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Orglaun
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Posted - 29 Oct 2011 :  01:32:54  Show Profile Send Orglaun a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Never been much of a writer but i dabbled in my younger days. One method Ive seen suggested for creating names is to have a core word that you start with and then start adding to it or tweaking it until you come up with a usable name. The word that you start with can be either be a name already and you add a suffix or prefix to it, or it can be an idea that your character embodies or even a trait of your character.

Examples of some of this would be taking a word like Dark and Bear and then going from there and looking up synonyms for these words or these words in other languages and from dark and bear you could get KveldBjorn if you use the Icelandic translations of them. the other cool thing about doing it with methods like this is that Dark and Bear becomes KveldBjorn and that can be read as Night Bear or with some ways the words translate it could be Bear of Consuming Darkness since Kveld is Night/Dark/Evening and somehow its meant to describe the transition from Day to Night and so thats where the "Consuming Darkness" part comes into play.
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Aulduron
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Posted - 12 Nov 2011 :  03:24:13  Show Profile Send Aulduron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get a lot of character names off maps.

"Those with talent become wizards, Those without talent spend their lives praying for it"

-Procopio Septus
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Thrasymachus
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Posted - 06 Dec 2011 :  07:34:37  Show Profile Send Thrasymachus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At some point I started finding the situation first, and then the character. How did this character land up here to begin with. What choices did they make along the way, and why? How much control did they have over these situations. Now, what are they likely to do? Or what are they unlikely to do, but now have to do. I go back far enough to get the flesh on the bones, and then release the character to the wild. Sometimes I find that the characters along the way become more interesting than the person I started with though.

Sometimes, I take someone right out of real life. I have a NPC sage in Candlekeep who is David McCullough. I liked McCullogh’s written work, and his audiobook that he read “1776”. I liked what I saw of the gentleman in interviews. He came off as a hardworking, modest, curious, good natured sort who would never climb into a dungeon under normal circumstances. I liked his voice style, and could do a passing imitation of it. Now he’s mine.

PS I really enjoyed Danilo Thann


Former Forgotten Realms brand manager Jim Butler: "Everything that bears the Forgotten Realms logo is considered canon".

Edited by - Thrasymachus on 06 Dec 2011 07:34:58
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Dennis
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Posted - 11 Dec 2011 :  12:55:45  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Sometimes I use the real names of my friends, especially if the characters are so like them. I just alter a letter or two. With their permission, of course.

Every beginning has an end.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 28 Oct 2017 :  21:53:59  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Many places, no doubt, but some of mine tend to come from songs.

Today's blog post tells a bit of backstory about Hedvig, a character in an upcoming Tales of Sevrin book. http://www.elainecunningham.com/2011/10/25/dwarf-girls-have-more-fun-no-really/

Some of you might remember Jill, the berserker dwarf from Silver Shadows. A few readers have identified the source of inspiration: Johnny Cash's song "A Boy Named Sue."

Danilo's roots include the adventure story The Scarlet Pimpernel. and Oscar Wilde's plays.




Bit of thread necromancy, here... I just finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel for the first time, and I found myself thinking the character was a lot like Danilo. Now I know why.

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Spectralballoons
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Posted - 29 Oct 2017 :  13:56:58  Show Profile Send Spectralballoons a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm getting a 404 error.
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Spectralballoons
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Pakistan
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Posted - 29 Oct 2017 :  14:03:00  Show Profile Send Spectralballoons a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Yoss

I've come to the realization that no matter what music/movies/books I try to borrow from, I can never select a decent name for a character. Or a message board handle, even. My hat's off to you folks who can.

<---who is named after their first WoW character (the short version, since he was originally named after Yossarian from Catch-22).



A cool way to come up with unique character names is to just randomnly type on your keboard and see what comes up. Interesting names may jump out at you when you add strategic vowels or tweak it a little.


Kyjifhu Hepieaef shall be in my next game of Dwarf Fortress.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 29 Oct 2017 :  14:41:45  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spectralballoons

I'm getting a 404 error.



The page has likely been moved -- this was resurrecting a 6 year old topic.

I should have removed that part of the quote and only used the reference to the Scarlet Pimpernel character as an influence for Danilo.

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ElaineCunningham
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Posted - 29 Oct 2017 :  21:15:39  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Many places, no doubt, but some of mine tend to come from songs.

Today's blog post tells a bit of backstory about Hedvig, a character in an upcoming Tales of Sevrin book. http://www.elainecunningham.com/2011/10/25/dwarf-girls-have-more-fun-no-really/

Some of you might remember Jill, the berserker dwarf from Silver Shadows. A few readers have identified the source of inspiration: Johnny Cash's song "A Boy Named Sue."

Danilo's roots include the adventure story The Scarlet Pimpernel. and Oscar Wilde's plays.




Bit of thread necromancy, here... I just finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel for the first time, and I found myself thinking the character was a lot like Danilo. Now I know why.



A reader once described Danilo as "The Green Pimpernel." That amused me.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 06 Nov 2017 :  16:35:22  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Cale came in part from Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood's character) in UNFORGIVEN.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Nov 2017 :  18:05:30  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Cale came in part from Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood's character) in UNFORGIVEN.



For a moment, I misread that as Bill Mumy.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 07 Nov 2017 :  14:38:12  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Cale came in part from Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood's character) in UNFORGIVEN.



For a moment, I misread that as Bill Mumy.



Haha.

The real question, though, is: Does a Bill Mumy mentnion conjure LOST IN SPACE for you or BABYLON 5? ;-)
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Nov 2017 :  15:38:18  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Cale came in part from Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood's character) in UNFORGIVEN.



For a moment, I misread that as Bill Mumy.



Haha.

The real question, though, is: Does a Bill Mumy mentnion conjure LOST IN SPACE for you or BABYLON 5? ;-)



I know of Lost in Space, but it rather predates me. Babylon 5, though, gave me two of my all-time favorite characters from any media: G'Kar and Bester (or Dark Chekov, as I call him). G'Kar for his overall story arc and character development, and Bester because he's one of the best villains I've seen: the kind you can empathize with and understand, and the kind that represents the darker side of otherwise noble impulses.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 07 Nov 2017 :  20:26:47  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Cale came in part from Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood's character) in UNFORGIVEN.



That's kind of funny... years ago when I first created Sleyvas I had actually used the picture of Clint Eastwood from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on my character sheet (and whenever I was using him as an NPC as well). I had him as a dual classed fighter / mage. Then when I ran a mini-ravenloft campaign I used him there as an NPC transferred over to whatever the domain was that had Bane available as a god (Nova Vaasa maybe?). I had him with smokepowder weapons. Then when they came out with the Gothic Earth piece of ravenloft, I was using him in stories with another person, and I had him get introduced to six shooters. So, he then transferred back to the realms, but time had passed weird, and though he was 20 years older or thereabouts, only 5 - 10 years had passed in the realms (yeah, my memory is fading). When he returned, he'd lost respect for the Zulkirs, had been living as a bounty hunter hunting mages, and eventually he meddled with time magic in order to rescue his dead wife... which led eventually to his betrayal of Thay and need to flee, faking his death by seizing someone else's body.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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moonbeast
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Posted - 25 Nov 2017 :  01:33:59  Show Profile Send moonbeast a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

I always thought that characters are created when a mommy character and daddy character love each other very much....



Or when mommy found the Orc bartender somewhat attractive.
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Aulduron
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Posted - 08 Dec 2017 :  20:00:16  Show Profile Send Aulduron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always wanted to read a scene based on All Along The Watchtower by Dylan/Hendrix

"Those with talent become wizards, Those without talent spend their lives praying for it"

-Procopio Septus
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