YMMV / Blue Rose

  • Acceptable Political Targets: The religion and culture of the Theocracy of Jarzon is pretty clearly based on the worst aspects of fundamentalist Christianity (though it's worth noting that Jarzon is explicitly stated to be more a society of Well Intentioned Extremism than evil).
  • Love It or Hate It: Roleplayers fall into three camps: the fans of the game, who see it as a breath of fresh progressive air among the multitude of games that runs on mindlessly assembling riches by killing hordes of nameless enemies, the critics of the game, who see it as borderline communist propaganda at worst and Political Correctness Gone Mad at best, and the vast majority of roleplayers, who have never actually heard of it. You wouldn't know that the third group even exists from the way the first two groups talk about it, though.
  • Mary Sue Topia: Aldis can come across this way — it's specifically designed to strike players with modern liberal sensibilities as a fundamentally good place worth defending. The authors did work pretty hard to justify it, though (Magitek and excellent medicine make it possible for women to have a lot more freedom than they would in your usual medieval fantasy kingdom, for instance), and Aldis is not entirely free from bigotry and violence.
    • Second Edition places a lot of focus on political upheaval and intrigue to try and upend this. The most recent war with the Lich King seems to have hit the country especially hard, his surviving lieutenants are undermining Aldis with their own individual schemes, refugees are streaming south from Kern fleeing the civil war there, not everyone speaks well of Jaellin's husband, and the Court Nobles are expressing open dissent about Jaellin's decision to allow the study of Sorcery (though practicing sorcery is still banned). Then there's the rumor that the Golden Hart, the protector of the Kingdom since its founding, died in the final battle with the Lich King.
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