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Naming a Magical World

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Nessa Phoenix, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Nessa Phoenix

    Nessa Phoenix Acolyte


    I'm new around here so I hope I'm doing this right.

    I have this story that I created for my nieces and nephews years ago. This story was born after I read them stories such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Worst Witch, Diskworld, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Chronicles of Narnia, Balance Keepers, Fablehaven, among others. Originally, this story was about a boy and his friends discovering this world named Mythohaven, it was supposed to be a "haven of myths". A world created so magical beings and creatures could live free and unafraid. So, they could live in peace.

    I liked the world and the concept so I kept playing with it. After many rewrites I discovered that the name "Mythohaven" didn't fit into my world anymore. The original name was for a happy-go-lucky world, a "Wonderland", "Emerald City", "Narnia" kind of world. The new world was something really different more darker and grown up and not an "and they lived happily ever after" kind of world, anymore.

    I started calling it the Fatherland, because the people of "Mythohaven" called their creator the All-Father. Later, it became the Seventh Earth, because the All-Father created six earths before the one they currently live in. But I'm pretty sure that Seventh Earth has already been used somewhere, I just don't remember where. Exploring more the concept of the seventh Earths, I made a backstory for the world. The Father of Life and Light (the All-Father) is battling this being named the Mother of Death and Darkness (The Great Void). She destroyed the six Earths that the All-Father created. Before creating the Seventh Earth, the All-Father created his children, who he named the Celestials, they helped him in battle and locked the Mother in "hell" (or their version of it). But they died in battle. The Seventh Earth was created with their blood. Being the children of a god their blood have magical powers, that's how the people of the Seventh Earth got their powers. Seventh Earth then became Celestia, with its inhabitants being named Celestians.

    Now, that sounds kinda cool and all. But then I discovered that in Marvel Comics there is a race of god-like creatures named Celestials and in 2018 it was discovered that the superhumans got their powers thanks to the Celestials' "vomit" (or whatever). I don't really wanna be sued by Marvel Comics if one day I do publish my story, so I want to change the name of the world. But I don't really know what to name it now. So, you guys got any tips? Name ideas for me? It would mean the world for me, please and thank you.

    P.S: Their heaven is named Soulworld (I also have to change that because there is also a Soul World in Marvel Comics, I swear it's a coincidence, I didn't even like Marvel until like two years ago.) Their hell is named Shadow World. The land where the gods live in is named Eternia and they call their gods the Eternal Ones. They call our Earth "Prime Earth" or "Primaterra".
  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    I wouldn't worry too much about being sued by the MC giant. It maybe more problematic that your work could just get lost under their work.
    As for finding a new name, here is something I do...
    Write down ten [or more] things you feel you want it to represent.
    Use google translate to see what they look like in a dozen different languages and see what pops out at you. Use that to build a new name.
    I can't guarantee that it will work, but it should get something moving.
  3. Nessa Phoenix

    Nessa Phoenix Acolyte

    Thanks! I'm gonna try it out and see if it works. The "haven" part stayed the same. So, maybe I'm gonna start with that.
  4. Avadyyrm

    Avadyyrm Scribe

    Yes. Or look at a list of RPG names, like Warcraft names of places, and those will help spark an idea for a name for me usually. And I agree, you wouldn't be bothered by Marvel.
  5. Nessa Phoenix

    Nessa Phoenix Acolyte

    Hi! Thanks for your tip is helping a lot!

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