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Name for my deconstructed McGuffin

Discussion in 'World Building' started by rktho, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. rktho

    rktho Troubadour

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    So in my series, the villains are after a set of five magical objects: a fanged helmet, a chestplate, a ring, a tailblade, and a set of iron talons. Only trouble is I don’t know how to refer to them collectively, so I need a cool name. They were created near the beginning of time and have the respective powers of mental strength, magic, influence, physical strength and nature. When combined they hold all types of power and when brought to a certain spot with a spell uttered over them, their power increases to the point that the user receives godlike abilities and can unlock alternate dimensions— except the one where these objects were created. There, a six object, an anvil, must be found and destroyed, robbing them of their power until the anvil reforms over thousands of years.

    I am taking name suggestions... now.
     
  2. Night Gardener

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    Is this suit of armor chaotic-neutral, or made by/for good or evil forces?

    The answer to that question will help coming up with names for the whole "Assembly".
     
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    Erkto, the supreme creator later known as the Rishnaran (meaning writer) created twelve dragons, six male and six female, to be the first parents of the six races. He created two enormous dragons, one to rule over them and one to dwell below in secret. The latter was called Gaust, and he was chaotic evil. The dragon gods laid children, and Erkto fashioned the objects of power, giving one to each race. With these objects they could enchant other objects, and they became a magi-technologically advanced civilization. Gaust lured away an army’s worth of the dragon gods’ mortal children and two of their immortal children and with them and their magitek came to the surface and overthrew and killed the benevolent ruler. He ruled for generations until a mortal dragoness stood up to him. Her power and charisma attracted Gaust’s number two and he backstabbed Gaust and took the objects of power. When she would not join him he flew into a rage and tried to destroy her home. In this he succeeded, but soon after she destroyed the anvil, voiding the objects’ power, and he was defeated. She was granted immortality and he redeemed himself over thousands of years. Then the time came when Erkto would send a new set of parents to another realm, and they (as mortals) took the objects of power with them, never to return. An order was created, called the Shazarian order, to protect the objects of power and ensure they were used for good. Since the Shazarians were the only wizards, and they eschewed revenge, personal gain, powerseeking, and non-defensive violence, only a select few were wizards. Soon a splinter group was created when a potential threat was discovered that only the swords could defeat, and the Shazarians vetoed a preemptive genocide. This rival order, the Kenshi, embraced all the values the Shazarians eschewed, since these qualities were innate in all dragons and the Kenshi believed sacrificing them was foolish. Many Kenshi soon lost sight of the Kenshi’s purpose and sought the objects for themselves instead of the greater good. My antagonist only cares about controlling all dimensions and being seen as a savior, without caring about morality or the people he’s trying to save.
     
  4. Night Gardener

    Night Gardener Inkling

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    Does the Anvil (which seems very significant) have a 'name'?

    I think the best way to get some ideas for a 'name' or title to the whole collection is some word-play...

    The Main God is known as "The Writer"... perhaps the entire suit could be referred to as 'a Book'. Perhaps some secret writings appears in the metal when all the armor pieces are in proximity to each other, revealing a 'secret message' from Erkto/God? Each piece of armor like a page of a book that can only be read once fully assembled might be an interesting way to communicate a spell to open portals to get to the... Sacred Anvil?

    "The Book of Rishnaran", forged with magic ink/metallurgy, embedded by striking against the Sacred Anvil. People looking for it would then also have to know that it's not pieces of paper or a scroll, but actual objects. Perhaps humble, unassuming pieces that look like junk. Nothing that screams 'hey I'm a sacred object with a direct secret message from God to open other dimensions and unimaginable power.'

    I personally like a strange interpretations for a McGuffin. Not the best of examples, but the "Jewel of the Nile" (sequel to the film "Romancing the Stone" SPOILER ALERT) the 'jewel' wasn't a literal rock... it was a humble/simple Man with mystic-magical-messanic-powers with Followers who witnessed his miracles and vowed to keep him safe.

    I'll be back for more brainstorming... I thought of this at work today... might get another flash of inspiration tomorrow.
     
  5. rktho

    rktho Troubadour

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    Not sure how I feel about this... but it reminds me my weapons need names.
     
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