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Week 3 Sample - Names and Sin"So what are you calling yourself these days, Lu?" The question came from a tall gentleman dressed in a white business suit, standing in front of one of the bookshelves while he flipped through the pages of one of the books. He had coarse, ashen blond hair cut short and neat, and the serious scowl and posture of a warrior. He scoffed as he looked over at Alton with piercing, amber gold eyes. "Something clever, no doubt."
But the shopkeeper only smiled, shaking his head. "I don't think so. The name is Alton. Alton Sterling." He laughed, adjusting his glasses. "And you have my adoptive father to praise for that. I prefer not to choose my own name, unlike you." His smile faded, his voice becoming serious and dark. "They aren't as ignorant as you seem to think."
"Your words, not mine," the man corrected. "But you and I both know the importance of names."
"Human names hold a different weight than our real names. Different meanings. Which is why I let them choose mine."
"You let man define y
Week 1 Sample - GuiltGuilt
Tamarisk closed his eyes and drew a deep breath, holding his staff in front of him. He needed to calm himself. "It wasn't my fault," he muttered softly as he began the exercises. "He broke the oath on his own; I merely bound it. It wasn't my fault..."
With a sharp turn, the oathbinder shattered one of the clay targets, sending terracotta fragments across the floor. He drew another breath. "He knew there would be consequences for breaking the oath," Tamarisk continued as he destroyed another clay pot, then another, then another. Each move was calculated and precise, but swift and if he had been attacking a person and not clay pots deadly. "It wasn't my fault. He brought the curse on himself."
He breathed again, but abruptly.
"It wasn't my fault..."
Tamarisk's lips twitched downward, but he fought back the frown as he swung at another target.
"... the curse killed his son."
He had missed. For a moment, he only stared ahead at the target swinging slowly, just a
Creating Fantasy Names Part IICreating Realistic Fantasy Names, Part 2
As mentioned in part one, naming characters can be difficult, and knowing what to avoid is the first step to creating realistic names. The next is tweaking existing names and words into something fantastic. Below is a simple formula that can transform any name into that of an epic hero.
Step 1: Chose a base name/word. To begin with, chose a base name or word for your character's name. The names of gemstones and botanicals work well, and perusing a baby name book can spark some ideas. For this example, we'll work with two different bases: the name of a spice (saffron) and an actual name (Eunice).
Step 2: Drop some letters/write phonetically. Writing out the base word phonetically makes altering it easier (not to mention it eliminates any unnecessary letters). For some words, this only means dropping a few letters: saffron now becomes Safron. Others will need to be entirely re-spelled: Eunice becomes Yunis. If you want, you ca
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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