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🎨 Creative 101 LGBTQ+ plot hooks

neutrondecay

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Here in the UK it's LGBT History Month, and so to mark it, I thought I'd kick off a thread which uses LGBT history as a source of plot hooks. There have been several threads elsewhere on RPGnet recently asking how we can include LGBT themes as setting elements, so I'm going to give it a go. There's always a line to be threaded between plots that, on the one hand, amount to having the PCs confront homophobes head on, and on the other, plots which could easily feature only heterosexual characters and relationships instead. So I'm going to be using real-world history as an inspiration, and consequently quite a few of these turn on questions of dynastic politics or personal honour.

1. The young queen has recently come of age, and is expected to choose a suitor so she can produce an heir. But she is infatuated with one of her court ladies, and keeps putting off meetings with prospective male suitors. When those were her own nobles, this wasn't so much of a problem, but she just very rudely brushed off a foreign ambassador's approach on behalf of his master's eldest son. The PCs are asked to patch things up with the ambassador - but how? (Based on Christina of Sweden.)

2. A promising young diplomat comes back from a mission abroad with a valuable treaty. But a rumour goes around that he secured the deal by performing a sexual favour for his host which his diplomatic superiors would view as a serious loss of personal honour. The PCs were hoping the diplomat might sponsor their own activities - should they try to quash the rumour, or encourage him to ride it out? (Based on Julius Caesar and Nicomedes IV of Bithynia)

3. While the PCs are waiting in the tavern for their contact, they witness an argument which escalates into a fight. A man is seriously injured, and will die without the PCs' intervention. During the argument, several claims are made against the victim - that he doesn't pay his bills, that he's cheating on his boyfriend, that he's a foreign spy, and that he's a terrible bard. Are any of these claims true? If he survives, he's not telling, but the PCs as witnesses get a visit from some angry thugs telling them not to discuss anything they heard. (Based on the death of Christopher Marlowe.)

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DarkStarling

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4) The eldest male heir to a noble house has apparently been cursed, having been turned female. Suspicion immediately falls on the second oldest son, who stands to inherit. In fact it's not a curse, she arranged it herself, but getting her to admit that will be difficult due to prejudice even as she staunchly defends her brother from the accusations.
 
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Cheka Man

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5) If you count modern day/sci fi, a male being placed in witness protection as a girl might provide a seedling of some kind.
 

Andrensath

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6) The heir to the throne is in love with one of her ladies-in-waiting, and she insists on demonstrating it publicly. This wouldn't be an issue, except that she's betrothed to a (fairly high-ranking, but safely far down the line of succession) member of another royal family, as part of a treaty to secure an alliance. Can the PCs persuade her to start being discreet before her fiance arrives and takes offence, or will the alliance be broken?
 

Psalmanazar

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7. Now that the king and the prince consort are happily married, it's time to start thinking about an heir- which means every faction in the country is angling to have their preferred candidate officially adopted by the royal couple.
 

DarkStarling

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8) It sounds like a bad porn plot, but it's actually deadly serious. There's an invasion of succubi and...yeah, you can see the problem. It's not nearly as fun as it sounds. We need a champion who is actually asexual for this.

The problem I'm having is coming up with something LGBTQ+ FOCUSED, rather than inclusive, that isn't just a rehash of real world problems IN SPACE... And yeah, I'm kindof scraping the bottom of the barrel.

7. Now that the king and the prince consort are happily married, it's time to start thinking about an heir- which means every faction in the country is angling to have their preferred candidate officially adopted by the royal couple.
Nice one
 
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Silvercat Moonpaw

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9) A pair of same-sex lovers get married over their families objections. However the families eventually compromise by stating that as long as the couple produces biological heirs they can stay together. The PCs are tasked with finding a way to get this done. Options range from rare magic to finding "mistresses" (i.e. members of the opposite sex who don't mind being in it only for the genes). (Bonus points on the latter if the PCs can find a same-sex couple of the opposite sex who could use the same deal.)
The problem I'm having is coming up with something LGBTQ+ FOCUSED, rather than inclusive, that isn't just a rehash of real world problems IN SPACE... And yeah, I'm kindof scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Agreed: a lot of the time the problems so-far described here would also occur to people of non-LGBTQ nature due to things like differing social groups that don't get along or infertility. Humans are just remarkably petty.
 

neutrondecay

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Agreed: a lot of the time the problems so-far described here would also occur to people of non-LGBTQ nature due to things like differing social groups that don't get along or infertility. Humans are just remarkably petty.
Oh sure - the intent was to show that you can use NPCs orientation and gender in plot-relevant ways without making the story about queerness as identity. The overlaps are inevitable.

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Yeoman

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One I used for a Pathfinder game:

10) A king hires the PCs to save his daughter, who has been kidnapped by and evil witch. Turns out it was less a kidnapping as an eloping.

Now, in my version, it was a Winter Witch of Irrisen, and she actually was evil, just the princess was okay with that. But there's lot of ways to take that set up I feel.
 

Silvercat Moonpaw

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11) An evil wizard is kidnapping young maidens to sacrifice to awaken a being of chaos. But for some reasons he's being very, very particular about exactly which maidens qualify. Turns out the ritual calls for "young virgins of gender confusion", meaning he has to kidnap the transexually-minded whatever their physicality. Sticking to "maidens" is actually just him trying to keep his plan mysterious.
 
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