...though, neutral being feminine is also a bit awkward and technically incorrect in the case of dragonfable's hero, since you can end up referring to "male" heroes as "her", and i'm PRETTY sure that my hero is definitely not a her, last i checked...
Ah, you think the English language is fundamentally logical. That's not a mistake you make for long.
You can refer to males using the neutral tense. Since feminine is neutral, this means you can refer to them that way. If you think about it, most cases of referring to animates with the neutral tense is either a case of male or female. You're not referring to them as women; just with feminine pronouns. In fact, in English, pronouns are only an indication of sex/gender if they are masculine.
On the forums, unless a member has categorically stated that they are male, it would be technically correct to refer to everyone here with the feminine. Not that I recommend it.
"they" could actually be gramattically correct if referring to The Hero, instead of your own personal hero.
I'm not aware of any rule that dictates either way in this case. Since you're describing the actions of a single entity, under the category of multiple entitites. Also, the terms 'is' and 'are' can come into conflict when dealing with the plural and singular forms. You can say 'they are', but not 'the Hero are'... which is why singular 'they' is incorrect.
If a Rose member performs an action, does that mean the Rose in general performs it? What if all Rose members were the same character? Would that character be Akanthus or Jaania?
In my country they teach Oxford English.
In Australia, we basically use whoever's grammar and spelling we feel like at the time, and it's still correct. There are subtle differences, but the general grammar is still essentially Queen's English.
I'm... not entirely sure, but I think I may have somehow diverted a thread with... grammar. Take that, Godwin's Law.
I do think @elixxon has a point about the Hero's recent failures. The structure of a questline in Dragonfable is something like that of a short story.
A short story shows the turning point, the crux of an event, then ends. In this case, the Hero's role is something of a catalyst for the different stories, in true Hero of a Thousand Faces fashion. This sometimes has the effect of putting all the weight of every other character's uselessness onto the Hero's shoulders.
In short, the King Arthur are really hard to write.
So the Hero must surely question why other people can't deal with their own problems,
something I suspect many of us can relate to. Why are the guardians so incompetent as to always die like stormtroopers? Why aren't there any other cynical adventurers with meta-knowledge? And why can't the Rose kitchens screen for quality control in their staff?
This is probably one of the reasons so many of us like Faust. Someone else can deal with the basic human decency and storyline progression for once.
And to be honest I know it sounds like i hate her, But Jaania is extremely stupid. A SMART person try and get on the Hero's Good side. And not push their buttons due to a POSSIBLE future.
But a person with such traits as resilience and mental fortitude would try to take the course of action they considered correct, regardless of the actions of others. And isn't Jaania's main appeal that she is open about her intentions? The Machiavellian scheming is Akanthus' job. It's actually a sound PR reason to separate openly honest and less honest methods of operation.
Both are requirements for any organisation such as the Rose.