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    What's the best name for this sword?

    So in my setting there is a sword that is made from the skin of a god and melted and mixed in iron.

    Is it better be called:

    God-Iron Sword or Iron god sword?

    Which name sounds better?
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    I'd emphasize that it's made out of God-skin rather than iron, personally.

    The Skin-Taker hungers for more skin.

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    of the two, god-iron sounds better to me.

    "Flesh of *Gods name here*" could also be neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feddlefew View Post
    The Skin-Taker hungers for more skin.
    Isn't that always the way? You get so carried away with the skin eating...

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    Or it could have a proper name? Like Ascalon, Durindal, Caliburn, Hrotti or Gungnir
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feddlefew View Post
    I'd emphasize that it's made out of God-skin rather than iron, personally.

    The Skin-Taker hungers for more skin.
    In the original draft the skin of the god would be of a god of iron, who was literaly made of a type of divine iron, but since this is a dark fantasy setting I figured that this would sound much more sinister.

    I used the term skin but now in retrospect that was mistake, flesh would be much more appropriated.

    I can't focus on the flesh or skin aspect because the fact that it was made out of a god is not known, they only now it's made of an alloy of divine origin.

    But the "The Skin-Taker hungers for more skin." but is not far off.

    So in this setting the empire employ dark wizards to summon and communicate with the gods, the problem is that they are terrible at it and always end up F-ing up the summoning rituals, one deity for example ended up without a corporeal form as had to be sealed up in a statue, unable to move or act.

    The god used in the sword he was actually the first god summoned by the Empire, a god of wisdom and honor, but they botched it even harder than the other future summonings.

    You see, all they got was his screaming, undying severed head. The wizards then dissected it and studied it (while it was constantly screaming), and once they learned all they could, they smashed it into pieces and used them to forge the sword. The worst part? It's still alive. The sword itself is insane from agony and hate, and still wants to have its full body, so it tries to suck out the souls of any gods it wounds, making it one of the few weapons that can harm divine beings, the tragic part is that the god used to be honorable and wise now is reduced to a depraved, insane and mindless cannibalistic object feeding on the flesh and essence of his own kind in the hopes of ending his own pain.

    The sword is also known as Godslayer, but to me that name feels a little cheesy.
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    Or you could call it God Layer?
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    The object is what the object is, the name came later.

    So who wielded or discovered it? If that person had a flair for the dramatic, the sword might be named something like "Fleshdrinker" or "Godbane." If that person was a simple, hobbitlike type of character, it might be called "Chopper" or something simple in that vein. If that person is an academic who wanted to be accurate about what it was, it may very well be called the "God-Iron sword."
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    Quote Originally Posted by S@tanicoaldo View Post
    So in my setting there is a sword that is made from the skin of a god and melted and mixed in iron.
    The Scab.

    Godscab.

    Godflenser.

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    "Ferrum Dei", the Iron God.

    "Carnes Ferro", the Flesh of Iron

    Latin is great for epic sounding names...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorChain View Post
    Or it could have a proper name? Like Ascalon, Durindal, Caliburn, Hrotti or Gungnir
    I second this. Although giving it a name that is something in a foreign language slightly corrupted is also a good idea, if you're lazy like me and can't think up names good.


    Alternatively, I'd go for Godforged, Skyforged, Heavenforged, or something similar. Of course the bloody sword has iron in it, most swords do, what's special is that it has something of divine origin in it.

    To combine the two, let's bastardise some French. Epedieu (from épée de dieu). Or maybe German, Gottesschwert works well on it's own an unlike French doesn't require butchering. Both based on a relatively literal translation of 'god sword'. A nice OOC hint for players who work out you're using a foreign language (allowing them to feel smart if you're using it's nature as a plot twist).
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    [QUOTE=JellyPooga;22710962]"Ferrum Dei", the Iron God./QUOTE]

    Huuunnn... I liked that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vitruviansquid View Post
    The object is what the object is, the name came later.

    So who wielded or discovered it? If that person had a flair for the dramatic, the sword might be named something like "Fleshdrinker" or "Godbane." If that person was a simple, hobbitlike type of character, it might be called "Chopper" or something simple in that vein. If that person is an academic who wanted to be accurate about what it was, it may very well be called the "God-Iron sword."
    The very dark wizards who summuned him in the first place forged and named the balde.
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    I have a question: How are the players finding out this name? I don't know if Dark Wizards are going to leave behind hints of the sword's origin, just in case. If they wrote down the name onto the sword, I'd make the name quite obfuscating on the basis that the wizards are probably arrogant and won't think that looters would understand the 'riddle'. Through I don't see why they wouldn't just put on a random name to confuse people.

    I assume that the party won't have the nicest of interactions with these dark wizards. They rarely do.
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    The Ang-Riv Sword

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mastikator View Post
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    Iron-Flesh Sword? God-Flesh Sword? Maybe if the god is dead or the sword is all that's left of him, just use the god's name.

    God-Cleaved, implying it was cleaved from a God.

    God-Price, implying a pound of flesh price kind of thing...
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    The God-Iron Sword, Forged in the Heat of Ten Thousand And One Mountain-Smiths' Fires, Quenched With the Blood of an Unborn Universe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToysInTheAttic View Post
    God-Cleaved, implying it was cleaved from a God
    "Cloven" is the word

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    If the sword is old, then it could have a dozen different names. Somewhere in history someone is going to wield the sword and either not know it's previous name(s) or not want to use them and give it a new name. In short, different groups are likely to call it different things and many of them won't know that the sword has more than one name or the other names for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuc Xac View Post
    "Cloven" is the word
    No, it is not. Cloven is uncommon as a past tense of "cleave," and is more commonly used as an adjective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S@tanicoaldo View Post
    In the original draft the skin of the god would be of a god of iron, who was literaly made of a type of divine iron, but since this is a dark fantasy setting I figured that this would sound much more sinister.

    I used the term skin but now in retrospect that was mistake, flesh would be much more appropriated.

    I can't focus on the flesh or skin aspect because the fact that it was made out of a god is not known, they only now it's made of an alloy of divine origin.

    But the "The Skin-Taker hungers for more skin." but is not far off.

    So in this setting the empire employ dark wizards to summon and communicate with the gods, the problem is that they are terrible at it and always end up F-ing up the summoning rituals, one deity for example ended up without a corporeal form as had to be sealed up in a statue, unable to move or act.

    The god used in the sword he was actually the first god summoned by the Empire, a god of wisdom and honor, but they botched it even harder than the other future summonings.

    You see, all they got was his screaming, undying severed head. The wizards then dissected it and studied it (while it was constantly screaming), and once they learned all they could, they smashed it into pieces and used them to forge the sword. The worst part? It's still alive. The sword itself is insane from agony and hate, and still wants to have its full body, so it tries to suck out the souls of any gods it wounds, making it one of the few weapons that can harm divine beings, the tragic part is that the god used to be honorable and wise now is reduced to a depraved, insane and mindless cannibalistic object feeding on the flesh and essence of his own kind in the hopes of ending his own pain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorChain View Post
    Or it could have a proper name? Like Ascalon, Durindal, Caliburn, Hrotti or Gungnir
    Aren't most of those descriptive in their native tongue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToysInTheAttic View Post
    No, it is not. Cloven is uncommon as a past tense of "cleave," and is more commonly used as an adjective.
    It's not the past tense. The past tense is "cleaved", "cleft", or "clove". "Cloven" is the past participle, which is used in the passive construction (e.g. "it was cloven").

    You could just use "cleaved" and treat it like a "regular" verb, but regular verbs are the weak verbs of old English and irregular verbs are the strong verbs. When naming something created through deicide, I think it's better to use the stronger and more archaic option (unless it's being named by plain old workaday hobbitses).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainbownaga View Post
    Aren't most of those descriptive in their native tongue?
    Hrotti means a brute in the sense of brutally violent individual

    Gungnir means the swaying one

    Nobody can agree on what Durendal means

    Ascalon is supposed to be named after the city of Ashkelon

    As for Caliburn...yes if we go back to Welsh and call it Caledfwlch which is supposed to mean hard breach/cleft
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    Decairn, The Ichor-drinker, the Fleshrender, the Steely Cataclysm

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    Geoff. Nobody is sure why, but it insists on being referred to as such.
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    [God's Name's] Nail.

    It has a few meanings. Is it the deity's finger (or toe) nail? Is it a nail, in the sense of "Thing you hit with a hammer"?
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    I personally like these names:

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    Agony, as its strikes channel a portion of the pain of the trapped being into the victim.

    Failure/Defeat, as it was their first failure to summon a god.

    Original Sin, depending on how they view their failures.

    I think something short is best. Maybe it's just me, but I find shorter weapon names more intimidating.

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    If its a play on skin then go with something that plays on the kind of wounds it deals.

    The God Flayer
    The Skinning blade
    The Flesh Taker

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