Royal Affairs Discussion Thread and Romance Guide (Spoilers Within)

What you see in the post you responded to is everything that Mx. Powell-Smith has publically revealed about their next game. They have promised to tell us more soon, although we don’t know exactly when.

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One more week and then everything will be revealed. Be prepared. Expect the unexpected.

Lion King prepared?

Even more so. You’ll never know what’s coming for you…

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My teeth and ambitions are bared.

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I’m planning to put up an introductory thread that’ll explain the premise and briefly lay out the main characters, and an interactive prologue (which won’t be part of the eventual game but is set a few months before it starts, and is a chance to get to know your MC and their situation) on Tuesday 16th :smile: Then Chapter 1 will go on Patreon in June and in public in July; in the meantime I’ll be posting in-depth character introductions, answering questions, and discussing.

Teran isn’t mentioned all that much so far but there are a couple of minor characters in Royal Affairs who show up briefly and a little bit about the relations between Teran and Zaledo come up a bit in some optional Javi and Fabien chats.

I’ll put these notes behind a tag so that people who want to go in without any knowledge can scroll past more easily as they wish:

Teran notes established so far

Some things that have been mentioned ingame:

  • Teran is a republic with a President
  • Some people have been awarded the title “Honored”; they don’t have Lord/Lady/Noble titles like in Westerlin
  • Teran has a very influential military presence which, though it’s been a long time since deployed in a major way, can and has been used for intimidation purposes
  • Various foodstuffs (including off the top of my head coffee, lobster, some confectionaries) exported from Teran and the surrounding area are delicacies elsewhere
  • Polyamorous marriages are legal in Teran (as in Jezhan)

A couple of things I’ve mentioned elsewhere out of game or is implied ingame:

  • One of the Teranese Islands seceded within living memory (about fifty years ago)
  • Current popular artforms lean towards experimental/avant garde (though I’m sure there are a lot of experimental art fans who “liked it before it was cool”)
  • In general fancy-person etiquette is more flashy/showy than in Westerlin; a very rich aristocrat in Westerlin is more likely to act “modest” about it and try to make it look effortless (“don’t talk about money at dinner!”) whereas Teran is less like that; as a culture it places more value upon open ambition and the work that goes into material success (it varies a lot on an individual level of course!)
  • There is a majority religion, the Church of Teran, which follows the same gods as the Church of Jezhan (as encountered in Noblesse Oblige) but is its own denomination
  • Hospitality etiquette in fancy social circles has some variation from Westerlin

I think that’s about all that I’ve said publicly about the place currently - but I’ll be posting more about it on Tuesday!

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It’s all fun and games until the wildebeest stampede.

And last but not least, here is the last in my little series about writing major Royal Affairs characters - Trevelyan.

Trivia: I can’t remember when it’s said in the game and it may be in an obscure branch, but Trevelyan’s older brother is called George, after the late King Georges :upside_down_face:

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I always enjoyed Trevelyan, whether as a friend, an enemy, or something in between. I had a little trouble at first accepting that Fabien would really think the greatest threat to the status quo was this mouthy kid, but it eventually became clearer that Trevelyan was more a figurehead than a serious problem, and had taken on more symbolic value than they were perhaps entirely ready for. I can believe Trevelyan would become that kind of figurehead: young, clean-cut, bright, well-spoken. Heck, even speaking against the monarchy while being named Estell lends them a certain rebellious poignancy.

I’d rather like to see what would happen if the two Estells ever met. I think Trevelyan would rather like the Queen as a person, and the Queen would have to admit there was a lot in Trevelyan to admire, if they ever stopped butting heads long enough to get to know each other.

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Trevelyan is also, tbh, sort of a nobody and that makes blackbagging him before he picked up real steam pretty easy. If he was somebody if consequence then his disappearance might actually be noticed and cause a stir. Trevelyan, though? Nobody cared except school friends, and the only reason things happened is because some of those school friends happened to be influential/connected.

So I don’t think he was the biggest threat, he was just a minor threat that happened to be easy to do away with.

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I was queuing up vast amounts of Tumblr asks today and kept vaguely remembering something similar but couldn’t recall the details. So in the first post of this thread, I’ve indexed a plethora of Tumblr asks and answers about characters, setting, what-ifs, and so on. It’s under Extras. Enjoy!

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I’ve had more details about how Royal Affairs sold in its first full month now and am incredibly grateful for how it’s been doing. In November my full-time narrative design contract wrapped up and I took the leap to freelance because of how it worked with my life situation. I knew it was right for where I was at mentally (I had essentially been working two jobs plus parenting for three years and I needed the flexibility to recuperate) but it was still very, very scary because I didn’t know if I could make it work.

But between ratings and reviews and people talking about it, Royal Affairs has found an audience! This makes me feel more secure that this was the right choice, that all this work is paying off, and that I can afford to keep making things I love and feel good about putting into the world.

I’m still doing other game work alongside (work that I really enjoy and will love to talk about… when I’m allowed haha) but I’m so thrilled to be able to focus so much of my time on Honor Bound right now. It truly rejuvenates me and brings me a ton of joy. Thank you for helping make that happen with all of your huge amounts of feedback and support, and helping make the future a less scary and more secure place :heart:

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Congratulations on your well-deserved success, Hannah!

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Congratulations! This is wonderful news!

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Thank you so much. Both of you, and many people here and elsewhere, have helped the game so much during and after its production. I feel incredibly fortunate that people feel passionate about my work! :heart:

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That’s amazing to hear Hannah, Royal Affairs is the best I’ve read from you so far it is no wonder it is so highly valued on the community!

Gotta wonder how much your narrative will surprise us on Honor Bound, the Creme de la creme universe is such a growing treasure.

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Does anyone know how to get Hyacinthe into their dance school at the end of the game?I’ve done all the romance routes and I’ve always gotten that ending for Hyacinthe.

Sorry I missed this a while back!

You’ll need to speak to them at the picnic in Chapter 9. Saying you’ll ask the Moradi Conservatory to reconsider is the way to get Hyacinthe into the dance school: they’ll talk to you about it if you invite them to the palace in the final chapter.

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I’ve been wondering, is “college” what high school is called in the UK? I mean, we have colleges in the US too, but usually an 18-year-old student would be entering their first year.

Haha, you have unlocked my “worked in education for a while” mode!

The equivalent of US high schools are usually called secondary schools (or high schools), though they are confusingly sometimes called colleges like this one. That isn’t the norm though. They’ll also often be called academies formally, but you’d not usually call them that in casual speech.

There are Sixth Form Colleges for students aged 16-18 where A-levels are studied (which are the highest school qualification, usually required for university applications) although A-levels can also be studied at secondary schools. Then there are Further Education colleges that are usually for students aged 16+ but sometimes for adults returning to education, which may involve studying A-levels or retaking GCSEs (exams taken at 16) but also may provide vocational courses or apprenticeships - perhaps roughly equivalent to community college. They wouldn’t typically have student housing in the same way a university would.

In the UK at age 18 you’d have finished mandatory schooling and might be going to a Further Education college to do a vocational course, going into Higher Education (a university course which could be studied at university… or at some Further Education colleges. I know :weary:), doing an apprenticeship, or applying for a job.

In Westerlin the final year of school is 18-19 but they are considered a significant step up more mature and ready for life responsibilities than the year below. Gallatin is inspired by finishing schools / charm schools and Archambault is inspired by places like Eton or Harrow, though both are less grim in various ways than their real-world counterparts (more grim in others, of course).

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