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Wanted: plot help

So you have a group of rebels who want to take down the government of a country (in this case a kingdom) to keep them from being able to conquer a neighboring country. They don't necessarily want to take over the kingdom (not that interested, and it's kind of beyond their capabilities at this point) but they do want to cripple it enough so that it can't conquer anyone else. What do you do?

Along those same lines, if you had someone within the royal family who was your ally, how could they help you? If they could get you inside the palace while the king and most of his people are gone, what could you do to further your goals?
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What if the queen ingratiates herself with the people. feeding the poor, healing the sick, etc. she can possibly even rig up a few miracles...her touch healing a person who'd been conveniently poisoned - and she delivers the antidote.
the king then falls sick, and the queen sacrifices herself to care for him. she won't leave his side, etc. she's selfless and kind. she sends out calls around the world for people to save her husband, etc...when she's really poisoning him on a daily basis. something like cyanide poisoning or arsenic poisoning, slow and painful. the king seems to fall ill and nothing can save him.
a sadly incapacitated king and his selfless wife caring for him until his tragic and untimely death. if he really as hated as you say, most of his advisors will be glad to see the back of him.
That definitely sounds like something from the history books, but I can't help but want something a little more showdowny and explosive. The queen (before she was queen) and the king's brother (before he was killed) were in love and planned to run off together before he was falsely charged and executed, so she would probably enjoy watching him die a long and painful death. But I'm not sure if his advisers would let something like that happen... he's a known quantity, they can kind of control him. Whether or not the queen ends up getting pregnant, she wouldn't have had the baby by this point so there's no defined heir.

Maybe the real baddie of the story is the adviser (he's the only who executes the brother). Or has that been done too much?
the advisor can be the orchestrator of things...or, the king can be sick, and the queen smothers him with a pillow. before modern forensics, it'd leave little to no sign, certainly in a case of people not caring that the despot is gone.

a sick king succumbed to his illness, and no one can prove otherwise. bonus points if the queen is preggers at the time...and she has never given suspicion to who could be the daddy, she's only spend time with the king, so - especially with a co-conspirator religious figure - that declares the unborn child a miracle and gift from god!!!!!! ;)

especially if there's any sort of future savior myth going around (someone finds an old story in an old book and 'leaks it to the press', so to speak.
*rubs temples* The wheels are turning... I took Max out on a walk, but he was so excited I couldn't really let my attention wander and disect the problem. Now I'm back home, still confused and wheezing ;)