“When I said we would need to keep our tempers in check if we were going to make this meeting happen, I should have specified we’d need to do so for the duration of the meeting as well. Not to worry. A simple setback. Now we have clarity and a unity of vision. I feel good. You? All righty, then.”
So Carrot is a dwarf, right? And what distinguishes dwarves? They all
have beards and they’re all (at least when Carrot was growing up in
Copperhead) considered men. Until Cheery, there was no openly female
But Carrot is always drawn and described as clean-shaven (we get
pretty regular descriptions. He’s tall -around 6′6″, has short red hair
and is clean shaven). Why though? Surely as a dwarf, regardless of
height, he’d want to grow a beard, especially considering how important a
beard is to dwarvishness (no references, but isn’t it canon that if a
dwarf can’t grow a beard, they buy a fake one?).
We know his father kept his hair trimmed for Reasons of Hygiene, but
maybe the reason Carrot doesn’t have a beard is because he can’t grow
Basically, I’m suggesting trans man Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson.
After all, armour can compress quite a bit, and while the dwarvish
gender system can grate upon those like Cheery, maybe for Carrot the
reason he never questioned it was because he always identified as a man,
Imagine Vimes taking a while to realise, before quietly figuring it
out. He considers for a long time what he should do with the
information before eventually casually asking Cuddy about dwarvish
gender. Cuddy is confused but explains how all dwarves are he and thus
Vimes quietly settles down, deciding he can’t fault the boy, who after
all is a good dwarf, and an amazing officer.
Nobby, who was the
first Carrot actually told, because while Nobby may be a petty thief and
his species is somewhere up in the air, once he’s your friend you can
trust him with your life, if not your wallet. As the Watch begins to
expand, Nobby is the one who kicks up a fuss about the privies and gets a
few individual ones set up away from the big communual ones. Carrot
gives him some dwarf bread, sent down fresh from the Copperhead hills in
thanks. Nobby then turned out to be the one being capable of eating
Ironfoundersson dwarf bread. Carrot now shares his monthly care package
Colon, who never worked it out, who only found out
when Angua and Nobby got onto the topic whilst patrolling together and
was shocked beyond measure. Lots of exclamations of “But the lad’s near 7
foot!” and “He never said!” were proclaimed. Luckily, the bustle of
Sator Square hid the shouts. After the initial shock, he’s odd around
Carrot for a few months before Carrot very earnestly asks him what he’s
done wrong. They have a long talk but things only really return to
normal when Carrot talks down the Slabbed-out troll who was about to eat
Angua, who knew the moment she met Carrot, but knowing
the customs of dwarves thought nothing of it. It’s only when she asks
him about it, after the incident with the gonne that she realises that
he isn’t just living within the dwarvish monogender (which technically
is neither male or female, dwarves are just dwarves), Carrot identifies
with the human male. She shrugs it off. Igors became Igorinas and vice
versa all the time back in the Old Country. And she liked Carrot, just
as she had liked both Gavin and Ygritte, the poor foolish human that
Wolfgang had taken great delight in hunting.
works it out surprisingly quickly. He may not be academic but he’s a
good sergeant and sergeants are good with people. It takes him a while
to get the idea properly formulated in his head, but when he does he
methodically files it away. After Cuddy died, he made a point of
studying dwarvish customs and since Carrot is a dwarf, it makes perfect
sense in his mind. He is a little more protective of Carrot than usually
after that though, especially in situations when he could be in danger
for who he is.
It took Cheery a very long time to realise why
Carrot was so afraid of her decision to present as a woman. Eventually,
she stormed into his office and demanded to know why he didn’t approve.
Only when Carrot quietly responded with “If you do it, eventually
someone might force me to as well, and that’s not me. I am a he, I am a
dwarf who is definitively he, never she.” did she understand. They
eventually came to a comfortable agreement, secretly meeting up every
few weeks to chat about gender and dwarvishness. Eventually, Cheery
coaxes him along to the feminine-dwarf support group and while at first
the dwarves are uncomfortable with him being there, once Carrot explains
they end up with two of their number admitting that while, if a human
looked at it, they might be considered male, they identify as female
regardless. Thus Carrot somehow ends up accidentally starting another
offshoot group of dwarvish gender support for dwarves of either gender
who might have strong feelings on their own gender which others, even
those in support of women dwarves coming out, may disagree with.
knew from the start, of course he did. He finds it mildly amusing, that
Carrot, the One True King of Ankh-Morpork, would by some only be
accepted as a Queen if his information became common knowledge.
Originally he kept it as blackmail. Over the years, as it became clear
Carrot not only had worked out his origins but was actively hiding them,
did Vetinari one night creep into a hidden room in the palace and burn a
series of genology, a chit of birth and the diary of a midwife, long
since dead and longer still paid off.
The Igor in the Watch first
finds out when Angua brings Carrot in bleeding, from a knife wound to
the gut. She curses him out, making it clear that if anything happens to
Carrot, or if one word is breathed of this to anyone outside this
cellar, she would tear him beyond even an Igor’s saving. Igor simply
nods. A few months later, both he and Carrot are on leave at the same
time. It’s only after that does Carrot take his shirt off for the first
time in the Watch showers to clean up, no scar from the stab wound
visible. After all, Igors are good at what they do, and when they want
to, they won’t leave a mark.
Good evening, Sir Samuel, and may I say what a nice scarf you’re wearing. And Captain Carrot. Please sit down. We have a lot of business to finish.
Ok this is one of my favourite little lines in terms of Sam/Sybil. Just that little throw-away comment pointing out he’s wearing the scarf. And the fact that Sam is wearing the scarf is so important because
It’s a terrible scarf. It was a supposed to be socks but Sybil messed up. He’s wearing it anyway.
It’s not even winter. I don’t think a season is specifically pointed out, but it’s certainly not winter given the lack of snow. It’s probably far too warm to even need a scarf. There is no reason for him to wear this ugly scarf and yet.
Sam was in the bath when Sybil told him Vetinari wanted him right away. That means that while rushing to get dressed to go present himself to the lord of the city, he went out of his way to specifically pick up an ugly scarf it’s too warm to wear.
And he went out of his way to wrap an ugly, probably knobbly and itchy scarf that was supposed to be a sock around his neck and then wear it to the palace all because doing so would make Sybil happy. And he just loves Sybil so much.