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Naming a Wizard...

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Dr.Dorkness, May 16, 2013.

  1. Dr.Dorkness

    Dr.Dorkness Minstrel

    Hi all,

    I'm having a Little trouble naming one of my wizards. But first let me tell you a bit more about my wizards. In my world there are five wizards. They are humans with graet magical power. which is extrordinary, why? Because humans do not posses magic in my world. Though humans have the ability to learn the ways of magic and there are mages and ilusionists among them. But they do not use "real" magic.

    Now, back to the wizards. I made some naming rules for the wizards. First off, they have their given names. But these are not their real names. Their real names or magic names, so to speak, are reavieled to them later in their lives.

    Secondly, their real names always start with an "M" and have "th" in them for males, "v" for females.

    Thirdly, they are given a title by their familiars.

    Here is what I have so far:

    Merlinthius, the First. (yes this is after Merlin. Cliche! open for other sugestions)

    Masthin, of the Olden.

    Mairth of the Red Dawn.

    Meave of the Wandering Sky.

    now the problem is the dark/evil wizard. Or at least she is considered evil by the other wizards because she uses dark magic. She is also called the Necromancer by the commoners. This because she also raises the dead from their graves. Not much is known about her at this time. except that she is pretty, has black hair, has a raven as her familiar and that she is the great grand daughter of Mairth. (wizards are some what immortal...) Oh, and she is about three hundred years old.

    I had thought to call her Minnerva. which has the right feeling to it. But something does not feel right about it... and I still don't have a title for her.

    Let me know what you think...
  2. saraliz78

    saraliz78 Acolyte

    My vote is for Meave, because it is reminiscent of Maeve, and also because it rhymes with "weave," which could call to mind weaving a spell, etc.
  3. Asura Levi

    Asura Levi Sage

    Question: This four name list is the wizard you named already or options to name the one you are having problem (I believe the former but asking doesn't hurt).

    In the case of the former, and by what you said of the fifth wizard being a woman, I would risk Maiven? I know, very poor, who would guess that mixing Maid(en) and Raven would end becoming a nice name. No one, because it didn't.

    The thing is that your rules limit the options quite well. No space to tweaking/relaxing them a bit?
  4. Tom

    Tom Istar

    The name Minerva is Roman--it is the name of the Roman goddess of war, wisdom, and (oddly enough) weaving. I'm sure you've seen some pictures of her. She is often depicted wearing a helmet and weilding a spear. Her Greek counterpart (which the Romans swiped and pretty much just renamed Minerva) is Athena.
    I think Minerva is a great name for a dark wizard...it seems to just scream power.
  5. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

    I once had a necromancer RP character named Minerva... shame her plotline never got off the ground.
  6. shangrila

    shangrila Inkling

    I think Minerva works well. Like Tom said, it just sounds powerful.

    As far as a title, I'd just play around with it. You already seem to have a good idea of how to create unique ones (Wandering Sky is pretty cool) so I don't think you need much help from us in that regard.

    That said, if you are looking for suggestions...
    Minerva of the Slow Wind
    Minerva of the Low Smile
    Minerva of the Tainted Dream
    Minerva of the Rising Call
  7. Asura Levi

    Asura Levi Sage

    Damn, so famous and I didn't remember it. Hehe, Minerva of the Tainted Dream is quite awesome. Fits well with her 'dark' aspect.
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  8. Mindfire

    Mindfire Istar

    Minerva of the Sad Flute? (Rep if you can guess the movie that inspired it)

    Minerva of the Raven's Call
    Minerva of the Dark Wind
    Minerva of the Black Water
  9. Asura Levi

    Asura Levi Sage

    The Warriors Way (or code), don't remember very well. A film about the best samurai/ninja of japan who flees with a baby he was bond to kill to western usa.
  10. Mindfire

    Mindfire Istar

    Wow. That movie's pretty obscure. I didn't think anyone would get it. Nice job.
  11. Addison

    Addison Auror

    I agree with Minerva. It seems to fit.
  12. Kahle

    Kahle Minstrel

    "Myrrdin" was the archaic form of Merlin, if you want to keep the reference, initial letter, but not build off Merlin's name so directly. I think it meant "sea fortress".
    No "th" for Meave? Maybe "Meavinth", or "Meathiv"?

    As for the female...Odin's ravens were Huginn (thought) and Muninn (mind). Maybe build off that and Mairth. Then incorperate the red of her father's title and the raven?
    -Vairinn of the Crimson Feather
    -Vairthin of the Piercing Eye
    -Vunith of the Slumbering Dusk
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  13. Dr.Dorkness

    Dr.Dorkness Minstrel

    Thank for the great refrences.

    As for Meave. She has no "th" because she is also a female. So 3 male wizards and 2 female :p
  14. Dr.Dorkness

    Dr.Dorkness Minstrel

    An other question about Merlin. A white stag is his symbol, right? or is represented by one?
    Just trying to figure out what familiar he has :p
  15. karim

    karim Acolyte

    you might need to think about changing your rules or something just for a little flixibality in names really but thats my opinion
  16. Trick

    Trick Auror

    What about Minvera? Or Malvaera? etc

    They sound like Minnerva a bit but stand alone as well.

    Edit: Perhaps M....v... of the Black Dawn or Black Dusk? Since her ancestor is of the Red Dawn and she's a Necromancer, a decidedly Black alignment? I like 'of the Black Dusk' because it implies impending doom and chronologically fits with the ancestor too, but that's just me...

    Good luck choosing a name!
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
  17. Trick

    Trick Auror

    Actually I've heard his symbol/familiar is a bird, the Merlin actually. It has another name I can't remember though.
  18. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    If she's mean/evil she ought to have the letters K and R in her name as well. I feel those contribute to a harsher more edgy sound which fits an evil character. Minerva is a good name, but to me it's more of a mystic/dark name rather than actually evil. Minerva is someone who works in the shadows, with questionable methods and while she may not be good she will at least strive for balance the way she sees it.

    Other suggestions:
    - Mivrokyn
    - Mekrova/Markova
    - Mokrave
    - Mjortveen

    ...of the Final Embrace
    ...of Memories Lost
    ...of the Absent Friends
    ...of the Last Step
    ...the Last
    ...the Other
    ...of the Lost Sheep

    Then again, Minerva IS an awesome name.
  19. Trick

    Trick Auror

    ooh, Mekrova, I like that
  20. Foah

    Foah Troubadour

    I'd say Minerva/Minnerva is a great name aswell. Only concern I have about your wizards and magicians here, is that you have a set number of 5. Coincidently, or purposefully, there are also a set number of 5 wizards/istari in J.R.R. Tolkien's world. If coincidental, and if you can argue for the use of exactly 5 wizards then there shouldn't be any issues whatsoever, but I'd suggest you be a bit cautious as to not be too influenced by Tolkien to the point where the similarities are too many :)

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