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Newbiespud 3rd Mar 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Naming things is hard. That's why I like My Little Pony as a campaign setting. Everything and everyone is named so literally and so on the nose that you can go with the most memorable thing that comes to mind.

I mean, people still manage to make incredibly forgettably named OCs (one of many reasons I don't "have" one of those; that's what tabletop roleplaying is for), but like I said: Naming things is still hard.

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FanOfMostEverything 3rd Mar 2016, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Agreed wholeheartedly on names. Pony names are easy; just about any two-word idiom or noun phrase will work. (Heck, in one Ponyfinder campaign, I actually played a monk named Noun Phrase!) Human names are far trickier to work with. I tend to pull names from family members for lack of better ideas.
Draxynnic 3rd Mar 2016, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
I generally look up a list of names from a culture that seems appropriate, and pick one that I like the sound (or meaning) of.

What's hard are nonhuman names from races whose names have diverged from meaning anything in their modern language. (Most names had an easily recognisable meaning when they first appeared, it's just that over thousands of years the name is still being used while the language has shifted so that most people don't know the original meaning unless they look it up.)
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
My main OC, Doc Wagon, is a reference to the medical company in Shadowrun (And I picked it so that others would call him Doc), but I've managed to make a name for him here and there. I do admit that the occasional pony calling him "Mr. Wagon" can be odd-sounding, but I since figured it could just reference an ambulance wagon. So it still works!

Trivia fun time: "Doc" isn't the actual first name of my OC, just the preferred nickname because he isn't enamored with his actual first name, Vardo (a Vardo Wagon is a horse-pulled wagon used by the British Romani people, and Doc's grandfather was Romani. Or would it be Roamani?).

Bonus funny point: Autocorrect changed Trivia to Trixie. Ha! :3
T 3rd Mar 2016, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Romane?
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
oooh, a good one!!
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
You mean, autocorrect thinks we're supposed to read that "Trivia fun time" in Trixie's voice? Can do.
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I was thinking "Trixie Fun Time" but reading anything in Trixie's voice is fun.
Mykin 3rd Mar 2016, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I tend to alternate between using a name generator and coming up with stuff on the spot. Sometimes combining the two if I end up liking the result. For example, Taiyth Akamiir is a combination of a first name I came up with and a last name I grabbed from an elvish name generator (one of the more serious roleplay-focus ones, not the stupid "insert your name here" ones). I tend to try and get the names to be as close to what the character might actually be named in the setting as possible, though.

But pony names are definitely easier to get a handle on. My main OC, Intrepid Scholar, is more or less an accurate descriptor for my rather adventurous bookworm of a unicorn. Though the 'Scholar' part of his name didn't get added until later in his life, after he got his cutie mark. Then there's Astral Blaze, the team's magical energy weapon specialist and mechanic, and Rusty Nail, the wandering door to door repair earth pony.

Oh and I can't forget about the characters I'm making for Roan: Swift Shadow, my bat pony smuggler with a heart of gold, and his two assistants: Flint Striker and Lilly O'Neigh... Ok, I may need to work a little bit more on Lilly's name. Either way, I think I've made my point.
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Mykin, can I just take a moment to commend you for coming up with the names like, "Astral Blaze", "Swift Shadow" and "Flint Striker"? Those are really cool names--especially Flint Striker! That could totally be a real name too, which makes it at least 20% cooler! B-)
aylatrigger 3rd Mar 2016, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
...Either you are my friend, or you have really similar naming conventions. ...I have had a character in one game who was a monk named Noun Phrase.
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Noun Phrase? That's witty. :3

Other pony OCs I've created...
Reuben Rye
Ace Gambit
Switchblade
Cheryl Rose
Manco Correro
Ellie Sprocket
Zeeps...

Seems like they're too mundane for pony. ^^;
Well, maybe not that last one.
Super Kami Guru 3rd Mar 2016, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Hey Digo! I don't post on here much but I'm still an avid reader. Anyhow, I found my self scrolling through the many, many pages of the horse wife comic (is it a comic? Blog? Whatever) and saw a few posts with Doc Wagon in there! I'm assuming that it was you, and if so, I just wanted to say awesome! I'm happy to see yet another friendly face in yet another forum/blog/comic that I enjoy!
Digo Dragon 4th Mar 2016, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, I did a little fan art for them, much like the guest comics I do here. I like to support my favs. ^^

Cool to see you around!
aylatrigger 5th Mar 2016, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
PCs I have made:
Crystal Wishes (high level mage specializing in Wish...and crafting magic items)
Parody (actress)
Trick Shot (...)
Eversheets Quire(not pony...living bed. also a lawyer)

PCs of friends:
Gears Gadget
Noun Phrase (as I said)
Artifact
Tale Weaver
Pony X/Speed Chaser
Pony Z/Sprite Chaser (mirror double of Speed)
Anonypony
Cherry Pie (who was based off Gygax)
Flint
Penna Sophia
Tosiaka
Green Baekhest
The Warden (Dr. Whooves based Time Warden)
Flash Cracker
Forest Foliage
Grave Eclipse
Platinum Craft
Red Fire
Snow Blind
Cinder
Solar Blaze

NPCs (I'll just name the good ones):
All Trades
Berry Legal
Blood Knight
Pink Bubbles (Veternarian)
The Dread Pirate Buttercup
Purple Heart (a teenager-pony who had not gotten her cutie mark...because it requires being in a war)
Frothy Cider (Drunkard)
Moon Shine (a drunken police officer who Moon Lighted as a Moonlighter (Phantom Thief) when really drunk)
Rim and Ram, travelling crafters
Silver Tongue
Prima Donna
Ambulance Chaser, Bad Horse, Black Suit, White Suit, Paper Pusher (of the law firm Horse, Chaser and Suit)
Red, Blue, and Yellow Ray
Grave Haze (evil sun god worshipping necromancer)
Security Guard
Judge Juryand Executioner
Gakky
Grandfather Time

...I have more but I will stop now.
aylatrigger 5th Mar 2016, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Update: is friend. Hi!
Dragonflight 4th Mar 2016, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me a little of an old Roman Empire game we ran at one point. We had the gladiator Cliff Face, the senator Mediocrates, and the secret agent Wladys Chase. The only "really?" moment we had was Agent Chase's personal ship, the "Maximum Thrust."
Super_Big_Mac 7th Jun 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Super_Big_Mac
I name my PCs and NPCs and OCs like any pony would, I'd imagine, except for one bit of retconning about 4,000 years of backstory (tl;dr Unspoken forced my family to always start with "Over" for 8,000 years, and the last forced-Over will be Overachiever).
Overwatch, Pegasus Rogue
Overture, Pegasus Mom
Overlook, Pegasus Oracle (Sister)
Overclock, Clockwork (Originally a Unicorn) (Grandfather)
Dappled Spirit, Pegasus Weather Ranger
Cool Evening, EP Elementalist/DJ (went back in time 3K years and ended up being the original creator of all the songs she's ever remixed, after they were recreated by others)
Lily, Woodwork Leafblight (Homebrewed Necromancer-Druid; originally a Unicorn)
Aurora Ripple, Seapony/Demon Daughter (long story), Overwatch's 1st child (via semi-forced adoption)
Depth Perception, Seapony Ranger, modified (Has a deployable arrow-turret instead of spells) Overwatch's 2nd child
Oversoul, Pegasus Daughter (Got a Nat20 on beauty, meaning she's the cutest baby in the game) Overwatch's 3rd child

And those are just the OCs tied to our Ponyfinder game.
aerion111 3rd Mar 2016, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
aerion111
Well, to be fair, ponies are named rather 'meta-gamely'; It's fine to call someone Fluffy Clouds, but it's not fine for them to then end up with really fluffy hair and working in the weather jobs.
It's the equivalent of Dirk Rockfist or Smash Fortune in terms of human-esque names.

Really, a 'realistic' pony name is NOT going to be 'on the nose'.
The 'incredibly forgettable named OCs' are the ones not relying on 'Suspension of Disbelief'
I kind of like 'Pinkamena Diane Pie' for that; It's a rather unfitting name, and it's solved by making a nickname ('Pinkie' Pie), making Pinkie's name the least 'forced coincidence' of the Mane 6, and more realistic than even most background characters.

Besides, you can do the same thing with humans (kind of), you just need to have an external tool; Pick two words for your character, search for names with that meaning, and try to get two that can be made into a full name.
Desparil 3rd Mar 2016, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
I don't really see them as 'forced coincidences' but more as cause-and-effect.

Rainbow Dash was born with a rainbow mane - that's a solid reason for her parents to name her that.

Applejack's family has a clear theme going on with their names; in-universe, that has to be purely intentional on their part.

Twilight's name doesn't really say anything in particular about her personality or talents; I see that as one of the 'generic pony names' mentioned above, albeit one of the catchier ones.

If you look at the etymology of some real-world names, Rarity would fit right in with all the other names that descend from Greek, Latin, or German (or others, but in English it's mostly these three) nouns or adjectives. The cutie mark and personality are a bit of a 'forced coincidence' I'll admit, but the name isn't unbelievable, per se.

Pinkie's full name has already been addressed, so I won't rehash that.

Fluttershy is really the only one that I can't come up with any 'defense' for.
Classic Steve 3rd Mar 2016, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
I can: Even newborns can appear shier than others. My mom noticed this difference between me and my sister. And the "flutter" part comes with the wings.
CCC 4th Mar 2016, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
I think there's an element of self-fulfilling prophecy in there, as well.

Consider; a pony gets their cutie mark in whatever that pony decides is the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. And with it, they gain an explicit magical talent in doing that exact thing.

So, what does a pony gain inspiration from when deciding on what to do? Some from parents, older siblings, authority figures. Some from the environment, or from seeing what other ponies do. And some from their own name.

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There's a strong correlation, in any country, between the month that someone is born in and whether or not they grow up to become a star athlete, and it traces back to the school system. See, in any school system, there are school sports, and the children are divided by age, into years. Yet, *within* a year, there's a fair amount of variability; if this guy has had eleven months of extra growth over that guy, then this guy is far more likely to win. And, since this guy was born at the start of the school year, he has an advantage over *everyone* in his year - so he's more likely to win overall. And winning feels good, so he's more likely to train and practice so that he can *keep* winning... and that's why you can tell where the local school's age cutoff point is if you graph top athletes against the month of their birth.

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Now, turning back to ponies - if you have two pegasi, called (say) Open Skies and Lightning Dust, and you put them into a race, then who's going to win? Well, if all else is equal, Lightning Dust has the faster name; which means she'd be more embarrassed if she loses. And so she'll train harder, and she'll push herself harder when actually racing. Until she can fly like, well, like lightning... thus making her name a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Now, I don't think all pony names work like that. Just enough to skew the statistics...
aerion111 4th Mar 2016, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
I'd have accepted Twilight Sparkle potentially being a generic name (it doesn't sound like it to me, but I'll admit it's borderline whether it implies magic or not) except it's similar to every other powerful Unicorn.
Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer, and so on.
I wouldn't be surprised if Starswirl the Bearded actually had some sparkle-related last name before he got his title.
I suppose I will admit that the Apple family actually does give names that seem to 'miss' somewhat, but I think we can say their traditions are different from the rest of Equestria, so they don't serve as a good example of general pony names.
Atarlost 5th Mar 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
But those are all family names. If power is hereditary you'd expect them to be related.

The ancient and powerful Shimmer line has bastards who are just as powerful as the main line who give their families names close enough to Shimmer to thumb their nose at them but different enough that they can't formally object. By the time surnames are a formal thing several of the most powerful families are named glimmer or sparkle or whatever. Sort of the equivalent of a Fitz* name.

Or possibly the council of unicorn mage lords was called the "Masters of the Shining" or somesuch because of their role in raising the sun and moon before the alicorn sisters took up the role and when surnames were formalized they mostly took up shiny names.

Or maybe great mages just went for names referencing spell flashies when surnames were first becoming a thing for the same reason the writers did.

Whatever the reason it dates to the time when surnames were just becoming a thing and were as descriptive as Miller or Smith.
Ladyofthelibrary 3rd Mar 2016, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
Some fans theorize that when a mare is expecting a foal (or when a foal is on the way if there's other methods besides standard birth in play), a vision of the foal's future will appear and the foal's name will be selected based on what the vision is about. I tend to mess with this a bit since it can run from "I know exactly what my baby will be doing with their life; here's an on-the-nose name" to "Okay; I know she'll grow trees that bear fruit but nothing else. Well, she does have a purple mane, her aunts keep calling her 'plum purty' and her dad's calling her his little petal. So maybe Plum Petal?" Granted, some ponies still just give names to their foals and I do support the idea of a pony being allowed to change their name once they get their Cutie Mark if they feel their original name doesn't fit them anymore.
What Where Am I 3rd Mar 2016, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
This might be canon. Apple Bloom was worried that, if her cutie mark wasn't apple-related, she'd have to change her name.
I can completely see "Fluttershy" being used as a (slightly cruel) joke, and Fluttershy just accepting that because, well, Fluttershy.
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
And then there's show canon, where there's a party when a pony's cutie mark comes in. (Ironically, Pinkie was shown as not getting one - unless she planned and threw her own, as an excuse to get her family to party for once.) Circumstances (most prominently but not limited to Pinkie starting to go by "Pinkie" around that time) suggest that the pony may be allowed a name change at said party based on said cutie mark, though I don't think that's been explicitly confirmed as of the end of season 6.
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Yea, 'cept she still acknowledges "Pinkamena" as part of her full name and "Pinkie"'s more ova nickname, y'know? It don't really seem like she changed her first name. More like she just prefers the nickname instead. Does that sound right?
belmontzar 4th Mar 2016, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
yeah but her name still makes sense.. I mean shes pink after all, her name doesn't match her mark, it matches her body.
There are alot of things that could be why ponies are named as they are. I mean its pretty clear pony names and human names dont exactly work the same way.
Take Twilight sparkle for example. I mean her parents are Twilight Velvet and Night light the only part inherited was TWilight from her mother. Sparkle could be from who knows what.
but then ya have Mr. Ms cakes sharing thier last name with thier foals, so it might be relevant to what RACE the parents are in relation to the foal?
aerion111 4th Mar 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
In terms of changing your name, given the kind of time-period Equestria usually seems to be in, the biggest thing would just be to get people to call you something else.
You might need to do something to transfer papers and such to the new name, or just get some official paper that aliases your new name to the old for contract purposes.
But you don't have an ID, you don't have a social security, or any other frequently-used way to reveal your 'true' name, so there's little that'd contradict them if they did use your 'new' name.
Unlike in the modern real world, where if I start going by Aerion in public too, there's all sorts of IDs, accounts, and so on that will require me to add on 'oh, but my real name is...', sometimes several times a day.
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Story time, mares and gentlestallions!

Ever had a memorable guild, party or villain ensemble or other team name assigned to a group in one of the games you've played or heard 'bout?

Bonus points for multi-dimensional meaning/significance or general hilarity!
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
From the old Teen Titans campaign I ran based on the cartoon series (the older one)--

The Legion of Dudes was a a bunch of super villain teens to serve as the party's antagonists. Great for those sessions when I wanted to do a 5-on-5 supers fight with loads of collateral. I only remember the leader's name and origin story though.

Captain Smack-- Jaded cook at the waffle house, Whack Smackley accidentally got one of his hands pressed in a waffle iron, granting him super powers with his deformed hand. He could break any non-organic target as if he had super strength and could control any kind of flavored syrup.
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Oh yea, the *cough*good*cough* original one. Definitely gotta remember that's on my list of old shows to rewatch.

Captain Smack, leader of the "Legion of Dudes", a buncha teenage supervillains, whoose real name is Whack Smackley, who got his super power from a *waffle iron*, including the ability to *syrup* bend?? lol Alright. Props and bonus points for 'ya Digo, because that's hilarious! Did he ever "take revenge" on the waffle house for "not appreciating [his] talents"? Maybe try to flood the place with syrup, but spare the waffle iron that gave him his powers? *chuckles* xD
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yep, in fact, destroying the waffle house was how the PCs first heard of him.

I just remembered the two ladies on the legion, MegaNeko (Japanese girl with size-changing powers and a love of cats) and Typhoon Mary (moody goth with the power of gale-force sneezes and coughs that register on the Richter scale).

It was a team of 5 and I'm just missing two more guys from the team. I remember one had similar powers to The Juggernaut, but can't remember names.
Platonix 3rd Mar 2016, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
The official D&D 4e published adventure modules that start with Keep On The Shadowfell© include a moment early in the second adventure when the party faces off against a group of...I wanna say slavers?...named the Blood Reavers. Our party entered the Blood Reavers' lair and laid waste, killing every single member of the group including the leader.

...they then decided that this entitled them to inherit the name of the Blood Reavers, so they ended up forming the Blood Reavers Adventurer's Guild and Real Estate Agency (yes, real estate. They'd rent out the lairs of the villainous groups they exterminated.) Primarily as a source of new adventurers, the Blood Reavers remain a relevant part of the campaign setting.
ANW 3rd Mar 2016, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
As anyone knows, every hero needs an anti.
Someone or something that represents the opposite of what the hero is.
Applejack got Flim and Flam for instance. Hard working honest, swindling quick scams.
What about the rest of the EOH though?
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
I know this is too much ova stretch t' count, but among Hasbro characters, the opposite to Rainbow Dash would definitely be Starscream the Decepticon, due t' him sufferin' from the Chronic Backstabbin' Disorder.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChronicBackstabbingDisorder

It was ever so satifyin' to see her beat on that two-faced coward!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8er83h9Bbn8
ZamuelNow 3rd Mar 2016, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash got Lightning Dust. It's probably the best foil out of all of the Mane 6 since they had incredible similarities except that Lightning Dust lacked any loyalty or empathy for others.
terrycloth 3rd Mar 2016, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Iron Will for Fluttershy - he's rude and aggressive where she's kind and avoidant

Suri Polomare for Rarity - low class affect, greedy and ungenerous

Pinkie Pie gets... Maud?
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Twilight, as the main of the Mane 6, has gotten more than one. Trixie, Starlight Glimmer, and - counting Equestria Girls - Sunset Shimmer (at first) all come to mind.

I don't know if Iron Will would count for Fluttershy. (And then there's Flutterbat...)

Rarity and Pinkie Pie have had episodes focusing on foils, but IIRC those foils only appeared (at least with speaking roles) in one episode each, though I could be misremembering.
Digo Dragon 3rd Mar 2016, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
This comic really reminds me how neat of a character design Mane-iac is. I mean, she's just all kinds of adorable crazy.
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Agreed. Apparently (Joker + Doctor Octopus + Sedusa) x Pony = The adorable, hilariously hammy/crazy supervillain, Mane-iac. :P
ZamuelNow 3rd Mar 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Friendship is Magic allows for some creative names if you're willing to play with puns and references. When I make NPCs, they tend to be on the nose but only after it sinks in so I get the illusion of being clever.

Though I will admit to sometimes being lazy grabbing a name from a prior MLP generation if the pony only had a toy and not a major animated appearance.
j-eagle12212012 3rd Mar 2016, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
OC names as a whole can be complicated, but mine is simple enough.
Jurri Rig is a pegasus who prefers to work on the ground fixing things , she has no interest in working in the clouds
Mace Direwolf 3rd Mar 2016, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Ooh! Nice one.

My Pegasus OC's name is a bit complicated, but I like the name Strongpaw "Lance" Fire-Heart. Originally, it was just going to be "Fire-Heart", but I wanted him to have a first name. Also, it's all tied together in his backstory.
belmontzar 4th Mar 2016, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
the closest I have to a Legit MLP OC thats not based off a videogame or anything was a changling who took the name First Aid. She was a medical expert in the hive who took care of baby changlings and injured soldiers and worker changlings. She was seperated from the colony when the heart kaboom of love happened and was subsequently abandoned by the hive. Eventually she ended up hiding in ponyvile until she saw someone get injured. Automatic instincts kicked in, and pegasus casting GREEN magic was not exactly a subtle thing. Thankfully her work helping a pony enabled her to live in Ponyville hospital as a 'first responder' whose ready 24/7. She took on the name First Aid at that time and uses a medical kit for a 'psuedo Cutiemark'.
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Since I appear to be in the minority when it comes to the difficulty of naming characters ("Hard"? Seriously?), perhaps explaining my usual process would be useful. Ponies are an exception, as noted; this is for human and human-like characters.

First, decide where the character is from, as in what society the character's parents would have paid respect to when naming the character. Then find representative names from that region, and find one that reflects characteristics the character's parents would have observed or wished for, most often deciding by fiat that said trait would have been among those that wound up among the character's most dominant ones. For real-world names, searching on "CULTURE baby names" will get me several lists to choose from.

For example: a lady born to Japanese parents with enough European blood to be a redhead? Akako, which is a girl's name that means "red".

Second generation African-American (as in, grandparents were born in Africa) merchant? Lekan: even if the physical "where" is USA, the cultural "where" is Africa.

Fantasy example: an aasimar - a mix of mortal and celestial blood - on the Swords Coast. The reference material I had at hand didn't list names for aasimars but did list for tieflings - same thing, only mortal and infernal heritage. So I borrowed straight-up, reasoning that those who raised the child (mortals, with the celestial side having left before the baby was born) might not have had large reference pools to draw on either. Katsu was listed as an example male tiefling name, and it was noted that last names were often "Sia" and then a reference to whatever infernal entity the tiefling was descended from. Since Katsu's celestial parent was basically a pure light elemental, that suggested "luce". Thus: Katsu Sialuce.

Of course, this is for naming people. Naming things (institutions, objects, et cetera)...well, it helps to start with what they do and stand for. XKCD's author has been making an art form of this, such as calling a reference book a "Thing Explainer". That approach has worked for me if no better one quickly came to mind - but then, it's part of my job and my life to be able to explain things, taking detailed concepts and breaking them down into pieces that the audience (which is sometimes just me!) can understand.

Then again, pony-like or pun naming can sometimes work for things. Academic institution in a world where gnolls live with humans? The University of Gnoll Ledge. River that was formed a few decades back when there was some ginormous explosion, large enough to ended a war by eradicating both armies? Of course the locals might name it Blast River (and it may be haunted by the armies' ghosts). Large and well-protected military spaceship intended to swoop into planetary atmospheres, to act as planet-wide (or at least continent-wide) peacekeeping/invasion HQ? Sky Castle.

Then again, not everything needs a detailed name. Sometimes a bank is just "the bank the bad guys just ran out of" (though banks are easily name-generated, such as "First National Bank of (cityname)"), and the PC cops need more details about the getaway car.

Has this explanation been useful? (Remember what I said about explaining sometimes to just myself? It can help if I then try those explanations on others, to see if they think it makes sense too. Otherwise I risk my explanations going echo chamber and decohering, detaching from reality. So: yes, I really do want to know if this has been useful to you.)
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Note that it's usually best to leave naming a thing or person until as late in the creation process as possible, so that you have as good a sense of the thing as possible before naming. Until then, use a placeholder name. (For example: when I've played on Roll20, my GMs have made "WC's Character", then given me permission to edit so I can rename once I have a name for the character.)

Any process or tool that requires you to enter a permanent, uneditable name at the very beginning is to be avoided if you're making anything of depth, until after you've finished making the thing (and you're just copying it/submitting finished works). This is why sites like FIMFiction identify by story number and chapter number, with the story name an optional part of the URL: there is no meaning in the number, and anything with meaning you are free to change. This is also the logic behind having social security numbers, among other examples, since a person's name can change.

(This lack of meaning is also why it can be a problem to refer to a person as a number: you're stripping away what distinguishes that person from any other, by implication negating the value of everything that person has done other than whatever is immediately being discussed; the number only identifies that person in a technical sense. But I digress.)
Someone 4th Mar 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
See, making up names is not a problem. It's making them up on the fly, when your players ask for a name of some dude who's just standing there in the background doing a whole lotta nothing.
Chimerat 3rd Mar 2016, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
I do hope you plan to return to "sessions" in the show's universe, but this is interesting in its own way.
LegendofMoriad 3rd Mar 2016, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
I've got a batch of NPC Phoenix Wolves (Ponyfinder race, but not setting) that accidentally received names because the plot demanded it. It started with Ashe, a standard fire-guy name, for a Oracle of Flames. The party latched onto him, and so a history developed: 4 wolves were created, that were progenitors of the species. I then actually had to make the next 3 of them, and introduced a fifth as a plot point.

The next they met was Athena, self-styled goddess of war.

The party witnessed the birth of Apollo, who somehow isn't a bard.

The two they are unlikely to meet, due to being long-dead, are: Zeus, the grand father-figure and the reason the species survived despite only have 4 members initially; and Nike, who decided that combat was her specialty, and learned her name was incorrect the hard way.

So, yes, I've got no problem stealing names, to fit a theme. Somehow, this post derailed from the original point. I find I often take a name, and roll with it. A lot of stars make for good names, too: Aldebaran and Almach are both NPCs in the same setting.
Raxon 3rd Mar 2016, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I have just the name!

League
Of
Villainous
Evil
Winged Cat 3rd Mar 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Run by eXecutive Ponies?
LegendofMoriad 3rd Mar 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I fully approve of this name. And their rival:

Heroes
Against
Terrible
Evil
Zenaku 4th Mar 2016, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
League
Of
Villainous
Evildoers
Manically
United
For
Frightening
Investments in
Naughtiness
Godzfirefly 4th Mar 2016, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
I was 100% on board until the second F...It got a tad strained after that.
Kira 3rd Mar 2016, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
so we know shadowmane is a rouge what are the others classes?

Specter 3rd Mar 2016, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I read this page (and the ensuing comments) to figure out if there is anything worth saying, and there is one thing that keeps nagging at my mind; the guard in the fourth panel who gets hit by a tear bomb (or whatever it is), and how bad I feel for them.

Sure, there is a thing about villains not being fair when it comes to fighting, but rendering people unable to fight is just... simply unacceptable. Playing a bad guy myself, I will still give my enemies a chance to fight back, despite what it will likely mean to me in the end (my defeat?).

I've questioned for a while of why I do this (compared to a lot of other players), and thought it was about me caring about honor, now I'm starting to think it's because I'm an even bigger monster then I took myself for.
aerion111 4th Mar 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
While I can guess at why being a monster might cause that rule, I don't see anything in the song-lyrics that explains it.
You've lost me, essentially.
Now, mind you, I've not actually listened to it; I'm on my way to bed.
But if the written-down lyrics are complete, I don't see which part would have to do with giving people a chance to fight.