Kaeya/Diluc

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Pairing
Pairing: Kaeluc
Alternative name(s): Luckae, Dilukae, Pavo Noctua, Mond's Ice and Fire, ガイディル
Gender category: BL
Fandom: Genshin Impact
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Common
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This article is about Kaeya and Diluc romantic relationship. For gen relationship, see Diluc & Kaeya.

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Kaeluc is the BL relationship between Kaeya Alberich and Diluc Ragnvindr from the Genshin Impact fandom.

Fandom

Kaeluc is the second most popular ship in the fandom on AO3, only surpassed by Tartaglia/Zhongli. It is also one of the most controversial, as in the English translation, the term "結拜兄弟"[1] (sworn brothers) was mistranslated as "adoptive brothers", changing the nature of their relationship and making the pairing incestuous. Although some fans prefer to take the original meaning of the phrase as canon, others prefer to go with the English version or arent aware of the differences between versions. In fact, the tag for the gen relationship between Kaeya and Diluc is the third most popular on AO3. Even taking the English version of the game as canonical, some Kaeluc shippers don't care about them being adoptive brothers or don't consider it "real incest" as they are not related by blood. It has been compared to Eremika occasionally.

Some East Asian fans have voiced the discomfort at the idea that the mistranslation has made some Western fans believe that Kaeluc is incest, explaining that the word "brother" is not used in the same way in China and in the West[2] and comparing it to the way westerners use the word "baby" to refer to their partner without thinking of a real baby.

Despite everything, the incest argument is often used against Kaeluc shippers by antis, including racism against Chinese players trying to correct them. The Kaeluc Shippers DNI tag on AO3 has two pages full of stories as of December 2022.

In December 3, Sean Chiplock (Diluc's voice actor for the English version), retweeted some Kaeluc furry smut fanart under the caption "d…dogey…"[3] causing mixed reactions among followers, shippers and antis.

Common Themes

  • Smut: Top Diluc seems only slightly more popular than Top Kaeya.

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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References

  1. ^ https://tackypies.tumblr.com/post/632699338040246272/are-diluc-kaeya-brothers are diluc & kaeya brothers?? by Tackypies
  2. ^ [https://twitter.com/elli0_tt/status/1301312742100316160 if ur not chinese stop automatically assuming that being sworn brothers automatically equates to seeing each other as brothers. The entire concept of being sworn brothers is more delicate than that. In fact, the word itself “sworn brothers” doesn’t do the chinese word any justice], Archived version
  3. ^ d…dogey…, Archived version