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I believe the issue might come down to code. Messages for things like quests, attacks and such in third person will have to have coded alternatives. "The space monkey grins at <name>, holding <his/her/its> stolen bunny slipper in its lifted hand."It might be difficult to match up all pronouns, so in this case I'd think one would have to pick one set of anatomical parts and then RP out gender identity. My thoughts.
I have to say that it surprises me that there won't be a singular they/them/theirs option given that Decheerans have their own code and that this has been requested in other IRE games but that would have irequired a code rewrite. (But Starmourn was coded from scratch, essentially.)
As long as you can only play as a female or a male HUMAN. The other races can have as many non-binary genders as the devs are willing to put in but there are only two genders for the human species.
You're choosing your sex, not your gender, to be accurate. There are too many genders for us to include them all, and how many depends on what culture you're part of.On the other hand, sex is a biological reality, and isn't subject to cultural norms (barring intersex people, of course, who are real fully-developed people) so that's what is assigned to your character. Gender, however, is completely up to you. RP whatever gender you wish. Feel free to invent new genders for yourself if you want! Sounds like interesting RP to me.As far as pronouns go, the game will report them based on your sex or lack thereof in the case of Decheerans and possibly a couple other NPC races, as the alternative is going to be too annoying to read. Decheerans will stick out as an oddity, but were we to have a large selection of gender-based pronouns available, the text would start reading very oddly to most people.
Flags tend to have a true/false nature. It is kind of difficult to mimic the diversity that exists in human society with those. I'm no expert, but isn't most code binary? 01110111 01110010 01101111 01101110 01100111 00100000? In Aetolia I believe they have consumable artifacts for people to switch gender whenever they feel like it. Maybe that is an option?
The thing with emotes is that you cannot control how others write their custom ones when interacting with your character. You don't use target flags in your own emote about your character, just for others, and this is by choice. Sure, if someone chooses to use your signals of a different gender against what mechanics provide, it will mess up your side of the log, but isn't that alright?
If I come into a room and see a person, I will go by what I see with my eyes first, until otherwise is made clear through interactions. Use your writing, imagination, mad skills, to portray your character through the description and perhaps poses (I hope this will be a thing) and emotes. Then trust that people will take mechanics for what it is, much like real people will have to understand that looks and what's on paper might not always match the insides. Interaction is key to understanding someone, after all.
They/Their is not grammatically correct for singular pronouns, so I'd have to disagree with that out of principles.
I may sound as untolerant but in the nature there is a binary option of gender as long as you are well developed specimen. So if you want to be trans-gender, none-gender or gender-fluid keep it as part of your character psychology. Nature dictates that there are two genders. Even plants have gender