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Palpatine: Official Worst Dad.
Lily: Official Best Mom. (Or, what if we gave The Power Of Love to Palpatine.)

Tracks and Stations
Lily does clustering a bit oddly compared to other heartsbloods. They currently have two tracks, Lily and Palpatine. Usually, a baby Lily Palpatine will move toward one track or another fairly early in childhood. The tracks have the same stations, roughly, but diverge over time, and it gets harder and harder for a character to change tracks - until, when they reach the Emperor station, there's no going back.

Baby Station
Baby station Lily Palpatines have a world of possibilities before them. They're born very strong in dark-coded magic if that's possible. They always stand out even as infants though, one way or another, and they often have biological parents who fear them and single them out for abuse. They're pre-track and have the highest flexibility of all the stations. This station always ends before puberty, sometimes before they're past the point of childhood amnesia.

Young Station
Young Lilies and Young Palpatines have taken the first step along their tracks. This station usually starts in early childhood, and always starts before puberty, and usually ends by the end of puberty. Lily Palpatines in societies with a relatively early coming of age can exit this station fairly early, and late comings of age can delay exiting this station.

Both tracks tend to have few or no childhood friends. Lily track will usually have some friendly acquaintances, though, and any siblings will be supportive. Palpatine track tends to have no friends and unsupportive siblings.

Their parenting situation usually determines their track, though non-parental authority figures can nudge them towards the edge of a track. Abusive parents fairly consistently produce Palpatines; good parents fairly consistently produce Lilies. Absent and incompetent parents produce children somewhere in the middle, though sans external intervention they tend to veer towards Palpatine.

They're not very firmed in their path at this point. Both start out prone to petty crimes, especially compulsive theft, with very low impulse control and poor emotional regulation. They get into fights, and might get into legal trouble. Palpatine track are more likely to have consequences of their actions erased by wealthy parents, and any consequences that get through are often excessive. Lily track are more likely to be faced with actual, proportionate consequences.

Lily develops a sense of other respecting people's internal state in slow fits and starts over this period. Palpatine develops the same ability to figure out internal states, but quickly learns that its main purpose is protecting themselves from a world they see as hostile and chaotic.

This station progresses to Apprentice around the point where they're passing into adulthood.


Chancellors are pretty firmly evil but still have a tiny kernel of who they used to be.

Emperors are Lilies who've gone too far down the Palpatine track to ever turn around, having betrayed the last vestiges of Being Lily. Mostly very, very old.


Jun 30, 2022 7:26 PM
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