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Help Me Name This Race

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by ShadeZ, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. ShadeZ

    ShadeZ Maester

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    There is a race that is the offspring of a giant like being and a human. Half giant could of course work for the name but I want something more creative. The giant like beings are called Mockians. These hybrids are human sized but have triangular ears like a dog, and somewhat angular and muscular features. They have superior physical abilities to humans, they can fall from great height and take almost no damage, they have extraordinary sense, are naturally psychic and have inborn anti magic (they can "write" air runes (wards) that dispelled enemy magic)
     
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  2. Eduardo Letavia

    Eduardo Letavia Troubadour

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    The way you describe that race reminds me of the egyptian god Anubis. Not that I'm implying you to call them anubians, but maybe you'll find useful one of his alternative names or a term related to him. Also, you'll have to consider the origins of the name: was it given by the creator of the race, by its own members or by some other people? Depending on the name's origin, it might reflect a certain aspect of that race over others, and not necessarily the ones you indicated.
     
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  3. ShadeZ

    ShadeZ Maester

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    It is a name the humans pick for them.
     
  4. WooHooMan

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    Superior to humans in the creator’s own words, pointy ears, inherent superpowers - sounds like an elf to me.
     
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  5. ShadeZ

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    Sort of it is meant as a joke as actual elves in my books are magical and unnatural.
     
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  6. WooHooMan

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    Dang, I was actually being serious. Magic half-giants would be a cool and original take on elves.
     
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  7. ShadeZ

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    Additionally they are extremely peaceful to their detriment.
     
  8. FifthView

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    I was going to suggest something like "hamock" or "a'mock" or something else derived from the name for the giants when adding "half" to it then shortening for pronunciation.

    Then I was going to make a pun about these beings "running a'mock." (Apparently, "amock" is a rare spelling of "amok.")

    Then I ran across the Wikipedia entry for "running amok," and oh-em-gee, the origin is very interesting and inspires so many worldbuilding thoughts...Running amok - Wikipedia
     
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  9. ShadeZ

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    My current idea for their name is Mariis (Mhar-ee-ss) which is simalar to Mockian. Mockian in human tongue means (peaceful giant) Mariis however means (peaceful noble) because the Mariis are seen by humans as beautiful and almost royal in stature and mannerism. Derived from Marquis.
     
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  10. Eduardo Letavia

    Eduardo Letavia Troubadour

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    Mariis
    seems a decent name, and that relationship with Mockian is also an interesting thing to have. To the reader, it could improve the feeling of the two races having a common background without you needing to be explicit about it, at first at least.

    On the other hand, you might like to consider if the Mariis have a name given by themselves. The humans may see them as peaceful nobles, but what if they perceive themselves in some other way? Thinking about this detail may help you understand this race better, and improve your worldbuilding in the process. Of course, you could apply this to the Mockians or any other race you're working with. Incidentally, you might also try thinking how are the humans called by other races? This will give a different angle in your worldbuilding too.
     
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  11. ShadeZ

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    So youd like this. A list of the races and their names in multi languages
    Fae/human/diimdrak/mockian

    Fae/Faerie/Vaengii/Aljina
    Faeryn/Elf/Tivaen/Nhis-Aljina
    Ryn/human/daugal/Bazrii
    Mockryn/Mariis/Tirisa/nhis-mock
    Mockian/Giant/Risa/Mockian
    Morrik/Unknown/Siigra/Siigra
    Emorii/Dragon Slayer/demiduur/demiduur

    You will notice here mockians and demiduur have common roots and some of their word ar the same. Mockians also share some common roots with fae but demiduur and fae share no common base. Fae is based off old Scottish Gaelic, human is based of Latin and english, demiduur or diimdrak is of ancient norse roots and mockian is Arabic in origin.
     
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  12. Nirak

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    I seem to be the only one with this hangup, but whenever I read "mockian" my brain automatically assumes it's derived from "mock" - like "mockery" or "mocking jay". Before you explained I thought it was a derisive name, or maybe "one who mocks" because they're perhaps sarcastic or good at mimicry. That seems to be not the case on all counts, but I wonder if anyone else would read it that way.
     
  13. ShadeZ

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    Actually my cousin invented the mockians and picked their name, I mentioned this. He said it makes sense since they tower over everyone.
     
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  14. Demesnedenoir

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    Whenever in doubt I always fall back to Bugs Bunny cartoons... I’d call them “George”.
     
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