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* ''Webcomics/GirlGenius'': Years before the main story began Castle Heterodyne was attacked and badly damaged and the two lords of the family disappeared, apparently without a living heir. However it is eventually revealed that Agatha, the main character of the series, is in fact a daughter of the Heterodyne family and thus the legitimate Lady of House Heterodyne.

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* ''Webcomics/GirlGenius'': ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Years before the main story began Castle Heterodyne was attacked and badly damaged and the two lords of the family disappeared, apparently without a living heir. However it is eventually revealed that Agatha, the main character of the series, is in fact a daughter of the Heterodyne family and thus the legitimate Lady of House Heterodyne.

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* ''Webcomics/GirlGenius'': Years before the main story began Castle Heterodyne was attacked and badly damaged and the two lords of the family disappeared, apparently without a living heir. However it is eventually revealed that Agatha, the main character of the series, is in fact a daughter of the Heterodyne family and thus the legitimate Lady of House Heterodyne.
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** In the ''Elsweyr'' expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', Euraxia Tharn massacred the King and Queen of Elsweyr and their children, usurping the throne. [[spoiler: Khamira reveals herself to be the daughter of King Hemakar and the Queen; she was visiting a monastary during the massacre, and was brought to Lord Gharesh-ri, the Speaker of the Mane, as his page until the time was right to reveal herself.]]

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* Similarly, [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Paris]] was packed off and raised as a shepherd due to a prophecy that he would cause Troy's destruction. In some versions, he was taken back by his parents because the prophecy had been made by his sister [[TheCassandra Cassandra]], [[CassandraTruth who no one believed anymore]].

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', protagonist Lyn grew up an orphan on the plains of Sacae, but would later discover that she is of royal descent and nest in line to the throne of Caelin.


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail proving that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and then married Lyanna), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail proving that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and then married Lyanna), Lyanna, and put two and two together after Bran regaled his own clairvoyant revelation to Sam), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]


** ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' also has Tomjon, the King's son, who was taken out of the palace so Felmet couldn't kill him, and then found by the witches and given to a troupe of actors so that he would move around the Discworld and not be noticed until it was time for him to retake the throne. He ''didn't''; he preferred to stay as an actor, but there was another lost royal orphan: Verence, the Fool. (He's not actually the son of the ''king'', though; he's [[spoiler: the son of the queen by the previous Fool]].)

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** ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' also has Tomjon, the King's son, heir, who was taken out of the palace so the usurper Felmet couldn't kill him, and then found by the witches and him. He was given to a troupe of actors by the witches, so that he would move around the Discworld and not be noticed until it was time for him to retake the throne. He ''didn't''; Except he ''didn't'': he preferred to stay as an actor, but luckily there was another lost royal orphan: a half-brother revealed as an alternative heir: Verence, the Fool. (He's not actually ([[spoiler: Subverted in that ''neither'' half-brother is the son of the ''king'', though; he's [[spoiler: king; rather, Tomjon is the son of the queen by Verence's father, the previous Fool]].)


* OlderThanFeudalism: Literature/TheHistories of Herodotus report a story like this about UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat. In this story, Astyages, King of the Medes, has a PropheticDream that his advisors interpreted as meaning that the son of his daughter Mandane, whom he had married off to King Cambyses of neighboring Persia, would supplant him. Astyages therefore recalled Mandane to his capital at Ecbatana and waited for her to give birth. When she gave birth to a son named Cyrus, Astyages ordered his general Harpagus to kill the newborn. Harpagus couldn't manage this, so he delegated it to one of the royal shepherds, Mithradanes, who couldn't bring himself to do it, either. Instead, Mithradanes, whose wife had conveniently given birth to a stilborn son about the same time as Mandane was giving birth to Cyrus, presented the stillborn child to Astyages as Cyrus, and took Cyrus as his own son. For ten years, Cyrus was raised as a shepherd's son, but eventually Cyrus does something unshephardlike (he orders the son of a noble to be beaten for failing to follow his orders), and the shepherd tells Astyages everything. At this juncture, Astyages realizes YouCantFightFate and sends the boy to live with his parents in Persia. (Meanwhile, he tricks Harpagus into eating his own son as punishment for his failure to carry out orders.)

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* OlderThanFeudalism: Literature/TheHistories of Herodotus report a story like this about UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat. In this story, Astyages, King of the Medes, has a PropheticDream that his advisors interpreted as meaning that the son of his daughter Mandane, whom he had married off to King Cambyses of neighboring Persia, would supplant him. Astyages therefore recalled Mandane to his capital at Ecbatana and waited for her to give birth. When she gave birth to a son named Cyrus, Astyages ordered his general Harpagus to kill the newborn. Harpagus couldn't manage this, so he delegated it to one of the royal shepherds, Mithradanes, who couldn't bring himself to do it, either. Instead, Mithradanes, whose wife had conveniently given birth to a stilborn son about the same time as Mandane was giving birth to Cyrus, presented the stillborn child to Astyages as Cyrus, and took Cyrus as his own son. For ten years, Cyrus was raised as a shepherd's son, but eventually Cyrus does something unshephardlike (he orders the son of a noble to be beaten for failing to follow his orders), and the shepherd tells Astyages everything. At this juncture, Astyages realizes YouCantFightFate and sends the boy to live with his parents in Persia. (Meanwhile, he [[FamilialCannibalismSurprise tricks Harpagus into eating his own son son]] as punishment for his failure to carry out orders.)


Often overlaps with or leads to ReallyRoyaltyReveal, HiddenBackupPrince, ManInTheIronMask and RightfulKingReturns. SuddenlySuitableSuitor is a common plot twist.

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Often overlaps with or leads to MosesInTheBulrushes, ReallyRoyaltyReveal, HiddenBackupPrince, ManInTheIronMask and RightfulKingReturns. SuddenlySuitableSuitor is a common plot twist.



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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Emma Swan is the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, who was the reigning Queen before the curse takes effect. As a baby, Emma is sent away through a portal to our world by her parents in their efforts to save her from the curse. In the real world, she is raised in foster care without any idea of who her parents are [[spoiler:until the curse is lifted from Storybrooke and she is reunited with them.]] Emma is the heir to her kingdom's throne but this has yet to be a plot point in the series.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail proving that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and then married Lyanna), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Literature/TheHistories of Herodotus report a story like this about UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat. In this story, Astyages, King of the Medes, has a PropheticDream that his advisors interpreted as meaning that the son of his daughter Mandane, whom he had married off to King Cambyses of neighboring Persia, would supplant him. Astyages therefore recalled Mandane to his capital at Ecbatana and waited for her to give birth. When she gave birth to a son named Cyrus, Astyages ordered his general Harpagus to kill the newborn. Harpagus couldn't manage this, so he delegated it to one of the royal shepherds, Mithradanes, who couldn't bring himself to do it, either. Instead, Mithradanes, whose wife had conveniently given birth to a stilborn son about the same time as Mandane was giving birth to Cyrus, presented the stillborn child to Astyages as Cyrus, and took Cyrus as his own son. For ten years, Cyrus was raised as a shepherd's son, but eventually Cyrus does something unshephardlike (he orders the son of a noble to be beaten for failing to follow his orders), and the shepherd tells Astyages everything. At this juncture, Astyages realizes YouCantFightFate and sends the boy to live with his parents in Persia. (Meanwhile, he tricks Harpagus into eating his own son as punishment for his failure to carry out orders.)



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* KingArthur, at least in most versions of his story, is this. He grows up knowing that the nobleman raising him isn't his real father, but neither he nor anyone else has any idea that he's actually the missing son of the late Uther Pendragon until he pulls a certain sword out of a certain stone.
* In Greek mythology, {{Oedipus}} was of the 'sent away by the king and queen' variety. A prophecy foretold that the baby prince would one day kill his father and marry his mother, so they sent him away to prevent it. As a young man, he learns of the prophecy - and believes it means his ''adoptive'' parents, since he has no idea he was adopted. Horrified, he runs away to try to prevent it. No prizes for guessing what happens next.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Emma Swan is the daughter of Prince Charming
and Mythology]]
* KingArthur, at least in most versions of his story, is this. He grows up knowing that
Snow White, who was the nobleman raising him isn't his reigning Queen before the curse takes effect. As a baby, Emma is sent away through a portal to our world by her parents in their efforts to save her from the curse. In the real father, but neither he nor anyone else has world, she is raised in foster care without any idea of who her parents are [[spoiler:until the curse is lifted from Storybrooke and she is reunited with them.]] Emma is the heir to her kingdom's throne but this has yet to be a plot point in the series.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory
that he's [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the missing son secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the late Uther Pendragon until he pulls a certain sword out of a certain stone.
* In Greek mythology, {{Oedipus}} was of
rightful heir to the 'sent away Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and queen' variety. A prophecy foretold raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail proving that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and then married Lyanna), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the baby prince would one day kill his father paper trail), and marry his mother, so they sent him away to prevent it. As a young man, he learns of the prophecy - and believes it means his ''adoptive'' parents, since he has no idea Howland Reed (who knows because he was adopted. Horrified, he runs away with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to try to prevent it. No prizes for guessing what happens next.her son).]]


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* KingArthur, at least in most versions of his story, is this. He grows up knowing that the nobleman raising him isn't his real father, but neither he nor anyone else has any idea that he's actually the missing son of the late Uther Pendragon until he pulls a certain sword out of a certain stone.
* In Greek mythology, {{Oedipus}} was of the 'sent away by the king and queen' variety. A prophecy foretold that the baby prince would one day kill his father and marry his mother, so they sent him away to prevent it. As a young man, he learns of the prophecy - and believes it means his ''adoptive'' parents, since he has no idea he was adopted. Horrified, he runs away to try to prevent it. No prizes for guessing what happens next.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail), trail proving that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and then married Lyanna), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped Sam find the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail) and his girlfriend Gilly (who helped him find that paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail) and his trail), Sam's girlfriend Gilly (who helped him Sam find that the paper trail), and Howland Reed (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son).]]


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's adoptive brother/cousin Bran, his best friend Sam, and Howland Reed who was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' confirms the fan theory that [[spoiler:Ned Stark's illegitimate son Jon Snow is actually his nephew -- [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Jon is the secret trueborn child of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen]] and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, kept hidden to save his life from being killed by the new ruling regime after the Targaryen dynasty is deposed. Rhaegar was killed in battle before Jon's birth and Jon's mother Lyanna dies shortly after giving birth. Before her death, Lyanna passes her newborn son into her brother Ned's care, who [[ThePromise promises]] to protect his sister's child (Jon) from the new king Robert Baratheon as Robert wants to kill anybody with Targaryen blood. Ned claims his nephew Jon as his own illegitimate child to protect him and raises him as his own son alongside his children, concealing the truth to keep Jon safe. At this point in the show, the only living persons who know the truth of Jon's origins are Jon's adoptive brother/cousin Bran, "half brother"/cousin Bran (who knows because he can supernaturally see into the past), his best friend Sam, Sam (who knows because he found the paper trail) and his girlfriend Gilly (who helped him find that paper trail), and Howland Reed who (who knows because he was with Ned when Lyanna was found after giving birth to her son.son).]]

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* In ''Literature/TheTimeBender'', [[spoiler: Lafayette O'Leary]] turns out to be the missing heir to the throne of Artesia. However, in the event, he doesn't want the crown, and abdicates in favor of Princess Adoreanne.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Barenziah, the future Queen of Morrowind, was [[RulingFamilyMassacre the last surviving member of her noble Dunmeri family]] after [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]]'s Imperial Legions sacked Mournhold. Septim's Dunmeri General, Symmachus, convinced Septim to spare Barenziah and had her secretly placed into the foster care of the Count and Countess of Darkmoor (Imperial loyalists) until she would old enough to take the throne in Morrowind as a [[PuppetKing legitimate vassal ruler]] for the Empire. She would, of course, escape her foster family and went on various adventures in her teenage years. Notably, she spent some time as TheArtfulDodger as a member of the ThievesGuild and engaged in TheOldestProfession. She would be found and brought back by Symmachus to serve her purpose. She would outlive both Symmachus and Septim, going on to achieve more than either could have imagined.

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