Laws of Succession

The Laws of Succession may vary from kingdom to kingdom, but the most common practice is as follows…

The most powerful claim to a noble’s title is the eldest, true-born son of the noble that has passed. The next ordered claim then falls to the next eldest son, then the next until the noble no longer has any true-born sons.

If no direct, true-born son exists, the next claim would go to the eldest living brother of the noble and then to his sons as they are direct decendants of the noble’s father. This process repeats itself as did the first.

In the event that there is no true-born male heir in either of the two scenarios laid out, it is quite common for the noble to name theri own heir. Often it is a bastard that is passed along as a distant nephew or a daughter. This is usually where disputes can arise from time to time. Whenever there is a dispute, a Council of Lords convenes to determine the right successor.

Example…

-King Markus Brynton has 5 children… Markus II, Martin, Matthais, Melanie, and Cindra.

-Markus II has two children… Melynda and Markus III.

The Order of Succession Markus I…

1) Markus II
2) Markus III
3) Martin
4) Martin’s sons from eldest to youngest
5) Matthais
6) Matthais’ sons from eldest to youngest

In the case where there are no true-born male heirs and no heir was specifically named, it has been known to happen that a fued breaks out thrusting the house into civil war.

Laws of Succession

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