blackghostwaltz replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…
I honestly think they’re asking a question relating to what PoC groups were living in the area at the time. Just because it has a supernatural element doesn’t mean it can’t have accuracy. As a writer, that’s one thing I strive for personally.
myirrelephantlife replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…
I think they’re asking what sort of ethnicities were present in Hungary at that time. Not to be rude, but it’s a reasonable question and I’m not sure why you brushed it off. Vampires are fantasy, but the setting could still be historically accurate.
tranettew reblogged your post justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v… and added:
That’s unnecessary shade. The whole blog is about historically accurate representation of PoC in history and, ergo, it is not an excuse to be non-inclusive in media as there were PoC in Europe at different points in history. This ask is essentially what you’re trying to promote, I thought.
At first, I was asking the same questions as the folks above. I figured “it’s an innocent enough question, why not give some historical information?”. Now that I’ve seen it broken down though, (and I’m honestly not very well-educated. I’m 31, and went to work in retail right after high school and am still doing that) I think I get what medievalpoc is getting at.
It’s not that asking about historical information about poc in medieval Hungary is wrong. It’s that, asking for permission (or rather, asking for information of that kind from a well-educated source) to put poc in your fantasy game set in medieval Hungary… shouldn’t be necessary. If you are making a fantastical setting, especially if it includes beings like vampires, and you want poc in your game? Put them in there.
There’s no harm, nor should there be, with putting people of colour in your RPG campaign (or your fantasy novel, or video game etc.). History is being changed already with the addition of vampires, and I’m guessing other magical elements. Even if medieval Hungary didn’t have a widely varied population back then, even if they were all white, you can put whoever you want in your creative works of fantasy.
That’s what the gifset about the Hobbit was there for. If you have things as fantastical as vampires in your story, a person of colour being there shouldn’t be such a broad leap of your imagination or anyone else’s.
Now, again I may be way off here, and I don’t want to come down on anyone or anything like that. But I’m pretty sure that’s what medievalpoc is getting at here, and is getting at in many of their posts about fantasy fiction. It’s fantasy. Just go for it. Don’t be afraid to put whoever you want into your story because it might not be “historically accurate” in our real world.
Sorry… I go off point a lot. Hope this helped some folks a bit, cause I didn’t really get it until just a few minutes ago. And that’s totally my bad for being that blind, too.
EDIT: Oooor, I could have just read the FAQ! Others should too!