Continued from yesterday: wood elfdom has an unspoken conspiracy of silence about homosexuality. The consequences of that can manifest in unpredictable ways.

That silence infects other Arkerran cultures too, for that matter: Harky is arguably the single most powerful individual on the continent for most of his life, and even he keeps it professional with Gondolessa in public.

We don’t have a lot of conclusive evidence (and yeah, some of that’s on me and Phil as writers), but based on things like the fireside chat in Chapter 15 and a strongly “butch-femme”-coded couple showing up briefly in Chapter 38, the most forward-thinking culture about sexuality in Arkerra would seem to be… would seem to be… the humans. I’m as shocked as you are.