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A larp story question

I have a large number of Larpers on my friends list.   Quite a few of you are currently or have in the past run games so this question is mainly directed to you lot.  Have you run any openly gay NPC's  or homosexual romantic plot lines at a larp?  I don't know that it has ever been done.  This is not to say that it hasn't merely I did not pick up on it whne it was there. 

If you have not run one, why?  Is it because it never occured to you?  Was it an idea that came up and you put it aside as something that might make some players uncomfortable?  Was it a situation of not having the human resources needed to pull off the plotline? 

This question occured to me last night.  We see all sort of romantic story lines in the larps running.  Secret romances, marriages of politics, Fair Folk who charm characters to take them away, and at least one particularly creepy story at SI of a roman style family who bordered on incest.  Romances are a staple of the fantasy genre.  I myself have only played one character which I would say was probably openly Bi.  Those who met him could guess which one.   Any way, the question occured to me as to what in particular prevented there from gay romance storylines?  I thought this might be a good venue to get some discussion. I am not suggesting everyone should run out and run such a story, just interested to see why it had not been done.

oh I leave open thepossability that it might have been run only in secret.  I would be interested to hear the story if it had.  


May. 3rd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
There were openly gay NPC's? I was certain there were some PC's. I hazd not come across any NPC's that it was clear that was the case.

Edited at 2009-05-03 01:25 pm (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I have seen openly gay NPCs at FoD. I do not recall any openly gay NPCs in KG/SI unless you count Darius who was A) Bi and B) dead.

But that does not preclude the possibility of many NPCs being gay and it just not coming up. What sexuality was Senna? San? Any of the Orlai? Miraval? Really, except for a few times Darius admitted his crush on other males, it was largely unimportant. He was betrothed to one of the noble houses at the time of his death.

Most NPCs it is not important what their sexuality is. Only if there is the possibility of a romance plotline. For such a plotline to come up, there would have to be a gay PC recipient of said plotline. Open gay/bi characters who are not already involved with a partner are relatively few and far between.
May. 3rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I did not count Darius cause he started as a PC. YOu have a point there. Specificly I was interested in the ones where it might be part of their romantic life on camera as it were. We have seen many standard straight romances on camera. Married couples and go rescue your love stories are the norm. I dont think there has been a homosexual version of that in any of the stories I have seen. It is not a big important think I guess. I am just curious what most peoples takes on it were.
May. 3rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know there were NPCs in various SI stories lilisonna ran who were gay, either on stage or in backstory visible through textprops and such. They weren't Big Plot, so you'd pretty much have to have been involved in the particular story line to notice, but they were there.

It doesn't have to be a romance storyline between an NPC and a PC. It'll come up most easily if the character's already in a relationship, but it could also be a relationship that's now over. Any 'I'm here to avenge my lost love' story, for instance. But yeah, in general, the orientation of an NPC who's not in a relationship and not looking for one isn't really visible or relevant.
May. 3rd, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yup. I wrote up several NPCs that were in homosexual relationships. Some of those relationships were actually important to the storyline; others were not.

My evil fairy in SI was in an (admittedly horribly unhealthy) queer relationship.

Nikita and Camelai were lovers.

In general, I don't try to get my NPCs involved in romantic storylines. Sometimes it happens, but I don't go seeking it out.
May. 3rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I had known about the pc gay relationships. I think this is the first I had heard about the NPC ones. Cool. Go Larp community for being somewhat progressive.

May. 6th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. And Eleanor has a brother that's gay and in a committed relationship.
May. 3rd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm I did no tknow that there had been any where that was the case. Good to know. I do agree that sexual orientation doesn't really matter if your not going to show some aspect of their relationship.



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