A scenario is brewing in my current saga and I wondered what other peoples take on it might be... This is long and a bit complex so bear with me (or not).
The Welsh Marches, England, 1098.
About 20 year ago, a Norman knight - Sir Lambert - was granted Hardwick Manor by his leige lord for himself and his heirs. Lambert married a Saxon lady, Aelfgyth, whose family held that land before the Conquest, in part as a way of smoothing over his claim to the estate. Aelfgyth died in childbirth, a daughter - Rosamund. Sir Lambert died in a riding accident a few years later without male heir. Through some machinations, Rosamund became ward of the local bishop rather then Lambert's leige (Lord Picot de Say).
Lady Rosamund is now come of age and due to be married herself. Lord Picot (Lambert's leige) is not dead and his son Henry, now Lord, wants Hardwick Manor back. Unfortunately, through some further machinations, Henry's attempts to arrange a marriage between Lady Rosamund and one of his men have been blocked. She is instead betrothed of a household knight in the service of the bishop. Well placed bribes have secured permission from an otherwise indifferent King for this match and, unless something blocks it, Rosamund will be married to the bishop's knight.
Lord Henry hasn't quite given up hope. As one option, he has a vassal willing to at least attempt carrying the lady off and "marrying her by force". Another option is afford him by a rumor, recently heard, that Lady Rosamund is not actually Sir Lambert's daughter but the illigitmate child of an indiscression by Lady Aelfgyth shortly before her marriage. I'm not sure if he has any other options, but I'd be curious to hear any suggestions.
If you're wondering what any of this has to do with the Order... the bishop in question is secretly a magus and there is a covenant of magi hidden within the cathedral chapter. They want to Rosamund to inherit both in hopes of keeping the manor under their control and because her inheritance of the land is part of a pact they have with a Forgotten Goddess (a type Magic Human from RoP: Magic). (Rosamund is a PC companion with Heir and Magic Blood. She really is illigitmate and is descended from the Forgotten Goddess in question through her real father, a magus.) Lord Henry is also being manipulated by supernatural agencies...
Thoughts, ideas, criticisms, suggestions for how this might play out, all welcomed.