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Seethyr
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Posted - 15 Jan 2021 :  23:07:52  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I was recently writing something up on the Land of the Insect Men (from FMQ1 City of Gold) and realized how silly it would be for the thri-Kreen who live there to say they live in, well, the land of the insect men. I had to homebrew a name for it instead.

That sent me down the rabbit hole of thinking about what creatures call themselves when their names are frankly a holdover from 1970s monster naming conventions. One perfect example is of course mind flayers being illithid. I am more interested in more obscure lore like how I believe Ed Greenwood (I believe) said that displacer beasts call themselves dirlagraun if they call themselves anything at all.

Are there others like that? I mean, even “beholder” is a bit hokey in a way, but less so than others of the past. Anyone remember the adherer from the old Fiend Folio? Any creatures whose names irritate you a little?

Just think, by the way, how much greater svirfneblin is better than deep gnome...

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sleyvas
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Posted - 16 Jan 2021 :  01:13:37  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Seethyr

I was recently writing something up on the Land of the Insect Men (from FMQ1 City of Gold) and realized how silly it would be for the thri-Kreen who live there to say they live in, well, the land of the insect men. I had to homebrew a name for it instead.

That sent me down the rabbit hole of thinking about what creatures call themselves when their names are frankly a holdover from 1970s monster naming conventions. One perfect example is of course mind flayers being illithid. I am more interested in more obscure lore like how I believe Ed Greenwood (I believe) said that displacer beasts call themselves dirlagraun if they call themselves anything at all.

Are there others like that? I mean, even “beholder” is a bit hokey in a way, but less so than others of the past. Anyone remember the adherer from the old Fiend Folio? Any creatures whose names irritate you a little?

Just think, by the way, how much greater svirfneblin is better than deep gnome...



Yeah, this is exactly why I gave my "Anchorome Hybsils" the name anikiwah.

One that irritates me is "dragonborn", but I know there IS another name they call themselves... I just can't recall it.

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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 16 Jan 2021 :  21:42:58  Show Profile Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-According to I, Tyrant, Hive Mothers are called "Kawahak Kru" (Spawner Boss). Since so much of Beholder mythology/society is based on them being perfect and spreading their perfect genes, maybe they call themselves the Spawners (Kawahakk?)?

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