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Discussion in 'RWBY Fandom' started by Ember, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. AceofAces

    AceofAces Impyrrial Admin at Law, Esq.
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    Yeah, I find that when you already predetermine all of the letters in the team name, you box yourself into a corner.

    It's a lot easier to have 1 or 2 letters figured out in advance, then start looking at team name colors that might include a 3rd (or even a 4th if you're so lucky) desirable level which may not be an exact fit to what you have in mind for your 3rd and 4th members, but something that you can modify the character's name to fit the team name.

    Remember, character names are SOOOO much more flexible because the first name OR the last name can be a color reference, so it's easier to conform characters to the team name instead of staying rigid on character names and forcing a team name to happen.

    Think of it like you're playing a game of Scrabble. Which tiles would you want? J, A, X, Q? Or J, A, [BLANK], [BLANK]? X and Q may be worth more in points than a blank tile, but that doesn't mean shit if you can't put them on the board.
     
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  2. Mezzo Fourte

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    Okay, I had a lightbulb moment and fixed everything with one first-name change. Team SINA (Sienna), coming soon to an OC Thread near you.
     
  3. DASY

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    Still looking to use Logan maybe a double first name like Logan Berry or something close to it possibly Longan which is an edible yellow skinned fruit. Which means dragons eye in Chinese.
     
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    I have a team with inspirations based on the number three. These character will have the personality of 3 musketeers.

    Logan Berry Gruff or Longan Gruff inspired by 3 billy goat gruff.

    Gilroy Mason, red bricklayer, inspired by 3 little pigs

    Nikitich Malachite inspired by the Russian foketail Dobrynya Nikitich and the 3 headed dragon and malachite is a green crystal.


    Now 3 musketeers have a 4th member d'Artagnan. I have 2 ideas for the 4th member.

    O'Connor Noir, Hound Black, inspired by Cerberus the 3 headed hell hound

    The 4th member might be a robot an Atlesian experimental Knight called ax-O Electrum, inspired by the honest woodman and the 3 axes from the river. A gold ax, silver ax, and his ax. Electron is a Gold silver and copper alloy

    I have several team name ideas and abbreviations not sure which one works best.

    Logan LOGN, LGN, LGAN
    Longan LNGN with all 5 it's LNGAN
    Lemon LMN, LMNN, LMON, LEMN

    Update on the team concept and character names.
    The colors are going to be based on plants. So the team will be LNGN Longan, A yellow brown fruit.

    Longan Gruff (Gruff might be to on the nose for billy goats gruff so looking for possible alternatives.)

    Nikitich Daikon ( Daikon the large white Japanese radishs. Making Nikitich a white knight.)

    Ginger Mason. (I think Ginger has a better color association then gilroy)

    The new character name for the honest wood cutter and his ax
    Axl Nightshade (night shade as a color is a shade of purple)
     
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  5. Crepusculine

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    I suppose this is the place to get character name and team name feedback? I hope so, because I've restarted so many times and now I think I'm on to something...I just don't want to get much further in development just to find that I've stretched the naming rules a bit too far. I really hope not, because even the flower's meanings work well with their personalities.

    The team's theme is poisonous flowers/plants. Which suits them since most people figure out to keep their distance from these jerks. Individually they have a fairy tale theme, but I couldn't connect them in anyway.

    Ffion Renard. Ffion means foxglove, a flower with mauve buds. Renard is French for Fox, and a character in several fables. In the language of flowers foxglove represents a wish or insincerity. His colors would be Orange and Mauve

    Beor Larkspur. Beor means burning, foolish, mad. Larkspur is a bright blue flower and represents haughtiness, fickleness, levity and lightness. So his name accidentally summed up his personality quite well. His colors would be Red and Blue. He's also based around the fairy tale "The Story of The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear." about a boy who is so stupid he isn't afraid of anything. Also sums him up very well.

    Burilda Hellebore. Burilda means black swan and Hellebore is a type of flower that can kill you but is also used for medicinal purposes. White Hellebore will definitely kill you, black Hellebore might kill you. Her semblance carries on with this double nature theme, it can be either helpful...or get you killed. Her color would be predominately black. She's based around the fairy tale "The Marsh King's Daughter." thus the swan bit in her name. Hellebore represents scandal and calumny, which will be worked into her backstory. I'm'a'gonna work white into her mother's name as well.

    Demir Aconitum. Demir means Iron, Aconitum is the the scientific name of Monkshood/Wolfsbane. So his colors would be gray and purple. The flower represents misanthropy and chivalry. I can have a lot of fun with that because the story I chose for him was "The Steadfast Tin Soldier."
    I just have to decide WHEN he's gonna lose that leg. Nehehehe.

    So that makes them. RBBD. Which would read as Reed a green or brown plant and less dangerous than the plants before. Unless you're a horse.

    So am I stretching here? It's really difficult to come up with something semi-unique without stretching, but I'm probably just making excuses for myself.
     
  6. AceofAces

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    @Crepusculine those are certainly some names you don't see every day (as well as fairy tale sources). Each of your characters individually fit the color rule, but I think the team name is where it falls apart. People are going to look at it and think "Team Ribbed" rather than "Reed" (though Reed itself is not the strongest connection to a color either).

    One idea would be team BARB, but that really doesn't relate to a color either.

    My suggestion would be to see which names have room for flexibility in changing them without straying (too much) from the theme and which ones don't. Your goal should be to have 2 definitive names, and two yet to be determined. Then try to determine the color using the two letters you know you'll use, and then have the undetermined names be some of the missing letters in that color. Otherwise, you'll be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

    Team Names are a lot less flexible than character names, so why box yourself into a corner by doing it last?
     
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    Team Ribbed and Team Barb...Coincidence that I'm hungry and both these things relate to barbecue? I think not! I had a feeling it would be the team name. I shall return when I am less hungry and done rearranging letters. Thank you for your input.

    I'm assuming team LHRD as in "lard" would be pushing it. Now I really just want to make it incredibly unfortunate so they're victims of this naming system.
     
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  8. AceofAces

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    Lol, I completely missed the BBQ connection. I thought of Barb as in the thorny prickers and Ribbed as....well.....something pertaining to a different kind of prick. >_<;

    I mean, LHRD technically works but (a) what color is lard anyway? and (b) would anyone actually want to be a part of a team named after lard? I think a better team name can be found.
     
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    I thought barb as a red colour. We have blood from barb as something that causes cuts, red as a shortening of rubarb, and red from barbeque.

    (Besides, there's fucking team ranger now "oh it's a camouflage scheme" yeah, fuck that and fuck the colour rule, we all know RRNJ was better)


    Ace, lard is a yellowish white.
     
  10. Crepusculine

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    LHRD is like the color of nasty looking butter. They wouldn't particularly care, but I agree that a better name can be found. I can only make the terrible team name joke once, so if they're going to get a bad team name it's gotta be really bad.

    Rhubarb could work.

    "Alone we're poisonous menaces to society, but together we're team rhubarb... We're weird but we're edible."
    "I don't think we want to be edible in this situation."

    What about two words? Could I do BBRD as in "Black Bird"? A little cliche but it doesn't sound as forced as the other ones on my list.
     

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