Allow player character dwarves in LotRO to be female.

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Player characters should be able to identify themselves as male or female for any race where there are genders.  While an autonomous race such was Warforged from Dungeons & Dragons Online has no gender (despite it being a PC option), Dwarves in LotRO do have a gender and the lore supports it, yet the PC interface does not.

After multiple discussions on various unofficial public social mediums as well as a few private groups and a group of viewers on the official LOTROstream channel, I understand the concerns and position of some that since lore-wise only dwarves can tell apart dwarves from male and female then we as human players shouldn't have that option.  The problem with that is for complete immersion in the game as a dwarf character for role playing purposes, I would be able to tell the difference (since I'm a dwarf).  The inability for PC to be female is degrading the role playing ability of a game that is RP encouraged.

Possible solutions to this issue.

  • Allow dwarves to be female distinguished by all like any other race (lore conflicting)
  • Disallow female dwarves and maintain the status quo (lore/RP conflicting
  • Allow dwarves to be female only distinguished by pronouns used by NPC dwarves (closer to accurate)
  • Allow dwarves to be female where any dwarf character in game can discern they are female (PC & NPC) by pronoun use and use gender neutral pronouns for any other race (probably most reasonable option/request)
  • Allow dwarves to be female where any dwarf character in game can discern they are female by appearance (new graphics) and by pronoun usage with a gender neutral appearance/pronoun usage for any other race (most accurate, but likely technically infeasible - I'm okay with that)


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