@Abe thank you!
It’s a funny thing; with all the dominant and recessive traits, biology is kind of a game of chance. The fact that a gene might be dominant doesn’t mean it will always come out on top over the others; it can be a recessive one the one winning in the end, so if you have a really mixed family, everything is possible
The very beginning is going to be a huge mess of possibilities, lies and mysteries that it will take all of the story to disentangle, and not even then everything will be revealed; some things are better kept a secret
I want to make the player doubt who’s actually with them or against them, if they truly have allie’s of are being played. I want to give you trust issues, and, in the end, make you guys wonder if it was worth it, to suffer so much
It would definitely be quick (and maybe even painless), given that there are things Aquilegia considers worse in life, like scandals or “shameful” behaviors. Of course, that doesn’t mean she will pick death over saving face, but she’s especially sensitive to humiliation/bad criticism
No; she will be (really) angry for the miscalculation she made, furious at the whole situation, and expect, even demand, that the MC takes care of her, after all she’s their mother (even if she doesn’t act as such nor deserves the title).
In her eyes Aquilegia can’t do wrong; she’s perfect, and everything bad that happens to her is everyone’s fault rather than hers (because her schemes failed or she overestimates her abilities). She doesn’t hold herself responsible of not loving the MC; Aquilegia truly believes that it’s their duty to make themselves likeable enough for her to feel anything remotely motherly towards them, and not the other way around. She will blame the MC for being an awful child, and that they can “repay” her by giving her a better, more lavish life.
Years ago, someone entertained the thought of killing her for real; they still regret not doing it when they had the chance
That wouldn’t work really well; she’s really ungrateful and would take it for granted (after all she’s your “mother”), not as something she has to work for
She doesn’t have any; the Crowfoot title is in Clematis’ possession, so you can’t strip her away of anything.
Aquilegia can end up in several places, but it’s not a good idea to let her roam free; she’s bound to bring a lot of trouble.
Here you’re quite right Even if The Society promotes terrible parent figures, it’s also expected for children to honor/respect them, regardless of how terrible they have been to them. So having Aquilegia speaking I’ll of you is not exactly a good idea, if you want to cause a good impression/have a good image in front of The Society.
Where’s the point in making it easy?
Yes! You’re absolutely right about her social standing (that’s why she was so keen on marrying Datura), although the Crowfoot have been around for a lot of time. They aren’t very powerful nor influential, but they have a lot of history in The Society and have a lot of branches (so they are related to a lot of families).
Aquilegia’s generation (her siblings and some distant cousins) stand out more than the regular Crowfoot (she married someone who was from the Purple Circles, Adonis is an important military figure, Clematis has a good political position, Wolfsbane is making a lot of progress in the current medical knowledge, etc.), but it’s not enough to consider them “prestigious” or important as a whole.
So while having her making noise wouldn’t be good for the MC’s reputation, it wouldn’t be because she has any sort of influence in The Society, but more of a cultural thing. It already happens in real life, someone with an abusive/appalling mother will say “I hate my mother,” and a lot of people will be surprised and horrified of such thing, even if she has been awful and you would have been better off without her.
Yeah, maybe that’s the best way; make it look like it’s her own fault
You can try, but she will do the same for your character