The Drachen's Iron Heart
Homosexuality in Theah
The books don’t say anything one way or the other. So here’s my take on it.
The Vaticine Church does speak out against homosexuality, but not as vocally as in our world. Acceptance varies between cultures and social strata.
Montaigne: With Montaigne rejection of the Vaticine Church’s teachings, and with the general
decadence enlightenment of noble society, homosexuality among the nobility is mostly tolerated. You may get tittered at but no one is going to hang you for it.
Castille: in Castille, homosexuality is an absolute no-no. The Inquisition, in particular, burns people for it. That said, Castillians do understand passion and romance, so individual Castillians may be willing to make allowances.
Vodacce: in Vodacce, machismo is at a premium. Male homosexuality is an instant death sentence. Female homosexuality isn’t, because who cares what women do? (With the practice of Senzavistas—daughters without sorcery—being given away as “junior wives”, it’s actually somewhat common, though never public.)
Eisen: In Eisen, most of the time, no one cares. Most people are too worn out emotionally to get worked up about who sleeps with whom, especially on religious grounds. The general feeling is that you take warmth and human contact where you can get it. Varies a little by Konigreich, of course. Posen, for example, escaped the worst of the war, so it’s slightly less accepted there. In Freiburg, “no one cares” applies in spades—No Questions and all that.
Ussura: homosexuality is disliked, but on general principles rather than religious ones. The Ussuran Orthodox church is silent on the subject.
Vesten: the Vesten actually tolerate homosexuality a little bit. There are traditions of warrior brothers sharing everything (including each other’s bed), and of warrior women dressing and acting as men. But it’s not common.
Vendel: as with everything else, in Vendel, having money determines what you can and cannot do.
Avalon: Avalon severely frowns on homosexuality, but generally doesn’t execute people for it.
Finally, just like in our world, famous people—specifically, people famous for their deeds rather than their position—can to an extent make their own rules. If Jeremiah Berek, for instance, came out as gay most likely nothing would happen, because he’s Jeremiah Berek.
The consequences cannot be escaped entirely—just look at what happened to Oscar Wilde. But they can be mitigated.