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July 22nd, 2013 05:04 AM #1
Help with Naming Characters?
Hi berries! I am currently working on a novel/novella of some sort and am looking for names to go with my characters - and when I was thinking of people I could go to for help, nameberry came up first in my head!
The (very detailed, I know...) plot goes something like this: In a futuristic (or alternate) world, power was seized by an evil monster who could shapeshift into any form imaginable. He use this power to start a malignant dictatorship over the land of Sinoris. Sinoris is divided into 4 boroughs: the east borough, the west borough, the north borough, and the most powerful south borough. The leaders of each borough are named after where they are from (ie: Simon Westborough). Overpopulation has begun to threaten Sinoris and the evil king has taken a new liking of taking people from their homes, killing them brutally, and dumping their bloody corpses into the sea. He does everything for a twisted idea of a "perfect world". In the rich home of the Southboroughs, there lives a blind girl and her siblings/parents. Due to the technology of this world, her sight would have been able to be restored, but the blind girl decided she did not want to be operated on, and therefore retained her blindness. Once she is 14, she runs away from home - not because her parents treat her badly, but because she is bored. She takes her late grandfather's walking stick and a satchel of coins intending to sell the walking stick for money, but discovers a hidden power inside her from a wise man at the foot of the town square - she is the embodiment of the Earth spirit. (AN: there is only one Earth spirit and one Air spirit, no other 'spirits') Using her walking stick, she learns to utilize her powers to 'see' in a different way and to offensively ward off other people. Fast forward two years later. Turns out there is a prophecy about her and the embodiment of air. She is "captured" by a rogueish group of people - one of whom is man who claims to be the embodiment of air and claims to be a powerful Calathancer (or shapeshifter - like the king) They eventually fall in love, yadda yadda yadda. (I'll explain his backstory in his own little section because this is freaking long.) Their powers include "seeing" using their element, and gliding (flying for the air embodiment). After reading a book entitled "The Spirit of Icarus" they learn that each of them is a part of Icarus - one being the earthly part (the girl) and one being the heavenly, flying part (the guy). Using their own powers, they eventually destroy the king by sacrificing themselves so their group can harness the power of both spirits at once - the only way to overpower the king. It ends with the group giving the funeral rights to the two dead people, and watching two birds fly overhead, speculating that maybe their spirits are still on earth.
Whew, that was long.
Anyway, let's begin. For the king (evil, twisted, crazy/mad, and bloodthirsty), I really have no names. I am leaning towards a crazy/half made up name or a deceivingly "royal" name like Edmund or Charles that he would have adopted after becoming king.
For the Southborough girl, I have been thinking Emilia (with her older siblings being Nicola and Walter, and younger brother being Daniel) but I am unsure of the sibset's cohesive quality. Emilia is brave - sometimes to the point of being reckless, and selfless. She is also pessimistic, judgmental, and sometimes cruel. She has olive skin, dark hair which falls just past her shoulders, and glassy hazel eyes (If you ever watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, they are somewhat like Toph's) She has a hard time recognizing that the feeling she feels for (insert guy's name here) is love. (on a side note, I'm thinking her parents names will be Reyna and Nico)
The air embodiment was an orphan and left the orphanage when he was 18 to explore - he was captured by the king's pirates and while in captivity, he realized his powers. He proceeded to kill the whole crew and escape, joining a group. I am leaning towards a French-but-not-really-French last name like Leblanc or Demont, and his first name something like Tristan or maybe something more European-sounding. He is smart, strategic, and easy-to-please. He is also resigned, cynical, and snarky. He has pale skin, blonde hair, and clear blue eyes. He's never believed in love at first sight but knows that his and (girl's) relationship is more than friendship.
Okay, now for the rest of the group.
Nurse/doctor: mother figure to everybody, grandmother of the Archer. Sweet, kind, but worries about everything. Female. Has grey hair and wears glasses.
Navigator: was captured by the king, but escaped. Steely, serious, but knows a lot and is probably the most knowledgeable of the group. Male. Has brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Swordsmen: triplet brothers - something manly. Very brave, in-sync, and good-looking. They are charismatic and all look to charm the Archer. One has blue eyes, one has green eyes, and one has grey eyes.
Cook: Cousin of the Swordsmen - a portly man with a passion for good food - melodramatic. He was an actor when he was younger. He has blonde hair and brown eyes.
- Has an apprentice who is skinny, African-American, and a great singer - very charming but shy.
Archer: Granddaughter of the doctor, a pretty girl who is a great archer and a fast runner. Somewhat tomboyish - but her name doesn't reflect that. Her parents died when she was little (Her parents are Eric [son of doctor] and Meredith) as well as her brother, Tobias "Toby". She has dark red hair and a medium skin tone. Has a crush on the cook's apprentice.
Thanks so much for the help!
on a final note: I would like some help with surnames as well for everybody - and the only person who needs a middle name is the Archer. Thanks again!
PS: Agh, the troubles of being a new berry. On other posts I've seen, names (like Danny) are all linked to a page. Is there an easier way to do that than just putting in links? Or am I just assuming things?
Last edited by issymforsythe; July 22nd, 2013 at 05:10 AM. Reason: I'm a new berry and also somewhat of a noob and had to ask another question.Issy M. Forsythe~just a girl looking out for the world~current favorites: Zelda True, Aurelia Ivy, Bellamy Pearl, Asher Icarus, Raiden Isaac, Vincent Kelsier (and counting)<3 Alex