There are three primary political factions to be aware of in IGNOLand:
- Supporters of The Empire (Imperials)
- Supporters of The Outback (Outbackians)
- Neutral Nation (Neutrals)
The technical fourth faction - 'unaffiliated' - is not acknowledged by the Empire's leader, Konungur Bones, and any who express dissent with his rulership are immediately branded Neutrals and hunted down for capture. As such, it is advised to keep one's political affiliations on the down-low when paying a visit to IGNO City - for Bones has eyes and ears everywhere.
Still, what does it actually mean to belong to one of these factions in IGNOLand? It all goes back to the Empire-Outbackian War
, 40 years ago. Spoiled for length.
As with its geographical makeup, the political and cultural situations of the various provinces and regions are largely to be decided through your own roleplaying and worldbuilding. Did the Northern and Southern Zedkiel races have a falling out in the distant past? How do the Beast Shifters and Half-Beast races get along? Did Blood Country ever go to war with other provinces? Ultimately these sorts of ideas are for our members to determine, and build upon our ever-expanding world of IGNOLand.
The uncomfortable word no one likes to use, but nonetheless is a regular part of our everyday lives - and for some, more regular than others.
Generally speaking, racism is a cultural issue. What races are disrespected in some provinces and communities may be perfectly accepted in others. Again, this is one of those issues that's ultimately up to our players to decide when developing the races and cultures of IGNOLand. There are, however, some races and factions that ought to be particularly aware of the potential discrimination that they may be faced with.
- As a general rule, zombies and the undead aren't very well accepted outside the Blood Country. People will try to keep their distance, avoid eye contact, switch to the opposite sidewalk when walking down the street, pick a different lane in the grocery store checkout, etc. Generally it's more of a passive sort of avoidance, out of fear that all undead citizens are evil and interested in eating your flesh (who says they're interested in your flesh anyways? Conceited much?). Of course, there are also more vocal and aggressive types who might actively harass the undead, throwing out slurs like 'blood-sucker' or 'corpse breath'.
- Some of the more outlandish-looking demons may be treated this way, typically lumped in with the undead example above. If you are instantly recognizable as a demon, the same stereotypes - 'they want to eat me', 'they're up to no good', 'obviously evil', etc - might be thrown on you. However, while people typically try to avoid eye contact with the undead, demons are more likely to be met with long, uncomfortable stares on the bus or train, or hear children quickly silenced by their parents for asking questions like 'mommy, why does he have so many arms?'.
- The more feral-looking Beast races will often be treated as though they are less capable than their more humanoid counterparts. People may make comments like 'oh, is this elevator really quadruped-accessible?', or whisper 'do they even HAVE doors where they come from?' behind their backs, as though they simply do not have the capacity to participate in what are recognized as 'human' activities. Similarly, if a Beast is seen struggling performing such actions and asks if someone could lend them a hand, don't be surprised to find people averting their gaze and pretending to be too busy with something else to assist them. Half-Beasts, such as Centaurs and Nagas, may be denied entry to restaurants and other establishments with explanations like 'lack of proper seating'. Beast-Shifters, even those who prefer their more feral forms, are generally advised to take a more humanoid shape when visiting particularly urban areas designed with humans in mind, but this unfortunately will not help their non-shifting cousins.
- As mentioned, Neutrals are heavily-discriminated against and even persecuted in Empire territory, such as IGNO City. Anyone who expresses dissatisfaction with its ruler, Konungur Bones, may find themselves ostracized by their peers - whether out of a genuine disagreement with their political beliefs, or out of fear that associating with a Neutral may lead to them receiving punishment as well.
- While not all of those born with - or having chosen - the Shadow element belong to the sorts of races associated with Blood Country, you may not know it by the way they're treated. Despite the other 8 elements typically regarded as equal, Shadowcasters are routinely looked down upon as 'evil' or 'unnatural', and judged to universally be liars, thieves, or other unsavory criminal types. Parents may even abandon or disown a child of the Shadow element as a result of these age-old superstitions. Sadly, this is a stereotype that extends almost worldwide, and most provinces will have varying degrees of Shadow discrimination ranging from dirty looks to outright corporal punishment. Fortunately, Blood Country is a safe haven for Shadowcasters of all kinds - even the very races that are known for discriminating against Blood Country nationals.
This list will be added to as prominent examples arise.
As for playing a 'racist' character: TREAD. CAREFULLY.
This is a fictional community, and should be treated as such - any discrimination shown towards other characters must be cut-and-dry Fantastic Racism
. Let's face it, discrimination is a real thing, and its presence gives realism and life to a fictional world because a perfect utopia would get pretty boring after a while. But any racism and discrimination in IGNOLand needs
to revolve around the things that make our world fictional - humans vs. beasts, pixies vs. piskis, Imperials vs. Neutrals, all that good 'fantasy' stuff. There's a difference between having your heroic paladin show disdain for undead characters, and attempting to excuse discrimination towards characters with different skintones, sexualities, gender identities and whathaveyou under the guise of 'b-but I'm totally in character so it's okay, it's not like I'M
the one discriminating!!' The world of IGNOLand accepts people of all complexions, sexualities, gender identities, and anything else that receives discrimination in the real-world
because one of the best things about fantasy is being able to escape from the things that suck about real life. We want this community to be a safe and accepting space for writers of all kinds, and will absolutely NOT
tolerate our world and characters being used as a stand-in to let you cause harm to others.