not to contribute to the general oversexualization of the viera, but the announcement of male viera being added to ff14 has me curious...
no matter the game, male viera aren't really seen, and female viera live on their own. i don't necessarily consider ff14's interpretations canonical or legitimate (ff12 gang forever, what the fuck are the skatay mountains and how does that factor into Golmore Jungle literally creating them, what-)
but. well. no matter what the culture is like or how heavily the gender separation is enforced there's got to be some kind of customs around courtship and having baby viera. and i can never help but think, whenever there's some kind of animal race, that they adopt aspects of that animal into their reproduction, somehow.
rabbits, hares, bunnies, etc. don't really have "heats," per se, but male viera are probably sensitive to hormones to some extent, with multiples being common.
maybe there's a custom around hunting another viera down like prey-not necessarily restricted by gender, either. female wood-warders noticing male ones on their watch, having their eye caught, and making the decision to track them down. the hunt starts out simple, easy to avoid, making it so an uninterested viera can just make their admirer lose their trail...or it go on and on, months and months of more and more complex hunts, maybe even with a bit of role reversal when one viera loses an arrow at another and gives the cue that it's your turn, now. some hunts end shortly anyways, others are longer and significantly more involved-proof of devotion. some viera have a habit of choosing one particular partner to go after time and time again, others don't, going after whoever they please. and same-sex partners in the same village may decide to do this, themselves, chasing their partner throughout-though the geographical limitations means there's a series of very different courtship customs there, which vary by village due to the isolation.
of course, partners can't exactly remain in the same village when they're from different ones. those who do change villages (for reasons outside of a change of gender) are generally regarded with distrust, seen as traitors from their home village. unable to stay with both parents, children generally stay with their mother once concieved. this does, pardon the word choice, breed a bit of competitive nature in villages with male viera, though. it's a point of pride to have a lot of children, since it doesn't exactly put much strain on yourself physically or mentally. it proves you're a decent huntsman, or at least a well-admired one.
there's other interpretations that i'd love to hear-more safe-for-work ones revolving around all viera being born from the jungle as opposed to other viera, hence the lack of men (most of which have to specifically ask to be made men by the Jungle or transition the "normal" way) and i don't entirely disagree with the lack of men being the result of a much higher birth rate for ladies as presented by 14, but 14's concepts of men being completely solitary is so boring to me...
especially when other, alternate interpretation would involve all the villages coming together for a massive orgy, or female viera seeking out male-occupied villages to be bred by all the men there, or male viera doing the opposite in the hopes at least one person will be interested, at the risk of death if he's too pushy, or or or
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Soniah Kamal: Unmarriageable
Review • 4.75/5
Pakistan is a perfect fit for a modern retelling of the beloved Pride and Prejudice. The characters were beautifully human, and their motives were so perfectly clear: why did Mrs. Binat insist so much on her daughters getting married? Why was it so upsetting for her, that Alysba declined Dr Kaleen's proposal? Why did Sherry instead agree to marry him? And why was it a true family emergency, when Lady ran away with Wickaam?
Unmarriageable was obviously written for a foreign (Western) audience, and the feminist Alysba was an excellent medium for explaining the culture for those in the unknown. The reader never once forgot where the story is set: the endless description of food and clothes made sure of it.In addition to the P&P plot, the book also discusses the influence of English culture (colonisation) in Pakistan, with a special attention to how society values English literature more than local literature. I also loved the tongue-in-cheek references to P&P.
Because this is a retelling, the book assumes the reader is familiar with P&P from before. And although I knew how the book would end (spoiler alert: Alysba and Darsee will obviously end up happy together), I was drawn in by the characters' warmth and energy. I enjoyed this book immensely.
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