Inclusion and Representation

April 30, 2018

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi-sexual and Queer folk are accepted universally in all cultures across the spectrum of fantasy species in the world of Sha'uru.

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Good Afternoon Sentient Creatures, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Today’s post is not the usual fare of what I post on here. My day job can get very repetitive and boring, so I tend to listen to podcasts while I work. Recently a new podcast started up called Hand on Head (https://handonheadoog.podbean.com/e/a-conversation-with-ma…/) and so I began to listen to it. The episode that I linked here resonated with me deeply on a lot of levels, but the part that brought something to my attention was during Maggie’s 60 second rant. It made me think very hard about representation at my game. it also made me see that I was sort of taking representation for granted, because OF COURSE we’d be welcoming to straight and queer folks alike, that’s how myself, Robyn and Aaron are as people. We already allow people to play whatever gender they want regardless of their biological gender at our game. But it’s one thing to be an ally, and it’s quite another to have “hardcoded” representation in your game. Since Aurum is still in it’s infancy this made it quite easy for me to do, and today I’m going to be talking about queer representation in the world of Sha’uru as well as showing you a preview of things that I’ve directly placed into our rule book to assist with representation.

 

So first off, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi-sexual and Queer folk are accepted universally in all cultures across the spectrum of fantasy species in Aurum. Do shitty queer bashing people exist in the world? Yes, as do murderers, and both are regarded as the kind of terrible people you do not want to associate yourself with. Even so, I as a plot writer will never place any story line or encounter into the game that is tantamount to queer bashing. Period, end of story. I will also not look favorably on players wishing to explore this type of bigoted behavior, and may even ask you to please leave the game if your roleplay starts to cross the line. Let’s all be adults and just mutually agree that there are more fun things to roleplay and move along.

 

You may be asking yourself about now “But Kelvin, how do you deal with Trans people in a world that’s has Victorian era technology?” I’m glad you asked, because I myself did not know how to approach this in a way that was tasteful, showed representation, and still allowed folks room to explore growth in this line.So I tapped a good friend and ally to the game Mandy Perry. We discussed this at length and I’m glad to say that she was a great help. Our game also contains alchemy, so I made a few minor adjustments to our list of available alchemical items based on her suggestions:

 

Lesser Potion of Sunset and Sunrise and Potion of Sunset and Sunrise.

Rank 1

Lesser Potion of Sunset and Sunrise – When imbibed by a willing person it will change their biological gender to the opposite gender or make them completely genderless for the duration of the potion. Duration: 1 Day Craft Time: 1 Minute

 

Rank 3

Potion of Sunset and Sunrise – When imbibed by a willing person it will change their biological gender to the opposite gender or make them completely genderless for the duration of the potion. Duration: 1 Event Craft Time: 1 Minute

 

These potions are often used by same-sex couples for fertility and reproduction and for transgender individuals to alleviate dysphoria. It is commonly available in Apothecary Shops throughout Sha’uru alongside healing potions. The potion may only be willfully imbibed — it can never be used on someone who does not consent. The difference between the two potions is duration, and although a permanent potion does not currently exist, many prominent alchemist feel that the key to that discovery can be found in the new continent of Antioch.

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