Hey, I was wondering is it generally considered acceptable to use fairly unique names from a different franchise, in a new novel which has nothing to do with the story you're taking the name from and changing what the name refers too. Note: This example is not specifically the example I am using in my book. Although it perfectly illustrates the point of my question. Let's say for example in my book, there is a sword fighter who has a variety of special attacks is it OK to name one of them 'Khazad-Dum'. I mean, the use of it in the example is in no way a reference to LOTR nor is it even the name of a place. The example I am wanting to use in my book is 'Renzokuken' (the 'Limit Break' attack from FFVIII) but I am going to use it as the name of a place simply because I like it. My novel won't be filled with such references, just one or two. Does a fictionally created name really have a proper attachment to the story with which it originated? I'm sure fantasy staples like elves and trolls were once the creation of a single piece of work before they became standard character types. So what do you think?