OK, you make some sound points. I agree that for them to participate in the current shadow war, they must undergo some fluff changes. There has to be some reason for them to compete - as a group - against the other orgs, because now there is none.
Well, it's actually said in the rulebook that they need to survive so they need as much power as they can obtain.. But that's ridiculous nonsense, as for me. Being power mad group that constantly clashes other orgs for more power is a quite a quick way to obtain enemies and become destroyed. As for me it's obvious that it's simplier to survive when no one wants your head, rather than you have stash of weapons and angried all the world super-powers.
However, on the topic of discrimination, I've re-read the entry on Selene in the rulebook, and I don't understand their attitude as looking down on men. By their history, their goal is protecting girls by a means of group strength (they recruit orphan children). Having their tools and weapons revealed would be fatal to them. As a result, some of them (not all) despise men, but that's neither a majoritary or official position (I think this is important), and some of them marry men without further problems.
I also re-read their entry in the rulebook, and it states that they usually many of them despise men, and while I don't now what is "many" I assume it's significant number.
Also, non-selenian women who learn of their secrets are hunted as well. They're just not perceived as large a threat as a man, precisely because of the Selene's nature of women fellowship.
Sorry, my mistake. I had to read more carefully.
Feminists to a degree, because they don't have a lot of trust in men, or male dominated society. However, they don't push a feminist agenda, they simply work to ensure their survival, freedom, and prosperity in a male dominated world.
First of all, as I already stated, as for now no one want to take their lives and prosperity from them, but being power mad can change this things. But I assume that their leader have some kind of post-war syndrome.
Second, I don't see Gaia as male-dominated world. Hell, it even had woman as a Pope. Celene are the only raging sexists I see in the whole world of Gaia.
I agree, I'm getting a bit tired of the cliched man-hating secret society of women warriors, but it doesn't look like that's necessarily what they're going for here.
If they think the bad cliche is attracting female gamers, that's pretty sad. More likely, it's as Ape2020 says.
About female gamers. To be honest, they are more like doing the contrary thing. Well, I'm a bit out of words, but I'll try to make my thoughts clear. If you're a girl, then your appearance is a matter of bigger concern for you, than if you were a boy. Almost no one born perfect, and those who are exceptional are rare, being a good looking is a hard. And if you are really good looking, then you'll have no female friends. It's delicate matter.
Well, to finish my rather clumsy thought I just want to state that I saw enough girls irritated because their boyfriend plays games where are lots of underweight big-breasted female chars in revealing clothes. And I saw hundreds of girls with pure hatred for the girls more slim than them. So making org which take in its ranks only beauties will attract around zero real life girls.
Sorry to all for this wall of offtopic.
we play these games, in a large part, to escape dealing with all the crap of our real lives, and most of us, I don't think, want to deal with sexism at the gaming table. So, why don't we all just be equal? Even male gamers playing female characters would hate to be told that they couldn't choose from all of the classes, couldn't have any gold, or own their weapons, or that they'd have to roleplay convincing an NPC to train them.
I couldn't say better.