Well, the idea for this thread kinda came to me while reading Jude's 'How many characters do you have?': I'd like to know what people call their characters... For instance, I like to give them 'real names' like Michael, Richard or Jennifer, and occasionally a mythological name like Hera (Hydra sorc) and Hades (Fishymancer). Also, I like to use names I find in books; Seoman, Milamber and Miranda, to name a few. I value originality so I never use the same name twice (something I often regret when I need to come up with a new name for a char).
Anyway, I'd be very interested in reading what people call their chars (and perhaps pick up a few I can use :uhhuh: )
Well, i sometimes name them after what class they are, like Meteorb and Avenger and stuff. I also have characters named after the sets they use, like mavina and Tal Rasha and stuff. And some i just create out of my head, like Scorched and My*****
Naming a character has never really been a big deal for me.
I usually spend a long time coming up with names for my characters. I'm even prone to deleting characters (usually around level 20) and remaking them if I change my mind about the name I have given them.
For example, the Amazon I'm playing right now started off as Kaethala, changed to Kathalua and now finally Daethala which I've stuck with. I know its only a tiny change, but I just feel Daethala is a more aesthetically pleasing name.
I tend to find names used for fictional characters, get an idea for how they sound and then make my own from it. Like I've had a Necromancer called Raolath, a Paladin called Nikarus and Amazons called Alkara and Celestia to name a few. I went through a phase where I named my characters based on what they "did", like my Guardian Trappasin I had was called Darkstryke, and I had a Frostzealot called Lightfrost. Then I thought they sounded pretty terrible :lol:
My character names come mostly from fantasy/fiction books, like Entreri (assassin), Myrddin (druid), and Voldemort (necro). Others are historical, like Morgian the Sorceress. I tend to pick names that suite the type of character, but I don't spend an inordinate amount of time doing so.
I tend to find names used for fictional characters, get an idea for how they sound and then make my own from it. Like I've had a Necromancer called Raolath, a Paladin called Nikarus and Amazons called Alkara and Celestia to name a few.
That's exactly how I use(d) to do it (+ the mythology thing): Arthur, Balduin, Faunus, Kanthor, Tasmana, Thor... I also have chars named after the set they wear, TalRahsa, Natlaya, etc., like Darkflight. I named my MF skellymancer "Jaegar", which is a wrong way of writing "Jäger", Hunter in german (hunts for items). Soon there will probably be some chars like "Crusher", "BoneThrower" and something like that, because I just feel like it and have run out of mythological sounding names!
I try and name my characters based on the build/class or a theme. Some names I have used are from books, some names from way back when I first played the original pen & paper Dungeons and Dragons at school. Ouch, thinking about that make me feel old. :(
Some names & their origins:
Alena - Sorceress. Character from the books, the Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant - The Unbeliever. My favorite books ever. She was the daughter of Lena (my dearly departed staffys name).
ColdHeart - Blizzard sorc
DeathBreath - Poisonmancer
WitchyPoo - Sorceress. From the kids series of yesteryear H R Puffenstuff
Roldar - Paladin. One of my D&D names. First three letters of my last name & first 3 letters of my first name.
Darmeg - Paladin. First three letters of my name & first three letters of my partners name.