Tagged! What’s in a name?
Fulguralis is curious about what’s in a name? (And I was tagged on the ground floor of a new meme! How cool is that?)
Confession? Elleiras isn’t actually my main’s name — or, rather, my main alt’s name (since my warlock has been retired from active duty, confusing the living Hellfire out of anyone who stumbles across a shaman’s blog after Googling ‘locky things like Affliction Spec, DoT Rotation or 101 Ways to Make a Gnome Mage Cry.)
No, Elleiras is a level 58 Blood Elf Death Knight who has been permanently parked in the Thrallmar inn. She exists solely so I could experience the Death Knight starting chain on Live and claim the name I blog under on my home server. (I guess that would be dually, not solely, but … I’m still crying over Amber’s Tribute For Great Justice. ;.; Lemme alone.)
Elleiras is also my warlock’s name, spelled backwards, which is in turn a corruption (get it?) of Sarelle — the name of a minor character in a book I happened to be reading at the time I created her. I’ll admit, I didn’t put much that thought into it. I was very hastily rerolling ‘lock, because after all of two quests as an Undead mage, I knew I hated the class. Besides, I was fiercely jealous of my sister’s imp. (“You get a pet? That shoots fireballs? Your pet is cooler than my character? No fair!”)
My short-lived mage was Ihlana, a name I made up more or less out of thin air for a character — an ice mage, actually, whose fraternal twin was a fire mage named Caethor — in a text-based, freeform roleplaying game I played once upon a time (i.e., high school). (Does anyone else remember RhyDin on AOL, back when AOL was still cool and only hardcore geeks used IRC?)
(How’s that for parenthetical asides, by the way?)
Ihlana has long-since been deleted, but her name lives on in the form of my level 51 feral druid.
My shaman’s name, Liluye, is (supposedly) a Miwok name meaning “singing chicken hawk that soars.” I tend to scour the Internet for Native American names for my many Tauren alts, since that seems to be the trend in-game. Case in point: there’s an NPC in Thunderbluff whose name, Kuruk, is Pawnee for “bear.”
My level 70 hunter, Fahalle, was actually named by Asara. I have no idea how to pronounce it (I tend to refer to her as “Falafel” >.>), but I love the shape of the letters together. It’s a very pretty name for a very tough Orc.
That encompasses all of my significant characters, I think. I have a baby shadow priest named Malice (which I couldn’t believe wasn’t taken!), a tiny hunter named Villanie (if the mohawk fits…), and a bank alt named Mychelle (my name is Michelle; hi! *wave*), but none of them see significant playtime these days and I tend to forget they exist until the server crashes and I’m forced to stare longingly at the character selection screen …
So, that’s it for me! I’m supposed to tag three more bloggers, but I prefer to leave these things open-ended for anyone who wants to participate. It’s a cop-out, I know, but it’s one designed to spread the warm-and-fuzzies — so I hope you’ll forgive me. ;)