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    I felt it was time to add something about individual characters to spice up campaigns, provide NPC, etc.
    As I am a fan of Japanese Anime as well I thought to base two such characters after the two leads of the Series "Gunsmith Cats".

    The thing is I can`t think of good names for either of them. Any suggestions folks.
    These NPC`s are not exact copies of Rally and Mini-May but they are certainly inspired by them.

    To help some of the details

    Rally`s analogue: Mixed Ranger class (urban variant) does run a weapon`s shop, a lot of the better pieces are her own work (11 ranks of weaponsmith skill). One of her parents is Khinasi and she does work as a bounty hunter (the shop is steady income, but the bounties really help the bottom line). She only goes after criminal and is NOT an assassin.

    May`s analogue: Cousin to the Archduke of Boeruine, but her line is not as strong. Shares her inspiration`s liking for men, but has not been a "working girl". She doesn`t have an analogue for "Ken" if you are familiar with the series. She is a Wizard/Alchemist and some of feats are draw from Bastion Press` supplement on Alchemist and Herbalist. Oh and yes she normally has several spells of the fire subtype memorized.

    Both characters where made with Travis Doom`s Character Forge v1.5
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    At 07:33 PM 6/3/2002 -0400, you wrote:

    >I felt it was time to add something about individual characters to spice
    >up campaigns, provide NPC, etc.
    >As I am a fan of Japanese Anime as well I thought to base two such
    >characters after the two leads of the Series "Gunsmith Cats".
    >
    >The thing is I can`t think of good names for either of them. Any
    >suggestions folks.
    >These NPC`s are not exact copies of Rally and Mini-May but they are
    >certainly inspired by them.

    Do you want something that kinda sorta sounds like the names of the
    characters that inspired them, or are you just looking for Anuirean (and
    Khinasi) sounding names?

    >To help some of the details
    >
    >Rally`s analogue: Mixed Ranger class (urban variant) does run a weapon`s
    >shop, a lot of the better pieces are her own work (11 ranks of weaponsmith
    >skill). One of her parents is Khinasi and she does work as a bounty
    >hunter (the shop is steady income, but the bounties really help the bottom
    >line). She only goes after criminal and is NOT an assassin.
    >
    >May`s analogue: Cousin to the Archduke of Boeruine, but her line is not
    >as strong. Shares her inspiration`s liking for men, but has not been a
    >"working girl". She doesn`t have an analogue for "Ken" if you are
    >familiar with the series. She is a Wizard/Alchemist and some of feats are
    >draw from Bastion Press` supplement on Alchemist and Herbalist. Oh and
    >yes she normally has several spells of the fire subtype memorized.

    I`m using a name for an NPC "Doctor Pei" (pronounced "pay") in my BR-OA
    campaign. That might be appropriate.

    Gary

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Gary
    To: BIRTHRIGHT-L@ORACLE.WIZARDS.COM
    Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 9:01 PM
    Subject: Re: Help with Character Names


    >At 07:33 PM 6/3/2002 -0400, you wrote:

    >>I felt it was time to add something about individual characters to spice
    >up campaigns, provide NPC, etc.
    >>As I am a fan of Japanese Anime as well I thought to base two such
    >>characters after the two leads of the Series "Gunsmith Cats".
    >>
    >>The thing is I can`t think of good names for either of them. Any
    >>suggestions folks.
    >>These NPC`s are not exact copies of Rally and Mini-May but they are
    >>certainly inspired by them.

    >Do you want something that kinda sorta sounds like the names of the
    >characters that inspired them, or are you just looking for Anuirean (and
    >Khinasi) sounding names?

    Either would be good. Rally`s analogue could easily have a Anurian first name and a Khinasi last one

    >To help some of the details
    >
    >Rally`s analogue: Mixed Ranger class (urban variant) does run a weapon`s
    >shop, a lot of the better pieces are her own work (11 ranks of weaponsmith
    >skill). One of her parents is Khinasi and she does work as a bounty
    >hunter (the shop is steady income, but the bounties really help the bottom
    >line). She only goes after criminal and is NOT an assassin.
    >
    >May`s analogue: Cousin to the Archduke of Boeruine, but her line is not
    >as strong. Shares her inspiration`s liking for men, but has not been a
    >"working girl". She doesn`t have an analogue for "Ken" if you are
    >familiar with the series. She is a Wizard/Alchemist and some of feats are
    >draw from Bastion Press` supplement on Alchemist and Herbalist. Oh and
    >yes she normally has several spells of the fire subtype memorized.

    I`m using a name for an NPC "Doctor Pei" (pronounced "pay") in my BR-OA
    campaign. That might be appropriate.

    For May? Dr. something .... hmmm will consider, but would like more peoples input. I don`t feel I can do my standard procedure for coming up with a name when I`m stumped (i.e. open a phone book at random)>

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    At 10:35 PM 6/3/2002 -0400, you wrote:

    > >>I felt it was time to add something about individual characters to spice
    > >up campaigns, provide NPC, etc.
    > >>As I am a fan of Japanese Anime as well I thought to base two such
    > >>characters after the two leads of the Series "Gunsmith Cats".
    > >>
    > >>The thing is I can`t think of good names for either of them. Any
    > >>suggestions folks.
    > >>These NPC`s are not exact copies of Rally and Mini-May but they are
    > >>certainly inspired by them.
    >
    > >Do you want something that kinda sorta sounds like the names of the
    > >characters that inspired them, or are you just looking for Anuirean (and
    > >Khinasi) sounding names?
    >
    > Either would be good. Rally`s analogue could easily have a Anurian
    > first name and a Khinasi last one

    That`s reasonable. Don`t discount the possibility of naming characters
    after their ancestors, giving them the cool numeral after their names....

    > I`m using a name for an NPC "Doctor Pei" (pronounced "pay") in my BR-OA
    > campaign. That might be appropriate.
    >
    > For May? Dr. something .... hmmm will consider, but would like more
    > peoples input. I don`t feel I can do my standard procedure for coming up
    > with a name when I`m stumped (i.e. open a phone book at random)>

    "Doctor Pei" is more of an Oriental Adventures kind of name, I guess, but
    you could do something similar for a Cerilian character. One of the things
    that I like to do is convey character information by using the character`s
    name. "Baron Rank" or "Councilor Reek" for example. Things like
    that. It`s a fun sort of short hand for character personalities. Of
    course, it`s equally funny to go with the opposite sometimes. "Sheriff
    Black" is a good guy, "Mayor Neice" is a villain.

    When it comes to names there are the lists of first names on the
    cardsheets. Tweaking a syllable or two in those names can get you a more
    fantasy sounding version. When it comes to "last" names there are fewer
    samples, but there a few conventions. The most obvious, of course, is
    people taking their name from their trade or profession (Baker, Smith,
    Fletcher) but many people also take their names from the location they are
    born in, particularly nobles. John of Gaunt, for example. Bollingbroke,
    Kent and Northumberland could all be last names. Many BR characters could
    take their names from the province, realm or city in which they are
    born. Mountains, rivers and other natural phenomena can also provide a
    naming convention.

    Another interesting way to find a name is to go to the dictionary and check
    the etymology of a word that sums up that character. "Sanguin" was the
    name of a recurring vampire in one campaign I ran that was memorable.

    Gary

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