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YMMV / Affairs of the Court

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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: De Vega was a side character in the first game and barely appeared in the second, but his cool-headed cunning, affability to the PC, and value as a political ally endeared him to the fanbase. The creators caught on and upgraded him to a Love Interest in the third game.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The PC/de Vega. As said, he's one of the most popular characters and was one of the most frequent requests to be Promoted to Love Interest, which the creators granted.
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Princess Juanita, especially in Choice of Intrigue. Yes, she's a jerk to you and tries to become heir at your son's expense, but given her status as The Unfavorite and the fact that you basically wrecked her parents' marriage, it's hard to blame her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: You are strongly encouraged to be this. Also, Tomas de Reyes plays the entire court like a fiddle in the third game.
  • Moment of Awesome: Some of the endings can qualify as such, each for a different reason
    • Marrying de Mendosa in the first game is a really bad move in terms of acquiring power or wealth, but by doing so you are openly defying your family, which sees you mostly as a tool to gain influence. Refusing to play the game of deception and simply going with the one you love is arguably more awesome than any of the convoluted plans you can pull off.
    • Speaking of which, defeating Tomas can be awesome in a number of ways, but maybe the most awesome way to "defeat the spider in his own nest" is to go with de Mendosa's plan and have him killed by simple people with weapons you helped develop, murdering the Monarch by yourself and bringing the Kingdom to the new era of constitutional democracy This makes your character something of a Guile Hero, instead of the regular Magnificent Bastard which the game encourages you to be.
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    • All things considered, probably the most awesome thing you can do is not becoming the Magnificent Bastard of any sort and averting Black and Gray Morality by maintaining Incorruptible Pure Pureness over the course of all three games. It is quite difficult and arguably defeats the entire point of the game, but preventing the Monarch from undergoing Sanity Slippage is really rewarding.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Most of the dark things the player can do have some sort of justification, but the one exception is murdering your sibling and their step-daughter, a little girl, as you have to actively go out of your way to do it for no reason besides For the Evulz.
  • One True Threesome: In Choice of Intrigues, the PC feels that Adelita, the recent catch of the Monarch's eye, is threatening their position. The fanbase suggested this option, feeling that it wouldn't be out of character for the Monarch and that the PC could possibly find a way to spin it to their advantage.
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  • The Woobie: Torres in the first game is nothing but a Meal Ticket, and they're perfectly aware of it. If you have a good relationship with them but pursue the Monarch anyway, they'll sorrowfully wish you well, stating they never wanted to get in the way of your happiness. If you don't have a good relationship, however, they're just a hypocrite.


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