Gehennese laws are designed to prevent an adopted child from displacing biological children from their inheritance, so adopted children come after the children of concubines for the purposes of inheritance. Adopted children can succeed to hereditary titles of their adoptive parents, but only if there are no biological children. They are not excluded from inheriting the goods and privileges of their biological parents. Adoption is mostly used to provide for orphans: it is only rarely used to facilitate social mobility, or to fiddle with lines of succession.

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