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Started by Kerstin Schmidt, February 14, 2005, 09:58:57 AM
Quote from: BankueiI think its interesting because I put up two very serious gender themes in WoS. First, you have Collette and Josette, who are motivated by love and responsibility towards men, and are also in positions of power that are in danger of being taken away by men. Second, you've got Lady Noella who is independant and in power, to whom folks ought to be scraping and bowing to impress, and her daughter, Aimee, whose been living under her mother's iron fist and is about to be given away to some man to live under his iron fist. Both mother and daughter are dealing with themes of power and independence, one through political manuever and circumstance gets the social order to back her up, the other rejects and trying to escape the social order. Brier and Aimee are both examples of women in tough situations, with little social power but a lot of desperation... And Ophidia is the meta-theme of gender issues, while the other characters are the specific themes.
QuoteAside from the obvious Male/Church, Female/Pagan thing with Ophidia the snake spirit, I loaded a lot of really cool female protagonists and room for drama in there I haven't seen anyone use just yet. On the clearly powerful side, I loaded this whole political side struggle for power between Lady Collette and Noella, sexual power/domination struggle between Sister Josette and Ratier, and both Brier and Aimee are timebombs waiting to take drastic measures to break the social order. There's a LOT of powerful female NPCs waiting to shift the whole damn balance and I haven't seen anyone apply them. Noella alone can apply heavy pressure, Collette is probably the only person with insight into everyone involved(remember, Lord Eustef isn't just sleeping with her, she was his unofficial advisor! She knows the dirt!), Josette has the power of the people behind her, and both Brier and Aimee are desperate to take action. And that's not even talking about the magical coolness that you have with Ophidia...
QuoteI assumed that it would be expected that NPC's would be detailed to the PCs, especially if they get relationship status. I guess that's something I'll have to spell out clearly next time.
QuoteUpon some hindsight, I think I would have probably made the unrecognized power of the women a little more pronounced and explicit.
Quote from: Peter NordstrandAt the final stage of the heroquest, when only Rickard was still standing, Rickard changed strategy. Realizing that he could not defeat the goddess, he decided to join her instead. He seduced her, and they made a deal. She would put his soul in Lord Eustef's body. In return, he would free her from her prison mound, allowing her to once again influence the mortal world as a landscape daimon.
QuoteAs a woman in a patriarchal society she had no formal power, so she became the schemer and the temptress.
QuoteRickard's player looked at his character sheet for alternatives. "Can I seduce her?" Using his Seduce spell augmented by Good in bed he achieved an ability rating of 2W or something. It was unexpected and unplanned. I decided that Ophidia probably wouldn't mind a little seduction, and gave her a resistance of 14. Marginal success for Rickard. I had described Ophidia as an enormous Venus from Willendorf figure with twisting and thrashing snakes in place of hair, limbs, and tongue. The Goddess accepted poor Rickards offering by penetrating him, well, just about everywhere. It was a bizarre ritual where Rickard was raped, killed and then brought back to life in Lord Eustef's body.
Quote from: StalkingBlueSo, who of the three is gonna change sex in my hypothetical game?
Quote from: BankueiThis is one of the things I like about Ophidia- you can't deal with her without doing some serious thematic action. Question- What kind of input did you get from your players(any/all of them) regarding Ophidia? And that scene in particular?