And yet I say how is seeking to unify her husband's kingdom treason? It's only treason if her husband doesn't understand what's going on and thinks she's a traitor. The personal aspect is obviously important with an absolute monarchy. Emelia under any other circumstance is actually being very loyal to the idea of a unified state. If this is the American Civil War (which I use only as a loose analogy), she's with the Union. Everybody else is a Confederate. If I had to make a bet, it's that we're going to see massive shifts in institutional power to player characters as the plot progresses. What's interesting is that of the remaining active characters, very few have direct paths to making that happen. Let's review: Mountains: Without King Desmond in the game, our closest remaining player to the throne is JediMasterAnne and Safia--but she's got two brothers between her and any inheritance...which might make Winged_Jedi and Lord Tarvick the closest to actual power there. This is the most crowded theater at the moment though, if memory serves (we could really use a summary of everyone still active), thus making things the most likely to fluctuate. Islands: Without King Nathaniel in the game, Jedi_padawan_leigh is the strongest link to that dynasty...though she remains an unlegitimized child and unrecognized publicly, which essentially means that she still doesn't exist. The biggest power vacuum is here as, unless I'm missing someone, Mitth_Fisto is the only other player in the Islands right now. We're all thinking of a very traditional monarchy in this game...but for some reason I could see a very dispersed region like the Islands somehow following a 1700s Dutch model with a more constitutional monarchy and large merchant influence, which would make Tuckman's potential to influence things skyrocket. Desert: If Stryker01 were not doing only a three part interlude to wrap up Martyn and Callista, then I would say he was probably best positioned at the moment. Unlike Lawrence, he's geographically close to the Desert and the King of the Desert is obviously the most threatened figure right now. Though I'm pretty sure Martyn isn't born of the Desert and doesn't hold lands in his name, which makes it less likely he could claim the crown in Dawnsgrace. Lawrence is the only other noble character in the Desert so he's probably really the best positioned to make a move for that crown...but like his father he has no lands or resources to draw on if he made such a play--but he's about to make a very influential marriage that will carry some weight. Lorrain and Fleet, while a very fascinating storyline that continues to move briskly and keep my interest, are just too low born to make a play here...barring a sudden revelation that at least in Fleet's case I'm hoping isn't coming. Capital: Matheus would be the rightful heir if Fenton were to go down somehow, but HanSolo29 with Emelia is, without question, closest to the seat of power of any remaining player character, geographically and lineage-wise (whereas the now-deceased Beldak was quite far from traditional power instutitions). If Matheus were to die, I am not aware of other kids...so that'd mean that the ship of state would be rudderless and in times of crisis fortune favors the bold and the prepared. Arguing for continuity amongst chaos, Emelia has a play here if circumstances allow it. Or if she cares to engineer them, that is. Or am I missing anyone in this analysis?