[Kickstarter] Character Naming Guidelines

1 month ago (edited)

Hey there folks!

There are quite a few of you Kickstarter backers who're going to have to name someone (or something!) in Solasta. In order to help you in this ordeal, let us share with you our Character Naming Guidelines.

Dwarves


Dwarf names have the harsh and gritty sound of the mountains. Usually the consist of a first name like those listed below, plus a second name which may be a nickname or a patronymic

First name examples
Male Names: Agdi, Aki, Aslak, Bardi, Brokk, Dreng, Eivar, Fingil, Floki, Fradi, Fridi, Frokki, Galin, Gorm, Hakki, Hogni, Jorek, Ketil, Odri, Ragni, Roki, Skegg, Snorri, Stig, Toki, Trygg.
Female Names: Aglif, Alvíg, Berga, Bramhild, Dagrun, Eska, Eskrunn, Fridlaug, Gautha, Gerda, Grimhild, Gudfrid, Gunna, Halgunn, Helginn, Hertha, Jarnveig, Kara, Katla, Modrid, Oda, Ragna, Rinda, Siggun, Stengerd, Valka.

Patronymics

For formal purposes, dwarves use a patronymic as a second name. The masculine form is -sson and the feminine form is -sdottr. The first element is the name of their father – for example, Gunnisson. Clan names follow the same pattern, using the name of the clan’s founder or, in rare cases, a particularly illustrious ancestor.

Nicknames

Dwarven nicknames usually come from a personal characteristic (Forkbeard, Keen-Eye, etc.) or from a place of origin (Silverpeak, Grey-Crag, etc.). They are used among friends, or in circumstances – more common among adventurers than among the populace at large – when a dwarf does not wish to disclose his or her ancestry or clan affiliation.

Hill dwarf nicknames often contain elements drawn from the vocabulary of rock, stone, mountains, and mining. Snow dwarves use similar elements, but also use terms drawn from their frigid environment, such as snow, ice, and frost.


Elves

The elven language is fluid and melodic, and names are often given for their sound as much as for their meaning. In addition to an elven first name, a second name is widely used when dealing with other races. This name is normally in the Common tongue, though it may be a direct translation of an elven clan name or nickname.

First name examples
Male Names: Adiriel, Caerellion, Dalifin, Edillas, Galfalas, Iluthir, Joriel, Lariliath, Lemoloth, Lyluthion, Mirilien, Nilorimon, Rioliath, Saethilon, Tevariath, Thrandulas.
Female Names: Athedriel, Cylorin, Dafindra, Ealisha, Findaleth, Galadryn, Hedoleth, Illuwyn, Keriath, Lavilann, Liadryn, Mirathela, Priloriel, Saelitha, Thaluviel.

Second names

High elven second names often draw on the values and virtues that are admired among their people. Beauty, grace, wit, and wisdom all feature strongly, with high elves using words that evoke pride and power more frequently and sylvan elves using more imagery drawn from the natural world For example, Silvereye, Keenwind, Proudstar, and Swift-Thought are all typical elven second names, while Wildshadow, Keenwolf, and Shadestream would be used by sylvan elves but not by high elves.


Halfings


Like many other races, halflings use a system based on a first name and a nickname or clan name. Halfling first names tend to be short, but are usually abbreviations of longer, grander-sounding names that are suitable for recording in genealogies.

First name examples
Male Names: Abe, Bran, Chas, Drogo, Duff, Durdle, Griff, Hanai, Hob, Jack, Jeb, Jolly, Madoc, Mal, Max, Mungo, Ned, Reed, Roddy, Sam, Seth, Silas, Thad, Toby, Tombo, Wat, Wilf.
Female Names: Ada, Annie, Bess, Bella, Biddy, Cally, Cassie, Clara, Daisy, Dotty, Ellie, Esme, Fanny, Flossie, Hattie, Lily, Maddy, Meg, Millie, Minnie, Molly, Pansy, Penny, Polly, Poppy, Rosie, Sal.

Second name examples

Second names reflect the environment into which the individual was born – which is to say, his or her sub-race.
Marsh Halflings: Ashbeck, Blackbrook, Coldfen, Dunmere, Fishpole, Fouldyke, Frogmere, Marsh, Mudwash, Newtbourne, Otterbank, Peathearth, Reed, Saltwash.
Island Halflings: Blacksail, Boldsail, Brightview, Farsail, Foamswell, Goldbeach, Greentide, Lightbreeze, Quickwater, Scupperlee, Whitesail.


Humans

The humans of Solasta represent many different cultures and ethnicities from their original homeworld of Tirmar. Their names reflect this variety, and there are no hard and fast rules when creating a name for a human character – except to avoid names that look or sound characteristic of another race.


Half-Elves

Lacking a language of their own, the half-elves of Solasta use human or elven personal names, with nicknames (or clan names, for those who are born into half-elven clans) based on human or elven nicknames.