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The Everchanging Book of Names.

I know most of us don't need to generate many names because the characters that we use are already named. But when you DO need a name, sometimes it's damn hard to find them. A few people have asked me where I got the names for Corvus Fallere.

Well, I did two things. First, I used the Everchanging Book of Names (Ebon). Ebon is a shareware program that generates names on a template. So what, you say. There's 100,000 of those online.

Yes, but Ebon is diffent. For one, it has MANY, MANY options. There are 'books' of names, grouped by relm, world, region, or historic period. And then, INSIDE those books, there are chapters. Chapters with specific generation patterns.

For instance, in the book "Europe, British Isles" there are the chapters Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Celtic 1, Celtic 1 tribes, English surnames, English/welsh, Gaelic, Irish, Irish surnames, Scottish.

Each chapter can generate an almost unlimitless supply of names. And you can control things like prefexes, suffixes, inital letter, and all sorts of other stuff.

  1. World of Greyhawk - Exegesis of Linguistic Usage...
    • 58 chapters, covering all nations of the Flanaess.
    •  Duchy of Urnst - Names for the Duchy of Urnst.
  2. Forgotten Realms - Names for the many races inhabiting Faerûn, including humans, drow, orcs, kuo-toa, beholders... and more!
  3. Warhammer Fantasy - Names for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying: dwarfs, dark elves, goblins, orcs, elves and skaven.
  4. Wheel of Time - Names from the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
  5. World of Glorantha - Names for Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha, for use with the Hero Wars roleplaying game (www.glorantha.com).
  6.  Old World - Names for the ancient peoples of the Earth: Franks, Goths, Lombards, Mongols, Picts, and Romans.
  7. Africa
  8. Far East
  9. Middle East
  10. British Isles
  11. Eastern Europe
  12. Northern Europe
  13. Southern Europe
  14. Western Europe
  15. Americas
  16. Oceania, Australia & NZ
  17. Airica
  18. East European Gods
  19. Fae
  20. Midwrathe
  21. Oddities & curiosities - god/goddess names, medical names, tavern names, insults...
  22. Pokémon
  23. Seventh Sword
  24. A Song of Ice And Fire
  25. Star Trek
  26. Worlds of Fantasy
  27. Fantasy - hobbit, lovecraftian, drwarf, elf...

It's totally cool. Without the registration, you create things one at a time. Afterward, you can make lists of 100. :D

That's how I get a LOT of names.

But for corvus, I did something differnt. For the trio's names, and ALL of the Coraxis, I used this: http://www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml Numbers in over 5000 Languges.

... They were all numbers 1-5. Every one of them. Some of them spelled a bit differetly, but that's what I used.

Ebon is cooler, though.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 24th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's really interesting. :-)

Happy holidays, Mouse!
Dec. 24th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, I'm kind of tickled that nobody figured it out.

Happy holidays, to you too!
Dec. 25th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you
This is a great find - thank you for sharing.
Dec. 26th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
So what number was Modha?
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
One, of course.
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