No, a Thorn doesn’t have lands nor any important property; they are rankless (they don’t have any title), and work as servants for the upper classes. The staff around the Nightshade Manor are Thorns
I have said it before, but in this game the best you can get is bittersweet, there’s no “winning.”
No, because then said child wouldn’t have Mallow blood, the very same requirement as for why it was demanded of Lawrence to carry on with the family line.
Adoption is more common in Thorns, because in the Green and Purple Circles, specially if inheriting is involved, makes everything much more complicated and messier. Now, there’s always someone who doesn’t care for such things and adopts anyways, but that doesn’t mean the rest of The Society agree with their actions.
Yeah, and who would be the surrogate? Another noble? Do you seriously believe that they would bear a child before marriage (when it’s required of them to not have any before wedlock), making them bastards? That would complicate a lot of things, because the child not only would have claim to the site’s title, but the bearer’s too.
And it’s not even legal to think of paying a Thorn to do it. They have very little things that are completely their own, and their body integrity is one of them, not another tool for the upper classes to play with. The same way they cannot be sexually used/abused/coerced by the Green/Purple Circles (the law itself dictates it), they are not breeding stock.
Bastards and children before marriage can’t inherit, because there’s no guarantee as who’s the other parent. I know the same can be said even if people are married (cheating), but that’s another whole matter.
The issue with such union lie when there is more than one member capable to sire; who says the child is Lawren’s and not fathered by Adonis? They could swear up and down that Adonis didn’t touch the mother and they wouldn’t believe them, because there’s no way of knowing. And poly-marriages make the lineages a mess to track. They don’t even like it when people who have kids from a previous relationship remarry and have more children.
No. Concubines and prostitutes are not legal.
At that age Rhona is already an adult; unlike the MC, she did get her Efflorescence at 18.
Well… Cherry happens to be only interested in women…
Yes, it’s a delicate situation at its best.
The most elitist families do, whereas the less strict ones are… Not keen on marrying them, but more open to wed (good) members from the Green Circles.
More often than not, these Thorns turned nobles marry other people in their same situation (since they are a minority, they stay together for a while) or people from the Green Circles. It’s very rare for them to wed someone from the Purple Circles.
You’re right; they wouldn’t be treated as scum, but people would be condescending towards them, because as past Thorns, they have not been properly raised in The Society’s ways.
That’s why they need several generations, to “polish” their family line (upbringing, manners, education, etc.) for them to be considered “respectable” and have the opportunity to marry into the Purple Circles.
It’s not unheard of for spares or third/fourth children from Purple Circles to wed wealthy members of the Green Circles, but such union wouldn’t be an exchange of title for money, but money for connections.
It needs to be the heir(ess) for it to be money in exchange of a title (consort), but families hold onto them as long as they can, hoping to marry them well.