Thanks for that! I don't find Alexandria offensive at all, and I'm gonna headcanon that she had access to some sort of magic or potion to avoid going through male puberty (she's probably not so happy if she has to keep switching off her disguise and shaving her face every morning...).
Well, some women IRL do have very impressive beards, like Harnaam Kaur
. Alternatively, Lockhart could bring up the classic "Do dwarf women in your fantasy world have facial hair?" debate, and maybe tell the other PCs that his character was half-dwarf, or something.
*though Crystal Frasier's backstory for the Harrow cards suggests there's only so much that even magic can do in the Pathfinder campaign worlds.
Pathfinder seems to have adopted D&D's (in)famous Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity
(although they gave it the slightly less name Girdle of Opposite Gender
). Furthermore, a Polymorph Other
or Baleful Polymorph
should be able to permanently change the spell's target to a person of the same race and with the same generic features (hair color, eye color, etc.) as before, but with the opposite gender.
I can't recall what I went with for Alexandria, if it was herblore and intensive morning grooming ritual (I put points in Disguise darnit, she was gonna be good even without magic) but lately pathfinder adventure paths have included a few trans characters and even a trans iconic (the dwarf shaman I believe).
That's right, Shardra Geltl
Golarion doesn't have the term "transgender," just like it doesn't really have the term "homosexual." Instead, just like historical Earth, it has a vast variety of third and fourth genders varying between cultures. Dwarves have "rivethun," which is a catch-all for feminine trans women and intersex folk, but other cultures will have other words.
Beside,s what's the fun in spelling everything out? Leave enough breadcrumbs and let people know the joy of finding their own way
I got my pick, and I very much wanted the dwarf shaman as our transgender iconic. Partially because trans people have a long history of spiritual traditions and partially because dwarves are a very traditional race, but we never really spell out what their traditions are. This seemed like a fun way to point out that "traditional" doesn't mean "hates everything."
Incidentally, if you're not already reading Rat Queens
, I strongly recommend that you check it out - it's a fantasy comic book (or graphic novel, if you prefer) that's suspiciously similar to any typical D&D campaign, with all the goblin-killing, corpse-looting, swearing and terrible puns that you might expect. It's also got a classic four-member adventuring party as the main characters (rockabilly elf wizard, hippie lesbian halfling rogue, hipster dwarf fighter, and introverted human cleric who happens to be some kind of reformed Cthulhu cultist), with the noteworthy detail that they're all female. Oh, and they've got at least one transgender character, so far. (Plus, the hipster dwarf had some issues with facial hair and less-than-understanding family members, which turned into a story arc of its own).
(Faint nipple and plot spoilers below:)
It's also hilarious and entertaining, and very very bloody and sweary, so there's that.