Okay, so I have t agree with @Karl341: this is pretty confusing. A lot’s not really explained, and it might work better if there was a childhood scene that was used to go over various things (like the death of the family, the new king, etc). I’d especially like to complain about this choice:
You didn’t expect Julian there.
- “Yes, you are wrong.”
- “Maybe you’re right.”
- Attack him with a blunted sword
What am I responding to here? Julian hasn’t said anything to me.
I would very strongly disagree. Topics like sexism and homophobia are pretty difficult to do justice to, and even if you do them right, it’ll still be less fun for a gay or female player. (And if you do them wrong, it may seem like you’re presenting them as “correct”, which I’m sure is not what you’re intending.) This is a game which is supposed to be fun for all players, and you should only include bigotry if you really have something to say about it other than “it exists”.
As for realism… no. An appeal to “realism” is the worst reason for including bigotry (aside from actually being bigoted), since it presents such bigotry as the natural order. I don’t know enough about the setting to say how fantastic it’s supposed to be, but it’s certainly not actual history, so you have no reason whatsoever to actually stick with actual historical bigotry.
In summary, I feel very strongly that you should not make this a world where a large subset of players have a significantly less fun game simply because it’s closer to what would have happened in the real world (ignoring that this isn’t the real world).