Friday, October 29, 2010

The Old-School Naming Convention

I thought I'd let you all in on a secret that I've been using lately to generate old-school sounding names. If you look at Grodog's extensive recording of the names used way back when, you'll find that some of them hail from the Scottish language. So, using the wonder that is Google Books, one simply looks up theme words using something like An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language and voila, Old-School Names.

A few examples:

Gousty Aquart  - waste, cross (angry) - A minstrel who's lacking in talent but quick to anger.
Chancy Gipe - lucky, greedy - An ill-mannered thief who's luck seems just slightly more than his greed.
Glaum Gramarye - grasping, magic - A magic user destined to find more than he bargained for.

As you can see, adventure awaits in "dusty" digital tomes over 200 years old!

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