Surprise! It’s Mahdat.
and poorly sketched Mahdat, ok we’re done here
omg everyone in this post needs a redesign and name change stat
Siblings lineup! Half siblings, mostly. Only the twins and Aram share a mother. This lineup is by oldest to youngest. Eligibility for the throne is determined by the status of the mother rather than age. Generally a wife from the most pivotal allied kingdom will have her sons pushed to the front of the line, to maintain good favor.
Aram, eldest sibling, ineligible for the throne. In spite of that, he is still commonly addressed by his succession name (“aa’lit”). The twins are his younger brothers from the same mother. A creepy-looking but jovial person.
Vani, second eldest, second in line for the throne. Very proud of his strong resemblance to his father. A good son and a good leader. Until the birth of the twins he was first in line to inherit his father’s seat and was so groomed for the role. Vani was the only sibling Aram knew before he left, and as children they did not get along.
Ziraq, third sibling, third in line for the throne. Not in the least interested in inheriting the job, and unlikely to do so. Calm and thoughtful. He has a strong interest in matters of civic justice, but little interest or talent in matters of war and political conflict. Thinks himself smarter than all his siblings, and is probably correct. A hipster born a thousand years too early.
Mahdat, fourth sibling, fourth in line. Mahdat was raised very suddenly from “political marriage fodder” to “legitimate heir” at 13. What prompted the decision, made by Yashar himself, is a mystery. She throws herself into the study of war and martial arts. Driven, ambitious, and very patient.
Safna & Salm, youngest siblings, first in line. Too young yet to act in their role as king, Vani rules as regent until they come of age - a position that puts him at odds with their mother. Twins are treated as one entity in this society and are obligated to share everything. They sleep in the same bed, eat off the same plate and drink from the same cup. When they take their throne they will not be ruling as “kings,” they will be “king.” Safna and Salm are both very fond of Aram. Salm (short hair) is rowdier, louder, and highly opinionated. Safna (long hair) is shier, quieter, equally opinionated, and has a mean left-hook.
Obligatory story snippet (it is a blog for that, after all):
Aram has 5 siblings who can inherit their father’s throne and a great deal more who cannot. The last in line is his younger sister, who was legitimized when she was 13. Her given name (Mahdat) is masculine, as is her succession name (“saa’lit Yashar”), and if she were to inherit the throne she would be addressed as King, not Queen. Girl kings are highly unusual, but not unheard of.