I really like the Scholarly and Dedicated traits for Monarchs. In fact, they’re some of my all-around favorite traits for all Heroes. Scholarly Heroes can receive a nice buff from reading a book (about an hour of work) or examining various objects in the game world which yield a 2-hour +15 to Focus Fascinated Buff. Just keep clicking the set of armor on the 2nd floor for your Monarch to examine and he’ll be Fascinated every day! “Hmmmm...where did this come from?”
Dedicated Heroes are sometimes hit with a 3rd Daily Responsibility — a chance for more XP and to keep Focus high with extended buffs. A Dedicated Hero that completes 3 Daily Responsibilities in a timely manner is awarded a powerful 13-Hour +50 to Focus Job Well Done Buff.
As far as Fatal Flaws go, choose Cruel for the win! Makes sense for a Monarch, right? Your Monarch is dealt a -20 to Focus Pent-up Anger Buff—nearly every day it seems. But, it’s not a big deal because there always seems to be plenty of Sims roaming about the Throne Room. Just click on the nearest victim and choose from the various Mean options. The Fight options will eliminate the Buff as well, but hey, time is money and you’re a busy Monarch. Just let a little spit fly in their face to show them who’s boss. No need to break their jaw too.