My hard disk seems to be in okay shape, if anyone was concerned. It just needed some tough love. Which means I’m back in action, baby.
One thing I noticed the last time I played Dragon Warrior is that there’s no actual evidence in the game that the hero is male. His/her sprite is far too tiny and featureless to settle the question, and you can give him/her any name you want. There’s no particular consequence of this, other than the possiblity of hot hot princess/knight lesbian sexengs.
In later Dragon Quest games, of course, when it became possible to choose between a male and a female hero, it was always advantageous to pick “female”, because the ladies cuold wear all the armor the guys could, plus special frilly girl armor. No fair!