Like most of the world, Rasenna is generally even-handed when it comes to the rights, privileges and powers of men and women. Gender-based division of labor such as “the man does the field work and the woman does the house work” is certainly common as a practical matter; if the man of the house is a burlier laborer, he’s better suited to plow and harvest. But there are few hard-and-fast cultural rules restricting one position or rank to one gender or the other. Women act as mercenaries, priests, heads of Houses — even the title of “Prince” is gender-agnostic. Conversely, men can take “feminine” positions such as midwives, and even courtesans.
As with anything in Rasenna, though, things can vary between principality or House. In some places, it is considerably scandalous for a young girl to take up the sword or bow as a profession, and in some Houses daughters are intended to marry well rather than inherit positions of power. The pressures on young men can be equally variable, with certain professions frowned on as “unmanly.” Thus, characters can arise from any background, as oppressive as meets the player’s needs.
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