Nice to see Clover again.
"Clover: The Early Years" For someone that will eventually become a rogue, what has been shown so far is what I'd expect her past to be.
What I hope the present that follows this background storyline will be is not tame. Clover needs adversity. Making her be "just" a royal mom is like putting a still-good jet fighter into an air museum. Sure, it is cool to look at but it is just so wrong that it is practically an injustice.
What I would like to see is a really "good" evil mastermind that is the king of a neighboring kingdom try to take down Eric. Not with invasion initially but with Cold War tactics. Possibly the assassination of competent members of the royal court to soften up Eric's leadership for the subsequent invasion. The incompetent ones in his royal court strongly advocating and trying to do what modern weak politicians do (pass meaningless resolutions, send "peace in our time" diplomats, try to befriend evil, etc.) but to no avail. Only Clover sees what needs to be done and goes after the evil mastermind. And the evil mastermind isn't stupid and is waiting for Clover to do just this. What results in one EPIC story arc.
If this were done, I would love the evil kingdom to be almost like a evil mirror of Eric's and for Clover to roam around in it thus showing us it. To show us how cruel it is. How downbeaten the peasants are. Public executions to keep the peasants suppressed. A brutal border guard that are more designed to keep peasants in than invaders out. Maybe basing it on North Korea and its insane leader. Do a search on "public executions in North Korea" and you'll see what I mean.
In the epic story arc, the evil kingdom eventually does invade Eric's kingdom and, in the end, Eric wins and adds the territory of the evil kingdom to his. Or, better yet, the peasants of the defeated evil kingdom demanding Clover as their queen but her saying it's a package deal. They have to accept Eric as their king as well.
I know. I know. I'm fantasizing again. But, hey, this is high fantasy.