I'm a new member. I joined so I could get some imput on this problem.
I'm currently running a game where two of my elven PC's return home to investigate some murders. With divining magic, they learned that if they didn't discover the criminal, the king would be the next target. Letting the newest player Chris, set the pace, the elves took little interest in interacting with NPC's and completely missed the clues those figures offered which were needed to solve the murder. So, their loss right? The king is going to be killed.
Here's the problem:
Those elves are the only two princes of that king and both are honor bound to obey their nation's noble codes (players' choice). The queen died years ago.
So, when the king dies, the eldest elf is forced (players' choice) to return home and rule the nation. This would split the party, vastly change the scope of the RP, or turn the elder prince into an NPC.
None of these seem to be good options. Normally, I'd just let the prince be NPC'ed but it's a new player, playing a character that just replaced his last (killed) PC. I'm concerned that losing this one so soon might make Chris feel like he's barely treading water.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.