Do you believe Magic will ever explore LGBT plots or characters? We've had a straight coupling in Liliana and Jace. Beyond that, how often do you think planeswalkers become romantic interests? How does one navigate the tumultuous dating scene that is the blind eternities (love *is* blind, after all)?A:
Oh I hope so. Historically, romance hasn’t taken center stage all that often in Magic stories — tales of the Multiverse tend to focus more on action (with mages and monsters blasting each other with magic) and mystery (with planeswalkers uncovering conspiracies and secrets that hide mystical knowledge). So it’s not even clear how most of our characters might self-identify, you know? For all we know, the known roster of planeswalkers already spans the entire range of romantic preferences.
Magic is a high-action, dynamic fantasy universe built around game of wizards strategically killing one another, so it’s not surprising there haven’t been a lot of storylines that focus on romantic relationships (of any kind). When I first joined the Creative Team, I thought that was the best way to go — keep it about the action. But over the years I’ve softened my view about this. Magic stories still probably shouldn’t be primarily about who’s dating whom, but of course romance is a rich source for stories, and is firmly embedded in fantasy’s roots — and it’s just fun to read about. I believe romance among Magic characters of all stripes could absolutely be done well, with maturity, sensitivity, and humanity. (Btw, the “love is blind/eternities” bit — nice one. I’m totally using that in the trailer if I ever write a period costume drama set on Innistrad or something.)
It's common for an audience to put a heteronormative perspective on the characters in a work of fiction; that every given character is heterosexual and cisgendered until explicitly declared otherwise. This is kind of a crummy way of thinking about things, and it's completely pointless until such time as a character smooches another character on the mouth. So I was pleased to read that, evidently, Magic Creative views the orientations of its characters as quantum. Which makes sense; until a romnce arc comes up for a given character or their orientation otherwise affects the character or the plot in some way that's worthwhile to the narrative in and of itself, it really doesn't matter.
But we're ALL ABOUT the details that don't matter around here!
So what do you think the planeswalkers' orientations are? And why? Do you see evidence of romantic tension between any of the characters that informs your conclusions? Do you think a certain orientation might explain some element of a character's background? Would you just think it was neat if that character went that way? (Is it because you would like to have a chance?)Oh, and put your headcanons in a spoiler block if you could, thanks.
Ajani Goldmane: Heterosexual
The sole purpose of this decision is because it's the orientation that best protects my Ajani/Elspeth OTP.
Chandra Nalaar: Bisexual*
Also to support my horrible pointless background shipping. Her romantic tension issues with Gideon are undeniable, but we also remember that incident with Liliana, don't we?
Domri Rade: Who cares?
Elspeth Tirel: Heterosexual
See Ajani Goldmane.
Garruk Wildspeaker: Heterosexual*
I think we've gone over this before, actually. Garruk leads a very atavistic lifestyle, very in touch with himself. But he has better stuff to do than pork all day. I doubt he ever actually gets any, nor does he mind.
Gideon Jura: Homosexual
Mostly just because it's interesting to read the romance arc in The Purifying Fire as one-sided, as Chandra dancing and feinting around what was essentially a brick wall, possibly that it never even dawned on Gideon what was happening. At least it's how I naturally read it.
Jace Beleren: Heterosexual*
He doesn't need to be gay to be gay for Bolas. Bolas is like evil David Bowie: being attracted to him is just a part of being alive.
Karn: I'm not sure manufactured intelligences are generally sexual beings.
Liliana Vess: Bisexual*
Along with Jace, she's the only current planeswalker who had an explicit canonical romantic relationship. Also see Chandra Nalaar.
Nicol Bolas: Pansexual
I don't think you wander universes and rub shoulders with gods for twenty five thousand years without things like gender and species starting so seem kind of... insubstantial. Even petty. I doubt he'd be wasting time going after love interests or maintaining concubines, but if he did, he probably wouldn't be concerned with what they were as much as who they were.
Nissa Revane: Heterosexual*
Ral Zarek: Someone who has read The Secretist will have a better guess than me.
Due to established evidence seen here.
It's a side effect of the etherium. He might have had an interest before, but not anymore.
#1 Tue May 21, 2013 - 1:37am