D&D General Would he be happy to spend his life as A Senior Baron or as he's the only child of the king would he try for throne. PS he's the kings bastard son

JMISBEST

Explorer
I had A Dnd Dream last night and I want to know what people think of it. PS I know that no one can give any real answer I just want opinions

So theirs a guy that's sgpend his entire life as The Son and heir of A Senior Baroness without knowing who his father is

Then on her death bed his mother tells him that he's the kings only child, his mothers 16 years younger then his father, at the time of his birth she was 35 and he was 19, now she's 58 and the kings 42, and that as illegitimate as he was, the soon to be Senior Baron was conceived on the kings stag night, meaning the king fathered a child with his mistress less then 10 hours before he married his wife, and she can proof it

So now what does The Senior Baron do?, is he happy to stick with the title, power, wealth and influence of A Senior Baron or as he's the only child of the king does he try for throne?. After all he may be illegitimate but his mother was A Senior Baroness, he can proof he's the kings only child, even if he is the kings bastard child, and he was still raised in the ways of the nobility
 

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Sounds like a great story.
So who are the other heirs? If there are none, it might be a cakewalk.
If there are other heirs, are they worthy? In his estimation, or a disinterested party's?
Not sure it's a great D&D game, but it's a great story.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
These questions have no answers. It all depends on the temperament of the person, and their political situation.

Is this once again "trying to inspire ideas"?
 

aco175

Legend
If it can be proven, then maybe. If there is no other children and the throne would fall to a brother or cousin, then maybe bring out the proof. Depends on how powerful the other people are that are in line for the throne.
 


delericho

Legend
Given that the character in question is an individual, they can act in whatever way the player or GM chooses - there's no 'would' about it.

That said, if he's been raised as the supposedly-legitimate son and heir of a baron and has just learned that he's the illegitimate son of the king (and nobody else knows), then by far the smart thing to do is destroy any and all evidence of this and carry on as if he'd never found out - he has no meaningful support base for taking over the kingdom; it's very likely very few people would believe him anyway; the other heirs would want to see him dead... and in most places succession laws specifically exclude illegitimate children - meaning that if he outs himself as the king's illegitimate son his best-case outcome under the law may well be to see him lose his inheritance as baron for no gain at all.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Given that the character in question is an individual, they can act in whatever way the player or GM chooses - there's no 'would' about it.

That said, if he's been raised as the supposedly-legitimate son and heir of a baron and has just learned that he's the illegitimate son of the king (and nobody else knows), then by far the smart thing to do is destroy any and all evidence of this and carry on as if he'd never found out - he has no meaningful support base for taking over the kingdom; it's very likely very few people would believe him anyway; the other heirs would want to see him dead... and in most places succession laws specifically exclude illegitimate children - meaning that if he outs himself as the king's illegitimate son his best-case outcome under the law may well be to see him lose his inheritance as baron for no gain at all.

Yeah you really need to start a plot to seize control of a duchess. Normandy perhaps.

England's just there kill the king become king.

Last time a bastard took the English throne.
 

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