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No Specifically Male/Female Warriors
3 votes
 
 43%
Certain Warriors set as Male/Female
4 votes
 
 57%
All Warriors gendered!
0 votes
 
 0%
Total: 7 voters.  Total votes: 7.  Max items per vote allowed: 1.
 
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Gendered Warriors


Hello!
This is just to check if anyone else has an opinion about male/female thing. At the moment you can't be a female Imperial Noble or Witch Hunter. Now, I think that's a bad thing. Others may think it adds realism.

It's likely that most of the Warriors in the Old World would be male. There are female fighters of course, but they are greatly in the minority in the patriarchal and male-dominated society. Men and Women in the Warhammer World have very specific gender roles and spheres of influence. However, Warriors are by definition exceptional individuals, and both men and women can be equally exceptional.

I discovered both blocks after having written out a text for a female warrior, and had to change the Warrior when I found that it wasn't permissable, so as not to waste a background.

The rule has always been that anything the GM agrees with is okay. So, I think that any Warrior ought to be open to either gender. If a particular Warrior doesn't fit a particular adventure the GM can always re-run the game.

In any case, if people think that it's a good idea, they ought to be rationalised slightly: (I hesitate before writing this in case anyone agrees); Shallyan and Sigmarite priests are almost always female and male respectively.

PS I have added a poll. Note that the last option would leave probably only two or three female warriors! So don't vote it. I just felt I needed three options emoticon
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Re: Gendered Warriors


I've seen this arguement pop up in many fantasy games. My view is that anything is possible (after all, it is a fantasy world) so while a female witch hunter may be rare, surely there can be exceptions. Just put a good explanation in the character background.

I may draw the line at a male Amazon warrior though unless there is a very good reason.
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The Old World is NOT politically correct. If you are a male member of the Cult of Sigmar you're going to be a Witch Hunter or Warrior Priest, not a Sister of Sigmar. That doesn't mean that there aren't females serving the Grand Theogonist, it means that typically they are nuns, and certainly wouldn't get all the amulets that the males get.

I can easily picture a female Imperial Noble though. Enough money can buy a sort of equality.

Female Dwarves are fine as long as they are bearded. Female Trollslayers I find disturbing though. Who can imagine that mini? For that matter, what do Warhammer Dwarves DO with their gender bits? They are the most anatomically wrong creatures in all of fantasy!

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Pffff. Warhammer Dwarf females don't have beards. Well maybe some stubble. But I remember reading that somewhere.

Although I kinda agree about the gritty, non-pc nature of things (ah what a glorious forgotten world emoticon ) I think it's also okay for people to write their own stories, and if it involves a bit of good-ol' gender reversal, why not? So long as it's logical and they understand the roleplay consequences.

What I mean is that a female Bretonnian Knight, openly female, is going to be feared/distrusted/laughed at.

As for anatomically odd dwarfs... must say I agree with you there :S
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Ooops, but what I was going to say is that I agree in the case of say the Sisters of Sigmar. Clearly a specifically female role, probably an intentionally female role.

So which Warriors of the ones available should be specifically gendered?
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I think that we should open the classes to both genders. I recently wanted to make a female Witch Hunter and was unable to. Nothing in the WH fluff indicates only a male may be a witch hunter.

There are female Brettonian knights in the WHFB universe, one is a Joan of Arc type character.

There could easily be militant Sisters of Sigmar, just like the WH40K Sisters of Battle.
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