Name my characters!

Postby Shiro on Fri Dec 15, 2000 5:13 am

I've been having some real problems naming some of my side characters, so I'm turning to my tiny little audience for suggestions. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> You can post them in this forum, or send e-mail to me at shiro@zensearch.net. If you offer me a pretty good name for any of these characters, I'll write "Thanks to (your name here) for (character's name)'s name" on the bottom of the first page he's mentioned on. Not only will it show up on the Internet, but if I'm real famous someday (yeah, like that'll ever happen) the credit will be written on the original page when it's printed.<P>Here are the creatures I can't think of names for.<P>1.) The lion-like one in the library, who sits on the top of the shelf.<P>2.) The two gargoyles in the kitchen, who appear on November 29. They're going to be the comic relief.<P>3.) The big baddie, the one who exists now as a menacing voice and a big orange eyeball. I was toying with calling him Leviathan, but I'm really trying to avoid biblical themes. (You'll see why later.)
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Postby DeMatt on Sat Dec 16, 2000 11:22 am

For the lion-guy, how about Leonard?
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Postby Yvonne on Sun Dec 17, 2000 4:38 am

Heya,<P>For the lion how about either Patience or Fortitude, after the big stone lions infront of the NY public library? Or heck, why not name the comic relief that, just for irony's sakes! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif">
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Postby Shiro on Fri Dec 22, 2000 6:36 am

The one I'm REALLY having problems with is the big bad guy. In the original short story that Ancient Messages is based off, I named him Thunderstorm... but you gotta understand that I was 12. I wish there was a giant database of villain names, so I wouldn't be stuck like this.
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Postby Yvonne on Sat Dec 23, 2000 9:33 am

Heya,<P>Well, a good 'cheat' can be naming someone in a different language. For instance ... you could always call him 'Thunder' in Gaelic, which translates as Tairneanach, or 'the Thunder' which is an Tairneanach. Or into french, where thunderstorm translates as orage. (but that's too close to orange in MHO ...) Other than that ...
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Evil: Olc, an uilc (the Evil)
Enemy: (an) Naimh<P>These are just a few ideas to toss around, though.<P>*G* As for a name database, I can sympathise. I put in HOURS looking through those baby namers for a name that meant 'liar' or 'deceitful' for a short story I was writing, and I came up with squat.<P>Yvonne
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Postby Draqul on Wed Dec 27, 2000 6:03 am

Hmm, "Bob" for a villian's been done, actually, lots of villians have that name, especially in anything with humour, eg, earthworm jim, bob the bent-on-world-domination goldfish (easiest boss ever).<P>i liked the gaelic (did i spell that right? sorry if no) name ideas, it is a good "cheat".<P>i haven't been really helpful... i just wanted to be visible as an anciant messages reader ^^<P>keep up the good work!
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Postby TheangryQ on Wed Dec 27, 2000 9:10 am

You could name him after someone who really, really annoys you. I do that all the time. I don't know, it might be kind of funny to have a demon with a mild-mannered name like "Bob" or something. Most people wouldn't think an ordinary name would really work, but just look at "Nightmare on Elm Street": it had a villain named "Fred." (Incidentally, Freddie Krueger was the name of some kid who used to beat up the director, so there you have it.)
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Postby Gwalla on Thu Dec 28, 2000 12:06 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shiro:
<B>The one I'm REALLY having problems with is the big bad guy. In the original short story that Ancient Messages is based off, I named him Thunderstorm... but you gotta understand that I was 12. I wish there was a giant database of villain names, so I wouldn't be stuck like this.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Go the Lovecraft route, and make something up that sounds vaguely middle-eastern, with lots of "q"s and apostrophes. Like Q'aru'otkar'ath-neel.<P>------------------
"Truth hides on the other side of a two-way mirror
In countless documents sent straight to the shredder
That might finally give us the whole of the picture
But until the day we decide to dig a little deeper
We know that truth will hide
Under fallen rocks and stones
At the end of a disconnected phone
Down an unmarked street
And buried, deep beneath your feet."
- Asian Dub Foundation, "Truth Hides" from <I>Community Music</I>
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Postby Shiro on Wed Jan 03, 2001 6:08 am

I'm impressed. How did you guys know that one of the most irritating people I know is named Bob?<P>In other news, I found a name for the lion-beast in a very old book of baby names. And I'm using one of the suggestions for the big enemy's name, so the only names left are the ones for the comic relief, if anyone's got any suggestions...
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Postby Shiro on Wed Jan 03, 2001 6:20 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by theangryQ:
<B>(Incidentally, Freddie Krueger was the name of some kid who used to beat up the director, so there you have it.)</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hey, that's pretty funny! And also, wasn't Jamie Lee Curtis' character's name in the first Halloween movie the name of the director's ex-girlfriend? I heard somewhere that the moviemakers did that on purpose because they thought it'd be funny to have this girl getting chased around by a knife-wielding maniac.
I can't say I share their sense of humor, though...
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Postby Draqul on Thu Jan 04, 2001 1:54 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shiro:
<B> Hey, that's pretty funny! And also, wasn't Jamie Lee Curtis' character's name in the first Halloween movie the name of the director's ex-girlfriend? I heard somewhere that the moviemakers did that on purpose because they thought it'd be funny to have this girl getting chased around by a knife-wielding maniac.
I can't say I share their sense of humor, though...</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
...maybe I'm just a sicko... but that is kinda funny, really... mwa ha ha...
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Postby TheangryQ on Thu Jan 04, 2001 3:54 am

All right. I've had this list lying around for whatever reason. Maybe you'll find some inspiration. I know it's religious, but most of the names are pretty obscure. I doubt many people (x-tians or not) have heard of "Anamalech."<P>Species of Demons, as described by Alphonse de Spina (1467)
~Fates, who alter destiny
~Poltergeists, who cause mischief
~Incubi and Succubi, who stimulate lust and perversion
~Marching Hordes, who bring about war
~Familiars, who assist witches
~Nightmares, who disturb sleep through bad dreams
~Demons formed from human semen
~Disguised Demons
~Demons who assail the saintly
~Demons who instigate witchcraft<P>Correspondence of Demons to the Seven Deadly Sins (according to Peter Binsfield, a Jesuit, 1589)
Lucifer Pride
Mammon Avarice
Asmodeus Lust
Satan Anger
Beelzebub Gluttony
Leviathan Envy
Belphegor Vanity and Sloth<P>List of Demons
~Acham-the Demon of Thursday
~Alrinach-Demon of shipwrecks
~Alocer-Demon in astrology
~Any-the presiding demon of Hell
~Anamalech-the demon of bad news
~Andras-the demon of discord
~Aquiel-the demon of Sunday
~Arachula-evil spirit in the air
~Ardad-demon that leads travelers astray
~Ascaroth-demon of spies and informers
~Asmodeus
~Astaroth-one of the Chief Devils, sometimes spelled as Ashtaroth. Astarte is its female.
~Baal-one of the Great Demons. Also given as Baalim
~Bechard-the demon of tempests
~Bechet-the demon of Friday
~Behemoth-the demon of animal strength
~Belial-demon of the Sidonians
~Beelzebub-one of the Princes of Hell. Also given as Beelzeboul.
~Belphegor
~Braathwaate-demon of ignorance
~Bucon-the demon of hatred
~Byleth-one of the Kings of Hell
~Cheitan-demon born of smoke
~Chemos
~Lagasse-demon of hypocrisy
~Lanithro-demon of the air
~Leviathan
~Lucifer-"light-bearer"*
~Mammon
~Mastiphal-one of the Princes of Darkness
~Moloch
~Saalah-demon that entices into the woods
~Satan
~Tenebrion-spirit of darkness
~Verdelet-demon who carries witches to sabbath<P>
There's a demon for everything, apparently. Like patron saints. Oh, and please don't think I'm a fundie.<P>*also "morning star" (Venus) and "bringer of light"<p>[This message has been edited by theangryQ (edited 01-04-2001).]
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Postby Gwalla on Fri Jan 05, 2001 11:44 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by theangryQ:
<B>There's a demon for everything, apparently. Like patron saints. Oh, and please don't think I'm a fundie.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nah, I'm an agnostic and I dig demonology too. It's just fun.<P>------------------
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That might finally give us the whole of the picture
But until the day we decide to dig a little deeper
We know that truth will hide
Under fallen rocks and stones
At the end of a disconnected phone
Down an unmarked street
And buried, deep beneath your feet."
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