Having a bad relationship with Avaron won’t get you points with Aquilegia, but having a good one would definitely worsen her opinion on the MC. On the other hand, in Datura’s case it’s better if you are a good sibling; if you are a terrible one, you will put him in a tight spot where he might have to choose between his children, and the MC won’t always come out victorious.
Yes; and the MC (and certain actions) can influence who Avaron ends up married to, even, or state their opinion on Avaron’s future partner.
Avaron’s current existence is already a political one; Datura is aware of it, but didn’t adopt them with any plan in mind. He really wants to ignore that fact about Avaron and give them a good childhood because they are a child, but the adults (and schemers) of The Society don’t think like that. That’s why Datura would make a poor performance in The Society if he were to play the grand game; because he thinks of every member of The Society as people, not tools or pawns.
Once Avaron grows up to be an adult, their position as a (potential) threat for The Society will be much more pronounced; depending on the MC’s actions during their childhood, there are several courses of actions that Avaron can take.
@295Phoenix there are definitely a lot of perks to being a good older sibling
@Skelas yeah, Adonis is lovely like that
Given that Avaron is 5 years younger than the MC, when they are kids these occurrences will be few and far between, because as a little child, Avaron is quite meek (Aaron) or timid (Ava). But as adults, if they have a good relationship, they will be fiercely protective of the MC, because they are the only family they have
You will be able to start several business and make deals, and go to fancy parties which are pretty much power plays. No new titles; that’s already a huge mess I don’t want to delve into (any more), so the only way to get another one (which wouldn’t be truly yours, but a Consort title) is by marrying an heir(ess). And yeah, you can try for political office
There are several ways to become someone powerful without a title It’s just a bit harder, but not impossible. And not all the power is found inside The Society, just saying
No, no more titles for the Nightshade family; there is only one, which lies in the main branch of the family (Petunia’s), the same way Clematis’ future children will be the “main” branch instead of Sid, Adonis’ kid.
Titles are a complicated thing, so I don’t want to make it possible to just go an earn more; it would make some of the struggles I planned for the game pointless
The MC can be the heir and then marry, or have a claim to it, arrange a powerful marriage (better than the other family members who also have a claim) and become the heir.
In case both parties have a a title, both of them keep their surnames (like Petunia Nightshade and Stephanos Bane); if only of them has one, then the other party changes their surname for their spouse’s (Perebea Faerwald, née Mulberry, married to Caelan). And if they don’t have any, they still keep their own lasts names (Datura Nightshade and Aquilegia Crowfoot).
The MC’s title, in case they become the heir and later on the Head of the Nightshade family, would be [MC’s name] Viride Nightshade, Marquess/Marchioness of Lothethorn. Nowadays titles are mostly a nominal thing (although they still have some control over their lands, when important decisions have to be made), but in the old days the Nightshade owned Lothethorn, a territory near The Borders. Although it’s not a very rich land, it has a lot of strategic value and some interesting wildlife that is not found anywhere else.
Leander/Baladre have no interest in offing the MC; they are a bit like their father, Stephanos, apathetic and uncaring about a lot of things, and rarely perceive them as obstacles or menaces, just… annoying.