Blog Azeroth, the home away from home for WoW Bloggers posed this question this week. (There’ll be weekly topics we all post about. That’s cool, two-fold. One, it gives a topic to work on, and it gives us a common theme so it’s like we’re all at the same party talking about the same thing.)
My first character was named Kinless. Single, unattached, I thought it sounded broody, yet strong. Perfect for a Night Elf Hunter. Irony entered about level 40 when I was invited to join a guild called The Kindred. At one point Blizzard changed his name on me. I logged on and he had a totally different name. I don’t know what they thought was wrong with Kinless. So I wrote them an e-mail, explained how it was an epithet much like King Edward I was called “Longshanks”. I promptly got my name back. But on transferring servers to be closer to the wife’s characters, and off a high population, lots of wait times to log in, server, I had to pick a new name, though Kinless wasn’t taken, and so picked Arcarius, kind of high latin for archer.
Next up, Darkhand. In keeping with the Night Elf lore and their two-part names, and after having played some time and gotten into it. It’s a kind of common name though. I thought it was a good name for a rogue. I got a few whispers of “You stole my name,” so I knew I was on to something.
Greenclaw. My green haired Night Elf Druid. Two-part name, claw since I was going to be clawing a lot of things in my feral life. When I see a Greanclaw decked out in Tier 5 gear I know I had a hit. (I wonder if I could sell the name to her (him, no doubt) for, oh, 2000 gold or so. Would I do it? Hmmm. Yeah, there’s lot of good names out there yet to be born.)
Honorus. That’s what I named my Human Paladin. I swear, it’s after the Roman Emperor by that name. I thought it sounded imperial and haughty. It certainly didn’t mean to be “Honor Us,” but, then again, that’s good too. My first Human Paladin I named Bohemond. That’s the nickname of a Norman adventurer who’s family had taken over Sicily and parts of southern Italy. It had something to do with being a giant.
Msaker. My Orc Warrior. He was born “Oddity.” I figured since Orcs weren’t native to Azeroth, they were from another planet. And then I was thinking of the David Bowie song, Space Oddity. And it wasn’t taken. The wife named her Orc Droonda. (So far the only Droonda in the game.) On transferring servers I couldn’t remain Oddity, don’t know why, it wasn’t taken, and thus Msaker was born. No, it’s not Ms. Aker. Msaker is Armenian, and supposedly pronounced just like it’s spelled (Huh?), for “Carnivore”. This was the epithet of one of their kings, Ashot, way, way back. I did name a Druid Msaker once. (The feral, canines, thing.)
I’ve got Draenei named Exilarch (i.e. leader of the exile, which they are), a warrior, and Sha’tar (born of the light, per lore), a Paladin. Another Draenei I named Aechemenas. Or something like that. For the Persion founder of the dynasty that included Cyrus the great.
My Blood Elves I named Sunblade (Paladin), Sunstriker (Mage), and Archivist (another Mage). The first two are lore related (the good elven two-part names), and the second whimsy. And, sadly, L33tskillzpwnzu was already taken. (That would have been another name full of irony.) Maybe in it’s Latin form?
Anyway, I base my names on a couple things. Two actually.: The Lore. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That’d be, of course, World of Warcraft lore. And Drizzztx and xDrizzztxx and zDrixxxtz were already taken. (I kid, again.) History. I’ve got a reasonable knowledge of history, ancient to modern, and this ties me to that, albeit vicariously through just a name. Picking a name appropriate to the class. Okay, three. Whimsy. Ala Archivist, Kinless (though grounded in a historical style), and Oddity. Darbanville, my priest, would fall under whimsy (Cat Stevens song lady), but also lore, since a lot of the Lordaeron walking dead have names like this.
To be honest I could just keep going and going. The name means something, and it’s important. And it’s as much part of a character as the color of their hair and the gear they’re wearing.