marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

motives for men

Once upon a time, there were two young men of gentle birth living in a magical city where royals visit but do not reign.  Was pondering why.

Young men, of course, have to be somewhere, but was looking at revising it and concluding they needed more motives.  A P.G. Wodehouse hero with sufficient money can hang out -- hence the Drones Club -- until plot hits him upside the head, but they are, after all, comics. Less comic characters need to be at less of a loose end, or at least be looking for a way to cease to be one.

A good marriage would be cheered by their families, and the city is famous for them. (I don't even think they need an heiress.) And finding a post with a king would also be good. Their king would be ideal, though an ally would also work.

But which of them do they want? And how much? Or do they want something else? Something they can strive for -- living a century or two earlier would have given them more to strive for, but there is no time travel magic.
Tags: families: matrimony, families: other, motives and purposes, world-building: economics, world-building: nobility, world-building: social classes, world-building: social structure

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