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His Mighty Tentacle
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What is it you like to name your character and why?

The two names that keep happening through out the Geneforge series is Phobia, my mad mental magic using Shaper and his pack of Vlish. He's a bit unbalanced, and it shows.

The second is a bit more special.

A lot of my Agents are named Bellatrix. Those who know the origins of this name will appreciate an Agent named Bellatrix. Bellatrix is one of the brightest stars visible from earth, and is one of the hottest. Somehow, this is fitting for an Agent, who goes around burning everything to the ground. Also, the name it self means "Woman Warrior" in Latin.

It somehow became even more fitting when Bellatrix sprang forth from the Harry Potter novels, as Bellatrix is fond of using terror and domination, much like a good Agent. I could see an Agent using the Cruciatus Curse on people.

For some reason, Deadeye was the most fitting name for a series of Guardians in G3 when I was testing out a new type of build.

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Councilor
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I always name my character Jaknasi (or Jaknasa, if I'm playing an Agent) because it sounds good, and also because it means "powerful one" in the language I'm inventing and Shapers are powerful, particularly ones who uses as many canisters as mine typically do.

Dikiyoba.
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Warrior
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Genoharadan, for my Agents. It's an assasin guild in KOTOR. Usually, "God" for my Shapers. Just struck me as appropriate, with all the creating of he does. I don't play a Guardian that much, but usually, Coyote, a refrence to a trilogy of SF books by Allen Steele.

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Polaris
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I always call my character with my own name, Matteo.
I like pretending to be a Guardian, a mighty swordman! :) . In fact, I always play with Guardians...

quote:
Originally written by Mr.Bookworm:

Genoharadan, for my Agents. It's an assasin guild in KOTOR.
But they are Dark Side followers! :P

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Originally written by Dikiyoba:

...means "powerful one" in the language I'm inventing...
Oh really? A Shaper secret language?

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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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I mostly stay with the same agent name, since it's the name of someone very special to me. I once named it my own name, but it felt weird. For some reason I name the Shaper "Alex", it may have something to do with the name being completely un-shaperish or it might have to do with me knowing tons of Alex, who knows?. I've def used other names, but I've forgotten.
And I never play with guardians, I tried once and named it Shax cuz I thought it sounded like a tough name or something. I'm sure I've used other names, but I can't remember.

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My Agent is often named "Ayame", " Kaiya ", or "Kaida". All of which are Japanese names, as is my current PDN. This comes from early childhood experiences that bring back fond memories, as well as the type of bodywork I do.
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Nuke and Pave
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My Shapers are named Zeviz and Guardians (and evil Shapers) are named Veziv. Sometimes I also use other variations on this sound pattern.

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Originally written by Miya:

My Agent is often named "Ayame", " Kaiya ", or "Kaida". All of which are Japanese names, as is my current PDN. This comes from early childhood experiences that bring back fond memories, as well as the type of bodywork I do.
Does that mean you study Japanese martial arts?

[ Monday, May 15, 2006 10:35: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Agent
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For no particular reason:

Ethel, Jill - Agents
Malcolm, Alf - Shapers
Spike, Canute - Guardians

For creations, I always give them an alliterative name:

Archie the Artila (2nd one Annie)
Charlie the Clawbug (2nd one Chrissy)
Vinnie the Vlish (2nd one Vicky)
Robbie the Rotghroth (2nd one Rory)
Gary the Gazer (only ever needed 1 at a time so far)

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[ Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:45: Message edited by: Micawber ]

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Originally by MagmaDragoon:

quote:
Oh really? A Shaper secret language?
No, just one that Dikiyoba is inventing.
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Apart from using the default names, as I never used to care, I named my Shaper Aleister. I don't know what brought it on, or even recall doing so. My guess is that the default, Esther, got messed up a bit in my stupor. But it's kind of a cool name, isn't it?

Andras is the Welsh variant of Andrew, from Greek Andreas. It's a combination of "aner" and "andros" ("man" and "of man" respectively). Probably not significant.

Dakro has no meaning whatsoever. Kind of masculine. Good for a Guardian.

Esther is Persian for "star," derived from Ishtar (a Hebrew Goddess). Queen Esther, in the book of Esther, saves a lot of jews from racial persecution. Most likely chosen for "star" significance.

Alwan could be derived from Alwyn -- a form of Alvin -- from Ælfwine -- which means "elf friend" in old English (ælf is elf, wine is friend). This one Jeff probably made up without reference.

Greta is a modern (although not popular) name -- short for Margaret -- derived from Greek, Margarites, which means "pearl." Probably chosen based on the modern equivalent.

[EDIT] Oh, and I name my creations Rex. No matter what type, it's the best name ever. Most fitting for Fyora or Roamers though.
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"Get 'im, Rex!!"

[ Monday, May 15, 2006 17:20: Message edited by: Nick Ringer ]

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Nuke and Pave
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quote:
Originally written by Nick Ringer:

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Esther is Persian for "star," derived from Ishtar (a Hebrew Goddess). Queen Esther, in the book of Esther, saves a lot of jews from racial persecution. Most likely chosen for "star" significance.
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It's actually the other way around. Ishtar is the Persian Goddess. (I think a goddess of war.) Esther is the Hebrew version of the name.

According to Wikipedia, Esther is unrelated to Ishtar and means either "star" in Persian or "hidden" in Hebrew: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
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Skip to My Lou
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My first play-through I always have shaper in blue named Alex. For everything else I pick or make up the names at random until I find one I like the sound of or seems to fit.

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His Mighty Tentacle
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In G1 I had a Guardian and a single Roamer that worked together as a team.

For reasons still unclear to my self I named them Shaggy and Scooby.

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Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Zeviz:

Does that mean you study Japanese martial arts?
Some of my instructors have informally taught me Cong Fu and Tai Chi. Really, I do bodywork, and at times teach yoga, but we do have occasional martial art instruction as well.
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Shock Trooper
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Either way, the name "Esther" refers to something divine, enigmatic, mysterious -- appropriate for the Agent, who should probably be these things.

I thought kongfu was Chinese.

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Shaper
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Leiana, Aries or Anni. All my characters tend to be female, possibly due to some kinda mental thing.

Oh, I do have a Shaper called Nikki as well. Nice and imaginative.

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Warrior
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quote:
Originally written by Nick Ringer:

I thought kongfu was Chinese.
I think you're thinking of Kung-Fu.

Cong-Fu

It's under Ancient Civilazations- China and India.

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Polaris
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Both Cong Fu and Tai Chi are not Japanese.
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Apprentice
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I name my shaper Feodoric, because he was one of the default party members from Exile 3. I don't play much as Agents. My Guardian is usually Darko. I just swapped a letter in the default name :P

I always have the first Ornk I make called 'Ernest'. I think I took that name from Avernum.

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Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Delicious Vlish:

In G1 I had a Guardian and a single Roamer that worked together as a team.

For reasons still unclear to my self I named them Shaggy and Scooby.

Thats Great! :D

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His Mighty Tentacle
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It was even better when Scooby was terrified and ran away.

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MizTurky name Thahd Meleveson because Thahd half-rouge and Thahd leave soon. :)

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I usually Name mine Poopy first time through... Just like every other game. Then I name the next character Lowbacca, from Star Wars. Cuz he's freakin sweet. Then, I name my Artila Weiner, cuz it just fits. Then, I give Fyora an Indian kinda name, like SharpTooth. And for Masculine ones, like Thaud, I give them dumb names. Like Caveman, or Osama. Ok,Im done. Bubye.

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Dollop of Whipped Cream
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quote:
Originally written by Delicious Vlish:

It was even better when Scooby was terrified and ran away.
So that was the reason why you named it Scooby...

heh, I'm with VCH, that's awesome.

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His Mighty Tentacle
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It was late, I had drank entirely to much coffee, and I realised that the island was full of ghosts and spirits.

So I named my Guardian Shaggy, and my only creation was a Roamer named Scooby.

I did think about a Thahd named Fred though.

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