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Renaming my Sylvari to be more lore/racially correct

Before I knew much about Sylvari lore, culture and race etc, I named my character "Lerin Kalhari". Of course, I've since realised that Sylvari don't have surnames. Obviously, Lerin is a fairly commonly used name so I can't use just that on its own (and it's non-negotioable, all my RPG/MMO characters are reincarnations of each other. I know it's not particularly Celtic/Gaelic like most Sylvari names are but it stays). Therefore I'm needing something that would work as a title for her instead, and I'm drawing a blank. Suggestions are appreciated but what I'd really like are some ideas for areas to look at, so that I can decide on my own instead of having everyone else do the work for me...

The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

If it helps, my biography questions were answered thusly:

She was born during the cycle of the dusk
She dreamed of the Shield of the Moon
She believes the most improtant of Ventari's teachings is "All things have a right to grow"

I joined the Durmond Priory for my order, although in Orr I sided with the Vigil to bring in the tanks. She's a mesmer currently specialised as a chronomancer, but I might switch to mirage when I go to the PoF story.

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  • Game of Bones.8975Game of Bones.8975 Member ✭✭✭✭

    All of my Sylvari have had names like: Thistletoe Flamefingers, Hothead the Cool, Spore Sprinkler, and Im Not Groot Yet.

    I don't put much thought into names when creating characters because I usually change them or delete the character by Lvl 80.

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  • chrisjfinlay.5614chrisjfinlay.5614 Member ✭✭✭

    @Game of Bones.8975 said:
    All of my Sylvari have had names like: Thistletoe Flamefingers, Hothead the Cool, Spore Sprinkler, and Im Not Groot Yet.

    I don't put much thought into names when creating characters because I usually change them or delete the character by Lvl 80.

    It's been a bit of a dull day in work and reading that brightened my day. Thanks, I love your naming conventions!

  • Trevor Boyer.6524Trevor Boyer.6524 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I base the looks and names of my Sylvari off of actual plants. Sometimes use the lamen term or look up the accurate scientific term. Seems to work well for Sylvari names/themes.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Specifically the lore says they don't have family names, because they don't have families (or they're all one family, depending how you look at it). There's nothing to say they have to have 1-word names, although I think most sylvari NPCs do, or they have a name and a title.

    One of mine is called Bethe Arian (which means silver birch) and I think of it as being the same as names like Sarah Jane or Mary Beth. I have toyed with changing it to Betharian or Arianbethe but I don't like those as much.

    But if you want a title specifically I'd probably go with something related to your biography choices or Order since you can't change them without restarting the character so there's no risk of it changing later on. Maybe something like Lerin Of The Moon for the cycle and dream choices? Or Lunar Lerin for a catchier version.

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  • chrisjfinlay.5614chrisjfinlay.5614 Member ✭✭✭

    Thanks guys, given me some food for thought to chew on!

  • Artemisa.9013Artemisa.9013 Member ✭✭

    If I had a Sylvari I would probably use her/his cycle as a "surname". For example, in your case: Lerin of Dusk ^-^

  • Kal Spiro.9745Kal Spiro.9745 Member ✭✭✭

    I have five Sylvari now. The three I can remember the full name of are Viridian Truebloom, Gailen Twighead, and Desiree Gloomblade. Truebloom has the blooming flower back of the head. Twighead has the branch head back. Gloomblade is a Reaper.

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  • Aramus.8143Aramus.8143 Member ✭✭

    From a fantasy name generator:
    Catlee
    Tullia
    Doireann
    Ailise
    Uny
    Jinelle
    Ebrill
    Adyna
    Gavenia
    Brielle

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Does "Lerin" have to be a stand alone part of the name or can it be incorporated into a longer version? Eg "arthurianizing" it by turning it into Lerinel, Lerineth, etc.

  • Konig Des Todes.2086Konig Des Todes.2086 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 4, 2018

    @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

    Not named to the player. At the end of Path of Fire, Canach makes mention of "Fifthborn" which means there's a Thirdborn and Fourthborn. Whether or not there's Sixthborn and on is unclear though.

    Given Canach's comment of Fifthborn being like the super curious Elonian children, I'm willing to bet that is the post-HoT generation, the newest generation, which tends to be the most curious bunch. Which to me would mean the Commander is "officially" part of the Fourthborn generation. Alternative take would be the Fifthborn are the last generation Canach met, which would likely put it as the Commander's generation and the post-HoT is actually Sixthborn (or Seventhborn depending on how wide spaced generations are).

    That said, however, you can proclaim Second/Third/Fourth/Fifth if you so desire, since your character, your story.

    Other possible titles as a Priory sylvari:

    • Valiant Lerin
    • Warden/Gardener/Mender/Soundless (all sylvari groups/roles) Lerin
    • Lerin of Dusk
    • Scholar/Explorer/Magister (all Priory ranks) Lerin

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  • Warkind.6745Warkind.6745 Member ✭✭✭

    Bingus the Bard

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  • Funky.4861Funky.4861 Member ✭✭✭

    If it helps, my biography questions were answered thusly:

    She was born during the cycle of the dusk
    She dreamed of the Shield of the Moon
    She believes the most improtant of Ventari's teachings is "All things have a right to grow"

    I joined the Durmond Priory for my order, although in Orr I sided with the Vigil to bring in the tanks. She's a mesmer currently specialised as a chronomancer, but I might switch to mirage when I go to the PoF story.

    How about Lerin Darkhope (dusk/moon all things have a right to grow) or Shadowfaith? My necro is Nethri Silverheart for example.

  • infrequentia.3465infrequentia.3465 Member ✭✭✭

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

    Not named to the player. At the end of Path of Fire, Canach makes mention of "Fifthborn" which means there's a Thirdborn and Fourthborn. Whether or not there's Sixthborn and on is unclear though.

    Given Canach's comment of Fifthborn being like the super curious Elonian children, I'm willing to bet that is the post-HoT generation, the newest generation, which tends to be the most curious bunch. Which to me would mean the Commander is "officially" part of the Fourthborn generation. Alternative take would be the Fifthborn are the last generation Canach met, which would likely put it as the Commander's generation and the post-HoT is actually Sixthborn (or Seventhborn depending on how wide spaced generations are).

    That said, however, you can proclaim Second/Third/Fourth/Fifth if you so desire, since your character, your story.

    Other possible titles as a Priory sylvari:

    • Valiant Lerin
    • Warden/Gardener/Mender/Soundless (all sylvari groups/roles) Lerin
    • Lerin of Dusk
    • Scholar/Explorer/Magister (all Priory ranks) Lerin

    you are either firsborn or not

    and the player is from the 2nd generation because they stopped after at.

    after the 2nd generation its cycles
    noon dusk etc yadayada

  • SlippyCheeze.5483SlippyCheeze.5483 Member ✭✭✭✭

    FWIW, http://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/sylvari_names.php has generators for a bunch of GW names, based on lore. Also, like, literally anything else you can think of, if they have a systematic definition of the naming, generally.

  • Konig Des Todes.2086Konig Des Todes.2086 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 5, 2018

    @infrequentia.3465 said:

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

    Not named to the player. At the end of Path of Fire, Canach makes mention of "Fifthborn" which means there's a Thirdborn and Fourthborn. Whether or not there's Sixthborn and on is unclear though.

    Given Canach's comment of Fifthborn being like the super curious Elonian children, I'm willing to bet that is the post-HoT generation, the newest generation, which tends to be the most curious bunch. Which to me would mean the Commander is "officially" part of the Fourthborn generation. Alternative take would be the Fifthborn are the last generation Canach met, which would likely put it as the Commander's generation and the post-HoT is actually Sixthborn (or Seventhborn depending on how wide spaced generations are).

    That said, however, you can proclaim Second/Third/Fourth/Fifth if you so desire, since your character, your story.

    Other possible titles as a Priory sylvari:

    • Valiant Lerin
    • Warden/Gardener/Mender/Soundless (all sylvari groups/roles) Lerin
    • Lerin of Dusk
    • Scholar/Explorer/Magister (all Priory ranks) Lerin

    you are either firsborn or not

    and the player is from the 2nd generation because they stopped after at.

    after the 2nd generation its cycles
    noon dusk etc yadayada

    The Firstborn were born in cycles too, as there are three Firstborn per cycle (Caithe, Wynne, and Melomadies are the three Firstborn of Night, for example). Cycles just reference which time of day a sylvari was born, and not their generation or age.

    The player is not Secondborn. It's made pretty obvious, especially in certain points with Canach that "all who are not Firstborn are Secondborn" is a false statement.

    I believe you're misinterpreting Caithe's words during the story excerpts of Dream and Nightmare, which has Caithe telling Cadyern that line almost verbatim, but what she was meaning in saying that is, basically, that the Pale Tree only listened to the Firstborn due to the growing number of sylvari (though this would be not entirely true).

    Until Canach's statement at the end of PoF, it was "Firstborn, Secondborn, then everyone else". But his statement alludes to the existence of more generations going up to and including Fifthborn at least.

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  • Crab Fear.1624Crab Fear.1624 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I look at this way:

    My personal character in game has lore from my own mind.
    Of course, nothing I do affects the world, except my own.
    So I named my sylvari character Moon Floss, that is another phrase for toilet paper. Also the on this character I avoid the main story and cut scenes because again, in my mind he talks with deep southern accent and likes to eat French fries

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  • I'm not gonna be much help, I'm afraid - all my sylvari have surnames. If I do make up a last name/title, I like to look at the character and names pop into my mind on the fly. But like some people have said, sylvari do take last names if they want to. My most interesting one would be Aeris Blizzardglade - "Blizzardglade" because he got adopted into the Blizzard warband. (Doesn't make much sense from a charr point of view, but I don't care much haha)

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  • chrisjfinlay.5614chrisjfinlay.5614 Member ✭✭✭

    @infrequentia.3465 said:

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

    Not named to the player. At the end of Path of Fire, Canach makes mention of "Fifthborn" which means there's a Thirdborn and Fourthborn. Whether or not there's Sixthborn and on is unclear though.

    Given Canach's comment of Fifthborn being like the super curious Elonian children, I'm willing to bet that is the post-HoT generation, the newest generation, which tends to be the most curious bunch. Which to me would mean the Commander is "officially" part of the Fourthborn generation. Alternative take would be the Fifthborn are the last generation Canach met, which would likely put it as the Commander's generation and the post-HoT is actually Sixthborn (or Seventhborn depending on how wide spaced generations are).

    That said, however, you can proclaim Second/Third/Fourth/Fifth if you so desire, since your character, your story.

    Other possible titles as a Priory sylvari:

    • Valiant Lerin
    • Warden/Gardener/Mender/Soundless (all sylvari groups/roles) Lerin
    • Lerin of Dusk
    • Scholar/Explorer/Magister (all Priory ranks) Lerin

    you are either firsborn or not

    and the player is from the 2nd generation because they stopped after at.

    after the 2nd generation its cycles
    noon dusk etc yadayada

    "You are either Firstborn or not" was a sarky observation by various Sylvari about how the Pale Tree seems to favour the firstborn over the subsequent generations. Not that there weren't any other generations. It was just a case of "if you're not Firstborn, you're all the same in her eyes".

  • Ayakaru.6583Ayakaru.6583 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Titles as surnames are always okay
    Like one of mine is called Thorne the Jagged.
    My other sylvari is called Jendayi Karimah which is a two-word thing for 'true love', but wouldn't work separately

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  • Martimus.6027Martimus.6027 Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 6, 2018

    So, Leafy McLeafface? Barky McBarkface? Planty McPlantface? Flower Von Sniffenheimer? Polly Pollen? Johnny Longstamen? Mulch McGee?

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  • @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    Before I knew much about Sylvari lore, culture and race etc, I named my character "Lerin Kalhari". Of course, I've since realised that Sylvari don't have surnames. Obviously, Lerin is a fairly commonly used name so I can't use just that on its own (and it's non-negotioable, all my RPG/MMO characters are reincarnations of each other. I know it's not particularly Celtic/Gaelic like most Sylvari names are but it stays). Therefore I'm needing something that would work as a title for her instead, and I'm drawing a blank. Suggestions are appreciated but what I'd really like are some ideas for areas to look at, so that I can decide on my own instead of having everyone else do the work for me...

    The sylvari that you play as don't belong to any specificly named generation, to my knowledge?

    If it helps, my biography questions were answered thusly:

    She was born during the cycle of the dusk
    She dreamed of the Shield of the Moon
    She believes the most improtant of Ventari's teachings is "All things have a right to grow"

    I joined the Durmond Priory for my order, although in Orr I sided with the Vigil to bring in the tanks. She's a mesmer currently specialised as a chronomancer, but I might switch to mirage when I go to the PoF story.

    maybe sylvari didnt have surnames... until your character started them off...

    Your name seems really fitting for a sylvari anyway :D

  • Batel.9206Batel.9206 Member ✭✭✭

    @Artemisa.9013 said:
    If I had a Sylvari I would probably use her/his cycle as a "surname". For example, in your case: Lerin of Dusk ^-^

    Do note that a name like this will appear as "Lerin Of Dusk." Sadly, we can't have the "of" be lowercase instead of capitalized. It's a minor quibble, but it's still something to consider.

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  • @Martimus.6027 said:
    Johnny Longstamen

    I am stealing that name! Lmao

  • starlinvf.1358starlinvf.1358 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I would err away from lineage themed naming, as its a very generic elvish approch. As backwards as it sounds, sylvari surnames and titles are more funtional or aspersional in nature; with the historical significance being a side effect of the titles definition. Titles of feats are rare, but when taken are to draw attention to a specific response.

    I've noticed this more with nightmare court as an intimidation tactic, though heroic sylvari may adopt a title given to them by others if it conveys an ideal they subscribe to. incorporating their wyld hunt is more likely for young sylvari.... but they share a cultural parallel with Norn in that title will evolve as their experiences and personalitys grow. Consider Scarlet changed her whole name with a new found purpose.

  • chrisjfinlay.5614chrisjfinlay.5614 Member ✭✭✭

    Lerin, Makes Dragons Her kitten probably wouldn't be allowed...

  • derd.6413derd.6413 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @chrisjfinlay.5614 said:
    Lerin, Makes Dragons Her kitten probably wouldn't be allowed...

    Would be too long. Making dragons my kitten could be a guild name

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  • Artemisa.9013Artemisa.9013 Member ✭✭

    @Batel.9206 said:

    @Artemisa.9013 said:
    If I had a Sylvari I would probably use her/his cycle as a "surname". For example, in your case: Lerin of Dusk ^-^

    Do note that a name like this will appear as "Lerin Of Dusk." Sadly, we can't have the "of" be lowercase instead of capitalized. It's a minor quibble, but it's still something to consider.

    You're right! But I kinda like it that way. Seems more... elegant? Or maybe I'm just used to it :)

  • My female Sylvari necro is named Aghaveagh the dark, from her profession and the fact that she was a night born Sylvari.

  • Pifil.5193Pifil.5193 Member ✭✭✭✭

    She was a powerful necromancer indeed, this thread was dead for over a year. ;)

  • @Grand Marshal.4098 said:
    My female Sylvari necro is named Aghaveagh the dark, from her profession and the fact that she was a night born Sylvari.

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