By agreeing to marry off the princess to the evil sorcerer in return for the sacred chalice, the king has failed the test.
>placing the kingdom's welfare above personal and family's happiness
>failing at being a king
What the shit?
Then the test is stupid and so are the judges.
Political marriages are a viable way to prevent needles wars.
The sacred chalice was a dowry.
By the next generation innate magical talent would have returned to the line of kings.
There would have been a lasting peace with a king the kingdom deserves and a population with a boosted moral due to a returned holy relic.
But oh no, apparently the test has been failed.
Enjoy your next 50 years of war. Enjoy the fading of the line of kings until the succession is called into question and an Inheritance War starts. I hope you find some solace in the smug smirk of declaring a failure of a king as by your dickery a land burns and a people suffer.
Or maybe I ignore you and just do what I was doing anyway. I'm the king, I need no permission.
The Evil Sorcerer is his long lost son, whom he's originally given away to be raised by witches in return for the sacred chalice. He was looking to see whether the king has become a better father in the time that passed, and also has a fucked up sister complex from all those times he looked at her growing up in the palace from the witches' magic pool simmering in envy and misplaced pubescent urges from lack of male parent figures.
At this point no loss.
Although shocking and unconventional killing off main characters left right and center is, after a certain point, detrimental to a story.
I'm no longer invested emotionally in any character good or bad except for Dragon Bitch who I wish had been killed off quite some time ago.
But waiting until liquid shit queen may or may not die is not enough reason for me to pick up another door wedge of a book.
Probably, especially now that his editors won't or can't tell him no on adding tons of chapters more than is necessary to tell the story. He's allowed to roll around in the stench of his own bacon-laced farts and might kick the bucket before he's done frolicking.
Omigod that outfit. That hair. I'd say the sorceror failed a fashion sense and 'not a tryhard' test. Ewww. Poor princess.
Even so this is a great move for the king. The sacred chalice is the icing on the awesome cake, he's getting a powerful son-in-law who will hopefully be invested in the kingdom's future and he probably still has other brats. Now if only he can hook up his heir with a sorceress or amazon the kingdom will be in good condition for decades to come.