BLANDCorporatio wrote:atalex wrote:I'd just like to point out how brilliant this turn of phrase is:"So who cares if he's [Tramennis] a— If his Signamancy is less...than manly." Slately cleared his throat. "I certainly don't. Any more. He ought to lead."
It allows Slately to admit that his bias against Tram was the result of homophobia but without using the word "homosexuality" -- which is a word that logically should not exist in Erfworld since it is a world without procreative sex where sexual activity is purely for personal pleasure. Brilliant.
And here I go to be contrarian. Because your interpretation is spot-on, were Slately an Earth character. But like you said, there's no reason why homophobia should exist at all in Erfworld. There's not even a clearly delineated notion of "regular" gender roles, for crying out loud!
Err... actually, there is: the casting of the Summon Perfect Warlord spell.
Stanley the Plaid: "Everything should seem familiar and safe to him."
If there wasn't an analog of homophobia on Erfworld, it would be less familiar to Parson. Therefore, there is such an analog.
Of course, considering this as a reason leads to headache-inducing sorts of discussion about the temporal order of cause-and-effect (see Wikipedia's entry on Newcomb's paradox), and doesn't give a culturally internal reason for why Erfworld developed that analog -- probably. So far as has been revealed, the Summon Perfect Warlord spell did not include retconjuration in the mix. While such a component might be the explanation for the ambiguity as to whether it was Findamancy/Predictamancy mix or Findamancy/Lookamancy, I suspect that ambiguity is simply that Wanda was not telling Jillian the exact truth to a prisoner she was planning to release.