The Andromedians are not inquisitors as an order. Brother Patricius, however, has clearly impressed or pissed off someone in the Holy Seat to the point where he is made an inquisitor.
Both. Kind of. Nun was a term used in FoHB and remains a term occasionally used just for female monks, but as an actual title it has a slightly different purpose than monks. Nuns are healers and caretakers specifically, while monks have a far broader purpose of compiling and safekeeping knowledge and arts. The MC is a monk, then becomes a friar. Some may call her a nun, but she’s not really one unless she ends up very closely following the path of the Basilians.
Yes, to both questions. It is available, it is considered taboo although it is more to the point of not being talked about rather than it resulting in exclusion or shunning. Male-male homosexuality has the same taboo, which was an available path in the first title.
Yes. It should honestly play more of a part in the first chapter as well, but honestly I’m still crafting some ideas as to how I can expand that monastery time. By the feedback I’ve received it seems that it really needs expansion, and I think better clarifying the purpose and training of the different orders is a way to do that. Later on it will govern certain expectations others have of the MC.
Oof, I suggest you don’t look into the history of monastic orders, much less the reality of medieval convents. They were not nice places. There are still some religious sects that follow these “old ways” of beatings, whippings, essentially torture, all in the service of cleansing yourself and making yourself ready for God.
In this case, while obviously unpleasant and morally hideous, the scenes in the monastery offer a very real sneak peek at what can otherwise be seen as a pure and glorious way to lead your life. It’s important to set that juxtaposition in place early to pave the way to everything else the MC will see later on.
I will eventually look into the possibility of importing the first title’s save into the third title, with a recap for the second title. If that is possible, then that would be the path I’d like to take.
Otherwise unfortunately any recap that isn’t just the full story of FoHB all over again will remain incomplete in all the details and linked connotations that develop throughout.
So the actual answer to your question will only be known by the time I’ve finished Seeker of Paradise, which will likely be another couple of years from now.
It’s entirely possible. If you’re ambitious enough to go for it and have the wits and means to crush some societal norms and outplay the other Cardinals.