Darcelle in Rise of the Dragon

In the “Pleasure Dome” of Rise of the Dragon, one of the characters the player can interact with is Darcelle, who is “a woman posing as a man, posing as a woman” (see image below). You can see some of the interaction with this character in this video at about 6:30.

Reportedly, homosexuality is one of the “vices” that patrons can engage in. Also, it is reported that at one point in the game the protagonist flirts with someone he believes to be his girlfriend, but turns out to be a man with long hair. We haven’t found confirmation for these two references, however.



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