[Disclaimer: No real-world politics allowed. That means no tantrums or snide comments about sexuality or gender. Take it elsewhere, because it has no relevance here.] Another scenario thread~! This time taken from the first time I ever had to write mpreg. Ah, the start of darkness... If you're not familiar with these already, the "game" is to answer the question based on the information given. I've provided quite a lot this time because I think there are reasons why both kings are potentially a terrible idea to give a pregnancy to, and I wanted people to be able to judge based on what matters to them personally. I welcome explanations of your choice as replies to the thread~! You can also ask any questions you like about the scenario and its characters and world to help you make your decision. I put a little bit of history under a spoiler because it seemed less relevant to me and I didn't want to scare people with a wall but do check it if you're super interested in factoring everything into your decision~! General Information/Important Context that may guide your decision: This takes place in a fantasy world ruled by a single omnipotent goddess who actually physically appears and intervenes with people's lives. Most countries at this stage in history are very isolated and xenophobic, and so they've "developed" at different rates and in different directions. You are the king of one of the world's most prosperous countries, it being a high-tech European feudalistic country. You're well known for your superior military. You are married to the king of a neighbouring country - much more stereotypically medievalist fantasy, although their culture focuses heavily on deceit and avoiding open conflict. They're heavily favoured and protected by the goddess because her lover is trapped within the blood of his descendants and will die if the royal family does. This marriage was arranged against the will of both of you - and against the will of your father - by the Supreme Goddess when you were 15 and he was 24. You were married the following year and, despite the unpleasant origins of your relationship, you have both grown to love each other dearly. Spoiler: How you both gained the throne and how you are as kings You took the throne when you were 16. Your father blamed you for your mother's death in childbirth and was always abusive towards you. He spent his life undermining your position as Crown Prince and plotting to put your step-sister on the throne. The only reason you are king now is because you are the last remaining member of the royal family: everyone else was slaughtered in an uprising by a widespread heathen cult while you were on your honeymoon. The first several years of your reign were spent fighting a bitter war against the traitors, aided by the resources of your husband. You were able to gain some respect fighting on the frontlines. You are now 26, and your position on the throne has only just gained acceptance. There are many in your country who remain loyal to your father and his conservative beliefs, and your marriage to a man and lack of dedication to tradition have caused a great deal of tension. Your husband was forced to become king of his country when he was 13 and his incompetent father abdicated to let him clean up his messes and steep debts. He befriended a string of eccentric geniuses and hired them as his personal council, and together they succeeded in restoring their country to one of the wealthiest in the world. He's guaranteed to go down in history as a legend and fully deserves to. It comes at the cost of having to plot, lie, and murder to get by in the international scene. He relies on other rulers viewing him as a complete imbecile to scam and manipulate them. Your love is strong and you currently take turns visiting each other every 2 months. Your husband supports you in all matters, lending you his council members whenever you face difficulties in your country and securing trade deals in your place when you lack confidence. Of course, it's not perfect. Your husband is a workaholic and a mild alcoholic. He struggles to trust people to do things for him, preferring to at least work as a team, and as he doesn't trust you to be able to keep up with him and his council's lies, he rarely includes you as a team member in their plots. This means that he keeps major secrets from you. Although 11 years have past, he has a tendency to still think of you as a young and vulnerable boy that he has to protect. He tends to take on too many responsibilities and hide his true feelings from you, claiming it's only natural because "he's the senior". You remain deeply insecure, prone to mental breakdown and thoughts of suicide. You are also a sex addict. You have had countless one-night-stands, most of which you were too careless to keep from public knowledge, and all of which your husband has had to clean up himself. Even you can clearly see that your infidelity has destroyed your husband, although he rarely speaks about it and always pretends to be strong. The Current Predicament: When the goddess forced you to marry, there were many outcries against it from your countries, who pointed out that there would be no heirs to continue the royal families. Of course she dismissed you all very easily, saying that she'd obviously make you able to have some. But it's been ten years since you were married, and there hasn't been a peep from her about it. Your countries are tense; your own country's people are hostile towards you and likely about to start a second heathen revolt. Your councils have agreed to hold a meeting to summon the goddess and force her to comply. This meeting will also decide the more controversial issue of which of the kings should bear the children - because it doesn't take a genius to realise that her intention is to cause one of you to become capable of falling pregnant. Neither of you want to be that person. Your council are pressuring you to bear the children. Most of your country is extremely religious and view your marriage as the divine will of the goddess. Your infidelity is therefore blasphemy. They want you to be the one to fall pregnant in order to show your commitment to your marriage and your obedience to the goddess. Your husband's council will wholeheartedly back whatever he wants, and he is - as always - gritting his teeth and trying to shield you from the responsibility. He argues that his maturity as the senior will allow him to ride out pregnancy much more easily, and that pregnancy would only weaken your position as king, as you would be unable to train to maintain your strength and fight in the tourneys that your country prizes. He, on the other hand, is never expected to fight and his people are less likely to lose respect for him as a man and a king for falling pregnant. Your council are determined, but your husband will certainly win the battle if you stay quiet and let him wear them down. If you speak now and say that you accept the responsibility of bearing the children, he'll have no choice but to back down. What do you do?