I'm sure that was the intent (I guess the whole "getting stuck in a hole" wouldn't exactly inspire confidence), but it really sounded like, "Now young lady, step aside and let the man do it..." (although the character genders are different).
I do deeply regret if that is how it came off, as it's a deep pet peeve of mine for stuff I do being construed in this manner, and I really don't like to put out vibes like that.
I thought Wild Magic was a 1d100, not 1d20. I guess Austin reduced the number?
Yeah, Austin used a custom table where he had 20 initial options probably to ensure a higher probability of any of them happening, and then swapped out when a new episode started and an entry was blank.
I feel like all of that's there to dive into, especially in a story that has intentional calls to certain literary/philosophical concepts in it like Dice Funk, this season in particular
That's fine! I just would be careful about some of those connections and concepts, because in the case of Rolen and this season, pretty much any/all allusions/references that came out surrounding him were accidental/unintentional. I attribute this to how poorly read I am as a person.
Plus when I had originally heard Rolen referring to the relationship as an impossibility I thought that was more of an acknowledgement on his part that he read that Veltari was homosexual.
Neither Rolen nor I as the player had even a notion that Veltari was homosexual until essentially that scene where it was overtly laid out. I don't read those sorts of cues very easily, so it's something that just wouldn't be within his realm of awareness. So as I noted before, his meaning of 'impossibility' was more a acknowledgement about himself, not a comment about Veltari.
I think you present a lot of good evidence to support the various conclusions you draw, and I don't want to dwell too deeply into attempting to counter/refute things. I will provide a small response to a few sections in particular, though:
Warder is noted for being a stronger Cleric than a Paladin (Episode 17, 7m40s) is unclear as he is both a Paladin and a Cleric (though of unknown domain) this does not necessarily break with the observable trend.
This is honestly more a mis-spoken comment on my part, as I had no idea at the time what the actual classes were of the other members of Rolen's 'inner circle' within the Order at the time, not even Mara (since the choice of her being a Peace domain Cleric came about through workshopping between me and Lauren).
Though certain elements from Rolen's backstory align into this male action centered sense of authority such as Rolen's advising against Stellarosa joining the Order
The implication of this aspect of his backstory was meant to be conveyed here was more about Rolen's distrust of the Order, even at the time, rather than impressing a sense that he views action as being a strictly male thing. I do apologize if the implication came off as otherwise.
Rolen takes the artifact "The First Frost" and bears it as burden in an action described as 'Big Dick'-ing it, again tying his actions to gender. This although may have been an outcome of the game's statistics, is still what occurs in the text and meta-text intentionally or unintentionally. He takes this responsibility away from Veltari and the option away from Dora, both female. From these actions and conjectures it can be postulated that Rolen (either consciously but unspoken or unconsciously) holds a hetero-normative viewpoint where the male gender takes action whereas the female gender does not.
The First Frost sequence is one that came about strictly from mechanics as far as I recall. Rolen simply had the largest pool of health to carry the artifact, and thus it seemed the least risky between Veltari, Dora, and Himself (since Zoey wasn't anywhere to be found).
I personally didn't feel that the act had much anything to do with his gender (as I THINK I referred to the act as 'no selling' as opposed to 'Big Dicking'), and while it wasn't intentional in its presentation, I can understand where the postulation of what Rolen's viewpoint might be. I don't necessarily agree with it, though, in terms of what my intent of Rolen's characterization is, which was meant to be more an act that was in line with the ideals of Ilmater (i.e. Taking on suffering yourself so that others don't have to).
Secondarily, this Vibes preference also sits uneasy as Bumbershoot's Vibes are "bad" (an only confirmed homosexual re: Lord Danto) Dora's Vibes are "spooky/weird" (a confirmed pan/bisexual polyamorist) while Rolen has "Good" vibes (As of yet unconfirmed, but prior postulation sets him up to be an assumed heterosexual).
That's an interesting connection that I didn't pick up on myself, as I tended to view the 'vibes' comment to be more indicative of just raw alignment readouts. Rolen himself was meant to be depicted and presented as a fairly strong asexual person, though I never really laid this out terribly overtly. The most strong indication of that act came from after Asriel assumed Rolen and Veltari were a couple, and the two were joking about the premise as they left the Sacrum (if I recall correctly, Rolen referred to the idea of a relationship like that an 'impossibility').
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Overall, I do think that there is a lot of interest in this particular analysis of the series and the main characters. I never intended for Rolen to be the sole Male PC in the main cast, and I can see how some of the power dynamics between the party members could paint different pictures regarding the idea of Male Action and other lines of thought.
Additionally, I've noted in the past that of all the main PCs, Rolen easily has the smallest character arc, as he's probably the least different as a person by the end of the campaign. This was partially by design, as I wanted Rolen to be a character with strongly held convictions, and find ways for him to maintain that conviction even as elements of it were either questioned or challenged. It's also because I didn't expect the type of changes some of the other characters, particularly Veltari, to go through during the campaign.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts here, in any case.
Dash Sean the Ragemonster: Just made it to Charlotte and our last leg has been delayed almost an hour so we should get into Portland by like 11:45, then to Kristin's place by like almost 1. Then we gotta be at the mechanic at 8AM to get her car and it's an hour drive.
Jan 1, 2018 16:19:05 GMT -6
Dash Sean the Ragemonster: This shit gets delayed one more time and I'm calling out of work tomorrow and see if I won't. (I probably won't)
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locobo: have a safe trip, hope everything goes well, happy new years btw
Jan 2, 2018 14:11:57 GMT -6
Dash Sean the Ragemonster: Thank you. My trip was safe and had no crashes, though my new year was nothing close to happy.
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Random: johnpaul's been recruited
Jan 10, 2018 12:32:30 GMT -6
Dash Sean the Ragemonster: johnpaul is a ninja now. He has completed his training. He still can't tell Jade and Kerstin's voices apart, but he can kill them from the shadows.
Jan 10, 2018 20:35:59 GMT -6
johnpaul: Hey, it's a fifty/fifty shot! I'm sure the guys hiring assassins are happy with those odds.
Jan 12, 2018 7:34:43 GMT -6
Random: I'm not gonna go down for Jade's crimes
Jan 12, 2018 12:00:15 GMT -6
Jade: Guess I'm going down then
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XenoChrist: We're goin' down on it
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XenoChrist: Jade's butt is a crime
Jan 15, 2018 17:50:15 GMT -6
johnpaul: It's so fine, It's a crime?
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