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Character Names [Jan. 12th, 2012|11:31 pm]
phantomcranefly
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So, I've been basically a shut-in all vacation, except for numerous doctor's appointments. So not much interesting to talk about there, except that I've been playing a lot of WoW.

My problem is that I want my characters' names to have meaning, dangit, and I'm deeply suspicious of the random name generator. I got away with making my first character a hippie who took a new name when she became a druid, and my second character is an obscure sci-fi reference out of character and a childhood nickname in character. (I was planning on having her also be a hippie originally, but it doesn't fit with the personality she's developing.)

For my next character, I'm thinking about creating a Forsaken warrior who was a paladin in life, and has a weirdly religious devotion to Sylvanas. cutlacesoflife has already heard the long version, so I won't repeat it.

(And now I've gone and listened to "Good Enough" six times in a row instead of writing. This is why I still haven't gotten around to that last installment of Letters to Rozer.)

Anyway, I'm really tempted to make her name something in Latin that she took up when she rose from the dead and took up her new "calling"... except that Latin doesn't exist in Azeroth. And so far as I know, there isn't really an equivalent. (Mrr. I kind of wish this was a Lord of the Rings game, because Tolkien's elvish I trust to have meanings.) Even going with Latin, the twelve-character, no spaces limit is a bit of an issue.

My original thought was Gladiasylvae, which is the closest I can get to "sword of Sylvanas" considering that it's a female character, but that really ought to be two words, and it looks kind of dumb smushed together like that. Gladia ("feminine" sword, the real word is gladius) and Sagitta (arrow) are both taken, as is Sagita, the only misspelling I don't think looks silly. Sagitasylvae is free but has the same problem.

So: diminutives. Gladiola would be the obvious diminutive of gladia, but it's taken already, and looks too much like a plant in any case. Gladicula is free but looks dumb, like some sort of failed pun on Dracula. Gladiella is also free, but looks ridiculously frilly. Sagittula seems to be my best bet at this point, although Sagittola and Sagittella are also free.

Gah. I swear, after this my next character is going to be gnome!Cassie, just for the lulz, and I will avoid roleplaying quandaries by not doing any. (Watch her turn into a cranky middle-aged lady or a backstabbing trickster or something in spite of me.)

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[User Picture]From: rockychristine
2012-01-14 05:26 am (UTC)
You should totally do goblin Cassie. Goblins are awesome. More so than gnomes.

I rather like any of the Sagitolla versions. And a great many Forsaken have a worshippy thing with Sylvanas; she's good at the cult of personality thing. (Forsaken are awesome and we have the hottest racial leader and an awesome racial ability! Join us!) Also, warriors are pretty awesome and you get the whole unkillable if played right thing. And warriors can tank, if you're ever interested. It's tons of fun!
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[User Picture]From: phantomcranefly
2012-01-15 04:00 am (UTC)
Hmm, it looks like goblins and gnomes follow the same naming conventions (random syllable + vowel + na, or occasionally +ila, as far as I can tell) but aren't gnomes the steampunky ones? Alt!Cassie kind of gravitates toward steampunk. (And this would be the seventh version of her in my head... 0.o I'm glad they're all very similar or they'd leave no time for my other characters.)

I agree, Forsaken are awesome from everything I've seen. (Speaking of "hottest racial leader", would you be interested in joining her cuddleharem? :P ) I've done ranged on all two of my characters so far, so I'm a little nervous about hitting things when they can actually hit me back. XD Does wearing lots of armor make up for it?
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[User Picture]From: rockychristine
2012-01-15 06:39 am (UTC)
Armor is awesome. If you're a warrior, you can wear plate after level 40, and you have tons of health. For comparison, my mage who can only wear cloth is at 135K health at level 85. My paladin, same level and worse gear quality, is at 175K health. It's wonderful! You die a lot less. And if you're a Protection warrior, you have all sorts of wonderful not-taking-damage things.

I did a huge "WoW 101" Google doc, and I will definitely link it to you. I think you'd like it- there's a lot of random stuff, but there's all sorts of awesome stuff that will make your life a a lot easier. I'd be glad to join Sylvanas' cuddleharem. And I too want to poke her ears and find out if elf ears twitch or anything when you touch them.

And another great think about Forsaken? Will of the Forsaken, our cool racial ability. Every 2 minutes, ignore a fear effect. "I was either made by the Lich King or raised by Sylvanas. Do you really think I'm afraid of you?"

Goblins and gnomes are about equally steampunky, but goblins like to blow things up a lot more. And they're more entertaining about things in general.
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[User Picture]From: phantomcranefly
2012-01-16 04:48 am (UTC)
...that is a lot of health. *is used to tabletops*

I'd definitely be interested in seeing that googledoc- not sure if you have my gmail, it's 129ElmSt @ etc. And I added you to the cuddleharem. :)

Hmmkay. I seem to be running one character at a time, anyway, so Fake!Cassie probably will be a while. :P
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[User Picture]From: cutlacesoflife
2012-01-15 02:08 am (UTC)
Here, have another Sylvanas icon.

While--as Rocky mentioned--many Forsaken do practically worship Sylvanas (there's a reason so many of them say "Dark Lady watch over you" or "Victory for Sylvanas" when you speak to them) the "I TOTES MET YOU IN THE AFTERLIFE" angle is definitely new! And that racial ability Rocky mentioned? We can Cannibalize. We can om nom nom the flesh of the humanoids we just killed to restore health. It is excellent.

"Sagittula" is my favorite name for the new Forsaken character. "Sagittella" looks like some obscure kind of pasta. (Arrow-shaped pasta...perhaps I could invent it and make millions.) Whereas anything with "-ula" looks quite Latin to me, as I dubbed my car the very Latin "Cordula" ("little heart").
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[User Picture]From: phantomcranefly
2012-01-15 04:15 am (UTC)
Heeeeee. OMNOMNOM THE FLESH OF MY ENEMIES! :P

...You're right, Sagitella does look like pasta. I hadn't noticed that. >_> I'll probably end up going with Sagittula, it does look the most "Latiny" to me as well. *wishes Latin existed in WoW for realsies* There's just so many ways to form diminutives in Latin, it's hard to tell which one is right.

Also, I've thought about her backstory some more, and I think it's going to be less "waiting around and having a bit of a chat" than:

Former Paladin: *floats*
Head!Sylvanas: *surrounded by glowing light*
Former Paladin: "Ooooooh."
Everywhere Voice: "YOUR WORK IS NOT YET COMPLETE."
Head!Sylvanas: *extends hand*
Former Paladin: *reaches out*
The Real World: "Hi! You're not dead anymore! Air and dirt and things still exist!"
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