Hey all! Still fairly new here, if this is a weird topic I apologize.
At a glance Sirens on Achaea look to me less like the shipwreck-inducing entities from Greek mythology and more like alluring demon humans who can and do use their appearances to accomplish their and their cities' goals, which sounds like it could work into various parts of the game in some pretty fascinating ways - a Mhaldorian siren charming their way through spying and information gathering, for example, strikes me as a cool concept. Hell, even a painfully humorless Siren who goes out of her way to subvert the expectations in character - dressing very modestly, desiring a wholesome life in Targossas or something - seems like it would be an interesting thing to explore. The Siren race interests me from a thematic standpoint, I guess. I think there could be loads of options for them, even if it solely came down to subverting the (IC, hopefully!) expectations one might have when encountering one.
After skimming the forum here a bit, though, totally uneasy about playing one. Is it a thing that if you create a Siren you're pretty much assumed to be seeking mudsex and will be pursued for it kind of relentlessly? I don't mind being propositioned and shooting it down as a roleplay interaction - that sounds like it would be pretty expected - but from the perspective of those who have played Achaea for a long time: When you see a Siren, are you thinking "oh great, another mudsex alt"? Is it generally tougher for players who play Sirens to be taken seriously by the players behind the characters when trying to advance normally through city ranks, houses, or clans?
When I did create one I got some (Creepy? Normal? Unsure) tells pretty swiftly. Nothing terribly profane, just remarking on what a "pretty little slave" she was or asking to dress her (I think they meant shopping; pretended I didn't see the tell so never found out) by folks who so far outranked the character that due to the theme of the city telling them to get bent was absolutely not a viable option. As we had never interacted IC before, it had the air of being more of an OOC expectation that I was asking for it by choosing the race. That's what led me to start poking around here for overall sentiments, and it seems to get mentioned a lot as sort of an underlying joke - that people who play Siren characters are requesting mudsex opportunities.
I guess at the end of the day what I'm wondering is: What do you think when you see a Siren character? Is it an automatic assumption they created the character for mudsex? Do you personally find it harder to take the characters seriously/feel disinclined to bother with them when they're part of your cities?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on the matter!
(As a side note - Truly not trying to look down my nose at people who may or may not use Siren characters or any other character for these purposes, just trying to figure out if the OOC stigma is as strong as it seems. Basically, if you're not into the mudsex side of things, is it worth it to try a Siren, or will it be a fairly constant barrier to normal play on an OOC level?)