@tooweiss If you go for either Lothar or Edmund, you could potentially become very powerful as their wife (e.g. influencing them to make certain decisions, etc). There is no way for you to directly amass power. The King might be going senile, but he has enough clarity to know he has to keep his second wife happy because she is the niece of a foreign emperor.
Alexandra’s mother died in childbirth, though it was only mentioned in passing.
@lokidemon007 Depends on what the definition of ‘best’ is. In terms of security, wealth, and power, Lothar is the best one since he will be unfailingly faithful toward Alexandra, regardless of how she treats him. In terms of of personal satisfaction, I would say Oskar, since he’s a real pain to get close to, but sweet once together. In terms of Alexandra’s own sanity, Edmund is the best for her, since his emotional baggage is easier to unpack. I hope I somewhat answered your question ^^
@Rogar This is where artistic licence comes in! Historically, yes, it would be a very old title, but I changed it here. There can only be four count palatines at a time in Alayonte, and those who have the title are decided upon whether or not they are an arcanist, someone who is able to wield magic. Two of the titles are maintained within two noble houses that are able to produce arcanists. The other two are gathered from within all the nobility, and occasionally even from the commoners, should they fail to find any. The arcanists they find are then trained and work for the palace until a title frees up, and they receive it.
Now, for what a count palatine does in Alayonte, they kind of serve as the royal family’s personal servant. They are granted privileges equal to royal princes, and can act as the king’s proxy, should the situation call for it. They deal with everything the royal family can’t deal with in the open, such as assassinations, suppressing rebels, and so forth, and often deal with investigations that normal law-enforcement can’t. I guess the best way to describe their work is the dirty work nobody wants to do. They have no lands to rule, but are given fancy houses and large sums of money for their work.
@resuri08 @Anathema I’m glad you are enjoying it! As for Eleonora, she’ll be perfectly fine. The Crown Prince and her get along quite well, since they did spend a lot time together in their childhood. And don’t worry, you’ll see her a few times again in the prologue, and depending on which RO you choose, she could show up quite a bit.
@cookiemonsta Children will probably be in the epilogue scenes, which is probably for the best, since none of the ROs are probably able to deal with them until then. I’m still contemplating the idea of a lover, so I’m not too sure about that part. However, I can definitively answer questions about their personalities!
Edmund von Brandt, Duke of Lohenstan | He’s a self-declared libertine. Most people think of him as a useless flirt, but he’s actually quite intelligent. Edmund became a duke when he was child, after his father was murdered, and used to be a very stern and serious person. Nobody really understands why he suddenly changed to become a shameless skirt-chaser in his twenties. He doesn’t really believe in long-term relationships or love, and flirts endlessly with Alexandra.
Oskar von Vogel, Captain | He’s originally a sulky and rebellious child, so his parents sent him to military school when he was fourteen. Something seems to click there, and Oskar thrives, joining the military officially at eighteen. However, his personality has changed to a broodier and colder one, but still maintains his rebellious streak. Despite this shift, he still treats Alexandra rudely, and tends to push her away.
Lothar von Metzger, Count Palatine | He’s the perfect gentleman with a pristine reputation. His exact origins are a mystery, but he was taken to the capital to be trained as an arcanist from a young age. He gained his title at eighteen when his mentor died, and has always maintained his humble and flawless reputation. He claims to have fallen in love with Alexandra at first sight, and is never anything but kind and gentle toward her.
Just for fun, all of them have one ‘good’ end, and I say that in quotes because it’s more bittersweet than anything. Edmund will have about three bad ends, Oskar will have about four or five bad ends, and Lothar has seven bad ends planned. If anyone is familiar with otome games, I wonder if you can guess what type of guy they are.