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Whats in a name?


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What made you choose the name you did for your character?


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Lore compliance... and that it sounded kind of cool.


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Well, my first D&D character was named Manarax, so I have always used one form or another in any game I've played. Since it has a more Cyridillian sound to the name, and I wanted to play a Dunmer, I chose to make him a mixed race. This led me to develop personality quirks and story ideas, which led to his character and nature. So to answer your topic question. What's in a name? In my case the entire character and his background came from choosing his name.


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Back at the Start of Lich king on WoW I made me a hunter and randomized his name and it was Mythdalasian. So I removed the ian and it stuck used it every sense then.




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What made you choose your Iogairn?


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Composition of languages that has a meaning that represents the persons personality and background for example this character Kaaos Athas Menestys would be A chaotic hope for prosperity if put into the perspective of how a person would look at it. Other I will name them sometimes after my D&D characters and translate them like in the case of the breton I want to make Requies is a very storied and frequently used character in D&D sessions for me so I will use it in that case.


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I'm into Celtic mythology, culture and symbolism quite a bit, and a triskele or triskellion is a symbol often found back in said culture. I really liked the sound and meaning of it, especially because it doesn't scream "typically Nord". The problem is now that nobody pronounces it right xD




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I've used Manticore as part of all my usernames since 6th grade because I had a big red fro and acne, similar to their description. Now I even have a full beard to complete the mane. When ever I make a new character though, I like it to be either lore based or have a meaning behind it. Before I knew the names of the alliances and playable races, I was thinking about Archon Ebonmane, but he was my Imperial battlemage in TES IV and V. Names in the way of Norse, old french, Latin, and Greek are my favorite.
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(February 28th 2013, 11:34 AM)Miasmador Wrote: What made you choose your Iogairn?

I mutate words. For example I took the Gaelige word for fire (Aodh) and changed a few letters but kept the sound the same. Then, for some reason, I thought of the word cairn. I liked the sound of it and turned it into the suffix of the name. So my thought process was: Aodh, Iod, Iodcairn, Iocairn, Iogairn.


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The first time I heard Seamus (pronounced shaymus) i thought I misheard the word 'shame'. So I thought it was badass, then I come to learn its the gaelic form of my real name: James=Seamus. Thats been my RP name since the... 11th grade? I think. I have dozens of pages and notes on him. Maybe someday I'll write a novel on him.

Throbb was my very first character in D&D. That name came from a childrens book I read in the 5th grade called "Silverwing."
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In it, the two antagonists are named Goth and Throbb. I was sorta a goth, and I fell in love with Throbb, for my big orc names.

And Seamus sounds kinda similar to some orc names, so Seamus gro-Throbb just seemed right.


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My story is pretty boring. Back when I made my first gmail account, I tried to think of something that wasn't too professional and mundane sounding, but also wasn't the kind of thing you'd cringe seeing on a job application. Dreamweaver (you can just about guess where that idea came from) was taken, so I chose Glassweaver...which also sounded a bit mythological...so it became my name in WoW and subsequently every single game and forum I've been a part of since. :)


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(March 8th 2013, 11:30 PM)Glassweaver Wrote: My story is pretty boring. Back when I made my first gmail account, I tried to think of something that wasn't too professional and mundane sounding, but also wasn't the kind of thing you'd cringe seeing on a job application. Dreamweaver (you can just about guess where that idea came from) was taken, so I chose Glassweaver...which also sounded a bit mythological...so it became my name in WoW and subsequently every single game and forum I've been a part of since. :)

You should get glass armor asap for your character, as it just fits so well!


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Shâsotjontû châtsatul nu tyûk.
Tyûkjontû châtsatul nu midwan.
Midwanjontû châtsatul nu asha.
Ashajontû kotswinot itsu nuyak.
Wonoksh Qyâsik nun.
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Well, I base names off of race, so Nords will have very Norther European sounding names, Imperials will have Mediterranean names, mostly Roman, etc. etc. It's a different story for elves though. My first Elder Scrolls character was a Dark Elf and I wasn't very lore savvy back then, so I thought that it would sound cool if an elf had a name that starts with an E. I've kinda kept that naming system for elves, most start and end with either an E or an A. For Dunmer I will also use Ds and sometimes Ks. For Bosmer I'll also sometimes use Bs or Rs, but not often. For Altmer I'll sometimes use an L. It also depends on gender, I think that vowels sound good for females and consonants for males.


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Hehe, I've done that before, at least with weapons. Smiling


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When I first played, I was at a cafe-like hangout spot run by people from my college. I decided to see what the hype with Skyrim was all about. I knew right away I'd have to name my character, and was trying hard to think of what to do for that. As I watched through the opening, I noticed it to be old Medieval style (at least imo). It looked like a castles and dragons type of game (and this was before I even knew how accurate that is, lol). Then it came to the character creation and I got to see the races. Now, my all-time favorite fantasy race has always been (and probably always will be) elves. From their skills in magic to archery, I just love them. So I looked at the elven races. I didn't want to be a Dark Elf because I thought they looked evil personally, and I wanted my guy to come across as a good everyday guy. So it was between Altmer and Bosmer. At this point I ended up choosing Bosmer because of their obvious connection with nature, with seems very elvish to me.

Now, at this point I had my race and created my look, so I had to chose a name. I tried to remember the names of elves in movies, games, etc. that I've seen. The only name that came to my mind though was Legolas. So I was stuck. Then, I suddenly thought of the name Orkraft. I don't know how, but it just came to me. Then I figured, ok, this sounds like a surname more than a first name. At this point I wanted to only look at a few letters for a first name. So I chose A, E, I, L, O, R, and V. I then reduced it even farther to A, I, and R. So I then decided to just come up with three names for each letter. This is what I came up with.

Aeran
Avior
Amaxus

Iiran
Isgar
Imaio

Raema
Rorden
Riar


So now I had six ideas and I continued to reduce until I only had one from each. Aeran, Iiran, and Rorden. At this time I thought none of them sounded that great, so maybe I could try combining. Aerorden? No. Raeran? Hell no. Hmmm...Roriden? Wait, no...Riroden? YES! By Jove I've done it! The instant the name Riroden slipped off my tongue I knew it was perfect. Riroden Orkraft, Bosmer of Skyim! It worked so well!

Since playing Skyrim, I have come to create a family history for Riroden's bloodline (paternal side in keeping the Orkraft surname). I've even got it put into the future up to Riroden Orkraft IV, who is the main character for The Elder Scrolls Kalheim, a fan fiction I'm working on. I liked the Aeran name I thought of before, so when I finally got Oblivion, I had Aeran Orkraft be a relative of Riroden's from the past.

Anyways, that is how I came up with the name Riroden Orkraft.


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