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How should I call a race of centauroid half-deer?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by TheSlovakPatriot, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. TheSlovakPatriot

    TheSlovakPatriot Scribe

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    Yes. I ve been playing Warcraft 3 and seen this dryad unit. It looks cool, but I would like to transform this race into a cool mysterious druidic race of half-deer centauroids. However I lack a cool name to describe them....
     
  2. Michael K. Eidson

    Michael K. Eidson Archmage

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    Cervidaur? (Combining Cervidae and Centaur.)
     
  3. Saigonnus

    Saigonnus Auror

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    Horn heads?? Maybe a good derogatory term for them...


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  4. Insolent Lad

    Insolent Lad Inkling

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    The stag-antlered Druidic god was named Cernunnos. Maybe you could work something off of that, like the 'cernunna' or the like.
     
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  5. TheSlovakPatriot

    TheSlovakPatriot Scribe

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    Cervidaur---sounds to me like a place name... but Cervidan/ Cervidor would work for me cool enough.
    Or maybe Cenarians?
    Cerninians?
    Or pure-simple Cernines?


    I looked up the word deer and found cool translations in wiktionary:
    Venáu (Asturian)
    Elnias (Lithu.)
    Carw (Welsh)
    Fiadh (Gaelic)

    Or pure simple Cerves? Cervians?
     
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  6. rktho

    rktho Troubadour

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    Cernines sounds good. Cervidaur sounds less like a place name to me and more like a dinosaur name.
     
  7. StepIntoTheRoad

    StepIntoTheRoad Dreamer

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    According to a Mythology Wiki on Centaur Variants the term for a deer variant is Cervitaurs (Pretty close to Eidson's suggestion). If you search for Cervitaur, you'll find more info on them. I don't know if Cervitaurs is "cool" enough for you, but it seems to be the technically correct term. Given this is fiction so technically correct is, of course, relative.

    In the theme of making things up, I liked the Gaelic translation you mentioned. You could combine it with the word for bull/taur which is tarbh (pronounced: taw-riv) so you could combine those and call the species Fiadhtarbh (FEE-e-taw-riv)

    Lastly, I like Horn Head as a slur for them.
     
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