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#1 DeadPoolX

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 01:43 AM

I didn't know where exactly to place this question, since it could be positioned in each of the QFG game forums. But then I figured that's too much work (and resembles spamming), so I'll just place it in the "original" QFG1 game forum. I think that works since most of us probably played this version of the game first when experiencing the series. Even if we didn't, it still started the series off, so it works best. smile.gif

Anyway, the question is: What did you name your character(s)?

This might be interesting to see what everyone named their characters in the game and if there was any sort of continuity between games in regards to naming. Also, it might be interesting to see WHY you named your characters what you did.

I suppose since I've made this thread, I'll go first.

Fighter/Paladin = Kal-El (no explanation really necessary for this name, is there? wink.gif )

Magic User/Wizard = Raistlin (comes from the Dragonlance series of books in which the character of Raistlin was a major player and wizard, beginning as a amateur and working his way up to someone powerful enough to challenge the gods)

Thief = Grifter (seems simple enough, as "grift" means "money made dishonestly, as in a swindle" or "to engage in or obtain by swindling or cheating")

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 02:21 AM

I name all my heroes Rinaldo. If there's room, they get extra information. For instance, my fighter is Rinaldo de Guerre; my thief is Rinaldo von Dieb; my wizard is Rinaldo d'Incantesimo.

I think the surnames are obvious, right...?

And "Rinaldo", because Rinaldo is one of the great mediæval heroes, also known as Orlando... a knight of strength, intelligence, nobility and determination. Even when he perished, the tale was turned into a great legend.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 12:50 PM

I used Cambrian Heilskog for a long time. It's a kinda play on words. There's these mountains in the UK, called something similar to 'cambria'. Heilskog is a combination of the swedish and german words. 'Heil' for 'healing' and 'skog' for 'forest'. Just seemed like a name a legendary hero might have. Works especially well for the paladin and mage class. My fighter was Belegon Kerouq, it just sounded aggressive enough for the part. 'Darian Kheynes' was created originally for the thief character. It just sounded thievish to me. wink.gif
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Posted 02 May 2006 - 07:24 PM

When I first played the game, I wasn't even thinking and typed in Briavel. <blush>

However, normally I use either Brynach or Gwydion. Not overly creative, nor original, but it suits. <shrug>
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Posted 03 May 2006 - 05:05 PM

Remember what Blackjack Davy says, "Never tell your name." Ah! Well I always use "Saint" for all games not only QFG biggrin.gif angel2.gif angel.gif
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 03:28 AM

My Heroes were named after book characters that I liked.

Back when the series first began, I was very much taken with Arthurian legend and named my fighter "Gawain" after the knight of the round table.

My Magic User was named after a character from the only Dragonlance novel I've ever read. He was "Tanin" because I couldn't really think of any other wizard name that suited his young looks.

I had been fascinated with my first view of a thief character in Zork 1, the "lean and hungry" fellow with the bag that robbed you blind on his way out of the room. So I named my thief after his weapon of choice, "Stiletto". My second or third time through the series, I named the thief "Reshan", after a gypsy character from a Mercedes Lackey novel, since I thought it sounded more exotic.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:31 AM

I always chose either not to name my Heroes or name them 'The Hero'. Yeah, pretty unoriginal, I know. wink.gif

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 03:20 AM

For me, I first had QFG1EGA (Hero's Quest). My Fighters would start off as "Dragon Slayer". Once I bought QFG4 a few years down the road, I would keep my Paladin's name as "Dragon Slayer". (Maybe they stole my character name when they named the sword in QFG5 the same? wink.gif ). I then started naming my Fighters which I intended not to become Paladins "Tyr" (ancient God of War).

My Magic User/Wizard was always named "Merlin". I guess I don't have to explain that one.

My Thief was always named "Bad Boy Will". Long story behind that one, but in short, I had a friend when I was 11 and 12 who was always getting into trouble non-stop; his name was Will. He always seemed to get caught for everything... he probably would have been a horrible thief, but it must have been the first thing I thought of when creating the character. smile.gif

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 01:16 PM

Ive never used any surnames, i just name a fighter/paladin Legaya and then i name wizards Zemia and thieves usualy Zeral or Alda

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:12 PM

I not good with naming in RPG, so I just use names from other games. I named him Zeliard, taken from the old Sierra game, even though the main character was named Duke Garland.

Since the Hero looked the same whichever class you choose, I didn't bother giving him a different name
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 09:52 AM

First time I played QfG (from Nov 7, 1999 when started QfG 1 to April 1, 2000 when finished QfG 4) - Klaussen.
Later, Klausse.

I am always a mage with good fighting skills and just a bit of thieving skills.
I tried to play a pure fighter, but just couldn't associate him with me, so didn't move too far.

EDIT: DPX, I am going to steal your idea and post the same question in the Any Other Game for more games... Hope you don't mind.

Edited by Klausse, 09 May 2006 - 10:13 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 08:33 AM

QUOTE (Briavel @ May 2 2006, 06:41 PM)
When I first played the game, I wasn't even thinking and typed in Briavel. <blush>

However, normally I use either Brynach or Gwydion. Not overly creative, nor original, but it suits. <shrug>

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My first characters were very uncreative, I made them when I was like 7. My fighter was Galaco Burmin because I'm a cat freak, and at the time I had 2 favorite types of cats. (calaco, burmese, go figure.) My mage was Zappo Starfinger. (yes, I know, don't say it.) Also, my thief was called Dagger Knifeblade. Cheesy as well but I decided he was the son of my older bro's original fighter/mage/thief character, with the original and creative name of Sword Blade. Yessirree, us folks're mighty quick.

At least I decided to respell Majere (dragonlance books) and name my paladin Gregor Mahjir....

Now I generally just go by Tom Deathrose. And Prince Billy once in awhile. I love Will Oldham.

Yes, also not very creative. Haha, oh well.

edit: my younger bro demanded I tell about his character as well. After hearing the names invented by first my older bro then emulated by me, he came up with the brilliant, inventive name of Thunderbolt Fireball for a D&D illusionist. (I was playing a fighter named Bobban Horserider.) This became his magic user in QFG. Yeppers. Boy howdy we had us a time.

Edited by leperking, 17 May 2006 - 08:37 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 12:35 PM

In my own opinion, general fantasy names are out of place in the QFG universe. The whole game world is an obvious mirror of the real world, and real cultures to boot. I mean, look at QFG 1 (original and VGA). Everyone there has a real life name, and, with a few exceptions, all have German names because of the obvious German setting of the game.

In QFG 2 they have Arabic names and ditto for QFG 3 (except they also have some indigenous African names as well), it isn't strange that they have that since East Africa had a huge amount of contact with the Arabs in real life and in the game as well (there were caravans coming in and out the whole time).

Do you guys see my point?

Anyways, as to what I name my character, I generally choose German names since I the Hero is a Germanic guy. This is evident from two factors. First, the fact that he apparently lived in a region of Germany (although it must not be well connected to Speilburg since it took the guy a month to reach there on foot), and in QFG 2, sometimes Shema serves you Saurkraut and Knockwurst so that the hero wouldn't get too homesick. Those foods are, needless to say, very popular in Germany.

I'll be starting a new QFG session soon (well, as soon as I get my new PC) and I'll probably choose a strong sounding German name for him, like Koen or Reinhard.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 12:26 PM

Palading/Fighter - Gabriel Dragon Slayer
Mage - Gabriel Archmage
Thief - Gabriel Lightfingers

Ah yes, I was so creative back then. Man, it's been almost 4 years since I played any QFG. I'll get back to it soon with new names to boot. thumbs.gif


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Posted 20 June 2006 - 10:03 AM

I usually use Solemn Velron, you've got to be original, you know. And by the way, I'm not sure what I would call myself as a wizard, fighter or paladin, but I'll work something out!

It's good to have an RPG name that I use at all my rpg forums aswell, (although there's only one....)

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