For me, there are two types of exceptional characters, in SL Gor:
- The exceptional one, not usual in the books, but plausible, maybe, even described. It may be the high slave, or the man who is weak with his slave, or the man who betrayed his caste codes, the one who has no honor, a bred-passion slave, a FW who is a natural slave etc.
All these characters exist in the books. If they are played well, with creativity, if they have their strengths and weaknesses, they will be interesting. For me, they finally remain ordinary characters. They may be rare in the books, but they are ordinary in this context that they are still a part of the Gorean culture, that they still perfectly fit this environment. You never find they don't have their place in the Gorean world. So, yes, ordinary in their exceptionality.
Then, you have the second type... The snowflake... For example:
- The mamba woman who is a scribe in Ar, who has been slave, then FW, then slave again, then panther, whose companion is half Torvi / half tuchuk and who is a physician formerly a member of the clan of the Torturers.
- The usual albino exotic slave (although it makes no sense for slavers to breed slaves with a particularity which is more a disability and an inconvenient.
- The man whose character has been a slaver, then a scribe, then a commander, then a head slaver, then a ubar, then an administrator (each in a different city whose home stone he claimed his).
- The woman, formerly a barbarian, then panther girl, then FCed a scribe, became a scribe herself, then magistrate, ambassador, head scribe, advocate (never in the same city neither)
- The woman bred as an exotic (the exotic of exotics) but got raised by an assassin and his secret FC (and their extended family). The adopted mother raised her as a member of the green caste until she got tortured by a member of the clan of the torturers who ruined her hands, so, she had to stop being a physician and worked as a thief, even robbed a bank (damaged hands as everyone know, are not a problem when one has to get a fortune in stealing). Then, she companioned a ubar and continued her happy life as head of caste in some other cities for physicians, scribes, merchants, slavers...
- The FW with her high display slave adorned like a pleasure slave, treasured by her beloved mistress...
All these characters are commonly encountered in those so called BTB sims and most will pretend they have read the books. But sorry, they don't belong to a Gorean culture and environment.
In fact, when you try to play the average character of the books and deal ICLy with the oddities your character meets, it's you who is treated like a snowflake.
For example, I enjoy playing the typical FW of the books, the one who is cruel to slave girls, because she is inwardly jealous of them, because she secretly envies them (all reasons and motivation emoted in our posts of course). I stopped counting the number of times where another FW bitched at us for being unfair to slave girls (to whom the RP they give is always something exciting as serving tea and cakes and being congratuled because they are well trained). Yes, I'm the oddity, the snowflake, the FW who should be happy that slave girls exist because so, men have sex with them and leave my char to her frigidity...
In fact, finally, it's not that there are too many characters who should be exceptional, in SL Gor... It's rather that only a very few of their players will depict them in a way fitting the cultural environment in which they evolve and before all, will understand they are exceptional, not the average character. And that they picked up some exceptional character of which they made, at the end, a true joke (like a high slave owned by a female baker...)
These people claim their individuality, their creativity, their unique personality as if playing an average, normal character was not creative, that you couldn't depict an unique personality.
But It's to ordinary, average, normal characters that the extraordinary tends to happen....