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19 May 2007 @ 07:02 pm
Heh, that makes things more difficult. Finally getting back to writing the very first chapter of Blades of Winter; with Commander Irons talkign at us and all that. Only it has just occured to me that Marlene, Cassiel and Ademar don't have last names, and need them for that scene (since Iron's is calling them all by their surnames, except for Tarah, who doesn't have one and puzzles him enormously). Time for some name research, though if the players of those characters want to volunteer something, I'm all ears...
Jennifer S.sakuragrrl on May 20th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Blast! I thought I had dodged the "so what noble family isMarlene from, anyway?" bullet!
Ossobucopeacebone on May 20th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Good question for Brenton, then - what is that world's standard on surnames? I was kind of assuming that they weren't necessary, since I don't think I was ever asked (though I could be remembering wrong), and I believe it's true in some societies that only members of the nobility have surnames at all. Since it never came up, I came to assume that Ademar just didn't have one (if he had, he probably wouldn't be introducing himself as Ademar the Great), and given that Cassiel and Tarah didn't, either, this was an acceptable situation...
Ryanbardwnb on May 20th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
A good point; it just gets complicated because Xavier and Simon did have surnames. The names get kinda complicated in general, I realized, because the country was supposed to be vaguely slavic, but we have the name Braci, which is English, and then Irons, who is definately not slavic. Whoo boy...
Ossobuco: fishpeacebone on May 20th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)

This might be helpful. Given the explanation there, it seems possible that Simon's family just happened to have a surname, and Ademar's family just didn't, and the country is in a period of transition one way or the other. *shrugs* But it's your and Chibi's decision, so if it'd work better or be more comfortable for you to give them all surnames, go for it. There's even an explanation of Slavic surname etymology on that page somewhere.
Ossobucopeacebone on May 20th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Another thought re: the discrepancies mentioned... how much did the Slavic-ness (Slavicity?) of the country actually come up? Is it something that you can sort of nudge under the rug in favor of not having to make too many changes elsewhere?