Peppertop lives in the Northern Capital but not at the palace. He has apartments in the city and months can go by without ever seeing either of his parents.
He has taken over construction projects that had lain dormant for a long time (since his grandfather's death). The Dam must be replaced or it will fail in ten years. Piperaceae allows Peppertop whatever he wants and so now it's his job.
AND THEN HIS DAD JUST WALKS IN LIKE... WHA??
This would qualify as a strange day for Peppertop. He hasn't seen his father in nearly seven months. PART TWO COMING IN A FEW DAYS YO!!