nods One of the divergence points of my noble MC is she would like to have a family, even if she isn't considered noble. She had no problem with Breden not wanting to have children herself (same sex couple, of course), but to even deny the possibility of adoption would be a deal breaker...
Not to mention that in the wake of a successful revolution there will be a large number of orphans anyways. Hell, if you successfully beat the Phalangites, odds are good many of the children in your band lost both parents (in play, while I can win, I still suffer around 66%-75% casualties among the adults)
Not that I'm complaining...I mean, the Phalangites usually has around 700 troops with 5 Theurges, and my band tends to have only around 400-450 adults by that point. So whittling down that many to win is a big accomplishment.
Heh, and I think it was genius of @Havenstone to have the party get poisoned if Breden is still there, otherwise not if gone...players will certainly metagame the question whether Breden is a traitor or not.
That was why I entertained the notion there might be some Theurgic way to create a Manchurian candidate...the NPC wouldn't consciously be a traitor, but at certain times, will send info/actions from a compromised state.