Some names inspire fear. Some inspire awe. Some inspire passion.
But someone has to come up with those names — especially in a fictional setting — to evoke those proper responses.
Mitsoda delves into some of the real-world influences for names, such as naming a Charr NPC after a Roman dagger or the brainstorming that goes on to change a “rat dog” into a “murellow.”
And if coming up with names seems like a yawn-worthy subject, consider how long you probably spend staring at the character creation screen coming up with the perfect moniker. Or how many Guild Wars characters you’ve created to reserve their names for Guild Wars 2.
Now imagine that your job actually depended on how well you named your things. If you’ve ever tried to write something creative, you know how long that can take.
But we’re still wondering where they came up with “centaur.” Now there’s an awesome creature name!