I haven’t posted anything about my Guens in so long…buut I plan to make up for it soon, with full-length writeups on each (well, links to the full-length writeups…this forum has a character limit, after all)!
But before I got started, I decided I wanted to nail down every Guen’s sexual orientation…or at least what it would be termed if the Guens were living in 2017. And I must say, I think we have a rather diverse group.
Action Guen: Bisexual
Action Guen actually IS bisexual…not that it will affect the game until the final game build with additional female ROs such as Bretta and Tilda. Morgana is just not Action Guen’s type, and neither are the girly-girl ladies in waiting she’s been surrounded with all her life. So Action Guen actually has no idea she’s also attracted to women…or won’t until Bretta and Tilda come along to show her.
As of now, Action Guen’s romantic adventure is with Lancelot and eventually a more mature Arthur, and her bisexuality probably won’t come up for a long LONG LONG time.
Antisocial Guen: Basically Lesbian
The reason for Antisocial Guen’s misery all comes down to her being forcibly separated from Augusta, the Roman serving girl she loves, because of elitism not allowing a noble girl to be with a servant and social norms (and of course Leodegrance-she refuses to call him her father) dictating that heirs MUST marry opposite-sex partners. Antisocial Guen has QUITE a bit of resentment for being forcibly separated from Augusta and forcibly married to a man.
After he ignored every hint that she wasn’t interested, Antisocial Guen is quite willing to string Lancelot along to gain some little bit of power in a life where she’s utterly powerless. But it’s just manipulation, and has nothing to do with her sexuality.
Morgana now…after 3 years, and when she inevitably fails at killing Arthur at Michaelsmount so she can leave and be with the girl she’s loved for so long, even Antisocial Guen may finally give up hope of ever seeing Augusta again in her lifetime. Augusta’s gone, and probably dead…but Morgana’s here, and she’s so beautiful and intelligent and fascinating…and Antisocial Guen will finally allow herself to give in to her ow feelings for her by the end of Book II.
And while every person she’s ever MET and found attractive has been a woman…Antisocial Guen did feel a strange and powerful attraction towards the man in the dream that changed her whole approach to her situation. Too bad he’s only a dream…for now.
Canon Guen: Heterosexual
Canon Guen’s lack of attraction to Arthur has nothing to do with her sexual orientation, and everything to do with a total lack of romantic chemistry. She’s passionately in love with Lancelot, and though she still feels guilty and conflicted about what she’s doing…the affair has begun.
Confused Guen: Biromantic Lesbian
The reason for poor Confused Guen’s confusion is that while she IS genuinely in romantic love with Arthur…the sex does NOTHING for her. What’s worse in her mind, she feels no sexual desire for Arthur at all, and never has for any man. She enjoys kissing and cuddling…but that’s as far as it can ever go. Morgana, on the other hand…the sexual and the emotional connection combine to make her utterly irresistible…though Confused Guen’s morals and love for Arthur make her try to resist anyway.
YES, this is actually a thing that exists! Most people’s sexual and romantic orientation “match up,” but for a few they don’t. Confused Guen can be romantically attracted to and fall in love with either gender, but only desires and enjoys sex with women. And since she does have sexual needs and is married to a man…grande mucho problemo.
(Oh, my. If ever there is an honest conversation about her feelings, I feel sorry for everyone involved. “I love you Arthur, and I want to spend our lives together…except when it’s time to have sex. For that, I’ve only ever wanted your sister…who I’m also kind of falling in love with. …NO, it’s not that you’re just bad in bed, really!”)
Disney Princess Guen: Heteroromantic Asexual
The thing about classic Disney princesses is…they are hopeless romantics, but they don’t seem to even know sex exists. The height of physical affection for them is “True Love’s Kiss.” In the real world, they’d all be considered heteroromantic asexuals. This is the case for Disney Princess Guen.
Besides Arthur being puppy-sweet but completely failing at romancing and seducing and sweeping girls off their feet…Disney Princess Guen feels constantly pressured by Arthur to have sex, which she honestly doesn’t want to do, but feels terrible for NOT wanting. Even looking at Arthur makes her feel guilty…and it’s hard to love someone who makes you hate yourself for being you.
Lancelot, on the other hand…Lancelot is the kind of charming, sweeping you off your feet guy DP Guen always dreamed of. And best of all, he seems to actually PREFER their relationship being one of non-sexual courtly love. Lancelot has to be her soulmate…or he would be, if he wasn’t definitely NOT her husband.
Ditzy Guen: Grey-Aromantic Hypersexual Heterosexual
Ditzy Guen’s only ever been attracted to men…and by attracted I mean in constant dire lust for them. Hypersexual means that whatever sexuality you are (straight, gay, bi, etc.) you have an insanely high libido and want to have sex seemingly constantly. These characters are often portrayed as bisexual, but they can be of any sexuality besides asexual, and Ditzy Guen is straight.
She had about a dozen boyfriends back home before she married Arthur, and is currently struggling to get her sexual needs met when Arthur is (a) kind of bad at sex (b) gone half the time and © lacks her sexual stamina. Her affair with Lancelot, who’s pretty much a sex god and Olympian, is helping release at least a few of her forcibly repressed urges (because the queen is never alone-Ditzy Guen hasn’t even been able to boink one of those sexy young knights she always pretends to “practice” with).
Grey-aromantic is because, while Ditzy Guen revels in all the traditional romantic ideals and traditions and thinks they’re the most entertaining things in the world, she doesn’t have an genuine attachment to her partners. She’ll praise Arthur and Lancelot to the skies, but she’d drop either like a hot tamale without hesitating if she had to, just like she did with those dozen ex-boyfriends back home.
Good Girl Guen: Heteroromantic Demisexual
Good Girl Guen won’t feel any sexual desire at all until she’s fallen in love and has been with her partner for years. Poor Arthur had to wait 3 years for them to have sex for the first time…though I think his patience paid off, and the scene was incredibly sweet.
Ice Queen Guen: Homoromantic Demiromantic Demisexual
Ice Queen Guen, despite wanting to her duty as a good queen, has a couple of things that make performing her traditional function painful for her. First of all, Ice Queen Guen is only interested in women, and married to a man. Then to top it off, she is not interested in sex or romance at all until she’s formed a deep emotional connection in a relationship that has lasted years. So “doing her duty” for her, is pure hell…that she nevertheless selflessly endures. Ice Queen Guen endures it despite her ever-growing depression…a depression which, in addition to her introversion, pragmatism, and lack of natural charm, makes her come across as rather frigid and cold.
Honestly, her developing relationship with Morgana is the only thing that has prevented her from jumping out of the highest window in the castle.
Jerk Guen: Lesbian
Poor, poor Jerk Guen…she repeatedly told her father how she’s repulsed by the very thought of romance or sex with a man, and he arranged her marriage to Arthur anyway. She refused to even say the wedding vow, but it made no difference. So her resentment at her identity and will being ignored and erased are what make Jerk Guen be so…churlish to Arthur. As for Lancelot, they were friends until the jerk decided to kiss her against her will…even after she told him she wasn’t interested in men. (Then she attacked him with the sword, and would have literally killed him if the sword didn’t break.)
Jerk Guen’s like a totally different, nicer person around Morgana.
Magical Guen: Aromantic Asexual
Magical Guen is completely uninterested in romantic or sexual relationships…or in other, non-magical humans in general. Morgana, being a dark magic goddess, and Lancelot, with their magical connection, are the exceptions to Magical Guen’s utter indifference to other people. But she still isn’t interested in anything more than friendship with either.
…however, despite not being interested in sex AS sex, Magical Guen is fascinated by the magical touchy-feelies she has with Lancelot, and had sex with him as a proto-scientific experiment; to figure out what would happen. She wouldn’t do it again, now that her curiosity has been satiated, but she has zero regrets about doing it in the first place. Actually, Magical Guen is thrilled about unique insight and knowledge she gained into the spell.
Ruthless Guen: Grey-Aromantic Bisexual
Ruthless Guen is bisexual and can be attracted to men or women…not that she’d allow herself to act on any of it and risk her position as queen. Definitely not on her suppressed attraction to Morgana. In another life, sure…but in THIS one, Morgana can only ever be her sister in-law and ally…and the closest thing she’s ever had to a genuine friend. Not that the “friendship” stops Ruthless Guen from manipulating Morgana or allows her to even close to let down her guard or drop her act…but Ruthless Guen does like Morgana for real and enjoy her company, and is not trying to screw her over.
Ruthless Guen despises Arthur with every fiber of her being…though she pretends to love him and has sex with him both for that end and to produce an heir. Though underneath her award-winning performance…it’s pure torture, and Arthur is stunningly bad in bed.
As for Lancelot…he’s PHYSICALLY attractive, sure, but his insufferably stupid personality would render him unromanceable even if it wasn’t Treason. So Ruthless Guen just takes delight in stringing him along without doing anything physical, and using his pathetic attraction to wrap him around her little finger.
So for another few…decades, probably in both Guenverse AND RL time (when Mordred comes along), Ruthless Guen will be our resident extremely sexually frustrated queen.
As for grey-aromantic, well…if Ruthless Guen were born today, force-fed truth serum (and this step is VERY IMPORTANT), and psychoanalyzed, she’d be considered a sociopath. So the whole ambiguous “Can they or can’t they love?” renders her grey-aromantic.
Skanky Guen: Aromantic Hypersexual Bisexual
Like I had to tell you someone named Skanky Guen is hypersexual! That girl’s libido is an 11 on the scale of 0-10. She’s incapable of monogamy because no single partner could satisfy her sexually. Skanky Guen also loves sex in all it’s forms, and would never discriminate according to gender. Come one, come all!
She’s also aromantic and not interested in a romantic relationship with any of her partners-it’s just about the sex and the passion her body feels for theirs. Skanky Guen doesn’t actually CARE for anyone she sleeps with…or at least not until Morgana came along. It’s not a conventional romantic love…but Skanky Guen would have loved to have an honest friends with benefits relationship with her. Unfortunately, due to her being a rather extremely selfish person, Skanky Guen said she’d never get involved with Lancelot…then did not 24 hours later. Skanky Guen honestly won’t understand why what she did was so bad…but her relationship with Morgana is living on borrowed time.