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Irontruth wrote:No worries, but it's the potential reliance on historical precedence to exclude them from existing that makes me bristle.
Honestly, I don't see how historical precedence could be used to exclude them. They're here now. They were there then.
It's one thing to say, "I really don't want to hear about your determined seduction of so-and-so. In short, you are successful; we fade to black." It's quite another to say, "You can't play a homosexual/transgender character, because they're not historically verifiable." That's so far beyond unreasonable I'm not sure how I'd respond if a DM told me that.
Now saying, "You're a hero(ine). But declaring your love for this person who happens to be the same sex as you in the Dauphin's throne room isn't the brightest idea in the world" is reasonable, historically speaking.
The fact that some don't like that is, frankly, TFB.
Depends on the situation. It could make a very nice emotional capstone for a campaign. There would have to be a very good motivation and the Dauphin would have to owe you. Not be done lightly, but it could work.