I’m in the process on working on my game (plotting and planning and all that fun stuff), and, at this moment, I’m calling it Lovely Minds. The story revolves around a younger MC who has a sixth sense and the possible issues said “sixth sense” brings to the table. Readers can play as a female, male, or a non-binary character.
However, I do have two things I’d like to discuss.
The Player Character has a deceased uncle they were very close too. Part of the story has flashbacks where the child is involved. As a girl or boy, things are clear to me. However, as a non-binary character, would the child, in their childhood, be referred to as a boy or girl (as they’re kids, still) or would they already be addressed in a gender-neutral manner (such as an aunt or uncle calling them a ‘nibling’ instead of nephew or niece)? How early does one decide to go by a gender-neutral term?
I know that, when it comes to gender-neutral terms, things like ‘sibling’ and ‘grandchild’ are used in place of sister/brother/grandson/granddaughter. Or, for an adult, the title of officer instead of policeman or policewoman is acceptable. But the only thing I’ve found that might be used by an aunt or uncle is ‘nibling,’ and I’m not even sure that’s correct.
Hence me being here, asking all you wonderful people who have been where I am now - up at 3:30AM wondering what an aunt (or uncle) would call their siblings’ non-binary child. Also, any terms other family members may use would be welcome.
Last question. The antagonist of the story - what makes an antagonist as a character (and villain) stick out to you. What makes you love them and hate them? The antagonist I’m working on, he’s a real work of art.
I do hope an interesting discussion can spawn from this. I am, without a doubt, curious about the idea of ‘nibling’ and what people think of it (in general - from both perspectives, at that).
Thanks in advance, everyone!