A cross-section of people living and working at the Sønheim Embassy. Ambassador Beringar: newly-appointed man in charge. Manager Ludolf: the guy most likely to be giving Leif orders. Sven Nibelungsen: the guy with the most-fun job in the whole embassy. Ragnild and Iona: Sven’s kids. With a bonus ferret! Captain Sigrún and the Sigrúnettes: the… Continue reading Saturday Sketchbook: Friendly Neighborhood Embassy Staff
The world “heathen” has religious connotations, so it isn’t a perfect translation for the Sønska word, but “barbarian” sounds a little too harsh. (Either way, Thorn doesn’t catch the subtext; he only recognizes that it’s one of the terms for “foreigner.”)
I know some people will be understandably wary at this point, so, just to be clear: yes, she’s trans; no, that isn’t part of a joke. Sven likes women, she’s a woman, and he would be seeing her through a sparkle filter no matter what.