A Token of My Affection
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A Token of My Affection

dedicatedfollower467 22nd Feb 2013, 8:23 PM edit delete
Filler art; the original image that inspired this whole thing.

Character design has changed slightly, but I think it has mostly changed for the better.

Hopefully, the first pages of this will be up before spring break; they will definitely be up before summer. Thanks for coming with me on this wild ride!


RyGuy 30th Jan 2014, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
Typically, iron age societies that tolerated, welcomed, or encouraged homosexual relationships, discouraged EXCLUSIVELY homosexual relationships, especially in noble families. The Spartans were an interesting example. A married women could have a relationship on the side with whom ever she desired, so long as it was a woman, it didn't count as adultery. Her husband on the other hand had to pick one fellow soldier, and be as faithful to him homosexually, as he was faithful to her heterosexualy. This was actually a military strategy, as lovers would fight for one another twice as hard as for others. Spartans hated effeminate men, or men who would not have children. The women were under a lot of pressure to have a lot of children to keep their numbers up, not only from the soldiers who died, but the boys who died in training, and all the babies who were deemed defective. So men had to sire those children, some were easily bisexual, others not, but all had these relationships, even if they would have prefered to Just be straight. Anyway, does you dwarf society take all that into account? On the other hand, dwarves living hundreds of years in a prosperous period might have a lot less pressure to have children. Gay Lonely mountain dwarfs might be under a lot more pressure to have a straight relationship, especially if they were the sole survivor of their clan, the rest slaughtered by Smaug.
dedicatedfollower467 9th Feb 2014, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
For the most part, because dwarves live very long lives and, in this particular setting, are mostly prosperous, there is not as much pressure to reproduce or to have a particular relationship whatsoever.

Marriage has a primarily political and economic function - from an economic standpoint, two steady incomes (or an income-earner and a child-caretaker) are more stable than a single income (especially if trying to raise children), and from a political standpoint, marriage creates closer ties between families, and one can move up the social ladder through marriage. Because these are the two primary functions of marriage, and reproduction is a much lesser priority, homosexual relationships are treated as normal.

Marital pressure normal comes from either political pressures (marrying to make a connection to a politically more powerful family) or from economic pressures (I'm poor and need to have two stable incomes). This particular dwarvish society (Gamilin Faham, or the Northern Kingdom) doesn't really have rigid gender roles, and in fact, male/female are not the only genders they recognize.

Anyways, I hope that clarified! Thank you for the question!
woohooligan 22nd Jul 2014, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
I just discovered the comic through Circlet Press. I was wondering what the story was behind the women having beards -- it took me a few minutes before I noticed the comment here and realized it was because they're Dwarves and not some kind of transgender story. I think I might add some kind of about page or something.

Otherwise, congratulations on keeping it going for a little over a year and already being over 75 pages in. :) Most people who start a webcomic don't make it that far and mine even has a bunch of gaps where I wasn't able to publish consistently for a while.
dedicatedfollower467 22nd Jul 2014, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Thank you for reading! I've been thinking about adding an About page for a while, so I think I might add one sometime soon.

I've had quite a few breaks in update schedule since I started, but so far it's been going pretty well. Thanks for the encouragement!