Name Your Characters - Creation Kit Pt. 1
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One often requested set of guidelines is for how to name your characters so they fit the tone and lore of one of Dema's many cultures! We hope this character naming guide helps. Be on the lookout for parts two and three of this Community Creation Kit, which will talk about creating a character or faction personality through The Elements in a handy set of tables, and guidelines for homebrewing features of the six main species like subcultures and organizations.
Now, what should your hero or villain be called? Well...
Character Naming Guide
Humans are flexible in the range of real versus fantasy names. Those born in the Light Plains often have Greco-Roman inspired first names and surnames, an example being characters from Arise named Emperor Remus and Umber Maximus. The Scintillan language is a corrupted version of Esperanto, while Mundane is American English in the current content. Other naming conventions from non Mediterranean cultures are certainly welcome, such as in Colonel Koji, or Tegin Cang. Meta-fictionally speaking, any human name could be said to have a Mundane origin rather than the eastern Daylands. While the oppressive, dystopian Solar Hegemony would likely not encourage most instances of gender-neutral language, there are thriving They/Them identifying humans in the many open-minded exile communities living free outside of The Light Plains, as well as those who have left a 'dead name' behind. Common modern names are acceptable as long as they are spelled alternatively, such as in the case of Serah, Mykal, and Benji. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Celina, Empress of Light
Emperor Sicarius I
Admiral Ahn Vanen
Nightriders are flexible in the range of real versus fantasy names. For common Nightrider character names, fantasy names featuring the “ih” “ah” and long “ay” sound are rendered with a “y”, such as Jayne Erindera or Bartra Maeryn. This “y” is very common in their Monturyn language and naming preferences, but not mandatory. Gender and sexual identity can be very fluid for some Nightriders, with the Dawnraiders being some of the most open-minded to a comrade's identity and preferences. Honorific titles for great figures can be used to substitute a first and last name, like The King of Darkness. Common modern names are acceptable as long as they are spelled alternatively. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Sawsayda The Beastmaster
The Marshal of the Dark
Ioneth, Raddox, and Vaygo Turonoc
Elektra, Stratygos of The Ten Hundred
Featherfolk have firm guidelines on their given fantasy names. A Featherfolk’s natural name is two syllables long family/surname followed by an apostrophe, followed by a space and one syllable given name. Examples would be characters from Arise like Ursa’ Guin and Filo’ Ya. Honorific titles for great figures can be used to substitute a first and last name, like The Sunfather. Common modern names are not generally acceptable except in cases like a Featherfolk being adopted into a non Usundi language culture. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Sporespawn have firm guidelines on their given fantasy names, though a common ‘pronounceable’ name is also given. Sporespawn are biologically nongendered, but may go by Mundane gender-coded monikers if they are primarily related to their occupation or deeds, such as The Everborn of Tohol being called a ‘queen’ of the hive mind. Due to the irregular physiology of many Sporespawn drones compared to other sentients, their mouths may produce sounds that cannot be easily replicated by non-Sporespawn, such as “Xotl Xzaaxjs.” Instead, a meaningful multi-word phrase in Mundane is often given, such as Holds The Dark or Old Growth. Honorific titles for great figures can be used to substitute for a name, such as The Allspawn. Common modern names are not generally acceptable except in cases like a Sporespawn being given one as a playful moniker by a human or Nightrider. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Finds Far Home
Tends The Chitin
That One Knew
One For All
Voice That Carries
Clears the Path
Sealed The Breach
Archivists are flexible in the range of real versus fantasy names. The phonology of the Archivist Eltayan language and names resembles the Slavic family of languages in Europe, such as east slavic Russian and Ukranian, west slavic Polish, and south slavic Croatian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian. Real names like Viktor or Ulga are just as acceptable as fantasy names like Bronof or Avan. Honorific titles for great figures can be used to substitute for a name, such as Insight, The Wolf’s Bite, or a dev favorite who simply goes by The Archivist. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Wakewalkers are semi-flexible in the range of real versus fantasy names. A relatively uncommon but notable influence on Wakewalker first names is ancient Greek, such as in the case of High King Odiseas (“Oh-deh-sees”). In most cases, however, given names and clan names are fantasy constructions that favor the “k” and “g” sounds common to their language Kahr-Khottan, such as Underclan Varkoth. Honorific titles or titles related to a deed or occupation are often attached to Wakewalker names like Gekna Bone Scriver.
Additionally, for Clan Kahr and affiliate underclans that hunt Deep Ones, a young Wakewalker does not earn their true ‘adult’ name until completing their first Wild Hunt. Until then, they are considered Isle Imps, and either go nameless, by pet monikers like “Boy” or “The Child Of…”, or a temporary name taken from a family member or heroic figure they aspire to grow as strong as. The vast majority of Wakewalkers are born biologically male, with a half-chance of their sex altering later in life. Should an adolescent Wakewalker who has previously completed the Wild Hunt later become biologically female, or choose to identify as neither sex, the option to pick a meaningful new name simply needs to be cleared with the clan’s shaman for proper oral recordkeeping. The names of some notable figures in Dema’s history include:
Prevag The Cunning
Bhar of the Thunder
Grevak and Tyreena Kahr
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