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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Taniwha, May 29, 2018.

  1. Taniwha

    Taniwha Scribe

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    Hi Folks,
    I have a stone which has been magic spelled to react when it is touched in a certain manner. After time it can be used for communication with a lord of darkness type of character. That character is just explaining how his servant found the stone but I don't want the Lord to call it a stone. It's a magic communication stone that enthralls the user. Any suggestion for a name / description for it?
     
  2. psychotick

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    Hi,

    An enchanted stone? A grail stone?

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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  3. Taniwha

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    Thanx Gre
    g - I think I want to get away from the word 'stone'. Simply 'enchantment'could work
     
  4. psychotick

    psychotick Auror

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    Hi,

    Maybe a rune? If your enchantments work that way.

    Cheers, Greg.
     
  5. goldhawk

    goldhawk Troubadour

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    Lodestone. Heartstone. Soulstone. Pet Rock (OK, maybe not).
     
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  6. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Relatedwords. Com and the various synonym sites should help if you don't like the ones mentoned above
     
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  7. pmmg

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    The obsidian orb

    the whispering ball

    An eye of (insert baddies name here)

    A seeing orb

    A mindeye...
     
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  8. Taniwha

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    :)
     
  9. Taniwha

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    O
    oooh I like where those are heading - thanks GH
     
  10. i like the pet rock idea. lol.

    maybe you could use a word related to its function, rather than what it is?
     
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  11. Taniwha

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    Do
    You know as crazy as it sounds it's growing on me. I'm thinking along the lines of 'My Little Pet' *evil cackle*
     
  12. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    If you don't want to call it a stone, why did you make it a stone?
     
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  13. Taniwha

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    Hmmmm it's a seemingly natural object that is easily merged into its landscape? That fitted the story into which it appeared?
     
  14. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Sure. But it's like saying you want dogs in the story but you don't want to call them dogs. Never mind me. Other folks have given suggestions, so you'll likely take inspiration from them.
     
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  15. Taniwha

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    All good skip.knox!
     
  16. Laurence

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    If you want to get to vaguely indicate its size and solidity perhaps something along the lines or an ‘amber’?
     
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  17. Miles Lacey

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    What colour is the stone?
     
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  18. Foah

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    It very much reminds me of the palantir balls from Tolkien's universe, the idea in the original post (palantir in Elvish means far-seeing). If you don't want a name that simply says what the object is/looks like, then go for a completely unconnected name maybe?

    If the origin of your object is unknown, then you won't need an official sounding name for it anyways. A whimsical nickname for it seems to enchant you a bit, so why not :) Perhaps later in the story the reader will learn where the object actually came from, and in doing so, learn its actual name.
     
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  19. D.G. Laderoute

    D.G. Laderoute Dreamer

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    You could do what geologists do and use "lith" as a root for your name, which is taken from the Greek "lithos", which means rock. For instance, a "megalith" is a "large rock", "regolith" is "rock debris", and so on. So, maybe something like "seer-lith" for "seeing rock". Yes, I realize we're introducing a Greek word into a fantasy setting that probably doesn't include Greek as a language. However, you're using English words (I assume you're writing this in English, anyway) to describe your world, and English is itself full of words with roots and origins in other languages, so that's not really much of an issue (IMHO, at least).

    A thought, anyway.
     
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  20. Miles Lacey

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    The reason I asked the OP to tell me what colour the stone is may help them with working out what to call it. For example the stone could be named after the colour of the stone. For example if the colour of the stone is green it could be called the Pounamu Cube (pounamu is the Maori word for greenstone).
     
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