What he means: “I like lesbians”.
Color! Look! Our heroes exist in a place with a sky and land, not some mysterious nebulous white void! It’s very exciting.
In the original script from Shamus, Ramgar was I think bowing to Lucretia. The change to a kneel and hand kiss was done mainly so that we’d keep his pants hidden, because at this point the subject of whether or not Ramgar was wearing pants was something of debate among the fans. It brought about all kinds of mostly unintended repercussions. Was Chuck hitting on Ivy? Was this horribly out of character for Ramgar?
I tend to think that Chuck reacted so negatively to Sapphire not because Marcus was playing a female character, but because the artsy new guy made such a ridiculous oversexed half naked female character. So he figured his barbarian would hit on her. Then once an actual female shows up, he’s a perfect gentleman, because that’s how you act around women. (The irony here, that fans picked up on but we never outright mention in the comic, is that Ramgar is every bit as ridiculous and overly sexualized as Sapphire. The guy’s half naked and one big penis joke after the last.)
So, would Chuck have groped Sapphire if Ivy was around yet? I don’t know, probably not. And now it occurs to me that I have perhaps grossly overthought the motivations for characters that I wasn’t even writing.
I hadn’t really thought about out-of-game relationships / tension very much before this point. At most, I imagined we’d have a bit of unrequited flirting on the part of Marcus, like we see here.
Shawn actually suggested that Ivy might dig Josh. I really liked this idea, since it set up a love triangle that goes nowhere: Marcus » Ivy » Josh. It also promised to give Ivy a bit more depth. She’s otherwise strong and intelligent (The smartest person at the table, in my view.) and giving her a weakness for the “bad boyfriend” archetype would give me a convenient way to make her do foolish things if the need arose. But none of that thinking really went anywhere. I was also a little gun-shy and averse to trying new things after the rough start, and I’d never written any romance before. Not even as a joke.
And as Shawn says above, I think it was important to give a lot of contrast between how Ramgar treats Lucretia vs. Sapphire. And like snapping another dude with a wet towel in the locker room, I don’t think Chuck would have launched ZOMGRAPEGATE if Ivy had been around.
The other reason Josh and Ivy work for me is because iirc they’re the two youngest characters at the table. Plus the love triangle would have been funny, had the comic lasted long enough to let it play out. (Also, if the comic lasted much, much longer than it did, I wanted to have Marcus’s ex girlfriend show up, who would be a busty blonde with indie rock glasses who was completely bitchy.)
Clockworks is going to have some romance, although it’s going to take ages to play out at the pace the story goes. I’ve already had a few fans commenting on who they want to hook up with who, which amuses me to no end. The fact my comic has shippers just makes me happy. As far as I know, Shamus has not yet added any romantic subplots to his post CB creations, although there’s still time for Dr. Breen and Metrocop to admit their secret and forbidden love.
The Best of 2015
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2015.
Spec Ops: The Line
A videogame that judges its audience, criticizes its genre, and hates its premise. How did this thing get made?
Why The Christmas Shopping Season is Worse Every Year
Everyone hates Black Friday sales. Even retailers! So why does it exist?
id Software Coding Style
When the source code for Doom 3 was released, we got a look at some of the style conventions used by the developers. Here I analyze this style and explain what it all means.
Mass Effect Retrospective
A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.