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  • #126470
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @arindown

    Sounds fun!

    Not too much. I don’t mind if the story moves really slowly. I work full-time in a non-writing career, so I may have pockets of busyness where I can’t pop on much too. A lot of the roleplay will be explorative, so if characters pop on in and out, it shouldn’t hurt.

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    #126462
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @erynne

    Yep, that’s totally fine. Power comes in many forms, and I image some of the games will mess with various ways one can be powerful.

    Or if you’re really itching to make a character, go for it!

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    #126435
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @writergirl101

    Aww, thank you! I’m glad you like them. It’s very affirming to hear that you like the names, since I can be paranoid that I didn’t put enough thought into some of these things.

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    #126434
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @rose-colored-fancy

    Thanks! That’s a great tip! I’ve already started doing that for some of the towns and villages in the story, but never thought to do it for the larger things.

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    #126405
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @erynne

    There are definitely plenty of humor, but I wouldn’t call it a humorous story. The central theme deals with atonement for mistakes and the meaning of forgiveness, so humor is not a primary goal. I struggle to be serous though, so most of the ‘downtime’ the characters have, when not spent grappling on these themes, are used for funny character-building humor. Noah particularly lightens the mood a lot, but Lana has a dry wit that can pair well, and…

    I should stop rambling about my story, shouldn’t I? 😛

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    #126404
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @skylarynn

    Great advice, thank you! Wow, I’m so amazed with the quality of help. Everything I’ve heard so far gives me great ideas.

    The Freelands – Hmm. I might mess around with some of those names. Your country sounds awesome!

    Wokenland – Great idea! I’ll look into that.

    Princelandia – Both great ideas. I’ll add Barony to the list of names I’m considering and mess around with some of the old names to see if they give me some inspiration.

    Grayborn – Great suggestion, I’ll consider it. The one thing that doesn’t quite fit is, at least in “modern” times story-wise, Grayborns are almost universally known to be Unity’s assassins, since they are unaffected by magic, the greatest weapon in the world. So the idea of them being the ashy remains doesn’t quite fit the “modern” (post-stopwatch) context, even if it did fit the pre-stopwatch time.

    The Rebels – Disciples or the Apostles would be great alternatives. In an older version, One Master/the One was supposed to be the story’s analogy for God before I revised it, and though that’s no longer true, a lot of those lingering feelings have followed the rebellion into it’s current iteration.

    The Frozen Stopwatch – These. Are. Amazing. I’m so thrilled! The stopwatch has been the single most frustrating name I’ve worked with, and I love every suggestion you gave to pieces! Eek! I’m so excited!

    Unity – No, I haven’t read Discworld. Is it good?  I’ll throw Harmony on the name considerations (I do imaging lies/propaganda/deception to be a large part of Unity’s worldview, so having such a blatent lie for a name would work well). However, I’ve heard enough love for Unity I just might end up keeping it. 🙂

    One Master – Ooh, I like The Elder. I’ll put that along The One for consideration.

    The Blood Prince – Good suggestion. Maybe the rebel side will call him The Red Prince or The Red, but most people call him the blood prince. I’ve been torn with whether or not the good guys have an alternate name, since Blood Prince sounds kind of dark. Red magic is greatly respected, so Red Prince might be a good rebel alternative.

    Lana – All good suggestions. I’m liking Mara and Sloane right now. Appearance-wise, Lana has gray eyes, gray hair, and ashy/gray skin. Eye color is a huge determinant of magic affinity in this world, so her gray eyes are probably the biggest visual giveaway to her identity as a Grayborn.

    Prince Luc – I love that you caught all the layers!!! Okay, Luc’s a keeper. 🙂

    Noah –I like Noah too. I’ll stick Nole and Nolen on the list of possible alternatives if I don’t end up wanting a “generic” name.

    Courtney – Ooh! I like these. Especially since Yellow (power) magic and Green (elemental) magic are her two strongest forms. Amber magic sometimes takes the form of a flame, so the names would fit her power as well. I’ll stick them on my consideration list.

    Thank you so much! Once again, this was all very helpful. I also loved the deeper thoughts on why you were considering names (my general rule is to slap something down that sounds cool, and if I’m lucky the meaning will work too).

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    #126365
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @erynne

    Thank you so much for this! That was super helpful to see your thoughts on each thing in the list (and you did not at all sound rude!). I’ll give you a few of my thoughts on your thoughts here.

    Freelands – glad to hear you like it. This is probably my favorite of the three country names.

    Wokenland – Yeah, originally I gave it the name because it… woke up?… to magic and was the first place to truly embrace it. But I might change this one too. I’ll keep sitting on it.

    Unity – Ooh, I’m glad to hear you still like it. I had grown really attached to it since sticking with the name for so long, and it’s nice to hear it makes sense to a story outsider despite the changes.

    Prince Luc – Yes, it is pronounced like Luke.

    Noah – I agree that it’s super generic. Personality-wise, he’s very sweet and level-headed, and a bit of a jokester. He’s generally quick to forgive and empathetic.

    The Preacher/Healer/etc. – Yes, there names fit their roles. The poisoning Healer would be rather funny, though.

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    #126364
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @zee

    This was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

    Ooh! I like your options for Princlandia! I’m definitely using one of them.

    As for cultural inspiration, there are actually 3. Princelandia is largely drawing inspiration from Western Europe, particularly England, and more medieval in nature. A lot more normal-fantasy. The Freelands are drawing inspiration from the US. There ideology is very similar to that of the US (freedom and liberty, escaping a tyrannical empire, etc). And Wokenland draws inspiration from various African cultures and folklore.

    In an older iteration of the story, these three nations were literally the UK, US, and Costal Africa, just an alternate dimension of the three, which is why the two siblings, Noah and Courtney, have such contemporary placeholder names.

    Noah and Courtney are Freelandian, the more American-inspired place, though in Universe there is a lot of cross-cultural exchange from both Wokenland and Princelandia, since it’s less a place you want to go and more a place you flee to to leave behind an old life/Immortal rule.

    Does that give any more ideas for names? I really like your Icelandic/Northern European naming idea, and might use it to re-name some minor characters from Princelandia.

    I also somewhat enjoy your ironic enjoyment of The Frozen Stopwatch. It’s so bad, but has been steadily growing on me. Maybe I just need to acknowledge the strangeness in-universe…

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    #126348
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @erynne

    Yeah, I wrote this one when I was like 10. Unfortunately, I can’t find the story anywhere, but I remember having a whole series planned out. I thought these were going to make me famous!

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    #126343
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    Well, my worst story was about a girl who tried to turn the whole world into tomatoes by squirting them with tomato juice…

    I don’t really know how to fix that. 😛

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    #103130
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    (Oopsy daisy! I completely forgot as well).

     

    Slate crossed his arms, looking at Ruhanna (@jennythefaun). “Important business, huh? What kind?”

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    #100063
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    @emberynus-the-dragonslayer, @kari-karast

     

    Slate rubbed the back of his neck. “Oh yeah. That’s then name. Thanks. Say, what are you all reading? My friend told me I should start reading more. I’ve never been a big bookworm, if you know what I mean.”

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    #99971
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    Name: Slate

    Age: 26

    Personality, friendly and outgoing, but also pretty cautious and world-weary.

     

    Slate: Wanders through the bookstore scanning the titles before he sees the group in the back reading. Walks up to them. “Um, hey, would any of you know where I could find a mystery book about some Christie lady? Or maybe by Christie. I don’t know. A friend wanted me to pick it up for her.”

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    #99967
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    Sure! Thanks for re-inviting me!

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    #99684
    Katherine Baker
    @kb-writer

    This looks like it’ll be a fantastic discussion. I wish I wrote reviews so I could chime in, but in the mean time I’ll just lurk…

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