half-way inside her.
Robin gives a pained wince, and you can't help but do the same. The suddenness of your sex took you by surprise as well. The sensation of friction and sex being more than you were prepared for.
–What just happened?
Is she all right, you whisper?
Robin gives you an open mouthed moan.
"M-More…" she begs, her voice needy, her plea reverberating throughout the room.
You're in no mood to resist her.
Taking the sudden defloration as divine guidance, you lower your hands to her hips.
She arches her back as you start to move, giving you an easy place to settle your hands and pull her hips into you as you thrust forward.
>No choice yet. Further update coming soon.
You try to keep yourself from putting too much pressure on Robin.
She's a virgin. She's petite.
She's underneath you, receiving your cock and at your mercy.
"Engh… aaaah– …oh…"
Each inch you fit inside Robin's pussy earns another cry.
It's all you can do to shift your weight gradually.
It's slow going, but you manage to hold yourself back and let Robin become accommodated to your length. Little by little, big by big.
Until finally you announce to her that you're all the way inside.
Robin blinks her eyes, looking up at your face.
"You got it inside… me?" she asks.
You give a quick nod.
You ask her, can she feel it?
You pull your hips back and buck them against her, just a short distance, not enough to risk pulling out.
The shuddered gasp Robin lets out is all the proof you need that she can.
"I… I c-can't believe this… ah… we're really… f-fucking…"
Mm. Not yet, you whisper.
Not until you both start doing… this.
You pull back again, slowly, until you nearly pull the tip out of her pussy, then push your erect cock back inside.
She moans at the feeling, your mutual lubrication making the effort smooth.
You repeat what you're doing, again and again, until you establish a rhythm.
It doesn't take long for Robin to get the idea and start thrusting her hips back against you.
Her cute face stares up at you as you bite your lip.
"Y-You're gonna get me pregnant…" she wheezes.
You're already hot from the sex, and the impulsive nature of it…
But hearing Robin announce that is enough to make you flex, groan, and floods your cock with a rush of excitement, enough to make you swell up harder. You can't control your hips and drive your cock in to her cunt, hard.
You both shudder as the front of your crotch hits hers with a hard slap.
The sudden motion shoving her down the bed.
Robin blinks her eyes, recovering, tilting her head to you.
"W-What was that…? Why did you get bigger?"
A short pause, before you watch her eyes spark with comprehension.
"You want me pregnant…?"
You don't reply, you don't even have the presence of mind to give her a nod. She figured you out completely… though you hardly hid it.
You mindlessly pound your hips, harder, eager to make her prediction come true.
Robin's hips can't keep up with you, and she starts squealing, her legs around you pulling her along with your pelvic movements.
The tender folds of her crevasse grip you like a vise, pulsating around you as you relentlessly fuck your future general.
A voice inside your head whispers to you that breeding her now is the correct action… her children will surely be as smart as her. And the more, the better.
You'll convince her of that soon.
You've lowered yourself more onto Robin's body, her small chest pressing against yours. Her hard nipples pushing against your muscles.
Her mouth makes little gasps as she struggles to breathe under you.
You're having a hard time breathing, too.
Your hot panting mixes together as your movements leave both of you hot and sweaty.
"I don't understand… why do you want to knock me up…?"
Her questions about her mid-coitus epiphany do not make it easy to hold back.
It seems even in the midst of penetration and copulating, Robin can't let her curiosity go dormant.
Your capacity for reason, on the other hand…
You let out a loud grunt in response, feeling your balls tighten as you can suddenly count the strokes down to when you'll come inside her.
"You're swelling up again…! You're thrusting harder… and throbbing…"
Your cock slides in and out of Robin's pussy. Sloppy wet squelching noises fill the room as you rut like wild animals.
You yell that you're going to come.
"Inside me?! Still? Oh God, why is this so hot…"
You watch her face tighten, her teeth clenching, then feel her vaginal walls contract around your cock.
It's more than enough stimulation to send you over the edge. With one last thrust, you hold back all the tension you've built up with Robin… then, let go.
Cock sheathed inside her, you freely start to let out your second load of the day. Your cock constricting in a hurry to let out as much cum as you have saved up in your balls from the last time. To impregnate. To breed.
You both ride out your orgasms together in mutual moans of ecstasy.
Robin is pushed up more and more until she's almost on her shoulders, with you up on your tiptoes in your hurry to get as much of your cock inside her as possible.
"I can feel it… I can actually feel it… I can feel your seed inside me…"
More so, you suspect.
You look down at Robin as you try to regather your wits. Your head is dizzy from the intense pounding you just gave her.
Her walls still vibrate and pulsate around you, no doubt sucking your cum deeper inside her eager vagina toward her waiting womb.
You both stare at each other as you catch your breath, then mutually press your faces together. Swallowing each other up for a passionate kiss.
Your eyes are shut tight as you war with Robin's tongue for dominance.
So, in the end, even after her warnings, it still happened. The urge was simply too great and the opportunity too perfect.
You knocked up Robin.
You look forward to seeing how pregnancy fills out her body… the thought that she'll actually be sticking around for you to witness it is real treat to anticipate and savor.
>No choice yet. Further update coming soon.
You spare Robin the pain of your body on top of hers and carefully pull yourself back, retracting your rapidly softening cock from her filled cunt.
You can't help but turn your head and stare at her pussy, watching her pussy lips now tinged red with the friction of your lovemaking, semen slowly beginning to slide out of her entrance, mixed with the blood of her defloration.
You don't get too long to admire your handiwork, as Robin lazily sits up.
"I can't believe we did that," she whines, her hands poking at her sensitive labia, making a move to pick up a bit of sheet from the bed and dab off the excess.
You tell her that won't do her any good. She may as well leave your seed where it is.
She puffs up her cheeks again, turning toward you.
"This is all your fault," she says.
You can't help but laugh, an amused little chuckle. Yes, they decided that, you remind her. It'll all be your fault if she gets pregnant. You understand.
Her faces turns red in a deep blush when you say the words. There's a long pause before Robin turns toward you again.
"I know, but… Urrrrgh. You shouldn't have gone along with it."
It's not in your nature to say no, but you decide not to press the point.
She licks her lower lip.
"…Did I mention I think I'm ovulating?" she asks.
You just came, but at hearing that…
Your cock immediately tries to get itself erect again. You can't help but let out a painful little wince as it does so.
Robin turns her head, noticing the reaction.
"'Majesty… You really think impregnating women is sexy?"
… Is that a problem?
You don't have the patience, even in the afterglow, to indulge the question about your desires to sow your seed. The end result is Robin's question meets with your own defiance.
You'd think every man alive would feel the same way, you add.
Robin doesn't argue. She gives out a sigh, then rubs her head.
"This is bad… my parents' stupid plan perfectly exploits the King's weakness…"
You're vaguely close to feeling offense.
At the very least, you tell her, it's hardly a weakness.
If she only knew it'd earned you your Kingdom…
Robin stops pouting and turns to you again.
"A-Anyway! Just, don't do the same with my sisters. You can't afford to let them get pregnant… or even risk it."
It's a little late for that, you muse silently to yourself.
Robin blinks her eyes.
"…'Majesty? Why do you have that look on your face?" she asks.
You wonder if this is a good opportunity to give your own backstory to Robin.
If so… how much?
>You can't be sure Robin's siblings won't interrogate her. Tell her that her suggestion is noted and carry on.
>Might as well come clean, tell Robin about your meeting with Cordelia.
>Robin's smart, she should know your entire history. Tell her all about Virilia and how you earned your throne. –Mention Cordelia at the end.
Ooh, this is a tricky one. I don't think Edward should tell her everything, since that might spill some beans we don't want spilled (like his relationship with witches). Might be wise to at least come clean about Cordelia, then maybe some kind of strategizing can be done to try to deal with that (and perhaps later when Edward inevitably gets a chance at Camilla). Perhaps there's a way to turn this whole ordeal to Edward's favor (though I'm not sure how he wins Corrin over)
Option 2. At least be honest about Cordelia, the full history can be saved for later. Maybe something can be worked out from where to go from here with the sisters.
Option 2. If Robin is to be our strategist/tactician/general, then we should rely on her to help us with this dilemma. She doesn't need to know the Mad Rutting Beast's full history yet, but her input could be extremely helpful. She knows her family far better than we do, after all.
>>58606>>Mad Rutting Beast
Anyway, yeah, Option 2.
Pretty unanimous, option 2.
I find it hard to believe that Robin won't find out about our reputation eventually, and we are already trusting her, so we might as well come clean with everything. She might stop worrying as much if she knows we have dozens of bastards back at Virilia.
She's a strategist freshly in our employ (or about to be) telling her everything may be to our benefit and she may be able to give us additional knowledge that we did not have.
I wouldn't want to tell her about witches yet, but everything about us and our habits… Yeah, I think we should be open about that. Option 3.
Actually, y'all bring up some good points. So…… Switching my vote >>58628
to Option 3, with caveat of no mention of witches.
Just to be clear, "entire history" wasn't meant to include anything about witchcraft. Only about Virilia and Edward's reputation.
By my count, the votes are currently:
>4 votes for option two, tell Robin about your encounter with Cordelia.
>4 votes for option three, tell about your history in Virilia and reputation, adding on the detail about Cordelia at the end.
I am not declaring a tie yet.
Please continue to vote.
>4 votes for option two, tell Robin about your encounter with Cordelia.
>6 votes for option three, tell about your history in Virilia and reputation, adding on the detail about Cordelia at the end.
Share your background with impregnating women in Virilia, and her sister in Ruhemania.
Poll closed, update soon.
Robin is going to be one of your allies. And likely a mother for your children.
You do think she's going to be important once she's adapted to life at the castle after the Faire.
The sooner her adept mind gets to working for you, the better.
You'd probably end up telling her eventually, or having it come up with her around.
That's your logic when you decide you'll tell Robin the whole story.
You tell Robin to sit with you for a while.
She let you hear her backstory, so you'd like to share yours.
Robin scoots over so she's next to you, an interested look on her face.
She makes no interruption, so you simply begin talking.
Where to begin…
Before you came to Ruhemania, you were the son of the Independent Duke of Virilia, you start to say.
Robin's eyes light up.
"You were a Duke's son?! You weren't a Prince??"
… You'll thank her to not shout so close to you, you say.
She fidgets, before apologizing.
You go on.
You became fascinated with pregnancy since you could remember…
When you became of age, you started 'sowing your wild oats,' so to speak.
You impregnated the servants, the peasants, the aristocrats, and any travelers who came to Virilia who would be seduced.
–You decide to leave off the part about the nuns you had sex with.
You became known for your reputation of impregnating women. When your father decided he wanted you married off, it gave you a chance to marry, technically, above your station.
A matchmaker offered you several choices for your bride. You chose to marry Tharja, and that set you off on your journey to Ruhemania.
You finish your story.
As she can see: sex, and pregnancy are hardly a drawback. It was your 'enthusiasm,' so to speak, that brought you to Ruhemania in the first place.
You add that you haven't slowed down since you've become King… you actually met with Cordelia earlier. You shared a passionate tryst, in which you did take her hymen and leave her with your seed.
So, it's a little too late for Robin to say 'Make sure you don't have sex with my sisters.' You tell her not to worry, though. It doesn't make her parents' plan any less ridiculous.
Robin listens, then her expression slowly goes into slack-jawed surprise.
Like she expected you to say 'just kidding' at the end, and you've shocked her by implying you're serious.
…All that's true, you decide to add. Might as well make the implication explicit.
You don't want to risk hearing her doubt the veracity of your words again.
Robin reaches her hand between her legs, bringing it up again with her fingertips stained a mixed red-white.
Her face turns in a little exasperated expression.
–Then you watch her fall back flat on the bed, in an over-the-top display of dramatics.
"Ohhh, God! It is true, isn't it?!"
She starts rolling around, pulling her hair and kicking her feet.
"I don't want to fight my parents! I don't, I don't, I don't!"
You can't help but burst into a little fit of laughter at her antics.
Somehow, seeing such a strong-willed woman with a head for military tactics throwing what amounts to a childish temper tantrum seems… cute.
At least for about ten seconds.
You start making soothing noises and tell her to calm down.
She stops rolling at least, hitting you with a hard pout.
"You're laughing at me!" she accuses.
You'd argue, but you can't contain your amused smile.
You tell her not to worry about it.
The strength of one bastard vying for your throne becomes less as there are more and more of them, doesn't it?
Her pout turns into a frown.
"And if they all band together? Or if my parents use your reputation as some sort of impregnator king to demand you acknowledge the baby is yours?"
Whatever happens, happens, you suppose.
In contrast to your easy-going attitude, Robin's mind is still racing.
"Wait a minute, this means… you're still going to sleep with my sister Camilla?"
You go ahead and admit it. You were especially hoping to do so with her. As long as she's willing, that is.
Robin doesn't stop there.
"And Sully? She said she'd vouch for your character personally. That could only mean you know her, personally."
You don't mind talking abstractly about your experiences with persons Robin is likely never to meet, or who are directly involved in the conspiracy she's talked about, but there's a certain amount of privacy and discretion that's deserved in your relationships, you start to say. Your relationship with Sully is private.
Robin's eyes widen with shock again.
"Oh my God, you have," she whispers.
You start to cross your arms.
Your patience is wearing thin.
But Robin presses on.
"So the reason you're looking for female soldiers… is that specifically to impregnate them?"
Caught red-handed in your own plot, you can't manage any rebuttal but a little mischievous grin. One that, unfortunately, confirms Robin's suspicion.
Robin's good. She already got you.
Her reaction to your expression is an exasperated sigh.
You can only shrug. That's how it is. You don't see yourself changing.
There's a brief pause, so you take the opportunity to come up behind Robin and massage her shoulders.
Her muscles are particularly tight, so you whisper to her to relax. She's thinking too much.
Robin straightens out again, turning back toward you.
Oh boy. Now, what has she puzzled out?
"If you're busy with all this, then Her Highness must already be pregnant!"
Now there's a secret you should actually care if she keeps.
"Am I wrong?" Robin presses you.
At the very least, her tone has shifted to being excited and eager again. Not critical, nonplussed, or panicky.
You don't have the lack of pride to lie about something like this.
Yes, she's correct. Tharja should be at least seven weeks pregnant by now. Perhaps more, but no less.
You're holding back from making the announcement publicly because you want to make sure she's safe during the Faire, and she's not showing yet.
Robin lets out a relieved sigh.
"I knew it! What sense would it make for you to be so obsessed with pregnancy but leave your wife alone?"
She adds that it's probably good strategy to not openly announce it.
Does that mean she has your secrecy, then?
"Ah… of course."
She blushes, her eyes looking downward.
"A-Anyway, if you've got a legitimate heir then it'll be a bit easier for you. But…"
She turns her head, her eyes a little sad.
"Really? You're not going to even try to resist having sex with Camilla?"
You leave out talking about how Camilla is exactly your type with her big hips, bust, and child-bearing figure, for fear she'll take offense when Robin has none of those things, but…
You're not particularly planning on holding back.
–As long as Camilla is willing, you add.
You're not a brute who takes what he wants, no matter what the woman thinks about it.
You consider yourself the epitome of a considerate lover.
Unable to stop yourself, you gallantly pick up one of Robin's hands and bring it to your lips to kiss.
Is that accurate, you ask…?
Robin blushes furiously at the sudden attention.
"I– I mean, yes, but…"
It's all right.
You tell her she doesn't need to say anything else.
Instead you hear her huff and watch her little chest rise and fall.
You hold her hand and stroke her, soothing her.
You don't move to do anything else, fearing you might overwhelm her.
After a few minutes, Robin finally breaks the silence.
"I-I should probably go before they possibly miss me."
That might be impossible, you muse.
Robin… was seen, at least once, you remind her. By the guard.
Would it be better for her if she claimed she met you, and that she successfully seduced you?
Robin blinks, considering your proposal.
"…You think I should?" she asks, softly.
It's a delicate situation.
Robin could theoretically just go back to her room and hope no one notices and that her family doesn't question her.
She could go right to her family and announce she's 'done her part,' so to speak.
With how easy it is for Cordelia to 'seduce' you, you think they probably would believe it.
–But then, was it in Robin's nature for her to go along with her parents' plan? Maybe they would sniff out the real deceitful reason she came to you.
You're not sure what they'd do to her if they discovered that.
Your gaze falls to Robin's slender form, so boyish and begging to be filled out with a generous bump and heavy breasts.
You have… revealed more than a few secrets to Robin. Directly and indirectly.
It would be troublesome if she, in turn, revealed them to her siblings, and then her siblings revealed them to her parents'.
You decided not to hear Robin's oath to become your soldier, but the circumstances have changed.
Maybe you should let her after all, just to protect what you've told her?
Worst case scenario, they might pressure her to go back to Chrisania.
–But then that might really be tipping that you know of their conspiracy.
>Let Robin go. Advise her to not mention anything that happened tonight to anyone.
>Send Robin back, tell her that she should announce she's successfully 'seduced' you.
>Send Robin back… but suggest spinning a lie that you both just happened to meet, and you seduced her.
>On second thought, it's worth having Robin swear her oath to you right now. Move her to the armory. Deal with her siblings demanding compensation from you later.
A combination of 1 and 3: Robin shouldn't say anything unprompted, but if her siblings find out that she met with the King and ask about it, she should tell them that he seduced her. Also iron out an exact story of what happened, so there aren't contradictions or leaked information.
Also,>"I don't want to fight my parents! I don't, I don't, I don't!"
I, uh, thought she did want to fight her parents? Isn't that the whole reason she's here?
I agree with >>58939
,for the moment anyways.
I agree with this write-in.
I vote for this write in.
I vote for this write in
Option 1. If the parents don't think that the plan worked, they'll probably send Robin back again.
New here. I havent caught up yet but Im going with the majority
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>1 vote for option one, advise Robin not to mention tonight to anyone.
>5 votes for write-in, advise Robin not to offer information, but to 'confess' to being seduced if confronted. Iron out details of what may have happened.
>1 vote for what I assume is the write-in. (Please be clear with your voting everyone.)
Create a scenario in which Robin would have been plausibly seduced by you, which she can keep in reserve to tell her siblings if she's confronted.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You decide it's best to hedge your bets.
You and Robin sit together as you go over a possible scenario.
Robin arranged a meeting with you tonight via the maids… for the purposes of satisfying her curiosity about Virilia.
No way will her siblings believe she tried to make an effort to seduce you in such a direct manner, but wanting to press you for more information is another story.
You were reluctant to talk about your homeland so openly, so you invited Robin to your chambers.
She had no desire to lay with you, but she figured it didn't really matter. They were already meeting at sunset.
Back in the quietness of your room, you conjured a story of your reputation as a womanizer in Virilia and told it to Robin.
Leaving out the details of it being a Dukedom and not a Kingdom, nor explicitly mentioning your wish to impregnate every woman. That could potentially reveal more than you'd like. Even if it didn't, it'd implied you trusted Robin with something personal when, according to this story, she's done nothing particularly to earn that trust.
It was from that point Robin asked for a demonstration on how you would, for example, go about seducing a woman. She asked without considering she, in fact, is a woman.
And… she ended up carried away by it and was herself seduced. To a point she herself was surprised. She didn't want to talk about it, therefore. In fact, she's hoping she doesn't get pregnant, because the plan is still stupid. But, hopefully her seduction will make them 'get off her back,' so to speak.
–Well, that's practically what happened.
You're confident this story is enough of a mixture of truth, fiction, and omission to pass scrutiny. It contradicts nothing said at the dinner. It reinforces how you acted toward Cordelia, and is consistent with what you've seen of Robin's personality. You just have to make sure you keep the details of this slightly-altered history in Virilia consistent.
To your concealed delight, the story also allows the possibility that you could meet with Robin again without contradicting the premises.
After you finish working out every detail your mind can muster, Robin finally nods, satisfied.
"I suppose… this is good night, then," she offers.
The sun has practically fully set. You still need to visit Tharja.
Robin kicks her feet, sitting on the side of your bed, then stands up.
There's a clear wet spot from where your seed leaked from between her legs on your bed, and a stain of her virginal blood on her thighs from where you took her maidenhead.
She walks over to where you left her clothes and bends over at the waist to pick them up, inadvertently giving you a glimpse of her pussy from between her legs.
The sight of her pubic hair is almost a novelty now, after Tharja has 'marked' so many women she helped you seduce.
You're reminded also of Robin's claim that she's ovulating.
…You should say one last thing.
>You want her pregnant. Instruct Robin to come meet you again tomorrow night for sex and to keep in touch.
>You want her pregnant. Instruct Robin to get down on her hands and knees for one last session tonight. You don't know when you can see her again after all.
>You want her pregnant. Instruct Robin to meet with Tharja during the day. She'll help organize when you can next meet.
Option 2. No time like the present…
I'm going to go with Option 3. Something tells me Robin might not be ready for Round 2 just yet, and at the same time it might make it blatantly clear something happened between the two which would kinda blow the purpose of the cover story.
Best bet is to play it safe. Tharja can probably take care of planning the next encounter without attracting too much attention (hopefully she doesn't get the bright idea to make it a threesome with Camilla).
Option 1. It keeps with our story the best out of all the options.
Gonna have to go with Option 3…. now that she's in our employ, she should take a more active role in foiling the plot, if she can.
I vote for Option 3
I bet that if we got to Tharja now, we'll catch her with Camilla who was suspiciously easy to seduce. If we any wait longer, Camilla will go to bed. I want to try to have all sisters in the same day. Of course we shouldn't mention that to Robin.
How the hell are we even foiling the plot, anyway? I feel like the only way to guarantee the sisters don't return home is by offering them titles, and that's going to have consequences down the road. Let alone what we do about Corrin.
Option 2: It’s the Edward thing to do.
>1 vote for option one, invite her to another meeting tomorrow.
>2 votes for option two, seize the day and have sex with her again.
>6 votes for option three, involve Tharja, tell Robin to approach Tharja about when and how it is best for you both to meet again.
Bring in Tharja to help you impregnate Robin.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You consider the merits of putting Robin on her hands and knees and taking her again, this time from behind… but, you decide against it. Your prior emission is still dripping from her crotch. She's just had her virginity taken and will likely be sore. You've had sex enough today that you risk rubbing yourself raw… none of those realities are particularly exciting.
It's tempting to arrange more trysts and indirectly use Robin as a spy while you impregnate her. You'd be able to create a way to monitor what's happening with the Chrisania siblings… but for how long would that go undetected? It's too risky.
You decide there's another good option, one that's subtle and discreet.
You step over to Robin and help her get dressed. She gives out a surprised little gasp as you help put her skirt back on. Followed by her shirt. You take your time smoothing it over her pubic area and her chest, respectfully.
Try to go to the library during the day, you tell her. At a time, ideally, that Corrin and anyone else would not be there. She'll have to have Tharja's permission and blessing to do so.
But, it's just a pretense. Tell Tharja you want her help arranging a meeting, and you'll both be able to see each other again. It'll be much easier than meeting face-to-face.
She nods at your advice, not asking why.
Tharja's efforts with helping you impregnate the women you meet will catch her by surprise. That, or Robin will reason it out when she's escaped the emotion of the moment and has a chance to think about it.
Robin hugs you in an embrace.
The sudden closeness makes you smile and you reach your fingers up to brush one of her pigtails.
"'Majesty, will you walk me down the stairs?"
Mm, of course. You'd already decided to do that.
You don't need a repeat of that time with Beatrice.
Walking down the stairs is infinitely more bone-chilling at twilight than it is during the day or even at sunset.
You're only glad you plan to go to Tharja's room than risk going back up.
At the very least, you find the courage to go in front of Robin.
She's walking rather bow-legged and wincing every other step.
Not to mention she has to hold her book in one arm.
Finally, you slow to the end of the steps and take your footing on the ground and the portal out of the tower.
The guard reports nothing. You do not acknowledge the guard. You simply whisper to Robin to leave. She nods, then does so.
It's not the most tender farewell, but it will have to do, for now.
You start to walk away, then you remember you planned a little meeting with the Elbanians tomorrow.
You can't risk that stunt not happening, and so you turn back to the guard.
You him you will be sleeping with your wife tonight, and that is where to look for you. He needs to make sure the senior guard is informed, and that you have enough time to prepare.
He swears it will be done as soon as his shift is relieved. That's good enough.
You expect your soldiers who come looking for you know where you are by now, though.
But you're not planning on coming back to the tower.
You go to see Tharja.
You give a salute to the guard standing watch at the entrance to Tharja's wing. He reports no suspicious movement. Good.
You take a torch from the wall and continue onward, into the hallway and corridor, pas the portrait, until you're at Tharja's door.
You don't even have to knock when you hear the door unlock. Tharja pulls it open and then pulls you close for an embrace.
She kisses the side of your neck, and you give her as best a hug you can give with one arm.
You set the torch near its holder and join her on the bed.
You confess to Tharja you're feeling a bit tired tonight and would she mind just cuddling with you?
Tharja blinks in surprise, but nods.
"Of course, Edward. I don't mind at all."
There's no disappointment in her words, which you're grateful for.
That being said…
Tharja immediately fixes you with a pleased grin.
"But, Edward… I think you'll be pleased to know something."
–What's that, you ask?
You have an inkling, but you don't want to spoil your wife's fun.
Tharja coos in delight, rubbing her hands with yours. The soft flesh soothing against your callused palms and fingers.
"I managed to talk with Camilla… and I think she's very interested in you."
The details of what you went over with Robin for the past hours comes back to you.
Oh. Tharja caught on.
That's only natural. Normally you'd be very interested with that sort of news. Unfortunately, you knew it already.
"Is something wrong?" she asks.
Should you tell Tharja the whole story?
It goes without saying you trust your dear wife with anything… no matter what happens.
But– would this spoil her 'fun'?
No doubt Tharja is envisioning 'preparing' Camilla for you. You wonder if she'll even be shaved bare and waiting for you in a white gown, in this very room.
Is it right to spoil that?
Then again, she may have some insight for you on the plot.
>Tell Tharja everything. You trust her, and it's wise to keep her in the loop of what plots are going on around you.
>Tell Tharja instead you just came from impregnating Robin. Tell her the lie you and Robin decided on. Omit any talk about the Chrisania plot against you.
Gotta trust the wifey. Also, trust keeps a relationship healthy.
I'm going to go with Option 1, tell Tharja about what's going on. I'm sure Tharja would immediately realize the plot is ridiculous considering the details (and I'm sure she'd be intrigued to hear how Edward has fared with Cordelia and Robin). Perhaps she might have some ideas about ways to help Robin if not all the siblings as well.
However it should be noted to Tharja to act normally and not draw any attention to the situation (as normal as trying to get Camilla in bed with Edward in the first place might be…), there will probably be a time and place for potential confrontations later
I also agree with option 1>>59836
Yes, we should advise her against unleashing any witchy wrath on the conspirators and to keep cool. She might also have words with Beatrice about how to handle the situation.
These are good points, I agree.
>7 votes for option one, tell Tharja everything.
Keep Tharja aware of what the Chrisania siblings are plotting.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You decide to tell Tharja everything. The positives outweigh any detriments. You trust her with anything.
You want to keep her aware of what's going on. It does tangentially involve her, after all.
You share that you had a special visitor tonight before you came to her room…
…You finish telling Tharja all about Robin's visit and what you were told.
Tharja listens to you with a look of curiosity on her face. She smiles when you talk about impregnating Robin.
It occurs to you to belatedly talk about Cordelia as well.
So… that's how it is.
You hate to spoil Tharja's fun, but given the pattern and Robin's words, it's likely Camilla was going to sleep with you no matter what.
Tharja gives a shy little smile.
"That's all right, my husband… I assume you could have any woman without me doing anything at all."
You can't help but appreciate the ego-stroking your wife gives you. Give a low appreciative grunt and pull her closer.
So, that's the situation. You'll need Tharja to play along, for now, but at the very least, Robin will be staying in the castle after the Faire, as your new soldier.
Your new pregnant soldier, that is.
Tharja nods, teasing her fingers along your chest.
"I understand, Edward… it shouldn't affect anything I was going to do already."
Right. You're not going to have Tharja suddenly discourage whatever plan she's undertaking with Camilla.
Even if you did suddenly decide the best solution was to just stay away from the Chrisania sisters, it'd look too suspicious to have Tharja so drastically alter her behavior. Especially if they found out Robin had met with you.
…What does Tharja think you should do?
She tilts her head.
"About what, my love?"
Well… this does all amount to treason. Even if you were generous and granted a pardon to Camilla, Cordelia, and even Corrin, it doesn't change that your subjects were conspiring against you.
Worse, if you just let Cordelia and Camilla leave, impregnated, then there could be a chance it would actually work. Or at least it'd be very unpleasant for the child you leave them with. You don't like that either.
Tharja puts a finger to her lips, thinking it over.
"Could you entice them to stay, like you did with Robin?" she asks.
You'd like to think so.
That would surely be the ideal solution. But Robin came to you directly, with a specific goal. Moreover she was of the right mindset to seek that out.
You're not sure what would appease Camilla or Cordelia.
Tharja rubs her head against your chest.
"Maybe spending more time with them will give you an idea… I'll do my best to find out Camilla's interests as well."
Oh, that should save you a little time. You tell her you'll appreciate that.
"But… how did they know, Edward?" she asks.
You turn your head down at her. She reaches up and gives your chin a little feather-touch with her fingers.
"That you have your reputation for impregnating every woman."
…Come to think of it, Robin hadn't mentioned that at all. She said she herself questioned her parents about that likelihood, and was only told it would have to happen because 'you were a man'.
You wonder if they knew you as 'the Mad Rutting Beast' at all?
That would make their plan seem a little more… cunning.
Much better a basis for a usurption-by-pretender plot than just hoping you're willing to sow wild oats.
You'll keep that in mind for something to potentially look out for. At the very least, Robin knows the truth now.
You thank Tharja for recognizing something you hadn't.
But… you're now in a mood you'd like to forget about plots for the moment.
Tharja smiles delightfully.
"Oh, husband, I can help you with that too."
You surrender to your wife's embrace. Being comforted by Tharja allow you to forget some of the stress of the day.
Tomorrow there's more of the Faire to see to…
>No choice yet. Further update coming soon.
You wake in the morning wrapped in your wife's arms.The heat of the passion you both shared last night still warm on your face.
You gently rouse her, saying you must check if the morning has come.
A peek outside into the hallway with small windows leading outside and see dawn is breaking.
That's enough to set you both moving to get dressed.
While you're doing so, Tharja updates you on yesterday.
Corrin and Camilla both visited her library. Around the same time you heard the report about the 'Emerald Knight'. If you aren't mistaken, that means Corrin is likely eliminated as a suspect. Perhaps. She can't be sure of the exact time.
Tharja was able to talk with Camilla in semi-private, in a corner of the library while Corrin read. She showed her a book about satisfying men's needs and made many innuendos of how effective a wife it has made her, which Camilla seemed open to hearing. Though she stopped short at outright saying she hoped to jump into bed with you.
You tell Tharja she could expect soon to also hear a request from Robin, for the sake of you both having sex, and that it's urgent because Robin is presumably ovulating.
Tharja gets an absolutely wicked smile on her face as you say that, which you return with your own.
You crane your neck to watch your wife's midsection as you dress. It seems she's still lacking a bump… hopefully, hopefully soon.
You leave to take your morning meal together.
For once, you are the early one. You, Tharja, and Margaret, at least. Beatrice joins soon enough.
You exchange some words before Elizabeth appears with meals for you three. Margaret serves as your taster. She does not die, so you begin to eat.
It'll be in your interest to have a meeting with Beatrice, you think. Particularly if you want to have her investigate the Emerald Knight… or the Chrisania siblings.
If you recall correctly, she's tutoring Tharja to make sure she can handle enduring a sermon given by the priest without breaking down.
You wonder how she's progressing with that. You could've asked Tharja directly, but Beatrice would likely be more objective in telling you that.
Maybe you'll signal you'd like to meet her after breakfast.
–Or so you're pondering taking actions along those lines when your maids enter and interrupt your mental organization. They tell you that they're ready to help you prepare for your meeting by fitting you into your regalia.
You take one last bite of bread and are still chewing it when you follow the maids out of the room.
>No choice yet, further update coming soon.
You'd forgotten how much work is necessary to put into making you look truly 'regal'.
You have to stand rigidly as the maids put you back in King Vlad's jacket with the many crests of his various titles upon it.
You can't bring yourself to think of it as 'your' coat, just yet.
It isn't going to leave you time to be briefed by Ricardo, who already met with the Elbanians…
…Or so you think, but then Ricardo is revealed to be waiting in the room for you while they fit it on you.
He reports on the meeting he had with the Elbanians yesterday.
The maids have ears, so he can't speak openly. He must tell you what happened by scratching notes on a piece of parchment with charcoal and then passing it to you to read.
You must keep your arms rigid while you're dressed. It leaves you unable to write a reply to ask him questions, but it's good enough.
He writes that the Elbanians seem 'genial' enough.
They referred to a visit to Ruhemania as a 'rare trip.'
The Elbanians present are not attending 'on behalf' of the Crown. They are functionaries of the Chancellor, who would be serving the Elbanian crown, and they are attending on his request. But, he is not present. They declined to state why. Ricardo's guess is because the invitation to Elbania was a general 'there is a Faire, it is open to all attendees,' invitation, and not an official invitation to their Monarch.
That means they likely can't make wide-sweeping deals on behalf of their King, but anything you say and the way you regard them will definitely make it back to Elbania, eventually.
This could be a chance to thaw the relationship between Ruhemania and the outside world, or simply keep the status quo.
You give Ricardo an understated but appreciative little nod as the maids fit the last piece of regalia on you.
Time for you to engage in some diplomacy.
You're growing more and more impatient. It's not just a chore to get you into your regalia, it's a chore to keep you looking regal while you sit on the throne.
The mantle must be folded just right. Your head must be held just right. The lack of arm-rests for your hands makes it more awkward.
Finally, the maids work is done, and your guards are all set up.
It's a matter of minutes before you hear the guards outside.
"Presenting! Aristocrats, from the foreign land of Elbania! To receive audience with His Royal Majesty, King Edward!"
That introduction surprises you. You suppose they're not important enough to have their names read out?
Or so is your thought until five different people are allowed to stride in to your throne room.
They're clearly aristocrats, and they're dressed in their best clothes, not meant for traveling.
Still, it's merely clean linen.
You take in each of their faces. They're aged men, probably a decade or two your senior. But none are that old.
You note no special characteristic that immediately separates them from what you've observed as the 'typical' Ruhemanian.
There's a tense moment where no one is sure how to proceed. This is likely a new experience for them, as well.
They look suitable humbled by all the grandeur you've set up.
Suddenly, one of them starts to bow, placing a hand at their waistline and holding their other behind their back.
It's not exactly how you had been taught. But it seems formal enough.
The rest start to do it, too.
You remember you've made a point of making everyone kneel. But, then… those were your subjects. Not visiting foreigners.
If you let this pass, you're implicitly accepting the bow as a suitable royal greeting. It will be setting a precedent for all dignitaries from Elbania on how you wish to be greeted.
You don't have time to think it over. There's five of them and if you don't say something immediately, it will be accepted between them as the standard.
>Put a hand up and, gently, but sternly, instruct the Elbanians to kneel.
>You want to establish friendly relations with your neighbors. Perhaps this will set a good tone. Nod and accept the formal bow.
I'm going to go with Option 2. These are not Edward's subjects, they are foreign diplomats. A little bit of leeway can be given for a formal greeting in this instance. I suppose if Edward really wanted to, he could make a subtle note of how his subjects normally greet him, but still let the Elbanians know the bow is fine.
Option 1: the bow is fine
Let's go with option two. They're subjects of another country, they don't owe immediate fealty to Edward. A bow is good enough.
Did you choose the wrong number for the option you wanted to vote? Your comment suggests it.
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I'm a bit torn. On the one hand, I agree with the others; they aren't our subjects, and we can't force them to show the same level of loyalty as to us. But on the other hand, our subjects might think we're showing a touch of favoritism towards foreigners, especially since we are also an immigrant. Not now, but perhaps later on. If they were of similar status to ourselves, I would say the polite bow is fine, but I think we need to treat all equally, in this case.
For better or worse, this *is* Nice Guy Eddie. He's not Vlad-dad.
Yeah, I wasn't paying attention and wrote the wrong number
If this were actually the Chancellor or the King, a bow would be acceptable. But they are neither, and they are guests in the castle besides. They should kneel.
Say please though. No need to get too testy about it, it's obvious they're just confused and not trying to snub you.
Whoops, typo.>Option 1: kneel. And say please, since they mean no offense.
>4 votes for option one, correct the foreigners and have them kneel.
>5 votes for option two, accept the bow as an acceptable greeting and carry on.
Nod and implicitly accept the bow as the proper etiquette.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You hem and haw a bit. The Elbanians aren't your subjects. They serve the King of Elbania. It could be forgiven that they not kneel to you as their Liege. –Then again you are receiving them as your guests, and…
Ah, too late. They straighten up and finish bowing. You decide to pass the moment off as your approval and give an understated nod. Good enough, you suppose.
The Elbanians should be the last guests at your Faire. You hope you don't have to make any more judgments about who to force to kneel again for a while.
Time for you to work your charm and break the ice.
You bid the Elbanians welcome and offer your best wishes that they enjoy the Faire and all its festivities. You hope their accommodations have been sufficient, and your representative pleasant.
"Very much so, Your Majesty. We're very happy to have a roof over our head after the long journey."
He goes on to say that they have brought gifts for you as a token of esteem.
A collection of salt, and salted fish, which they hope you'll find palatable.
You smile and nod. You don't have the heart to tell them the majority of merchants so far have gifted you salt, or salted meat of some sort.
"We would also present you with this fine miniature portrait of our glorious Queen."
That is a surprise. You always assumed Elbania had a King.
"Her Royal Majesty has served as our Queen since the passing of her Father with no male heir two winters ago."
Two winters ago? It would sound as if she were a stable ruler, then. Enough to maintain her Queendom for an entire year.
Where is the portrait, you ask? Has it been passed off to some servant?
"No, Your Majesty, we have it right here."
One of the diplomats takes something out of his sleeve and hands it to the diplomat who is speaking. You notice the soldiers in your room flinch.
It's enough to rattle their armor and weapons a bit, and the diplomats freeze.
…You decide to play diplomat yourself. You're hardly expecting a dagger.
You bid the man with the portrait to approach the throne, so he may present it to you directly.
Perhaps still nervous from the spectacle of your guards, he only gets close enough to you to hand you the portrait, which is more like a rolled up parchment than something impressive.
You hold it in both hands and unroll it as the diplomat steps his way backward to the line formed with his associates, without turning his back to you.
You wonder what sort of woman you're about to unravel.
Well. She certainly seems… regal.
You're impressed by the amount of detail in the portrait, even though it's small. It rivals the portraits you were shown by the matchmaker so long ago. No, it might be more so than that.
Piercing, sharp eyes. An elegant, intricate styling of her hair, and a crown that looks as if it was built and fitted specifically for her. That might be true. At least, it was drawn to look like so.
You can't help but follow her hairline down to her rounded breasts. They're clearly present, and help provide a needed touch of femininity. You could imagine her directing the artist to draw attention to them without being obvious.
The ornate jacket completes the look. The buttons are much bigger and more intricate than those on the regalia you're wearing now.
…You actually feel a pang of jealousy.
Your country is bigger, why don't you look so good?
… You take a moment to clear your throat, holding a hand over your mouth to hide the shame burning your cheeks. You remind yourself it's not exactly manly to envy a woman her fashion, of all things.
Besides, you could easily hire a court tailor. –Sometime, when you have money again.
You turn your attention back to the portrait. There's a line of text written at the bottom: 'Her Royal Majesty Queen Edelgard.'
You thank the Elbanians for their gift. You tell them you'll have it displayed in an appropriate location.
You're not sure where, but you'll figure that out later. You roll up the portrait and set it in your lap.
You ponder what to do next. The diplomats surely know much about their country, but perhaps you shouldn't tip you know so little about theirs.
In a way, they've already told you much about Elbania through their gifts. They have access to the sea to gather salt, they have fish to catch from the water, and they have a competent Queen. Or at least, one with a great knowledge of presentation.
You have a bit of an interest in this Queen Edelgard. Perhaps it'd be worth it to make a trip to Elbania… or to invite her to your castle.
Surely a bit of cultural exchange in the name of establishing good relations would be good for both of your realms.
The diplomats have relaxed a bit again. Presumably put at ease by your pleased reaction to the gift.
You'd better direct them to the next topic.
You'd considered it before… what sort of trade you could do with Elbania. You think you remember Ricardo reporting that despite their access to the sea, it was not a busy trade port. But, that was surely in the past. What if it's changed, now that this Queen is in power? You could be denying yourself some opportunity.
The diplomats can't make promises on behalf of their Liege. A formal deal is impossible for now. But they can relay your intentions and wishes back to their court. This may start the ball rolling to a closer relationship.
Unless you wanted Ruhemania to continue on as it has: isolated from much of the rest of the world.
You think over which route to steer your country in, and take in a breath to speak.
>You want to establish friendly relations and break the tradition of isolation King Vlad pursued. Enthusiastically tell the diplomats that your reign marks a new era where Elbania and Ruhemania should freely trade and cooperate. Emphasize your high hopes that such an arrangement can be made.
>Perhaps it's better to maintain isolation, for now. Simply make some vague promises and say you look forward, perhaps, to dealing with Elbania in the future.
>Queen Edelgard herself entices you, and there's been no indication she's married or has an heir. Suggest you would be diplomatically open to a royal visit from their Queen. Or, perhaps one from you to Elbania itself.
Option one, but if possible include a bit about potential future royal visits- and make sure it's clear we mean both ways.
I'm pleasantly surprised to see Edelgard appear, but we have to be very careful how we deal with her. Royals tend to prefer, if not exclusivity, to be the "first" in their lover's life. As much as I'd love to have Edward hold those horns while they made an Elbanian heir, we certainly don't want to imperil things with Tharja through legitimacy concerns. This is a bit more than the issue with Corrin's sisters, since none of those girls stands to be the heir- while Edie is already on her throne. We'll need to be delicate (especially if we don't want Hubert to poison us).
I'm voting three for right now.
seems like the best bet, currently. I'll support it.
Water is life. The Spice (salt?) must flow.
Side note: I'm fine with not trying to lay with her. We have enough to juggle already, and I've never been a greedy person to begin with. Not to mention, in a situation like this, it will make things a lot simpler..
Well now I know what aristo's been up to. Now for voting.
Option 1 is such a bad idea as written. First we're letting the foreigners get away with a bow, and now we're declaring an open alliance of trade and cooperation with them out of nowhere? Let alone the Plot To Remove The Foreigner From The Ruhemanian Throne, the nobles and peasants will talk about this, rumors will spread, and I doubt they'll like it. There will be whispers about foreigners plotting to undermine the Ruhemanian people and whatnot if we continue in this manner indiscriminately.
I also think that Edelgard has to be someone we bang in the future, but we can probably wait on that. We have more than enough on our plate as it is without creating A Real Succession Crisis In Addendum To The Fake One The Chrisanians Intend To Orchestrate. (Although we don't know enough about succession laws and how legitimacy is granted by the Church to a claimant of a throne to assess which claims are "real" or "fake". Probably something we might want to sort out (with Ricardo?) at some point.)
But just doing some vague handwaving and not committing to any change seems weaksauce as hell. I think that improving trade with the Elbanians will likely be very helpful. Additionally, we need to open some sort of dialogue with the Elbanians in order to slide into Edelgard's DM's.
Tell them Ruhemania is interested in initiating some trade agreements with Elbania. Ask if there are any commodities the Elbanian crown is looking to buy. Suggest that you would welcome a royal visit from their Queen to discuss such a deal (you can't really leave Ruhemania until Tharja gives birth, after all.)
I vote for this Write In
I change my vote to this write-in.
We don't want to act too enthusiastically to establishing trade with Elbania, but at the same time we want to at least give it a chance. Whether or not Queen Edelgard is worth the trouble is a bridge to cross later.
I support the write-in. We make no promises for now, but definitely encourage talks of trading and potential royal visits.
I will also change my vote for this write-in. And much appreciation for the reminder of the balancing act we have going on.
I too will change my vote to this write in.
I'll also support the write-in.
Everyone, I must ask that you please be clear with your votes. Please state clearly which option you are selecting, or which write-in you are voting for.
Do not simply link to another comment and say "I agree with this." There have been cases of people misclicking and voting for something else. If you do write "I agree with this," make it a full sentence such as: "I agree with this, vote for option one." If you change your vote, please link to your previous vote in your new post.
>3 votes for option one, announce support for open cooperation and trade.
>7 votes for write-in, offer the possibility of specific trade deals, and a royal visit from Queen Edelgard to discuss them.
Offer guarded invitations to trade to avoid seeming too eager, and lay the groundwork for a possible meeting with the Elbanian Queen.
Poll closed. Update soon.
I should add that Edward knows enough about history to realize that succession laws have more than a little bit of "might makes right" quality to them. Is Edward the legitimate King of Ruhemania? Yes, absolutely. He's been crowned, he's married to Tharja who is still alive, he lives in Ruhemania, in a castle that was owned by King Vlad, he will soon have an heir, most likely, etc. However, if someone appears with a credible claim to the throne (such as being Edward's bastard son with one of the Chrisania sisters), and they have an army that fights for this claim, and they win, and the clergy is not particularly inclined to intervene, it's likely in their interest to legitimize this new claimant to avoid yet more war and they will probably find a reason to legitimize them. Possibly. The line between legitimate claimant and pretender who will soon be excommunicated is flexible.
As stated back in the original thread however, simply deciding "you want someone's land," and marching in with an army to take it is going to get you excommunicated as a barbarian because you are violating the Church's authority, the idea of "All people are united as brothers by their faith in the Church." There must be some sort of claim to having another's land or having them as your vassal. By blood, tradition, law, document, or promise are the most likely. In the case of Chrisania's plot, they would, as Edward understands it, be relying on the child pretender's lineage through him, and the argument that the child would be more fit to be a King as a native Ruhemanian. Certainly valid, though not as much as a legitimate child Edward has with Tharja, Edward himself, or even Tharja or Ricardo, who are both directly related to King Vlad. But if they won a war in which Edward was killed, or Edward was assassinated or died somehow when he doesn't have an heir…?
According to all law and the blessing of the Church, Edward is King. But rules and laws made by men in Impregnator Kings, just as in real life, have a tendency to be stretched when it suits people. Edward would be aware of this, so I pass it on as 'What Edward would know.'
>>61521>The line between legitimate claimant and pretender who will soon be excommunicated is flexible.
That's roughly the impression I got from our talk with Robin. If the Chrisanian parents don't think the Church would interfere with their plot, they're probably right.
This does mean that impregnating Edelgard is riskier though, since it raises the possibility of a succession/unification war with Elbania. Still worth though. (Also if we somehow manage to marry Tharja and Edelgard's children, unification could happen without a war.)
Your first instinct is to continue marking your departure from King Vlad's policies by promising the diplomats your commitment to cooperation and trade with Elbania.
Robin's warning of her parent's plot comes back to you. Such a promise will disrupt the status quo. It will definitely affect the lesser nobility. Bringing in foreign influences may only highlight your own history. If that happened, the notion of 'we must rid Ruhemania of foreign influence' may spread, and then threaten your legitimacy.
You can't risk that.
Neither do you want to entirely ignore the Elbanians after making so many preparations.
You decide to make an attempt at more specific goals.
You tell the Elbanians you are interested in looking into open-trade.
But before that, you wish to know exactly what sort of goods their country would be most eager?
You could arrange these specific trades on behalf of the Crown.
At your offer, the Elbanians… hesitate.
"Apologies, but that may be difficult. We're not privy to the needs or wants of Her Royal Majesty."
You suppose logically they wouldn't be.
That's fine, you tell them. You don't expect an answer right this moment.
Take it as an open invitation for a royal visit between Monarchs, or her to assign an official delegate to come to Ruhemania who is.
The Elbanians murmur their agreement, in a general sort of way.
"If it please Your Majesty to make the process easier, may we ask what commodities you would be offering in trade?"
Now you're on the spot. You vaguely remember Ruhemania has some gold mines, likely some iron mines, and of course, as Dimitrie attested, trees.
You rule out swampland, grubs, wild onions, and witches.
But, you're not sure which commodity to offer will sound most impressive on the spot like this.
You decide not to risk an attempt.
You tell the Elbanians your Kingdom is rich in resources, but shall have your Master of Coin prepare a detailed list, before the Faire is complete.
That way there will be no confusion.
They nod in agreement, with some words about thanking you for the trouble.
You're out of ideas of what else to do with this meeting. You offer a few more questions about whether the Faire has lived up to their expectations and they give you pleasant answers about being a lovely spectacle.
That's a good segue to ending the meeting.
You thank the Elbanians for their audience, and they're diplomatic in replying that it's been an honor to be so warmly received by the Crown, so personally.
Looks like you have another project for Ricardo, in addition to whatever else you think you might want to do with them.
Perhaps you could invite them to some entertainment with your nobility. See if they'll speak more about their Queen and their political situation.
After all you dealt with in Ruhemania, you're not taking it as face-value that her father simply died and left her Queen.
So, your meeting ends quietly with the Elbanians.
Yet it's far from over for you. You have to get out of the regalia, and you spend another length of time with the maids as they carefully pull it off of you and deliver your daily clothes to you to put on. There's no Ricardo to distract you, so the process is especially tedious.
If you were impatient before, you're even more so now.
You hold back from looking visibly annoyed as the servants work their old hands seeing to your mantle and coat.
Your crown is replaced in the throne room, under special watch. It's your symbol of authority, after all.
You still have much to do. Ricardo will need to be notified of what you talked about, and specifically what your goals are so you can approve of what he writes.
Moreover, you still have to see Beatrice about possibly finding out who this Emerald Knight person is.
And get around to meeting with Camilla and seducing her with your charm.
And then seeing if Cordelia needs more attention.
…And then if Robin can be impregnated while she's ovulating.
Not to mention how you're going to win the Chrisania family over to your side, including Corrin.
It's at that moment while you're pacing and pondering, you hear a rousing cry of delight from outside the corridors and out into the distance.
Something interesting must be happening at the Faire.
Damn it all.
You opened the Faire yesterday, yet you've not even peeked at the festivities you've arranged?
Who knows what you've already missed?
It's not right. And you're fed up.
Screw the people plotting against you. Today, you're going to go out and enjoy your Faire.
Your blood begins pumping as you let the outrage wash over you.
There's exotic dancers, performers, and merchants at the castle, purely because of your Royal decree.
Who knows when you'll get another festival? It's not like Virilia where you could expect one or two each year.
Your people deserve to celebrate, and so do you.
You'll tuck your worries about politics in your back pocket for now.
You're going to your Faire!
It's when you reach the next fork in the corridors that lead outside you have one last consideration.
The common people will definitely know your face.
As much as you may not like to think it, some protection might be warranted.
It might also be worthwhile to have Ricardo provide you with some gold.
Your promise of payment to any merchant would be honored, but you may wish to give alms. You couldn't do that unless you had actual coin.
In that case…
>It might be better to have an escort. Go to the armory and request soldiers accompany you.
>You're not worried about your safety, but you should have money. A quick, very quick, detour to the treasury to procure some coin.
>There's merit to both ideas. First, to the treasury, then to the armory.
>You think you can do without either. Time is more important. To the Faire, without bothering to get gold nor an escort.
Option 3, just standard procedure.
Option 3. Why not both.
>Clan in the front, let ya feet stomp
Option 2. We can fend for ourselves if need be, and we'll be slowed down by having an escort. Though perhaps we should carry a sword, or at least a dagger. Anyway, get a few coins and off we go!
I can see the merits of both viewpoints, but caution is going to win out for me.
I think an escort would be too obvious and slow us down too much. I don't have much objection if it wins though. I'd also like to talk to Ricardo real quick about the potential trade with Elbania.
(Also aristo, I hope you'll be doing a bit of time distortion, because if the Faire ends up being a time management simulator I will be mildly upset.)
This is meant to be a return to the "old-style" Impregnator Kings in which the updates were very focused on what Edward did day to day rather than abstracted on a week-by-week basis. That was then, as it is now, less about time management per se and more about what Edward prioritizes and how he accomplishes it. Of course, things he chooses to take care of right away are a part of it. Things are happening outside of his influence and things are coming to seek him out, and one may become the other depending on Edward's choices. I apologize if this is frustrating, but it's the situation Edward finds himself in as King.
Do not worry about the Faire ending suddenly with certain 'objectives' only half-done and nothing truly resolved. As long as certain milestones do not occur, there is time. The jousting tournament being the most obvious one.
Please continue to vote. I will leave this up another day.
On a side note:>>61736
Unless Edward is wearing an outfit that omits it or he has intentionally removed it, it's always assumed Edward is carrying his longsword as it's now his royal sword. He is definitely carrying it.
>3 votes for option two, stop at the treasury to get coin before going to the Faire.
>5 votes for option three, go to the Faire with an armed guard, and coin.
Obtain coin, and an armed escort for protection at the Faire.
Poll closed. Update soon.
>>61753>Do not worry about the Faire ending suddenly with certain 'objectives' only half-done and nothing truly resolved. As long as certain milestones do not occur, there is time. The jousting tournament being the most obvious one.
That was my main concern, I just wanted to make sure that there is actually enough time for everything we want to do. I felt the day-to-day worked fairly well before, so that's good.
There's more advantages in having both coin and a guard than not.
You might sacrifice a little bit of your ability to mingle by having armed soldiers with you, but there's enough intrigue surrounding you already that you'd rather err on the side of caution.
And of being richer than not.
You turn on your heel and turn toward the treasury. It's a shorter trip, and there's no sense forcing the guards to march with you for no reason.
You pass the guards outside and descend the stairs into Ricardo's little hole.
You're so used to your visits with him that you are actually a little unnerved at what you find.
That is… an empty treasury. Without Ricardo at his desk.
You call out, bewildered. Thinking he might be in the back room with the valuables and documents, you step over and knock, then push the door open.
He's not in there either.
You wouldn't find this troubling were the Faire not going on.
You climb the stairs again and consult the guards.
Where is Ricardo? When did they last see him, you ask?
They tell you they don't know. They are a new rotation that only came on within the last hour, and they haven't seen Ricardo, or anyone else, enter or leave the treasury. He goes on to explain they only have orders to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the treasury, not to keep track of who enters and exits at what times.
Ricardo probably just got distracted between briefing you about the Elbanians and returning to his duties. Maybe he's delivering a payment, or hunting down a lackey to do some errand, or whatever.
You don't have the patience to wait for him.
You go back down the stairs and to Ricardo's desk.
You find a piece of parchment and his quill.
You run the end over ink and then write. You mess up your first few tries, leaving smears of ink, but eventually you get a line written.
'I, King Edward of Ruhemania, hereby relinquish…'
You ponder exactly how much money to take, before deciding you'll just take a handful of gold. Ricardo can worry about the imprecise wording.
'…a handful of gold coins for Mine own personal use at My Faire.'
You put the quill back, and go to find one of his candles.
A leaning of wick to flame, a bit of dripping red wax, and the press of your signet ring, and you've stamped your own order.
There. Ricardo has a record. You can hardly be blamed for taking your own coin.
You borrow a pouch tied to a barrel and open it up, scooping out a handful, before replacing the lid.
On your way out, you tell the guards to tell Ricardo, and no one else, that you came to the treasury and took some coin.
If Ricardo doesn't appear, relay the order to the next watch.
They swear it will be so. Good.
It might be worth it to come back and find just where Ricardo went to. For now…
To the armory.
The armory is more straightforward. There are no crises happening, you simply ask the senior guard for two soldiers to serve as your bodyguards. Two's plenty, you think.
You tell the senior guard similarly the men he assigned performed very well, and you thank him for organizing it. He replies he was just doing his duty, with a small subtle smile.
The guards are two of your loyalists. They carry swords. Polearms would be too unwieldy for the Faire.
You never thought such a simple thing as mingling among commoners would give you nerves.
But it's been several months. You're now King. You can count the number of times you visited the peasant settlement in Castle Valachia on one hand.
You can't help but remember Varillo's words when you were first arriving in Elbania, about possible threats.
'Could be crazy peasant who never see foreigner before in his life.'
You don't let your feelings show on your face, though.
You keep your back straight and step regally, giving a little nod of acknowledgement to those who notice you.
No one gets too close, your guards serve as a deterrent.
You reach a branch in the dirt road set up for the Faire.
You look straight ahead and see a square full of performers gathering.
It looks like one show is dominating the rest of them, some troupe has set up a wooden stage.
You can barely make out someone projecting their voice from this distance over all the chatter. …A woman?
To your left lie the merchant stalls, and you're sure there's interesting things there.
You wonder if you can take advantage of the people being drawn to the performance to browse through the wares set up by the merchants without being too hurried.
… There's also a section for food, but you rule that out. You don't have Margaret with you, and you'd rather not force one of your soldiers to act as an improvised taster.
At the last moment, you recall something else.
The nomads. Vano in particular promised you entertainment, and the performances of his daughters. One a dancer, the other a fortune teller. You recall further he cautioned that he would need notice to set up preparations beforehand.
It might be worthwhile to turn to them first.
>You're curious about the entertainment. Approach the performance in the distance.
>You should buy something before all of it is gone. Visit the merchants.
>You mustn't forget about promises made to you. See what the nomads are up to. Request a performance from Vano's daughters.
option 3. Vano. daughters. let's get our fortune told, see how lucky we can get
Option 3. Edward is a man of his word, and it'd be good to give Vano plenty of time to get his girls prepped.
Option 3. Might as well. There will be other performances.
Sure. Option 3.
Hopefully requesting a performance won't take so long that we miss this play.
>6 votes for option three, visit the nomads.
Meet Vano to follow up on his offer.
You really are curious about Vano's daughters.
The exoticism is there. More than any other girl you could likely seduce at the Faire, the nomads are a special case. You don't think you even accomplished that in Virilia… that you know of.
Hopefully you won't have a hard time finding them.
You proceed not toward the entertainers or the merchants, but where the visitors are making their temporary dwellings.
Your soldiers become more and more tense as you move on.
You've found the nomads, or at least the outer perimeter of their camp. There are two children playing with sticks and other things running around. They stop and stare at you curiously as you pass them by, but your guards deter any from approaching.
The guards don't seem happy about it, though. They quietly murmur to you.
"Your Majesty… this appears to be where those nomads have rolled their wagon."
You tell them you're aware of that. That's why you're here… to greet them.
They suppress grimaces, but say nothing. You're not sure if they're somehow worried for your safety or they simply find the nomads distasteful. Possibly both.
You get closer within eye-distance of their wagon. You can now clearly hear music singing out. There are nomads with musical instruments playing. It's… not a pleasant sound, however. They all seem to be playing some different song. You surmise as there's no real audience, they're merely practicing without regard for the resulting cacophony. You can also begin to see people dancing, and you wonder if one of them is Vano's daughter.
You grow closer still until you're surrounded by the nomads and their wagon is right in front of you. You're able to appreciate, up close, just how impressive their wagon is. Stout horses are tied up, and you even see there is smoke rising from some chimney on top. Still, you can't imagine living in one.
Your arrival is hardly unnoticed. Slowly the musicians and dancers stop their movements, but none approach. You think you see fear mixed with curiosity, more so with the women than the men. It must look like you're there to drive them out.
You announce to no one in particular that you're looking to see Vano, and would someone get him?
There's a bit of whispering among them, and it occurs to you that they might think you mean to have him arrested. You put up your hands and start to say that you merely are looking for a meeting, but then you see a familiar figure emerge from the wagon.
"Your Majesty," he greets you.
You give him a firm nod, then quickly state that you won't ask he kneel on the ground for your arrival, which he gratefully accepts.
Seeing the situation defused and that you're not planning to pull Vano away, the nomads slowly go back to what they were doing, with perhaps a slight decrease in volume for the musicians.
"I believe I know why you're here."
You give him another nod. Of course he's going to understand after what he offered in your first meeting. Perhaps also he wants to avoid speaking too directly with your soldiers present.
He gives a soft little smile.
"Which performance would you like to receive, Your Majesty?"
You tell him you hesitate to be greedy, but could there be both?
"Ah, I wish it were so, but we will need time to set up and I will need to recall my family from their acts outside our camp to prepare."
Fair enough, you suppose. You can't demand he have them ready for you at a moment's notice.
You confirm one last time.
Dancing or fortune-telling…?
"It is as you say, Your Majesty."
You nod. Which will be the better experience of the two, in his opinion?
He doesn't hesitate in his reply.
"You will find them without equal. It merely comes to your preference."
If you wish to see dancing, he promises you a magnificent display of elegance and graceful movements that will have you enthralled.
If you wish fortune-telling, he promises you will be dazzled by mystic insight that will leave you enlightened and spiritually fulfilled.
Of course, he adds, you are free to return for the performance of the other daughter. On a different day.
…The promise of mystic insight makes you pause. Perhaps you should have brought up this fortune-telling to Beatrice to hear her opinion. You don't recall Beatrice ever giving a hint that she could predict the future. Is such a thing really possible?
If you took Vano's words at face-value, it could be very worthwhile to hear what this fortune-teller has to say…
–Hrm. Though, it is being offered in the context of dancing and revelry. You should consider it entertainment.
The question was which impulse were you more eager to satisfy?
>The fortune-telling intrigues you and you're curious how it will be done. For now, fortune-telling.
>You're eager to see how graceful the feminine form can be in motion. Dancing, for now.
The strategist in me wants to see the fortune-teller, gain some insight into some coming event. The perv in me wants to see some dancing. Since we have the opportunity for both, I'm going to lean to the latter.
Option 2; see some dancing.
>>62462>You're eager to see how graceful the feminine form can be in motion. Dancing, for now.
Dancing first, then maybe ask for Beatrice's input on the fortunetelling for another day.
I can get on board with that. Option 2.
Option 2. Dance Dance Ruhemania.
>4 votes for option two, see Vano's daughter who dances first.
See the dancing first.
Poll closed, update soon.
You are interested in the promises of a fortune-teller. But dancing sounds like something you could much more readily appreciate. The dancer may even appreciate your attention.
You tell Vano you'd be happy to receive a performance of dancing. You leave off any comment about fortune-telling. It'll be less awkward if you don't have time.
Vano nods, as if he expected that.
"Ah. One last word, Your Majesty."
He leans himself closer, just far enough you can hear him speak in a hushed whisper.
He asks you to reconsider bringing guards when you come tomorrow. They may make his family nervous and it may affect the performance.
–Well, you'll think about it. You tell him you've heard his advice.
You spare a glance back at your guards. They've been paying attention to your conversation, but it looks like they didn't catch Vano's last statement.
You turn back to him and cough, before announcing you wish him well.
You exchange brief pleasantries as you make your way away from the nomads' wagon, traveling through the same 'circle' of playing children as you go. You wonder why they wouldn't be on a shorter leash, but, whatever. The guards look relieved to be leaving the nomads' camp, but neither of them say anything.
You're at the crossroads again. The performers lie down the path on one side, and the merchants the other.
It looks like there's still people milling around. Perhaps you still have time left.
Off in the distance, you hear a practiced feminine voice rise above the crowd.
"Thank you very much! Come back tomorrow and see the next exciting chapter of…"
A rise rings out from the common people gathered around the stage.
"Encore! Encore!" they cry.
…It's inconvenient that the voices drown out just what sort of performance it was, but whatever it is, it must be interesting.
You're about to direct your path toward the entertainment section when you hear another voice from the opposite direction, this one masculine and boisterous.
"Last call, last call! Only one piece left! When it's gone, it's gone! First come, first served!"
…Damn. Now your interest is piqued for that, too. What ware is being sold that the merchant who stocked it is down to one remaining item? It must be something rare, or at least unusual.
You can't place the voice. It's definitely not that fat merchant you met, at least.
You'd hoped it'd be a little more leisurely, but you want to find out what's going on.
The feminine voice rings out, as if playing a tug-of-war to lure your interest.
"What's that? You want an encore? Who wants it?"
Another din rises as people shout their elation. You'd better make a decision.
Which more deserved your time?
>Perhaps your presence will provoke an encore. Go see whatever entertainer is performing.
>You can't miss a chance at a rare item. Go track down the yelling merchant.
I say option 1. Performances are less likely to happen again, or are slightly different every time.
Send one guard to ask the merchant hold the item in reserve for the King to inspect, then attend the encore. I highly doubt the merchant would refuse.
I'll allow this write-in with the caveat that it is accepted that the soldier may not find the right merchant.
Option 1: the entertainer
>5 votes for option one, pursue the entertainer.
>1 vote for write-in, send one soldier to ask the merchant to hold his item while you attend the performance.
See if the performer gives an encore.
Poll closed. Update soon.
What is more likely to be worthy of your time, you ask yourself?
A performer who has a crowd full of people applauding them, or one merchant making vague promises?
You'll go see the performer.
You give a slight nod to your soldiers and press yourself deeper toward the entertainment area.
It's a bit slower going because people are facing away from you, but you gradually get closer.
As each step brings you closer to the stage, you begin to doubt what your eyes see.
You weren't sure what you were expecting, but it wasn't the sight of someone… familiar.
Albeit, someone you never actually met. And a face you never personally saw.
"Give us an encore, Princess!"
"We love you, Princess!"
There, standing on stage, is the figure of a girl you were shown many months ago. For your own marriage consideration.
Princess Alena, of Saintheim.
Standing on a stage in your Faire, wearing simple adventuring clothes, hat and cape, and a belly that very much does not look pregnant.
She puts her hands on her hips, roaring out to the crowd.
"Let it never be said Princess Alena backs down! Here's a little preview of what you'll see tomorrow, when you hear the next chapter of the adventures of Princess Alena!"
There's a few final smatterings of cheers before the crowd's noises die down. The people must really want to see, and hear, whatever she's about to do.
There's a brief moment before some planks of wood are brought up by unseen hands that surround the Princess on the stage. They're carved and painted to look like trees.
A masculine voice from an unseen actor takes over the speaking.
"No sooner had the brave Princess Alena kicked down the wall of her room and jumped from the side, scaling her way across the wall and over the moat… that she finally reached it. The outside, a place Princesses are never supposed to tread."
You hear the sound of several unseen children in the audience reacting with subdued 'oohs' and 'ahhs'.
"She was ready. Ready to face the world with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a love of adventure in her heart!"
You watch Princess Alena raise an arm bent at the elbow, fist clenched and pointed at the heavens. She flexes, hard, showing off her muscles… well, it's hard to tell from where you are, but she likely has more bravado than muscle.
"Nothing scares me! I'm eager to face anything! Bring it on!"
You watch a cross between performance and pantomime as Princess Alena starts bombastically walking in place, lifting one knee high in front of the other, swinging her arms freely. At the same time, the 'trees' behind her start moving. The one in front of her shifts behind her, the one behind her is taken down and moved quickly in front of her to do it again. The result is an effect that approximates her traveling through a forest.
"But then, what did Princess Alena encounter? What obstacle would she find? Would it be the castle guards come to take her home? Would it be a hideous monster, eager to claim her life…?"
The trees stop moving. A low growl emerges from behind the stage. It's enough to provoke a frightened squeak from the audience.
Princess Alena however, merely stops and raises her arms in some approximation of a barehanded fighting stance.
"I don't care whatever it is, I'm not going back! Come on out and show yourself!" shouts Alena, with resolution.
There's a long pause… before suddenly, a bear pops up in the middle of the stage!
It happens so suddenly even you can't help but give a little gasp.
It stares at Alena, perched up on its hind-legs. Beady eyes staring right at her, maw open and showing sharp teeth.
Even facing this, Alena doesn't recoil. Instead, she… smiles.
"If you aim to make me a snack, you wild bear, then I shall tame you! Have at you!"
The bear raises its front paws, claws extended, and attempts to envelop Alena in a big bear-hug, another fearsome growl rumbling from its throat as it lunges forward, to maul her mercilessly!
Just before it's about to make contact, Princess Alena jumps up, several feet off the ground, delivers a stunning kick to the bear's head, and somersaults over its back!
Her cape flutters dramatically as the bear tumbles forward, landing on its front paws and turning back confusedly, as if puzzled where its target went.
Alena has turned as well, and makes a show of adjusting her hat, tapping the toe of her boot against the floor, and tugging her gloves around her hands before raising her fists.
They stare at each other, and begin to side-step in place… a tense face-off.
Until the masculine unseen voice of the narrator is heard again.
"Princess Alena, face to face with a wild bear! Will she tame this savage beast?? Find out… next time!"
With that, all tension departs the stage. The actors turn to face the audience.
"Thank you, thank you!" shouts Alena, before gallantly taking off her hat to give a deep bow to the audience.
"It's been a treat performing for you! Come back next time!"
The 'bear' similarly waves its paw. Its face still frozen in the menacing grimace which seems more comical than scary, now.
–Well, it went without saying this couldn't possibly be Princess Alena.
Ruhemania is much too remote, and the actual Alena would be royalty aside.
… Still. Her appearance does match what you remember of the portrait. The actress has either seen Princess Alena in the flesh, or heard enough stories to recreate the look.
Furthermore, it means that story likely has some basis in reality. The question was… how much?
You can't help but purse your lips, face tense, as you recall the stories of the 'Terrible Tomboy Princess', the damages she inflicted destroying furniture that her Kingdom paid for, and her rebellious spirit. But, fighting bears?
Well, whatever. It was an amusing enough spectacle. The 'bear' was life-like enough to be a shock when it appeared. There must have been a door hidden in the bottom of the stage for it to spring forth from.
You blink and then realized that while you were lost in your recollection, the actors had given a bag to the crowd to be passed around. You watch some of the attendees throw coin into the sack.
No doubt that's a collection bag, for those with the means to pay them tribute to the actors for a performance well done.
And you, being King, have the means to drop a few coins in.
Did you want to?
You watch it pass hands, just to be sure no one makes an attempt to commit thievery. But perhaps the presence of your soldiers has deterred that.
You weigh the potential benefits of tipping. It could be a chance to make an impression. You're not sure if they realized the King was in attendance for the encore. You could educate them, keep it anonymous, or do nothing.
'Alena' is still on stage, alternating between waving at people and shaking hands with children who approach her.
In that case…
>Take it as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the troupe. Grab the bag last, drop some coin in, and present it personally to Alena.
>Make an anonymous contribution. Drop a few coins in, enough that they'll recognize someone with wealth was in the audience, then depart. Perhaps you can still catch up to the merchants.
>Deposit nothing. You may come see other performances, and you can tip them then if you choose. For now, save your coin for the merchants.
I'm going to go with Option 1, give some coin and have Edward introduce himself to the troupe. Perhaps there might actually be something interesting that can be learned from these actors while they're here (and besides, he did enjoy the show).
If this is a presented way to encounter women from other paths and woo them, the merchant princess was my second choice and she was fucking fiiiiiiiine.
Also, maybe there's items relating to weird fertility alchemy. I'm 100% down for that.
I really like this idea.
More or less the vibe we happened to be getting as well.
So, as such…>Option 2
Really, there isn't a bad choice at this particular junction anyway.
While I'm glad to see one of the original choices return, I just realized that if we went to the merchant, we might have seen the merchant girls that I voted for back at the beginning. Hoisted by my own petard! XP May there be another chance…
To that end, option 2!
>5 votes for option one, receive the bag last, donate, then deliver it personally.
>3 votes for option two, make an anonymous contribution, then make your way back to the merchants.
Introduce yourself to the troupe.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You like the idea you've come up with. It's too good a chance to pass up.
You watch the bag pass around, then, when it begins to circulate the other way, that is when you stick out your hand.
The surrounding commoners are so shocked that it freezes and is passed to you immediately.
You make a show of holding up the bag, reaching into your coin pouch, gathering a few coins, then dropping it in.
Then, you begin to march toward the stage, gently relaying your intentions to your guards.
As you get closer, you see it's mostly little girls crowding around Princess Alena, none older than eight years perhaps.
They look especially enthusiastic and one of them is practically vibrating in place as she tells her she wants to grow up to be just like her.
Alena is still acting the role it seems. She's giving them some words of encouragement without being condescending. Even then you get the feeling she's holding back. Telling children to run around kicking down walls and running off into the forest isn't going to endear her to the parents.
The bear, meanwhile, has some boys crowding around him, asking if they can pet his fur, at which he growls.
Finally, you attract the attention of the troupe.
Alena gives a small squeak of surprise as she realizes who you must be. If your clothes and royal sash weren't enough, the soldiers beside you probably were.
–You suddenly are seized with a wicked idea.
Your intention was to praise them for a performance well-done.
However, they're still acting 'in-character', and there's a few children around who clearly don't understand that there's a difference.
Maybe you should get in on 'the act,' so to speak?
It might be especially impressive to greet the actress as 'Princess Alena' and act like she actually is the princess of Saintheim, come to visit your Faire.
Wouldn't it make sense for the King to formally greet another royal, were she to visit His castle?
The notion tickles your funny bone, at least.
You're not sure if the actress will appreciate or deride the need for sudden improvisation, but you bet the kids will adore it.
The awe at seeing your face hasn't yet worn off. You'd better decide which angle to take this conversation.
>It's too perfect to resist. Play along and greet the actress as you would a fellow royal. Encourage her to act 'in character.'
>The adult world is removed from childish fantasy. Greet her as an actress, congratulate her on her performance.
Option one because I'm curious to see what happens. Edward needs to loosen up at times and this seems like a good opportunity to do that.
Make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh! *sings*
Option 1, for metagaming reasons. We as the players know she is the princess, and I personally think it will be easier to if we play along for a moment, giving Ed time to realize for himself that she is the princess she claims to be.
>The Wu is comin' through, the outcome is critical
>Fuckin' with my style, is sort of like a miracle, on 34th Street
Option 1; You wouldn’t tell a group of kids Santa wasn’t real, would you?
>7 votes for option one, engage with the actress as if she were a Princess.
Address her in-character as Princess Alena of Saintheim.
You put all the charm into your voice that you can muster.
Princess Alena, you greet her, with a little bow before continuing, it is a fine honor to have her inside your castle walls. You offer your full hospitality as King Edward, Sovereign of Ruhemania and holder of all titles therein.
There's audible gasps from everyone around you, including your own guards and the bear.
You trust she's had a safe journey from her native Saintheim to Castle Valachia, you ask?
You turn your head slightly and give the actress the slightest little wink.
You think she gets the picture as her surprise leaves her and she puts both hands on her hips.
"Thanks for the fine welcome, King! The distance between here and old San'teem is great, but that just made me want to get here even more! There's no where on God's green Earth that's off-limits for me, and when I heard the scale of the celebration you were throwing… I had to make sure I came and saw it with my own eyes!"
You can't hold back your grin, though you try to disguise it more as etiquette than genuine merriment.
Is that so, you ask? You're sure there's many more things in your Kingdom you could show Her Highness as well, if she cared to see them.
The adults suppress laughter while the potential innuendo goes unnoticed by the kids. It looks like it affected the actress though, as she begins to blush.
"Thanks for the offer, King… but, just call me 'Princess Alena,' or 'Alena'. I never was one for titles, myself."
You see that she very much possesses the… rebellious spirit that her reputation suggested, you say.
The actress puts on a little frown.
"Hey! What's that supposed to mean?"
She leans forward, making a show of crossing her arms. The crown of her hat points at you accusingly.
Ah, that she's 'free-spirited,' you mean to say, you correct.
There's a moment's hesitation before the actress gives a little nod, uncrossing her arms.
"Well, okay… when you put it that way, it's fine."
You take that opportunity to press the tip sack to her hand.
Incidentally, you wanted to personally pass on the tips they gathered today to her and her friends, you say. Of course, your own contribution is there as well.
The actress gives the bag the faintest of shakes, and she's all smiles again.
"Glad to hear you liked the show, King! Will we be seeing you tomorrow, too? I think you'll enjoy hearing more about my exciting adventures, if I do say so myself! See if it lives up to my 'reputation' you were talking about."
She hits you with a challenging little grin.
Depending on how long your meeting with Vano's daughter lasts, you may only catch the encore, again. If there is one.
Though, you do have a good solution.
You could invite 'Alena' to come to your castle to share her story with you directly.
It'd be a much easier way to spend time alone with her; see if she would respond to some proper flirting.
You're not sure what sort of woman is underneath the costume, but the idea of vicariously impregnating Princess Alena through a lookalike… you can't deny some appeal. Assuming she was willing to take the roleplay into the bedroom, of course.
Even if she doesn't respond, that would give you a good opportunity to hear the story of Princess Alena of Saintheim.
>Make apologies and say you can't be sure if you'll be able to attend, for reasons of Kingly business and all that. But, you'll try.
>Gallantly invite Alena to share her story with you in your castle before the Faire is through. Frame it as a relaxed meeting between royals.
I'm a bit worried about making this offer in public like this, but the opportunity is too tempting to resist.
It's all fun, but inviting her into the castle seems a bit much. She's not Alena, she's a commoner.
Also I'm not sure what tharja thinks of this. It's one thing to knock up every woman in sight while she approves. But fucking this "Alena" might make her wonder if Edward regrets choosing her after all. Everyone else isn't really an option beside tharja the princess, even other aristocrats. But Alena really was an option for Edward once. Tharja made an exception for Daniella before and we respected it. Maybe she will make an exception for princess lookalikes as well. Let's not disrespect our wife here. At least tell her about this encounter and ask her first.
Just to put the thought out there, we could invite Alena to the castle strictly for storytelling, but before it actually happens, we talk to Tharja about having sex with her. Depending on Tharja reacts, we can adjust our plans accordingly.
I'll go ahead and vote for option 2.
And is anyone else still kicking themselves for missing the merchant daughters? I know I am! XP But, I shall console myself with the fact that the faire will take some time, and we may yet have another chance.
>>63364>And is anyone else still kicking themselves for missing the merchant daughters? I know I am!
Definitely kicking myself a bit too. It's been so long since the intro that I didn't even consider the angle.
>1 vote for option one, make vague promises and hedge bets about meeting her again.
>4 votes for option two, invite Alena to a 'meeting' between royals to hear about her adventures.
Continue to stay 'in-character' and invite Alena to a formal meeting to discuss her adventures.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You tell her you wish you could. But, you are the head of your country. You can only spend so much time with your eyes on the Faire festivities.
If she'd agree, you'd love if she would come to your caste proper and let your ears hear her re-tell the story.
It's only natural for two royals to become a little more acquainted.
Alena puts her hands on her hips, letting out a 'hm' sound as she pretends to think it over. You catch her eyes shifting to her 'bear' friend, and the slight inclination of a nod he gives.
She gives you a big smile.
"That sounds fine to me, King! Can't say I'd ever miss an opportunity to let anyone know about the adventures of Alena the Great!"
Hah. Now there's a grandiose name.
You turn your snort into a gentle little laugh.
You'd be honored, very much.
To seal that arrangement… may you have her hand, you ask?
You hold out your right hand, tucking your left hand with your wedding ring out of sight.
You watch 'Alena's' face blush as she realizes what you're offering your hand for.
You hear some of the kids around you hold their breath.
There's a little bit of trepidation in her movements as she raises her gloved hand… but she doesn't place it in yours, instead she moves her fingers to her mouth, bites on the leather tips, and yanks her hand from inside.
Her glove hangs from her mouth as she places her hand in yours, soft eyes making contact with yours.
Then… you bring her hand up to your lips to kiss, dipping your head, slightly.
Some of the kids let out shocked little squeals. –Well, the girls at least. The boys seem to have gotten disinterested.
You spy enough of Alena's reaction from the corner of your eye to guess she's definitely a little more interested in giving you that personal 'meeting' now. Her lips have the slightest part to them, and her skin is still flushed.
You release her hand and raise yourself back up.
You'll be seeing her later, then, you say.
In surprise, her glove drops from her mouth. She quickly swallows and tries to regain her composure, before nodding.
"Thanks for coming by, King!" she says in an attempt to use her boisterous voice, but it still comes off as strained.
You, meanwhile, decide it's a good time to make your exit.
You turn and stride off with your guards, leaving Alena, the other actors, and a gaggle of small children in awe.
It was perhaps an audacious move, you reflect. No doubt other nobility would raise an eyebrow at you daring to treat a commoner as if she were nobility, to say nothing of treating her as if she were royalty. But, who cares? You doubt the story will reach their ears.
You walk around a little bit and take in the other performers. There's bards, clowns, and you even meet a few travelers from Vano's wagon performing a puppet show with an intricate marionette. It sits, it stands, it bows, it performs a dance down to moving its hands. Surely there is craftsmanship in it unlike any you've seen. Even as an adult, you can appreciate it.
It's impossible to keep a low profile, though. No sooner do the performers take notice of you then they start trying to play to you.
You think the commoners are becoming annoyed, but they do little other than shuffle out of your way and avoid your eyes.
Unfortunately, while the other shows are entertaining, nothing catches your eye as much as Alena's.
–Well, there are a few female bards and singers you wouldn't mind growing close to, but you decide not to push your luck, yet.
Perhaps you'll have a reason to invite more musicians to your castle.
You turn back with your guards and almost forget you wanted to see the merchants.
You turn back to visit their section of the Faire, but unfortunately, it looks like most of them have packed up their wares for the night.
The ones you see remaining are selling fire-starters, torches, or clothing for cold weather. Things you don't see yourself needing as King.
If the merchant who offered only 'one piece left' of whatever he was selling is still there, then you don't find him.
Pity. You'll have to come tomorrow… after you see Vano's daughter.
You hope it'll be worthwhile. In the meantime…
Your stomach is beginning to let you know it needs to be fed. It's impossible to satisfy that need at the Faire, so you depart.
You thank the guards for your service once you're inside the castle corridors and dismiss them before walking to the sitting room.
Another guard waits outside the entrance to the sitting room. He salutes you as you draw close, which you return.
He tells you he bears a message: the master of coin needs to discuss something with you, at your leisure.
…Hm. Ricardo was up to something?
You wonder if it's related to him not being present in the treasury earlier.
You ask him if Ricardo specified it was 'urgent'. He says there was no qualification for how urgent it is.
You try to remember when the last time Ricardo called on your personally was, and what for. You're not sure off the top of your head, but you do know you stick your head into Ricardo's treasury a lot more than he sticks his head out.
You thank the guard for his message and proceed into the sitting room.
As you thought from the fact the guard was waiting for you, Tharja, Beatrice, Margaret, and Elizabeth are waiting for you.
Tharja rises from her seat and hugs you.
It's nothing new for you to find yourself in your wife's embrace, but not so suddenly.
You're about to put your hands on her and ask what's wrong when you hear her whisper in your ear.
"Robin is ready tonight. Camilla tomorrow."
You settle into a warm embrace with Tharja. Sounds like she arranged something good for you.
You finally separate, trading naughty smiles with each other before taking your seats.
You're eager to start your meal, which is a bit of cooked fowl, served with bread.
Margaret tastes it for you. She does not drop dead. So, you begin to eat.
You muse on your priorities as the meal goes on.
You haven't talked with Beatrice yet about the Emerald Knight, or the plot with the siblings from Chrisania. Unless Tharja has brought her up to date, she's clueless.
Even then, Tharja wouldn't know what to tell her to do.
Perhaps you should remedy that and stop Beatrice for a meeting together. Her espionage may clue you in on what is a real danger, and how best to confront it.
…Though you are wondering what Ricardo wants to meet with you for.
Would it be something serious? Some sudden expenditure?
Hopefully nothing that would affect the construction of your tower. Maybe he merely wants to ask how much coin you took.
And of course… there's the meeting Tharja has arranged with Robin. Assuming she's still ovulating, you may want to prioritize her.
–Robin could potentially wait until you've met with one of the others, but is that really the best way to do things?
You want to emphasize you're a considerate lover. Rushing from one appointment to hastily put your seed in her womb before night falls and she's missed by her family is not exactly a romantic endeavor.
You rule out trying to meet with both Ricardo and Beatrice tonight. The chance that you'll miss one of them is too high, and you need to prepare for a complicated conversation if you do go that route.
You should decide before the food is gone.
In that case…
>You can't chance any problems with the treasury. Go meet with Ricardo, then to Tharja's room to meet Robin.
>Beatrice's spying is an asset you must put to use. Meet with Beatrice, then to Tharja's wing for your tryst with Robin.
>Following through with your commitment to Robin may endear her to pregnancy, and you, a bit more. Leave the meal with Tharja. Beatrice and Ricardo can wait for tomorrow.
It's time Beatrice gets brought up to speed. I don't like letting Ricardo wait, but we will have to meet him first thing tomorrow.
I don't like being inconsiderate, but option 2.
Much as I would love to give Robin our full attention, we need to get Beatrice up to speed on the Chrisania issue in particular. Hopefully Robin won't be put out if we take a bit of time here.
Option 2. We have to invest in security in our rule.
i'll go with option 2
Beatrice needs to know about the plot
We should probably also mention to Beatrice that the nomads want us to visit without guards. Certainly raised my eyebrow when I read that.
>8 votes for option two, consult with Beatrice.
Bring Beatrice up to date on the castle intrigues during the Faire.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You feel bad for Robin. She's the one who will be most put out by this.
But you really need to bring Beatrice up to date with what's going on.
At the rate things are moving, who knows what's going to happen tomorrow? Better have her working for you now.
You wait until the meal has ended and Elizabeth begins gathering the dishes before approaching her.
You'd very much like Beatrice's company, you whisper. Alone.
She gives you a faint look of surprise before her lips turn in a pleased smile and she nods.
You turn back to Tharja; she's watching you curiously.
Wait, you mouth to her.
Tharja gives you a little nod of recognition. Though you think she looks disappointed about it.
You leave them to clean up, escorting Beatrice out the door and down the corridor.
You'll have to take this all the way to your tower.
You're more hurried no. So much so, you just mutter a brief 'no visitors' order to your tower's guard. You're practically running up the stairs. Soon, you're the only set up footfalls traveling, even though Beatrice doesn't leave your side.
"I say, King. Are you that eager to penetrate me? Ahaha."
…Well, under almost all circumstances, yes.
Unfortunately, this is business, so to speak.
Beatrice stops cackling and is silent for the rest of the climb.
She continues to be quiet as you open the door of your tower and usher her inside.
You take a seat at your small table. Beatrice eschews sitting on the chair to sit on a nest of golden butterflies which appear underneath her when she reclines.
"Let it out King," she says, simply.
You've uncovered several things. First, you're reasonably certain Robin is not a witch, for one. Though you are wondering if the fortune-telling traveler who is Vano's daughter may be one.
But, beyond that…
Two events are on your mind, you say. The Emerald Knight and the Chrisania plot.
You start explaining both to Beatrice in the privacy of your tower.
It helps that Beatrice is a witch and her mental acumen is truly on a level beyond you. She absorbs what you say immediately as you say it, only asking for occasional clarifications in details that she doesn't readily know.
It's thanks to that lightning-quick intellect that you're able to finish bringing her up to date in what you estimate is minutes instead of hours.
And when you're done…
…You ask Beatrice for her thoughts.
Beatrice takes a puff on her pipe.
"I'm not surprised to hear you've come to the conclusion Robin is not a witch. It's not a perfect demonstration, but it is difficult to prove a negative regarding that."
The closest you'd get would be to burn her book and see if she dies… but even then, if Erika's appearance taught you anything, it was that even then, it wasn't a guarantee.
Not to mention you don't doubt if she were to die, Beatrice would be aghast at you for killing a witch 'newborn'. Tharja as well.
And, the fortune-telling?
Beatrice gives you a very wry grin and rolls her pipe in her hand, but stops short of openly scoffing or rolling her eyes at you.
"Short of some very advanced magic that would require centuries of perfect planning, you may dismiss any notion of witchcraft being presented as something that would predict the future."
She blows a breath of empty air on the plume of smoke rising from her pipe without taking a puff.
"By all means, if you suspect something with cause, please tell me. But you may safely assume they are charlatans performing some show of illusions to create a pantomime of magical power."
…Hm, Beatrice sounds more than a little biased against whatever worth the fortune-teller's words may have for you.
Fair enough. She is a witch.
And, insights regarding the Emerald Knight?
Beatrice simply shrugs.
"Someone wants to win your jousting tournament. They appealed to the judge's greed to entice them to act in their favor to achieve that. I have nothing to add. Do you know anyone obsessed with winning? Who would resort to unsporting tactics?"
… You try to think if anyone could fit that description.
Dimitrie seemed interested in the tournament, and in sparring with you, but the spar you had together… it was conducted honorably. You won't deny he won by besting you fairly.
Your soldiers also have always acted honorably with you.
Beatrice clicks her tongue.
"You may be best served putting it aside and seeing if more sabotage occurs. Let me know when the date of the tournament draws close, King, and I will help you."
How so, you ask?
"It requires sturdy weaponry, armor, and equipment for the beast you intend to mount, does it not? All targets that could be tampered with. I will examine them and make sure they are not sabotaged, nor that anyone makes such an attempt."
You hadn't thought of that.
If the stablehand was told to take ambivalent judgments and make sure they favored the Emerald Knight, and then the Emerald Knight's opponent was to suffer some accident from a faulty rein, shoe, or splintered lance…
That would make much more sense. You'll thank her for her help, then.
You wonder if you should bring up your concerns to the senior guard and ask how they're overseeing that area of the tournament.
That might tip your hand if the Emerald Knight is someone related to your guards, though.
Beatrice uncrosses her legs and leans forward.
It's a movement that flashes more than a generous amount of her cleavage at you.
It draws your eyes immediately.
"Now then… about this plot against you by the Chrisania nobles…"
… Right. The real meat of why she's here.
Beatrice leans back in her seat.
"They have an very long-sighted plan, King. Do you know who plans in the long-term?"
…You're not entirely sure.
Beatrice raises an eyebrow.
"Witches," she states, as if it's obvious.
…You lean forward in your chair.
She suspects Erika's involved, after all, you ask?
Beatrice smacks her lips.
"You tell me."
It really doesn't seem like her style.
Erika is the witch of 'destruction'. If she wanted to cause a problem for you, she'd take a much more direct approach. Collapse a mountain or poison a harvest of crops, that sort of thing.
Beatrice's lips tighten in a pleased expression.
"Good, good. Yes, that is my analysis too. Ahahaha."
She gives out a cackle like she's having fun.
"It seems to me, and I am one only recently getting acquainted with your mortal society, that this is a telling reveal of what your enemies can really do against you. They lack an army to oppose you. They lack the raw cunning to usurp you. They lack the sheer force of will to openly defy you… so they fling out some metaphorical darts and see if they'll hit. Who cares if it takes years to mature? It is better than nothing."
So it was the equivalent of attacking with a wooden sword against an opponent armed with iron and proper mail.
You're likely to fail with that discrepancy of strength, but you may hit an eye-socket or some other vital point.
"That, and your opponent is distracted and can't fight back… I assume that's why you're calling on me, rather than having them all arrested as traitors?"
Basically, yes. You really only want to make such a brash move if you've exhausted all options. Something to perhaps cajole them all to your side, as Robin already had been, or at least neutralize them as threats.
"Mm. You should consider one other possibility, King. Erika may not have the interest to orchestrate this scenario, but if she were to find out about it, and saw the potential for the problems it could cause you…?"
You turn that possibility over in your mind.
You're not convinced Erika would ride out with one of your manipulated bastard sons onto some battlefield and start tearing soldiers apart with obscene bursts of magic… but if you remember the story from Daniella, about how witches provided the nobles of Ruhemania with resources to fulfill their needs, all in exchange for being left alone… it would make winning a war by attrition a little more difficult.
You feel suddenly motivated to put an end to the Chrisania plot, or perhaps find some way to persuade Erika away from Chrisania before such a partnership could happen.
Beatrice bounces a crossed leg against the other.
"Those are my thoughts on the matter. How would you like me to act, King?" she asks.
…You need to confirm one last thing. Beatrice has been helping Tharja prepare for the Church service? How is she doing? Can she handle it?
You don't want to worry about Tharja being wrapped up in any political problems you are dealing with.
"She's at a point I believe she would be able to meet the expectations of your sensitive little priest and sit through an entire service. Though with a little more training, she will do it more convincingly."
That may have to do if you need Beatrice to spy for you instead. You're asking her to retake the mantle as your spymaster, after all. That won't leave time for whatever she and Tharja are doing.
… You haven't answered Beatrice yet. She's waiting for you to decide.
You think about your options, and make your decision.
>Strive for an ideal solution. Investigate all three remaining Chrisania siblings and find out what their hearts desire so you can bribe them all into switching their loyalty. The best solution is if none of them go home.
>Bribing all of them is a fool's errand. Abandon an ideal solution for something more practical. Find out which Chrisania sibling is most dangerous and actively malicious. If one is arrested, the others will likely fall into line.
>Actually, you want Beatrice to investigate the Emerald Knight. Find out who it is. You can handle Chrisania on your own.
>Tharja's performance must be perfect, and you're sure Beatrice is enjoying being with her. Continue to have Beatrice train Tharja in witchcraft. No spying needed.
Option 1. Keep your friends close…
Hm… This is definitely a tricky one. I would immediately rule out 2, since we don't want to be too heavy-handed with the siblings. In fact, we probably don't need much help with them short-term given Robin and Cordelia. Edward can probably take care of Camilla as well, though that does eventually leave what to do with Corrin…
Probably unpopular opinion, I'm going with Option 3. The Emerald Knight is still one of the bigger enigmas in recent events and we have no idea if they merely mean to win the tournament (fair or foul) or if their intentions are something more malicious. I still have some possible suspicions about the Knight, but there's nothing to go by currently in solving anything about them.
Although I think that one and two are not mutually exclusive, two seems to be the more real politik minded of the two.
No idea why, but Option 4 seems like it is there for a pointedly noted reason, so going with that for the moment.
honestly i wouldn't want to get some of them against us and miss the chance of impregnating them since non-con isn't depicted. plus allies are always better than prisoners
lets go with option 1
We have to worry short-term vs long-term here. Short term Tharjas performance matters very much. Long term, the three girls affects us drastically. I vote option 1
I agree that options 1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive. If we fail at all three of them being turned, we can either arrest the last, or come up with another plan.
I'm going with option 1 because I'm the cautious sort and don't want to bring down the hammer prematurely. Also, Beatrice seemed to think little of the Emerald Knight plot, and keeping her engaged in something she finds interesting will keep her happy.
Also, can we ask for short-term plans? If so, ask her to act as an invisible escort for our visit to the nomads. I do find it suspicious that they ask us to arrive without guards.
>7 votes for option one, have Beatrice investigate all three remaining Chrisania siblings, specifically to find ways to win them over to your side.
>2 votes for option two, have Beatrice look for evidence for who is the most malicious of the Chrisania siblings that you may arrest them and cajole the others.
>1 vote for option three, there's too many unanswered questions about the Emerald Knight. Have Beatrice search for their identity.
>1 vote for option four, forego espionage, have Beatrice continue to train Tharja.
Orchestrate a plan to bribe the Chrisania siblings to your loyalty.
Poll closed. Update soon.
You don't want to give up on your ideal solution.
You could easily have Beatrice find a reason to arrest one of the Chrisania siblings, and then offer the others a chance to repent and atone.
But, you'd like to think you could impregnate all three sisters. And perhaps learn that Corrin is not a terrible person either.
–That may not turn out to be the case, but if you can bribe them all into accepting you as more deserving of their loyalty, it will be close enough.
You tell Beatrice you want her to specifically search for ways to entice the Chrisania siblings to switch loyalties. It's not enough to arrest them, let alone assassinate them.
You intend to have them all stay at the castle, or at least the sisters. That will thwart the plot.
Beatrice hesitates. She gives you a little appraising look, then nods.
"As you wish, King."
Hm. That's a surprisingly straightforward acceptance of your order from Beatrice.
…You decide to ask. Does she wish to make some comment about the dangers of 'trying to appease everyone'?
She shakes her head.
"No, I do not believe that is called for, here."
She curls her book up in her lap.
"This is a considerable project. I will be stalking them in the morning up until midday, then again at sunset. I will miss breakfast with you and Tharja and claim some excuse. I will be available at your afternoon meal, where I will inform you if I have uncovered anything substantial. Familial connections are flimsy things, King. What one sibling wants, another may covet, and so on. That is why I won't make full suggestions on what sort of 'bribe' to offer until I am confident it will satisfy all four."
Doesn't she mean, three? Robin is on your side.
Beatrice inclines her head.
"Sure of that, are you? Ahahaha. We'll see."
Beatrice's cackle puts a shiver down your spine.
… No, Robin is on your side. You've formed a connection with her. You've trusted her and she's trusted you. That's all there is to it. Though, if Beatrice does hear something, so much the better.
You let that pass without further comment.
Beatrice spins her pipe in her hand, horizontally, along her elegant, soft palm.
"At the same time, if you change your mind or need something else addressed, I will be available then for you to provide me with new instructions."
For example, the jousting tournament drawing near. Yes, you understand.
…There is actually one other thing.
"Oh~?" she asks, a curious lilt to her tone.
You mention you're going to see the travelers tomorrow, to take in a dancing performance. You were indirectly asked to come alone.
Should you… worry? Is there any way Beatrice can watch over you?
Beatrice purses her lips.
"I say, King. Are you expecting me to swoop down like a bird of prey in such a situation?" She sounds genuinely quizzical, not scathing or mocking.
You remind her she did promise to save your life.
"Well, yes, and I would and will, but I said nothing of saving your body from being punctured and bled out."
…That's not encouraging.
Beatrice licks her lips.
"Were you truly asked to go alone?" she asks.
You lean back and try to remember. Technically, you were only asked not to bring the guards. If you showed up with some escort of some other person… that might be fine.
"And they understand at least some other person will know you visited them? Then, there would be no way to hide it. I would imagine self-preservation would deter such a plot."
Seems… reasonable. They could hardly get their big wagon loaded up and out the castle gate without appearing suspicious. To say nothing about outrunning any pursuer.
Beatrice finally coughs, a short delicate clearing of her throat.
"However, there is something I can do for you, King."
She offers to use her magic to alter the fabric of the clothes you are wearing.
It will become as tough as chainmail, while staying as light as your normal clothes. Any knife or dagger would be unable to pierce it.
Of course, it would also look suspicious if you were to be stabbed. It'd be expected you would instantly draw your sword and cut down any such attacker before they realized what had happened. Fair enough, you suppose.
"Not permanently. A duration of only one day."
Why not permanently, you ask?
Beatrice gives you a wry grin.
"Do you intend to wear the same set of clothes every day, King? Other people will handle your laundry and it may become noticed."
You decide not to press the point. If you really need armor you can just wear your own chainmail openly.
You ponder Beatrice's offer.
You'll decide if you want to take your guards with you, or anyone else, tomorrow. For now you'll just consider if you want to use Beatrice's magic.
It wasn't a perfect solution, it wouldn't stop them from bashing your brains in, but it was something. Though the more you consider it, the more you think you might just be giving in to paranoia.
Wouldn't the travelers be bound by the rules of hospitality? And you've accommodated them and given them reason to see you are just and fair in your regard of them.
Beatrice waits for your answer. You decide.
>It can't hurt. Have Beatrice cast the spell on your clothes, for one day.
>It's asking too much. You'll find some other solution, or ignore it entirely. Don't ask Beatrice to cast the spell.
>Actually, you're more concerned with what Beatrice said about claiming some 'excuse'. Such as menstruation? Ask her if she's ovulated recently.
we don't need no magical doodad to protect us this is just the caravan master, he'd have reason to plot against us if we wronged him but so far he seems friendly. no need to be so paranoiac!
Option 3. this *is* Impregnator Kings after all, and that *is* the premier goal, especially regarding Beatrice, who is in the inner circle but besides Margaret is the one non-confirmed knocked-up member.
I want to know if we've successfully put a baby in Bae-itrice.
If not, this will be the third month in a row she has not taken, and we may need to have a further conversation (I suspect that is where her particular plot line is going, anyway)
Not sure what we should do about the nomad visit yet, but I think an enchantment would probably be overkill. In any case, Beatrice's pregnancy is the most relevant thing.
It really has been a while since we tried knocking her up.
Option three. Though I will remind everyone that if she is not pregnant yet, now is not a good time to try. We do have someone waiting on us.
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>1 vote for option two, turn down the offer of enchantment on your clothes, end the meeting.
>7 votes for option three, no enchantment… but you need to ask her: how is her womb?
Decline her offer, but bring up Beatrice's ovulation status.
Poll closed. Update soon.