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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 02:59 pm (UTC)
When I wrote for SI it was generally assumed that bisexuality and homosexuality were fairly accepted in Voldinar, with the possible exception that people of a certain station were expected to marry the opposite sex at least as a political marriage to produce heirs. Such marriages were often accompanied by side-arrangements, as long as one was discreet.

Julius Adamidis (Aemelia's rival for leadership of the Voca) had a son who was openly gay. I don't believe it was ever made clear whether he was single, but he often flirted with people and his reputation as a decadent hedonist caused a lot of people to underestimate him (he was actually pretty smart and had a decent amount of political influence for someone so young). Toward the end of the campaign, traumatic events caused him to become a lot more serious, but they certainly didn't change his sexual orientation.

In the Forest of Doors game, there is a race called the Apsara who (if I understand it correctly) are fairly indifferent to sexual preference. Some of them have a strong preference for one gender over the other, but the attitude is similar to saying I strongly prefer pie over cake. It's a non-issue.

I also know there's a plot running at FOD where at least one NPC from a culture that condemns homosexuality is questioning that rule from a philosophical perspective, but I don't think it's something many people have heard about.

Romance plots in general are not for everyone. Some people just want to play an intellectual story. Others just want to hit things. :)
May. 3rd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
That was me!
Not anonymous.
May. 3rd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: That was me!
Voldinar seemed like an obvious choice for that to be okay. It makes me wonder if perhaps in some of our fictional countries it is not okay. Would Dechaine or Andrynn frown on it? Would Gondal?
May. 3rd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: That was me!
I always assumed it was frowned on in Baranor, since a common Baranoran insult for the Voldari was "boylover."
May. 3rd, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
That was one of my favorite NPCs ever. Bart was brilliant as him. He'd let the campy side lead until you got him talking off to the side.
May. 3rd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I remember playing a member of his essentially boy band gladiator group. Funny that I did not pick up he was supposed to be gay at the time. Just slipped by. Or if I did realize it I had apparently since forgotten.
May. 3rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
To be fair, his sexuality didn't really matter other than the fact that he played the "campy" card when it served his purposes (and enjoyed doing so).
May. 3rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked him! I liked him too.
There was a method to his madness.
May. 3rd, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
How many people are interested in such things?



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