Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega
Meeeeh...Most of your examples were established in 1E. And, as you note, there are plenty of current canon NPCs that don't have any sort of abuse in their backgrounds. But do we really have to get rid of it ALL? The logical conclusion of this is a sanitized setting, and I would really hate to see that happen to Exalted. This is a Bronze Age style world, where, frankly, unpleasant things happen, and that should be played straight.
Granted, there is a level of discretion as to how much they want to present the realities of this life in books for modern players...Personally, since I really dislike toning things down as borderline censorship, I prefer to show things "as they are", and trust to individuals to make their own decisions about whether or not they want to be exposed to whatever, but then, it's not MY head on the chopping block when the Social Justice Warriors revolt!
Not that I *want* to see abused people, in case it need be said! And that goes for guys as well as girls (Tamuz was sexually victimized by his Solar mate, remember). But we shouldn't shy away from these things in the setting. Personally, if the Raksi thing is dumped, I won't really miss it. When I first read it, what really struck me about it was how batshit crazy it meant she really was! In fact, it's not even certain that her hallucinations actually reflect anything that really happened...it could ALL be just in her head. [shrug]