problem with footnote marker style

hey all,
I’m very excited to be readying my PhD thesis for print! I could overcome all my troubles with Scrivener (thanks to many tips on this board!), but this one remains unresolved so far.

I am using inspector footnotes (as opposed to inline).
these have an inline, superscript marker, like * or 1 or i.
in the editor, they look consistent with the paragraph style.
when compiling, their (font) style changes to something else:

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I set it under Settings / Editing / Comments & Footnotes.
I set it under Project / Project Settings / Formatting.
I set it under Compile / Project Formats / Footnotes & Comments.
I tried Edit / Transformations / Convert Inspector to Inline and back, just in case.
I also tried to “Convert to Default Formatting”, which formats the content, but not the marker.
[it’s kinda maddening that there are so many random places for editing footnotes…]

it wouldn’t be a huge deal to have a different font for the footnote markers, but it also messes up with the spacing on those lines, which is quite an eyesore and frankly unacceptable.
turns out there is only one way to change this: change the style of the first instance of a footnote (or add a new one before that), and the entire document follows. you heard that right; the first footnote sets the default footnote marker style, and you’re stuck with it for the rest of the document. it doesn’t adapt to the whatever paragraph style is used. which is quite insane.

am I missing something here? is there a magic box to tick which says “use your common sense and adapt the footnote marker style to the rest of the paragraph without forcing an arbitrary style for the entire document”?