So, in my saga, one player was married under suspicious circumstances to a knight who was leaving on Crusade.
After the knight leaves, literally the day after the wedding in Venice, the player character moves to her new husband's estate in Aquitaine, on the Dordogne. She meets a wizard, and discovers she has the Gift. She becomes his apprentice.
15 years later, she is secretly now a maga. Her husband returns, cursed after some misadventures in the Holy Land. Their marriage is somewhat forced, and the husband, disillusioned with the Divine after the Crusade, becomes an adulterer with a fae-blooded dancer/companion character.
13ish years pass.
The husband's player has gone through some real life travails, and no longer seems to have time for the game. He has not played in many many months - since last Spring - but he has not out and out declared he withdraws from the game. We're gearing up for a hectic fourth year, and I am about to tell him he needs to make a move and not leave us hanging.
TO THAT END... my assumption is he will need to be written out. This is no problem, but the real problem is the player of the lady wizard, his character's wife, had made herself a social intriguer, and part of our initial goal of this new season of the game was to expand the focus of the game from the covenant to the lands around it, as the husband had gone from being a knight to being a larger landholder, with 6 vassals.
Lords of Men seemed to be the book we needed at the right time, and this seemed a fun new approach to the game dealing with local intrigues among the nobility and the church, and gave the lady wizard a backdrop against which to act.
BUT... now the lord is gone, and I don't really want to play the character as an NPC.
So, it occurred to me that... given his adulterous relationship some 13-14 years prior, it might not be completely out of the question if he had a son by way of the satyr-blooded gypsy dancer companion he had found comfort with.
Admittedly, a bastard son. One of the very dedicated new players seems interested in this possibility.
What I'm wondering is if there is, historically, any way by which a bastard son might take up his father's lands. I'm unsure how this might interface with the lady wizard, but it might keep things roughly "in the family", though with a reminder of her husband's infidelity.
Current plan is:
Husband reported dead.
Bastard son perhaps under a different guise enters the covenant.
Lady's claim on lands threatened?
Bastard son impresses someone important, becomes Lord. Lady Wizard and Son must work out uneasy relationship.
I submit to you, lord and ladies... is this vaguely possible?