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    Help me name my wizard?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by GreasyLocks, Apr 8, 2013.

    I come to the forum because frankly I'm exhausted!

    he is a hermit of sorts, spending time in his underwater laboratory doing marine science, making potions and enchantments (not the kind of wizard who can just make stuff happen, he's a bit more of a scientist of magic). I was thinking of a name that sounds aquatic, and the names Odysseus, Ulysses, Ursa (from magic the gathering) and the word abyss have the right sound to me - also those greek/latin names suggest the old hermit has some adventure in him as they were characters from adventure myths I believe.

    I had settled on Ursseus but I discovered Ursius is a world of warcraft character and it kind of put me off

    so anything along these lines, or blends, or anything with a watery sound!
    otherwise justify!

    have fun, thanks in advance xxx
    :p
     
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    I don't know if such names (Greek/Latin etc.) are predictable in your genre, but why not go way out with an aquatic theme - away from the ordinary?

    Krill
    Strake
    Barca Longa (look it up)
    Carrack
    Cymothoa
    Vimba
    Panga
     
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    I'm not even sure what my genre is, it's a short story inspired by various fantasies and fairytales - the mytho stuff I've probably subconsciously lifted from The Little Mermaid haha!

    Krill and Panga are calling to me! I'll definitely see what I can do with those, thank you :D
     
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    Oceanus + Poseidon

    Oceadon

    Poseidus

    βουτιά = Splash (voutiá)

    Pluteus = to float

    κύμα = wave. (kýma)

    Αλάτι = Salt [alati]

    υγρός = Wet. (Ygrós)

    Pelagos = the deep sea

    Acherusius = Lake of Pain

    Okeanos = Ocean

    Glaukos = light blue or green
     
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    Loving it, thanks! on the list.

    EDIT: I like how it contradicts his situation of being underwater
     
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    Merdian the Mangy.
     
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    What about Gandalf? That has a nice wizardy ring to it, not sure why...

    On a serious note, the easy way is to simply use the translation (or a close form of it) of a word that applies to him. For you, translating the word "hermit" into a language you think would work nicely, would be a good idea.
     
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    I do this frequently. Alternatively I look for a name's meaning that represents the character's nature. I used the name Ancel because it meant angel. Not so helpful if you are looking for the name of an aquatic wizard. Grand old was the grey wizard, perhaps once again, the clothing makes the wizard.
     
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    The Greek word for hermit is ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs).
     
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    Adapt a word from here, perhaps?
    Marine science terminology
    There's bound to be one that fits the image your character strikes in your mind.
     
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    hermecrious? Aqautic and hermit sounding. or Hermecratise
     
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    Wobbegong has always been a favourite word of mine!

    Thank you all for your contributions, but after much experimentation, I'm still going with Pluteus (float), the sound and meaning is just so fitting

    I've always tried to find names with a meaning, usually by translating and adapting words. I'm going to use some of these to help with other characters too if that's not too cheeky

    :D


    should the thread be titled as resolved or are we having fun?
     
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    I think it also depends on whether he's a "good wizard" or a "bad wizard"! (or like Saruman, if he USED to be a good wizard) :) It should have an aquatic sounding name that reflects his moral character IMO.
     
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    Choronzon.
    It's a thelemic demon of the Abyss. The word Abyss is oft used to describe deep water?
     
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    Kaito

    KAITO
    GENDER: Masculine
    USAGE: Japanese
    OTHER SCRIPTS: 海斗, 海翔 (Japanese)
    Meaning & History
    From Japanese 海 (kai) "sea, ocean" combined with 斗 (to), which refers to the constellation Ursa Major, or 翔 (to) "soar, fly".


    Some other suggestions:

    Aquarius (one of my main characters is named that)
    Llyr (the ancient Welsh god of the sea)
    Nereus (name of the god of the sea in Greek myth)
    Nerio (Italian version of Nereus)
     

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