Creating Fantasy Names Part ICreating Realistic Fantasy Names, Part 1
Naming characters can be difficult, especially for fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons. Players want their characters to have awesome, fantastic names, but choosing one (or, more often, creating one) can be a challenge even the most veteran player is hesitant to tackle. Many times, a real name will do, but sometimes you just want that strange and wonderful name that can only be found in fiction. Creating a realistic fantasy name seems to be a contradiction unto itself, but by following a few simple guidelines, you can always have a great name for your characters.
The number one rule: make it pronounceable. It doesn't matter how cool a name looks on paper if you can't pronounce it out loud. Fantasy name generators are notorious for these sorts of names, and very few produce instantly usable results. If it takes you more than a few seconds to read your character's name out loud, consider changing it. Sometimes, all you need to do
The Edge of Thorns - Chpt 1Chapter 1
Virtue: the perfect example of Small Town, USA. Whereas the rest of the country had barreled head first into the 21st century, Virtue still clung to its 19th century charm. That wasn't to say they weren't up to date on the latest technologies; they simply didn't show it off. Hybrids are far more common than horse-drawn carriages these days, but either would look perfectly natural moving between the dozens of mom and pop stores along the main street.
One of those mom and pop stores was Sterling & Son, a bookstore that had been in Virtue almost as long as the city itself. Mr. Sterling had inherited the store from his father, and his father had inherited it from his father before him. When the youngest Sterling and his wife took over the business, and she became pregnant, everyone expected them to continue that tradition.
But something was wrong. After the third miscarriage, the doctors said that Mrs. Sterling would never be able to bear children. The couple was devastate